Sunday, June 29, 2014


June 28, 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

All right family this is my last email from the States!!! I will soon be in ARGENTINA!!! ahhhhhh!!!  We, We, We so excited. We so excited!! (Jerm that's for you)  

Well, a lot of great things happened this week. Sunday we got to listen to Sister Janice Kapp Perry. Yes, THE super famous lady in the LDS world, who wrote all those awesome primary songs! She is so awesome!! This devotional was the best devotional I have ever gone to. Well... besides the ones with the apostles...cuz those rocked!  But let me tell you how this devotional started out really well. She started telling us the story of how her and her husband met.  This is how it went:  She had been noticing this blonde RM who had been in several of her classes. He hadn't noticed her, so she decided she wasn't interested. day she was sitting in her clarinet class, getting ready for a music final. She was busy softening her reed with her lips when she felt a tap on her shoulder.  She turned around, noticed it was the RM, and said, "What do you want?"  He looks at her, smiles, and says, "Those lips look like they can be used for so much more." Hahahahaha!!  And then, listen to this. Her husband now in the devotional room, goes up to her while she's talking to us, and gives her a HUGE smack on her lips right in front of all of us missionaries!! Then he brings his fist into the air, and everyone cheers. It was the funniest thing ever!! hahaha!! Everyone surely paid attention after that.

BUT, that honestly wasn't the best part of the devotional. First, was when she said this, "There will come a time on you mission [or in life] where you will feel like you can't breathe.  Turn to Christ. Turn to Heavenly Father.  He is listening." And then we started singing, A Child's Prayer.  Oh, my goodness--what a special feeling!  We continued to sing the other primary songs that she wrote like: I Love to See the Temple, and Love is Spoken Here. It was a wonderful experience to be singing these songs that I had grown up with. These songs helped me during some hard times in my life. And I was at this moment, singing these beautiful songs with the writer, and with 500 other missionaries!!  Holy Cow!  BUT WAIT, the most perfect and best part was when we stood up and all the Sisters sang the new version of As Sisters in Zion. (The version where she wrote it to suit missionaries) And then all the Elders sang We are as the Army of Helaman. Words can't describe the beautiful feeling I had.  I just stood there, singing at the top of my lungs, arm and arm with my companion, tears streaming down my face. Oh, Wowwie, so AWESOME!!  It was truly a precious night.  

And then Tuesday came along, and we got to see SIX apostles!!! (Oaks, Bednar, Andersen, Ballard, Nielsen, and Christofferson)  It was Christofferson that talked to us, and I wish I could write more of what he talked to us about. But what stuck out to me the most was the number of times he said the word CHANGE.  As a missionary, we change a lot. We have that ability to change. And I was thinking what a blessing that is.  I have the ability to repent every day. I know I can change every day.  Through Jesus Christ, I can become like Him. "You are nothing in this work without Christ."

This week went by super, super, super fast, and I can't believe the time has already come for Argentina, Babbyy! I have learned so much from each person that has crossed my path here at the MTC. I love my companion, and I am SO SAD that I have to say goodbye to her. I love my District and my new Zone. What a blessing to have met these wonderful people. The CCM--I gotta say, it surely wasn't easy here.  BUT this means I am learning and growing.  I'm so excited for more hard things to come and more learning experiences to happen!! I know I surely can't get through them without my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is my Rock and my foundation.  He is my Best Friend and Brother.  (Helaman 5:12)

I know this church is true with all my heart.  I'm so excited for my mission in Argentina to officially commence. This is real life. What a blessing it is to be called as a missionary for My loving Heavenly Father. I know I am a daughter of God.  I love Him, and I know He loves me.  

Much Mahalos for everything Family!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love you!!!!

Hermana Pukahi

Elder Evans selfie pic of the Zone
I Love These People!
Our last goodbye with Hermano Mace
Waiting at the bus stop
Our last District pic at the Temple
Saying goodbye to Sister T
This is Olga
This is Mercedes...I love her!
One of our investigators
I am so buff
We are always laughing

Sunday, June 22, 2014

NINE Days Left Here At The CCM!!!

June 21, 2014

We had to say goodbye to these Sisters.

Dear Family & Friends,

I have NINE days left here at the CCM!! craazzzyy!  Yesterday we got our travel plans, which made everything feel all of a sudden so real.  We ARE actually going to Argentina baby!! (Speaking of which...Argentina just won sooooo I'll be there during the world cup!! woot woot) Anyways, receiving them made me and my companion super excited...and then super sad.  It hit us all of a sudden. Wait we are actually leaving this place? AND leave each other.  So we definitely acted like girls for those moments of...happy and then sad and then happy again.  haha oh well!  It's crazy how much I've grown to truly love this place.  Which is sort of weird right cuz everyone who gets back from his or her mission NEVER talks about the MTC...but this place rocks!!  We don't have to worry about making food, they give us allowance every week, they GIVE us investigators, everyone is so nice, we can ALWAYS feel the spirit, plus bonuses: we get to see an apostle basically every week! What is there not to love?  

