Monday, January 26, 2015

Aloha everyone

This was a great week for us.

We are finally back on track with all of our investigators. We also had Stake Conference so we heard some great talks from local leaders and Elder Johnson of the Seventy. The main topics were family history and successful ward councils. That is one thing that I have been blessed with on my mission, seeing how different ward councils work. Some are great while others could use some work.

This week we had our first lesson with a 16-year-old boy. It took us a while to find him because all they gave us was an apartment number. When we got there we realized they didn't give us a building number, there were 11 in the complex. But after some walking and spiritual GPS we found a cooler by one of the doors that had their last name on it.

It was a good lesson and we are scheduled for another one this Thursday. He is a really good kid and reminds me a lot of Courtney Taito, like these two could be twins - kinda funny.

All is well here in the 808 and time is flying on by.

Love you all!
Elder Kingston Matua

About my Fathe's work

Once again another great week here in Colorado Springs! Surprisingly, the weather here has been really nice. It did snow pretty bad a while ago, but that has been melted for some time now. We even played football last p-day and that was super fun, we're getting ready to go play again today because it's pretty warm.

Elder Johnson and Elder Guy both got super sick this past week. Elder J half way through, and Elder Guy just Saturday and really bad yesterday. Thankfully they are both back in action thanks to lots of prayers. Because Elder J was sick on Tuesday, him and Elder Guy went back to the apartment while I went on splits with the ward mission leader, Brother Schwieder. We went on just a couple of visits. Brother Schwieder is a great man. He does an amazing job with his calling.

My favorite part of this whole missionary experience (outside of the gospel sense) is meeting people. I've met so many awesome people. On Thursday night, I got to meet one of our investigators that has been cancelling on us for over a month. He is an awesome person though. He is receptive to everything we have to say, and we can really see the desire he has to be baptized.

This week our zone started a new service project. On Thursday, we visited the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission. It isn't an LDS sponsored program, their goal however is to unite local churches and the community as a whole to support those in need. What was a great experience. We did a lot of cleaning and tidying up. We also put together several bags of clothing for another shelter that was coming later that day to pick up the clothes. We'll be participating in that specific service opportunity every Thursday, so I'm excited!

On Friday, President Rehm (our mission president) interviewed our zone for quarterly interviews. Him and I had a great talk. Him and his wife are awesome. I'm fully convinced this isn't a "reassignment". Of course, technically speaking, it really is haha, but one of the members of our ward pointed me out during the lesson. We were talking about fore-ordination, and this brother began saying how I was foreordained to serve here in the Colorado Springs mission, even if it is just for a little while. Everything happens for a reason. The hard part about this step in the journey is that I haven't really figured out what the reason of being here is. Yes, I know there's a reason, but I haven't figured it out yet. I'm starting to think there's somebody I'm supposed to meet, and I haven't met them yet, which is while I'm still here. It kind of gives me an extra boost. I know this is all part of the plan.

Me, Elder G, Claudia T. and Elder J.
The baptism of Claudia T. went so well on Saturday. She is already a great member of the Church. It was great to see how excited she was to enter the waters of baptism. On Sunday, when she was getting confirmed, as everybody raised their right hand, she raised her hand high in the air right back at them and started to waive at everybody. It was so funny. She's going to be a great asset to ward, just as each member is.

Sunday's tend to be my favorite day of each week. Yesterday was ward conference, so the Stake presidency joined us for ward council and sacrament, along with other stake representatives. I continue to be amazed at how wonderful the work of the Lord is. Every time I sit in ward council, I marvel at how much Heavenly Father truly cares about each and every single ONE of His children. Not his billions of children... each and every single ONE of His children. Every aspect of His work and His glory is to indeed "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Even in the simple things. Stopping by and visiting a less active family, or even a person in need can greatly effect those children of God.

From the miracles to every kind act, from the sermon on the mount to his suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, the Savior's mortal life was focused purely on doing the will of his Father. Each of us has the great responsibility to do the same. It may not be in the same way of the grand acts of Christ, but even by small and simple means can we do the will of Heavenly Father. So my invitation to you is to ask yourself: How can I become more dedicated to doing the will of my Father in Heaven? Whether it be inviting a friend to church, or even studying the scriptures a little bit harder. One of the things that makes me happiest is if at the end of the day I can look back and say, "I'm about my Father's business". I'm not sure what can bring more happiness than applying the gospel of Jesus Christ to our lives daily and striving more to become like Him.

