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Luke A. Powell
Hawaii Honolulu Mission
1500 South Beretania St. Suite #416
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826

Monday, December 29, 2014


Dear Ohana!

Wow, sounds like quite the eventful week! The Messiah sounds like it was amazing as usual!
Overall I don't have a ton to update on. Honestly this week has been pretty rough. Besides just the usual stresses of missionary work it has been difficult to really do much of anything with any of our investigators, Less-active members, or well anyone for that matter because everyone is either preparing for, left to the main land for or just doing anything and everything else besides talking to missionaries for Christmas! haha! Soo... it's been a little odd but we do have an AWESOME military couple who is having us over on Christmas day to Skype you guys and hang out for a bit since they also are far from home and family so them and one of our single members in the Elders Quorum who's family is all in the mainland will all be spending at least part of Christmas together in our own little island of misfit toys! :) haha! but yeah, I'm SUPER excited to get to see all of you and talk and hopefully my ramblings will make slightly more sense than they do in my weekly e-mails... maybe... but no promises! haha! anyway, much love and aloha!! Don't forget to be awesome!! :D

-Elder Powell

p.s. one of the oddest sensations has to be having one sock completely soaked and the other dry and I'm learning that while standing here at the library computer.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Crazy week and crazy people


First off I apologize for the rushed and unexplainably odd e-mail last week. While I would LOVE to send you a nice simple and normal e-mail this week... well simple and normal as you well know are not things which us Powell's do too well! haha

Now then, on to my crazy week!! As referred to earlier in this e-mail, this week was much less than normal! It started out odd because our p-day which was supposed to be pushed back to Tuesday to accommodate our Temple trip got moved back to Monday AFTER we had already planned three lessons for that day! So oddly enough p-day was our most productive day that whole week including two with member lessons a less-active visit and a new investigator, who is VERY solid but we may or may not run into some trouble…

Our crazy week didn't stop after just an odd p-day however. Towards the end of our p-day we found out that the temple trip WAS back on! So we spent most of our day Tuesday at the Laie Temple which of course was AMAZING!! :D And then Wednesday we had service on the Pearl Harbor however they only could have so many go and so ONE companionship from our whole zone had to stay and well... of course that was us :P Anyway, we ended up doing a little exchange that day so Elder Manning could go since he's been off island for a while and hasn't done it in a long time and I just walked about the streets of Kane'ohe with Elder Bergman. And then Thursday we got the opportunity to go to the PCC Christmas Lagoon if we brought and investigator so that was GREAT!! Definitely not their most amazing show but still it was free and it was fun! One of my favorite parts was the "Brazilian dance"!! :) (don't ask me why they had that at the Polynesian Cultural Center as well as "dances" from France and India... but it's was cool none the less! haha!

Anyway, the Friday was filled with.... well literal crazy people! haha! We started off the day with an extra-long zone meeting which ended up getting a little crazy, we have some funny zone leaders but they're cool! haha! And then our dinner had to cancel because the bank that the wife works at got robbed, and then later that day while visiting a less-active member we found out that it was one of those less-active member’s friends that robbed the bank!!!

 And then later we ran into a crazy person who was making all sorts of weird signs and saying things like "your name tags mean nothing to me" and "you don't have to keep secrets from me!" and well we found out later from a person we just happened to street contact who ended up knowing the crazy guy making those signs that apparently that guy thought he was the all mighty, Pharaoh, and Mohammed, and Christ, and was trying to put a curse on us... so as if that wasn't weird enough we found out that his friend who we street contacted into worshiped the Sun and thought that "God is the Sun, the Earth is the Mother, and the moon is their wedding ring." ....and it ended up he's a member as well! So yeah... we're definitely getting missionaries over to talk to him cause he was very nice and just had some well... interesting ideas about things. Anyway, then to wrap up that day we went to one of our investigators houses to try and visit with him and found out that he was going to visit a friend of his who was here from Egypt who was going to be sacrificing a lamb for his son’s birth... so that was very exciting! :P

Anyway, I also ended up getting a call late Thursday night from Bishop asking if I could throw together a number for church THAT Sunday!! So, I spent most of Saturday frantically practicing with Sis. Sampaio and we pulled together a very nice arrangement of Gesu Bambino. It felt GREAT to sing again! It'd been WAY too long! haha! anyway, so that's the condensed version of my CRAZY week! I've gotta run now - stay strong, carry on, and don't forget to be awesome!! :)
Mele Kelikimaka!

