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

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Last days in Hawaii & My Homecoming

Getting ready to leave
My last couple days in Hawaii seemed like a blur.  Those couple of days flew by so fast!  It was a very memorable time in my life I might also add.  Our schedule was pretty much filled from the time I left Kona to the moment I stepped foot back on Oahu.  We put our luggage away and headed over to our mission presidents house for a breakfast and testimony meeting.  It was neat to hear all the testimonies of the Elders that I had started with in the MTC.  What a huge change Ive been able to see in each of their lives.  Almost immediately after our testimony meeting we headed up to good ol Laie to spend the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center.  After spending some time there we made our way to the temple to do a session with our mission president.  After the temple we headed back to the Polynesian Cultural Center and caught the Night Show, which was incredible!  I highly recommend this!  If you are ever in Hawaii this is a must see.  We the headed back to the mission home and called it a night.  The next morning we got up early and headed to the airport to say goodbye to all the Elders who were leaving back to Utah, so pretty much all of them except me... I had all day because I had the red eye flight.  We said our goodbyes and I spent the day with Elder Mortensen.  I had a good solid day with one of my best friends and before I knew it, it was time for me to get on that plane home.
At the Temple with President and Sister Warner
Me and Elder Ahotau my boy
At the Polynesian Cultural Center
Words cant really describe how I felt when I got off the plane and saw my family for the first time in two years.  One word that would describe that moment would be Grateful.  Thats one moment in my life that I will never forget and that I will keep close to my heart forever.  Instead of trying to write out how it went and the feelings I felt, I put together a little video on the past two years of my life and ending with my homecoming back in AZ.  Hope you Enjoy!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Aloha Oe

Wow, my very last email that I will ever send as a missionary... This doesn't even seem real to me.  Has the two years really gone by?  Is this really happening?  This email will be brief because I still have to pack and we are super busy tonight, but I'll just leave a few of my thoughts. 

We had our baptism on Saturday for Kekai Robbins.  That was really good!  I'll show you the pictures when I get home.  It was really nice to be able to end on such a good note.  That was truly a blessing to have a baptism on my last Saturday.  Sunday was a roller coaster!  That was a hard day to get through.  I told myself that I would be strong and not cry when they sang Aloha Oe to me at the end of sacrament... I started crying during the first hymn of sacrament meeting!  That was a hard moment in my life.  I love this place with all my heart and I love the people here so much.  Your right it is VERY bittersweet.  I’m so thankful for the wonderful opportunity I've had to be able to serve my mission especially in the Hawaii Honolulu mission.  Words wouldn’t do justice to describe how thankful I am to my Heavenly Father for this awesome opportunity!  I know its cliché but these truly were "the best two years." I can’t wait to see all of you again and it will be awesome to reunite and have the best times ever!  I will never forget the life lessons I have learned out here.  I am so grateful with the whole faculty of my entire soul I am grateful for my mission. 

I can’t wait to go golfing!  We just went today and it was a blast!  It doesn’t really matter who comes to the airport I’m just excited to see everyone again.  As for the ice cream the cherry banana one that one is sooo bomb!  Well got to go, Love you all the most, see you in a few!

Elder Gardner