Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Elder Kyle Shannon :)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Rain Rain Go Away!

Kia Ora

There is no better way to start a week than by seeing a miracle. So once P-day ended at 6 we went with some other missionaries Elder Kaese and Elder Shem to give a blessing to a less active family in there ward. We get there and the family is there. They are a pretty young family of four.  The Parents in there 30's and the kids are under the age of 10. The father starts telling us that they want to try to come back to church and want us to give them a blessing to help. Elder Ateo and Elder Shem don't have very good English and neither of them wanted to give a blessing because they were nervous about their English. So Elder Kaese did 2 of the blessings and I did another. At this point we still have to give the husband a blessing. For his blessing I thought I was going to give it. As he gets up he stands next to my companion and puts his arm around him and asked him to do it. Elder Ateo said that his English wasn't very good and he doesn't know how to give a blessing in English. The father shares his experience when he gave his first Priesthood blessing and tells him that the spirit has prompted him to have him give the blessing. It was really cool and he eventually got my companion to do it. And let me tell you, there wasn't a word that was miss pronounced or that wasn’t understood. It was honestly one of the coolest blessings I have ever been a part of. The gift of tongues is REAL! It was such an awesome experience to be a part of and to see the spirit work through my companion. The spirit was so strong. After  the blessing was over the father gets up and gives Elder Ateo the biggest hug. Tears were flowing. Freak it was just really cool. When we got back in the car we all started freaking out and going crazy because we were so pumped for my companion. So that was a cool experience from this past week.

Now to my week. We had some solid appointments this past week. It was one of our more busy weeks which was really satisfying. We still need to sort out the baptism of Jasmine because she didn't come to church this last week so we have to push it back. So that shouldn't be a problem. Once Sunday came around Elder Ateo and I were expecting 5 investigators to come to church. Church starts and none of our investigators have showed up. It was one of the most disappointing Sundays I have had on the mission. It was weird because all of them said they would come. We at least thought 3 of them would be there.
But none of them were there which was weird. So that is that. 

But let me tell you. I am getting so sick of the rain. I hate New Zealand winter. It’s not that it’s too cold but it just rains heaps and doesn’t stop. It was annoying all week long. I can't wait for summer to hit.  It’s so close. Oh and it was daylight savings for us this last weekend too. So that was alright. But that’s the week.

Elder Shannon

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Book of Mormon

Kia Ora

This past week was really good. We had Zone Conference on Tuesday this last week and it was one of the more enjoyable ones that I have been in. We talked about the book of Mormon a lot which was really cool and we talked about how it has influenced our lives and related to us instead of just our investigators. It helped give a different perspective on it. 
We also have a baptism coming up and that end of the month which is sweet. It’s jasmine and Riley. I don't know if I have talked about them before but its a mother and her oldest son who is 15. Her other kids were baptized when they were in Niue. They are keen as to getting baptized so we are excite for that. 
We also found a new investigator in the strangest way. We were sitting in church yesterday and just after the sacrament was passed, this young Asian fella walks in. And when he walked in I looked towards the  bishopric to see what their reaction was to some random guy walking in. Their faces were
a crack up hahaha. They lit up so fast and were kinda confused at the same time. That was pretty funny, anyways to continue. After sacrament meeting we went up to talk to him and he told us that he is looking for a place to worship and he found our chapel. Now the reason this is so weird and strange is because if I were to be looking for a chapel to go worship at. Ours would probably be the last. Its pretty hidden behind a few houses and there's a long drive way you have to drive through to get there. So the fact that he saw it was incredible. But it was awesome because our members were on top of it. One of our
members grabbed him during the 3rd hour and took him to the primary and the youth and some of the other classes that were going on and it really intrigued him. So it was really cool. And the cool thing with this member is him and is wife have only been married for a year now and have no kids yet. But they had him over for lunch after church and had a talk with him  They gave him a book of Mormon and committed him
to read it and he accepted. So we haven't done jack and the dude already has a book of Mormon and wants to keep coming to our church. It’s freaking awesome. So that was like a miracle that, that happened. Oh and his name is Taeo. I forgot that haha. But things are going sweet right now. 
Elder Ateo and I had a pretty trunky moment this past week as well. Every week we go to see this old less active lady who is like 85. She is always giving us good words of wisdom. But this particular time she talked about finding a spouse and just always loving them and all this other stuff. It freaking killed me. My goodness. Elder Ateo and I talked about it afterwards and it made us both so trunky. Freak it was bad. It took us a few days to get over ha. But thats about all the happened this week. It was a good one. I love you heaps and hope you have a great week!

