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Sunday, August 14, 2011

I posted 3 letters today from the last 3 weeks. I have had computer trouble so to read them in order, start 2 letters below this one.

Malo Se Fua!! (it means hello in Samoan) August 7, 2011

This week has been an incredible week full of experiences. I don’t know where to begin but I should first of just simply say hello how is everyone doing? Sounds like your all having a blast at cousin camp and I’m glad everyone is having so much fun! The reason why I said hello in Samoan is because here in Henderson there is SO many Samoan people. There are a lot of members in our ward and so we go over to their house to have dinner sometimes and they teach us how to speak their language. Sometimes I feel I’m back in the Islands with all these islander feeds! haha.

Our week has been really good. We have had some new missionaries come into the Zone and some of them are training so it’s cool to see some brand new missionaries and the fire burning desire they have to work. The Wade family is just doing absolutely incredible. We teach them almost every day. They are seriously the most prepared family I have ever met. They keep every commitment we give them. They are reading the scriptures and saying prayers every day. They came to church and loved it again. They are starting to keep all the commandments. They are pretty much living the Word of Wisdom now which is incredible. They just love the gospel so much and every time I go into that home I can feel the spirit so strong. They even fasted yesterday as a family. Wow I can’t even tell you how amazing they are! We might need to push their baptism back until the 20th because their stake conference this weekend. Oh yeah so guess what. I heard that Stephanie Rogers and Azailla (the only two non-members in the incredible family I was working with in Whangarei) are getting baptized...I think they did just barley but I’ll have to find out. What that means is the two most incredible family’s I’ve been able to work with The Roger Family and the Wade family will be getting sealed one year from now. So like in August next year!! I want SO bad to come back and be able to go to the temple and witness their sealing’s! That would be amazing.

Well Wednesday I had my very first Zone Leader Council. Wow it was something really cool. We started really early and it was at the Mission Home in North Shore. I hadn’t been back to that home for a long time. It was cool to go back in and see the place I started my mission. We had breakfast with President and Sister Lekias. We then had some very powerful training, video presentations, and a lot of instruction from our mission president. I learned so much and took a lot of notes. It was a cool experience to get to know President Lekias so well. It was a great experience to be able to sit with all the other zone leaders in the entire mission and just learn from all of them. The spirit was extremely powerful.

On Thursday we had Leadership Training. It was with all the Zone Leaders, District Leaders, and Trainers. The Training was at a chapel in Down Town Auckland! It never has been there before. It was a crazy experience to go in such a big city when I’ve been out in the country so much. We had breakfast and had a powerful testimony meeting before. Then we had a lot of training and really inspiring and uplifting presentations. Then guess what?! We all went out to Preach by the Way on Queen street. It’s one of the main streets in down town Auckland. It was so crazy. There were about 50 missionaries that just went crazy and were talking to EVERYONE. We just started sharing the gospel, handed out Book of Mormons, and did all that we could to talk to people about the gospel. It was crazy....so many people were just so busy and wouldn’t even take the time to look at you. We talked to almost 75 people in 1 hour! Wow we got some referrals....and some people were interested. It was just a cool experience to see SO many missionaries all over the streets of downtown Auckland. One companionship set someone for baptism on the street!! Miracles!

Then on Saturday we went on an investigator Temple Trip to Hamilton. We got permission from President to take our investigators as well as some of the missionaries in the zone and their investigators. It was really cool. We had about 9 investigators come just with our companionship. The other missionaries had a lot of investigators too. There was about 35-40 people total that went. A member in our ward works for a bus place and so he got a bus and drove us down there. It was SO fun. We all went to the Visitor Center and spent a couple hours there. We got to go around the temple grounds and just feel the spirit so strong. We watched the Joseph Smith movie and all the investigators loved it. It was such a wonderful experience to be at the temple grounds with our investigators. The sister missionaries at the Visitor Center gave a powerful presentation about the temple, forever families, and Jesus Christ. It was just an amazing experience for me and for our investigators. To be there with the Christis Statue and the beautiful pictures of Christ. It really touched the heart of a lot of our investigators....one of them wants to get baptized now. Her name is Nadia. Another one named Venus also is having a desire....she came to church yesterday. She is from Niue!! Cool eh?!

Sunday was great. We had 13 investigators come to church. In our investigators class we played a church Jeopardy game. It was really cool. We also have been working with this lady name Linoa. She is just amazing. Her partner is a less active member. We set her for baptism on the 27th. She came to church and loved it. We went to a family home evening at their house last night. There was a lot of other family that were members. It was an extremely spiritual FHE. Linoa bore her testimony and said that she knew the Book of Mormon was true. Wow it was just incredible and I felt the spirit so strong.

Well we have Zone Conference this Wed! I’m excited! We are trying to take the zone to the next level. Please keep the zone in your prayers and that we will all be able to baptize a lot of Heavenly Fathers children and SAVE SOULS!!

I have to go now....sorry if I didn’t answer any of your questions.....

I love you all so much.

Love Elder Kitchen

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