So first off I will start with one of the things I am going to miss the most about NZ! The Ice cream. First off on trade offs with Elder Hixon, I went to the Shore and he told me about a place that had a sign for the Biggest Ice cream in Auckland. So of course we had to try it! Well... we went and we got 2 big scoops for $3. Pretty good deal. I have to say that it just might live up to the title of Biggest Ice cream in NZ! I got 1. Choc Nana 2. Orange Chocolate Chip. Best 2 flavors. So that was my first round. Then Elder Clark and I on Saturday had a service in a place called Waiuku. So this is about an hour and a half from Mangere. Gotta love the YSA ward! Well after our service we decided to go to a place called Pokenoes. This is the famous ice cream place that everyone stops at on their way back to Auckland from the Temple. Its just about half way back. So we had to stop there. Now this ice cream was bigger than the first! 2 scoops $3. 1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 2. Pineapple Chocolate Chip. The other 2 best flavors! Haha. Lets just say that the ice cream in NZ is to die for. Its great!
Now to talk about the service. So imagine someone calls you and asks you to help move some bricks that their dad is using to make a wall. What do you imagine?? Just a big pile or stack of normal red building bricks right? Well we were wrong. So we showed up and we saw the bricks. There was 3 palettes of 45 bricks each. So this makes 135 bricks. BUT each brick weighs 40 Kg's so 5400 Kg's of bricks. That is 11,904.96 pounds... and there were 3 of us... And I was the biggest one. We had to carry them about 20 yards. If even that. It took us just over an hour. I was exhausted... My arms were shaking, my back hurt, my legs hurt, my arms and legs were all cut up from the bricks... It was a long hour. But I can now happily say that we did it!
Now for the great success of the week! We found 3 New Investigators! 1. Lima 2. Sinta 3. Arlene. So they were all Potential Investigators that we have been trying to make our Investigators for a while now. It just seemed to never work out until this week! We were able to teach all 3 of them real proper lessons this week and we are seeing them all again this week! So Lima is a 20 something year old Samoan girl. She has a lot of bible knowledge. She is keen to learn more and is really open to truth. She is great! Then there is Sinta. We took Sinta to a Come and See Fireside a few weeks ago and she liked it. Then we have tried to have lessons with her for a few weeks now and it just never worked out. So we finally caught her home. She is a 19 year old Samoan girl. Last but not least Alrene. She is a 19 year old Maori girl. Her sister Jane is a member in a family ward but she is Less Active and so we are trying to get her back on and in our ward. But she is also been hard to catch but we just sat down and did a lesson this week! Gotta love Missionary work!!!
Something that I have been sharing with people this week comes from 1 Nephi 5:9. " And it came to pass that they did rejoice exceedingly, and did offer sacrifice and burnt offerings unto the Lord; and they gave thanks unto the God of Israel. " So this is right after Nephi, Lamen, Lemuel and Sam get back from getting the Brass Plates. Lehi and Sariah have to show their faith in the Lord to trust that their sons will come home safely. Now that verse is the first thing that they do when they finally get back. They immediately thank the Lord for the safety and guidance in their journey. I have been encouraging people to remember to be more Grateful to the Lord for everything that He has given them and I want to extend the same invitation to yous! By doing this I know that the Lord not only will help you see all the great things that you have to be grateful for but will give you even more things to be grateful for!
|Mission Leadership Conference last week. President and Sister Balli sent this picture to our new incoming Mission President!|
|Seriously the BEST ice cream in the whole world!!|
|All the missionaries that are going home on the same day bought these ties...they are sweet! We bought about 20 of them!|
|Elder and Sister Bath, and Elder and Sister Jackson took Elder Clark and I out to lunch for helping them clean out a senior missionary flat. Totally worth it!|