Monday, November 24, 2014

Swimming in Deep Water

Aloha everyone!
This week was just another amazing one! We have really just been blessed! I seriously don't know how this keeps happening but it's truly amazing!

This past week one of our recent converts was finally able to be confirmed a member of the church and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. She was baptized a little while ago but she went into the ER and then the member she is the caregiver for went into the ER. It was a whole lot of crazy. But Heavenly Father definitely takes care of His children and she was able to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost finally this week! I was so happy to be a part of it!

We were able to do a lot of work in the Samoan branch this week. They are all hilarious. And man....the food. By thursday my mouth was seriously tired of chewing. I just drank a smoothie. Haha. But's real life. 

Anyways, in addition to that we now have two wonderfully golden investigators. I mean I joke about this area being the celestial kingdom but I'm coming to realize that maybe I was actually right. One investigator we just picked up last night and taught her for the first time. She referred herself online to learn more about the church and she is so excited about it. She couldn't wait for us to give her a copy of the Book of Mormon! It was amazing. She had so many questions and pretty much invited herself to be baptized. Haha! Seriously, I don't know where this wonderful individual came from but man...she is great! She is super excited about the Gospel and the church and I am again so overwhelmed with this sense of gratitude to Heavenly Father for blessing me with yet another great opportunity!

I'm so excited for this coming week! My favorite holiday is coming up and we're booked to eat with some of the 49ers. Haha. Oh the Samoan program! I think I'm going to fast this whole week until Thursday! I hope everyone has a wonderful week! I love you all! 

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan

(Aloha Family & Friends - I just wanted to let you all know that I just received her travel itinerary this weekend. Sis. Ellis will be coming home on Wednesday, December 17th on Alaska Airlines, Flight 837 arriving at 12:48pm from San Jose. Come join me to welcome her home if you can.  WE have been so blessed by so many wonderful family and friends who have supported us both throughout these past 17 months. We love you all dearly! May you all have a wonderful and very happy thanksgiving! love, Anela)

Monday, November 17, 2014


Hi everyone!

This week has just been as crazy as ever! You know sometimes I think that life can't get any crazier and then...I'm wrong and it can! Haha! But as always. It's just as great as ever.

This week we had transfers and I got a new companion and a new area! Haha! Our areas are now combined so now we cover the Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell wards, and the Samoan Branch! The branch is just hilarious and full of hilarious polynesians. It reminds me of home. We had a baptism this past week and of course, there was more than refreshments after. It was like a full blown baptism luau. Nah...not really! But there was a lot of food. I think I've so far gone to like three different buffets. Oh man!! Haha. But don't worry I'm taking my half an hour of exercise seriously! 

My companion is great! Her name is Sis. Young Yen and she is from Samoa. She has been out 11 months exactly as of today! She is super funny and I am so excited to be working with her!

In addition to all this transfer craziness, we also had a wonderful meeting with Elder Bednar this past week. He spoke to our mission and the Oakland/San Francisco mission. It was super interesting he had us kind of participate in this huge discussion. He asked a few open ended questions and missionaries responded to which he then sometimes asked follow up questions. It was so interesting to see the way the meeting took different turns and how differently everyone learned different things. Super amazing. He testified with such power and authority! It was truly an unforgettable experience.

Sorry this is so short. Somehow I seem to have run out of time. I love you all! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan

(Aloha Gang! Sister Ellis-Lui-Kwan has a new address: 141 Saratoga Ave., #1132 Santa Clara, CA 95051.  She'll be home in a month!!! Woohoo!  Thanks for all her birthday cards and gifts too! Love, Anela)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust


I hope everyone's week was just lovely. This week we had so many things happen! It was amazing! We picked up a new investigator. We just barely played a game of Ultimate Frisbee with the youth. We contacted a man, invited him to church and he walked miles to come. We had a WONDERFUL double baptism. We had a Zone Training Meeting. We had Sis. Ikegami's "funeral." We found more Burmese material on We sang a duet in church...acapella. We planted native plants. We went on exchanges. We ate ribs. We did service at a Thrift Store. We went to the Outgoing Fireside where Sis. Ikegami gave a beautiful testimony. We saved a dying bird through prayer. We taught the Relief Society sisters the ten commandments. top it all off. We may even become famous because a photographer came to take our pictures doing missionary work!

So all in all. It's just...oh another week in the wonderful glamorous life of being a missionary. 

