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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Merry CHRISTmas


So obviously it is past Christmas now but since I didn't get to email last week, since I got to call home instead :), I thought i'd write a Christmas special this week haha. Well Christmas is always the best time of the year but this year especially so. I really got to reflect on the birth of my Saviour Jesus Christ. Being away from all that you love and cherish really makes you realise what is most important in life. To me that is the gospel and then my family. I would give up all the cars, houses, nice clothes, all the riches and the luxaries in the world just for those two things. My knowledge and my family. This gospel is SO simple and yet that is why it is so hard for many to understand. It is completely about a fathers love for His children. That Father being God and those children being us. He loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son into the world so that He could atone and die for us. I don't know how to put into words the way I feel about my Saviour, my father, and this plan that He has for all of us.  I have so much I want to say but I really don't know how to even express it in words, much less in words in an email. It seems so insignificant on here as I am typing it but in my heart it is all consuming. I have never realised how insignificant I am, how weak, how small. But as I turn to God I am powerful, wise, and strong! I am so grateful to be here on my mission because I've realised one great lesson. Before I left on my mission I thought serving would help me know what I want to DO with my life. And since i've been down here I realise it isn't so much about what I want to DO but is now who I want to BE! And as I recognise who I want to BE it shapes what I want to DO! I want to be married for all of time and eternity in the temple of God to a worthy priesthood holder and someday become a righteous mother in zion, just like my mom and my gramma. I also want to go to Uni so that I can obtain the best education. God is a God of intelligence and He requires each of us to become intelligent as well.
As i've been here I have learned more about what I want to study when I go to Uni, and those studies are what will help me to BEcome better.  It is seriously so amazing! And I have learned all this as I am striving to serve others! Seriously guys the best way to find out more about yourself and to develop and to grow is to learn more about others and help THEM to develop and grow! This all makes sense!!! The gospel has never made so much sense! It is so simple. It is really so mind blowingly simple! Yes there are many things none of us will ever be able to comprehend or understand in this life, but really I think it is because it is to simple for us to understand. Think about that one.
Well yeah I think I am just rambling to much and getting to philosophical, sorry for that ha. Anyways the work is going well, actually it really isnt. We have very few investigators. We are getting really no referrals. We are getting SO fat in this area ha. And yet we are working our butts off! I often ask myself "Am I doing as much as the Lord would have me do? Am I giving it my all?" Most of the time I can say yes, and for those moments where I can not say yes then I know I need to step up my game. I would like to have more investigators, referrals, and just lessons in general but I know that it will come with time. We may not be seeing the results that we want but I know that if I can answer yes to my questions then the Lord is seeing my results and He is happy. I just think as long as I am not being struck by lightning then I must be doing okay hahaha. Well yeah. I know that maybe in this area I am just called to be planting seeds. Also it is SOOOO weird, really I have no idea what is wrong with me. I feel like I am getting lazy but really that isn't it because I can still answer yes to my questions. I think really I am learning to be relaxed! What a concept!! My anxiety is still there but I can control it because I've learned to give it to the Lord. I still get in bad moods and frustrated with my comp. but I am like so relaxed. I dont know what it is. I mean I wont lie there are still times I feel like I just need to take a nap or stop and if I dont then I will explode but for the most part I am just mellow. I think it has a large part to do with my companion because she is so relaxed and so hardworking. She pushes ME to work harder. Can you believe that? Sometimes it makes me feel sad because I dont want her to think I am a bad missionary or lazy because we really dont have so many lessons and she is always so happy when we get a return appointment. I just hope that I can be a good example to her. I still need to learn to be more patient with her though. Anywys I can't believe how fast time is flying by. I am almost to my six month mark which blows my mind. Everyone says once you get to that point it just flies by. I guess we will see.
WEll I don't know what else to say without rambling. I guess I would just like to leave with a thank you and a commitment :)
My thank you is this: thank you to all my family for all the sacrifices you ALL have made to support me and help me not only while I am serving but also from helping me to grow up during the years. Thank you to my friends for your examples and encouragement. Thank you to my God for being the most patient person with me even when I have seriously doubted Him.
My commitment: to all of you wether you are a member of this church or not I would like to invite you to really contemplate in your mind what you believe and then ask yourself if that really makes sense. Then I would invite you to pray and ask if what you believe is true. Some of you I know this will be hard. You may have known the truth once and maybe still believe it in some way, you may not have prayed in years or maybe ever. Some of you may be totally against "mormons" and their darn beliefs but really does what you believe make sense? I know what I believe makes perfect sense, because it is true. I know what I say may seem harsh or pushy but hey when Jesus Christ preached to the pharasees and saduccees wasnt he harsh and a pit pushy with them? Im sorry to tell you folks but... truth hurts, get over it and just accept it. For my family members who aren't members, I will be bold and I will not lie. You are missing out on some seriously awesome blessings and most of you because of pride. I will not push you to change your beliefs but I will invite you to learn more about the blessings that God has in store for you. I pray for you. I love you. And I invite you to take part in Gods simplistic and amazing plan for you! My greatest desire is to be with ALL of my family for time and all eternity but I know and I accept that it is your choice. Sometimes I will be driving and this work, this gospel, just seems like a fairy tale. It is just so simple and so pure. How could it be real? But the fact of the matter is, is that it is real and it is powerful! If any of you desire to receive the blessings God has in store for you I invite you to ask me, ask my parents or my siblings, talk to some missionaries like me, but most importantly ask God how you can obtain them.
I love you all and hope you had a very merry CHRISTmas and now have a happy new year! Love you!
Love,
Sister Boiteux




