January 27, 2014

Hey Mom,

This week we had a baptism! It was great, the guys’ name is Cristian, and he is totally awesome. He has a car and he drives us places we need to go! And he came to church from his house like 2 hours away haha. His girlfriend lives in our area, and she introduced us to him, and now he’s a member! He’s awesome.

We had a zone activity today where we ate pancakes again, but I made all the pancakes today! Usually the sister missionaries do them all, but my comp and I said to each other last night that we should let them rest and so we made them all. Except that it only took one person to do it, so he ate and I made them. It was fun though. I got to talk to Elder Tai the whole time while I was doing it. He’s Tongan, but he lives in Utah. He’s the coolest in the zone. He only has like 3 months in the mission, and his Spanish isn’t that great, but he’s got a great testimony and he’s a great missionary.

We have a couple other baptisms that we should be having this week, if nothing goes wrong, and if everything goes right. Welp, not much to write today, and if I miss anything, hopefully I’ll remember it by next Monday!

Love you!

Elder Kuoha

 

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January 20, 2013

Hey Mom!

This week has been great. After a lot of work and stress and changes in our weekly schedules, we ended up having 15 investigators in church over all. 11 in our normal ward, and 4 in the other ward we work in. This week we should be having a few baptisms, if everything goes well with the interviews. We’ll also be changing the schedule of how we’re going to be working in both areas, so we can work more efficiently and still always have our studies.

Elder Cook is coming this Friday to speak to us from 1pm to 4pm, so I’m pretty excited for that, and we have changes on Thursday. I don’t think I’ll be leaving this area. I even asked President to leave me here. We had interviews with him on Tuesday and when I asked him that, he told me “when a missionary asks me to leave him in his area longer, he usually does it because he has a girlfriend there. You don’t have a girlfriend in your area, do you?” I just laughed and told him not to worry. That’s not why I came here. But it was funny nonetheless.

I hope you liked the pictures, and I hope to see more from you guys soon.

Elder Kuoha

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January 13, 2014

Hey Mom!

So we had an interesting thing happen this week. We had two baptisms for Sunday after church, but on Friday night everything that could go wrong, went wrong. The son-in-law and his baby mama split up and he threw them out of the house, so they called us and asked us to help them find a place to stay, so we called Miguel to try to let them stay in the house until they got baptized, and he calmed down a little bit. So we went on Saturday in the morning to do to the interview and she passed and her daughter as well and were going to get baptized on Sunday for sure no matter what happened, then they were going to leave the house and find a new place. even though they split up, they could still get baptized. But then everyone and their pride decided to not fix the situation, and Sunday morning at 5 am we got a call, “Hey, we’re on our way to Nicaragua right now.” NOOOOOOOOO. So now Marlen, Isamar, and Hazel will not be getting baptized, and the nearest church to their house in Nicaragua is 2 and a half hours away. Sucks, but that’s life. Maybe Jake Kasper can find and baptize them haha.

I don’t have much time today to write, but I promise I’ll write more next week. I’m glad to hear that grandma is doing well and that everyone’s happy and stuff. They took away our p-day today and we have to work because we’re going to the temple on Wednesday, so that’s exciting. I hope you have a great week! I love you!

Elder Kuoha

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January 6, 2014

Hey Mom!

Happy new year!! In Latin America, today is the Day of the Wise Men, and in Spain, it was originally the cause of the tradition of giving gifts to people, but was mixed with the Christmas holiday, so now everyone and their mother gives gifts on Christmas. “There’s a free lesson.” – Shooter McGavin.

Anywho, this week we did a lot of work. We had like 41 lessons, and by Sunday we were super exhausted. It was probably the most tiring week of my whole mission. But we’re seeing a lot of success, which is the best part of it all. We had 12 investigators in church yesterday, between the two wards we’re working in. I went to Garabito, and Elder Ballen stayed in Tibas. We’ll be taking turns going to the other ward every week. We have two people who have baptismal dates from that area, and it’s kind of crazy how fast they’re progressing. It’s been hardly a week since we started working there, and we’re already seeing miracles. But it’s pretty exciting.

I learned how to make a really good drink the other day, so I hope you like it when I show you when I get home. 101 days! Woohoo! But hey, it’s just like when I had 100 days before I went to the MTC. I had a countdown on my phone, and I remember seeing it al the time. But now I hope the time slows down a little because it’s going way too fast haha. But at the same time it can’t pass fast enough. Mixed feelings are the worst haha. But yeah I have to go now, but I love you and I’ll talk to you soon!!

Love
Elder Kuoha

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December 30, 2013

Hey Mom!

This week has been pretty good. After Christmas, we kept singing to the people in the ward, and they continued to give us food, then we had a confirmation on Sunday, and today we went to the biggest park in Costa Rica, Parque La Sabana, and we just walked around the whole park for like an hour singing songs with my uke. It was a ton of fun, but now my voice is all shot, haha. We are going to see if we can find a colombian restaurant today to eat at so my comp will stop complaining for food from his country haha. We started working in the next ward over as well, which is the most dangerous part of Costa Rica haha, but only one and a half days a week we’re going to go over there and teach. But they started working pretty hard too, so I hope it all goes well. I hope everything is going well at home. Not too much to report, but I love everyone. Everyone. EVERYONE.

