Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Temple blessings


Sorry I didn't email yesterday. We tend to get last minute notices when they change around our schedules. This time was the temple trip. So yesterday was a normal proslyting day. 

Well the mission tour with the seventy seems to have gotten us some more referrals. We have been implementing his ways of asking for referrals and so far everyone has given at least one name every dinner appointment. 

We starting teaching another family. They're a little less active but they like the missionaries enough to want to feed us. But they have a nonmember that lives with them, sooooooo naturally the missionaries are interested. She likes listening to the missionaries so there will hopefully be potential there. 

We continue to teach Mia. She has committed to the 3rd of January for baptism. She wasn't able to come to church this last week because she was feeling sick, but it gave us an opportunity to give her a blessing. We haven't alked to her since, so I hope she's feeling better. 

Wednesday we had trouble scheduling some things. We were asked to help out with a baptismal interview, it fell through at the last minute, andwe had already moved around some other appointments to make this happen..... haha oh well. I'm nervous for this next week. I think we have something like 4 appointments on Thursday night.... we should be busy, but that's good.

Our zone is really pushing to commit lots of people for Christmas season baptisms. We have a goal to double out investigators with a date. We have 20 right now as a zone so, there's a lot more to commit! 

Saturday we had our ward Christmas party. We had a kind of cultural dinner. There were some people assigned to bring foods from their culture, so we had Hawaiian, Filipnio, Japanese, American, Samoan, Tongan. And then chicken katsu for everybody to share. We (the missionaries, us and the zone leaders that didn't ave a dinner that night) were asked on the spot to do a performance. We sang silent night. Did a little harmony together. There were other groups performing as well. A couple people did dancing. It was hilarious seeing some older members get up there and dance around. I hope the video I sent back was good. It was a one and done kind of thing. We had been trying to get the sunset in the video for that whole week previous, but we kept on getting to the place late. But we were hurrying to get there that day, and then to record it. Just a little nice Hawaii touch to have the water and the waves for you.

On Sunday we were invited to so many classes to share some missionary thoughts . Well I guess only three, but that's more than normal. It was good sharing some thoughts, especially to the young men preparing for missions. That night the stake was doing a musical fireside. Members from our ward, the Kamauu's, are professional singers. They travel to Japan like every other week to perform there, so they put on a musical Christmas thing. It went well. Lots of good songs. Though they did sing a couple that we are planning for next weeks missionary musical fireside.

Yesterday we got to meet a new investigator. He let us sit down and share the restoration with him and he committed to reading the Book of Mormon. Hopefully tat goes well. He said we can stop by whenever. We've also been doing serivce for a lady in the ward too. We've been painting all her doors, so just one door a night usually. But we jsut go a couple times a week. 

This morning we woke up around 5:50. Left at around 6:20, in hopes to get to the temple by 7:30 for the 8 session, but there was so much traffic up in Kahuku, and we got there right at 8. Sadly they didn't let us in for the session, and we weren't the only ones running late. About half of our zone came late, so we did some initiatory work while we waited for the next session. And now we're here!

Sorry I don't really have too much time to email this week. But hope it's all going great with you guys! Much aloha!

Elder Nitta

Friday, December 12, 2014

Missionaries were aknowledged for the Service rendered on the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor

Aloha again!

Well this week has been filled with lots and lots of things going on. Tuesday we met with a family that we've been trying to get with for the whole time I've been here! We found out that the son is not a member, and he said he wants to get baptized before he leaves for college! (He's a senior this year.) So we set up some of that. The mom is super on board with getting him baptized. He has been carrying around a Book of Mormon in his backpack all over school long before we met with him. Dinner that night was pretty awesome. We had some Mexican food. Hawaiians do not have good Mexican food... haha but it was awesome. I think I ate 6 tacos (all stuffed with everything I could fit into it)! Yum!

Wednesday was the day of transfers. Side note: President told me about a month or so ago, that he would want me to train for my last two transfers. So I was a bit confused when I didn't get a training packet. I talked to him and he said he completely forgot about that, but that he will make sure that happens next transfer. I'll only be with the new Missionary for a transfer, but I'm excited. But this Wednesday was busy. We had to go to the transfer because we were inheriting the sister's car! President moved our Sisters out of the area, so we now cover the whole Ward boundaries solo. Still not that big though.... haha but it's nice having a car now. It's a lot better not having to depend on people for rides. That night we met with a family we were trying to meet with the whole last transfer as well. We finally got to talk and have a lesson and it went super great. The mom is real interested in baptism and we set a date for January 3rd. There were 5 other girls there that could be baptized too, so we invited them to go along as well. Only 2 of the girls were the ladies children, and the mom said that she will help them move along with baptism as well, but it's super awesome seeing them want to progress. They've gone through a lot of tough times recently, so it should help them enormously. 

Thrusday was an average day. We did meet with a couple of the families the Sister Missionaries left for us. One of them has a child that could get baptized soon too. We didn't set a specific date, but the mom said that she's going to get baptized. Should be exciting.

Friday was super awesome. We got to be a part of the ceremony honoring all the service that Missionaries have done on the USS Missouri. We got there at 7:30 to head over to the boat. There were lots of people taking pictures and they said we would probably be in the church news. Look out for that. Elder Johnson of the Seventy came to accept the award in place of President Monson. (The first of four seventies I met this week....) That day was pretty fun.  Centennial was right there and I actually talked wit a kid this week that knows Centennial for the ROTC program. He said his last school didn't like Centennial because they always won the Navy Nationals Competition. haha We left around noon, met up at the Stake Center to practice a song for Sunday. We sang 'Come Unto Christ' - we sang it before at the musical fireside, but we had to fill in people that weren't going to be there. Went well though. We did some service after that and pulled weeds. I don't like huge thorny plants....yeah I got some stickers and stuff in me. :P 

Saturday morning we went and visited a less active member in the Ward. When we got there, we were greeted by his parents. They had flown over from Hong Kong because the member (their son) had been having some serious medical problems that week. He is doing much better now. But we asked if the parents were members and he responded, "oh yes, I'm the Area Seventy for part of Asia." (Elder Pon) I was kinda taken aback. But we had a little laugh at my expense. We all shook hands and had fun talking  together. 

Sunday we had our Stake Conference. We got there early. About a month ago, a member of the Stake Presidency asked if I could play the organ for a testimony meeting happening before the main conference. When we got there, a Sister said that she had been asked to play so with much relief, I let her. The testimony meeting was awesome. All of the recent converts shared how they were introduced to the Gospel. One man shared how after years of waiting to join the Church, he finally did and now his son is leaving for a mission in 3 months! The conference was presided over by Elder Higam (another seventy). It went pretty well. Sad that I honestly don't remember much of that one. Most of my memory is taken up by the mission tour we had that night. We headed up to Mililani around 4 or so to get up to that Stake Center early to practice the musical number we were asked to perform. That's where our Zone sang 'Come Unto Christ.'  Elder Johnson (the seventy that went to Pearl Harbor) presided over that meeting. We sang our musical number and it was great! The training we received was all about how the members can get more involved with the Missionary work. All the Missionaries on the island were there - plus all of the island's Bishops and Ward Mission Leaders (and a few other leaders), plus Stake Leaders. It went great. It seemed like the members that were there from our Ward want to help the work move along a lot more. Elder Johnson had us all split up into the Wards where we were, and had the Missionaries for the Ward teach a principle. After the principle was taught, we asked the members what names came to mind. It was done in such a way that all the members were excited to give out names. So we are hopefully going to implement that into our Ward. Elder Auna was there as well, the area seventy for Hawaii. It was a spiritually-fun night, andwe didn't get home till around 9:30!

