Monday, May 19, 2014

Rain, bed bugs, and yay, Sister Eneri!

6:19 PM (16 hours ago)
Hello! This week was hard, yet beautiful. Let me tell you why:

1. We officially have only one investigator, the lovely Una. She, on
her own, is not unfortunate. She is as golden as they come, and her
investigator glow is bright and lovely and makes me want to cry every
time we have a lesson (I just really really love her). She'll be
getting baptized on the 31st of this month. But the lack of
investigators has certainly been tough. Pray for us, we need it right
now.
2. We were able to go to the temple this week as a zone. It was the
first time I had been to the temple in about 8 months. I was just so
struck by the fact that I am a child of God. That He has actually sent
me here. He is my Father. Jesus Christ is my brother. I was
overwhelmed by the Spirit and just filled with love. It is such a
blessing for there to be a temple in Fiji. If there wasn't one, the
people here would have to save up and either go to Tonga or New
Zealand. As it so happens, they will have to be shutting it down for
about a year in order to renovate it. The ceiling was leaking when we
were there. It was sad to see, and it is sad that it will be closed
temporarily. But everything will be ok. It is only temporary.
3. Some of our members who had previously been less active were
supposed to be sealed this week, but it turned out that the father had
not yet received his Melchizedek Priesthood, so that didn't end up
happening. It was really sad, the children were crying about it.
However, the ladies in the family did end up going for their
endowment, and we got to go (on a different day, so we went to the
temple twice this week!)! I actually got to be an escort, and it was a
wonderful experience. I love the temple. I love it so so much. I am so
grateful for it, and I will definitely be looking for someone who can
take me there one day.
4. There is a widow in our ward that is on oxygen because 70% of her
lungs do not work, so consequently she cannot attend church. We go and
see her from time to time. She is a beautiful spirit, filled with
faith and hope and love. Whenever we go see her I am filled with
warmth. I am so grateful for her. She calls us her daughters. Well,
yesterday she passed away. I was sad when I heard, but at the same
time I understood that she is no longer in pain. I am grateful for an
understanding of the Plan of Salvation. The last time we went and saw
her, she gave us this advice: do not marry someone just because they
are handsome on the outside. Marry someone that is "handsome on the
inside". She said, "Don't be like me." She was married three times.
And that was the last advice she gave to us. I think it's good
counsel.
5. It has been raining raining raining, and I have been wearing a
sweater all week. What is this, Washington? ;) I am in Fiji! Those of
you who know me, know that my mood is sometimes effected by the
weather. So I was feeling that this past week.
6. Bed bugs have attacked us. First time for me. They are really
yucky, but popping them is very satisfying. Don't worry, we are
winning the battle. Haven't seen one in three days.
7. Transfers occurred, and there was no change for the sisters of
Nasinu 2nd. However, we are getting a new District Leader, the
venerable Elder Tafunai from my intake. He is the man. Excited for
him. However, we will miss Elder Wihongi and his antics. He's going
home to new Zealand this week. ALSO SISTER ENERI IS COMING TO SUVA.
Funny story, about a month into our companionship she had a dream that
she would be serving in Suva 3rd. To her, it was a nightmare. She
didn't want to go there. I told her not to worry, that she would
probably be companions with Sister Trammell, and that it would be a
really enjoyable experience. But I also told her not to give dreams
too much concern. And guess what. Her new area is Suva 3rd, and her
new companion is Sister Trammell. Haha, pote. But the main thing that
I am happy about is that I have her. I love her so much. I missed her
so much.
8. I just want to reemphasize just how much I love Una. Even though we
only have her, she is such a blessing and joy. She is about six feet
tall. She played netball at one point. Haha look up what netball is, I
had never even heard of it until I came to Fiji, but it is a really
big sport in the Pacific. Anyway, we have been teaching her just about
every day because we have so few other people to go see (besides less
actives, but if they don't want to come back they don't want to come
back). And her testimony sounds like she has been a member for ages.
We taught her about the temple the other day, the same day that we
went to be escorts, and man. It was powerful. And it was happy. And
she now understands that baptism is just the beginning, that she
should continue to prepare herself to be able to go to the temple. She
said that she'll go exactly a year after she is baptized. I am so
excited for her. She is such a gem. And she calls us her sisters.
"Isa, my sisters." Isa, our Una.

So right now we are struggling with the work when it comes to numbers.
We are not impressive in any way. But it makes it easier to really
focus on the one investigator that we do have. And I see that as a
blessing.

I love you all so much. I know the Lord is with each and every one of
us. He loves us so much. He wants us to succeed. And if we bend to His
will, we will succeed. Maybe not in the way we wanted, or the way the
world expects us to succeed. But we will succeed. There is no
question.

I discovered something. The actual purpose of this life and all that
we go through and even the teachings of the church is for us to gain
complete and total self control. We may not actually gain that in this
life, but we should try to get as close to it as possible. Alma 34:32
says that this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God. How do
we do that? By being obedient to His word. They say that freedom comes
from obedience. Now I understand why. Obedience brings us more self
control. And those who have the most self control are surely the most
free. They are the ones that have complete control over what they say,
over what they do. They have the most patience. Therefore, rules and
laws are no longer restrictions for them. The world tends to think
that freedom is a total lack of rules. But there is a consequence for
everything, is there not? Even things that we do in secret have
consequences. Breaking rules and laws always bring negative
consequences, and that is something to which we are all bound. Self
control frees us from these negative consequences. The Atonement
guides us towards this self mastery. It protects us from our
imperfections along the way, if we allow it to. And it also protects
us from the external forces, of which we have no control over, that
might also cause us pain. Therefore, everyone should get baptized and
become members of the Church. The end.

I am a missionary.

Love,
Sister Wright

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