Monday, October 13, 2014

Last and Final Email October 7th 2014

Aloha Everybody!! Well, this the last Aloha letter I'll send. We had a pretty good week for my last week. Our zone hit it's goals for the week, so President will feed us a pancake breakfast! President started doing that a few transfers ago, when a zone hits it's weekly goals, he'll do a pancake breakfast for the zone, but I think president sets the goals for the zones. Hopefully we'll have the breakfast as a zone before I leave. I'll have breakfast with him one way or another, it just might not be with the Kaneohe zone. I'm going to miss this ward. when we come back I think we should come to this ward for 1 Sunday. When they announced in Sacrament meeting that they would be singing Aloha Oe to me,  everybody was surprised because they forgot I was leaving!
             My mission went by pretty fast! But when I try to remember what I did in my first area it seems like it was a super long time ago! I had so many good experiences on my mission, I've grown a lot spiritually, and a little physically too lol! It feels like Hawaii is my home now, and it doesn't feel like I'm actually going home. Like when I go to the transfer meeting, President Warner will say "just kidding you're not going home, you're going to Maui" or something. It's like going on a mission all over again. I forgot what it was like back home, and I'll have to adjust again. I'm super excited of course, but I'm going to miss Hawaii! I've learned so much while I was out here, all the different kinds of people that live here from all over the world, and the languages too, all the different kinds of food, and having to live on an island! I've learned a lot from other missionaries, and from reading the scriptures, learned how to teach the gospel and apply it to mine and other peoples lives. In Ether 12:27 it says...                          "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
           Back home I wasn't a very talkative person. On my mission, I have seen my weaknesses improve and get stronger,  and I hope to have that continue my whole life. I've learned a lot about humility and patience on my mission. I've also seen how much the Spirit plays a role in our lives, and how much it's helped me in my mission. The scripture, " I will put into your mind in the very hour yea the very moment what ye shall say", is really cool and I've seen it work. The Spirit really does help me, especially in lessons. I have a really strong testimony of the Spirit and how much it's helped me in my mission. I'm going to miss my mission so much, and the people I've met! We'll just have to come back again someday! And then we'll do the fun stuff I didn't get to do lol! I loved my mission, and I wouldn't trade it for anything! Thank you guys so much for supporting me while I'm gone! Time for the looooooooooooooong plane ride home! Choke Mahalos!!!!! See you soon!!!!!!!!!!!! Aloha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Elder Randall
 


Before 2 years

After 2 years


 

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6th 2014!

Aloha everybody!!! How are you guys! We had a pretty good week. Our appointment with the family of 4 investigators, the Cordes and Ramos family, went pretty well. They fed us dinner and we had a lesson after. We taught them the Plan of Salvation. They knew most of it already lol! We helped answer the questions they had. After the lesson we told them about conference, and how we have a living prophet today. So then they got on their TV and recorded all the sessions of conference, while we were there! We have to find out what they thought of conference, when we see them again. Speaking of conference, I liked Pres Monson's talk in priesthood session about the battleship. It's always hard to stay awake during conference in Hawaii, because the morning sessions start at 6am
      On Tuesday last week we got to watch the movie "Meet The Mormons". I was a really good movie. You guys should watch it. The beginning is pretty funny. We got to watch it with our whole zone at the Laie Hawaii Temple Visitor's Center. On Wednesday we went to pearl harbor again. This time it's the 2nd to last time. We'll be there next week again. So much pearl harbor lol! I have some pictures I took last week when we went ice skating, It was lots of fun. Enjoy the pics!

Aloha
Elder Randall




 

September 29th 2014

Aloha everybody! This week was a pretty good week. Lots of fun stuff happened. It rained for 3 days and we biked in it! I should of took pictures! We were so soaked! It was awesome lol. It's a great change from being hot and sweaty all the time. We did lots of service this week also. One of the times we just shoveled horse poop for 2 hours lol. We had lots of fun. We also went on exchanges twice this week. For one of them I went with Elder Moala in the Tongan Branch. It reminded me of when I used to serve in the Tongan ward in Honolulu. I can still understand most of what they're talking about. I'm going to miss all the Tongan people!   Oh and I bought an ukulele. I'll send you guys a picture of it. I like it, I'll try to practice some songs so I can play them when I get home. 
       Today is zone p-day so we're going to have fun lol! We went on a hike this morning to the light house. Again for like the 6th time. I didn't want to go but since we were going to be with the zone, we went anyway. Now we're emailing, and after we are going to go ice skating! That should be fun. We have an appointment with that one family of 4 investigators this wednesday. So that should be the highlight of this week. Enjoy the pictures. See you next week!!!


