New Zealand Hamilton Mission Office Address P.O. Box 9542 Hamilton 3240 New Zealand
Kia Ora, Everybody!
Another week has come and gone, and once again, it was very eventful. One of the Wairoa Elders had been struggling, so he came up to be with Elder Koleni for a couple of days. I, for once, got the long end of the stick, and got the privilege of working in Wairoa for most of the week.
Wairoa is about the size of Mt. Pleasant, but instead of
everyone being fake country, everyone is REAL hori. To elaborate, everyone is
missing teeth, wears rubber boots every wear, talks like a chicken, and is
covered in tattoos. The bishop in Wairoa actually KNOWS where Mt. Pleasant is.
He was friends with the new basketball coach at Wasatch when he was attending
BYU. He also has a brother-in-law from Fairview.
When we were walking back to our car on Tuesday, I waved
to some guy driving by in his car. Now, to give some background, I had been
trying to wave to everyone who drove by, just to be nice. Not a single person
who I waved to even acknowledged my presence. The other Elder, when I waved,
teased me about how I should stop waving, since no one cares about it. Right
when he said that, the guy we waved to pulled over. He thought we needed a ride
somewhere, so he pulled over to help us. Even though our car was a block away,
we hopped in. He had a crucifix hanging on his mirror. One thing led to
another, and now they are teaching him.
We went to one of the chapels about half an hour away,
where the bishop of another ward runs a boxing night for the kids. The bishop
asked if either of us knew some moves from “American Wrestling.” So,
I got to teach about 20 kids how to do double legs and half nelsons on Tuesday
I also tried whitebait for the first time while I was in
Wairoa. Whitebait, in essence, is barely hatched baby fish. They are actually
Spiritual Thought: In 1989, Elder Joseph B. Worthlin gave
a talk called “Never Give Up.” It is superb, and his message is
simple; when we give up, the devil has won, and Christ’s Atonement is set at
naught. To quote Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.”
I hope all
of you have a great week. The land down under is really treating me well. I
thank all of you for keeping me in your prayers. I can feel their effect.