Monday, March 24, 2014

That's right everyone,  this sister is officially one of the "Senior Missionaries".  I've learned so much  about myself and the gospel since I came, and I still have a lot to learn.  Everyday brings new experiences, new people and new ways to serve.  It's been an amazing journey, and its not over yet! I've been thinking a lot about my service so far and how much more I can do.  I've got six months left and I'm going to give it all I've got.

We had a group go home this past week (including my first DL), and we keep forgetting they've left. It's hard to believe that there's life after the mission!!  It's always sad to see them go.  I think Heavenly Father gives us the new groups right on time to fill the gaps in the areas and in our hearts. Each intake is better than the one before and I'm excited to see what this new group will accomplish.
My intake is moving up the ranks in leadership, and now there are 4 from my same intake in this district.  It's so fun to be back together again, and I've loved seeing how each of us has changed and grown.  Who knows what will happen with all of us together.
So... news for this week.
It was an exciting week. to start out, we got a new intake on monday with only ONE sister so we were running around trying to balance our appointments with her schedule to make sure she wasn't alone.... craaaazy!  Tuesday we took her shopping in town and made it back with seconds to spare before her meeting started!  Sister Klingler needed help around the house so we ended up in the kitchen with her all afternoon.  Shes an amazing woman and an inspiration to all of us missionaries.   She always has some new project up her sleeve to serve and bless others.

I'm soooo looking forward to the baptisms this week!  Lea will be baptized tuesday afternoon with all the Suva YSA to support her.  She came along out of the blue, with no knowledge of the church.  Now shes striving to follow everything we have shared, changing her life and gaining her own testimony through experience.  Whenever  we first start lessons with someone we share that the gospel is like a cake. it might look nice, and smell nice, but youll never know its sweetness untill you dive in and take a bite.  Lea took it to heart, and has been 'eating the cake' ever since. its been so amazing to see the changes she is making .
Brother Saba's baptism will be on sunday afternoon.  He was another miracle.  We received a referral for a co-worker and ended up committing him to baptism in our first visit!  He's been moving quickly ever since and keeping us busy juggling member presents and his work schedule.  He always asks when he can see us again and what new things we're going to talk about.  He's got that 'love of God and of all mankind' down pretty well. Yesterday we started talking about family history and temple work and he was so excited about the opportunity to do the work for his ancestors. at first he thought there was a deadline for getting his information to us (our bad!!) and he was very concerned about finding everyone in time!  Everyone, take note and go do your family history!!  Go find them and show they how much they mean to you!!
As for the rest of the week, we had exchanges on Wednesday then our ward Relief Society birthday party on Friday.  Sister Lal (canteen lady at the primary) asked for our help so of course we said yes.  Little did we know we would spend the afternoon scaling fish, scraping coconut and making all sorts of dishes. we had so much fun, even though weve been finding scales everywhere since then.  The party was a success and we had some investigators and less actives turn up.
Aahh!! cut short again. the computer is fighting with my memory card, so you'll have to wait for all the pictures of the fishy coconut goodness till next week.
Loloma levu!!
Sista P

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