Sunday, December 18, 2011

Church today -- 12/18/11

Sacrament Meeting
  • The Sacrament.
  • Youth speakersLele Stanley spoke about writing a poem for her high school English class and being recognized by her teacher for the virtuousness of the poem.  She challenged us to be more virtuous. Cameron Tani-Kiyokane, substituting for his cousin Darin Shichida, spoke with gratitude about just completing Youth Challenge.
  • Adult speakers: Kala Friel, just returned from a two-year mission to Georgia, spoke (with a very evident Southern accent) about moving forward the work in the South.  "There is no substitute for work," he said.  Nate Kia, high council speaker, also addressed us, and spoke about overcoming the natural man, "an enemy to God" (Mosiah 3:7).
Sunday School
  • Last lesson of 2011.  It was about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Millenium.  Lesson notes.  In 2012, we will be studying the Book of Mormon.
Priesthood/Elders Quorum

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas caroling

A Kaneohe priesthood choir (nine brethren) sang Christmas hymns & carols this evening for the residents of Kina'ole Estate (a senior citizen residence).

The choir: Roy Hirokawa, John Mossman, Elder Delai, Elder Cottle, Kanoa Kanahele, David Suficiencia, Elder Latu, Elder Robbins, Dayle Turner.

Mahalo to the brethren for spreading the Christmas spirit.  Much appreciated by the residents.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Church today 12/11/11

Church 12/11/11 Highlights
  • The Sacrament.
  • Puna Tani talked about Christmas devotional, specifically Elder Uchtdorf's talk about how Christmas can't be ruined (as a boy, Elder Uchtdorf accidentally set a curtain afire in his home at Christmas time, of which he thought he had ruined).
  • Joe Ahuna and sons Joseph Jr and David sang "Hark All Ye Nations" in Maori.  Wonderfully sung.
  • Kaeo Everett, from Kaneohe 2nd ward, spoke. He is just back from  a mission in New Zealand. 
Sunday school--Teacher Joe Ahuna
--He that overcometh shall inherit all things
--Video of Mary
Angel appeared to her
For with God nothing is impossible.
Revelations. Written by John the beloved.
Message of revelation
Good will triumph over evil
Victory achieved thru Christ
Rev 3:20 knock he will sup with us
Rev 21:7 he that overcome shall inherit all things
3:14-22 being Luke warm

Wally Wong conducts priesthood session.

Brethren @ Priesthood

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Kaneohe 1st Ward Christmas dinner 2011

Lots of food (Mexican, Italian, and Filipino), lots of fun, and lots of spirit.
Dinner time!
Musical entertainment by John Mossman, Herman Kanahele, and Meldon Leong.
Faasiu Saifoli partakes of a plethora of desserts

Friday, December 9, 2011

Chicken enchiladas a la Elders Quorum

The quorum's contribution to the ward Christmas dinner was chicken enchiladas. Pictured here are Kanoa Kanahele, Gene Tamashiro, and Dayle Turner deboning chicken at Kanoa's house. Mahalo to Spencer Christian and Sister Celestine Rodrigues for the recipe.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Church today --12/4/11

Sacrament meeting:

Today was fast and testimony meeting and most of those who bore testimony mentioned the BYU-Hawaii football game (won by BYU 41-20).   One of our own, Kaneakua Friel, started at tight end for the Cougars, blocking well and catching three passes for 17 yards.

