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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Week 56 - 4/18/16

Aloha All :)

I don't have much time (I know, shocker!!) but I wanted to tell you a bit about our current investigators :)

Kiana: 15 year old girl, met her as a street contact, her and her family had a MIGHTY change of heart :) it was awesome. she is currently reading the book of Mormon and we hope to have her attend church this next sunday. she is good friends with a less-active family, and we've been having FHE at their home and Kiana has been there for the past two times! it's been awesome. God is good :)

Willie: in his 50's, one of our Filipino investigators. He's great. He's struggling with smoking. He had a date of April 24th but we're gonna keep working with him for a new date. I know Heavenly Father has a perfect plan for him, we're just working on WofW for now and baptism will come when he's ready. :)

Leona: She took a huge step this week!!! She is working so hard to turn her life around, she started attending Addiction Recovery this week, we were able to attend with her. She has a wonderful desire to learn more of Jesus Christ's gospel & believes the Book of Mormon is true & loves the gospel, we're working through the 12 steps with her & hoping to get her to church this week :)

The Dugan Ohana: From the mainland, we ran into them on our Fasting & Finding Friday. They totally accepted us into their home and we were able to connect with them on so many levels. the spirit was so strong as we spoke of the gospel and eternal families and left a prayer with them that first night. Then, this week we recontacted them and they said they may come to church. Unfortunately they didn't make it this week :( they're great tho!! God is so good for leading us to them/them to us and bringing the spirit into all of our hearts :)

The Hans Ohana: From Marshall Islands :) they're so awesome. the first time we met brother hans, he said we could come back the next day... so we did, and they were all home and joined us for the first discussion :) they have two of their daughters still living with them, ages 6 and 12. Such a special family, and they love the gospel. The 12 year old really wants to come to church and be baptized, she is the one who is really keeping the family going :) it's great.

Brother Obed: His wife grew up in the church but is less-active. They've been attending church every other week for almost a year now!! We had an awesome lesson this week about baptism, and we challenged brother and sister Obed to read from the Book of Mormon for 5 minutes every day. it truly makes a difference! I'm excited to follow up on them next sunday :) he's just struggling to understand what God really wants for him. Because he has a testimony of the gospel and of Jesus Christ, but he doesn't know quite yet how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is different from other churches.

What makes the Church so different is that the Priesthood is found here. It really is Jesus Christ at the head of this church. He leads and directs the prophet. We can baptize by proper authority, we can seal families together for eternity, we can truly receive all the blessings of the gospel because we have the FULLNESS OF THE GOSPEL :) it's beautiful, and you can't just take someone's word for it. you have to study. you have to pray. you have to live the commandments. Like my companion (sister frost) would say: How would you know how delicious the Cheesecake is when you haven't even tried it?

So try it! Try the gospel out. I know that as we do so, we can become converted. We must see with our eyes, hear with our ears and understand with our heart to be converted and healed (2 Nephi 16:10). Have trust in the Lord to deliver. I know He has a perfect plan for all of these peeps, as well as for you and for me.

I love being a missionary - oh yeah! Transfers are this week. I am staying here with Sister Frost :) it's going to be a GREAT transfer!!!!

I love this gospel. I love all of you! Thanks for everything <3

Sister Judkins

ps. I FIXED MY CAMERA :) this picture is the fish that I ate at that wedding last weekend.... yep, and it wasn't THAT bad lol

out tracting on fasting and finding Friday.

I promise I wasn't as tired as I look lol :P

And lunch by the beach with the Barnes, I love them!!

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