Aloha,
Elder Randall





Friday, September 26, 2014

September 22, 2014

Aloha everybody!!! We had a great week! I told you guys last week that we had a dinner on Wednesday with investigators. It was an awesome dinner! The 2 grand parents, the son(wife is already a member), and also the grandchildren want to take the lessons! We set our next appointment on Oct 1st, I wish we could have it sooner but they're going to be busy until then.
The dinner they made us was awesome by the way! We also had 2 of our members invite one of our investigators over for dinner on Monday and Thursday. Our members are starting to help out more. Members help out a lot especially when investigators are going through hard times. I've seen how much the members help out in pretty much all my areas.
      We went to the temple last week. They are doing some intense construction over by the visitor center, i forgot to take a picture of it. there used to be like a fountain pool thing but they dug it up and all the concrete around it. Not sure what they're planning to do. The next time i go to the the temple it'll be my last time while on a mission! My mission went by so fast! But then I feel like i lived here a long time lol! I took some pictures for you guys, enjoy!
PS: that water fountain is like a cannon lol!

Aloha,
Elder Randall



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 15th 2014 One Month Left!!!!

Aloha everybody! We had a pretty good week last week. Our main investigator, Nohea, is still in the mainland. She'll be back on the 18th. But other than that we still had a pretty successful week! No appointments cancelled. We had 3 of our investigators come to church yesterday, so that was cool. And on Wednesday we will be meeting with 2 new investigators. They invited us over for dinner! So we are looking forward to that! 
     For P-day last week we also went to the Sea life park again and this time we got there earlier and stayed for most of the shows! It was pretty fun. There's like a walk in bird cage thing with choke birds and you can feed them, we probably had the most fun in there lol! you can see in the pictures! We are going to the temple tomorrow, so today isn't actually our P-day but we can email today! I think this week will be pretty good, temple trip, dinner with new investigators, yeah! looking forward to it! Take care guys! Talk to you next week!

Aloha!
Elder Randall





 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September 8th 2014

Aloha everybody! We had a pretty fun week last week. For district meeting on Tuesday, President Warner came to sit in on the meeting. It was Elder Moala's first district meeting as a district leader. He said he was really scared because he thought President would correct him on everything and tell him how to do a district meeting. It was a good district meeting, President gave his input on the training and some new ideas, it was pretty cool. On Wednesday we went to Pearl Harbor! For the 9th time I think lol! I got a T-shirt from them since it was my last time. We helped them take down some banners, because the day before was the anniversary of Japan surrendering on board the USS Missouri in World War 2. It was pretty fun, especially since 2 zones were there, Kaneohe and Honolulu. Did some hanging out and service lol! We finished the service pretty quick because there was so many of us. Then for dinner that night we went to Teddy's bigger burgers and we both got a monster double hamburger, with 2 9oz patties. It was super huge and super good lol! I'll have to take you guys there when we come back lol! For P-day today, we went to the light house. (my 4th time!) But this time for the sunrise. We couldn't really see the sunrise, but we could see the other islands, pretty good, Molokai, Maui, Lanai, and even Big Island. It was pretty cool!
        We've had another slowish week as far as missionary work goes. Nohea, and her husband are on the mainland until the 18th so we weren't able to meet with them this morning. So we'll resume teaching them when they come back. We need to emphasize the importance of coming to church next time we see them, because they haven't been yet. We got pretty bored one day and decided to knock on the highest door in our area lol! It's a pretty cool view at the top but takes a while and a lot of sweat to get there lol! We knocked on the highest door and the houses nearby, no luck, but it was still fun. That's all for this week I think! love you guys!!!!!!!