This past Friday, the BYU team hosted a fireside at the Makakilo Stake Center.  Highlights of that fireside include talks by Kaneakua, Travis Uale, and BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Church today -- 11/27/11

Sacrament meeting:
Who can endure?
  • Youth Speakers:  Nalani Stanley and Eric Yugawa.  Nalani told us that "endurance is the key" and made reference to 3 Nephi 15:9 which speaks of looking unto Christ and enduring to the end, and also to a story told by motivational speaker Sean Walker about a young man who wanted something yet whose resolve to endure was suspect.   Eric spoke about gratitude and things he is grateful for including having a loving family, a good school to attend (Iolani), and a nice place to go to church (he made reference to places his brother Craig, serving a mission in Africa, attends church).
  • Adult speakers:  Two recently returned missionaries spoke today.  Trisha Carlile, who served at the Temple Square Mission in Salt Lake City, spoke about her experiences, as did Allie Garcia, who served in the Guatemala Mission.   Two good testimonies about faith.
Elders Quorum Announcements:
  •  Activity:  Ward Christmas Dinner on 12/10 Saturday.  The quorum's food contributions will be a main dish (chicken enchiladas), the fixings for a taco bar, and desserts.   Quorum members will be contacted for specific food assignments. We also will be providing a game for the keiki (pinata) and also performing a musical number (the latter to be determined).  Bring family, neighbors, and friends to the dinner!
  • Service: Christmas caroling on 12/16 Friday for the residents of Kina'ole Estate, a senior housing residence on William Henry Road in Kaneohe.  All Priesthood are welcome to join us.
  • Sacrament meeting prayers for December:    Assignments are as follows:  12/4 Tamashiro and Teves,  12/11 Steffen and Hayashida,  12/18 Faumuina & Labatte, 12/25 Bejosa & Kanahele.
  • Temple recommend interviews:  With President Kawakami at church on 12/4 from 11am to 12:30pm and on 1/8/12 Sunday 11 am to 12:30 p.m.  All quorum members should strive to have a current temple recommend.
  • Christmas Day Church:  Sacrament meeting only.  No other meetings on 12/25/11.  Merry Christmas
Elders Quorum Lesson:
  • Was presented by Bill Sellers who used Elder Dallin H. Oak's talk "Desire" as the teaching reference.  Key points of the lesson[1] to achieve our eternal destiny, we will desire and work for the qualities required to become an eternal being; [2] Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. [3] The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming; [4] It is our actions and our desires that cause us to become something, whether a true friend, a gifted teacher, or one who has qualified for eternal life; [5] The story of Aron Ralston, a mountaineer who amputated his own arm because he had a desire to survive.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Elders Quorum News 11/20/11

Today in the quorum, we discussed our Ward's Christmas dinner which will be on Saturday 12/10/11 with the theme Christmas-Around-the-World. Our country is Mexico, and we are responsible for providing a Mexican main dish for the dinner (we decided on chicken enchiladas and a taco bar), desserts (here are some ideas), and a game (we decided on pinata) for the post-dinner entertainment activity.  For the Christmas dinner, Kanoa Kanahele and Damon Magalogo are the co-chairs for the quorum.   Assignments from them will be forthcoming.  Meanwhile, mark your calendars and invite family and friends to the dinner.

Turkey Bowl flag football.  Thanksgiving Day morning 11/24.  8am at  Kaneohe Elementary School lower field.  Ka'ano'i Walk is coordinating.  Come out and have fun, fellowship, and burn some calories before the big kaukau!

Also discussed today was a service activity set for 12/16/11 Friday.  Quorum members will be Christmas caroling for the residents of a Kaneohe convalescent home.  More details will be forthcoming.

Today's quorum lesson was about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. What will happen when Christ comes again?   He will--
  • Cleanse the earth (see D&C 101:24-25)
  • Judge His people (see Matthew 25-31-46)
  • Usher in the Millenium (see D&C 88:96)
  • Complete the First Resurrection (see D&C 88:97-98)
  • Take His rightful place as King of heaven and earth (see D&C 88:104)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Elders Quorum News 11/13/11

Today in the Quorum:

Brother Joshua Steffen announced that he and his wife Nola are looking to adopt a child.  To find out more about their quest and to help, visit a site they established.


Mahalo to all who helped with the Adopt-a-Highway service project.  We will revisit our adopted highway for more service on the first Saturday of 2012 (Jan 7).  Mark your calendars.


