Monday, August 18, 2014

Bula vinaka!!!
Yet another week has passed in this paradise I call home. 
We are getting used to our area and stocking up our investigator pool.  It's amazing to see the blessings of the Lord and how much can change in just one week.  Last Monday we had one investigator that was too busy to see us, and now we have five that are moving forward.  Testifies that when you do your part and work hard, the Lord leads you to the people who are prepared.
​We've been going around meeting members, finding shortcuts, and trying to see every street in our area so we can start working in the right places.  Exploring has been way fun, it's just a little embarrassing when you get on the bus planning on a 20 minute ride then realize the street you're looking for is only a block away, and you hop right back off a minute later...... awkward!!  That happened this past week when we got a referral from a member in another ward.  She just started dating a non member in her university classes.  We had a hard time finding them but felt really strongly that we had to see them that day.  We finally met up at a park by Suva Point and  had some amazing lessons!  He's Catholic but says he doesn't feel right about the way they pray, etc.  He was asking all his Christian friends about Christ and he liked what the LDS member said.  He got a Book of Mormon, started reading and has been asking questions ever since!!  We are so excited about his progress so far and can't wait to see how he changes as he learns about the gospel.

This past week I've been seeing investigators and members from all my past areas.  It takes me back to the beginning of my mission.  It's been so great seeing them and it makes me feel better about the people I served.  There was one investigator that I hadn't seen in over a year.  She never got baptized, but she was so excited to see me we both started crying and hugging on the street.  It turns out she's working just down the street! moments like that give me hope that they'll have another opportunity to hear the gospel.  Whenever I read scriptures about being in the celestial kingdom with those you teach I wonder who will be there with me.  There were so many people I grew to love who weren't quite ready when I came along and more who have wandered since I left.  All I can do is show my support and pray that they'll have the faith to move forward and find out for themselves.

We're still reading through the gospels for our mission read and this week I noticed how crucial the spirit is when you're trying to learn about the gospel.  Every time Christ is teaching in parables he says something to the effect of "understand what you will".  Those who were in tune with the spirit were able to see deeper than the surface moral and find the true doctrine.  As we are teaching investigators or even studying on our own, we need to create an environment that invites the spirit if we want to learn anything.  I never realized that the spirit can be such a huge part of my life until I came out here.  Whether its something huge like an invitation to baptism or as insignificant as packing my Chapstick, the Holy Ghost is there to help every step of the way as long as we are willing to listen. 

So that's life for me right now.  I'm down to a nine more weeks and I'm not sure how I feel about it. Following the spirit each day and trying to to as much as I can in the time I have left. 
To all of you who are out already,  don't waste a moment. and to those who are thinking about it, nothing else in your life will make such a huge impact on who you can become.  It is way worth the sacrifice. 

Keep on keepin on!!  Loloma levu,
Sista Pyne

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Suva North Zone Conference Picture, July 11, 2014
 -heres me and my daughter in our new flat
 saying goodbye to the khannas. so hard!!
 the petersons! they serve at the suva institute building
 me, sista chong, and some delicious prawn spring rolls! (excuse the crazy hair, it was windy :D )
 look what we had for lunch at a members house! yes,
thats right. we ate the little critters inside those shells everyone collects......


sorry its been a while, things have been a little crazier than usual here in my island paradise.
we had president layton's first transfers this past week and let me tell you, there were some major changes!!  i was called to train and white wash in the suva 3rd ward. it was hard leaving samabula. ive learned so much in my 6 months there, and i didnt want to say goodbye, but i knew my time was up. i had been praying for an opportunity to train again before i went home, and i got my wish. the lord has some work for me to do in suva 3rd!
 monday night, my trainee flew in from the mtc and stayed with me and sister chong in samabula before we went to our area. shes the only sister in her intake so i already knew we would be companions, sister chong and i had a great time keeping 'my identity as her trainer' a secret until she opened her letter with the rest of the intake. we spent tuesday and wednesday driving to the airport and bus stand a few times helping with transfers and departing missionaries before sister matheson (chongs new companion) came in from lautoka. then wednesday afternoon we unpacked and hit the streets
my daughters name is sister Levave from samoa/hong kong. shes 20 and is the oldest of 6 in her family, first one to serve. so far im loving the Suva 3rd ward. its been a bit of a struggle figuring everything out since all four missionaries in our ward just got transferred in. we've spent some time wandering in the squatter settlements looking for members/investigators with nothing but names and a house color to go on. these first few days have been an adventure  and im sure it wont calm down anytime soon. theres so much work in this area that we have 4 ward mission leaders!! (one is an RM from fiji and i keep calling him elder by accident .... awkward!)
anyways, we have some great members in this ward who are so willing to help. a few awesome investigators and tons of recent converts to strengthen. im excited to be training again and am looking forward to the adventures in the weeks to come. only 12 more before i die, and im gonna make the most of it.
we are still doing the gospel read here in FSM and im learning so much about how the savior teaches. everyone, get out our new testaments and start reading cuz theres a lot to learn!
im sure ill have some great experiences to share with you next week, but for now im out of time!
loloma bibi vei kemudou!!
sista pyne