Monday, November 24, 2014

60,000 miles....

Area: Waipiolani and Mililani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Goodman

Hey hows everyone doing? Everything is going pretty good over here.  Today for p-day we just went to the beach, but we didn't go swimming or anything just watched the waves and all that good stuff..

We had a lesson with Kelsey and we set her with a baptismal date for the 26th of January I think.  I wont be there for it but its ok... its all good. The Mililani football team just won the state championships so that's pretty cool.  A lot of the people are talking about that around here.

 Our car also finally hit 60,000 miles, which means eventually we will get a new car maybe... we will see what happens. We did a lot of service this week. A lot in Wailua.  We were taking out a whole ton of California grass.  That stuff is pretty gnarly, but they had a sweet back yard with a river in the back and fish and all that stuff.  One of the Filipino Elders tried to spear one of them with a stick.  We did service also for the Velascos... we usually go over there every week and help them with their yard, because he cant walk very well and neither can the wife now. 

Sundays are pretty exhausting because we have to go to two different wards. It felt like church overload yesterday, I kinda got a headache.  Our AC unit shot out ice at me this morning. It was actually pretty cool.

Ok cya guys later hope you guys have a good thanksgiving and have fun at the cabin. 
Love Elder Shoemaker
We are supposed to get a new car @ 60,000 miles......proof

Ocean reading

Beach Elders

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two Elders, Two Wards

Area: Waipiolani and Mililani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Goodman

Hey hows it going people! So last week I was in a tri-panionship, but right after I had emailed you guys we got called from President Warner and then Elder Gee was transferred to Maui.  So now I'm companions with Elder Goodman and we cover both Waipiolani ward and Mililani 2nd ward.   It's been pretty fun to do that.  Just an extra ward to juggle now. 2 sacrament meetings 2 ward councils in the morning every Sunday! ... all that kinda stuff. Its been pretty interesting with both wards as we keep pretty busy we just have to coordinate all of the things that happen a little bit better so it all works. Elder Goodman is from Gilbert Arizona hes been out like 19 months or something like that. He's a pretty cool guy. 

We went to Pearl Harbor again this last Wednesday to do service. I forgot my camera, but its ok I've been there plenty of times.  This morning we went fishing with some of the other elders at some small lake. Some of the other elders caught catfish and stuff. I didn't catch anything though. It's all good.  Then we went and played rugby and I left my shoes in another elders car so I just played bare foot. I was pretty dirty after that. 

The only problem with the Mililani 2nd Elders pad that I'm living in now is that they have cockroaches!  I friggen hate those things. 

The Kaaiawaawa family said that they would come to church this last Sunday but we were there and they never came.  Also I visited the Davis family with our Bishop, Bishop Goo, they said that they were going to come to church as well but  we were there and they didn't show up.  Its ok its not that big of a deal. I know that they will come to church sometime in the future. 

.......And mom you don't have to be worrying about me. I'm fine! 

O ya, we're teaching this one kid named Kai.  He's a little Vietnamese kid that 9 years old.  He has ADHD and tourettes.  Man kids now a days cant get away from there friggen iPads and all that kinda of stuff.  its really hard to teach him. 

I kinda need to go soon, but the scripture that I really liked this week was Ether 12:27.  I use that scripture at one of our lessons this week.  I always liked that scripture.  

Ok well you guys have a good week!

Love Elder Shoemaker 

Monday, November 10, 2014

A CHANGE: Tri-Companionship

Area: Waipiolani and Mililani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Gee and Goodman

Hey whats up everyone?  How you all doing? Thats nice. 

So this last week has been interesting.  My companion Elder Stulce actually got ET'ed (emergency transferred) to the Waipahu 2nd ward.  It was kinda random and out of the blue, but President said that it would be better for Stulce to learn faster if he had more teaching opportunity's and really the Waipiolani ward is a small ward with not really a lot of investigators.  It should be good for him to improve at teaching.  But as of right now they put me in a tri-companionship because there's no one else to be my companion. I'm with Elder Gee and Elder Goodman and now we cover two wards together the Waipiolani ward, and the Mililani 2nd ward. Pretty interesting turn of events.   Now I sleep on the floor and share one bathroom with three other people and kinda living out of a suitcase.  Kinda suxs a little bit but its alright. 

We set Kelsey with a baptismal date for I think the first Saturday of December.  We have really pushed them to come to church and they said that they would come to church this coming Sunday hopefully. 

P-day was kinda hectic because were in a threesome.  We finally did get a new ward mission leader.  His name is brother Miyamoto. He's a really awesome guy.  I feel that it will work better now.  I have a big rug burn on my leg that really kills, but I'm doing good! 

Love you guys a lot and much mahalos and alohas!

