Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It's not about ME! (friends) 8-14-17

Crazy crazy week, YET full of beautiful moments. We had a great time in the temple today, a very special person to us got sealed to her husband, and it was really amazing to be there, and see the significance of that ordinance. We spent 6 hours in the temple, and we were able to learn a lot, and also ponder on a lot of questions we each had. This week was spiritually draining, BUT no other way I would rather be drained, haha.

We had a lesson with Vicki and Kevin, and Noah and Zaid, they are the family that is set for baptism next week, and we fasted with them that her divorce papers might come through in time(from her last relationship so they can be married and then baptized), we got word this week that they won't and Vicki was going to go ahead with the baptism, we sat down as a family, and discussed this, and came to the conclusion, that even if it takes a few extra weeks, near the end of September, that being married and then baptized as a family is the most important thing to do, as we left, Sister Smith and I felt so much peace, we looked at each other and said, "don't you feel like a huge weight is lifted off our shoulders? that is definitely the right thing to do." As I sat an pondered that night, that I won't be here to see this family I really love enter into the waters of baptism, the spirit kindly reminded me, "Sister DeLoach, it's not about you." I am so thankful that my mission isn't about me, I am truly in the seed planting business, but the Lords timing will always pull through in HIS way. I feel at peace knowing I have helped them the best I can, and will continue to do so until the day I leave, I love them so much. We got word from her yesterday after fasting that her papers MIGHT be back in time, and if they are then YAY, and if they aren't then YAY! Whatever will be will be. :)

We had the CRAZIEST lesson with Marcia, it was amazing, and after the prayer, she opened her eyes crying, and looked at me pointed at me and said, "it's you, the first day I met you, I knew it was you. It's you." The second she said that I literally saw her not as Marcia, but I saw her as someone that I knew before, and I saw a friend that I promised to come and find, and it was me, and it was her. The spirit was so strong between us, it almost felt like seeing someone you haven't seen in 20 years, but promised to find. I FOUND MY FRIEND. I felt anguish of soul the next day when she texted us and said that her family says if we come over again, they will disown her. She felt so saddened but said she isn't ready to lose her family, so if we will never come over again. I felt so sad, I literally felt like I lost a sister, for a while I felt like I was a curse to this area, but then I realized that finding your friend doesn't always mean you will bring them to the gospel, maybe you were just someone along their path, it still brings pain to my soul, BUT I know she will be baptized someday, she is truly so special to me.

We went to see a less active family this week, the Haira's. They never let us in, but she opened the door and said, "Come in", she said she didn't know how Heavenly Father does it, but every time she is struggling we seem to come, we were able to share with her about the forgiving power, and loving power of our Saviour. I truly have come to love the line in the song Lord I would Follow Thee that says, "Who am I to judge another when I walk imperfectly." I truly see this daily, I have found more joy in helping the struggling sinner, than in the beautiful day to day life. I am forever grateful for sinners, who like me want to keep trying, truly that is what it's all about, not how many times we fall, but how many times we stand up from falling, I do see the Saviours mercy, as I am able to love people who think he doesn't love them, I TESTIFY TO YOU ALL, He loves YOU. Exactly how you are today, he truly does love you!!! 

We were able to attend our Zone Leaders baptism this week for a guy named Charles Borrell, he is like a 40 year old Maori man, and His twin brother baptized him, after the baptism, they stood in the water for about 5 min, and wept and hugged each other, in that moment I felt what it truly will be like someday to be will all those that we love, that is how the Saviour will hug us, that is how he will greet each of us, it was a beautiful moment. I love you each so much, please know that I pray for you in detail every day and love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach

It's not about ME! 8-14-17

Hello family!! Crazy crazy week, YET full of beautiful moments. We had a great time in the temple today, a very special person to us got sealed to her husband, and it was really amazing to be there, and see the significance of that ordinance. We spent 6 hours in the temple, and we were able to learn a lot, and also ponder on a lot of questions we each had. This week was spiritually draining, BUT no other way I would rather be drained, haha.

We had a lesson with Vicki and Kevin, and Noah and Zaid, they are the family that is set for baptism next week, and we fasted with them that her divorce papers might come through in time(from her last relationship so they can be married and then baptized), we got word this week that they won't and Vicki was going to go ahead with the baptism, we sat down as a family, and discussed this, and came to the conclusion, that even if it takes a few extra weeks, near the end of September, that being married and then baptized as a family is the most important thing to do, as we left, Sister Smith and I felt so much peace, we looked at each other and said, "don't you feel like a huge weight is lifted off our shoulders? that is definitely the right thing to do." As I sat an pondered that night, that I won't be here to see this family I really love enter into the waters of baptism, the spirit kindly reminded me, "Sister DeLoach, it's not about you." I am so thankful that my mission isn't about me, I am truly in the seed planting business, but the Lords timing will always pull through in HIS way. I feel at peace knowing I have helped them the best I can, and will continue to do so until the day I leave, I love them so much. We got word from her yesterday after fasting that her papers MIGHT be back in time, and if they are then YAY, and if they aren't then YAY! Whatever will be will be. :)

We had the CRAZIEST lesson with Marcia, it was amazing, and after the prayer, she opened her eyes crying, and looked at me pointed at me and said, "it's you, the first day I met you, I knew it was you. It's you." The second she said that I literally saw her not as Marcia, but I saw her as someone that I knew before, and I saw a friend that I promised to come and find, and it was me, and it was her. The spirit was so strong between us, it almost felt like seeing someone you haven't seen in 20 years, but promised to find. I FOUND MY FRIEND. I felt anguish of soul the next day when she texted us and said that her family says if we come over again, they will disown her. She felt so saddened but said she isn't ready to lose her family, so if we will never come over again. I felt so sad, I literally felt like I lost a sister, for a while I felt like I was a curse to this area, but then I realized that finding your friend doesn't always mean you will bring them to the gospel, maybe you were just someone along their path, it still brings pain to my soul, BUT I know she will be baptized someday, she is truly so special to me.

We went to see a less active family this week, the Haira's. They never let us in, but she opened the door and said, "Come in", she said she didn't know how Heavenly Father does it, but every time she is struggling we seem to come, we were able to share with her about the forgiving power, and loving power of our Saviour. I truly have come to love the line in the song Lord I would Follow Thee that says, "Who am I to judge another when I walk imperfectly." I truly see this daily, I have found more joy in helping the struggling sinner, than in the beautiful day to day life. I am forever grateful for sinners, who like me want to keep trying, truly that is what it's all about, not how many times we fall, but how many times we stand up from falling, I do see the Saviours mercy, as I am able to love people who think he doesn't love them, I TESTIFY TO YOU ALL, He loves YOU. Exactly how you are today, he truly does love you!!! 

