Monday, April 23, 2012

We'll all pull together

Waiting for our boat ride to Tonoas.  Zone leaders, Oriko and Elder Tiffany...
We invited the Mwan Branch Seminary/Institute teacher, Oriko, to go with us.  Her family is from this outer island.  Sister Tiffany had a good feeling about having Oriko join us. Here's a little about Oriko, she speaks English, a loving mother and friend to all.  She loves the gospel and is devoted to her callings.  She took out her endowments in the Hawaii temple last October and had her husband sealed to her.  He has passed away and left her with 7 children. 
It was a pretty smooth boat ride over, the three of us with our boat driver Roger and his helper, Ranson.  We gathered up Elders Jones and Allen and Branch President Naka, then went on the back side of the island from where the Elders live to locate members.  Elders Jones and Valinotti had just baptized 2 men last month and we wanted to see how they were doing and meet the families plus get GPS reading. 
This is a picture of a new members wife, Oriko and myself.  What this beautiful investigator needed was some interaction with the women in the gospel.  As sisters in Zion, we'll all pull together and the blessings of God on our labors we'll seek: We'll build up His kingdom with earnest endeavor; We'll comfort the weary, and strengthen the weak.
Oriko speaks the language and knows the culture so she did all the talking.  She shared with this beautiful sister The Plan of Salvation and then bore her testimony.  We all just sat there listening ... It was very spiritual. 
How vast are our labors; how broad is our mission, If we only fulfill it in spirit and deed; Oh! naught but the Spirit's divinest tuition— Can give us the wisdom to truly succeed.
Oh! shall we not hasten to soothe the condition. Of the humble, the needy, the honest and pure? Oh! let us remember, whate'er our ambition—'Tis our duty, our mission, to comfort the poor. 'Tis the office of angels, conferred upon woman; And this is a right that, as women, we claim; To do whatsoever is gentle and human; To cheer and to bless in humanity's name.  Until this special time we didn't really know why Oriko needed to come with us, but after this lesson it was made clear.  This sister apologized to the Elder Jones for not feeling the spirit with them before and told him she felt the spirit testify to her and that she knew it was true.  
As sisters in Zion, we'll all pull together; The blessing of God on our labors we'll seek; We'll build up the kingdom with earnest endeavor;  We'll comfort the weary and strengthen the weak.  
Our Heavenly Father is mindful of each of us and our needs.  Each can be enlightened and uplifted and comforted as the Spirit of the Lord is felt. May we be filled with His Spirit each and every day.

The group listening and learning 
Husband and wife they were preparing food when we arrived.

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