Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Monday, July 24, 2017

LAST EMAIL

Kia Ora

Oh my gosh! This is all so crazy. My last email. I honestly never thought this day would come. I honestly wish it hasn’t yet, but it is. I am so excited but at the same time I really don't want to go. I didn't ever think I would love these people so much to the point where I don't want to come back to white people haha. It’s true tho. I know I am going to miss this place like crazy. 
This past week has been full of goodbyes. And it still hasn't kicked in at all yet that I am leaving. Yesterday members were giving me gifts and stuff and it started to kick in a little bit then when that was happening. Tonight will be pretty mean. Our members are doing an FHE to send me out which will be pretty cool. I’m just going to miss the people hard out. 
Man I don't know how to put it into words how I feel right now. I would like to say how blessed I have been throughout these 2 years and all that I have been able to learn from the mission. Even just this past week we had miracles happen. That is one thing I am going to miss is seeing the miracles every single day. 
But I really don't have much else to say right now. I am Just excited to see the family again. Hahaha… I still feel like I have another year left. Tomorrow I go to the mission home and we have interviews with President and a little orientation about coming home and then we have lunch and then we go to the airport. So today I will just be packing and getting every thing ready for tomorrow. 
I love you heaps and I am so excited to see the fam’s again.


Elder Shannon





Tuesday, July 18, 2017

See you Next Week!

Kia Ora!

Holy heck this is all getting so weird. This is my second to last email! It still hasn't even come close to kicking in that I leave. It’s so weird. All the members in our ward always bring it up asking how long I have now and all that sort of stuff. But anyways thats enough of that. 
This week was a long week for lots of reasons. So many things went on. We had MLC on Wednesday with President Walker. It was very different from President Balli. It was good though, it’s just hard to adjust. But it’s good because this mission needs what he has to offer. It was cool tho during our MLC, he wanted to come up with 5 things that the NZAM (New Zealand Auckland Mission) will be known for. It took us about an hour and a half but we finally came up with it. We put the 5 things into sentences. It’s not quite finished yet but it was cool to be apart of that aspect of things because that will probably last the whole time he is here. 

We had a cool experience this week. Elder Chi and I were looking through our area book trying to find people who we could contact because we are struggling to find people to teach. We came across a former inv. Richard. He went and visited and through out this last week we have had a few lessons with him. He committed to come to church which was good. We contacted one of our members who knows him pretty well and our member was telling us that he always will tell missionaries that he will come to church but never does and our member is always stood up by him every time he goes to pick him up. Our member told us this but he said he will go try anyways because we had asked him too. To make a long story short he came to church and when we got to church our member apologized to us for doubting and he said it was a powerful experience for him. So it was really cool. We are hoping to get Richard set with a date for baptism. So that was pretty exciting for us. 
On Friday we planned a movie night with all the missionaries in the zone and there investigators. We got members to bring snacks while we watch. We just watched it at the chapel on a big tv. We watched Ephraim’s rescue. It was really good. We had a solid turn out as well and was a good experience for our investigators.

That’s all I have from this week and to be honest I don’t know if I will even write much next week but we will see. Cant wait to see everyone next week! It’s so weird saying that!!!!! hahah Have a great week! I love you heaps!


Elder Shannon




Monday, July 3, 2017

New Mission President!

Kia Ora,

Well things haven't changed much. Other than the fact that we have a new mission President now!!! Its so weird. he came in Saturday afternoon. I am actually glad I only have him for 3 weeks because it would be hard for me to adjust to a new president. Not that I have anything against him it's just that I love President Balli and his wife so much. So I don't have to really worry about it. We will get to meet him tomorrow. we are having zone conference and that is when we get to meet them which will be cool.

But for Elder Chi and I in our area has been a struggle. The work here just hit a wall. And it's frustrating because I leave in 3 weeks and it is so tempting for me to not do anything the rest of the way. I know this is Heavenly Father trying to test me. I will not give up quite yet because I know there is still some things I need to learn before I finish. 

We had a lesson with Saia. We went to follow up about his Book of Mormon and he told us that he didnt read it and we were pretty disappointed. He is just so annoying I love him and hate him at the same time haha. He is our only solid investigator at the moment. We are trying to 'find' hard at the moment because we are saving a lot of investigators for later because they aren't progressing. So it's been pretty frustrating especially now because the weather is not super great and it has been raining the past few days which makes it hard. But we keep pressing forward. 

So that is all that has really happened here in NZ. I hope yous have a great week! Love you heaps!

Elder Shannon

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I Love my Mission so MUCH!

