Sunday, February 7, 2016

February 1, 2016 What a doggie week

What an interesting week! I think the heat here is affecting everyone, though we've had a couple good days with rain. On one of the hot days, a member fell asleep at our lesson! We were teaching a 9 year old girl, and we were all giggling a bit, without actually mentioning what had happened :)
If anyone was wondering about the title of my email this week, we had a few interesting experiences with canines this week. First, we met a beautiful husky, whose owner at first was trying to shut the door on us. But this persistant pooch let us have a good conversation with him :) Not long after, we came across a Labrador who was wandering around looking lost. We improvised a leash and tried to look for it's owner. Someone said the dog had followed them from a few streets away, so we gave up and let her free. But, she really wanted to do missionary work! She started following us around, as we were knocking on doors. We would think she was gone, then up she'd walk and try to go into peoples' homes. Poor thing, we were so sad to leave her. Then there were some pretty scary dogs that luckily were on a chain....
I had some pretty authentic Polynesian food this week. One of the dishes they make in Tonga is lamb wrapped in taro leaves, and you eat the leaves as well! We had a really amazing Family night with bishop and his family and Losana, and then we ate dinner after :) They also have something called cassava, which is kind of like a potato, just a lot more starchy.
Something I forgot to mention about last week, we had a family come to church that haven't been for at least a year. We've been teaching their daughters Morna and Tainai, and now they've come to church 2 weeks in a row! The girls can't wait to be baptized :)

1. Morna and Tainai, with their siblings (whose names I don't know how to spell..)
2. Shuwen (really amazing investigator from Malaysia) and Sister Tamana
I love these people :D Have a great week!

February 1, 2016 Grapes and companions on appt!

January 24, 2016, The miracles of Mildura

Sorry for my lame explanation of the area where I am now serving. I love it here! And Heavenly Father has truly prepared people here for us to teach.
I first want to tell you about a wonderful Tahitian family that moved into the ward at the same time as me. They are such great missionaries,  and she loves coming out teaching with us and sharing her experiences. And on their first Sunday in the ward they brought the daughter of their friend who wanted to come to church! Her name is Mika, and she is an awesome 17 year old who we are now teaching.
Then, later this week, we found Losana. She is truly a miracle. We were talking to a family who were outside their house, and they said that maybe their neighbour, a Fijian lady, would want to talk to us about God. We went over, knocked on her door, and as soon as she saw us she invited us in. Turns out, her ENTIRE family back in Fiji are members, and she was even taught by some missionaries there. But then she moved to Australia, and hadn't been to church. Also, her brother is serving a mission somewhere in America right now, and she emails him every week. She wanted to learn from us, and she also wants to be baptized next month! What a blessing, and especially the random way we found her. I'm so grateful for all the experiences I can have while I'm here.
Yesterday after church we had another amazing experience. We pulled over to talk to someone who ended up not being interested, but we were near a park so we just decided to walk around and see who was there. One lady sitting on a bench really stood out to us, and we approached her. We could see that she had been crying recently, but as we talked to her she shared how much more peace she felt just from talking with us. We ended up having a lesson with her and shared a lot about prayer, touching a bit on the Plan of Salvation. Unfortunately we couldn't get a return appointment with her, but she had our number so we were hopeful and excited about the great lesson we'd had. Then just 20 minutes later (after having another lesson with a couple at the park) we see a man sitting on the same bench. We went over to talk to him and he ended up being the previous lady's husband! We also had a good lesson with him, and he really opened up a lot to us. We have a return appointment to see him and his wife, now that we know them both individually. Heavenly Father truly prepared them and placed them right in our path.
I love you all, and hope you have a miraculous week! (Big or small, miracles are still miracles, and we can see God's hand everywhere in our life)
Sister Tamana!!

January 17, 2016, Greetings from...MILDURA!

Transfers this week, and I am now in Mildura, Victoria! So much has happened this week, it's kind of crazy. Let me start with a little bit of background. We found out last Monday that I was being transferred, and so we spent the day packing up and I said goodbye to Catarina, which was pretty hard to do. But, we know I have to get transferred sometime, it's part of the job :) So we drove here on Tuesday, and it takes about 6 hours. I finally got to see the Australian countryside! I was driving, and it was so flat but so beautiful. The weather here is even hotter than Adelaide, but it was really weird on Wednesday, my first day here, we had a dust storm! So crazy, seeing these red clouds appear, then it was just like eating the dust, it got everywhere! Then the next couple days were raining and staying around 80 degrees, which I loved :D But now it's back to normal, 100-110 is normal weather.
The people here are wonderful, but more on them next week.
A quick note about my new companion, Sister Tamana. She has been here for almost 9 months, and really knows the area well. Such a great example, and her teaching is awesome!
Have a great week!
 Goodbyes to Catarina and Sister Quinton