Friday, May 29, 2009

Getting to Work

This last week has been a good one. We've had quite a few teaching appointments in the last 7 days. We've taught the same investigator again. I looooooove teaching her, she's the BEST. She really really wants to get baptized, but she's living with her boyfriend of 5 years and his family. They are planning on getting married in October, but she may move out before then so she can be baptized sooner. Her boyfriend's family is less active, but we had a family home evening with them yesterday. It was so good! Everybody contributed to the discussion and the spirit was so strong. These are all such good people who just need a little reminder to get back into living the gospel fully. We're also teaching a 15 year old girl who just arrived in Hawaii from Samoa about a week and a half ago. She's so cute and brings such a good spirit to the lessons. Sister Mulipola teaches her in Samoan, so I don't get to contribute to the lessons much, but everyone once in a while she will look over at me and smile really big. She went to church the last 2 Sundays and really liked it, so hopefully she'll choose to be baptized so she can have that much more happiness in her life. We also taught a less active member. The lesson went really well, and he has such a strong desire to have his priesthood back. We gave him some scriptures to read and he came to the Visitors' Center a few days later to read them here. It's so cool to see people choose to come closer to Heavenly Father. Everyone here has such great faith and their prayers are always answered so quickly, it's amazing.

It's been pretty busy at the Visitors' Center lately, which has been nice. We've changed the way we run the tram tour from the Polynesian Cultural Center to the Visitors' Center and the number of guests has increased a lot. The sisters who narrate the tram tour stay at the PCC all day instead of giving the tour here at the VC also. So we now have 2 sisters each day that are assigned to give the tours to the PCC guests. This keeps us much more busy and we feel like real missionaries! It's cool to see the people who are "white and ready to harvest" as D&C says, but they know not where to find the truth. When they come to the VC, we can see their eyes light up, it's great! Usually only about 1 in 14 people will ask to learn more, but that one person is so worth it.

Next week is transfers, but I think I'm probably going to stay in the same area with my same companion. I wouldn't mind though, I love the area and the people we are teaching, and my companion and I are getting along pretty well. I'll let you know if there are any changes though.

Something a little funny that I've discovered lately is that Hawaiian people have very interesting food choices. It seems that the delicacies in meat are hot dogs, spam, and corned beef. I've never had corned beef until I came here. I'd definitely NOT recommend it. People give us hot dogs and rice all the time too. So weird. Spam is actually kind of good, but I've learned it's loaded with fat so I'm determined to stay away. Last night at dinner we had spaghetti and meatballs and french bread. YUM! It was heavenly to have some of my favorite comfort food. My companion said she hasn't had spaghetti for about 6 months! I'm holding this experience dear to my heart cuz it'll probably be a while before I have it again...

I'd like to share with you a scripture I read this morning that I really liked. I never really read the scriptures before and I didn't enjoy them very much, but on my mission that's changed completely. I LOVE the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. I enjoy reading it so much. I also started reading "Our Search For Happiness" by M. Russell Ballard and I absolutely love it. I recommend that you all read it. Anyway, I read in Alma 26:27 about the sons of Mosiah who were discouraged in their missionary work. Ammon says, "Now when our hearts were depressed and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success." All they had to do was be patient, and the Lord PROMISED them success. I've ALREADY experienced that in my first 5 weeks here! I've been studying patience in the scriptures and Preach My Gospel, and it's such an important trait to obtain. It affects everything else--your faith, your selfishness, etc. The scriptures are so neat!

Well I better run, but before I do, I'd like to share my disappointment in not receiving any sweet mormon tabernacle choir music or healthy snacks :( Haha I love you all so much and miss you.

Love,
Bridget

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