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

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tongan Thanksgiving


Dang it’s already p-day again!  I can’t believe it.  Another Thanksgiving has already come and gone also.  Crazy!  I can remember exactly what I was doing last Thanksgiving in Hilo.  Its weird to think that this much time has already passed.  Sounds like you had a pretty great Thanksgiving though!  I miss family Thanksgivings.  I can’t believe you got a new dog Emmi, that’s nuts haha.  And the pictures that you sent of the new rooms wow, I hardly even recognized those rooms... You’ve sure done a lot to them.  I’ve still never experienced a black Friday yet.  Nobody really talked about black Friday here.. Maybe it was a big deal but I’m not too sure I guess just being on a mission blocks that kind of stuff out.  

Honolulu
This week was pretty dang good.  I’m still loving it here in Honolulu.  Any area that I go to I’m going to love it because I mean come on its Hawaii what’s there not to love?  Elder Mafi is still a beast I love the kid he's super FOB though even though he's about to go home haha.  I’m still a zone leader though, I'll probably be a zone leader for most of my mission because they usually leave leaders in for quite some time unless there is a problem.  I’m alright with that but sometimes it just gets pretty dang stressful and I just really wish I could be a regular missionary sometimes.  Ok so my pad is right by Date Street and Kapiolani, those are the closest streets.  Date and University is another major crossroad.  So yeah, that’s where I stay - it’s on a little road called Laau.  I have to parallel park every time we go back to the pad so by the time I come back home I’m going to be pro at parallel parking.  The work here in Honolulu is way different than anywhere else.  Especially in the Tongan ward.  We rely heavily on the members haha, and man let me tell you the Tongans have no fear at all.  The pisope (bishop) of the Tongan ward got up in sacrament and announced over the pulpit that anyone who has friends that they need to refer them to us, because we need to hit our goal.  Also in ward council he told the auxiliary leaders to get two baptisms each and they all said yes and he was like well remember the answer that you gave because you said "yes" to getting 2 baptisms haha its so crazy!  We have a couple people that we’re trying to work with right now but we don’t have anyone with a date... but no worries it will only be a matter of time before we get someone with a date.  Cool story, so yesterday we got a referral from one of our members and we called the guy up and he wanted to meet with us so we drove all the way to Kalihi which is sort of far but we met him on the street corner and he was Mexican and we started talking with him and his wife and daughter came out and his wife was on a wheel chair because her legs are pretty bad but we were just talking with them for a little bit and they were mentioning to us how they need a place to stay.  So they are kind of homeless right now but they have enough money to buy a studio but they just don’t know where to look so were going to get the ward to help them out.  They wanted to come to church with us but it was their laundry day and they said they really wanted to come next week so we might be able get them which I’m stoked about!!  Thanksgiving wasn’t like last one where I had 3 dinners but I felt like I ate the same amount haha it was a Tongan thanksgiving so there was turkey, tapioca, raw fish, potato salad, ribs and just straight Tongan food it was really good though I was super stuffed!  They feed us really well over here; well they mostly just buy us a bunch of food, or give us money haha.  So yeah Elder Miller is in my zone, I’m actually emailing right next to him as I type.  He's super cool I like him a lot.  So yeah that’s about it for me this week.  Were trying to hit our high water mark for December.  Our goal is 35!  Were going to hit it no doubt! Papi ke mate!

The Honolulu Zone on our temple trip
Well I love you guys so much sorry I don’t have any pictures to send this week but I’ll send some for sure next week.  Hope all of you have a great week!  Love you the most!

Elder Gardner

Monday, November 19, 2012

Ma'lei


Fefe Hake?

