This week was pretty busy. We had a temple trip on Tuesday which is always great! Wednesday we had District meeting as usual. Friday we had Zone conference and Saturday we had a lot of service.
Zone conference is always fun. Since Laie is so big with the 30 Visitors Center sisters we only have our zone. President and sister Warner always give very good training's. President talked about the Doctrine of Christ, and how to address it in different ways with our investigators. Sister Warner talked about integrity, "What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am." (3 Nephi 27:27). Sister Warner is really good at telling us straight up that we can always be and do better. The AP's gave a training on teaching simply. Good zone conference!
Funny story of the week: We were asked to go and see a family for the Ward Council. There are two girls in the home who aren't baptized yet so it is a great opportunity for us. We walk up to the house and the first problem that we encounter is that there is really no distinguishable front door (which is the case with most Hawaii homes). So we climb over some toys and holes in the deck to a side door and knock. One of the little girls comes to the door and we ask if mom or dad are home. She nodded and ran off. Well minutes goes by and she never comes back. We knocked some more and eventually left. Hopefully the WC can set something up for us because we seem to be having no luck contacting them.
I will be staying in Hau'ula for one more transfer so I will be here until October. I feel good about that. Me and Elder Shute are going another seven weeks together to go find some people to baptize.
We also had a good cottage meeting last night at a ward members house. We got a recent convert from Uarota Lima (5th Ward) to share her story. Her name is Nicole and she has been awesome to work with over the past four months. She can definitely see the gospel changing her life. We also got the chance to teach the restoration there.
Advice for Missionary Prep: If you don't listen to your parents' counsel and humble yourself, you are not going to make very many friends and you will struggle teaching. I find that Elders who rely on their own knowledge while teaching have a very hard time listening to what an investigator needs and the spirit is a lot harder to tap into. Which means that the gifts of the spirit (discernment, knowledge, love, etc.) are hard to feel. But if you do humble yourself quickly then the knowledge that you do have can be accessed by the spirit and you will do great.
Good for Dillon! He will always be someone I look up to.
That's all for this week! Alofa tele atu mo outou uma!
Elder Kingston Matua