Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Hawaiian Temple Visitor's Center

The Laie Hawaiian Visitor Center

Note:  Our mission responsibilities have begun!  We are getting our apartment settled, establishing residency, buying a car,  preparing for the upcoming semester at BYUH, getting church callings which includes mentoring the individuals in the Young Single Adult Branch which has taken us through many beautiful places on the island.  We want you to enjoy it with us! 

The La'ie Hawaii Temple Visitor's Center plays an important role in this city.  The Center attracts more than 100,000 people annually.

These are the sister missionaries that greeted us at the door with "Aloha".  We asked where they were from...Los Angeles and Forteleza, Brazil.
This is the sight that welcomes you.  It is especially beautiful with the Christmas decor surrounding the magnificent reminder of our Savior and Redeemer!

This next room has this huge globe with Books of Mormon in many, many different languages.  "...having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth and to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.."
 The grass huts in this display talk about family and how central the family is in the Plan of Happiness.
 Every person on earth is a child of God.  He has a plan for each member of His family!  He desires that each understands and lives His plan for them to find the greatest happiness!
There were Christmas trees everywhere and we found that each stake on the island creates a tree with a different theme and it is displayed at the Visitor's Center.
Our favorite tree was covered with these hand-made nativity scenes and the many titles of our Savior, Jesus Christ!  It was lit in white lights with white ribbons and bulbs BUT the nativity scenes really made this tree exquisite!
Hallways were beautiful with displays and explanations of the gospel of Jesus Christ along with missionaries eager to answer questions and assist in anyway. 
This Christmas season has found us in places never dreamed of.  It has filled us with deep gratitude and awe at the tender mercies of the Lord.  We love our Savior, Jesus Christ!

" your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand, and your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view."
                              Mosiah 2:9

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