Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hey ya'll! What a week, found out Shawny's best friend is a member, and she accepted the invitation to be baptized!! :) Good fellowship makes it so much more awesome! 

Did a lot of service this week, almost every day! Got to go on exchange with the Zl's and Ap, heck yeah. President Warner also joined us for Stake Conference yesterday and spoke on the Atonement. I really appreciated it, because as a missionary I want to be the best I can, and I still fall short all the time. I am very grateful for a Savior who is willing to pick us up when we fall and help us keep going.  

Visited quite a few less active families. They are my favorite! One family is teaching me how to fire knife! :D 

Started the day right today and caught a lil sword fish! At least that is what it looks like. The tide is higher than it has been in around 20 years, so we got to watch some huge waves come in. 

Thanks for all of your support through everything! I am very grateful for each one of you :) Love you guys!

Friday, February 19, 2016

What a week. I am pretty exhausted, we did service almost every day this week, and I am starting to look like my companion (brown) :D haha. We have a new investigator that is really solid, and I am really happy to have someone who is willing to progress! Also had a Regional broadcast on Sunday so we only had to do 2 hours of church! It was really good though, I learned that any question that someone has about our religion can and should be answered using Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel, and modern revelation.  

Went fishing this morning, it was a little slow though today so no new pics. Pancakes with the Pres, this is my new Zone, as you can see there are 6 Elders and.. A lot of sisters haha it is pretty cool though.

Everything else is good, serving here is a little bit different.. The Sisters are split between Pdays, so the Elders are required to take Pday on Tuesday at least twice, that is why I am emailing today! Love you guys~

Monday, February 8, 2016

It's been a solid week, I am slowly but surely getting used to everything. Got a few new referrals this week that I think have some good potential! We hit our Zone goal so President is coming out to make us pancakes again! Heck yeah

This week we did a lot of member visits and a ton of service, just trying to gain trust from them. Elder Manalo and I bore our testimony in all 3 Sacrament meetings yesterday and the fire has been lit haha. The Bishop and Ward mission leader thanked us and said that the Elders in the past have not been the best so he is stoked to see the work get going again. (I guess our mission leader talked us up too, yay!)  

One of my favorite things is how much they feed us here, I have been hearing the Tongan phrase "Kai ke mate" a lot more, in English that means, "eat until death" haha. We also play basketball with the Tongan ward every week, which is one of my favorite things. It got really heated this week! 

I know this was back in Hilo, but I never showed you our Zone shirts! They are awesome. 
I will keep yall updated with everything. Thanks for all the letters, love and support. Love you guys!
Wow what a week! I finished saying goodbyes in Hilo. It was very hard to leave so many new friends behind. Wednesday morning I caught a flight back to Oahu and went straight to the North Shore! Laie is so pretty, our area is almost all shoreline. It kind of felt like I was coming home when I landed, because it brought back a lot of memories of when I first came to Mililani a year ago.

The work here has made me rethink what a mission even is.. It feels like I am serving in a tropical Utah. We cover 3 wards and only have 2 or 3 semi solid investigators, and when we tract it is almost all members! The accounting system is even different haha. A lot of the work we do is just strengthening members, which is different but hey, I am willing to do what ever I have to do! There are so many good people here though, and since everybody has family in Laie, I have already seen 7 or 8 friends visiting from previous areas! 

Highlight of this week. Elder Holland came to visit our mission!! We got to shake his hand look into his eyes and that was his way of "Interviewing us" Everyone was kind of nervous because I guess he did that in Africa and sent 20 missionaries home! He said we were all doing pretty good though. Anyways, we got to spend around an hour with him in an up close devotional! He is an amazing and motivating speaker! He talked mostly about staying strong after the mission and one of the things he said that I liked was about returning missionaries, he said that "You may return, but you cannot go back." He was trying to make the point that we change for the better on our missions, and not to waste that.

My new companion is awesome, his name is Elder Manalo. We actually came out together in the MTC! He is from the Philippines, and there is a small language barrier, but he is so funny. 
Love you guys! Hope you have a great week :)