Of the 60 or so people that showed up for the Luau, 22 were nonmembers and less actives! Speaking of less actives, this week we were able to contact 34 less actives. There`s nothing more rewarding than finding and helping less actives. Even with how fun the Luau was, nothing tops working with our less active brothers and sisters.
I know you`re dying to hear all the details...here`s a little run down of the craziness we`ve had the past couple of weeks:
-We were in charge of the main course (Teriyaki chicken), entertainment (hula, singing, teaching hula), and spreading the word (PR)
|Sister Scheffler became a teriyaki chicken preparing pro. She can do it all, I tell you!|
|Teaching the Hukilau, along with some basic hula terms|
|Hula practice...thank you, PCC!|
-I was preparing a talk for the Sunday, the day after the Luau
-We were in charge of a section of District Meeting the day before the Luau
|Shiga District...in a rare serious moment|
It was a crazy busy week...which is why it was so amazingly fun! So in order to work with the ward, we decided to delegate some of our responsibility, we took a whole day to hand out flyers with the YSA and YM/YW, our neighbors helped us go to the store and buy all the things we needed while staying in budget (we spent 38.97...yes!), and my dear companion and I ate small meals so that we had more time at meal times to practice.
|Everyone else at District Meeting ate big meals, but we had sandwiches so we could squeeze in some luau practice time|
|Sister Scheffler made her first leis. She's turning into a real Hawaiian!|
|Human lei stands haha|
|The now-famous Ootsu Ward Hula Troupe|
Sister Scheffler killed it! The elders did a haka, everyone loved it. It brought everyone lots of happiness and a good laugh. Some YSA sang and played the piano, there was lots of music and everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun!
|Bishop Hayashi in front, Elders & Bro Yoshizawa (YM Pres, RM, fluent English, awesome guy)|
|Traditional Japanese style Nagai Somen, you eat it as it slides down this rain gutter thingy...super good!|
|Cute daughter of one of our investigators|
|This one is for Dad. I was so happy to see Bro Yoshizawa rockin' this Tongan Pride t-shirt!|
|In addition to sharing island food, song and dance, I taught Bro Izumo important island culture. That is, if an island queen gets uncomfortably warm, things could go really bad, so he needed to start fanning. Ahhhh!|
Honestly, none of this would`ve been possible without the support of my awesome companion and the help of our Lord. We practiced hard, we did everything we needed to do, and we prayed just as hard for the Lord`s help. When you`re united with your companion, it`s easier to be united with the Lord, and you get stuff done.
|People asked if Sis Scheffler was Hawaiian, too (must be her beautiful blonde hair and green eyes!)|
|Care packages with leis and grass skirts arrived just a few hours too late, but Tasha was happy to get Almond Joy and Heath bars, and Hevynn got her Sour Patch candies and Skittles!|
The luau was great, but you always ask me what was the BEST part of my week. The best part of my week was yesterday when one of the less active brethren finally met all the requirements for reactivation. He`s now a newly reactivated member of our ward!
``And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy in the kingdom of my Father!`` (D&C18:15)
I got a tiny tiny taste of that joy this weekend. And how great it truly is. Even with the crazy planning, the practicing, the laughing, the luau, the people`s smiles -- even with all of that, nothing brought me more joy than seeing this brother become active. I know our joy can be great, not just joy for the things in this life, but true joy -- joy after this life.
Love you and pray you all can experience this kind of joy this week too.
Sister Hawaiian-party, a.k.a Sister Heimuli