Last week hummed along and we did most of what I mentioned above. We went to lunch with a couple that has fed us many times, and we wanted to reciprocate and take them out. They took us to a yummy Chinese place and it was great sharing stories of our families and realizing that we have so much in common as life-long members of the church.
Wednesday night was our Rescue Night, but sadly, only the Ward Mission Leader, the Sisters and us showed up. No matter, we split up, men together and women together and separated. We each had fantastic visits with some "forgotten" members. I had a taste of what it is like to be a missionary without a car, walking the streets with the Sisters and talking with everyone. It was fun, but tiring!
We met a group of four "flat mates", all are members, one woman and 3 men. They live in the same house, and work for the same company, and none are not related. We are having a FHE with them Monday night and we will get to know them better. We know that one man has a family in Wellington, 8 hours away that he sees every other weekend, and the woman is divorced and has 7 children, but they live nearby with her ex-husband. Sharing homes is very common here where the rent prices are so high.
We all wished we had worn island clothes or accessories to blend in better, and not look so much like tourists. We were welcomed by many people seeing our badges and happy to volunteer that they were members.
and we had walked almost 5 miles, so we were happy to leave,
We had a fun time seeing what each country had to share. We bought something from almost each country, and that was fun - baskets, a lei, carved necklaces, earrings, shells, and food. I had heard about Pasifika when we first arrived in NZ and had been anticipating attending. So glad we did.
I love this quote from Elder Holland. God can't help us if we don't pray. When we pray, He often uses us, His servants, His deciples, to help answer those prayers. We need to ask always for blessings, and also be ready and worthy to be of service helping God to answer the prayers of others! We need to look for ways to be angels on an errand for God, through home teaching, visiting teaching, or any time.
That is our desire after we return home from our mission and get back into civilian life.
We hope you will be strengthened in your prayers and seek ways to serve others. We love and appreciate your prayers for us. We are so blessed because you pray for us! We pray for you daily!
Elder and Sister Martin