Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Many Thanks and Tracking Flight Home!

Hey Readers,

For the first part of this post, I would like to share many thanks to many people who has influnced Elder Wehi throughout his mission.

I would like to thank all the church members who provided meals for Elder Wehi and his companions.
I would like to thank Elder Wehi's previous Mission President, Elder Clayton and Sister Clayton.

I would like to thank Elder Wehi's new Mission President Elder Shields and Sister Shields.
I would like to thank all of Elder Wehi's companions who put up with Elder Wehi 24/7.

I would like to thank Elder Wehi's relatives and friends who sent him packages throughout his mission.
I would like to thank Elder Wehi's relatives and friends who sent him letters throughout his mission.
I would like to thank Elder Wehi's relatives and friends who emailed him throughout his mission.

I would like to thank all the prayers who prayed for Elder Wehi's safety throughout his mission.
I would like to thank the investigators to come into Elder Wehi's life at the right time and place.

I would like to thank Heavenly Father the most because he constantly watched over Elder Wehi throughout his mission.
For the second part of this post, I would like you all to know that I will be tracking Elder Wehi's flight home. I think I will be getting no sleep tonight and tomorrow night. Oh well. Seriously not long now. Less than seventy two hours and he will be back in Brisbane. Aaaaaah!

I have his flight schedule, many thanks to his Mum for sharing it with me and I am able to know where the plane is. Elder Wehi has two stops before he arrives to Brisbane. His first stop is to Los Angeles and the second stop is to Tawain. Elder Wehi just left Canada Toronto Airport about five minutes ago.

I am pretty sure Elder Wehi cried at the Airport after saying some farewells. I almost cried to when I looked at the flight tracker and saw that Elder Wehi's plane left Canada. Time is coming real to me now and I can believe it now that he is coming home soon! 

Stay tuned for a few more updates!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fought the Good Fight

I acknowledge the email from Elder Wehi for this week was very short and knew that he has so much to do in a short remaining time left that he has of his mission. Remember this week was his last week emailing home as a Full-Time Missionary and he arrives back in Australia in three days.

Wow! Time flies so fast lately.
I would like to share with you, the testimony that he shared through the email. He said, "I have felt Gods love. I have seen so many lives touched by His hand. I have more direction for my life. I know who I am. I know a little better now about the importance of the rest of my lives decisions. I will always be grateful for what I learnt as a missionary and the gifts i will be bringing home."

Elder Wehi shared a few photos that he already sent previously during his mission and he sent some new photos. Be sure to check out, "Mission Photos" section to see the photos. Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2 Years

Readers, be prepared this post is a very long post. Elder Wehi's Mum forwarded me this week's email and I am very grateful for his Mum to do that for me. This week's update summaries what he learns during his time as a missionary and even his memories after receiving the mission call and before he left for his mission.

Elder Wehi said, "The Greatest thing I ever did with my life was to give up something I dearly loved, to the God I loved even more; He has never forgotten me for it. Learn from the past." - President Thomas S. Monson.

When the call came in the mail, I didn't know what to expect. As I read the words "Ye are hereby called to serve ...." I was filled with emotion. Happiness and anticipation almost to anxiety wanting to leave that very day. I still remember that. My dad came and sat next to my bed and woke me with so much excitement in his voice.

I still remember that. Preparation and Temple attendance. Going to the Temple often and making new friends. Being in my room for hours at a time just studying about what it would be like on a mission. I still remember these times. The time arrives and I get on the plane.

I say goodbye to my family whom I have never been away from for longer than months at a time. Tears and a little fear of what to expect, but happy beyond anything I had yet experienced. The plane ride was smooth. Pretty jet lagged. Super on fire with energy, though.

Arrive in LA. First steps into America. Hugh cars, people sound funny, driving on the other side of the road and food I had never even heard of before. Now I'm a little confused. Everything looks different and for a moment I'm asking myself: "Where am I?" even though perfectly knowing where I am going and where I am.