We had a long discussion of home teaching, including some sharing by brethren of "what-I've-done-for-home-teaching".  Good discussion.  Let's go out and love our families.  For inspiration, watch this video: Home Teaching: A Work of Love from the church.

Today's lesson was on Signs of the Second Coming; the ones we discussed included [1] wickedness, war, and turmoil, [2] the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, [3] the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, [4] the gospel being preached to all the world, [4] the coming of Elijah, and [5] Lehi's descendants becoming a great people.   Key point of the lesson:  "The Lord gives these signs to help us. We can put our lives in order and prepare ourselves and our families for those things yet to come."  Brethen, let's be prepared.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Adopt-a-Highway Service Project 11/12/11

Mosiah 2:17  And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
 Our mission was to pick up trash along our adopted section of Likelike and Kahekili Highways in Kaneohe.  Working in three teams, we began at 7:45a.m. and were pau by 9:30.  All told, we picked up about a dozen bags of trash, which included hundreds of cigarette butts.  Good job and mahalo to all who turned out to help.

L to R: Suficiencia, Cottle, Turner, Tecson, Sellers, Walk, Oshiro, Delai, Tamashiro
The Haiku team is heading Kailua-bound on Kahekili Highway.

Picking up trash by the junction of Kahekili Hwy and Haiku Road

Brother Gene Tamashiro scanning for opala.

Team Haiku:  Kanahele, Turner, Tamashiro, Delai.  Other team members were Lea Kanahele and Jacque Turner

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Service Project -- Saturday 11/12

Adopt-a-highway. Our first Quorum service outing to clean-up our adopted  2-mile section of roadway [see map] which includes Kahekili Hwy from Haiku Road to Likelike Hwy to Kaneohe Bay Drive (by Burger King) will be on 12 Nov 2011 Saturday.  Meeting time is 7:30 a.m. at Kaneohe Burger King parking lot.  Instructions and assignments will be given at that time.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stake Conference Report - Sunday General Session

I was unaware that this Stake Conference would be a live broadcast from Salt Lake City, but it was and it was a good one.  Here's a recap of the four talks we, and all the other Hawaii stakes, were presented.

Speaker 1: Elder Donald Hallstrom of the Seventy.  Elder Hallstrom is from Hawaii and recalled for us an experience from his youth when he attended a conference at the Honolulu Tabernacle  as a five-year-old with his older brother Jim (who is a former Kaneohe Stake President).  Presiding at that conference was President David O. Mckay.  Though he said he did not recall President McKay's message, he, from his seat in the tenth row of the Tab, received a distinct impression that he was listening to a prophet of God.  At that conference, one of the hymns sung was "Who's on the Lord's side?" In his talk today, Elder Hallstrom asked us if we are on the Lord's side and discussed things we can do to solidify our membership on the Lord's team including [1] gaining and nurturing a testimony, [2] studying the doctrine continually, [3] honoring priesthood ordinances and covenants, [4] rooting out duplicity and [5] establishing a life of service.  Elder Hallstrom made reference to these points in a talk that was recently published in the June 2011 Ensign.

Speak 2: Sister Cheryl Esplin, 2nd counselor in the primary general presidency spoke about keeping the Sabbath day holy.  Of course, keeping the sabbath holy is one of the commandments, and we were reminded that we "parents have a sacred duty" to do so for the sake of our children.  Sister Esplin shared a couple of stories about faithful observance of the Sabbath. One was about a talented young swimmer named Ashley, who, thorough her mother's counsel to pray and to study scripture about the Sabbath, decided to forgo swimming competitions on Sunday.  The second was about Elder H. Verlan Anderson, who "not only knew the truth but lived it" [ref]. It seems that Elder Anderson's son forgot to fill the family car with gasoline after an exuberant Saturday night outing with friends. The next morning, the Sabbath, upon discovering that the car fuel tank was empty, Elder Anderson "put on his coat, bid [his family] good-bye, and then walk the long distance to the chapel, that he might attend an early meeting." 

