Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Gosh, I Love Being a Missionary!

Aloha you beautiful people who I don't hear from sometimes......🤔
How was everyone's week?? Hope y'all are doing well. I can't believe this month is almost over already. My days are just flying by here on the mish. It's crazy! Oh it's been getting a lot cooler here to thank goodness. So this week was a busy week full of finding, getting sick & doing service. Last week Monday, Sister Willey & I had dinner with a cute new family who just moved into our ward from Arlington. The Duke family. They're so awesome & they have 3 cute little girls. It was nice to meet them & get to know them more. Tuesday, we went & did service at the food pantry & the Zone Leaders ended up being there too so that was cool. Funny story, they had us missionaries & half of the volunteers trying to figure out how to put together a bassinet for like an hour & 45 minutes. No one had a clue what we were doing but hey, the 4 of us figured it out. Preparation for the after mission life haha 😂 after dinner with the Jones family (love them & their cute kiddos), we had a lesson with Aodhan & Alyssa York. Sister Villarreal came along with us & it was great. They're teaching us more then we're teaching them. Their so pumped & so exited to learn about the gospel. 
The Squad
Wednesday, we had district meeting. Sister Willey gave her first training & she did fantastic 💁🏽 after that we came home & did some 12 Week & then we finished up organizing our area book. We had dinner with the Hilsinger family. Then I got sick again 😷 no bueno. Thank goodness for members who take such good care of us! Thursday, we did our weekly planning & then Mr. Lynn canceled on us 😒 please pray for him & also Alana cuz we haven't been able to see her either this week. We went out & tried contacting some people. After dinner with the awesome Murray family, we went & had a lesson with the Blackburns. It was so great. We mainly were focusing on reestablishing our purpose with them & it went so good. We found out that Christy has been reading the Book of Mormon & Matt opened up to us & thanked us for helping him regain his faith in Christ. It was so good to know that we're actually making a difference in someone's life. Yes, as missionaries we do get discouraged at times, so it's really humbling to hear how truly grateful someone is for all the time & effort that we put in to teach & help them come unto Christ. The gospel is slowly changing their lives & they've committed to coming to church next week Sunday as a family so please, please, pray for them that they will come!  
When there's no mixer, use your hand!
Friday, we went & did service for Toni. Long story short, she's a nonmember who loves sister missionaries & lives in the same area that our district leaders cover. Her husband who is less active, has had 2 major surgeries & a stroke that left him with no feeling on the right side of his body all in a matter of a month. Poor guy. It was so nice to help her get her house ready for when he comes home. It was good for her to be around us cuz everyone calls her a dry Mormon. She's basically a Mormon but she just hasn't gotten wet yet, or in other words, she just hasn't gotten baptized yet. We talked a lot about the situation that their in now & about how God gives us trials to humble us & to help us learn & grow. She's super sweet & we enjoyed doing service for her. Hopefully we'll be able to make a good impact on her some how. Please pray for her & her family. Later that night, we had dinner with sweet Sister Rose & then we went & visited the Yi family. Sister Yi (who grew up in Hawai'i) made butter mochi 😍Ohhhh man!!! It was so bomb. Made me miss home haha. So grateful for her! Saturday, we went & helped the city with their ones a year big "fixer-upper" project. It was so fun. We basically fixed up this ladies house for her. We repainted & cleaned up her yard for her too. We also got to have a little lesson with one of the volunteers, Billie, who's actually looking for a church. Hopefully he'll be a new investigator for us. It was super fun & neat to meet such wonderful people. 
The crazy things we do!
We had dinner with the Blankenfelds & they totally took us over to try & meet a neighbor who seems pretty legit. She wasn't home though but she's interested in learning more & she too is currently looking for a church to attend. Hopefully we'll be able to start teaching her soon too. Sunday, poor Sister Willey got sick 😷 we went & got a blessing from our awesome zone leaders for her, & then we headed to church to enjoyed the primary presentation & partake of the sacrament. I love them little kiddos. It's amazing to see how fast they learn & grow in the gospel. Love the primary keiki! We also introduced ourselves to a lady name Elaine, who's not a member but is currently looking for a church to attend. Her friend (who we later found out is a less active member), totally recommend our church for her to attend & she came. We were able to get her contact info & we're working on setting an appointment with her to teach her more about our church & what we believe in. Such a tender mercy from the Lord ❤ After dinner with the Growalds, we had another lesson with the York kiddos. It was so good. All I ask is that y'all would pray for them & their family that will be able to be baptized soon. Gosh, I love being a missionary. It's hard work but it's so worth it. Yes things don't always go the way we want it go, but we have faith that it always happens when the Lord needs it to happen. I love y'all so much. Have a fabulous week 'ohana. Until next week!! 
The Growalds!
Hurrah for Israel! 

Sister Kamalani Kawa'a 😘

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