Sunday, July 20, 2014

Update July 14, 2014

Week 21

Aloha everyone!
Its been a VERY hot week here! We have hit high 90s several days this week. We have seen many opportunities to serve and to teach. But I think my time here in the Kaimuki Ward is coming to an end. All indications lean towards me leaving at the end of this transfer (July 30th) and training. I have mixed emotions about the thought of leaving Kaimuki but I think im ready. I think ive done what I was called her to do.

This week was busy as always.
Monday was a pretty average P-day for us then we had dinner with our Bishop's family. He and his family will be moving to Salt Lake City come the end of the month so it will be hard to loose him!

Tuesday was long but ended well. Our Ward had an Emergency Preparedness seminar and the man who came to speak gave everyone some really good tips and it was really cool and very informative! Defiantly will remember those things he talked about when I return home.

Wednesday we did a district flood in the Hawaii Kai area and were able to visit with John and his family. He had come so far from where he was at when he was baptized. Its a blessing to see how well he is doing! We also were able to meet with Richard and he is doing well as always and is preparing to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood!

Thursday was a great day we were able to see a lot of families and its good to see how well there doing. We also were able to meet with Fred! He is so ready! We are set for his baptism on the 2nd of August and he is so prepared!

Friday we spent most of the day at the Kurihara's cleaning up the yard. We trimmed the palm trees, ripped out all the overgrowth, trimmed the plants, and I climbed up into the Mango tree and knocked all the dead branches out. We then were sent home with 20 mangoes! Then at our dinner we got a dozen Lilikoi fruit. Also known as passion fruit. So its safe to assume our fridge is full of fruit right now! Oh and we have a couple coconuts from last week.
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Bananas anyone? no this is not out our pad. thats WAY too many!

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Our mango supply
Saturday we did some more service at the Gulledge's. We weeded the garden and trimmed his coconut trees. We then went to a forth of July party for the Kahala ward.

Sunday was a great day. As always we had dinner at the Kurihara's and had Steak and Bake potatoes! It reminded me of home!

Overall a wonderful week and im continually grateful for the opportunity to serve here in Hawaii. I truly have developed a love for the people here. I love every day and the opportunities I have to serve and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The thoughts I have this week turn to a talk about a man who sells everything and goes to California during the gold rush looking to make a fortune and gets frustrated about how he cant find any nuggets and an old prospector comes along and shows him his pouch. The young man is expecting to see it full of nuggets but is surprised to find that the pouch is full of little flecks of gold. The prospector goes on to say how these small flecks have brought him great wealth. This message can be related to many areas of our lives. Are we constantly seeking those “nuggets” or are we taking the time to see all the flecks around us? In the Book of Mormon in Alma chapter 37 it says:
Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.
Are we seeking out those small in simple things in our lives that we can use to bring to past great things?
I hope you all have had a wonderful week and will have a wonderful week this week. And I hope you will take the time to do those small things that could go along way. I love and miss you all.
With love,
Elder Shoaf
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Constantly have the Military Flying over us

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