Speaker 3: Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke about the life and work of Joseph F. Smith (JFS), who spent six of his eighty years of life building the kingdom of God in the Hawaiian islands.  At age 15, JFS was called to serve as a missionary in Hawaii, his first assignment being in 1854 in Kula on Maui.  One of things that confounded early church missionaries to Hawaii was the language but not JFS who, in 100 days, was able to learn and speak Hawaiian fluently.   In 1866, at age 27, JFS was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve.  Thereafter, he served as a counselor for Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow before being called as the sixth President of the Church in October 1901.

One of the great teachers of the gospel, according to Elder Ballard, JFS also was inspired in 1915 to dedicate the grounds for the Laie Temple.  Sadly, he died in 1918 at age 80, a year before the Laie Hawaii was opened and dedicated.  Today, JFS is remembered in Hawaii by the Joseph F. Smith Library on the BYU-Hawaii campus and the Iosepa, the 105-foot, double-hulled Hawaiian canoe that was launched in October 2001, a hundred years after JFS was called as Church President.

 Speaker 4:  President Henry Eyring of the First Presidency told us that the purpose of his talk was to help us feel greater confidence in our journey through this life to eternal life.  President Eyring offered three "helps" for us. 
[1]  Be clean.  He talked about partaking the sacrament weekly, about repenting for our sins, about being faithful, about being humble, about remembering the Savior.  "God will help us to be clean," said President Eyring.
[2] Be diligent.  He spoke of having a sense of urgency in our undertakings, using a story of a recent meeting with church leaders where President Monson told them about an initiative they'd been discussing, "We're all agreed that it is a good thing, so why wait?  Let's get started now!"  He cited D&C 4:1-2 and D&C 88:124, the latter scripture being one he said he reads/recites to himself when he is feeling tired and in need of a boost of diligence.
[3] Be prayerful. We were counseled to pray always, and as such, I was reminded of D&C 90:24.  To illustrate, President Eyring recounted the story of fainting spells he was having a few years ago, one fainting episode which resulted in a fall and a broken leg.  Medical examinations at first yielded no clear explanation for the fainting episodes but through continual prayer and a priesthood blessing (from President Monson), a doctor was found who identified the cause (a faulty heart) which was taken care of with a pacemaker.  All is well with President Eyring.

Summary:  Stake Conferences are meant to foster unity among members and us partake of the spirit.  In that regard, this was a great Stake Conference with timely and helpful messages for all of us. 

Stake Conference Report - Saturday night adult session

My wife and I attended the adult session of Kaneohe Hawaii Stake Conference last night and it was wonderful.

We arrived a few minutes before 7pm to find a well-occupied stake center parking lot.  "Wow, lots of people tonight," I remarked to my wife as we made our way into the building.  Once there, we found a line of ten people waiting to enter the chapel, including Sister Lorraine Kawakami, the Poliahus (from K2 ward), and Jeff & Libby Tom (now of K2 but formerly of our ward).  At that point, a decision was made to open the sliding partition doors to the rear section of the chapel which saved us from having to hunt down seats in the gathered body of Saints in the quite-full front section.

We enjoyed the prelude music being played on the organ by David Ahuna and noted those sitting on the stand: the stake presidency (Kaluhiokalani, Kawakami, Gibson, Lee), Elder Scot Whiting of the Seventy (and our former Stake President), Brother Bob Uyehara (a former bishop & counselor in the stake presidency), a handful of brothers and sisters we did not recognize but who would be giving talks, and a choir composed of single-adults from the stake which included a couple of members of our quorum--David Suficiencia and Gene Tamashiro.  Micah Hirokawa, formerly of our ward, was the choir director.

