Monday, September 11, 2017

Forever Grateful (friends) 9-2-17

Words cannot express my feelings, 18 months was the fastest thing I have ever done, and I would do it all over again. How truly grateful I am to my Heavenly Father for KNOWING that I needed to come here. I truly feel that I am a Kiwi, and my heart will forever stay on this Island, Aotearoa, that truly means so much to me. I wanted to thank you all for all the love, support and prayers. This journey was JOYOUS, and I know that you did as much on your end. I truly thank you, and feel that these two scriptures sum up how I am feelings, SEE YOU SOON. I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alma 26:12,16
12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.
16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.

I love you so much Whanau, I hope you love and accept me, my mixed accent, and changed ways. I am truly grateful to leave here a changed person, and know that I can continue to do so everyday as I follow my Saviour Jesus Christ. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!! MUCH AROHA!!

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach

p.s. this picture with the three of us, is three generations. I trained Sister Gurney and she trained Sister Larson, so we had to get matching coats... hahah

Forever Grateful 9-2-17

Words cannot express my feelings, 18 months was the fastest thing I have ever done, and I would do it all over again. How truly grateful I am to my Heavenly Father for KNOWING that I needed to come here. I truly feel that I am a Kiwi, and my heart will forever stay on this Island, Aotearoa, that truly means so much to me. I wanted to thank you all for all the love, support and prayers. This journey was JOYOUS, and I know that you did as much on your end. I truly thank you, and feel that these two scriptures sum up how I am feelings, SEE YOU SOON. I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alma 26:12,16
12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.
16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.

I love you so much Whanau, I hope you love and accept me, my mixed accent, and changed ways. I am truly grateful to leave here a changed person, and know that I can continue to do so everyday as I follow my Saviour Jesus Christ. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!! MUCH AROHA!!

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach

p.s. this picture with the three of us, is three generations. I trained Sister Gurney and she trained Sister Larson, so we had to get matching coats... hahah






Why (friends)

Another amazing week, I wanted to share with each of you WHY I chose to stay on my mission. 
WHY I CHOSE TO STAY?
Why I came and why I chose to stay truly are separate. I chose to stay because I love my Savior Jesus Christ, I chose to stay because I have felt His redeeming power, mercy, long-suffering and HIS forgiveness. I chose to stay because I know by giving him my everything he can make me a better me than I can ever make of myself. I chose to stay because I can do hard things, I have been given much so I too must give. I stayed because I have truly felt that this is something I agreed to and promised to do before this life. I know this place, and these people, they are all familiar. I chose to stay because nothing can compare to seeing another person change who believed that they could never change. I stayed because I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life, and I truly have been led to those whom he has prepared. Sometimes it was really hard to stay, sometimes I wanted to be on the next flight home, or even swim home.... BUT I chose to stay because in those moments, I felt the Saviors arms come around me and comfort me. I learned to endure beyond comprehension. I learned to love everyone, and to see them as Christ see's them. I learned that everyone is struggling with something, kindness truly goes a long way. I chose to stay because I have seen anti-mormons, become those who bare the strongest testimonies, I chose to stay because when other are in need, I know that I have a message that will help. I chose to stay because I understand now that it was all part of His greater plan. I chose to stay because the gospel is true, and I want others to be with their families forever. I call upon my ancestors from the other side, and they help me when in need, and I chose to stay so that others could experience that too. In short, I came because I was prompted, but I stayed because the truth is etched into every fiber of my being, and I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He lives, and this is truly His gospel, I chose to stay, BECAUSE OF HIM. 

Truly grateful and in awe of the many beautiful things I have seen here in NZ, what a beautiful miracle to know that someone else is in charge of my life. I love you each so much, I am not sure if I will have time next week or not, but if not I hope you know that my mission changed me. The number one lesson I learned is consecration, and obedience to the small things. I know when we are exact, and when we are willing to make sacrifices, that we are blessed beyond measure. "What appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make." -Gordon B. Hinckley 