We were able to attend our Zone Leaders baptism this week for a guy named Charles Borrell, he is like a 40 year old Maori man, and His twin brother baptized him, after the baptism, they stood in the water for about 5 min, and wept and hugged each other, in that moment I felt what it truly will be like someday to be will all those that we love, that is how the Saviour will hug us, that is how he will greet each of us, it was a beautiful moment. I love you each so much, please know that I pray for you in detail every day and love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach 







Monday, August 7, 2017

Friends 8-6-17

NEXT WEEK I WILL EMAIL ON TUESDAY, we are doing a temple p-day. :) So please do not think I deserted you if I do not email on Monday. This week was BEAUTIFUL. Had the most unique experience ever, we had MLC (missionary leadership council) and Sister Gurney is a Sister Training Leader, and SO is Sister Kafoa. It was an incredible experience to be there with the two sisters that I was privileged to train. I felt so grateful that the Lord had allowed me that experience before I go home. It was amazing, and I felt like more than anything they taught me way more than I could have ever taught them.

This week there was a Sister struggling, and I sat down to talk with her, as I sat there, I felt prompted to say out loud, "there is a scripture that I would like to share"... I then thought oh no, haha I will just open my scriptures and allow the spirit to guide, I opened my scriptures, just looking at her, and I literally felt something stop my hand and I read the first scripture I looked at, but I didn't feel that was all so I read the one underneath it too, I looked up at this sister, and she was crying, and she said, "how did you know?" I asked what she meant, and she said, "Sister DeLoach, those are my favorite two scriptures." I was then able to testify of the love the Saviour has for each of us, and that he truly knew her, and he just guided me to where I needed to be because of the love he has for her. It was truly and amazing experience, and it helped us to grow so much. 
D&C 88:67-68
67 And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.

68 Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.

This week we had a man named Ray Wihongi come into the Visitors Centre, he is Ratena faith, which is a Maori religion, kinda similar to our beliefs, created by an ex-mormon. He was SO nice, he told us that His mom passed away in January, and he hasn't been to church since then, but that he has felt prompted the last few weeks to come to the visitors centre. We told him there is a reason why he felt that way, and we began to teach him the restoration, half way through teaching him we felt like he really needed to see this video called, "Gods Plan", it outlines the plan god has created for his children, he watched it and when we came in afterwards he was sobbing, he was so touched by the spirit. He gave us his referral, and we went to send it to the locals, and realized the address, and it was IN OUR AREA!!! We were so excited, and promised him that night we would bring a bible to him, we went later to contact him, and there was a huge fence, we contemplated jumping over it, but thought that might be inappropriate in our skirts.. hahah we decided we would try the next day, right as we left, Sister Gurney from the Visitors Centre called and said, "did you teach a man name ray today because he is back, and has watched Gods plan 3 times." We quickly drove out there, and we were able to teach him the plan of salvation also, and he told us, as soon as he left earlier, he longed for the feelings he felt earlier, and he had to come back, he said that NOW is the time he is ready to change, and he asked US if he could be baptized, we set Him for the end of August, and the spirit was so STRONG! Heavenly Father had nourished this curious soul, and when he felt that, he instantly knew it was true, I truly believe anyone that sincerely wants to know truth can receive it, and I know it's through feelings of the Holy Ghost. We incited him to church, and it was 9, we texted him, and he said, "Sorry I am at the Visitors Centre, I love it here, be there soon." HAHAH we waited for him, and he came. It was a beautiful Sunday, and I know Heavenly Father really prepared him. :) 

I know that Heavenly Father does hear and answer our prayers, I had a unique experience fasting this week, and I truly did feel the love that my Earthy family and parents, and friends have for me, It has sustained me in times of need, and I have felt prayers when I most needed them, I feel forever grateful for the support and love you all have shown me, I love you so much, and I hope it's a great week for you. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!
Until you can say "I AM MY MASTER"
You cannot say "I AM THY SERVANT"

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach

Whanau!!! 8-6-17

Hello family!! NEXT WEEK I WILL EMAIL ON TUESDAY, we are doing a temple p-day. :) So please do not think I deserted you if I do not email on Monday. This week was BEAUTIFUL. Had the most unique experience ever, we had MLC (missionary leadership council) and Sister Gurney is a Sister Training Leader, and SO is Sister Kafoa. It was an incredible experience to be there with the two sisters that I was privileged to train. I felt so grateful that the Lord had allowed me that experience before I go home. It was amazing, and I felt like more than anything they taught me way more than I could have ever taught them.

This week there was a Sister struggling, and I sat down to talk with her, as I sat there, I felt prompted to say out loud, "there is a scripture that I would like to share"... I then thought oh no, haha I will just open my scriptures and allow the spirit to guide, I opened my scriptures, just looking at her, and I literally felt something stop my hand and I read the first scripture I looked at, but I didn't feel that was all so I read the one underneath it too, I looked up at this sister, and she was crying, and she said, "how did you know?" I asked what she meant, and she said, "Sister DeLoach, those are my favorite two scriptures." I was then able to testify of the love the Saviour has for each of us, and that he truly knew her, and he just guided me to where I needed to be because of the love he has for her. It was truly and amazing experience, and it helped us to grow so much. 
D&C 88:67-68
67 And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things.

68 Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.

This week we had a man named Ray Wihongi come into the Visitors Centre, he is Ratena faith, which is a Maori religion, kinda similar to our beliefs, created by an ex-mormon. He was SO nice, he told us that His mom passed away in January, and he hasn't been to church since then, but that he has felt prompted the last few weeks to come to the visitors centre. We told him there is a reason why he felt that way, and we began to teach him the restoration, half way through teaching him we felt like he really needed to see this video called, "Gods Plan", it outlines the plan god has created for his children, he watched it and when we came in afterwards he was sobbing, he was so touched by the spirit. He gave us his referral, and we went to send it to the locals, and realized the address, and it was IN OUR AREA!!! We were so excited, and promised him that night we would bring a bible to him, we went later to contact him, and there was a huge fence, we contemplated jumping over it, but thought that might be inappropriate in our skirts.. hahah we decided we would try the next day, right as we left, Sister Gurney from the Visitors Centre called and said, "did you teach a man name ray today because he is back, and has watched Gods plan 3 times." We quickly drove out there, and we were able to teach him the plan of salvation also, and he told us, as soon as he left earlier, he longed for the feelings he felt earlier, and he had to come back, he said that NOW is the time he is ready to change, and he asked US if he could be baptized, we set Him for the end of August, and the spirit was so STRONG! Heavenly Father had nourished this curious soul, and when he felt that, he instantly knew it was true, I truly believe anyone that sincerely wants to know truth can receive it, and I know it's through feelings of the Holy Ghost. We incited him to church, and it was 9, we texted him, and he said, "Sorry I am at the Visitors Centre, I love it here, be there soon." HAHAH we waited for him, and he came. It was a beautiful Sunday, and I know Heavenly Father really prepared him. :) 

