Monday, September 29, 2014

So much to learn in so little time!

"G'day everybody from way over here in Beautiful United states,

I have been so busy! We had a branch presidency meeting last night and was called as the District leader for my district. I have been able to plan for each days work, schedule for where we need to go, what we need to do, and even what we need to think. There hasn't even been time to think! But, its been challenging me in a good way which has allowed me to use my time wisely and to make my choices effectively in a way that helps me to grow as a disciple and representative of Christ.

Today I had the opportunity to attend the Salt Lake city Temple! IT IS BEAUTIFUL! Wow! I took photos but will send them to you when I have the chance on the mission field. What a blessing it was to be able to do this! The spirit was very strong, and It was such a blessing to be in the celestial room with so many different missionaries. It is so beautiful and so peaceful in that Temple. What a blessing!

Coming to the MTC, I was tired. All the traveling really hit me hard, but I was able to have a great nights rest the first night I arrived here. I have honestly learnt SO much! About my purpose, about my role in teaching, and about how we need to see others through the eyes of how heavenly father sees them. We have had opportunities to teach a lot and also many times to learn during the day.|

My companions name is Elder Brown and he is from Spokane, Washington. He is the best! I love him. He is a quiet achiever, but I know that he has a testimony of the importance of this great latter day work. He has helped me to understand about unity in companionship, and I have had the great blessing of seeing the MTC experience shape him into the missionary he is becoming. I had the chance to talk to him last night and just let him know that I am here for him more than just his companion, but as a brother. I know that meant a lot to him.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Centre of my life and my testimony of this church. I know that he lives and that he suffered for me that I wouldn't have to. I had a very strong spiritual experience last night when we were having a workshop on teaching people, not lessons. Earlier during the day I was praying to my Father in Heaven that he would help me to meet my plans whilst being here at the MTC and that I would be able to feel his love more firmly and deeply in my heart. He answered that prayer. When we were watching a video on how Christ is the centre of our teachings and our purpose as a missionary, the Spirit came into my mind and spoke to my heart. The spirit said: "I have a purpose for you here. I have prepared you for this time. I love you." I knew right away that it was the voice of the saviour. He has a plan for me and I know my purpose. My purpose is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through Faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.

There is much to be done and much to learn. I love it here. I love the missionaries. I love the people. I love the mountains. I love Christ. I love wearing this badge! I love you all.

May God bless you always and may Christ guide you unto Him,

Elder Wehi"

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Longest Flight and MTC

Elder Wehi's first weekly email and he sent it directly to me as Megan Green.

"G'day everyone! How are you all? I arrived into America in the morning and had the great privilege of being able to meet many different people from different walks of life. I was able to talk to them all about the church and share my testimony on the importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How grateful I was to be able to have so many wonderful experiences traveling to the MTC and through to America on the flights. The longest flight was from Melbourne to LA, which was around 15 hours. I slept heaps! but, I was also given the opportunity to share some thoughts about the mission with a man from Australia who was also on the flight. I talked to all of them and they were really friendly and receptive to the messages I was able to share. I met a young man who had had a Grandfather who was a member of the church. The young man told me that he had a strong relationship with his grandfather and I felt as though it meant alot to him to talk to someone else who was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I would often tell them how I was a missionary and they would ask me where my badge was! It was great!

When we finally arrived into America I was greeted by a very different kind of scenery. The American Scenery! Its...different...haha. Im not kidding, It is so so Beautiful here in Salt Lake/Provo. The mountains are huge! The trees are strange, and my lips are always chapped. I arrived into the Salt Lake airport around mid day and met another two missionaries (Elder Cruz from Mexico, and Elder G from the Phillipines who reminds me of Christine so much!) We came to the MTC and received our badges and a little orientation. We came into the MTC early as international missionaries and therefore we haven't been given a companion as we just traveled as a bunch of missionaries, but will later on today. How great it is to be an ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Cafeteria (where we eat) Is HUMONGOUS! not even kidding! This MTC is so big! Talk about Americans haha.
I will send some photos through of the international missionaries and I here at the MTC next time I email home.

We had a MTC devotional last night with all the missionaries. Elder Ballard Spoke to us. He did it without a teleprompter and told us that he wanted to just speak to us as if we were his grandchildren. He was great! An inspired man of God. I have been blessed to be received by so many smiling faces here at the MTC. There are many American missionaries, but I have been able to get to know personally and stay with many of the international missionaries. Elders and sisters from England, Fiji, China (Elder Ma is my current temporary companion), South America, and some from Australia who know Jalen.

The food is great! its all you can eat which is even better! haha. But, I have been making wise choices, line upon line ;) about the kind of food I partake of here so I dont stretch my suit too far. An Elder here likes to refer to his weight gaining as the suit shrinking in the hot desert weather.

Anyway, I have to go but I love you and and thank you for everything.

Talk to you all soon.

Elder Wehi.

I love you!"