Arohanui,

Why I came vs Why I stayed 8-27-17

DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO SERVE A MISSION?
No, serving was never a desire of mine, although I loved the gospel and loved people, I knew that I could never be good enough, I knew that I could never leave my family. It really never crossed my mind. I decided because everyone from Delta High School attended school down south that I would go north.. to Utah State. It was really far, I went alone, but little did I know that it was all part of Gods plan. My favorite class was interpersonal communications, and I loved my teacher. I went to class anxious to learn daily and one day specifically we were talking about culture. Every single time my teacher said the word culture I would feel the warmest/strongest prompting from the spirit, and I felt it say  "You need to go on a mission". I couldn't believe it, but it truly happened every time she said culture. That night we decided to have some friends over, and few boys who played basketball for Utah State. Sean Harris one of my closest friends out of no where, not knowing the experience I had earlier that day said, "Have you ever thought about serving a mission?" Confused I looked at him and he said he just felt like he should ask. I told him of my experiene and he read D&C 4:3 to me, "If ye have desires to serve ye are called to the work." My problem was that I lacked a desire, but I knew what I felt. The next day I texted Bishop Hill, a man who completely changed my life. I asked him if I could meet with him and discuss somethings on my mind. Of course, he said no problem, and we decided to meet. I told him of my desire to serve based off the feeling I had and the experiences, and he told me that they had received a letter from the first presidency to fast and pray for missionary work, so he suggested that on Sunday me and him fast, and from there we can let others know and we can decide. I agreed and felt very nervous to receive an answer. I think I knew all along it was YES but still lacked a desire. I fasted Sunday and nothing super special happened, I almost ended my fast when the first councilor in the Bishopric asked if he could set me apart for my calling as the Ward Prayer Coordinator. He set me apart, and almost ended the blessing when he paused and began to weep. Not knowing I was fasting, he said in the blessing, "Sister DeLoach, the Lord is aware of your desire to serve and wants you to go forth with your desire." The Spirit was so strong, we were both weeping, he asked if he could give me a hug, and said, "I am not sure if this is what you are praying for, but the answer is quite clear." I knew that night I would serve a mission, but being prideful, I still wanted more of an answer. I went to the temple with my friend, Sarah Otteson, and wanted to ponder while we waited for Baptisms. I swear it was the only day the temple was empty, so there was no time to ponder, it was get baptized and changed. No one knew but I told Heavenly Father that if someone said something about a mission, I would go. The whole time the people were so lovely, but quite in a hurry, so they never spoke about a mission. To be honest, I was quite happy thinking this was a sign that NO it wasn't for me. As we changed and were about to leave another lady came in, the only other person in the temple. She stopped us and looked at me, and said, "You look just like my daughter, but she in on a mission." I could no longer deny it, the Lord had spoken to me. I now knew exactly what needed to happen. I told my parents, they were both excited, but they didn't know if I would actually go or not. At this point when I knew I now wanted the papers to go quick, I wanted to be out now. I started my papers, I even finished the online part in like two days, and then I went for my medical exam. The day before my medical exam I felt my heart flutter, which is quite scary coming from a family with heart problems, I called my Dad, and he told me to tell the Dr. Tomorrow. The Dr. suggested that I do an EKG, she put one on, saw something irregular, and said to be cleared I would need to see a Cardiologist. I felt devistated when I called and they were scheduled 6 weeks out. I called back 3 weeks in and they said they just had a cancellation so to come tomorrow. The Dr put me on an EKG for 48 hours, told me that my heart rate accelerates quickly, but that it was nothing he was concerned about. During all of this, I was feeling quite bad for myself. I went to institute, the Book of Mormon class and my teacher told us a story of how his son has heart failure, and how he just got to do a make a wish trip. He said how he was so grateful because His son will probably die soon. I talked with Brother Salmon after, and told him of my experience, and how grateful I was for his example. He gave me a blessing, and he promised me that the Dr would say what the Lord intended, and he did exactly that. I was now cleared to go on a mission. I learned the lesson of Pride that day, and the need that I have to more fully trust in the Lord and His perfect timing. At this point I continued to work super hard with Bishop Hill and President Killpack to be able to serve. While in my interview with President Killpack, he said he doesn't usually share this, but he wanted me to know. I guess Bishops write recommendations, and Bishop Hill wrote one, that moved me to tears. He said how not only has my desire to change influenced him, but without my knowledge, two of my friends have spoken with him and were now working to over come things also. I felt so grateful, I remember receiving my "Big Girl" temple recommend, and the joy that I felt. I ran out of that building waving it in the air. I felt like I truly felt the Atonement that day, that he truly did know and love me. His grace was sufficient even for me, especially for me. I tried preparing