I know that Heavenly Father does hear and answer our prayers, I had a unique experience fasting this week, and I truly did feel the love that my Earthy family and parents, and friends have for me, It has sustained me in times of need, and I have felt prayers when I most needed them, I feel forever grateful for the support and love you all have shown me, I love you so much, and I hope it's a great week for you. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!
Until you can say "I AM MY MASTER"
You cannot say "I AM THY SERVANT"

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach








Monday, July 31, 2017

Family 7-30-17

What a week! This week was transfers and I was SO excited to get Sister Gurney back to the Visitors Centre, we aren't companions, but I am so happy to have her back. Seeing her at the bus stop was a small glimpse of how I think I will feel seeing you, I just wept out of gratitude that Heavenly Father knew exactly what I needed my last transfer. I am so excited to see you all even though it doesn't feel real. I am really loving my time here, and striving to enjoy it more and more every single day. 

This week we were at the Visitors Centre, and we looked up to the temple, and saw a man staring down at the Christus, he looked so sad, but we kept feeling like "don't go, send a man" it was really interesting, and we told Elder Zundel we felt he needed to speak with that man. He went out and little did we know that it was our investigator Kevin, they had a great man talk, and then he came in. He told us of how Satan was working really hard with their family since they are preparing for baptism, but the first place he wanted to be was here, at the temple. It was an amazing thing to see someone who knows so little of the gospel know exactly WHERE they needed to be in a time of need, we felt so grateful and knew at the point they truly are ready for baptism, Satan is trying so hard, and that August 18th is the date that is now set in stone for Kevin, Noah, Zaid, and Vicki. We are so excited to see a family be married and baptized, but mostly to see them enter the temple in a year:) 

This week we went to visit a new investigator, we walked up and he was drinking hard out, we decided to ask if he would be willing to put the alcohol away while we spoke to him, he agreed. HE LOOKS JUST LIKE UNCLE DANNY, it was so crazy. We were able to teach him, and help him to see that there is hope, I truly felt like I was teaching my uncle who has passed away. He behind these faded eyes began to tell us that he began to drink because he tried committing suicide, and it wasn't successful, we were able to help him see that the only successful thing he will find to quitting an addiction is following Jesus Christ. It was such a tender mercy to help a brother, who looked like an uncle, that I love dearly. It was a special day to me.

We went to church yesterday, and while driving there we saw this lady walking, we commented how she looked familiar, but we didn't recognize her with glasses, we went to church and then realized IT WAS OUR INVESTIGATOR MARCIA!!! We were shocked seeing how she was out of town all week, and we hadn't invited her this week, she hasn't ever come, she told us she shocked herself, but felt when she woke up that this is where she needed to be. It was such a blessing, and we also had an amazing lesson in gospel principles by a man who speaks Maori, and was able to teach to her in her native language so that she could truly feel the spirit. It was a beautiful tender mercy again, and I really am amazed at the progression of this area and work in such a short period of time. I believe the power of being positive is AMAZING. that is the only thing we have changed, besides exact obedience, but I know that as we face challenges being positive, we can truly overcome:)

This week I read an amazing talk by Jeffery R. Holland, it's called "Remember Lots Wife." He talks about not looking back, but looking forward. He said that "Faith learns from the past, but never longs to return there." I know that this is so true, we each have a past to learn from, but we need to continue to move forward every single day so that we can see faith for the future, I too am in need of this, and I know that the future holds a lot of unknown things for me right now, but I will continue to learn from the past so that I might have a bright future. I love you each so much, I hope it's an amazing week, and remember  "To be worthy does not mean to be perfect." I LOVE YOU!!!

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach

p.s. went to dinner this week and these 5 year old boys made it for us, it was hilarious.... 

Friends 7-30-17

What a week! This week was transfers and I was SO excited to get Sister Gurney back to the Visitors Centre, we aren't companions, but I am so happy to have her back. Seeing her at the bus stop was a small glimpse of how I think I will feel seeing you, I just wept out of gratitude that Heavenly Father knew exactly what I needed my last transfer. I am so excited to see you all even though it doesn't feel real. I am really loving my time here, and striving to enjoy it more and more every single day. 

This week we were at the Visitors Centre, and we looked up to the temple, and saw a man staring down at the Christus, he looked so sad, but we kept feeling like "don't go, send a man" it was really interesting, and we told Elder Zundel we felt he needed to speak with that man. He went out and little did we know that it was our investigator Kevin, they had a great man talk, and then he came in. He told us of how Satan was working really hard with their family since they are preparing for baptism, but the first place he wanted to be was here, at the temple. It was an amazing thing to see someone who knows so little of the gospel know exactly WHERE they needed to be in a time of need, we felt so grateful and knew at the point they truly are ready for baptism, Satan is trying so hard, and that August 18th is the date that is now set in stone for Kevin, Noah, Zaid, and Vicki. We are so excited to see a family be married and baptized, but mostly to see them enter the temple in a year:) 

This week we went to visit a new investigator, we walked up and he was drinking hard out, we decided to ask if he would be willing to put the alcohol away while we spoke to him, he agreed. HE LOOKS JUST LIKE UNCLE DANNY, it was so crazy. We were able to teach him, and help him to see that there is hope, I truly felt like I was teaching my uncle who has passed away. He behind these faded eyes began to tell us that he began to drink because he tried committing suicide, and it wasn't successful, we were able to help him see that the only successful thing he will find to quitting an addiction is following Jesus Christ. It was such a tender mercy to help a brother, who looked like an uncle, that I love dearly. It was a special day to me.

