Monday, September 15, 2014

God placed us there for a reason

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Stulce

 Hey hows it going! Things over here are getting pretty dang good. But oohhh man its been really humid over hear lately.  Makes me miss the dry air back in Utah. 

This week was pretty eventful, even though my companion is kind of a silly guy, I still love him haha.  He just confuses words really bad and its the most entertaining thing in the world when we go tracting.  Its just kinda funny and he makes me smile.  We found like 6 new investigators this week! Which is pretty dang good!  We were just making contact with a lot of the former investigators that the missionaries in the past had taught. 

Tomorrow we are going to the temple so we get to drive all the way to La'ie which should be fun.  

Today we woke up at like 3:45am and we played murderer in the dark.  Mannn that was like the most fun that I have had in a long time.  We were just playing in the church. Its really scary at night/kinda freaky.  

We taught a less active guy this week named John.  We went with our Bishop.  We met him last week.  We were just walking and he called us over and he lived in the apartments that we had just visited but he was not on the ward list.  He said that he was trying to figure out a way to get in contact with the missionaries and that he wanted to become active again.  I told him that God put us in his way for a reason and that we would help on his road back to activity.  Bishop Goo came with us to his house.  He's a pretty nice guy and has one unbaptized kid 16 years old.  We have been able to work a lot better with the ward lately.  Our ward is a really good ward even though its one of the smallest wards in the stake.  

O ya I went to a garage sale the other day after we were done doing morning exercise and I was able to bargain myself a fishing pole, its pretty ok too!  So hopefully I will get to try it out soon.  I surprised myself because I remembered how to tie all the knots and figure it out and stuff.   We also found like 3 fans on the side of the road and like a couch a couple wheely chairs.   Man its been pretty hot here too. It makes you glad that you have air conditioning in your house.

I have pretty much had to teach gospel principles class like every Sunday since I  have been here, but its pretty fun. We got a new ward mission leader so things should be getting better.  We had dinner with the Tunupopo family this last Saturday at Ruby Tuesdays.  I havent eaten there in a long time so that was nice.  

I got a hair cut --- my hair was starting to get too long. One of the Samoan members in our ward gave me a hair cut. His name is Johnson and he's 18 -- straight from American Samoa.   He's a pretty cool guy. 

Well I'm getting kinda tired of typing on this key board and my arthritis is kicking in so I think that I'll just call it a day. ....haha  

Love Elder Shoemaker

Monday, September 8, 2014

Forward Momentum

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Stulce

Hey Mom and Dad --- I don't really have a whole lot of time, but this last week was pretty good.  We are trying to still get some momentum going in this ward as things are moving forward slowly, but they are at least going.  I just went on a long hike so I'm really kinda dirty and my companion doesn't have a library card so I'm going to let him use mine so I have short time. 

Yes I did receive the stuff that you sent me.  Thank you so much Mom. 

We have lots of good people in this ward a lot of Samoans and a lot of Filipinos.  There is a member of the ward that we just give a list of all the food and stuff we want and she goes and just buys it all for us.  One of the nicest ladies I have ever met.  We have some potential investigators that we will hopefully have a chance to teach this week, so that will be good. 

I need to let my companion get on the computer so I will just say have a nice day!

Love Elder Shoemaker

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Companion

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Stulce

Hey how's it going? I can't believe that you guys got another friggen dog. I guess that's pretty cool.  My new companions name is Elder Stulce from Springville Utah I believe.  He's a young one at 18 fresh from the MTC.   He's a little tentative about teaching, just like I was when I started.  We will just keep on practicing.  We are still getting acquainted and he seems like a good kid, but he's definitely much different than me.

Oh Ya I did get my glasses and they work pretty dang good.  Thanks Mom!  We drove a lot this week so it was good that I had the new glasses.   We visited a lot of less active members and we got a new ward mission leader which is pretty cool.  Both of the ward mission leaders in the ward are awesome guys. 

Well I hope you guys have a good week.

Love Elder Shoemaker 

Newest addition to the Shoemaker Family.  Meet Petunia aka "Tuna"

Monday, August 25, 2014

I'm training again!

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Soifua

This last week was pretty good!  Transfers are actually this week and Elder Soifua is going home and I guess I'm gonna be training again.   So we will see how that goes! ha ha. 

I don't have a whole lot of time were gonna do a Nerf war.  I'll try and write more next week. 

k love you guys cya later !

Elder Shoemaker

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekly letter through pictures....

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Soifua

Hello Family!  We went to Laie and got hear this football player guy named Vai Sikahema that was pretty cool and we also found some new Marshallese investigators.  Zone conference was pretty fun and our trunk is broken so we have to to tie and untie it every time that we use it haha. It's pretty fun. 

So ya it was a pretty good week!   Hope Landon does well in the MTC and all that stuffs.

Love ya cya later!

Elder Shoemaker

Enjoy the pics!

This is the guy from the district. Josh should know who he is.

We had our zone conference this week in Kaneohe

Fondue with the Kanahele's and my companion Elder Soifua.
Cheese balls for the fondue

We found an old bunker......

We went on a hike today and we looking around for Lilikoi

Lilikoi looks like this

We found a bag full and some a good amount of guava too.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I've seen worse back home

Area: Waipiolani Ward , Oahu
 Companion:  Elder Soifua

Well this last week was pretty good.  The hurricane wasn't even that bad over here where we are located.  Just some showers not bad at all.... I've seen worse back at home.  

Most of the appointments that we had this last week got cancelled and stuff like that which is okay, we will keep pushing along. 

We played some ultimate Frisbee this morning. 

Don't have a whole lot of time. Sorry it's short.

I love you guys and cya later

Love Elder Shoemaker

Thought I'd (Elder Shoe's mom) add in a little drama and show you all the hurricane pictures I kept track of during the Hurricane events of last week!  I promised I wasn't too obsessed.

Hurricane Iselle over The Big Island

Also was able to get a current address for Elder Shoemaker which is list on the right top of the blog.  Here's is a better idea of where he is located on Oahu.  
He's living in a town called Waipahu.

Monday, August 4, 2014

TRANSFER to Mililani

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Soifua

Hey whats up! So I have been transferred to the Mililani stake and I am now serving in the Waipiolani ward.  It's a pretty good change. Hon West is pretty nice.

{best guess of where he is located, hopefully will have a new address next week}

My companion's name is Elder Soifua. He's from West Valley Utah and he is Samoan.  He goes home in 6 weeks so this guys is super trunky man.  This will probably be a little bit of an issue to keep him motivated.  He loves to sleep and can fall asleep in a second.

 There's pretty much like ONE investigators they were working with when I came.  So we'll definitely see what happens here.  The ward is pretty cool though.  There is actually a lot of rich people that live in our area and a lot of middle class people.  A change from where I used to be.  There is definitely work to be done and I feel if we can keep motivated we may have some good fortune in this new area.   

For p-day we went to this pineapple maze - pretty fun.  Then drove around Wailua and Hale'iwa on the North Shore.  It was pretty fun. So yea I kinda need to go soon so love you guys see ya later.

Love, Elder Shoemaker