Elder Shannon

Me trying to feed a cow

Cake in the face

Just some good looking Elders

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Things Are Coming Together Nicely

Kia Ora

Things have been pretty solid this past week. The work is starting to progress a lot more right now which is good. Our members are slowly starting to get better. We were having lunch with one of our members on Saturday and they were telling us that a previous missionary who was in this ward was pretty rude and was just being a prideful American as we all are. He just took things to far in things he said and said that this ward isn't as good as others. It really killed it for most of the members and I am pretty sure that is why it is a struggle. But the good thing is is the member we had lunch with was the first time they had missionaries over since then and that was like a year ago. so we are establishing the trust between us and the members which is really good. So that’s kinda the situation with our members.

We have found 2 new investigators this past week. One is an Asian brotha and the other is an Indian lady. Auckland is a very diverse place. So that was really good for us. We are hoping to start teaching them this week. We have 2 people who we could potentially set for baptism this month and we are also hoping to do that this week as well. Things have started to go our way this past week. Elder Ateo is starting to open up a lot more which is really good. It’s helping him a lot with his English.

We had stake conference this weekend and I really just love stake conference on the mission. Our President Balli always comes to each stake conference and he gives talks like he's an apostle. Its so freaking awesome. I just love the man. I’m pretty sure everyone says
that about their mission president. Mission presidents are cool. 

We have zone conference this upcoming week. Zone conference is good. It just takes all day and you get so exhausted afterwards which is weird. Oh here is something interesting, well I think its interesting. You probably won’t. But it has been a while since I have cut the top of my hair. I normally just cut the sides and grow out the top. When I got out of the shower this morning I was playing with my hair while it was wet and I pulled it down to see how long it is and it goes to the bottom of my eyes which is pretty long haha. So I decided I need to get a haircut so I will be doing that today. I just thought you should know because thats like the longest my hair has ever been. 

That is pretty much my week. Here is a picture of us at a hidden beach we
found on a cloudy day (:

Elder Shannon

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Happy Father's Day!!

Kia ora

Well I don't really know where to start this email. Not much has been happening for us this past week. Its been pretty hard lately in our area. Trying to find new people to teach is been a struggle and all of the investigators we have aren't really progressing right now. So we have been trying really hard to work with the members in our ward but all they do is talk about missionary work and don't do it. It’s really frustrating. In our ward council I asked if we could go around to each auxiliary for 20 minutes on the 1st and 2nd Sunday of each month and talk to them and role play with them. 
Right now we have been really focusing with the young men and the primary because the young men like to help us and they know it will help them for when they go serve and the primary kids don't think about the things they do so if you ask them to do something they will do it and show no fear because that's how kids are haha. We are hoping this approach works because the adults just frustrate me. But it’s good for my companion to get to experience missionary work the hard way. My first area was pretty solid. South Auckland is booming with baptisms and really is the only thing that keeps our mission going. So missionary work started off pretty easy for me. With Elder Ateo it’s really good for him and he has a super positive attitude towards everything. He is so humble like any islander you will meet. And to be honest heaps of the white people just frustrate me especially some other missionaries because they can be pretty prideful sometimes. 
Being trained by someone from the Islands helped me realize how pride full Americans and white people really are. So I am really hoping to give him a good experience. To be honest he is better than my last son I trained.  Mainly because he is an islander. His English is coming along really well which is good. He can speak pretty good but has trouble understanding what people say. But it’s algood. I’m starting to get used
to it.

Also this last weekend was fathers day. At least it is in New Zealand ha, so there has been a lot of fathers day activities going on. Something cool I have started doing since I hit my year mark last month is that I have been reading my journal entries from the first half of my mission. I read 1 a day and the one I read is the same day a year ago. Its weird to see how much change has happened in me. The amount of knowledge I have received and all the miracles I have had. Thats been really cool to do.

The month of September is going to be challenging for me because our zone is trying to beat the record of 18 baptisms. That was set 5 years ago in 2011. Our zone leaders really want to try and accomplish that this month! They have put heaps of pressure on me and the other district leader to help make this happen. So it will be tough in trying to get my district to accomplish this. The good thing is that I got the Lord on my side. But thats pretty much all from this last week. I hope you have a good week and I will definitely pray that someone will buy our house. Love ya heaps!

Elder Shannon