Monday, May 26, 2014

Aloha! This time I'm in Makakilo!

So because of Memorial day, all the libraries are closed. So that means we get to go to the stake center and use the family history computers. It's a pretty nice chapel. Pretty new. 

This morning we got to go to the Waianae Ward's beach party. They had burgers and stuff. We got to play some games on the grass area of course. Though some of the members were telling us that they need to have someone go drown, so that the Elders can go to the water and rescue them! Ha Ha!  Even the members want us to go swim.  I played chess, and I beat 2 people while the food was cooking. There were burgers, hotdogs, malasadas, chips (I got the Maui onion flavor), and a bunch more desserts I just couldn't try.

This week started out really well. We had something like 5 or 6 lessons on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Our potential baptism, Dolly, is still struggling with smoking. We are working with her to develop more of the desire to quit. She wants to be baptized, we just need to help her with the smoking somehow. All the ward is on board with helping her. She's been coming to church for so long and is a real part of the ward. How was it that Gma and Gpa quit the smoking? Any advice?

So those days were good, but then one of the Elders in the Waianae Ward got sick, so I got to go to our pad with him, while my companion and his companion went to work in our areas. He's been having gall bladder problems. But seems all right now. By the way, I've been a little sick this whole week. Nothing serious, but I've had some phlegm in my throat the whole time. Kinda annoying, but I'll be good. Biking isn't a problem. Most of our area is pretty flat, so no huge hills, like my last area had. 

The weather out here has been pretty strange. This is supposed to be the dry side of the island, but we have been getting 'choke' rain this last week (well not quite hilo standard rain, but still a lot more than usual). Then yesterday there was a storm that hit our side. Our power went out for a bout an hour and a half. Our dinner appointment had to cancel on us because they couldn't cook the food without power. So I made myself a sandwich, ham and turkey. Pretty good stuff if I do say so myself haha.

I think on Tuesday, there was a weird light show going on in the sky. There were some weird white lines in the sky, like someone had scribbled in the sky right around dusk. No body knew what it was but tons of people were taking pictures. We were joking around that there was some alien invasion going on. It lasted for about an hour, but after the sun was down, it was still bright with white lines in the sky. 

It was graduation for the high schools this past weekend. So the one main road that goes out to our area was super busy with traffic. And almost everybody was going to the graduation, so that made Friday a pretty slow day at night. Nobody home to teach. 

Well other than that, there wasn't anything too exciting going on this last week. Pretty average week. haha Sorry for boring emails. 

Thanks for sending things to help me out. I got a new razor, so I should be good there. haha that's one thing that annoys me is having to shave everyday... oh well. Love you lots 

Elder Nitta

Monday, May 19, 2014

Aloha from Kapolei!

