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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Week 79 - Merry Christmas!

Elder Heimuli's last Christmas in the mission was a busy one.  He did not bother to send a weekly letter since he was going to talk to us on Sunday, December 25th.  First, he skyped so he could see the cutest grandbabies in the world, Hendrix and Kiegan.  They both sat on the chair and stared at Uncle Houston for a minute, then they were done.  Ha!

He talked about the Mission Christmas Conference -- a busy event that had the APs hopping! They organized the evening so that every missionary had a Christmas package to open at the event (that's A LOT of packages!).  

Then he and Elder Pau'u danced with Santa during the program.  

On top of all that, he was the photographer for their mission Facebook page, and was also in charge of getting the entire mission seated/stood for the Indiana Indianapolis Mission Christmas 2016 photo -- another huge feat.

Next he called his sister and bro-in-law in Missouri, and then called back to talk to Dad and Mom. Which made Christmas complete for the Heimulis!  Only 5 months left!!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Last Christmas Message

Dear Heimuli and Murray Families :)

So as the family gathers together this time of year, this is a separate Christmas message I want to leave with you all. It's also my last Christmas message as a full-time missionary in Indiana, a place that I love. For years when I was younger I wondered how it felt for Hema, Helam and Hevynn on their last Christmas in the mission. Now I know.

I thought about what I want to say in my last Christmas message and it's just this. My testimony.

We all know what Christmas is all about (hint to the kids: it's not about the fat guy in the red suit), but I've come to a better understanding (better. Not great, but better) of the magnitude and significance of Christ's birth. My good friend Elder Quick sent me a couple scriptures to read this week. Luke 1 and Luke 2, which are the scriptures leading up to and including the birth of Jesus Christ. Read it, then read it again.

We know the angels rejoiced, but WHY? And why did prophets of old rejoice at the mere mention of Christ being born? Because that's what we had ALL been waiting for. For the day when the Plan of Salvation, the very core of it, actually comes to pass.

With the birth of Jesus Christ comes the assurance of peace, happiness and salvation.

Before this life, we felt peace and comfort from knowing Christ would be born. And now, as we reflect on the Savior's birth at Christmastime, we feel it again.

I know Jesus Christ lives and is the Mediator for all. He died and was resurrected, and fulfilled the plan our Father in Heaven created for us so that we could return to live in His presence eternally. May we all reflect gratefully this Christmas season on the ultimate gift God sent us, and continue to selflessly and lovingly emulate the very core of who Christ is.

Merry Christmas everyone! Love you. And Happy New Year!!!

Love, Elder Heimuli

Week 78 - Nice Hat!

Hi mom :)

Yup this week was really busy! Haha, but it was a great one. Here's kind of what happened this week :)

Mon- Meetings. Nothing exciting except for a text I received that night from Gus. He said that he met with the bishop and wanted to get baptized on Friday!! I was soooooooo excited. Elder Wimmer and I met with him a lot. In fact, he fed us dinner sooooo many times and you can feel the testimony he has. He's an awesome guy. What an honor to be able to set up his baptism for Friday.

Tue- We went to the office and did a lot of work there. After work, we had to take 3 sisters to the mission home because they were leaving a little early for school. So we went to the mission home...and it was weird...this transfer all the sisters I came out with are and will all be going home. We got to take them to airport after spending the night with them (that sounded weird but you know what I mean!) and the Carlsons. 
The night before departing missionaries leave they stay at the mission home with us and the Carlsons where they leave their mark on the Indiana Indianapolis Mission theme "With Full Purpose of Heart"
Also on Tuesday, Elder Quick sent me a cool text of Luke 1 and 2 in which he studied Christ's birth. Reading those chapters makes me happy and grateful for this time of year, yet again, because the Savior's birth marked what we were all waiting for as we were in heaven. The ultimate gift, a sign of God's deep love for His children -- His Only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! 