Aloha!,
Elder Randall

September 1st 2014

Aloha everybody! As you guys already know last week was transfer week! My new companion is Elder Saunders. He's from Vale Oregon, and he's been out for 10 1/2 months now. This week was a pretty slow week. We had a lot of appointments cancel. It seems like when there's a holiday coming up, no one wants to meet with us lol! We had an appointment this morning with Nohea and her husband, but she had to cancel. For Labor Day the ward will be having a picnic in Waimanalo, and hopefully there will be some non members there that we can talk to. All the members were supposed to invite all their friends and stuff. It'll be pretty fun, its at a beach park though so we'll have to stay on the grass lol! I had to fix my bike yesterday at a members house because the chain kept falling off, it's a beach cruiser with only one gear, so we had to go to a members house that had a socket wrench set and adjust the back wheel to make the chain tighter, so far so good, we'll so how long it lasts now until I have to fix it again. I had a dragon fruit for the first time last week and I got a picture of it. Well, that all I have to write about for this week I think. Hopefully this week will be better. See you next week!!!

August 25th 2014

Aloha everybody! This week was pretty awesome! We just got out of a
lesson with Nohea and her husband Bryson. We had a pretty good lesson
with them. But Bryson isn't sure if he wants to be baptized. So we
asked them to pray about it and also the Book of Mormon and they would
get an answer. We're doing our best to teach them and help them come
closer to the gospel. Nohea is still excited to be baptized, and we're
looking for ward to that and helping her to get to that point.
      So this week is transfer week. So I'll be staying and my
companion Elder Moffitt will be leaving to Laie. My new companion is
Elder Saunders, I've served around him before when I was in Honolulu
and he was a greenie. He's a cool guy and I like him a lot, so I'm
pretty sure we'll get along great lol! We are having a zone activity
today for our last P day of the transfer over at China man's hat beach
park. We'll be playing sports stuff over there I guess and eating food
and signing journals.
     We also found a couple new investigators while knocking on doors
ans we'll be meeting with them tomorrow, so we are looking forward to
this coming week. Lessons, transfers, new companion, fun stuff lol!
This will be my last transfer on my mission, and the transfer ends on
Oct 15th, so I got to make the most of it before I go home!!!!!!! See
you guys next week!! Take care!! Oh and there's pics of the sea life
park, that was pretty cool. We got to see dolphins jump out of the
water and do flips and stuff lol!

August 18th 2014

Aloha everybody! We had a good week this week. I went on an exchange Wednesday with the zone leaders because my comp is a district leader. The area the Kaneohe zone leaders cover is Kahaluu, which is my 2nd area! It was great to see my old area and the people there!! The next day we had zone conference. Zone conference was pretty good. They always have the missionaries that are going home this transfer or the next transfer give their testimonies. So since I'm going home next transfer I gave my testimony!! We call it a "dying testimony" lol! I can't believe it's almost been 2 years now! It went by pretty fast. I'm grateful to be in the best mission in the world!! lol!
         After Zone conference we went straight to a lesson at the church. A sister in our ward brought a friend that was interested in hearing the gospel. So we taught her the restoration, and she wants to hear more and also be baptized!!! So we set a date for Sep. 20th. We have a lesson with her and her husband tomorrow morning, and we'll commit her husband as well. She's pretty sure her husband will want be baptized too, so we're hoping for the best tomorrow! We had a lesson with the guy that referred himself on mormon.org yesterday. It was a pretty good lesson, he knows a lot already about the church, he just wanted to hear it from us missionaries. He said he'll think about joining I he thinks it's true, so we told him how he could get his own answer from God. The only thing that I thought was funny was that he doesn't want to meet with us until he finishes reading the Book of Mormon, so he said we could come visit him a month later. It's cool that he's reading the Book of Mormon, but I wish we could at least meet with him once a week. I'm looking forward to this week, well mostly tomorrow, to have our lesson with Nohea and her husband. see you guys next week!