-Elder Powell

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Summarizing - No down time


So, sorry but this is going to be CRAZY!!!! Apparently the library closes MUCH earlier than expected and as such I am left with practically NO time to write much, but as a quick response...

It has remained very hot and very wet out here as tropical islands tend to do no matter what month of the year. (although it has cooled down SIGNIFICANTLY at night! and by significantly I mean it gets to maybe 75 but that's pretty cold for out here!) As for my week well, here's the very short, un-descriptive paragraph I sent to Elder Evans a couple minutes ago! :P haha!.

"Anyway, yeah it's been a CRAZY week! Basically summarizing it in a few sentences. We lost our investigators with baptismal dates, hooked up two of our single members for their first "date", found a homeless member and checked him into detox and rehab where he only stayed for a total of 1/2 a day (so that's still a fun work in progress) got THREE reactivation! (hopefully I didn't just jinx it and they all stop coming again!), got a member referral that turned into a new investigator with VERY GOOD outlooks, watched a Christmas parade (and drew more attention to ourselves than the people marching in the parade! haha!) We went fishing, went to the temple (AMAZING of course) are going to Pearl Harbor tomorrow had two amazing sessions of stake conference followed by a special missionary fireside given by a visiting GA (Elder Johnson from the Seventy) and now I'm trying to e-mail everyone with the library closing in 15 minutes!! WHOO!!! Life never slows down! :) haha! Anyway, much love and Mahalos!! DFTBA!!"

Anyway, I love you all and promise I will send MANY pictures and much more details next week of the crazy week we've been having and are continuing to have this week! I guess no down time is a good thing in the mission though! haha!

Aloha Nui Loa!

-Elder Powell

Sunday, December 7, 2014

STAYING - Football - Charlie Brown

Aloha Family and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I hope everyone had an Ono thanksgiving week filled with many grindz and relaxation! It is exciting to hear about all the family gathering together and brings back many great memories. Oh and tell Brian if he wants something to do he could respond to the e-mail I sent him two weeks ago! :P haha! We also had the great pleasure out here of making new memories and enjoying some thanksgiving traditions Hawaiian style with the beautiful people of Kane'ohe! :)  Speaking of which I found out that I AM staying here in Kane'ohe at least one more transfer so I'll be here for Christmas, New Years and Dad's birthday! haha!
with Sis. Tani

 Honestly, I kind of have mixed feelings about all that stuff with transfers just because I LOVE Kane'ohe and the members and am VERY excited to be able to spend Christmas with them, but at the same time … I'm honestly starting to forget that there's more to the Hawaii Mission than just Kane'ohe. I'm starting to feel almost more just like a ward member than a missionary sometimes! If that makes any sense :P haha! BUT We did have some VERY exciting progress in this area in the last week!!  So I don't know if I mentioned last week that we were having a dinner/lesson at a member’s house and they had over one of our investigator families as well? Well it did happen and long story short the Mom and her two kids over 8 all agreed to be baptized and we put them on date for Dec 27th!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOHOO!!!!!!!

