Man, this week has just been nuts!! We have been all over the place!! And as a result I have a lot to report on in very little time! So I think I will just jump right into it! :)
We started out our week pretty well with a fun and very delicious dinner at a part-member family’s house that we have been working with for a long time. It was good although the football they had on in the back ground and refused to turn off was a little obnoxious and distracting. (I feel very bad for missionaries in other places like Texas or anywhere else where football is taken even half as seriously as it is out here in Hawaii... it is very distracting and disruptive for both members/nonmembers and missionaries a like!) Anyway, unfortunately it appears that the NFL isn't going to stop broadcasting their games on Sunday and Monday nights so I'm just trying to learn to deal with it and work around it..
Tuesday we had a VERY successful day! We taught quite a few of our most progressing families/individuals. Especially W! He is getting really close!! He has almost set a date for his baptism MULTIPLE times now (including at a GREAT dinner/lesson we had with him at our Bishops house last night) But alas he is still moving at the pace that most 70 year olds tend to move at, not to mention the added bonus of being a local born and raised in Kekaha and all the "laid-back-ness" that that seems to entail. Anyway, he will get there! We are shooting for before the end of the year which likely means I will not be here for it unfortunately but as long as it happens that is all that is important! :)
Other than that Wednesday and Thursday were practically completely shot. We spent most of the whole day either in service (which is always a ton of fun!) or traveling to and from Kekaha to other places on the island. We must have racked up over 200miles in just those two days alone as we traveled back and forth and back and forth. First for service, then to shower and change, then to take the car in to get new tires (which were VERY much needed seeing as we were to the point of driving on our spare!) then back because the tire place was closed, then back to Lihue for a baptismal interview (which was a very spiritual experience and always one I feel privileged to participate in!) then spent the night because we still needed to get new tires then finally BACK for the last time to Kekaha just in time for our Book of Mormon study class! It was a lot of driving and VERY exhausting.
But the week wasn't about to slow down for us any time soon! The hectic-ness continued on as we helped to set up and then participated in our wards Halloween party! :) It was different, instead of doing a "trunk-or-treat" like I am used to, they just had a few different auxiliaries set up little things in the classrooms around the church and then the kids went door to door getting candy that way. The kids however couldn't have ALL the fun! So after a delicious dinner of kalua pork we had a lot of fun activities including (and probably every ones favorite) a "rift-off". Basically it's the same as the well loved choir games where you divide up into teams and they give you a word like "rose" or "happy" or "fire" and you have to come up with and sing a portion of any song with that word in it! It was a lot of fun and I must say the Priesthood men swept all the other teams off the board!! (Although to be fair we had an advantage in age ranging everywhere from 70's to 20's... :)).
Finally the last big news for this week was on Sunday when we got a new Ward Mission Leader! So maybe that's not the biggest news but it was just kind of shocking for all of us (especially Elder Luke and myself) because he is actually still technically a "recent-convert"! He actually only got baptized a little earlier this year and just barely got his Melchezidek Priesthood a month or two ago! But we visit with him already pretty frequently and already talk a lot about missionary work so I have no doubt at all that he will be a GREAT ward mission leader!! :) I am very excited to work with him and hopefully will have the chance to do so, but I'm not sure. We have transfers coming up this next week so we will find out on Saturday if anything will be changing for us here in Kekaha. I hope we're staying together but we'll see.. There is a HUGE group of greenie's coming out (around 26 or so... one of the largest groups since, well... my group or 24!) so there will be a LOT of changes this transfer throughout the whole mission! But that is all in the future so I will let you know more about that sometime in the future instead of wasting time speculating on things of little significance. :)
Well, I hope you all have a FANTASTIC WEEK!!! Thank you for the update! I am glad to hear that all the family is still alive and doing well! I pray that you all continue to do well or at least make well what you can and have patience and strength through the rest! I love you and will talk to you again soon!!! :)
Aloha nui loa!