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

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 clich√© 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

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