August 11th 2014

     Aloha everybody!! We had a pretty good week last week. I like this area. You guys probably heard about the hurricanes that we had. It got downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it got to Big Island, so by the time it got to Oahu, it just a rained a lot. We helped our Bishop Our mission president had us stay in side our apartments until like 3pm when it stopped raining, which I thought was kind of funny. All the schools and stuff were closed for the day too. We were expecting a huge storm so we were wondering when it was really going to "hit" lol! I heard that my old area on the Big Island, Pahoa area, got hit the hardest out of all the places in Hawaii. There were downed tress everywhere along roads, everyone has no power and might be without it for weeks. There was also a second hurricane but it is too far north now so it didn't touch us. Right now it's sunny clear skies, usually it's partly cloudy or overcast, so that's nice.
      We did a hike this morning. It was one of the same hikes I did like almost 18 months ago. The pill box is what it's called, we went early to catch the sunrise. It was a pretty nice view at the top. We were all like "it's great to be in Hawaii!". I remember last time I went on this hike it was super muddy, but this time it was dry, even though we just had a storm a couple days ago. I have a couple pictures for you guys!
      Missionary work is going good, we just got a referral from mormon.org. A guy referred himself and requested a Book of Mormon. His name is Andrew, he's a Catholic minister guy. We met him , gave a Book of Mormon, and set an appointment this coming Sunday. He's a pretty nice guy and wants to know more about what we believe. It'll be pretty interesting, we don't know if he'll progress, but we hope for the best! We are also going to be teaching the after baptism lessons with Kaileen this week, usually they have the members do that, but now we should be there teaching the lessons with a ward missionary. We have another investigator that we teach, her daughter is a recent convert, but she hasn't been baptized yet because she has some concerns, one of them having to do with women and the priesthood. She also goes up to Laie on the weekends, so we don't see her at church. We didn't teach her last week because of the "storm", so hopefully we'll teach her again this week, and be able to resolve her concerns and commit her to be baptized!!!. Hope you guys have a good week! Take care!!!


Aloha,
Elder Randall

Sunday, August 10, 2014

August 9th 2014 Hurricane update

Date: Thu, Aug 7, 2014 3:06 PM
Aloha Parents

Your missionary is safe. President Warner has asked me to send this email out with some information about how prepared we are here in the islands for both Hurricanes Iselle and Julio.  We have all the missionaries from the big Island together in 2 groups, Kona and Hilo. They are in 2 different stake centers on high ground. Each group has a senior couple with them, food , water and other emergency supplies. They have been instructed to stay in the building and together until the all clear is sounded.  
On Maui the same is happening all the missionaries are in one stake building with the same supplies. Kauai doesn’t have any senior couples so the stake President is organizing them together in the stake building.
On Oahu we are organizing the missionaries in groups depending on the need. It looks like we will only be getting a Tropical storm. They know where to go, mission office, or which stake centers are on high ground.
Depending on the issues we have with electricity outage you may or may not hear from your missionary on Monday. I will send a group email as soon as I get the information.  As a mission we are prepared and we don’t want our love ones at home to worry about us.

Mahalo for sending your great missionary to us
Sister Cordon
Hawaii Honolulu Mission Secretary

Date: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 9:10 PM
Aloha Parents

President Warner asked me to email the parents to reassure you that all is well here. Our missionaries are safe and dry. The worst thing that happened to them was boredom because we made them stay in today. As I stated in the first email, you may not hear from your missionary on Monday due to our second storm front. It is supposed to miss the Islands but we could get a lot of rain and wind. I am resending the first email along with this one because some parents didn’t receive it. See below.

Much Mahalo

Sister Cordon
Hawaii Honolulu Mission Secretary

Aloha Parents

Your missionary is safe. President Warner has asked me to send this email out with some information about how prepared we are here in the islands for both Hurricanes Iselle and Julio.  We have all the missionaries from the Big Island together in 2 groups, Kona and Hilo. They are in 2 different stake centers on high ground. Each group has a senior couple with them, food , water and other emergency supplies. They have been instructed to stay in the building and together until the all clear is sounded.  
On Maui the same is happening all the missionaries are in one stake building with the same supplies. Kauai doesn’t have any senior couples so the stake President is organizing them together in the stake building.
On Oahu we are organizing the missionaries in groups depending on the need. It looks like we will only be getting a Tropical storm. They know where to go, mission office, or which stake centers are on high ground.
Depending on the issues we have with electricity outage you may or may not hear from your missionary on Monday. I will send a group email as soon as I get the information.  As a mission we are prepared and we don’t want our love ones at home to worry about us.

