At the MLC ( mission leadership council) meeting last Monday one of the elders said "being on a mission is hard......and that might be an understatement"…. and I was thinking "that is true at times...but right now I am really having fun" then came the most unproductive week of my whole entire mission. haha. good timing life. So Monday was the meeting, then Tuesday was our preparation day, then Wednesday and Thursday pretty much everyone that we visited wasn't home and it was "just one of those days".....twice in a row. Friday, we had a long district meeting...then we had to stop proselyting at 5 because it was the 4th of july! we worked normally on Saturday and Sunday but boy it just seemed like one of those unsuccessful weeks. but hey, how bad can it be when you're in Hawaii:)
So Wednesday, we went to a YSA game night with some of our less active members and they both came!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was great to see them there…great peeps. Also, during the socializing, I was talking to one of the members, and this guys started talking to my companion. Afterwards we talked about that guy, and apparently he was an almost 50 year old, father of 5 kids and, get this, he told her that he will propose to her after her mission!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha he asked for her address back home, but she told him that when she returns home, she'll go back to school.............to which he informed her that he can wait four years:) haha gotta love it.
Independence day was AWESOME! We got together as a zone and the elders prepared a giant barbecue! We had pizza hot dogs and played ukelele and some of the elders had wrestling matches. Then we played a bunch of games and just had a blast. We saw a few fireworks from where we were and we would all cheer and shout. then the elders started bobbing for soda cans in a large pot of ice water......boys...........then they dumped the ice water on an elder. the best part was that he asked for them to do it but it was funny.....silly boys!
Sister Oh and I have been discussing what we can do better in our missionary work, and one thing that we decided was that we need to have more faith! look at the 2,000 stripling warriors! "Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them." "And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yea, that they should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren who were slain. And we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith in that which they had been taught to believe—that there was a just God, and whosoever did not doubt, that they should be preserved by his marvelous power. Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually." (alma 57)
They saw MIRACLES because of their faith. I know that all of us can and will see miracle in our lives as we have more faith in Christ.
love, Sister Hodgson