Monday, July 21, 2014

Wow, What a week!

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Carter

Today for p-day we played a little basketball in the morning, but the thing with most missionaries when they are on there mission they get a lot better at basketball..... but me I feel like I'm getting worse!  but whatever.  Then later we went on a hike and it was really muddy, rainy, and wet.   Good thing I already new that it was gonna be like that, because most hikes here in Hawaii are exactly the same.   So I put my camera in a plastic bag and I had bags for my flip flops because I don't really like to wear shoes that much anymore, so I just were my flip flops.  It was pretty nice and refreshing. 
This last week end we had a mini-missionary with us that was pretty interesting.  His name was Maui Taotofi.  It was fun.  We had a chance to chase a dog and do a lot of service.  We taught some Micronesian people this week and had some Micronesian families come to church which was pretty nice.  Our zone leader was pretty sick so part one of the days I got to stay home with Elder Belnap cuz he was sick.   We watched Mountain to the Lord.   
Saturday was kinda busy we woke up around like 5:50am drove to the Stake Center.   We have been doing insanity (??) there in the morning for a little while.   When we were done there was someone from the Samoan ward that was doing a eagle scout project so we got drafted and ended up painting bus stops for like an hour.   We got back and we were kinda hungry and we knew someone was cooking food at the church, so we waited for that.   Then while we waited we somehow got involved with the Kalihi wards youth who were doing a water balloon fight, so we got soaked and had a little fun!   Then there was Dutch oven potatoes which I haven't had in forever so I ate those.   Then we got drafted to clean the Stake Center.   Then we were finished a Samoan family wanted us to eat there food and I was already sooooooo stuffed so I hid in the car. (ha ha ha ha)  Then someone wanted us to go do some yard work or something, so we were in this place with a lot of vines just overgrowing the place next to a river.  He gave us a machete and we just went to town.  He also gave us 5 coconuts and showed us how to open them with the machete and we got to drink the coconut water and eat the meat, which was pretty good.  Then he let us eat a whole watermelon.  By the time we got home we just had to get ready cuz there was a baptism in our ward for a guy named Christian.  It was the other Elders that taught him, but the weird thing was that he wanted me to confirm him.  So I had the opportunity to confirm him during church.  This week was pretty nice week. 
I will probably be getting transferred not this Wednesday but next Wednesday, which I will be sad. There is a lot of good people that are in our ward and around here.   I'll probably miss the Suda family the most because they always let us use their bathroom and always feed us and they pretty much do anything for us.  We even had them sew our pants for us.  They have three girls in their family who are going to leave on a mission soon and one son, so that will be awesome for them.  Even though they are not the richest family they will all be leaving pretty soon together which is cool. 
Well I lost my wallet again so better go find it (these kinda things always work themselves out so I'm not worried). 
I love you guys and see ya later. booyaah
love, Elder Shoemaker
Elder Purevdorj

oh my goodness my cheeks are getting fat!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Service at Pearl Harbor

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Carter

This last week was pretty good.  We had a great week.  There was a baptism in our ward, but it was the zone leaders baptism. That was pretty nice. Gingerale didnt come to church this last week because she had some work stuff to do, but its ok.   We will try to get her there next week.
We went to Pearl Harbor again this last week and did some service! That was pretty nice.
Cleaning the bunks......

That's a really big gun........
That's a really big boat....

We had the chance to do a car fast this last week. Everyone just didnt drive there cars in the entire mission for an entire day.  It was kinda fun because we just asked one of our members to give us a ride and we got to ride in there Mustang.  He went really fast and almost killed us (not really!), but it was pretty fun.
It was a pretty nice week though. ....So ya love you guys.
Cya later
Love Elder Shoemaker 

A picture I drew of Elder Chen......

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A P-Day visit to the PCC

July 7, 2014

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Carter

Hi Family, Today for P-day we actually had a chance to go to the (PCC) Polynesian Culture Center. It was pretty cool. We didnt have as much time as we would have liked because we had to drive all the way back and stuff. It's a little bit of a long drive from where we live.  I actually got to see Elder Griffiths who is my first son that I trained in Keaukaha. I haven't really seen him for a while and he's now serving in Lai'ie.  

