This blog is kept and updated by the parents of Elder Gardner to share his mission experiences as he teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in the Hawaiian Islands. The blog covers the period of time before Elder Gardner's mission as he prepares to serve and follows him throughout his mission until his return home to Arizona.
Elder Beau Gardner - Hawaii Honolulu Mission, August 2011 - 2013
Monday, October 22, 2012
Shoots I'm Fat!
Cool Hawaiian tree with a beautiful sunset
Dang, another week has come and gone. I can’t believe its
already week 4 of the transfer and already the end of October?! What
the? Yeah I’ve had some really good Hawaiian shaved ice, especially in my
last area. soooo good! The weather is still great, hasn’t really
changed at all. It rains sometimes, just depends where you are.
Like here on Maui it doesn’t rain too much. On Kauai it rains a ton and
Hilo it rains a ton as well. It’s probably going to bite when I have to
go back to freezing cold Rexburg and I’m going to look like a whimp to everyone
else. So new carpet huh? That’s awesome! I have a lot to
look forward to when I come back home. I probably wont even recognize the
place because you have done so much to it. Man, the Blue Ridge game
sounded sweet! I miss football games a lot those were so bomb. Let
me know about when you will go in for the MRI. I know everything will be
This week was pretty dang good. Last Monday after p-day the
Hosinos called us. They are a family in our ward, and they said they had a
family coming over that was going through a hard time and they wanted us to
come and teach about prayer. So we go over there and we teach about
prayer and honestly like it felt like a good lesson, but I didn’t know how much
they got out of it. Come to find out that Dotty and Chris (the one we
taught about prayer) loved it! They told sister Hosino about
everything. They said right after they got in the car to go home they
turned to each other and said "did you feel that?" haha sooooo
awesome! I love that kind of stuff! We left them with a BOM and I
guess the daughter reads it all the time and wants to take it to school and
stuff! So hopefully we'll be able to get something started with
them. We are going to meet with them again tonight. The only bad
thing is that they live in a different area... so we'll see how things turn
out. Wednesday was my first zone conference as a zone leader. That
was pretty hectic. So we got everything set up in the morning and when
president and the assistants flew in we picked them up and were getting
everything set up. They didn’t tell us we needed a projector screen so we
had to rush around trying to find one. Luckily we found one. Then
two of the companionships came 10 min late so that was super lame, I also had
to conduct, my first time conducting. We had called one of the wards to
prepare lunch and I’m pretty sure they forgot because 30 min until lunch they weren’t
there and sister Dalton was asking if they were coming. So I was like Ahhhh!
I guess she made some calls and the ward just bought a bunch of plate lunches
for us... Then on top of that we didn’t know we were supposed to have a zone
musical number so no one had anything! Luckily Elder Mortensen knew how
to play the piano so he just played a hymn. Gosh that was like the
craziest day I swear. I just wanted to pay attention the whole time but I
couldn’t because I was too worried about doing everything else.
Zone Conference - the Maui Zone
don’t know about zone leader, I feel like I’m just dealing with all this
useless stuff. Driving missionaries here, picking them up there,
answering questions that could easily be answered by themselves, and dealing
with sister missionaries. I don’t know how much more of this I can
handle! I just want to be a regular missionary. On a good note, the
rest of the week was good. On Saturday, we went back to Kahakuloa village
and we spent some time with the Kuamoo family. That was awesome! I definitely
have to show you that place when we come and visit. It’s amazing!
Anyways we went and did some service for them. We cut down some
branches. They fed us breakfast and we skateboarded on their homemade
Ahhhh Yeah - I still got it!
Then we taught them a lesson about families. I think
they really enjoyed it. The mom seems really interested and I can kind of
tell she would want the gospel in her family’s life. The dad is super
nice but kind of just laid back too much. They still want us to come over
so we'll probably go over there this Saturday. This week Elder Mortensen
and I ended up with 9 new investigators! Tight! This week I’m
pretty dang stoked because we are going to take the ferry to Molokai and spend
a day going on exchanges with those elders. So I'll have some updates on
that next week!
Mom, can you send me some granola please! I miss that so much!
I need to start eating more healthy because I’m gaining weight pretty
fast. I’m not lying when I say that a size 36 feels more comfortable than
size 34... I love the Hank Smith talks, I want to collect all of them because
they really help! It was funny we were listening to a Hank Smith talk and
we used lines from that talk 3 times in 3 different lessons, and we also used
one of the talks to teach gospel principles in the singles branch. haha
typical Ben always wanting new cleats. Not going to lie Ben, those cleats
are pretty dang sick! Sam, for some reason 2 nephi 9:34 just popped into
my head when you sent me that email. I don’t know why haha that’s weird. Dad, I bet
your stoked to be home for a bit, for some reason I don’t really remember
you going to Nebraska when I was still home? Maybe I’ve just been out too
long? Yeah, I just got that package from Brandi, that was super
nice! Tell her I said thanks and that it was bomb! I'll try and
write her as soon as I can. Well that’s about it for me this week.
I look forward to hearing from all of you next week! Hope you have a
great week! Love you the most!