This morning we participated in yoga again. We have a new Zone Leader that came and he was having a little difficulty, it was fun. We tried to go fishing just off the water, but the fishing lines broke after the first throw into the water..... haha but it's all great. And now I'm emailing. We should be having another musical fireside this next Sunday the 21st. More to come on that....

I should be flying home the night of Thursday, February 26th. I will arrive on the morning of Friday the 27th. I don't know if I've ever told you all the things they do with departing Missionaries here in Hawaii. Right after the transfer meeting on Wednesday, the departing Missionaries go to the swap meet over in Aiea. Then they go do a Temple session in La'ie. That night they go to the PCC to watch the night show. Thursday morning they have a testimony meeting and the they tour Pearl Harbor that afternoon. That night they fly home. So that's why Missionaries don't fly home on Wednesday. I guess we got things to do

Well love ya lots. Choke mahalos!

Elder Nitta

Monday, November 24, 2014

My life as a Missionary in Hawaii

Aloha from the Islands!

Mission life has been going well. I must admit I've been under a bit of pressure the past two days because we have been working on a song to sing for the upcoming musical fireside: 'Come See the Light.'  I wrote out a part for the choir to sing, but it may be too difficult for some of them. There are about 5 people in the zone that read music, and 4 out of the 5 are going to be playing some other instrument. So sadly, the choir part may not come through. Maybe it'll be on the organ... but we'll see. I just hope it turns out well enough to bring the spirit to all who attend. 

On Tuesday, we had our district meeting, but afterwards we were invited by Francis Forsythe (Uncle Gene's friend that lives here)to go and have lunch. He took us (our District) to a Japanese buffet. Sister Yasufuku (from Japan) had a fun time eating all the food that reminded her of her home. Her companion might have had a hard time with most of the food, but she was a good sport about it all.. 

Monday evening we were asked to go to Pearl Harbor on Wednesday. We were asked to  sweep around the ship, cleaning up all the dust that accumulates. I think next week, a member of the seventy representing President Monson, is coming to Hawaii to receive a plaque in recognition of the service Missionaries have done on the ship. Missionaries go there every week and do service for the ship, so there's been a lot of service done there. 

On our 'P' day's we are invited by Sister Kauihou to a yoga class at sunrise at 6:00 in the morning, as the sun comes up. The wind was blowing all the mats around, but it was awesome to see the sun come up over Diamond Head. This class was a lot easier - a lot less strenuous at the other ones I've attended. At this morning's class, another set of Elders came with us for their first time.  It was interesting seeing them their first time, versus the few times we have been. Just in the 5 times I've gone now, I can tell that I've been getting better (more flexible, better balance, etc). 

Wednesday was also our day of exchanges. I was in the Ewa 1st Ward area with Elder Bergman. We got back from Pearl Harbor and then went to do service for another family. By the time we were done it was 5 pm, so we went home and showered before heading to dinner. The family was fun to talk to. The wife had graduated from BYU in violin performance, so we got to talk a bit about that. Then afterwards, we met a family where the father served his mission in East Las Vegas. He said the West side is the 'apostate side'.... I kinda laughed at that....

Thursday was just another day momma. Special because it was my 21st birthday, but just another day as far as Missionary work goes. We met with some people to teach a few lessons. That night we went to a family whose wife's sister is from the big island where I was serving before. It was fun seeing her. She is visiting for the rest of this week before she goes back. We did meet with another guy earlier that day and it came out that it was my birthday, so he got excited and said that we should go out and drink some mountain dew. haha NOT.  And yes, I did get the packages you and G'ma sent. Much mahalos for the love you shower me with. The sushi-tie is super fun! At dinner, the Sisters had arrived before Elder Dyer and me. When we knocked, the Sisters came to the door and told us to wait five minutes and closed the door. A minute later we hear a balloon pop. Turn out they were decorating.  The dinner was a super good meatloaf. They had a little dessert cake with candles on it. The Sisters also got some treats and things they heard that I liked. They knew that I like sour candies and then they got some M&M's with pretzels in them. They persuaded most of the Zone to write a little birthday note to me too. I felt pretty spoiled. 

Friday was another day. Some lessons on doorsteps, but not too many that we actually sat down with....

Saturday we had lunch with a family in the ward. They made some gyozu (the potstickers), some musubi's, and tortalini pasta. One of the people we visit with asked if we could come over and help set up a shed, but when we got there, he had it basically all set up. We just placed 2 screws in the metal... oh well.

Sunday went well with Church. Most spoke about gratitude - I never tire of that subject as it is well within my soul. The Ward Council volunteered us to sing during Sacrament, a song called 'Who at the Door is Standing.'  I will be forever amazed at how the polynesians sing so well without reading a single note of music.

This week should be fun with Thanksgiving. We are helping out the Kauihou family (probably just watching them work actually) with setting up an imu (pit) in their back yard. They're going to be cooking some pig and turkey. Should be a fun day. 

I hope you're doing well, and keeping up with all the crazy things that happen at home and at work. Thanks for all the love you share.  I love you!

Elder Nitta

Birthday Balloons

Birthday Cake

Birthday Shaved Ice

Shaved Ice again

Momma sent me a sushi-tie!

The Sweeping 'Waipahu Wizards' on The MSS Missouri 

Monday, November 3, 2014

November Already?

Aloha again :P

This week has been getting a little better each day. It seems like it's going to be a slow process of getting the work up and going, but we've been able to set up a few more appointments for this coming week. Should be good.

Tuesday we had our Zone meeting. The trainings were good.  I've kinda figured out while I've been out here, that not a lot of people think in the way I do. Not that they're wrong or anything, but I guess I just go about things differently. Maybe it's good, maybe not, but it's just the way I do things. Altruism is what I want to be motivated by. At any rate we had a delicious dinner, which was lasagna (haven't had that is sooooooooo long)!

Wednesday we got to meet with a few families in our Ward. One of the people we set up an appointment with, didn't tell their family we were going to come by, so they were about ready to go to bed when we showed up at 7:30. But they let us in anyways. We also visited another family and they brought a nonmember friend over visiting from Kalihi (in Honolulu). We shared a lesson and committed her to read from the Book of Mormon. We asked to get her address, but she forgot to include which apartment number was hers within her building, so we'll see if the missionaries over there can figure it out. Dinner this night was pizza from Costco. 

Thursday we were invited to go ministering as a Ward. Thursday nights, our Bishopric and a few other leaders get together to go visit less actives. So we got there (late, of course....) and the Ward Mission Leader gave us a couple of names to go visit. We went and set up an appointment with one of them, but the other didn't answer.... oh well. Dinner  Thursday was some great spaghetti. 

Friday was a fun day. We got to teach one less active member (right next to where we live). But no one else wanted to meet with us Friday.... (well, no one answered their doors really....) haha but we were told to end our proslyting at 5. After that a member took us out to eat at Zippy's. It's a more high quality L&L. We should go there (hint). I love the Korean Chicken. We got together as a District after at the chapel to play games and stuff. Played some spoons mostly. 