Man this week was nuts!  So much stuff has happened its crazy!  I’m emailing you on Tuesday because we had our temple trip yesterday so today is our p day.  Yeah sounds like everyone is doing great though!  That’s good, also sounds like the Chicago trip was a success so that’s pretty sweet.  Nice Sam water boii for life!  "Ma ma ma momma said" Dont skip seminary you punk haha J Nice Ben, giving a bunch of talks now that’s pretty sweet!  I’m anxious to see all the new changes to the house.  Thanks for all the pictures you sent me those were sweet!  
A Hike we did last P-Day in Maui
So yeah my new area is in Honolulu.  It’s pretty sweet and its SUPER busy all the time!  Like it would be comparable to downtown phoenix or something.  I cover the Tongan ward so we cover all of Honolulu zone so Hawaii Kai all the way through Honolulu west zone so we cover the whole city, so we definitely have a car.  I like it a lot, its really cool. 
Elder Limb, my trainer, just went home!  Crazy!
 My companion is awesome his name is elder Mafi from Tonga - he's so hilarious I love the guy to death!  Our pad is an apartment and its off of date street.  I don’t know the exact address yet but I’ll let you know.  I have to parallel park every time we come into our pad at night... ugh.. Yeah there is a lot of work because its the Tongan ward, dad you might know how it is they just commit everyone to baptism so we will probably be having a lot of baptism these next couple of transfers.  So some lady cussed me out the other day because I accidentally cut her off on the freeway and she followed me all the way to where we were going just to cuss me out... haha it was ridiculous!  So cool story:  I don’t know if you remember me talking about an investigator named Aygee that we taught in Laie.  She was the Filipino one that had a dream that Elder Bowlby and I baptized her.  Well I saw her at stake conference and she came up to me because she lives down here and she said she is doing really good and she still wants to take the lessons and be baptized!  So I went with another elder yesterday to the UH branch FHE and she was there and we talked to her some more and she set her own baptism date for Dec. 3rd!!! I was the happiest guy ever because I was the first to teach her the discussions and now I get to see her baptized!  Yeah I saw Brandi at stake conference.  That was a total shocker - for real!  I was not expecting that at all.  It was good to see her, but it wont be a problem because I probably won’t really see her around here because its too big and we’re usually too busy.  But that was really cool to see her.  
A picture with Brandi when I saw here at Stake Conference
We should hopefully have a baptism this week.  Like in the Tongan ward its a lot different the members just find people and then they usually call us and tell us they have someone for us to baptize so its pretty crazy!  Honolulu is a baptizing zone for sure.  Yeah that’s kind of what happened this week.  

The Kahananuis from Maui
The Santiagos from Maui 
The Tuiteles! 
This is the Kawaa's - our ward mission leader in Maui
I also on Sunday night logged on to my BYU-i account and I filled out a scholarship application because the deadline for it was in April so I thought the sooner the better.  But yeah, sorry this email is pretty short I’m emailing from the Apple store in the mall.  I promise next email will be a lot more, but I love you all a ton and hope you have a great week!

Elder Gardner

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Honolulu Hawaii



Honolulu is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. Honolulu is the southernmost major U.S. city. Although the name "Honolulu" refers to the urban area on the southeastern shore of the island of Oahu, the city and county are consolidated as Honolulu County which covers the entire island. For statistical purposes, the U.S. Census Bureau recognizes the urban part of Honolulu as a census-designated place (CDP). Honolulu is a major financial center of the islands of the Pacific Ocean. The population of the census-designated place was 337,256 at the 2010 census, while the population of the city and county was 953,207. Honolulu is the most populous state capital relative to state population.
In the Hawaiian language, Honolulu means "sheltered bay" or "place of shelter". The old name is said to be Kou, a district roughly encompassing the area from Nuuanu Avenue to Alakea Street and from Hotel Street to Queen Street which is the heart of the present downtown district. The city has been the capital of the Hawaiian islands since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor near the city on December 7, 1941.

-Wikipedia


Monday, November 12, 2012

Honolulu Here I Come!


