I’m still spending time in my wife’s class, and today happened to be Hawaiian Day! Before we left for school, I pulled out a box with some things from Hawaii, and it brought me back to the wonderful two years I spent there as a missionary.
In the Hawaii Honolulu Mission, we have an incredible motto. It goes like this:
We are grateful to be in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission – the Aloha Mission. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is our message; love of God and others is our motivation; and obedience to the commandments and mission rules is our strength. By sharing the gospel with others, we can give them the “ha”, the breath of life, even eternal life. Aloha!
You might not have noticed, but this motto is an acronym of sorts for the word “Aloha”.
- Atonement of Jesus Christ
- Love of God and others
- Obedience to the commandments and mission rules
- HA, the breath of life, eternal life
If you’d like to learn more about this motto, read this devotional talk by President and Sister Peterson, who served as the mission leaders soon after I left.
(The only thing I find is missing from this motto is mention of the Restoration. If I could be so bold as to suggest a change, the last full sentence would begin, “By sharing the restored gospel with others…” I know, I know, when am I ever not so bold?)
Another quasi-motto centered around the Kukui nut. We were taught,
“The Kukui nut was prized by the Hawaiians because the kernel is rich in oil. Each kernel burned for three minutes. It reminds us of the light of the Savior which fills our souls, not for three minutes, but for eternity.”
I’m so grateful to have served in Hawaii. There is not a day that goes by where I am not influenced by my experience there.