Elder Beau Gardner -
Hawaii Honolulu Mission, August 2011 - 2013

Monday, September 26, 2011

Finally in Hawaii

Oh how I’ve missed everyone!  I'm finally here in Hawaii and it’s everything I expected times 10!  It truly is incredible!  The plane ride was a long one but good because I got to sit next to all my friends and guys from my district.  
Hawaii, as seen from the plane coming in...
One last photo of both districts at the MTC going to Hawaii...

When we got to Hawaii, we stayed at the mission home in Honolulu, which is a really nice house.  We then had some meetings and everything.  The Assistants were talking to us and giving us some advice, it was awesome!  The next day we went to the tabernacle and we had some more training and we went out and street contacted for the first time.  It was sweet!
Me with one of the AP's... awesome! 
Alright for my first area... I’m on the big island in the Hilo Zone.  We have two areas and two wards to cover: Kiluea and Kaumana.  I love it here so much, it’s absolutely beautiful!  My companion’s name is Elder Limb.  He is a great guy.  He’s from Randolph, UT and he’s hard worker.  He has a speech problem.  He was born with cerebral palsy, but he’s fine now.  It will be good and I’m very excited!   
Here I am... Finally here, how do I look? 
My humble abode...

Hilo is an incredible place!  The wards we are over are very small!  I was surprised to see how small they were when I got here.   Like 30 members showed up to the Kiluea Ward on Sunday and about 60 to the Kaumana Ward.  There is a huge difference between the two wards, it’s like night and day.  The Kiluea Ward is all older people and the bishop isn’t very supportive, and the Kaumana Ward has more youth and the bishop is extremely supportive.  I found out that Bishop Irvin from Kaumana Ward lived in St. George the same time we did and that his wife was an assistant in my 3rd grade class!  Small world huh? 

The work here is pretty slow - slower than I expected.  President Dalton really wants us to hit hard on the PMLA (part member less actives) and to work with them and get referrals from them.  We have one baptism date for October, but the girl won’t stop smoking!  That’s our only date so far.  We are supposed to have three baptisms in the month of October for our companionship.  Quick story - we got a referral from the other Elders living at our pad ( Elder Mecham and Elder Willyerd), so we went to her apartment and she was so excited to see us!  She was saying how she’s been waiting forever for missionaries to come knock at her door and that she doesn’t believe in any other religion, only the Mormons.  So we talked with her and taught her the first lesson and at the end committed her to baptism and she said yes!!  She just wants to know a little more and she will be baptized!  I’m so stoked!!  Even though you have so much work to do something like that makes it all worth it! 

The Hawaiian people are very nice.  Instead of waving you just give the hang loose sign, its sick!! I love it.  I also hear choke pigeon ya.   Choke means "a lot" in pigeon, and they say "ya" at the end of everything ya.  I’m still trying to get used to everything like all the training and the study times and the paperwork, it’s a lot of work.  I usually go tracting for about hour to an hour and a half each day.  We haven’t had any luck tracting yet.  We tracted Bj Penn’s house, it was awesome! 
A cool old BIG tree... 
Everyone else from my MTC district is on Oahu, and the only other person that came with me to the big island is Elder Boyle, the guy that I was talking to on Facebook before I came out.  I bought a ukulele today, it’s way tight and I’m gonna get good!  I’m getting better and better at learning how to pronounce Hawaiian words because every single street name is Hawaiian and some of them are very difficult to say.  I get fed very well and the food is delicious!  They eat a lot of rice here, which is alright because the rice here is way better than rice over on the mainland. 

Well I love you all so much!  Can’t wait to hear from you!  I guess it costs money to do dear elder now so I don’t really care how you write, it’s just really hard to email everyone in one day so writing is really nice.  If you send a package make sure you send it usps.  If anyone sends letters, send it to the mission home then they forward it to me.  Hope everyone is doing well.  Wish I could say a lot more but I always forget what to say when I’m at the computer.  Let me know how everything is and send me some pictures of jojo! Love you!
Elder Gardner

Monday, September 19, 2011

Last Day in the MTC...

