First week in Hawaii!

9:30:00 PM

Dear friends and family,

So my preparation day this transfer (next 6 weeks) is actually on Tuesday, sorry! We arrived in Honolulu last Wednesday afternoon! The flight was like 6 hours long but thankfully Delta had audio music so I listened to The Piano Guys. When we landed, the Mission President, President Warner, his wife, and a few other elders greeted us. There is seriously so much vegetation here! And palm trees and just really hot in general. For the next day we just stayed at the mission president's home to do training. In the morning, Sister Warner led us on a jog/walk up to a place called Diamond Head and we saw the beautiful sunrise! It's gorgeous here in Hawaii and I'm so grateful to be here! 

On Thursday I finally met my trainer! Her name is Sister Buday. She's from Hurricane, Utah and she's been out on her mission for about 10 months now. She's taught me so much about visitor's center work and going on tram tours. We pretty much half either tram tour shifts or VC shifts half day every day (except for Sundays and Pdays). It's sooo different from full proselyting. I've learned that in Laie, where we are, there's like 90% members so it's super hard finding new investigators in the area. And guess what? We cover two wards! And they're huuuugee! There are so many families and their children/youth.

This week was super fun because on Saturday, it was the 150th Anniversary of the Church in Laie! Some fun facts about the Laie community:

- Laie was purchased in 1865 as a gathering place for the church members in the Pacific Islands
- The Laie Temple is the 5th oldest temple. First one built outside of US. 
- 92% of the people living here are LDS.
- Members feed us dinner pretty much every single day! (if we're at the VC, they just do a dinner drop off)

The missionaries helped out with the parade Saturday morning and it was so fun being able to watch it! I didn't feel like a missionary because we were just having fun haha. And in the evening, 
we were able to watch the celebration performance, which had like 7-8 acts of music and dance interpretation of the history of the church in Laie. It was breathtaking and I wish I could've recorded the whole thing or taken more pictures..but my camera was dying.

Being at a visitors center is super fun because we're so close to the Laie Temple and we get to meet people visiting from all over. I've been fortunate to guide two Mandarin tours...and it was scary. But I really need to do language study now that I have the time to, and practice teaching in Mandarin. Because there's still so much I don't know how to say yet, but I know that the Spirit can be felt through all languages. It's so exciting to teach people about Jesus Christ when they have questions about the gospel or about our church!

We only have an hour and a half to email (it was 2 hours back in the Canada Toronto Mission)...so I'm sorry if I don't get back to you this week!). And groceries here are soooo expensive! But at least we really only need food for breakfast because members feed us so well. I love wearing muu muus and sandals though! Haha.

Scripture of the week: Alma 13: 28-29
"28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord,and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ymay not be tempted above thawhich ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meeksubmissivepatient, full of love and long-suffering;
29 Having faith on the Lord; having hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter inthis rest."
All the trainers(top) and the new sisters!

Sister Buday and I in our muumuus (dress)

 The 150th Year Celebration of Laie performance in the evening. It was so amazing! More than 700 youth participated and I can't even imagine how many hours were sacrificed to perfect this celebration. 

 Sunrise at Diamond Head(in Honolulu) on the second morning here! So beautiful.
View of the Laie Hawaii Temple from the front :)
Road view of the ocean (taken while in car).
Fire dance at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in the village of Samoa.

Love,
Sister Wu

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