Monday, December 14, 2015

TEMPLE WEEK

Hello again to everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful week. Highlight of this week as you can tell by the subject is the TEMPLE!! We got to go as a mission to the New Zealand temple and it was gorgeous!! As you pull into the parking lot the temple is on a little hill. So when you first start walking up to the temple it is the only thing you can see, and the back drop for it is the big blue sky! Man it's awesome! I was able to find a family name to take to the temple and do all of the ordinances. From baptism all the way to the endowments. It was such a beautiful place, and the spirit that was there was so strong. Being there with other servants of our Heavenly Father and just being in his house is such a blessing. 
The cool part too is that the Temple President is a former Rugby Player for the All Blacks named Sid Going. People say he basically changed the game of Rugby for NZ, so it was cool to walk among a rugby great!!
I hope all is well back home and you are staying warm with the snow ;) Here for Christmas people like to have a BBQ on the beach, so that's kind of weird..
I love you all and will talk with you next week!!




Hamilton, New Zealand Temple

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tis the Season!

Hello everyone!! I hope you are all well and enjoying the Christmas season!! I have video but It won't upload so my mom and dad will put it on their facebooks so you can look for it there ;)
Any way this week was pretty crazy!! An elder in our zone got bite by a pretty big spider and had to go to the Hospital multiple days. So we were on trade offs right and left. My comp and I were only together in our area for probably a day and a half total this week. But we have been getting in the Christmas spirit here so it's all good!! Our ward had a massive ward party this weekend! It was so fun to mix and mingle with all the members and hear some missionary stories themselves! And we had 3 investigators there so it was awesome!! But this ward is amazing and I love it so much! 
I'd like every one to watch some time this week the new Church video. There is two really good ones that they came out with this year. Please take a look at these and try to remember the real meaning of Christmas. We have found these videos to be super effective with teaching and helping people remember the true meaning of Christmas and why we need a Savior. What the Savior did for us is such a blessing and I encourage all of you to ponder on what the Savior has done for you. I love you all and wish you all a good safe week!!

video

Thanksgiving week in NZAM

Hello everyone once again. Can you believe it's already December?!
This week was pretty average for the life of a missionary. Woke up every day, and tried to find some people to teach!;) We had a companionship study with President Balli and that was super cool. He gave us a lot of fantastic insight that I will take throughout my mission. We had a good lesson with these two people named Leo and Makayla. Brother and sister Samoans. Very nice people and very keen and wanting to learn. We were teaching the Restoration and it was flipping awesome! But once their mom came in, it just died. The spirit was gone and there was nothing left. They are a very strict Catholic family and it was hard to get her to listen to us without her denying what we were saying. But there is some potential with her kids so we will see, and we will keep praying and hoping for the mom to come along!! 
Other than that it was a solid week!! We didn't do anything for thanksgiving sadly... But I'm still very thankful for all of you and this Gospel and the chance that I have to serve!!
I love you all and will talk with you next week!!