Monday, July 18, 2011

7/18/2011 Letter

2 weeks.

And Kim, I love that i received a phone call a month ago saying that your bananas have been quarantined. I later received a letter from Australian government saying that the course of action for the bananas was" Immediate Destruction." Haha. you are the best.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

6/21/11 Letter

Hi all,

It's another transfers time, and looks like I'm training round 3. Last
and final! Yes! It should be exciting, Sister Poloai's going to come
into a wonderful ward, and a baptism this Saturday! Pauline is a 74
year old mother of four and grandmother and great-grandmother to many,
and she is ready for the gospel. She says "I'm sorry" everytime she
picks a flower and she loves nature and thinks of us as her little
family. A lovely sister had great courage and introduced us to her.
Member missionary work is always the best way.

There are times when I feel overwhelmed with gratitude that I am a
missionary. I have been having dreams about not being a missionary
anymore, and it wakes me up because I start to cry, and when I'm
awake, I just pray and give thanks that it was just a dream, and I am
still a missionary. My plan for my last transfer is to give everything
I have to my new companion and to the area and have nothing left in me
when I get picked up from the airport. I don't want much sleep or much
time or much rest. There is too much to do!

Monday, June 6, 2011

6/6/11 Letter


There's always miracles. I'm so happy that Cassie got baptized this past weekend - I have a gigantic testimony of tracting. It works. And I love it.

A couple weeks ago, we tracted into a less-active sister, who came to church for the first time in 20 years yesterday. She brought her 11-year old son Dane, and he just loved primary, she bore her testimony in Relief Society and by the end of the meetings, she was telling the other sisters that he is getting baptized. So. Our work is done. Yes!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

5/23/11 Letter

A good week:
> Monday: Elder Evans of the Seventy comes and gives us revelation from
> our Heavenly Father about hard work and getting referrals. It's great
> that his son is serving here in the Chinese-speaking program.
> Sometimes I wish they would just send a Chinese sister here, and then
> me and her could be companions and I could spend the dusk of my
> mission baptizing Chinese people.
> Tuesday: ?
> Wednesday: We teach the Stop Smoking program to two Lebanese men. I
> ask them for their cigarettes, tobacco, rolling papers, and lighters,
> and I carry them on me until I find an outside garbage bin, and for
> that ten minutes, I feel dodgy and dangerous.
> Thursday: We found Mele and Paul, mother and son, tracting and teach
> them about the Restoration. Down the road, we find Collin, and teach
> him as well. All of Alexandra Hills is getting baptized! And I have
> french toast for breakfast.
> Friday: ?
> Saturday: At the ward talent show, I see something I've never seen
> before called the "lolly scramble." Brother Cooper stands on the stage
> with massive bags of candy. He yells "LOLLY SCRAMBLE!!!" and throws
> all of his candy out towards the audience, and the children
> just...well, you can just imagine what the children do. It's one of
> the most violent things I've ever seen.
> Sunday: ?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

5/16/2011 Letter

Kia ora,

So training and white-washing an elder's area (and apartmentttt) at the same time is proving itself to be nice and challenging. I think the Lord is trying to kill me. Or at least make sure I'm picked up from the airport in a stretcher. When we got there, the apartment didn't have a working vacuum, microwave, washer, dryer, blankets, pillows, towels, cleaning supplies, any edible food, and we were missing a bed. What??? I cried for five minutes. But it's been a week, and we've gathered the necessities and I clean a lot. I can clean good. Yes!!! I just physically can't believe I'm not in the Gold Coast anymore. I'm actually in Brisbane City.

Friday, May 13, 2011

5/9/2011 Letter

Kia Ora,

I've left the Gold Coast! It's been entrusted to my kind, wise trainee Sister Cherrie. And so coming into transfer meeting I thought, "Terrific, I can have a rest!" but no, I'm whitewashing an area in Brisbane City, training a new person. I wonder who she'll be. We'll see. I wonder if I'll sleep? Maybe I'll just sleep when I get home.

Here's a picture of me and Cassie, getting baptized this month! And Arianna, another investigator.

More Pictures 5/09/2011

Me and Ancient. Mean!