Saturday, May 31, 2014

It's Week 2 At The CCM...MTC (in Spanish)

May 30, 2014

Hello FAMILY!!! 

It's week two at the CCM...MTC (in Spanish).  Sorry about that last email. I was stressed out on trying to write everything I wanted ha ha.  So P-day is every Saturday.  It’s the best day!!! We get to wake up early and go to the temple. Oh It's wonderful :). 

The Sister Missionaries In My District except for 
Hermana Yates (in the purple dress), who is our 
Zone Training Leader.  She is Awesome!
I'm going to have to send pics in a different email cuz I have the bad computer so I can't send pics...if that makes sense.  Anyways, this week was sooo much better than last week! We are finally situated and kinda sorta know what we are doing. My companion Hermana Morris and I are working super well together. I really love her and I'm so glad I have an awesome companion! She's honestly so fun!  woot woot.  

Sister Pukahi & MTC Companion Sister Morris
So we teach lessons to these "investigators"...they really are teachers here, but one of them we didn't know he was a teacher...well he ends up being OUR teacher!! He surprised us and we are like, wait? You're a member!! And then he speaks English and all that stuff and yeah it’s kinda funny.  I guess…ha ha. 

I really love my zone and we have so much fun together. It's totally a bunch of random people from so many different backgrounds, but without just one of them our zone wouldn't be complete.  

Lunch at MTC with my District
Left- Hermana Morris, (from Bakersfield, CA)

Hermana Wooley, (know from Orem High School),
Hermana Romeril, (from Hemet, CA)

Elder Royster, (from West Virginia),
Elder Anderson, (from Florida),
Right- Hermana Pukahi, (me),

Hermana Tu'aukalau, (originally from New Zealand,
most recently from San Jose, CA),
Elder Evans, (from California), 

and Elder Giliam, (from Anchorage, AK)

"I love them all of them.  They are all my little ohana."
I'm learning so much Spanish everyday.  It's wonderful, but I know I DEFINITELY still have a lot to go.  Oh the CCM is wonderful! I love being at the west campus.  Just outside our classrooms is this little river and sort of meadow thing. Well anytime we want we can just go outside and study. Oh it’s awesome. It reminds me of the sacred grove...uh kind of...but for real! You can feel the spirit so strong all the time.  Sometimes I feel like I'm just about to burst into tears because of all the strong people around me striving to be better.  It's an awesome feeling to be a missionary.  Seriously though sometimes I forget.  I walk past the mirror and look at my tag and I'm like…oh yeah!!! Then I get so happy :)  

We're going to be starting to teach another Sister, who is actually our teacher right now.  Her name is Hermana Valdez.  She is the sweetest!!! She will literally do anything for us. She helps us learn and she can instantly bring the spirit every time she talks.  She is truly an example to me.  I haven't gotten a picture with her yet but I promise I'll send one of her and me next email :)  Oh and the new teacher we just got, (who we taught) is Hermano Mace.  He lives in Orem. JEREMY you know his little brother Mckay I think? Idk that's what he said.  But he's super funny and a great teacher.

I feel like I can be myself here. It's awesome.  My companion Hermana Morris and I are roommates with 3 other girls.  They are in a trio...sorry I forgot what I told you last time so I might have already said that.  Anyways they are all so funny!! 

Lunch Another Day With Roommates
The last picture I sent was with Hermana Tu'aukalau....I think that's how you spell it.  Yep, yep!   The only thing I don't like about this place. The ONLY thing is the food. I mean I'm not a picky eater and I eat food!! I LOVE FOOOD!! But I mean, I miss some other food.... that’s all I gotta say about it! But all the workers here are super duper nice and so friendly and cute. What great people I am surrounded with. I am truly blessed.

Oh I do have to say the best time of the day is gym time!!!! So fun!! Volleyball can get pretty intense.  My companion played volleyball so it gets pretty competitive. OHHH yeahhh...uhhh anyways, I love you all so much!!! Thanks for being wonderful examples to me! I love you family :) You are the bestest family ever! the history of our islands...just for you dad ha ha.

Jeremy and Jamison:  Did you guys get my letters?  I'd love to hear from you :) go ahead and write me back please!! Jeremy, be nice to Jamison.  Jamison LISTEN to Jeremy.  He loves you and knows what's best for you.  I want you guys to read Jeremiah 31:3.  It's about how God loves us. Always remember you have a Heavenly Father who loves you and is always there for you.  Do the best you can every day okay?  Jerm good luck this week!!! Just be you and you'll do great! Don't stress too much okay :) The lord will help you with anything, so make sure to say a prayer before try outs each day.  Remember you both have the priesthood.  Respect that power and be grateful for it.  I love you guys so, so much!!!!


