ALOHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so this week has been great! like I mentioned last week, we found out that we would be going to the Ewa beach 2nd ward. then on wednesday at transfer meeting, they were announcing the changes and they said "and elder D and elder N will be serving together in the Ewa beach 2nd ward" and I was thinking "WHAT? isn't that where we are serving?" then they announced "and sister Y and sister Hodgson will also be serving in the Ewa beach 2nd ward" so we are all four white washing into a new area!
Ewa is so great! the area is pretty small. the elders walk, and we bike. the only problem was that when we first got there, we didn’t have any place to stay. so the zone leaders arranged for us to sleep in the pad that the elders would eventually move into. then the elders stayed with the zls for the night. So we kept getting calls from the mission office like "are you living with the elders?" "our records indicate that you and sister y are living with elder N and elder D" and we were like "NO!!!!!!!" haha. so anyway, the next day we moved into our new pad and elder d and elder n then moved into their pad. So our new pad was MESSSYYYYYY!!!!!!! ….cluttered and lots of unorganized junk. Our sister training leaders came and helped us to clean it up. …Elders and sisters seem to live very differently (haha)
anyway, It looks much nicer now! we have a front entry way and hall closet on the first floor, then a stair case, because our apartment is upstairs! we have air conditioning and a kitchen, dining area, living room, bedroom, washer and dryer and bathroom!!! so it's a very nice place.....but the shower doesn't work!!!!!!! The handle to turn the hot water on is broken....so we have hot water, we just cant get it. and secondly, the water comes out the faucet into the tub, but it wont come out of the shower head!!!! I have no idea how the elders lived here! they didnt even mention anything! so what we had to do was fill up a bucket with warm water in the sink then carry it to the tub, step in, and pour it on our head. like 20 times.....haha so there's our little adventure for the week…..we are looking forward to getting ahold of a repairman.
We have loved getting to know the ward here. the leaders in this ward have been SO helpful to us! We don't know anyone or anything about the area, but they have really worked with us and taken such great care of us.
We met with a new family this week. we had a really hard time finding their house in the rain from the tropical storm!! we didnt have an umbrella and we were walking around everywhere to find the house. we were soaking wet when we got there, but they welcomed us in and got us towels to dry off. we discussed what the previous missionaries had taught them about and they knew a lot. They knew all about the book of Mormon and had even read from it. but we asked them if they had ever prayed about it. they said they hadn't. so we invited them to do that this week.
If we really want to know truth, who better to hear from than God. He will tell us what is true. I KNOW that the book of Mormon really is scripture from our Heavenly Father. I know it. I can feel it whenever I read it. I am so thankful that God loves us enough to give us guidance through His prophets in Jerusalem (bible), the ancient American continent (book of Mormon), and even from our Prophet on the earth today. Isn't it great! Heavenly Father is so consistent in His love and in His blessings which He gives to His children.. I love this scripture
Okay so one more story: on a more sadly note...... yes I have a really bad ear ache!!!! like super bad!!!!! But it's okay, I got a blessing and I am taking these little ear drops that the mission nurse had me get and I am surviving. But MAN!!!!! It is super painful! It hurts my jaw too but hey, some people break their femurs and such so I really shouldn't complain. I have just been living off of soft foods and advil haha. the advil makes it feel good enough to move my jaw and eat the dinners that people prepare for us so it's all good. Missionary work rolls forward!
oh and our ward mission leader's wife is a yoga teacher so we all went to the monday morning class and sweat like crazy! we are all gonna be some tomorrow! but it was great!
I really love being a missionary! I am so happy here! I love this area and the great people we've met, we are going to do our best to work super hard this week! Faith + works = miracles
Love you all! read the book of Mormon and Pray about it!! even if you already know it's true it's nice to know again (like how I already know I like cafe rio quesadillas, but when I get back home, I am gonna try it again just to be sure haha)