Monday, April 27, 2015

We started off with an awesome Zone Conference in our very own yard! President and Sister Warner wanted to do it in the Pulehu Chapel so we were able to talk to them and set it all up. It was a really awesome place to do it and I learned a lot. President talked about the secularism in today's modern world, and how our mission is really to prepare and convert ourselves so that we can go home and face the issues that will burden us. It was very uplifting. To top it all off guess who else got to come?? Elder Henderson and Elder Ili! I was so pumped to see them again, we were able to talk at lunch about the good ole times, that really were not that long ago, but time is a weird thing out here. They have for sure become some of my best friends and helped me through a lot. 

We were also able to find one of our investigators that we met at the park during our week plan. He lives in his truck so we couldn't find him again, but it all just worked out that we met him at the park a second time! However he was really high, and didn't have a lot to say. So we finished our week plan and talked to another guy at the park and he was high too.. He started swearing really loud, but then he told us it was good swearing and that the poem we read him made him really happy haha.
We also did more service for Bro. Adams, and had Josh work with us for a day. That was exciting, Josh always makes everyone laugh because of his random comments. We have a couple more Priests that have their mission calls, we are going to be working with them a lot more because Bishop wants them to have a little more experience before they go out on their missions. Eliapo is going to the Dominican Republic and Dayson is going to Samoa! ​

It is great to be a missionary! Hard, and fun too, but I am so grateful to be serving. It helps me focus on others more which is never a bad thing:) Thanks for all of your prayers, I wouldn't be offended if you sent me an email or a letter ;) Love you guys

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Max's friend, Jadyn, has a friend who went to Hawaii and took a picture with the "missionaries".  Look who she was hanging out with! :)

This week was good. It is still an adjustment working in Maui and meeting all of these new people, but church was better because I wasn't completely lost as to who everybody was.
Earlier this week we spent the day with one of the Priests named Josh. He is currently working on getting his mission call and the Bishop asked us to help get him prepared to serve. He is a funny kid, he definitely brought a new energy into our work day. I was also privileged to take close to 2" off of his hair because he wanted the full missionary experience:) We mowed a really big lawn for Paula and Scott, who is severely disabled and he takes care of her. That was fun, they fed us lunch and we shared a message with them. He is not a member so we are hoping he will come around soon. It is another complicated situation though because she can't really come to church due to her health issues. 

We also did service for a man named brother Adams. He is an older member who has the missionaries do small kine service for him every week, I think because he is lonely.. The service only takes like 30 minutes, but he doesn't really let us leave until breakfast and conversations are over. But he has some really crazy stories about his life, and is working with his wife to try to get her to join but she is a hard one. He is actually a fairly popular artist, his paintings are really cool!
A referral we got from HQ ended up being a really interesting lady named Z. She wasn't too interested in the church but wanted to check with us to see if she could have a yard sale on the church property. After that she told us about all of the conspiracies of the world and of the LDS church. It's pretty amazing how complicated people make of simple things. Obviously we were not that interested in talking about the conspiracies, so all we tried to do was leave her a chapter of scripture to pray about, but people make it so much harder and try to keep us at their houses for days.
There are a lot of cool families here too. Many of them are Part member and we are having slow progress with them now by becoming their friends and sharing messages with their families. Yesterday we had dinner with an awesome member, Bro. Akeo. He is actually a big hunter on Maui and told us about all the deer here. I was pretty blown away because deer here are actually a nuisance and you don't even need tags to kill them. He cooked a huge dinner for us and the main coarse was.. Deer! But it was really good compared to what I thought it would taste like.
I love to hear from you guys, stay strong, always be a good example because you never know who is watching! Until next week-

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hey guys! My flight safely landed on Wednesday, it was only like 20 minutes but it was awesome!
Maui is beautiful! We live on a mountain called Haleakala. It is considered "up country" because there are not very many people that live up here and it is an open, green area. The weather is great, the nights actually get chilly but the days are perfect. We are able to see the north and south shores of the Island from where we are, and it is such a beautiful place. It has been a big transition from my last area. They are a super funny, laid back, easygoing people. Elder Bogner is my new companion, he actually dies in 2 transfers, is a super cool, hardworking missionary.
The place where we live is just a few paces behind the Pukalani chapel, which was the first chapel built in all of Hawaii and goes back to the 1800's! George Q Cannon was actually the first missionary there who started everything! Followed by Joseph F Smith and John Napella (helped translate the Book of Mormon to Hawaiian!) This is a picture of Elder Bogner and I in front of it. 
This week has been really crazy and busy. We have a lot of part members here which is awesome, and we have been getting to know them and help them. We did service this week for an older auntie.. she had a hording problem and her land lord was not very happy with her so we had to throw some stuff away and move it around. That was all fine, but then I found a massive cane spider hiding in a mop and I freaked out. She just looked at me funny and went to pick it up, but it ran away! She let it know that it was welcome to live with her. I think that made the spider feel more comfortable. She had many conversations with the insects and the birds.. She had 3 cane spider friends in her bedroom that she told us about.. Keep in mind that they are wider than a deck of cards! That was a fun experience

I am so blessed and excited to continue my service in Maui, I have already learned a lot from Elder Bogner and am loving the switch up. Thanks for all you guys do!
Transfer news is in! My time in Mililani has come to an end. I have been called to labor in the Pukalani Maui Zone! When President Warner called it was like getting my mission call all over again, and when he said Maui I was so pumped!! For those who don't know Hawaii that well, Maui is another Island east of Oahu where I have been living. My new companion will be Elder Bogner, who was one of the last AP's. I will be "killing" him which means he goes home next transfer. I am  really excited to be with him because he is an awesome missionary and I feel like I will be able to learn a lot from him. My flight will leave Wednesday morning.
I has been pretty sad saying goodbye to members this weekend. I am really excited, but at the same time, Miliani has been very good to me.
Earlier this week we set a baptismal date with Cody! He is scheduled for May 4th! We also were able to see Johnelle and Jeff at conference, followed by another lesson today. They are doing so awesome, I have never seen someone face so much opposition in their life until now. And it all started when they started seeing us. They have dealt with it with such faith and courage, Jeff told me today that it doesn't really matter what the adversary throws at them, because he knows what he is doing is right. I am going to miss them, they are an amazing example to me, and I know they will be baptized when they can legally get married.
I appreciated General Conference more on my mission than I ever had before. When I watch it from an investigators perspective, I learn so much more. I loved Elder Holland's talk, he is usually my favorite. He delivers his message in such a unique and powerful way it just hits me harder than some of the others. I can easily put myself in the rock climbers shoes and feel the fear he was describing, and feel the relief of having my brother there to save me. If you didn't get the chance to listen to it, here it is:)
Shout out to one of the coolest missionaries on the block, Elder Mapusua! He has been a great friend to me.