Sunday, August 4, 2013

4 August 2013.

I got my licence!! I'm so excited!!! I'm still in my first area with my second Soa (make sure you say Soa or Prahata). Yesterday my branch got a new President, a man that reminds me of Papa. I blessed a baby in church yesterday, her name is Castiel Heather Amber Grace Whitaker--a big name! I'm in my fourth transfer, I haven't changed we just got more people in the district.

{Elder Nevitt, The Whitaker Family and Elder Malarde}

The week before last I went on exchanges with my District Leader. I was able to learn so much from him but I know that he needed to be in my area. My Soa and I have been visiting this guy named Roger Deacon but he hasn't really kept any commitment we've given him. But with my District Leader, Elder Brown, our conversation with him went a lot better, he read the POS pamphlet. I didn't know what I was suppose to do next with him, he said that he had prayed and knows what he wants to do with his life again--and I didn't have anything to give him. Elder Brown gave him a paper that had 23 questions and scripture references on it for him to read. We will go by some time later this week to see if he wants us to read with him and explain any questions he might have.

{Elder Nevitt trying to give baby Cassie a Book of Mormon}

Last Thursday was Transfer day. This Sunday I had the opportunity to bless the baby of one of our investigators, Cassie Whitaker. She is so cute. Saturday night I went over to their house to so the baby could get use to me so she wouldn't cry during church and she fell asleep. It worked! I was able to bless her without any problems. I am so grateful! This has been one of my first opportunities to exercise my priesthood in front of more than my companion and the person needing a blessing. Some less actives came to church to watch the blessing and now I think I will be able to teach there kids it they have any questions about the church. Please pray for them; pray that their hearts will be softened. My branch has a new President, and he reminds me of Papa so much. But he can draw like no other, I'm going to ask him to draw a Nevitt Knight soon!!!!

{Elder Nevitt messing around while doing service}

{Above Elder Nevitt's desk}

{Elder Malarde burning his tie}

Nevitt Knights are Valiant in Testimony!!!! I am praying for all of you guys, please keep up the good health. Write you soon Ofa Atu!!!

444 God will support! Love, Elder Nevitt

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

31 July 2013.

E Madre. E is dear in Maori!!! I am learning so many little saying in different languages, it is so cool that i have the opportunity to be able to serve with so many different ethnicity's. I love all of you guys back at home and I am praying for all of you and your health. Wow, everything is changing so much over there. Warner is now two, I remember him being born just yesterday!!!! And he can swim all by himself. Lacy sure knows how to teach them!!!! I would love for you to email some photos of them every week aye. Hahaha!! I got your letter this morning, thanks I will write to the family some more. Ofa atu!!!  You went to the lake, what the heck!!!!! I feel like Elder Vanpelt from the Best Two Years, FAR OUT!!!!!!!!!!

{Taking down the Orcs of Satan}

I got a package from a couple of friends this past week. It was a really nice surprise!! In the package they had a couple of letters from David Shurt....can't remember how to spell his name...Samantha Elender, Hailey Cooper and Emily Helferstay. The nest day after that I received another letter from someone else. I plan to write all of you but the stamp here is way too much, so be patient with me.

{Elder Nevitt's pet hedgehog Sonic--He only kept him one night}

Far Out it has been 140 days since I left home!!! I am having the time of my life. Last week I took my licence test again and this time I PASSED!! Now I am driving a nice Zone Leader Corolla. We got on for our area and only the Zone Leaders drive them, so I feel real special!!!!!! The building in Y-puk is open and we are going back to church there which is easier with investigators and less actives to come to church. I don't know if I told you or not but Tony O'Rielly went out of town and will come back sometime this month and then we will baptize him.

{Duck Dynasty?!}

We spoke in church this past Sunday!!! Wow, I am getting a lot better my with talks--I just picture myself like Papa. I say what comes to my mind. I talked about Elder Dallin H. Oaks' talk. Got to keep it fresh with one of my own, DALLIN!!! It talked about Christ being an example in my life. I also talked about other people being examples. But I really focused on Papa and Ole being examples of hard workers, Farmers, and how they went and served full time missions and so did the Savior. I cried a little when I bore my testimony. I can tell I am growing a little bit!!! My Prahata (Soa in Tahiti) talked about prayer.