Hermana Pukahi

In Class with Companion Sister Morris
MTC Spanish Class
Sister Morris, Sister Pukahi,
Sister Bowen, MTC Branch President Bowen

"My Branch President and his wife are so AWESOME?
All the wives in our Branch Presidency are seriously
like our moms.  They are caring and loving."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hermana (Sister) Pukahi 1st Letter

May 26, 2014


Mi familia!!!!!!!!  hola hola hola! I love you all so so much. I’m having a wonderful time here at the MTC.  I’m in west campus.  Called it. wut wut. Today is my Pday so you will expect an email from me every Saturday and it's great! My companera (companion) is Hermana (Sister) Morris from Bakersfield California! She's way nice and way fun.  So for the past three days I have been sick. Coughing and everything but I have been blessed with a wonderful companion who is helping me get better.  She brought some essential oils so that has helped allot but I need more cold medicine. I had to borrow some Nyquil so please send me some!!! and Dayquil!! or like other things, like cough medicine and lozenges....idk (I don’t know) how to spell.  Anyways MOST IMPORTANT: PLEASE SEND ME MY TEMPLE RECOMMEND!!!! Mom or Dad can just drop it probably off at the Wyview chapel or just send it because we check mail everyday.  I think you can just drop it off at the chapel cuz I can just go and pick it up.  Also, use Dear Elder.  Have everyone use Dear Elder.  It's basically like sending an email but they print them off for us and we can get them twice a day its great so do that!!! That way it won’t take so much time of me emailing you and that kind of stuff.  Also that way I can hear from you guy’s everyday!! Also please send me pictures. JEREMY.  I know you will take pics...not selfies....of everyone so send them to me like everyday please :) :)  

Anyways on the very first day on Wednesday we got to meet my zone. BTW my hermana (sister) and I are in intermediate!!!! Yep the only ones.  So we are technically a district by ourselves.  I love it. It's basically one-on-one time with the teacher and so we can learn Spanish super fast.  I think we are doing super good.  Anyways we meet all together at Rain Tree apartments for our classes with our zone. My companion and I just meet in a separate room for our class. The very first day we learned how to say a prayer and then the following day we learned to bear our testimony!! So I'm getting there! The other girls in our zone are our roommates.  They are awesome!!! they are a trio. One of the Hermanas (Sisters) is Katelyn Wooley from OHS.  So we are having allot of fun. Plus its great cuz we kind of know each other :)  Another one of the hermanas (sisters) is from New Zealand.  So you KNOWWWW I love that!!! hahaha I just love hearing her talk.  I make her say water. It’s great.  Haha she's Tongan so we like to talk about our families allot.  WE laugh allot.  I’m having a blast!! 
Sister Tu'akalau (from New Zealand) & Sister Pukahi
Yesterday mi y mi companera (me and my companion) taught two investigators. They are just teachers who pretend to be investigators.  But sometimes they are actual investigators so we always have to act like they are real! It’s way fun! But super hard. It’s hard because my Spanish is coming along and I’m getting everything.  But don't know any gospel terms. The first guy we talked to was super hard. Like....we had a plan and then completely talked about things that were not in that plan...wut? I don’t know what happened but it still worked out. The second guy it was way good! It was super hard, like harder than the first. But you could totally feel the spirit and the spirit truly guided us on what to say. It is awesome.  But we are still adjusting to everything. We are definitely new.  Like on Thursday we totally got lost and took the wrong bus to go somewhere.  We had a very good laugh out of it.  We ended up having to go to the main MTC and ask them if they could drive us back.  Haha so that was fun.  

Ahhh, I love it here.  I’m living back in Wyview so that’s weird.  But I like it! It’s so easy to feel the spirit here.  I’m always smiling.  Even these past few days when I was super sick and just wanted to sleep.  I was still happy.  I’m just thankful for these free water bottles they gave us cuz that's surely been helping my throat.  

So today we went to the temple and since I forgot my temple recommend we had to have the branch president talk to the people inside.  It worked out so I was able to go. But when we got inside me and my companera (companion) were late for the session so all the other missionaries went to the session and we just did initiatories, again don't know how to spell.  It was way way way good!!! Then we just met the others in the celestial room so everything worked out wonderful :)

So I found out what’s inside those big marsh mellow things in the MTC were...they are big gyms where we play volleyball and basketball.  It’s my favorite part of the gym.  Totally clears my head.  The days are super long here I feel.  I guess that’s life as a missionary.  But at the end of the day I'm like.. What the? Where did the time go?  

Oh so my temple recommend is in my old wallet, the black one of the pockets where the cards are. Sorry you are going to have to look for it.  I hope everyone’s okay?  How are you all doing? What’s new? I wanna know!!!! I love you all so so much and I'm so happy to be here.  I'm so grateful all my family has done for me! I'm truly blessed with a wonderful family who loves me and supports me.  I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!!!!!

Yo se que la iglesia es verdadera
yo se que el libro de mormon es la palabra de dios
Estoy muy agredecida para mi familia y yo se que mi family es eternidad
Tengo amor para mi padre y celestial y yo se que el es mi padre celestial
En el nombre de jesu cristo amen.

(Google Translation)

I know the church is true.  I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God.  I am very appreciative for my family and I know my family is forever.  I love my Heavenly Father and I know he is my Heavenly Father.  In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Sister Pukahi

Thursday, May 22, 2014

2014-May-21 MTC Curbside Drop Off

2014-May-21 Family of Sister Jessica Pukahi

2014-May-21 Last Supper @ BYU

Left Upper Corner: Sister Jessica Pukahi
Bottom Left Corner: Grandpa, Mom, Sister Pukahi, Uncle Aaron, Aunt Linda,
Dad, Cousin Melissa, Aunt Trish, Brother Jeremy, Brother Jamison, Grandma
Center: Brother, Mom, Jessica
Upper Right Corner: Same as bottom corner
Bottom Right Corner: Two brothers and a sister

2014-May-20 Setting Apart Day

Mom, Sister Jessica Pukahi, Dad
Set-apart as a Sister Missionary for
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

2014-May-18 Farewell Talk in Sacrament Meeting

Elder Velasco, Jessica Pukahi, Jeremy Pukahi, Elder Winkie

Musical Number: "How Can I Be"

Farewell Talk: Jessica Pukahi