Monday, October 17, 2016

more baptisms

Here is a quick recap of my week!

Monday- We had a good P day just going out and playing golf!! It was good weather and the course was nice haha so it was a good day! Then at night time we went and had dinner with Sister Tyson and a lesson too!

Tuesday- I was at MLC all day with Elder Bradley and the other ZL's and STL's! We talked a lot about fortifying ourselves against sin, so I will probably train on that at our ZTM! So after having that all day in Mortdale, we were driving home and we got caught in awful traffic haha it took us almost 3 times as long to get home haha it sucked! Elder Bradley and I had some good talks though haha!

Wednesday- We had MCM in the morning and after that we got to go and do some service at the Roach's! We helped with putting a metal beam in on his massive shed haha! Then we had a lot of visits fall through so we went and saw Klaus! After our visit with him we had to go and plan out Byron's baptism and we made the program for it!

Thursday- I was on trade offs with Elder Densley! He interviewed Byron in the morning and he passed! Then we went and did some tracting and we prayed to meet a humble man and BOOM we met a guy named Grant who was humble as and he said we could come back haha it was cool! Then we went and interviewed another baptismal candidate for the sisters and it went good! Then we went and had a lesson with Kieran and taught him about the power of the priesthood! Then we got some news that night that Beazer was getting ET'd out of Dapto to go down to Ulladulla because there is a girl there that liked one of the Elders haha so now we have Elder Scofield in Dapto and he is the man! We will miss Beazer though because he is the man!

Friday- It was a full on day! We had DTM and some finding after that! Then we went back to the chapel and we had interviews with President plus we had to set up for Byron's baptism! The baptism was so good! A lot of people showed up and he was so happy! Some of his family even came to support him! It was just such a cool thing to see him be baptized and how happy he was!

Saturday- We had service for the Sa's in the morning and it was good! We mowed their lawn and then we caught a wrong bus on the way home so we had to do a little more walking then we wanted to haha! Then we went to the chapel for the baptisms that were happening! We had a 10 year old girl and an 8 year old girl get baptized! It was a good service haha it was kinda funny though because the 8 year old girl had to get dunked 4 times because her dad messed up the prayer and stuff and then the 8 year old had to get dunked 3 times hahaha so we were joking that we had 7 baptisms that day haha! After the baptisms we went and helped a member's sister move into her new flat!

Sunday- Church was awesome as usual! Byron got confirmed and as soon as it was over all he said was "wow." haha it was awesome! Then after church we got a less active member's lighters off of him to help him quit smoking and we took the sacrament to a couple who cant come to church! Then we went and saw Nicola and Robert! We gave Nicola's daughter Vanessa a blessing and we also got to share a message with them! They are all doing good though! Then we went home and did our weekly planning and had a good dinner!

We meet a lot of people who say that there can't be a God because of all the bad things that happen in the world. What we need to realize is that God allows our agency and he will not rob us of that! Some people use their agency for good and others for bad and their are results and consequences because of that! The bad things in life make us stronger and build us into the person God wants us to be! Instead of looking at all the negative things in the world, look at all the beautiful things in the world from God and look at all the blessings instead of the negatives! God is there and he is our Loving Heavenly Father! I testify that He lives and so does His son Jesus Christ! They love us and they are REAL!!! Love you all!

Elder Jenson

I guess its all play no work

dropped his elbow

oh hi

maybe he got a hole in one? YEAAAAH RIGHT


da boys w/ the prez

the zone with the prez

he got my package haha

white teeth..

the cutest 

we love him.. but hes an idiot

a tender moment


wooo hooo lookin good

yeah buddy

so cute dancing date.... 


Tuesday- We had a good P day up in Wollongong playing some basketball with some other elders and also some random guys! I didn't dunk on anyone too hard so don't worry.. lol! Then after P day ended we went and tried to follow up on some potentials because our appointment fell through, and no one was still interested haha so we went home and had some dinner!

