Throughout September and October, Cell phones DING DING forecasting Emergency Warnings for flash flooding on Oahu. Finally warnings really happen on BYUH campus but no flooding in the Centre for Academic Success. A small lake “grows” outside the door.
The water near the administration building on the big circle drive around campus soon becomes too deep for cars to get through!
A creek of muddy water pours past the newer Heber G. Grant building (HGB) without any damage, but the low built General Classroom Building (GCB) is not so blessed. NOTE: Elder and Sister McCollum teach a Family History Sunday School class in a computer lab located in this building. The next Sunday they find the wet carpet has been removed and we have sticky gluey concrete.
Sister McCollum notices for the first time the “name” of the manufacturer on the manholes used on the roads on campus and in the town of Laie.
SERVICE AT THE PCC CONTINES
As Elder and Sister McCollum perform their senior missionary service opportunity at the back entrance to the Island Buffet at the PCC, they take the meal tickets from 350 Japanese high school students. The young men and young women are so polite. The girls were dressed in modest skirts and tops, like they are ready to attend church meetings.
NEW BORN ARRIVES
Remember awhile back, Elder and Sister McCollum attend a baby shower for Yuko, a Japanese student/part-time office worker in the Centre. Yuki left her job near the end of September. October 2, Baby Olina Kaala is born.
Most married students live in the on-campus housing, TVA (Temple View Apartments). This family are in a studio apartment and with the baby they are a little crowded for a month. “Daddy” left his on-campus job to tend Olina as Yuki finishes her classes and has final exams. The family will leave campus shortly after Yuki’s graduation day and fly home to Japan.
END OF SEMESTER PARTIES BEGIN….
Spousal-English Pot Luck Dinner
Elder and Sister McCollum support a class held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The Spousal English class is for men/women who do not speak English and arrive at BYUH with their spouses who are attending BYUH. TESOL interns (Teaching English to students of other languages) teach the class. Elder and Sister McCollum help as needed.
Elder and Sister McCollum bring stuffed baked potatoes, a big hit.
Samoan BYUH Student Association (BSA) Party
Most of the BYUH Student Association’s (abbrev. BSA’s) hold a party to mark the near-end of the semester. Elder and Sister McCollum join the event, as all BSA activities held off-campus must have an approved supervisor. A bus trip takes the group Eastward to just past the big tourist attraction of Kuaola Ranch; then a left turn down a road towards Secret Island.
We load a “raft boat” and head across to the island.
Taking in the view…
It doesn’t take long for all the fun to begin…..
The Samoan students wear modest swimwear; not so for most of the other beach tourists! Hmm? Note this young woman’s “decorated” legs!
Soon its time to load the raft and return to campus.
BYUH Weekly Devotionals for Students and Faculty
Each Tuesday morning of the semester the weekly devotionals is always well worth attending. One guest speaker in October is Eric Shumway, past and longest president of BYUH.
Quote: “One way we can improve our prayers is to remember that prayer is not just a monologue, one person doing the talking, but a conversation in which we speak and we listen. Sometimes Heavenly Father’s part of the conversation comes in actual words to our mind and sometimes in feelings to our heart. HE will speak peace to our souls. Sometimes HIS words come in the language of scripture. That’s why it is important to read scriptures.
“…the trouble with most of our prayers is that we offer them as if we were picking up the telephone and ordering groceries – we place our order, and then hang up. We need to meditate, contemplate, think of all we are praying about and for, and then speak to the LORD as one person speaketh to another. And then we must listen to how he will speak to our feelings.”
Thank you President Shumway.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREETINGS
October 23rd, Elder and Sister McCollum’s oldest grandson, Zach (who lives in New Westminister BC) celebrates his birthday. Zach’s dad, the McCollum’s oldest son, Cliff celebrates his birthday on October 25th.
Happy Halloween in Hawaii.
There are many Halloween events for the grandsons to dress-up in costumes. Here they are on Wednesday October 28th in the church parking lot for the Laie 7th Ward Halloween Party.
After attending an evening temple session, Elder and Sister McCollum ride their bikes through the adjacent church parking lot. They are invited to enjoy the food at the 9th ward party at the opposite side of the double church building parking lot from the 7th ward party.
Then they ride over to nearby Hukilau Beach with their bike head lamps and rear flashing lights turned on. Using a flashlight, they make their way to the beach to sit and enjoy a small picnic dinner while listening to the roar of the surf. Wow! They see MANY translucent crabs scurry around in the glow of the flashlight. Elder and Sister McCollum will have to return another evening with their grandsons and see who can collect and release the most crabs!
November brings ….Graduation Ceremonies, New Student Orientation, the start of Winter 2015-16 Semester, US Thanksgiving, the celebration of 150 years of Laie, visit of Apostle Kristofferson to dedicate the new Hales and the visit of President Eyring for the inauguration of new BYUH President Tanner. Watch for the upcoming November Blog.