Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
At Pali Point we had a view looking out towards the distant east coastline. We actually ran into a couple we met on a cruise several years ago (Albert & Diana). We walked back to our car and had a picnic of Dorito Chips, Dates, & Orero Cookies! Then we both fell asleep and took a nap with the sun shining and a cool breeze coming through the car windows.
After a few hours of waiting we could tell that this was "blowing over" so we ventured back into Honolulu (about an hour before the official "all's clear" alert) - the city was deserted, but people are now coming back. It was a most interesting event to say the least. Welcome to Hawaii!!! The good news is . . . WE LIVE ANOTHER DAY!
Saturday, February 27, 2010 Our First P-Day or as we will recall this day - our first Preparation Day for the BIG TSUNAMI
This morning we were awaken by sirens sounding off in the streets and the hotel’s PA’s system alerting everyone of an approaching Tsunami because Chile was hit by a 8.8 earthquake during the night. The Tsunami was to hit the shores of the Big Island around 11:05 a.m. and Oahu at 11:30 a.m. so we quickly located a grocery store, but had to get in line outside to wait for access. Once inside more long lines, but we did get food and water so that we could wait for the impending disaster!
Friday, February 26, 2010 WELCOME
After an uneventful, long 7 hour flight we arrived in Honolulu about 3:30 p.m. President and Sister Peterson welcomed us with hugs & leis, loaded our luggage into the mission van and took us out to dinner. They are a wonderful couple and we enjoyed getting to know them a little. It will be great to work with them as we serve in the mission office. After dinner President Peterson took us over to see the Mission Office and we met the 2 Elders who serve as his assistants. We did get settled into our temporary living quarters which will our home for the next 10 days because we won’t be able to move into our apartment until the Fowlers move out.
Friday, February 26, 2010
We are so excited for you and so proud of you! You two are amazing people separately, so together you’re even more wonderful! I am sure you’re going to blow this mission out of the water! You’re both going to be fantastic! This will be an amazing experience and we love reading your blog and seeing pictures. What a great way to journal your experiences and keep your kids and grandkids informed about your mission adventures. What a blessing you are.
You will be in our daily prayers and we hope that you find experiences with members and non-members that will lift you up and strengthen you!
I will try to send at least a weekly email about our family’s events and experiences and I will try to do better about updating my facebook! Do you have a physical address where we can send notes or cards from time to time? I know I missed sending Lee a birthday card because I wasn’t sure where to send it. I wasn’t sure if you were staying overnight at the MTC or what you were doing, so I apologize for that.
Best of luck to you! We will miss you and are grateful for technology, so that we can share your wonderful experiences with our children. Thank you for being such wonderful people and for being such great in-laws to me, parents to Kirt and grandparents to the kids! We love you and appreciate you!! Karen
Thursday, February 25, 2010
We only have a few hours left here in the MTC and then our training will be complete???? Why do I feel like we have only scratched the surface? There really is lots to learn and so we know that the process of learning continues. Probably everyday there will be something new. More importantly, is the amazing opportunity we have to Serve and look for opportunities to share the Gospel with others. It is our prayer that we will find some of our Heavenly Father's lost sheep! Keep us in your prayers and know that you all are in our prayers as well. We Love you all and know that our reunion will be here before we know it. Aloha and Much Love to All!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
We have completed our first week at the MTC and it truly was an amazing experience! I wish every member of the Church could go through the training of "Preach My Gospel" . . . they really know how to get you charged up to go out and take on the world! Well, maybe just Hawaii! But it was very much an inspiring week. We have four more days of training next week and that will be with the computer systems that we need to know so that we can run the Office for the Mission.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I have always loved the words that Joseph Smith recorded in his personal History following his experieave alwnce of the First Vision: “For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dare I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation.” Joseph had gained an unshakeable testimony of God and Jesus Christ that he was true to all his life, and that testimony enabled him to live the gospel with patience and perseverance. It is my hope that we all strive towards acquiring an unshakeable testimony.
I know that the Book of Mormon is a gift from our loving Heavenly Father, and that Joseph Smith was instrumental in bringing us that perfect record. What a blessing it is in all of our lives. I love the teachings found in this marvelous Book, along with many wonderful examples of Prophets and Leaders that we can pattern our own lives after.
I am grateful that this knowledge of the gospel helps us to live happy and fulfilled lives which will brings us closer to our Heavenly Father.
I am mostly grateful for our dear Savior Jesus Christ; for his life, the mission he accomplished while here upon the earth, and for his great atoning sacrifice for all of His children that someday we may live again with Him and our families.
To borrow from Brother Joseph’s words, I want you to all know that I too have a testimony of this gospel. I know it to be true, and I know that God knows that I know, for this the only true Church upon the face of the earth.
One of my favorite church hymns is “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing.” Often those words some to me:
“Here’s my heart! Oh take and seal it, seal it for thy courts on high.”
I am grateful to all of you; what a wonderful ward we have. You are such shinning examples to me and for that I am most grateful. I pray that as Lee & I start our mission, tomorrow morning, that we will represent you well. I dedicate this mission to my Savior and pray that through this opportunity to serve that He will know of my love for Him. I leave this testimony with you, grateful for all my many blessings, and do so - In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Your 1st Day... Hello Diana:
I have been thinking about you and have wondered what I could give you this day as you and Lee begin your new adventure. The only thing I can think of is to let you know how much I love you. You and I have a very special connection. You are a rock in my life; one that I have always been able to count on. Whenever I need something or someone, you have always been there to listen, help, and bring clarity. I will miss you while you are gone, but know that there will be many blessings brought to our entire family because of your service while on this mission. I know that you will find much happiness and and satisfaction in the service you give while in Hawaii. I have always been grateful for the time I had in Denmark. It is a wonderful experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. I will think of you everyday while you are away, but know that all is well.
What God Has Given Us
"Our Father in Heaven has given us, His children, much more than any mortal mind can comprehend. Under His direction the Great Jehovah created this wondrous world we live in. God the Father watches over us, fills our hearts with breathtaking joy, brightens our darkest hours with blessed peace, distills upon our minds precious truths, shepherds us through times of distress, rejoices when we rejoice, and answers our righteous petitions." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Much Love to you and Lee,
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
We received our call to serve a full time mission for the Church the day before Thanksgiving 2009 to the Honolulu, Hawaiian Mission!! ALOHA!
What an amazing opportunity for us! We will be serving in the Mission Office with Lee’s duties including Finances for the Mission along with apartments and cars, while I’ll be taking on the duties of the Mission President’s secretarial needs.
We are to report to the MTC on Monday morning, February 15, 2010. This will definitely start a new chapter in our lives, but we are excited to give full time service for the Church. We pray that although we are not proseluting missionaries, we will look for opportunites to introduce the Church to those who do not know about the Gospel.
Lee is ready to walk away from the Art Business which has been all time consuming for the past 8+ years, and I’m ready to have more time with him. We know that we will have lots to do, but are happy that we will be able to do it together! This will be such an amazing opportunity to serve and to grow and to learn more about the Gospel.