CELEBRATING EASTER – Our 3rd Mission Month

Yes, Easter 2015!  But here in USA/Hawaii nothing is on the Calendar for Good Friday or Easter Monday yet Christians around the world give thanks and celebrate the miracle of  the resurrection of the Prince of Peace.

The importance of Easter

Grandsons in Easter outfits sent by Gr'pa & Gr'ma Smith/Maryland USA.

Grandsons in Easter outfits sent by Gr’pa & Gr’ma Smith from Maryland USA.

As temporary Hawaiians, Royal Prince Kuhio Day is celebrated on March 26th by daughter in law, Kimberly driving grandsons Samuel and Henry and Elder and Sister McC  to the town of Koneohe (pronounced Connie-O- hay) east of Laie for a visit to Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens.  (Son Robb was in Toronto Canada at a conference.)

Grandpa & grandson lake.

Grandpa & grandsons by lake.

Wild life viewing - mongoose.

Wild life viewing – mongoose.

Blooms!

Blooms!

More Blooms

More Blooms

And more Blooms

And more Blooms

Easter this year hits the same weekend as the bi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with broadcasts sent from Salt Lake City, Utah worldwide.  Elder and Sister McCollum watch via the internet the Saturday morning session at 6am PST without too much distruption but not so the 10am session.  They’ll watch/listen later.  If you catch the Sunday broaddcasts, you can hear the Tabernacle Choir.

General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Elder McCollum and his son Robb attend the men’s priesthood broadcast at a nearby church with satellite transmission and air conditioning!  Then Elder and Sister McCollum bike off to the PCC (Polynesian Cultural Center) to give service at the Aloha Luau, directing visitors and also viewing the polynesian stage show.

PRAYER, FOLLOW the SPIRIT and a MIGHTY MIRACLE

Have you ever pleaded in prayer to be directed by the Holy Ghost to find a lost object? In most cases, after a search and heeding the promptings of the Holy Spirit, the blessing of finding a much needed object often occurs.

As Elder McCollum gets ready for bed, he realizes one of his hearing aids is missing. He seaches his pockets and bags.  Then Elder and Sister McCollum literally take apart their bed-sitting room. NO RESULTS.  In their bedtime prayer, they supplicate Heavenly Father with their need.

Over the next two weeks Elder McCollum checks lost and found at PCC, the church and on campus but the likelyhood of finding the very small item seems doubtful. They continue pondering and praying for guidance, and searching over and over.

On a trip into Honolulu, Elder McCollum checks at a hearing aid center for replacement costs.  YIPES! They feel this is not the answer.

View of the Pacific, Honolulu side of the island.

View of the Pacific, Honolulu side of the island.

A few mornings later as Elder McCollum sits at his desk in the Center for Academic Success, he seaches inside his dark backpack for a receipt he needs to turn in.  As his hand feels around, he pulls out a few files and his hand brushes against a small item.

Hearing aid is small: half the size of a quarter!

Hearing aid is small: half the size of a quarter!

With a brightly beaming smile, Elder McCollum turns to Sister McCollum, “Look what I found!”  Thank you Heavenly Father!  Prayer, pondering, the guidance of the spirit are followed by a Mightly Miracle ($$).  Now Sister McCollum must practice talking in a softer voice to Elder McCollum!

CULTURAL EVENTS JUST KEEP COMING (so do photos!)

Winter semester at BYUH and it is CULTURAL NIGHT with entertainment by the “clubs” on campus. Students practice and practice and make costumes.  It is a community and campus event -held for oth Friday and Saturday evening, three hours each evening.  The club/country presentations go on and on and so do the photos that Sister McCollum took! Sorry some are taken high in the bleachers of the Cannon Center.  The cheering …well it just gets louder and louder, almost deafening!  Amazing event. Everyone goes home exhausted after the awesome event!

Hawaii

Hawaii

Africa

Africa

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Europe

Europe

Native American

Native American

Cook Islands

Cook Islands

China

China

Latin America

Latin America

Tailand

Tailand

Samoa

Samoa

Friday night ends with the Samoan group.  A huge group with great precision!  There was thunderous applause!!

Saturday night: The town and campus reassemble for Round Two of Cultural Night.

Singnaphor

Singaphore

India

India

Malaysia

Malaysia

Fiji

Fiji

American Sign Language

American Sign Language Club

ASL – excellent presentation – danced in rhythm and step and signed the words to the song.

Indonesia

Indonesia

Indoneisas routine

Indonesia  – they almost took each other’s heads off. Wow!

Philippines

Philippines

Mongolia

Mongolia

Tahiti

Tahiti

New Zealand

Tonga

Tonga - end of event!

Tonga – end of event!

Here is the last number on the Saturday night program.  The Tongans brought with them more noise than the Samoans at the end of Friday night!  Like other “clubs” they “borrow” from other countries.  Elder and Sister Mc’s Japanese friend Yuki (at front and her husband to her right) adopt a new culture!  What an ending!

NOT ENOUGH CULTURE!

You see, there is this lovely building on Campus named, “The Ball Room”.  Sister McCollum sees it being used for the Farmer’s Market, for Student Orientation, Information Night etc. etc.  So when she sees the advertisement for a “Gold and Green Ball” she talks Elder McCollum into attending.  Did they break missionary rules? NO.  Senior Missionaries are allowed to go to dances, unlike the younger Elder and Sister Missionaries! Oh…and Senior Missionaries can go swimming in the ocean too.

The Ball Room

The Ball Room

Stage set up in Ball Room

Stage set up in Ball Room

Dance Routine for floor show.

Dance Routine for floor show.

New friends we made.

New friends of Elder and Sister McC

A MINI-MIRACLE: Elder and Sister McC just happen to join these two young friends at their table.  This young man is from Texas and he just got his mission call to …….. Canada Calgary Mission!!  This young woman is from …..Vancouver BC First Ward!  How is this for a fun miracle!

There is LOTS more to tell but it will have to wait for two weeks.  Happy Easter.

PS – Must add this photo and note!

Sister McCollum has seen the Cattle Ergot birds with:  cattle, sheep, horses and yes, she got a photo of them with……a lawnmower!

Lawnmower Birds

Lawnmower Birds

No recent visitors but as Elder and Sister McCollum are riding their bikes past the temple, a car slows down and the driver calls out his window, “Hello Sister McCollum!”  It was Owen Fisher,  a friend from our past-life in Victoria BC!  Unfortunately, too much traffic for Owen to stop.

One Comment

  1. McCollum

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

    Elsie and John
    April 5, 2015 at 2:40 pm (Edit)
    Many THANKS!! Easter Blessings to you!!

    Marlene Whitehead
    April 5, 2015 at 2:55 pm (Edit)
    Happy Easter! Thank you for the lovely pictures! Lots of love!

    Linda Arnold
    April 6, 2015 at 2:42 pm (Edit)
    It is always great to get your blog. Beautiful photos. Glad Sam found his hearing aid.
    We send our love.

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