Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 69: October 23, 2017

This past week was pretty great. We had a good meeting with the Elbirt's. We were also able to do service for a non-member lady at her farm. Well, we do it every week but this week, I remembered to bring my camera for once soooooooooo you guys get to see some pictures! She recently purchased a bus with the dream to renovate it into an RV. We have been the labor to help out with that and I got to fulfill a lifelong dream of standing on top of the bus. 
We had a great primary program this week and last week in both wards. The kids are great. As you can imagine, there was a lot of kids really getting into it and of course, dabbing somewhere in the song. There was never a dull moment with these guys.
We had transfers recently and our district is now: Elder Selli, myself, Elder Wilkinson, Elder Suriyachan, Elder Bishop, and Elder Maynes. We all have really great chemistry together and have many opportunities to serve together and get to know one another. I am really looking forward to this transfer!​

Week 68: October 16, 2017

This week was pretty great. We had a big public event for family history that we were able to volunteer at. It was great to see so many people so interested in their roots and we were able to show them a few tips and tricks to get started. We also got to talk to people who, if we were out in public, would definitely not have stopped and talked so that was great. 

Transfer calls came in and sadly, we are losing Elder Scott. He finally got his VISA and will be finishing out the rest of his mission in Samoa. I will be staying with my companion, Elder Selli for another transfer. We are looking forward to working hard with these members and investigators.
Today we had a zone talent show. The zone leaders asked me to MC and also to fireknife. I found me a stick and went to work. GG. Anyways, we have two sisters from Samoa and one of them was actually there when I was there and she saw the Living Legends show! Small world.
I really don't know what else to talk about here. Uhhh I'm good, the work's going well, my companion is great, and the mission is going too fast. I love you all and I'll talk to ya later!
-Elder Kaitoku

Week 66: October 2, 2017

Not much to write about this week. I will spare you the copy and paste of my favorite conference talks and quotes as I'm sure you've all watched it or read up on it, etc. 

It was a pretty average week out here in good ole Danville as far as average weeks go. No car break-ins, no burglaries, no assault, etc.
Okay fine, I'll share my favorite point made at conference. Know that God loves each and every one of you regardless. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can all come closer to Him. That's one of my favorite points made but very summarized.
Thank you all so much for your love and support and concern about our car. I stayed safe this time hahaha nothing broken, nothing lost. Love you all!
-Elder Kaitoku

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Week 65: September 25, 2017

Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. Well, Elder Kaitoku can't seem to catch a break, ladies and gentlemen. Someone broke into his car. Again. 3rd times a charm. 3 different assigned areas. 3 separate car break-ins. One in each area. Awesome. The car was parked in our gated community. In a rather wealthy area. FORTUNATELY, I have apparently learned my lesson because this time, I had absolutely nothing in that car! Whoop. Nothing broken nothing lost. They DID take our gas card (each mission vehicle has a fleet account debit card to pay for gas) and the perpetrator tried to withdraw $600. No worries, it all got denied and the card's been deactivated. Other than that, they took my THIRD FAVORITE PEN. What a monster. My companion and I were ready to go Sherlock Holmes on this person but our vehicle account coordinator wouldn't give us the exact time or place the withdrawals were attempted so we couldn't go track him or her down and pull the video feed. 

Anyways, we went to a farmer's market this past week to street contact and talk to people walking along the trail. I was on exchanges with a missionary from Thailand, Elder Suriyachan. He LOVES spicy food. We were walking around the farmer's market when I saw them. Ghost Peppers. Now, I've seen a lot of youtube videos in my days and I know what those bad boys can do. My companion for the day was always complaining about food around here never being spicy enough. I convinced him to buy a few ghost peppers to eat at home for lunch. I excitedly got my camera ready only to be extremely disappointed. I wasn't the only one. The ghost pepper STILL WASN'T HOT ENOUGH FOR THIS GUY. Well, at least initially. He bit into it once, twice, thrice and shook his head in disapproval. I sadly put my camera down. Moments later, he broke into a sweat and started drinking from the gravy cup (we were eating lunch). But within moments, he was fine. What a champ.
The work is going great! I had to go to a meeting with the Stake Missionary Council which was intimidating but fun nonetheless. We've got a lot going on in this Stake as a whole and things are really looking up! It has been a great week and we are looking forward to another great week here in jolly ole Danville.
-Elder Kaitoku