On Saturday we met with another less active in the Ward. We have been mostly working with less actives since we've been here in the Ward).  He talked with us for a long while, but he has a great story. He needs some fellowship though. He's gone through a lot of things and it seems like some people in the Ward aren't really interested in being his friend. But that's okay, because we'll just fill in there. I enjoy getting to know people, especially when they trust me enough to tell me their life story and how they got to where they are. Dinner was all out Japanese (well mostly). We had sashimi, some beef marinated thing, different kinds of pickled cabbages, rice and some salad thrown in. It was real good. 

Sundays are usually the pretty tiring days. I was asked to play the organ in Sacrament again. (This morning one the of the members we saw commented on how she noticed I was using the foot pedals too). I played "I believe in Christ," "I Stand all amazed," and "Testimony." Not too hard of songs. To answer your question, I can't decide if I like the organ or piano better. They're so different. But maybe I'll learn more when I get back. The Sister Missionaries in the ward taught the gospel principles lesson. Dinner was pasta. Haha I don't know the name of the noddle.... but it was with the marinara sauce. 

We did another day of yoga this morning. I think I'm getting better. I can almost balance in a lot of the poses. haha. I've been trying to get the head stand down: kinda like a hand stand on your head.... But after we got flu shots (the mission asked us all to get them) and then we got shave ice as a district. I got strawberry, raspberry and melon flavors with ice cream at the bottom. 

I think I might gain weight while I'm in this area. We've been fed soooo much just in this short time. At least we're working off some of it when we bike, but I think I've kinda been stuffing myself too much...... hmmmmm I'm about at my starting weight. I think I was closer to 5 under that when I first got here. 

Elder Dyer was asked to be the district leader. He's been doing pretty well for being out just two transfers and being asked to do it. He's been great though - he's a good hard working missionary. Makes sure we get out and do things. 

Well hopefully this next week will be great. Lots of stories to talk about. But much aloha. (Aloha wau 'ia 'oe!)

Elder Nitta
Oh the joy of a sequestered Halloween

Yoga anyone?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oh the Rain!

The hurricane wasn't as bad as people originally had thought it would be here on the island of Oahu.
Hurricane Ana largely missed the islands.  If anything, Kauai was to be most affected.  Oahu did have rain - and a lot of it!  Our electricity was down Monday - hope mom didn't worry too much!
I transferred to Ewa Beach. It is in the South Western part of Oahu. Just the next zone over (Waipahu zone), and literally the area that borders the Makakilo zone. I'm in the Ewa Beach 2nd Ward.  And because I know how mom likes to stalk the areas I've been in - I'll give this one to her! The boundaries are West of Fort Weaver Road, North of the beautiful ocean, East of Barber's Point Golf Course (for you Uncle John) and South of the railroad that runs close to Renton Road. Ewa Beach 2nd Ward is a smaller ward, and even then the ward was just split in half. My area is North of Keaunui Road. This Ward just brought in 4 brand spankin' new Missionaries: Elder Dyer (from Bountiful, Utah) me, and then two sister missionaries: Sister Hodgson (from Northern California [apparently in Chelsea's mission]) and Sister Yasufuku (From Osaka Japan). Elder Dyer has been out on the mission for about 3 months. He was actually just on Molokai, and he knew the Kiaha family. But all four of us missionaries are basically starting from scratch trying to figure out where everybody is in this area. 
We have bikes again! Except, the bikes are locked up and we don't know the combo for them, so Elder Dyer and I have been just walking around the area. Some nice members saw us walking on the road and gave us umbrellas. (It started raining on Saturday morning and it went until this morning - an affect of the hurricane.) So now (Tuesday), we have clear skies. Though my shoes are still soaked, and legs are a little sore from our walking.
On Wednesday we had to stay with the Zone Leaders (they actually live in Ewa Beach 2nd Ward boundries) because the sisters had to stay at our place (Sunrise apartments on Hanapouli Circle). They were there because some other Elders were living in the place they had to move into  It took a while before we were able to move into our place, but it's going well now. We have been trying to visit a slew of members, less actives, and investigators since then. We found a list of everyone, and went and knocked on all of their doors. We've met with a few people, but most of the families on the are names still to be found. That first night we went to a baptism that was happening in the Ward - child of record that flew from New Zealand to get baptized by his grandpa here. We were able to meet some members there at the baptism.
This Ward is going to be great as far as being fed mom. Ewa Beach is a little nicer of an area, at least nicer than Waianae was.... haha. Last night at our dinner appointment we had some of the best chicken and rice I've had since I got here. We had some soup another night that was pretty awesome also. I don't even know how to describe what it was. :) We had dinner at our Ward Mission Leader's house too. Though he lives down on Pupu St. (Don't laugh!) which, if you look, is all the way down by the water. Elder Dyer and I had to walk through the (hurricane) rain. It took us about an hour to get there, so we were real soaked by the time we saw them. The pair of shoes I wore that night (Saturday) are still drying. We had some vegan pasta and salad (SUPER good too). We were going to walk back through the rain, but about a minute after we left, Brother Kauihou (the Ward Mission Leader) drove up and said he forgot we couldn't get a ride with the Sisters (Sister(s) Hodgson and Yasufuku have a car), so we got home a lot quicker. Yay!
Sunday was really busy. We arrived  at 8:00 and started a meeting with the PEC at 8:30, Ward Council at 9:00. Sacrament began at 10:30. There are a lot more members that attend here in Ewa!. I need to learn all their names.... that might take a while. After church, we had a correlation meeting with Brother Kauihou and he dropped us off back at our place. After dinner, we headed back out into the rain to visit some more people. We were able to meet with one person before we had to head down to dinner. That was a 45 minute walk. Thirty minutes later we were at our place. When we first got here, we were told that it never rains in Ewa Beach. Funny how it's rained more days than not so far....
This morning we went to the Kauihou's home again (thankfully some Elders gave us a ride) to do some yoga. Sister Kauihou teaches classes in a studio in the back of her home. So this morning was filled with lots of sweat and hard-to-hold body positions!  She invited us to come again, so maybe next week we will do this Yoga stuff again.
Right now I'm emailing down in Ewa. Life is good. Still got lots to do. I think we have dinner with the Bishop tonight. Another far walk ahead
Goal for next PDay = Not to concentrate on how much I am walking!
Love ya lots. Have a great week!
Elder Nitta

No matter what the weather, I can always eat these!

Ward dinner - Elder Dyer, my companion.

Walking in the rain

Monday, October 13, 2014

Aloha Again!

Aloha again!

I did receive news that I'm leaving, but I have no idea where to. They just told me to pack my bags and get ready. I tried to start a little last night. I think most of the packing is going to be on Tuesday night though. It always ends up that way....

It's started to cool down here too.  It's gone from 80s and 90s to 70s and 80s. But it has been raining more so. The mountains that used to be brown and ugly, are now a very pretty green. There have been a couple days where it just starts to pour outside. It's then that I'm happy I'm in a car now. Though I don't know about the next area... keep hope alive?

This week has been going by pretty much the same as others. Though I was trying to use the excuse that I'm leaving to make people come to church, not too many came though :(  I guess I hope they remember and miss me. :P

We were able to meet with a couple investigators we haven't seen in a while. We told basically all of them to look up conference.  I hope they do.  It was so great!  We met with Keoki and showed him how to do all the Sacrament Blessings this week, buuuuuuut he got sick and couldn't come to church.

We had dinner with one of the recent convert families. The four year old boy was pretty hilarious as always. Running around telling us to be zombies then robots then superheroes and everything else. We had a macaroni-lasagna with bacon on top. Pretty good stuff :)

Honestly, I can't really remember that much of what we've done this last week. Time just kinda flies by a lot of times... Sorry that this email probably doesn't have much detail...