Aloha from Kapolei!
Well that's where I am right now. I'm still in Makaha in the Makakilo zone, in a far away (kinda run down) part of the zone/island. 
It's been a fun week. For starters, when a senior graduates over here, all of them get banners that show their huge poster-size picture along with congrats. The families hang them up on the fence around the school. So the school right where are (Waianae High School) is choking with banners all around it. I was thinking to myself,  that it would be weird to have a huge picture of my face on a poster out for everyone to see.... haha oh well. Our ward held a senior graduation party for seniors who are graduating, here at the chapel. There were about 7 seniors I think. The Waianae HS has about 200 or so kids graduating. I'm sure that sounds nice compared to my senior class of 702. But there are lots of different schools that the kids go to. One thing I've noticed is that parents will send their children to super far away schools to get them to the school they want them to attend.  I know of one of the seniors who catches a bus to get to Kamehameha HS about an hour away every day. I'm told that's pretty normal. I guess some parents just don't want their kids in certain schools.  Same as home I suppose.
Our investigator with a baptismal date is supposed to have quit smoking by now. We're going to see her tomorrow, so we will follow up on that. It's funny seeing her at church though. She'll greet everyone at the door, and hand out programs, like it's her calling. Then there's another lady that doesn't come to church, but teaches the cub scouts every week. I love seeing less actives and nonmembers fulfill callings. We're excited to see Dolly (our investigator) progress. Her son has been a help in that as well. He's been a member for a few years, but he knows his stuff. Probably a lot better than I knew gospel topics when I was his age.
One of our days we were dropped off at one end of our area by the elders in the next area over, in order to make an appointment. But then they weren't able to pick us up to get us back to our bikes, so we spent a little while walking back, and we were able to talk to lots of people on the way. Some girl was just waiting at the bus stop and she actually stopped us and asked us what our church was about. Then another man stopped us too!  He gave us water and let us talk with him. That guy told us to come by any time and he'll share whatever he is cooking. Some people are too nice it seems.
We went out with one of our members to dinner. He was taking Dolly out for her birthday dinner and invited the missionaries too! We went to Ruby Tuesday's, sooooooo it was a nice dinner. I had the salad bar stuff, with an entrĂ©e of chicken with tomatoes and some sauce stuff on top. I picked the sides of broccoli and a baked potato. Dessert was cheesecake with raspberry sauce on top.  Lots of the members have been treating us well. One family took us to the grocery store and got us a bunch of food. So I've been making pancakes a lot of mornings. We need more milk though.... that's one thing that can get expensive. On the big island it was about 7 or 8 dollars a gallon. Here it's more like 5 to 6 dollars. But we got a pack of oreos too, so we should get some milk to go with them.
This morning we went on a hike up to the top of a mountain that separates the different valleys. There were pillboxes from old war stuff up there. If I figure out how to send pictures I'll try. One of the elders that came with me and my comp actually sprained his ankle right as we got to the car at the bottom. Sooo now he's in a ankle brace. By the way, that elder that hurt his ankle has been around me my whole mission almost. He started in Maui, a transfer before me. Then he went to Honolulu, where I followed him, then to Hilo, where I followed him again, than to Makakilo, where I am now. So I've been following him everywhere. Wherever he goes next we decided is where I'm going too. So I hope he heads to Molokai. That's where Elder Kiaha is from!
As far as your question goes, baptism for people who cannot understand it's importance is not required. Somewhere in the chapters of Moroni in the BoM is a scripture reference. I can't remember exactly where it is without the book right in front of me. But if someone is capable of understanding it and making that choice for themselves, it is necessary. Hope that helps.
Congrats on the teams going to state though! That's exciting for the school to be going places. Hope all goes well. Keep going strong. I feel like time here is flying by. I'm about at 15 months now, so almost 9 months left. Werid to think about that. haha
Love you mostest!
Elder Nitta

Monday, May 5, 2014

The verdict is in - I'm leaving the Waikahe Ward!

Aloha Momma! 

The verdict is in - I'm leaving the Waikahe Ward on this beautiful island of Hawaii! I am heading back to Oahu on Wednesday.  I heard that I'm going to Makakilo which is on the West side of Oahu.  And - I might be with my second son, Elder Saunders again!  If that's the case, it will be great. I'm sad to be leaving the Ward here.  The members have been super great, so kind and caring. Elder Greene has been an inspiring companion. I've been pretty spoiled, but I'm excited to move on. Hopefully this new Ward will be ready for me when I get there.  Ha Ha!

Last week we were able to see some of our less active members, and a decent bunch of our investigators. We just started meeting with a less active man and his non-member girl friend. They are so excited about starting to come back to Church. We talked about them in Ward Council, and about half the people there said that they grew up with him, and knew him well! I'm so sad that I won't be able to see some of these people progress. I have enjoyed my time here.

Our ward Mission Leader's wife is going back home to Vegas for a few weeks. I gave her our contact information so she could contact you. I hope that's okay... I also gave the info to the people we live with. They are super great people. A lot of people here have been so good to me.  As a departing gift, I
was given food and snacks from the members. 

This past Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday it was pouring rain. Saying that we got a little wet is an understatement! We stopped in front of one of our member's houses to seek refuge. As we were trying to drip-dry, we heard the loudest laughter coming from inside.  Turns out we were the butt of the laughter, just because we were soaked with rain. They must have felt sorry for us because they gave us towels to dry off with. 

I feel like most of this week has been really busy meeting with a lot of people.  Most of it is just normal missionary work, nothing too exciting really happened sadly. We had a fabulous dinner at our landlord's house. Elder Greene did a few magic tricks to entertain a lot of the kids. They have been really great to me. 

I hope your week goes well. I'm excited to talk/skype on Sunday. If I can, I'll let you know when. Thanks for all you do!

Elder Nitta