President Spencer W. Kimball was known for repeating the phrase, "Do it," throughout his life. In a famous speech by Art Williams he also emphasized that if you want something, "Just do it!" This week on Wednesday we had an amazing and inspired Zone Conference where the theme was centered around sticking to the basics and just doing it! I absolutely loved this. There are so many times in our lives we feel inadequate or don't know how to achieve a goal, but as we simply do it, we can achieve all that we want to. If you want to know this gospel is true, then DO IT. Live by it, see if it doesn't bless you life! If you want to be like Christ, then do it. If you want to become something, then do it =) In these past couple of days since I have applied this principle I have noticed the difference in the way I work. If we want results, then we must DO everything we can to achieve them. That being said, I know that this is possible through the guidance of the Holy Ghost. We would not have received the miracles we saw this week without the inspiration to know what to DO, but then actually going and doing it as well.
With each of our guests we always invite them to receive missionaries to understand what they have learned or felt while in the Visitor Center! Well, a while back there was a couple on my tram tour that was very receptive to the gospel. Usually we hand out the guest card for them (where they can mark if they would like to learn more from missionaries in their area) when they get back on to the bus. I felt very strongly that I needed to offer the guest card while I was speaking to this particular couple right then and there. I went and grabbed the guest/comment card, and invited them to learn from missionaries! They both said yes! Well, I've been trying to call since then, and sent an e-mail, as well, feeling a little hopeless. Well, a couple of days ago I received a reply! She said that her and her husband were now in contact with the missionaries and learning more!! For all I know had we not given them the card in the VC, it could have come back to us empty or they might not even have received one. It is so important to act on those promptings (to just do it), because we never know what could be in store.
So, I guess my family/friends will realize this when I get home, but I've gained a LOT of weight, haha. I'm really good at hiding it in pictures ;) It's been really hard, I'm not going to lie. It doesn't matter how much you exercise, the amounts of food we get fed from members outweighs it. Until, Sister Tsai and I had a dinner appointment with the Masaniai family. It was truly a blessing, and a miracle to me. Not only because their family has been through SO much, and still have such strong and steadfast testimonies, but because they really helped me put things into perspective. Grandma Masaniai reminded me that when they have the missionaries over, they are not just helping us as Sisters, but they are helping the Lord. They give EVERYTHING to feeding the missionaries. Hawaii is expensive, the people don't have much, but when the missionaries come over, they prepare large meals with the best food that they have! Not because we are missionaries, but because we are representing the Lord Jesus Christ. When she lovingly reminded me of this, it made me remember how much I need to forget myself, and simply serve the people. I am so grateful for this blessing to help me refocus on what matters most.
Coolest miracle ever! So last night, Sister Tsai and I were in the "God's Plan" movie with 2 members. It had just started when two young men opened the door and poked their heads in. I told them it had just started and to come on in. They took a seat. Not knowing who they were, or where they came from, I felt so strongly that this was where they needed to be. For the last part of the presentation we are sitting in a room with a beautifully lit picture of the Laie Temple. I had asked how they felt about the message that was shared in this movie. The member spoke, leading into a perfect segue to introduce how the gospel gives our lives purpose. We then asked the two young men, how they felt this message gave their life more purpose. They both answered saying that they had never felt this way before. They watched this movie and knew that they wanted to have families just as the one they saw in this presentation. They both mentioned that they were from Detroit, and that this was not something they thought was really possible. Sister Tsai and I both testified that as our families have lived these principles, that having a family based on the principles of the gospel, is possible. Both just in awe, couldn't stop saying how much happier they felt thinking about a family like this then any worldly thing could offer. One shared how they were just driving around the Island, stationed here at Pearl Harbor, and saw the beautiful white building; and here they were feeling so full of peace and knowledge. We testified that they could have that feeling with them for the rest of their lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ. "Is that something you want for yourself and your future family?" "Yes........definitely," they replied. They were so excited to learn more as we continued to show them around the Visitor Center, and continued to mention how much they loved the feeling they had when they were here. We're so excited to send our Honolulu Zone missionaries their information so they can learn more!
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Well, although my parents are enjoying their cruise in the Caribbean ;) I am so grateful to be here as a missionary. It seems as if it only gets harder and harder, but the blessings from DOING hard things, become better and better. I am so grateful for the trials we have. I know that they help us become stronger, and shape us into who God sees us as. When we have trials, I invite you all to not ask "why," but, "what." What can I learn? Or better yet, what can I DO, to draw closer to Christ through this. I know that as we DO this, we will feel Christ by our sides comforting us, and showing the way. I love this gospel, and I love my Heavenly Father. I love the Polynesian people, and I know this is what God would have me DO.
I love you all,