Monday, April 15, 2013

Advice to Chelsea

Crazy!  Well it took my call like a week and a half to get in.  I had my interview like Sunday or Monday and got the call the next Wednesday.  So I don't think it will quite take 3 weeks... Maybe but probably not.  

I remember while I was in the MTC, some of the staff there mentioned that they really don't know what they're going to do with all the new missionaries.  I think they said that in June or July, they're expecting to have close to 9000 missionaries in the MTC.  They don't have nearly enough room for them all but I heard that the church is buying Wyview and a couple other apartment places to house missionaries in the MTC.  That and they're building a lot of new MTCs around the world.  Honestly, I thought the MTC was one of the most spiritually growing times of my life so far.  It was such a great place to be.  Granted, I did only spend 12 days there, so I didn't quite get sick of the same food and the classroom every day.  But it was awesome.  So many people don't enjoy that time, but I thought it was such a great learning experience.  So go about it with the right attitude.

I don't really anticipate you to have struggles, but there were a lot of people there who were having a hard time there.  As the zone leader for our little branch, I kinda had to talk with a lot of the missionaries to make sure everything was going well and give some blessings there too.  I see that with the lowered age limit comes a lot of things.  Yes, a lot of more missionaries, but also a lot of immaturity.  Some of the 18 year old elders could have taken a lot of their experience more seriously.  Then a lot of them, I feel, have never really been pushed in their life to put all their effort into one thing.  I feel that I have been blessed in this way for doing drum corp honestly.  This last summer we would have to wake up and do the same thing every day, and I feel that because of that, I have been perfectly okay with this whole thing.  (But with that said I still have a lot to learn.)  I don't really feel stressed with doing this work.  Like Logan said, (If you're going about it in the right way) it's the easiest two years (or 18 months).  I feel that you will be such a great missionary, such a great example.

I know what you're talking about with conference.  I never really appreciated it, but since I've been out here, I have truly come to cherish the words of presiding authorities.  It's revelation for us now!!  I guess I haven't heard a lot about those issues.  I did hear that the FLDS church got rid of their prophet and put in a female prophet.  But, if anyone really has a testimony of this church, the doctrine shouldn't matter.  If they leave the church for something that they don't fully understand (something I don't fully understand), then I feel like they weren't really ready and worthy to be a full active member.  A lot of people have misconceptions about the church, even less active members.  But it's our duty to educate them of what we believe in and let the spirit testify to them of the truthfulness of it.

I did enjoy Elder Holland's and Uchtdorf's talks.  I do feel that I never really enjoy the sisters talks for a particular reason.  I hate how they always just address the sisters. I mean talk to everybody! That and they never really put in their own opinion into things.  They quote a lot and bear their testimony but don't really say bold statements about certain doctrines of the church.  All of us are equally susceptible to revelation that the spirit can give us.  But that's just my opinion.  

Yeah if I find a computer with a SD slot I'll try to email some pictures though in the mean time.  Maholo nui loa for emailing. Love ya lots

Elder Nitta (get used to abandoning Chelsea and embracing Sister Nitta :P)

Thanks for the Package

Alooooha
 
Ahhhh it's crazy to hear that Chelsea is getting her call.  I wonder if it will end up that she and I get back around the same time.  It would be pretty awesome.  But i can't wait to hear where she gets to go.  My guess is Africa...  I'm excited for her.  I've been telling her how great of an experience it has been so far for me.  And I feel so bad (not really) that she has to wait to open her call. Justremind her how I waited for days to open mine up.
 
Wow that's weird to hear that Stephanie is taking lessons.  She was always a great person, but it's weird to think that she is taking the lessons, awesome, but kinda unexpected.  I may want to see a picture of what my plaque looks like though...
 
I'm sorry that i forgot to tell you last week that I got the package.  Thanks for sending it, although you really don't have to spoil me with more food (I am eating too much here).  It does take a litle while longer to send packages to Maui, because they all go to Oahu in the mission home first, but I do get them.  And I have been getting letters.  So don't think that packages don't get to me because they do :)
 
The weather here has been pretty good.  It's been around the 70s and 80s, except with the humidity.  I don't remember if I told you that we lost our car so now we're on bikes.  I do feel that I have been sweating a lot with exercise going up hills.  Our area is right on the side of a mountain so we go up a lot of hills.  I don't remember if I told you that we got in a car crash.  Nothing serious, just a crazy old lady rear ended us.  No one got hurt.  Although we did have one of the APs with us.  But now the mission doesn't want us driving, because this area was originally a biking area.  We were just using a car that wasn't being used.
 