{Elder Nevitt's bed}

P-day (preparation day) was an alright day. I first started crying my eyes out in the library with what happened with POP. I know that all is going to be all good!!!! I just am a little nervous, but I kind of gave me a kick in the butt to work harder!!!!! After that we went on a hike to a mountain that allows you to see all over Waipuk. It was wonderful and fun!!! A funny thing happened though, I got lost from my Soa. I took a wrong turn and I was ahead of him. I spent 30 minutes trying to find him. I finally went back to the start and I knelt down and offered up a prayer. (Just what my toko-Tongan for Soa-talked about in church the day before.) In the prayer I asked to be able to find him with in the next minute. I finished it and walked a little bit and I found him! It was a powerful experience, and a testimony of the power of prayer. We then hiked up to the top and took a lot of pics of the beautiful paradise of Waipukurau (meaning water of fungus-fungus like mushrooms to eat). I hope all of you are OK. I love you. Take care ofa atu.

444 God will support! Love, Elder Nevitt

Sunday, July 7, 2013

7 July 2013.

So two weeks have past. Sorry I didn't write you guys, I was going to but there wasn't enough time and we needed to leave the computers. During that week we had some fun. We went to a Kapa Haka tournament. It was so cool! It was four houses in the school. They went up and sang a couple of songs in Maori then they performed the Haka. Man it gave me such a rush! I want to be able to the Haka all the time now. I just need to work on the body and know what they are saying. That is all I can remember from that week.

{Elder Nevitt in the Rain}

Last week we did a few things. We were busy everyday. On Wednesday after District Meeting we went and took my driving test. The test was an improvement to all of my other ones. But it still wasn't good enough. I was speeding in a 30 k construction zone (I was going 40. I didn't think it was that bad but even with no other problems I failed because of that). I now know how important speed limits are when they are up! On Thursday, Elder Malarde exchanged his licence and I booked another one. I think I am paying for all the drivers in New Zealand with how much money I have given them. No good, but it is exciting that my Soa has his licence which means that we will get a car soon. We also visited Tony and he said that he is leaving the country soon which is really sad. But Tony doesn't seem so keen on leaving the country. I have fasted hoping he will make the right decision and stay!!!! I don't have that much time so I will write more next time and hopefully I get mu SD card to work without deleting all my photos!!!

{Elder Malarde in the Rain}

444 God will support! Love, Elder Nevitt

Monday, June 24, 2013

24 June 2013.

Well not that much has happened. Elder Malarde is feeling a lot better. We are back to working. Which I have found kind of hard to do again, going out into the cold.

{Winter in New Zealand}
I've hit my Hundred Day Mark!!!!!!!!!!! I'm excited right now!!!!!

{The only car Elder Nevitt can drive in New Zealand}
Friday we did some door knocking which was FUN in the freezing wind. hahaha. Well it was not that bad, a  guy said that  we could come back next week. His girlfriend was related to the lady that died in our branch and he seems interested in learning some stuff. I also found some things I can make out of ties when I get home like art and plant pots--pretty cool.

{Playing Bazinga at the soccer game}
Saturday we went to go watch one our less active families kids play soccer. I don't know if that was such a good idea. It was cold but at least we showed some interest in their kids. I love going to play with them Their youngest kids remind me of playing with the boys and Kaydee. They love to watch the Big Bang Theory so we played Bazinga while their older siblings played soccer; they won  which was good 3 to 1. Makes me wish I played with the missionaries on P-day (When I come home I want to play with the missionaries on P-day if they can't be with their district, because I get so lonely only playing one on one in basketball). That night we went to have Tea at our appointment. Right before I open the gate I heard this loud POP!!!! and then this hissing. Which is weird because there are no snakes in New Zealand. I turned around and my Soa's bike tire popped. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! It was sad because it was starting to rain and we did not want to walk back to our flat. The Young man that lives there said I'm not letting you walk home. He went out to his bike and started to take his tube out for my Soa. I thought that was very nice, so we were able to go home on our bikes, All's good!