Haha! Nah...but really though, this week was great! We were able to have some amazing lessons with some amazing people who I love so much! Like I mentioned a little earlier, we have had some amazing miracles this week to end this transfer!

Miracle 1: We contacted a man from India on our way to an appointment the other day! He was so grateful that we took the time to just get to know him and talk to him that he was moved to tears. He's endured so much hardship since he moved to America to be with his wife, who has since passed away. He was really excited to hear about our church and wanted to come. We offered him a ride and he said he didn't need one and he'd just walk. (We knew it was far away and so we kept pressing him offering to arrange a ride. Still, he declined.) So we figured he probably wasn't going to come...for at least this Sunday anyway. Well, guess what! Yes...he walked all the way to the church and came and LOVED it! It was amazing! Talk about doubting your doubts before you doubt your faith.

Miracle 2: We met this woman the other week who lived in our old housing complex. She said she's been meaning to talk to us but never seemed to catch us at the right moment. She invited us to come to her home and we invited her to take the lessons and she said, "Of course, that's why I invited you over here. I need that peace in my life."'s real life.

Miracle 3: Our wonderful Burmese investigator! Oh she's just the greatest. We hadn't seen her for two weeks and we got the chance to visit her. We came and she was so happy to see us. She shared a scripture with us and said it was from her favorite packet we had left her. We were both confused because we didn't know what packet it was from and figured out it was from the "Law of Chastity" pamphlet. We left her seven pamphlets/packets and that was one of the last ones. We asked her how many she read and she responded that she had read them all! She asked if there was more material available and we found her some of General Conference. The next day we came back and she had watched all of it! She is so prepared. It is amazing!

Miracle 4: Our investigator got baptized. Need I say more? :)
The baptism was beautiful and she was so ready to make a covenant with our Father in Heaven.

Well, sorry this was so long. Hopefully you all actually made it to the end. Sis. Ikegami is heading home this week and I get a new companion for the last five weeks. Man...haha. Saratoga just can't get rid of me. I keep shuffling through companions like nobody's business. What's up with that? Haha. I'm excited for this next transfer. The windows of heaven are just wide open pouring out blessings and there's seriously not room enough to receive it. I'm pretty sure I've said this before...but thank you to whoever paid their tithing.

Have a great week!

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan

P.S. Sorry...hopefully pictures to come!

Monday, November 3, 2014

You Know You're Missionary When...

Aloha everyone!

This week was another wonderful one! Our lovely investigator is getting baptized this weekend and we are so excited for her! She is just great and I am so blessed to have met her! She had her baptismal interview yesterday and we were talking to her beforehand and it was just so tender. She was really nervous about it and we explained to her that she has nothing to be worried about. Just to reassure her even further we "re-reviewed" the questions for the interview with her and she bore such a powerful testimony to us about each gospel principle. So of course, Sis. Ikegami and I were smiling from ear to ear and she told us she used to get mad when people did that. She was like, "at first I didn't get why all you people would smile when I started getting emotional but it's such a happy crying." To which she then started describing how she feels the influence of the Holy Ghost in her life! It was a pretty glorious moment. Definitely worthy of being on The District.

This week has been so full of amazing little tender mercies and miracles. We had people that we hadn't see in a while call us and ask us to come and visit! Haha! We bother and bother and bother with no response and then they call and ask us to come! The Lord seriously works in mysterious ways! 

Then this week, I had yet another hilarious moment! At least this time it wasn't out in public almost falling into people on a bike or was just in our apartment. So we were just all talking and one of the hermanas quotes something and I'm sitting there racking my brain trying to think of what scripture she just quoted. Meanwhile, everyone continues with the conversation and the same sister points out that she just quoted from Pride and Prejudice. HAHA! She quoted Jane Austen and the only literature I thought anybody could quote from was the scriptures. Hahaha! Only a missionary would think that! HAHA! It was pretty hilarious! was one of those you-have-to-be-there moments but I thought you'd all appreciate that anyways! 

I'm so excited for this week! It so bittersweet! We have a baptism this Saturday and this is Sis. Ikegami's last full week in the mission field and it's surreal to see her go. 18 months felt like so far away at the beginning of my mission but now it's just gone by all too fast. Seriously too fast. I'm starting to experience this weird kind of emotional constipation. I really don't know what to think! Haha! Well, have a great week everyone!

Sis. Ellis-Lui-Kwan