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

Monday, March 26, 2012

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Malo lava family!

Wow! I am very impressed with the great improvement Sam is making, He’s going to be back to normal in no time!  That’s awesome that he has so much support and love coming from all of our family as well as his teammates, coach, and friends.  That’s sick!  haha Ben nice email dude it was like 5 lines.  How did your race even go?  Well I’m coming up on 7 months in a couple days!  When I hit my 7 month mark I only have 5 more months till I hit my year mark and then its all down hill from there!  Time flies for real!  I’m starting to not get as many letters in the mail haha. I think people got bored of writing me.  I think they are thinking to themselves that "Oh wow this is really cool writing a missionary, but once it hit 6 months, ohhh... its not that cool anymore.  He doesn’t get home for a long time!"  That’s what I think people are thinking haha.  Dad, check for that movie clip in the Lds youth site.  What is Sam going to do about school?
Check me out! Hawaii is tight!

Elder Hanks and me on exchanges
 This week was pretty good.  We taught a couple people.  I’m really stoked for Larry’s baptism on April 6th!  His wife and son are members but he's not and I guess he's been taking the lessons from the missionaries since 1994!  He decided to get baptized with Elder Fa’amausili and I.  That makes me feel awesome!  That just goes to show, never give up on someone!  It might seem like they will be eternal investigators but it might just not be the right time for them.  We are trying to work with the people in this place called Kahana valley.  I guess that used to be the place where all the members used to be but now there are a bunch of less actives and non-members there.  Many good things could happen if we just get the help and support of our members.  The members are a lot more supportive in this area then in Hilo.  It definitely makes a huge difference in the work when the members help.  Being a district leader is still good.  It definitely has its challenges, but overall its really good.  I don’t really like the trainings, that’s all.  Working with sisters is also really great.  Having sisters in my district is really fun.  I haven’t had any major problems with anyone yet.  Everyone in our district gets along very well!  I’m finally getting my suit and pants dry cleaned hahah. Some members offered to take them to the dry cleaners for us!  The people here are sooooo caring they will seriously do anything for us.  In fact their favorite thing to do for us is give us food.  I’m still the same weight 170.  I don’t think I will gain too much weight because we have zone activity every morning, which is very good.  On the other hand, it’s amazing how much Elder Fa’amausili eats!  Its unreal how much he eats!  I honestly can’t believe how much he eats and drinks.  He is constantly eating something and he even gets up in the middle of the night 2 or 3 times to eat!  Them Samoans can really put down the food!  I still love him though and we get along very well.  He is going to start teaching me Samoan so I can start to understand what he is saying to all of our Samoan members.  Whenever we are at a Samoan house I cant say anything!  It stinks, I just sit there. 
These three photos are from Crouching Lion Hike


I’m starting Jesus, The Christ.  I’m really excited to read it.  The more knowledge I can get the better!  I love reading and studying now!  I’m sure you would never expect me to say that.  Maybe I will actually do better in school when I go back?  I’ve been thinking about school lately and sometimes I think about going to BYU Provo, and sometimes I think about coming to BYU Hawaii haha. Maybe because I’m always around it?  I don’t know sometimes I just think about that kind of stuff.  Well that’s about it for me.  Sorry I don’t have any awesome stories to tell this week but hopefully I will soon.  I think I’m starting to know what it feels like to get lost in this work because honestly time goes by so fast!  I’m definitely having the most fun now than I ever have before on my mission and the work is great.  I don’t ever think about phones or facebook, the only thing that I miss is music and hanging out with family and friends.  Other than that I’m always focused on the work!  Keep me updated on any new events or experiences that happen.  Oute alofa ia te oe.  Oh yeah Elder Odume is from Nigeria Africa, He’s super tight.
My new Samoan name tag!
 Elder Gardner

Monday, March 19, 2012

Malo Lava

What’s good?

