Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Aloha! :)

Hello all of you wonderful people. This week was another amazing one. Sis. Fraser....well. She just blows me away. Yet again. I didn't know they made missionaries that good. Haha. But really though. She's awesome.

We're nearing the end of yet another transfer, things are just flying by. We taught a whole bunch of different people from our set appointments every week to a few street lessons. It was great. We ended the week with President and Sister Watkins coming down to our building for a fireside. They talked to both Hollister wards and the Spanish branch about member missionary work. They were great. They had all the full-time missionaries go up to the front and had us stand in front of everyone and close our eyes. (There are 8 of us by the way. 2 English Elders. 2 Spanish Elders, 2 Spanish Sisters, and then me and Sis. Fraser.) President asked us two questions and we had to gesture with our hands our answer. He asked us to show how hard we thought the mission was and then how much fun, or how worth it the mission was. Needless to say, each one of us agreed that the worth of doing missionary work far outweighed the work we put into it. But everyone else in the audience had a good laugh. President also talked about how easy it is and as long as we are truly being a friend and disciple of Christ to everyone we meet we are being a member missionary. So so great!

Sorry, this is a short one. We went hiking today as a district to the Pinnacles. It was really fun. There were little caves and a lake. It was really pretty! I'll attach pictures next week! I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love you!

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan

Monday, February 17, 2014

Another Wonderful Week! : )

Aloha! :)

I hope you all had a wonderful week. This week in Hollister was as wonderful and hilarious as ever. Sis. Fraser and I just about died laughing everywhere we went. On the plus side, of looking weird while we laugh on our bikes I think it's building up my core. Haha. Not really...but it makes me feel better to think that. 

Anyway, we got to do a bunch of service this week, which is just the best. I love that I am in a service mission. It's seriously so fun. We helped a family move into a new house across town and we got to paint her bathroom. Sis. Fraser and I felt quite proud of ourselves after we finished. It ended up being like a seafoam greenish color...not that that's really important. But it was really pretty. :)

We also were able to teach a bunch of different people that haven't been able to see recently because of everyone going on vacations and things. I feel like things are finally starting to relax for a little bit because everyone is getting back into their routines of school and work. 

Other than that, we had a really cute experience happen to us on Valentine's Day! One of our recent converts was talking at work to her co-workers about the church and about us and then we ran into one of her co-workers at Safeway while we were contacting. She was really nice to us and we gave her a mormon.org card and then we complimented her red gloves. They were really cute and it was kind of gloomy day outside. So, that was a couple of week ago. On Valentine's, we had a lesson with our recent convert and she pulls out this bag for us and says, it's from one of her co-workers. The woman we met outside of Safeway bought Sis. Fraser and I each our own pair of red leather gloves!! :) So nice. I don't have a picture of us yet. But I'll make sure to send them next week.

Well, I love you all. I hope you have a great week. I'm going to attach some pictures of our P-Day last week. We had a Nerf War in the gym with our District. It was pretty hilarious. Sis. Fraser and I got jerseys from the Thrift Store. Haha. It was awesome. Well, talk to you all next week! :)

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan

Sister Fraser and I ready for Nerf War Games!

My District

Monday, February 10, 2014

Where is the time going?

Aloha :)

This week was wonderful! We taught some really great lessons and Sis. Fraser....well, she's just as amazing as ever. We also had the special opportunity to hear from Elder Quentin L. Cook on Saturday for a mission wide conference. It was so great. 

He talked to us about a bunch of different things including how he feels the Spirit when he assigns missionaries to their mission. But one of the things he talked about was the relationships we have with others. He mentioned four in particular that were directed to us as missionaries but I think it can apply to everyone. They were to love the people, love and respect our companions, love our mission president and his wife, and most importantly to love the Lord. He talked about how in every situation, in every relationship, we have to change our mindset. It needs to be one of love and humility, just like the Savior. That even though we may find it hard to love some people whether it be those in our community or those in our families, if we have a mindset to love, respect, appreciate, and learn from them we'll be able to see the blessings that can come from it. We will be able to feel the Spirit more abundantly in our lives and then be able to act on it more and more frequently do the things Heavenly Father would have us do. It just kind of turns into this wonderful cycle of continually becoming more like Christ, which is awesome because that's what we're all trying to do anyway. Funny how that works out isn't it?

It was great to be able to listen to him speak. The Spirit was just so strong when he testified it was almost tangible. It was so cool to be able to sit there and listen to him. Sis. Cook spoke as well and she is just adorable, she had us sing "Hark All Ye Nations". It was so cute. They also let us all come and shake their hands which was just awesome. So cool.

But other than that, I'm doing great. Things are wonderful. We have a new baptismal date coming up in March. A 13 year old boy. We're both so excited for him. Wonderful things are happening here in Hollister, it's just great.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! 

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan

Monday, February 3, 2014

If there was ever any question...Heavenly Father answers prayers.

Aloha :)

This week was amazing! Sis. Fraser is still amazing. Hollister is still hilarious. And I biked in the rain this week and definitely got a geek streak up my back. Sometimes biking isn't as glamorous as it seems. Haha.

But really though, this week was awesome. We taught a bunch of lessons and this Saturday, Elder Cook, the Apostle, is coming to speak to us! I am so excited! Things have been going great. This week we taught our investigator, the little girl, and she never ceases to impress me. We talked to her about some of the things she has a hard time with and she turns to her dad and says, "This week is fast Sunday right? I should fast for that!" She's 10. So amazing. Her testimony is so strong. I'm so grateful I get to teach her.

Other than that, we had interviews with President Watkins this week. He and Sis. Watkins came to our apartment and while President interviewed us, Sis. Watkins had us teach her one of the missionary lessons to see our teaching skills. I and our entire household were are really nervous about Sis. Watkins coming but it ended up to be a lot less painful than we all thought. They are both so great. I'm so glad to have the best mission president and mission president's wife ever! They are just wonderful! 

On Sunday, the leadership of the church asked the whole state, I believe, to fast for rain. I have to say I didn't have the best attitude about it but, Heavenly Father answers prayers. It rained all day yesterday and even though it was really gloomy-looking outside, it was a beautiful day! :)

Well, I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! I love you all so much.

Sis. Ellis