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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Carter

Soooooo this week has been kinda pretty interesting.   First, I am being transferred, but I don't exactly know where I'm going.   Elder Garrison (zone leader) went home, which is pretty sad because we were pretty good friends.  It was hard to see him go cuz he has been having a hard time with his testimony so he just decided to go back home to Tennessee. 

There was a bloody friggen miracle this last week!!  A lot of Chinese people came to the temple visitors center and while they where there they all decided that they wanted to be baptized.  It was crazy because they are from China and they were going to go home soon.  There is no proselyting in China.  The sisters in the VC (visitors center) called the President.   President told them to pretty much baptize them as soon as possible.  The only Chinese speaking Elder is actually in our zone in the Nuuanu ward.  His name is Elder Chen {remember the picture I drew of him a couple of weeks ago?}.   Elder Chen is with one of my previous companions Elder Fowles.   So, they sat in front of twenty Chinese people and taught them all the lessons in one day.  Out of the twenty, ten decided to be baptized.  They were all interviewed that same night and baptized and confirmed all in the same day!!   They taught them all @ Waikiki in some really fancy hotel.  Then five of them recieved the priesthood that same Sunday.   Did you get that?  They found TEN people and baptized them in one day.   That is like the equivalent of Alma baptizing 200 today.   President was pretty excited about it.  Those Chinese members are now back in China. Pretty Cool don't-cha think?

I've been in a triple companionship for a little while now with Elder Belnap our Zone Leader since Elder Garrison went home.  They are actually taking out the extra 2 missionaries in our ward so now it will only be one set of missionaries, the zone leaders, which is a really good idea.  I did not like having 4 elders in the same ward at all.  It just causes to much confusion and its just so much simpler when you have your own ward. 

We went to the temple today, that was pretty awesome.   Then went to the VC.  My foot kinda hurts from driving so much but its ok ya know. So well I have got to go.  

I love you guys cya later!

Elder Shoemaker


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 their 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 wore 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......