Sunday, August 20, 2017

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Week 53: Exchange, and Welcome Surprise

Not too much happened this week.  We had exchanges with the Hawera sisters this week.  They use to be in the Samoan program in South Auckland, but they are in the English program in Taranaki for now.  I went with Sister Cole to her area, and man is their flat nice.  They are currently staying in the senior couples home, since they don't have a senior couple at the moment.  And man, missions treat senior couples well.  It felt so flash that I didn't feel like I was a missionary, haha.  It felt too much like a home.  Sister Cole is cool though.  She comes from a big family in Missouri, I think.  And she loves books and fairy tale stuff, as well as some popular crime shows that mom loves to watch too.

We visited a former investigator of theirs and were surprised when she invited us in.  She was a super cute girl and had meet with missionaries before.  She even had a baptism date at one point in her life, but felt she wasn't ready and canceled last minute.  We reviewed the Restoration with her, and by the end of the lesson she was flipping through pages in her scriptures looking for a specific verse.  We helped her to find the verse she was looking for, and it just happened to be about baptism!!  I'll have to follow up with Sister Cole to see if she progresses or not.

We were also knocking doors (not my favorite, but we're pretty desperate).  We knocked on this one door and a Maori lady answered.  She asked us "What makes our religion different?"  I was then able to briefly summarize the message of the restoration, and to our surprise we were invited into the home!!!  That like never happens, so we were pretty excited.  We then took 10 minutes to explain the message of the Restoration in more detail.  By the end of the lesson, she wasn't sold, but she was curious to learn more.  

That's about it for this week. Hope you all have a good week, and talk to you again next week.

Sister Mandy Welker

Book of Mormon, Alma 26: 11-12
      "I do not boast in my own strength, nor in  my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God."
      "Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."

(Sorry about not having pictures for the last couple weeks.  Hopefully, we'll have some next week.)
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Week 52: 4 hours to Hamilton, and Sister Meas Birthday Surprise
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Week 51: Good-bye South Auckland, and Companions Around the World
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Week 50: Oh My Mission Life, Jamie at church, and Charity 101

So no, I'm technically not transferred yet.  We find out on Tuesday night the rest of the details, but this will definitely be my last week in Alfriston Ward.  My best guess is Hamilton, Taranaki, or Gisbon.  Who knows, we'll just have to wait and see!?! 

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Week 49: Ice Cream in the Winter, and Trunky Transfer

Nothing super exciting this week.

You know you're a weird person when you're wrapped up in a winter coat and scarf and walk into a shop and ask for ice cream.  We got the weirdest looks, haha.  What kind of a person eats ice cream when it's freezing cold outside?  Either way, it was TOTALLY worth it and supper yummy!!

Mission life is pretty slow right now.  We have little to no investigators and little motivation to tract out in the cold, so we spend most of our time working with members and less-active members.  Hopefully, it's making a difference in their lives.  If not, guess we'll just keep visiting them anyway haha.  You never know what difference you could be making in someone's life.

One of our less-active members invited us over for dinner on Saturday.  Usually we only see her on Wednesdays, so we were surprised but we agreed to come back.  When we came back on Saturday, she told us of a video she watched on patience with marshmallows.  I knew that she must have been on watching Mormon messages, and was excited that she was even on the website at all.  While at the same time, we had the movie "Prince of Egypt," playing in the background (which is a very good movie by the way).  Sadly, we can't watch it while on our mission, but this less-active sister told us of how she was explaining to her kids what was happening and why Moses was fighting with his brother and stuff like that.  So that was exciting!! Then by the end of dinner, she asked us "What time is church?"  I was super excited!! I would have never thought she would ever ask that question.  She didn't make any promises, but that fact that she wants to come (even if she didn't come yesterday), is really a big improvement for her!!

And transfers are next week.  I'm 200% sure I'm getting transferred.  It's rare for someone to be with a companion for as long as Sister C and I have been together, and I've also been in the area for 6 months which is usually the max for someone to stay in one area.  I have no idea where I'm gonna go.  I keep guessing the South Island or the Cook Islands but that's out of mission, haha.  So I'm not sure where I'm gonna go, but I'll go whereever the Lord wants me to.

Hope you have a good week.

Sister Welker 

Ice Cream in the Winter

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What winter looks like in New Zealand.  Trust me--it doesn't look cold, but it's cold!!

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And my companion LOVES bananas so I decided to make her this one morning.  She loved it :D

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Week 48: Is it a sin to be weak?, and Great South River

Well the best days this week were definitely Tuesday and Thursday.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Week 47: Best PDAY!!, Super slow slow week

So it wasn't a very exciting week.  Monday was probably the most exciting, but that's about it.