TRANSFERS, EASTER, CRAZINESS EN NOUVELLE CALEDONIE (Week 21)

BONJOUR TOUT LE MONDE!
OH MY GOODNESS I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START THIS WEEK HAS PROBABLY BEEN THE MOST INSANE WEEK OF MY LIFE!  I SERIOUSLY DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START!
First off, I am so sorry my emails have been rushed and such the past few weeks, I can’t even express how crazy it has been with a companion who is leaving and all such things like that!  BUT, this week I have lots of time to email, and lots of things to share, so……..HERE WE GO!
Okay, so MY MOTHER IS GONE (Your first companion on your mission is known as your trainer and she is also called your mother, or father if you are man….)!  (Also, if you are someone’s last companion then it means that you killed them…..) SO,  I KILLED MY MOTHER THIS WEEK!  That’s always fun to say 🙂
Okay, so last week was craziness, I think I might have mentioned in my last email, but we had a new senior couple come from America this past week to serve their missions here in New Cal with us so we had a little welcome meeting with them and with President and Sister Granger, so that was cool!  They seem so nice, and honestly, it was weird to hear Americans again, since even our mission president is Austrailian!  I am excited to get to know them, it should be great 🙂
ANYWAYS, pretty much all of last week was trying to squeeze in all of Soeur Westerlind’s lasts, which meant, meeting with members for her last dinners with them, teaching her last lessons with amis, and just trying to squeeze 18 months of her life into two suitcases….so basically we were having a party all the last, but still doing the good work of the Lord!
Thursday night, was Soeur Westerlind’s last night.  We left our house at Dumbea Sur Mer and “slept” at Koutio with Soeur Todd (she left too) And Soeur Decady, who is now my companion until transfers (but I will get to that in a second..).  I put “sleep” in quotations because literally we did not sleep AT ALL! They got picked up by the office elders at 5 in the morning to head to the airport, and all night we were helping them pack and writing in each others journals, and it was just so fun, but boy did we regret the next day! Unfortunately, our goodbyes were rushed because they were late to the airport, but I gave a nice long hug to all of the wonderful departing missionaries (except for the elder of course 😉 and as the drove away, Soeur Decady and I broke down in tears….out of exhaustion and out of the realization that THEY ARE GOING HOME!  AHHH!!! It was sad, but I am so so so so SO happy for them!  I miss my wonderful Soeur Westerlind, but she served so well here and she has such a wonderful life ahead of here!  I am so blessed for the wonderful opportunity I had to serve with her, and learn from her.  She is forever my mission mama 🙂
THEN, the craziness began…..I will do my best to explain but I am not sure how I can best do that over EMAIL SO HERE IT GOES:
Okay so Friday Soeur Decady and I pretty much just went to Dumbea Sur Mer and packed up all my stuff because we would be staying in Koutio​ until transfers happened at the end of the next week…we also had to plan like crazy for the next week because we would be taking care of both Dumbea Sur Mer and Koutio for the next week…on foot/relying on members for rides….
SO the last few days we have been relying on our wonderful member, Frere Bluker to drive us around everywhere, and we have been spending lots of time with him!  Saturday we spent the entire day at his house doing service and he gave us a nice meal at the end!
SUNDAY EASTER! Honestly, it didn’t feel too much like Easter here!  They didn’t even have an Easter Sacrament Meeting or lessons, BUT SUNDAY NIGHT there was a stake wide Easter Concert WHICH WAS BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL!  It was the first time I saw the easter video that the church promoted this year and they told the story and message of Jesus’ life through music!  Oh it was so wonderful, and helped me feel the spirit of Christ A LOT better!  I didn’t get too focus too much on Easter this year with the craziness of Soeur Westerlind leaving, but I definitely felt it that night, so it was so great 🙂
OKAY SO THIS EMAIL IS KIND OF SCATTERED BUT WHAT ELSE IS NEW!!!
SATURDAY NIGHT WE GOT TRANSFER NEWS!  WELL SURPRISE, I am being TRANSFERED!  WHAT??!!!! I DID NOT THINK THAT WAS HAPPENING!  I was certain that I was staying in DSM since we JUST whitewashed it and Soeur Westerlind was leaving, but the will of the Lord is to move me elsehwere!  I am going to PAITA, which is a little further north 🙂  Just so y’all know..the further north you go, the less developed it is…but DO NOT WORRY, it is still safe, it is just like twenty minutes up the road from me….
ALSO, MY NEW COMPANION: Soeur Reorau, from TAHITI!  AHHHHH!!! She is super funny and sarcastic so I think we will get along great!  Although apparently she hates Americans so we will see how this goes! 🙂  She has been in Paita for about 5 months now and she goes home in June, so I might be her last companion as well!  Also, this means I am switching wards as well, so Sunday was a rushed time to say goodbye to all my wonderful families and amis in my ward  in Rivere Salee!  They were all shocked because I told them I would definitely be staying, but it is the will of the Lord, and so off to new adventures I go!
