For all those who watched the First Presidency Christmas Devotional, you better believe that after President Monson said, "Brothers and Sisters," all of us missionaries accidentally said, "Aloha!"...so, please don't make fun of me when I get home and say that after every speaker intros themselves. Oi.
I am loving this Christmas Holiday, and all that it entails. We as missionaries are so grateful for the spirit of Christ that truly fills the air during this time. I can't exactly say the same for our chats, haha, but you can definitely feel it in the Visitors' Center. This is a time that we can especially show to the world that Christ is the center of who we are. He is the greatest gift that God has given us, and we can show our gratitude in sharing that gift with others!
Our Zone is still on fire, and the blessings of hard work and diligence are becoming endless. We cannot deny that God's hand is showing us the way to find those who are searching for this true and everlasting gospel. To start the Christmas season out, President and Sister Dalton and the AP's came to have our President's interviews as well as a fun Christmas devotional of our own. It was so neat, and I absolutely love our Mission President!! He is truly an inspired man, and I feel so blessed to have him as our example and leader of this work in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission!
So, I don't have too much time to e-mail this week, but I want to make sure to get in some "Christmas" miracles =)
Christmas Miracle #1:
Our zone went and flooded the Sunset Beach area (not the actual beach, don't worry) on Saturday, using what we call the "Prayer Approach." As companionships we divided into areas and went tracting for just an hour. It was awesome! We were able to leave four blessings (Prayer Approach), find one new investigator, and commit one to baptism! Couldn't have asked for more in just the space of one hour. Also, on our trams and in the VC we have been getting a lot of people from around the island who are not members coming in, and able to get them to self-refer! Vision 1200!!!! It's going to happen!
Christmas Miracle #2
While we were all watching the Christmas devotional at the stake center, Sister Looney (Sister Trainer) passes a note up to where Sister Jones and I were sitting. She said she had no idea why, but really felt like we needed to go to their dinner appointment. The appointment was with a family from Papua New Guinea that I absolutely LOVE. Every time I am on exchanges with the sister trainers we are able to see them, and it is always such a spiritual experience. Well, needless to say, I gladly said yes, and so Sister Jones and I were planning a short lesson before we got up to leave the devotional. We found a scripture, and then felt like we should sing a Christmas song with them that pertained to the scripture we had chosen (3 Nephi 28:10). We both look at each other and say "Joy to the World!" It was perfect. We get to the home, and we forget our hymn books, go figure. We ask the family what Christmas song they knew the best, and sure enough they said "Joy to the World." It was so perfect, and really invited the spirit for our message. The lesson was awesome, dinner was perfect, and we left. We meet up with the sister trainers and they told us that it truly was inspired that we go to that dinner appointment. Instead of going to the dinner, they were able to go visit a less-active who has a non-member husband. After teaching a lesson, they knelt down to pray with her when in walks the husband. He joined them for prayer, they invited him to baptism, he said we wasn't sure when, but that he would meet with the Sisters again!!
Training is still going well. Sometimes I feel totally inadequate, but I know that I always have a great example to look up to; Jesus Christ. I am truly grateful for Him, and the love that He has for each and every one of us. I know that He came to this earth to atone for our sins so that we can have eternal life to live with God again. I am so grateful for this season, but also know that as we continue to pray, read our scriptures, and go to church we can have the light and spirit of Christ with us every day of the year. Love you all so much, and am so grateful for your constant support, prayers, and letters! Happy Holidays!!