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

Monday, June 3, 2013

3 June 2013.

Malinda what is the great news, Papa told me to ask you. This week has been bitter sweet for many different reasons. I got the package today; man I look good in the Gs. Hahaha, no the rings are great for me. I will send Elder Kavea his soon and I will let you know how much he loves it.

{Elder Kavea getting on the bus}

The start of this week was very sad with my Soa leaving. Man, you really don't know what to expect when your out on the mission. That is why I am an Eagle Scout--thanks to Mom--and I am always prepared, as the motto states. Kavea and I visited many different families, he wanted to say goodbye to a lot of them. Man, I felt the emotions, I can't comprehend what it is going to be like when my mission is over. I watched Legacy at the Barnet's house and I quoted the movie to them; I did an alright job and I think they were impressed. The day my Soa left was very sad. I didn't know what Elder Malarde was going to be like: did he know English? My worries were out of control. I didn't like it. I said goodbye and watched him get on the bus. I didn't want to cry because our Ward Mission Leader would have told everyone that I did, so I didn't. I waited a couple hours and Elder Malarde showed up. My new Soa was an answer to my prayers. He is a very nice man. His is twenty-six and cared for his grandparents before he came on the mission. One of the most humble persons I have ever met. He is from Tahiti, they speak a lot of French there. So he speaks really good French but not a lot of Tahitian. It is very hard to understand him at times. He speaks very broken English, but this is an answer to my prayers because I have to take the lead in talking to people. I have a hard time talking to people but he has given me confidence. He tries so hard to talk English with everyone I think to myself, hey I know English maybe I can talk with all these people too. But I don't like planning out the day and knowing what we need to do, it's hard, hard, hard but I'm happy, happy, happy!!!

{CTR Rings}

{Elder Nevitt with a Maori Taiaha}

{A river Elder Barnett showed them on a road trip}

444 God will support!!! Love, Elder Nevitt