Zone leaders taking us out to lunch


MTC district reunited


Crazy house for Christmas


Making cookies


Results of cookies

Temple Trip


Matching PJs thanks mom!


New Outfit/ Dinner at Bishops


Baptism!


I love LETTERS from home!!!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Konitchiwa?


Hi everyone. I am a complete mess right now ha. Everyone in the library is giving me looks like "what is up with this girl?!" I'm trying to stop crying ha but it just isn't possible at the moment haha. I just want you all to know how much I love all of you. Love isn't even a strong enough word. This week has been completely full on! I worked with Sister Bushnell (who is from San Diego) for 3 days before we both got our trainees. I hope that we will work together again in the future! I love her so much. I don't think I've felt so relaxed and laughed so much with someone here on the mission. It made me feel at home because she reminded me in looks to my friend Brooke and in personality and voice she reminded me A LOT of Drew. So drew if you are ever reading this I miss you cus haha. One time she said something to me and I took a step back because her voice sounded SO much like Drews. I was glad I could just be happy with my comp for a few days. We had some crazy adventures in our short time together. It felt like we were together a full transfer ha.
Now I have my new trainee. She is really nice. She is from Nagoya Japan and her name is Sister Keikyu (prounced like letters K and Q). So instead of learning French I am now learning Japanese haha.  Cool!
This past week was hard due to being shotgunned into an new area where the previous missionaries did not take care of it. But we've been trying to work hard! Yesterday we saw HEAPS of miracles. And also our new ward is awesome! Our bishop is the coolest ever! He is a recent convert of 10 years and was made bishop at 28. Him, his wife, and their kids are the cutest. And he loves missionary work! We are going to get so fat! We have a dinner appointment every night! We are working hard on trying to establish relationships and hopefully start getting some referrals. We have a few investigators but not many so we still need to find find find. Also our ward mission leader is also awesome! He is from tonga. And he to has a voice that reminds me of someone. Ray Angilau he sounds exactly like you! Everytime he speaks i'm like "ray? wheres ray?" haha. Makes me feel at home!
Anyways Yesterday was a great day! We went to visit a part member tongan family and the 17 year old daughter who is the member was asleep so we just met with her dad. Her dad is a single dad raising 3 kids on his own. Also he is sick with cancer and just had his second round of chemo. so he was feeling like crap! We talked about the atonement and weren't getting anywhere with him. He just feels like church, all churches, are not good. I guess the lds church in tonga that he knew of did some pretty messed up stuff so he had a bad impression. We talked about what church is for, the learn of Christ and god. By the end I just felt prompted htat we should sing a hymn. So Sister Keikyu and I sang my favourite hymn number 98 I Need Thee Every Hour. As I looked over at this man I saw a lone tear trinkle down his cheek followed by more and more. He was crying silently. His daughter, who at this point is less active, came in and listened as well. The spirit was soooo strong. It was amazing to see the influence and power of music! At the end we invited him to pray and he accepted! This was the first prayer he has ever offered! It was also the first time his daughter and two young sons have ever heard him pray. It was a very short and simple prayer but was very profound. At the end we saw that he was crying and that the kids had some glossy eyes. It was a very powerful testament to me of prayer and song. The spirit is the converting power, not us.
So yeah. Our flat is gross and full of cockroaches. I'm gaining weight. I'm stressed A LOT!  
and yet...
I wont give up. And weirdly I'm happy. I know this gospel is true and that is blesses lives! Im grateful that I could come be here and learn more about myself and gods plan for me.
Well sorry this is short. It was a stressful day so my mind is fried ha! I will try to be more diligent of writing a good email next week! Love you!
Love.
Sister Boiteux



