Monday, July 14, 2014

Just another week...

Aloha, just another week

Well for lunch we went to costco and we ran into some people. The Mafi and the Bowles (spelling?) family came and said hi. They took a picture and I think they sent it back to you. Fun seeing people from home. But Costco is a popular place for us missionaries to go eat because of how cheap it can be.... haha we see members there all the time. Lots of tourists. I think that's always one fun thing is that there are always people visiting from around the world. This week in church we had one family move in and another family that's visiting for a few weeks. 

Well sadly they still haven't found the boy that went missing a week ago. We went over to the mom's house this morning to say a prayer with her. She isn't a member of the church, but I think she's starting to open herself up a little more to God now. We gave her a blessing wishing her a good day as we left, which brought her a smile. She just needs lots of love and support from those around her, which I hope the members are giving her. 

So you did get the backpack with stuff. I left the nametag in there too for you guys. But much thanks be to the brother in the ward here.  The shirts and stuff I received fit well. My weight is staying at a steady 160 so not much size change has happened.Shoes are holding up well. My pants with the big hole in them are now shorts so they work out well. Doing all right it seems

This morning half of our zone got together to play rugby. A member from the Samoan ward came too. It's fun getting out and doing stuff physical like that even though we ride our bikes everyday. It has been raining this morning so the field was kinda muddy. The whole side of the island seems to be so muggy outside. It's not too hot, maybe 80s, but the humidity doesn't help at all. 

Tomorrow we get to go to the temple in La'ie. Should be a good trip. We are getting interviews too while we're up there. The mission presidents have sometimes done "dying wishes" for missionaries here in Hawaii, which is basically where the missionary wants to go for their last area on their missions. So I want to get the opportunity to go to Moloka'i to meet up with the Kiaha family. We'll see what happens though. We also have to prepare a talk while we're up there. Sister Warner is going to record it and give us advice on how we can better ourselves and stuff. I still haven't prepared that.... haha but it only has to be 3 minutes so I don't think it should take too long. 

Well this week has been slower with the amount of appointments and lessons we were able to have. We did go on exchanges with the district leader. The day i was with him we spent most of the day looking for less actives on the ward list, but no one was home of course. We got like 2 lessons that day. But we hope that the work can pick up again. we're starting to get more regular with a lot of our appointments, but there's a lot of people still that could be better about making and keeping those appointments. 

Some of our members went out home teaching last week and knocked on the wrong place. A guy came out who, apparently, didn't know anything about the church, so our members asked if the missionaries could come over. That appointment was supposed to have happened yesterday, but no one was home when we got there. The man seemed really sincere about meeting with us and talking about church, but I guess something must have come up. We also got to give the sacrament to a man in a nursing home. He's been less active for a long time, but he actually got in contact with the church and requested that someone come to visit with him. Real nice guy. Hopefully we'll get to see him again. 

I did spend one day in the Samoan ward. That ward covers the whole zone so members were all over that we tried to visit. We started sitting down with some girls, but then they ran away as soon as our attention was on some other members. Too bad haha, but it was fun. 

Also went to a graduation party. Super loud music and good food. The girl that graduated had a big crown on and a huge puffy lei that were made out of dollar bills. It's so much of the culture here to give to everyone. Something nice.

Well those are the highlights of this week. Sounds like the homefront is going all right. Love you lots!

Elder Nitta

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