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