That's what plane rides can do to you sometimes. Arrive in Salt Lake. Travel to MTC with other international missionaries. Excited to be going to where my dad had been years before.

Felt like a dream honestly. MTC was where I came to see the Atonement change the lives of others. It was the first time I saw the Salt Lake city Temple. My companion, the people we taught, and myself also. We looked up to the missionaries who had been there for a while and were going into the field. They were so mature and ready. I wanted that too.

We worked for it day and night and time and time again we would make mistake after mistake, but the little things made the big things happen. It's time to leave for the field! It was hard to sleep that night. woke up at 4 that morning. Cold morning. Not many people on the road. Got to the Airport before the other missionaries. read the Book of Mormon for 2 hours. Other Missionaries arrive.

I find out I'm going to Toronto through Minnesota, and the other missionaries going by Detroit. The Lord put a man praying to help a missionary that day on the seat next to me. He took me to the right places and fed me breakfast.

Blessings! Friend made. Soul Comforted. Get to Toronto after the other missionaries. Go through customs. Get luggage. Walk through the entrance to Toronto. See President and Sister Clayton waving for me. Biggest and kindest spiritual giants you ever met. Went to the Mission Home and ate dinner. Beautiful home. Beautiful missionaries. Beautiful Spirit.
Slept in the Hilton Motel. Got no sleep.

So Excited for the morning to find out my trainer. We get to the Stake Center. See another Australian Missionary Elder Mangakahia.  Go to the meeting. The Spirit is electric!! My trainer gets revealed. Elder Turner! Short Arizonian, Consecrated Spirit. Hard worker. Smart planner. He taught me how to plan. I ate pizza my first few weeks every day.

I didn't know how to plan before being with him. Taught many, contacted heaps! We found a special young man named Gaurav. He accepted and lived the Gospel. We came to love him. He was Baptized. The Lord asks me to train. I receive my first 'son', Elder Janson.

We laughed and had heaps of fun. We grew together through trial and lots of talking to everyone. Good first 3 transfers, 18 weeks. First transfer call! Going to Trenton. Serving with Elder Herbert. Mississippi. Heart of Gold. Good guy. We pounded the pavement hard. Went to work straight away. Found, taught and baptized many.

I learnt that transfer what it means to love your family and how to overcome challenges such as depression and fear. Elder Herbert and I became brothers in the Gospel. We fought, we argued, we felt super down sometimes, but I came to love this man so much!

We used the Principle of Repentance and forgiveness. I learned so much that transfer, especially in letting go of my pride and turning to the Lord. The Trenton area got built with people to teach! So then Elder Pumford came into the area and we tore it up! He loved music and I loved music and we loved the Gospel, so it made for a good pair.

We worked together well, and had some really fun times. First time I lit off fireworks (yes, I didn't know it was apostate until just recently haha). I learned that transfer how important it is to press forward with faith and to use the talents God has given us for good. that was some of my favorite 3 transfers of the mission.

I would still say that Trenton was my favorite area for missionary work and also because it was a time when I grew the most on the mission. I love that place. Beautiful town and Beautiful people.

Next area! Don Mills! MAN, that was the area I really learned how to have fun in missionary work. My companions were from Idaho (Elder Lasley) and Alberta (Elder Oviatt). They were soooo funny! I really came to understand, amidst all the craziness of talking to everyone and teaching so many people that you can have fun in missionary work.

I loved it! We were on the busses and it was my first area where I got to be on the bus. It was different to begin with but we got used to it super quick. I wish I could always be on busses. Great times! only 1 transfer but still a great time!

Transferred next to Sudbury, 4 hours north of Downtown Toronto. With Elder Cattelain. Really outgoing and super friendly Elder. Biggest strength was to always be a friend to everyone. It was a really big learning experience for me.

It was there that I learned once more the importance of loving your companion. I struggled my whole life with understanding what it means to be a companion. Knowing what it means to work together. It was in this transfer that I came to learn about forgiveness. I learned that its more important to love our companion than anything else you can do for them.

