WE HAVE WHEELS – Six of Them


We attend Campus 3rd Ward/married students. Our meeting times are Noon – 3pm. The first Sunday of each month is called FAST SUNDAY. Not because the church service goes fast or quickly but since we come to our Church Meeting fasting (read on). On the first Sunday of the month, if there is a baby that is recently born, the baby is officially given a name by a Melchizedek Priesthood holder (often the baby’s father) by which the child will be know on the records of the church; under the inspiration of the priesthood holder, the baby also receives blessings as directed by the spirit. As we bow our heads to listen to the naming and blessing, Elder and Sister McCollum recognize that the blessing is being spoken in FRENCH. The father of the dear little baby is from TAHITI; many students from this collection of islands attend BYUH.



On this first Sunday of the month during our church service, those who care to may share using a few spoken words, a portion of their testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is refered to the bearing of one’s testimony.



On evening of the month (Feb 1st at 5:15 pm) we attend BREAK THE FAST (a pot-luck dinner) with other Senior Missionaries on the grounds of the PCC/Polynesia Cultural Center since the PCC is closed on Sundays. The town of Laie has approximately 110+ senior missionaries serving at: PCC, BYUH, Laie LDS Temple and the Temple Visitors’ Center. For our non-member Friends of the Church, “Break the Fast” refers to having a prayer and then eating after having gone without food and drink for two meals (24 hrs). While we fast, we strive to ponder spiritual and physical needs in our daily life, needs in our family, church ward family, friends, our country, the world etc. and pray in our hearts for guidance, direction and blessings.


The Senior Missionaries, also gather each Monday for FHE – Family Home Evening. FYI (Friends of the Church FHE is held on Monday evening and is reserved around the world for LDS families to be “at home” with parents and their children, having a gospel topic lesson/activity/games/treats etc. The Senior Missionaries are family for each another while they serve their missions.BTW, senior missionaries decide how long they will serve; it varies from 6 months, 1 year, 18 months to 23 months. Elder and Sister McCollum attend Senior FHE every other week and we also enjoy FHE with Robb (our son), Kimberly (da.in law Kimberly and their boys: Samuel and Henry.


NOTE: Kimberly, Henry and Robb during FHE. duringFHE. We will get Samuel in the photo next time!

FHE treat baked by Robb and topping by Kimberly: Lillikoi (passion fruit) flavoured cake and icing.

FHE treat baked by Robb and topping by Kimberly: Lillikoi (passion fruit) flavoured cake and icing.


Samuel preparing a treat for himself and his teddy bear.

Samuel preparing a treat for himself and his teddy bear.

At Senior Missionary FHE the newest missionaries are invited to take 5 minutes to officially introduce ourselves. Since we are the only Canadian senior missionaries at this time, we decide to be brief and have time to share Canadian LDS trivia.

Elder McCollum: ” My family lived near Niagara Falls, Ontario. I discovered a copy of the Book of Mormon while I was in High School; I found it on a shelf in my dad’s library. My father had picked it up in a motel when he was doing a construction job in Northern Ontario. At age 18 and with 16 other guys and two adult leaders, we traveled and camped our way from Ontario, heading Westward and then on down to Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair. While camping in southern Alberta at Waterton Lakes National Park I met a 16 year old young woman that introduced me to the LDS church. She and I wrote letters for five years. I married her 5 years later.”

Sister McCollum: “I grew up on a farm in southern Alberta and was raised by parents who were members of the LDS church. Elder McCollum and I have seven married children, almost 17 grandchildren who live in Alberta, BC, Colorado, Oregon and here in Laie, Hawaii. We are blessed to be serving our mission and living with our son Robb and his family.”

Elder McC: “We lived in the provinces of ON and BC but mainly in AB, in the city of Calgary which is famous for the Calgary Stampede and the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Sister McC: Before we left for our mission we were serving at the Vancouver/Langley BC Temple.QUERY? How many LDS temples are there in Canada? BC – Vancouver; AB (3) – Edmonton, Calgary, Cardston; SK – Regina; MB – Winnipeg (the temple has been announced but construction has not begun); ON – Toronto; QC – Montreal; and Maritimes – Halifax.

Answer: In Canada there are 8 operating LDS temples and 1 in the planning stage.

Calgary, AB LDS Temple

Calgary, AB LDS Temple


Vancouver, BC LDS Temple

Vancouver, BC LDS Temple


Elder McC: The population of the City of Calgary is now over ONE MILLION.QUERY: How many Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are there in Calgary?BTW for our “Friends of the Church”, a stake is the name for a group of 6-8 congregations in a geographical area. There are currently 6 “bursting at the seams” LDS Stakes in Calgary and area which include 64 wards/branches. We were members of the Foothill Stake when we last lived in Calgary from 2001 – 2011.

