Monday, January 26, 2015

Perhaps a Baptism before I leave?

Well I feel like I don't even know what to talk about...


I guess a lot of stuff happens in a week. We have a decent amount of people that are progressing towards baptism. There are a pair of sisters, Barbara and Ala that are coming along. They both need to get married before baptism, and there are some word of wisdom issues, but we have set goals with  them  They want to progress and learn more, so that's great. One of the girls (Barbara) is supposed to quit smoking by Feb 22nd. We set a daily allotment of cigarettes with her and she should be off by then. 


Another girl, Wailani, (the girlfriend of a member) has a great desire to get married and get baptized. When we met with the couple last, we told them to pray about a date to get married. If they don't come up with a date by the next time we see them, we're going to give them a day to pray about it. It's great when you see them want to progress. Their little boy (about 3 years old)  has a dirt bike that has training wheels attached on it. He rides around the yard so fast on the thing.  I was reminded of Trevor McDonough and his stunts.  They both have no fear.


I think I mentioned Minky last week. She has been going through some difficult things. We had dinner with her at one of the members homes yesterday. We taught the restoration and committed her to be baptized. She accepted for the date of Feb 21st, the last Saturday I'll here on my Mission. Sad Face.


We are also trying to plan a musical fireside for the 22nd of February. I'm putting it together with all the performers and getting all the music down. We are going to try to have a community choir sing in it, the young men and women in the ward, and maybe the primary. We missionaries are going to do a song too. I still have to make some assignments, but I think it will turn out well. After church we practiced with the youth. It was great to see how many showed up.


The island has a weekly basketball get-together at the church on Saturday night. I definitely struggle with basketball, but I had fun with it. Some of the group was getting real competitive.  Getting a little exercise for the night in is always good. 


We go over to the east end of the island around once a week. It takes a while to get out to some of the people, but we try to make sure they still know we care about them. Crazy how some people want to go live out in the boonies.... Some barely have a house. But I guess most of the people here don't like to be surrounded by people like in Honolulu. 


On Wednesday the youth did a service project. They were giving car washes to anyone that passed by that wanted one. We kinda helped out..... not really. haha We just let the youth do their thing while we talked with some of the members. 


We are going to try to do more service for the people in the area. Try to go out in the mornings and cut people's lawns with weed wackers. We went and did 2 people's places this last week. Hopefully we can gain some trust with the members, and investigators this way. Another service we did was helping out with an imu. We were trying to go visit one of the less actives in the ward, but they were preparing for a party that night, making squid luau. They told us to come and help with uncovering the pig, so we did. I think they weren't expecting us to come back. We got a little dirty, but I think it went well in the end. They invited us to come to the party and have food but sadly we couldn't go. 


I got to see Kama Kiaha finally. We were about to head out and leave church, but we caught him outside. He said he would give you a call. He's planning on getting married coming up soon. He's living somewhere on Maui. It was awesome finally getting to catch up with him, and to see how things are going. He's going to be around, so I'll see him at least a little more.


Sorry I feel like I'm getting worse at emailing.  I think it's the thought that I can just tell you in  person coming up soon. But I'll try to make it worth reading. Our dinner is out west tonight, so we are going to try to go look off the northern cliffs out towards Kalaupapa. Fun stuff to come. :)


Lots of love, 

Elder Nitta

Molokai Hot Bread

The Missionaries on the Island of Molokai = 4

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lessons and Tsunami Warnings

This last week went pretty great.

I think it might have been a record with lessons. We had 29 total. We were able to meet so many people and a few that we haven't seen in a while. On Tuesday or Wednesday the Tsunami warning system was going off. It scared me a little. Normally at the beginning of the month they do a test to make sure it's working fine. So the morning of the 1st or 2nd they turn it on for about a minute. But this time it went on and stayed on for about 15 or 20 minutes. It was going up and down in pitch and making some weird noises. But eventually it went off. We heard that there was a earthquake in Panama or something but we're okay. Nothing happened that I noticed. 

I don't even know what to really mention. It was just a busy week of trying to meet with people. We were able to finally meet with an investigator that the sister missionaries taught and committed to a baptismal date. After they left, this family got real busy and they weren't able to see us, but we finally got them home and started teaching again. The mom is a member, but she has a 10 year old daughter. We think that baptism will happen next month. 

There's another family that we are teaching that will have their children baptized. The son is 8, but the parents aren't married, and he's the son of the mom who isn't a member, so I guess it will count as a convert baptism. He will probably be baptized in the next month or early March. Wow it's weird to think that I'm not going to be here in March.... anyways...

