Friday, December 26, 2014

Before I start, I just wanted to thank everyone who contributed a
beautiful selfie to my Christmas present. That was so awesome to see
everybody! It made me really happy.

This week was good. We did service on the U.S.S. Missouri again, that
was fun. Elder Ili and I gave the missionary moment at a baptism, with
no heads up this time. To be honest that was still pretty scary, but
we have improved so much on teaching simply and transitioning fluidly,
it went a lot smoother than the last one. We started the After baptism
lessons with Keonie, he is doing really well and remembering a lot
more than before. He also received the Priesthood yesterday in priests
quorum! That was awesome.

It has been really hard to get into the doors of non members homes
during the Holiday season.. Thad and Heather were both headed out to
do Christmas errands during the time we had scheduled for a lesson.
Twila was sick. Luckily they are still ok to have us come back after
the new year when they are less busy, but this week has been rather
slow.

We did however, with Bishops help, get into a home of an older non
member couple. To put it bluntly, they were kind of hoarders, and had
to hide/throw everything away so that they could fit the visiting
families in their house for Christmas. It took 3 days with 4
missionaries to clear out their patio, garage and house, and there was
still lots of stuff lying around when we left. But they were very
grateful for the help and so there is a good chance we will be able to
teach them a lesson sooner or later.

Turnout for Sacrament meeting was pretty good this week though. There
are quite a few who only come to church on Christmas, and Brother
Maekawa used that to his advantage get one sister and her family to
come to their house after church for dinner. She was baptized last
year, and due to some really tough times went back to her old ways and
stopped coming to church. He then invited us to dinner as well to get
to know her and share a Christmas message. It went well, hopefully it
got the spark lit back up inside of her.

Also thank you to those who sent letters and Christmas cards. I love
those! The Church is true, I will see you next week. Love you and Mele
Kalikimaka!

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