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

Monday, September 24, 2012

Cauterized...

This is on the way to Lahaina.  This is a Maui sunset!  Most beautiful thing ever!  I love taking trips to Lahaina

What up!

I can’t believe it’s the end of the transfer already.  It’s week six of this transfer!  This transfer by far has been the fastest of my mission!  Crazy.  It’s weird to think that I’ll only have 11 months left soon.. Wow sounds like all of you are having a blast over there.  Man Sam, I cant believe you’re 16 dude that’s insane!  By the time I get back you'll be a junior and Ben you'll be a freshman!  I’m glad that you got my package because I didn’t think you would get that because I left it with one of our members in Laie to send it so I’m glad to hear that he sent it.  Haha, yeah pretty much all the girls that used to write me don’t write me anymore.. Probably about 2 of them still write me from the letters that were in that box... So I got my nose cauterized on Friday.  I called the mission office becasue it was pretty bad and they got a hold of a ENT doctor in Maui that happened to be a member and he cauterized my nose here at the stake center haha.  It was kind of crazy he stuck this cotton thing sooo far down my nose I could feel it in my throat.  Hopefully it works because yesterday it started bleeding again.  He just told me to put a lot of vaseline in it like to the point where I can’t breath out of the nostril.  It was all for free too which was really nice of him.  Yeah Maui is probably one of the more dryer islands but I still live right by the ocean so I’m not too sure why I have all these bloody noses? 
Just looking cool and driving to an appointment
This week was a pretty good week for missionary work.  So last Monday night we get a call from the Wailuku elders and they were riding their bikes home and Elder Loteba blacked out and smashed into a light pole.  We had to go to the hospital with him and he got stitches.  We didn’t get out of the hospital till around 12:30.  That was a crazy night!  I was so tired the next day!  That’s just one of the zone leader things that I had to deal with this week.  We found a couple new potential investigators this week using the new prayer approach so that was really cool.  Hopefully we will be able to see good things come from that.  We also found a new investigator named Peter.  He is another youth, it seems like we are always teaching younger kids.  He was a former investigator and we went over and taught him and committed him to baptism.  He said yes!  He told us that he had been to other churches but he likes the Mormons because it makes him feel the best.  It makes me feel the best also!  We have a baptism coming up on the 30th for Justice.  Everything should turn out good and she should get baptized she still needs to ask her mom I guess.  I’m sure she'll get dunked though.  I’ll let you know how that goes next week.  That’s pretty much it for big news this week.  We've just been doing a lot of administrative work and running around to drop things off to the companionships.  Our zone is doing great though!  Us hitting the high water mark might come down to the wire because we have 13 with a date for next week... so if all of those baptisms happen its pretty much going to be like the waters of Mormon!  So yeah, I’ve been thinking about school and stuff.  You think I should try to get in 2nd block of fall track or just leave like 3 days after I get home? 

So yeah I forgot to tell you that Elder Limb isn’t in Maui zone.  he got transferred when I came in.  Hey have you ever read anything on my facebook about Nik Berry?  I’m just wondering about him because he just popped into my mind the other day.  I also need to vote, President Dalton is really stressing the voting thing.  I honestly don’t really know how to go about starting or doing that.  Any Ideas?  Well I love you all so much and Hope you all have a great week!  Love you the most!

Elder Gardner

Monday, September 17, 2012

Amanda's Baptism

This is in Lahaina on front street.  Lahaina is sick, we definitely have to go there.

Sorry about the lateness of this email.  We were coming into the family history center this morning to come and email and there was a guy in here trying to fix the security/anti-virus stuff so he told us to come back later... so here I am and the anti-virus stuff hasn’t even been updated at all... wow haha jk.  That’s so funny about the skunk and Jojo.  Man, isn’t that like the second time Jojo got sprayed or was that Ted the first time?  Sounds like you guys are all doing very good over there though.  That’s cool that you went to go see the play, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Broadway play or a play in general.  Dude, Sam is turning 16!  That’s nuts!!! and bolts.  I can’t believe that he's that old and driving by himself and about to go on dates... dang.  Elder Carrel was telling me how his brother went on his mission the beginning of his freshman year and when his brother came back he didn’t even recognize Elder Carrel because he was just as big as him.  Hopefully, that doesn’t happen to me.  Dad, just wait I’ll get back and I’ll just sit on you and you'll have to tap out because I weigh too much haha.  Speaking about tap out, one of the recent converts in our ward that we visit quite often has a brother in the UFC and we’re going to try and teach him.  His name is Kendall Grove - you should look him up. 

