Sunday, March 1, 2015

Update February 16, 2015: An Emotional Rollercoaster

Week 52

Aloha Everyone!

This has been a great week and for sure a week I will never forget. Probably the turning point in, some cases, for my mission.  I had some very eye opening experiences that I will never forget. We also had some crazy winds come through!  50+ mph it was pretty wild!

This week!

            Monday- was a pretty good P-day as I said last week, football, hike, email, and dinner.

            Tuesday- we had a great District meeting in the morning. The subject I had to train on was the atonement and I prepared my lesson accordingly and went into it not really sure where I wanted to go with it but it worked out really well. We had a great discussion about how there is two sides the forgiving (redeeming) and the preventative (guidance, savior) it was really cool. It’s really fun to be able to have such great discussions! We then went to base to help the Johns family move there Piano upstairs…. That was an adventure but we didn’t die so that’s good! Then we spend about 30 minutes out in the street with their kids riding scooters, skateboards and other things it was pretty fun I’m not gonna lie!

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We found the toys and the masks.....

            Wednesday- was a really eye opening day. And really set the mood for the rest of my mission. I really had to think about why I was out here and things really got put in perspective. I will leave it at that but I will say I am grateful for the support of others and for my family and for my Heavenly Father and his servants. Don’t EVER let anyone tell you there is not hope or you can’t do it. Through our savior Jesus Christ we can do anything. I know it.

            Thursday- was a long day. No one home and a lot on my mind but it ended well with Scripture study at the Laumatia’s  and also got some great and comforting news afterwards.

            Friday- was a pretty good day. We took care of some paper work and errands in the morning then went to a recent convert in Mililani 2nds area to help them set up for a Birthday/Valentine’s day party. Which was fun than we did our studies then visited a few families on base before dinner with Sister Clark and Cole which was really good! They are always entertaining they are from Kentucky and embrace it! The whole day was rainy and the winds start coming in so it was not a good day to be out!

            Saturday was nuts. We went to Ultimate Frisbee in the morning which was in vain. The winds were in excess of 50 mph so it was impossible to throw the Frisbee farther than like 10 feet. And that was a challenge! It was nuts! Then we went to Honolulu to meet with President Warner on somethings which was great. I always love meeting with him! Then spent the afternoon visiting a few people and doing DIY on our pad. Fixed and painted our screen door and some other things!

            Sunday- was a fantastic day we didn’t have any meetings so nothing till 1:30! Which was nice to have the morning to study and reflect. Then I got an awesome call from Elder Ili who told me that he ran into a Girl I starting teaching with the Kurihara’s when I was in Kaimuki over 8 months ago and she got baptized!!!! I had no idea but It made my day!!! Then church was great as always then we had dinner with the Weiss’s and her parents were here and her day is a HUGE BYU fan so we ended up talking a lot of BYU which was nice. He got me caught up on what is going on.

            Overall a great week but an Emotional roller coaster. But ended on top of the world. I am so blessed to be here and to serve the lord. I love this gospel and know it’s true. The Atonement is real and through it we can overcome sin and return to our Heavenly Father. He loves each one of us. He knows what we are going through and where we are struggling and sends the help we need if we turn to him! I see it constantly. We are all here for a reason and can touch those around us.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. I love and miss you all.

Elder Shoaf

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