Mahalo for sending your great missionary to us
Sister Cordon
Hawaii Honolulu Mission Secretary
 

August 4th 2014

Aloha everybody!!! Well I'm back in the Kaneohe zone! This time I'm in Kailua side, in the Keolu ward. And I'm still on bikes lol! As far as Oahu goes, I like Kaneohe side the best! I love the tall green mountains, they look so cool. My companion's name is Elder Moffitt, and he's from Mesa, Arizona!!! He's pretty cool, and he can play the piano even better than me lol! I think I'm going to like this area a lot. The ward is awesome! The people here are awesome!
      So lots of fun stuff happened this week! Of course transfers, then on Friday, we had a baptism. Her name is Kaileen, she's 9 years old. Her dad started coming back to church and he got to baptize her daughter. It was pretty cool. Elder Moffitt and Elder Clutter, (the previous missionary that I replaced) taught her all the lessons, and as they did, they started coming back to church. It's always cool to be able to come into an area and have a baptism right away!
      On Saturday we went to a funeral for Bro Cloward. Almost all the missionaries on Oahu came and sang in a missionary choir and sang How Great Thou Art, as a special musical number. It was pretty cool. We sounded awesome! (except for me lol!). The Clowards always housed the missionaries when they first fly in and stay 1 or 2 nights there. And every last P-day of the transfer they let everyone on the Honolulu zone come to their house and do a slip n slide and volleyball. He passed away because of cancer I think. I don't know any details other than what was said at the funeral.
      Oh I told you guys last week that we would be meeting the Browne family that night. The lesson went pretty well. The Bishop came with us too. We taught the Plan of Salvation. They have been taught it before so we did like a review and talked about it more in depth. At the end of the lesson I invited the wife and Trinity and Blaze, to be baptized. Trinity and Blaze said they would like to, but the wife was hesitant. It's been a while since she has been committed to be baptized, and she thought about it for a while, and said not yet. After the lesson, the husband, bro Browne, took us home and he said the lesson was so awesome and that extending the invitation to his wife to be baptized was exactly what she needed, and that the Spirit was strong. So the next time the Elder go over there, they will have to see if she has made a decision yet, but it might take a while. She knows she needs to do it, but she's afraid, she's was raised Catholic her whole life and change for her is scary. And she already has so many friends in the ward and they are all supporting her. I hope the best for them and that they can be sealed as a family in the temple. I'll try to keep in contact with the Elders over there, so they can keep me updated.   Take care guys!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Aloha,
Elder Randall
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 28, 2014

Aloha everybody!!!
 We had a pretty fun week. As you already know we went to the PCC. It was pretty awesome! We saw part of the boat show or whatever it was called, then we went to the Samoan show, it was pretty cool, the guy that did it was really funny. Then we went to the Tahiti show, that was pretty good,then the Tongan show. The Tongan show was also pretty funny, they picked a guy from the audience that was from Alabama to be a part of the show. I thought that was pretty cool. I can't wait to see the night show now! We had lots of fun at the PCC!!!
     This week is transfer week, and I found out that I'm being transferred! Only 1 transfer in this area I guess lol. I don't know where I'm being transferred to yet, I'll find out Wednesday I guess. They're going back to not telling you your new area till Wednesday. All I know is that I'm staying on Oahu lol, not going off Island again. It would be funny if I went to a car area again! So much for losing weight in a biking area before I go home lol!
      I'll have to keep in touch with the Elders in this area to see what's going on with Casie and the Browne family. I'm going to miss those people. We will be meeting the Browne family tonight, so hopefully we can extend the baptismal invitation again and set a date for their baptism. Hopefully they will continue to progress in the gospel while I'm gone in my new area! I hope you guys will have a great week also! Thanks for all the letters!!
 



