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

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kona Temple

I usually don’t email on Tuesday but today is our p-day because we went to the Kona Temple today and it was part of our p-day.  So, we had a normal day yesterday.  It was very good!  Kona is a cool place.  It’s totally opposite from Hilo- its crazy.  It more desert and stuff.  
Me and Elder Ahotau

Me and Elder Villareal (he looks like David Archuletta!)

Pretty good place to hang out - wouldn't you say?
I went to the mall today and got a quicksilver shirt with some of the money that grandma gave me, haha. 

I still haven’t received your package yet... I hope that it will come tomorrow!  Elder Ahotau said he received revelation that it would come tomorrow so I hope he's right!  I was so happy to talk to you on Christmas!  It was awesome to hear all of you again and it was nice to be able to talk to all the family that was there.  It made me miss all of you a ton and especially being together for the holidays.  But, I only have to go through one more Christmas in Hawaii alone!  Well I don’t really have to much to say right now because I have dinner in a couple of minutes.  I hope you got the pictures that sis. Nakaahiki sent me, I just forwarded them to you. 
Check out Elder Ahotau's antlers, I'm supposed to have a candy cane through my head!

These are real Hawaiian stockings.  I got the one with nail polish! haha
Love you!
Elder Gardner

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mele Kalikimaka

Mele Kalikimaka

I cant believe its almost Christmas!  Time flies for real.  Nice job with the basketball games and tryouts bruthas!  That’s tight!  Glad to know that everything is good and that everyone is safe, and also that everything is going good financially.  I hope you sent my package usps because if you didn’t then they won’t send it to my island... I’m trying to find some other stuff to send you.  Many members have given me things and I just plan on sending it back to you.  So this Sunday I have two sacraments to go to.  I'll get home from church around 11 and then I'll head over to bishop’s around 12 so I can call you around 1 o clock Hawaiian time.  Can’t wait!

So my new comp. is awesome!  His name is Elder Ahotau.  He’s from Tonga.  He’s soo funny!  Man I’m so glad I have someone cool.  I really enjoyed Elder Limb and I can’t believe I’m already done with him. It’s kind of hard to understand Elder Ahotau with his accent and all, but I don’t care he's awesome.  
Me and Elder Ahotau
So about that news article haha that’s so funny!  One night Elder Ahotau and I were street contacting on Bayfront and this reporter came up to us and asked us some questions about the weather and stuff.  I didn’t think he would actually put it in the newpaper!  Dang I’m so cool, I’m in the paper.  There is this other elder in my zone that looks exactly like David Archuletta it’s crazy haha.  So Eric’s baptism went very well.  Choke people were there to support him!  Unfortunately his parents weren’t there...  It was still good though.
With Eric at his baptism
So we got a referral from the office and we called the lady and we set up an appointment to come visit her.  So I’m hoping that she will become and investigator!  We’re also working with this man named Tim.  We’re doing some service for him and hopefully we'll end up teaching him the lessons. 

Elder Ahotau and I were tracting the other day and we ran into this older lady and she was out doing work in her yard.  Her yard was a jungle!  So we asked if we could come do service for her and she said yes.  So were hoping that she will also turn into an investigator.  Funny story.  So, Bro. Okura (Kilauea Ward) brought a guy that he ran into the store the other day to church.  This man was Chinese and barely spoke English.  So, after sacrament meeting, Elder Ahotau and brother Cheng ( 2nd counselor in Kilauea Ward) went and taught him the first lesson.  I had to go to ward council for Kaumana ward.  So while we were in Kaumana ward sacrament meeting that Chinese man came in the middle of the meeting and came and sat with us.  It was super embarrassing and awkward because we were sitting next to the Haslams (ward mission leader in Kaumana) and he kept playing and touching their little kids like nonstop through the meeting.  Ahh I was so embarrassed!  The good thing about that guy was that he agreed to let us come back and teach him.  So things are looking really good right now with potential investigators.  Hopefully it can stay this way!  It seems as though things have really started happening with Elder Ahotau here!
The Straight Family
The Jarrett Family 
I’m super Excited for Christmas!  I got a letter from the stake presidency, which was really nice.  I'll be able to tell you many more stories and experiences on the phone so get ready with you questions that you will ask me.  Love you all and hope you have a wonderful White Christmas!  Mele Kalikimaka
Elder Gardner 
Making some Kalua Pig

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Elders Gardner and Ahotau make the paper!

Hello Bro. and Sis. Gardner--

Today in our local newspaper, the Hawaii Tribune Herald, there was an article about the weather with a quote from Elder Gardner!  Thought you might like a copy.