Aloha Family!
Well its my last day here at the MTC!  It’s so crazy I can’t even take it all in!  Time has flown by so fast!  The MTC is a great place, I’ve learned a ton and it has helped me grow both physically and spiritually.  
A time for learning...
Well I don’t have to much to write because I’ll probably be talking to you tomorrow at the airport.  Elder Mortensen isn’t coming to Hawaii with us... He has to go home and he is getting released as a missionary but he will be back in November to come to Hawaii.
Elder Mortensen
  I’m so excited I’m gonna throw up!  I’m really nervous about meeting my trainer, I hope I don’t get some jackwagon trainer like dad’s first one haha.  I’ve been getting a lot of mail but its all from family.  Like, I love it and love hearing from you but it would be nice to hear from my friends.  I think they forgot about me... I only keep in touch with JD and Colten.  JD wanted me to tell you that his farewell is on the 25th of this month at the downtown chapel so if you wanna go to that.  Oh yeah I ran into Trevan and Tanner here it was awesome!!  It was good seeing them again.  I got some pictures with Trevan and I need to get one with Tanner.  I’m so ready for Hawaii, and from what I’ve heard there might be a possibility that I could speak a different language there.  I wouldn’t mind that at all.  I would love to speak a little Tongan or Samoan.  Well I gotta go sorry it’s so short. I got to go to lunch, pack, and check the mail to see if my Netflix came... haha jk but technically I’m not supposed to be on the computer cuz its not my p day.   Ill tell you about more of my teaching experiences over the phone when I get to call you, but I just wanna let you know that I love all of you and that I think about you a lot and how your doing.  Tomorrow Ill be in Hawaii!!!

Elder Gardner

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

1 week left in MTC...

Aloha Family!

What a week at the MTC!  So much to tell you cuz so much has been going on!  I can't believe I forgot to tell you that I'm Senior Companion!!! How sweet is that?  So when are you gonna dig deep and find the real rick penning?  haha I find it kinda hard to remember lines and stuff from movies - its weird.  Same with songs like im not gonna lie I kinda miss music, and instead of normal songs getting stuck in my head its always hymns! I can't get hymns out of my head. That's alright though.  So can you beleive it I leave a week from today, a week from today I'll be in Hawaii surfing and snork... oh wait.. haha no I'm soo excited to leave.  I love the MTC but I'm so ready to leave.  Three weeks is perfect, not to short not to long.  
Beau's MTC District

The MUST picture for every MTC missionary
So all my district is going to Hawaii except 3 sisters.  Those 3 sisters are going to Calgary Canada.  The other two Elders I knew before on facebook are in a completly different zone.  There are a total of 12 Elders heading to Hawaii on the 20th.  I know all of them.  It's weird to think that our district is the old district now.
The District out for a Sunday walk...
  Oh, and Trevan comes in tomorrow so hopefully I'll see him.
Sad story so on Saturday my companion (Elder Mortensen) broke his foot playing basketball... so I went into the outside world where there are cars and stuff and a girl actually waved at me!!! Isn't that crazy? haha But anyway, idk if he will be able to go to Hawaii with us on the 20th.  We will find out tomorrow.  I have to go to the Utah Valley hospital with him.  He might have to get surgery... It's really sad cuz he is such a good guy and he wants to work so hard.  But something like this has to happen to him - the Lord must have a plan for him.
Beau with his MTC comp. Elder Mortensen
The food is still good but I've gained about 5 pounds. 
Must be EXTREMELY low fat chocolate milk...
 It's sooo funny because our sense of humor here at the MTC is messing with people.  We like to go up to people and ask them where the mtc pool is or the mtc hot tub the look on their face is so funny!  Sometimes you get those extreme Elders that will say "I cant believe you would say such a thing on dedicated ground".  haha some people I swear.  Another thing we like to do is to ask each other (the people in our district) if they got our text in front of a bunch of people.  It might not seem that funny to you, but it's hilarious to us. 
the District showing a little of their sense of humor
Alright now for the good part.  The best part of the MTC is definantly the TRC and teaching lessons.  TRC is when we go into a different buildings and knock on a door and there is a investigator, pretend investigator of course, but they don't act anything like a Mormon. I'm pretty sure they hire them.  We have three TRC investigators, one of them is named Carlo.  I love Carlo so much.  Our first lesson with him went so well, he was very interested in what we had to say about the church and the Book of Mormon and he wanted to know more.  He told us that his wife and son died and we explained to him about eternal families are possible throught the atonement of Jesus Christ.  He was so excited to hear this.  Yesterday we had a really good lesson, we talked about the gospel of Jesus Christ so faith, atonement, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.  At the end of the lesson I invited him to be baptized and he accepted!!  Even though its just a pretend investigator it feels so real and the spirit is so strong.  Another cool story is when we were teaching our teacher.  Everyone gets to teach their teacher that pretends to be an investigator, so Elder Mortensen and I had planned on talking about the Plan of Salvation but when we got to the room for some reason I had a feeling that we should read Alma 32 with him so we did and it went so well!  At the end of the lesson Elder Mortensen invited him to be baptized and he accepted!  After the lesson he said that we did such an awesome job.  Nothing is better than the Spirit after you have felt it you hunger for it so much more!  I've been getting really good at teaching people and im sure I'll get a lot better as well.  I've already taught over 20 lessons, its nuts! 

