We also have been able to see a cool miracle! While on tradeoffs with our leaders, we were door knocking and ran into this Christian guy who we got to have a chat with. Somehow he started talking about how the earth was flat, and all these different evidences to prove it. It was really interesting... but during that conversation we heard a text come in on our 200 year old nokia phones. After talking to this flat-world guy, we checked the phone, and realised it was a text from someone who apparently used to be investigating the church, and now wants her children to be baptised! I guess sometimes the missionaries aren't the only ones that set baptismal dates. We've been teaching the family a bit now, and they're really humble and nice, and seem to understand the importance of the gospel in their lives.
Another miracle was when the sister missionaries gave us a call, asking if we could come give a blessing to someone they were teaching. We came over, and met this family who were all nonmembers except for the dad, who hasn't been to church in ages. We explained was blessings were and gave one to one of their sons, not really knowing what was wrong but just being told that he isn't very well at all. It was a good experience, but we left the house and around a week passed and we both didn't think much of it. Then the sisters called us one day as we were door knocking, telling us that the person we blessed was healed, and that now the family wants to come to church and the mom has expressed a desire to get baptised!
And now, awkward experience of the week. Out of the many awkward experiences that we have as missionaries, I've selected one to send out today. We went to a more wealthy neighbourhood in our area for a dinner appointment, and after knocking on the door that we thought was the member's we see a car pull in to the driveway. We smile and wave, excited for dinner, only to realise that the person getting out of the car is nobody we know. Maybe it's a relative? After trying to talk to them, we realise he doesn't speak very much English, and in a thick accent tells us, "what are you doing here", and we eventually realise that he isn't planning on feeding us dinner, and that we have the wrong house. We did eventually make it to dinner, and got to have some pizza.
I also just want to express my appreciation for those random members that take care of us! After walking through a park, and stepping on some dog poo, a family of islanders started calling out to us as I was awkwardly trying to wipe my shoe in the grass. We had no idea who they were, but they told us they were from another ward, and then gave us heaps of fruits and drinks and chips. I love my area.
Oh, and we got to have an exciting New Years Eve! Actually, not really, we just came back to the flat at 5:30, and we were told that we weren't allowed to leave, even to visit members. So for the rest of the night we cooked, ate, and even watched a 9:00 firework show from our balcony. Then we got woken up at 4 in the morning as some neighbours, who we assume were drunk, were loudly talking and walking up the staircase to their apartment. Happy New Year!
Anyways, just wanted to say thank Pearl City ward and my family for sending me gifts and food! Thanks everyone for your love and support,