With the new Hermanas in our Zone.
This week we got to see Elder M. Russel Ballard.  That was cool! He came in with his cute, little wife and talked to us about.... wait for it...missionary work!! Haha, My favorite part was where he said, "stay anchored to the doctrine of Christ." and "The Savior has the words of Eternal Life."    Especially as a missionary, we need to stay anchored to the foundation--the simple and clear message.  Faith in Jesus Christ is our very first step.  It is our Foundation. Repentance, Baptism, Holy Ghost--all the doctrine of Christ.  It's like those videos on the plane, (the information one's where we basically have them memorized hahaha).  We need to put our own breathing mask on, BEFORE helping others. We have to be anchored to that foundation, that doctrine before we can truly help others. 

Fun in the rain.
We also got to hear from Sherri Dew, which was pretty cool last Sunday! That was wonderful as well!! She talked about Grace --> the power of God.  She is an awesome Lady. The rest of this week was fun too! We are finished teaching Olga and we got her to read The Book of Mormon!! That was a huge step so yes. I had a great week! I learned a lot and we got our new missionaries in our zone!! 14 newbie’s :).  They are a lot of fun and hopefully I'll get to know them before I leave...ahhhhh so soon! 

Sister Tu'aukalau's last Saturday with me.
She's leaving for Lubbick, TX next week.
Okay sooo I leave on June 30th!! We head for the airport at 6:00 that morning to catch our flight to Atlanta at 11:00.  Then, at 9:10 P.M. Monday night we leave to Buenos Aires, an 11-hour flight!!! Good thing its over night and I'm good at sleeping on planes. Thanks dad!! I've got lots of experience, hahah.  Well I love youuuu!!!


Hermana Pukahi

Sister Wooley and I are twins. 
I asked my brother, Jeremy, to take Sister Wooley's sister,
Kristen, out on a date (they know each other.)  And put
together a care package for me and Sister Wooley.
The gave us matching dolls - we loved them!
We are for sure going to put badges on them.  An our
District loved the rest of the goodies they put in, too!
Sister Julia Morris & Sister Jessica Pukahi
Our District at Church

Friday, June 20, 2014

These Weeks Keep Going Faster and Faster!

June 14, 2014

Dear Family & Friends,

Wowsa!! These weeks keep going faster and faster! 16 mas dias hasta salimos a Argentina!!! Is that crazy? Yes! Am I freaking out? Yes! But it's chill.  

Well we got to hear from another Apostle on Tuesday night devotional!! wut wut! Elder Quinton L. Cook.  He talked to us about missionary work!...of course haha... He said, We are not here to "sell" the book of Mormon.  We are here to build wards and branches.  He is a wise man of God cuz that was something I learned through out the rest of the week.  Especially now, I realize I may have been more of convincing others that this gospel is true, rather than fulfilling my purpose as a missionary and inviting them.  I can tell others all I want of what I know but they aren't going to learn and know anything for themselves unless they find out for themselves.  I learned that the hard way teaching an atheist, TRC investigator "Olga", this past week.  Lessons with her are hard but I learn so much each lesson and I'm actually excited to teach her on Monday...:)

I noticed something else in myself that's kinda sorta weird.  I think.  I have always been chill, easy going but here I've sort become stubborn.  Not the bad stubborn like "my way or the highway", but the good kind like "I’m not going to give up on you."  I think that is the Spirit helping me to be more confident in myself, to speak up and share MY opinion.

Annyy whooo, the other district in our zone is leaving on Monday, tear drops on my ukulele.  We all are super sad to say good bye to those Hermanas, BUT we do get two new districts in our zone on Wednesday.  SOO many new missionaries are coming! Yes! So it's a really sad and happy, sad and glad, hot and cold, yes and no, in and out, up and down......okkaayy, too far, never to far. #YOLO (hahahahah that was for you Jermy jerm)  

I love you Family!! I'm doing great. Everyone in my district was surely put together for a reason.  I have learned so much from each of them individually. I'm so grateful that I can say that and to have so many examples in my life. We are all truly called of God.   

