Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Temple blessings


Sorry I didn't email yesterday. We tend to get last minute notices when they change around our schedules. This time was the temple trip. So yesterday was a normal proslyting day. 

Well the mission tour with the seventy seems to have gotten us some more referrals. We have been implementing his ways of asking for referrals and so far everyone has given at least one name every dinner appointment. 

We starting teaching another family. They're a little less active but they like the missionaries enough to want to feed us. But they have a nonmember that lives with them, sooooooo naturally the missionaries are interested. She likes listening to the missionaries so there will hopefully be potential there. 

We continue to teach Mia. She has committed to the 3rd of January for baptism. She wasn't able to come to church this last week because she was feeling sick, but it gave us an opportunity to give her a blessing. We haven't alked to her since, so I hope she's feeling better. 

Wednesday we had trouble scheduling some things. We were asked to help out with a baptismal interview, it fell through at the last minute, andwe had already moved around some other appointments to make this happen..... haha oh well. I'm nervous for this next week. I think we have something like 4 appointments on Thursday night.... we should be busy, but that's good.

Our zone is really pushing to commit lots of people for Christmas season baptisms. We have a goal to double out investigators with a date. We have 20 right now as a zone so, there's a lot more to commit! 

Saturday we had our ward Christmas party. We had a kind of cultural dinner. There were some people assigned to bring foods from their culture, so we had Hawaiian, Filipnio, Japanese, American, Samoan, Tongan. And then chicken katsu for everybody to share. We (the missionaries, us and the zone leaders that didn't ave a dinner that night) were asked on the spot to do a performance. We sang silent night. Did a little harmony together. There were other groups performing as well. A couple people did dancing. It was hilarious seeing some older members get up there and dance around. I hope the video I sent back was good. It was a one and done kind of thing. We had been trying to get the sunset in the video for that whole week previous, but we kept on getting to the place late. But we were hurrying to get there that day, and then to record it. Just a little nice Hawaii touch to have the water and the waves for you.

On Sunday we were invited to so many classes to share some missionary thoughts . Well I guess only three, but that's more than normal. It was good sharing some thoughts, especially to the young men preparing for missions. That night the stake was doing a musical fireside. Members from our ward, the Kamauu's, are professional singers. They travel to Japan like every other week to perform there, so they put on a musical Christmas thing. It went well. Lots of good songs. Though they did sing a couple that we are planning for next weeks missionary musical fireside.

Yesterday we got to meet a new investigator. He let us sit down and share the restoration with him and he committed to reading the Book of Mormon. Hopefully tat goes well. He said we can stop by whenever. We've also been doing serivce for a lady in the ward too. We've been painting all her doors, so just one door a night usually. But we jsut go a couple times a week. 

This morning we woke up around 5:50. Left at around 6:20, in hopes to get to the temple by 7:30 for the 8 session, but there was so much traffic up in Kahuku, and we got there right at 8. Sadly they didn't let us in for the session, and we weren't the only ones running late. About half of our zone came late, so we did some initiatory work while we waited for the next session. And now we're here!

Sorry I don't really have too much time to email this week. But hope it's all going great with you guys! Much aloha!

Elder Nitta


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