June 25, 2018


Kailua (Sister Downs)


Corinne Downs

lions, tigers and ... dinosaurs ...?

Aloha friends and family! I hope your week was as great as mine was! The weather was beautiful here this week- lots of sun & the trade winds were perfect. We did a lot of walking and so my missionary tan lines are improving very well.
This week started off with doing some service on the USS Missouri at the Pearl Harbor memorial. 2 hours of sweeping the deck isn't the best- but a fudgsicle at the end made it all worth it. ;)
The rest of the week was spent teaching lots of lessons & tracting inbetween. We were able to set Kent with a baptismal date! (He is the blind astrophysicist.) He technically lives in one of the Elder areas so we are going to hand him off to them, but it was a cool experience for me. Kent taught me that although life can be unfair sometimes, that's no excuse for a bad attitude. He is one of the happiest people I've ever met- and I know this gospel will make him even happier.
We also took a trip up to Laie with some of our members & our investigator Patrick. The Spirit was really strong as we walked through the Visitor's Center with him. We did the Book of Mormon interactive activity and it was PERFECT. He said the temple was really peaceful and not what he imagined it to be. He thought that since not everyone can enter the temple that there would be security guards and dogs on the outside of it... LOL no Patrick. He also came to church this week. I included a screenshot of his Facebook post afterwards because it made me so happy! I love being a missionary.
Today for p-day we went to Kualoa Ranch- a big tourist attraction. Tons of people go there because it's where a lot of movies have been filmed- Jurrasic World, Jumanji, Donkey Kong, 50 First Dates, etc. It was really fun! Kinda funny to play tourist for the day because being here for almost a year I've grown to feel local.
A quote I found this week and LOVED is by Mother Theresa. She said, "we can do no great things. Only small things with great love." It was a great reminder to me that although I am small and incapable of making much of a difference, I can show my love to these people and help them in that way.
I am coming to know my Savior more than I ever have before. Although many days are hard and I don't write home about those ones, all of the trials I experience and we all experience are worth it because they help us to become who He wants us to be.
This week is my companion's last week on the mission so stay tuned next week: we are going to work on over drive to make sure she goes out with a bang.
Sending my love & warmest aloha!
Sister Hoffman

Jurassic world ft. the sister missionaries
Patrick and us at the Visitor's Center & his Facebook post
USS Missouri service


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