Monday, May 26, 2014

I'm Getting Transferred?

Holla from Hollister!!! (For the last time.)

Haha. Hi everyone! I hope your week was as great as mine! Sis. Young and I had an exceptionally wonderful week which all culminated to peanut butter shakes and baptismal date! :)

(Oh.. haha. I wasn't intending that to rhyme.)

Anyways, this week was great! The little boy that we teach is going to get baptized and I am so excited! It's going to be in a few weeks and I can't wait to see him get baptized. He is such a special son of our Heavenly Father and the changes in him have been amazing! He's been the only one so far that I've been able to go through all of the Preach My Gospel lessons with and I am so proud and excited for him. He is going to do such great things!

Everything else this week kind of pales in comparison to that but this week was really great! We were able to teach a bunch of people and eat a lot of Tri Tip. I guess it really is BBQ weather because I don't think I've eaten so much steak in a really long time. It was so so great! 

I also got a transfer call. So I have no idea where I'm heading but I'll know on Tuesday! Haha! It's really bittersweet to have to leave. I've come to love all of the people here so much and it breaks my heart to leave my two little investigators at such crucial moments but I know the Lord will take care of them and that he'll send a really great missionary here to help them. My heart is so heavy but I was talking to Sis. Young about this and I feel like it was hardest to leave my first area because I didn't think my heart would open again. I left thinking there is NO way I come come to love all these new people but yet, I really did! And now, even though I'm so sad to leave here, I know it'll be okay and wherever  I get sent, I know my heart will open again to the wonderful people I get the chance to meet there!

I love you all! I hope you have a great week! 

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan

(Aloha Gang - Please be sure to send any letters to the Mission Home until we get her new address.  Mahalo for all your love & support! Love, Anela)
California San Jose Mission
3975 McLaughlin Avenue, Ste. A
San Jose, CA 95121-2631

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wonderful...Wonderful Conferences :)

Aloha Everyone!
This week was another great one! We had another Poly Day, Zone Conference, Sisters Conference, and Stake Conference! So totally great. Poly Day isn't really a "conference" but hey... call it what you will. Sis. Young and I are doing great and even greater seeing that she's 6' 2" and great at volleyball. We both had lots and lots of fun at Poly Day. Haha.

So Monday was Poly Day and we had lots of fun. It was outside this time and we played Volleyball mostly and a little bit of Soccer and Rugby. The best part of it all was I looked down and I wasn't the only one without shoes on. Ahh....I was in a good place.

Tuesday was Zone Conference. We had a Q&A with our mission presidency. It was great! Missionaries were able to ask questions about everything! We got a lot of really great advice and I can't wait to put it all into practice!

Saturday was a Sisters Conference and it was so beyond great! We had a guest speaker, Sis. Elaine S. Dalton! Yes...that Elaine S. Dalton. We got to meet her after and she gave me a hug. Man, I felt so cool. Haha. It was really funny. She told Sis. Watkins, "they may be your sister missionaries, but they'll always be MY young women!" HAHA! Love it! President Watkins, also made it clear that HE was still the keynote speaker. Haha. Ohhh our mission president, gotta love him!

A lot of what was talked about I felt like was our divine potential and I was led back to those that we've been teaching. Our two little investigators are just amazing! They have so much ahead of them. They really have no idea how limitless their options are if they just embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then I thought about this, if I, a sister missionary, can still all this potential in our two sweet investigators, how much more so can Heavenly Father see our potential in them and in each of us?

It's pretty exciting stuff. No matter where we are, no matter our circumstance, no matter how far gone we believe we are, one thing remains... Heavenly Father's love. He loves us all individually. Sis. Watkins shared this with us that it really doesn't matter what we know, or what we think we know, what missionary work requires and what true discipleship requires is that we love.

Thank you to all of you for all that you do! I'm so grateful for all of you! I love you all! Have a great week! 

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan

P.S. And to end this awesome week....we got pineapple! A ward member we visit always gives us fruit and because he knows I'm from Hawaii tries to get us good stuff from home. This week he got us two pineapple! Weeha! :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ahhh 11 Months.

Aloooooha! :)

I hope everyone's week was wonderful! This week was another great one with Sis. Young. She is jsut amazing! Incase you all just didn't know that. We were able to meet a bunch of really interesting people this week. Totally great. Another plus of missionary work, you get to meet people from all walks of life and from all over the place even in a little town like Hollister, CA.

On a hilarious note, we met a guy outside of Safeway the other day while we were trying to talk to people and invite people to look at and give them copies of the Book of Mormon and we started talking to him. He said he'd been wondering what we do all the time because he sees us walking everywhere and then... Here's the best part. He tells, "Man, are you guys gellin' or what?" HAHAHAHA! I let him down easy and told him sadly, No, sorry, I don't wear Dr. Scholls. Haha. Totally made my day.

Other than that, we were able to meet some the new adorable families in the ward and had dinner with one of them. They are just so great! I'm so glad to see the families that have come into our ward because of the boundary change, they are going to do great things!

This coming week is going to be a really great one! There's another Poly Day today! Then tomorrow we have a Zone Conference. Even better than that, we get to teach my two favorite little investigators again this week. One tonight and the other on thursday. Those two are just my favorite.

Well, I hope everyone has a great week this week! I love you all!

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What Happened To This Week?

Aloha Everyone! :)

This week seriously flew by. Like no joke. I think the ocean breeze carried it right away out of Hollister. I don't know what happened. Haha. But it's okay. It was still great.

Let's see, we taught a bunch of different people this week! We taught one of our investigators, the little boy, on Monday night and we are reviewing the lessons with him so we taught him about the Restoration of the gospel and used an object lessons with cups to "build" Christ's church. Well, he loved it so much and asked if he could keep it to show all of his family members how to build Christ's Church. It was great! 

We were also able to teach another one of my favorite people. She is a member of the ward and she lives out on a ranch and she unexpectedly had to go help with the horses because one the horses, was giving the people out there a hard time. As it happens a horse chiropractor was trying work on one of the horses and he just wasn't having any of it. So, we ended up sharing a message out in the barn with her and the horse chiropractor. It was pretty awesome to see all of these random things fall into place so we could teach this new lady we met, the horse chiropractor, a lesson as well! The Lord truly work in mysterious ways!

Well, the rest of the week was great! The Lord just keeps blessing us so much in Hollister. The ward members are just great! They are so willing to help us and love us! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan