dinsdag 16 januari 2018

Last week

It is official.... I am going home. It is so weird to think that I won't be spending every day in the nice and warm Hawaii anymore.
This was a wonderful last transfer, wherein sister Tailleur and I were able to do our best and work hard!
Some random things to mention:
- I have strengthened my testimony on the importance of "How to begin teaching". Sometimes male investigators are only interested in our company and not the message we share. Stating our purpose and why we are here really helps :)
- You start feeling old when 10 year old kids start calling us aunty... reality check -_-
- for many people here Netherlands is still Neverland. Just roll with it.
- we finally have smartphones on the mission, and thus are being able to hasten the missionary work in this mission through social media and all that kind of stuff, and I am not able to participate in it because I am going home... I guess I'll always be an old-school missionary. That's ok..

The last few weeks I really came to appreciate a child's prayers. We taught a lot of kids this transfer who have the age of accountability and are ready to make further covenants with Heavenly Father. Their prayers are so honest and to the point. Mostly I get the tendency to say a lot of the same things without any thought to it. Listening to how a child prays really helps me to think about my own prayers and how to make them more meaningful. It makes me understand king Benjamin's (one of my favourite Book of Mormon character) invitation in Mosiah 3:19 even better.
Another thing that I wanted to mention: as some of you might have heard and/or read, there was a threat announcement in Hawaii wherein we had to find shelter. Half an hour later it appeared to be a false warning and everything was ok. But during sacrament meeting we had some really good talks that made all of us reflect on how prepared we are. One of the people that talked mentioned how the situation could be compared to the parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25. This could be applied to both our physical preparedness (do we have our 72 hour kit, do we know where to go in case of a natural disaster etc.), but more importantly our spiritual preparedness. As very well stated in Alma 32:32. We have to make every second count. We need to have our oil of conversion with us as the speaker very well stated.
I don't have much more to say anymore. I will miss being a fulltime missionary and I will miss the people here. At the same time I am also super excited to return home. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to serve a mission. The church is true ^_^
Aloha.

zondag 31 december 2017

Christmas

Christmastime is always a wonderful season (maybe because it's also my birthday :) ). It's a little bit different here... We hiked (with one of the greatest investigators ever) and it was hot and we were close to the beach. Very different to what I'm used to!
But, you don't hear me complaining about it! 

Sister tailleur and I got to share some messages for Christmas that we really liked. Check it out:



Merry Christmas everyone!!

zondag 24 december 2017

Cold in Hawaii

The most surprising transfer news happened:
I am going back to Waianae and Makaha (serving in both wards again) for my last transfer. Not only that, I will be together with sister Tailleur who served in Waianae before as well (actually, I took her spot when I went to Waiane to serve with sister Modolon). Surprising, surprising. I am sad to leave my area in Ewa Beach, but I am also very grateful that I get to be my last transfer with the people I came to know in Waianae and Makaha.
It is more chilly here than I can remember though.... It's only 16 degrees Celsius and I am cold... What happened to me....? Why can't I handle the cold, that I used to love so much, anymore....? It will be fun when I get home in January..... :O

Also, It's Light the World month again. 
Starting December 1st (sorry I am so late to put it up...) there are 25 ways/suggestions given to us to share Christ's light with others. It's pretty awesome.

zaterdag 2 december 2017

Thanksgiving

Alooooha,

Here I am again.

So many challenges are going on. Sister Pluim and I are just so excited to study the scriptures.
We are reading the Doctrine and Covenants before we go home.
We are doing President Nelson's challenge where we are reading all the scriptural references in the topical guide about Jesus Christ.
Starting December 1st, the mission is going to read Jesus the Christ by Talmage together in 150 days.
Yup, plenty of things to read. Bring it on. Challenge accepted.

Also, Thanksgiving happened! Sister Pluim and I have been sharing a really sweet video during our dinner appointments ( https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2010-11-23-thanksgiving-daily?lang=eng ). So many things to be thankful for. Let us develop this attitude of gratitude as President Monson so very well stated.
A while ago in Honoka'a I saw a really nice sign in a restaurant and finally thought to share it now:
Thanksgiving
Thank you Lord for the Food
Before us
The Friends and Family
Beside us
And the Love
Between us
This will probably be the last year that I will celebrate it. There sure wasn't a shortage of food. The members were so kind as to invite us. In total we had 2,5 meals (one was only a desert). You know you're in Hawaii for a long time when you will be able to accomplish that.... Good times :)


This transfer we went to Pearl Harbor again. In remembrance of Veteran's day, we put a loooooooong flag at the side of the railing of the ship. Of course it broke my heart to see that we had to put the flag upside down.....