 

July 22nd 2014

Aloha everybody! We had a pretty fun week this past week. All last week was ward camp, from Monday to Saturday, but of course we didn't go to that lol, but we did go to the Friday night potluck dinner. It was pretty fun. There were a lot of people there, even less active members and non members. then after we ate they started making huge bubbles lol. Oh and the reason that we emailed today is because we have our P-day today. We just got back from the temple, and it was pretty awesome, our mission president was even there! So for P-day not only did we go to the temple, but we are also going to the PCC! We are going to be doing it as a zone activity, and it'll be lots of fun I'm sure! We only get to see the day shows though, only the missionaries that are going home get to see the night show, which I'll be seeing in a couple months lol! Oh by the way thanks for all the letters you guys are sending me! It keeps surprising me everyday when I open the mailbox!
I get one like everyday now lol! Oh and I have pictures this week don't worry!
      As far as missionary work goes, things are going alright, it's hard for us to find people that are willing hear our message. The one part member family I told you guys about before, we weren't able to meet with them last night, which is the only time they are free. The dad has been having to work more last week and now this week. Our other investigator, Casie, is still coming to church. Casie has been taught all the lessons and wants to be baptized, but the only problem is that her mom is very against the Church and her getting baptized. It's a hard situation for Casie to decide. So we're fasting and praying for her and her mom. All we can do is to encourage her to do what she feels is right and she and her family will be greatly blessed by the gospel. Well, I love you guys so much, I thank you for all the things you do for me! I hope again that we will be successful this week in doing the Lord's work! 

Love, 
Elder Randall





July 14th 2014

Aloha everybody!!! We had a pretty good week. Didn't start too great, but it ended well. I say that because after I emailed you guys last week I started to feel sick, so we went home, and ended up staying home all day monday and Tuesday. It was like I had food poisoning all over again, but I didn't eat anything bad. The mission nurse said it might be a stomach bug or something. I feel okay right now though so that's good, but the nurse said it could take 10-14 days for it to get out of my system. In spite of that we were able to get a lot of work done the rest of the week. We taught a lot of lessons and we had 7 investigators go to church yesterday. So the week ended super good!!! We were able to talk to the ward mission leader about the ideas that I had about having the members help out more as far as missionary work goes. We're looking forward to the help we will be getting. I don't think I'll be sick this week so we should be able to get even more work done! We also went on exchanges on Friday, I went to the Wahiawa 1st area with Elder Shute. It was pretty fun. Wahiawa kind of reminds me of my last area as far as how the people are. We will also be going on exchanges on wednesday, but this time I'll be staying and Elder bergman will be going to wahiawa. Well that's all for this week! Hope you guys have fun!

Elder Randall

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 7th 2014

Aloha Everybody!!!! We had a pretty fun week last week. We celebrated the 4th of July as a zone. We got together and had a barbecue with hot dogs, pizza, soda, otai, and lots of other stuff. It was lots of fun. We didn't get to see fireworks though, so that was the only downside. We also did some fire knifing last week because it was an Elder's year mark, so we got most of the zone together and did some fire knifing, it was fun.
       As far as missionary work goes, it was better than I thought it would be, considering it's 4th of July week. The family I told you about last week, we had a lesson that night. They are a really cool family, the lesson went pretty well, the wife had a lot of questions because she was raised Catholic. And we found another guy through tracting, and we just had a lesson with him yesterday. We are also starting to teach a former investigator, so we had a pretty busy week, other than 4th of July weekend of course. We will be meeting with our ward mission leader this week and I'll tell him about my ideas on how we can get the members to help out more. Hopefully we can get something going in this area. The members are great, so I think that the ideas we have will work. Well thank you guys for your support and I'll talk to you guys next week!!! 