the best that I could, I read the scriptures and preach my gospel every single night, but for me that wasn't the best preparation. When I received my call, I drove from USU to Delta with my friend Avery Smith, and Kappy from the post office delivered it at 6 am. I remember feeling joy, nerves, excitement and peace. It's a surreal feeling I cannot explain. I gathered together in a small group of a few family members, and friends. The moment came to open my call, I held in my hands a paper signed by the prophet of the world, and with tears in my eyes read aloud. "Sister DeLoach you are hereby called and assigned to labor in the New Zealand Hamilton Mission." The first response was from my mom, as I cried, she shouted, "It's okay Maddie, you don't have to go." It was a shock to me, and all I did was scream, "I don't even know where that is", I soon saw pictures and felt so excited. But I already knew the second I read it that this call truly was from the Lord, I felt an instant love for the people. My call letter said that I should report March 30, 2016, but a week after opening my call my Bishop called me in, and said he received an email that they would like me to report a week earlier, March 23, 2016 and I would now be assigned to the Visitors Centre also. I felt sad that I couldn't leave until March and it was only November. BUT the Lords timing is perfect. During this time, I got to live with my brother Dallin and his family who set such a great example of a happy family, I also got to live with Josh. For me this was the best preparation living in real life situations daily. My brother Josh let me talk to him about anything, and he listened. At this point he wasn't going to church, yet he would let me talk to him, and in turn he would share his experiences, and things that helped him on His mission. He showed me in word and deed that the Lord really is aware of all of His children. My brother Dayton, at this time also gave me great advice he said, "Picture everyone in white, see the guy with gauges in his ears, and the big Mohawk, and picture him in white." He taught me a valuable lesson, to see potential in all. Preparing I was able to see that in my brothers who remembered about their missions. I know that there is a reason that the Lord needed me to leave in March. I believe it was so that I could spend that extra time learning these lessons which I have strived to apply every single day in missionary work. I have come to see that if we trust in the Lord no matter what he may require of us, and in whatever timing, he always has our best interest at heart. A quote that I have had on my Missionary Handbook says, "You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice, will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make." -Gordon B. Hinckley. I truly have come to see this, I remember in my setting apart blessing by President Rempp he said, "I will have companions that come from broken homes, and because of the way that I speak of my eternal family they will desire to have that for theirs, he also said that I would have great health and that I would be comfortable here." On my mission I have gotten extremely sick, appendix surgery, allergies to food, 2 chest infections, and strep throat. BUT I have never been to sick to come home, I have never been to sick to quit working. I definitely have seen that all I was set apart with was really true. I have come to see that what I expect often isn't what the Lord really meant. Sometimes time can only tell what he truly means, and sometimes we never even know. How truly blessed I am to make such a small sacrifice, which in turn has become the greatest investment and blessing in my life. I am in awe of the marvelous plan that Heavenly Father has in store for me, and the many trials these great things to come will bring. How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. 
WHY I CHOSE TO STAY?
Why I came and why I chose to stay truly are separate. I chose to stay because I love my Savior Jesus Christ, I chose to stay because I have felt His redeeming power, mercy, long-suffering and HIS forgiveness. I chose to stay because I know by giving him my everything he can make me a better me than I can ever make of myself. I chose to stay because I can do hard things, I have been given much so I too must give. I stayed because I have truly felt that this is something I agreed to and promised to do before this life. I know this place, and these people, they are all familiar. I chose to stay because nothing can compare to seeing another person change who believed that they could never change. I stayed because I have seen the hand of the Lord in my life, and I truly have been led to those whom he has prepared. Sometimes it was really hard to stay, sometimes I wanted to be on the next flight home, or even swim home.... BUT I chose to stay because in those moments, I felt the Saviors arms come around me and comfort me. I learned to endure beyond comprehension. I learned to love everyone, and to see them as Christ see's them. I learned that everyone is struggling with something, kindness truly goes a long way. I chose to stay because I have seen anti-mormons, become those who bare the strongest testimonies, I chose to stay because when other are in need, I know that I have a message that will help. I chose to stay because I understand now that it was all part of His greater plan. I chose to stay because the gospel is true, and I want others to be with their families forever. I call upon my ancestors from the other side, and they help me when in need, and I chose to stay so that others could experience that too. In short, I came because I was prompted, but I stayed because the truth is etched into every fiber of my being, and I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He lives, and this is truly His gospel, I chose to stay, BECAUSE OF HIM. 

