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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Week 18 - 7/27/15

Aloha All!

This week was really amazing. We had a ton of amazing things happen:

*Patrick was baptized!! YAY! The service was beautiful and ah he is just amazing! Him and his wife are now preparing for the temple, and they are just awesome.

*We met really amazing people. Yesterday we were walking down the street when this lady stopped next to us, dropped everything in her arms, and about tackled us to the ground while yelling "Sister Missionaries!!!" wakaka it was hilarious. She just moved here from Germany where she was taking the lessons, and I guess someone told her there were no sisters in Hawaii. Her daughter was recently baptized, and they want sisters to continue teaching their family. Ah, they're amazing <3 i'm really excited to get to know them more! and this lady is only one of the MANY incredible people we were able to meet this week. God is good, people. God is good.

*We went to Pearl Harbor for service .... and I forgot to wear closed toed shoes .... so Kevin (the guy in charge) got me some work boots ... and socks ... I put the socks on ... then I went to put the shoes on ... and 3 cockroaches came crawling out onto my leg AHHHH I threw the boot one way and jumped 10 feet the other way. The elders were all laughing so hard and I am now scarred for life. wakaka I guess it's kinda funny now that I look back at it... God is still good and He's got a sense of humor.

*We had Zone Conference. It was great :)

*We went on a hike to a waterfall. Got really muddy. And wet. And I got eaten alive. (pics to come). it was nasty. BUT SO WORTH IT :)

there are so many tender mercies around us, and so many incredible people the Lord puts in our path. It's up to us if we will follow the spirit so we can help those people ... and allow them to help us <3 the gospel is incredible. it is life changing. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!! Hope all of you are doing well, thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and testimonies. Church is true. The Savior lives. God loves you -

Much Aloha,

Sister Jay

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week 17 - 7/20/15

Aloha All :)

this week was amazing. highlight was going to the temple with a big group in the ward. one of the most incredible women, a convert of just over a year, was taking her endowments out. it was so cool to know that that is what our goal as missionaries is... to get our investigators, less actives, members, and others to the temple one day :)

what a wonderful opportunity!! the temple is so sacred. so special. I want to challenge all of you to be worthy of a temple recommend. to make it to the temple regularly. and to cherish your experiences in the temple.

this gospel is perfect. and although we are imperfect, God loves us perfectly. so let us strive to do better, to use the atonement, and to love God always.

have a great week everyone!

mahalo nui loa fur alles & mucho aloha <3

sister j

ps. we have some  baptisms coming up! YAY! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Week 15 - 7/1/15

Aloha All,

Holy fetch. It's july already. Happy fourth last week, I hope everyone was safe and had a wonderful time! We, the Hon-West Zone, threw our own party up in the church's parkinglot that overlooks the valley, the sunset, the ocean, and the FIREWORKS!! We had a barbecue and were able to play some card games, play some soccer (yay), and just chill out :) it was a blast.

so! transfers!! that was fun... so long story short, my companion was unable to make it this transfer, so I got put into a trio with two sisters... for about an hour... and then got a call from President Warner saying he found me a companion! .. I was all, "off the street?" and he said "nooo it's your sister, sister Mason!"

yay I was so pumped. mason and I have the same trainer, smith. So, we are already hard at work and seeing so many incredible miracles!

The day after transfer day was funeral dinner for all the dying missionaries (the missionaries finishing their missions)... 25 missionaries went home, and we helped President's wife prepare their funeral dinner, clean, etc etc. super fun. it was so sad to see so many elders and sisters finish their missions. I can't even imagine how fast time went for them, I can't believe I've already been out three months. it's crazy talk.

anyhoo.... yesterday we were able to attend another ward's sacrament with a family we've been working with, and one of the speakers bearing their testimony said "through the trials, God carries us." I really loved that because its so true. She also said, "He loves us through the hard times." and I love that, as well. I know God knows each and every one of us. We are His children, and I know that we need to stand as brothers and sisters in this difficult world. We need to be the examples of truth and righteousness, and we need to help one another as God helps us. Let's push the rock together.

I'm super excited about this transfer.. S. Mason and I have some great goals we have set with our ward mission leader and bishop. The ward is really beginning to get involved, and it is just looking great. I LOVE MISSIONARY WORK. Being a missionary is the greatest thing ever.

xoxo and much aloha,

Sister J

ps. happy belated to Milo, Clinton, Auntie Emily, and Karl.. sorry I missed you guys the last couple weeks :/

and HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO: my sisters, Micadyn and McKelle, and Auntie Heidi <3

Sister Judkins and the other missionaries do service every Saturday and are making a life size Candy Land game for the preschoolers.  She is very excited!