Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Update December 22, 2014: Mele Kalikimaka!!!

Week 44

Aloha Everyone!
        Its a Rainy day in the low 70s here in Mililani and Wahiawa.

I Hope everyone is excited for CHRISTMAS!!!!! I so pumped to call my familyJ it has been a busy week this week and kind of chaos. We had 2 trips to Honolulu and one to Kapolei and I just found out that BYU lost their Bowl game. So that’s quite the damper on my afternoon.
            This week

            Monday- was a fun P-day fun of shopping and playing sports and games.

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Elder Ili and Snell acting like fools with my Camera. this will teach them:)

            Tuesday- was nerve-racking for me I gave my first training as a district leader and it was on Faith I think it went well though I didn’t have as much time as I would have like to prepare since we had breakfast with a member for Elder Lockwood’s last day. We then spent the day letting him pack then making a bunch of visits then went to the Mililani building for Basketball night! Which was AWESOME!

            Wednesday- we woke up early to sit in rush hour traffic to take Elder Lockwood to Honolulu to drop him off with the group of missionaries that are going home then we went to Pearl Harbor for service which was good. The normal guy wasn’t there so we just washed chairs and tables which was alright. We then had a pretty good afternoon getting settled into the area without elder Lockwood.

            Thursday- we had a service project with the Mililani Elders helping a senior couple clean out and organize their Lanai and Garage. It was fun and they were so grateful! We then had a pretty normal day then a great evening at the Laumatia’s!

            Friday- was a busy day in the morning we had to run over to Kapolei to the Social Security office so I could take care of some paperwork then to the same house as yesterday for service then to Honolulu to pick some things up from the Mission Office. Then did our studies then the day was basically over!

            Saturday- was awesome! We started out by playing Ultimate Frisbee with the Wahiawa 3rd ward then Choir Practice for our Christmas program on Sunday the trying to get my Christmas package home done before the Post office closed! Then made some great visits then back to the Laumatia’s for a thank you dinner for everyone who setup for the Christmas party last week.

            Sunday- was really good our Christmas program went well and no one’s ears were bleeding after we sung so that’s good… then we had a few meetings then finished the day with a great dinner at the Weiss’s house. Brother Weiss served his mission In Palmyra New York so we ended up talking about the Hill Cumorah Pageant most of the night!

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Elder Henderson and Snell on a rainy North shore coast.

            Overall this week was good and I learned a lot about how important it is to make sure you communicate well with those around you as well as constantly checking to make sure you are focusing on others before yourself. I am continuing to learn and grow every day and I am constantly reminded about how we know nothing. The only person that knows everything is our Heavenly Father and we have to remember that and make sure we are seeking his guidance and taking advantage of the Atonement and being Grateful that Jesus Christ made it possible for us to overcome our shortcomings and learn and grow from them.
              I hope we all take the time to remember all that has been given to us. We are so blessed and need to be grateful. At this time of year please take the time to thank those around you, thank our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for all they have done for us, and spend time with your families. I would do anything to be home for Christmas with my family but know I need to be here. I have been asked to serve the Lord for 2 years and I know it will be worth it. It already is. I never once have regretted coming on my mission and you will never regret time spend in the true meaning of Christmas with your love ones close.

I hope everyone has a great week. I Love each and every one of you and want to thank you all for supporting me and for all you have done for me.
Mele Kalikimaka!
With lots of love and Aloha,
Elder Shoaf

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