Aloha,
Elder Randall

June 30th 2014

Aloha! Good news! I'm not sick today! Haha. It's hard getting used to a biking area again! It's good exercise though. There's net very much going on in this area, as far as missionary work, except this one part member family that is now coming to church and a progressing investigator that we have. We will be teaching the part member family tonight, the Brown family. They are a really cool family. The wife is not a member and she was responsible for them coming to church!!! Funny huh? I think they have been coming for like a month now, and the husband just got a calling yesterday. Tonight will be my first lesson with them since we were sick last Monday. We also gave talks at church yesterday, we talked about priesthood in the family. The person that was supposed to give a talk was sick, so they called us the night before lol!! But of course we were able to quickly put together a talk. It's only my 2nd time giving a talk in sacrament meeting on my mission.
         For Pday today we aren't doing anything special, just the usual, email, shopping, and basketball. We have zone activities only once a transfer now. And with bikes it makes it hard to go see cool stuff, because usually the cool stuff is far away lol! Anyways, I want to try to get some work going in the ward as far as missionary work. Our ward mission leader is in Korea right now so, we will have to wait for him lol. I have some ideas that we have done in my past wards, so we will try them in this ward. I think it will work well in this area. The people are nice here in this area, but they just don't want to talk to missionaries. Like all of my other areas, we could talk to more people when we go tracting than we can in this area. We'll see how this week goes. I'm sure that we can get this area going. Hope you guys have a great week!!! I don't have any pictures for this week sorry! 


Aloha,
Elder Randall

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 24th, 2014

Aloha! I bet you guys are wondering how I'm doing in my new area back on oahu lol!
 The area we cover in Mililani is a pretty nice area, like middle class I guess you could say. It's a pretty small area too, in fact the smallest area I've had so far, so that's different. And I'm back on bikes lol! Yay! And I'll most likely end my mission here in this area, I started on bikes and I guess I'll end on bikes lol! Unlike my first area, we actually live inside our area, so that's nice, and it a lot smaller area too lol! Elder Bergman is my new companion, he's from brigham city, Utah. He's a good guy, talks kind of quiet, and he's been out almost 3 months! So he's still really new and I give him advice on how to do some things. I think we will work well together. it seems the work in this area is pretty slow, after all I am back on oahu, where everyone has at least 2 jobs lol! So It's hard to catch people home, kind of different from Pahoa lol!
I'm still getting to know our investigators a little more, we have 2 that are progressing, so that's good. 
         Yesterday we were both sick, and that's why we didn't email yesterday. Sunday after church, we went home and ate some lunch,  we had some leftover sandwiches in the fridge, and then after dinner we went home and threw it all up lol! I could feel it while at dinner but I didn't want to say anything. So we stayed in our house all day yesterday. I feel better today, but my stomach still feels a little weird, so we are going to take it easy today and just go to our appointments. Hopefully we'll feel normal by tomorrow. I don't have really any pictures of this area yet, only ones from Pahoa that I didn't send yet. So I hope you guys have a great week!!!!! Aloha!!!!!


Elder Randall

pics:
#1: the Pahoa motto lol!!!
#2 funny sign

June 16th, 2014

Aloha everybody! Well it's been great serving on the Big Island! I'm getting transferred back to Oahu. My next area will be Mililani 1st ward, on bikes. wooo hooo. lol! I was hoping I would stay off Island, but I guess not. Mililani is a pretty nice area, pretty mainland like. My new companions name is Elder Bergman, he's been out on the mission 3 months, lol. So that will be interesting.
I'm going to miss this area soooooo much!!!!!! This has been the best area I've served in, the most interesting, and the most fun! I'm going to
miss all the people here in the Big Island, i can't wait to take you guys there after I'm home lol! We have now taught Harold all the lessons, 
so now he just needs to come to church, then he can be baptized, I'll be checking up on the Pahoa Elders to see how the progress is going
with Harold. Elder DeMers, my comp, is going to be training a new missionary from California. What a great place to start his mission lol!
Angie is moving to Hilo today, so we have to give her to the other missionaries that are over there, and hopefully they can work with her. 
Well I don't have much time, but I'll let you know how my new area is next week, and i'll miss Pahoa a lot!!

