Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Week 72 - Mele Kalikimaaaaaka!

Hey friends and family!
Pretty eventful week with the holidays. Just a week of service and celebrating the holidays Hawaiian style! We did service all day monday, yard work at this house for some of my members from back in Honoka'a! We pulled weeds, chopped trees, and cleared out ponds. Then we went to their taro patch and weeded that. I've never had more mosquito bites in my life. But it was a really great way to kick off the Christmas week, serving others. Jesus' whole life was devoted to serving others, so in a way it helped us to really get into the true spirit of Christmas, even though we were in 80 degree weather.
Our mission president approved Frozen for our whole mission, so after we skyped our families on Christmas day, we got together as a zone and watched Frozen! I'd have to say it's one of my favorite Disney movies of all time. I also concluded that Olaf would make a killer missionary. "Knock. Just knock. Why isn't she knocking? Does she know how to knock?" If you ask me that's the perfect attitude to have as a missionary. Not be scared of anything or anyone, especially knocking on doors.
Both Tema and Teki are still looking solid for their individual dates! We taught Tema after church yesterday and she told us that she is still just as excited as ever for her baptism, and won't let anything stop her. Her husband is also getting better and more accepting. He actually dropped her off at church yesterday after he got home from Catholic church. She told us that she told one of her daughters, who is a non-member, that she is getting baptized and her daughter just laughed and asked her why. She then told us of a dream that she had, which she interpreted to mean that this decision that she's made to be baptized is a heavy burden to bear, but she can do it. She told her daughter that she made this decision because she is trying to follow God and her heart. She said she couldn't go to church with her husband because her heart just wasn't there. We're super excited for her baptism.
We also met with these two guys who were in this kind of half-way house. They just recently got out of prison and live at this place as kind of a probation to see if they're ready to adjust back into society. One of them was a member a long time ago, but drifted from the church and made some not so great decisions. The other one is not a member, but started reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible while he was in prison and saw the difference that it was able to make in his life. He said before he was an angry person and would snap at the tiniest things, but once he had the word of God in his life it made all the difference. They were super excited and grateful for us stopping by, and said that they wanted the missionaries to come by every week!
Well I hope you all have a great new year and make resolutions that will bring you even closer to our Lord and Savior. Love you guys!

-Elder Merrill

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