Sunday, November 29, 2015


This week was titled "the trial week" did I know that was coming? yes I did. We have a super amazing week and we can always usually count on trials the next week. But it was still good, every day is a good day on a mission. Most of our appointments fell through this week which meant heaps of tracting time. Which wasn't effective either because we just got chewed out by most people we talked to and it was great!!! There is a talk by Elder Holland that kept us going this week. He talks about how missionary work isn't easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. It was never easy for Christ so why would it be easy for us? And that missionaries will shed a tear that Christ shed. Definitely not in the same way but we have to experience something He did. It is all about the attitude that we have. This week we definitely were physically drained but spiritually enriched.  

Although we had heaps of appointments cancel on us the lessons we were blessed with were just amazing. The people in our area are so prepared and it is just crazy how fast the work is coming. It has been interesting finding the balance with my new companion especially while we are teaching but it is coming along. Striving to accomplish our goals and leave the area better than how we found it. Not to sure about what else to say about this week rather than God is good. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church on earth today. I know that and believe it with all my heart. I know that the gospel truly does bless all of our lives. I have seen so many miracles in the short amount of time I have been here and I love this great work that I am blessed to be a part of. Love you all!!!

Sister Boiteux

Funny of the week: The zone leaders were in Auckland for a couple days this past week so Sister Christiansen and I took it upon ourselves to be zone leaders for those days. Lets just say we crushed it. The zone leaders recommended us to be the next assistants since we did so well ;) Dont worry we wont let it go to our heads!

Found a beach without any sand so we took that opportunity to take some pictures of this rare moment. 

Sister Ottleys birthday!!! Went over to celebrate with her then went outside and New Zealand knew I curled my hair so it decided to rain.

The sabbath was full of cute little parrots and kittens!! :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It's a Crack Up Life.

This week was pretty much crack up. My companion is the craziest person I have ever met and I love it. We smashed it this week. Started with the many miracles and blessings from our Heavenly Father. Oh man we had a competition with our district leader to see who gets the most TWE and loser owes the other companionship buttered chicken. We were at 12 TWE at 6:00 at night so we were freaked out that they would beat us. We said a prayer and felt prompted to go and tract. BOOM! We had 45 TWE at the end of the night. So many potentials this week and we are so grateful for the Lord and all he did for us. For some reason my companion and I laugh. Like all the time. So a family opened the door and we couldnt stop laughing. Awkard as. But we got a return appointment so all is well haha. 

We focused so much on faith this week. Mainly cause I had to speak on that at church. So we had a comp study with the district leader and the zone leaders and they were both on faith. Lol I know im brilliant. But it actually helped so much. We learned how to rely on our Savior 100% because the atonement is truly what carries us as missionaries. We both somehow ended up sick by the end of the week and investigators were falling through and we were just exhausted. Somehow we kept going and were able to receive other blessings and new people to teach. The work is hastening and I just love it. We have two baptisms on December 19 (happy birthday dad) and transfers are on December 17 haha so the zone leaders liked to inform me that I will be getting transferred. Tends to happen to me when we get sets. But all is well. We dont even know yet but I am just grateful for the opportunity that i have to be a tool in the Lords hands.

As I was studying on faith it took me to one of my favorite Book of Mormon stories... THE STRIPLING WARRIORS!!! Alma 57:27 "Now this was the faith of these of whom i have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually." Why? because that is what their mothers taught them. We had to teach gospel principles yesterday and it was on eternal families. Made us only a tad bit homesick. But I am so grateful for my parents and raising me in the gospel and teaching me all that I need to know so I could make it out on my mission. I am grateful for the people back at home who are like my parents and have shaped my life and helped me become who I am today. I love being a missionary. I love looking for the Lords tender mercies every single day. I know that the Savior lives and the time for him to come back is coming quickly. I know that faith leads to action, action leads to a testimony, and a testimony leads to conversion. I know there is power in prayer and Heavenly Father is ready to answer them as long as we are willing to listen and do what he asks us to do.

Love you all heaps,
Sister Boiteux

Funny of the week: In my talk I shared a story of how our USB port in the car stopped working so we had no music. So we pulled over and prayed for it to work... and it started working!!! It actually was a cool testimony builder on faith. Anyways I said that and in relief society the teacher asked what they remembered from my talk... Yeah thats the only thing they really remembered. Crack up!

Tracting in Opito Bay. Always an adventure with Julie. Joys of when people ask us if we want to see their view. 


Learning to knit. We're terrible at it.

Mangnum bars. Murica!

Round 2 Mangamuka with the elders and Sister Edgar.

When we find a mail box with the letters of our last name. Happens frequently haha

Ezra. Still depressed I can't hold him.