Wednesday- In the morning we had MCM with Brother Tiananga which went good! Then we went home and had some lunch! After lunch we went and did some tracting before we took our car in to get some new tires! After we got the new tires we went and tried to follow up on a potential but they weren't home! So then we went to splits at the chapel and everyone was late haha but then when we finally went out with Bro Tiananga we went to see a less active but he wasn't home, so we went to maccas and he shouted us some dinner instead haha so that was a blessing!

Thursday- We had a good day chocka block full of service! The first service that we did was for Brother Roach! We went and picked up massive tree branches that had fallen down all over his property! It has been like super windy here the past few weeks so there was a ton of branches haha but it was a good time up there like usual! After we got done there we went and picked our car up from being serviced and we went to Jared's house to do some more service for him! We grinded a trailer apart and made piles of the steel haha then we got to have dinner with him and the Brambletts which was nice! Then we went home and took a long needed shower and did part of our weekly planning!

Friday- We had a good DTM with all the new members in our district! We got to go and do some finding after DTM and probably like 10 out of the 80 houses we knocked had someone home hahaha it was a joke! One lady we met was super rude to us and told us to perfect our own country before we come here and so I was like "Do you know where I am from?" She responded "Yeah America" I was thinking ah good on her she could pick out my accent, and so then I asked well what about him (Elder Foa'I) To which she replied "America" I was thinking ah ha! We got ya there lady! I told her that he wasn't from America and she asked him where he was from and he said "I'm from here!" hahahah so then she was like well leave and go to America with him hahaha she was really rude and bitter towards us for no reason.. gotta love it! Then after that we went and taught Byron and went over the baptismal interview questions with him for his interview this week! Things went good and he is excited! Then we went and saw Gayle (our potential) and she was doing good and said she is still interested to listen but she hadn't read the BoM yet because she was busy giving birth to baby goats in her back yard haha so I was like well fair enough we will come by again next week! So she is still doing good! Then we went and saw Klaus which was good and then we went and finished the rest of our weekly planning!

Saturday- We had a full day of General Conference and boy I couldn't have asked for a better day!! It was absolutely amazing and I took so much away from Conference! No one from the ward showed up to the Saturday sessions or to the Priesthood session except for two sisters in the ward and then one brother for priesthood session hahaha it was a joke! After the afternoon session we got to go have a massive feed at the Masima's house and man I felt like I was in the movie Talladega Nights when they just have the dinner with every fast food place you could think of haha that is what we had! We had KFC, Dominoes and Maccas! I had an eating competition with Elder Foa'i and I would say we tied with how much we ate. I had a Big Mac, 2 Cheese Burgers, 3 Medium fries, a chicken leg, a chicken thigh, 15-18 chicken nuggets, and about 30 grapes (to make it a healthy meal) Needless to say I was stuffed haha it was awesome!!

Sunday- We had a good day of General Conference again and Byron was able to come to the morning session and he loved it! After all the sessions of conference we went and saw Kierran and shared a message with him. Then we went and  had dinner with the McColl family and they are awesome! The kids are cute as and they are such a funny family! After we saw them we went to see the Sa's and we got to have a lesson with them as well!

Man I loved General Conference so much and I wish I could give you all my full feelings and thoughts on it! I truly have the feeling of complete and utter gratitude towards my Savior Jesus Christ and to my Father in Heaven! I heard so many great messages about Christ and His Atonement and man where would we be without that! We need the hope that it gives us in our lives and also the power it gives us to overcome our weaknesses! Don't forget the forgiveness we receive for our sins from it! Also I am grateful for the Plan of Happiness that our Father in Heaven has prepared for us! He is so merciful and omnipotent! His plan is PERFECT!! As we follow Christ and rely on Him and His Atonement, we will find our way back to our Father in Heaven! I truly know that Thomas S. Monson is called of God and that all the Apostles are prophets, seers, and revelators! Jesus Christ lives and loves every single one of us! I know God is our Father in Heaven and that out of his infinite wisdom and mercy he provided us with the ultimate plan of happiness which is all made possible through His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ! I know this Church is the only true church on the Earth today and I know that Jesus Christ is at the head of it! I love you all and I hope you can all come to know these wonderful and simple truths for yourselves as well!