This morning was pretty fun. We got together as a zone with slingshots and had a little paintball battle. We went up into Makaha Valley, up in the trees to not hit other things. I got hit a couple times. Pretty fun though. I didn't think to bring actual shoes (I wore sandals) so I got a couple blisters on my feet now. No one got hurt beyond some little bruises, but that was to be expected.

Well I'm sure there will be lots to talk about next week. Sorry there's not really much to say this week. But love ya lots!

Elder Nitta 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Rain will not stop us!

Aloha from a slightly more rainy Hawaii.

We didn't have a crazy rainstorm, but it has been raining a lot lately. It will sprinkle a couple times a week, maybe a little harder for a little bit. But that's the sign of the winter months coming. Definitely on the Big Island. 

This week has been a bit tiring. There was much to do in preparation for the baptisms this weekend. But more of that later. Tuesday we had a zone meeting. I played the organ in the chapel, just playing loud enough so they could hear in the high council room. Also, we went to Honolulu. Elder Baker had to get some packages for his diabetes stuff. Soooooo we get to be in the car for a couple extra hours haha. oh well. We got back around 3 or so, but still managed to get 4 lessons in that day. 

Wednesday we were blessed to get six lessons in. And all those with going to Pearl Harbor in the morning. They told us the day before that we were going. We got to paint more wood, some kind of boxes. Same thing as last time.... We didn't go on the Missouri ship. But after, the gentleman in charge took us to the other side of the memorial area and showed us another ship that was sunk. Apparently in this ship, the USS Utah, there are a couple hundred sailors that were stuck inside when it sunk. They were only able to save one person that was stuck in the ship before it sunk under water. 

Thursday, we met with some more families, only four lessons taught that day. But we did get to meet with our recent convert Keoki. He has lots of questions, so we ended up talking with him for a couple hours. Next week he is going to Bless the Sacrament. He told us that he wanted us to show him what to do. 

Friday was another six lesson day. We met with all three of the people getting baptized and did the interviews for them. Tried to get everything settled. ..

On Saturday, we got to the Chapel around 7:30 to start up the font. The baptism for Chaz started at nine. I gave a talk on baptism there. It ended on time, but they had lots of family and snacks after. Elder Baker and I got to play around with Kanekoa, the 4 year old nephew of Chaz. He was hilarious. First we were the bad guys, then he was, then he was a robot, then a zombie. Kind of exhausting too. We got done with that baptism around noon, so we ate lunch, went and taught one lesson, then we had to head back to the church to prep for baptism number two. Started up that font around 3:30ish. That one went well too. Lots of people from the ward plus family. Though it started about half an hour late. So we didn't officially begin until around 5. We did all the service and had enough time to grab a few snacks (it was basically a feast of food after that one) and head to dinner at 6. A family took us out to a Thai restaurant in Ma'ili. So I got some curry, not too spicy, but enough. I was kinda sad because I was trying to save the best part (all the chicken) for last, so I ate all the veggies first, but I was too full and I couldn't eat any of what was left after that. But it's sitting in a bowl in our fridge right now So I'll get to it later. Had a lesson with another family at 7. For the longest time, I felt as if that family didn't really want us coming by, but this last time, we asked what we could do to help her and her family, and she told us to keep coming by. So there's something going to happen there hopefully. This is that family that hasn't ever come to church because the mom had work on Sundays, but she got it off now and she knows that she needs to come to church. 

Sunday was tiring as usual. Confirmations happened during sacrament. Bishop for Waianae ward did the ones for the his ward and I did the one for Chaz. The whole Sunday was basically us running around trying to get all the information for the baptiwmal records. But it's all done now. I played the piano for Makaha ward. The usual wasn't there. Only one investigator came to church, but it was alright because of all that happened previous. Though while we were at church, the zone leaders texted us and told me that Uncle Gene was in Hawaii and he wanted to meet up with me. I called president, but he said no to that. So I just called and left a message on his phone saying that we weren't able to get together. Oh well haha. 

Today we went to Waipahu. Three of the zones (Waipahu, Honolulu and Makakilo) got together to watch the new movie that's coming out, "Meet the Mormons." It was a real great movie. Good message to it. I just hope that lots of people will go and watch it. I think that people will be a lot more open to missionaries if they see this movie. We went to Arby's for lunch (the only one is in that zone) and now we're here. 

Transfers are in two weeks, so We haven't gotten any news yet there. Just have to wait and see. If I stay true to the tradition of fallowing that other elder around the mission, I'll be heading to Honolulu. 

Yeah this week has just been tiring. I feel pretty exhausted now just writing. haha but I hope your week goes awesome. Don't kill yourself over work. Much love!

Elder Nitta

Ahh Captain Crunch w/marshmellows

Kamaile Mountain Top
The Esera Family Baptism

Keoki's Baptism
Baptism of Chaz
Every Sunset looks this beautiful

Poke (raw fish) rice and chocolate milk 
The dreaded "No Fun" sign

Monday, September 22, 2014

What motivates you

Aloha again from Kapolei.

Well another week is down. The baptisms we have are still on AND scheduled for Saturday! One at 9 and another at 4:30. We should be kept busy for most of the day. Much to do in prepping the font and rooms etc.

Most of this last week, a lot of us were sick. I got a little sick on Monday, but it was mostly Elders' Nielsen and Baker. They had plenty of drugs and stuff to take care of themselves, but they were out for most of Tuesday. We had a couple appointments that day, so I went with a member in the ward to cover them. Wednesday was more or less the same thing. Sooooo not tons of lessons this week, but still enough to hit our zone's goals. We set goals, and President Warner said that if we hit the goals, he would allow our zone to come over on the Sunday morning session of conference, and have a breakfast at the mission home. So we'll probably be getting some pancakes soon then. Great stuff!

Also on Wednesday, we had our interviews with president. Mine was alright. I only have one more interview with president before the end of my mission now. I told him of my desire to see the Kiaha family, and he said he'll see what he can do. He did say that this is going to be my last transfer in this area. I told him that I want to be finishing my mission the strongest to which he agreed, and wants the same. He did bring up the idea of me training again, so we'll see what happens there. After the interview, Sister Warner had some game for us. A kind of competition. She had all the lesson principles printed out on strips of paper and all the lessons. She timed us to see who could put all the points down in order. I think she said I had the fastest time (something like 2:30ish). After the game I played on the organ, while the other companions were being interviewed. 

We are meeting with our recent convert now a little more often. He still has a lot of questions. We'll be trying to go over a point and he will cut us off to ask a question. It's a good thing that he wants to ask questions though. So many people just sit there in silence and smile and nod. I wish more people were interactive in the lessons like he has been. It's funny though, because some of his questions are so off topic and it takes a while for us to get back to what we were talking about. In total, it probably took us 2 or 3 hours to get through the restoration (two different lessons) because of how many things he brings up. 

The Makaha Ward had a campout on a beach close by. The park (Kea'au Beach Park) is nearby. So naturally we missionaries showed up for some food. We had already eaten, so we weren't too hungry, but of course there is always room for dessert! They had made scones and honey butter. I think I ate at least 3. The members camped over-night from Friday to Saturday,you would have loved it there mom.

