Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 2, 2013

Aloha everybody!!! I have good news for you guys!! We had 2 baptisms
last week!!! Our investigators Sanga, and Sarah got baptized on
Tuesday. I attached a picture of us with them. Sanga Is in the middle
and Sarah and Peeto on the right. Sanga is Tongan and Sarah is half
Tongan half Tahitian, and Peeto is Tahitian. I baptized Sanga and my
companion baptized Sarah. I also did my first confirmation on Sunday,
I did the confirmation for Sarah. It was an awesome experience! We
still have quite a few people we are working with so we might have a
baptism in the next 2 weeks!!! Work definitely moves a little faster
here, especially with the help we get from the members. We met Sanga
through a member and Sarah through our Bishop.
   We had a prerty good thanksgiving we had dinner at a ward party so
we we weren't forced to eat more than we wanted lol! it was fun. Us and
a few other missionaries sang the Hawaii Honolulu mission song at the
party and I have a video of it that i want to send to send to you
guys. I was wearing a  tupenu which is a lava lava that you wear for
church. its pretty cool I might wear it when I get back home for
church lol! Well I love you guys so much and I will email you guys
next week!
Elder Randall

November 25th 2013

Aloha everybody!!! Just another great week in Honolulu! Its starting to get a tad colder here, about 5 degrees colder lol! Its funny what people think is cold here. Cold here is 65 degress and lots of people have their jackets on. lol! I bet its a lot colder in Alabama lol! Sometimes I miss the cold though. We're not doing a hike for P day today instead we're all going to a park to hang out and play rugby and football. So I don't have any pictures for you guys right now yet. 
            We have 2 investigators that are ready to be baptized, we just need to find a time that we can schedule a baptism for them. Hopefully we can do that. Our Bishop also found a couple for us, the guy is less active, and the girl isn't and member and wants to be baptized, and this happend yesterday at church. Our members always find investigators for us. We're going to meet with them tonight so we can talk about her baptism and teach the missionary lessons!  They probably need to get married first, we will find out when we meet with them tonight. 
    Looking to next week to tell you guys our progress with our investigators!

Elder Randall

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

November 19th 2013

Aloha everybody!!! I think I forgot to mention last week that we have transfers coming up tomorrow, the 20th. But don't worry I'm not getting transferred. I'm staying in the Tongan ward in Honolulu. that means I get to stay here till Christmas! wow I can't believe that Christmas is already almost here!!! It'll be my last Christmas on the mission.
         Last week was kind of a slow week. Everybody pretty much rescheduled appointments to next week. Its always a bummer when that happens. But we are looking forward to this new transfer, especially because it will be during the Holiday season. And we have more people we are working with and progressing towards baptism.
 Sorry I didn't email you guys yesterday. You guys were probably wondering why I haven't emailed. It's because we went to the temple again! This time it was a different Elder from the Marshall Islands Mission, Elder Schmidt. He was here for medical reasons and is stayed for 2 1/2 weeks, he goes back to his mission on Friday. Its cool that we always get missionaries from different missions to stay here with us for a few days.
 For Pday  we went to a members house in Kahala, the Cloward's house. They have a super nice house right on the beach! We did some volleyball, ate hotdogs and pizza and of course a slip n slide! I took some pictures of their backyard and when we went to the temple with Elder Schmidt.

November 12th 2013

Aloha everybody!!! I always look forward to emailing you guys every week. One thing I forgot to mention last week was that we had our interviews with president warner. It went well. He also let us know that we will be getting iPads either by Christmas or In January, and he wants me and elder wells to do a training for the iPads when we get them for the missionaries in the mission. He says Elder Wells and I are his most computer savvy missionaries lol! We'll see how that goes if that happens, it'll be fun I'm sure. On Thursday last week we went to the temple again because we had a missionary serving in the Marshall Islands mission come stay with us for a couple days. His name was elder Fesolai, from New Zealand. He was a traveling assistant to his mission president and he had a 2 day layover in Hawaii. What a great place to have a layover.! Lol! So we got permission from president warner to go to the temple with him, because he hasn't gone in 2 years. He only has a month left. Him and my companion would talk to each other in their New Zealand accents, it was funny! lol!  We didn't do anything special for Pday yesterday, the zone leaders said it was too muddy to hike Koko head, because it rained for 2 days straight the days before. So we just did basketball like we normally do in Honolulu zone.

           OK about the baptisms that we had scheduled for last week. We had to push them back because of they're work schedules. One of our members work with them at the same company, they're co workers pretty much and he gave them to us so we could teach them, so now we have to reschedule with them. People are so busy here in Honolulu. Everybody has like 3 jobs its crazy! So while our members works with his co workers, we have a baptism coming up on Thursday. So far it's looking good with this one so I'm hopeful. I'll let you what happens next week!!!

