Here's the scoop - I just didn't update Jared's blog a week ago, and now I have an email from this week too. So I'll do Monday, January 28th first and then write about this week.
Here are a couple pictures of Jared. He said that they had a massive storm that "smacked the island" and that they got 2-3" of rain per hour. He said he was more scared of that than he was of the tsunami warning back in October. He said that he and his companion were thoroughly soaked so they spent the next hour or so just helping people in their apartment complex getting to and from their cars. He said that even through all the rain it was still probably mid 70s outside. He said he felt bad for us because I'd written telling him how cold it had been in New York. He said: " You might have been praying that your snow storms would come over my way, and maybe they did, they just couldn't handle the warm weather out here;) So I'm definitely not envious of you guys haha."
Jared said that transfers happen on February 6th and that he should know what is happening by sometime in the coming week and that we'd know for sure by the next p-day.
Jared told me a funny tracting story. He said that they were tracting and they knocked on this "uncle's" door. He said it was his companion's turn to give the door approach so he started it very nice and politely by asking the man if he was having a good day so far. The man says: "Well I was until you showed up on my porch!" Jared said that he started to apologize to the man and asked him if they could offer a prayer for the man to have a good day, but the man says: "NO! Not you Mormons! You believe in having more than one wife!!!" So Jared said they started to address that one and the man interrupts the and says: "No, No, No, I know all about you guys, I read it in the magazine." He said that his companion started to ask him about that and said: "Well uncle" and the guy said: "AND I'M NOT YOUR UNCLE!!!" Jared said that his companion got a little salty and said: "Well OK, SIR!" Jared said he could tell that his companion was getting frustrated so he took him by the arm, told the guy to have a nice day and they walked away. As they were leaving the guy said: "Yeah that's right, get off my property!" and slammed the door. Jared said he had a good laugh and thought the whole thing was hilarious. But he said that his companion didn't share in his sense of humor.
He said that not too much happened that was exciting as far as missionary work in the week, but that it wasn't for lack of trying.
Now on to this past Monday's email - February 4th
This is a picture of a woman who wants Jared to baptize her.
This picture is of Elder B. and his bike which was super broke. Jared said:
"If you look both of his pedals are facing down hahaha, I was laughing sooo hard:)"
This picture is Jared with a poster that the Glenville ward YW sent him. He was so happy to get it!
We learned that Jared will finish his mission as a Zone Leader in the Makakilo stake. He will be with one the the missionaries from his transfer, Elder T. Jared said that he's an awesome missionary so he's "stoked", and that he's hoping he's up to the responsibilities of being a Zone Leader. He thinks he'll finish his mission there. But he said it's good, and that they're not "letting me slack haha."
Jared said that one of the ladies he's been teaching said that she'd like Jared to come baptize her, even though he won't be in that area any more. He said that is one advantage of still being on the same island. He also said that one of his early converts is going through the temple on his birthday, and that he'll be able to go with her because she also lives on Oahu. He's excited for that.
Jared ends by saying: "Anyways, I hope you all have good weeks wherever you all are, and I love you all so much! Muchos Mahalos and Aloha!!! Elder Brooksby"