Well it’s already transfers again, I can’t believe it!  This has honestly been the fastest transfer of my life.  Maybe its because we had so much fun.  I don’t know, the beginning of this transfer was kind of hard with finding potential investigators, but towards the end everything started to fall in place.  The Lord always comes through.  So yeah, I was pretty positive that I was going to stay in this area because I have only been on Maui for 3 months but I was wrong. I’m getting transferred to Honolulu zone!  My feelings right now... well excited and bummed.  I’ve always wanted to serve in the Honolulu zone - that’s like right down town Oahu like straight city right by Waikiki.  It probably looks like where you were staying in Chicago when you went.  Its going to be a huge change because most of the areas I’ve served in have been quite country.  I’m bummed because I love Maui so much.  This has been my favorite place to serve so far.  Everything is great about this place!  The ward I was serving in has been my favorite thus far and so many good things were just starting to happen here... like we have 2 with a date now as of this week and I’m leaving!!  That always happens, it’s the worst.  Elder Mortensen and I were getting along really well to but I guess it was bound to happen one of these days haha.  My comp in Honolulu will be another Tongan Elder and we will be covering a Tongan ward so I’m going to start putting on the weight big time.  Honolulu is the highest baptizing zone so I'll hopefully be a part of many baptisms, which is really good for me because I kind of need that boost right now.  I haven’t been one of those elders with a bunch of baptisms under his belt, and I know that’s not what its all about but it definitely helps.  I’m still pretty dang stoked though, its going to be a great new adventure!

Sounds like Chicago was bomb!  I’ve never been that far east in the U.S in my life.  Colorado is the farthest east that I’ve been.  I look forward to receiving all your pictures you took and stuff.  This week was great!  As I mentioned before we have two with a date now Bree, and Betty.  Bree is solid!  She was a referral that her friend gave us and we teach her at her friend’s house so it’s kind of like what happened with Reyna.  That is the best way to do missionary work.  You invite someone to dinner and you also have the missionaries come over to and it just works out.  It’s way better than tracting or anything else.  The most effective way is through the members.  That’s where you usually find your more solid converts as well.  Betty is a little less solid but were working with her still I cant remember if I told you the story about how we found her or not?  Yesterday was invite a friend Sunday throughout all of Hawaii we had about 15 non members show up so it was pretty good and some good things came out of that like a boy that wanted to be baptized and another guy that wants to take the discussions so that was tight!  What was even tighter was that two of my recent converts spoke!  Peter and Amanda.  They did awesome!  It was so cool to see both of them up on the stand bearing their testimony.  Nothing could make me happier than that!  Peters was slightly awkward but the end of his was great.  That was a really good Sunday!  Today we went to the Lahaina skate park and tore it up!  We are also going on a bamboo forest hike in a couple hours so it should be pretty bomb.  I also have to pack and say goodbye to everyone too. 

So glad that everyone is doing well though:) thank you for everything you do it really does mean a lot! 

Well that’s about it for me this week, I’m sure next week I'll have choke stuff to say about my new zone and companion it should be pretty sweet!  Everyone is jealous of me going to Honolulu.  I seriously have been super blessed with areas Hilo, Laie, Maui, and now Honolulu.  This is the greatest thing ever!  Love you all the most have a bomb week, laterzz

