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

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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