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Luke A. Powell
Hawaii Honolulu Mission
1500 South Beretania St. Suite #416
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A "typical" Sunday, FunDip, Teaching and Learning

Yokwe baamle!! and Happy Easter!!!

Easter Sunday was actually pretty much just a typical Sunday. Of course when I say that is was "a typical Sunday" I'm not saying in any way that is was not very spiritual, but rather that even a "typical Sunday" should be just as spiritual and significant in our remembrance of the Saviors sacrifice. That is the main purpose for our meeting together! To partake of the emblems of the sacrament and remember what he did for us and to renew our covenants that we have made with Him at baptism and in the Temple! But I digress... I suppose for the most part that I am preaching to the choir anyway because all of you so wonderful at making every Sabbath a delight already! So keep that up! :)

Of course one highlight of this whole week was getting to share solemn witness to everyone we came in contact with of the Atonement of Jesus Christ! I'm sure you're already aware of this, but the church put out a new video about the Atonement and Easter and also gave out new pass-a-long cards to go with it, so we have been having passing those out literally everywhere we go! It's kind of fun! :) On another fun note, my companion and I have also basically taken on new callings as the "default back up Sunday school teachers" and when I say Sunday school we really have just become the EVERYTHING teachers... in fact it's getting to the point where we're not even the back-ups... we're just the "default everything teachers"!! haha! It's really fun and exciting for us and definitely keeps us on our toes because we never know when we're going to have to teach or what we will have to teach on but I kind of feel bad for the other teachers because they are missing out on all of the incredible blessings that come from preparing and presenting a lesson, even to a class of just a few, (which is usually all that ever attend Sunday school classes anyway).

This past week I think I had a total of three people in my class, one of which kept getting up to leave because of her small child. Still it was a wonderful chance to teach about the scriptures to one of our investigators and a recently returning member both of whom were there in the class (in fact they made up about 2/3rds of the class! haha!) We've even been having to split the last few weeks so that one of us can teach the Gospel Principles class and the other can go teach the youth class and then we find ourselves teaching the young men's class a lot of the time too. It's kind of fun! We're trying to get the young men excited about serving a mission too... but... well... let's just say they’re not too enthusiastic until the FunDip and other candies start coming out of the bag! haha! It's ok though! I remember what it was like to be in their shoes so that helps! :)

So other than teaching and teaching and teaching a lot this past week, we also got to do quite a bit of learning, which is always a HUGE blessing! :) We had zone conference this past week and we got to hear all sorts of wonderful training's from the Assistants, the Mission President, and even from a member of the missionary department from Salt Lake who came out to train us on and install these new little devices in all of our cars that basically just help the church keep track of where cars are and more importantly how they are being driven. The device is a little bit obnoxious at times, but it is there for a good purpose and we are making the most of the situation anyway.

Anyway, I love you all so very much! Keep on doing the amazing things that you do and again you can be assured that you are and always will be in my thoughts and in my prayers!! I love you so much and hope to hear again from you soon!! Have a great week! Kommol kun am jipan im jar! Bar yokwe eok!! :)

-Elder Powell

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