Man I’m so relieved to hear that Sam’s surgery went well!  That makes me feel a lot more comfortable and relaxed.  7 hours though, that’s a long time!  I don’t really know a lot about radiation therapy.  Is Sam going loose all of his hair from it though?  That would kind of stink.  I’m reassured to know that so many people are supporting Sam and our family.  It seems like everyone is praying for him and remembering him.  Many people here are also asking me about Sam and how he is doing.  So again its good to hear (in the words of Elder Odume) "Its all G."  So physical therapy, will take along time?  What will he have to do with school, and taking off that much time?  Look up Alma 36:3.   This scripture is perfect for Sam.  You can definitely find answers to all your questions in the Book of Mormon.  It’s incredible.  I have a solid testimony about that, I also have a solid testimony that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers.  Even if they don’t come right away, blessings and answers will come eventually. 
L to R - Elders Beutler, Me, Fa'amausili, and Odume
 This week was really good!  I had my first district meeting as a DL last Wednesday.  It was pretty good, I’m still a little nervous about doing all the trainings, but other than that being a district leader is great.  I have to get the numbers every Sunday night and I get to do baptism interviews!  I know that I'll become more comfortable with it as time goes on.  If I ever feel like a calling is too much, I just think about Thomas S. Monson when he was called to be a bishop at the age of 22!  In a ward with over 1000 members!  That’s nuts!  If he can be a bishop at that age then I can definitely be a district leader.  The Lord knows what we are capable of all we have to do is accept the calling and he will help us. 
Puao's Baptism - Me, Puao, Elder Fa'amausili
We had a baptism this week!  We baptized Puao.  He’s in the Samoan Ward.  It was really good and a lot of people showed up to his baptism, including his non-member family.  So that was a really good baptism.  Afterwards we went to their party and had soooo much food!  I’m always surrounded by sooo much food its insane!  I now weigh 170 lbs. haha.  I came out at 155 lbs.  We have another baptism scheduled for April 6th so I’m very excited about that.  Covering 4 wards is definitely a challenge.  Sundays are crazy because were constantly going from church building to church building.  We have to miss out on one ward every week because the time overlap each other so we have to switch off every time.  Oh yeah so the money - money never just appeared in my account, but members will just give us money because they feel they receive blessings when they do.  Sometimes members will stop in the middle of the road and give us money or most of the time they will just pay for our food.  It’s awesome! 
This is Laie and Hau'ula - my area! 
Me in my new area
 Well again I’m glad to hear everything is great.  Continue to give me updates on Sam’s progress and anything else that is happening in the family.  Thanks for all the continual support and prayers they help and mean a lot to me. 

Fa-soifua!
Elder Gardner

Monday, March 12, 2012

A New Area

Ohana,

Wow, this week has been crazyyy!  So many things have happened!  Transfers went well and for my new area.. Im in Laie!  Its soooo awesome here!  My new comp is Elder Fa'amausili from Samoa.  So I went straight from a Tongan companion to a Samoan companion. He is great though, he's not shy at all like Elder Ahotau but he is super nice and cool.  On top of getting transfered to Laie I was also called as a district leader!  I've only been out 6 months and I'm already a district leader?!  Whaaa?!  Its cool though, but a lot more responsibility.  So my district only has one other elder which is my companion, all the rest are sisters, haha.  My district is all sisters from the Visitors Center!  Having sisters in my district and zone makes it fun.  Every morning the whole zone has zone activity.  We all get together and play a sport and excersise in the morning.  It was my first time accounting last night for all the #'s. It was crazy but I know that it will get easier the more that I do it.  My first district meeting is on Wednesday so I'm pretty nervous for that.  I cover 4 wards!!  Hau'ula 2nd, Hau'ula 3rd, Laie 9th, and YSA 1.  The Hau'ula wards are family wards, Laie 9th is a Samoan ward, and I don't have any idea what they say in church because its all in Samoan!  One thing that is cool is that I get another name tag, but it will be in Samoan!  Pretty neat huh? And YSA is the young single adults ward.  So it's pretty nuts on Sundays because we go back and forth to churches and sacrament meetings.  One thing that is really cool about being here is that we can do all of our lessons if we want in the Visitors Center. Thats very conveniant because we can schedule a room that has a tv and has all the church media and stuff that we can watch and plus its the V.C so its better than doing it at someone's home. 
Me and my new companion, Elder Fa'amausili

My new area - Laie
Our pad is in the back of a members house (Bro Ramalal).  It's very nice.  Bro. Ramalal is super cool,  He's Tongan and he is very well off.  Laie is soo gorgeous!  Everywhere we are at we are by the ocean.  Like right on it almost we pretty much are driving on the beach thats how close the roads are to the ocean.  I even think it is way more beautiful than Hilo.  I still kinda miss Hilo but Im soo stoked to be in Laie. 

Well im glad to hear some updates on Sam.  The surgery was a lot sooner than I expected!  That's good get it done quick.  I have a good feeling about everything.  I know that it will go smoothly!  My companion and I will fast on Wednesday.  Thats very reassuring that it is at one of the most well known hospitals out there!  Tight!  Has it stopped snowing there yet?  Dad, it still seems like your very busy all the time with your surgeries thats good!  Oh yeah, I'm writing you this email in the BYU Hawaii library haha. This is where i do my emails. It's awesome!  Its way smaller than all the other Byu's but still very nice.  I going to be going to the byu bookstore to get some stuff. I probably will get all of you some BYU Hawaii gear.  We are also planning to go to the polynesian cultural center today as well.  Im pretty stoked for that. 