Thanks for all the DearElder.com letters, it makes me feel so good when I get letters I just wanna throw up!  I dont even care who it's from, I just want some haha.  Oh yeah, I've seen Carson here and have talked to him a bunch.
I just sent you some pictures today I couldn't send all of them because they wouldn't all fit in the envelope, but I put some captions on the back of some of them so make sure to read the back.  Well thats about it for this week everything is great here!  The food, the classes, the TRC's, the lessons the devotionals, its all so good and I love it!  Im having a lot of fun and I'm so glad I'm on my mission.  It's seriously the best thing in my life thus far, even though I feel that I'll be eternally tired and at a lack of sleep I guess I will just have to deal with it.  I have my flight itinerary I leave on Tuesday the 20th at 12:00 pm and I land in Hawaii at 2:30.  Well love you all and miss you!  Well, I'll talk to you soon! Love you!
Elder Gardner

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Life at the MTC

Entering the MTC with Gia, Claire, Aunt Wendy and Uncle Jared
Aloha Family!
I absolutly love it here at the MTC!  I've had the best time so far and the days just fly by!  My companion's name is Elder Mortensen and he's from Kaysville, UT.  He is awesome!  We get along very well and we have had some awesome experiences.  My district is sooo bomb!  I love them to death.  There is Elder Sheranian from UT.  He is Samoan and one of the funniest guys I've ever met.  Elder Carrel from Philidelphia and he's way awesome.  There's Elder Hayward from Virginia and he looks and acts exactly like Nick Waring hahah and then Elder Makalio from Sydney Austraillia - I love his accent!  I'm always constantly busy here always going to class or eating or studying but I love it so much!  Ive already taught 6 lessons!  I'm getting a lot better at teaching I wasnt good at all when I first started but Im getting really good now.  Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that there are 4 girls in our district as well, 3 of them are going to canada and 1 is going to hawaii.  I love this work.  I love feeling the joy of inviting others to come unto Christ.  I can't wait until I'm out in the field and will be able to teach the Hawaiin people.  Nothing would make me happier than that!  You should continue to use dear elder and tell everyone else to use dear elder as well because I'm timed on how long I can be on the computer and I love getting mail.  It's like better then waking up on Christmas morning to presents!  One of my lessons went so well, we went to a building where we had to knock on doors to actual people and teach a real lesson to someone other than a missionary.  I felt the spirit sooo strong during that lesson.  We didn't even really teach until the last 5 min because we were just getting to know the guy, but the spirit really does work and I knew everything to say when I needed to.  It was awesome!  Well I got to go.  Keep writing letters and tell everyone else to also.  Love you!

Elder Gardner
Waiting for the Plane...
At the airport with Grandma Dede...
One last pose with mom and dad...
One last hug for mama - sad...