Love Elder Randall

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 6th 2013

Aloha Everybody! Its been a while. like 9 days. The reason for that is, we went to the temple yesterday and when we got back from the temple the libraries were already closed, so we get to email today. Only me and one other Elder from our zone went to the temple, because when i got to Honolulu zone they already did their temple trip. I went with Elder Thompson. Makakilo zone and Waipahu zone were at the Temple too, so I got to see all my old friends that were in those zones. We had a pretty good time. We also did a hike. We hiked Manoa falls, It wasn't much of a waterfall as you can see in the pictures, but we still had fun.
          I'm getting better at navigating around Honolulu now, It was super confusing at first. Our ward mission leader brought us to go teach a new family, a mom and her son, and we're teaching them the missionary lessons and they want to get baptized! All that happened in 1 day so that's pretty exciting. Next time we meet with them on Saturday we are going to set a date for the 30th of Nov.. We also have 2 baptisms scheduled for this Friday, but my companion set them up before I got here and they've been busy, so I haven't been able to meet them yet, but I will on Friday! The members here in the Tongan ward help us out so much! It's awesome! I wish every ward was like this. In this ward we depend on the members so much I don't know what we would do without them besides tract! It's so awesome to see people progress so fast once we first contact them and work with them. they realize what they need to change in their life and they are willing do make that change for the better even if it might be hard, they know that they will be blessed greatly if they follow the gospel and are baptized. This area is awesome! lol. I love it. The Tongan people are great. can't wait for next week!

Elder Randall

Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28th 2013

Aloha !!!!
Howz it everybody!
This last week has been fun. I'm staring to get to know my way around Honolulu now. One thing that I've noticed since I've been here in Honolulu is that everyone is busy, especially the members. Since I've been here, we haven't had a dinner inside a members home, they always drop off food for us. But that doesn't stop them from giving us tons of referrals! Elder Havili has been in this ward for like 7 months and most of the converts he taught were from members bringing friends to church. Elder Havili said that this ward is growing rapidly. My companion says that we have a baptism scheduled for next week, so we are going to meet with them this week hopefully because I still haven't met them yet. So work moves pretty fast here, the members help a lot even though they're super busy, and I'm not forced to eat more than I want to haha! lol! I think that by the time i come home, I'll be tired of rice.
         Last week before I finished emailing I said that we would be doing  a hike to the makapu'u lighthouse later in the day, I took pictures for you guys. We had lots of fun that day. My companion Elder Havili put 20lb weights in a back pack to take with him for the hike! I thought he was crazy lol! When we got to the end they had me take the zone picture and to send everyone a copy. I missed doing hikes when I was in Waipahu. Honolulu has a lot of cool hikes I heard and I can't wait to do them. Today we didn't do a hike, we were supposed to, but they changed it last minute. Instead we did Zumba, lol. Zumba is just like dance exercise stuff, it was pretty funny, we had almost the whole Honolulu zone there. It was good exercise. kicked my butt. lol! hopefully next week we get to do another hike. i love hikes. The tie that you got me is awesome, I called it my year mark tie. I think for District meeting this week we are going to carve pumpkins. We helped carved some last night too. The zone leaders are planning a get together for Halloween, since we can't proselyte that day, so looking forward to that.


October 21st 2013

Aloha and malo lele!!!! (Tongan for hello)
Wow last week was pretty something...
I guess I'll start off with how I loved being companions with Elder Morris, even if it was for just 1 week!!!!!! I know right, I didn't even get to meet his investigators that he told me so much about because I left before their next appointments! Guess where I am now?......... Honolulu!!!!! Guess which ward............ the Tongan ward!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, I got transferred to Honolulu because they accidentally put 2 Elders that can't drive in the Tongan ward, so the mission President called me and Elder Morris to see if we would be willing to switch companions, so we said yes and then he said that we would transfer on Wednesday. So I've been in Kapolei for exactly 1 week.  I was looking forward to being with Elder Morris in Kapolei because we came out together, but I have a new companion now and his name is Elder Havili. He's from Tonga and he's pretty cool. Elder Morris's new companion is Elder Johnston, he's super tall and funny. So now I'm in the big city and I'm the designated driver now because Elder Havili's license expired and he can't renew it here. Living in the city is weird, we have a tiny apartment and there are so many places and people here. If we weren't in a language ward, our area would probably be super tiny and we would walk everywhere. But since we are in the Tongan ward our area is super big. And I still don't know what they're saying in Church! lol it's all in Tongan. I guess President Warner likes to put me in Polynesian wards now or he wants me to get fat lol! I weigh 180lbs. Elder Havili says the Tongan ward is super cool and that they baptize lots of people, so It'll be exciting here I think. We already found and taught a Chuukese lady named Stana, that went to church a few times in the Honolulu Mcully ward and she said she wants to be baptized next week , so we told the mcully missionaries about her and now they are working with her to get her baptized. I'll be at her baptism so you guys will be able to see a picture of her. Looking forward to this new week in another new area! hopefully I won't get transferred again lol!
Elder Randall
Me and Guess who!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hump day!! 10/24/2013

Thursday was Tyler's half way mark.  He has been out 1 year.  Congratulations Tyler!  We love you!