Wed- We woke up super early to take the sisters to the airport. 
It's early
It was a cold day! After we took them we went back to our apartment to study and prepare for the day. 
3 degrees. Brrrrrrr!
After preparation we went to the office then ran a bunch of errands. Later that night we visited Grandma Banks who asked us for help with her talk she was invited to give in Stake Conference coming up. She is a very faithful convert to the church through Brandon Fanaika's brother, Jason. It's a small world. We talked about Hope, and how the gospel brings Hope. But instead of me preaching at ya, read Ether 12:4, Hebrews 11:1, Alma 7:11-12, and you will see how Christ offers that Hope. These scriptures will increase your understanding if you take the time to read them :)

Thur- We went on exchanges to Bloomington with the ZL's down there. Elder Larsen and Elder Boutoille. 
L to R: Elder Larsen, Heimuli, Boutoille and Redmond
I had the opportunity to go with Elder Boutoille, and it was fantastic. 
Exchanges on Indiana University campus with ZL Elder Boutoille (from France)
So first off, it was FREEZING. So being on Indiana University campus when it's super cold, no one wants to stop to talk to you. However we set a goal that we would find someone to talk to and invite them to church. We worked with faith. It was a long day of PCing. We talked to tons of people but none of them really seemed too interested. We walked down a path where there was literally just us two and one other guy who was coming toward us. So I just called out and said, "Nice hat!" turned around as soon as he passed and he started talking to us :) As we talked he told us his roommate is a Mormon and is active. Then the man told us also spoke French. Elder Boutoille (who is from France) started speaking French with him. Of course I didn't understand any of it, so I just kinda stepped back, and smiled and nodded (I'm really good at doing that!). Boutoille asked him to come to church and he said he would! So that was nice. Again, miracles and tender mercies from God. Anyways it was a great exchange and we were able to talk to lots of people! 

Fri- We returned from exchanges to get all the stuff we needed done before Brother Toney's baptism. 
L to R: Elder Taka, Heimuli, Bro Toney and Elder Redmond
It was very low-key, but it was great! I'm not going to say too much about it except that it was a great experience to feel how much of a change he is making. It was one of the most spiritual experiences I've had out here, and it showed me that no matter what happens we can always change. Always. 
Great day for a great man!
We had the baptism, then we went to their house afterwards and just had dinner and talked with the whole family. Bro. Toney is an awesome man and I'm so excited for the progress he has made so far. 

That's pretty much the week. Sorry it's so short but we have a lot of things going on today! On Christmas Day, I can skype or call, whichever you would prefer. I can give you a better time Saturday or Friday because right now we are pretty packed getting ready for the Mission Christmas Conference. As for training new AP's, I don't know how that's going to work. I'll still be in at least one transfer after Redmond leaves so I'll see how it goes. May 18th will be here before we know it. 

Love you mom, and thank you again for everything you and the family have done for me. Merry Christmas :) 

Ofa Lahi Atu,

Elder Heimuli

Very Special Letter

We received this email Friday morning :)

Dear Brother and Sister Heimuli,

I thought you might like to know that I'm being baptized tonight at 6 pm. Your son will be doing the baptizing. I don't know that there is anything more important than raising our children. You've done a magnificent job with yours. Because of you raising your son as you did I am reaping eternal benefits. It's not that I didn't know its truth or that I was upset with anyone. I was just in a 12 year rut. It took my sons going on their missions to meet your son and then to me. It was the right people at the right time with the right message.

Three weeks ago I had an acute pancreatitis infection. It lasted 2 weeks right up to my foot surgery, in and out of the hospital. I gotta tell you I have a high pain tolerance but if that ever happens again I'm going straight to the hospital where I will stay until it's over. It would take a direct threat to my children to make me go thru that again!! Had foot surgery last Thursday then had to work last Friday Saturday and Monday to finish our last project of the year. Wednesday it snowed so we were plowing. It was difficult on a broken foot but the Lord blessed me and I made it thru. 

Now here I am the day of my baptism and I have to say physically I feel good. It's almost like Satan threw me a bunch of obstacles and I made it! I passed the test and now, the reward. Thank you again for your son. I hope you don't mind but he and Wimmer are my boys now. I love him as much as the five boys I already have. We will all be connected now for eternity.

Hugs to you all!!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Seventy Letter

Today we received a short, sweet note from Elder Timothy J. Dyches of the Quorum of the Seventy, who toured Houston's mission last week:

Dear Redmond and Heimuli Families,

Merry Christmas!

I was delighted to have had the opportunity to meet with several missionaries during our recent mission tour in the Indiana Indianapolis Mission.  

May I enthusiastically compliment this outstanding companionship of Assistants-to-the-President as they go forward each day, exercising great faith and diligence in fulfilling their purpose to find, teach and baptize our Heavenly Father’s children.  They are great examples to all in the Mission!
L to R: Elder Cameron Redmond, Elder Timothy J. Dyches, and Elder Heimuli
I deeply thank you for your personal faith and support of this great work, as you “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men”.

