Sunday, July 31, 2016

Come What May and LOVE IT!!!

This week is over. Kinda weird. It was long on some days and now it feels like we literally emailed home yesterday. Sister is packed and ready to head off tomorrow to America!! She is beyond excited. She wont admit it but we can all tell :) So grateful for her and the work she did in this area. It was a pretty eventful week. 
We were able to go and visit one of our investigators. We seriously just love her to death. We haven't been able to see her the past few weeks. Anyway we went over to go and say goodbye and we walked into her home and something was so different. It seemed lighter. So sister was like "did you get a new table?.. no its the curtains." Haha as we sat down to talk she said she wants us to figure out what is different because something is. So we guessed that she was reading from the Book of Mormon and she totally is!!! So it was the light that was different and not the physical light but her spiritual light. It was a cool experience and a huge testimony builder for me personally to see how much the word of God impacts us in our lives. We wouldn't think that reading from a book could change our countenance but it does. It brings so much peace and happiness into our lives.

I had a mean as personal study the other day and it was on prayer. Something that we do countless times each day. I started pondering on my prayers and realizing I was getting into the routine of things. That I would wake up and pray, pray to open and close studies, bless the food, pray as we leave the flat, before appointments, planning, and then to end the day. Which they were all good they were all meaningful, but they could have been so much better. In the bible dictionary it talked about how prayer accompanied sacrifice. I thought of how today prayer still accompanies sacrifice. I have been praying for my new companion and new experiences on the mission that can push me to be a better me. Obviously from past transfers God gave me exactly that. If you think about it every time we pray and ask for something we have to give something up. It could be physical or mental, either way its something we give over to the Lord. It can be hard and it can be really challenging. Then I read this paragraph.. 
"As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings."

When we pray and when we are willing to give up things even if we really dont want to we are aligning our will with Gods will. We are strengthening our relationship with him and understanding that his plan is so much better than our own plan for ourselves. So what ever happens and what ever he does give me I know it is exactly what I need to help me become the daughter of God I am meant to be. 

I love you all and I hope you have a great week!! Continue to strengthen your relationship with our Heavenly Father and find ways of making your prayers more meaningful and seeing how your life starts to change. 

Sister Boiteux


The district!!

We call this.. Keeping up with the Halavakas. So much better than the Kardashians. 

walked out of a driveway and scared these two hooligans. Gotta love our language elders!! 

Last visit with Brother Hall. This old man cracks us up. Never too sure what he is going to say when we go and visit him. 

The difference between an islander lunch and a palagi lunch

Luch with Hannah. She felt like she was a sister missionary again. Our ysa is the best :)

We got attacked by children for a solid 30 min.

 We only had a baptism yesterday :) Sonny finally got baptised. Heaps of hard work finally paid off. We was like a kid in a candy store. It was pretty cool to witness!

Saying good bye to Bishops family. Avondale ward is the best :)

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