Hump day!! 10/24/2013

Thursday was Tyler's half way mark.  He has been out 1 year.  Congratulations Tyler!  We love you!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

October 14th 2013

Aloha everybody!!!!!!!!!
I just got transferred into my new area, Kapolei, HI. Kapolei is a nice area. Nice homes, and pretty new area. Lots of Hawaiian people. Kapolei is right next to ewa beach, which was my first area. Its a pretty small area. but we still have a car because we live way up the mountain in Makakilo town, which is outside of our area. We have an awesome view from our house since were up so high. We also live right across the street from the stake center which is the building we meet at. our ward starts at 9am, so big difference there lol (instead of 2pm). 
          I was excited when I got my new companion. He is Elder Morris, We were in the MTC together in the same MTC district!!!!!!!!!!! So we skipped the whole introduction thing like we always do and we talked about how our missions were so far. Elder Morris's last area was in Laie! He said he missed it so much. He said they would always do p day activities with all the sister missionaries that serve there in the Laie Temple Visitors center. He said He had lots of fun. I want to go serve there too after he told me about it. We are going to have a great time together, I can tell already. I'm going to miss Elder Mauga though, (that crazy kid lol!). Elder Mauga's new companion is Elder Faitau, He's from Missouri  and he's Tongan, Samoan, and Hawaiian. Quite a mix I know. He only speaks English though. He will be a good companion for him.
         So far Elder Morris told me that we have 3 investigators that he's working with. And that one of them always talks about conspiracy theories. I haven't met any of them yet, but it looks like we will have an interesting transfer!

Elder Randall

October 7th 2013

Aloha everybody!!! Last week was the last full week of the transfer!! And we had General Conference! We had to wake up at like 5:30am so we could get there in time for the 6am session, Its at 6am because of the time difference, Utah is 4 hours ahead of us. It was hard to stay awake but I still got some notes of the talks. They had 4 different languages going on at the same time. It was pretty cool. The talks that the Apostles and General authorities gave were all awesome, Especially Thomas S. Monson's talks! The Church is growing! Over 80,000 missionaries and over 15 million members, wow! It was pretty cool to see Elder Holland give a talk when only 2 weeks before, he was here in Hawaii! Also Saturday was Elder Jensen's birthday, our zone leader, and we did a short surprise party that night. it was pretty funny.
       Alright as far as the Baptism for Joel that was scheduled for this Saturday, Joel works long hours everyday, so we will have to push his baptismal date back a couple weeks because of that, he had to cancel our last few appointments with him. So work with him is still progressing but at a slower pace. He still comes to church every Sunday. At least he still has a desire to be baptized and his girlfriend wants him to get baptized too. Oh we also got transfer calls last night! And I'm going to get transferred, and Elder Mauga is going to take over the area! So he will let me know when Joel will get baptized, while I'm in my next area.
         I'll let you guys know where my next area is when I find out!

Elder Randall

September 30th 2013

  Aloha everybody!!! I hope you guys had a good week! Wow I can't believe that I've been out for almost a year now! Oct 24th Is my year mark! When I look back on my mission I realize that it goes by pretty fast, and how much fun I've had, and all the friends I've made, and the people I've taught and the difference I've made in their lives. Now its all downhill from here! lol! just kidding. Our investigator Joel, the one with a baptismal date for Oct 12, Is progressing very well, the next step, before he gets baptized, is to marry his girlfriend, Penina. They've been living together for a while now. Penina is a member. He thought he could get baptized and then get married, but that's not the case. So they want to meet with the Bishop so they can talk about what they want to do as far as getting married and baptism. Transfers are on Oct 9th. If I get transferred on the 9th then I might not get to be at their marriage and baptism, So I'll have to get the Elders there to send me pictures. Hopefully everything will workout well!!! If I leave I'll definitely get pictures with them. Hope you guys have a great week!!! Pray for Joel!!! 

 Elder Randall

Monday, September 30, 2013

September 23rd 2013

Howz it going everybody!!! our week has been awesome!!! A lot has happened, zone conference, setting a baptism date with one of our awesome investigators, and best of all............. a fireside with an Apostle!!! Elder Jeffrey R. Holland!!! 
    First I'll talk about the zone conference. It was President Warner's first time officially doing zone conference, and I think that he did a good job, you can tell that he was called by the Lord to be a mission president in Hawaii for a reason. He talked mostly about obedience, which is what they talk about most of the time in all the zone conferences I've been to. Sister Warner is funny she made us sing a song for the people that provided lunch, and taught us proper table manners! lol! They also had our stake president come and speak about his thoughts on the missionary work in the Waipahu stake and how to help us, he wants the stake to provide 1000 referrals for the missionaries by the end of the year.
    Right after zone conference, we talked to our investigator, Joel he really wants to get baptized, but he was hesitant on taking the lessons even though he goes to class at church, but he accepted to an appointment at the church on Thursday. So on Thursday all 4 of us plus our ward mission leader Bro. Moors taught him the Restoration. It was a great lesson, Elder Rokete and Elder White, who are now almost finished with their missions knew exactly what to say, I've learned a lot from them already. His baptismal date is Oct 12, but the challenge is that him and his girlfriend need to get married first. But I think that everything will work out and that we can move his baptismal date closer, so that he will get baptized right before Elder Rokete and Elder White go home. Super exciting!
       Now, onto Elder Holland's talk, President Warner actually recorded the audio so he can give us all a copy of it, I'll send a copy to you guys to. Elder Holland's talk was awesome!!! He was pounding the pulpit and everything!!! It was like he was praising us and chastising us at the same time, one of the points I got from him is that "we shouldn't have to babysit you!!!!" and to "teach with power and authority", I'll send you the notes that President Warner took to hold you over till the recording, After the fireside was over Elder Holland had to catch a flight to Big island so I wasn't able to take a picture of him. I was tempted to take a picture of him giving his talk, but I felt that if I did that he would call me out or something lol! but it was great and I was super glad I was able to go, to shake an Apostle's hand, a servant of the Lord! Everything he said was true. And he said that us missionaries, do the same thing he does, that is, to preach His Gospel!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Randall

Below is Elder Hollands remarks...