Love Elder Randall
 

 

June 10, 2014

   Aloha everybody! Another week has gone by! The lessons were having with Harold are still going good. We are just trying see if we can be friends with his auntie so that she will let Harold come to church with us. Our ward mission leader, gave them some Molokai bread, which is super good bread, and the auntie was grateful and said thank you. And Harold is praying that his auntie will let him come to church too. So, we will see what happens this coming Sunday. We just have one more lesson to teach him. Angie is now getting a little bit better now, but she's not sure about being baptized now. She said that the Jehovah's witnesses have been stopping by. That made us pretty worried. So we will talk with her today or tomorrow, and remind her of the testimony that she gained and her whole experience in coming into contact with the missionaries. It was a pretty awesome experience for her, pretty much she was praying for a church to join and then the missionaries knocked on her door. It was Elder Takei and his previous companion that found her. So we hope that all will go well this week. This week will be busy with appointments. Yay!
       For P-day yesterday we went to Waipio Valley and hiked to the waterfall, which is a 1300 foot waterfall!!!! It was a pretty good hike, and the water fall was amazing! you could go right under the water fall if you wanted to, but that would be dumb, getting pictures of it up close was kind of difficult because I don't want to break my camera. It's like you're in a hurricane when get close It was awesome!! You can go behind the waterfall, but you can't really see anything or hear anything besides the waterfall and the water flying into your eyes lol!! Got soaking wet lol! I'll for sure take you guys there when we come back, it is a sight to see!! We also went to look inside the volcano again, and I got better pictures! 

Love Elder Randall




Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June 2nd 2014

Aloha! Everybody!!!! This week we've been working hard with our investigators. We've been meeting with Harold a lot this week. He's was progressing a lot and said that he want's to come to church. But when our ward mission leader went to go pick him up on Sunday, he said he couldn't come to church, if he did, he said his Auntie would kick him out of the house! So that's a bummer, we will be meeting with him on Tuesday again and we'll see if we can work something out or talk to the auntie. Angie has been under the weather this whole week, we've just been stopping by to say hi, see how she's doing and if she needs any help with anything. If she gets better this week, we will ask her if she wants to do the baptism this Friday or Saturday. We have another investigator that's been coming to church with her sister, she's Catholic and she's been to church like 5 times now and now she finally wants to meet with us and teach her the lessons. So we have lots of work that we have to do, and we have 2 investigators, Angie and the sister that's been to church 5 times, that can be baptized before the transfer's over, so now we have more work to do!
      Well today for Pday we went to the volcano and looked inside of it, no big deal. There's a lake of lava in it. It was cool I guess. Lol just kidding! it was super awesome!!! I finally got to see lava!!!! Aright guys I got to go now. I hope you like the pictures!!!!!!! And videos!!!





Sunday, June 1, 2014

May 28th 2014

Aloha everybody!!! Sorry I wasn't able to email you guys sooner. As you guys know the libraries are closed on holidays, and every holiday seems to always be on Monday! Tuesday and Wednesday we were to busy to email, so today we're making time to email for a little bit.
      So we were supposed to have Angie's baptism on Saturday, but it turned out to be a bad day for her because it was graduation week. So Angie spent time with her kids and grand kids instead on Saturday because that's when their graduation was. So we had to reschedule her baptism to be this week. We visited her on Tuesday and she wasn't feeling very good, so we asked if she wanted a blessing, and she said yes, so we gave her a blessing. So hopefully she will feel well enough when the time comes for her baptism. We will be visiting her today to see how she's feeling again. We are still talking to her everyday to see if she needs anything and how she's feeling. We pray for her everyday. We have another investigator that has a baptismal date, his name is Harold. We just finished our 2nd lesson with him and now he want's to come to church and accepted to be baptized on the 21st June!!! Our ward mission leader is a very good fellow shipper for him, and he already has a friend in the church. transfers are on the 18th June so I hope that I get to stay another transfer to see Harold baptized!
      On Monday, we did lots of stuff lol! We went to see the sunrise on Mauna Kea again, went up Mauna Loa, which wasn't that exciting, we went to see Pololu valley in Kohala,which was pretty cool, and went to Akaka falls, all in one day lol! Last Friday we had zone conference in waimea again, it was lots of fun! We did lots of role playing! Well I'm running out of time, We hope that Angie will be baptized this week, the only thing that might be holding her back is her health, please pray for her. I'll email you guys again on Monday!! enjoy the pictures!!!!!!!!!!


Elder Randall