{Couldn't resist doing a close up of THAT tie?  They are seal pups!  Whoa.... must be some tie trading going on}

For the 4th of July we watched the fireworks over Pearl Harbor from the Halawa chapel.

So ya its been a pretty good week. We had dinner with the Sudas and with the Wachters.  Some of our Chuukese investigators came to church this last Sunday. Yep!  Her name is Gingerale and her 2 children also came with her.  We taught them before and they accepted to be baptized, but I most likely won't be here when they get baptized.  That's really the most interested investigators that we have right now.
....and Mom,  I got the sling shot, but you know that is not my sling? ....but it works pretty good anyways.
So ya I'll cya guys later I have to go to dinner with our Bishop pretty soon k bye bye.  Enjoy the pictures!
kinisou chapur
Love, Elder Shoemaker

 {I was reading through one of my nephews recent missionary letters and my sister ask these questions to her son so I thought I'd give it a try and ask Elder Shoemaker }
Question 1:  What has been your most favorite thing about serving the Lord with a companion?

  • Reply:  You'll never get lonely

Question 2:  What have your learned from serving with a companion 24/7?

  • Reply:  It should never be duplicated in any other circumstance.

Question 3:  How do you apply that learning on a day to day basis?

  • Reply:  I'm glad that I get to choose who I'm going to marry.

Dinner at the Wachters

District Meeting

A baptism happened in our ward (with the other Elders that serve in our ward).  Brother Matsunaga who is 89 years old.
His son baptized him who is the stake prez.

Monday, June 30, 2014

I love you...

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Carter

Hey Mom and Dad, I don't have a lot of time just know that I love you.


Cya Bye.....

Elder Shoemaker

Monday, June 23, 2014

Two things I learned this week....Elder Shoemaker style

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Carter

So ya hows it going mom and all the other people?

(I -- Elder Shoe's Mom, decided to ask Elder Shoemaker about TWO things he learned and TWO things he appreciated  this week in order to entice him to give me some missionary substance.....and these were his responses.  Should have known better...ha!)

 TWO things I learned this week;
  1.  A lot of rice is gonna make you really fat.
  2. I learned how to do crazy stuff with my camera​.

 TWO things that I appreciated this week;
  1. The members of the ward for making me really fat.
  2. I appreciate all of the Elders that are in my zone.
So this week was pretty good.  We found some new Tongan investigators and one Chuukese lady came to church this Sunday whose name was Gingerale.   We also visited the Latu family who is Tongan and they told us that there niece wanted to be taught by the missionaries. So that super nice and we were pretty excited about hearing that.  I don't have a lot of time. 

Just love ya guys!

Elder Shoemaker

Monday, June 16, 2014

Things don't always go as we hope.....

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Carter

Hey Mom hows it going things are going pretty good.  I'm not getting transferred.  I was kinda not happy when I heard that.....still not all that happy.  I kinda wanted to be transferred.  It's hard having 4 Elders in the same ward, but ya know its all right I guess.  I get through it.  I hope that Dada had  a Happy Fathers Day and Happy Birthday Mom.

I have little time, but this last week was pretty good.

Ok love you guys cya later!

Elder Shoemaker

Monday, June 9, 2014

Transfers are next week and a little golfing......

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Carter

So I don't have a ton of time right now, because someone reserved my computer at the library.  Transfers are in a week from now, so not quite yet.  .....And yes I did get your letters and stuff.  We are gonna go golfing up on Fort Shafter with the senior missionary couple today for p-day, hopefully it should be fun.   We did find some new people to teach this week,  their names are Shiano and Rockie.   Yea but it sounds like you guys having fun at cousins camp.   We helped some people move this week lifted some heavy stuff, but overall we had a pretty good week.  People fed us a lot.  We're eating with a Samoan family tonight named the Ulimas.  He said he was gonna make tons of food so that should be nice.  Ok well I have to go so cya guys later.

Love you guys
Elder Shoemaker