Friday, August 5, 2011

ALOHA! August 1, 2011

Boy whats up seems like this week has just flown by and I just wrote you an email. I have been having a good time out here traveling Hawaii. On Sunday we went over to big island Hilo side. That was a sweet place. Traveling is now done for me, I will just be cruising in the office for now so it will be pretty sweet. I will definitely miss traveling, I learned so much that I just cannot put into words. I really felt I was given this assignment so that I could go out and learn from other missionaries. Its amazing how much more you get back from the service you give. That has been the story of my whole mission, I have gotten so much more in return, it's crazy! What a blessing. It was amazing being with Elder Street, we had some awesome times together. Traveling around Hawaii as companions getting to meet every missionary here, what better thing could I ask for? What better thing could I be doing? Nothing at all, this is where I am suppose to be and I am so grateful for the Lord giving me the opportunity to serve here in this wonderful place around this wonderful people.

But Hilo was an amazing place! We woke up at 230 Monday morning and made our way up to Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in Hawaii. We were going to do the volcano but decided to go up to Mauna Kea because we had a professional tour guide who is a member take us up there. WOW! It was so cold it got down to 32 degrees! Now before you go judging me, just remember I haven't seen temperatures below 65 in over a year so 32 is so cold! But the sunrise was amazing! It was a great P day, we had a lot of fun doing that together, went with some solid elders so I couldn't complain on bit!

Big Island on Hilo side is nuts, I thought that I was going to get eaten alive by a dog. Everyone out there has a dog and it is never tied up. So country over there, houses are way far apart and everyone shuts down when the sun goes down. So by 7 o'clock the area is completely pitch black. I was like, okay elders, maybe shut her down for the night and we will go into the pad and study or something. Its amazing how different each and every island is. They all have their own beauty and uniqueness, its pretty amazing to have been able to see every single island. I went with a couple of the elders that I came out on the mission with and it was just a blast to get over and see how they are doing. There are so many elders and we are spread over so many islands, that you rarely get to see any of them, so it was a good time to be with them. Holy cow, when the general authorities talk about raising the bar and this is the best generation of missionaries--they really mean it! Holy cats we have some amazing missionaries that have been out for only a couple months that I am learning so much from. They are so humble to and they are just going to lead us into great things in the future. I am blown away everyday!

I had a really cool experience with a couple of the elders that I went with on Wednesday. They had been tracting the week before and tracted into a lady and she was a less active member but she has a daughter and a grand daughter that are not members. She said that the grand daughter was definitely interested in learning and maybe the mom as well. So when I went with them on Wednesday, that was the day they had the return appointment set up so as we got there the granddaughter was 12 and so excited to have us there. She said that she wants to be baptized and is now going to be baptized on one of the Saturdays in August. She was way excited. Its amazing how many people out here are just ready to accept the gospel, we just have to be willing to reach out. She had so many members around here that said they had no idea she would be interested. That is where hard work comes in, if you just are obedient and work hard, the Lord will bless you with great things. That is another thing that I have really learned out here on my mission, the Lord is always trying to bless you in one way or another, and if you are obedient to his commandments he is obligated to do so!

I thought that I was going to get eaten by a dog though. I told you about how everyone has a dog but this is serious stuff. We walked up to a house and a dog was as mean as ever following us and was ready to pounce. I am not going to lie, I thought that I was going to have to kill the dog. Neither of the two with us had a pocket knife or anything so I was ready to bare hand kill it. That is the only solution you have, because these dogs have no mercy, they got lock jaw on you and you are done. The dog stayed close but it was too scared to get us, I was not comfortable at all haha! That was a fun area being with those 2 elders but after that day,  I was done!

But that's about all I got, nothing else really too special happened this week, a lot of transfer planning. We went to some amazing baptisms on Saturday, some way cool stories of how they came into the church. Such spiritual meetings. We had ZLC today and the thing was amazing. A bunch of missionaries I look up to gave their dying testimonies so that was hard, but I am so grateful for the time I had to serve around them. All is well with me though, I mean, come on, I am in Hawaii what could possibly go wrong!? I love you all, hope all is well back home, you are all in my prayers!
Love to all,
Elder G

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