Also we have another family (our dinner tonight actually) who has a friend that expressed desires to get baptized without ANYONE pushing him or anything!! So that's super exciting!! haha! We've only met him once at the Thanksgiving activities at the church but the member we were talking to about him said that she thinks he could be baptized by the end of the year!! So that's also super exciting!! :D

Anyway, I just realized I never even talked about Thanksgiving! :P hahaha! So yeah, thanksgiving day was GREAT! As you might image we weren't really able to do much so we really just cruised with members all day. We actually got up "SUPER EARLY" (according to our members) or just a half hour earlier than normal for us :P haha! to go play turkey bowl with the ward! :) We were hoping for a lot bigger turn out especially with non-members and LA's but we still had a blast (and don't worry mom it was flag and in fact pretty much any contact made was a minimum five yard penalty! haha!) But it was fun no matter what! I actually made a pretty cool 20ish yard run which was awesome! (although we still ended up turning over the ball and getting destroyed by the other team! haha!) But anyway, after a little morning exercise we cleaned up and went over to the stake center to start the days grinding! We had a ward lunch-in with CHOKE food!! (choke- pidgin for "a lot") and yet we had pretty much our average turn out for activities which is about 30. Consisting primarily of the bishopric, single sisters, and young couples with no family (or missionaries with no family! haha) but it was still very enjoyable and VERY good food!!
apparently this coconut tree got pretty kanak attacked as well

 So then after that I got MAJOR kanak attack and we went home, took a short nap, and then wrote thank you cards to a bunch of the members and ran all around town delivering them and wishing everyone a happy thanksgiving! :) But the best part had to be our dinner! We went to the Kapele's, this old traditional sort of Hawaiian family! While the food (for the most part) was of a more traditional mainland style it was still prepared INCREDIBLY!! I'm telling you Hawaiian's know how to cook!! (oh speaking of which, fun fact... two pairs of pants don't fit me anymore and the other two are getting tight... so hopefully I can get those let out soon. :P haha!) Anyway, they had an entire party so there was plenty of food and good people to talk to and overall just a great thanksgiving! :) 

It has been hard though with the holidays not only to stay focused as missionaries but for the members and investigators and everyone to focus at all on missionary work or learning or anything so that's been kind of hard but of course the church being as INCREDIBLE as it is has the PERFECT solution for that! :) He is the Gift!! I'm sure you are familiar with the video and cards by this point but if not GET FAMILIAR AND GET SHARING IT!!! It's hard to miss. Just go on lds.org and it's kind of dead center on the home page! haha! anyway, I'm VERY exciting for that and hopefully it will have some good effects on the mission work as well but if not at least it can help us all to keep our selves a little more focused on the true meaning of Christmas! (that and Charlie Brown Christmas, that always helps me to focus on the true meaning of Christmas as well! :) haha) Anyway, we've gotta get going but I love you all and know that I am VERY thankful for each and every one of you and for your prayers on our behalf! Time is still creeping by slowly as ever and yet it goes by! haha! I wish you all the best! Don't forget to be awesome! Mahalo and Aloha Nui Loa! :)

-Elder Powell
Click here He is the gift to watch the video Luke mentions  
SotW: John 3:16 (see He is the Gift card)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"A successful missionary" - Grinding - Hangin' with a hippie

As for everything here out in the middle of the pacific, all is well! We're coming up on the end of yet another transfer (they go by SO FAST!! ...okay, well maybe not that fast but they still go by... haha!) So by Saturday I should know if I will be fortunate enough to spend Christmas here in beautiful Kane'ohe or if I will be getting transferred somewhere else in the Island chain. But that's still a ways away for so while I'm still here in Kane'ohe we have still been making the most of every day!

Honestly this last week was kind of interesting. It's been a pretty slow one to say the least and yet it's been just as successful (if you want a good definition of what a successful week really is for missionaries I'd suggest turning to PMG ch.1 "a successful missionary”) Anyway, so that's been something we've been having to really focus on is that even if there's no real "progress" being made in the area with investigators or less-actives that we are doing our part and performing the labor to which we have been called (see Moroni 9:6 or my mission plaque) and so that's good enough for me I guess.

