Monday, April 26, 2010

The Week In Review

Well this week was a lot better, we found two new investigators. One is a 16-year-old who has a lot of potential...the other is...well...miracles can happen, haha she's not too solid. She is real set on the Bible and nothing more than that. So this will be tough, but it'll come down to sincere testimony and teaching from the Bible haha. We have a few more set up to teach this week and should find a few more investigators as well, things are really looking up here in Kailua!!! But the work that really surprises me is the Kaneohe **** Tongan Branch. They are working hard to get it to be a ward by the end of the year, and so they are bringing MANY people for us to teach Tuesday and what not, so things are really moving. They are so missionary-minded it's awesome. Kailua **** is a good ward, it's hard cuz a lot of leaders are leaving with deployment, but it should be a smooth transaction. We weren't able to baptize Stacey *** last week, but should next week. We are meeting up with her tonight to get plans set and a date set. We are hoping to teach Sean this week too. Might be hard since he's just barely coming back from West Virginia on Wednesday, but we'll see.

I loved the hat, yes I did take pictures, haha I sent my memory card home today so it should come real soon with pictures. (Elder Travis' mom here with a close up of the hat so you can read what I had sewn on it for fun. The picture he took was in a mirror and the wording was backwards but it says "Tsunami 2010 Survivor. Please ignore the Christmas wrapping paper.....I'm too cheap to buy anything different! Now back to Elder Travis).

I sent you PART of your mothers day gift, all I'll say is it's solar paneled so hold it out into the sun and watch what happens. I'll send the rest in a package after my B-day for whatever reason you told me haha. (Note from Elder Travis' mom: I'll explain why in another post after his birthday!).

We are seeing many great things starting to happen now, and Elder Standiford and I are working really hard. The Lord is blessing us for our obedience and diligence. Anyways, I gotta go I love you all dearly and can't wait to hear from you :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dorie (Think Finding Nemo)

Disclaimer: This is Elder Travis' mom. I changed the name of the lady in the following story Elder Travis sent to Dorie after Dorie the blue fish in "Finding Nemo" with the short-term memory loss. The rest of the story is told in his own words as transcribed below.

So here's a funny story: A lady, we'll call her Dorie, who is a member, has short-term memory.
We visited her and she's like, "you're not going to convert me to the Mormonism!" and her caretaker was like, "no Dorie you're already a Mormon." She was like, "oh...ok, I'll live with that." It was hilarious!
Anyway, this week was better. We finally found a new investigator!! His name is Jim and he's super solid! We have potential this week too.
Tuesday I had to go on an "emergency" split with my DL to a girl who was thinkin' of backin' out on her baptism. We had a way spiritual lesson and she was baptized yesterday.
We hopefully have a miracle baptism happening Saturday.
Here's an interesting fact. In Hawaii, you know when you fill up on gas there's that lever to keep it pumping so you don't have to hold it? Pretty sure it's illegal here, no gas pumps anywhere have it.
I love ya'll & I'm grateful for all your support!! It means the world! Five months is quick isn't it? I love you all dearly and can't wait to hear from ya!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mail Lady

We had to go to the mission office to grab some things in Honolulu, and I met the lady who does the mail and she's like are you Elder T. ***? I was like yup that's me...and she's like ohhhh so you're the one who gets all the mail!! haha it made me proud so keep it up :) :)

I love the Tongans out here so so much!! They are the most giving people I've ever met! If we stop by they feed us on the spot, and A LOT!! It's good too haha mostly chicken and veggies. They have a choir, and man do they love to sing!!!! They sound good though!! We sing Tongan hymns in the hymn book it's pretty cool!!! I've learned a little bit, I know Hello how are you, good, and yes!! Molulele, Fafaeoki, Ci Pae, Eo!! (spelling might be wrong haha) but it's fun so far in that sense!!