We went to church yesterday, and while driving there we saw this lady walking, we commented how she looked familiar, but we didn't recognize her with glasses, we went to church and then realized IT WAS OUR INVESTIGATOR MARCIA!!! We were shocked seeing how she was out of town all week, and we hadn't invited her this week, she hasn't ever come, she told us she shocked herself, but felt when she woke up that this is where she needed to be. It was such a blessing, and we also had an amazing lesson in gospel principles by a man who speaks Maori, and was able to teach to her in her native language so that she could truly feel the spirit. It was a beautiful tender mercy again, and I really am amazed at the progression of this area and work in such a short period of time. I believe the power of being positive is AMAZING. that is the only thing we have changed, besides exact obedience, but I know that as we face challenges being positive, we can truly overcome:)

This week I read an amazing talk by Jeffery R. Holland, it's called "Remember Lots Wife." He talks about not looking back, but looking forward. He said that "Faith learns from the past, but never longs to return there." I know that this is so true, we each have a past to learn from, but we need to continue to move forward every single day so that we can see faith for the future, I too am in need of this, and I know that the future holds a lot of unknown things for me right now, but I will continue to learn from the past so that I might have a bright future. I love you each so much, I hope it's an amazing week, and remember  "To be worthy does not mean to be perfect." I LOVE YOU!!!

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach

p.s. went to dinner this week and these 5 year old boys made it for us, it was hilarious.... 



Monday, July 24, 2017

THANKFUL (friends) 7-23-17

This week was amazing. We had two back to back exchanges, and the theme I felt they should be as I prayed was something, so simple... "Being Thankful". I think being thankful for all we have is something that I know I take for granted. I will tell you how much easier it was to teach, and testify this week, as I did so with a thankful heart. I know my time is running out here in NZ, it hasn't hit me, nor do I think it will for about 6 weeks, but I am so thankful that Heavenly Father sent me here. I am so thankful that specifically he knew that I needed to be here on this Island to find his children, who needed hope, and Jesus Christ. As you will remember, when I served in Sunnyhills, we taught Aimee Keen-Laird, who was less active, she would never come to church, BUT we never gave up on her, well now when I moved to Frankton, she has moved here now, and SHE HAS BEEN COMING TO CHURCH!! She said because we never gave up, even when she had no desire, she knows that the Lord sent me BACK to her, when she was ready. She said, "I feel like Heavenly Father really knows me, not only did he send you from all the way across the world, but he even sent YOU back to my ward, when I was ready, because he knew I would need you." Simple things like this make every SINGLE thing we go through as missionaries soooo worth it. I really am so thankful, I am eternally thankful for all that I have been given, he really does know my life in great detail. 
D&C 78:19 And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.

I was able to go on exchanges with Sister Fina'i this week, a sister I have served around since my first day on the mission, who leaves today to return home to Sydney, Australia. I love her so much, I can't explain the sacredness of our exchange, nor do I think I am meant to. I am grateful she was able to come to Frankton for her last exchange, because this is where she started her mission, and she was TRULY able to see the fruits of her labors, as we taught people she had found previously. It was a really unique experience, and it just made me so thankful for the exact people he places in our lives. I will really miss she, Sister Taula, and Sister Fuggle. Lots of my heart will leave with them tomorrow, but I know it's a blessing I even know them, I am so thankful!

This week Elder Zundel gave a training on Examining our lives. It was beautiful and he read these two scriptures. 
Alma 5:14&26
14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?

It was such a beautiful training, and I want to ask you those same things, if you have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, can you feel so now? He then explained the most beautiful thing that I have ever heard, he told us how the sacrament works. He said they take a whole piece of bread, and in front of us brake it, we each receive a UNIQUE piece of bread, and no two pieces are the same, it's the exact same as the Atonement, we each use the atonement different, no two people and their sins are the same, we partake of broken bread, because we are broken people, but through Christs atonement we may be whole. I know that Christ loves to fix broken things, that is why the reminder we take each week of Him, is broken. WHAT A BLESSING. We are so blessed, and I know his Atonement is unique for you. I know he loves you so much, and will bless you, as you strive to be more grateful. 

I am thankful, for the very breathe I have, the food I have the means to have, the clothes on my back, the family supporting me at home, the friends who want me to be my best, the sunsets, the people, the rain, the trials, the tears, the joy, the pain, the happiness, and the ABILITY to know truth. We really are so lucky, and I encourage you to continue to be thankful so that you may be made glorious! 

Arohanui,
Sister Maddie DeLoach 

p.s. was able to go into sunny hills on exchanges and see Shania who was an investigator who is now baptized:)

THANKFUL 7-23-17

This week was amazing. We had two back to back exchanges, and the theme I felt they should be as I prayed was something, so simple... "Being Thankful". I think being thankful for all we have is something that I know I take for granted. I will tell you how much easier it was to teach, and testify this week, as I did so with a thankful heart. I know my time is running out here in NZ, it hasn't hit me, nor do I think it will for about 6 weeks, but I am so thankful that Heavenly Father sent me here. I am so thankful that specifically he knew that I needed to be here on this Island to find his children, who needed hope, and Jesus Christ. As you will remember, when I served in Sunnyhills, we taught Aimee Keen-Laird, who was less active, she would never come to church, BUT we never gave up on her, well now when I moved to Frankton, she has moved here now, and SHE HAS BEEN COMING TO CHURCH!! She said because we never gave up, even when she had no desire, she knows that the Lord sent me BACK to her, when she was ready. She said, "I feel like Heavenly Father really knows me, not only did he send you from all the way across the world, but he even sent YOU back to my ward, when I was ready, because he knew I would need you." Simple things like this make every SINGLE thing we go through as missionaries soooo worth it. I really am so thankful, I am eternally thankful for all that I have been given, he really does know my life in great detail. 
D&C 78:19 And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.

I was able to go on exchanges with Sister Fina'i this week, a sister I have served around since my first day on the mission, who leaves today to return home to Sydney, Australia. I love her so much, I can't explain the sacredness of our exchange, nor do I think I am meant to. I am grateful she was able to come to Frankton for her last exchange, because this is where she started her mission, and she was TRULY able to see the fruits of her labors, as we taught people she had found previously. It was a really unique experience, and it just made me so thankful for the exact people he places in our lives. I will really miss she, Sister Taula, and Sister Fuggle. Lots of my heart will leave with them tomorrow, but I know it's a blessing I even know them, I am so thankful!

We had the most sacred experience this week, once again I will only write a little about it, because it was so special. We had this member bring their non-member friend into the Visitors Centre, and we were able to teach them. It seemed like no matter what we said, it was really exactly what the member needed to hear, we felt the spirit so strong, we both cried as we bore testimony, which we rarely do, the spirit was just surrounding us, we were able to help this member and His non-member friend. At the end of the lesson, we asked this non-member for his contact details, to send local missionaries, and he then told us, that they are both return missionaries, and they were doing a role play... We were NOT angry at all, they both just wept, all 4 of us did, and they thanked us for finding a concern, that they thought they were acting, but was real. The two friends were able to talk about the things the member had opened up about, and they were both Return Missionaries. They just wept, and thanked us for this sacred, celestial role play that truly helped not only them but us. As we left this situation, we just cried together knowing that was exactly what we needed, and Heavenly Father had sent it to us in a different look or way than we had expected, it is hard to explain what I felt, I just truly felt that Heavenly Father really is aware, and he does love me, and US so much!!

