Monday, May 27, 2013

...a little shindig

Area: Pukalani
Companion: Elder Clark 

Hey how are all you guys doing? It's weird how cousins camp will be starting soon but I wont be there, but whatever. This week has been pretty good I guess. The people that we are trying to get baptized aren't looking so hot. Everything is just all pretty slow. But its all pretty good. That picture with all the people is when we had dinner up at the Pulehu Chapel, and the Wunders and Kapisi's and Keanini's and Hee's were all there.  It was quite a little shindig. 

Hiked the Waihee ridge trail again this morning.  I really like that hike and at the top we were just up in a cloud. I can't think of much else to say. Makawao had a good baptism, Ikaika got baptized. Sorry, my  brains kinda fried.  I feel like my emails keep on getting smaller and smaller. I love you guys.  Sorry gots to go.

Elder Shoemaker

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

....A Workin' Missionary

Area: Pukalani
Companion: Elder Clark

hOwDy people. This week has been pretty good, We did a lot of service. We had to help some people dig out some old grass and put in new grass. I was the one manning the pick axe so I got blisters on my hand. I  got so dirty I was pretty much black. Then we had to help our old Bishop with some of his stuff cuz he's moving to Arizona. We had to take out the really heavy table and the couches and the wash and dryer. .......And o' man those were a doozy. We also had to help him to re-roof his house. .......And o' man those roofing tiles are heavy! Especially because we had to take them up ladders to the roof. Then when I was on exchanges in Makawao the other day with Elder Bailey we were cutting cane grass. Cane grass is the devil bro. The dude gives me this old rusty bayonet, Elder Bailey got a cane knife. So we just go at it, they didn't have gloves so my hands were getting all cut up from the cane grass.   The blisters that I had from the pick axe were getting all cut up to so I was a little iron deficient for a little while. Then the other day we worked on the roof some more and that was kinda sketchy.  I was right next to the edge the entire time.

One of the pictures is Pulehu just chillin in a cloud,

 the other one is just a sun set that looked nice

and the other one is the view from the drive down from Haleakala.

I'm on exchanges with Elder King today from Makawao, and we get to go on a Zone exchange also for tomorrow. I'll probably go to Lahaina in the Tongan ward maybe.

Thanks for the video that was pretty cool! ....and good job with the Ogden Marathon Dad! O yea and thanks for the package that you sent me. I liked the CD and the pens and the decoration and the picture. It was pretty nice! That's cool that Landon is life-guarding, it probably feels good to be guarding lives.

Makawao has a baptism this Saturday, they haven't had one for a while so that's cool, His name is Ikaika. O yea and we had President interviews this week and we had an AP with us for a day. President Dalton goes home pretty soon, I'm sure it will be different with a new Mission President.

Its been really kinda cloudy and rainy in upcountry for a little while. I actually think its pretty nice.

The end of the transfer is coming pretty soon, so that means that I probably be going back to Oahu. I think it will be good, because I'll probably be spending most of my mission there, so I should probably start to get to know Oahu and that cities there and stuff. I'm sure I'll be back to Maui for sure.  But thank you guys for everything that you do for me! I Love you guys so much. I'll see you guys when I'm pau hana. {Actual Hawaiian phrase. Means "after work"}

Elder Tanner Shoemaker

Monday, May 13, 2013

Just another day in Paradise

 Area: Pukalani
Companion: Elder Clark 

Hey hows it going again? Today, I guess, was just another day in paradise. Drove up to Haleakala, the sunrise kinda sucked this time. You couldn't even see it because we were actually in a cloud and its kinda wet when your inside of a cloud.

Its cool hearing Josh talk and stuff. You should have just sent me the whole video that would have been nice.

Sorry I wasn't able to face time either, but it sounds like everyone is doing good. It was a good Mothers Day over here, had lamb, turkey, pork, and lots of salad.   There was just a lot of food last night. Oh man and they also had guava cheese cake mmmm yummy that was pretty dang good.  I don't really even know if I was able to answer all your questions.  It didn't feel like we had a very long time to talk and stuff.

Ran into a preacher this week who wanted to Bible bash.  Elder Clark and I were like were not here to argue we just want to say a prayer.  The preacher said he would say it and he talked about ripping our hearts out and washing it.  It was pretty weird, but I was able to hold the preachers daughters hand for like 2 minutes because we were all holding hands, so I guess that's a plus!!

Sorry I wasn't able to speak Hawaiian, its a hard language ok. I have a Hawaiian B O M and read the words but i don't understand what its saying. Some people actually pray in Hawaiian and that's pretty cool to listen too.

We had to teach Elders Quorum yesterday because  most of the Elders were teaching in Primary because it was Mothers Day.

Last night at like 8pm, Elder Clark and I had to go back to the church to do some stuff.   I just decided to look at the view last night and watch the clouds eb and flow as they traveled across the sky. It was quite relaxing. Looking down at Kahului from Pukalani at night reminds me of driving out of Sardine Canyon at night time and seeing the lights of Logan as we drove out. I don't know if you understand, but we've got a killer view from up in our area. I think are pad is like 3,000 feet above sea level.   Last night I was sleeping in a cloud literally.  The clouds are different here I think or maybe its just me I dunno.

O yea, I'm also learning how to play the Ukulele.  I figured it was only right as so many people play those things around here. Even some times as a musical number and stuff.

We're teaching Donna and Juliet later today at like 5pm.  We have set up a baptism calendar with them. So if they stay on track they will be baptized sometime next month. So Shoots (they say that a lot over here) I guess I'll see you guys around.

Love, Elder Shoemaker

Monday, May 6, 2013

Keeping Steady

Area: Pukalani
Companion: Elder Clark 
Hey Mommy and Daddy and family how the heck are you guys doing?! Church is at 1:00 PM Hawaiian Time, so plan accordingly for Mother's Day. 
This week has been pretty good, we didn't have a whole lot of progress but things are still working out. I got that package with all the clothes in it, it was really sweet. I'm glad that you guys had a good time at that women's conference thingy ma bob. 
We got a new Bishopric last Sunday because the current Bishop is moving to Arizona.  So now we got Bishop Keala, and the brother Van Zweeden as first councilor and Brother Birtch second councilor. 
We were going to go up and watch the Haleakala sunrise again today but its too rainy and cloudy it would probably garbage up there. 
They cut back the amount of miles we can drive, so now the work will be going a lot slower for us, because now we have to be constantly trying to conserve our miles. A lot of times we just park our car and walk where ever we need to go, because we don't got no bikes. 
Dad I see people hang gliding and para gliding off of Haleakala so I thought you would be interested in that.
I hope that Grandpa starts doing better! 
Things have been going good just a little slower, nothing monumental happened this week. Most of our lessons fell through and most of our with dates are not following through, but its still all good! 
I can't think of much else to say...... so much Aloha.
Elder Tanner Christian Shoemaker