Gidday! Serving in the Katherine Branch Northern Territory will be
Elder Tanner and his new companion Elder Acker! WOOOO!
Headed up north to be with one of my best friends on the mission
(we were in the MTC together) He's from Utah and has a love for Taylor Swift.
So Katherine is at the top of the country but below Darwin.
I took a 4 hour flight from Adelaide to get to Darwin then it was a 3 hour drive to get to
We're an outlying area which means that we're 3 hours away from any other missionaries.
And we also run the branch because we're the only active Melchezdiek Priesthood
holders in the area. We have no active members. And pretty much everyone here is
aboriginal. Everywhere you look you see them and their all always drunk
walking around like zombies. It's pretty interesting.
I think this area really is going to humble me.
Last Sunday we had 5 people come to church. Elder Tanner and I both spoke,
and I presided and he conducted so it was all run by us.
Sometimes I wonder why I'm here because there really is nothing
here but I guess there is a reason. I look forward to the upcoming
experiences and I hope and pray that we can get something going in this area.
Time to build the branch.
Hey everyone! We received Transfer News this morning and I am staying...
in Trott Park for one more
night then being transferred tomorrow! Honestly don't really know how to
feel but I know
there's an adventure ahead. I don't know where I'm going yet but I will let you
know next week!
Tuesday Nov 11, 2014- Started off the day by doing some weeding for Neville
and Wendy. They are non members, aren't interested in the gospel but love
to have missionaries over. We then started teaching an 8 year old in our ward
who is getting baptized next week. She is so excited! Her name is Sky Glass.
Its so awesome to see little ones with joy in their eyes leading up to
Wednesday Nov 12, 2014- Had trade off with Elder Anton from Sydney,
it was the hottest day ever.We went like 5 times to McDonald's to get drinks
because we we're dried out the whole day.
Thursday Nov 13, 2014- We had Weekly Planning today and we both
felt the sprit strongly as we were working out what we needed to do to improve
the area and the biggest thing that we got out of it was FORGET YOURSELF.
We need to stop thinking of ourselves and focus on serving the people
around us. We had a lesson with a old couple from Holland that night
named Peter and Netti, their the sweetest couple and the lesson went really
well even though they rejected the invitation to be baptized but we still
plan on visiting them this next week (well not me).
Friday Nov 15, 2014- This was a day full of walking in the rain. Such a blast!
And we found a new investigator named Hannah! She just graduated from
High School and was baptized last year into the Baptist Church and she's really
keen on learning about our church! It's so great to see young adults who live in
the world but not of the world who live by their faith. We then went to go play ball
with the bishopric which was sweet. The bishopric is all youngish guys so they could
run with us. It was so fun to be able to do that.
That was basically my week this week! I'll talk to you all next week,
in my new area!
Start off by saying that I was dead sick with a fever half of the week, which was rubbish. It's no fun to be sick! But I'm feeling alot better now, thank you for all your prayers in my behalf :) It was kinda special though to have the time to ponder as I was sick in bed for 3 days. You never really get that time to ponder things when your missionary because your always running but that was definitely a good time to ponder all the many blessings my Heavenly Father has given to me. I'm so thankful for this mission and this gospel. It brings me so much happiness and purpose to my life. I want everyone to feel that so please if you feel like you need to find truth, happiness, light in your life, LIVE THE GOSPEL! Another thing I was able to ponder while I was sick in bed was apprecaite, love, and gratefullness for my Father... on earth! My dad is my best friend and he always will be. I have lived my whole life looking up to him and his example. It brings me tears thinking about my dad and his strength and faith in the gospel. I kept thinking of the hours on hours of pain he must've felt, but never showed... I pictured him in bed for days and days and yet he never complained.... My dad is a hero everyone. There's nothing wrong with righteous pride. My family is my life... FOR ETERNITY! WHAT A BLESSING! We can live with our families forever! I know this is true because I have felt the confirming witness of the spirit of God that it is. You all can feel that same witness too. Just ask God :)
Thursday Oct 30, 2014- This was our first full day proselytning during the week, it was good to get out working! Not much happened besides the fact that we met a man named Peter who was enjoying the sunset while drinking his wine and he let us inside his hokme. He was drunk but agreed to let us come back.
Friday Oct 31, 2014- HAPPY HALLOWEEN! As Elder Dass and I were roaming the streets of Adelaide, we saw few trick or treaters compared to America. It was still fun though to see some kids out there. That day we went to go see a less active family named the Dorn's. I used to visit them every week at the start of my mission but then they asked if we don't come back. But this week I really felt impressed to go see them and they were lovely! We got to catch up on things and they seemed really happy and friendly.
Saturday Nov 2, 2014- Day full of service. Helped the Watts move then had Hungry Jacks all together.
Sunday Nov 3, 2014- We had a great testimony meeting today, it was really special because everyone was testifying and showing appreciation for the missionaries around the world. We just felt grateful that the members in our ward love us as much as we love them. Elder Dass and I then had the chance to teach combined Elders Quorom on missionary work and it went really well!
Thats about it for the week, hope this next week goes well for you all! Elder Dass and I will be trying to find people to teach all week so please pray that people of Trott Park may be prepared!