We have been having tons of rain lately as Elder Gardner has probably told you.  Of course, here in Hawaii, winter is our rainy season and after a couple of drier than normal winters, this one has been a bit of a change.  Hilo normally gets something like 120 inches of rain annually.  It has also been much colder than normal for this time of year.  When we first moved to Hawaii some 8 or so years ago, I laughed when I saw flannel pajamas for sale in Macy's.  But I laugh no more.  We have had to wear the flannel pjs and put the flannel sheets on the bed even though it gets into the low 60s at night.  That would be warm in the place in Utah where I used to live.   Humidity makes all the difference in the world.
Mele Kalikimaka to you and your family,


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Another Nice Letter From a Member

Hello Bro. and Sis. Gardner

Today my husband and I had the privilege of taking Elder Gardner and his companion Elder Limb out to lunch.  Elder Limb (my great nephew) is being transferred tomorrow.  Since Elder Gardner came to our home on Thanksgiving Day, it was great to see him again and to get to know him a little better.  
Sweet Stockings!
He is a fine young man.  He looks good and seems to be adjusting well to missionary life.  He said that he will be a trainer for his new companion so he will be in the Hilo area for another 3 months.  Hopefully we will run into him again before he leaves and perhaps take him out to lunch again!  The members in Hawaii love the missionaries and take good care of them.  I know you will still worry and think about him every minute of every day but know that he is in good hands.  These young men are very special and the Lord watches over them and takes good care of them too.

Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) to your family.  

Aloha nui loa,  Cyndie Seiersen

Monday, December 12, 2011

A New Assignment

Oh ba you like one soda?

Hey family how’s it?!  Glad to hear everything is going well with you in AZ.  Sam dude I cant believe you broke your nose man that’s crazy!  Going on dates with all your guy friends?  Man, are you even old enough?  Nate can drive?  What’s the deal I thought he was like 14 or something.  That’s good that your updating all the computer stuff.  Macs are bomb for sure; no doubt no doubt in my mind.  I’m so out of the loop with technology I don’t even know what’s new and stuff haha, but I’m in loop with the scriptures more than I ever have before!  This new study program is super awesome for real.  I’m excited to get the package you sent me!  I have another package to send you.  Its macadamia nuts and Hawaiian sea salt with garlic, super good for cooking.  A member in Kaumana Ward gave it to me to give to you.  Its been raining a lot again... I don’t really like that.  I’m getting tired of rain.  The only movies I ever watch are Mr. Kruger’s Christmas, Joy to the World, the Testaments, and Preach my Gospel haha.  Its good to hear that all the surgeries are going well that’s awesome!!  I can’t wait to call on Christmas I’ll probably go to bishop Irvin’s house and call so ill just call after sacrament meeting. 

Well here’s some big news.  So Transfers are on Wednesday.  I found out that I’m staying and Elder Limb is leaving, but I got a call early on Friday night from the mission president and he gave me a new assignment, and that’s to train.  So I will be training and I just barely got done with MY training.  I don’t know if I’m ready for that!  I feel like I don’t even know enough yet.  I’m super nervous about who my companion will be.  I’m praying that he will be good and that ill get along with him and that he'll work hard.  ohhh man this is nuts.  So I will be in Hilo for another 3 months.  My first area will be a 6-month area.  So I will be able to let you know how everything goes next time I write you.  Time seriously flies while you’re out here!  I left in August and is Christmas already!  Crazy ba!  Well that’s the news for transfers.  This past week has been good though.  We taught about 16 lessons l think.  Still no new investigators but Kaumana Ward is really trying to push the 15 names and were really pushing with our ward mission plan so I think things will work out.  Eric’s baptism is scheduled for Dec. 18th.  He wanted to do it on Sunday so his parents could come and they are non-members.  I’ll be able to have pictures of the baptism for you as well next Monday.  Dad how many baptisms did your mission have a month when you served?
The Meyers

The Kuikahis

Grandma Wassman  and Elder Limb

The McBrides
 Ok for the rice, I ask everyone how to make it and they all tell me the same.  You have to have a rice cooker though.  For white rice you use one cup of water for one cup of rice.  Brown rice I think you use 2 cups of water for 1 cup of rice.  The rice you buy in the Asian section of the store.  One of the main brands of rice they use here is Hinode.  What makes the rice good is that it’s really sticky and good.  Ok I have something for you to try for dinner.  Make rice and chili, get a plate of rice and pour some chili on top and then put some mayonnaise on top and mix it with the chili and rice.  OH man sooooo good!!!
Sweet dreams of rice and chili...
 Well keep encouraging people to write letters to me.  That really keeps me going because I could be having a bad day and no one will listen to us and everyone is gone, but when I look in the mailbox at 3 pm and there is a letter for me that definitely brightens up my day!  Thanks for all of you who have written me it really means a lot to me and I appreciate it so thank you!!!!