All the very Best of this Christmas Season,

Elder Timothy J. Dyches
Assistant Executive Director, Temple Department

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Week 77 - With Full Purpose of Heart

Hi Mom!

Sorry about not sending any pictures last time. I thought I'd send you some pictures first before I even started so no one leaves the church because of it haha! Your other question about when I'll be calling on Christmas Day, I actually don't know yet...I'll have to get back to you on that.

I also got the packages and I loved EVERYTHING in them!!! Harry's and everyone else's letters were awesome. It was also good to hear from Grandma and Grandpa. And Marqel, so thank you for having her write a letter too! Bo's little thingy (I forgot what those were called) just cracked me up haha! I'm gonna keep it, though I was tempted to throw it out ;) jk jk haha And I love the suit especially :) I'm going to wear it and take a pic and send it on Christmas haha!

Well here's the rundown of the week!

Mon- We had to regulate names and numbers and then we headed to Columbus to drop off some things for the zones down there. Needless to say I made a few stops on the way and got to see the Hydens :) It's always great to see them. I love them a lot. After we dropped off the supplies we headed back up to the Mission Home for a meeting with President. We had Elder Dyches coming for the week so we had a lot of stuff to cover during that meeting. It lasted for AWHILE!! Haha, but we were able to still get out in time to catch a little bit of FHE that night. We returned home and got ready for the next day. 

Tue- Elder Dyches was flying in so we prepped everything for his arrival. We went to the office and got all the things we needed for the Conference because Elder Dyches was going to address the mission over the next 2 days, and got some things ready for MLC on Friday as well. President and Sister Carlson picked up the Dycheses and brought them to the mission home. So we had dinner with them and a meeting afterwards. What an experience for me. I realize how blessed I am to have these experiences. They are so down to earth. They are funny, humble, and filled with the spirit. During our meeting we discussed the general needs of the mission. Elder Dyches taught that whenever a change happens, lots of things tend to fluctuate, but he said our mission will be able to get back up to where it used to be. He share some insights on what we should concentrate on in the coming weeks and months of training now that Zone Conferences have been switched from 1 every other transfer to 1 every transfer. So we will be busy. After that we also discussed agendas for the 2 conferences and MLC over which Elder Dyches will be presiding. Again they are such humble people, and Elder Dyches likes to quote movies. He quoted Princess Bride a couple times (and you know I love Princess Bride) and Ferris Bueller (another movie I love!). He is awesome, and so is Sister Dyches. She is a convert from upstate New York, and she has a testimony like no other. Just being with them and learning from them has changed my perspective A LOT. It was a great experience.

So on Wednesday we had the city zones come in (Columbus, Franklin, Indy North, Indy West) so there were a lot of missionaries! It was pretty hectic to get them in and out and organize everything but we got it all done! Haha, but the best part of the day was the meeting. Good news was Elder Redmond and I didn't have to conduct the meeting or give trainings this time! We got to sit and enjoy a revelatory experience. Sister Carlson talked first, about being genuine, or sincerity. It really ties in with the mission theme "With Full Purpose of Heart". It was a great topics for me. I really think God always has to give me a constant reminder on doing things with a purpose. It's gotten to the point now that things I used to struggle with as a greenie, just happen naturally now, easy, and almost second nature. But when that happens sometimes our message, or the things we teach, is what suffers. 

When I learned about and really studied the Restoration, I had to really understand it and try my hardest just to recite the First Vision. Now I can speak with anyone about the restoration and even sum it all up in 2 min. But sometimes it's robotic. I almost robotically start teaching people. When that happens, however, the problem is that we then are no longer teaching to people's needs or helping them understand how they can change. Same thing with church attendance, sacrament, prayer. Are we doing them with Full Purpose of Heart? I know I need to keep working on that!

After her training President Carlson taught on the Holy Ghost and His role in conversion for the investigator and conversion for us as missionaries. It was great. Following President's training Sister Dyches trained on Repentance. Now what was interesting was the Bible Dictionary definition of it. At one point it says that Repentance is a fresh view about God and oneself. Interesting. I thought about that and I realized it's true. It's funny what your view is about God before and after relying on the Atonement. It's kind of like when I was in high school and I would be mad because of what you and dad would make me do, or all the rules and expectations you set for me. There were so many and I did not appreciate it at all. What teenage kid does? But now looking back, I can see how you did those things only because you loved me. It was really cool to gain that perspective in learning more about the principle of Repentance. 