Lawrence's  baptism went through. It happened on Sunday night at 5. He asked that one of us missionaries do the baptism and one do the confirmation, so with me leaving I guess I was the one for baptism. The confirmation will happen next week at church. We made the program, I think it turned out nice.... haha A lot of the ward came out to support him. A big part of the young men's program came to support him as well, and he had lots of family there. The day was pretty busy. We went to church, went to meetings after church, then tried to visit just a few people before we had to go to the chapel and start filling up the font. We got there about at 3. The zone leaders were there at church (their ward doesn't get out until 4) so we talked with them for a while. 

We went out to lunch with one of the members to Teddy's Bigger Burgers. It's pretty good. Probably adds so much unhealthiness to my diet but it was good. I had a burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeno, a hashbrown, and sauces. Had garlic fries too...

Well I feel that I can't remember a lot of big things that happened this week. I'm sure I'll have lots to say. I won't be training Elder Egbert. He's been out for just two transfers though. Kamalani Kiaha said he will be there on the island at the end of the month, so I should be able to see him soon. I still need to pack. Something tells me I'm going to be staying up tomorrow night trying to get it all in.... haha I think I should be able to fit it all. 

Hope you have a great week.  Much love!



Elder Niita

Monday, January 12, 2015

Molokai or bust

This last week went pretty great.

I think it might have been a record with lessons. We had 29 total. We were able to meet so many people and a few that we haven't seen in a while. On Tuesday or Wednesday the Tsunami warning system was going off. It scared me a little. Normally at the beginning of the month they do a test to make sure it's working fine. So the morning of the 1st or 2nd they turn it on for about a minute. But this time it went on and stayed on for about 15 or 20 minutes. It was going up and down in pitch and making some weird noises. But eventually it went off. We heard that there was a earthquake in Panama or something but we're okay. Nothing happened that I noticed. 

I don't even know what to really mention. It was just a busy week of trying to meet with people. We were able to finally meet with an investigator that the sister missionaries taught and committed to a baptismal date. After they left, this family got real busy and they weren't able to see us, but we finally got them home and started teaching again. The mom is a member, but she has a 10 year old daughter. We think that baptism will happen next month. 

There's another family that we are teaching that will have their children baptized. The son is 8, but the parents aren't married, and he's the son of the mom who isn't a member, so I guess it will count as a convert baptism. He will probably be baptized in the next month or early March. Wow it's weird to think that I'm not going to be here in March.... anyways...

Lawrence's  baptism went through. It happened on Sunday night at 5. He asked that one of us missionaries do the baptism and one do the confirmation, so with me leaving I guess I was the one for baptism. The confirmation will happen next week at church. We made the program, I think it turned out nice.... haha A lot of the ward came out to support him. A big part of the young men's program came to support him as well, and he had lots of family there. The day was pretty busy. We went to church, went to meetings after church, then tried to visit just a few people before we had to go to the chapel and start filling up the font. We got there about at 3. The zone leaders were there at church (their ward doesn't get out until 4) so we talked with them for a while. 

We went out to lunch with one of the members to Teddy's Bigger Burgers. It's pretty good. Probably adds so much unhealthiness to my diet but it was good. I had a burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeno, a hashbrown, and sauces. Had garlic fries too...

Well I feel that I can't remember a lot of big things that happened this week. I'm sure I'll have lots to say. I won't be training Elder Egbert. He's been out for just two transfers though. Kamalani Kiaha said he will be there on the island at the end of the month, so I should be able to see him soon. I still need to pack. Something tells me I'm going to be staying up tomorrow night trying to get it all in.... haha I think I should be able to fit it all. 

Hope you have a great week.  Much love!


Elder Nitta

Lawrence's Baptism

Yoga - Mission Leader's Wife is our Instructor



Monday, January 5, 2015

And the work moves forward

Well this week has had lots of stuff going on...

Lawrence is still progressing well towards baptism. He wanted to be baptized before me or Elder Dyer left the area (more on that later). So we are planning the baptism on either Sunday or Tuesday of this next week. If it's on Tuesday, then we can invite all the new missionaries coming into the mission that night to attend as well. Though we had to get permission from President Warner before we did that, because he will have only been able to come to church twice before then. So we called President up last night, and he said it's a go. 

One of our Filipino investigators said something interesting. She asked us to bring a Tagalog speaking person with us so her mother could participate in the lessons. I honestly didn't think she was that serious about the lessons, but when she said that, it made me rethink how committed she was. She wants us to help out so this is the least we can do right?