Talk 1:  Brother Paul Andrus (K3 ward), 87, is, according to this source, a  former missionary, mission president (see pic at left), stake high councilor, member of the stake presidency, and regional representative.  He gave his testimony of "true doctrine." Before reading from his scriptures about Nebuchadnezzar's Dream from Daniel 2, Brother Andrus realized that he had forgotten his reading glasses.  Instantly, as if on cue, President Gibson arose and offered his glasses to Brother Andrus.  A grateful Brother Andrus then remarked, "These are perfect. In fact they're even better than mine."  A delightful moment.
  • Talk 2: Sister ?? (I didn't catch her name) spoke about "things that matter most."  She read excerpts from personal journal entries she had written for her children. 
Talk 3:  Sister Pauline Saizon (Kahaluu Ward) used the saying "If you build it, they will come" from the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams as the framework for her message, which included references to "field builders" like her mom (a faithful member who lived to be 100 years old), her daughter (who inspired her after a year and a half of inactivity), and her grandson (who encouraged her during a family trip to Disneyland).  Sister Saizon also counseled us about the perils of being too BUSY (Burdened Under Satan's Yoke). 
  • Talk 4:  Brother Bob Uyehara spoke about receiving inspired counsel from a church leader to serve a senior mission with his wife.  After consulting with his wife regarding serving a mission, they received an answer from Isaiah 65:24.  In a personal aside, I first met Brother Uyehara in the 1980s at Kamehameha, where I was on the coaching staff of the junior varsity football team which his son, Randy, was a member of.  While I did not know Bob was a member of the church, I do recall him as being friendly and supportive.  After those Kamehameha football years, I next encountered Brother Uyehara at my first LDS church service in November 2005.  He was seated on the stand of the Waikalua Chapel that day, probably as a member of the stake presidency or stake high council, and after the meeting we renewed our acquaintance.  
Talk 5:  Stake President George Kaluhiokalani, in an inspiring talk, spoke about life's lessons learned which, for him, included keeping a personal history to give to his children, recognizing that there will be thorns and thistles in life (he told the story of Wilma Rudolf as an example), being grateful (he told the story of watching the sunset from Ala Moana beach as an example of something he was grateful for), being forgiving, attending the temple, and making the gospel the center of his life.  He concluded by expressing his gratitude for the two young men who, in the late 1970s, answered the inspired call to serve missions in New Jersey, where they carried the good news of the gospel to the Kaluhiokalani family, which included a son named George (him).

  Talk 6:  Elder Scott Whiting, in yet another inspired talk, explained why it is important to have older members on the stand during meetings like this one. The reason:  these members serve as examples of individuals who, through their diligent and steadfast faith, have attained holiness in their lives.  Elder Whiting also taught us a lesson about drawing close to God.  He did so by telling a story about wanting to attend the temple during the time when the Laie temple was undergoing renovation.   During that time, he was on a church assignment to California and he made plans to attend the San Diego Temple.   When he arrived at the temple, he encountered a closed and locked gate and was informed that the temple was closed for two weeks for its annual cleaning and renovation.  Disappointed, Elder Whiting drove off and soon thereafter received a prompting that the temple was not the only place to go to draw close to God.  Drawing close to God can happen anywhere.  A good lesson for all of us.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Stake Conference this weekend

Kaneohe Stake Conference schedule 2011
  • Chair set-up assigned to High Priests and Elders from our ward and the Waimanalo Ward.  We will meet @ 630pm on Friday 11/4 to complete this assignment.
  • Sat 11/5, 4pm.  Stake priesthood leadership meeting
  • Sat 11/5, 7-9pm.  Adult session.
  • Sunday 11/6, 10am. to noon. General Session.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Church today -- 10/30/11

Because next Sunday is Stake Conference, today was fast and testimony Sunday for all wards in the Kaneohe Hawaii Stake.

Testimony meetings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, President Spencer W. Kimball once said, "are some of the best meetings in the [Church] in the whole month, if you have the spirit." 1
President Kimball
The spirit was undoubtedly evident  because today's meeting at church was the best meeting of October.  And this is not a slight to the other meetings we've had on the preceding Sundays, for they were of spiritual benefit.   Testifying today were Bishop Bert Oshiro, Chauna Faumuina, Filipo Filiaga, Faafetai Lesa, Joe Ahuna, Elder Delai, Roy Hirokawa, and Pohai Hayashida. 

