We’ve Been on our Mission for One Month

TUESDAY MORNING DEVOTIONAL –  January 20 at 11:00 am

We walk along the outdoor covered hallways with Elder and Sister Bott (the missionary couple who are training us at BYUH) making our way to Cannon Activities Center.   (This building was named after the first missionary who served in Hawaii, George Q. Cannon; his published journal  is now available.  Check out some information about it:

George Q. Cannon article

As we make out way along the walkway, we  join students heading in the same direction as the carillon tower bells ring out hymns. Amazing that we are in an academic setting yet taking a break from study and the work-a-day world to gather and learn through the spirit, eternal matters. It is our spiritual high of the day!

President Kevin J. Worthen, Pres. BYU Provo, Utah our guest speaker begins by quoting Apostle Neil Maxwell (deceased), (Excuse our paraphrased quote) “…the easy things are done…we are now on to high adventure.”

Pres. W cautions that we must make places holy where we stand, as the Good Samaritan, turning haunted places into holy places. He shares a moment in church history, the wrongful imprisonment of Prophet Joseph Smith and a few brethren in Liberty, Missouri. Of that time, Joseph wrote that it was as though they were in hell with demons; yet the prison became a temple as Joseph received an epistle for the church, Doctrine & Covenants 121.

President Worthen also shares an experience of Elder Packard of years ago in Western Samoa. Brother Packard was a passenger in a small boat on a stormy night as the boat neared an island shore. The men navigating the boat saw the top light high on a cliff but there was no light down on the shore. They could not attempt the landing without having the two lights to line-up their safe passage-way through the reef to the shore.   The small boat had to weather the storm and head to a distant port. Later they learned that the man operating the shore light had fallen asleep at his post.


The inserted picture is NOT in the south pacific, but the picture does illustrate that boats/ships need two lights to guide them to shore in the dark, a high light and a low light on the shore.

President Worthen concludes by sharing the words to Hymn #335, an arrangement for men’s voices. You too may be familiar with this hymn but like us, never fully understood the meaning.

Line One tells us that Heavenly Father will do his part:

“Brightly Beams Our Father’s mercy from his lighthouse evermore.”  

Line Two teaches what we must do for ourselves and others:

“But to us he gives the keeping of the lights along the shore.”  

Chorus: “Let the lower lights be burning; send a gleam across the wave. Some poor fainting, struggling seaman you may rescue, you may save.”

In conclusion, Pres. W asks us to continually look for ways to change the haunted circumstances of the world to holy ways.

OUR MENTORS DEPART – January 28, 2015

We are missing Elder and Sister Bott.  Sister Bott left behind a her painting/moto that we hung in the office.

Elder and Sister Bott

Elder and Sister Bott


Sister Bott's painting of Laie Point

Sister Bott’s painting of Laie Point


We begin to serve in high gear with Elder and Sister Bott leaving.  Daily we meet new students and get to know more BYUH staff.


The library corridor leading to The Center

The library corridor leading to The Center


Enter through the doorway, #124

Enter through the doorway, #124


Continue walking through the doorways.

Continue walking through the doorways.


Here we are in the Center for Academic Success.

Here we are in the Center for Academic Success.

For the next three months, the Center’s Senior Missionaries will be: Elder McCollum, Sister McCollum and Sister Linton.   Mondays we enjoy the help of Sister Jeppson.


Every other Friday (payday for students), a Farmer’s Market is held in the “Ballroom” on campus.  We too shop for local fresh produce at reasonable prices and try out local dishes. The desert Sister McCollum samples and buys is haupia (how-pee.ah), a coconut pudding with a poi base.  Poi is made from pounded taro root, but in the hawaiian language the root from which poi is made is called kalo because there are no “r” or “t” letters.

Haupia (how-pee.ah) By the way, Elder McCollum did not sample this dessert.

Haupia (how-pee.ah) By the way, Elder McCollum did not sample this dessert.



Elder McCollum takes the opportunity to give a different kind of service.  (Previously he had donated 63 times to the Canadian Blood Bank.)

