Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Temple blessings

Aloha!

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