Monday, April 14, 2014

Aloha ko'u makuwahine! 

This week has been a busy one. I don't remember if I told you about the investigator we visited the last week because I didn't have a lot of time. Anyways, before when I had met with him he didn't seem to terribly interested in the gospel. We just shared short messages with him, but never really formal lessons. But we met with him he kinda opened up and told us how he wants to commit to a church and change his life. He says he knows that church would be good for him, but he's not sure if he's ready to commit all the way right now. He says if he commits to a date to be baptized, he's going all the way and not holding back. We have a lesson planned with him on this Tuesday I think. Hopefully he will be able to commit to the church. 

We also did get to meet with a less active member this week. When we went over there, you could tell he had been drinking, but he expressed his gratitude to us. He said he really appreciates us coming over and sharing messages with him and his wife. His wife is really active but doesn't want to force him to give up alcohol or smoking. We want to try to help him to start coming back to church.

We also had dinner with one of the less active members this week. One of our active members had us over for dinner and they invited this part member family over. We had loco moco and there was a nice message shared after with the family. The nonmember husband is starting to be more open to the gospel I guess. First time we went over to their place he left the room when we started talking about religious things, but he stayed this time to listen. 

We gave a blessing to a couple of the members this week. One of them asked for a blessing because she had been feeling sick. After the blessing she was crying and expressed her gratitude saying that she needed to hear the words which were expressed to her in the blessing. Also gave a blessing to one of our investigators. It wasn't terribly spiritual sadly, but it was good to share some of our beliefs with her.

A fun meal we had this week, was at one of our member's homes. They had fried popcorn chicken, egg rolls and some shrimp pasta. Then for our dessert they brought out balut. It's the half grown chicken in the egg that you eat.  Haha it was a good meal. The balut tasted kinda just like a hard boiled egg with a little more texture to it. Maybe we can have a party where everyone tries it...? haha we'll see.

Our landlords are getting pretty friendly with us. We had lunch over there after church yesterday. I really feel like you would be proud of all the things I've been eating out here. Some things I don't like that much are mushrooms (still), squid luau..... and yeah that's all I can think of. Haha well there's probably more. I can handle the poi and lomi salmon. But it's all good.

Well there are lots of government changes going on here in Hawaii. Lots of times here in church we are being counseled to be active in our government, but lots of it going downhill. Crazy to see how fast things are changing, but I understand why lots of people here want to homeschool their children because of the crazy things they are introducing into the schools curriculum. It's a great place to visit for a vacation, but I don't know if I could live here later in life. 

Anyways, we've been having a fun week. I've been enjoying the life here. We are about halfway done with the transfer this week. We have the temple trip planned for the 5th of May I think. It'll be fun I'm sure.  Hope all is well. Aloha nui owau ia oe! Love you lots!

Elder Nitta

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