Saturday, the zone leaders called us up in the morning and asked if we could come to a baptism in Makakilo. Somebody needed a pianist (that's me). I basically sight read the music for the musical number (went through it once before the service started). Afterwards, they had 'choke' snacks and goodies. Some turkey wraps, grapes, chocolate bars, pound cake, cookies, and juice. So naturally we took some home. haha

Sunday was another Sunday. Spending time at church from 8 to 3 makes for a looooong day. We had a few investigators come to church, which is always nice to see. One of the families asked if we could participate in blessing their little children, in this case we were blessing a 9 and 4 year old. We did that in the bishop's office. The four year old was having a little trouble sitting still, but he's funny. Nice kid. Dinner was with a half-white family! The dad had served a mission in Hawaii, then he came back and married a girl from here, though their kids look super ha'ole.  One kid told me that he would never dream of not eating the food somebody had made while he was at their home. I told him as missionaries we eat everything out of respect regardless if we like it or not.  Even if I don't like it, most of the time I just force it down, or eat it quickly. Especially at a Polynesian home, they expect you to eat. EVERYTHING!  But I don't really think about that kind of stuff anymore. I just eat. haha

This morning we went on a short hike (10 miles) on Mount Lahilahi. A little thing in Makaha. I've been there before, so you should already have pictures. 

To answer your question again, our mission was notified that the earliest we would receive iPads would be in October, but (and quite possibly) before the end of the year. President Warner said he hasn't received anything notifying him when that would happen. 

I feel like I'm down today honestly. I'm not really even sure why. Maybe I just a lot of things going through my mind that was happened yesterday. One member was almost arguing with me - telling me that my thoughts were skewed because I am of the opinion that the motivation for keeping commandments should not be to receive blessings. I think it's pretty pathetic and petty if we expect to get blessings because we are living righteously. I don't think we can expect any more blessing than the next person, and we certainly shouldn't think that we are better off  because we live better. Of course righteousness and faithfulness is essential if we want to have a blessed life, but that shouldn't be our motivation. The reason we follow commandments is that we have faith in God, and we know that He knows best. We act, because we want to follow God, not because we look forward to the reward.  He had such a materialistic point of view. Anyways, I was kinda disappointed when I brought that thought up in our class, and the member basically said I was wrong. Some other little things are annoying me too. I feel like I can never really focus on things the way some other people do. I get so sidetracked - so easily, and five seconds is enough to get me distracted (and not paying attention). Like hearing a song - I feel as if I can never really learn the lyrics (and half the time I can't even understand them), when some people are blessed to get it all down after hearing it once or twice. I kinda get down on myself for having to always ask people why we are doing something, or where we are going, when I would have known had I been paying attention. Oh well, maybe that's just me, and how I think. 

But life is good. I'm doing alright. Nothing really to complain about. I hope you are doing well. Much love!

Elder Nitta

Monday, September 15, 2014

This week has been keeping us decently busy

Aloha again!

Sooooooo we spent nearly all morning on a hike this time. We were going up the mountain that Kalani went missing on. We did go all the way up to the top, but nothing. Though it was some crazy exercise. I haven't sweat like that in a while haha. Before the hike I was probably around 155 pounds, but after I weighed myself and the scale said 149. Sooooo I'm not really gaining weight. I just have to not stuff myself as much as I can every time. But the sister missionaries in our zone came with us. The district they were in was doing something else and they weren't invited.... so they asked if they could come with us. I think we all are super wiped out now. My legs kinda hurt. haha

The work this week has been going well. We now have 5 with dates. Three coming up on the 27th of this month. One is with the less active family starting to come to church in Makaha. Chaz (the baptizee) is 9 and gonna get baptized. The other 2 are from Waianae. It's a big family. The dad has been less active for most of his life, but he's recently started to come back. The wife isn't a member and they have something like 6 kids, one of which is old enough to get baptized. So that should be exciting. The other two are from a family in Makaha. They too are just starting to come back to church, and the 2 youngest in the family can get baptized. So their date is October 18th I think. 

I'm not sure if I'll still be here by that last date. Our transfers are coming up in the beginning of October. I've been in this area for 5, almost 6 months now. I'm still with the other 2 elders that were first in Waianae. I'm just not sure if president would want me to stay in the area for a new elder that comes in, so that someone knows the people, or if he would send me out and whitewash the area. Or he could even split up us in the trio and send one of us to Makaha for good and send the other to Waianae. Can never know, but I'm not worried. I do only have three more transfers after this one ends, so I'll probably have only one morea area, wherever it is. 

On the way to the library, which is in Kapolei, there was a huge car crash on the freeway. Looked like some big rig rolled and caught fire. So all of one side of the freeway (farrington highway) was closed and they used one of the lanes on our side to have the cars going the other way go through. Needless to say, we hope that it's all cleared up by the time we head back that way. We have a dinner to catch. Haha I feel kinda ridiculous thinking about how we have dinners all the time. Tonight is with a member in waianae. I'm starting to get some people down. Still got lots more to meet. 

This week has been keeping us decently busy. We're out basically all day meeting with people in both the wards. We get in the 20s-30s range of lessons, but reporting them turns into the 10-15 per area. But it seems like president is happy that we are keeping busy. Elder Baker has been out for only a couple months, so he wants us to make sure he learns well. 

Actually both of our recent converts in the ward weren't able to come to church this week. Keoki, the boy, got sick, so we don't really know what's going on with him. Valleria, the Chuukese lady, actually has been mia. She moved to a place in Waianae area, but we couldn't find her there. We just hope she's still planning on going to church. But we have no real way to contact her. No phone, no address. And our ward is good with having someone play the music, usually. Most of the time, our elders quarum president plays the music, but sometimes (like yesterday) I might have to fill in with prelude. Sister Warner said I should practice playing the organ as much as I can though.

I hope you are serious about having people help you at work. You shouldn't stay that busy. And I hope all those around take note of all the extra work you put in. 

Consider the Lilies:

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, how they grow.
Consider the birds in the sky, how they fly, how they fly.
He clothes the lilies of the field. He feeds the birds in the sky.
And He will feed those who trust Him, and guide them with His eye.

Consider the sheep of His fold, how they follow where He leads
Though their paths may wind across the mountains. He knows the meadows where they feed.
He clothes the lilies of the field. He feeds the birds in the sky.
And He will feed those who trust Him, and guide them with His eye.

Consider the sweet tender children who must suffer on this earth. 
The pains of all of the He carried from the day of His birth.
He clothes the lilies of the field. He feeds the sheep of His fold.
And He will heal those who trust Him, and make their hearts as gold.

Well I love ya lots. Hope you keep on going no matter what. I pray for you always. 
Elder Nitta

Monday, September 1, 2014

Zoo's in Hawaii

Well this week has been a fun and kinda busy one.

Sooooooo right now I'm in a tripanionship with Elder Nielsen and Elder Baker. I was with Elder Caldwell for the week though. He got here on Wednesday. Elder Caldwell had been out for about 3 months, from Utah, but some medical stiff came up and he had to leave, so I got put with the elders in the next area over. Elder Baker has been out for maybe 2 months, from Washington. Elder Nielsen has been out for almost 9 or 10 months now, from Detroit. So fro the time being, we'll be working in both the Waianae ward and the Makaha ward. Should be fun just coordinating all the appointments together. And hey that means I'm not going to be on bikes anymore! haha yay

Well the boy from the ward is still missing. He's been gone for about months now. We just try to encourage the sister to keep going, not give up. 