Hello,

This week was pretty emotional. Wednesday we had a specialized training which is pretty much just a 2 hour long zone conference. It was our final meeting with President and his wife. It was is just so weird to be getting a new mission president. But they just talked to us about what is going to happen and how we should support President Walker when he comes in. 
We did a haka for president and his wife after the meeting and it was so freaking cool. There was about 30 Elders that did it. Every time I watch it I get the chills. It was weird because when we finished I still had some adrenaline left over and my body did not like that I wasn't moving very much. I was shaking afterwards. I got into it when we did the haka. 
After the meeting we had trade off with the Ap's. I was with Elder Cowley in our area and we had a solid day. We had a lesson with Saia and we addressed his concern about prophets and than we taught him about the book of Mormon. He is committed to reading it which we are hoping that he sees the importance of the book and the Knowledge it gives us. He is so close to being set with a baptismal date. We are just anxiously waiting for our next lesson with him on Wednesday. 
Things have been pretty good tho. Elder Chi and I are getting along great and I am happy that he is killing me because he is cool. The area is solid as well. I swear everyday just gets faster and faster. 
I am to the point now where I don't want to come home. I love the mission to much haha but that is all I am wanting to write because I just can't be bothered so sorry bout it. But I love you heaps and hope you have a good week!


Elder Shannon   

Monday, June 19, 2017

Last Transfer

Malo e lelei

This week was pretty freaking hectic. The start of the week was really good. We had zone P-day and Presidents wife came to it which was cool. It was really fun. We did a scavenger hunt and played Laser tag. 
We also got transfer news as well that night. My companion Elder Whalley got transferred which was sad because I was hoping he would kill me. But nah. My new companion is Elder Chi from Malaysia. He is pretty cool. He has about 4 months left so we will probably be making each other trunky the whole time lol. Nah I’m just playing. We gonna smash it out my last transfer. It’s weird saying that. But ya it’s happening. 
Transfers was pretty hectic its self. Everyone meets at our chapel in our zone so we are in charge of making sure everyone goes where they need to be and all that stuff. It was pretty stressful. But it was good fun. 
We had a mean lesson with our investigator Saia. We taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and it was intense. We had like a 2 hour long lesson with them. It was solid. It was pretty frustrating because he is just so stubborn. We talked a lot about baptism and he expressed to us why he doesn't want to get baptized (yet) hehe. When we were closing up we were trying to think of what we could say to him that would help him to come unto Christ. So  the spirit totally hit us and took over. We asked him if he has a sincere desire to follow Christ. We talked a little bit more and Elder Chi and I just bore our testimonies on the Saviour. It was the first time I have ever cried in a lesson my whole mission. We explained to them how important it is to follow our Saviour and the importance of his gospel. It was a good way to end our lesson. 
Another cool experience was at a Come and See fireside our mission holds once a month for investigators to come and to listen to musical items and to hear recent converts speak. It was President and Sister Balli’s last one and we surprised them by singing the EFY medley. They sat at the pulpit and all the missionaries walked up to the front and faced them and sang it. It was so freaking cool. There was like 130 of us singing it. It was super loud and powerful. They got super emotional and it was the first time we have seen President Balli cry. We will be doing a haka for them this week before they leave next week which will be super cool. We will be practicing the rest of p day for it. 
Other than that nothing else happened. And to be honest I can't be bothered doing long emails anymore haha. But things are going super well right now. I hope you have a great week this week. 
I love you heaps! 


Elder Shannon 






Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Days go by Faster and Faster

