Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 38: March 20, 2017

Aloha family and friends!

Elder Peterson and I are very happy and excited to announce that last night, Sierra Penn was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. Sierra has been such an amazing investigator and she has definitely been prepared for this moment. She has always come to each lesson craving to know more and to learn. She has often times studied ahead, asking questions about doctrine we hadn't planned on teaching that day just yet. Most times, we would come away learning a lot from her. It has been such an honor and a pleasure to get to know her and to feel of her spirit and love for this gospel. She was introduced to the church by a co-worker. He invited her to church and accompanied her on her first day. The next week, she had the faith and strength to come all on her own. (He lives in a different stake/ward area, he isn't inactive). She studies extensively throughout the Book of Mormon and has impressed us as well as even our mission president who had the opportunity to meet her during a lesson. We look forward to her progression in the gospel and helping her to understand even more.

We also had a mini-missionary this past weekend. His name was Joshua Reed from the Danville stake. We had a lot of pretty set plans that fell through almost immediately so we were in kind of a panic. What would have been a good 4 hour block of travel, being at the Visitor's Center with our investigator, and then travel back, instead became a day full of finding and miracles as our investigator cancelled at the last second. He was able to join us for the baptism. He is a very kind young man and will go far in life. He is planning on going to BYU Provo for a year before heading out so Tallin and anybody else planning on going there next year, if you see him, tell him I said, "Hi!"

Transfer calls are in and it seems my time with Elder Peterson is at an end. We have had an amazing time getting to know one another and working together. We have gotten along so very well as a companionship and he is a good Elder. I wish him the best of luck throughout the rest of his mission and beyond. I will miss all of our movie quotes woven into our everyday conversations. I will instead be companions with Elder Roberts, who I do not know much about yet but will look forward to meeting tomorrow.

This week will be one full of opportunity and work and blessings. We've been given a lot of great council lately from our mission leadership and I can really see the blessings coming from this council. There are a lot of blessings to be seen and a lot of work to be done. I love this work and I love you all! Hurrah for Israel!

-Elder Kaitoku​

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