Elder Kuoha

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December 23, 2013

Hey mom!

This week was crazy. Last week we had changes, and Elder Ballen and I did miracles this week. We had a baptism yesterday and it went great as well. The only problem is that this morning we were coming to an activity in Moravia, and we stopped in San Jose Centro to wait for the Sister missionaries from Zurquí, and we sat down and were reading something in a notebook of mine that had Jerson’s baptismal form and my patriarchal blessing and a few photos and then someone came up to talk to us, and then the sisters came, then we left, and I accidentally left the notebook on the bench where we were seated, and it’s gone now. So we have to do all that info stuff again, but someone has my patriarchal blessing now. Oh well. But hey, the baptism went well, and he’ll be getting confirmed next sunday.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and we’ll be calling tomorrow at 6pm!!!! I’m excited to call you guys and to let you meet my comp! We can use skype now if I can remember my password and stuff haha. Now that we don’t need to do a three-way call, skype will do. Tomorrow we are going to visit a whole bunch of people, and try to visit everybody in the whole ward and sing them a song and stuff. Ballen and I sang in the ward Christmas party on saturday and we only had 3 songs planned but the people kept asking for more, so we sang two more songs it was awesome. So we’ll be caroling with the uke tomorrow and Wednesday and visiting everyone and giving them candy haha. I’m super fortunate to have Ballen as my comp, he’s awesome! And we get along super great!!! But hey, I don’t have much time left, so I’ll give this a close. I love you and miss you and can’t wait to see you tomorrow!!!

Elder Kuoha

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December 16, 2013

Hey Mom!

Sorry about the joke last week, I just couldn’t resist. We ate almost all the cookies already, but we did give one can of cookies to the sisters in my district. Last week we had changes. My comp went to Limon, and my new comp is Elder Ballen, from colombia.I knew him in my last zone, and he is a super good missionary. I have a lot to learn from him and I hope he can help us lift this ward up.

We have a baptism scheduled for this Sunday after church, and I hope it goes well. I’m sure it will, it’s a 12 year old kid who really wanted to get baptized since we started visiting him, and was kind of sad when he found out he had to wait three weeks, but now it’s time, and we’re going to be doing the interview today to see if he’s ready. We had a really cool Mission Christmas activity today. Half the mission did it today, and the rest will do it next monday. We went to a senior home and sang christmas hymns to them and talked to the old people for a good three hours, then we said goodbye and headed out. President Wilkinson said that they wanted to do it in a children’s hospital, but everyone and their mother was at the children’s hospital visiting sick kids, so he found this place, and nobody had visited them, or had even made plans to visit them like we did, so it was a really cool thing we did today.

Speaking of mean dogs, I got bit by one this week. I reached out my hand to pet a dog’s head and he snatched my hand and punctured my index finger, but quickly let go. Then my reaction was really strange and I recognized it immediately. I didn’t freak out at all, but was rather very calm, and I said to my companion who saw everything that happened, “That dog just bit me, man…” Then I saw the blood that was coming from the hole in my finger, and my stomach got all queasy and I got a headache, then we walked to some nearby members and told them what happened. They let me sit down, but before I sat down I began to lose my vision and I almost passed out, then it came back, and I sat down, and my comp told me I was all cold, and that it seemed like I was in shock. I never took any medical classes, so I had no idea what that meant. I assumed nothing less than that I was shocked that the dog bit me. But then I washed my hand off with soap and water, and dried it off. It stopped bleeding, but there were no nearby band aids, so I let it air dry. It seems ok now, but ny hand is a bit swollen. I like dogs a little less. My hands doing well now, so don’t worry. I only foamed at the mouth the first two days, but now I think my body became immune to the rabies.

My companion says we can do the skype call the 24th at 6 pm so you can have everything planned out well. We just have to find two people who can lend us their laptops haha. I love you and hope you all have a great week!

Elder Kuoha

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December 9. 2013

Hey Mom!

So I got your box this week, but it turns out that someone opened it while it was traveling here, so it just came with footballs and ties… What else did you send me? Sucks, but it happens… Central America. Pfft.

Anywho, this week was pretty chill. We had a cool district meeting, and the really handsome, intelligent, and awesome district leader shared a message about always having the scriptures in mind. Knowing them like the back of your hand, so that if someone has a question or a doubt, boom, there’s a scripture for that. There’s a scripture for everything. Being district leader is really cool, especially in such a small district, because it’s calm and the sisters in my district are really cool and hard-working. But pretty soon they say that they’ll be putting missionaries in the ward next to ours, and they’ll be part of the district. It’s the most dangerous area in all of Costa Rica, so they’ll have to put elders there, and not sisters. But until they open up the area, my comp and I will be working there a couple of times a week to get it ready for full-time elders. We’ll only be working there if members come with us, so that they get used to working with the missionaries, and I look forward to it. We’re starting this week, and they already have a few prospective baptisms for this month, so we’ll try to rush and get them prepared for it.