President Kimball also went on to say that "if you are bored at a testimony meeting, there is something the matter with you, and not the other people. You can get up and bear your testimony and you think it is the best meeting in the month; but if you sit there and count the grammatical errors and laugh at the man who can’t speak very well, you’ll be bored. … Don’t forget it! You have to fight for a testimony. You have to keep fighting!" 1

Brethren, let's keep fighting for our testimonies!

Since today was a fifth-Sunday, there was a combined priesthood & Relief Society meeting in the 3rd hour, conducted by Brother Rob Carlile, with the topic being family finance with key points being taught--
  1. Paying a full and honest tithe
  2. Managing money wisely
  3. Learning self-discipline and restraint in money matters
  4. Using a budget
  5. Teaching family members early about the importance of working and earning
Copies of "One for the Money" were given out today.  If you do not have a copy, you can get one here (free).

Elders Quorum announcements:
  •  The priesthood from our ward and the Waimanalo Ward are responsible for setting up chairs at the Stake Center for the upcoming Stake Conference.  We will be doing this on either Friday afternoon/evening 11/4 or Saturday morning/afternoon 11/5.  The exact day and time for this service is TBA. 
  • Service project:  Adopt-a-Highway clean-up of assigned sections of Kahekili and Likelike Highways on Nov. 12 Saturday.  Meeting time will be 7:30am at Kaneohe Burger King.
  • Report about your assigned home teaching families to your home teaching district leaders or via this link by month's end 10/31 Monday.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Elders Quorum Activity: Makapu'u Sunrise Hike

We had a wonderful activity EARLY this morning.  Meeting at 5am and starting the hike at 5:30 a.m., we started out as a group of four (Kanoa Kanahele, Gene Tamashiro, Dayle and Jacque Turner) and ended up as a group of twelve.  Eventually joining us were eight other church members.

L to R:  Rosie, Cody, Gene, Kanoa, Jacque, Dayle, Elder Delai, Elder ?

Elder Delai at sunrise 10/29/11 Saturday -- Makapu'u

Dayle and Jacque Turner, with Makapu'u Lighthouse in background

Friday, October 28, 2011

Makapuu Sunrise Hike--Join Us!

Come and join us for a hike to the Makapu'u Lighthouse.
Saturday October 29.  Meet @ 5am along Kalanianaole Hwy by the Makapuu Lookout (at the top of the hill just past Makapuu Beach Park).
Bring a flashlight, an umbrella (in case of rain), something to drink, your camera, and a light jacket.
We'll have some refreshments (donuts and drinks).

2 Peter 1:18-19-- And this  voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Church today -- 10/23/11

Sacrament meeting:
  • Ward business:  Brother John Teves called and sustained as a Sunday School Teacher.  Brother Joshua Steffen called and sustained as the Duty to God coordinator for the Young Men's program.
  • Stake business: Irving Chun released from the Stake High Council (Brother Chun was called as Bishop of Kaneohe 4th Ward). John Aki called/sustained to Stake High Council.
  • Sacrament program: Featured in the program were the primary children. It was amazing how many of the children were able to share their messages with have to read a prepared script.  For insight about specifics of the program, check out the links here and here.
Elders quorum:
  • EQ activityFamily sunrise hike to Makapuu Lighthouse.  10/29 Saturday.  Meet @ 5am along Kalanianaole Hwy by the Makapuu Lookout.   Invite neighbors and friends!  Doughnuts and milk will be served after the hike.
  • ServiceAdopt-a-highway:  11/12 Saturday.  Meet @ 7:30 a.m. @ Kaneohe Burger King.  Instructions and assignments will be given there.
  • Home teaching:  Remember to visit your assigned families. We are responsible for reporting about visits by month's end.  You can report to your district leader or via the online home teaching report.
  • EQ lesson:  Brother Bill Sellers taught us today, using H. Melvin Ballard's talk about service as the foundation.  Key points of the lesson: 
    • “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. …And by very small means the Lord … bringeth about the salvation of many souls” (Alma 37:6–7).  [Acts of service need not be "big" ones].
    • Serve @ home. Charity begins at home.
    • Serve @ church.  Kindness, encouragement, sensitivity, unity should be our touchstones.
    • Serve in our community.  Said Elder Ballard:  "Through our heartfelt kindness and service, we can make friends with those whom we serve. From these friendships come better understanding of our devotion to the gospel and a desire to learn more about us."
  • Quorum Challenge: Do a random act of kindness every day in the coming week.  For some ideas and inspiration, check this site.
God Bless, Brethren!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Church today 10/9/11

