Monday, March 14, 2016

Week 10: Strive to Become More Like Our Savior!

Aloha y'all!!!!
How are you guys? What week even is it? lol. This week could've been better. The weather so was not the business. We were on a temporary tornado watch & that was pretty cool but scary cuz I've only been around tsunami & earthquake watches haha. The thunder here is something else. Foreal tho! So thankful tho that it wasn't too bad. We has a awesome zone conference. Very uplifting & always good to be reminded of our uprise as missionaries. This week was kind of had for us. Two of our sweet investigators dropped us so, we basically have been trying to starting over. On a happier note, we set a date with Ella for April 23rd.  She is so excited & is really looking forward to it!  We also had a good lesson with the Hurst family & their father (who isn't a member) sat in on the lesson & shared his thoughts with us. He's such an awesome guy. We told  him that we''ll get him sooner or later haha. 

Zone Conference Activity - making temples out of marshmallows.  Sister Kawa'a's Angel Moroni wouldn't stay so she made the gummy bear her eternal companion! LOL!
The weekend turned out to be so much fun! We were able to be spiritually uplifted. Much needed after having not so much success. We had our Stake Conference for the Weatherford Stake. At the adult session on Saturday, us missionaries sang the EFY medley of "As Sisters in Zion" & "Armies of Helaman". It was awesome! President & Sister Ames (Our mission president & his wife) joined us as well. Elder Gong from the Presidency of the Seventy & Elder Villareal of the Area Seventies came & presided over the meeting. There was a recent convert who was there & bore her testimony about he role of the Holy Ghost & how important it was in her conversion. Her testimony was so powerful. The role of the Holy Ghost is so important because, that is the only way that our investigators can gain a witness that what we are teaching them is true. Our job as missionaries is to help them recognize & understand the Spirit. When they do so,  it allows them to grow their faith in our Savior. It's so awesome to see our investigators start to recognize the importance of the Holy Ghost.

Typical Texas weather and scenery!  It has been rainy and stormy!
Sunday's session was yet again another spiritual one. They reorganized the stake presidency & one of them called was, Bishop Stutz who's our bishop in Azle. Such a spiritual thing to witness. The testimonies & talked that were given were so on point & each testimony bore witness to me that this church is true & that the Book of Mormon is such a powerful & spiritual book. We also had our mission president fireside last night & our recent convert, Ally, was asked to bare her testimony & share her conversion story. She did SO awesome! Both Sister Matson & I were so proud of her! So many of her friends also came to support her. It's so important for our investigators to feel loved & have relationships with members. It definitely helps them know that there are people who love them & truly care about them. This week I was reminded that once again all of our efforts count. Even the tiny ones. Heavenly Father truly does bless us for ALL of our efforts. Even when we are  sometimes stubborn or too distracted to recognize the blessings. I am so blessed to be serving my Heavenly Father & to be doing his will. I am also grateful for having such a strong relationship with my Savior. This gospel is SO true & I love it SO much. My mission is truly life changing & it's the best decision that I have ever made!!!!!!!

Exploring Texas!  Not sure what they came across here! LOL!
Let us continue to press forward & fellowship with our recent converts & with the investigators of the church. Let's continue to be that example & strive to become more like our savior each day. Mahalo nui or all the love & support!!! I appreciate each &  everyone of y'all prayers, letters, emails & care packages. I'm SO spoiled!!! Some things never change hahaha. Anyways, I love y'all SO much!!!!! Until next week my sweet 'Ohana!

Ke aloha nui!
Sister Kawa'a

The Hawai'i State Flower growing in Texas!  Reminders of home!

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