At age 19 I chose to leave my family in Providence Utah for 2 years, to spread the Gospel to the people of New Zealand, so they can be with their families for Eternity...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010

Kia Ora! Malo lele! Malo se fua!

This week was about an average week. Nothing too exciting besides climbing Mangere Mountain last p-day. It was pretty fun. Not very big, but on top you could see for miles (kilometers here). I'll send you some pics after I write this letter. It was an easy hike, but steep, hot, and humid. So I was pretty sweaty. Especially after playing touch at the bottom of the mountain. Touch is so much fun. The weather has been up and down. It got really hot Thursday and Friday was really humid too. Then Saturday night it poured all night. So that was good to cool everything off. I've noticed that its always windy here. You know how it feels when a front starts to come through? thats about how it feels pretty much most of the time. Luckily we've only had to be in the rain for a few minutes this week.

Earlier in the week we got like 25 referrals because some of the MTC missionaries trackted out our area. So we've been really busy trying to contact them all. And all that on top of our usual lessons. So we've been pretty busy.

This week ended pretty stressful. Lessons started falling through and there was stress with some of our investigators. Sunday we were planning on having about 10 investigators to church, and we only had 2 show up. Liandra (9 yrs.) who is set for this Saturday didn't make it. We're not really sure what to do about her. She has a hard time learning the things we're teaching her even by rote. We go over the steps to repentance very simply and a few times and she still can't repeat them back to us. So we're praying hard to know whether she should still be baptized on Sat.

Then Rosie has been having a very hard time with things this week. With the whole bail of Perry, and him arguing with his mother and her and things are just hectic for her. She has even said to us that now that she's trying to do the right things and change, all these things are coming up out of nowhere. When she thought nothing else could happen, more things happen. She said she's tired of things going wrong and doesn't want to change anymore. We're trying to comfort her and getting her to turn to the Lord, but she said she can't handle everything that's being thrown at her. We're praying very hard for her and helping her all we can. She is set for the 11th, and we're working as hard as we can to help her through these things and get her prepared for that day. I hope everything works out for her.

On Saturday Elder Jenkins made me Sr. companion for a day. I didn't realize how hard it is to do everything. Its really hard to think of people to see all day when lessons fall through, and there's not too many people on the streets. It was a bit stressful, but I learned a whole lot.

Everybody enjoy the snow. Be grateful for it. I can't wait to see it again when I get home. Most people here haven't ever seen snow in person, and if so just once. Thank you all for your love, support, and prayers. I really appreciate it. I love you all and pray for you all.

Mangere Mountain

The "Kevin Pose" on top of the mountain

My district (left to right: Elders Handy, Sorensen, Smith, Chandler, Matu'u, Jenkins)

Beautiful New Zealand

Me enjoying New Zealand

Ka Kite!
Elder Sorensen

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