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

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Laie Temple

Hey howzit,

Yeah, so sorry I didn’t email you yesterday, we had a regular prosceliting day yesterday because we went to the Laie temple today, so today is our p-day.  I love the Laie temple it’s so incredible!  You guys would love it for sure!  Dang, that’s cool that Sam’s benefit dinner went well.  That truly is amazing how much people care.  Its good to know that there is still some good left in this crazy world.  I’m sure Sam will tear it up at EFY - he’s a stud!  I know that Ben will be a beast on the all-star team as well.  My companion and I are trying to work it out so we can go golfing at Turtle Bay or Kahuku one of these p-days.  Hopefully it will be soon because the transfer is winding down... man its already halfway through this transfer.  Crazy!  No way that Jared is Monte’s ward mission leader, that’s so crazy!!  How in the world does that work out?  Haha.   So yeah, the guy that must have added me on Facebook is Mike, one my favorite people I’ve met on my mission.  He’s a stud at football.  I don’t know if I have already told you but he played football for ASU and BYU as a quarterback.  He had the chance to play for USC under Norm Chow and he would have been playing with Reggie Bush and he would have been 2nd string to Matt Lienhnart.  Crazy huh? We are trying to get him on the right path again.  He doing great!  We got him to call Norm Chow down at the University of Hawaii.  He either wants a shot at coaching or to even pick up and play again.  I love that guy for sure.  

Elder Sharanian and Menlove
Elder Hayward and Pritchard
Laie Temple Trip
Laie Temple trip with Sisters
So this week has been great!  We didn’t find any new investigators this week... but that’s ok, it was still solid and we were able to teach a lot of lessons.  Crazy story though.  So every morning we have zone exercise and last Tuesday we were playing muggle ball (ultimate Frisbee mixed with soccer) and Elder Menlove (ZL) and Elder La (ZL) were running to get the ball and kind of got tripped up over each other and Elder Menlove tripped and fell and landed on his shoulder and totally snapped his collar bone... it was nuts!  His bone was almost sticking through his skin!  It’s like something you would see on that show scarred... it was gnarly!  He had to go get surgery and get a plate and pins put in.  He's still out here and working though.  Props to him!  We are teaching this girl right now named Michele.  She is solid!  We found her through some members in Hau’ula 3rd Ward that invited us to dinner one night and they had her come also.  So she agreed to take the lessons and we have been teaching her the lessons.  She was so close to setting a baptism date but she didn’t.  Its kind of lame actually we had a super bomb lesson, it was really spiritual and we each bore solid testimonies at the end and then we committed her to baptism on the 21st and she was waiting for a little and there was a silence (which is ok, its good to have silence) and she kind of had that smirk on her face like she was going to say yes, and then out of nowhere one of the daughters at the members house we were teaching at says "You should do it for my birthday!"  I was like aaahhhhh!!!!! “noooo don’t say that” (not out loud of course).  So that gave her an outlet and she said she would think about it... dude that wasn’t cool.  Were still working with her and I think she'll come around.  We are also working with two Laotian people as well (Noi, and Akia) I think I talked about them in my last email.  Anyway, we have been meeting with them and we got them to come to FHE in the singles ward last night.  They said they had so much fun and they loved it!  They told us that right when they walked in to the church they had a good vibe!  I think we are starting to make some good progress with them.  Things are still going great with Mike and his friends also.  We got them to set some goals for themselves that they can look at everyday.  We go over there almost everyday and read with them. Elder Bowlby and I are still getting along very good.  I feel blessed to have him as my companion.  When you have a good companion it makes everything so much easier!  I was thinking the other day, if I could pick someone to be my companion, I would probably pick you dad, and Sam or Ben.  I feel like if I was with my brothers or dad we would get along so well and it would be super tight.  That’s about all that happened this week.  It was a solid week and I have no complaints.  
A couple of signs we found while tracting.  A little intimidating? 

Many of the members want us to watch the NBA finals with them haha, it’s hard not to give into and watch L  So what’s the scoop on this Mormon kid in Chicago or something that is the best high school basketball player in the league?  I’m still thinking about BYU Provo,  I really want to go there.  I was thinking I’ll just get my Associates degree and then transfer.  I don’t know, it just feels right.  That’s kind of been on my mind lately.  Don’t worry dad I’m still going to get you something for Fathers Day.  You want anything in particular?  Or do you like getting shirts? Let me know.  Oh yeah I forgot to mention on June 4th was the year mark for when I went through the temple for the first time... its crazy!!  Well love you all and hope that you have a great week!  Keep me posted on any new stuff.  Love you the most, Laterzz

Elder Gardner

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