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

Monday, May 28, 2012

9 Months

Thanks for sending me those pictures. They were great!  It’s funny to see that Ben always has a new swimsuit and new clothes but Sam still wears the same swimsuit and clothes from when I was still at home haha.  That pool party looked awesome!  I wish I could have been there.  I also had a pool party here in the shower at my pad... yeah beat that!  The D-backs game looks sick!  I remember when we went a LONG time ago, when the D-backs had their old logo and colors, and they were playing the Mets.  I remember Craig Counsel hit a walk-off homerun that game.  That was a long time ago.  Sam, I bet you’re so stoked to get off that radiation!  I would to.  I’m glad that you liked the cd I sent you!  That’s the kind of music that I listen to out here.  Yeah, I don’t know of anyone that has the Other Side of Heaven soundtrack but that would be awesome to have though! Except that’s not Samoan in that movie, its Tongan.  
Sister Notsu
Sister Chen
Brotherhood with Elder Beutler
 Emmi and Hal thank you so much for writing me back!!!!:) I love getting your emails!!!!!:)  They are the best!!!!:) I’m glad your having fun in Snowflake!!!:)  For the summer!!!!!:)  Yes!!!!:)  Cool!!!!:)  hahah jk.  Emmi I’m just teasing you about the way you write your emails. I didn’t know you were that excited to write me haha, but seriously thanks, both of you, for writing me it really means a lot and you always give me a lot of encouragement.  Yes, that would be good if you got me an “Everyday I’m Shufflin” shirt!  I can wear it on p-day.  That song always gets stuck in my head out here.  
Having fun at a District Leader training meeting
 Well this week has been GREAT!  At first it was just another week that I would just manage by, but a miracle happened this week which really helped me and that I needed a lot.  As you already know I have been struggling a lot this whole transfer.  So, we had received a referral a couple weeks earlier and we have been trying to find this lady (Lepa) from the referral.  We finally found where she lives but we could never catch her.  She lives with a part member family that we have been teaching.  So a couple days ago when we were teaching the part member family we caught her when she was home.  We asked when we could stop by and meet with her.  She didn’t seem too excited but she agreed to meet with us and set up an appt. the next day in the morning.  So the next morning we stopped by and knocked on her door and she had forgotten about it... She was still half asleep but she told us to come back in about 4 hours.  So 4 hours later we came again and she sat down with us at the table.  We just were trying to get to know her and her situation and stuff.  Turns out she had a pretty tough life.  Her fiancĂ© died not to long ago and she was just going through some depression.  I told that I know that all of us may go through trials, but what we have to share with you will be able to help you overcome these trials that your facing.  Then she just started crying.  She said that she felt so good and that she had the best feeling.  She mentioned that she had met with missionaries before and had had the whole discussions, and seen all of the tricks, but at this time when she was in the most trouble we showed up.  Then out of the blue she said "I feel like I want to get baptized"  WHAT!!???  When does that happen!  I was stoked!  So we set a date with her right then and there for June 9th.  She even came to church yesterday and she loved church she was crying during the whole thing.  I think she might have some word of wisdom problems that might push her date back but she is solid!  I know that good things will eventually come.  It just like the scripture Ether 12:6 - you don’t receive a witness until after the trial of your faith.  Seeing this and being a part of this whole thing with Lepa is exactly why I love being on a mission!  Things like this can wash away all the bad from before.  It’s incredible!  
The Laie Gang!

Sister Moon
 Transfers are on Wednesday and I found out that I’m staying here in Laie!  Yes!  I’m totally cool with it because I love this place a lot.  Elder Bailey is leaving and I don’t know where he is going but we will find out on Wednesday.  I’m also eating with Kylie and her parents tonight at turtle bay.  Fancy!  I’m really praying that I can just get a comp that I can work well with and get a long with because that can really make all the difference.  I've also learned that I should be grateful for the comp. I have at the time because there is always someone worse.  Well everything is going great!  We are going to have a picnic at a park today because one of the sister trainers is leaving and Elder Hanks (fav. ZL) is getting transferred... shucks!  Hope you have a great week and have fun with Surgeries, baseball games, and last week of radiation.  Keep sending more pics!  I love them!  Anyways, I love you all the most and do work son!
Elder Gardner

Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Visit With the Rainey's

Hello Dear friends...