Anyway, while I honestly don't have much else to report on from the past week we do have some great things to look forward to in the coming week! Tonight we have a dinner/FHE with one of the members of our bishopric and his daughter who is really good friends with one of our investigator families so they're all going to be there and it's going to be great grinds and a great spirit and I'm just super excited for that! :D Also we might be going fishing with our other investigator, S. so that will be fun! Although I probably won't be fishing too much he did say he'd bring his Ukes as well so we can jam together! :) (he's REALLY good!) and then of course we have Thanksgiving!!! and as you might imagine here in Hawaii, we're gonna be spending almost the entire day just grinding!!!!
(grind- (n) pidgin for a large amount of different foods, (v) the act of eating said food. i.e. "Bra! They get all kine grind here!" other forms: grinds, grind-ing)
So yeah I'm super excited for that! I'm actually kind of getting a taste and appreciation for the local food here (Kalua pig, chicken long rice, squid luau, poi) although I'm still not quite use to the texture of Poke (raw fish). But anyway, yeah so that's kind of been my life here in the islands for the week! love you all and hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!!

Stay strong, carry on, and Don't forget to be awesome!! :D

-Elder Powell

SotW: 3 Nephi 18:10-12 (or 1-14) good to study with Moroni ch. 4&5

p.s. the pictures are me and Elder Manning having a blast at a 1yr old birthday party for some members in our ward! They go ALL out for those things! I've been to two so far and both were AMAZING!! Anyway, the other one we're just chilling with the live entertainment at said party who happened to be the most stereotypical hippie I've ever met! Also a very nice guy! haha! He kind of reminded me or the episode of Psych with the Polar Bear, a great one to watch by the way if you ever get bored! haha! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Nature of Light

Aloha Ohana!

So this week has been super crazy cause Elder Manning had to go into town a few times so that took a lot of time and yet we still managed to have one of the most successful weeks in a long time!! We taught 12 lessons to less-active members and 4 lessons to investigators with a member present! which is GREAT for this area! anyway, yeah, I also had a great experience last night as I took the time to follow grandpa's invitation and ponder and meditate a bit in honor of his anniversary of first landing in Tonga. Anyway, of course I ended up just star gazing and actually had some pretty cool insights about the nature of light and yeah, I don't have time to elaborate too much on it but I'm going to write a letter to GrGr and maybe he can share that with you somehow.

Anyway, I love you all and I hope you know that I am praying for you always! I'm so happy to hear that Az has been so greatly blessed with yet another beautiful temple! Be sure you all go there as much as possible!!!! Have a great week! Stay strong, carry on, and don't forget to be awesome! :D

-Elder Powell

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Homeless - Oscars - Google Translate


Man it's so weird every time you guys say "Maddy is doing this, or Maddy is doing that." it seems like not that long ago she had just left and then to get the whole e-mail addressed to just me and well yeah it's all still taking a little adjusting to, and I'm not even the one that went home! haha! anyway, It really does fly by! I can't believe I've almost been out 4 months already and that's not including my mini-mission! I think I've said this before but the days here are SO long and yet some how each week disappears before you know it's gone and you find yourself back at the library next to your companion, e-mailing home and realizing you have nothing to write about and so you begin to ramble about situations leading up to you coming to the library and then realize you've caught up to yourself in real time already and are forced to end your extremely long sentence. (yeah... I think that made sense? I don't know, I'm just not going to re-read it and leave the interpreting part in your hands. Hope you've all got your Urim and Thummims!)

So anyway, onto real news! this week has been just another average week in Kane'ohe. Still just visiting less-actives, part-members, and active members and trying to find solid investigators from any source possible! It has gotten to the point where I kind of want to just get a soup box and stand on the street corner and preach... but well... all that would attract are the crazy homeless people that we already attract so well and talk to and pray with all the time anyway. They're great! (well most of the time anyway.) It's funny because with how much walking around town we do I wouldn't be surprised if people around here just assume we are homeless as well! haha! But anyway, back to the not quite so homeless people!