Elder Jenson

It only lasted one day


some kind of zone meeting it looks like

just has a stuffed mouth.

hismouth is full of all of this crap

3 weeks late... oops

So transfers have come and gone and I am still here in Dapto with Elder Foa'i! I am stoked to still be here! Elders Densley and Beazer are still here too so nothing changed for us haha! It is day light savings here and so we sprung forward an hour because it is officially spring here! Sorry Utah haha! Here is my week!

Monday- We had a good P day up in Mittagong where we did a little bit of golfing! It was fun to be out there with everyone and man Elder Foa'i was good for never playing before haha! After P day we just went home and had dinner and got weekly numbers for the zone!

Tuesday- So we did some service in the morning which went really good and then we went to see Byron! He is doing good and we have a set date for the 14th of October for his baptism! He is so excited to be baptized and he is just a whole new person already it's awesome! Then we went to the Sa's house to share a message with them and set a time to come do service for them! Then we went and did some tracting, and after that we took Bro. Tiananga's golf clubs back to him and he took us to dinner with his family haha blessings baby!!:)

Wednesday- Had no success while tracting in the morning and so then we went and did some service for the Sa's until FHE! That went good and the Johnstones came so that was good! Then we went and tracted more and we taught a guy the restoration at his door and we gave him a Book of Mormon so we are excited to follow that up too! Then we had MCM at the Tiananga's home and we had dinner with them as well!

Thursday- Had weekly planning in the morning and after that we went and saw Keiran to see how he was doing. Then we went and tracted until we had dinner at Robert and Nicola's house! They fed all 4 of us Elders and it was a delicious slow cooked leg of lamb with all the fixings! They are the best! :)

Friday- We had a good DTM about asking inspired questions so we went and tried doing that while we were tracting after haha and it was pretty good, it got people to talk to us but no one was interested haha! We met another JW and I asked for one of their Bibles so I have two of them now haha! Then Elder Beazer and I did tradeoffs and we went and saw Klaus and shared a message with him and his wife. After that we had Robert and Nicola again just for a lesson this time and we read Alma 14 with them! I invite you all to read it, there are so many awesome lessons in that chapter that we can learn from for our daily lives!

Saturday- We spent the day cleaning our flat until we got details and after the details we went and I gave a baptismal interview to a Chinese guy who is getting baptized and his English wasn't that good but I could tell that he was ready through the promptings I felt from the Spirit! Then we went to the Roach's house to have a farewell type dinner but no one was leaving so we called it a celebration dinner haha they fed us heaps of delicious food!

Sunday- This was the best fast Sunday I have ever had! After church we went and started tracting for like 2 and a half hours! It went really good too! I wasn't hungry or thirsty while doing it, and we met some awesome people! One was Gayle who is a good potential that we taught at her door and we gave her a Book of Mormon so we will follow that up this week! Then we went and met with a Less active member who said he is too lazy to come back so I lovingly rebuked him and told him that this Gospel is the most important thing he could pursue in his life and I told him we are willing to help him come back if he has the desires. We will see if he ever calls us or anything haha. Then we had a bomb dinner to end the night and end our fast!

Monday- We went tracting in the morning and the first door we knocked was this Greek lady who needed help with yard work so we mowed her lawn right there in full proselyting clothes haha it was awesome to help her out and I felt so good after! Then we went and did some more service for the Sa's and had some food with them! Then we went to Wollongong to sign the baptismal record and to meet up with Elder Bradley and his comp because Elder Bradley is the new ZL, because Elder Hunt got transferred :( I gave him the run down on how to do things and it should be good! I love Elder Bradley! Then we went home and had dinner!

I get to watch General Conference this weekend and I am hoping you all watched it this week! Remember, if we take the words that were spoken and we act on them, then it is considered counsel. But if we don't act on the messages and the spiritual promptings we received, then it is considered entertainment. Decide now to make it counsel and not entertainment! Have a good week!

trouble maker

some of his zone 
the cutest

....nice bum... where ya from?

He does work sometimes..

finally got a package from home.. spoiled boy.