Now that I have a minute to sit I wanted to get these pics to you of your handsome son. We had a wonderful evening sharing stories about home and listening to his experiences on the Island.  He is healthy and happy and is doing a wonderful job as he represents the Lord. He knows that if there is anything he might need that Kilie and Huston will be there in a heart beat and that they will feed them again. Kilie was so excited to see him...she yearns for those home connections so I know she will keep an eye for him. His companion seemed very pleasant and they were very comfortable with each other. They are a great team!! Enjoy the pictures and thanks for raising such an amazing young man who is serving our Heavenly Father with honor. We love you guys and you are in our prayers more than you know. We were honored to help at the roping and congrats on winning the saddle. That will be a wonderful memento for your famliy!!

Love and hugs,
The Raineys
Kevin Rainey with Elders Gardner and Bailey

Elder Bailey and Gardner
He looks good

Monday, May 21, 2012

I Smell Cookies!

Hey fellas!

Dang, finally I don’t have new of Sam getting an infection or something crazy that would require him to go to the hospital.  Well at least radiation is only 2 more weeks.  Sam you’re a champ!  “You put the team on yo back, like Darren Shaper da hardest hittin’ safety in da league!”  (YouTube video that I surprisingly remembered).  So pretty much I’m going to come home to a bunch of golf pros? Ben will be able to beat me in golf when I get home!  Seems like my blog is doing pretty good!  That Natalie girl was my lab partner in chemistry at BYU-I.  I got an email from Kilie Rainey/Farnsworth and she wanted to meet up this week, but we have dinners every night this week so I gave her my number and said we would get a hold of her if one of our dinners falls through.  Yeah, the Miyasaki family I love them!  They are the ones that stay in my favorite house here in Hau'ula. There are many houses that have the beach as there back yard.  Wouldn’t that be nice if you had a couple million to buy one of those houses?  
Andre, a guy that we met in the Visitors Center.  He wanted to take a picture with us.
from Tahiti.

Well this week was good.  We are still tying hard to find new investigators to teach.  That’s the only thing really that we are struggling with right now.  We’re kind of in a slump...  I always think to myself If ill ever find that "Golden" investigator or that "Golden" Family.  I hope that happens to me while I’m serving my mission.  I’ve never taught some one from start to baptism, I've always come right in the middle or at the end right when there getting baptized so I feel like I didn’t help at all.  This week we had mission tour.  Elder Wilson from the 2nd quorum of the 70 came and trained us.  You might remember him he spoke in the last general conference.  He told the story about when him and his wife were driving in the car.  It was awesome!  I learned so many things.  A couple things really stood out to me during the mission tour.  The first was an idea that Elder Wilson gave about a scripture study partner.  He told a story how back home there were two men in his ward that weren’t baptized and one brother asked if he could read the BOM with them and both of them ended up getting baptized because someone read with them.  Another thing that I really liked was something he mentioned "Don’t leave things up to chance" so pretty much do expect someone to do something or something to get done just go and do it or make sure it happens.  Then the last thing which I think all of us can relate to, especially all of you is "When the Lord knows he can trust you, tighten your seatbelt".  I think that is so true.  Right when things are going good and you feel like you are the best you've ever been something gets thrown in your way.  

This morning Elder Bailey and I hiked crouching lion.  That was the second time I've hiked that, but I love it because it has the greatest view ever!  
Crouching Lion
Kahana Valley
On top of the world ricking RayBans...
Funny story: So about a month ago we got new phones and they are touch screen phones.  I hate them, because the touch is really lame and I hate how the phone is set up.  We tend to pocket dial a lot of people and last night guess who I pocket dialed?  911... yeah I pocket dialed 911 and so I got a call from the police department asking if everything was alright and I told them I accidentally butt dialed them. That was not good haha.  Well everything is still going good and I'm still loving my mission even though sometimes it gets pretty hard.  Love you all so much and have a great week!

Elder Gardner

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Letter From a Local Member in Hawaii...

