Date

September 25, 2017

Area

Pearl City (Sister Makihele)

Companion

Mafileiola Makihele

Week of Miracles

I want to start my email by sharing a little miracle that happened this week:
we got a referral from our Zone Leaders to go see "Hank or Henry," (they weren't positive on the name.) We don't know where they got the referral from. Anyways we go and we knock and a man answers the door and we ask if a Hank or Henry lives there and he says yes, there's both because this is a half-way house. We were like oh ok are you either one of them? And he says yes I'm Henry, who are you girls? We went on to tell him we are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was very curious so we sat outside and taught him the Restoration. He asked all tons of amazing questions like "so how do we get the truth back?" (after we taught of the Apostasy) and "how do I know if Joseph Smith really saw God and Jesus Christ?" GOLDEN QUESTIONS! The lesson ended well and he said we could come back... Flash forward to our 2nd lesson with him and we are teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is going well and he says he "likes what we have to say" then all of the sudden a man walks out and gives us spaghetti and we thank him and ask him his name. He says his name is Henry but he goes by Hank and that he is actually a less active member. We invited him to join us, and although he is less active, he bore testimony to Henry of how the Holy Ghost and the Atonement have helped him in his life. We ended the lesson by committing Henry to baptism on November 4th and the member we brought with us offered to pick them both up for church on Sunday. They said they will come on the 8th for sure. We are also hoping to somehow get them to watch Conference this weekend too. After the lesson Sister Makihele and I were talking, and we came to the realization that we think that Hank was the person we were originally supposed to go see, but the Lord also put Henry in our path.
This week I got to go on exchanges with Sister Topp. She is from Rugby, England (where rugby was invented) and she has the BEST accent ever. We had a lot of fun together and she taught me a very important lesson- be confident in yourself. We all have weaknesses, but we should not dwell on them. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon in Ether 12:27 " And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humblethemselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

Weak people are all the Lord has to work with. But we are promised that as we give Him our weaknesses, we will become strong. Being out on a mission has made me well aware of the many weaknesses that I have, but it has also made me well aware that I have a Savior and Heavenly Father who know me and my troubles, who are here to help me be the best missionary and young woman that I can be. I know this is true for all of you too. As Ether promises, have faith in Him and our weaknesses will eventually become strengths.

To go along with that, I read in a Church magazine this week that we are the "architects of our attitudes." We can't always choose what happens to us, but we can always choose how we react. I have learned that choosing to be happy is 1. a lot easier and 2. a lot more fun. :)

We have a senior couple in our ward who is leaving this week to go serve a mission in the Philippines, I will send a picture of them too. They are seriously so awesome and will bless many lives there. They are a great example to all of us that we are NEVER too old to be serving our Heavenly Father. I have a special place in my heart for the senior missionaries, especially since I have Grandparents in both Seattle and NYC who are serving missions. I hope you all know how much I love you all! You are great examples to me and I am grateful to have such a huge support back home.
with love and much aloha,
sister hoffman
pic 1: sister topp
pic 2: sister makihele and I with the Idos' before they left




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