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, November 26, 2012
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.
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!