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

Monday, June 24, 2013

Oh Hey!

How’s it going?!

Man, is it really 45 more days?  That’s super crazy!  We are already on week four of this transfer so that means 2 1/2 more weeks left of this transfer and then another 3 1/2 weeks after that.  Wow, so crazy!  Man, our backyard looks so dope I can’t even believe it.  I’m pretty excited to see all the new changes on the house and yard.    I can’t believe you are going to Lake Powell AGAIN!  That’s like 3 times since I’ve been gone... I don’t even know what to say.  Nah, nah, it’s cool though.   
Elder Melville, Elder Carrel and myself
This week was pretty good.  It was actually a lot slower than most of the weeks that Elder Melville and I have had since we've been together.  I don’t know what’s going on maybe we've just baptized everyone.  We’re still working with Dave and Angela.  Dave has a couple of concerns about Priesthood, the Apostasy, and Prophets, but he’s still willing to learn and try this all out.  I’m just really hoping and praying that something will click and he'll receive an answer.  We go over there about twice a week so we’re definitely keeping good contact with them.  Auntie Darlene is doing great, she is solid, and has goals to get to the temple!  The Ounyoungs are golden!  We go over there once a week.  I know that I always say this but I just love them so much!  We are going to help them with their roof this Saturday.  Sam has the Aaronic priesthood now and has already been home teaching and given the sacrament to shut ins.  Last time we were over there we were talking about how next summer they are going to try and make a trip to the main land, rent an RV and they are going to come down to Arizona and see us.  I told them that they could stay with us at our house and that the girls could sleep with Ted, and Jojo.  The girls just about died when I told them, they were so excited!  By the way mom, can you send me a copy of your most delicious pasta recipe?  I told the Ounyoungs I would ask because they love pasta and I told them I had pasta probably 3 times a week back at home haha.  We are still on the search for some new investigators.  I don’t want to give up yet there is still some more work to be done.  We actually found 2 new investigators yesterday during dinner.  They weren’t very solid, but the family that had us for dinner invited them and not going to lie it was pretty awkward.  Not a silence awkward, but the family and the lady they invited were like arguing/joking the whole time.  The spirit was totally gone and I don’t think they took our lesson very seriously.  You can tell when people are elect and not.  That was pretty much my week in a nutshell.  
This is President Dalton back in High School.  One of our investigators went to the same high school as him and pulled this out for us.  We had a good laugh about this one.
That broadcast was legit!  We could only stay for the first hour because we had to head off to dinner, but the hour that we caught was awesome.  Crazy to see how the work is moving forward and how everyone is catching the wave.  Super awesome!  By the time Sam and Ben are out on their missions they will probably be using Ipads, Facebook, and Texting.  We don’t have any of that stuff right now.  Guaranteed if this mission had texting our baptisms would increase by a lot!  Just saying.  As for BYUI, I should be registered for all my classes by Thursday.  I only need to sign up for 2 more classes and I should be good.  I’m super stoked that I got that swimming class.  I lucked out on that one for sure!  It’s kind of scary when I log in to BYUI and I check the finances page it says I owe $2000... That’s kind of scary.  It also says that the parent taxes and all that stuff are still waiting.  I’m not sure when that stuff will be able to be processed in to the system but I’m hoping its soon!  I heard the Heat took the Championship again.  I would rather it be them then the Spurs.  I’m just not the biggest fan of the Spurs.  We went longboarding again today for p-day that was super fun!  Well that will probably do it for me this week.  Hope everything goes great with work, surgeries, summer fun and all that good stuff.  Love you guys the most!  Shoots!

Elder Gardner

Monday, June 17, 2013

Dying Testimony

So the Internet is still down at the family history center... It’s really starting to annoy me because we actually use the computer for a lot of things like Sunday night numbers, Tuesday noons, and emails.  They said it probably wouldn’t be fixed for a while... Typical Hawaii for ya.  So I’m emailing you from a member’s house.  Sounds like you all had a pretty awesome week!  That’s super cool to hear.  A bunch of new and exciting things happening like Dad’s new machine, Sam’s job, Ben’s scooter sessions.  Sounds awesome!  I can’t believe that Joey already gave his farewell.  So crazy!  I won’t be able to see him for days!  