Preaching the gospel to a horse. That's how we do it here in the north.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Growth Zone

This week was hard. I dont think i have cried this much on my mission as i have this past week. Haha the reason being.... TRANSFERS!! 
As much as i dont like transfers i also love them. I get to stay in the great kingdom of Kaikohe. But my new companion is wonderful and such an amazing missionary. Her name is Sister Christiansen. From Bountiful Utah. She came out the transfer before me. So were both new but both excited to hasten the work in this area. 

I miss my sassy samoan companion dearly, but i am so grateful for this new opportunity to learn from a new sister and find new ways to work in our area. Although this week was filled with tears it was also filled with appointments. Which is great. The people here are so prepared and i love it. 

I have absolutely no idea what to tell every one. My main motto for this week has been "there is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone." I honestly really love trials. They are incredibly hard but they help us grow closer to the Savior if we let them. Getting use to a new companion is weird and hard but it is necessary. I know the Lord has a plan for me and this is part of it. At interviews I talked with Sister Balli and she shared with me Jacob 4:10. That also goes in hand with Alma 37:37. Choice scriptures. Man did I need those this week. I kept telling sister Tapuala, "why does president trust me to be senior companion? I dont want to do this." but he is inspired and he does know what he is doing. I am so grateful for my mission president and most importantly for the Savior and the atonement. Truly have been relying on faith most of this week. Nothing can get done without faith. I know that God has a plan for each and every one of us. He gives us the trials that we can handle. When I mess up or dont feel good enough I think of our mission vision. "repent and move forward every day." and "who God calls, God qualifies." So true. We can do anything and everything when we rely on the Savior. He loves us and only wants the best for us. Trials refine us and make us better, i know that for sure. Dont dwell on the past because we all make mistakes, no one is perfect. Thats the beauty of the atonement. How lucky are we to have it?! I hope you are all taking time to see what the Lord does for yous each and every day. No matter how hard the day is there is always a blessing somewhere in it. I love you. The Lord loves you. 
Alofa Atu!
Sister Boiteux

Funny of the week: For some reason every time we leave a members house or something. Someone always feels the need to tell me to stay out of trouble. And that im going to get married like the week I get home from my mission. The reputation I have here in the Waihou family. My goodness. I promise that im not super marriage hungry and that my personality is just a big one I always stay out of trouble ;)

 Senior Couple in our district. One of my mission parents :)

Haruru Falls!!

Cute deaf couple in our branch. Brother Cunniffe likes to calm the devil and tells me to repent every time we go over. He is cheeky as.

Transfers!!! Definitely got lost in Auckland cause the Elders are terrible and left us. :)

The sisters in the Ngati Hine district

Sister Christiansen


Chickens :)

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The hills are alive with the sound of... THE GOSPEL!

Oh my goodness I have absolutely no idea what to say about this week... Rather than its been amazing!!! Every day sister and i got home and planned and then just collapsed in bed from complete exhaustion. People would ask us "how has your week been?" and we just stare at each other and are like "oh man. Its been good" haha we havent really thought about it and looking back its like dang. We did work. It has been an incredible week knowing that every day we went out and gave it our all. Weeks like this are the best. 
We had heaps of trials and then more blessings. Its just great. We really tried to exercise our faith and hasten the work in our area. I realized another hard part about a mission. Sister and I were contacting potential investigators and one said "yes, come back I want to learn more!" So we showed up and instantly we both just saw him in white. It was incredible. We took Brother Cooper back to meet him and sit in on the lesson and the investigator decided to drop us. Heart broken. Seriously it was hard as. But we wont give up. WE CAN DO IT! Our sweet investigator Jessica said yes to baptism! Oh man such an important decision. So we are helping her work towards that, so proud of her :)  Also have a few more investigators that are getting closer to baptism. This area is really starting to pick up and goodness I love it so much!

I am just so grateful for the members here and their willingness to help us with rides for our investigators and coming to lessons. Its just such a huge blessing to have their help and to hear their testimonies. In church yesterday so many testimonies were born on prayer, church, scriptures. I was just like all of that is amazing but it all comes back to Christ. That should be the foundation of our testimonies. Not just testimonies but our conversion. A member asked us, what is more important a testimony or conversion? Conversion by far. I know that we can really make a difference in this world as Jesus Christ is the center of our lives. Alma 26:12. For in his strength I can do all things. I hope your Halloween was so much fun!! Love you all.

Sister Boiteux

Splits with this beauty. Tahila she is preparing for a mission :) Crushed it with her.

Made cupcakes for zone training with Sonya that was quite fun.

The zone leaders decided to prank us back and put a dead possum on our back porch.. So sister slapped elder crane in the face with icing hahahahaha. 

... ok and we also pranked them back. We decided they wanted their dead possum back. 

Young womens halloween activity. Bobbing for oranges lol i kicked Jeydes butt!

Trip to Mangamuka with Sister Edgar 

Our mom decided that his mission has come to an end... Elder Crane is back to the USA!!! :)

zone devotional this fine morning :)