Sunday, January 5, 2014

Do your Home and Visiting Teaching!!!!

bula mama,

happy new year!! hau'oli makahiki hou!! marautaka yabakivou!! 

new years must've been weird not being able to pop any fire crackers. atleast i know i wasnt the only one not popping this year lol. they dont really pop firecrackers here. well not as much as home atleast, it was the quietest new years ive ever had in my life! it was sad! i missed the smell of the firecracker smoke, the hawaiian food, and just all the new years festivities. i think for dinner me and my companion had tuna and noodles, like we have every day we dont have dinner appointments lol. but it's crazy how fast the time flew by!! i cant believe ill be making 6 months this month. i feel like i just got to fiji! there's so much that still needs to be done and i only have one year to do it. 

this week was a good week. we went and taught as usual. we got to see lots of our investigators and also some other members and less actives. we visited quite a lot of less actives. this week i realized how important it is for us as members to do our home and visiting teaching! if you don't do it, no one else visits these less active members. yes ofcourse there's missionaries but there's only two of them in the whole branch/ward. and there's probably over a hundred less actives. that's impossible for them to visit every single one of them. we've been taking our CMI's list, which is the list with all the members in the branch, to different active members homes to see if they know where they live and to just found out a little more about them. we've found atleast 5 new families already just from doing that and it seemed like they hadn't been visited in forever! some even forgot what missionaries were. they had no idea who we were when we walked up to their home. it was the weirdest thing! and in almost every less active family we ask if they have home/visiting teacher and they always say that no one from the church ever visits them. how sad!! they feel like no one from the church remembers them or cares about them to go and just see how they're doing or if they need help. so it's a new year....DO YOUR HOME/VISITING TEACHING EVERY MONTH!!! and it doesn't hurt to do it more than once a month either. we visit the same families every week and that's what will let them know that we care and are there for them. okay enough counsel lol. 

 okay coolest thing happened this week. remember you were telling me about that senior couple that served in fiji? the ones that come to visit our ward every year. i think she was pres. hinckley's wife's sister? were they the Hendricksons? if they are then oh my gosh do i have story for you!! we OYMd this lady in one of our areas, Bulileka. anyway she is one of our new investigators and she is awesome! her daughter is already a member and this lady always tells us about how the Hendrickson couple use to always come over and they were the ones who taught the daughter and the daughter was able to give a lei to Pres. Hinckley when he came because that was sis. Hendrickson's brother in law. it then clicked. i wasn't 100% sure but is that the couple you were telling me about? because she hasn't emailed me yet but i think this lady might have been one of the families they would've wanted me to visit. it was the coolest thing! our investigator was showing pictures earlier of the Hendricksons and Pres. Hinckley and stuff before the lesson and i thought it as so cool and whatever. then in the middle of the lesson, it clicked!! and i started to freak out and just go nutz while my companion was talking. they all looked at me and were like what in the world is wrong with her and i was like, "I KNOW THE HENDRICKSONS! WELL KIND OF, I THINK I DO!!" and i couldn't believe it. but if that's not the couple then i feel really dumb and ill have to go back to our investigator and tell her i lied. lol. but im pretty sure it's them. that'd be awesome if it was!!

anyway, this week it rained kind of a lot. and in Bulileka it's like all dirt roads. so when it rains it turns into mud roads with rivers and all kind bodies of water. anyway, the day we decide to go there with the elders it pours hard all day! and we had already made our plan so we just sucked it up and went. we drove through a river on the road just to get to where we needed to go and then the elders dropped us off and i stepped out and my whole foot sunk in the mud. so me and my companion decided that it was going to impossible to walk around in our sandals so we took them off, left them in the elder's truck, and tracted all day barefoot in the mud. dont worry mom i didn't wear my manuheali'i again. but it was so fun! i loved it!! the funny thing is when we were walking around it was still pouring and you see people everywhere literally having rain baths. like they go and get their bar soaps and wash themselves and rinse off in the rain. and it's not only the kids, the parents do it too! it's awesome!! so we're having rain baths when i get home :)

on saturday there was a baptism for 7 people from nakauwakauwa which is elder nawahine's area right now. so yes i got to see him again. anyway, this was the best spiritual experience ive ever had at a baptism. first of all, watching elder nawahine baptizing people was so special. not everyone gets to see one of their best friends baptize in their mission. im so grateful that i got to share that experience with him. it was so good to see how far he has come and how grown up he is. his testimony and faith has grown so much!! it was such a special experience to see ikaia baptize and bring them closer to our Heavenly Father. i was crying oh my gosh lol. out of the 7 people there was the wife and the son of a man who had been baptized a month ago. to see this man baptized his wife and son was the most humbling experience. he baptized his son first and he couldn't even hold his right hand up because the spirit was so overpowering and he was crying. my eyes filled with tears as i watched this faithful father baptize his family after only being baptized a month ago. this is why im on my mission. to watch families come unto Christ together! what a blessing it was to witness this special day. 

awkward maybe funny story. so in church sacrament is the last hour and so before we start we ofcourse go and shake everyone's hands and say hello and whatever. okay well awkward. yesterday we were saying hello to everybody and for some reason we were saying hello to this one guy who wasn't in our branch and i totally forgot i was a missionary and i hugged him hi. AWKWARD!! i realized what i did after the fact and so i started just talking to him so that it wouldn't be awkward and come to find out he lives in laie and just came back home for something. so we talked about home for a little while and i think the awkward level died down a little bit but i felt so uncomfortable and i was freaking out that i would get in trouble or something. during sacrament i told my companion and she just told me dont worry about it but i was freaking out!! i couldn't focus the the sacrament meeting. good thing he was a visitor, he was older, and he understood hawaiian style. isa i was so embarrassed!! but that was my awkward moment of the week. hated it lol.
but i hope you are all doing amazing!! dont your home/visiting teaching! help and love the missionaries serving in your ward!! au lomani kemudou sara valevu!!! kalougata tiko!!

okay mom i need to go. but i love you so much!!! one more year!!!!

one more thing that happened. i cooked eel and i ate it. scary!!!

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