Friday, March 29, 2013

Note from Elder & Sister Curran

Aloha Sister Nitta:
Sister Curran and I are senior missionaries and are serving with your son on Maui.  This week we had our Zone Conference and I was fortunate to sit next to Elder Nitta.  He is a fine young Elder, a wonderful pianist, and we look forward to watching him grow as we serve with him.  I congratulate you and your late husband for the great job you have done in preparing him to serve his mission.

Elder and Sister Curran
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Hawaii Honolulu Mission
P.O. Box 216
Hana, HI 96713
Hawaii Cell:  (808)250-6758
P-(480) 924-7025
M-(602) 999-9582

“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”

Monday, March 25, 2013

Bed Bugs Are Actually Real

Dear Momma,

Maui has been pretty awesome so far.  I actually got to meet with the second counselor's grandparents (another Nitta family).  I was told I was the first missionary to ever be in their home.  So that was exciting, and I think I might see them again tonight at dinner.  The Nitta family will be feeding us. 

The weather has been great.  It's a little warm, but we work with just short sleeve shirts on.  Funny thing about our apartment.  Bed Bugs are actually real, and our apartment was kinda infested with them, and we didn't notice until last Thursday.  So now they are going to be tenting the house (putting the plastic sheet over the whole house and pumping it full of gas) and we don't get to go back until Wednesday.  In the mean time, we have been staying at our zone leader's apartment.  But when we first got there, they wanted to make sure that we weren't at all contaminated.  They made us strip down (They gave us clean gym shorts to wear), put all our clothes in a garbage bag, put a garbage bag on our heads over our hair, run upstairs and take a shower before anything else.  They then took all of our already clean clothing and put it all in the dryer (along with my razor and toothbrush and deodorant and tooth paste).  It was just a fun experience and then they made us do it again last night because we had to run back to our apartment to grab some things.  And you will not have to worry about food.  The members here love to feed missionaries and insist that you keep eating even when you're full.

That's great to hear about Gavin.  I really hope he gets to work there at the MTC.  And I know he is just trying to take care of you and make sure you aren't stressed and overburdened with things to do all the time.  He can take it :) and just be thankful you have a willing son.

Logan will eventually find a wife.  I am almost sure of that.  And it's exciting to hear about Chelsea getting ready to leave.  It's crazy to think she's going to be gone soon then.  :)

I was told by a sister here that she is friends with Travis' companion.  Her name is Sister Lewis/Weaver (she has some trouble with her last name...)  And that's awesome to hear how you guys have been helping out with their family at Bike Events.  Sounds fun and it's keeping you a little busy.

They just had spring break out here last week.  So a bunch of families have been visiting other islands for a short vacation.  We might not be able to teach as much because kids are now going to be busy again.  But we have been getting a lot of investigators (well a lot compared to before).  When we first got here, we had zero investigators, but we're working up to being really busy all the time.  We have a baptism scheduled for April 13.  We are hoping it stays strong.

Umm well I'm not sure if I want some of the other stuff if I don't have means to travel around with it.  I was super close to the weight limit and you have to go through airlines to travel between islands.  Ummmm do you know of anyone coming out here to Hawaii any time soon.  Otherwise it might be really expensive to ship it to me.

Today we went on another trip.  It was called Haleakela.  You go to the very top of the volcano (dormant) on Maui and watch the sunrise.  It was really beautiful and I took some pictures except that I had to head down a little early, because Elder Mitton (companion) had to go pee super bad.  Haha but it was pretty either way.

Thanks for all that you do.  Love you so much 
Elder Nitta

Monday, March 18, 2013

Aloha From Wailuku, Maui

So I guess you're wondering where I am right now.  Well my first area is in Wailuku on the island of Maui.  It's right next to Molokai.  (I feel like I'm starting to get better at pronouncing names and stuff)  My trainer is Elder Mitton.  He actually was serving in Japan in Fukuoka for about a year and a half, but he had to go home because he got sick, but he's finishing out here in Hawaii.  So he's sometimes trying to get me to speak Japanese. 
The ward here is kinda crazy actually.  There are 3 Nitta families here.  Two that I've talked to have the same kanji as us and at least one other family comes from Hiroshima too.  Do you guys know where in Hiroshima our family was from?  Well, the whole bishopric is super young (Like 20's and 30's).  But they're really awesome.  The second counselor's name is Ie Nitta, so I got to actually go visit with his grandparents (they're about 84/85ish).  I was apparently the first missionary to ever set foot in their house, so that got Brother Nitta really excited.  But it's gonna take a while before I get everyone's name down in the ward.
The previous missionaries kinda left the apartment/pad/house a mess.  So we spent a lot of the fisrt couple of days just cleaning everything.  They left us a fish to take care of too.  It's in the back of a member's house (the ward mission leader).  He has been trying to help us clean up, but I don't really want him to.  He's really old and gets exhausted really easily, so we keep telling him to let us fix up the place. After all, it is our responsibility.
The missionaries before us didn't really leave us with a lot of work either.  We had no appointments, and only a list of names of people who once were taking lessons.  We white washed the area (both Elder Mitton and I were brand new to the area) so we were hoping to have something to do.  But we have just been going around trying to meet all the members of the ward.  Through that we have been able to get a few appointments which start tomorrow.  Hopefully we can keep it going to have some baptisms.  The mission has some 1200 baptisms a year (apparently last year they were in the top 10 most baptizing missions in the world (I think)).  SO we look forward to getting a few. 
The food here has been great so far, for the most part.  I eat whatever is placed in front of me.  The first night we ate at a member's house.  They made some pasta with egg salad something in it.  It was okay, but kinda weird.  We do get fed dinner pretty much every night, so that might be a little different than what Logan and Gavin experienced. 
The mission president told us that this mission is the most international mission in the world.  There's something like 20 or 40 languages (I can't remember what he said) spoken here on the islands.  Just in my zone, there's English, Japanese, Mashalese, Samoan, Chikese, and maybe a few others.  I don't know if those are spelt right...
So we went on a hike this morning through the jungle of Maui.  It was pretty sweet.  We followed a river down to a waterfall.  It was pretty so I took a lot of pictures.  I don't think I have the cord to connect my camera to the computer with me....
This area is quitte diverse as far as how well off the people are.  There are some parts of my area that are way run down apartments that are a little scary to go into, then there are some parts that are super nice (homes that most American families would be comfortable in).  But we've gone to some members houses where I thought it was a drug house or something.  Some houses that we have gone to, the people don't even speak English.  Some places there are really angry people and a lot more that have people that are nice and talk to you when you knock on their door.
So originally my area was a biking area.  Most of the missionaries here get cars to drive.  But one of the sisters from the Lahaina area (yes that's on the island) were going to buy a new car, so we get to use their old car until it's supposed to go in for maintanance in 2 or 3 weeks.
So things that I might need: the other suitcase (I was super close to the wight limit with my one bag), a rain jacket, piano music if possible, my nail, the camera cord if you can find it, a photo album of the family (I was told it's a great thing to show people and get interested in you and the message, and kids like it)
Well I hope you all are doing well.  It's been great here in Hawaii and I can't wait to get this area going with baptisms!
Elder Nitta