In our recent district meeting, Elder Dyer had these things called 'miracle berries.'  If you let them disolve on your tongue, they're supposed to go from sour to sweet. So we got lots of these candies and tried it. It worked for some people, but I didn't taste anything different, but I didn't mind cause I like the sour stuff..... :) 

On Wednesday we got to meet with another family just starting to come back to church. They have an eight year old too..... sooooo we're going to be starting lessons with him. Though it's going to be considered a convert baptism apparently. His mom isn't a member, the dad isn't 'his' dad, and they aren't married yet. So it's like baptizing an eight year old in a non member family. But that'll go through for sure. We just need to teach. It'll probably happen within a couple months. 

Missionaries in our area stopped proselyting at 4 pm on on New Year's eve. We got together as a zone and the mission president approved the movie Frozen to be watched, that movie that came out forever ago and everybody was singing that 'let it go' song. haha So I was able to finally know where that song comes from instead of just other people singing it to me. After that we had a short testimony meeting as a zone, and then headed home. We were allowed to stay up till midnight, which I did. But nothing was that exciting, so as soon as the clock hit 12, I was saying my nightly prayer and going to bed. 

January first was also a day off. So Elder Dyer and I went up to another elders apartment to play ping- pong and sew some ties. 

We met with another one of our eternal investigators here this last week and had a good experience. Apparently she had never heard the whole Joseph Smith story and she was amazed by it. So we challenged her to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. She still hasn't come to church, but we hope that's gonna be soon. 

Saturday we had a decent amount of appointments. We helped a woman move in the morning. She was cursing up a storm about some ex that is trying to make her life miserable. It was just kinda funny. Then we had another lesson with a recent convert family. The Elders in the Waipahu 2nd ward asked if we could come to their baptism that day and play the piano for them. Though, that chapel locks down hymn books like they're gold.  There wasn't a hymn book in sight so we had to play by memory. I am reminded several times of how blessed I was by Sister Purcell to have played all those hymns for forever, and now could just remember the notes to play. Dinner was with the Bishop. He and another family made lasagna for us. I think I ate too much though because the scale said I was a few pounds heavier. I'm at 155 or 160 now. Though I used to be 20 pounds lighter when I was in shape.... haha oh well. 

On Sunday we had some good lessons too. Church begins at 8 in the morning. I was surprised at how many people showed up. We had to open the back up for more seating. We got about 5 minutes notice that we would be teaching gospel principles, but it all went well. Lawrence came to church and it seemed like he found a lot of boys in the ward to fellowship with. We had a lesson after church too. We've basically gone through everything with him. He's doing great though. At one lesson he mentioned that he was even thinking about going on a mission himself. That would be pretty awesome. Before dinner, we went to try to visit this one lady in the ward. She wasn't there but a sister (I think) of hers came out and started talking with us. We had like 15 minutes until our dinner appointment, so we weren't too worried. But she just kept on going and going about Catholicism this and that. I honestly thought that some of the things she was saying was different and weird (like worshipping the ground where Jesus walked and praying to Mary to get to Jesus) But we just let her talk . At 6:05 I just said well, we have to go. I then did what I thought would be a nice jester, and offered her an extra book of scripture, but then THAT turned the conversation around - and all she had to say after that was negative things about the church and the Book of Mormon. I asked if she even knew what the book was about, which she said she did, and then started talking about John Smith this and that (so no, she didn't know anything about it). At about 6:15 I decided that this lady wasn't going to listen so I was kinda abrupt when I told her, we had a dinner appointment, and had to rush off.  I told her that I've studied and prayed about this and I KNOW it's true. She gave us a hug and I think I heard her say 'soften your hearts' as we were leaving.  We were nice and not aggressive about anything she said. Soooooo I kinda went to dinner a little angry and a little late. The dinner was good! It was with the family that let us skype on Christmas at their house. We had breakfast for dinner so it made me happier. They want Elder Dyer and I to do some musical thing for them before we leave the area.

That night was when we called President about getting permission to do the baptism for Lawrence this next week. After he said that we could do it, he quite suddenly told me what's going on next transfer with me. Basically I'll be heading to Kaunakakai!  (I'll let you look that one up and find where it is.) Needless to say I'm pretty excited for this last transfer. President told me I'll be with an Elder Egbert? I'll have to ask him about any family back in Vegas!

Well I hope to make this last week and a half in Ewa (Evah) a good one. I hope and pray that I'll finish out here with Lawrence's baptism. Much aloha!

Elder Nitta