So we have been waking up three times a week and going exercising with an MMA guy in the ward.  He's less active but we're working to get him coming back.  He works us prett hard running up stairs and stuff.  I;ve been able to show hims a little of what I remember with running, bu I don't really remember that much.
 
Well we did have 4 people with a date to be baptized but tat number is back down to 1 because a lot of our investigators didn't show up to church.  So we will for sure get someone though soon.  Well it's been great though.  Working to get a lot of investigators. We have about a dozen right now.
 
Love ya lots.  I hope ou're doing well
 
Elder Nitta

Monday, April 8, 2013

Conference Weekend

Hey Mom!
So today's P Day was taking it easy.  No big trip for the zone to go on together.  We did wake up early and went to work out with a MMA fighter at a stadium.  We just ran up and down stairs the whole time.  He wants me to show him some sprinting work outs.  I'm not exactly sure if I can remember a lot though.  But we're planning on working out with him three times a week.  He is less active and his wife is not a member so we hope that something will come out of it.
Conference was pretty awesome.  I especially enjoyed Elder Holland and both of Elder Uchtdorf's talks.  I feel like I'm slightly biased because I always like them.  But I feel that conference and being able to here from general authorities has come to mean a lot more while I've been out here.  Teaching people about the restored church and how there are actually prophets today just makes it so much more real. 
I've heard that the FLDS church, the branch off of the church, got rid of their prophet and put in a female prophet.  I could easily understand it in that church but I find it hard o believe at any LDS members would fight that.  Especially those who have gone trough the temple.  I don't think the prophet would change the policy that has always been in place.  And if members have a problem with women not in the priesthood, that's just sad.  
I know it's been tough for you.  I pray for the family and their comfort and for you.  I don't really talk to a lot of people about Dad necessarily.  It only comes up when I'm asked about it specifically.  But it's hard sometimes just hearing other people talk about their family at home.  But I'm here in Hawaii now and I will use that as my strength while I teach.  I have become grateful for the trials that I've been given.
Tell Chels to settle down, and then tell her to not open the papers for three or four days once she gets them (That's what she made me do (:) But that's great.  Tell me when she hears the news!  And that's just weird to hear that the boys are dating... But oh well, I might find new members of the family when I get home.  And I really hope that Gavin gets that job.  All my teachers in the MTC loved their jobs and I'm sure he will too. 
Well I love ya, gotta go now.  Thanks for emailing!
Elder Nitta
Aloha

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter

Aloha Family!

Hey! Sorry I didn't email yesterday.  We had a trip to Hana (the other side of Maui) and you have to take really crazy roads to get there (one laned, on the side of a cliff) and we didn't get back till really late and plus Elder Mitton got motion sickness so he was basically in bed as soon as we got home so I couldn't go anywhere to email.

Our trip to Hana was so pretty.  We went on a hike up into the jungle that lead through a bamboo forest.  Crazy awesome.  Then at the end there was a HUGE waterfall.  It was at least 30 or 40 stories high.  I don't really know, but it was super big.  The senior couple missionaries fed us (bbq pork for me).  Overall an awesome day (except Mitton getting sick and puking a little).  Oh and one of the churches (not ours) was broken into and they tagged up the chapel.  Apparently the ward members were really angry...

It's crazy to hear all the things going on at home.  Great to hear some people growing up so fast though.  I can't believe Chelsea hasn't told anyone yet! Oh well. But that's awesome that she's pretty much done now.  Let me know when you hear about the where!

There was a talk that we listened to on the way home from Hana.  I think it was called Life on the other side or something like that by John Bytheway.  I'll try to confirm that.  You should listen to it; great to listen to.

I don't think the bugs burrow into your skin. At least they didn't have a chance to thank goodness -  and the razor still works. =P And I just washed the pants and they were clean.

This week has been crazy.  We have a thing here called a high water mark, which is just the highest amount of baptisms in a month that a zone has ever achieved.  The previous high water mark was 20 or 21 (I don't really know) but we were on schedule to break that record for the last week of March.  But two baptisms dropped out at the last minute.  Through searching through a bunch of records, some elders on Molokai were able to find two people to baptize two days before the end of the month so we got that high water mark for the month of March.  But the thing is that our real goal was to break it two months in a row.  So now we are stressing to be able to baptize 22 people this month in our zone.

And as far as piano music, I want to be able to have all my church stuff, and most of the classical music I would play.  I can try to make a list of the books later. I would think the cord would be with all my stuff maybe in the bins or in my room.  I don't really know though, but thanks for looking.

Thanks for being an awesome mom.  Love ya lots :)

Elder Nitta