Monday, January 30, 2012
Where am I? Right in the thick of it all. That's right, cruisin in the middle of Honolulu right now in, you guessed it: a walking area. It's actually the bomb, I really do like it! I'm hoping I'll lose some weight here haha. I'm in the Makiki Ward and we meet in the Honolulu Tabernacle! It's intense haha. AND THE WARD MEETS IN ENGLISH. So things are going pretty well, I have a bigger district that I'm in charge of which includes a pair of sisters so it's all good.
If you google map Makiki Honolulu Oahu Hawaii you'll get an idea of where I am at. So I'm pounding the pavement and OYMing like a boss haha.
I think I've recovered from the packing and moving around and unpacking again. Now I just have to get to know my companion and get used to the new pad. The new pad... is very old and very dirty and very small. So that makes a lot of cleaning, but I'm used to it.
I took some more pictures, but I forgot my camera back at the pad, so next week I'll send those.
It sounds like you are having a lot of fun and it also sounds like the house may not be the same when I return a little over a year from now. But that's OK, I'm already beginning to forget things about home, well not really forget, I just can't remember things as vividly as before.
Sorry I don't have a lot to say this time, but I will say that this area rocks, although I don't know any of the missionaries in this zone, so needless to say I miss familiarity again, but whatever. I think I'm numb to it by now haha.
Well, I love you all and I wish you all the best!
Ofa Lahi Atu
Elder Jared Brooksby
Friday, January 27, 2012
Well it sounds like life has been typical for the winter! Running around, sliding around, watching lots of movies and stressing over school! All the things I miss- hahahahahahahahaha just kidding I really don't miss stressing over school, or dealing with icy roads haha.
Yes our baptism did happen... but it happened on Saturday, not on Thursday. But the important thing is that he's baptized and thinking about serving a mission in a year! Woot!
Anyways, and in other news... I'm getting transferred! Still on island and I don't know where yet, but my time in the Waipahu zone is officially up for now.
Hopefully I'll have more to tell you next week, I'm still district leader so this will be one wild ride haha. Talk to you all next week!
Love you all sooooo much,
Amor Vincit Omnia (Love Conquers All),
Elder Jared Brooksby
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Hello Hello everybody!
Yesterday was my seven month mark. It really is just flying by. Slipping right through my fingers is a pretty good way to describe how I'm feeling about it. I've gotten to the point where I'm actually enjoying what I'm doing and I'm not so much focused on how much longer I have to go, rather how much time I have left before I can't do what I'm doing anymore. If that makes any sense haha.
Thanks for your journal entry Mom, I appreciate it. It's always interesting for me now that I know that there are different types of Missionaries to see who was a true blue one and who was just going through the motions. It's interesting to think about the people that have come home from their missions and think about what type of missionary they were.
Anyways, I'm doing well! Pretty dog tired but doing well haha. Being a District Leader is challenging in it's own rite but I enjoy a challenge. As one of our investigators put it recently "Without challenges, life would be boring, I think." haha BIG understatement but she said it so nonchalantly that it made me smile haha.
I love you all,
Be good, work hard, and have fun, and Take it Easy:)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Surprise! I'm e-mailing today because everybody observed New Year's Day yesterday. Just in case you were stressing about not getting an e-mail haha.
P.S. We have an Investigator who calls me Elder Puipui because he speaks in Samoan a lot and I guess that's as close as it gets to Brooksby haha.
Hey Hey Hey everybody! No that wasn't a Fat Albert reference, although it might've sounded like it haha.
Speaking of Fat Albert... I've been eating waaaay too much lately. I really hate it a lot. When I come home, I'm going on a very intense diet.
Well in other news... New Years came and went without much excitement really haha. The missionaries weren't allowed to proselyte and so we all just got together at a beach park and grilled up some food, then after that we watched a very interesting movie about the geography in which the Book of Mormon takes place called Journey of Faith: The New World. It was pretty interesting and definitely piqued my curiosity, considering I've always been into those kind of historical/nature shows and since it was like that about the Book of Mormon it was even better haha.
I bought Martinelli's and drank some with the other elders (and sisters) in our zone when midnight came and we all went outside to see the show. I say the show because in Hawaii, fireworks are not illegal. So we could literally face any direction and get our own personal fireworks show. It was pretty fun, but I have to say, any time I think of fireworks I realized I've been very spoiled because nothing will ever live up to the show that the Army base at West Point put on for the Fourth of July or the one that GE did that was synced to music. So now that I think about it, the fireworks of last night were wimpy in comparison but fun for the mission.
It was also interesting to think about how this will be the only year in my life (so far) that I can say for the entirety of 2012 I am consecrated up to the Lord for his purposes and nothing else. Just a fun thing to think about haha. But so yeah that was my New Years. We couldn't proselyte New Years eve past 5pm or New Years Day all day so needless to say, I was starting to feel like a lazy sack haha. But now it's back to doing Missionary work 24/7!
It was good to hear about the New Years Traditions that are still holding strong back home! Of course, nobody can ever freestyle bowl like me, I'm pretty much pro already haha;)
No unfortunately it was not me who had the run in with Elder Groberg's Companion's Son (a long chain. Kinda like "Luke, I am your step-mother's cousin's boyfriend's father's former roommate." "So what does that make us?" "Absolutely Nothing.") Although I suppose it would've been pretty cool. Speaking of the "Other Side of Heaven" if you want to see the kind of food I ate on Christmas at the Tongan House, just look at the food in the movie. Their food has remained remarkably constant throughout the ages haha. The Temple was amazing as always. I'm pretty bummed that we cant go more often but that just means that I enjoy it more when time comes around again.
Anyways, not much else is new here either! I love you all and thanks for all of your Love, Support and Aloha!
Elder Puipui haha:)