Love Elder Shoemaker

Monday, November 3, 2014

A simple, but productive missionary week

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Stulce

Hey Mom and Dad hows it going? 
This week was pretty good. We found a new investigator to teach her name is Kelsey.  She had been taught by the missionaries before but she never was baptized.  We teach them every Tuesday night at 6pm with a standing appointment -- pretty cool. 
We are going to get a new ward mission leader this next Sunday finally.  We haven't had a ward mission leader for like a month haha, but its ok. 
I went on exchanges with Elder Johnston, in Wahiwa 3rd ward. they cover a lot of the military base up there.  So its was really nice to go over there for a change of scenery. 
Halloween was pretty fun.  We didn't get to go trick or treating but it was still ok.  Everything is going pretty good here! 
Thanks for all that you guys do!
love Elder Shoemaker

Doing Service!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Good Missionary Week.....

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Stulce

This week was pretty good we had the chance to go to the Laie temple and that's always nice.  A couple of the wards combined and did a trunk or treat this last Friday.  We got some candy and threw it in our trunk and then we handed out candy and pass along cards and pamphlets it was pretty fun!!  

 Trunk or Treating Missionaries

I went on exchanges with one my District Leaders this Saturday.  His name is Elder Takei.  He is from Japan, but lived in Utah for like 4 years.  He's 27 and he is a pretty interesting guy and a very nice guy. 

We did service for Brother Valasco again.  He's an old guy that got wounded in Vietnam and has a bunker in his back yard.  We just sweep all the leaves, watered all of the plants and bagged a lot of junk . 

I got called on Wednesday I think it was, for me and my companion to give a talk in Sacrament this last Sunday because someone bailed. my talk was on fasting and my companions talk was on fast offerings, but he messed up and gave it on tithing instead.  Kinda funny. 

We still don't have a ward mission leader, just kinda flying solo right now.

We taught a lot of the same investigators from last week. we just need them to get to church, that's the only way that there going to progress. its kinda hard because you don't want to force them, you want them to do it because they want to. 

Yes I did get the package.... thank you for that.... it was delectable. 

Well I hope that you guys have a good life!

Love, Elder Shoemaker

A pretty rainbow

Elder Stulce and I at Laie

Me near Laie

Visit to the Laie Temple this week!

At the Visitor Center

Monday, October 20, 2014

What's her face? ...I think Hurricane Ana?

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Stulce

What's up!

So this week we did teach Tatiana a lesson and it went pretty good! We taught about the law of chastity and thats always really fun -- always enjoy that one...... We also got to teach Kiana.  She's a cute 9 year old girl.  We taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and that also went pretty well.  She actually said yes to being baptized, so now we just have to get her to come to church and she always has soccer games on Sunday so that's kinda hard.  Soccer season is ending soon so that should be good timing. 
We got hit by hurricane, whats her face, I think Ana?   That sounds close enough.  It just rained a lot and sometimes there was some lightening. 
We play rugby sometimes in the morning and that's a pretty good workout, a lot of running involved.  Transfers were this week but I'm staying.  I'll probably be here for the rest of my mission, which is fine.  One of my best friends went home though :(
poor Elder Miller
Our ward  mission leader got released after being ward mission leader for only like a month. I guess that he couldn't take the heat or something haha, so were probably going to be getting a new one of those guys soon. 
o Ya!  We got to perform the "Haka" for the Wailua ward.  Me, Elder Stulce, Elder Ili, Elder Snell, Elder Hansen and Elder Lee.  It was the Samoan one.  They where having a talent show this last Saturday and the Elders in Wailua recruited us.  I did not really know the words very well but I pretty much know all the moves. 
I taught gospel principles class this last Sunday (pretty much like every Sunday for the last 3  months) and pretty much I teach it by myself cuz Stulce just rambles if he does talk haha.  
We had dinner with the Swords this last week.  I really like having dinner with them. They are from Samoa, but they actually made us hamburgers this time, cuz sometimes I joke around about how I eat rice so much and I'm sick of it and they made homemade fries and hamburgers instead, so I should do that more often.
Our new district leader is from Japan Elder Takai.  So that's pretty much it! .......... k thank you guys cya later
Love, Elder Shoemaker

Monday, October 13, 2014

A day in the life of an LDS Missionary

Area: Waipiolani Ward, Oahu
Companion: Elder Stulce

Hey whats up Mom and Dad! Hows it going?  Things are going pretty good here.  

We got to teach Tatiana the word of wisdom this week, but they didn't come to church.  We'll keep working with her.

We also had a dinner appointment with this lady.  We went over and immediately I could tell that she was drunk.  Her eyes were glazed over and all that.  We ended up going to Taco Bell.  It wasn't pretty.  She started crying and she start to tell us some things in her life that happen, which were not good and I dare not repeat.  She kept asking why did God abandon her and all that and basically she had a melt down.  That was a bit of a difficult situation and we did the best we could.

We went to Pearl Harbor this week to do service.   That's always enjoyable.  Elder Stulce is progressing with his teaching too. 

Thank you guys so much! 

Love you guys cya!  

Elder Shoemaker