Here's a quick letter. How's Hawaii? Heard the pineapple is ten times better than on the mainland, did you try any? We had Hawaiian food last Friday with a member for dinner, they actually knew Elder Sorensen's family. The food was amazing, the people are very down to earth, upbeat, relaxed and brown . Hope you're enjoying your time, and that Avery and Dad are enjoying theirs too. :)
The temple was beautiful today. Just walking on the grounds alone the spirit was so strong. It makes me want to have a good habit upon arriving home where either once or twice a month we go to the temple for at least the time that we have together before school begins.
There's so many things that go on in the temple, and for the fourth time I've been I still have no idea what goes on half the time during the sessions. It's still kinda weird. Moses and Genesis give somewhat of a better understanding at least (read those the other day), but I'm always learning new things. Which is good.
We're currently in ATL traffic. We've been driving for forty minutes and have only traveled 5 miles. I actually like it, yet I can see why some people can be so grouchy. How I miss the city.
We've fallen asleep and listened to several talks of past general conferences, President Monson, Elder Eyring, Elder Hales are only some of the many speakers we've heard. As I'm sitting here, the realization just came to me that is, All of these different men are prophets, called by God. Though I hardly know anything about their biographies, interests, or backgrounds, I still am very grateful for these saints because I know my testimony of the reality of God and the true message of our existence and souls purpose for wanting truth and obtaining happiness.
Really this gospel makes perfect sense, we can choose to obtain knowledge of all other religions, philosophies, systems, and beliefs (and believe me I've studied many of them while out here on the mission) but in the end God's rules, laws, and order is the only one that matters. And again that goes to my testimony of the Book of Mormon which I am grateful to have, and hold both physically and digitally.
I wish there was more I could do for y'all being so far away. I do hope you received a special delivery. Missing you and am always grateful that I was placed out here to learn and grow and that I see how important the examples you and dad played in my life. I love you guys very much. Soak up the sun and share the gospel!
Lots of love,
Your Son, elder adam black
The recap for the week
We had dinner with an investigators the Juarez family. It was her bros birthday he turned 6, we showed up to the party and forgot a gift so we ran to the dollar store to get a 5 buck helicopter (pretty legit). Anyway, the party was fun and Susan is doing well. They'll be coming to dinner tomorrow at the Bishop's.
We got to go to the temple this past week. It was kinda of a surprise, but a real taste of good karma. Out here is definitely not like Utah where there's a temple on every other corner. The cathedrals, churches, and worship venues are all still really great to see nevertheless. The temple really is different on the grounds though. It's a learning experience every time you go.
We had dinner last night with an NFL player, Paul Soliai. His wife is trying to get back into coming to church. He is not a Mormon. Really, really humble and friendly though, they fed us so much food. Actually they are related to Elder Sorensen (my companion) in some Polynesian way. Check it out!
Ricky (another investigator) is having a hard time keeping commitments. Just isn't up to change so fast. No real desires to come to church, or read, or try working. These times are always the hardest times, cause it's almost like you're the parent and you think you've messed up working and teaching the kids. Yet the thing we have to realize is that we all have agency and we can only invite and help.
In the End//
It sounds like the Black family is having a blast in Hawaii. What are the odds y'all got to meet Sorensen's familia. You are so lucky to see all the sites and sounds. Please send pictures, and I will try not to cry too much. Also, it's super expensive there, I'm told milk is about 8 bucks a gallon. That's definitely a happy cow.
Have a great week, and y'all take care and safe travels where ever you go!
elder adam black
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The pretty chill and legit parentals of Elder Black, Tiffany and Henry Black.