We had an AMAZING lesson this last week with S! He's still really been struggling with the idea of only ONE true church and that he can't get baptized and be a part of ALL of them because well, that's just the kind of loving and accepting guy that he is! His door is always open to everybody! Even us crazy homeless Mormon missionaries! haha! But anyway, so we watched the movie Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration with him (keep an eye out for this one at the Oscars during the millennium! It's a great one!) and afterwards the spirit was SOO incredibly strong!! and we were just baring our testimonies and it was just amazing! anyway, so we'll see if he keeps the commitment this time to actually read and pray about the Book of Mormon, but he was very sincere in taking it so we are hopeful! :) We also helped him download the Gospel Library app and he just LOVES that! Even if he mostly only uses it for the Bible and not the BoM, the Bible is still a great book and the app is still a great app!! haha! I'm SUPER excited and anxious to get iPads mostly just for that app and all the resources there in! haha

Anyway, I've probably taken too long already, we've gotta get going, but I love you all and miss you every day. As well I love the Lord and so I must bid you all adieu! Until we e-mail again!

Don't Forget to be AWESOME!!!

Aloha Nui Loa!

-Elder Powell

p.s. I've come to the decision that the Book of Mormon would have been much more interesting and entertaining to read had Joseph Smith translated it using Google Translate! 

p.p.s. Pictures: Kane'ohe zone at our combined zone conference with Mililani, and also just running into a familiar face at that same meeting! :) haha

Monday, November 3, 2014

On the winward side - little plant cells - wild chickens

WELCOME HOME MADDY!!!!!! And as well Aloha to the rest of the family!!
I'm not going to lie it's been SUPER weird this last week thinking that Maddy is now home and well... back to normal life! (or about as close to normal as I guess you can get in the Powell home! haha) But yeah, so anyway, it's great to hear about all your updates and adventures back home!! It is also fun to hear about the updates and adventures on the Perkins family!! Thank you Dad for all you do!! :)

As for out here in bright and sunny Kane'ohe it's been.. well not too bright and sunny.. as you might guess it's actually been rather dark and rainy! haha! But that's what it's like on the windward side! A TON of rain! :) anyway, this week has just been overloaded with all sorts of amazing stuff that I just can't even begin to know where to start. As far as progress in the work it is definitely still edging along slowly but again every week as we take time to just keep on pushing forward and "Carry on" we find that well, it does progress!

 I actually had a long and very nice conversation last night with Elder Manning (by the way dad I did ask him and he did not recognize any of those Manning names although, to be fair not everyone is quite as up to date on their 5th great grandparents as you are! haha!) but anyway, so we were talking about faith and testimonies and everything and well I kind of made a comparison that I just realized works pretty well for missionary work too! I still can't explain it too well but ... see if this makes any sense.

Faith grows like a little seen right? Well how is it that plants grow? One tiny little plant cell at a time! Sometimes we expect to see big changes or giant growths in a single moment but that's simply not how it works! It more often grows again one, immeasurably small, cell at a time. And just as a botanist would find it extremely frustrating and difficult to observe, measure and record every single cell division that occurs in the growth of a seed into a giant tree so it can also often be difficult, frustrating and discouraging if we are trying to measure and record every single bit of spiritual growth (or growth in the mission area in this case) and in fact it can sometimes be detrimental to the growth of that plant (or spirit). Instead we must have faith that if we continue to water and take care of the plant making sure that it is always in direct contact with the light (reading scriptures, praying, attending church, and doing all things to continue a direct line of revelation between us and our Heavenly Father) than without having to measure each step we can know that IT WILL GROW!! and so... well that's kind of how I've been having to take this area of my mission. While we are not seeing much growth and we definitely have no sign of fruits in sight we're simple moving forward with faith that somewhere some tiny little cell of faith is growing and we are helping to provide the water and light that it needs to continue its slow and yet steady growth back to our Father in Heaven!

