Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year! 

Earlier this week we went on splits and I got to take over the area for the first official time. My companion for the day was Elder Henderson, the Zone Motivator, also the newest missionary on the mission. It was my biggest learning experience so far. We walked around in the rain for most of the day, and we lost our map in the first 30 minutes in one of our members cars who gave us a ride.. I called them, no answer. I didn't know how to get to any of our investigators houses without the map, but I felt that we had left it behind for a reason, so I asked him where we should go and we tracted the streets that he felt we should. I showed him how to do a door approach and let him do the rest because he was very anxious to learn how to do it. It is actually harder to not be the one talking because you have to be able to jump in when they forget what to say.  Usually tracting is very slow, but to my surprise one person wanted to hear the message we were offering to share. Neither of us have ever made it that far, so it was a little awkward at first, but we just went with it and shared the Restoration with him at his door. It went surprisingly well, taking into consideration that this was his first time teaching this lesson. The cool part was that we practiced teaching that lesson that morning. He even accepted a Book of Mormon and said we could come follow up on his reading the next week! 

We were not allowed to proselyte on NYE or NY day, so we did a Zone scavenger hunt where we would hand out pass along cards or do acts of service for random people. Then we took more zone pictures, watched Despicable Me, and the fire works after that. They are all illegal here, but I saw more fireworks here than I ever did back at home haha. 

On Friday we taught a new investigator named KC. She is a friend of the Maekawa Family. As we got to know her we found that she knew the church was true, payed tithing, went to church, obeyed all of the commandments and had a strong testimony of Christ! We were in shock! When we asked what was holding her back from being baptized she told us that her mom was very hostile toward the church, and would shun her if she was baptized. She told us that it was just a matter of time before she was baptized, she just wanted to try to convince her mom that the decision she would be making is what she wanted. She ended up sharing her testimony with us and thanked us for teaching her and listening. She goes back to college on the Mainland but will be back later this year. Please pray for her

We taught 3  After Baptism lessons to Keonie this week. He is doing really well. Early morning church is hard for him, but he made it. It has been very stormy recently and when we arrived to the church we found that the wind had blown over a tree that was over 100 years old. We noticed that the roots were surprisingly shallow for it's size, and most of the people who bore their testimony that day mentioned the tree. Let our roots be strong and deep so that when the winds of the devil come, we will be ready. Helaman: 5:12

I hope you all have a fantastic New Year and stay strong to your resolutions whatever they may be. I love you and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!
Love,
Elder Snell

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