Elder Gardner

Monday, November 5, 2012

Indulgent Trail Mix


Family –


Another P-day is here, and another Halloween has passed.  I've been reading in my journal the things that I had been doing a year ago in Hilo.  Its crazy!  10 months left on my mission... I’m excited but nervous at the same time.  Dad, I can’t believe you sent me a picture of your stretch marky butt!  Thank you so much for the package you sent me.  That was awesome it had a lot of really awesome stuff!  Thanks! 
This is us taking off to Molokai.  The picture is of Lahaina right at the dock.
 Well that’s awesome about Sam!  Man, that tumor will go away; it'll just take some time.  Having a tumor is probably just like a roll of toilet paper: it goes by slow at first but pretty soon you forget about it and before you know it its almost gone!  Everything will be all G.  I know it.  So Blue Ridge won another state championship huh?  Dang, that’s nuts.  They must be really good, or the other teams must be really bad.  They are probably just really good haha.  They always are.  I can’t wait for Ben to be on the high school soccer team that will be the best!  I don’t really hear too much about the election.  I don’t really think people in Hawaii care too much about that?  Maybe they do but no one really talks about it.  Shoots!
Kaulapapa on Molokai.  This is where they banish all the Lepers.
On the boat ride back.  This is the ride when I got sick
 This week was pretty dang good.  We had quite a few miracles happen.  We still don’t have anyone with a date but we’re working on it.  We met with the Kuamoos again on Wednesday.  They were kind of in a rush to go to some Halloween party so we just shared a quick object lesson and they loved it!  We really need to just commit them to baptism already because I don’t want them to think that they can only just get a couple cool lessons and not progress anywhere.  I really want them to progress because their family would be great with the gospel in their lives.  Our first miracle that happened this week was on Halloween, but in the morning.  So, we had a tracting window set for the morning like 11:00 to 12:00 and of course thoughts and excuses crept into my mind that there was probably something else that we could be doing.  It was kind of like I had an argument with the Holy Ghost haha.  Anyways, we ended up just tracting and toward the middle of the time window we knocked on the door and this lady came out.  Her name was Enna.  We asked if we could come in and say a prayer with her.  Well, we came in and she said she was a born-again Christian.  I’m surprised she even let us in because born-agains don’t like us at all.  She had some questions about our religion and we ended up teaching her the whole restoration and we gave her a Book of Mormon!  She said she would read and pray so I really hope she does.  Were going to see her on Wednesday so I hope that it will go good!  Another miracle that happened was on Friday.  We were supposed to have a lesson with a former investigator but they weren’t home so were like Ahhhh what are we going to do?  We felt like we should go to Bro. Pampalona’s house to ask him about a former investigator that he had been a fellowship with in the past so we went there and talked to him about it and not even 10 minutes into the conversation there was a knock on the door and guess who it was?  The lady that we were asking him about!  So we taught her right there and set up another appointment for this week!  That was pretty tight!  So there are definitely a lot of good things that are happening in our area we just need to commit them!  We had stake conference this week it was really good!  Man, I feel like this zone doesn’t have any desire or drive.  I have no idea what to do.  Everyone just wastes so much time and there numbers are super junk and they never find any new investigators and then it makes Elder Mortensen and me look bad when we have to report and account from our zone.  Its super irritating!  That’s pretty much the only struggle that I’m going through right now.  Hopefully this next transfer will be better.  I love it out here though, I love my mission and I love this work.  I feel like I truly love the people.  It’s awesome!
Ahhhh Yeah!  I still got it!
Man, Christmas package is already coming up?  Wow, I don’t know, I don’t really need anything either haha, maybe just send me some more talks or something that’s all I really need and maybe some more homemade granola I love that stuff!  I will probably stay here another transfer.  For sure I don’t see me leaving anytime soon which is good because I love this place a lot!  Maui is tight!  I can’t believe my brothers are growing up so fast.  It’s going to be crazy to come back and see the change in everyone.  haha Scary movies definitely sound familiar to me.  I wish I never would have watched them because guess what, out of all the movies that I’ve seen I remember the scary ones the most... that’s not good.  Its pretty much like giving Satan a boarding pass to enter your home if you watch scary movies.  Just saying haha.  Well, I just want to let you know mom and dad that I love you.. a lot.  I’m so grateful for awesome parents like you.  Its good examples like you that make me want to be better because I would never want to disappoint you.  There is definitely nothing like you two in all this world!  Hope this week is a good one and you do a lot of really cool things so you can tell me next week.  This church is true, the book is blue.

Love,
Elder Gardner
Tight! 
Ahhh, Look at my ankle...DOH!