This week Elder Zundel gave a training on Examining our lives. It was beautiful and he read these two scriptures. 
Alma 5:14&26
14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?
26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?
It was such a beautiful training, and I want to ask you those same things, if you have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, can you feel so now? He then explained the most beautiful thing that I have ever heard, he told us how the sacrament works. He said they take a whole piece of bread, and in front of us brake it, we each receive a UNIQUE piece of bread, and no two pieces are the same, it's the exact same as the Atonement, we each use the atonement different, no two people and their sins are the same, we partake of broken bread, because we are broken people, but through Christs atonement we may be whole. I know that Christ loves to fix broken things, that is why the reminder we take each week of Him, is broken. WHAT A BLESSING. We are so blessed, and I know his Atonement is unique for you. I know he loves you so much, and will bless you, as you strive to be more grateful. 

I am thankful, for the very breathe I have, the food I have the means to have, the clothes on my back, the family supporting me at home, the friends who want me to be my best, the sunsets, the people, the rain, the trials, the tears, the joy, the pain, the happiness, and the ABILITY to know truth. We really are so lucky, and I encourage you to continue to be thankful so that you may be made glorious! 

Arohanui,
Sister Maddie DeLoach 

p.s. was able to go into sunny hills on exchanges and see Shania who was an investigator who is now baptized:)







Monday, July 17, 2017

Kia Ora 7-16-17

This week we spent 9 hrs proselyting online because we couldn't be outside, and we had the CRAZIEST experience. There was a man who came on that was a "Christian Theological Man" and was really into His studies of Christianity. He asked us to explain the fall of Adam and Eve, and so we did, he then said, "I had a dream last night and the Lord explained the fall to me, and it was explained exactly the way that you two sisters explained that now.. I have never ever heard the fall described how you two just did, besides in my dream, I know that this is the true Christian Church." He then gave us his address, we were able to send the local missionaries, and it was seriously such a crazy experience, to be used as the hands of the Lord to someone that truly was seeking the truth. 

I had a really beautiful sacred experience this week, I was quite down about a few things, and being sick being one, and I just felt so disconnected from Heavenly Father, I prayed that I might feel his love and connection again, and that I may be able to overcome this trial, and learn what he would have me learn, I gave one of the most sincere prayers, and as I prayed, I literally saw the words, in my head "D&C 58:2" I immediatley ended my prayer, and ran to grab my scriptures, and I turned to this verse,  2 For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven.
I know truly that Heavenly Father is aware of us, and our every trial, I learned a beautiful lesson this day, and I know that he truly is aware of the circumstances we each find ourselves in, he loves us, we are HIS children, and he wants to help us. 

Ryan is progressing so well, we had an amazing lesson with this week, and His whole countenance has seriously changed, he is amazing, we are truly seeing the light of Christ resinate with someone who is so hungry for the gospel, it's such a blessing to be able to teach him, we love him so much, after our lesson we were talking about how great of a missionary he would be, he would be the best. We felt so grateful, yesterday 6 of our investigators came to church, and for us that was a huge miracle, seeing that is truly showing their faith, and desire to learn more. We are having a wonderful time here in the Frankton Ward, and are continuing to see miracles daily. 

I love you all so much, I know that Heavenly Father is aware of you, and truly will answer your prayers!! KIA KAHA

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach 

FAMILY 7-16-17

Another week, AH CRAZY. This week went SO fast, I had strep throat and the flu, and they MADE me stay inside for a few days, and it was SOOO boring. It made the week seem really fast though. I was quite angry I felt like everyone was taking away my agency, because I really did feel fine, but then they shared this analogy or story with me, "There were 3 men who were in a race to cut down tree's two went as fast as they could, and one took the time to sharpen his ax, when the race nearly ended he cut faster, and quicker than both because he had the sharper ax." It sounds silly, but I guess it helped me realize that to fulfill my calling I also need to take care of my body, that houses my spirit. I am feeling heaps better this week, and I am finally able to teach/ talk to others again!

This week we spent 9 hrs proselyting online because we couldn't be outside, and we had the CRAZIEST experience. There was a man who came on that was a "Christian Theological Man" and was really into His studies of Christianity. He asked us to explain the fall of Adam and Eve, and so we did, he then said, "I had a dream last night and the Lord explained the fall to me, and it was explained exactly the way that you two sisters explained that now.. I have never ever heard the fall described how you two just did, besides in my dream, I know that this is the true Christian Church." He then gave us his address, we were able to send the local missionaries, and it was seriously such a crazy experience, to be used as the hands of the Lord to someone that truly was seeking the truth. 

I had a really beautiful sacred experience this week, I was quite down about a few things, and being sick being one, and I just felt so disconnected from Heavenly Father, I prayed that I might feel his love and connection again, and that I may be able to overcome this trial, and learn what he would have me learn, I gave one of the most sincere prayers, and as I prayed, I literally saw the words, in my head "D&C 58:2" I immediatley ended my prayer, and ran to grab my scriptures, and I turned to this verse,  2 For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven.
I know truly that Heavenly Father is aware of us, and our every trial, I learned a beautiful lesson this day, and I know that he truly is aware of the circumstances we each find ourselves in, he loves us, we are HIS children, and he wants to help us. 

Ryan is progressing so well, we had an amazing lesson with this week, and His whole countenance has seriously changed, he is amazing, we are truly seeing the light of Christ resinate with someone who is so hungry for the gospel, it's such a blessing to be able to teach him, we love him so much, after our lesson we were talking about how great of a missionary he would be, he would be the best. We felt so grateful, yesterday 6 of our investigators came to church, and for us that was a huge miracle, seeing that is truly showing their faith, and desire to learn more. We are having a wonderful time here in the Frankton Ward, and are continuing to see miracles daily. 

I love you so much family, I am so grateful for the beauty of the gospel and the opportunity we have to have a heavenly father who really does want to hear from us, I know he loves you, I LOVE YOU, and I cannot believe I get to see you so soon. KIA KAHA!! I LOVE YOU!