Sacrament meeting:
  • Youth Speakers:  Nakea Hanohano & Erin Cullen:  Nakea bore his testimony and Erin spoke about faith which "comes by righteousness" and "is the first principle of the Gospel." 
  • Adult speakers:  Ruth & Moses Bergao, Herman Kanahele.  The Bergaos are former members of the ward who have moved to Utah and are back on Oahu for a visit. Brother Kanahele is a former bishop of the ward and is now high priest group leader.  All spoke about talks that stood out to them from the recent General Conference.  Sister Bergao referred to President Uchtdorf's talk "Forget Me Not," Brother Bergao spoke about the importance of "Standing in Holy Places" and Brother Kanahele made reference to talks by Boyd K. Packer ("Counsel to Youth"), Henry B. Eyring ("A Witness") , and Robert D. Hales ("Waiting Upon the Lord:  Thy Will Be Done").  Very good talks today.
Elders Quorum Announcements:
  •  Activities:  Brother Kanahele reported about the Filipino Food Fest on 10/8.  All went well and a good time and good food was had by all. Upcoming activities are the Makapu'u Family Hike on 10/29 Saturday.  Meeting time will be 4:45 along Kalanianaole Highway near the Makapu'u Lookout. 
  • Service project:  Adopt-a-Highway trash pick-up outing on 11/12 Saturday.  Meeting time and place to be announced.
Elders Quorum Lesson:
  • The lesson was presented by Ka'ano'i Walk, who pointed out the "Precious Promises of the Book of Mormon" which is this month's First Presidency Message by President Thomas S. Monson.  Those promises include "truth, peace, freedom, and blessings if we 'will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ'" (Ether 2:12).  Note: this is the home teaching message for the month.  Brethren, carry this message to your home teaching families.
Elders Quorum Committee Meetings:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Filipino Food Fest -- Elders Quorum Activity

Members of the quorum had an experience today that was "full" of the spirit at Thelma's Restaurant in Waipahu.  Brethren getting their fill of the spirit (and food) were Kanoa Kanahele, Ammon Kau, Damon Magalogo, Joshua Steffen, Gene Tamashiro, and Dayle Turner.

Brother Magalogo served a mission in the Philippines, so he was a good resource re: the food offered in Thelma's all-you-can-eat buffet ($12.50), which included a dish few of us had eaten before but which most of us tried today.  Although a dessert-like fruit dish was offered in the buffet and of which all of us partook, a few opted for additional dessert, namely halohalo (see Damon with his below) and banana lumpia.

Damon's halo halo
Photos by Joshua Steffen
In all, ono and a good time. 

A future eating activity was discussed, with a top candidate for this activity being Kim Chee Restaurant in the Enchanted Lakes Shopping Center (Kailua).

Damon Magalogo, Gene Tamashiro, Kanoa Kanahele, Dayle Turner @ Thelma's

Friday, September 30, 2011

October 2011 General Conference

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles invite all members of the Church to participate in the 181st Semiannual General Conference on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 2011.

General sessions will be held on Saturday (10/1) at 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m Hawaiian Standard time.  Live broadcasts will be available at the following locations:
The general priesthood session will be broadcast (delayed) at 6:00 p.m. at the Stake Center.  All priesthood brethren are encouraged to attend.