So this week was pretty bomb.  The beginning of the week started off pretty normal.  On Wednesday on of the traveling assistants came and went on splits with us.  His name is Elder Edwards.  He's way tight, and I like him a lot.  
Me and Elder Carrel with one of the AP's - Elder Edwards
So there is this new way of "OYMing" that we do now and its called the prayer approach, and basically what we do is when we go tracting instead of saying the typical "would you like to hear a message about Jesus Christ or the Plan of Salvation?"  We go up and ask them if we can say a prayer with them and ask them if there is anything in particular that we can pray about for them.  And its pretty much like a priesthood blessing because we always say "under the direction of Jesus Christ."  So that has been a really good approach to find new investigators.  Well, recently we have been doing that same approach except right after the prayer we invite them to be baptized!  So this is what Elder Edwards was helping us with because it was kind of new.  So the first house we go to this guy is sitting outside waiting for his girl or something and we go up and ask if we can say a prayer with him, he accepts.  After the prayer elder Edwards invites him to be baptized!  He said Yes!  ha I was like dude!  This really works!  The guy isn’t super solid or a golden investigator but this new approach works so well!  The past three months our mission has reached over 200 new investigators!  This has never been done before.  So yeah, I just thought I would tell you about that.  Friday was really good.  We had president’s interviews.  My interview with president was short and sweet, but my interview with sister Dalton was a little different.  She asked if my health was good, and I told her that I have been getting choke bloody noses lately.  Yeah, I don’t know why ever since I got to Maui I get sooooo many bloody noses like 1 or 2 a day... It’s not good...  Any ways after we were done talking about that she just talked to me about school!  I was kind of shocked because I still have like a year left but she was talking to me about BYU-I.  I told her the situation I’m in how when I get back within a few days the track starts and I told her I might wait until the next track or something.  She told me no just jump right into it and don’t waste time.  She has a point though because honestly who would hire me in 3 months and none of my friends will be home.  I really want to try and jump in 2nd block of fall track so jump in in October so that gives me about a month.  I don’t know it was just crazy because she brought up the whole school thing and she also gave me permission to go on the school website and stuff. 

Saturday was ballin!  It was Amanda’s baptism!  That was a solid baptism!  It was crazy becasue the font is outside!  I have a picture of it that I’ll send but it was a really spiritual baptism.  She’s only 16 you know and she wanted her friends to give the talks and they both cried and she cried, and her mom who isn’t a member cried so it was really good.  So that’s #7 for me!  Hopefully, a couple more to come soon.  So yeah, that’s about it for this week!
Amanda's baptism
At Amanda's baptism with her friend who helped fellowship her
Outdoor baptismal font - pretty sweet eh?
I can’t wait to get those ties and Hank Smith cds.  Hank Smith is a baller, he's sooo funny.  So I kind of got a new watch. I hope you’re not too mad that I spent money on it but its sick don’t worry.  I have to look fresh ya know’m sayin?!  I'll save my money from now on though.  Ho brah I can’t believe I ran into the Pattens, it was crazy because we were just dropping off commissary for the elders that live by that chapel and we weren’t even going to go up there but we did any ways and we saw this couple going up to the Pulehu chapel and as we got closer I was like "what the heck they look way familiar!"  Sure enough it was the Pattens!  Haha that was crazy!  It was super nice to see them though.  Zone leader is still good, I’m liking it a lot.  It’s a ton of responsibility but each day I’m starting to get the hang of it.  Elder Carrel will get transferred in 2 weeks so I’m going to take over the biggest zone in the mission and I’ve been a zone leader 1 transfer... I got this dawg!!  Well I love all of you soooo much and hope you have a good week and have fun out there!  Love you the most.

Elder Gardner
Me, Elder Carrel and Elder Tousinga at a District Meeting

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Maui Zone Pushing for 20!