After her wonderful training Elder Dyches taught a lot on being good teachers, teaching repentance and baptizing converts. But one thing that stuck out to me was memorizing more scriptures. I read scriptures. I utilize them a bit, but most of the time I can't say a verse word for word. Scripture power is real. And there is so much power behind true, word for word statements. It's like me trying to paraphrase the First Vision. It's not as powerful.. It was fantastic training. Following the conference, a couple of missionaries and I had one-on-one interviews with Elder Dyches. It was such a great opportunity for me to learn. He has soooooo much knowledge and wisdom and he has given me a lot to think about. During our interview Elder Dyches and I talked for awhile about what I learned during conference and what I can improve. There is a lot I can improve upon but I thought my main one was Prayer because I still struggle with trying not to say rote prayers. We also talked about the medical field because he is an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor so he was telling me how that field would be a great one to go into. Well after the interviews we headed back to our apartment to get ready for the next day.

Thur- Another conference, this time with all the outlying zones (Elkhart, Niles, Lafayette, Bloomington, Terre Haute) so again we had a lot of things to do! Aside from it being really hectic it was another great conference. The trainings were the same but I still learned something new that I didn't hear the day before. I learned that I can't skip corners. Sometimes it's easy to skip corners especially if you think something's so easy and you already have it down. But there is a reason we have processes and need order, and it's the same thing with missionary work. If we skip out on planning, the whole day falls to pieces. When we skip out on little details because we are lazy it makes everything else worse. The conference was great and I got to see Elder Quick! Haha it]s always good to see that guy. I love him.

After the conferences and interviews we went to Grandma Banks (the awesome member from Beech Grove where Elder Redmond was trained) who fed us. She also gave us Christmas presents. She is always so willing to give, but sometimes I'm afraid she gives too much. Some people are just born givers and are so selfless. That's Grandma Banks to a T. Next we returned to the office and prepped everything for MLC the next day. 

Fri- MLC was great. We had training by President and Sister Carlson, and Elder and Sister Dyches. They all gave fantastic training about our roles as missionaries and how we can further increase our ability and capacity to love those we teach. Sister Dyches also did a great training on Leadership. How we should be and act, because many people are watching us, and if we walk around with our heads down, so will the whole mission. But Elder Dyches' message hit me the most. He trained on Accountability and the difference between acting and being acted upon. He talked about excuses as well, and how we tend to shove off responsibility. Why? Well a lot of it is fear of the consequences. But exercising true agency means being accountable and responsible. It really made me think about myself as I have a lot to learn a leader. Am I responsible? Am I accountable? Can people truly rely on me or is it a case of whenever it gets too tough, I leave it up to someone else? It really opened my eyes to not making any excuses and being fully accountable to myself, and especially to the Lord. MLC was great, 

After MLC we spent the rest of the day cleaning everything up and finally finishing up some more paperwork. After that we returned home and got some good sleep now that all the stressful meetings were done and all the missionaries were safely back to their areas :)

That's pretty much what happened this week :) We are excited for the upcoming week because we are going to have more time to proselyte! Anyways thanks again for everything mom! Love you and tell the fam I love them too:)

Ofa Lahi Atu

Elder Heimuli

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Week 76 - Cruz

Hi Mom! 

So we thought this week wouldn't be busy since transfers were over last week. We were wrong. We still didn't have time to proselyte again :/ But it's okay! Maybe next week!
Oh my goodness, made me sad to hear about Mueller Park Jr High. You'd think things like that would never happen close to you. I hope everyone involved in that incident is doing okay. So Weber lost the big game, huh? :( Dang! Hope Helam's not too down. He's probably glad it's over in a way. Except for a 2 year break, he's been playing for a long time. Well, you know what, they had a fantastic season! He was a part of a team that grew from Ground Zero to being ranked in the FCS. That's Awesome!!!!!!

Well here is kind of the rundown for this week.

Mon- A lot of work came pouring in for us so we spent the whole day working in the office. We also had a meeting for a while with president to plan out Specialized Training on Wednesday. Elder Dikes of the Seventy will be touring our mission next week as well so we are making all the preparations we can for his visit. After the long meeting we went to FHE and had a great lesson on the Atonement.

