Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Thank you Brother Ian Nitta!

Aloha!  My name is Ian Nitta.  I have had the privilege of knowing your son here in Wailuku since he began his mission 6 months ago.  He is a fantastic Elder.  We will truly miss him in our ward.  

Elder Nitta and his companions were able to join our family for dinner this evening.  My grandparents, Isamu Nitta and Diane Shoko Nitta were also able to join us.  Elder Nitta and his companions were able to give my grandparents their first ever missionary lesson.  They spoke of the Book of Mormom.  Your son is also the first missionary to ever set foot in my grandparents house. He and I visited them soon after he arrived here on Maui.  We feel truly blessed to have him here.

Thank you for raising up a faithful son.  I personally feel that he was sent to Wailuku for our family.  Who knows, we may be related :)

I hope to someday meet you and your family in person.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.  I have attached a photo we took together this evening, please enjoy.

Yoroshiku onegai itashimasu, kokoro kara arigatou gozaimashita!
Brother Ian Nitta


(808) 214-0948

Monday, August 26, 2013

Moving to Honolulu Wednesday

Mogethin! (Yappese I think - I don't have any other languages that i can think of....)

I'm going to be leaving this beautiful island of Maui on Wednesday morning.  I feel like I have put in a lot of work into this area and yet I know that at times, I could have worked harder.  I'm generally content with what has happened here in Wailuku.  Even though we weren't able to get anyone baptized (except the 8 year olds) I feel like Elder Holyoak and I have had a great two transfers.  There is a lot of potential in this area in the next couple of months.  I have faith that Elder Holyoak will continue to work and get these people baptized! 

Elder Holyoak is actually going to train next transfer, so in missionary terminology I'm going to have a grandson!  I feel like he's going to do so well.  He says he feels like he doesn't know very much, but I feel like he'll do great.  From day one, he was jumping in and trying to teach.  Not timid or shy about talking to people.  Soooo it looks like we have started a missionary tradition in this area of training after 3 months!  haha

In other news, I'm going to be a district leader.  President called me up last night and asked if I would do that in Honolulu, so I guess that means I'm going to Oahu next! I've heard other missionaries say that it's 'too much city' but I guess I'm from a city -  not from the super urban parts,  but it'll be fun.  I'm excited for new adventures.  Hopefully I can learn and serve well in this new area.

I am sad to be leaving this ward.  The Pennington's are pretty great.  We've had some funny things happen with them.  I gave the Nitta family your contact info, so they might talk to you.  Bunch of great families.  I do feel like I know Maui pretty well.  Know some fun places to go if we come back some time.  Don't know which beaches are good though.... haha that's a good thing mom! 

Well, we have 2 people that we have set up with a baptismal date now.  Jacob, an 11 year old, for the 14th, and Courtney (a wife of a less active member) for the 21st of September.  We taught Jacob with the son of our Bishop.  Fun kid,  wants to go on a mission some day, but he has about 7 or 8 years to go.  Courtney seems very sincere, very interested.  They have a little 3 year old son that's kinda crazy running around and climbing on us during the lessons - it's fun to interact with him.  

We have also been working with a less active family a lot, and the father has dementia.  They have a little boy with autism.  There family is pretty split.  I feel bad for them, but we taught about having trials.  We read through D&C when Joseph Smith was suffering in Liberty Jail.  They know that there are things to learn from every trial.  I just hope they can embrace the gospel as they search for peace.

We found a new family that we are teaching that seems promising.  They know sooooo many members in the ward and on the island.  I hope by teaching them, that this area will be able to start baptizing more for the rest of the year.  The Zone Leader's ward is always the most baptizing ward on Maui. They have so much ward help.  I hope that the Wailuku ward can grow to become more missionary oriented.  Mom - get out and help your ward and the missionaries! 

Well I'm excited for new adventures, for new people.  I hope I can work well and make progress in building the kingdom in hawaii!

Love ya lots!

Elder Nitta

Pidgin for the day:  Oh cuz!  You like fo kaukau?  We get choke grinds brah!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fun Run for Salvation today...

Talofa! (Samoan)

Sooooo this week was better than last.  We are starting to find some more serious investigators. Hopefully they will progress.  We had two hopes for potential baptisms this month, Jacob and Chazzen, but Jacob didn't come to church, soooooo we have Chazzen now.  He will get baptized.  I just hope I can be here for that.  I have one more potential Saturday here in Maui to have a baptism :(

Well next week I will know for sure if I'm leaving Maui.  I have made sure our investigators know we are willing to do anything to keep them progressing.  