Sister McC: QUERY?How many Mission Districts are there that full-time missionaries are called to serve in Canada? Canada Vancouver; Canada Calgary; Canada Edmonton; Canada Toronto West; Canada Toronto East; Canada Montreal; Canada Halifax Mission. There are 7 Mission Districts in Canada.

Elder McC: We are called to serve here in Laie at BYUH as Service Missionaries in the Center for Academic Success. Our role is to suppport the students and help them reach their goal of graduation from university. Our office is located in the J.F.Smith Library. Come by and visit us.

Sam at the Center for Academic Success

Sam at the Center for Academic Success


Jeannine at the Center for Academic Success

Jeannine at the Center for Academic Success


Saturday February 7:

We took a walk to the historic HUKILAU BEACH “Who-key-low” (rhymes with cow) .

Hukilau Beach

Hukilau Beach

Hukilau Beach sign

Hukilau Beach sign


Huki means to pull; lau means fish net. From 1948-1971 this site was a popular tourist attracion. Tourists coud participate in the huilau, eat at a luau (Loo-ow), buy handmade arts and crafts, and watch the dances of Polynesia. These events led to the creation of the world famous “Hukilau” song. The song was conceived as a fundraising venture by local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) to help build a chapel in this community. This chapel still stands today as a tribute to the past and present residents of Laie.

What a beautiful day for fishing, the old Hawaiian way. And the hukilau nets were swishing down at old Laie Bay. Oh, we’re going to a huilau. The huki, huki, huki, hiki, hukilau. Everybody loves the hukilau, where the laulau is the kaukau at the big luau. WE throw our nets out into the sea and all the ‘ama”ama come swimming to me. Oh, we’re going, to a hukilau.

Another plague marking the spot of  the Plantation Store that served the community from 1913 – 1986.

Another plague marking the spot of the Plantation Store that served the community from 1913 – 1986.


 Hukilau Cafe

 Hukilau Cafe

Hukilau Cafe

This Hukilau Cafe is just a few blocks from where we live and very near the Beach. It is open 8am – 2pm: Monday – Saturday. We’ll have to find a Saturday to check out the menu.

Does the name sound familiar? Remember the romantic movie, “50 First Dates“? The setting was Northshore of Laie. Yes, Hukilau was the name of the cafe but it was not this building! (Cute movie except for the role played by an actor who represents a very rude speaking side-character!)

Another Monday Evening FHE:

We invite our 5 year old grandson Samuel to be our guest. A guest musician performs on a Hawaiian Guitar. (Elder McCollum took lessons as a teen to learn to play the Hawaiian guitar.)

Joel Katz - Musician

Joel Katz – Musician

QUERY: Who and where was the Hawaiian guitar invented?

Joseph Kekuku while living in Laie, Hawaii, invented the Hawaiian guitar in 1889 and gave it an original name: kika kila. Originally it was a 6 string quitar and was converted to a steel guitar by inserting a metal converter nut over the headstock to raise the strings a half inch off the fret board. It was laid flat on the player’s knees; the sound was directed to the ceiling. Joseph K left Laie for fame on the mainland and never returned to Hawaii.


We test drove our “tricycles” on our little lane with grandsons Samuel and Henry sitting in the rear baskets. We now happily and quickly drive the streets of Laie on our bikes. We arrive amazingly fast at campus each morning. If we do need a vehicle, R&K kindly loan us their car.

Sam and Jeannine on bikes

Sam and Jeannine on bikes



Friday afternoon we leave campus early to drive 1 hr 15 min to Pearl City, just east of Honolulu to pick up bikes in boxes. Elder McCollum also takes his not-working hearing aid for service. All it requires for the “repair” is a small storage dehumidifier chamber. The problem is the build up of moisture. This never happens in Alberta or even British Columbia!


Here in Hawaii moisture/humidity is a blessing and a curse. Our skin never gets dry and chapped and the skin on the heels of our feet also never gets dry and split when we wear almost continually wear sandels! In Alberta, CO, Utah etc the dry air is a blessing and a curse also. In the dry mountain/prairie air, metal does not break down. RUSTY bikes and rusty metal in bathrooms are the norm here in Laie.

Dry Skin Problem: On packing for the Missionary Training Center in Utah, Sister McCollum only took one black skirt/jacket with several tops since she needed the space in her suitcase for summer clothing to use in Hawaii. She discovered at the end of the first day that her black outfit had a “dandruff” problem due to the dry air condition making her skin very flakey; there were no humidifiers in the complex. She resolved the issue by handwashing and hanging her outfit to drip-dry each night. Conversely, here in Hawaii, it may take a few days for heavy clothing to drip dry!


At the MTC we were given the traditional Missionary name tags which we proudly continue to wear: Black with white lettering.

