Transfer voicemail- Sunday night, 9:37pm:
"Those lucky people who are leaving this zone- that would be Elder G, Elder K, Sister Hodgson!!!!!!!!!!!! Elder... etc etc etc................"
"Those who are leaving off this island- on a jet plane will be Elder G, Elder K and Sister Hodgson!"
Woooohooo!! I'm going off island! And I don't even know where I'm going! I'll go to the airport early Wednesday morning and get my ticket. That's when I'll know which island I'm heading to. The other islands that sisters are currently serving on are Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. People have been guessing that I'll go to big island, but we'll just have to see!
We had a few back to back appointments this week. At one, Sister Mck spoke a lot. I didn't say very much, and that was totally okay because the spirit wasn't giving me very much to say. I knew that the lady needed to hear specific things from sis Mck, and that was totally fine with me. It's not about who is speaking, as much as it is about who is hearing. The sweet lady who was hearing the message was most important at that moment, and she needed to hear things in the way that sis Mck can share them: sweet and peaceful. The next appointment that we went to was just the opposite. I spoke more than sis Mck. The spirit was prompting me to share certain stories or say things, and she said afterwords that she just wasn't feeling like she needed to say that much. The man that we were teaching responded well to the way that I was sharing things: funny and comfortable. It was neat to see how Heavenly Father knows the skills and abilities that we all have and knows how to best use them to bless and help others. I could not have helped the lady in the way that sis Mck did and she feels as though she could not get through to the guy in the 2nd lesson as well. Heavenly Father knows how to take us and make us instruments in His hands. It is also neat to be able to feel who He wants to be speaking, because your mind will just be blank if He doesn't want you to share at that time. But if He wants you to speak He will fill your mind with everything that you need to say.
We are teaching a new lady named Vanessa. She is a really sweet girl. As we spoke in our appointment, we could feel how much Heavenly Father loves her. it was really neat! The whole room was filled with this feeling that we couldn't describe in any other way except "He loves you". It was just love. That is what the gospel is all about.
That is what they spoke all about in general conference. If we love God, we will be obedient to His commandments. If we love God, then we will love all of His children and we will want to share this message of love with them. And that doesn't mean that everybody has to go out and be full time missionaries. That means that the way we live our lives should help others to see and feel of Heavenly Father's love. Whether through service, or kindness, or your example, you are spreading the message of the gospel- the message of Heavenly Father's love.
I can testify that He loves all of us. He loved us so much that He sent His son to die for us. And His son loves us so much that He was willing, not only to die for us, but to rise again and live for us. We can show our love as we live for them.
-Love, Sister Hodgson