It's Monday already?!  Dang time flies by so fast, it’s already week 4 of the transfer.  Nuts!!  I’m stoked to hear that all of you had a bomb time at Lake Powell.  Seriously, that is like my favorite place on earth!  Not going to lie, it kind of makes me a little trunky when you talk about wake boarding and stuff because I can’t wait to do that again!  The pictures you sent were sick, one of the emails didn’t open the pictures so I only got to see 4 pictures.  The cliff jumping pictures were awesome!  Nice shiner dad haha.  You guys are awesome for real!  Like when I get back we’re going to tear it up and do everything fun, because I just want to hang out with you guys all day! 
Elder Carrel, me, and Elder Loteba at the Pulehu chapel (first chapel in Maui) 
So yeah this week was pretty sick!  We’re doing great as a zone right now, we have 14 with a date and 4 are already baptized for September.  We’re going to hit our high water mark no doubt! No doubt in my mind.  We only need 2 more to reach 20 but we have to find a lot more to secure it, we'll get it though, I’m not trippin’. 
The Maui zone.  The background is all white because we are up in a cloud.
So in Maui, I’m in Waiehu, it’s probably the smallest zone in Maui.  We cover Waiehu Ward and Kamahameha Singles Branch.  The singles branch is cool but it wasn’t as good as the one I covered in Laie.  I got way more close to those guys, but it’s only been 4 weeks here so I just got to give it time.  The apartment complex that we live in is called Lao Parkside bldg. 15 # 201, it’s pretty nice. Missionaries have been staying there for quite sometime but its nice because we have a room that we sleep in, and a room to study in and then a family room as well so its pretty big compared to my last pads that I’ve stayed in.  So Maui zone covers 2 other islands - Moloka'i and Lanai.  The zone leaders get to take the ferry to both islands to do exchanges, which is sick!  I’m way stoked for that!  That will probably happen next transfer though.  The island that you heard about where people aren’t allowed to go to is Ni'ihau and that’s next to Kauai so its not near us.  Only full Hawaiians are aloud on that island and no one else.  They still speak Hawaiian and do everything just like how it was in the olden days.  Yeah just call my area Waiehu, Maui zone or something like that.  Waiehu is like all Hawaiian homes so they only have to pay a $1 a year for the land but you have to be part Hawaiian.  So it’s pretty cool here, there are a bunch of bomb families in our ward so I’m pretty stoked about that.  Being a ZL is pretty tight.  I think I’m starting to get the hang of it more and more.  It’s definitely a great learning experience for me but I have to say that I’ve had the most fun being a zone leader than I have my whole mission!  You know what’s crazy?  Trevan just got called as a ZL also.  He got called as a district leader the same time I did and he got called zone leader the same time I did also.  Crazy!  We have a baptism coming up on the 15th so I’m pretty excited about that.  Other than that everything is great just staying super busy and stuff but its good because it makes the time zoom by! 
Elder Carrel and I on a hike that we took in the morning
Maui looks great behind me... but my face doesn't!
I weighed myself on the scale yesterday... 176... I’m gaining a lot of weight, but its good though because I feel like I’ve filled out more than gotten fat.  My shirt collars are getting pretty tight because I think a lot of it goes to my neck... "Hey Elder Gardner, you got something on your chin.... no your other chin!"  Yeah there was actually nothing wrong with my tooth!  I still don’t have any cavities!  The streak continues!  It was actually just my gums, I guess my back tooth had shifted and there was a gap and food gets stuck in there pretty easy so it just got infected and stuff.  They numbed me up and cleaned it out and put some antibiotic in there.  It’s all-good now I have no problems.  It did cost 174$ though... but it’s good.  I’m thinking about buying a watch because I’ve had mine for a while and I need to switch it up every once in a while, but that’s about it for me.  Things continue to go great, and my companion is bomb!  Elder Carrel and I have a ton of fun together so it’s great.  Well, I love you all the most! 

Love
Elder Gardner
There's a professional baseball player in our ward, he played for the Angels and I got his card and autograph, look for Lu'uloa on the line up.  Notice how Ripken's name is on there also!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Year Mark!


For behold, the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul. (D&C 4:4)

Well, one year down, one to go!  I can’t believe I’ve been out for an entire year!  It kind of seems like I’ve been out way longer than a year.  Time is going by super fast though. We’re already on week 3 of the transfer so almost halfway through the transfer... its nuts!!  I’m sure you’re having fun at Lake Powell!  Tearing it up on the wake and stuff.  Lucky! 

Well this week was pretty sick!  We have been seeing so many miracles in our zone, it’s awesome!  Our goal for our zone is 20 baptisms and we have 16 with a date right now and that will go up for sure and we already have 2 baptized for September so we’re looking pretty golden!  I know that we will hit our high water mark for sure.  Our mission this week got 246 new investigators!!  That’s the most that our mission has ever seen!  I think that we will beat our mission high watermark this month again when we just beat it in July.  I’m sorry for telling you all this stuff you probably don’t even care, but I get to know this stuff now that I’m a Zone Leader haha.  
Elder Carrel and I with Elder Tausinga
 Me with Elder Tausinga and Elder Havili
For Elder Carrel and I this week was good, we have been seeing some miracles of ourselves as well.  We have another investigator with a date!  Her name is Justice and she is 16 I think.  Her date is for the 29th so we’re pretty stoked about that.  We’re also teaching another guy who is dating one of our member’s daughters.  He is the star basketball player of his high school team and his name is Colten and he looks exactly like Colten Richards, it’s crazy!  Hopefully we can get him with a date as well.  It’s crazy all the people we’re teaching right now are youth.  I’ve never had something like this before.  Being a Zone Leader is still pretty crazy and I’m still trying to get used to it.  I know that it will come with time, I’m just always constantly tired and hungry!  I love this area that I’m serving in also, it’s super cool and I love the people here, they are very kind.  Yeah, I always thought Maui would be tropical but its not, it’s a hot island and a lot of it is kind of deserty.  There are kind of a lot of tourists, not in the part where I’m at but in Kihei and Lahaina.  That’s where all the tourists go.  Today we’re going to go play some glow putt in Lahaina, so that should be pretty fun.  I got a letter from JD and seems like he is doing really good.  Emmi and Hal, you two would love it here for sure, there is so much stuff to do!  Well that’s pretty much it for me this week.  I’m sure that we will have many more miracles this week!  Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that President Dalton is cutting way back on the kind of music we listen to... so Elder Carrel and I have just been listening to talks.  I actually really enjoy listening to talks, it makes me feel way more happy and plus I’m learning at the same time.  So if you get the chance when you get back from Lake Powell, you should burn some John Bytheway talks for me:)  You should check out Hank Smith, I HIGHLY recommend it!  I think he's funnier than John Bytheway!  Anyways, I hope you have fun out there, make sure and send choke pictures when you get home.  

Love ,
Elder Gardner
Do they think this is really going to keep me out?