We have one new family - super nice, and say they want to come to church and all the activities.  So far they haven't made it but they seem promising.  I probably won't be able to see them get baptized. The Spirit and the Lord will se to it that it happens.  

We also just found out that one of the families in the ward is friends with 2 families we are trying to teach.  We're hoping to use them to help fellowship.  

Today for P day we had a "fun-run for salvation."  We ran a mile for "baptismal awareness..."  Haha it was kinda funny.  I finished the mile first.... So at least I'm still a little in shape.  Then we had a slip n slide on a big hill right next to one of our chapels.  Fun stuff.  

Well  I'm hoping to finish in this area strong.  I want to commit all of our investigators for a baptismal date before I leave!  Hopefully I can make an impact.

Hope all is going well.  Love you for everything!

Elder Nitta

Monday, August 12, 2013

I'm eating too much fast-food!


Great to hear about the family.  Things are changing, but that's good.  I have a good feeling that I won't be there at home when Gavin gets married... haha

We are struggling right now with half solid investigators.  We have plenty of people to teach (a dozen or so) but they never can make/keep appointments and we have since struggled with numbers.  I know that numbers aren't important, but it almost makes me feel like I'm not doing much work when we don't teach much.  I know I can work harder.  And I should work harder.  Hopefully we can pick it up this coming week. 

I'm probably going to be leaving Maui in a couple of weeks.  Transfers end on the 28th.  I've been here for about 6 months now.  Elder Holyoak is doing great.  I feel that they are probably going to have him train a new missionary next transfer, and probably send me off to Oahu or something.  I'm both happy and sad that it's going to be the last little bit here.  I really want to see more of Hawai'i but I know that this a great place to serve - everybody always says Maui is the best zone.  I am grateful for the time I've been here, but now I/ve gotta make sure that I don't waste what time I have left.  I want to see some of the people I have been working with get baptized!

Our investigator has finally gotten married!  I think I told you that, but now he's waiting on his baptism.  Yesterday he told us that he is going to get baptized, he just doesn't know when.  I kindly suggested he might do so before I leave Maui. haha  He's a great kid.  His family visits Vegas almost every year.  They're planning on moving to Utah this next year though.  

I feel like we as missionaries eat too much fast food.  It's almost a daily thing.  I don't think I've gained any weight, if so it's under 5 pounds, but I think that that's probably because I'm biking around every day.  I hope that a car won't change that.  Members feed us so much sometimes.  I feel so blessed that I get to be somewhere where I can count on a meal every night.  Some missionaries get annoyed when they don't get a lot of food.  I have probably surpassed the number of meals Logan and Gavin got on their missions combined in my first transfer. 

We hiked up to Haleakala again this morning.  It's a once-a-transfer thing.  I didn't really take many pictures this time.  I've been up there 4 times now.  The first time it was freezing, but now it's been warming up at 10,000 feet.  Probably around 50 degrees today.  First time was probably in the 40s or 30s.  It can get cold in hawaii - I bet you didn't know that.

Well today is going to be a relaxing day.  Hope yours is going to be also.  This mission has helped me grow my testimony so much.  I'm thankful for all the growth I have had in this time.

'Ofa Atu

Elder Nitta

Monday, August 5, 2013

Musical Fireside's are super good here!

Hey Momma!

Sorry I didn't have an opportunity to email earlier today.  I'm still doing well and yes, still in Wailuku. We have about 4 weeks left of this transfer and I'm expecting to transfer and leave this beautiful area. I'll be happy wherever I serve.  Everybody says Maui is the the best zone.  It certainly has treated me well.

This week was kinda the same.  I think I told you that one of our investigators got married last week right?   He has been investigating the Church for basically years, he said we shouldn't be surprised about when he wants to get baptized.  (He said he's going to try to pick the date.... knowing him it could be this weekend).  I did tell him I'm probably leaving Maui at the end of this month, so hopefully we can see that happen while I am still around.  Selfish? Yes, but it is funny how we grow close to those we teach.

We had a musical fireside this last Saturday.  It was super good.  Brother Tuitele in our Ward organized this stake wide (island wide) activity specifically for missionary work.  There were 16 singers that sang a bunch of songs from 12 to 20 years old.  The building was packed and it was super spiritual.  I'm hoping that the investigators there did feel the spirit and felt great from that.  They had people bear their testimonies too, so that was icing on the cake.  

We had a keiki (child) baptism this last week.  We taught a less active family and their 8 year old just got baptized.  It doesn't count for Missionary numbers, but it was great to be able to see them come closer as a family.  

Well I hope all is well with the family back home.  Momma, keep striving to have the spirit more in you life through daily prayer and scripture study.  'Ofa Atu (love you)

Elder Nitta