I wish you guys the best week this week! Mom and Dad, I love and miss you so much!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Just working

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day everyone.

That is why emails are today and not yesterday. All the libraries in America were probably closed haha! Anyways, nothing too new here in the 808. We are just doing what we do and working.

We have been introduced to some new people to teach this past week so hopefully we will have some good contact and lessons with them throughout this week.

Sorry I don't send many pictures. I will get some for next week. I have probably taken about 40 pictures my whole mission. Everything else is from other missionaries. It's just not my thing I guess.

But I am doing cherry and the work is hastening.

Love you all!
Elder Kingston Matua

Another great week

Hello from the CCSM! Things are great as always. More great experiences. We've still been biking a lot, which has been really fun. The several inches of snow we got last Sunday melted by the middle of the week and we actually got to play football yesterday for P-Day. I've made friends with many of the missionaries here so that was sooo fun to run around and play football again! Due to transfers last week, our district has grown. We have 12 missionaries total when the average here in the mission is 4-6. It's fun though.

The work is really progressing here. One of our investigators is getting baptized this weekend. It was amazing to see how well the Lord had been preparing her for the Gospel to enter her life. She is so receptive to everything we have to say and her Faith in Christ has developed so well. She will be an amazing asset to our ward and to the Church.

We've been working a lot with inactive families. Helping them remember how much Heavenly Father loves them. Most of the time, when you can get somebody to ponder on how much God loves them, they can truly feel the spirit, and remember what this gospel can do for them. Everything right? It's great.

I continue to meet a lot of awesome people. I love it here in Colorado Springs. There hasn't been a day that has gone by where my companions and I don't laugh our heads off at something. Along with that, each and every day, we grow closer and closer through this wonderful work! Elder Guy and Elder Johnson are awesome.

Mom and Dad, it's great to hear you guys are pursuing that business. It sounds like it's getting real. I wish you the best of luck in that and I'll pray extra hard for you as well. Sounds like the boys are doing really well. How crazy is it that all five of your boys will have the priesthood by the end of March? That's so cool! The more I think about it, the more I realize how fast time FLIES.. and it's crazy! Give it six years and you'll have four returned missionaries and one in the field. You guys are old haha.

I hope you guys have a great week this week. Never forget how much I love you guys. More than that, never forget how much our Father in Heaven loves you. I think about you all often. Thanks for your love and support. It gets me through the day! Miss you all!

Elder Chase Matua

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Aloha Lehi

This week was really good.

We had a baptism and it was awesome. I'm not going to write to everyone this week due to time but I'll tell you about it. His name is Tony. He has been married to a member for the last 10 years and has been meeting with missionaries pretty much ever since then. He finally made the steps to clean up with the word of wisdom and got baptized. There was great support from the ward there and the spirit was very strong. Pres and sis Warner came too.

Afterwards they did some Samoan stuff and gave us food. It was the first time Pres and sis Warner had ever had Samoan food - 18 months in Hawaii and this is the first time. haha!

Sunday the confirmation was great I only understood a little bit of it, but the new member was crying and we were all feeling the spirit. It was a great weekend. It was my first baptism since last May so it has been a long time coming. Now we are still pushing for a couple of others to get closer to having that special day too.

Elder Kingston Matua

Lovin the Springs

This past week was very long, but so awesome! It is incredible being a missionary in the army of the Lord.

The Castro family - sharing some Christmas spirit
We had several appointments with the Castro family. They are already members, but one of the goals of the ward is to teach every family in the ward, members or not, the missionary lessons. We feel it gets the missionary spirit into the homes to progress the work of member missionary efforts. It's a great opportunity to teach and learn together, and the Castro's have really enjoyed having us in their home. They are another great family that I've met here.

