Sunday, October 16, 2016

Transfers and Conference

Hello all once again! I can't believe six weeks have already! Time is going crazy fast, but slow at the same time. My companion Elder Ponce and I are very blessed and happy to stay we are staying together in the Lincoln Ward for 6 more weeks! We are very happy and have lots of work to do here still! But we are really happy and excited to see what miracles the Lord has in store for Lincoln this transfer! We had a slow week because we both are kind of sick. I've had a nasty cough and head aches and my companion is still having head issues. But we are determined to start the week strong. Even though we have doctor appointments haha. But we will have a good week and good transfer!
We had an amazing weekend with transfers. So many questions answered and great experiences happened! One thing we were both really happy with was seeing our recent converts, Lydia and Clinton, there participating! Lydia was writing heaps and heaps of notes. Since she's been baptized last month she has read the whole Book of Mormon AND D&C!!! We have a goal with her to be in the temple this month for baptisms!!!
For myself, I'm happy! I'm hoping to keep growing and learning more and more. I have no idea what the Lord has in store for me, but I'll keep doing what He wants of me. We will see what comes with the next few weeks! 
We have high expectations for this transfer! Can't believe how fast time is going, but I wouldn't wanna be anywhere else!
Thanks for all the love and support! I hope you all took something from conference and have started to apply it to your lives!!
I love you all! have a good week!!

Elder Maughan

Another Soul Joins the Lord

Hello everyone once again!:)
I hope you all had a wonderful week and enjoyed conference! I can't wait for it! We get to watch it this weekend so I'm way excited! I need the spiritual recharge haha. Even though this last week was really uplifting, I still need it!
So this week started out super super long. We honestly felt like it was dragging for ages haha. But once Thursday came around things started to pick up. But the best day came on Saturday! Brother Clinton Ewington was BAPTIZED!!! And he asked me to baptize him. It was such a blessing. My companion and I were so excited for him to finally make this commitment. He has come a real long way haha. But we were so happy for him. He said he felt like a new person when he was talking to some members. That just stregthened my testimony that we have the real Priesthood Authority of God. And I'm very grateful that he's given me the chance to hold that authority.
Well transfers on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!! Guess we'll see what happens! But for now, that's all I have!
Love you all!!

Elder Maughan 

End of September = Daylight Savings

Hello once again from the beautiful land of New Zealand, Auckland, Henderson, Lincoln. We had a meh week with my Soa being sick from his fall last week. But we were still able to have some good things come forward.
We were able to meet with a lot of part member families. We have follow up appointments this week with them. They have all been taught most of the gospel, and have been to church a few times. Just hard to get them to commit to anything. But we are really happy to be able to work with them and to help them move forward. 
This weekend coming we have a baptism!!! Brother Clinton Ewington is going to be making the sacred covenant with the Lord! He's been fun to teach and has really helped me and my companion grow and learn more and develop new skills, like patience. Lots of patience. BUT we are really excited.
We had daylight savings yesterday. For some reason we all thought it would be lighter this morning so we could go play some touch. Nope haha. We got our times mixed up. But now people will be a little more open at night time and the nights will be much better. Crazy to think that this is how it was last year, and I'm on repeat now! 
Well I love you all! Have a good week and enjoy conference! 

Elder Maughan

Fast as Week

Hello all. I can't believe this week already came to an end. I feel like I was just writing yesterday. But everyone says once you hit the hump it goes much faster, I can truly testify to that after one week haha. 
It was a good week. Just an average one to be honest. After last week we just kind had a slower week. Investigators are still moving a long. Clinton is still golden for the 1st. He is very good at giving detailed stories. The Pinono family is doing good too. They are just super busy since Myles is playing ball for the national tournament. Which is awesome. We will catch up with them some more tonight! 
President Balli told me last night that we can move Annettes progress along pretty fast here now! So we are really excited for her! She will probably have a baptismal date this week if not then next week for sure! 
The Lord has really blessed us and protected us this week! My comp had a pretty scary fall while mucking around in basketball. But he's all good now, just really sore haha. But all is well!
The area is doing good still and we are still having fun and loving the mission! I hope you all have a good week! And stay warm since it's coming in to winter!
Love you all! 

The Perfect Week

Hello family and friends again!! Well it was a beautiful week. Can you believe that one year ago from Friday I left for the Provo MTC?? Time is crazy fast but I love it. The mission is so great. So this week couldn't of been better. We had heaps of lessons and great progression with lots of people. But on Friday it was my year mark. I got a "hiding" for it. And all that means is I got hit in the back of the leg by a middle broom stick from two other elders haha. They missed my butt and got my leg, now I have a massive bruise. I won't send that picture cause it's kinda gross. But if you wanna see it let me know haha. Burnt a shirt on Friday night, It went up in flames really really fast haha. A lot easier than my tie.
Saturday was even better. For starts, we had our investigators and ward members come play basketball with us in the morning. It was also my comps Year Mark! But to top it all off. WE HAD A BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sister Lydia got baptized on Saturday and confirmed yesterday :) It was such a special day for everyone! 
And yesterday we had a missionary fireside. But it was combined with the Blockhouse Bay ward! I got to see my first ward from my mission one year later haha. It was so cool! We had around 40 less-actives/Non-members there last night so it was really successful! 
This week couldn't of been better. And this year has been the greatest year of my life. Time is counting down slowly, but it's all gonna be worth it! I'm super grateful for all the blessing that the Lord has given me. So many things have happened in this year, and I can't wait to see what this next year brings. I love you all!!!

Elder Maughan