Sunday, February 21, 2016

February 16th

That's crazy that you're moving out of your house! Who is going to move into the house? And where are you going to put everything? But I've been able to see the blessing from taking that step and following Christ so much in my own life on my mission so I wanted to share :) I'm so glad it helped you, mom. How excited are you that it's getting closer to leaving on your mission? :) That's awesome! 

I like Jason Killian a lot! That will be exciting to go home to him as the Stake President! 

I did a ton of service last week and we are trying to get a multi congregational Easter devotional so I've spent a couple of days looking for pastors who are interested! It was nice to hear from you and I love you! Hope your week isn't too stressful trying to pack everything haha! 

Love Elder Collings

Friday, February 12, 2016

With God, all things are possible

 I'm in a pill box on the top of a mountain! it was pretty cool. The picture above is on top of where I was in this picture

Not much happened this week, but we are just continuing to teach our investigators and get them ready for baptism. 

Over the past few weeks since we have bikes now, my companion has lost close to 10 pounds! I'm sure it's because it's still pretty hot and humid over here. But it's been awesome because a ton of people will pick us up and give us rides even if they aren't members. So it's actually helped us to be able to teach a little bit more :) 

I found a scripture that I really like referring to. It's the story of the rich young man who asked Jesus how he will be able to make it into the kingdom of heaven.. Jesus told him to simply follow all the commandments.. and the rich young man said that he already does that! So Jesus told him to leave all his riches behind and pick up his cross and follow him. The rich young man didn't like that and got sad and walked away... Jesus then told the disciples following him that for that man it would be harder for him to make it into the kingdom of heaven than a camel to fit through the eye of a needle. The disciples asked how can we just leave everything and still provide for our families and survive? And Jesus told them "For man it is impossible, but not with God. With God, all things are possible." This transfer I'm going to try to focus on that quote and further put my faith in the Lord, and be as selfless as I can.  I know if I rely on the Lord I'll be able to be further converted to the gospel and also Will be able to convert others. 

I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love Elder Collings

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

More Pictures

A visit from Elder Holland

 So last week we did service for almost half the week! We went to a lady named "Auntie D" and she is very disabled and can't move.. and she has been running out of money because the tenants renting out her apartment weren't paying their rent and that's her only income! She couldn't do anything about it because she is bed bound. They finally got the tenants out from the house and they had pretty much destroyed it! 

One of our members called us up and we helped this whole week to renovate it! Now the church is renting it out to some sister missionaries!! Which gets me into my next story haha! 

We had transfers last week and they brought in new sisters to take over the Kaneohe 4th ward. I'm only in the 3rd ward now! But since the sister missionaries have to have a car.. we had to give them our car. So now I'm on a bike hahha!! It's awesome though, I love riding it around! Everyone always honks their horns and waves at us. 

When Elder Holland came it was amazing! I got to see him two days in a row, because we had a meeting with all the missionaries, and then on Sunday we had a special stake conference with him as well! He was super funny!! At the missionary meeting, he told us he wanted to shake all of our hands and wanted us to tell him our name and where we are from. So we all lined up 1 by 1 and shook his hand! And he just left it at that.. about half way through his talk he paused and said elders and sisters... I didn't really care about your names or where you're from.. I already forgot them anyway.. But what I did want to do is interview you! And lucky for you, you all passed. hahaha!! It was insane!! 

Part of his talk was him telling us about what makes him  the most sad.. and he said that when he sees a less active RM he can't stand it. And after that he started yelling at us and said "YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO GO BACK TO WHO YOU WERE BEFORE YOUR MISSION! YOU LITERALLY DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT!" Then he started talking about all the covenants we made etc.. But needless to say I don't think anyone in the Hawaii Honolulu mission is going to be less active now.. hahaha! It scared me half to death!!!! 

Other than that I have just been doing my best to be the best servant of the Lord I can be!! I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love Elder Collings. 

PS/Happy late birthday mom!!!! I have a card I'm going to send home soon!!!! :):)  Love you! Glad you're doing better.

Auntie Q

This week was pretty rough! I've never been sworn at so much haha! But I had a awesome miracle that made it all worth it! 

On Wednesday we didn't have too much work, so I was looking at some of the people I tracted into, and planned to just stop by and try to keep busy... But this one lady "Auntie Q", I saw her name and I felt prompted that we should go see her! When we got there, we pulled in and I saw her looking out her door, so I knew she was home. As we were walking up to her I saw that her eyes were pretty red and I could tell she had been crying... I asked how she was doing and if there is anything we can do to help! She told us that her husband is in the hospital and she doesn't know if he is going to make it. She said she has been home alone all day worried... So we started to teach her the Plan of Salvation and how our families can be together forever! In the middle of the lesson she just started crying... I asked what was wrong and she said this morning she prayed to Heavenly Father to send someone from any religion to come and tell her that things are going to be okay, and that we can be with our loved ones again. It was an amazing experience and made my testimony so much stronger. I am so thankful for the the opportunity to serve our Heavenly Father!  I can see him blessing my life and all of my friends and family! 

I love you all and hope you have a great week! 

Love Elder Collings