Monday, November 25, 2013

Welcome Elder Saunders from Vale, Oregon!

Another week down!

It's been a good week.  The new missionary I got is Elder Saunders from Vale, Oregon.  He's a good kid.  It's been great getting out and working with him, though it's been rough being on bikes again.  It's not bad, it's just that you have to organize time better, and it's not like you can just go visit whoever you want.  If you want to go to the opposite side of the area, you just have to plan to spend a lot of time there.  Though I am grateful for the bikes.  It does help to get around.  i realize that that's probably all Gavin had on his mission. 

We are hoping to get this area up and running again.  It's been slower with some less motivated missionaries being in it lately.  So it's like starting from ground zero again.  That's what me and my trainer did on Maui too.  And we saw plenty of success by the end of the transfers we spent there.  I hope to be able to see more here.  And we already have a couple people that we are working with.  Granted they aren't really making lots of progress, but that can change.

One of our investigators came to church, one that I wasn't really expecting to come.  He's of the mindset that he needs to be married to a Mormon girl before he can get baptized.... yeah well tat'll be fun.  But it was good to see him.  Last night as I was collecting numbers from the district, one of the sisters asked if she could do anything for us.  Jokingly I said to find a 40 year old girl that is looking for a 40 year old Korean man to marry.  haha Well she got super excited and said that she will go around the ward and keep her eyes open haha. 

One cool thing that happened was when we went to visit a referral we had received.  Turns out the referral was already a member, but they told us to go visit their neighbors after we asked if they knew anyone to teach, so we did.  They let us in and said a prayer with us, and we set a return appointment!  They lady was super nice and excited, so hopefully we can see some progress!

Another fun thing was that me and my new "son" went tracting the first night together.  We went down just a random street nearby our house, and we were able to find a solid potential investigator.  She told us to come back so we can talk more!

We are having a ward Christmas party on the 7th.  The bishop asked if I could play the piano as a musical number, so I got some music from a lady in the ward.  The main thing for the party is going to be a marrionette show. about a Christmas carol.  It looks like it's going to be fun!  Also me and another Elder (From Tonga) want to go around closer to Christmas time and go carolling with our ukuleles.  Should be fun.  I'm excited to see what potential we might find.  haha

Well hope your week has been fun.  Mine has been gettig better.  We get fed by a Tongan family today, which means a lot of food.  haha Life is great Love you!

Elder Nitta

Monday, November 11, 2013

This is time to be strengthened as a Missionary


So this week has been just another week in the mission field.  We went on zone exchanges Saturday. We already have three Missionaries in our ward, but they put 2 more in the area with us for the day. We had Elder Cornum from Utah somewhere, and Elder Bawden from Utah somewhere.  Haha lots of Utah people.  Oh well there's a couple of missionaries from all around in the zone.  Two from Kiribati, a south Pacific set of islands.  One from Saipan, close to Japan, one from Chuuk, another island in Micronesia.  But most are from mainland, with the overwhelming majority as Utah folk.  Well we got to meet with a couple of our investigators on the exchange.  It was fun being with some other people. But 5 people in one apartment was a lot.  We had a blow up mattress the 2 beds, the couch taken, and one slept on the floor.  Haha oh well.

We're coming to the close of another transfer. It ends in a week, so next email will be the last of the transfer.  I hear they are thinking about splitting the ward I am in.  They did that to the ward I was in on Maui too, but I guess we'll find out.  Four missionaries in the ward was fun, but we had to start finding a lot more people to teach and work with.  At least this time we have a car to use.  A little bit easier to get around, although I feel like I miss the bike.  I definitely got more exercise while I was on Maui haha, but surprisingly, I'm still at my starting weight.  I think I actually gained some weight while I was on Maui, but have gone back down since then.  I think it's good though that we don't have a scale in our pad.  

Well as far as the packages, you don't have to send a bunch of candy.  I feel like most of it just sits in the apartment until other missionaries come and eat it.  I do feel like I am eating a lot better out here, compared to home.  For example, last night for dinner there was a linguini salad that I helped myself to.  A member on Maui just fed us a salad for a lunch one time.  Though I'm still don't like mushrooms, and cucumbers aren't my favorite.  Tomatoes are okay, but lettuce is generally good.  Haha I liked a strawberry vinaigrette dressing we had a a member's house.  

