Monday, February 15, 2016

KANGAROOS MAAAAATE (also, 6 months down)

Alright so my first week in Merimbula has been pretty good! It is a beach town where a lot of people come for vacation and where old people retire haha! It is a beautiful place! The work is pretty slow here but we are hopefully going to change that! haha I love my companions I really lucked out with them! There are some great members here as well that treat us really well so that is a blessing. Here is my week!

Monday- Spent the whole day driving from Sutherland all the way down to Merimbula. It was about 7 hours of traveling for the day! Then we got here and went and did some service for a family here and had some dinner with them!

Tuesday- P day! We had service in the morning where we helped wheel burrow some concrete for a family in the branch! After that we went and got some food and emailed! After emailing we went to some awesome view points and some really cool beaches! After that we went and did service for another family in the branch and had dinner with them!

Wednesday- We went to go to the Family history center to help out and see one of our investigators but no one was there! So we went to the old flat that the missionaries lived in last transfer and grabbed the last of the stuff that needed to be moved to our new flat. We got some lunch then we went home and organized our stuff! Then we went and visited with a non member that used to be an investigator that likes having missionaries around and his cousin who lives with him who is one of our investigators! They ended up having us over for dinner so that was cool! 

Thursday- We went and cleaned the old flat and made it look good for inspections! Then we grabbed some lunch and we did some GQing around the shops in town. Then we went and visited one of our investigators at her work! We haven't been able to get in contact with her but she said she wants to meet with us again so that was good! Then we did some grocery shopping for some food in the flat and we did our weekly planning. Pretty slow day.

Friday- We had to listen to DTM over the phone hahaha so that was fun! Then we went and met up with two of the senior couples in the mission and got a new mattress from them for Elder Cherrington and we finished pulling out all of the stuff from the old flat and moving it to the new flat. After that we went to the Branch activity at the park and ate some snags (sausages) from the barbie and played some footy (rugby). While playing footy I ended up trucking a little kid that I did not see when I was running, he wasn't part of the branch activity it was just a random by stander. One of the ladies with him was getting mad at me even after I was apologetic and I felt way bad haha but luckily she backed off. Then later that night when we were leaving this lady was giving a piggy back to a kid she was with and she was racing the two other adults she was with and she tripped while running and smashed her face into the ground and spilled her beer hahaha it was pretty funny to see. Oh and on a good note the kid that I trucked ended up being just fine and the mom wasn't mad at all and she was way cool about it when I went over and talked to them again and said sorry :) Then after the activity we went and helped mow a massive backyard! Also Elder Cherrington and I hit our 6 month mark so we burned a tie in our backyard of our flat haha.

Saturday- We had to put a new door on the old flat and we had a non member that lives right next door to us, who is friends with the missionaries, help us out. After we were done with that we went back to this guys house and had a chat with him. He said a funny quote to his sister in law that was there, "If you want to join a religion, you could do a lot worse than the mormons! They're good blokes." hahaha he is so awesome! Then after that we got some food and got some mormon messages from the computer and we went home for the night!

Sunday- My first time going to a branch instead of a ward! I counted 11 total adults in the congregation and the rest were kids hahaha and our meeting house is just a small little building right next to a fish n chips shop! Then after church we had branch council, then we went home for a later lunch. After lunch we had to drive to Bega which is like 40 k's away to deliver the sacrament to two elderly ladies. After that went home and organized our flat and cleaned it up, and had some dinner.

My spiritual thought for the week is on letting our light shine! "A sacred light comes to our eyes and countenances when we have a personal bond with our loving Heavenly Father and His Son." Elder James E Faust. We must always strive to keep the commandments and do what the Lord asks us to do so that we can show an example to others and so that we can let our light shine. As we do this we will create a bond with our Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ! Love you all! Have a good week :)
The church meeting house

I want YOU

I mean... Australia can be pretty rough this time of year.

yeah... definitely rough

This is fake...Pambula beach (look it up)

Oh.. another beach..

pretty bird... pretty bird. A member in their area made them balloon animals

real ugly...

Glad I'm not there...

a little more country than his last area

Just the beach behind their house.. NBD

are those deer in the front yard? nope.. kangaroos, mate

Elder Cherrington and Elder Jenson before the 6 month tie burning

SIX MONTHS DOWN, BABY! that's a quarter of the way done..

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