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Week 63: September 11, 2017

This past week was a great week. I have a new companion, Elder Selli. He is from Fredericksburg, Virginia. We have been getting along very very well. The Elbirt family is still doing great. We are hoping to meet with them again this week. We spent most of the week helping Elder Selli get to know both wards, the leadership, the members, and the general area. 

When we did service at the farm this past week, we were instructed to help spread the food around the field rather than just dump it in one pile. Being the young men that we are, we built two forts from the cardboard boxes and proceeded to have a massive food fight from across the field. Casualties were limited. Injuries were nursed. Clothes were dirtied. It was a really great time. Unfortunately a lot of the food is donated food that is very expired. That made it all the more fun. I can now check "participating in a food fight" off of my bucket list.

We continue to push and work hard in this area. The amount of miracles and blessings and success that we've seen in this area is nearly unheard of. I am really excited. My district is full of good, hard-working missionaries who have helped to turn this place around greatly. I look forward to next week! Sorry for the short email! Love you all!

-Elder Kaitoku

Week 62: September 4, 2017

For those of you who know who E40 is, just know that he lives out in our area. For those of you who don't know him, he's a famous rapper, fairly well off. In addition, Steph Curry isn't too far away either. Based off of those two things, it should be quite clear that this area is fairly...well off. That being said, the missionary work often times goes a little slower than other areas. Many people who have a lot usually don't feel like they need something like the gospel. That being said, it's been a difficult past 2 transfers in terms of finding and other missionary efforts. However, it was amazing to see our efforts pay off this week. 

We were able to go to the Visitor's Center with a family of investigators that I mentioned in last week's email. They had a great visit and we really felt the spirit with them. We were also able to set a baptismal date with them for early October! It was really warming to see this family's excitement and willingness to commit to baptism.

In the other ward that we cover, we, or any missionaries previously, haven't been able to find a new investigator in the last 9-12 months. It's been kind of a dry spell. However, this past week, we were able to find a new investigator. We were going through some old records and found a few former investigators that we felt had a lot of promise. We visited one in particular, Ryan and he was very welcoming and said he would be more than willing to meet with us again.

It has been an amazing week. I am thankful for the blessings and miracles we've been able to see. (speaking of blessings...) my companion is being transferred away. My new companion will be Elder Selli. From what I hear, he is a good missionary and a hard worker. I look forward to working with him. 

Also, attached is a video of me breaking a watermelon with my head. Enjoy.

-Elder Kaitoku​

Week 61: August 28, 2017

This past week has been a pretty average week in the life of a missionary in the Danville area. If I had to describe it as a T-Shirt size, it would be "Extra Medium". Hahahaha just kidding. 

There is a family that we've been working with for a while. We haven't been able to meet a whole ton due to it being summer and schedules being crazy. Now that school is starting, the schedules are a bit more set and so we are planning on going to the Visitor's Center out in Oakland with them. We are super excited. The V.C. is a really great instrument in helping people feel the spirit and progress in their conversion. 

Aside from that, we are also working with the youth more now that school is starting. We've got a couple of activities lining up to meet with them to talk about missionary work and activities to get their friends interested. Looks like I gotta start appealing more to the youngins out here. *ahem*

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yeaaaaah I still got it. It wasn't too long ago that I graduated high school y'know. 

#everydayimshufflin! yeeaaahhh whoo whooooo (is that still a thing...?) I'm not old! I'm still young! I'm still hip! I'm cool! I got $WAG! hahaha but on a real note, every time I work with the youth or just talk to them, I feel so old. High school wasn't THAT far away was it?

Well that's all for this week. Until next week! 

Your super hip super cool and young and relate able missionary,
-Elder Kaitoku