I was actually just studying the Atonement earlier that day and I read something interesting in the Bible Dictionary. It says that the Atonement can "correct or overcome the consequences of sin." Think about what that really means! In reality, the Atonement can help us fix what we've done wrong, to alleviate the consequences of permanent separation from God! And then it says it also can OVERCOME sin. I interpret this 2 ways:  the first way is of course that the Savior overcame death, He broke the bands of death and created a way for us to be reconciled with God as it teaches in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. And the other way is that the Atonement offers a way out from sin. You see, God won't tempt us beyond what we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13), so if we apply the Atonement doesn't that mean we can overcome any temptation? Doesn't it mean that if Christ suffered for us and provided an escape, nothing is too hard to overcome with His help? We can overcome all sin through Christ. That's a fact. The hard part for us is using the Atonement and applying it in our times of need. So the Atonement took on a deeper meaning to me after that. 

Tue- Just more paperwork we needed to do for the week. We spent the day running errands and moving cars around for the office. So not much to talk about that day :/

Wed- Specialized Training. Here's where we train all the new missionaries who came in about 10 weeks ago (so last transfer). We teach a lot about how to talk to people, how to bridge a gospel conversation, and we discuss how we can become better missionaries. It's funny, this was the 6th Specialized Training I've taught and I still receive revelation every single one. The trainees in this group were very prepared. I learned a lot from them and I was taught most by mainly the spirit. I think the biggest lesson i learned in that conference was humility. Being out for a while, I think I've become complacent with the little things. We can all fall into that habit. When things get too comfortable, life becomes just more of a motion than an experience. And when we are "comfortable" we tend to stop progressing and, in turn, we tend to harden our hearts. I feel as though that's what happened to me the past couple of weeks. I'm hoping I can continue to change and move forward instead of backwards. Anyways, the training went well and it was a great conference!!

Thursday- So this day we actually had to shuttle some missionaries over to the mission home for an interview with President, and they lived about 2 hrs away. So we did that. We went to the office in the morning and we took care of all we stuff we needed to, then we had to take the missionaries over and wait till their interview was done, then take them back. So the whole day was spent running errands but it was still a good day and I'm still happy to be out here :)

Friday- So another missionary went home early on Friday for school. We decided that we would take him to visit all his converts, and the people he loved, before he went home. I'm not sure if I mentioned him before but he was the other companionship in the White River Ward when I was training Elder Ellsworth. His name is Elder Cruz and he is a GREAT missionary! He helped me a lot with stuff when I was in White River and he has always been a good friend throughout the mission. It's an honor for me to be able to take departing missionaries such as Freeman and Cruz around to see their converts and special families before they return home. This time, we visited some of Elder Cruz's recent converts and then had dinner with a Hispanic family he taught. When we walked up to the door, Elder Cruz told us that this sister didn't have heat or a finished house, so he said it would be cold. We walked through the door and he was right. This humble convert was living in half a house. And there she was making food for us and not just a couple of burritos or tacos. It was a FULL meal. I looked at Cruz and I felt bad that we were eating her food because she obviously didn't have much. But I think Hema and Helam can attest to this: Hispanics always make tons of food for guests and they are almost offended if we don't eat a lot. So I did ;)

This sister told us the story of how she was taught for 4 years. And I thought, "That's a lot of frustrated missionaries!" But then she said 1 missionary came and she told him to go away. And what did that missionary do? He visited her every day even when she told him not to! Because of his genuine care, tenacity and determination, this sister finally decided to listen and then, just a couple of weeks later, she was baptized. She is a strong member of the White River Spanish Branch. After we visited all those people, we took Cruz to the mission office and waited for his sister who actually drove to Indiana to pick him up. So that sums up our day on Friday.

Today we had service and we are planning to see Elie tonight :) With all the conferences and preparations for upcoming events we haven't been able to hit our area hard yet but we are still working on it :)

Anyways that's about it! Tell Dad thanks for the money. We have been on the road A LOT so that helps so much. I really appreciate it. Our mission Christmas event is on the 21st. We have a lot of preparations to make for that, haha! How are the Christmas hirings going? I know you're really busy around this time of year, so thank you for everything you do for us mom!:) Tell grandpa happy 80th birthday from me and give him a nice big hug from me! I miss him a lot and I miss grandma too! Love you lots!

Ofa Lahi Atu 
Elder Heimuli