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

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!