Elder Holland

The Church trusts you great missionaries. I get so excited about being with missionaries I sometimes go ballistic! I've been known to bounce off of the pulpit, off the lights, and off the watch out! The Church trusts you missionaries. The Church prepares you with everything you need to be adults, including the temple. We treat you like grownups and we expect a lot of you. This work is very demanding. We know how much the Lord depends on you. If you can't do it for this cause, you can't do it in life. We need you at your best. The work is growing so fast, we have to count on you.Elder Holland has thought about his mission every day for the last 50 years. He went into the mission field naive, unprepared. In 24 months, everything changed that shaped his life. His mission president, his companions, mission leaders, and General Authorities all shaped his life during those two years. Honor and revere your mission.Don't ask us to hold your hands - be completely obedient. We shouldn't have to babysit you. You are apostolic with a lower case "a" for 18 months or two years. You do the same things we do as Apostles--witness of Jesus Christ every day of our lives. Never again will you do anything more important.We don't apologize for your youth. It takes grown up people to do this work. When you go home you will represent the great Hawaii Honolulu Mission. You don't have the right to tarnish its image by going back to the way you were before your mission. You can never be the same. If you do, you will ruin a small child's image of what a missionary should have become. You have no right to ruin my grandchild's or any other person's image of a missionary. You are to be changed forever. You are participating in one of the grandest traditions in the church--that of serving a mission. Elder Holland said he would do anything--wash your clothes, make your bed, shine your shoes, anything--to have a mission mean as much to you as his does to him.Just be fellow servants of The Lord with the Apostles. Carry the message with dignity unabashedly--how to save the human soul.Moses 1:39 states, "This is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." The key words are Immortality, Eternal Life, Work, Glory. However, there is another very important personal pronoun--"My." This is My work and My glory.... This is not our work and our glory. This is God's work and glory. Never forget it. He is at the helm.Promise yourself that you will get at least one convert on your mission--you. Become your own best convert. Learn the gospel and become converted through study, pondering and prayer.Do the best you can and work as hard as you can. Come to know that this is God's work and glory. When you signed the contract you agreed to do His work--not your work, not your glory, not your way. It is God's work and glory.If it is God's work and glory it must be done His way. We signed our missionary letters we agreed that we would do it His way.D&C 50:13, 14 states, "Wherefore, I The Lord ask you this question--unto what were ye ordained? To preach my gospel by the Spirit, even the Comforter which was sent forth to teach the truth." This is where the title of Preach My Gospel came from. Elder Holland worked on PMG for six years. They debated whether to include "By His Spirit" in the title. They felt it was too long and opted for "Preach My Gospel." If you don't obey, you won't have the Spirit with you. You will not teach with power and authority. Be obedient and preach with power and authority. He asked Sister Moyes to read Helaman 5:17, "And it came to pass that they did preach with great power, insomuch that they did confound many of those dissenters (less active returned missionaries--the toughest of the tough to teach) who had gone over from the Nephites, insomuch that they came forth and did confess their sins and were baptized unto repentance, and immediately returned to the Nephites to endeavor to repair unto them the wrongs which they had done." The teaching was so powerful that it convinced the dissenting returned missionaries to confess their sins and apologize to the people. Then Sister Moyes read verse 18: "And it came to pass that Nephi and Lehi did preach unto the Lamanites with such great power and authority, for they had power and authority given unto them that they might speak, as they also had what they should speak given unto them--" Elder Holland emphasized the Helaman wrote the words "power and authority" twice in close proximity in this verse for emphasis. It is important in our teaching that we preach with power and authority.He then had Sister Moyes read Mosiah 17:11- 1811 And as I said unto you, as they were going about rebelling against God, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto them; and he descended as it were in a cloud; and he spake as it were with a voice of thunder, which caused the earth to shake upon which they stood;12 And so great was their astonishment, that they fell to the earth, and understood not the words which he spake unto them.13 Nevertheless he cried again, saying: Alma, arise and stand forth, for why persecutest thou the church of God? For the Lord hath said: This is my church, and I will establish it; and nothing shall overthrow it, save it is the transgression of my people.14 And again, the angel said: Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the acknowledge of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and authority of God, that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to their faith.15 And now behold, can ye dispute the power of God? For behold, doth not my voice shake the earth? And can ye not also behold me before you? And I am sent from God.16 Now I say unto thee: Go, and remember the captivity of thy fathers in the land of Helam, and in the land of Nephi; and remember how great things he has done for them; for they were in bondage, and he has delivered them. And now I say unto thee, Alma, go thy way, and seek to destroy the church no more, that their prayers may be answered, and this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off.17 And now it came to pass that these were the last words which the angel spake unto Alma, and he departed.18 And now Alma and those that were with him fell again to the earth, for great was their astonishment; for with their own eyes they had beheld an angel of the Lord; and his voice was as thunder, which shook the earth; and they knew that there was nothing save the power of God that could shake the earth and cause it to tremble as though it would part asunder.Note in verse 11 that the angel spoke with a voice of thunder which caused the earth to shake. Elder Holland asked if this was an earthquake that was felt by everyone on the continent or was it a personal earthquake. He explained that a person can have a personal earthquake and a person standing next to her or him would not know it had happened. In verse 12 it states that Alma and the sons of Mosiah were astonished greatly. The root of the word astonish in Greek is "tondra." It means "thunder." Elder Holland challenged us to go astonish someone. Go cause someone's earth to shake. Alma heard thunder, felt his earth quake and experienced spiritual astonishment. The Spirit speaks with a still small voice--not a pounding drum--and yet it is thunder to the soul.The power of the Spirit will melt the investigators just as it did for Alma the Younger. If we are to teach with thunder that leads to astonishment we must prepare ourselves and pay the price to teach that way. We must prepare well, pray and obey to speak this way. If we do, people will let us into their lives. Toe the line, be obedient, don't ask the mission president to be a nursemaid.We need true conversion and heartfelt ministering. It would be easier if The Lord came down and did it himself. However, it is not the way Heavenly Father wants it done. We need divine companionship in order to preach with power and authority. Every twosome is a threesome when we preach with power and authority. The Holy Ghost becomes the third member of our companionship. Every lesson should have the Holy Ghost with us. Unleash the power of the Spirit through preparation. You need to be totally obedient.Why is salvation so hard? Why aren't people lining up at our doors to be taught and to receive our message? You will never work so hard as you do on a mission. It is not easy because salvation isn't cheap. God never intended salvation to be easy. When was life easy for the Savior? Never! He was rejected, just as you are. He was scorned, despised and spat upon. We should be honored to take a few stripes for him and to suffer a bit of what he suffered.Whatever He said, I'll say. Wherever He walked, I'll walk. The road to salvation for all of us goes through Gethsemane and Calvary. We all have to spend a little time in both to be sanctified. We are His disciples. We need to feel what he felt. Think how disappointing for Peter, James and John when they spoke at the Church's conference following the Savior's departure. They had taught thousands but at the conference only 120 were left from the original Church. How discouraging. This work is real hard. You will experience genuine fatigue.One of Sister Holland's favorite poems is the following. It was originally written in French:"Come to the edge.No, we will fall.Come to the edge.No, we will fall.Come to the edge.He pushed me and I flew.Live by faith. This big people's work. Love with all your heart because people like you saved people like me.

