mahalo nui loa for your kind emails & prayers on the behalf of me and my safety during the hurricane. All of the missionaries are safe. Hurricane Lane, aka Hurricane LAME (at least here on Oahu), mostly impacted the big island of Hawai'i. We didn't really get much of anything. Slight rain and a breeze that was actually quite nice were the only things we had. Because of the uncertainty of it all, our Mission President had us stay inside all day Friday. To be honest, a day off sounded nice at first. My body is starting to feel the effects of the past 14 months and I feel like by the time I come home I will look 90 years old... My body is tired & I was grateful for a day break. But by around 2pm I was so bored I thought I was going to go crazy! Going from doing something every minute of every day to doing absolutely nothing is a weird adjustment. I studied the scriptures until I was going cross-eyed and foaming at the mouth, then played the ukulele for a while. *a talent I am trying to develop, but don't get your hopes up. I am not musically talented.* overall, I am grateful the hurricane didn't hit. Now we are just super prepared :)
Before we were banished to our apartment for a day, we experienced another cool miracle. I definitely saw God's hand that day protecting us..
Backstory to all of this: I was bit by a pitbull in the 6th grade. I still have a scar on my hand. Pitbulls aren't my favorite of animals... :') For whatever reason, EVERYONE and their mom in Hawaii have pitbulls... I don't get the hype... (I think Heavenly Father has a sense of humor and that's why He sent me here to Hawaii- to help me learn to love ALL of His creatures.. even pitbulls... its a work in progress..)
Anyways! This week we did something called a "district flood." What that means is multiple sets of missionaries go into one companionship's area and try to talk to as many people as possible. We were in Waimanalo & I used to cover that area so I was pretty excited to go see some people I used to teach. Sister Lee and I visited this one house that I'd tried many times before and never met anyone. We are standing outside the gate yelling "aloooha!" trying to sound local and not like white girls in dresses, but no once came... We looked at the gate contemplating going in, but were hesitant because we didn't know if there were dogs inside. We looked at each other and and said "well, what's the worst that could happen..?" (something we always say to each other if we are feeling nervous or discouraged about something.) We go inside and leave a note and phone number on the door & continue on visiting people. Later on as we walked by the house again we saw the BIGGEST PITBULL I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE in that yard we'd just been in. No collar. No leash. Totally free. Totally could've killed us. But it didn't. Why? God is greater than anything. Pitbulls really are the worst thing that could happen & God is so much greater than that. He is our loving Heavenly Father and is mindful of us. I have no idea where that pitbull was when we were there, but I do know God works in mysterious ways & He protected us. I am so grateful for Him & grateful for the gate after all.
Yesterday Sister Lee and I knocked on a door and met a man named Trevor. He immediately invited us inside, told us to sit down and offered us some POG. (POG is a popular drink here- it stands for passion fruit, orange, and guava.)
After briefly introducing ourselves, Trevor says, "so, tell me what is it is that you have to offer me? what is it that you have? what about this makes you so happy?" !! What !! Best 3 questions I've ever been asked! It almost threw me off guard because no one ever says things like that. Sister Lee and I were both able to testify of the difference this Gospel has made in our lives & help him see how it would bless his life. 2 of the sweetest things in my life are POG & the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I know that the message I get to share with people every day is true. Not only is it true, but it is life-changing. I am not the girl I was when I got on the plane to come to Hawaii. I am changed. I love my Savior, and I know that He loves you.
There is a song in Tongan that I absolutely LOVE, and there is one verse in English that always hits my heart:
"I love you, but Jesus loves you best."
That is so accurate. I love all of you, but Jesus loves you best. He loves you more than you'll ever know. Have a great week.
with love and much aloha,
PS. next week I will be emailing on Tuesday!
1. How everyone's house looked in preparation for the hurricane
2. Hilarious signa that a local surf shop put up for the hurricane. "Wet weekend" LOL
3. A nice picnic in the calm before the storm
4. We had to move all of our beds into 1 room because our room had the least windows. It was super fun
5. A beautiful painting of Christ I saw on Facebook this week 💙
6. A good life motto 😊
7. We got so bored we all FaceTimed each other while sitting next to each other 😂