Monday, May 22, 2017

What ʻs YOUR talents?

What's up home skillets 🤗

      Shout out to all y'all who read my emails & email me back. Y'all are amazing for remembering me haha. This week was fast! Flew on by real quick. Lots of good & funny things happened. We had a nerf gun war for pday. That was fun! My poor companion got a bloody nose from playing chair soccer 🙈 ouch! We spent the rest of the evening trying to find some awesome peeps. We got to introduce ourselves to such a sweet less activity Sisters. Story behind her is no one has been able to get in to her home & we got welcomed in on the first try. It definitely was Spirit directed & even clicked with her daughter who's not a member. It was such a sweet visit & we're excited to start working with her. Tuesday, we got to see Mr. Don. We taught him & his daughter Rachel a review lesson about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, as missionaries & as members of Christ church, we are told to "feast upon the words of Christ" & to "open our mouths" & in return, we are promised to have "all things come to our remembrance." Both Don & Rachel have been really trying to both listen & read the Book or Mormon & they had a question about a story of one of the families. It was amazing because, as I do my daily feasting (studying), the story was brought to my remembrance & I was able to help them understand what they were reading. It was super cool. If had the opportunity to have lots of experiences like these & it just goes to show that the Lord is so amazing. He will not leave us & he will help us as we help him fulfill his marvelous plan. 

      Wednesday, we started some weekly planning & then had an awesome lesson with Jomeo & Josephine, & our ward mission leader came with us. The lesson was all about obedience, keeping the sabbath day holy, church, praying & reading the scriptures. It was awesome because, both Jomeo & Josephine are strong believers that Sunday is the Lords day. Josephine told us about when they were living in Jamaica, she had a little business store & every Sunday they would close the store & go to church. She did that because when she was growing up, every store in Jamaica was closed on Sundays. What a great example of honoring the Lord & worshiping him on his holy day. Thursday, was our District Meeting. Just love my Sisters & Elders!!! 😊 We got to finally meet with a new investigator name Steve. He's the best!!! Our relief society President came with us & we were able to teach him about the restoration of our church. Boy oh boy! He told us about the trials that he is going through, with being a single parent to a 4 year old, & he just really wants to know that he isn't alone. As we bore testimony & testified of the truth that was manifested to us, the Spirit was so strong & you could just feel that this man is truly searching. His face lit up as we could feel the love that Christ has for him. It was awesome!!! 

      Friday, we had exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders. That was good! We got to visit a less active brother. Probably one of my favorites cause he's such a hoot, or in other words, he's crazy in a funny way (if that makes any sense) haha. Anyways, as we pulled up to see him, unko was smoking & when he sees us he comes out & he comes out & couldn't even walk straight. So what do we do? We reviewed the word of wisdom with him & told him to give us his pack of cigarettes & beer, but unko done drinked it up & smoked it up.....aiyaaa! It's okay though because, we had such a spiritual lesson (believe it or not) & during the lesson, he turned to us & genuinely asked us to help him quite smoking & drinking. We bore testimony & told him that we would do everything that we can to help. We told him that we are here to help him & you could just tell that he really appreciated it & the love of the Lord filled his heart instantly. He even came to church yesterday & found a ride all by himself. Look at him growing making changes! 👍🏽 His desire is there & the Lord will bless him for putting in the work & effort. Later that night, we got to finally visit with another one of our investigators, the Johnson family. Man, I LOVE MY POPOLO PEOPLE!!!! 😄 we got welcomed in & that was the first time that we got the mom to open up & talk to us. My first time ever meeting with them & it was so great. They too are searching & have a desire to be like Christ. It's awesome to be able to assist them as they draw closer to Christ. After the lesson, I was told that missionaries can never get her to talk, but I am grateful that we were able to hit it off real quick & that I could use my talents of making friends quickly. Funny story, one of her little daughters looks at me & says, "wait, you not black?" Then turns to her mom & says, "mama she ain't black but she act black." 😂 We all started cracking up. Then one of the other daughters walked up to her sister & straight up pulled her weave out of her hair. I lost it!!! 😂 Mind you, she's been praying & asking God to grow her hair. Oh my gosh!!! I love them SO much!!!! 

      Saturday, we got to have a fun time meeting with one of Sister Johnson's former investigators from one of her last areas, who drove the 3 hour drive to take us out to breakfast. Isn't that so awesome!!!! She definitely made an impact on them if they drove 3 hours just to see her. It was such a beautiful morning!! We had heaps of fun with them. We spent the afternoon doing a finding activity with our district. We went chalking at a park & got to talk to a man who really needed to hear the word of God. Talk about being at the right place at the right time. Ask me about the guy & I'll be more then happy to tell you the story 😊. Talk about getting black while my poor companion got so burnt haha. Sunday was a good Sunday, we had an awesome time at church (as we usually do) & we got to spend some time with a sweet less active Sister. Funny story, it started pouring rain, with lots of lighting & thunder & we were talking with her on her big porch. At one point, the thunder got so loud that it scared the crap out of me & I jumped. My companion & the less active sister busted out laughing. Hey, anything to get a smile I guess. Then as I was grabbing a Book of Mormon from the car to give to her, I also whacked my head on her big plant that was hanging from her porch. Epps!! It was a nice evening of laughter & as we left she thanked us for the laughs & for coming to see her. I love that lady! 

      I love being a missionary! This week has been a week of seeing the good. Remembering that everyone is different & everyone is unique & special in their own little ways. If God made us all the same then life would be boring & plain. I love being able to connect & relate to people. Some people are good at drawing & some are good at stick figures. Some are good at singing & some are good at humming. We are different but together, we can become something great. I want to invite y'all to pray & ask Heavenly Father to help y'all recognize that hidden talents that y'all have. Everyone is gifted with some kind of talent, what's yours? Let's recognize the talents that we are blessed with & use it for the benefits of others. It will not only bless your life, but it will also bless someone else's life. You could be the answer to someone else's prayer without even knowing it. Find your talents & use it!!!! Like the parable of the talents, let's strengthen our talents so the Lord can multiply them & give us more beautiful talents. Y'all are amazing & I'm blessed to have so much love & support while on my mission. Remember that I love each of y'all SO much, but more importantly, Jesus Christ loves you more. Let's be more optimistic & more positive. The world needs that light! Reach out & reach up! Have a blessed week my loves! Until next week ❤

Hurrah for Israel! 

With love, 
Sister Kawa'a 🤙🏽

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