the sisters on Maui

the sisters on Maui

Thursday, May 22, 2014

WEEK 52- Faith and works

So this week was exciting! Last Monday, we got a call from a member who said that she had a friend who wanted to meet with the missionaries. So we went to go and meet with her and she is the sweetest thing ever!!!!! She is just darling. She is married to a member of the church, so she already knows a lot. She asks great questions and I feel like every time we meet is just a party! She is like Glinda from wicked. I love her.

We also met a guy named Dave while we were walking on the street and he seemed interested in our message. A few days later, we were trying to get back in touch with him  and we were driving down the street and we were like "is that Dave!??!!" Awesome!!!!!! so we started meeting with him:) he loves the gospel! but he is a young single adult so we have the zone leaders who teach the young single adults working with him. The zone leaders said he came to church and loved it. We are so happy for him.

So we have been tracting a lot this week....and I have thought a little bit about why we do what we do. I would Never Ever be a door to door sales lady! I would just not like it at all.....but for some reason, I love going door to door to share about the gospel! So what is that reason? the reason is that everyone deserves to have this joy! This gospel has brought me so much happiness in my life! And I want to share that with everyone!!!! 
Weird crazy things have happened too: I love spicy stuff now.........I don't know what happened but it's crazy!! I used to not even like barbeque sauce but now I am eating Hawaiian chili peppers.....It's super funny.

One day this week we came home at the the end of a crazy busy day and while sister oh was taking a shower, I lied down on my bed and then.......I woke up and it was 5:30 in the morning....haha I was still in my clothes and had my name tag on! so I got into my pajamas and slept the last hour on the night. haha.

We have been so busy lately. We haven't had time for many lunch breaks so we are eating a lot of nuts and oranges and granola bars in the car. but we are having so much fun! Heavenly Father is giving us all of the strength that we need.

The military guys here know us so well! They just see us and they're like "oh it's you guys. you're good" they don't even look at our id sometimes!

Sister Oh and I made a transfer theme. It's from James 2:17:"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead " so we made our theme "faith with works is alive!" alive and real- our goals came become a reality if we have faith and do all that we can do to achieve them.  ( mommy note they have been asked to do a mission training on the way they have organized things  and what they are doing as a companionship) We have seen that promise fulfilled day after day. The Lord has more blessings in store for us than we even sometimes believe. When we have faith and work hard, He will show us what our potential is. He knows the kind of people that He wants us to be. We can come up with an idea of who we think we should be.....but we will surely fall short of our potential. If we turn our lives over to Him, He will make more out of us than we could ever make of ourselves.

I love you all, I love this work, I love this gospel
-Sister Hodgson

Monday, May 19, 2014

WEEK 51- Sister Oh

well this week was transfer week, so Sister Richardson left to go back to the visitor center. And I got my new companion, Sister Oh from Korea! SHE IS SO FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love her so much! She is so positive and optimistic and so so so sweet! She has really good English, and she has only been out for 9 months! I did have to teach her what the word "ghetto" meant. haha.

We are having so much fun together! we are doing our best to talk to everyone and just share a little bit about what we love. This gospel has brought us so much happiness and we just want to share that with everyone!

It was so wonderful to be able to skype home!!!!! It was weird though too!!! It was like I was back home for a second then we ended the call and I was like "oh, right I'm still in Hawaii" haha. We looked over our planner for next week though and we are super excited for what we have planned. That helped us to focus back on the work here. But it was great to see and talk to the family!! it gave us a great boost of love and happiness :)
Oh, and I forgot to mention the little miracle last week! I was thinking about how long it had been since I had homemade chocolate chip cookies. I started to really really want chocolate chip cookies and for a few days I was hoping that someone would have them for dessert, but it didn't work out that way. But then, we checked the mail and BAM!!!!!!! a package from the Allens.....and I was like "it's not Christmas......what is this special parcel?" and guess what? it was homemade chocolate chip cookies!!!!!! MIRACLE!!!!!!! haha so basically I just wanted to let the Allen family know that the cookies were heaven sent! and they tasted ONO! super super good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much!

We have an awesome district here. and an awesome district leader.... and awesome sister training leaders......and awesome zone leaders!!!!!!!!!!! we just have a great zone! We love it here in Mililani! We are having an easier time getting on to military bases now.... they're like "oh its the church people, let them in:) "

This week has just been so much fun. We are loving this work. There is just a special feeling about sharing this gospel!

Love you all!
-Love, Sister Hodgson