I (President Warner) will explain here something Elder Holland shared in the priesthood leadership session that preceded the missionary meeting. He said he grew up in a home where his father was less active. He smoked, he drank beer, and he drank coffee. One day, when he was ten years old, the bishop, the Elders Quorum President and the Sunday School President came to the Holland home. His father met them at the door with a cigarette in his hand. They came into the house and asked Brother Holland to be the Sunday School teacher for Elder Holland's class. If it was any other position, his father would have said no immediately. But he loved his son and would do anything for him. He asked if they knew he smoked. (He had a cigarette in his hand.) They said yes but they said that was his business. The Lord wanted him to teach. He said he would. Elder Holland said there was a loud bang in the kitchen. His mother dropped a pan, she was so flabbergasted. She had been trying to get Brother Holland to church for years with no success and now he had just accepted a calling to teach Sunday School. Brother Holland quit smoking that night. He threw his cigarettes into the fireplace. He cleaned up his life and became active in the Church. He needed to be invited in the right way at the right time and he responded. That day, the Bishop got more than a less active Elder. He got a future member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Never underestimate the power of the Spirit when we act and open our mouths.Elder Holland's conclusion:

50 years from now we will reunite and it will be glorious mission reunion. Let's all be there!  I hope you, like me, will develop a love for defending the truth.

September 16th 2013

Aloha everybody! 
Everything's good over here. Our ward just got 2 more missionaries, Elder Rokete, and Elder White. Elder Rokete's from Kiribati ( pronounced Kitibis) and Elder White is from Arizona and he's full Native American. I'm super glad that the Samoan ward has 4 missionaries again, and I missed having Elder Rokete around, he's so funny, Elder Mauga loves him already. lol! So now we will get 2x the work done. I bet our Bishop is happy about that. We 3 really good investigators that we are teaching right now and one of them, Joel, wants to be baptized! He's been coming to church with his girlfriend, for 3 weeks now, and we can't wait to set a baptismal date for him! I've gotten much better at teaching different people about the gospel, since I have to do most of it on my own, while Elder Mauga is still learning English. And Elder Mauga is teaching 2 of our investigators in Samoan and I think he does a really good job even though I don't understand most of what they're saying. I have cool object lessons that kids like.
     Ok, now the hike, we did the same hike that I did 10 months ago but this time, we took a wrong turn so we didn't get to the waterfall, instead we were on top of the hills that were covered in tall grass and strawberry guavas. i ate lots of the strawberry guavas, they're super good, but they're small so i had to eat like 50 of them lol. but we had fun walking for 3 hours, it seemed longer though. We had lots of fun, and I'm looking forward to this week!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Randall

September 9th 2013

Aloha everybody!! 
just another great week in Hawaii!! I just received a letter last week from Darby Colquett, and then I realized that I haven't gotten a letter in a long time. lol. Okay last week was pretty good. We have 3 people that we are teaching right now that are progressing and I think that these people are awesome. One of them Bro Afa, I let my companion teach in full samoan. It's kind of funny because I can't really understand most of what they're saying, but once he talked about Joseph Smith, I could tell that he was interested and wanted to know more. So our next appointment with him we taught him about Joseph Smith, or my companion did. And Bro Afa took it all in and he said "since Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus he's was a prophet". We were pretty excited once he said that, we just need for him to come to church with us, but he's pretty strong in his church, but as we teach him more I think that he will want to come to church with us. So that's pretty exciting. this week was busy doing service and teaching lessons so that's good.
By the way Loco Moco is my favorite food here, I took a pic of it lol.
have a fun week guys!