{Elder Nevitt taking a little nap}
Sunday was fantastic. I am getting very comfortable there. After church I go and play a little with the little kids and talk to our only youth in the branch. Still combined for now, the work on the chapter is taking forever. Which is okay because we get to go to church in our other area that we are in charge of.

{Elder Malarde}
I am in my third transfer now, my third daily planner. WOW, time goes by fast. There has been some changes to our Hastings district. My district leader is Elder Brown (Aussi). Elder Nelson left me, it is the first time I have not had him in my district my entire mission. The Elder that replaced him is Elder Temahuki (Tahiti)--my Soa knows him a little from home. A funny story is that he called us to talk to Malarde and he was like do I know you and Malarde was like yes, we were from the same stake!! Funny as. And we get the privilege to have two sisters in our district now, which is going to be weird, I haven't been around sister missionaries since the MTC.

So that's all, I love you so much family. I'm still working on writing you but it is taking longer than I meant to, sorry about that, I will send more stuff then. Thank you all for all you do for me!!!!

444 God will support! Peace out, Elder D-Nev

PS my Soa turns 27 on the 30th!!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

19 June 2013.

Well where do I start; there are so many things going through my head. First off I love all of you, thank you so much for what you guys do for me!!

{Nevitt Knight getting ready to fight}
It has been really fold here. I don't like it!!!! It can get really hard!! But WE NEVITTS DO MANY HARD THINGS WHILE SMILING!!!!!!!!!! I don't stop, I know when I do that's when it is going to get hard! My poor Soa has been sick in bed for the past two days, I can't believe how sick he is. I made sure he was all warm and that he had plenty of food. It was a pretty hard thing to do but today he is doing a lot better. It was a pretty hard thing to do but today he is doing a lot better we made it to the library, I hope we can do more after this. I have just been watching the Restoration all versions; the one we give out Lucy Mack Smith one and the Emma Hale Smith one. I've watched the Best Two Years a hundred times along with Saints and Soldiers, Finding Faith in Christ and a bunch of other church material. I also have caught up on all my training and studying. It has been a very boring past two days, I hope all is well in the next couple of days that will come.

{Playing a game he made with his rugby ball}
Monday I failed my driving test. I cried so much that night because I felt like I failed my Soa. But it is just a learning experience I didn't know what to expect and now I can change all of that. Which I will! My next test is on the third and I hope everything goes well. I am tired of paying $60 for the test. I want to wait till it can just change it when it has been two years with me holding my Arizona one, but the Mission President wants me to change it so that means the Lord wants me to, so I will be able to do it.

{Mata Riki}
Mata Riki (Maori New Year) was last Friday and we were able to go because a less active and investigator participated in it. It was cool, reminded me of a school performance the Primary School and College (high school level here) performed different things. The coolest one was the Haka!!!!! It was really cool. Our investigator did something with balls on string called a POI. There were a lot of girls doing it and it looked really cool. Afterwards there were fireworks, it was a very cool Friday night.

Some old lady in out branch passed away and in the Maori culture they have the body in the house day and night for three days. Each night they have a big feed so I was OK with that. I have been thinking this would be so weird to have this happen. And it is very disrespectful if you don't touch them. I didn't touch them because no one told me. I know now because someone told me after we left and you have to wash your hands after and sprinkle yourself. Now, when I did I want you to this with me alright, please do it with me. Hahahahahaha! That is about all. I love all of you! The church is true.

444, God will support!! Love, Elder Nevitt

Monday, June 10, 2013

15 June 2013.

Dear Familia,

How is it going everyone? It's been a while since I have written a letter to you guys, sorry about that. I just want to say I love you all. Thank you for all that you do for me. I feel all of your prayers all the time. I especially feel them when I don't want to do anything; I just remember why I came on the mission and I go back to work.