Being district leader is good.  It's not too much responsibility.  I just do trainings and go on exchanges with those in my district.  Make sure everyone is good.  I do feel that I can sometimes put in more thought into the weekly trainings that I do.  This last week I had zero time to prepare, but it went well.  It's good though.  The sisters in our district always say that I do good trainings, although I feel that I get persecuted sometimes from some elders, because they want to do fun things for "trainings," but most of the time I just talk about the whatever we're supposed to do, do role plays.  Oh well, I'm just trying to do it as I have been told to.  To me it's a time to be strengthened as a missionary, but so many people see it as an opportunity to get together with other missionary friends.  Grrrr I try to do what is right.  

Today is Veteran's day (I think) so I'm at the apple store in the mall emailing now.  All the libraries and community centers are closed down.  Lately in Honolulu it's been raining all day.  We get text alerts on our phone about flood warnings, and it has been going off nonstop.  Today has cleared up a lot.  Yeah I don't really like the rain all that much... haha Also got a haircut from another missionary today.  Oh this last week we got to go to another baptism in the zone.  The person that got baptized had to get approval from the first presidency for something, so he was waiting for about two months to get baptized.  It finally happened on Saturday.  They got a letter signed by the first presidency, cool... haha President Warner did the baptism.  Super cool.  It was funny, because I showed up about 5 or 10 minutes early. The sister who had been on the program to play the piano wasn't there (and she didn't get there until almost 10 minutes after the program startrf) so I hopped on the piano for a little prelude.  I went to sit down after the sister arrived, but the person announced that I would be playing the piano.  Me and the sister had a 2 second argument about who should go up there, but I ended up going and playing. haha it was fun.  At church I played some prelude and the opening song for opening exercises in priesthood on the organ.  Several members came up and said that they really appreciate me playing.  Oh and I guess Elder Kukuchiki of the seventy was at our ward this Sunday.  I didn't get to talk to him though.... oh well haha

Fun week.  I'm exciteted for the new transfer though.  Thanks for all your love.  Oh a thing I wanna get is some new shirts.  Ive notice the 100% cotton shirts get super wrinkled super easy.  About half of them are that material.  The other shirts are good, they're like 55% polyester and 45% cotton or something like that.  Think I might buy some soon.  

Love you lots!

Elder Nitta

Monday, November 4, 2013

We have a third Missionary with us...

Aloha momma!

Sorry I wasn't able to email yesterday.  I'm just imagining how you used to freak out a little every time Gav and Log didn't email right on Monday.  Well, we went on a hike in the morning and then had a BBQ as a zone.  After the hike, we were running around trying to get all needed supplies ready.  It was fun.  We were at Kapiolani park.  It's right across from Waikiki beach, in the Kaimuki area.  We played some fun ukulele jams and played some football...  Ate great burgers and hot dogs.

It's been a pretty eventful week, but pretty uneventful for our investigators.  So we now have a third missionary with us, Elder Thompson.  He'll probably be here till the end of the transfer in 2 weeks.  Something happened in his last area with people wanting to sue the church, so they had to take the missionaries out.  He's a good kid. 

Yesterday we had a really nice dinner with the Togiola (Tongeeolah) family.  They're getting married soon and are going through the temple.  They live in the Kahala area though (right next to ours), and for your info madre, the Kahala Ward and Hawaii Kai Ward (One more over from Kahala) are the highest tithing-paying wards in the world.  SOooooo it was a really nice house and we had some pretty good food too.  It was fun.  They had a little dog that kept on nibbling at our socks...

Then we had President interviews this last week.  Sister Warner brought a new surprise for us missionaries.  Apparently by Christmas time, all the missionaries will be able to have their own iPad mini to take around.  It will be ours to keep, so we are asked to pay $100 for it I think.  All of us were getting to play around on it.  Crazy how technology is going.  Soooo I don't know yet if I might need help paying for that.  I'll let you know.  I was also thinking that if we have the iPad, we could save PDF files on it.  I could have somebody scan some church music I have at home and then email it to be saved on the iPad.  I think I'll have to approve that with someone though.  Let ya know..

We did have a lesson this last week with one of our eternal investigators.  He's been coming to church for over 3 years now.  It was kinda hard teaching him, because he goes off on random trains of thought.  Basically, he thinks that all churches can be true, no concept of the importance of authority, but we told him that now is the time to decide if he wants to finally be baptized in this church, and told him to pray about it.  Hopefully next time he will hav a good answer for us. 

I did get my ATM card, but I don't remember a package from you... I did get one from Chelsea and from Ann.  Hmmmm Hopefully it's not lost in the mail...

Thanks for being awesome always!  Love you most!

Elder Nitta