by Gordon Buttars
Volume 11 – Mililani takes place between July 1, 1964 and June 30, 1967. After retiring from their second careers, Sheffield and Ramona had planned to do some traveling. Those plans changed abruptly when they answered yet another call, a call they willingly accepted, a call to return to Paradise and preside over the Hawaii Mission of the Church.|
Situated in the Nuuanu Valley just three miles northeast of downtown Honolulu is a three-story mansion built in 1922 referred to by the Hawaiian saints as Mililani – which means a song of praise to the Lord. Purchased by the Church in 1957, Mililani served as the home for the Hawaii Mission. Upon their arrival, Sheffield and Ramona settled in and, with the assistance of Elders Matteson and Shumway, went to work.
The first thing they do is take a tour of the mission before getting into the routine of conferences, transfers, and the other duties of running the mission. However, it is anything but routine, with the associated problems and challenges that always seem to arise. It was one thing or another as Sheffield learned to expect the unexpected. There were the misadventures of the missionaries; whether it was being in the wrong place at the wrong time, using poor judgment, or the personal problems they brought with them. There were life and death situations from a bee sting, to a jump shot gone wrong, to a tropical storm, to a kidnapping, and even to commanding the elements.
Not only did Sheffield preside over the missionaries in the mission but also the members of the branches and districts on Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai. He and Ramona quickly grew to love the saints, including the members of the stakes on Oahu, as they met with them frequently in conferences and on other occasions.
There were visits from the Brethren from Salt Lake, their family back home, old friends, and visitors from afar. They even have to make a quick trip home to attend a funeral. They especially anticipated the visits from the kids and grandkids each year at Christmas. In addition to going to their favorite places, they discover the Islands as they never had before and make a host of new friends. With Sheffield's military background, he made it a point to be involved with the Latter-day Saint servicemen stationed at the military installations on Oahu or in transit to and from the war in Viet Nam.
Their missionary efforts didn't end with supervising the missionaries as they had opportunities to be personally involved with bringing people into the church or strengthening those whose faith was weak. They were always looking for their own missionary opportunities.
In between traveling to and from meetings throughout the islands, meeting the missionaries, members, and servicemen, and the business of directing the mission, Sheffield and Ramona made time for each other since first and foremost they were a couple.
From the first time they walked in the door at Mililani, until the last time they walked out three years later, they put their heart and souls into their mission, which they would always remember as one of the best times of their lives. Now they were going home, they could spend time with the kids and grandkids and enjoy their retirement.
|Chapter I||Welcome to Mililani||July 1, 1964||Page 1|
|Chapter II||Mission Tour||July 2, 1964 – July 12, 1964||Page 15|
|Chapter III||Settling In||July 13, 1964 – August 2, 1964||Page 29|
|Chapter IV||All Settled In||August 3, 1964 – August 31, 1964||Page 43|
|Chapter V||The Big Island||September 1, 1964 – September 6, 1964||Page 57|
|Chapter VI||The Light in Their Eyes||September 7, 1964 – October 31, 1964||Page 69|
|Chapter VII||Shenan's Dying Wish||November 1, 1964 – November 30, 1964||Page 85|
|Chapter VIII||Mele Kalikimaka||December 1, 1964 – January 3, 1965||Page 97|
|Chapter IX||Disgraced Lady Missionary||January 3, 1965 – February 12, 1965||Page 109|
|Chapter X||Miracle at Keaau||February 12, 1965 – February 23, 1965||Page 121|
|Chapter XI||Inspection Tour||February 23, 1965 – April 3, 1965||Page 133|
|Chapter XII||He Who Commands the Sea||April 3, 1965 – June 23, 1965||Page 147|
|Chapter XIII||Ramona's Ordeal||June 24, 1965 – July 12, 1965||Page 159|
|Chapter XIV||Visitors from Afar||July 12, 1965 – July 31, 1965||Page 173|
|Chapter XV||Paradise Hawaiian Style||August 1, 1965 – August 31, 1965||Page 185|
|Chapter XVI||A Quick Trip Home||September 1, 1965 – September 6, 1965||Page 197|
|Chapter XVII||One Thing or Another||September 7, 1965 – December 24, 1965||Page 209|
|Chapter XVIII||Over the Hump||December 24, 1965 – February 26, 1966||Page 221|
|Chapter XIX||Routine||February 26, 1966 – June 18, 1966||Page 233|
|Chapter XX||Expect the Unexpected||June 22, 1966 – August 19, 1966||Page 245|
|Chapter XXI||Babysitting||August 19, 1966 – September 24, 1966||Page 259|
|Chapter XXII||A Trip Down Memory Lane||September 25, 1966 – November 26, 1966||Page 273|
|Chapter XXIII||Remember Pearl Harbor||November 26, 1966 – January 2, 1967||Page 287|
|Chapter XXIV||Running Out of Time||January 2, 1967 – February 28, 1967||Page 301|
|Chapter XXV||Ordeal in Kahili||March 1, 1967 – March 18, 1967||Page 313|
|Chapter XXVI||Down to the Wire||March 19, 1967 – July 1, 1967||Page 327|
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