Anyway, I hope that all made sense! so yeah, I guess that kind of sums up everything for week 2 of transfer 3 in Kane'ohe Hawaii, in the HAWAII HONOLULU MISSION! THE GREATEST MISSION IN THE WORLD!! :D

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Keep on doing what you are doing, press forward with faith in good things to come, welcome home again Maddy, and to everyone, don’t forget to be awesome!! :D

Aloha Nui Loa!
-Elder Powell

I haven't done a SotW in a while!! So.. yeah, 2 Nephi 28:32 (a great one for those eternal investigators! :) haha)

my makeshift scripture case
This random Chicken we found that some how got SUPER high up in this tree and it was just kind of funny! :) haha Joe you would LOVE Hawaii, there are TONS of just wild chickens running all over and it's totally legal and normal to just chase one down and kill it and eat it! In fact my companion has been talking about getting one soon so we might be having a chicken dinner soon! hahaha!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Walking, talking and other stuff

random scenic shot from a small hike we did
Man!! that's crazy!! Maddy is going to be home so soon!!! for me the end of my mission still seems forever away!!! haha! And yet I've already gone through 1/8th of it!! I know that's not a lot but still it is pretty crazy how time moves! (but I already gave my whole spiel on femto-seconds so I'll spare you the quantum physics this time. :) haha) Anyway, Aloha Maddy and welcome home! I anxiously await the day we will all be together again when I return home (although not TOO anxiously... I'm just getting started! :) haha!) 

So as for everything here in beautiful briny Kaneohe (not the bottom of the sea) everything is going great! Elder Manning is a GREAT missionary and while we still are struggling to get as much done as we would like to cause of walking and.. well.. other peoples agency :P We have had more lessons this week than the past few and have been continuing to try and help the members in doing their own missionary work (since they're not confined to a specific area or zone. haha) and so that's been great!

Elder Powell and Elder Manning
One of the biggest highlights of the week though has to have been the ward Trunk or Treat this last Saturday!! It was a BLAST!! and not only that but it was SUPER successful on the missionary effort side of it as well!! We had multiple less active, part member and even fully non-member families come out and they all had a blast and some of them came to church the next day as well so that was GREAT! We're definitely going to continue to follow-up with those that came and hopefully they can keep coming out and get baptized and then tell their friends and they will get baptized and eventually by the end of the transfer they'll have to split our one ward into two stakes because everyone will be super active and they'll build a new Kaneohe Temple and the church head-quarters will move out here and..... well something like that will happen.. maybe? haha!

Anyway, yeah so that's basically the main highlight of the week not including all of the usual walking, talking and other stuff that we do every week! haha! anyway, so yeah, hope you all have a great week! Sorry this week is kind of short but well, I don't really know what else to write about! haha! But yeah hope you all have an amazing week to follow! again, welcome home Maddy, congratulations Ben, and as always, don't forget to be awesome!! :)

Aloha Nui Loa!
-Elder Powell

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hurricane number 3 - New Companion - Always Remember

Aloha Ohana!!!

Sounds like an extra odd week on your end and to be honest it has been no less odd for us over here! This last week has actually had quite a few odd highlights so yeah, I guess I'll just get started and hope the whole e-mail makes some sort of sense.

So first off probably the biggest news on the actual News is that of our third "Hurricane" in the last three months... but as you might imagine, this one was also rather disappointing. not that not being hit by a giant hurricane is a bad thing, it just was another big scare over something that wasn't that big of a deal, the storm blew just below Oahu I guess so really we just got all the outskirts of the storm which still had it's own little bit of excitement. No crazy winds or anything, just a gentle breeze, and also no heavy down poor and  flooding, but it did rain quite a bit... and by quite a bit I mean A LOT!! As a matter of fact it rained for about 34ish hours strait! It was kind of incredible!! I just kept thinking "man it's gotta run out at some point but it wasn't until just before we were going to bed last night that it actually did!! So yeah, we had multiple "flash flood" warnings go off on everyone's phone during church yesterday which made for an interesting sacrament meeting (at least it kept everyone awake! haha) but despite the warnings no actual flash floods, just the river running and little higher. :) Anyway, rain never stopped the work of Salvation! Sure enough despite all the rain we still got plenty of walking and working done! :)