This week was pretty bomb!  The beginning of this week was kind of slow just because we had to finish up the video that we we’re going to present to President Dalton at our last zone conference.  We made it on sister Gasbar’s Mac book pro.  Those things are so nice!  I really want to get one for school, those things are dope!  
Last Zone Conference with President and Sister Dalton.
So, zone conference was on Friday, that was pretty crazy.  I totally forgot that I was giving my dying testimony.  That’s the testimony you give at your last zone conference.  It was pretty special because I gave my greenie testimony in the same building 2 years ago that I gave my dying testimony in on Friday.  I also was able to give it with Elder Melville, Bowlby, Carrel, and a couple other close buddies that I’ve made on my mission.  President and Sister Dalton also gave their dying testimonies as well because it’s their last one also.  I honestly love President and Sister Dalton so much.  They have been my parents over here in Hawaii.  They have been a great example to me and I respect them so much.  It’s really going to be sad to see them go.  The new mission president seems pretty legit.  He’s like the vice president of the U or something.  
Last Zone Conference with Elders that I came out with:  l to r  - Elder Makalio, Elder Mortensen, me, Elder Carrel, and Elder Melville.
So, about Melville and I, what they will do is bring a missionary up with us for our final 3 weeks and then we both leave and the other missionary will stay in this area and the mission office will send another missionary to be with him.  I feel bad for the missionary that will be in a threesome with us.  He has to take over this area in only three weeks and deal with all the goodbyes and aloha oe's and stuff that Elder Melville and I will be going through.  
Auntie Darlene's baptism
Auntie Darlene’s baptism was a success!  She was soooo happy!  That was really cool to see.  It was a really good baptism.  I had the privilege of confirming her on Sunday.  We’re still searching and trying to squeeze a couple more baptisms in before the end.  I really want to try and get a couple more.  We have a few that could.  The Herrera’s are still coming a long and the new investigators that we found the other week are good, we still have some work to do with them though.  All in all I’m happy and things are great so I cant really complain.  

Today I was able to go golfing again!  Yes!  It’s always such a bonus when I get to go golfing on P-days.  I love it so much.  I didn’t play to well today but I did get a legit clean birdie on one of the holes.  Tigah for birdie!  So you asked me what I wanted for my b day?  Just a set of clubs and I'll be the happiest guy in the world.  Registration for classes also went very well.  I was able to sign up for most of the classes that the counselor recommended.  I signed up for Book of Mormon, English, a cultural awareness class, Intro to business, and a Swimming class!!  Heck ya!  All the golf, basketball, volleyball classes were full.  I got lucky and snagged a spot in the swimming class.  I checked my FAFSA thing on BYUI and it says its still awaiting.  So hopefully it will go through.  There are two more classes that I need to sign up for, Math, and Science.  All my classes are foundation classes so they are ones that are required except for of course the swimming, and business.  I’m pretty stoked for the remainder of this year.  It will be one that is full of excitement, learning, and great times.  I’m stoked!  Well that’s about it for me this week.  Great to hear from you all.  Love you the most!