Monday, September 9, 2013

September 3rd 2013

Aloha family and friends!!!!!
We had a pretty busy week last week. It was transfer week, and we had to give the  Ewa 1st missionaries a ride to the meeting, so we were there all day, oh and the Ewa 1st missionaries also got a car! It would have been nice to have a car when I was there lol. Now we don't ever have to give them rides anymore lol. 
     Well we have an appointment with a part member family tomorrow, and we are going to ask the father if he and the kids will accept the invitation to baptism. I hope the the meeting will go well, pray for us that it will. We also have an investigator that we are trying to get to stop smoking, so that he can get baptized. I've never had to deal with that before so It'll be an interesting challenge, but I know that he will receive many blessings once he stops, and if he really wants to be baptized, he will stop smoking. We've also been teaching a lot of less active families, and help them come back to church. So we are staying pretty busy but we want to progress with this part member family, its hard because they can only meet wednesday morning. I've definetly been getting better at teaching and getting to know people, and I feel that all these people that we meet need help in some way and i feel that we are being a part of that help. Missionary work is so rewarding, it might be hard at first but it's always worth it in the end.

Elder Randall

Sunday, September 1, 2013

August 26th

Aloha Everybody!!!!!!!!
This week has been pretty busy, which is good we taught a lot of lessons. We have finally met with the one part member family that has 5 children that are unbaptized. We just talked with the father, and our next app. with him we are going to ask if he wants to have the kids take the missionary lessons so they can be baptized! There is also another family of 5, that wants to be baptized too, but they didn't make it to church yesterday, but we are going to be working with those 2 families for the next several weeks.
    Well, this week is transfer week and we are both staying of course since i'm training still. Only 4 people are leaving the zone but 5+ people are training now including me, so there are going to be lots of new missionaries in our zone. We had tons of fun at the Slip n slide last week, we always get grass and dirt all over us when we do it, but it's so fun! i took some pics and videos of my companion sliding down, he's super funny! Thank you guys so much for all that you do!!!!!!!

Elder Randall

Nice looking dude.

Huh, Okay?

My man purse

Getting better!

August 19th 2013

Aloha everybody!!! We had a super fun week this week!!! At district meeting on Tuesday, our zone motivators, Elder Leiataua and Elder Doxey did something that I htought was creative. Elder Leiataua bench pressed Elder Doxey 30 times, and 30 baptisms is our goal for each month. It was pretty cool. I've never seen anybody do that before. I took a video of it, and i'll send it to you guys. On Wednesday we went to pearl harbor!!!!!!! We didn't know we we're going till the day before at District Meeting. It was Elder Mauga's first time, and we had lots of fun. For our service we sanded old wooden chairs to make them look like new, probably so they can stain them again. Thursday night we went on an exchange till Friday night. Elder Verdera went with me in my area, and Elder Mauga went with Elder Mendoza. Friday, when we were visiting members, we got a call from our zone leaders and they said that we would be having a third companion for a few days. His name is Elder Ho Ching. He served in the oklahoma mission, and he was on his way home to Samoa, but he missed his flight from Honolulu to Samoa, so now we have him untill 2pm today. Yesterday, we had dinner with President Warner and his wife, because they wanted to meet Elder Ho Ching before he flies home. It was pretty awesome having him with us. Everybody at Church yesterday were taking to him because they all knew Elder Ho Ching's family, the Samoan people are all family I guess. So we had a pretty eventful week this last week. Our appointment with the part member family with 7 unbaptized children had to reschedule to this week, so we weren't able to meet with them yet, but it'll be exciting when we finally do!
Thank you so much guys!!! have a great week!! Aloha!!!
Elder Randall

