Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hectic As

Last "Week 1" in the history of week one's of my mission.  This week one was literally like no other.  Drove to and from the St. Mary's flat a few times, jumped a couple cars, and, have been back in a trio this weekend.  Hectic is the best way to put it.  

  • Bid farewell to the Idaho breathahz.  If you haven't given 'em yet, good luck on y'alls homecoming talks! 
  • Elder Metcalf and I roll up to the station on transfer Tuesday rockin' the same tie.  But we didn't take a picture.  Nor did we take one all week lol.  
  • Got transfers finished, welcomed Leura Sisters in, replacing 4 Elders up there.  Also welcomed Elder Niesner who's training Elder Schone in Claremont.  Get to hit up that great place on trade-offs again!  
  • Did service for an older couple in our Ward, the Wilson's.  They had a pile of mulch and we're working on distributing it throughout their garden bed and what not.  You won't believe me because we took no pictures (hashtag lame we are) but the mound was probably about 7 feet tall.  
  • Had dinner with our Elders Quorum President and his wife again.  They're both Returned Missonaries and totally relate with us.  Great energy boost and motivation when we visit them.  
  • So that trio.  We got a Kiwi Elder in hospital (hopefully he gets out today because he is bored as) and so his Tongan companion was with us these past few days.  It's hard to describe in words why this weekend was so funny, because really, he's just so fob.  Gotta love it.  
  • Because we were in that trio, we stayed the night Saturday at the St. Mary's flat (for Minchinbury Ward the next morning) and got to hang with the new Elder.  He just graduated (so he's the same age as Jaren) and I just love the kid.  
  • Stake Priesthood Meeting last night was suuuper good.  Great talks and a good reminder at how privileged we are to hold the Lord's Priesthood.  Blessings on blessings.  

Stoked for Mission Leader Conference and Zone Conference this week.  Should be great, especially since we're currently trying to plan a dank as training for Conference. 

Love y'all!
Elder Muh


Deuces potato brethren! 


Elder Metcalf's got this game called Spike Ball, it's huge on the mainland and we played it at the MTC.  We got the flat going in the living room and it'll make for a mean P-Day activity.  Featuring my new $5 fern socks.  


Yep here's us in non-proselyting clothes. haha  (Elder Metcalf)

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Final Six

Well, Elder Dransfield and Elder Mayes last week went aight.  Was a bit slower than the last 2 (probably because everyone's back in school), but we still had a lot of fun. Tracted out the bottom third of the area, so that's cool.  It's an interesting feeling "killing" my past three companions.  Almost as if I myself have "died" a couple times already.  But, I have still have 6 weeks to go, and we will hit it.  The new comp will be Elder Metcalf from Utah.  Don't know too much about him but he's a pretty dope dude.  As for the highlights.

  • Went on trade-offs with Elder Afa, whose first area was Harbord.  Always fun to serve with fobs, especially when they're your flatmates.  
  • Mean trainings when Elder Haleck visited, always great to see the other missionaries as well
  • Saw Sione Ta'ofi (recent RM) from Harbord Ward, that was awesome
  • Went to Big Daddy's Burgers again this weekend and some of the Afualo family from Claremont were there.  They low key shouted us.  #blessings
  • Tracted into a guy yesterday who said: "sorry boys, not interested.  I'm an aethiest, and I stab people".  Don't get that one every day hahaha.  
Headed into that final transfer.  Lets geetit!  

Love you heaps.
Elder Muh


The burger place we were gonna hit on P-Day was closed, so we stopped by the America shop instead


We ballin' out here 


Sister Fuller made our District matching ties and skirts for Conference


Round 2 bby


This is how you stay fresh in Emu Plains.  Sunnies and bouncy balls #thisiswhywetract


#OperationBlackout in full effect.  Two transfers worth, baby

Mini-Missionaries and Miracles in the Making

Great week.  We pulled up next to a real life Chevy Silverado with a diesel engine, that was cool.  And a lot of other things much cooler than actual American trucks.  Like... 

