Saturday, July 21, 2012


Aloha everyone!!!

 I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to write anyone in the past two weeks, I haven't had a P-day for the last week and half =( I promise I will dedicate today to writing letters!! So these past two weeks have been pretty much the coolest weeks of my life. For one reason, we got to go to Pearl Harbor!!! Every three months, our zone goes to Pearl Harbor to give service on the U.S. Missouri ship!!! It was AMAZING!! Because we were doing special jobs, we got to go in places that are not open to the public tours. The man who is ahead of the volunteers, Kevin, really liked Sister Sandstrom, Sister Fish, and me, so after we did a bunch of chores for him, he took us to the deepest part of the ship, down to the engines!!!! I had to pinch myself a couple of times to make sure it was really happening. He shared stories with us about men who served on the ship, and explained how so many things worked. It was so cool. As we later had time to explore the upper deck after our labors, it was really overwhelming when a huge group of soldiers came on to the ship because I guess that the Secretary of the Navy was coming, so they all came on to solute him. Bahhh, I just started bawling. Good times, good times! Haha, but it was so neat. I cannot wait to go back one day.

So, my new area is simply undescribable. There is SOOOOO much work to be done, but so many amazing members that are so willing to help us out. Our past couple of dinner appointments we have been asking for referrals or been asking who these members could fellowship with. They have been able to come up with a lot of names for us, so Hermana Rodriguez and I are pretty pumped. We felt inspired to go knock on the door of a couple who have been inactive for about a year now, and it was seriously a miracle. Hermana forewarned me that it might be hopeless, because every sister that has been in this area for the past year has knocked on that door, and no one has ever answered....but, lo and behold, Anna opened that door!!!! We talked to her for a while and got to know her, and then she mentioned how she has been completely cleaning out her house the past month because her family owned the house for generations with things piling up. We expressed our love for cleaning and asked if we could come by some time and help her out??! She said she would love that. So we're going back tomorrow to help her clean out all of the stuff. We asked about the nonmembers in the area as well, and she pretty much knows all of them on the block. So we'll keep praying for her, and for the work, and see what comes our way!!
I absolutely love my companion; sometimes we get really sad when we realize we only have 4 more weeks together, but it'll be all good. We're just enjoying the fun times while we have them. Hah, speaking of fun times, yup, I've officially had the most embarrassing moment of my life!!!! So, when we are in the Visitor's Center we wear our blue muu-muu's (dresses), right? So they zip up in the back.....yeah. Welp, I definitely walked out of the break room being only half way zipped up and gave two tours like that!! I was pre-setting the Christus to a family and then I see the Sister Trainers sitting at the front just cracking uppppp.  They told me to come quick, to turn around, and they zipped me up. Oh man, I was in shock. I could not believe that had actually happened. It made sense then as to why I had tripped on my dress during one of my tours. Aghhh!!! Haha, it's okay, if the mission's not fun, you're doing something wrong ;)
Some even more exciting newwssssss!!! You may recall how I mentioned our baptismal goal for July is 14. "14 Miracles!!"....well. 14 is our "high watermark." But, after many zone fasts and prayers, we decided that we should up the number. Our new goal for this month is 28, countem 28 Baptismsssss for the month of JULY!!!!"  DOUBLE OR NOTHING!!" is our new motto for the month. We have 10 Baptisms down, and 15 getting baptized on the 28th of July!! So if you could keep those investigating and those with a date in your prayers, that would be awesome!! We're so excited. No zone in this Mission has EVER reached that many baptisms in a month!! EVER!! President still thinks our goal is we can't wait to see the look on his face when he sees 28! I know that this is possible. I know that Heavenly Father is so excited to see His children enter into the waters of baptism as they are also entering the gate towards eternal happiness.
Well, I have to get going, but I just want to testify that I know that this gospel is true. I know that this Church, is truly the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter-days. I have witnessed and been a witness of how our lives can change by doing what is right, and keeping the commandments of God. He loves us, and wants us to be happy. I know that no matter what trials we face, or pains we feel, in the end, when all is said and done, we will be blessed for our efforts and our works of faith....and the greatest thing is, we don't have to do it alone. We have a Redeemer, a Savior, our Brother, who suffered all things so that will never have to endure by ourselves. I love you all, and love the examples I have in my life. Keep sharing your testimony and light, and I know that others will be grateful!!! 

Mahalo!!! <3

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