Well I am anxiously awaiting the day that I will be able to call you.  It will be awesome, I will be able to tell you all my stories and stuff.  Keep it up with basketball, work, jojo and everything else!  I love you all and Mele Kalikimaka!

Elder Gardner
The Hawaiian moon

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mona Kea

Aloha Family!

Jeeze you guys have the craziest weeks it seems like!  You’re always doing some awesome stuff!  That’s so crazy about the snowstorm and that you had to stay in Globe.  Hey at least you got to watch the BYU game... I didn’t.  I forget what texting and facebook is like, it’s crazy.  I can’t even really imagine it.  Dad, glad to hear that your surgeries are going well too!  Super busy is always the best, because when you lay in your bed at night you feel so accomplished.  So everyone is using iPads in my family now... that’s cool just get one when I leave!  Where’s the loyalty man?  Well I also got a new camera today, it was on sale at Wal-Mart.  I decided that some of the pictures I take I want them to be really good and I’m pretty sure the infrared sensor on the red camera was going out.  So I got a new canon camera, 16mega pixels and 5x optical zoom!  Its tight - only 100 bucks. 

So this morning I went to Mona Kea!  It was the coolest thing ever!  I have some awesome pics that I’ll send you. 
Me and Elder Lyons on Mona Kea

Elder Limb, Brother Bazilla and me on Mona Kea

Mona Loa
 I was seriously on top of the world!  That is where the whole world has their telescopes and stuff.  It’s super cold up there and hard to breathe but I got to touch some snow up there.  It wasn’t that great... haha.. I don’t miss snow at all!  
There really is snow in Hawaii!  Check it out...
I guess one of the mirrors they use in the big telescopes that is only like 5 feet costs millions and millions of dollars, and there are quite a few up there.  This past week was a good week though.  Our numbers were kind of lame but Tuesday we had 3 lessons, Wednesday we were on exchanges and E. Willyerd and I went and did service for a potential investigator, we decided to walk to his house it was fun.  That took all afternoon pretty much.  Thursday we had week plan but did it in the afternoon because E. Limb had DLTM.  E. Limb has only been out a year, but he will probably leave for transfers.  I could still leave but I have a feeling that I'm going to train - haha.  Friday we had zone conference in Waimea, which is on Kona side with the Kona elders.  You should look up pictures of Waimea on the Internet, it’s an awesome little place!  Zone conference was Awesome!  I learned so much from the training and everything President Dalton had to say.  We got this new study packet called Mana, which means, “divine power” in Hawaiian.  It’s such an awesome thing to have.  It will really help me study more in the morning and help me gain a greater knowledge and testimony of the gospel.  It has us reading a ton of stuff.  The BOM, D&C, New testament, part of the Old testament, POGP, Jesus the Christ, Our Search for Happiness, True to the Faith and Our Heritage.  I’m super stoked about it because I love personal study, that is one of my favorite parts of the day for sure!  
A perfect Hawaiian sunrise
We also watched a movie at zone conference!  We watched 17 Miracles.  This is one incredible movie if you haven’t watched it yet I highly recommend it, it’s definitely a tear jerker haha.  It was a good week nonetheless.  We are still working with Eric and we have a baptism date for the 17th.  We are kind of having trouble with new investigators but its kind of always like that.  Oh well that’s missionary work for ya. 

So the boys will like this.  At zone conference I met a missionary, Elder Unga.  Yes Harvey Unga’s brother.  He is just about to be done with his mission, and go home and play football for Utah.  He’s way cool!  About the haircuts, I cut my own hair.  I 1/2 and cut it all one length.  Its easier that way.  If you want to make good Hawaiian rice you have to have a rice cooker.  The rule of thumb is one cup of water for every cup of rice.  Don’t use the uncle bens kind of rice though its rubbish.  If you could also send me a Mormon Messages DVD in the package that would be awesome!  Those are really helpful for lessons and stuff. 

Well that’s about it for this week.  A very good week for me!  Next time I write you I should know if I stay or not or if I will train.  Hope everything goes great for you this week and stay warm because you know I will!  haha  Love you all the most for real ba!  I love the pics to!  Especially the one where they are fighting and Jojo’s tongue is hanging out - haha must be and awesome camera.

Love Elder Gardner
My backyard...  Nice!