Monday, April 25, 2011

"The Power of One" Continues To Grow


How are you all doing?! I am excellent!!!!

We had an excellent week. Joselyn, the lady who walked into the church looking for a Book of Mormon, came to church yesterday!! I taught her with Elder Rodriguez. She is super solid and is set to be baptized on the 14th. She is awesome!! Her fiancee so happens to be a member as well, so it makes our job A LOT easier. But she is looking forward to her baptism, and we are excited to see what can happen from that!!

We didn't have a chance to teach Jamie and Tiare, but we will this week. They got caught up in Easter services for the New Hope church, which is ok. We wanted them to come to the true church, but that's alright. Next week!! They are super nice though!!

It's not looking like Kiana's baptism will happen this week. Probably next if it does. Her father is a sticky situation, and we just have to take it slow and one day at a time ya know? We'll find out though, it'd be cool it it happened this week!! I'll let ya know next week.

We had stake correlation this week. This is our chance as Zone Leaders, to stand in front of the ward mission leaders, and the bishops, and stake president, and tell them what we need help with. It's very intimidating, and I know they are such busy men with so much on their plate. I feel bad putting more on it, but if the prophets #1 priority is missionary work, than it should be our's as well. It was crazy preparing for it. We are really trying to emphasize the Power of One. I found out recently that Elder Clayton is now enforcing this program and it's running in Laie. President Dalton and Elder Whiting, the area Seventy, is pushing it as well. It's kinda weird to think that Elder Infanger and I were the ones to come up with it, but we truly felt we received revelation. It was crazy, but it sure was good to hear that it's being used all in Hawaii.

I've been using the Mormon Messages DVD Mom sent me for dinner messages. I've seen the Elder Holland one on Easter quite a bit. It's so good and super powerful!! If you have a chance, watch it. It's so good.

But all in all, we have a big week ahead of us, and hopefully we will see more happen this week. We keep working hard, and hopefully we can continue to find those who are ready to receive the gospel!!

Thanks for all your support and HAPPY EASTER!!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good News! They're Free!

We had an awesome week. Let me tell you of the miracle we saw!!We were having our interviews from our mission president when a lady walked in asking where she could buy a Book of Mormon. Our MP wife, Sister Dalton, told her she was in luck and they were free!! She offered to have the missionaries teach her if she had time and she was completely willing to!! She asked the Kahalu'u missionaries to, Elder Duck and Elder Rodriguez. After they taught her we found out she wanted to be baptized on May 14, and not only that, but she lives in our area!! So we will start teaching her on Thursday and help her progress towards baptism!! I love miracles like that!

We were also tracting and bumped into a young lady named Nicole!! She was interested in having us come back and said her RM friend talks to her all the time about the church!! That's on Thursday as well!!

Our other investigators, Jamie and Tiade are progressing really well!! They asked a lot of good questions and said they will do whatever the Lord asks of them, even if they have to be baptized Mormon. I hope they truly mean that, cuz than they will be baptized soon when they do receive that answer!!

We are seeing great miracles here in Kaneohe and continue to see more!! We have a very busy week this week and are going to be going and going!! As I come to the last 8 months of the mission I've developed the tendency to always have to work, work, work. I feel like I constantly have to do stuff and have to stay busy. I hope to carry that for the rest of my mission!!

Well, I love you guys and sorry it's short but I'm short on time!! Hope to hear from all of you soon!! Aloha!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Alooooha!!(Note from Elder Travis' mom: This picture was taken on Conference morning and was sent to me in an email by Travis' landlord. Thank you Dawn! This meant so much to me to receive a picture of him on the same day it was taken)!

Well, transfers are in!! I am being transferred to the beloved island of MAUI!! It's about time I go off island!! Ok...I lied. I'm staying in Kaneohe for another six weeks. This time, Elder Infanger is transferring. I will be staying and training a new Zone Leader, Elder Gerrard whom I have never met, so that will be very interesting!! Also, if you are interested, Elder Garritson was called as a zone leader in Makakilo, which is west side O'ahu (it gets SUPER hot there). But I am excited to see how this transfer will play out and how it goes!!

As far as the work, we had an awesome week!! First off, we found three new people to teach!! One girl, her name is Leslie, she is a friend of Ric's who was baptized in January, came to cottage meeting (a meeting where recent converts speak at President Dalton's home) and she was interested. So, we started teaching her. She is a super nice girl and I think the gospel has found her at exactly the right time in her life!! The lady we found last week, Lindsay, dropped us. She called us and told us she'll let us know if she has questions, but otherwise she was too busy for a while to meet. I think she found anti-material, but ya never know. She still was nice and open about it!!

We went to the temple, and that was a fun experience!! The Laie temple is beautiful!! I loved it!! I miss going so much, I wish we could go more often!!! They did a very good job at renovating the temple!! The Celestial room was small, but very beautiful!! Laie is a beautiful place as well. Almost makes me want to go to BYU-Hawaii for a semester. But I'm an Aggie :)

Conference was excellent as well!! I really enjoyed Elder Holland and Elder Andersen's talk!! Elder Samuelson of the Seventy gave a great talk as well!! That was really good to hear his words on the Atonement. Priesthood session was amazing!! I pulled the theme of temples, marriage, and obtaining a testimony! It was hilarious to hear President Monson say "Get married now!" I'll worry about that in 8 months. Otherwise, I'm good for now!!

But I also saw that the second Preach my Gospel DVD's were released. I would encourage all of you to pick up a copy and watch the first disc. This is what missionary work is like now, and it's crazy!! We really have to be in tune with the spirit, it's incredible!!

I also found out I had Staph infection!! There was a weird bump irritating me, and I finally went to see the doctor and soon found out it was Staph. Thank goodness it wasn't the "hard to cure" kind, so some cream is curing it, but that was weird to hear.

Anyways, great week, and awesome things happening!! Thanks for all your support and hope all is well!!

Aloha Nui Loa!!