Saturday, December 7, 2013

Power in the Word


Dear family,
so the news of the week:
I got transferred.
My new area is in a place called Bankstown. It is actually near the mission office which is cool but sadly they just made it so that the mission office is in a different zone now so I cant just go visit which is sad.  But anyways I am very scared to be here in this new area and not only that but I will be training again. I get my new companion tomorrow. I am very scared but I know that my mission president is inspired and that I am here for a reason. In my area there were Elders here before and not to dis elders but man the area book is a mess.... and my flat smells like boy..and cats :/
I was really really sad last night and all my confidence was just shot but then this morning I did my Book of Mormon reading in Alma 20-22 and one particular passage really helped me it was in Alma 21:12-17. It talks about Aaron who is preaching the word and nobody is listening, they are mocking him spitting on him and eventually throw him in prison where he is to say the least tortured. He was in miserable circumstances, and yet, he kept the faith. When he was rescued by his brother Ammon he again went to preach the word, where I think for most of us we would have just said "Alright that's it. I'm done. I'm going home" but no he went and endured and worked hard. And eventually the miracles came. So that is what I will do. I know it will be hard, scary, and at times disappointing but I KNOW that if I just work my hardest and put ALL my TRUST in my Heavenly Father and my Saviour that they will provide a way for me to accomplish their work.  I just can't think about everything that I need to do because it will overwhelm me so I just let God guide. It is a difficult thing to do for me but I have to or I will just fall down again and I can't let that happen, that was a really hard place to be and I don't want to go back to being super depressed.
So yeah.. that is my little spiritual speel for the day.
Anyhow I did get a car! Last Friday night actually so Sister Burgess and I had it together for 2 days before transfers haha. It was so nice! I have a car in my new area to but I left it at the mission office until tomorrow when I will get my trainee. I am currently working with a sister from California who will also be training so we are working together till then.
So last week was a great week. Monday we had "christmas" with Becci and Kiki. They are soooo sweet! She got us VERY nice christmas presents. She got us a diamond heart necklace each and earrings and lots of chocolate.  She is very giving. But more importantly than that she helped us to feel at home. Im glad I could somewhat spend christmas with someone I love since now I am tranferred and know noone.  I will miss her very much. Kiki (her 6 yr old) just started crying when she learnt I was leaving, it broke my heart.
On Saturday was Raymonds baptism. Again, everything was trying to stop him from getting baptised but in the end it was done. It was great to see how happy he was. I will miss his spirit and that of everyone I met. On Sunday we had a big dinner at a members before transfers. Sister Clegg and I were the only ones in our ward getting transferred. It was really fun to have dinner with them, all the sisters, the elders, and an investigator of the sisters.  I will miss my old area a lot.
I hope that I can learn to love this new area, and faster than I learnt to love the last. I am freaking scared.... but I will walk into the darkness with faith that I will find the light eventually.
I love you my family. I pray for you. Stay safe and have fun!
Love.
Sister Boiteux



Naughty elders listening to Pitch Perfect in the car...


Christmas gifts from Bec