This week has been a good one. It has been a full week with my new companion. I have already learned a lot  from him. Don't get me wrong about Elder Kavea (Chief Kalifa), he taught me a lot. But Elder Malarde gives me a lot of strength. I do a lot of things that I would not have done with Kavea already.

{Snow on the mountains}

During one of our dinner appointments this week I was gonna leave by giving a scripture (not one of my strong points); thanks to Papa I was able to give devotionals during seminary. I was going to give it but my Soa grabbed my scriptures and turned to Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". There are many ways you can put this into our lives and the way he did this is the way I want to. He wants to work as hard as he can so when he comes home to rest. He will be able to tell his children and grandchildren stories. He reminded me of Papa and Ole and everyone else that I know that has served a mission.

This Sunday Tony O'Reilly came to church. I couldn't believe it. We called him Sunday morning and asked him if he could take us and he said yea what time? This means he can have his interview and be baptized soon. Probably not before you get this letter. But soon! This makes me happy to see him come to church!

I got a new district leader the same time I received my new Soa. I like him a lot maybe even more than my last district leader, he is the man! He is very cool, his name is Elder Brown from Melbourne, Australia.

Are they really making a Finding Dori?

{Elder Nevitt's badge}

Today I went to church and I wish Papa was there. I now understand why he has garment wedgies with my new pair of garments. I also was almost in the chapel when I noticed my fly was down. It was very funny!

During door knocking the Lord prepared this one lady for us. She had been at the lawyers all day. And she just needed  the gospel in my opinion. She is going through a divorce, she was very interested and she took everything we had. It was the first time that I was able to give all of them away. So thank you for all your prayers. I love you all!

444 God will support, Elder Nevitt

10 June 2013.

Well Mom thanks, I love hearing from you and how everything is going on at home. This week has been quite a good week. I love my new Soa he is very powerful and a hard worker. Elder Malarde and I were in Waipawa this week and it was just raining like no other and we were having a hard time moving. We went and door knocked a couple of streets. We visited a family that we are teaching, they have little kids and I love going to their house, they remind me of primary--by the way, how is primary? I can't believe that the Jones boy would do that for me! No wonder Tony came to church this week--Now back to Waipawa. IT was dark when we got out from teaching this family. We had to bike 6 km in the dark. My Soa didn't have a light and it was tougher at night because I don't know if the traffic can see us. The next morning I work out I was so sore. I felt sick which is not a good think. Elder Malarde was already sick and he has asthma which is hard for him also. He tells me all the time that he wants to die on the mission--I tell him that he is pretty close to accomplishing that!

{Snow on the mountains}

Another great thing about my mission is that I get to go door knocking in what feels like freezing weather. It rains about every day when we decide to go door knocking. I am not a big fan of door knocking during the winter months. There is just so much rain and wind and it is also about 14 degrees Celsius here also. I'm surprised I haven't gotten really sick yet. It snows up in the mountain and it makes me happy I'm not serving in the south island. Invercargill is the farthest south a missionary can serve in the world. It is always cold there because of wind from the south pole. Wow!

{More Snow on the mountains}

This Sunday we had Tony come to church, it has been a long time but I didn't know how to get him to come to church. But like I said before it is because of all your prayers. Logan Jones fasting for my success! All I need to do is go about doing the right things: being 100% obedient to the standards. I remind myself of Papa when I was at church. I wore my new g's and I got a horrible wedgie when I got out of the car, and I was almost in the building when I noticed my fly was down.

{A Sister in the branch made Elder Nevitt a beanie}

Last night for Family Home Evening we went to the Litch's, their grandchildren were there and did Mormon Hypnotism. I felt like a complete idiot--I cannot wait to come home and do it to you guys...if you guys forget about it. Papa, I have almost perfected the matches trick, but I'm still working on it.

{Elder Maladre & Elder Nevitt after playing Mormon Hypnotism}

Love you all, I'm working on a letter home, it should probably be there later this year! Hahaha! Good news, I have almost hit my three month check point!!!! Thank you all!!

444 God will support! Love, Elder Nevitt