Also, Soeur Reorau doesn’t speak english….SO MY FRENCH SHOULD BE PRETTY DARN GOOD BY THE END OF THIS TRANSFER!
So I am pretty darn sad to be leaving Dumbea Sur Mer!  I have really really REALLY grown to love these people here and I want to serve them with all my heart!  But, that is probably why the Lord needs me elsewhere, to help take care of another part of his garden here in New Cal!
So it has been a sad goodbye to all my amis, and all the families here!  We officially move on Thursday, so I am just with Soeur Decady right now in Koutio, she is also being transfered, so we have had to clean out both of our housesm update our area books, and visit all of our amis and families to tell them that we are leaving the past few days, and that is what we should be doing until we leave on Thursday!  I am so sad to be leaving her though 😦  She has become such a wonderful friend to me….BUT SHE IS GOING TO THE SOUTH WITH SOEUR CASUGA!  My two best friends together, lucky ducky them 🙂
ALSO Soeur MAT (MTC COMPANION) Is now my new Sister Training Leader,so I will be seeing her a lot in the future!  YAY!
Pretty much all the companionships are changing this transfer but, it is all inspired! My new district will be myself and Soeur Reorau, and four elders, two of them being Elder Graham and Elder Watkins, so YAY!
OKAY BACK TO CAR DRAMA: WE ARE GETTING A CAR IS PAITA, AND I WILL BE DRIVING!  So I have had to get a little bit of driving instruction and Soeur Decady and I should be getting a cartomorrow so that we can help with transfers and I can practice driving before I go up to Paita!
OKAY SO SORRY this email was pretty much about missionaries this week, but honestly our theme for the last week with Soeur Westerlind leaving and myself being trasnferred has been our last goodbyes to our amis here!  AHH BEING TRANSFERRED IS HARD!  Luckily this island is so small that I will definitely see these people again at some time during my mission, but until then, it is simply a God be with you, and time to move on to those who are in need of a little sunshine in Paita!
Also, members know me all over the place on this island!  I was talking to a random member at the Easter Concert of Sunday and he said “Oh yes Soeur Vogel, I have heard about you..” Good to know Good to know 😉  So maybe the members in Paita will already know me when I come!  AHH! It will be fun 🙂  I am looking forward to the future!
OKAY I know a lot of your wil be asking and have been asking:  GENERAL CONFERENCE!  No I am not watching this weekend nor have I watched any of it yet!  The whole stake will get togehter NEXT weekend and watch all the sessions Saturday and Sunday, and there will be english translation, so I will actually be able to understand what they are saying!  YAY! I am happy about that, and am looking forward to the spiritual boost, even if it is a week later than everyone else!
WELL ALL!  That is the crazniess from this past week!  By the end of this week, new adventures will be coming!  I will be in Paita, with a car with the wonderful Soeur Reorau ONLY SPEAKING french for the next few months…..WOOHOO!  But I know with the help of the Lord all is possible!
I love this gospel so so much!  I love my Savior Jesus Christ, and I love being a servant for Him!  I want to emulate Him more in all that I do and all that I say!  I want to always make my Father in Heaven proud of me and the missionary and PERSON I am for Him!  Oh how wonderful life is when you have the gospel on your side!
IT IS TRUE MY WONDERFUL FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
As always, I have so many pictures to send!  So get ready!
Sorry this email was long, I had lots to update you on!
BUT I LOVE YOU ALL AND HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE DOING WELL!
Oh this is the work of the Lord!  This is His gospel!
I am so blessed 🙂
OKAY LOVE YOU ALL
PICTURES: Soeur Westerlind on her last Sunday here!
 The Rivere Salee missionaries with some of their wonderful ward members 🙂
My boy, Elder Watkins and I with our wonderful “mother” Soeur Byatt!  She is the bomb 🙂
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Wonderful Sisters at our mission meeting last week to welcome in the new Senior missionary couple!
This beautiful island 🙂 How am I so lucky?!
Missionaries straight outta paradise
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ME and the leaving missionaries on their way to the airport 😦  So sad, but so excited for them!  Also don’t judge my appearance, I hadn’t slept all night and it was five in the morning!
Moi et Soeur Decady with our favorite member, FRERE BLUKER!  He has been our taxi driver for the last few days 🙂  He is so great!
OKAY ONE MORE THING OF PICTURES COMING!
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The wonderful people I will so desperately miss here in the Rivere Salee Ward!!
Moi and Frere Fiti
Moi et Frere Fiti’s Kids
My Wonderful ward families
Moi et Haiata, the most dedicated church member I have ever met in my life!
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OKAY THAT IS ALL! LOVE YOU ALL!  HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!
BONUS PICS!
Soeur Vogel with Soeur Decady
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