Elder Gardner

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Shreddin the Gnar

Sorry I wasn’t able to email yesterday, sometimes the family history centers Internet doesn’t work. It seems like in never works on the days that we really need to use it.  Especially with me needing to register for classes tomorrow!  So, I’m sitting in the Kona Business Center and emailing you from a little cubicle office thing.  Sounds like everyone had a pretty bomb week!  So the Youth Conference was a hit?  Nice!  What did Hank Smith talk about?  How was camping in the backyard?  I was just talking about it with Elder Melville this morning how we can’t wait to just hang out and cruise with our families!  It’s going to be so fun. 
District Meeting
This past week was really good.  Auntie Darleen is still super stoked for her baptism this Saturday.  We have a lesson and baptism interview with her tonight.  I'll have updates on how the baptism went for you next Monday.  The Herrera family is still doing pretty good.  The kids are in Oregon now and we have just been teaching the parents.  They are still coming along and they are still going to church so that’s good.  Dave is still trying to study it out and still has questions about a lot of stuff but he's coming along.  We found 2 new investigators this week so that was pretty cool.  So we stopped by this part member family that we found on the ward list and we talked to the daughter who is 17 and she seemed pretty interested.  Her name is Baby.  So we set up a lesson for this past Tuesday.  Well, she texted us and asked if we could meet on Wednesday instead.  So we stopped by on Wednesday and no one is home... Go figure.  So we call her up and she said that she was at her friend’s house that is just up the street and she told us to come up and teach both of them.  So we go up and teach both of them and they actually seemed pretty interested and they were telling us how they really wanted to come to church!  They didn’t end up coming to church on Sunday but no worries we'll get them.  We’re going to try and contact them this week. 
Finding our inner feminine side with Elder Dahl
So here’s a funny story, on Wednesday night we were getting ready for bed and I was already laying in bed and Elder Melville grabs his blanket and starts shaking it out... (I have no idea why)  Well, since he is really tall the blanket caught the fan and ripped it right out of the ceiling!  The mount that it was in just broke in half so it was just hanging by the wires.  The next morning we had to go to Home Depot and grab the new mount part and come back and fix it.  I had to climb up in the attic and take the old one out and replace the new one.  That was crazy!  It was kind of like Extreme Makeover fan edition.  Our zone isn’t doing so hot right now.  I don’t know what’s going on but it was nothing like it was in May.  Hopefully we can get the fire back again. 

Oh man, I was laughing when I read that dad got called as the ward mission leader.  Not saying you won’t do a good job, I’m sure that you'll rock it but I guess I just can’t really picture you as the ward mission leader.  I guess I’m so used to you working with the young men, and all the youth and stuff.  Hahaha oh man that’s awesome!  I'll help you out if you want when I get back home.  I can’t believe that I’m going to be registering for classes tomorrow!  Time is winding down pretty quick.  I’m trying my best to stay focused but not going to lie it gets pretty dang hard sometimes.  Well that’s about it for me this week.  We have zone conference coming up on Friday and that will be our last zone conference ever with President Dalton.  He goes home June 30th.  Well love you all so much, hope you have a great week.  Love you the most.

Elder Gardner

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Letter From a Sister in Kona

This was a letter that President Dalton received from a sister in the Kona 2nd Ward and he forwarded this to us.  Very, Very nice...

Aloha President Dalton,

May I convey my deepest appreciation for your prayerful discernment in knowing the needs of the Kona Second ward as it pertains to the missionary work herein this part of the Lord's vineyard. The companionship of Elder Melville and Elder Gardner is truly a gift from our Father.

Their hard work, can-do & winning attitude, accompanied by an ever willing heart was quite evident from the very first ward council meeting. Impressively, they continue to instill a spirit of trustworthiness among many members here as families are excited to feed them, bishopric members use them as 'object lessons' in sacrament talks & as they participate in ward activities (e.g. talent show, eagle scout service project). In fact, according to our ward mission leader, in his recent sacrament talk, describes these fine elders as the best missionaries currently serving in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission:) The sister missionaries who were there in attendance, had to “smile” at that comment.  In all seriousness though, they truly put their best foot forward and follow closely to the footsteps of our Savior.

As the weeks disappear, these elders countlessly prove to be a force of good and have made great efforts in building and solidifying relationships among members of the ward council. They have strengthened the confidence of these members to work closer with the missionaries. Their weekly progress reports are always complete, well-organized, informative and yes, inspiring. They never leave the ward council members 'guessing' what's next. There is a plan to be executed with each report. I have witnessed firsthand how working with the missionaries offers a win-win experience in both rescuing efforts as well as bringing those into the fold.

