Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rua na papitaiso! (2 baptisms!)

Ni sa Bula Vinaka na noqu matavuvale!

It was way good to talk to you guys last week! And then after I went to the
office and the package was there so I got my shirt! I am for sure wearing it
for our p-day today haha Transfers came in and no one in our district got
transferred out so that was good. Our district is the best. We got those shirts
made up and they are way cool. They just emailed me the design for it so I will
forward it to you so you can see it. I think I will probably get transferred at
the end of next month. That is when the next transfer should be in because an
intake is leaving. That is only 5 weeks away. I can’t believe that my year mark
is only 6 weeks away. I just started on a new planner and by the time I am
ready for my next one that will be the week that I hit my year mark. The time
goes by way too fast. I remember you always told me that dad and now I know how
true that really is. And I dont think it will be slowing down anytime soon. We
only have 3 weeks left in Elder Tamuera's training program. That will be 12
weeks that we have been together. That time has flown by. We have had a whole
lot of fun and done a lot of good work. He is the man. O yeah, last week I was
in the office and I saw this new missionary training DVD thing that they are
going to give to missionaries when they are training I think and I was looking
at it and the cover is just a picture of these 2 missionaries walking and one
of them looked familiar so I looked at it closer and it is Riley Lewis!! It was
way cool haha I was like telling everyone that I know that kid haha
Well this week was way good. We were supposed to have 4 baptisms but Miriama
the old lady still isn’t back from Ba so she didn’t get baptized and also the
other boy Timoci didnt get baptized because his dad refused to sign the
baptismal form so we can’t baptize him. We will keep working with him though
and I think we can still get it to happen. But Meliki and Samisone did end up
getting baptized. I baptized Meliki. She is only like 13 years old but she is
probably one of the best investigators I have ever had. And there is a few
missionaries that served in Korovou before and they all have been trying to get
Samisone baptized forever and we finally got it to work out so I was talking to
one of the missionaries that taught him before and he was congratulating us for
finally getting it done haha He is the man and has been wanting to get baptized
forever, there was just always things that came up right when his baptism was
supposed to happen. That actually almost happened this time too. We were supposed
to do his interview on Wednesday but he went to Suva (which is the reason that
he didn’t get baptized a couple of other times before) but he came back on
Saturday and I called out district leader and luckily it is one of the Elders
that stays at the box with us and they were going to be coming back that night
so when they got back me and him went out to Waimalua and did his interview so
that he could get baptized haha it was sweet.
O yeah so Meliki's mom, who is a very less active member and is the one that
stopped her from getting baptized last time has been awesome. She comes to
church every week now, and this week when we went to their house I asked her
what it was that changed her mind about Meliki getting baptized and she said
she was reading the BOM one day and she read Alma 5:60 which talks about how
the Lord is calling for us to come to his fold but how satan is going to try to
lead us away and she said she just felt the spirit when she read it and
realized that that is what has happened in her life and that she really does
have a testimony about this gospel. It was awesome. The BOM is the most
powerful thing we have in converting people, with the Spirit of coarse haha
So there is this family that has just
taken the lessons a little bit from the missionaries before and me and Elder
Seila only went and saw them like twice when me and him were together and they
were always busy and stuff so I haven’t seen them since I have been with Elder
Tamuera but for some reason when we did weekly planning every week I would
always think about them and think that we need to try to see them again
sometime. So finally this week I saw the dad, Pau, and I asked if we could come
over someday and he said yeah on Saturday so we tried Saturday but he wasn’t
home so I told them we would come again on Sunday. So we were way busy on
Sunday just with the baptism and stuff and we were running out of time until we
had to head down to Nausori to stay for the weekend so I wasn’t going to go and
see them but I just felt like we should at the last second so we went, and they
actually were home. So we just talked and then I just shared a spiritual
thought from Mosiah 2:41 which is the spiritual thought that I pretty much
always share, and it just talks about how when we follow the gospel we will be
blessed and be happy and things like that and I just started talking about that
and then I started talking about families and things and then the spirit was
just really strong and I bore a really strong testimony about how I truly know
that this gospel will bless their lives and it was just way awesome. Moments
like that are what make this work so much fun. So now they are excited for us
to come back next week and they were just telling us how thankful they were
that we came back. Awesome.
Well that was pretty much our week. The weeks all just mesh together now. O
yeah that last picture is the picture of my first boil! I popped it and it is
all good now. Those things are pretty painful though haha Well you guys are the
best family ever. I love you guys so much! Au lomani kemudou!!!
Loloma, Elder Hawk

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