Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Temple visit to La'ie

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Ewar

Hey everyone how are you doing?! That's so awesome! Today we went to the temple in La'ie.  It's the first time in a long time that I have been able to go the temple.  I got to see the new temple video for the first time and it was pretty nice.   I had a burger that was really good over there.   It's pretty nice over there in La'ie.   This last week has been pretty good.   Got some stuff done.   We are pretty sure that Zashalynn will be getting baptized this Saturday finally.   Thanks for sending me that letter grandma and grandpa Shoemaker.   Well just letting you guys know that I'm alive!

Love Elder Shoemaker

Monday, April 7, 2014

By Their Feet Ye Shall Know Them

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Ewar


Hey everyone --- how are you all doing!??  This week has been good.   I really enjoyed conference and I didn't fall asleep! We had to get up super early as conference started at 6am.  I think that my favorite talk during conference was Dieter F Uchtdorf's talk on being grateful and all that stuff.   Saturday we watched @ the Stake Center.  Sunday we spent basically all day at a members house cuz they invited us over for breakfast lunch and dinner.  It was pretty fun.   I was able to play some board games that I haven't for a while.

Zashalynn is moving to Kailua which is on the other side of the mountain from where we are located which means she's moving out of our area.   She is scheduled to be baptized this month so we will probably refer her to the missionaries in her new area.   We were able to teach the "T" family and their kids.  One of their children has special needs and is very kind.  Another daughter named "A" said that she would like to be baptized and that's always nice to hear.

I'm glad that you guys enjoyed the box that I sent.  The shoes were starting to hurt my feet so I decided that I needed a new pair.  I usually just use my second pair of shoes with the laces to wear to church and baptisms, so they are still fine.   I had duct tape the worn shoes because when it rained (especially in Kauai) it would get my socks all wet.


Elder Shoemaker's shoes that he sent home this past week.  He has been wearing them since the beginning of his mission in January of 2013.  What a treasure!

I love you guys a lot -- thank you for everything!

Love Elder Shoemaker

Monday, March 31, 2014

Jesus is my homeboy....

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Ewar

Hey Mom and Dad and everybody else who is probably reading this!  This last week was pretty fun. Ya know.....I did my laundry and all that and kinda cleaned the pad.  Then did some jumping jacks. We did go to this Samoan party for the Samoan ward the other day that was pretty fun.

I received the box that you sent Grandma much Mahalo for that!!   Maybe in the Easter box thing you could include something for me to read? ......like a spiritually uplifting book?    Hey, but guess what?.... I'm actually going to be sending you guys a box today too... so that should get to you momentarily.

Zashalynn came to church yesterday.   We walked with her to church from KPT.  We're hoping for her to be baptized on the 19th of this next month.  For conference one of the ward members invited us over to watch conference at their house for Sunday.  Its pretty exciting.  The morning session is at like 6am in the morning so that might be a struggle with staying awake, but ya know nobody's perfect.

We tracted in some pretty ghetto dirty places this week.  Met some Filipinos and some Chuukese people.  I had to wash my hands afterwards. Well ken ne nom....

Heart Elder Shoemaker
 

 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Transfer week -- Staying put!

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Ewar

Hey Mom, How's it going?  That's awesome.   Everything over here is going pretty good.   So transfers are this week.......and guess what?   We are both staying together another transfer! Whoot that's so awesome!!

Because this last week was spring break Zashalynn wasn't home at all this week she was in Wahiwa. So at this point her baptismal date has been pushed back to a later date.  Another investigator's Mom  called us as told us pretty much that she didn't want us to come over anymore and the sister lied to us several times this week, buts its all good and we took the hint!

I still don't know Chuukese that well, so I just always say the closing prayer.   I had the chance to give a blessing to this little girl yesterday so that was pretty nice.

Thank you for he letter that you sent Mom, it was pretty sweet.   I'm not doing that good with writing letters but I'll see what I can do.  I think we are going on a hike today and this past Wednesday we did service at the SS Missouri at Pearl Harbor.  It was pretty fun.

I sent a few pictures this time.

I have to get going but I love you guys!
cya later!
Elder Shoemaker


KPT in the background



Service Project at Pearl Harbor! Pretty Sweet!




Monday, March 17, 2014

Zone Conference and Oahu driving.....