Yep, there are zoos in Hawaii. Some elders were making jokes that all the animals there were caught locally. but tis not so haha. There were linos and elephants and giraffes and zebras, along with the few native animals like the nene bird. After we got malasadas so it was pretty worth it. I got a cinnamon one and a pineapple filling one. 

I think the baptisms at the temple went well. They had about 200 names from just the ward to do, so they didn't use any names previously submitted. Hope that trend can still continue. The temples are starting to struggle to find names to use. 

The talk in zone conference went well. I honestly put about  minutes of preparation into my thoughts I would say. But yes missionaries do get lots of practice just making things up on the spot and teaching. Can't say how many times I've told people that we came with a lesson prepared for them..... oh well is that such a bad thing to lie about? haha

Well that family of 10 people we haven't been able to see since they ran into us at first. But hopefully we'll be able to find em again and help them progress in the gospel.

Most people in Hawaii are Christians, though most of them don't go to church. I guess Catholicism would be the most popular. Decent amount of Jehovah's Witnesses too. Protestants were the first to move here and try to spread their beliefs around. So getting people to come to church is probably the hardest step for people to take. Though I bet that is a trend most anywhere in the world. 

Well I was a district leader while I was on the Big Island, so probably 6 or so months ago. I was one of the zone leaders in the MTC, but that doesn't mean anything. Nobody really knew what they were doing in the MTC. Haha but it is weird to think that all the sisters I came out with are now osi ngaue (all pau, the work is done, finished, done for, etc). I think it will be cool to have the mission reunions and stuff with all the people I've ever served with. 

So we were told to expect iPads coming sometime in October. Or at least that's the earliest we can get them, but the latest would be in December. I think the church's goal is to have all the missions in north america and Japan have them before the end of the year. President said that we would probably get training on them some time this month. 

We did help that member move some more furniture this week. We had to fit a big couch into an elevator. Kinda hard to do.... haha but it was alright. Though the apartment security people are super tight on how you move things so we had to put up pads and stuff in the elevator, we had to show all our id stuff so they could even let us in. There's actually a few places that are super hard on security and rules and stuff on their property that we don't really go to unless a member invites us in there.

We did make crepes too. Got some nutella. Made some cinnamon sugar to put on em too. Pretty good. Though milk is like 5-8 dollars a gallon here so we don't really do those kind of things very often.

Well that's about all the fun things that have happened this week. I'm sure that I'll have lots of things to say about Waianae ward this upcoming week. I should be good with clothing and stuff. Lots of love!

Elder Nitta

Monday, August 25, 2014

Keoki was Baptized!

Aloha mai kakou!

Sooooo transfers is this week. And I get to stay another transfer. Elder Saunders is leaving after being with me for 3 transfers. Don't know where to. I don't know who is coming in either. We'll see what happens.

Well this has been another fun week. We went to a total of 4 baptisms including the one this last Sunday. On Thursday, 8 year old was baptized. I was invited to perform the confirmation and play the music. So that went all well. Then on Friday, the Tongan ward was having a baptism, and the Elders in that ward asked if I could play the piano for that. Not that they need a piano really with how loud they sing haha. And then we had the baptism for Keoki, our investigator Saturday morning. It went all well, though we did get to the chapel around 6:30 to start filling the font and setting up. Luckily there were lots of people there already cleaning the chapel. Keoki was kinda funny. He didn't like how the jumpsuit looked and didn't wanna take pictures in it. But all went well. Played the piano for that one too. Our convert from the week before Valleria came to the baptism as well.

On Sunday we had the confirmations. Bishop did the confimation for Keoki and I did the confirmation for Valleria. Our ward is having baptisms for the dead on Friday so they are trying to get Keoki ready for that with Priesthood and all.

On Saturday, after the baptism, we helped one of our members move. They moved within the area so we still get to keep em haha. But it was up in apartment places so it was fun going up and down elevators. That took most of the day honestly, until an appointment at 4:30 and then dinner after that. But it was fun.

Zone conference was on Tuesday. I feel like it was just same old same old honestly haha. Nothing much new. Though president did mention to us that this next transfer we're getting trained to use the ipads. So that could be exciting. We also did have Jacob Reis visit with us. I don't know if you've heard about The District. It's missionaries in California that are filmed as they are proslyting. He was on one of them a couple years back, so he came and talked about how we can plan more efficiently. I was asked to give a talk. (Every zone conference, they tell us to prepare a short talk on a topic, this time faith, and they call on 2 missionaries to give the talk) Pretty short and easy. Nothing special. The sisters that I came out with are going home this transfer though. So I played the aloha oe to one of them there at the conference. Kinda weird to thind about it.

We have gotten a lot of people to work with this last week. One less active family wants to try to get their son baptized, so we're meeting with em on Wednesday and Thursday. There is a boyfriend in the family too that said he might be interested in listening. Then on Saturday a crazy thing happened. This guy came up to us as we were walking around. He said that he was a member from Chuuk and that his friend (who was with him) wanted to learn about the church and get his family of 10 baptized. He said he would come to church this sunday and see how he felt about it, but when we went to see him that morning to pick him up for church, one of the kids said he was sick. can't say that isn't a popular excuse, but we're hopefully going to be able to teach him.

It seems like this area is starting to get a lot more investigators and things happening. We didn't have too many investigators at church this Sunday, but I think this area is going to see some improvement. less than a year ago, the chapel would be barely full, maybe like 20 or 30 people at church, but now there's lots more people coming out on Sundays. We area ctually filling it up.The area hasn't had a baptism this year yet, but we just got the first two for the year. So things are looking up.

Today we went to Honolulu to the zoo. Kinda fun I guess haha. Only so much fun you can have looking at animals. After we went and got malasadas. I got a pineapple filling one and a cinnamin one. Pretty good. But now we're back in Kapolei. We're going to meet up as a zone to sign journals and stuff.

Well hope this week isn't too hectic. Love ya lots!

Elder Nitta

Monday, August 18, 2014


Well this week has been one of the more stressful ones. Mainly due to yesterday. I think it was probably one of the most stressful days of my mission thus far. 

So the baptism for one of the ladies went through yesterday. The other lady had some word of wisdom issues. Apparently, in Chuukese, there is no word for chewing tobacco and she didn't understand that that isn't allowed either when we taught her that so she will happen later, and also, she was kicked out of the home she was living in. we just went over there to find her missing. The family didn't like what was happening so she is now over in Waipahu. The sister missionaries went and found her but the other lady was still good for baptism.

