Monday, August 22, 2016

Week 8: August 22, 2016

Hey Everybody!

This week has been a bit slow but we know that next week will be better! We got transfer notices and my companion and I are staying. My companion has been chosen to be the new District Leader, something he is very excited about. We are getting a new missionary (straight outta the MTC) in our district so I will no longer be the newest kid on the block!

This week, I learned the power of planning. Every week, we prayerfully plan out the next week. We planned to stop by one family but when the day came, we realized that the husband wouldn't even be home because he coached football practice. However, we still decided to go, not knowing why. When we got there, we learned that the mother-in-law was in the hospital and they wanted us to come and give her a blessing. It was such a powerful experience to know that when you do as you are supposed to do, God will use you to answer other people's prayers.

We also had President come with us for a day and I was super nervous to say the least. However, he was super cool and gave a lot of great pointers. He said we were doing great. He's such an awesome man.

To close, I wanted to share an experience from a talk in sacrament meeting this past week. The speaker told the story of how a man was working on his roof when he suddenly lost his footing and began to slide towards the edge. He was facing a very long drop and could be seriously injured or even die. He cried out a prayer to God and said, "Heavenly Father save me!" and no sooner had the words escaped his mouth than a nail caught his jeans and stopped him from sliding. He then straightened up and said, "Never mind, I got it!" Often times, in our lives, we pray to Heavenly Father and feel He doesn't answer our prayers when in fact, He has been doing so all this time. We need to be able to recognize His hand in our life and give thanks for it. 

Recognize God's hand in your life and you will begin to recognize all the blessings we have because of Him and the bad in the world doesn't seem so bad anymore. 

Thank you for your emails and prayers and support! I love you all! Until next week!

-Elder Kaitoku

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