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OUR NEW BYUH 3rd WARD  – Sunday January 18, 2015

Now we attend BYUH campus 3rd ward, Married Stake.  The building is a double  Stake Center; it’s a very busy chapel.  Elder McCollum and Sister McCollum meet with Stake President Grace; Elder McCollum  is called to serve as stake high coucillor for 3rd ward and is sustained in the ward meetings.  Our Sunday School teacher’s name is Bright I___; his homeland is Nigeria.  Sister McCollum’s Relief Society President is Crystal H__; she and her husband are from Taiwan.  Sister McCollum is called as a “shadow/advisor” to Crystal.

One side of the front of the double Stake Center.

One side of the front of the double Stake Center.




There are beautiful “dusty-green” palms around the side and back of the double stake center.



We enjoy many different flowering plants and trees on our 20-25 minute walk back home from the campus.  Do you see the “spider plants” that can only be grown as house plants in Canada!


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With Classes over for the day, we see pick-up rugby games happening on the green space.




Tuesday and Thursday we stay in the Center until just before 5pm.  Then we walk across the street to the GCB (General Classroom Building).  We attend and suppport a class for women who do not speak or are learning English and whose husbands are students at BYUH.  WE have a wonderful time with them, playing games, doing role plays and tending crying babies.

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This little Taiwanese baby needing some walking time while his mommy studied English.




We do get some play time with our grandsons and they enjoy cones topped with sprinkles at “Angel’s” the local Ice Cream Shop in the short-strip mall.  Sister McCollum enjoys Freeze Ice but then suffers “brain freeze”; it’s good to have the grandsons to help her eat the hawaiian treat.

Month Two of McCollum Mission coming soon.

One Comment

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    Below are previously posted comments (before we moved website servers).

    Kathie Carlson
    February 9, 2015 at 11:08 am (Edit)
    Thank you for taking time to share your mission experiences. Really enjoy your pictures and descriptions of everything. This is quite educational too, but mostly we’re happy you are serving with the bonus of being around your family. Indeed Service brings Happiness. Keep up the good work.

    Sheila W
    February 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm (Edit)
    Enjoy reading your info. It’s a little colder here now but so far not storming. Poor Shelley in NB.

    February 9, 2015 at 4:19 pm (Edit)
    Love. Your blog. Excellent way of keeping a complete journal of your service. Leaving today. Will write when I get back. Love
    Glenda.PS saw the Tsumugari.s yesterday and they told me about their visit.

    February 9, 2015 at 5:38 pm (Edit)
    How wonderful to hear about your mission!!! you are both missed from the Abbotsford 2nd ward. Thank you for posting the pictures. Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences serving a mission at BYU Hawaii.

    Helene & Bob Mitchell
    February 10, 2015 at 1:48 am (Edit)
    You may or may not know the following:
    – Bob Graham has been called as a Temple Sealer.
    – Lincoln Harvey has been called as an Assistant Recorder.
    – Emma Beaumont has been called to serve in the Montreal (Spanish speaking) mission.
    Our love to you both, Helene and Bob

    Oonagh Keeler
    February 10, 2015 at 5:32 am (Edit)
    It is wonderful to hear of your progress as you go full steam ahead on your own.
    All is well in the ward, Louise is really missing you both and is still very diligent
    in tending to the dinners for our two sets of Missionaries. Dale Bleau is getting
    extra care and attention from the R S sisters due to her recent cancer diagnosis.
    It is a joy to share in your experiences as you serve Much Love Oonagh

    Brian and Linda
    February 10, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Edit)
    Enjoyed reading all that you are doing. Brian and I had a wonderful time going to the small Clearwater Branch and speaking on Sunday. With us the attendance was 12. We will go again on Feb. 22. We went to Kelowna for Tanner’s baptism on Sat. We have been enjoying attending the Y and also I enjoyed volunteering at the Y-play care. I would love to have a walk like you do. Loved all your photos.
    We send are love. Brian and Linda

    Anne Stocker
    February 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm (Edit)
    I enjoy reading your news. Would you change my email address as I look at the new one more often.

    February 15, 2015 at 11:44 pm (Edit)
    Love reading your blog, hearing all the fun and interesting things that your are doing o your mission. Also the pictures are amazing. Of course there has to be one of Aunt Jeannine holding a baby :)

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