Again, thank you for all that you do and please rest assured that Elder Melville and Elder Gardner are diligently, faithfully and consistently serving with all their hearts.

Warmest Regards,
Sis. Joyal Gaspar

Monday, June 3, 2013

So Pitted Brah!

Dude what’s up everyone!

Sounds like everyone had an awesome week!  That’s really good to hear.  Everything is still cherry over here in Kona.  I’m telling you, I really don’t think life could be any better than it is right now!  Glad to hear that EFY was a success for Sam.  That’s also super cool that Ben is in his first golf tourney.  Let me know how that goes.  Congrats on the Cub Master calling Emmi and Hal, that’s dope!  You guys will tear it up I’m sure!  I’m super stoked to see all of the family again.  It still doesn’t really feel like I’m coming home that soon.  It still feels like I have a while left.  You can have whoever you want to come to the Airport that’s totally fine with me.  Nine weeks left that’s really crazy!  Wednesday is transfers, which also happens to be my last full transfer.  Crazy stuff.
P-Day at Spencer Beach Park
This week was pretty golden.  We had a lot of good things happen which I’ll fill you in about.  So remember me talking about Auntie Darleen?  Well she has a baptism date for the 15th!  We committed her to that date and she was super stoked!  That’s all she can talk about now is her baptism.  We’re still hoping to commit a couple more people.  This kid named Kekai who came to church for the first time we can probably get him baptized end of June or sometime in July.  I’m really pushing to hit my baptism goal for my mission and I’m so close so I have to push hard and make it happen somehow.  So, that family that I was telling you about in my last email - the one where we blessed the house.  So, we went back a couple more times during the week to teach them.  On Wednesday we went back with our ward mission leader and taught them the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson and it turned out really good until we committed them to baptism.  They said yes to baptism, but they had some concerns because they have already been baptized before, so we ended up teaching part of the Restoration, and I’m pretty sure it left them pretty confused.  So that was kind of a bum visit.  Well, on Friday Angela texted us and wanted us to come over and give each of them a blessing because they were still experiencing some stuff so we went back over and gave each member of the family a blessing.  After that we sat down and answered all their questions and it turned out really good.  One thing we found out is that the kids are leaving to Oregon for the summer, so it will just be Angela and Dave.  What we’re hoping for is Dave to be baptized and then when the kids come back he can then baptize them.  Dave and Angela are the ones that are a little more interested anyway about the whole thing.  They continue to read the Book of Mormon and continue to invite us over, so something must be going right!  

So I found out that Elder Melville and I will be dying together in Kona!  (finishing our missions together)  I’m soooooooo stoked about that you don’t even know how excited I am to finish my mission in Kona!  It would probably break my heart if I got transferred to a new area for only one transfer.  It’s super sick over here!  Today for P-day we went longboarding.  It was sooooo sick.  Probably one of the best p-days I’ve had on my mission.  I only have videos so you'll have to watch them when I get back.  Yeah, that’s about it for me for this past week.  Definitely a good one, so no complaints there!

As for the school situation, I have an Idea of what classes I need to sign up for.  I’ve emailed one of the councilors in the business department, the one that changed my major for me, and I asked her what classes I should sign up for and she looked up my profile and gave me a whole list of classes I still need to take as well as classes I should take.  Thanks for working on the FAFSA stuff dad, sure has been a big help.  Let me know when you find out more or get any updates.  So you asked about girls when I come home?  I’m excited to date again but will be feeling a little awkward because by the way, I don’t know if you've realized but I’ve been on a mission for 2 years so my canteen is pretty much dry from walking in the desert for 2 years haha.  So you asked what kind of food for my homecoming?  Well I would love to have some Mexican food, and also I know its probably pretty hard to find up there but if there is any possibility to fry up some fish.  I would love that.  

Well that’s about it for me.  Hope you all have a great week!  Love you the most

Elder Gardner