We worked hard and taught a lot of members in this area. We helped start the re-activation of some less active members. It was also the first transfer I got to be a District Leader. Went on exchanges with Elders in Sault ste Marie. Good times. Learned a LOT!

Then I was transferred over to SCARBOROUGH for the next 5 transfers! WOW, did I learn a lot here!! I was with Elder Ray, the most humble and kind missionary you'll ever meet. Very good at loving others. He loved me and I always admired that about him.

We got along really well. WE walked the streets every day no matter the weather .. -40 to +40 we were out. Took the busses everywhere! Literally EVERYWHERE! I spent Christmas and new years there! Elder Ray and I grew together and he helped pull me out of depression over the 3 transfers we were together. I love that man as well.

Brothers. We walked and walked and walked and walked there. I did a calculation and for the amount of people we talked to every day times how long we were there for we had to talk to at least 7000+ people. It was some great times.

It was there that I learned the importance of when you want something, you got to work for it .. .also we loved the members so much! This was my 2nd favorite area of the mission. I loved it there. My fourth transfer there I was called to train. Elder Strong! The strongest man in the mission! that was a good transfer as well.

I learned so much with Elder Strong. Especially the importance of choosing to lead. Choosing to be an example. Not sitting around waiting but going and doing good for the Lord. I was then called again to be District Leader over the farsi and mandarin speaking missionaries in the Zone (some of the group) and go on exchanges with them.

It was amazing! Got to learn so many different languages and meet many people from many different places in the world. at the end of the transfer it was sad to leave the area because I loved it so much! That was a tender mercy from the Lord to serve there :)

Next area! Downtown Toronto with Elder Akre! Serving now as a Zone Leader. I think I was too anxious to learn how to be a Zone Leader. It was sometimes hard on Elder Akre because I was so anxious to do everything haha. He taught me alot!

Elder Akre is a very organized and loving missionary. I served around him at the beginning of the mission and so it was good to serve around him again. We learned a lot together, especially me. I learned once again that its most important to love your companion than anything else.

I learned that transfer the importance of getting administrative things done so you can look to help minister to others also. Its important to do the menial things so you can get to doing the things that matter most.

Downtown Toronto was amazing! We walked and took the trains, but also had a mini(mom) van. I came to love the area and the YSA in the branch we served in. I also served with Elder Nugent! Man, also the funniest guy alive. Seriously, if you ever need a laugh, thats who to go to.

Super dedicated and very good missionary. We taught two people there that I loved, Davin and Shady. It was amazing getting to teach Davin because he struggled with parts of the Law of Chastity I had struggled with too. I could testify of Gods love for him and the Hope that comes through the saviors Atonement. It was a blessing to serve in this area.

Now Here. at the Present time. In London! Im here with Elder Certonio and its been an amazing 5 weeks so far. Its my last transfer and I have learned so much this transfer. I have learned that the Lord is preparing me for the rest of my life, and that adjusting to our surroundings with love and faith can take effort, but is worth it because when you believe in God, Good things will always come :)

The Testimony I have come to learn on the mission is this:
1.God is our Loving Heavenly Father. He loves us. He knows and loves me.
2. Jesus Christs Atonement is real and changes lives. Its changed mine.
3. The Spirit speaks, and every time we listen we will see miracles and blessings
4. Family is the most important reason for living the Gospel
5. I had to come on the mission to learn how to be a companion and prepare for my future family.
6.You can choose to be happy. Life is all about choice.
7.Missionary work is love in action.

I am thankful for my mission which has taught me to always be a missionary for the rest of my life :)

I have direction now. I know who I am. I am a child of God.

This is my testimony and the mission is the greatest blessing to come into my life,

In the name of Jesus Christ,


Elder Wehi"
Elder Wehi might be emailing next week, so I am not 100% sure as yet because he surprised me this week and last week with emails. It makes me feel so happy. Enjoy the rest of your week everyone.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Quick Reminders!