One of our investigators named Claudia has her baptismal date set for January 24th! She has really enjoyed the message of the Gospel, and after the last couple of lesson's we're planning on teaching her this week, she should be ready to enter the waters of baptism.

On Tuesday, we got a call from the secretary at the mission office. She told us that she had just received a call from a mother who was at the hospital with here baby in the NICU. Little baby Nox had been in the hospital for longer than expected, and so his mom was looking for somebody to give him a blessing. We had the awesome opportunity to visit the hospital and give Nox a blessing. It was one of the moments I'll probably never forget.

We had zone training on friday morning. The topic of discussion was the importance of developing relationships of trust with members and other missionaries. A couple of the missionaries were asked to share their thoughts and insights. I learned a lot, but the main point that was repeatedly mentioned was simple. Conversion all starts with trust. This includes missionaries trusting each other, companions trusting each other, members trusting the missionaries, investigators trusting the missionaries, and other relationships. If the members don't trust the missionaries, they won't assist them with referrals. If companions do not trust each other, there's no way to share a message in unity to allow the spirit to teach. If the investigators do not trust the missionaries, they won't be receptive to what is being taught. It was great learning the importance of trust.

Enjoying the winter weather...sort of
We started riding our bikes on Saturday because we ran out of miles on our car. Each car in the mission is only allotted a certain amount of miles each month. Once you run out, you start using miles for the next month. We did just that in December. So we've been using the car as less as possible. Biking is fun though.

Yesterday was full of the spirit. We had ward council first thing in the morning. It was really weird, but way awesome to sit in on that. It was amazing to see how much of the Lord's work is focused on "finding his lost sheep". Pretty much all of it. It again helped me understand how much Heavenly Father loves ALL of His children. It breaks His heart to see those who stray off the path, or those who haven't yet found it. He does a great job at calling church leaders who put all their efforts into helping others come unto Christ. That's you, Mom and Dad! Then this understanding leads me to another; how great my responsibility is to do everything that I can to help others come unto Christ, not only as a missionary, but as a child of God. It is a great responsibility. I know the Lord has His hands in all things. He helps each of us when we are striving to live righteously.

All three hours of church yesterday were centered around the temple. Brother Polson (a member of the Denver temple presidency) spoke in sacrament meeting. He really emphasized the blessings we receive from regular temple attendance, and he told some cool stories about different temples. During priesthood, we sat in with the priest's as a member of the bishopric, Bro. Spillane addressed us about temples again. I really started thinking about what the temple means to me. I realized I didn't learn too much new information when I first attended the temple. Yes, there were somethings that were new to me, but for the most part it strengthened my testimony I have worked on building over the years. The reason I loved the Temple so much is because it helped me understand my responsibility to live on a higher plane because I am a Child of God. Heavenly Father has SO many blessings in store for us, we must live our lives accordingly so we can receive those blessings. Great day at church yesterday.
I made a ghetto mud flap using an old cereal box

Last night we rode our bikes to dinner and then to a teaching appointment. The weather was great!.. for the first half of our ride to dinner. The sun went down and it started raining. We had an awesome dinner with the Meyer family, and when we stepped outside to start our ride to our next appointment, it started snowing! It was a short ride to the next home, but when we finished our lesson there, we opened the door to leave and there was already 3 inches of snow on the ground! It was a long ride home, but it was super fun! No cars were on the streets so that was good. Cold, but great!

It's so great to hear all about you guys and home! It was awesome hearing about Kenyon and his national junior honor society business. Watching that little video clip made me miss him and Dad! Watching those two being dorks again was funny hahah. I hope everything with basketball and rugby is going well. I also hope everything with the ward and your separate callings are going well. Keep working hard with all of your goals for 2015.

I love and miss you guys tons!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!

Had a really good finish to 2014 and start to 2015.

Lots of partying with the ward. They were almost non-stop at the chapel with volleyball and basketball, which was good because all of our investigators were there at one point or another.

Yesterday was a really good day as well, even though church starts at 3 p.m. now. I really don't like that. But that's how they do it over here. Yesterday we were able to pick up two new potential investigators and confirm the plans for a baptism this Saturday. We think that we have also picked up an old investigator who lost interest a while ago.