Did you ever find that "inviting all to come unto Christ" clip Iwas telling you about?  You know mahana from Jonny lingo?  I guess she lives in our area and my companion says we go to her house sometimes for dinner haha. So I'll have to get a picture with her when we go over there.  After my mission when we come to visit I can't wait to show you around Laie!  Its incredible!  We have a baptism this week, and I think another one scheduled for April 6th so we are working with quite a few people right now which is very good, its not a dead area.  Well that's pretty much it for me, as for missionary stories not to much.  Wewere giving a pamphlet to this girl at her house when all of the sudden her dad came out and started yelling and cussing at us and threatened to beat us haha. It was scary because he came right up behind us as we were leaving. I thougt he was going to kick me right in the back! That's the only bad thing that happened this week.  I'm anxious to hear about Sam and what the outcome will be on Wednesday.  I love you all!  Have a great week. Laterzzz!

Elder Gardner


Families from Hilo...


The Straights

The Jemwai family

Advientos family

The Adams family

The Haslam family

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Laie, Oahu

Laie is located on the North Shore of the island of Oahu, this is where The Laie Temple is, BYU-Hawaii and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sam's Tumor

Hey howzit?

So I got the call from president Dalton on Saturday afternoon during my lunch break.  He told me what had happened to Sam with his tumor and everything.  I was shocked when I heard the news... even a little devastated.   The advice he gave me was good he asked me what I needed to do.  I told him pray and fast, he said "you need to pray, fast, work harder than you ever have before and be the best missionary you can possibly be and everything will be alright" I know that by doing these things everything will be fine.  Right after I got off the phone Elder Ahotau asked what happened and I told him.  Right after I told him what happened he got on his knees and said, "We start fasting now" So we did - we fasted a complete day.  I will fast for you Sam every single week!  I want you to know that.  I also felt inspired to bear my testimony on Sunday about what happened.  It was very spiritual and emotional as well.  I can assure you that all of Kaumana Ward is praying for Sam and some members even said that his name will be placed in the Kona Temple as well as the Laie temple.  So there are many prayers coming your way Sam.  Everything will be good.  I would like to share a scripture with you.  It’s the same one I shared in my testimony on Sunday.  It’s 1 Nephi 11:17 it says: And I said unto him: I know that He loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things.  Even though we don’t know why some things happen, sometimes things may be going smoothly and then all of the sudden something comes up unexpectedly.  We don’t know why you have this tumor we "don’t know the meaning of all things."  But there is one thing that we do know, and that is that God loves each and everyone of us.  He watches out after us continually.  It will be all right in the end. 

So I am getting transfered!  I’m finally leaving after 6 months in Hilo!  Its crazy!  I know that I’m going to Oahu but I don’t know what area.  I know that I will miss this place for sure!  I’ve met really cool people here in Hilo.  I definitely have to come back after my mission.  I love the ward that I covered and the work here, but I know that it will be a good experience for me to move on, and I’m very anxious to know where ill be going and who my companion will be. 
Here's a tupenu, (lava lava) that a Tongan family gave me!  Too bad I cant wear it...
 So that little movie that you were wanting to know about is called "Inviting Others to Come unto Christ."  As for the work this week nothing too exciting really happened.  I have a funny story though.  So we were visiting the Seril family (less active in Kaumana) and we showed the dad a Mormon message and we talked about it.  Then he called his two youngest kids in to watch another Mormon message.  After it was over he asked the kids what they thought.  The girl said that she didn’t like her dad because he never gave her anything for her birthday, Christmas, and he never got her any candy on Halloween.  haha that was her response.  Then he asked the little boy what he thought and he said "I thought it was lame!"  The dad asked why and the boy said, "Because it said Jesus Christ, and that’s a bad word." The dad quickly explained its only a bad word if you use it in the wrong context.  The dad asked him if he knew who Jesus was and the boy said, "I don’t know,  I think he is a dog?" hahah the dad was super embarrassed and he was like "well looks like we need to start coming to church again" haha that was super funny!  We've still been working with the same investigators, I’m anxious to know the investigators I'll be working with in my new area.  I'll let you know all the details next week. 
Six Month mark!  The traditional tie burning
 Well I love you all, and I’m thankful for your continual support while I’m out here serving my mission.  Sam, everything will be good brah, You got to serve a mission!  Remember when we were on the tube at Roosevelt Lake and we were going super fast, and I told you "Crud, I still got to serve my mission!"  haha that’s you now!  Love you all so much.  Do work son!

Elder Gardner