Friday, August 31, 2012


Talofa family and friends!... In other words, hello in Samoan : ) 
Well, Sister Sekona and I were dead wrong in thinking we would be covering the Laie 5th Ward. Turns out we have been assigned into the Laie 9th Ward....aka: The Samoan ward!! It is pretty much amazing. I LOVE it. Sister Sekona and I are ordering a Samoan language book from the MTC so that we can learn the language. I never thought that I would be learning Samoan on my mission, but this is where the Lord needs us. It has only been a week in the area and we are already seeing how perfect this decision to put us in the area has been. Every single member we go to visit is so excited that there are Sisters in the ward, and have been giving us referrals like crazy!.....and food, haha. This is the first time Sister missionaries have ever been put in this area, covering down from Ha'ula up through Laie all the way to Kahuku. We went to church on Sunday, and I was so nervous because I don't know the language, but it was amazing how strong the spirit can be felt, even when your ears don't understand. I about started crying when the last speaker got up, obviously speaking Samoan, and then in his talk, all of the sudden he started speaking English!! He was mentioning how, there are about 55,000 missionaries serving all over the world right now, moving this gospel along, and how blessed they are for having two of those wonderful sister missionaries in their ward!! Bahhh, it was amazing!! 

My first Samoan phrases I have down is "O le Tua o lo tatau Tama Fa'alelagi" : God is our Heavenly Father! As well as, "Fa fe tai telle" : Thank you, and "O a mai oe" meaning, how are you? It is such a beautiful language!! It's pretty awesome. So let me tell you more about my area! We currently have an investigator, and he has committed to a baptismal date on September 15th! Then we found a 12 year old girl who's parents are less-active, so we are excited to commit her to baptism as well. One night we were in Kahuku and ended up at the Bishop's house, and of course they fed us even though it was about 8:00 at night, haha, but the Primary Presidency was having a meeting at their house, so we had asked if there were any unbaptized kids in the ward that we needed to know about. They didn't, but one of the counselors told us that she works at Foodland, and there is a lady who is a regular. Well, the member was walking down the street and the lady was at the bus stop so she said hello, and they started talking. She just moved in to Laie, and really wants a church for her kids to grow up in. Her kids are half Samoan, and so  the sister of course told her about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Samoan Ward! We committed her to invite the lady, with her kids, to church on Sunday!!! So, if you all could keep her and her family in your prayers, that would be so amazing!!

The mission is shooting for 130 baptisms for the month of September, and our zone has set a goal for 30! We're all so excited to see the miracles that we know can happen as we continue to have faith and work hard. The visitor's center has still been awesome, and we are continuing to meet people from all over the world interested in learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ!! There was a day when this couple came into the VC, and as soon as they came in I really felt like we should take them into God's Plan (the movie). Sister Sekona, being that she has seen it probably over 3,000 times since the beginning of her mission, doesn't exactly offer to see the movie---just because. It was amazing, though... I was talking to the husband, and she had been talking to the wife. I felt inspired to ask if he would like to see a 15 minute movie that shows the blessings in our families that come from the temple! He said that would be great! So we walk over to go see if his wife wants to watch it, and Sister Sekona was just asking if the wife wanted to watch the same thing! It was so cool to see how the spirit works. The couple did not self-refer, but they told us how grateful they were that we showed them the movie. It can be hard sometimes when you feel like someone is so prepared to hear the gospel, but just don't accept it, but one of our purposes in the visitor's center is to plant seeds. And I know that is what we were able to do.

I love the visitor's center!!! And I love getting to do the tram tours from the Polynesian Cultural Center. Hah, I know we're not supposed to play in the water, buttttttttt, haha yesterday it was pouring down rain the whole day, and we still had to give the tours :) Well, we have 20 minutes between each tour that we have to walk around and invite people to join the tram, and so we were just soaking wet! It was so fun, though. There was probably a good 3 inches of rain everywhere!! Yup! Welcome to Hawaii : )

I love this gospel more and more every day!! I'm definitely understanding why people say missions are so hard, but I wish I could explain how worth it it is. When you are able to see the transformation in someone's life when they have faith in God and are willing to do whatever it takes to follow him, the blessings just start pouring out. Our mission motto is, "We are grateful to be in the Hawaii Honolulu mission. The A.L.O.H.A mission. The A-tonement of Jesus Christ is our message, L-ove of God and others is our motivation, and O-bedience to the commandments and mission rules is our strength. By sharing the gospel with others we can give them the HA, the breath of life, even eternal life.ALohaaaa!" I love this because we get to share the message of eternal life; which when we truly understand what this means, we realize that nothing else really matters when we remember that we already have the promise of eternal happiness! I love it. Anyway, family and friends, you mean the world to me, and I know I could not do this without your prayers and support. 

Keeping sharing the gospel with others, because you never known what could happen : ) Have a great week, and I will report again on Thursday!!

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