We are off to a great start here in 2015, now we just gotta keep the ball rolling. Best of luck to everyone with their new goals for 2015. Remember, goals need to be realistic...haha that is something that I have learned on my mission. You may not be this years biggest loser, but being fit enough to take care of yourself and those around you is all that really matters right?

Also remember that it is the small and simple things that count on a daily basis, make small course corrections every morning when you wake up and before you know it you will be right were the Lord needs you to be to make a difference in someone else's life.

Love you all!
Elder Kingston Matua


Well, it's already been a great start to a great year. 2015 is my one whole missionary year, from January to December, so that's pretty cool. I'm very excited for all that will happen.

Beautiful Pike's Peak
The weather was pretty crazy this week - lots and lots of snow! This week was the first time I've ever felt my nose hairs freeze! Super cold, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were all either single digits or below zero. One morning we even went out to the car and had to scrape ice off of the inside of the car. Very cold but very fun. Then on Thursday 'til yesterday it was pretty sunny. Reminded me of Utah.

Lots of teaching appointments this week, most of which were with inactive families. It's been great helping them. I'm sure I've told you this before, but we get fed every night. So every night we also get the opportunity to share a message with a family in the ward as well, which is great. One of my favorite appointments this week was with a couple who had just gotten married about four months ago. He served in Canada a couple years ago, and is recently inactive. She was raised Catholic but doesn't really practice any religion now. Great people. They were both so hilarious. He was pretty open about not wanting to go back to church anytime soon, but for some reason, I felt like she was very interested in the church and just missionaries period. I'm sure the spirit will continue to work with both of them. Amazing people.
Elder G staring at the snow

Also, another appointment that touched me this week was with a member. He had a pretty rough past, caught up in the whole gang scene, he mentioned to us that he used to be best homies with Satan. He was baptized a couple of years ago, and soon after that got thrown into jail. He's currently on house arrest, but just from meeting with him, I can tell his life has completely flipped around. He has such a humble attitude about him. I don't think I've ever felt somebody's love for me that doesn't even know me, that strong. It has helped my testimony of the Atonement grow so much. We taught him about the Christlike attributes of Charity and Love and it fit with him. He is such a great guy.

Our friend who wanted a picture collage of Christ
Some pretty funny experiences this week as well. On Monday, an old lady (sort of super crazy haha) knocked on our door to ask if she could have a collage of Jesus like we have on our window. We told her we'd love to make her one. That night we made her one and the next day we saw her walking across the lawn out of our window. So we ran outside to give her the collage and she started bawling!! ..for like two seconds. Literally. Then she thanked us a ton and almost gave Elder Johnson a hug which scared him pretty bad, it was hilarious. I'll have to attach a picture of her. She's a very nice lady.

We also had a dunk contest last night...and we had some complaints this morning. hahaha

A young lady at Sonic flipped out when she heard we go to church every Sunday. She thought it was absolutely insane that we go every single Sunday. She calls us the church boys haha. We invited her to come to church with us yesterday, but she didn't show up. Hopefully we'll get her one of these days. (yes, we're Sonic regulars)

New Year's fun after a Sonic run
New Years was pretty great. We had normal days both new years eve and new years day, but on new years eve we set an alarm for 11:55 and woke up to see fireworks being launched off of Pike's Peak. It was super cool. Great week last week.

It always bring me so much joy to read your guys' emails. I love hearing how great everybody is. I was SO jealous watching those videos of the annual Matua dodgeball games! I miss those! But I'm glad to see you guys enjoyed time with the family. Quinn looks like a baller! Hahaha I started laughing my head off when I heard him call out the play! So funny, hope he's having fun.

Dad and mica, I hope your rugby stuff is all going well. It's fun hearing about it. Hopefully United has a good season this year. It'll be cool to hear about nationals again.

Bundling up for a day of visits
Hearing about your 2015 themes was awesome. I'm not sure what my theme is. Maybe.. Diligence. Getting things done and doing as much as I can?

I hope you all have a great week this week. Hope the boys enjoy being back in school!

Anyways, I love you guys dearly. Miss you guys tons. I hope 2015 treats you all well!

Love you
Elder Chase Matua