Bro. and Sis. Gardner,
  My family and I are members of the Hau'ula 3rd Ward. We have had the chance to get to know your son. Our oldest son Dylan is leaving next week on his mission to Canada and your son and his companion have been so kind and helpful to Dylan. We love him!!! What a great job you have done in raising him. He is a great missionary and doing such good work out here. Just thought I would share a couple of pictures I have taken the last few days. 

Denise Miyasaki
What a backyard!

Elders Bailey, Gardner and Miyasaki

Monday, May 14, 2012

After Mother's Day Phone Call...

I just want to say that I was super glad that I was able to talk to you all yesterday  (Mother’s Day).  It was nice hearing everyone’s voice and catching up on all the things that have happened!  I know that I won’t be able to talk to you again until Christmas and this will be the longest stretch, but I’m sure It will go by real fast!  I got an email from Doug and he seems like he is doing really good working with his dad and stuff, AND Scottie Cragun email me!  I always wondered what happened to him but he emailed me to tell me he got his mission call!  He is going to Brazil!  I’m super stoked for him!  He will be an awesome missionary!  Well I love you all and have a great week!

Elder Gardner

View from the front of the Laie Temple looking out to the ocean

Pounders Beach Sunrise

The rest of the pictures are of Laie Falls and of all the people we went with.  We went with a bunch of RM's.  The falls werent spectacular but it was a really cool hike.  I'll have to take you on it when we come.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Jocko and Jeanine

What Did one Lawyer say to the other Lawyer?

Were both lawyers.  

Hey whats good?

Yeah, I saw Jocko yesterday!  That was awesome!  I think he was just heading back from the Visitor's Center and we were headed to the Visitor's Center and we ran into them right in front of BYU-H.  We talked for a little bit, it was awesome!  They wanted to get me something but I told them I didnt need anything haha.  
Seeing Jocko and Jeanine was really exciting!
Man, it seems like every email I get, I hear something new about how Sam has to go back to the hospital or something.. I dont like that!  I'm glad to hear that it wasnt an infection though, that's awesome!  Thank you so much for the package!  That was awesome!  I actually got three packages that day, two from you and one from Brandi.  Brandi sent me some candy, pictures, and a tie.  That was cool!  The shoes fit perfect, they are super nice and comfortable.  As for parents picking up the missionaries... Im not sure, I don't know if its really ever happened or not.  You could call President Dalton and find out?  

This week started out really good and then pretty much ended as a slap in the face..  On Tuesday, we took a guy with us in our Hau'ula 3rd Ward that is about to leave on a mission.  He came out with us all day pretty much.  I tried to get him to do some tracting with us but he never wanted to knock on the doors.  He said he would just "observe",  but he's going to learn soon enough I guess.  It was good though, he was really cool.  Wednesday we went to Pearl Harbor and did some service on the USS Missouri which was really cool.  We swept the whole deck and moved some boxes and laundry and stuff.  That was super good.  
Pearl Harbor - USS Missouri

Gun on USS Missouri
We are still really struggling to find new investigators... It's hard because our area is so small and we tract into a lot of members and some of the same people.  It's hard to get the members excited about missionary work, thats the main weakness.  We're trying right now to get really close with the members so we can gain their trust.  We are just going to go down the whole ward list and visit everyone - members, less actives, and partmembers.  This is the best way I can think of right now.   
Elders Hanks and Sheranian

Elder Pritchard and Me on exchanges. (This guy is a beast! He played football at BYU)
I almost forgot to tell you something funny that happened yesterday.  So we set up an appt. to meet with the ward mission leader in the Samoan Ward and he told us to meet at McDonalds.  I was thinking they will just meet in the parking lot since McDonalds is basically a halfway point.  No, they were already inside and waiting for us (husband and wife) and they bought us food!  It was soooo awkward going into McDonalds on Sunday.  Then, before we left they bought us more food to take home!  haha that was super funny.  That's how Samoans are though.

Seeing Jocko was really cool.  It was nice to finally see someone that I knew. I hope all of you are staying strong as well.  I know that things seem pretty crazy but it will all pass eventually.  Good luck with Surgeries, baseball, and everything else that will be going on this week.  Love you all!  Laterzz

E. Gardner