this week was pretty crazy if you can't tell by the subject line! let me explain:
centipedes and I are not friends. We were just walking in the dark and Sister Jensen saw it and warned me just as I stepped on it. I think I more scared it than anything. It came up into my slipper for a quick second then I flung it out. No major injury, my toes were just super itchy, slightly swollen, and sharp pains when I bent them. But when I woke up the next morning it was as if nothing had happened so that was a blessing. see pic #1.
we did NOT go snorkeling this week, so don't worry. we just moved into a new house and got a super cool new shower curtain.. that's the closest to snorkeling us missionaries are gonna get :) see pic #2.
I have learned a lot about patience as I have been out here in Hawaii- patience with others and also patience with myself. I have learned that "the things that grow slowly live longer." I am typically very hard on myself, and I haven't been learning as fast as I would like, but I found this scripture this week and it really hit home. It is in the Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 38:
"For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more..."
Patience with ourselves is a lot easier said than done, but we can find comfort in the fact that as long as we are learning, it doesn't matter the pace.
Another quote I found this week is by Elder Jorg Klebingat, a member of the Seventy. He said,
"The "small and simple" of the world are His favorite recruits." I just love that! Although I am small and weak, He has still chosen me to help do His work here in Hawaii. I know that He has chosen all of you to use your talents in the service of others.
We have an investigator named Marc who we've been teaching since the beginning of September. He was slowly progressing and then one day he called us and said "hey sisters, I just wanted to thank you for the experience but I'm no longer interested." We were super confused and heart broken because he was coming to church regularly and had said multiple times how much he enjoyed it and the people he was meeting. Although he was pretty adamant about no longer wanting to meet with us, we still went to go see him with one of his fellow shippers. We sat down and he told us how his therapist gave him a bunch of anti stuff and that he was told he "had to give all of his money to the Church and was required to serve a mission." None of which makes sense, considering he is 40 years old. We talked and bore testimony and resolved his concerns, then thankfully got another return appointment. Anyway, long story short, he came to church yesterday again! That's not even the best part... Marc does not like surprises so at our lesson on Saturday we were explaining what fast Sunday is and why we fast and also explained fast and testimony meeting. He asked us if he had to go up and bear his testimony and we said no it's only if you feel like you should, it's not mandatory. Well guess what! MARC BORE HIS TESTIMONY! Sister Jensen and I were ecstatic and the whole ward was super impressed. After Sacrament, he told us "yeah when I went up there I had no idea what I was going to say, but it was the Spirit." It has been such a pleasure to see Marc progress from when we first contacted him until now. He still struggles to read the Book of Mormon on his own, but I know the Lord will continue softening his heart and that one day he will gain a testimony of the truth of the restored Gospel. There are so many tender mercies I am experiencing out here, I just feel so blessed.
This week we moved into a new house. I am sure you all remember me talking about how many cockroaches were in the old one. Guess what? this new house has 2 a/c units. That is a HUGE deal here in Hawaii. It was just a little lesson I learned that when we endure our trials, whether they be cockroaches or not, the Lord always has bigger blessings in store for us. I am happy to announce our new house is both comfortable, cool, and critter free :)
I love you all so much! Have a great week.
with love and much aloha