Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Aloha ko'u ohana!

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Subject: Re: 30 March 2014

Aloha ko'u ohana!

Well The Pahoa Ward Bishop (next area over) taught me a couple phrases like "aloha kahi kekahi." (Love on another) and "Ma ka hana ka ikea" (In the work is the knowledge) Anyways, it's been fun learning random Hawaiian phrases and such.

I didn't know we got a new dog?? haha well I hope he likes the new home. 

Well This week has been a fun one. We didn't get to go pig hunting with our investigator (he had to cancel last minute), but he recommitted to this afternoon. He is having a walk/race thing for his son. Something about premature birth awareness. So he is providing lots of food for that. They killed a cow for burgers and he's going to get the pig tonight with us. Should be fun. We'll be safe, probably get a little dirty though.

I got myself Elder Greene now. He's been out for 4 1/2 months. It was weird today. We were with another set of elders and I had been out the longest out of all of them. Felt different to think that.... Oh well. Elder Greene is from Salt Lake City. He did military stuff before the mish. Great missionary. Really motivated and fun to be with. Elder Shute and I got along fine. We were both kinda introverted I guess. Sometimes could get quiet. But it was good. 

Well so far we haven't really been able to do much with the Kea'au ward. I think with both of our areas combined, we have now the biggest area in the mission. The bishop of the other ward lives all the way down by the volcano like 35 miles away. The first day, when Elder Greene first got here was kinda crazy. It seems like everyone was having a bad day when we were visiting them, so it was an interesting first impression for Elder Greene. We went to a Kea'au member for lunch. To say the least, I feel that the members of Kea'au like to stick to themselves a lot more. The Waikahe ward seems so much more friendly and nice, especially to visitors. But hopefully we can still help out with that. 

We were able to meet with only a few of our investigators this last week. I think I mentioned that most of our work has been with the recent converts and less actives. Not many of our investigators have been really progressing by leaps and bounds. Though one of the investigators seems like a completely different person now from the time I first started meeting with her. When we first started over 3 months ago, she seemed really sad. Depressed almost. She has gone through so much hardship from what she tells us, but slowly, little by little, she seems happy. We weren't able to sit down and have a lesson with her this past week, but we stopped by and talked for just a second. She had a big smile and seemed really happy to see us. It just seems that over the past 3 months her outlook on life or her circumstances have changed in such a way that she just is happy. I guess that's really what we all want to do, is be happy. Men are that they might have joy right? Ii just hope that she can continue to grow and accept the gospel, and maybe think that God is blessing her in this way.

A sad thing that we had to find out about this week is that one of our less active members passed away. We had gone over there a couple months ago to give her a blessing with our bishop. Throughout the blessing she was crying and the spirit was strong. She felt what I saw as a mighty change of heart. She wanted to come to church and to change her life around. Unfortunately, due to her health, she wasn't able to make it to church (lung cancer, she needed a machine to help her breath), but her heart was there. She knew that it was the right place to be and I just thank God that she was able to meet with us missionaries for the few times before she passed on. I'm grateful for her friend that told her she needed to call the missionaries and get a blessing. I feel if we never went, her spirits may have not been as high. We spoke with the husband on Thursday. He is going through a hard time, but he knows she's out of pain now. We asked if we could come and share a message to the family and he said he will keep us in mind. We will for sure stop by still.

It seems like a lot of people are passing away. Another less active has a mother on Maui that is going downhill. We are working on getting information from her to have missionaries go over and give a blessing. Though, this less active just came to church yesterday. It was the first time I saw her there. It's good to see at least some progress with some of the people we are working with. Another less active also came to church. First time I saw that one too. It's good to be able to feel of some help. 

Sunday, yesterday, was a really long day at church. We got there around 8:30 and stayed until about 4. There's lots of people to get to know in the Kea'au ward. Of course, I feel bad for Elder Greene, who has to now learn to wards worth of people at the same time. After church we were able to meet with a couple more of our investigators. Some we haven't been able to see in a long while. Dinner was at a recent converts house. Her husband is a chef at some 4 star/diamond restaurant in Kona (other side of the island). The dinner was tenpura vegitables, rice, a mac salad, and a white fish in a white wine cream sauce with papaya on top. Pretty good stuff. Next time though, they said that we would be eating some crazy things like balut (the chick still growing in the egg), intestines with bile cooked in it, and fun things like that... should be fun....

well the week has been fun. Elder Greene is going to be a great companion. 

Aloha wau 'ia 'oe

Elder Nitta

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