Date

November 20, 2018

Area

Honoka'a (Sister Tychingco)

Companion

Jomelene Tychingco

Grilled Cheese, Rice and an Apostle of the Lord

Alooooha! This was a great week & I'm excited to tell you all about it.

We did a LOT of tracting this week (aka knocking doors) despite all of the rain we got. I don't think we had a day this week where it didn't pour.. where does all of this water come from? We met a lot of cool people though, including a man named Royson.
Royson was busy washing some dishes, but gave us directions to another house. When we were done knocking the entire neighborhood, we walked back to our car which was parked near Royson's house. Royson came running out of his house with a plate full of grilled cheese sandwiches he'd made for us. It was so kind & random. It really is the small & simple things that we do for people that make the most impact.
Also, a couple in our ward was concerned that we don't have enough to eat, so naturally they gave us a 20 lb bag of rice. My Filipino companion could barely hold her excitement inside her 5 foot body.
This week we had a few special guests in Hawaii! Elder Kleibengat and Elder Kearon from the Seventy and Elder Quentin L. Cook from the Quorum of the 12 Apostles! They came to do trainings with the leaders of the church, but on Saturday they held a special meeting for the missionaries. I am unfortunately not on the island they came to, but we got to tune in via satellite and the Spirit was just as strong. Here are a few highlights of what I learned:
Elder Kleibengat talked a lot about how a mission is not a time to be comfortable, a mission is a time to confront our weaknesses and change them. He said,
"We turn our weaknesses into strengths by DOING."
... So what exactly do we need to do? The Book of Mormon tells us 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 humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
We need to be humble and have faith! But the catch is, faith is an action word. Sufficient faith is not comfortable, I'll-just-lay-on-the-couch-and-wait faith. Sufficient faith requires us to leave our comfort zone, and then a few steps into the unknown. We need to constantly be DOING as Elder Kleibengat says. I challenge you all to leave your comfort zone this week. We are not couch-coasting people!
Another topic discussed by Elder Cook was how precious our missions are now, and will be for the rest of our lives. I really appreciated what he said & completely agree. These past 16 months have been many things. Challenging. Exhausting. Joyous. Confusing. Fun. And overall.. Precious.
I love you all and am so THANKFUL for you all. My heart is so full. I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. Don't forget to hug your families and tell them you love them.

with love & much aloha,
Sis H.

Pics:
Beautiful Big Island
My initials on someone's license plate
Temple day today!




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