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Ewar

Hey hows everyone doing? This week has been pretty OK.  Zashalynn didn't get baptized last week and she probably wont be getting baptized this next week, because she didn't come to church yesterday. .....so that kinda sucks but its ok.  We had a lot of the lessons this week and they were all in Chuukese so I kinda just sit there and try not to fall asleep.... haha.   I have no clue what they are saying.

One thing I hate about Oahu is driving.  Every time I get on the road I feel like my life is in jeopardy, because when I first got here I wasn't really used to it as I mostly drove in the country.   Something else that I'm still getting used to is my companion.  My companion and I don't really see eye to eye sometimes, so it can be kinda frustrating.  There's not much that I can do about that other than try to be patient and pray!  

We had zone conference this last week.  It was really long, but President Warner is such a good guy.  He's really funny and he really cares for us.

Thank you guys for all of the support that you guys give to me and that's all I have to say about that.
Love Elder Shoemaker

Monday, March 10, 2014

He's Actually Warming up to the Place...I think!

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Ewar

O how's it going everyone? That's good!  I went on exchanges this week with Elder Penrod and that was really pretty fun. Thank you EVERYONE  for the box's (fish family box and extra pants) that you sent.... they were most delightful! .....and yes some of the pants actually fit which is pretty dang nice!  I'm wearing some right now in fact.

Zashalynn came to church this Sunday, so that's really super nice.  She's hopefully getting baptized this week sometime.   We are making progress with her.   I think for P-day today where going to China Town.   I have no clue what we are gunna do there but we are going.

Oh man, so I only have like 5 minutes left on this computer, so bare with me.  Sorry it's going to be a short one today.   O ya...for Sunday some guy gave a talk through a computer.  I'm sure it's because he couldn't talk.  It was pretty cool and that was the first time that I had ever witnessed anything like that before.  Other than that.... I'm doing really really good!  I love you all.

Love Elder Shoemaker

Monday, March 3, 2014

Making Progress in the KPT

Area: Honolulu, Oahu
Companion:  Elder Ewar

Aloha everyone!!!   So this last week has been pretty nice.   So first off I think I need to correct the car thing....the mission gave us a car not our investigators, sorry for the confusion.

Yesterday was Stake Conference and that was pretty nice, Elder Dacosta of the Seventy came down. Most of the talks where on missionary work, just like the talks for the past year have been!! Surprise! haha.

Grandma asked what KPT was?  It stands for Kuhio Park Terrace, I'm pretty sure.  Its two 17 floor buildings that have a whole bunch of Chuukese, Marshalese and Samoans that live there.  Yea most of the place smells like pee and its basically for the more poor people.   There are kids running around there all the time.  Actually most of our investigators right now are kids, because the adults don't want to friggen listen.

We are making process with our investigators.  Right now there is Zashalynn who is 9 years old, she'll probably get baptized.  Then the other week we received a referral from a ward family at dinner time.  We went over there the other day and the Mom was like yea I think I should have my son baptized.... so where like shoots yeah!  His name is Ayden.  The Mom is less active and the Dad is a non-member.  They are from Kentucky so they have a southern accent.   Then just yesterday Elder Ewar and I went to a family that we had met trackting.  They were actually members, but for some reason there membership record hadn't been taken over to the new ward, so they weren't on the ward list or anything.  We decided to go back yesterday and the mom said that she wanted her two kids to be baptized as well, so where like dang yeah!   Those were probably the most important parts of my week.

P-days over here kinda suck, because we have to stay in our zone.  Our zone is Honolulu West and most call it "HonWest" for short.  There's not really a whole lot to do over here.   We're not aloud to go into Honolulu because its not part of our zone.  So most of the time I just play with my Kendama (a catch game).   We have quite a mix of races in our ward.  It's way cool.  I'm learning lots about the cultures.   Many of members in KPT are Chuukese, Marshalese or Samoan.  Most of them are less active and it think the biggest problem is that church is at 9:00am and Micronesians like to sleep.  They seriously just sleep all the time.   This area was recently white washed too so the ward list pretty much sucks and so does the area book.  We are working on making it better.   Well, I have to go.... so I love you guys and I'll be seeing you later.

Love Elder Shoemaker

My new companion!