Monday, January 27, 2014

We are teaching the most humble Chuukese man!

Well today has been a fun one. 

P Day today - we went up to Waipi'o Valley, towards the top of the big island, and we helped a guy with his family's taro farm.  So this morning was spent in the mud pulling weeds and getting dirty... haha it was fun though. Most people just had mud all over them! I guess I learned that so much work goes into keeping the taro farm growing. They have to keep it growing for about a year before they can harvest it. We did get to see an amazing beach that would be a great place to go if we ever visit the big island as a family. It has black sand and is pretty much deserted. It would definitely be an adventure getting down to it. You'll need a truck to get into the valley since it's like a 25% downhill grade. So a 4 wheel drive is a need. 

I did get my scriptures in the mail this past week. And I got a tie in the mail from Gav and Kelli. I think the reception tie - I like the color. I wore it to church and members liked it. Other than that I don't think I got a package from you... maybe today. We haven't been down to our place all day. I could probably print my Patriarchal blessing if you scanned it and sent it to me. That would be a good way to do it. 

Well, our investigator with is good for baptism on the 8th. He's going really strong. We had one of our members come and help us teach because he can speak Chuukese better than we can. But he is super happy about the baptism day.

We also had one of our other investigators come to church (Yay!). Although they came to the wrong meeting. They got mixed up with the time of the baptism the previous day, so the other elders came up to us after our church had ended and told us that they thought one of our investigators was there. So they have a date for the 22nd with him to be baptized. I  really hope it goes through. 

I did get to play a song during sacrament. A nice arrangement of Love at Home - sister Purcell would love it.

One of our members had a baby shower this past week. They invited the missionaries to come and say the prayer. Soooooo we got to come and eat all the food in exchange for saying the prayer. I thought it was funny, but we helped set up and take everything down before and after. 

As a mission, we are trying to read through the Book of Mormon in 80 days. So far I'm in Mosiah and I've been going strong since the new year. Hopefully I will be able to keep it up. 

I did get staff paper (music writing paper) in the mail. I'm not sure who sent that to me... but it's nice. I've been able to write out some stuff in my spare time. 

Crazy to hear about all the babies that are coming into the family. Weird to think that Alayne is going to have a baby - I remember her babysitting us.  She'll be great.  I hope they will love me when I get back. 

Hope all is well. Love you! Keep going strong with reading. Remember to love all those around you. :)

Elder Nitta

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Aloha from the Island of Hawai'i!

Aloha from the Island of Hawai'i!

Sweet that the Pennington's called you! I certainly miss their family. I definitely want to go visit them sometime later. There were a lot of families in that Ward that I miss. Lots of families there that I'm sure would love to meet you!

As far as my stuff that was stolen; first and foremost, I just want scriptures. The GPS isn't as important. It would be nice to have a camera to take pictures of things. I am kinda bummed that I have lost about 2000 pictures from the first half of my Mission. I'm not sure if  I should even get one yet. Let me know if that's okay with you.

I was expecting to have half of my Mission in 2 areas, since I spent 6 months in Maui and then 4 1/2 on Oahu. But this Big Island I've been sent to is just super rural. My area is called Waikahe. There are a lot of people that speak more pidgin-kine talk. Thank goodness I can understand the people haha. There are no street lights in my area, and over half of it is on dirt roads. Our area is one of the smaller areas on the island, but it is still bigger than any area I've been in so far. We get a car so yay for me! Haha. It covers a place called Hawaiian Paradise Park. All the street lights on the island are supposed to leave no "light pollution." Whatever that is. So they are really dim, and different colors. The ones closer to my area are yellowish. The ones in the town of Hilo are all green. Kinda fun, but different. No signals in my area. My area goes down to the water. One of our investigators lives right next to the water, but it's not a beach,  more like rock and cliffs. If you fell in, you would probably be smashed pretty hard against the rocks. I have never been colder while on Hawaii. This last night it was freezing. I just have one balnket that I sleep with, and I was having trouble sleeping. It got somewhere in the high 50s - that's not really cold compared to Utah, but there's no heaters or AC's in our places, so we are stuck with the temperature around us. 

We live with some members, the Hanzahs. They have a huge guest house in the back of their place. It is super big, by far the largest diggs I've gotten on my mission, maybe like the size of our upstairs, or a little smaller. The family here has soooo many fruit trees. Things like Rabadons (yeah they are weird looking, spikey..) bread fruit, oranges, and more. The Hanzahs are a super nice family. The Ward is nice. There are a lot of younger kids. I don't really remmeber a lot of their names, but that will come in time. We have a few potential baptisms for this coming transfer, but most of their candidates have just recently been baptized. Hopefully we can find more people and see success. So far this area has had a lot more success than my last area. So many more people willing to sit down and talk with you.

I'm excited to see more of this island. Should be fun. 

Elder Nitta

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Aloha and Happy New Year!

Aloha and Happy New Year!

Well today we have another preparation day, so I am currently at the stake center in Hilo on the Big Island. My new comp's name is Elder Shute, from Utah. I actually came out with him. We were in the same MTC class.

This island is crazy. It's suuuuppppeeeerrrrr country, especially more towards out where I live. Hilo is the "city" and we live about 20 to 30 minutes southeast of there. There are some more missionaries that live farther away though. The farthest away is about 1 1/2 to 2 hours away. Well there's green everywhere. The island is huge. I haven't seen the ocean since I left Honolulu. I feel like I'm on the Mainland. People talk more local kine pidgin. Totally different from Honolulu. And it rains a lot here! It's been raining a for the past week here. They had lots of floods everywhere in town right before I got here, but it's slowing down, and not as wet out. Haha

We spent the night last night as a Zone at the stake center.  We played games and celebrated the new year. One of the missionaries brought a fire knife stick and was going crazy with it. I think a couple people burned themselves with it.  Oops

It's been a fun 2 days so far. Left my second "son" back in Honolulu. Hopefully I'll see him around some more. I hope all is well. Sorry not too much has happened since Monday except that everything is different haha. Love you lots

Elder Nitta