Sooooo the crazy stuff. we were planning on having the baptism yesterday at 3:30. Upon going to ward council (at 10 am), the bishop notified us that it is the stake's policy that we are not allowed to perform baptisms while other wards are in session. The last ward would finish at 5 pm. That would be all fine except that we had a fireside to go to last night as well. The fireside was in Laie (about an hour and a half away, not speeding) and it started at 6 pm. So we thought maybe we could do it Monday or Tuesday (Not later than that, because the sister that teaches with us is going home this week), but the sisters didn't want to do that because it was one of the sister's birthday and she really wanted it to happen that day for the lady getting baptized. Sister Warner found out about all this stuff going on, and she suggested that we do it at another chapel (closest other chapel was in kalaeloa, about 20 minutes away), or she even suggested that we go do it in a pool of some member, though I'm not sure how serious she was on that. But Sister Warner wanted to come to the baptism and she wanted it to happen this day too. So we talked to our bishop and he said that it would be okay to use another chapel, only that he was concerned that not very many people would show up. But all in all we decided to go with that plan, putting the baptism at 4 pm. This was about at 1:30, so not too much time to play around with. So our next task was to coordinate rides back and forth to the Kalaeloa Chapel because they didn't have cars. So we were running around frantically trying to find people that were willing to go that far to drop them off and then to pick em up and go back. We also had to worry about their 2 one year old children, so we were also running around trying to find car seats. So we found one lady that said that she might be able to  drive down there, so we kinda had a backup if anything, but then we talked with the bishop's wife, who said that she would be able to drive them down there. we called up the elders for the other chapel and asked them if they could start filling the font. Then we found two car seats to spare, one from one lady and another from another lady. And then our elder's quorum president was going to give us a ride down there, so we thought we had everything covered, until after church. At 3 pm our bishop's wife told us that she actually wouldn't be able to drive them down there. So we went to our kinda backup and she said that her daughter was having some health problems and she needed to get home to her. They suggested another member in the ward,s o we run around trying to find her, but I think she already left by that point. Going around outside asking people, another lady, that normally goes to another ward, heard us and she offered to give a ride. But she could only give 2 people a ride, so we needed one more car. Our relief society president then offered to give a ride as well. So everyone at that point had a ride to get there, probably like 3:15 or so. It took a while for one of the ladies to drop off her family and come back to pick up our baptizee, but she did come and I'm grateful for that. The sisters in the Micronesian ward were to bring the baptismal suits as well, but of course they forgot them, so we had to borrow another ward's suits. But all in all we got everyone there at about 4pm. The baptism service started a little later and we were able to get it all done, and with a decent amount of members there too. But we closed everything up and turned all the lights off a little before 5, so we still had to drive to Laie. I'm actually just praying that everyone got back to Makaha safely, but we sped off to the visitor's center in laie. We got there a couple minutes before it started. so just in time. But I was happy to see it all work out. Though we didn't get home till about 9:30. And all I ate that day was a granola bar at church and some chocolate covered raisons so I ate a lot of food when I got home haha. 

The fireside went well though. Before it started we sang an arrangement of how great thou art as a musical number. (they just handed me the music as I walked in so I sang along just sight reading it.) The man speaking was the first Tongan person drafted into the NFL. He talked about giving up your old self to God. Sacrificing what you once were to fulfill new responsibilities. It was fun to see a bunch of old missionaries too. Practically all of Oahu's missionaries were there. Though, I feel like I don't really know anybody anymore. There are so many new missionaries I haven't met. Going back we passed through Honolulu, so we saw all the zones on Oahu yesterday (we went up through Mililani and North Shore on the way there).

The rest of the week went pretty well though. We did meet with Dolly, who's son went missing. While we were there, she got a phone call from a friend. They said they saw her son down in Waianae, so she called up the neighbors to give her a ride to go see if they could find him. They didn't see him, but it gives me some hope that he might be out there still. 

Yeah I feel like I can't really think of the rest of the week and how that went with all the stuff going on yesterday. But we have zone conference tomorrow. Should be good. Another thing is that I heard there's another hurricane in the forming some ways off from hawaii. Still got time to grow into something big, though the last I heard about it was on Saturday so who knows what could be happening now. 

Well love ya lots. I got the pants so thank you! have a great week!

Elder Nitta

Monday, August 11, 2014

Starting to Grow

I feel that lately emails have been meaning more and more to me. I guess I'm grateful for the love and support I always have.

Well the storms/hurricane stuff was kinda fun. I'm sure you were obsessed over the weather reports and all, but all is well. The Big Island got hit the worst. I heard that some houses lost their roofs and trees were falling down all over. In my old area over there, power and water was out for the entire day. But here on Oahu, the storm was basically just some wind and rain. We were told not to go out during the day on Friday. The worst that happened with us was some gust coming through the house and knocking down one of our lamps, shattering the light bulb. But luckily I have had great parents that taught me how to sweep. Ask me about how often our dishes are getting done though. haha Well we had the elders in the next area over with us. They are our ride everywhere, so if there was some emergency evacuation, they would be there to drive away quickly. So we played games and stuff. Yeah kinda boring but oh well haha. I guess there's another hurricane somewhere north of Hawaii now? but we don't feel anything here.

Well with the hurricane, Pearl Harbor was closed so we didn't get to go over there to help out with service. But we did help out another lady in the ward with alot of service. Her brother or sister or something and their spouse both died within a couple months of eachother over in Ohio, so this member is basically adopting their only child. She had us over to help clean up the house and paint some rooms. We were there for two days, multiple hours both days helping, and then with the storm and on top of that me and now my companion Elder Saunders getting sick, we weren't able to have tons of lessons this week. Although, I'm almost better. I just have a little cough left, but I'm not waking up in the middle of the night to cough a lot any more. That at least waits until morning.

Our with dates are turing more solid it seems. The Chuukese ladies are pretty set. One needs to be married and that's the only thing I'm worried will make it not go through. But the boy we teach is still going pretty strong. He doesn't have any care for what his parents are thinking of him getting baptized, which I think is kinda funny. So hopefully the baptism for the ladies will be this Sunday, right after church and the boy on the next Saturday.

Also on Sunday we have a island wide firside up in Laie that we all are invited to. Some person. I forget who. We are going to try to make it, but it really dpends on our ride situation.... haha always does.

This Sunday we had lots of our investigators come to church. I thnk I counted 6 or so. We walked with the Chuukese ladies there. Then the boy we teach was with one of the families. Another less active family starting to come back and of course Dolly, the lady that has her son missing. This Sunday was our ward conference. The theme was that men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause. They had me share a short 10 minute talk on the restoration. I talked on how my testimony in the restoration is true and that because it's true and strong, I act on it. Basically I challenged the ward to serve others more, to of course search for missionary opportunities, but mostly serve just because we have faith in God. I feel that I may have been almost forceful with the congregation,  but people thanked me for my testimony and thoughts after so I guess someone was affected. Hopefully the work will pick up more.

When I first got to this ward it was super tiny, but it really feels like it's starting to grow more and more. We have filled up most of the chapel now, whereas before we would struggle to get close to 100 in attendance.

We had a zone meeting this week too. nothing much new there. Still me playing piano and zone leaders trying to inspire the missionaries. I think our zone conference is coming up soon too.

I hope you know that I expect you to be getting home on time. :) And I thought I was going to be flying into Vegas. Who said Salt Lake? Released by phone? I'm a little confused by that. I haven't been spoken to about those things yet.

Well hope you have a great week! Love ya lots!

Elder nitta

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hurricane's Iselle and Julio

Aloha Parents

Your missionary is safe. President Warner has asked me to send this email out with some information about how prepared we are here in the islands for both Hurricanes Iselle and Julio.  We have all the missionaries from the Big Island together in 2 groups, Kona and Hilo. They are in 2 different stake centers on high ground. Each group has a senior couple with them, food , water and other emergency supplies. They have been instructed to stay in the building and together until the all clear is sounded.  
On Maui the same is happening all the missionaries are in one stake building with the same supplies. Kauai doesn’t have any senior couples so the stake President is organizing them together in the stake building.
On Oahu we are organizing the missionaries in groups depending on the need. It looks like we will only be getting a Tropical storm. They know where to go, mission office, or which stake centers are on high ground.
Depending on the issues we have with electricity outage you may or may not hear from your missionary on Monday. I will send a group email as soon as I get the information.  As a mission we are prepared and we don’t want our love ones at home to worry about us.