Missionary Tags

Missionary Tags

When we arrived at BYUH we had to go through Human Resources to get ID key-pass cards that allow us entry to the Library and our Center by swiping the ID card.


Then a few weeks later, BYUH “black with gold-tone trim” name tags are delivered to us. We have no need for these name tags because we wear our missionary tags. Some senior missionaries are not able to attend the MTC because of time restraints so they need the BYUH senior missionary tags.


Wed/Thurs Feb 11-12: We attend orientation and training to allow us to “serve” at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). It is excellent. There are only 3 senior missionaries in the group; the rest of the roomful are BYUH students and locals who are accepted to work at PCC and ready for training. Now we have these name tags.


Day One of PCC Training: We are told of the history and purpose of the PCC. Day Two: How to serve the paying visitors that come to the PCC. It was excellent training. Most of the senior service missionaries serve in some capacity at the PCC. The number of seniors who serve at BYUH are much less but we also get to have the experience of serving at the PCC once a week (Monday – Friday) or twice a month (Saturdays). Elder and Sister McCollum will receive more training this next week. We’ll keep you posted. We’ve heard we will be supplied with Aloha wear and we get to dine in the place of our choice at PCC following our service.


Monday Feb 16, 2015

Here we are at the end of another two weeks. We are celebrating our second “mission” long weekend with President’s Day. What President you may ask?
TRIVIA: Before 1971, Washington’s Birthday was one of nine USA federal holidays celebrated on specific dates, which generally—year after year—fell on different days of the week. Then US Congress determined to create a uniform system of federal Monday holidays. President George Washington’s Birthday was uprooted from its fixed February 22 date and transplanted to the third Monday in February. Happy Birthday George!

Meanwhile in Canada it is Family Day at least in several provinces.

Query? Do you remember where Family Day was first held in Canada?It was in the province of Alberta in 1990. The establishment of this holiday was to reflect the values of family and home that were important to the pioneers who founded Alberta, and to give workers the opportunity to spend more time with their families. Hooray!

NOTE: Family Day is the 3rd Monday of February in AB,ON and SK except in BC it’s held the 2nd Monday of February. In PEI they celebrate Islander Day on the 3rd Monday in February and in Manitoba they observe Louis Riel Day.

We hope that you had a great Monday February 16!

One Comment

  1. McCollum

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

    Oonagh Keeler
    February 18, 2015 at 8:11 pm (Edit)
    That was a brilliant email you sent. Looks like a huge learning curve for you to be adaptable to all the various needs of the students. Young men are both returning and leaving our ward for missions. Our R S is looking forward to an upcoming stake event for the sisters. Know that you are both loved and missed by all here. Oonagh

    Elsie and John
    February 18, 2015 at 10:23 pm (Edit)
    Enjoyed hearing from you! Wishing you well.
    Do they remember St. Valentine in Hawaii?
    LOVE and Blessings!!

    Sheila and Ron
    February 19, 2015 at 3:45 am (Edit)
    We enjoy reading your blog. It was 12 degrees C today. No wind with this Chinook, maybe just a warming trend. Poor people down east. So much snow.
    I will get you Tara’s address soon. Love you both, Us Wrights

    February 19, 2015 at 2:01 pm (Edit)
    Just a quick hi. Love your blog and your six wheels. They look like they are fit for all!

    Linda Arnold
    February 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm (Edit)
    Love all your stories. Your 6 wheels look great. We are going to Clearwater Branch to speech again this Sunday. We send our love Brian and Linda

    Donna O
    February 19, 2015 at 5:37 pm (Edit)
    I wish I were there. Hawaii is one of my favorite places in the World next to Calgary. How is riding a bike with a dress on? Donna

    February 20, 2015 at 4:21 am (Edit)
    Thank you for sharing your mission with us! It is wonderful to hear your stories. You are in our thoughts and prayers always.

    Sheila Wright
    March 2, 2015 at 4:08 am (Edit)
    I looked at your blog and read the recent one, I had missed that one. Funny about all your name tags and cards. You have to be careful where you keep them, at least I would.
    When we went to the temple , on our honeymoon, we followed this Polynesia fellow, he seemed to know where to go and when we all got into the foyer, he didn’t even have a recommend, just wanted in to take pictures. Funny!,
    Sounds like you are definitely busy. I would need naps for sure. We love you both, Ron and Sheila

    Wendy MacKinlay
    March 11, 2015 at 10:17 pm (Edit)
    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your blogs – you sound very busy and very happy. There is no doubt in my mind, after having worked with you in the Langley temple, that your happy personalities are spreading light as you go! Lots to learn, yes, but as you listed the “little miracles”, your readers can see the Spirit by which you are learning and working. Be careful on those bikes! We miss you!

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