Two more general sessions will be held on Sunday (10/2) at 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Hawaiian standard time and can be viewed live at the above-listed venues.

Here are some ways you can share conference with others:
  • Tell others about these ways to access conference.
  • Embed the conference stream in your blog or website. Go to the video on Facebook and click the Embed button in the upper right of the video to get the code.
  • Share your favorite quotes and stories from General Conference through social networks and blogs.
  • Share the General Conference event on Facebook.
  • Post your feelings about conference on your Facebook wall.
  • Like the Church’s official Facebook page at
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Elders Quorum today 9/25/11

  • Activities:  Upcoming activities: Filipino Food Fest @ Thelma's Restaurant in Waipahu on October 8 Saturday.  We will meet at 10:15 a.m. on Mokulele Drive by the Parkway Rec Center and then carpool from there. Makapu'u Lighthouse See-the-Sun-Rise Family Hike on October 29 Saturday.  Meeting time is 5:15 4:45 a.m. at the Makapu'u Lighthouse parking area along Kalanianaole Hwy.  We will eat breakfast at the top and watch the sun rise.
  • Service projects:  We have committed to four clean-up per year in the Adopt-a-Highway program (trash pick-up) for the section of Kahekili Highway from Haiku Road to Kaneohe Bay Drive. The date of our first service outing will be 11/12 Saturday announced but likely will be a Saturday in November.  Other projects we may do include Kawa'ewa'e Heiau (brush clean-up), Ho'omaluhia Gardens (adopt-a-park). and help-our-neighbors yard cleanup.
  • Home visits via Splits with Missionaries (Wednesday evenings, ongoing).  Next split date will be 9/28 Wed.  (Dayle Turner and Destinn Labatte).
  • Home Teaching: Remember to love thy neighbors by visiting your assigned home teaching families.   See updated Home Teaching Assignment List. Remember to complete your HT assignment and report to your district leader by the end of the month.  Mahalo!
  • General Conference on 10/1 Saturday and 10/2 Sunday.  Broadcasts will be @ 6am and 10am on both days.  On 10/1 Saturday, the General Priesthood Meeting broadcast will be aired at 6pm @ the Stake Center.  All priesthood holders in the stake are expected to attend.
  • Seminary Security:  priesthood brethren are needed to serve as security for Stake seminary.  Those interested in volunteering can contact Brother Carlile of the Bishopric.
Lesson today:  was taught by Brother Bill Sellers and was based on the talk "The Atonement Covers All Pain" by Elder Kent F. Richards of the Seventy.  Key points:
  • None of us is immune from experiencing pain and people cope with it very differently. Some turn away from God in anger, and others allow their suffering to bring them closer to God.
  • Pain is a gauge of the healing process.. and it often teaches us patience. Perhaps that is why we use the term patient in referring to the sick.
  • Our great personal challenge in mortality is to become “a saint through the atonement of Christ”22  with the pain we experience being where this process is most measured.  
  • In extremity, we can become as children in our hearts, humble ourselves, and “pray and work and wait”23 patiently for the healing of our bodies and our souls. 
  • As Job, after being refined through our trials, we “shall come forth as gold.”24

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Baptism of Lona Alfred

The newest member of the Kaneohe 1st Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Lona Kennila Alfred who was baptized on 9/24/11 Saturday at the Kaneohe Stake Center.  The baptismal ordinance was performed by Lona's uncle Caster Kunou of the Waipahu Ward and serving as witnesses were Elder Delai and Elder Weirich.
Lona and Bishop Bert Oshiro

Lona and cousin Caster Konou Jr

Elder Delai, Lona, Elder Weirich

Family members & Lona

Lona and her mom

Lona and Elder Z

Cousin Rocky Baso & Lona
(left to right) Jacque Turner, Dayle Turner, Wally Wong, David Suficiencia, Gene Tamashiro, Caster Kunou

Lona & Ward Mission Leader Tommy Friel