Monday, October 14, 2013

Nagpapasalamat kami para sa Tootong Propeta

Dear Family,
So this week has been great!  We started with a great zone meeting and then had interviews with president on Wednesday.  Our sweet mission mom- Sister Tye- made sloppy joes with chips and cheescake!!!  It was so great!  And then we got to watch general conference on the weekend.  Okay-- General Conference is like better than Christmas!! No joke.  It was like the best 2 days ever.  If you haven't seen all of it yet make sure you watch it.  Because this isn't just something the prophet and apostles do for fun, these are men called by God who spend days preparing to give us words that COME FROM OUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER.  These talks are given them from God for our benefit.  So it's only our loss if we can't find the time to listen, study and live their words.
We had this beautiful woman come with us to conference.  I can't explain why I love her so much.  I just do.  She has this sweet Spirit and is a less active who came to church last week for the first time in a long time and then decided she wanted to go to conference even though it meant a 1 hour bus ride there, 5 hours at the church, and then a 1 hour bus ride home on a Sunday.  This is a woman who has no running water at her house.  This woman carries big buckets of water to her house each time she has to do laundry.  I just think she is so awesome! So glad she could come and enjoy the spirit of conference.
Umm... some cultural notes for fun.  In Tonga it is literally illegal to work on Sunday. The 2 places that work are the hospital and the police department.  And random... here in the Philippines blow dryers (i'm pretty sure) don't exist.  Hair spray does but it is not easy to find and not cheap! Anyway... so if you want your hair to dry faster you have to sit in front of an electric fan. haha.  That's the most common method I have seen.  But mostly people just walk around with wet hair for a while.
Okay so I only have 5 minutes....  More next week.. promise.  As a last note.  Let us become as little children.  I love teaching children because they get excited about knowledge.  As adults I think we get more careful about getting excited.  We get cynical or we question before we believe, we get worried what others will think of our reaction or beliefs.  But you tell these children that there is a prophet on the earth and they have all sorts of questions about how the prophet gets messages from God and what kind of things has he said.  If they are sure about something they listen when we tell them how they can find out for sure by asking God.  Obviously there are some ways in which we cannot be like children but we learn from Christ that these little children and those that are like them will enter the kingdom of God. We must be more willing to trust and act.  As we learned in conference, "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." :)
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Sister Hamm

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