I am so overwhelmed with joy and love at this Christmas season. Not only do I feel the love of my Savior even more so, but the love from all of you. Thank you so much to everyone who has sent me Christmas letters, cards, and presents!!! I love you all so much, and it truly means the world to me. Well, I guess I'll share the cool news:
I'm back to proselyting!! Yay!!! Don't get me wrong, I loved online, but I am so excited to be back in an area =) I will be serving in the Laie 8th Ward, the YSA 8th Ward, and YSA 10th Ward! The area has a couple of investigators and potentials, so I'm excited to get to work!
Today is transfer day and I am a grandma!! Yay! My baby Sister Jones is going to be training, so I have a grandchild, haha. My new companion is the one and only Sister Tsai!! She is from Taiwan and has been out for 3 months now. She has such an awesome testimony, and I cannot even wait to see the miracles that we will see together. We already saw one yesterday!
Miracle #1 :
When Sister Jones and I were on shift, a family from mainland China came in! Only two of them spoke even broken English, but I was able to take one of them (a woman) on tour while the others took pictures. I showed her the temple corner with all the pictures of the temple, and she LOVED it. She felt bad, though, because she could not understand everything I was saying. Well, in the middle of the tour I felt really impressed to show her the Book of Mormon. We walked over to the Book of Mormon display where we have it translated into 83 different languages, and when I did, Sister Tsai came walking through the Visitor Center. She was able to take over and share more! She taught the whole group about the Book of Mormon, and then showed a video in Mandarin of President Monson sharing his Testimony of The Book of Mormon. I felt the spirit so strong, even if I could not understand the language! Sister Jones and I looked at each other and then went and grabbed materials; one of them being a copy of The Book of Mormon in Mandarin. They gladly accepted it, and said they wanted to learn more, then we all got a bunch of pictures together!!! It's so cool to see this work progressing, and I am so excited for the day that the China Mission opens so this family can be taught by the missionaries!
Let's just say, yesterday was a day full of miracles. This one is probably my favorite =) So a member of the Bishopbric in one of my old Wards came in with two non-members. They said hello to us and then walked back to all of our displays. Sister Jones and I went back to meet with them, when the Brother came up to us and explained that he brought this couple, and they were from the Philippines! Hah, being fluent in Tagalog, of course, I let out a nice, "Oh! Kumusta po kayo!!" Haha, it got us all laughing, and really broke the ice! Then the Brother asked if we could show them the Movie presentation, "God's Plan." Being our favorite, we lead them into the room where it is displayed. While we pre-set it, I bore my testimony that I know that God has a plan of happiness for us, and that a part of that plan is being with our families forever! I mentioned that I had lost many loved ones in my life, but I knew I would see them again because of the temple. The husband then says "Yup! Sure hope so," in a very, how would you say...logical tone..? We pressed play, then I said a prayer asking Heavenly Father to help the husband and wife feel the spirit and truth of this message. No sooner were we 3 minutes into the presentation, and I see tears falling from the wife's eyes. We headed into the last room and invited them to pay attention to their thoughts and feelings, and how they can apply this message into their lives. We pressed play for the last portion. It ends, and the room is quiet. We stand up and reverently ask how they felt. It took about a minute for words to come out of the husband's mouth, but when he did, he said, "This was really hard for us......." Then the Brother from the Bishopbric spoke and said that they had just lost their son. Tears were now streaming from everyone's faces. Sister Jones and I testified that this message was true, and that through the sealing in the temple their family WILL be together again! The Husband looked at us and then said, "I believe it..." It was such a tender moment that I will never forget.
Miracle #3: Sister Jones and I did not slip and break something playing mud Rugby yesterday!! Haha, during the winter season it is always raining and very windy. So she and I went and played rugby in the mud with the Elders, when it was pouring yesterday! SO much fun, but so muddy and so slippery!! It was awesome, though. I love my mission =)
I am so grateful for this gospel and the true joy that it brings. I love this Christmas season because it is always so happy and filled with the Christmas spirit. There is a reason for that. It is because the greatest gift we have been given was the birth of our dear Savior Jesus Christ. He brings light into this world, along with peace and hope. It is because of Him that all the bad in this world can be made up for if we simply follow Him, learn of Him, and keep His commandments. Those who were affected by the Connecticut shooting are especially in our prayers. Each one of us can know that if we are doing all that we can to follow Christ, we can have eternal happiness; happiness that last forever! This world is not the end, it is only the beginning. I testify as a representative of Jesus Christ that we WILL see our loved ones again if we are willing to do all it takes to act upon faith and endure to the end. I love my Savior so much, and I love my Heavenly Father for allowing His Son to come and suffer all of our afflictions so we will never walk alone. I know these things to be true, and I invite everyone to share this glad message! Christ truly is our "Joy to the world."
I love you all so much! Mele Kalikimaka, and Aloha!