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach




Monday, July 10, 2017

Kia Ora (friends) 7-9-17

This week WAS UNREAL with miracles. We had a lesson with Vicki, who the one who is set for baptism with her son Zaid, on August 12. When we went for the lesson she shared how she already sent in the divorce papers and they should come quickly, and she talked with her partner, who we are teaching separately because they are separated, and they want to be baptized as a family unit. She told us that the Divorce papers will take about 3 weeks, and then they would like to get married, and baptized, as soon as possible, she asked if we could move it sooner than August 12. We then set Kevin, and His Son Noah for baptism also, and now a WHOLE family is getting baptized, but that is not all, in one year they can be sealed in the temple. They are amazing, and they each came to church on Sunday. It's been such a blessing to truly see the spirit work in their lives, even in the short 4 weeks that I have known them, I have seen a HUGE change, it's true that true doctrine understood changes behavior faster than a study of behavior changes behavior. I am so grateful that they have come to understand true doctrine. 

Zone Conference was amazing, President Cummings talked about a quote "being worthy when an opportunity arises, is a lesson it's taken me my whole life to understand, but I have come to see that it's what having a good life is all about." I truly love this. I remember that someone from general conference spoke about how we should learn to love being worthy. Of course, it will be something new for us, we are not all worthy all the time. BUT we can be as we come to follow Jesus Christ. I truly have come to see that NO MATTER what steps you have to take to become worthy, DO THEM, it's what having a good life is all about, it's what having a free life is all about. I know this from my own experience, and I can really testify that we never know what opportunities will arise. Remember, a Saint is a sinner who keeps trying, and Heavenly Father doesn't expect us to be perfect, just perfect at trying. 

We had a lesson with a former investigator named Marcia Kingi, she is really sick, and requested a blessing, THE SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG during the blessing, and after we testifed of the truth being restored to Earth, she then said that she has NEVER felt anything like she feels now, she literally felt peace, forgiveness, and weight lifted off her shoulder, we felt prompted to invite her to be baptized, and she asked when the soonest was she could because she KNOWS that this is the truth. We have set her for July 29th, and we are SO excited for her. SHE IS AMAZING! 

I read a scripture this week, and it really stood out to me.. The scripture is in Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Pray and ask Heavenly Father what time you are on, and I know he truly will answer you, weather now is a time to laugh, heal, or dance, he will always be with you, and that is a love that never changes. :) 

Arohanui,
Sister Maddie DeLoach 

HAPPY 4th

Hello 7-9-17

Hi family! Well today I am sick with Strep Throat, so I will be quick while I am contagious! This week was AMAZING!!! We had Zone Conference, and it was amazing. I am always blown away that whatever is talked about seems to feel like it's just for me, my companion, and our investigators! We had a great 4th, all the SR couples are from America, so they got sparklers, and we went outside the back of the VC, and lit them and sang the National Anthem, I am proud to be an American! 

This week WAS UNREAL with miracles. We had a lesson with Vicki, who the one who is set for baptism with her son Zaid, on August 12. When we went for the lesson she shared how she already sent in the divorce papers and they should come quickly, and she talked with her partner, who we are teaching separately because they are separated, and they want to be baptized as a family unit. She told us that the Divorce papers will take about 3 weeks, and then they would like to get married, and baptized, as soon as possible, she asked if we could move it sooner than August 12. We then set Kevin, and His Son Noah for baptism also, and now a WHOLE family is getting baptized, but that is not all, in one year they can be sealed in the temple. They are amazing, and they each came to church on Sunday. It's been such a blessing to truly see the spirit work in their lives, even in the short 4 weeks that I have known them, I have seen a HUGE change, it's true that true doctrine understood changes behavior faster than a study of behavior changes behavior. I am so grateful that they have come to understand true doctrine. 

Zone Conference was amazing, President Cummings talked about a quote "being worthy when an opportunity arises, is a lesson it's taken me my whole life to understand, but I have come to see that it's what having a good life is all about." I truly love this. I remember that someone from general conference spoke about how we should learn to love being worthy. Of course, it will be something new for us, we are not all worthy all the time. BUT we can be as we come to follow Jesus Christ. I truly have come to see that NO MATTER what steps you have to take to become worthy, DO THEM, it's what having a good life is all about, it's what having a free life is all about. I know this from my own experience, and I can really testify that we never know what opportunities will arise. Remember, a Saint is a sinner who keeps trying, and Heavenly Father doesn't expect us to be perfect, just perfect at trying. 

Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. We had a lesson with a Former Investigator named Marcia Kingi, we felt prompted to see her, and when we did she was quite sick and wanted rest, so we set a return appointment, when we went back she was still quite sick, and told us how she has kidney failure, and lose of eye sight, she asked if there was anything we could do and we asked if she would like a priesthood blessing, we called the Zone Leaders,  and they came and gave the most beautiful blessing, afterwards they left, and we were able to talk with her, and she said, "I have never in my life felt the peace I feel now, I feel like a whole weight has been carried off my shoulders, I know this is the true gospel." The spirit was so strong, and we testified to her that indeed it was, and felt prompted to set her for baptism. We are looking forward to it, and she asked if it could be in exactly 3 weeks, because she cannot deny what she felt. I LOVE THE PRIESTHOOD. It's such a blessing that Heavenly Father loves us enough to continually allow his authority on Earth. I seriously have the strongest testimony of the power of the priesthood. I love being a missionary, it's such a blessing that Heavenly Father would allow someone so imperfect as myself, to share his happy message. I read a scripture this week, and it really stood out to me.. The scripture is in Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;


Elder Peterson sent me this about our Savior, and I want you to read it. "He did not personally experience a broken marriage, but He felt the pain and consequence of those who do. He did not personally experience rape or schizophrenia or cancer or the loss of a child, but He felt the pain and consequence of those who do, and so on and on through the litany of life’s burdens and broken hearts.That view of how the Atonement works suggests the only divine example of empathy the world has ever known. Obviously no word does justice to the universe’s most consequential act, but I don’t have a better substitute so I will use it.

Empathy is defined as “the action of understanding … and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present.” As already noted, that is actually a reasonably good statement of the atoning process, especially if we add “future” to “past” and “present.” To feel what He felt, to walk where He walked, to face what He faced and care the way He cared is the only kind of discipleship I understand. May we strive to be such disciples."

I love you family, I am so excited for this week, and the weeks to come to continue to serve my Saviour Jesus Christ, I love this sacred calling. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!! 

