Elder Clark and I were able to go on 2 trade offs this week! We had the first one with the assistants. I got to go with Elder Bass to the North Shore. It seems like I am always the one going to the shore for trade offs. No complaints though! I really enjoy leaving my own area! We had heaps of work to do that day too so that was super nice! I got to meet a few of their Investigators which was fun! We went with one of their members who just got home from his mission like last week. That was really fun! He is the man! It really makes me want to be a good RM to the missionaries when I get home. Hopefully I will get to see them! It stinks that we have to share the missionaries around the stake. I love getting to be in a ward and get to know the ward and members. You can actually get close to a lot of people.
The 2nd trade off we had was with our Elders. I stayed in the YSA ward this time! Lets just say that this was probably one of the most productive days that we have had in a while! It was Saturday, The day before Easter, and the beginning of school Holidays. So everyone was home! It was so fun! We got to see heaps of people! We caught up with Lima and Arlene our 2 investigators that have been MIA for the last few weeks. Then we were able to meet a guy named Tai. We have been trying to catch him home and meet him for weeks now. We also saw a few members that aren't usually home and set up a time for them to come out with us. It was funny though...Afterwards I was thinking about how great of a day it was when Elder Del Rosario said to me that he didn’t realize how hard the YSA ward is. He said that he thought it was all just fun and easy, but now he realizes how much driving it is and how hard the work is. So that was kinda funny!
So now for everyone and anyone who heard about Cyclone Cook, or as I like to call it "The build ups Cyclone." We were warned about this storm that it would be hitting Auckland and there would be feet of rain and 150+ Kilometer winds. It would go on for like 2 days and just destroy us. It was said to be the worst storm in like 50 years. So pretty intense. Well to make a long story short. It came and it completely missed Auckland. It hit Tauranga. Thats about a 2 hour drive down the line. All we got were weird random rain down pours for a few minutes a few times the last few days... We were SOOOO gutted! We were super excited for something actually cool to happen in our mission and we got nothing. So yeah. We were pretty annoyed.
Our Easter was great! We had Church at 2 like normal and then we had our Come and See Fireside at 6:30. So that honestly took up most of our day! It was really nice to stay busy! Our Fireside was great! We got a referral for a guy named Ralulu that other missionaries met and he was keen to come to the fireside to we just had to get him a ride. So we got our Ward Mission Leader, Darren, to come and get him. He is Fijian and came here on a Rugby Scholarship 3ish years ago and so he is huge! He doesn’t work.... he just trains Monday to Thursday and has games on Saturdays. We are going to hopefully see him again this week and really set up with him and ask if he wants to take the lessons! He is honestly the man!!
My spiritual thought this week is about Easter. So the thing that I have been thinking about this week is the real meaning of Easter. Not only that but how it got to be what the world thinks of Easter now. The world just thinks of chocolate and eggs and bunnies. The thing that I think is cool is the representation of the Easter Egg. When we go and find the egg it is full and has things inside of it. But unless we open it and take the things out it does nothing for us. The same is true for the seplicher that Christ was in. Originally it was full with Christs body. He was laid in there for the 3 days. But as we know like the eggs the tomb was opened and the prize or Christ was taken out and that is why we care about the tomb. That is why we looked for the eggs. Was for the prize inside. Christ rising and being resurected is that prize for us if we will look for it and use it. We can all partake of this wonderful present that Christ has given us. We just have to search out the Tomb to understand it and really get all that we can from it.
|Passing out our Easter cards|
|Our end of the night Chinese take away feast! Yeah, We're Super Healthy! ;)|