So we had transfers this week and I'm still here in the "Faithful Fighting Kaneohe 4th ward!" (as our Bishop likes to call it) but Elder Basag got transferred! He's over in Wahiwa in the Mililani stake kind of north shore area of the island and actually is companions with Elder Shalvis, a missionary that was in our district my first transfer here so they're doing great and he's enjoying being in an area where he can teach more Filipino people. :) As for me, my new companion is Elder Manning (no dad, no relation to Eli or Peyton as he has to reassure EVERYONE that we talk to! :P haha!) anyway, yeah he's a cool guy! He's from Utah, he's been out 6 months now so we're both pretty young in mission age, but he's a great missionary! He actually just got transferred over here from Lanai (that tiny little island under Maui with only two Elders on the whole island!) so that's pretty awesome! there's only a small town about 1 square mile long on the whole island so yeah it's a bit of a change for him to be back here on Oahu but we're both adjusting to the change and just doing our best to lose ourselves in the work! :)

Anyway, running a little short of time here, but real quick one thing that really stuck out to me first (and I won't give any names or details for privacy sake) but one of our members after coming to a lesson with us told us some of his life story and well the main thing I got from it is when we're faced with trials I think part of why we are allowed to suffer through them is because when we do over come them we can then in turn help others through theirs! Anyway, it's just a REALLY incredible story but again I just am gonna hold off on details. Anyway, also something that really stuck out from church and throughout the week is that we need to ALWAYS remember both who we are and our potential, BUT also ALWAYS remember that everyone around you... EVERYONE no matter the circumstances of their lives or their choices is entitled to the same royal and celestial inheritance that we have been promised!! NEVER assume that because we are members makes us "choice people" or "greater than those around us" because while we may be closer to achieving our divine inheritance, everyone is entitled to it and God is no respecter of men! He see everyone as his children and his sons and daughters and he loves them ALL, EQUALLY! If you want a perfect BoM example of this I'd suggest Alma 31 - 32 (the story continues through chapter 35 but those are the main two)

well hey I'm about to get kicked off the computer so I've gotta wrap this up but anyway, I love you all so much and pray for you every day and night! keep on doing what you do and as always don't forget to be awesome AND don't forget who you are!! :)

-Elder Powell

p.s. I went to send a picture of me and Elder Manning and realized I don't have one yet!! hahaha! So I just took a picture of him standing next to me e-mailing his family... so yeah, that's my new companion! :) hahaha! Also a picture of saying goodbye to Elder Basag at transfers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Magniloquent language

Well as far as this week goes for us over here on the islands, it's been a rather interesting week.  I spent most of the beginning of the week inside being sick and then most of the middle of the week inside with a terrible headache. Anyway, I just concluded that Voldemort was somewhere close by so I destroyed a couple lockets and Diadems, stabbed my companions journal with a basilisk fang and called it good and we went back to work! :) And as far as that work goes we're still just rather trudging along, BUT I did find out yesterday that we'll be getting a fresh pair of feet here in Kaneohe soon!! Transfers are this Wednesday and Elder Basag is leaving!! It's bittersweet for both of us as it always is but also exciting to get a new set of eyes in the area and see what work needs to get done and then DO IT! :)

 ...as part of my continuing effort to gain that testimony (and also because there was a challenge issued by Sister Warner) I started reading Jesus the Christ just this week and WOW it's amazing! :) It's super hard to read and has an abundance of rather magniloquent language (I don't even think I used that right) but it's super awesome! :)

Well I've gotta run, but I love you all! Happy Birthday Mom!! You have done more for me than I could ever put into words! No matter how magniloquent those words are! :) haha Keep doing what you do and don't forget to be awesome! :)

-Elder Powell

and check out this cool website too Because of Him

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Climbing trees - WE NEED YOUR HELP - Be Prepared!