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach 

sorry I didn't take many pics this week







Time is Flying 7-2-17

Another week has come and gone, they are going too fast. Can't believe it's already July 4th this week, it's so crazy to me. I swear June never happened, and in saying that I feel like the past 16 months never happened. This was an interesting week, we REALLY felt Satan's influence this week in our missionary work, particularly on Tuesday. We went to visit a Less Active member who obviously has some unhappiness and anger in her life, and she took it out completely on us, it was so scary, we literally felt as if Satan himself were yelling at us, it was quite sad to leave, feeling so sad for someone who's heart has been so hardened, we just got in the car and cried, and felt so bad that she won't accept Jesus Christ, that she won't allow him to heal her... It was a rather interesting experience, specifically she said certain things to me and as we left I just looked at her, feeling so sorry for her, and said, "I forgive you." In a sense, I knew that Heavenly Father was there, it was a testimony to me that we truly are walking the saviors path, was he mocked? Yes, was he spit on? Yes, was he cast out by his own people, Yes. After Sister Smith, and I opened the Book of Mormon, and we decided to read together wherever the page stopped, we know that Heavenly Fathers hand intervened because it stopped on 3 Nephi 4, which is the most random thing I have heard of, but we decided to read anyways, and these are a few verses that we came upon, my testimony GREW TREMENDOUSLY that day, have a question, and turn to the Book of Mormon, I promise you will find your answers. 
3 Nephi 4:8-10&33

8 And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites(missionaries), when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi(enemy), had all fallen to the earth, and did lift their cries to the Lord their God, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.

9 And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with a loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies.

10 But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephites(the missionaries) did not fear them; but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protection; therefore, when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them; yea, in the strength of the Lord they did receive them.

33 And their hearts were swollen with joy, unto the gushing out of many tears, because of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; and they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had been delivered from an everlasting destruction.

We truly felt all of this, we realized that day when it shares that they thought they had given up so the enemy began to rejoice, how Satan truly thought we could have given up at that moment, but what he doesn't know is that us falling to our knee's and pleading with Heavenly Father isn't a sign of weakness but of strength, it really was such a tender moment to experience, and made my testimony grow heaps. I know Christs  mission wasn't easy, I cannot expect mine to be. 

We realized later this week though, WHY Satan was working sooo hard on us. We had the opportunity to be asked by the Assistants to the President, if they could video us role playing and use it as they tour the mission on Zone Conferences, it was quite awkward, but it was a great experience, we spent a lot of time with them this week, and it was crazy because it helped us role playing so much. Like I mentioned this area has been dead, WELL this week after our role plays, we went to see our investigator Vicki, and while there we literally said exactly what we had practiced in the role plays, it was so inspired, and the lesson seriously was SO guided by the Holy Ghost, we really don't know what was said, but we do know she felt the spirit, and she and her son have accepted baptism on August 12. It was SUCH an amazing experience, we left knowing that the spirit had taught, that Heavenly Father truly did know her by name, and I will never forget the look on her face as we explained the peace and happiness as she is baptized by someone who holds the priesthood authority from God. She really is amazing, and is so sincere. 

I read a scripture this week that really changed my life, I want to share it, it's in Hebrews 11:25.

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

I love this scripture, I know that sin and the joy of it is only for a season, but I know as we come to be with the people of God, and learn to suffer with them, we will have happiness for eternity. I feel that on my mission I have come to truly understand and love to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than enjoying sin for a season. This has been the best choice I have made, and it's gone so fast. I am striving to enjoy every single day, and I know that these will be great memories that I will cherish forever. How grateful we are to have a loving Father in Heaven who allows us to suffer affliction, so that we may have eternal JOY! I love and miss you all, hope it's a wonderful week, HAPPY JULY 4TH AMERICA, and SEE YOU IN 2 MONTHS!!!!!!!

Arohanui,
Sister Maddie DeLoach

Another Week 7-2-17

Another week has come and gone, they are going too fast. Can't believe it's already July 4th this week, it's so crazy to me. I swear June never happened, and in saying that I feel like the past 16 months never happened. This was an interesting week, we REALLY felt Satan's influence this week in our missionary work, particularly on Tuesday. We went to visit a Less Active member who obviously has some unhappiness and anger in her life, and she took it out completely on us, it was so scary, we literally felt as if Satan himself were yelling at us, it was quite sad to leave, feeling so sad for someone who's heart has been so hardened, we just got in the car and cried, and felt so bad that she won't accept Jesus Christ, that she won't allow him to heal her... It was a rather interesting experience, specifically she said certain things to me and as we left I just looked at her, feeling so sorry for her, and said, "I forgive you." In a sense, I knew that Heavenly Father was there, it was a testimony to me that we truly are walking the saviors path, was he mocked? Yes, was he spit on? Yes, was he cast out by his own people, Yes. After Sister Smith, and I opened the Book of Mormon, and we decided to read together wherever the page stopped, we know that Heavenly Fathers hand intervened because it stopped on 3 Nephi 4, which is the most random thing I have heard of, but we decided to read anyways, and these are a few verses that we came upon, my testimony GREW TREMENDOUSLY that day, have a question, and turn to the Book of Mormon, I promise you will find your answers. 
3 Nephi 4:8-10&33

8 And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites(missionaries), when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi(enemy), had all fallen to the earth, and did lift their cries to the Lord their God, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.

9 And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with a loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies.

10 But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephites(the missionaries) did not fear them; but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protection; therefore, when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them; yea, in the strength of the Lord they did receive them.

33 And their hearts were swollen with joy, unto the gushing out of many tears, because of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; and they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had been delivered from an everlasting destruction.

We truly felt all of this, we realized that day when it shares that they thought they had given up so the enemy began to rejoice, how Satan truly thought we could have given up at that moment, but what he doesn't know is that us falling to our knee's and pleading with Heavenly Father isn't a sign of weakness but of strength, it really was such a tender moment to experience, and made my testimony grow heaps. I know Christs  mission wasn't easy, I cannot expect mine to be. 

We realized later this week though, WHY Satan was working sooo hard on us. We had the opportunity to be asked by the Assistants to the President, if they could video us role playing and us it as they tour the mission on Zone Conferences, it was quite awkward, but it was a great experience, we spent a lot of time with them this week, and it was crazy because it helped us role playing so much. Like I mentioned this area has been dead, WELL this week after our role plays, we went to see our investigator Vicki, and while there we literally said exactly what we had practiced in the role plays, it was so inspired, and the lesson seriously was SO guided by the Holy Ghost, we really don't know what was said, but we do know she felt the spirit, and she and her son have accepted baptism on August 12. It was SUCH an amazing experience, we left knowing that the spirit had taught, that Heavenly Father truly did know her by name, and I will never forget the look on her face as we explained the peace and happiness as she is baptized by someone who holds the priesthood authority from God. She really is amazing, and is so sincere. 

I read a scripture this week that really changed my life, I want to share it, it's in Hebrews 11:25.