Mahalo for sending your great missionary to us
Sister Cordon
Hawaii Honolulu Mission Secretary

Aloha Parents

President Warner asked me to email the parents to reassure you that all is well here. Our missionaries are safe and dry. The worst thing that happened to them was boredom because we made them stay in today. As I stated in the first email, you may not hear from your missionary on Monday due to our second storm front. It is supposed to miss the Islands but we could get a lot of rain and wind. I am resending the first email along with this one because some parents didn’t receive it. See below.

Much Mahalo

Monday, August 4, 2014

Feelin' Sick

Aloha again

Well this week has been a not so happy one with me. haha, I've been feeling sick the whole week. Got some stuff in my throat, so I'm constantly coughing up stuff. Makes it kinda hard to sleep when I can't stop coughing. oh well. I think I'm getting mostly better now. Just a little still there. I hope none of the other missionaries get sick from me. I think I got it from another missionary that had it almost a month ago.

Well the new transfer is going all right. The new missionaries are fun, especially the ones straight from the mtc. The newest one I get to see all the time is Elder Baker from Washington. But this transfer is going to go by real quick I'm sure. I'm down to my last 5 transfers now. Weird to think about stuff like that.

We were able to still have some lessons. Though this week was definitely slower, me being sick and all. We were able to meet with our with date people. Keoki, the boy is going great. He's been liking church and seems real attentive when we teach. The other family, Vallerie and Geraldine (the Chuukese girls) are coming along slowly. This week we were only able to see Geraldine. She said that she prayed about all the stuff we've taught and she knows it's true and she wants to leave her boyfriend. It was really awkward when her boyfriend showed up at the end of the lesson. It was funny when he started talking bad about us in Chuukese, but the sister that we were with (super white girl that actually understands the language) asked him, in the language, What did you say? He got real surprised and stopped talking.

We went up the mountain this morning that the boy went missing on. I only went up a little ways, but some other elders kept on going up farther. There's been a lot of rumors going around about how the boy got lost or if he ran away, but most of it has no ground to it. As we've talked with the mother, which we talk with her multiple times a week, she says there's basically no leads as to what has happened with him. She did get up in Sacrament meeting though and shared a quick testimony. She's a nonmember and all, but she still said she knows that this church is true. She concluded it with asking the ward to pray for her. I just hope she's going to be okay.

Got a couple more pictures of the valley and of Makaha. I feel like all the pictures basically look the same though. All the ocean or the valley with some big landscape. I donno, maybe you feel differently. Haha

About eating stuff, I'm sure I would at least try whatever you make. haha I've had the balut, horse, some eggplant thing, fun things, so I've kinda gotten used to eating random things and not complaining.

At church there were lots of visitors. There were 2 families visiting from Vegas. One I got to talk with shortly said they were from the Lone Mountain Stake. The other family I didn't get to talk with, but they're staying for a couple weeks so I'll see them around. There were actually a lot of people visitng church this week. Made it seem like the chapel was actually really full. And we had our stake presidency visiting. And President Warner was only visiting for this last week.

We have a zone meeting tomorrow. The Zone Leaders are getting training from the missionpresident today and they report it and teach us tomorrow. Then on Wednesday we get to go volunteer at the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor. Should be good. We have plenty of appointments scheduled, Just hope they go through.

Yeah elder Saunders and I get along well. We're both pretty easygoing. Nothing to complain about. THough I have been with him for a long time. haha

I'm doing well otherwise. I sent back the pants that didn't fit. I don't know if the company was going to send some back in the right size. Maybe you could check on that? Thanks!

Well Love ya lots hope your week goes great.

Elder Nitta

Monday, July 21, 2014

17 Months this week!

Well another week down. Almost at 17 months (in a couple o days.... Weird.... haha)

So this one family that we teach almost every week hasn't been really progressing that much in the church.... until this week. So we were totally thinking of just dropping them because nothing was happening. We teach them with a set of sisters from Honolulu because they're chuukese (a type of Micronesian) so the sisters that come speak the language. Actually it's one super ha'ole sister (white) that has been in that ward for about 6 months that speaks the language. But this last week we went and there was another girl there that we had never seen. Turns out she was taught by one of the sisters that we teach with before, but she dropped off the face of the earth and they never saw her again, until this Friday. She really wanted to get baptized and come to church but never got to when she left Honolulu to come to Waianae. But now her and her sister want to come to church. Another funny thing: her sister has been baptized as a member, but somehow, her records were lost so we have to do the baptism again. Crazy stuff. But we walked with them to the church on Saturday (maybe 5-10 minute walk) and had a lesson there. They said they would come to church. When Sacrament started, they weren't there, but about halfway through they showed up and stayed for class after. Soooooo hopefully it will all work well. We set a baptismal date for the 17th of August. Should be good, except one of them has to get married, but she wants to be married, so it's looking good. Then there's a boy there that is 9 years old that came to church with them too, so 3 potential in that family that we were thinking that we were going to drop.

Then on Tuesday we went to the temple. Always nice, even with the hour and a half drive there haha. Past the dole plantation and through Hale'iwa. I think that temple is one of my favorites. After that we had our interviews with president Warner. He basically told me that Elder Saunders is probably going to leave this next transfer (in a week and a half). He wants me to study up on the spirit of prophecy vs the spirit of revelation. He plans to speak in our sacrament meeting this next Sunday too. Hopefully motivate some members to do more missionary work. After the interview (which by the way, I was the very first out of the zone) we got together with sister Warner and gave a short talk. They assigned us the topic of obedience. So we were given 3 minutes to give our short talk. They recorded it and graded us, so sister Warner would watch it with you after. I was all right except apparently, I say um a lot when I talk publically. I like more one on one kind of conversation stuff. But it was good. I don't remember if I mentioned that the iPads for our mission plan on getting here sometime in October. Funny how they once upon a time told us we would get them in December last year. But they've actually ordered them now, instead of just saying they were going to order them. haha.

The work went all right this week. Not too bad, but we could have had more lessons. We did get a call from one of our members last night. Her boyfriend has been coming to church for the past month or so every week. He's not a member, but we didn't want to move in and try to teach him because his parents are kind of anti Mormon or anti religion in general. But she told us last night that he wants to take lessons for real, so we are probably going to teach him at the members house. We meet with them tonight for family home evening. Then we'll set up a day to go over the lessons in specific.

There was apparently another tropical storm that hit Hawaii Saturday night. First of all, being on Oahu, you don't get that much rain. The Big Island catches most of it all. Second of all, being on the most dry part of the dry side of Oahu, you get even less rain than the rest of the island. So our tropical storm was just a little drizzle. we heard thunder on through the night, but nothing big. Our power was out for most of the morning. It went back on sometime while we were at church. Getting ready, I was totally expecting to take a cold shower, but there was still some hot water left over from before the power outage. I just remember that the tropical storm that hit last year when I was on Maui wasn't that big of a storm either, but I guess you never know. This one started out as a hurricane I heard but died off as it got closer.

We did play rugby almost every morning this last week. I think I need to wash my clothes.... haha they stink a little. But I think those are the exciting things that have happened this week. Hope you are doing awesome!

Aloha wau 'ia 'oe!

Elder Nitta

Diamond head overlooking Waikiki

Elder Sauders & Elder Nitta

Art of Graffiti

Typical Hawaiian Sunset

La'ie Temple

Panorama of Keana and Oahu

La'ie Temple

Diamond Head overlooking Waikiki

Pearl Harbor