Hello

The days just go by faster and faster. This past week has been really good. We had a really good lesson with Siah, one of our investigators. His wife is less active wanting to come back to church. So we have been teaching them together which has been really good. We taught the Plan of Salvation. It was a mean lesson. I think we answered every question that he had about the plan of salvation which was really good. We have slowly seen him open up more to the gospel as well. His wife will joke with him about getting baptized and he will turn on his "Anti-conversion shield" as he calls it. But now when she does it he has this look on his face that he is some what considering it. So our next lesson is going to be crazy because we are teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will probs invite him to be baptized. So it will be hectic. 
Our newest investigator Lilly we had a good meeting with her. We talked about why we serve missions and all this stuff and had a really good conversation with her about it. The next lesson we will have with her she is going to invite her younger brother over who just returned home from his mission and have a lesson with her. So it will be nuts the next time we meet with her because we will be teaching the restoration. 
We had zone conference this week which was really good. It was our last zone conference with President and sister Balli. They leave on the 1st of July. It will be interesting when the change happens because no one will know what to expect. The change happens mid transfer for us so it will be weird. It is now starting to get colder and colder by the day which sucks. But its nothing like the winter we get in Utah. Not even close, but it’s still cold. 
We had stake conference this week and we had a member of the Seventy come which was awesome. Elder Benjamin Sinjoux from Tahiti. He talked for about 3 hours this weekend. It was hectic haha. We also heard from a member of the Temple presidency Brother and Sister Lavea. Brother Lavea shared an experience about this woman that came up to him in the temple saying that she never wanted to leave. He responded by asking "why not? Don't you want to go home and see your kids?" She than responded " I just feel peace and comfort every time I come here." Brother Lavea than responded "If you were to remain here you wouldn't be able to apply the things you have learned here in the temple. Thats why you have to leave at some point to apply what you have learned and see your faith increase." 
It was really cool how he put it. I tried my best to get it word for word but was not very good so hopefully you get what he was trying to say. But it was really cool. Often times we don't want to leave the temple because of what we feel and learn which is definitely a good thing. But we must have the courage to come out and be ready to take on whats out in the world. The temple helps us to combat with the tings of the world. I believe every time anyone walks out of the temple or even if they are just outside, you leave with a better feeling than you did before and you probably learned something new. That is why we must leave the temple so we can apply it. 
But that is all I am going to write for this week because I am honestly getting tired of emailing so ya. I love you so much and hope you and the rest of the fam is doing well!


Elder Shannon 








Sunday, June 4, 2017

We Get Fed WAY Too Much

Talofa
This week has been pretty hectic. I am just going to start off by saying we get fed way to much. This past week was probably the most filling week we have had with eating. Monday me and my companion had a late lunch at about 3. We weren't expecting to get fed in the evening. We than went to our members house where every second week they hold an FHE for whoever wants to come. No one showed up and it ended up just being Elder Whalley and I. We just talked with them for a little bit and than they took us out to eat to Carls Jr. We ordered what we wanted which wasn't that much because we weren't hungry. Oh… it’s important to know this family is Tongan, lol. 
When we finished they went and bought more food. And we can't say no because they don't have a lot of money so we had to eat it or they would be wasting their money. We had to other experiences like this through out the week when members just decide to feed us on the spot. Like I have never hated food so much. There were times through out the week where I felt like throwing up just by thinking of food. I think I might have went a whole day without eating because I was so full and that is no joke. haha.
On the other side of things, the work has been going really good. We had some solid lessons this week. We had one with our investigator Vinny. He is 19 and he has been taught everything and wants to get baptized. The only thing stopping is he got in trouble with the law. But he talked with our mission president and just has to wait for his parole to finish which should hopefully be at the beginning of July. We read Alma ch. 5 with him and talked about repentance, which was awesome. I love reading that chapter because there is so much to learn from it. I like in v.15 Alma pretty much asks the question "Would you be able to stand before God right now and tell him you have done good in this life?" It’s a good question to ask ourselves. Would you be able to stand before God right now and tell him you are worthy to return to him? 
We also had another good lesson with one of our new investigators Siah. His wife is a member and is trying to become active again and is wanting her husband to learn about the Gospel. We taught him the Restoration. It was a solid lesson. We also had a member with us which was good because Siah is a very stubborn guy. Every time we go over to their house he always tells us he has his anti ‘conversion shield’ on in a joking way. But we reckon we will be able to break through that. We know he felt the spirit during the lesson but he won’t admit it. So it will be tough but we think he will break soon. 
We had an awesome lesson in our Gospel Principals class on Sunday. We talked about the Holy Ghost and the main theme of it was being humble and submissive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost which was really good for him. We found this Tongan family this past week that we will start teaching this week. They are a young family. 4 kids and the oldest is 7 I think... The wife is a member she is less active at the moment and her husband is a non member. We had a good discussion about prayer and they opened up to us about it and how they pray as a family. They also said the church they go to now doesn't teach about the importance of family and they were saying they wish it was more family oriented. Right than we were like "oh snap" They are so ready for the Gospel because thats what they need. So hopefully it is what they are looking for and they will be able to see the blessings and the joy from the gospel. 
We had MLC this week as well and it was super good. It was President and Sister Balli's last MLC which was sad. No one wants them to go. They bore there testimonies at the end and it was just super awesome to see there love and dedication towards the work of the Lord. 
We have seen so many miracles and blessings this past week and it has been awesome to see. That is something I will miss about the mission is seeing miracles and feeling the spirit so strong all the time. It just all goes by way to fast. 
That’s all for this week though. I love you heaps and hope you have a great week!


Elder Shannon