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach 









Monday, August 21, 2017

WHANAU I LOVE YOU 8-20-17

Hello whanau, time is going so fast, and to me I still feel like I have 18 months left. PLEASE bare with me if I am in complete shock. HAHA. We had a beautiful week this week, a lot of amazing things happened and I feel that Heavenly Father really is blessing us for being diligent in His kingdom. 

We had an amazing Zone Conference this week, and I felt like it was SO inspired. President and Sister Cummings really are amazing. They teach so simply that everyone learns something, and I love that. I think it takes a special person to teach so simply. It was about recognizing the Holy Ghost and also about Persistence. I learned that "that which we persist at doing becomes easier, not that the thing became different but our ability increased." I feel exactly like this with my mission, I don't think honestly that it got any easier that it was at the beginning,  I just believe that the Lord blessed me with the ability to grow, and to be strengthened. He also spoke about believing in Christ, and believing Christ. I know that we all believe in His teachings, but I wonder if we actually believe HIM. I think it's a great question to ask ourselves. 

We had exchanges this week and it was incredible. EVERY plan we had fell through, and it was pouring rain, so we decided to go tracting. We saw this huge building complex that looks like 4th floor last door, and we decided that is where we needed to tract, we literally had a similar experience, it was incredible, the first house the lady screamed at us to "GET LOST".. haha we just walked away laughing, but we kept going. The next few houses no one was home, until the last home. The last home the lady opened and without seeing who we were said, "come in". We walked in and were able to testify of God and Jesus Christ to her, she was a beautiful woman who already believes in God, and we were able to help her realized that truly he sent us to her that day. We have an appointment next week with she and her husband and we are really excited to meet them. After leaving her home we were walking to the car, and I literally felt the spirit say, "Turn around, house 2." Another huge building complex, and I said "Sister Tauhiro, we need to go to house 2." We went and this prepared Maori lady opened her door, it was dinner time so we only spoke for a little but she invited us back, it was absolutely incredible and the spirit confirmed to me that was right because I listened to the still small voice. We were definitely led by the spirit, and not knowing before had where we should go. :) 

We had interviews this week with President, and he is amazing. He and Sister Cummings both interview each of us, and he helps me so much. I feel that he truly is like the Saviour, when I sit across from Him, I feel an immense love, as If I were sitting with the Saviour. I know that is how the Saviour would treat each of us, with love and with peace. We had an experience of this man waiting for his brother to be sealed, he waited in here, because he wasn't a member. He had so many questions, so we taught him the restoration, and after he was in tears, and said, "when I leave here today, I am changing my life, I am going to meet with the missionaries and get baptized." we were all quite emotional, as it was amazing to see how the SIMPLE truths of the gospel helped to cure a curious mind that could find no answers. I testify that we can learn and learn and learn,but if we never apply our learning will be in vein. I love you each so much, and hope you know just how much you mean to me. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach 

HELLO (friends) 8-10-17

We had an amazing Zone Conference this week, and I felt like it was SO inspired. President and Sister Cummings really are amazing. They teach so simply that everyone learns something, and I love that. I think it takes a special person to teach so simply. It was about recognizing the Holy Ghost and also about Persistence. I learned that "that which we persist at doing becomes easier, not that the thing became different but our ability increased." I feel exactly like this with my mission, I don't think honestly that it got any easier that it was at the beginning,  I just believe that the Lord blessed me with the ability to grow, and to be strengthened. He also spoke about believing in Christ, and believing Christ. I know that we all believe in His teachings, but I wonder if we actually believe HIM. I think it's a great question to ask ourselves. 

We had exchanges this week and it was incredible. EVERY plan we had fell through, and it was pouring rain, so we decided to go tracting. We saw this huge building complex that looks like 4th floor last door, and we decided that is where we needed to tract, we literally had a similar experience, it was incredible, the first house the lady screamed at us to "GET LOST".. haha we just walked away laughing, but we kept going. The next few houses no one was home, until the last home. The last home the lady opened and without seeing who we were said, "come in". We walked in and were able to testify of God and Jesus Christ to her, she was a beautiful woman who already believes in God, and we were able to help her realized that truly he sent us to her that day. We have an appointment next week with she and her husband and we are really excited to meet them. After leaving her home we were walking to the car, and I literally felt the spirit say, "Turn around, house 2." Another huge building complex, and I said "Sister Tauhiro, we need to go to house 2." We went and this prepared Maori lady opened her door, it was dinner time so we only spoke for a little but she invited us back, it was absolutely incredible and the spirit confirmed to me that was right because I listened to the still small voice. We were definitely led by the spirit, and not knowing before had where we should go. :) 

We had interviews this week with President, and he is amazing. He and Sister Cummings both interview each of us, and he helps me so much. I feel that he truly is like the Saviour, when I sit across from Him, I feel an immense love, as If I were sitting with the Saviour. I know that is how the Saviour would treat each of us, with love and with peace. We had an experience of this man waiting for his brother to be sealed, he waited in here, because he wasn't a member. He had so many questions, so we taught him the restoration, and after he was in tears, and said, "when I leave here today, I am changing my life, I am going to meet with the missionaries and get baptized." we were all quite emotional, as it was amazing to see how the SIMPLE truths of the gospel helped to cure a curious mind that could find no answers. I testify that we can learn and learn and learn,but if we never apply our learning will be in vein. I love you each so much, and hope you know just how much you mean to me. I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Arohanui,
Sister DeLoach 







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