Just kidding, the box got here fine, I got all the cookies and pretzels and stuff. I’ll be sure to give out ties to people for Christmas, and share cookies with my companion, but not too many haha. But yeah thanks a bunch for the box! I hope everything is going well at home! We’re getting changes calls tomorrow I think, but I don’t think I’m getting changed. I hope my comp doesn’t either, we get along great. We’re about to start my third to last change, but I’m not getting too trunky thank goodness, just a little exhausted haha. But I’ll be sure to finish strong, don’t worry!

Love you!

Elder Kuoha

The best part of Costa Rica, Arroz con Pollo. But I served the plate and made it look beautiful. Nevertheless, props to the chef for the delicious jama.

The best part of Costa Rica, Arroz con Pollo. But I served the plate and made it look beautiful. Nevertheless, props to the chef for the delicious jama.

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December 2, 2013

Dear Mom,

Not much to tell this week, Just trying to work hard with the investigators so that they’re prepared to be baptized. We saw a frog get run over this week. It was really sad. The frog reminded me of that singing and dancing frog with a top hat from the cartoons, then it got smushed.

Then we visited a less active member who told us the reason why she was less active. She had a negative experience with some members about 2 years ago, and stopped coming regularly. Then she was on the committee for EFY. She had been praying for an answer on what to do, but didn’t receive any answer for a long time. Then she got a phone call from the stake presidency and they told her they were going to have to release her from her assignment with EFY because she wasn’t going to church, and she broke down crying because it was the only thing that was connecting her to the church. SHe felt like that was the answer she got, that she should disconnect completely. Then while she was crying in her room after the phone call, her little sister said that someone came to the house looking for her, and when she came downstairs she realized it was the missionaries. Then she told us that it was us. Elder Vergara and I had knocked her door and we shared a little with her not knowing what had happened. But after that visit, she started coming to church again.

Since then, we’ve been trying to visit her at least twice a week for the past 5 weeks, but we never get the timing right, and we always miss her. Then we went on Saturday, and she told us this story. She said that since she got baptized two years ago, the missionaries never came to visit her again, and that we were the first ones to come by. She came back to church because she realized that when we stopped by, it was the answer to her prayers. It was the first time I had heard something like that from anyone, and it felt really nice. Then she gave us a piece of cake and we all felt so good that my comp and I forgot that we were fasting, and it ruined the fast, but it was a great experience nonetheless. That was the coolest thing that happened this week. I’ll talk to you soon!

Love,

Elder Kuoha

This is a Presidential Candidate with a family of converts/investigators. Various things I'd like to point out. 1. The cute little girl struggling to do the peace signs  2. The fact that this country is so small that this Presidential candidate has time to ride around and take pictures with random people in random streets in small neighborhoods in random parts of the country 3. The fact that he is a Nixon imposter

This is a Presidential Candidate with a family of converts/investigators. Various things I’d like to point out.
1. The cute little girl struggling to do the peace signs
2. The fact that this country is so small that this Presidential candidate has time to ride around and take pictures with random people in random streets in small neighborhoods in random parts of the country
3. The fact that he is a Nixon imposter

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November 25, 2013

Hey Mom!

This week was pretty great! We had our two baptisms as scheduled, and then they got confirmed on monday as scheduled, and then the husband will be getting the Aaronic Priesthood within two or three weeks. We are still working on finding new people to teach, but it’s a slow process. We are trying a new thing as a mission. It’s called LPE: Lecciones para encontrar (lessons in order to find). We just have to talk to more people. Like one of the apostles in this last conference promised, if we talk to 10 people each day outside of our normal plans, we will have plenty of people to teach and we’ll keep our agendas full. It’s hard to talk to a lot of people, but we’re improving little by little. Trying to talk to people all the time.

I hope you had a great week, and this week will surely be better haha. I can’t believe Brittany’s finished already. The time passes so quickly, it’s ridiculous. I’m glad I have 5 months left. They say that the last 4 months go by the fastest; I don’t doubt it. We’re trying to work more with members here, and now that a missionary just came home from Argentina, we should be able to do lessons with him. Hopefully they call him as ward missionary or something. We don’t even have an elders quorum president haha, so maybe they should work on that first. Yesterday was the Primary presentation, and it was really fun. I miss the ones back home though, because there’s like 300 kids. Here there were only like 15. But it was nice. Then the primary president cried a whole bunch, and it was a good day.

We hope to have a few baptisms in December, especially this one guy Juan Carlos, he’s totally gonna get baptized. He won’t accept a set date, but I know he’s gonna get baptized, because his girlfriend is a member, and she probably won’t get married to him until he gets baptized haha. But we’ll see. He’s super ready to get baptized. He wants to, he’s just not sure about when. He wants to be 150% sure before he does it, but he’s the only investigator I’ve ever had that reads the Gospel principle lessons before Sunday to be prepared for the class. He’s getting in the water. Bueno, that’s about all that’s been going on here. I hope everyone has a great week back home, and that everyone’s ok.

Love you,

Elder Kuoha

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