Monday, August 24, 2015

So our area is huge! And we have 2 areas, the 1st is the biggest in the mission and the other is the next biggest in the mission.. so combine it is the biggest in the mission. It has been interesting, every Tuesday we drive 2 hours to get to Ka'u where we stay in our other house until Thursday, then we drive back to Kea'au to work here the rest of the week. But we attend both wards, we alternate each week. Even though we cover so much of the Island, the work is really slow. We do a lot of driving, and not a lot of contacting. But we do have a few solid people we are working with right now.
Church yesterday was good, the ward is growing on me. Our investigators are so solid but they have a really hard time making it to church, da locals love there sleep! haha
It is also really hot and humid compared to the other places I have been, I have done a lot of sweating this week. Found a lot of bed bugs in my mattress and box springs, so I got another one. The sister missionaries are having a hard time with evil sprits. It is an interesting place here but I like it. We explored some caves and saw an active volcano. It was awesome!
This is my companion and our Zone leaders we live with. Love these guys!

Hey guys!
Started the week saying goodbye to some more families in Maui, and flew over to the Big Island. It is not what I was expecting! It rains pretty much every day here, and usually does not stop. It is still really pretty, and kind of looks like the scenery in Jurassic Park. There are millions of frogs called Koki Frogs, and when it gets dark they start to do their calls, it is pretty eerie.
We are covering 2 wards, Ka'u and Kea'au. Our area is one of the biggest in the missions, but on the bright side we have a nice truck with unlimited miles! Everything is really spread out, so it usually takes 20-30 minutes to get to anyone's house. Our area is well known for being the boonies of Hawaii, and there are a ton of crazy people here! Even more than Maui haha. We usually start the day by getting cussed out by homeless transvestites after a nice morning work out. That is always fun.

I met one of the wards yesterday, they are good people. It is a very hard transition from Pukalani. Elder Whitely is awesome, he is a farmer from Idaho and he goes home in 2 months so I guess you can call me a killer. He is finishing strong though so I am happy about that. We have 3 investigators with a baptism date right now! They are professional Tahitian dancers, and are super cool.
We live with Elder Ili (my trainer) and Elder Lee who I have known since day one, they are super cool and are our Zone leaders. Elder Lee is teaching me how to play guitar, so I am stoked about that!  No pictures from Big Island yet so this one is from Maui. These are my doggies:)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Wow this was probably one of the tougher weeks on the mission so far. Transfers calls were on Saturday and I was never called so I thought I was safe to stay one more in Maui, but the call came late around 10:30 Saturday night. The good news is I will be going to the Big Island! Which I have heard a lot of great things about, and I have an awesome companion, also I will be living with Elder Ili (my trainer) because it is a 4 man pad! I am stoked about that, but saying goodbye to all these families here was soooo hard. I have really loved working with them and have made some life long friends.
Another hard part is that we have a new investigator who is here for two weeks because she was prompted to come visit her family and to get baptized.. Wow. haha I am sad I won't be here to finish the lessons with her but am also glad to have helped start them. That was a miracle! Her family has been worried about her for the whole time I have been here.
Today was good, we went on a hike with Jason and some other Elders. We hiked to a waterfall, it was super cool.
Picture for this week is of the Mossman clan. They have been so good to us and will for sure be life long friends:)
I love you guys, I will see you next week on the Big Island!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Man it was a great week! Mili was able to be baptized on the 28th, and was confirmed a member yesterday! That is one of my favorite things to be a part of, when people really want to follow Christ and start their life fresh, it makes me so happy to be a helping hand in that process. This is a picture of Elder Nielsen and I, Mili and her family, and the Wunder's, who introduced us to Jason and Mili and played a huge role in fellow shipping and inviting them to everything.

Yesterday was good. We had church, which was actually a little bit sad because we said goodbye to another Elder, Elder Nickel who we spent a lot of good times with on splits. He is from Samoa and will be going to the Dominican republic!

After that we had dinner and came to a musical fireside with everyone from all of Maui and Molokai and Lanai so pretty big. We had a lot of talent from our ward and after we all met up. I love this ward so much! I feel like they are my family. They are so awesome!
Other than that, a solid week of missionary work, service and all that fun stuff. The Wunder's are doing work too, they introduced us to some more of their friends and already having them coming to church and come to the baptism, they are awesome! I will keep you posted on their friends and see you next week! Love you guys