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 12th 2013

Aloha everybody!!! I'm guessing you guys are wondering what happened this week ,because last week I told you guys we would be scheduling a few baptisms. We have 2 investigators with a baptismal date and we are teaching a less active family that has 3 unbaptized kids. The mother of the 3 kids says she feels the kids won't be ready for baptism at all this month, so we will keep teaching them untill the mom thinks they're ready, and pray that she does let her kids be baptized. This Wednesday we have an appointment with a part member family that we received as a refferal, they said they have 5 children that are not baptized and a non member father. Our Relief Society president also has 2 unbaptized grandchildren that the missionaries have been teaching on the past, but they went on vacation for the summer, but now they're back. So now we have our work cut out for us for the rest of this month. Our goal for this month is to get at least 4 baptisms, and I really think we can hit that goal. i will update you guys on what happens next p-day, so pray that we can set more baptismal dates! Friday last week we did exchanges with our District leader, and our district leader is Elder Mendoza!, so Friday we were companions again! but for only 1 day, we had lots of fun that day talking about stuff that had happened since we were companions. Elder Mauga said he had a great time too, with Elder Verdera, who is also Philipino. Last week I told you guys that we would be having a meteor shower, well this morning for our p-day activity, we woke up at 2am and went to ewa beach park and we saw lots of shooting stars!!!!!!! We saw about 50-60 shooting stars!!!! It was pretty awesome, it was too difficult to take a pictures of it with my camera, and taking videos also doesn't work.:( ( can't see anything in the videos) Bummer I couldn't get any picture. I took lots of pictures of a blank black sky lol! but no shooting stars. the shooting stars all had a green tint to them. Elder Randall PS: I took some pretty cool night mode pictures after exchanges, Friday night, we were on top of a 12 story building and our district leader Elder Mendoza, lives on the 12th floor, so they took us up on the roof to take pictures. also some usless black pictures of the night sky trying to get pic of the shooting stars. the last one is not a shooting star lol.

Monday, August 12, 2013

August 5th 2013

Aloha everybody!!!
This week went pretty well since I've taken over the area, We've found many people that want to be baptized, so we will be working with them in the coming weeks and we will be having baptisms this month! Other than that, my companion is now the zone haircutter. lol. He cuts everybody's hair even mine. He's really good at it too. Next week I'll be able to update you guys on the people that want to be baptized.

Monday, August 5, 2013

June 30th 2013

Aloha everybody!! We had a super fun week last week. We had another mini missionary! So i got to train two missionaries for 3 days. His name was Elder Anitok. Cool name, he's from the marshallese branch in waipahu, waipahu 3rd, same as Elder Dominic that we had a few weeks ago. He's 17 and he's planning to put in his papers after he graduates next year. He's a super cool guy, really good at basketball. We taught several lessons with him. We also went to the Temple today. We actually came straight from the Temple to the library. It was raining some when we got out of the temple, So i got my camera out to take a picture and my lens fogged up instantly! lol! 100% humidity. I was the first one out, and when the other missionaries came outside they all grabbed their cameras too but their lenses fogged up too! It was pretty funny. We had lots of fun so far today! My companion Elder Mauga is awesome, but training him is kind of weird, I have to teach him English first, he doesn't understand most of the stuff i say, I have to simplify the things I say. He knows a little bit more english than I know samoan still. He's getting better though!! I now know enough Samoan to bear a simple testimony! I'm looking forward to the rest of this week. i hope you guys are too! Have a good week! Aloha!!!!

Elder Randall

Sunday, July 28, 2013

June 22nd 2013

Talofa! lol I'm going to learn a lot more Samoan now. My new companion is from Western Samoa, and just came from the MTC. He speaks very little English, so it's kind of difficult to communicate, but he's funny and now I get to learn the samoan language faster. He bonds super well with the ward, I think, I still don't know what they're talking about unless they talk about numbers, lol. I found a Samoan missionary booklet thing put out by the church in our pad behind my desk, so that will definetly help me.
    I got to see Elder Willyerd on Thursday right before he flew home that night. They went to pearl harbor to do all the tours there, and guess who they saw? Elder Duck (well not anymore), and his family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wanted to see him so bad! Some ward members in ewa 1st ward also said they saw Brother Duck and his family at the temple Friday night. I wonder how long he's staying in Hawaii.
    Missionary work was kind of slow this transfer week, always is, but one of our new investigators came to church,  We're trying to schedule an appointment with him this week so we can start teaching him.  I heard from Joseph Black that he had a baptism, thats great!

Friday, July 19, 2013

July 15th 2013

Aloha everybody! I have some exciting news. I will be training a new missionary!!! I'm kind of nervous and I hope I get a cool companion. Almost 9 months into my mission and I train a new missionary. So my companion Elder Willyerd flies home Thursday night and I train a brand new missionary, complete opposites lol. I don't know what to expect. Everybody's saying that he might be Samoan, which would be cool, he could teach me the language. Elder Willyerd is scared, he says. He says the feeling is like being called on a mission again, but knows where he's going lol. We are going to have lots of fun today!!! We are doing another slip n slide. but this time its going to be on a bigger hill. I can't wait to do it. I'll take lots of pics and videos.
Last week right after I emailed, I got the call from President Warner about Grandma passing away, I was sad, but I know that it's just a neccesary step as we progress in Gods Plan. And i'm thankful that I'm teaching people about that very Plan, so they know what they need to do in life, and if we life according to that plan, we can live with our families again forever.
Pic 1: finally wasn't driving so I took a pic of a rainbow. (we see these every flippin day lol.)

