Monday, March 21, 2016

Week 11: Reach Outward!

Aloha y'all!!! 😊
Hi my sweet 'ohana!!! How's everyone doing? Hope everyone had an awesome week!!! This week went by way too fast. It sure was a busy, busy week, which is a good thing. For Preparation day, we hung out with Ally (our recent convert). Tuesday was our Zone Conference. My very first one & it was awesome!!!! Zone Conference is when, a bunch of us missionaries get together & have a big meeting with the President of our mission. It was very much inspired & I sure learned a lot about how to be a more effective missionary & a better companion as well. We've been working a lot with our less active members lately. We first got to teach a sweet sister who has been excommunicated. We taught her about the power of the atonement & how it's never to late to turn to our Savior. The lesson was so awesome & the Spirit was so strong. She is doing so good & is working very hard on being able to be baptized again. She says that she knows where she needs to be & what she needs to do. She was very grateful to have us help her get back to church.
Sister Matson, Ally (recent convert) and Sister Kawaʻa
We got to go to the temple twice this week!  We first went on
Thursday morning with some of the relief society sisters for endowments. I just LOVE the temple. Always so beautiful! 

Dallas Temple with the Azle Relief Society sisters!
We also got to go again on Saturday & witness a beautiful night with one of our returning members, Sister Sanborn. She was able to do baptisms for the dead for the very first time & she also took 2 of her own family names as well. She said that she is now addicted to family history haha. It was so humbling to be able to witness her father & her sister join her & support her that night. It had been a moment that both her Father & her sister had been waiting a long time for. Definitely one of my highlights of this week. 
Sister Sanbornʻs first trip to the temple!
Earlier that day, we were asked to sing at a members funeral who had past away. It was such a privilege to be able to use our talents to uplift & comfort the family at this time. The Atonement is so real & remembering that families are forever is always comforting. It was a sweet funeral full of happiness & love.

I want y'all to know how much I LOVE my mission!!!! It has been rough, being a way from family & people that I love but I have learned how to truly commit myself to the Lord & allow him to help me grow. Obedience is key! Keeping the commandments has helped me in so many ways. Here's a question to ask yourselves, why do you keep the commandments? I keep the commandments because I love my Heavenly Father & our Savior Jesus Christ! Being busy is also great because it helps me forget myself & focus on the needs of others. It helps me reach outward instead of inward. Azle is seriously the best! So quick story, I lost my wallet while I was at the temple & I don't have anything. No money, no license, no temple recommend, basically nothing & these members have been nothing but a blessing! If you know me, you know that I hate asking people for help so, it has truly been a humbling experience for me. SO many members have been making us food & even just giving us snacks & stuff to make sure that we are good. I am truly blessed to be serving amongst such sweet & loving people who go out of their way to make sure that we are okay. I am learning the true meaning of love. Reaching outward instead of inward.

Forever sisters
I want y'all to know that I have a testimony that we have a loving Heavenly Father who answers prayers & places special people in our lives to help us. He knows us & loves each of us unconditionally. I know that we also have a loving brother, Jesus Christ, who wants us to be the best that we can be. As this Easter week approaches, let us all reflect on our Saviors last few days on earth. Let us remember that all though he died, he was also resurrected & he lives again, even today! If you haven't yet, I highly encourage all of you to watch the new Easter video called Hallelujah. It's a perfect Easter message about our Savior & what he did for us. Well, my beautiful ʻohana, let us reach outward instead of inward & focus more on the needs of others. I testify that as you do so, your lives will be changed for the better & you will be eternally happy. I LOVE y'all SO much & miss y'all everyday!!!!! Thank y'all for EVERYTHING!!!!! Keep  pressing forward & keep doing the little things!! Until next week XOXOXO!  


Love always,
Sister Kawaʻa 🌺

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