Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Man it was a miracle week this week! We talked to the Stevens (our main investigators) who have not come to church yet for over 8 months, about coming to the YSA, and they were a lot more open to coming to that! So we arranged a ride for them and they came to church yesterday! I know that sounds like a simple fix but we have mentioned it before and I guess it was just time! Either way, I am super excited that they came, it is a lot more rewarding when the work is slow! The fellowship in the YSA is super solid too, they made a lot of friends and want to come again.

I don't think we will get to teach them for too much longer because we may have to hand them off to the YSA Elders, but getting them to this point was still an awesome experience! We should be able to at least set their baptism date, because that was the only thing holding them back.

I think all the blessings from enduring through last week came this week, because we also got 6 new referrals! Normally we get like, maybe 1 a week, and we got 6 in two days! It was awesome, I think things are picking up! We still need to contact some of them but there is a lot of potential.

Other than that, things are good. Lots of rain, the new Zone leader who we live with is pretty cool. I also found a fishing pole in the pad so I am excited to go again:) Here is another South Point picture-
Love you guys!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hey guys! It was kind of a rough week this week. We were evacuated from our 2nd area on Wednesday afternoon due to a Tsunami warning, to a chapel closer to the ocean.. Doesn't really make sense, but we got to have about an hour together with the Zone and had a jam sesh. That was pretty cool, but then they sent us back home after we cancelled all of our lessons and appts. and dinner..  

It has been raining here pretty much since. Pretty bad flooding all over. We took our truck boating (not on purpose) and I think we are going to have to take it in for water damage haha. I got sick and missed church, and Elder Ili is getting transferred to Kauai. Plenty more happened but I will try to keep this a little happier and spare the rest. I am glad this week is over! 

Today was pretty cool, we went and saw a waterfall that is huge right now because of all the rain.

Definitely going to miss this guy! I am very lucky to have served with him twice, it is hard saying goodbye again!

Love you guys!

Monday, September 14, 2015

We didn't have dinner one night so we were invited to our Zone leaders member's house for dinner, and they had this cat, which has actually become my 2nd favorite cat. It is legit 1/4 bobcat and weighs almost 20lbs! If it looks like I am crying it is because I was laughing so hard. I love it! It was the first one I have seen that sleeps on it's back with its paws stretched in the air. 

I wanted to share a story I liked. There was a man who went to the barber shop to get a haircut. He started talking to the barber and the barber later told him that he did not believe in God. When he asked why, the barber responded that it was because of all the wars and problems going on in the world. What kind of God would allow that? The man did not know how to respond so he left after his hair was finished. 

He was later walking down the street and saw a man who was very hairy and looked to be in very rough condition. He then went to the barber and said, "I don't believe in barbers anymore!" The barber asked him why he would say such a thing, and the man replied, "because there are people who look like that in this world!" The barber quickly replied, "The reason there are people who look like that in this world, is because they do not come to me."

I would like to share my testimony that just because there is so much evil around us, does not mean there is no God, or that he is not in charge. I know that we must come to him and change our ways. We do not change God's ways. 

See ya next week, love you guys! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hey guys, I know you missed me yesterday, haha. We had the chance to go to the temple in Kona and it was awesome! Also, we don't have a ton of time today but I will do my best. 

This week was great, another week full of missionary work. We did a lot of service this week, our Zone got over 100 hours! Mostly cutting down cane grass and throwing away peoples trash.

We had an investigator come to church! This is the first time since I have gotten here so I was pretty excited about that. Still no one with a date but hopefully we can fix that this week. 

Our ward trust is getting a lot better, they are warming up a lot since I first came so that is good. Temple pics!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

We had a busy week this week. A whole lot of service. Nothing really new, weed wacking, lawn mowing, moving people to new places and such. Oh, but I had the privilege of meeting a man who had a Hitler shrine in his house, and many other collection items of him, who swears to us that Hitler and Bin Laden were both wronged.. Ohhh the people we meet! 

Our main investigating family is going through a terrible time right now. Their father just walked out on all of them with another woman, so that has been a big trial for everyone. Please keep them in your prayers. 

We had interviews with President Warner this week, that went well. Did work on our area books, had records from 1999! You are supposed to throw them away if you haven't used them for 6 months.. so that was super fun. But they look a lot better now! 

Met my other ward this week. They are super cool, and welcoming. It is pretty tiring to drive 2 hours to church and 2 hours back though. This is a picture from that area called South Point. It is called that because it is the Southern most part of the USA. Super pretty! Our member told us that the week we went was the first week in 8 years that it had rained enough to be green like that so I definitely consider that a tender mercy! 
Nothing on the hurricanes yet, the last 3 or 4 have all missed us so we are all good. Even if they hit we will be protected! See y'all next week, love you guys!