Monday, June 27, 2016

Friends and family!!!

Well this week was good! We had a really busy week and had some really good lessons which is always a good thing! Monday of course we got to play basketball and well it was pretty dang awesome! It rains like every Monday so we have to go to the chapel to do something. I just thinks it's heavenly fathers way of showing that basketball is his favorite sport!

It feels like this week we became professional movers! Maybe it's the fact that Im with a big Polynesian! Not sure! But on Tuesday we moved a family in the other Ward to a new house and it pretty much took the whole day! Gotta love it! Then on Thursday we helped these members move stuff from their storage unit to a uhaul. And out last moving gig this week we helped a member in our Ward, brother Whitney, (yes it's a palagi in a Samoan Ward) and he is actually moving to Spokane Washington! Pretty cool! So we basically moved everything in his house into and big uhaul and a huge box trailer! So we are professional! 2 missionaries in a Subaru! Starting a business now!

This week on Tuesday we had trainer trainee meeting which is an awesome experience because it's our president just teaching all the people training and intraining. He talked a lot about how to become better at training how to better commit and invite people to different commitments. And without extending commitments the investigator would not progress at all because it gives them no way to find out if the gospel is true if they done have anything they can do to help them feel the spirit on their own!

Elder Tuimoloau and I now have 3 investigators and a family we are now teaching which is pretty cool! We have an investigator named William who is really awesome and had a stroke a little bit ago but has fully recovered! He just moved up here and is trying to get his family up here. His parents are members but he never was interested in the church but he cried when we first went over there, he said he's been waiting for us to come over! It's was a super neat experience! I will tell you about the rest I'm future emails!

One thing that is super funny that happens to us is every time we go somewhere people always think we work there! It is seriously the weirdest thing! EVERYWHERE! So next time you go somewhere don't ask the missionaries if they work there haha! In my studies this week I have read proverbs and it is seriously the best thing to ever read! Haha it's wisdom man! And it's like the most entertaining and funniest scriptures to read! Well at least in the Old Testament! Haha 

But overall our week was really awesome! We got to each lunch with a family missionaries had worked with and got sealed so that was pretty cool! But we had lots of lessons and it is definently a good thing! Thanks for everything you all do for me! Love you guys!

The church is true
The book is blue
And Moroni is still on the ball

Jacob 6:12

Love, Elder Fawson

Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

Well this week was awesome! It's weird to think that a year ago I was in the Mtc! On Monday we went fishing in Ship Creek and we only caught a little silver salmon but hey it's alright! At least we caught something! Haha on Wednesdays we had transfers! And that was a little crazy! So Wednesday's morning at 10 there was 6 of us trainers and we met and had like a little meeting with president Robinson and he kinda talked about the importance and responsibility and everything of training. We then got to go into a room with all the trainees and look at all of them square in the eyes and meet them and then they have a map of Alaska on the wall and give each new missionary a fishing pole and they get to point where they think they are going and then president calls up their trainer and tells them where they are actually going and its this super cool majestic moment! 

So my new companion is Elder Tuimoloau from Oswego New York! He was raised in American Samoa so he knows English and Samoan so that's really really good! Definently feeling the pressure because he looks and follows everything I do so I have to make sure I'm always being and setting a good example. 

So if I haven't told you yet we go to Golden Corral all the time! Haha so I know pretty much every food and which is good there! Random fact for all y'all! But anyway we had a Ward party on Saturday night to celebrate Father's Day so it was good he got to meet all the Ward and also the Ward parties here in the Samoan wards are the bomb! There is the best and most food you have ever seen in your life! You get full just by looking at it all!

We have lots of morning studies now! At 8 we start personal study then 9 we have companionship study. At 10 we have 12 week training. At 11 we have language study then at 12 we have lunch. And finally we have iPad training at 1 and then by 2 we are off! So our morning as you can imagine are just super exciting! 

I just wanted to say happy fathers to my father and to all the fathers out there! I don't know what I would do or where I would be if I didn't have my dad in my life. You have been such an example of hard work and perseverance and to never ever give up! I don't know how you put up with me and even though I met Jesus a lot in my youth and most of it... well all of it was my fault I love you so much dad! I couldn't ask for a better role model in my life! 

Well thank you for everything you all do for me! Remember who you are and who God wants you to become. We are put through trials so we can persevere and become the person God wants us to become. The refiners fire. I love y'all!

Love, Elder Fawson

Monday, June 13, 2016

Transfer calls!! I'm training!!!

Friends and family!!!!

This week was so awesome! It was transfer calls on Friday night and for those who don't know what it's like... It's like the most intense night you have ever gone through! Every companionship is huddled around their phone waiting for the call from president after 9 o'clock! It's so awesome to because your phone is going none stop with all the calls from missionaries asking where everyone is going and telling where they are going! Now you guys are probably wondering what happened with it right?!... Well we got some really REALLY awesome transfer calls! Elder Judd will be leaving to wasilla to be a zone leader and I will be staying here and training a brand new missionary straight from the MTC! Holy cow the pressure is on! Of course all the feelings of inadequacy come creeping into your mind but you just have trust in our father in heaven and the mission president that you can do it! So in the mission your trainer is know as your dad and your trainee is know as your son and so everybody refers to there trainers and trainees as their sons or dads so I will have a son in the mission! Gotta love the mission lingo!

Tuesday we got to go through the temple! It was my first time going through the one up here so it was an awesome experience! I love going to the temple it's always the most peaceful and happiest feeling during and after the trip! We went to the temple with our zone and you can definently tell it brings everyone together so much and unites everyone!

This week was also filled with lots of opportunities to do some service! Earlier in the week we helped an older lady cut done some branches with our district and take them to the dumps but we got to the dump right when they closed so we had to improvise and with permission we put it all in the dumpster at the church and had to stomp it down! It doesn't sound too fun but let me tell ya... It was a blast! Haha

Saturday the sisters in our district asked if we could help one of their members take all this mulch and spread it everywhere!! It's was a ton of mulch!! But we got it done! It was super fun and the family was so nice and even took pictures of us and sent it to our moms! Later that day we went to help a family move! You can only imagine how sore we were that night and Sunday morning haha! 

Today we are going fishing so it's going to be pretty awesome! The king salmon are running so if we catch one we will send some pictures!!! We have our day licenses and poles and tackle from members so we are ready!

Overall this week was one for the books! It was the most stressful and anxious night of our mission on Friday night waiting for that call from president! I am so excited for the opportunity to help a new missionary in the mission become closer to our Heavenly Father and help others too! I'm even double blessed because on Wednesday we have a meeting and that's when we pick up our new trainees and after we get to go to the temple again! Thanks for all you guys do for me! I love and care about you all so much! 

The church is true
The book is blue
And Moroni is still on the ball!

Love, Elder Fawson
They got to go fishing today for king salmon! They were pretty excited!!!