Monday, July 27, 2015

Hey everybody! Kind of short on time today, I apologize.
Awesome week this week! We had Mili's Baptismal interview on Monday and it went great! Our Zone leader speaks Tagalog so it was able to go more smoothly. She passed and is ready for baptism tomorrow!! We had dinner with them last night and her friends actually have been trying to talk her out of it and she was able to correct all of their false beliefs about the church and stay strong! Yay! 
Had a really good day at church yesterday. My good friend Elder Damuni left for Samoa. It was sad, we sang goodbye with his family during sacrament. We also had a new investigator brought to church with one of our members, and another good lead from someone else so hopefully we can still have lots of teaching after the baptism.  We almost hit 20 lessons this week, but many of the people we see are not really progressing at the moment so keep them in your prayers please.

We went to Hana again today! This time to go fishing:) We actually caught something too! I was a little surprised. We had some of the other missionaries join us and Elder Hansen and I caught a bunch of really cool fish I have never seen before. It was awesome, were going to fry them up soon I will let ya know how they taste. 

 All is good here. The gospel is the happiest way to live. If you need proof try it out. Love you guys!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hey guys! Twas a pretty good week. We had Zone Conference with President and Sister Warner. That was good! Elder Matua finished and went back home to Lehi, hard to see another go, but it was time.
Tonight is Mili's baptismal interview! The last official step. They are still solid and Jason (husband) is almost an Aaronic Priesthood holder so he will be able to perform it! I am super excited for their family. We stopped by this week as well to answer questions and prepare for the interview.
We hiked Iao Valley this morning. Iao means cloud supreme in Hawaiian, Iao needle is the cool thing in the picture. It is taller in real life. 

​Other than that life is good. Lots of service, lots of random situations that I think have made me forget what is normal. This week we helped transplant a bunch of plants, but don't worry, the plants were talked to as they were buried. The sweet talk is the secret that helps them make it through the rough times:) haha love you guys, the church is true! Love Elder Schnells

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hello my friends!
Another good week here in Maui. Mili and Jason are still solid for baptism on the 28th. We finished the lessons this week and they came to church for their 5th time yesterday. I am so excited for their family. Both of them are willing to live all of the laws (Word of Wisdom, Chastity, Tithing ect.) and are still excited to make this change to their lives.
We did a lot of service this week. Rolled up some more Castles, pulled weeds, swept a roof and lots of lawn mowing and weed wacking.  Also filtered out a lot of names from our ward list that had moved. Taking over the area has been a little more stressful but we had a solid week. 
​This is a picture taken on top of Haleakala Volcano (the very top of Maui). We went with our friend Kit who is also a returned missionary and watched the sunrise, it was so pretty! 

Hope this week is great for all of you, I am so grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and for second chances. I think that is the greatest gift that could have been given to any of us. 
Love you guys-

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What an awesome week! Picked up my new companion on Wednesday, Elder Nielsen. He is a good missionary, really cool too, we are both into similar things so that helps. He has been out 19 months and is from Detroit. 
Exciting news, earlier this week we had our lesson with Jason and Mili. We talked about baptism and set her with a date for the 28th of this month! She is super excited, and if all works out, her husband will be able to baptize her! I am so excited for them, they are a really awesome family who will be a great addition to our ward. Our final lesson with them will be tonight.
More exciting news, I don't know if any of you remember Jeff from Mililani but he was baptized yesterday as well! He was the miracle we met on our way back from a former investigators house.
We had some good lessons this week. One was kind of funny, we teach it at the church and play footsal with them after. But during the lesson, we kept having members join us because they were surprising Elder Bogner for his last night. By the end we had almost 20 members helping pitch into our lesson! It was pretty funny, they were all friends with the family so it wasn't weird.
That's pretty much it, we had a good turn out at Sacrament meeting this week, good 4th of July! Also kind of nerve racking taking over the area but it has been really good so far. 

See ya next week-

Elder Jake Snell

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hey guys! Sorry again for the rushed letter. Just got back from Hana and have a lesson at 6. This week has been kinda sad.. We said goodbye to quite a few people. Elder Bogner goes home this Wednesday! He spoke in Sacrament meeting and the congregation sang to him and gave him lots of Leis, it was super cool but sad.
My next companion is coming from Molokai, his name is Elder Neilson and is from Michigan. I have only heard good things about him so I am looking forward to the next transfer or 2 in Maui.
This week was also good. Jason and Mili are fitting into the ward perfectly, she is looking forward to continuing to take the lessons and we are going to talk to her about baptism tonight! :) They have both been extremely active in all of the activities, and stay the whole time for church which is challenging in Hawaii. They have also made many friends quickly so I am very excited to see what the future holds for their family.
Anyways, here is a picture of Elder Bogner and I. He has been a great missionary and made our Heavenly Father proud, no doubt. I am grateful to have served with him. 
Thank you for everyone who stays in touch, it is appreciated! 
Leading by example is the most powerful way to teach. That is how Jesus did it and that is how we should do it. Just a short thought. Love you guys and hope you have a great week!