This post is short and sweet. I don't have much to say for this post. I would like to share with you easy and quick reminders. I know time flies too fast while you are having fun. I also know time flies too fast while you are keeping busy.

Elder Wehi comes back to Australia next week. This week might be the last week for Elder Wehi gets the opportunity to have one last preparation day to email home before his mission so please remember to email him. I know he will appreciate it heaps!

Are you stuck with some ideas? I hope the following ideas will help and encourage you knowing what to say for the email.

The email can be about anything to do with a spiritually uplifting message, sharing any uplifting quotes, sharing any general conference talks, sharing any scripture verses, sharing any encouraging words such as "Keep up the great work." and much more. Please keep it simple because I am aware that Elder Wehi is running out of time and has very limited of time left to email home.

I hope everyone will look forward to the next update.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Area, New Companion, New People

I always love sacrificing my sleep whenever I get the opportunity to email back and forth with Elder Wehi. I know that would be one of the major things that I would miss when he gets home. It may not seem much to others, but it means a lot to me knowing that he has very limited time to email home.

I did not think that his reply to my email and me being fast to reply to his email as quickly as I can, would lead to emailing back and forth. Haha! I think one day, Elder Wehi would think that I am crazy for waking up early in the morning and emailing back and forth with him.

To the point, this post is mainly about a short update from Elder Wehi for this week's update. I always love receiving emails about mentioning to his Mum about his mission, and she has been so great to me for forwarding me those emails so I can update the blog on his behalf. I honestly thought I won't be updating this blog for this week.

I would like to share with you what Elder Wehi has mentioned to his Mum for this week's update. Elder Wehi mentioned the following to his Mum.

"So its been a great week again. Lots and lots and lots of learning lately...its been a period of adjusting. Adjusting to everything. New area, new companion, new people....Ive been here for almost 5 weeks now but its like as if I was going home because of having to learn so much about a place that seems familiar but having to use all the abilities to set goals and make plans that I have learnt over the mission. Its great though! Having a lot of fun and seeing many hearts be touched by the Gospel. Wouldnt want to be doing anything else these next couple of weeks

I find myself only really ever speaking about how the gospel blesses families. I also love serving families and being around children. Its nice to see how the Lord blesses families. Thats what its all about.

I am convinced and know now for sure that it isnt where you serve, but how you serve that really matters to the Lord.

I now that when I excerise faith, no matter how hard it could be sometimes, that the Lord is there to back us 100%. Prayer brings peace."

I would like you to know the time is up for sending Elder Wehi handwritten letters. I will be sending a few friendly reminders on sometime Sunday afternoon (AEST around 4pm or 6pm) regarding about Elder Wehi and I will share it on this blog.

This upcoming Friday will reach two weeks/fourteen days until Elder Wehi comes back to Australia.
Thank you everyone for being patient with me and Elder Wehi. We both really appreciate it.

Have a great week everyone! 

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A Way to Change Miracle

Hey Readers,

It was Labour Day on Monday, which means a little delay to Full-Time Missionaries to send letters and emails to their families and friends. So Preparation Day got changed to a different day during the week.

I strongly encourage you to not feel discouraged whenever Elder Wehi does not reply back to your emails because two reasons. One - he did not send a weekly update for this week and I think he chooses not to send a weekly update for the remaining of his mission. It is really up to him. Two - He does not have much time left, please remember that he comes back to Australia in twenty-three days.

Elder Wehi has shared a miracle that he saw happening during the week. He shared it through emails. I would like to share with you what the miracle was.

"A miracle we saw this week was when we were driving down the road and I was on exchange and the missionary I was with went to stop next to a man and we talked to him. He was looking for a way to change his life when we drove up next to him and offered him the restored Gospel. He was ready to meet with the missionaries in the area and change his life. Its awesome to see that God prepares people like that."

Readers, please always remember God is always mindful of who you are, he will never leave you behind, he is constantly there for you especially when you are going through a tough time, he is your loving Father in Heaven, he cares about you, he supports you, and he constantly loves you!

Have a great week everyone!