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

I love this scripture, I know that sin and the joy of it is only for a season, but I know as we come to be with the people of God, and learn to suffer with them, we will have happiness for eternity. I feel that on my mission I have come to truly understand and love to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than enjoying sin for a season. This has been the best choice I have made, and it's gone so fast. I am striving to enjoy every single day, and I know that these will be great memories that I will cherish forever. How grateful we are to have a loving Father in Heaven who allows us to suffer affliction, so that we may have eternal JOY! I love and miss you all, hope it's a wonderful week, HAPPY JULY 4TH AMERICA, and SEE YOU IN 2 MONTHS!!!!!!!

Arohanui,
Sister Maddie DeLoach





Kia Ora 6-25-17

KIA ORA! I hope it's been a great week for each of you. This week, was once again amazing, I am loving my time as a servant and representative of Jesus Christ. 

This week we were walking to visit a Less Active lady, and literally about at her door, I had the most subtle prompting, which whispered quietly, "Shacelle", I knew she was a potential investigator who's name we saw in the area book, and I said Sister Smith, what if we see Shacelle, she said, that sounds so great. We didn't walk any further, we turned around, walked to our car, and drove to see Shecelle, when we got to her house, she wasn't there but her brother-in-law answered, and told us how he is dating a mormon, and she lives in temple view, we kept talking with him and found out that when he was 5 His mum died, and he has since lived with His brother. We shared with him the plan of happiness, that death really isn't the end, and you could see tears in His eyes, we set up and appointment with him, and the Assistants hooked us up and went to see His girlfriends family in temple view and invited them to the lesson. Well, yesterday we were supposed to have the lesson around 2, and it was 2:10, and we were about to give up when RIGHT THEN THEY WALKED IN THE DOORS!!!!! It was SO exciting, and we had an amazing lesson with Him. His name is Ryan. We found out he has no knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he really wants to. We taught him WHY a Savior is even important, and WOW, we take so much for granted. To see someone have hope in their eyes for once in their life was absolutely amazing. It was definitely a testimony builder for Sister Smith and myself.

We had Missionary Leadership Council (MLC) this week, and it was so great to see so many missionaries that I love so much. 3 Sisters that I covered in Papakura, are now Sister Training Leaders, and it IS THE BEST! I loved seeing them, it was funny when they asked me how they be a sister training leader, and I said, I have no idea, I am still figuring that one out. One thing I know you do is JUST LOVE. Aimee Keen-Laird came to church again this week with her kids, and they are so naughty, hahah. One is named Madden, and makes me think of little Mado (not that mado is naughty, haha they just look a lot alike). As she sat there all frustrated that her kids were acting up, the only words I felt to say to her were, "at least you are here." I think for me I think back to when kids scream and cry at church, or when someone is wearing something "immodest", that so often those are judgments we make for people who are truly trying their best. I think from now on, I will feel, "WOW, that is amazing, that they are HERE." I think truly that we each have so much power and worth in us to spread goodness, and I know as we strive to be more positive and less judgmental seeing that we are each on our different levels of relationships with the Savior, but all in need of the same infinite Atonement. I love a quote which says, "Repentance isn't a burden; Repentance lifts burdens." I love you each so much, and pray we can strive to be a little kinder, and have the mindset, and ability to look at others and think, as the spirit whispered to me, "At least they're here." 

I LOVE YOU!!! KIA KAHA, KIA NGAWARI

Arohanui,
Sister Maddie DeLoach 

p.s.. 2 miles done, one for Cathy, and another for Whitney! 

Whanau 6-25-17

Kia Ora whanau, how are you doing? This was another great week. Something on our mind all week was POSITIVELY. We have an area that is seriously struggling, we have about 50-70 members at church on Sundays, and they come at least 10 min late, it's really hard for us because the ward struggles so much, so it really effects the missionary work. We decided this week rather than think we have a hard area, that we would be POSITIVE, and see what happens, rather than saying we have no one getting baptized, and this area is so dead, we now say "we have three potential baptisms", and this area has potential. It's amazing that by just changing our mindset, people trust us so much more (probably because they hear the word baptism haha) but nonetheless, we really have seen so many miracles since. The power of being positive is ENDLESS! 

This week we were walking to visit a Less Active lady, and literally about at her door, I had the most subtle prompting, which whispered quietly, "Shacelle", I knew she was a potential investigator who's name we saw in the area book, and I said Sister Smith, what if we see Shacelle, she said, that sounds so great. We didn't walk any further, we turned around, walked to our car, and drove to see Shecelle, when we got to her house, she wasn't there but her brother-in-law answered, and told us how he is dating a mormon, and she lives in temple view, we kept talking with him and found out that when he was 5 His mum died, and he has since lived with His brother. We shared with him the plan of happiness, that death really isn't the end, and you could see tears in His eyes, we set up and appointment with him, and the Assistants hooked us up and went to see His girlfriends family in temple view and invited them to the lesson. Well, yesterday we were supposed to have the lesson around 2, and it was 2:10, and we were about to give up when RIGHT THEN THEY WALKED IN THE DOORS!!!!! It was SO exciting, and we had an amazing lesson with Him. His name is Ryan. We found out he has no knowledge of Jesus Christ, and he really wants to. We taught him WHY a Savior is even important, and WOW, we take so much for granted. To see someone have hope in their eyes for once in their life was absolutely amazing. It was definitely a testimony builder for Sister Smith and myself.

We had Missionary Leadership Council (MLC) this week, and it was so great to see so many missionaries that I love so much. 3 Sisters that I covered in Papakura, are now Sister Training Leaders, and it IS THE BEST! I loved seeing them, it was funny when they asked me how they be a sister training leader, and I said, I have no idea, I am still figuring that one out. One thing I know you do is JUST LOVE. Aimee Keen-Laird came to church again this week with her kids, and they are so naughty, hahah. One is named Madden, and makes me think of little Mado (not that mado is naughty, haha they just look a lot alike). As she sat there all frustrated that her kids were acting up, the only words I felt to say to her were, "at least you are here." I think for me I think back to when kids scream and cry at church, or when someone is wearing something "immodest", that so often those are judgments we make for people who are truly trying their best. I think from now on, I will feel, "WOW, that is amazing, that they are HERE." I think truly that we each have so much power and worth in us to spread goodness, and I know as we strive to be more positive and less judgmental seeing that we are each on our different levels of relationships with the Savior, but all in need of the same infinite Atonement. I love a quote which says, "Repentance isn't a burden; Repentance lifts burdens." I love you each so much, and pray we can strive to be a little kinder, and have the mindset, and ability to look at others and think, as the spirit whispered to me, "At least they're here." 

I LOVE YOU!!! KIA KAHA, KIA NGAWARI

Arohanui,
Sister Maddie DeLoach