Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Here's my first email from Elder Kapeliela:
Sorry is took so long to get a computer! My P-Day is on Tuesdays. I hope you got my letter! No need to send me any cookies or cinnamon rolls anymore, our zone gets the most food out of allll the missions haha. When I got here around 10 am we automatically started class and didn't get to eat till 6. My roommate is Derek Woodruff and I swear he's gonna be the prophet one day, he is a saint! I love him! My room has 6 elders in it. Elders Mason Marshall, Edgar Reynoso, Nico Sanchez, Bundy, and the other 2 in the district are in a room with Germans, they are Elders Patrick and Pistorious. We are 3-0 in soccer and no one can touch us! I got a hat trick the first game! I always yell Viva la Reynoso cause he's a steller mexican soccer player and always kicks the ball of people and gets dream goals, although no one here is as good as Bryan there are some college players from Virginia and Utah that play. The gyms finally opened up again tomorrow so I can make my dad proud and dunk on everyone! haha, there are so many people here, about 2,400! Oh, and the sisters in my district are Sisters Tulikihihifo, Wilkins, Peckam, and Len Wai, shes from Molokai and can speak fluent Hawaiian! We dance and sing Hawaiian all the time! I struggled my first couple days with being away from everyone but I got over it finally after a blessing Elder Woodruff gave to me, and yes he is a direct descendant as the Prophet Wilford Woodruff. Expect some great pictures soon!

My second day here they called me as the district leader, its the hardest job in the MTC, sooo many meetings and responsibilities and people come to me for advice for once in my life haha. I have felt the blessing of leadership and have been given the gift of tongues for helping others with there problems as well as my Tagalog!

I can already pray and bear my testimony fluently! I have already become a better person, and will be a better father and husband because of this experience. There is not one person that I don't like! I try to get along with everyone! I've seen all my friends from college and its so dramatic when we see each other! It brings me back to Laie. Elder Takasaki and I watched Elder Bednars talk on how to recognize the spirit and it changed our lives!

Please send pictures of family, and anything else you want!

I hope EVERY knows about Dear Elder, if not, tell them mom. Letters make my day BRIGHTER THAN BRIGHT! Just anything, even a Hi and I will shout for joy!

So for the Hunger Games fans; I was walking down the hall and I started doing the Hunger game whistle and said "2 lucky contestants will be elected from the 13 districts for the 78th annual HUNGER GAMES!" And eeeeeveryone started dying! Like 50 people, funniest moment yet since the MTC is a district hahahaha, good times. I'm the only person going to Olongapo except 2 random kids from another area, they're cool though!

There are 3 elders here that I danced Hula with so we met up at the Book store and started doing and singing the dances, it was hilarious!! We had a crowd gathering and we're pretty much celebrates now.

Dad you were right, it is like EFY. I also didn't know girls would be in the same district, that was way different than expected. I honestly don't know why, after being here, that ALL girls don't go on a mission. It's weird to me.. The foods alright, my companions vegetarian haha. But I eat everything, I stayed 195 pounds though so I'm not worried yet, in fact its so hot I sweat all day!

My testimony has never been stronger and I love the book of mormon and I'm grateful to be a missionary. When ever I'm down I pray for the savior to take the pain away and every time I do I am blessed with peace and am happy to do my studying, I am literally studying for 14 hours and feel so blessed to be here.

I love you all! Mahal kita! Elder Kapeliela
Yesterday, 6 days from when Beau went into the MTC I got the first email and a letter!! It was like Christmas! I am so happy that he doing so well and getting enough to eat! He had a rough patch in the beginning, but worked it out. He is flourishing and has grown so much after only a week!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Write Beau!!

Beau's address until Sept. 17th is:

Elder Beau Solomon Kaanaana Kapeliela
Provo Missionary Training Center
MTC Box 104
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT  84604

Please drop him a letter!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When Beau (Elder Kapeliela) was called back in February it seemed like this day would never come! Well it did! Last night he was set apart as a missionary and it felt like a warm blanket was wrapped around me! I am so grateful for a Heavenly Father who without asking knew I needed comfort because I certainly was on the verge of blubber out loud crying! When we woke up this morning (after less then 3 hours of sleep) I still felt the comfort and made it to the airport without falling apart! Of course I did cry, but it was controllable. It was so wonderful when we went and dropped off his luggage, the man behind the counter said, welcome Elder, where are you going? He said he was so sorry to have to charge for the bags, and said if it was up to him he wouldn't! Then walking to the gate a lady yelled out, "Where are you going Elder?" Then we got to the gate and saw a few more Elders and their families. One woman came up to me and said is this your first one you've sent out? I said yes. I asked her the same and she said she wasn't a member and it was her only one. She said he was baptized 2 years ago and wanted to go. The look on his face did look joyful, and happy. This mother seemed unsure about this, and in my non sleep fog, no wonderful, spiritual thing was coming to my mind but: "He is really doing a wonderful thing". She said : "I have heard that". As we stood there with tears in our eyes waiting til the last possible moment, until we couldn't see them anymore. I was so happy that my son was walking with her son and I saw them talking. As we were walking away I looked over at her and smiled, she smiled back. I hope and pray she finds comfort.

I still feel like I'm in a dream and I haven't woke up yet! Well, it's only the first day!

He is in the MTC (Mission Training Center) in Provo, Utah and will be leaving on Sept. 17th to Olongapo, Philippines. He will be learning to speak Tagalog.

I can hardly wait to get his first e-mail and find out how his first week will be!

Please follow this blog if you want to find out about Elder Kapeliela at the MTC and beyond! I will be posting his letters as well. I should be getting one a week.

Posted by the proud mom :-)