July 8th 2013

Aloha everyone!!! We had a great week last week. We had a great 4th of July!! Our ward had a sports day almost all day that day, and we met a lot of non-members. And from those non-members 10 of them want to meet with us, so the next few weeks we will have choke new investigators. We also got to stay up until 12am so we did a zone party, We had lots of food, at the sports day and the zone party. the next day they let us sleep in till 9am so that was nice. Today Elder Willyerd had his last interview with the mission president, they always do an interview a week before missionaries go home. Elder Willyerd flies home next Thursday right after they do all the fun stuff with president, like, go to the PCC night shows and other cool stuff. Elder Willyerd said he likes the new mission president but it's too bad he won't know him for very long. I liked president Dalton, and i'll miss him, but now we have a new president, and I look forward to getting to know him better the rest of the time that i'll serve here in Hawaii!
Elder Randall

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 1st, 2013

Aloha everybody!!!We had an exciting week! We had another mini missionary that stayed with us from Thursday to Sunday. His name was Anderson Dominic, he's from the Marshallese branch. He said he served 2 mini mission before this one and the last one he did was in the Samoan ward, so this is his 2nd time in this ward doing a mini mission. He went with us on a few lessons and it seems like he's already trained as a missionary. The 4 baptisms that were scheduled for Saturday last week went well, we realized that the parents weren't members so the 8 year old brother of the kids will count as a convert too! The baptism went really well, our ward mission leader set everything up perfectly. Lots of people came, mostly family, the Samoan people have huge families. I had the opportunity to baptize all of them. It definitely was a great experience that I will always remember. And I'm glad that we had Elder Dominic with us too, he enjoyed every minute being with us, and so did we

Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 24th 2013

Aloha everybody!!!
We had a great week last week. We have 3 baptisms coming up on Saturday the 29th. We are super excited! All we need to do is teach them two more lessons and then set it up the baptism. I guess thats the highlight for missionary work this week. Oh wait, we also had a mini missionary with us on Thursday and Friday, his name was Elder Higuchi (I think thats how you spell it), and he's 17 years old and is thinking about serving a mission. We told him how much fun it is and helped encourage him. He did pretty good for never being a missionary before. He had to leave friday night because he flew to Utah on Saturday to go to BYU's SOAR program. I think he said it was like a tour program. He helped us teach the 3 kids that are getting baptized. Amber still has a baptismal date for the 14th of July. Overall we had a fun week. We didn't do anything special today, so sorry about that. Umm don't know what else to say besides that i'm super excited for the baptisms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pic: Elder Higuchi is in the middle, Elder Ludovico is on the far left and Elder Earl on the far right( they are the zone leaders.) Elder Andreasky and Elder Merrill are also in the pic.

Monday, June 24, 2013

June 17th 2013

Aloha everybody!!
We had a pretty good week this week. We had stake conference yesterday so, I was able to understand all of it. It was actually really good, everybody that went said they liked it a lot, the Spirit was strong. President Dalton also spoke at the conference, which is kind of funny because he spoke at the stake conference in Kaneohe, and now in Waipahu and I got to be there both times. We also had zone conference wednesday last week. It was really good. It was the last zone conference we will have with president Dalton. I think we sang "Aloha Oe" to him like 4 times now. We had zone conference with 4 zones, Honolulu, Hon-west, Waipahu, and Makakilo. I got to see my old companion Elder Dorff, who is now in the Samoan ward in Makakilo, lol. We talked to each other at lunch. After zone conference Elder Merrill took us to see a super awesome view overlooking all of Honolulu and Hon-west. It was soo cool!!!  I'm definetly going to show you guys when we come back, it looks way better than the pictures that I took. It was super windy up there. Our work here is going pretty good in the Samoan ward. Our ward mission leader wants to make us a list of everyday Samoan phrases and other important phrases for us since we know very little about the language. All I know is how to say hello, goodbye, i'm full, i'm hungry, and thank you.  Lol.  We are teaching 3 kids that are unbaptized right now and Amber still. We did find out out this week that Amber has a smoking problem, so we taught her the Word of Wisdom. Hopefully she will be able to quit before the end of next month, before Elder Willyerd goes home.
That's all for this week. Aloha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elder Randall


Monday, June 17, 2013

June 10, 2013

Aloha everybody!!! I bet you guys are wondering how I like the Samoan ward. Well they feed you a lot! They make a family sized dinner just for the 2 of us and the food we don't eat and even more food they make us take home. We've only 4 dinner apts. so far and our fridge went from being almost empty to full! At church, sacrament meeting is in Samoan, so I didn't understand any of it, I can only understand when they say thank you and when they say Jesus. Sunday school is in english, and priesthood is in samoan. My companion Elder Willyerd doesn't understand samoan either, he does know a few more phrases though, he's been in this ward for 6 weeks. It's funny that they decided to put 2 white people that don't know the language, in a language ward. usually they have 1 missionary that speaks and one that's learning. On Saturday we went to a baptism for Madison in Ewa 1st ward. Me and Elder Dorff taught her and she was ready for baptism, but she didn't have permission from her parents yet when I left. But now she is baptized so that's cool that I got to see it. They whitewashed Ewa 1st again, Elders Merrill and Andreasky are serving there. Elder Merrill came with me from Kaneohe, so I know him. 'In the Samoan ward we have a  few investigators and one of them is really close to being baptized, her name is Amber she's 23 I think. Sunday was her 2nd time coming to church. So we're going to meet with her a lot this week. It's weird being back in Waipahu, It feels like it's been forever since I was here. We live in Ewa beach. I Already know almost half of our area which is all of Waipahu zone. the other half is Millilani which is the biggest zone on this Island. Well that's all for this week. Aloha!!!
Elder Randall

pic: My comp Elder Willyerd from Missouri trunked out of his mind! Just kidding lol!