Dear family!

IT'S CONFERENCE WEEKEND!! WHOOHOO!!!! well... I guess it WAS at least... so maybe I should be cheering in reverse. !!!OOHOOHW Anyway, sorry I’m being so weird but well... I'm pretty sure I can blame most of that on the family I was raised in! :) haha! Love you all! ANYWAY, back on topic! Conference was AMAZING! :) I especially appreciated all the talks in Priesthood session as always as well as Elder Bednar's talk Sunday afternoon! Anyway, speaking of this week, it's the last week of the transfer!! which means two things! I've almost been out for three months already!! (not including my mini-mission!!) And I will probably be getting a new companion if not a new area very soon!! Crazy how time flies by! One femto-second at a time. :) So yeah, that's pretty crazy.

We also had a crazy awesome experience with ever more service this week! First going back to Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri to wipe down all the hand rails on the entire ship! And then also doing this huge service project for a member in our Zone Leaders ward. It was crazy how much they trusted us because the project was cutting down GIANT tree's! which I've done before but... on flat land, in the middle of a forest! This was on a steep hill right next to two houses!! IT was CRAZY! Although I really did appreciate the chance to climb the trees and use my knot tying skills (thank you Brother Bang!) to get the rope and everything so it fell the way we wanted it too! :) Anyway, it was SUPER physically demanding but also super fun! 

So yeah, that's most of our missionary news, aside from that we're still just doing everything we can to find people to teach (which not too much success as of now) and also working with a lot of the members trying to get them a little more excited about names as well! I hope you all back home are doing everything you can to help find the missionaries people to teach! WE NEED YOUR HELP! It's SO hard without the members! I've heard from some of my missionary friends back home that the Awatukee Zone (the zone we're in in the Tempe Mission) is actually the hardest and slowest zone in the mission!! And mostly for the same reason it's slow here in our area, we simply cannot find people to teach!! SO I'd hope all the members back home are doing everything they can to help in that finding effort!! because us missionaries need all the help we can get! As one of our members in Yuma once wisely told me after giving us a referral, "I found them now you teach them!" haha! and it works! We are MORE than happy to teach anyone but we need your help finding!

Well I would be remiss if I didn't include a quick message regarding conference in this e-mail as well. While there were MANY highlights (people giving talks in their native language, Elder Bednar addressing his entire talk exclusively to non-members, the missionary choir, etc.) I think one of my favorite parts in any conference is listening to how different themes sort of unintentionally form and one that definitely formed in this last conference was that of being PREPARED!!  Scout motto! BE PREPARED!! and not just temporally (food storage, reserve funds, fast offerings, etc.) but also spiritually! I really liked how probably the most quoted scripture at this conference was Hel. 5:12. It's always been a good one but ESPECIALLY with the way things are going in the world we NEED to be built on the foundation of Christ! If you don't have a testimony of him and his Atonement, GET ONE!!! For some reason as I reflected on all of this a song came to mind that we've sung multiple times in ward choir and one that's always been my favorite, I testify of Jesus Christ. Specifically one line that REALLY stuck out, "When with all flesh mine eyes shall see, my God my unseen comforter, my witness than shall not exceed the truth I know this day." Or something along those lines. But I just LOVE how firm a statement that is! I know that is definitely the kind of testimony I am striving for that I can be prepared to one day see him again and when I do I can say that "my witness then shall not exceed the truth I know this day!" :) 

Well yeah, anyway, I've gotta get going, but I love you all! Keep on doing what you do! Send my love to the ward and to all the family! Have a great week and don't forget to be awesome! :)

-Elder Powell

SotW: HEL. 5:12! duhh! haha

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