Oh and Thanks for the package!!  I loved every single thing that was in it. ESPECIALLY the pictures of puppies and kittens!!!!!!!! I loved them so much! But the only thing I'm super confused about is the coconut candy.  I mean don't get me wrong cuz, they are DA BOMMB!! But, I've never had them ever so; yeah I was just confused since I got like 8 bags. Hahaha love you!

Talk to you in a week!! 


Hermana Pukahi 

P.S. The Elders in my Zone call me shark bait, like from Nemo.  "Shark Bait, Pukahi!"...yeah...

Saturday, June 7, 2014

There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today!

Week #3 – Saturday, June 7, 2014
Laundry Time

"There is sunshine in my soul today!”  That is the perfect title to this last week!  Also, it's the only song we all know how to sing in Spanish.  So.....we sing it ALOT.  Well, actually just THAT line. Sooooo...all the elders are really annoyed with it.  But I can't help but sing it when there's sunshine bursting out of my soul!!  Ha, ha

I forgot to tell you that last week’s devotional was with Elder Nielsen from the Quorum of the Twelve!!  :) So that was pretty cool!  We were hoping and hoping that we'd see another apostle, but it didn't happen this week. Crossing my fingers for the next! It's still a-okay because after Sunday devotionals, we get to watch some old movies or talks. These last two weeks, I was able to see two AMAZING talks by Elder Bednar.  Boy, that man is certainly an apostle called of God.  He is awesome!

Well, I know school is out....scream and shout, finally Summer’s here...ha, ha (Jeremy I knew you'd love a little of that HSM.)  So, I have some homework for you folks. See if you can find "The Character of Christ" talk by Elder Bednar.  I'm not sure if you can even find it because it might just be for the MTC, but if you do find it, write me and let's talk about it. This talk is honestly life changing.  And I'm not kidding.  So good!! :)  

Highlight of my week was hosting for the new missionaries coming in on Wednesday. Oh, that was fun! The best part was that I got to host Kayleigh Hill…oops, I mean Hermana Hill!  We played soccer and lacrosse together, so seeing her was the BEST.  I got to show her the ropes and all that… so that was lovely.  

Earlier that day was sort of weird.  My compañera had to go to the doctor with another Hermana, so I was without her for almost 4 hours. Doesn't seem that long at all, but it felt like forever!!! I guess since being 24/7 with her, and then being without her, makes me feel like a part of me is missing.  Yeah, weird…ha, ha but honestly, I've grown to love each of these Hermanas and Elders so much.  It's crazy how the gospel can truly bring people together.  We bear our testimonies to each other so much, and I was thinking…that must be it--why we are so close.  Like you know after Girl’s Camp or Youth Conference when we bear testimonies to one another and after the meeting, it's like we feel so much closer and united. It's like that but every single day. Okay, maybe that sounds cheesy, but I love it!  I think it's so true.  I think sharing the gospel and what you believe brings the spirit and love.  It's wonderful.  So I challenge each of you to share your testimony to a loved one.  It doesn't have to be Fast Sunday, you can share your testimony whenever. Then write me about it because I'd love to hear.  :)  
We Love P-Days
The District At Burger Supreme
Also, I think my district is starting to not take me so seriously anymore.  I'm just being too sarcastic. OH, NO! I'm turning into Dad....ha, ha!  It also doesn't help that I am super short.  I don't know where all these tall people came from!!??  Honestly, everyone must've eaten one of Jack's beans and grown so tall because sometimes I feel like an ant.  But hey, it's okay, because guess what?  Tengo gozo en mi alma hoy!  Ha,ha!
Having Fun In Class
Okay, one more highlight of the week.  On Sunday, during our devotional, we sang "Called to Serve." Hermana Nally (MTC Relief Society President) made an arrangement where it grew louder and louder. Oh, I don’t know how to explain it, but it was so awesome and such a happy feeling.  It was like on a warm Summer night, playing outside barefoot. It's at the time of day where the sun has set, still a little light out, but you can start to see the stars begin to shine. (I know, I'm a poet – ha, ha) It's kind of like that feeling, where you're just so happy and content.  It was a perfect night.  

I'm so proud to be part of this missionary work. I just can't wait to go to Argentina!! 


Hermana Pukahi
Hermano Mace, Hermana Pukahi and Hermana Morris
"This is a picture with Hermano Mace one of my teachers...
he was like Javier...he acted like an investigator at first!!
He fooled us..."
Our other teacher, Hermana Valdez,
Hermana Morris and Hermana Pukahi
Bus-on way to devotional - being silly
Another picture on Bus-on way to devotional.
Funny picture at the Temple
Our Whole Zone - which consists of my District
and another District of just girls.  All of them are going
to Argentina except for Hermana Tu'aukalau who is
going to Lubbick, Texas.