  • We've been on this fajita buzz recently and two member fams (big ups to the Davison's and Hamann's) had burrito's for dinner.  That is how you make American missionaries happy.
  • Got to chop some wood for our Ward Mission Leader's family, the Ferreira's.
  • Tracted into this high school basketball player I met at Penrith Station like two transfers ago.  He seems keen, we'll see what we can do.  
  • Witnessed the second front door that opened outward my entire mission.  Both doors have been in Emu Plains.  Maybe it's because we knock so many.  
  • GQ'ing at Mac Uni in a trio was very interesting, but serving with Elder Lamb (old Celestial Coast Zone Leader) is always fun 
  • Penrith Stake Mini-Mission this weekend, we had Ben Macvean with us on Friday (who I knew from Claremont) and then a mini Zone Conference on Saturday.  It was awesome.  We knocked a few doors with the four of us, and then got permission from President to each take turns serving with Ben.  
  • Ben & Elder Mayes found a potential that we followed up with on Saturday.  Taught the Restoration and placed a Book of Mormon.  Honestly it was so crazy, she let us in straightaway and her and the husband are pretty keen.  Young people rock.  
Racked up a few more potentials this week and will continue to tract for Elder Dransfield and Elder Mayes' final week.  We got Elder Haleck (Area President) visiting the mish and that should be way good. 

Love you heaps!
Elder Muh


3 for $20, that's us g!  As Elder Dransfield calls this place, #YungDisciple


The pile post chop


Back in the Blues


Comp photo 


Flat squad at the Three Sisters


Us with Elder Macvean! 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It's the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

... Said by a 96 year old lady, who was very, very healthy.  The advice she gave us was: don't drink, don't smoke, and don't run too fast.  Haha cheers Nan! 

Aight so you're gonna have no idea how the title fits into this.  We're in a trio now!  President had to move some missionaries around, so we got Elder Mayes with us for the last 3 weeks of this transfer.  He and Elder Dransfield both go home together so uhhh low key the trunkiest companionship in the mission right now man.  Haha.  It's been a legendary week though.  Elder Mayes really helped us to keep it real out there and we have a fair few potentials we get to follow up with this week.  

  • I know some of y'all been asking about the 4th.  Hope everyone had a good one.  We did as well with burgers, french fries and Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce.  
  • Often times people have to slam their doors otherwise the doors don't close properly (something about the humidity or something).  We always laugh about it, sometimes I think it's more on purpose than others, anyway.  This one lady opened her door back up and said sorry cuz she didn't mean to slam it.  Probably would've been funnier in person, but we really appreciated it.  
  • A couple transfers ago, I started doing the traditional duh duh, duh duh duh knock in hopes that someone on the inside would complete the other "duh duh" and this week, it happened.  So that was awesome.  
  • Followed up with one of the more solid potentials this morning and he's keen to come to church with us next Sunday.  Pray for Tim!  

These things aaarrre dank.


Brother Yamada sighting


Everyone enjoyed some POG and Fruity Pebbles this morning #faafetai


If I was in the middle, it'd be an Idaho sandiwch (Meridian and Nampa fam)


Us trying to be Maori... I think we're still being too palagi


The fave


Uncle Brian's got a franchise named after him down undah!
A new burger joint opened up in Penrith.  It's called Big Daddy's Burger Bar.  Triple Mac Daddy with curlies.  Yoozah.  

One Hard Yakka (Work)

Yup.  The struggle is real out here.  On the bright side, we've been going out at 9 am, so we come home at 8 pm and that seems to be working well for us.  We average about 7-8 hours of tracting each day, it's pretty crazy .  But.  Some moments are really fun.  

  • Because of the driver switch, I got to serve with Elder Flake again this trade-off.  So much growth in the ages since we served in good 'ol Harbord.  
  • The members are really looking after us, we had 3 Sunday roasts, a mean lasagna with our Elders Quorum prez, along with pancakes and pizza with Sister Townsend, who we like to call Grandma.  She's the best.  We'll have to get a picture with her soon.  
  • Had this guy tell us he had to head out in 5 minutes, but he let us in for some water and 45 minutes later, we left.  His sister is a member, so we didn't get to teach much, but it's not everyday that you get LET IN here.  
  • Got a HQ referral for a brothah named Moses, who seems keen as.  It's a bit complicated, but I think we'll have an appointment with him soon.  
  • The awkward moment when a drunk bloke is nicer than most of the people you've met all week.  Gotta love Friday nights! 
  • So on a Sunday like fortnights ago, we met this very nice Catholic man named Steven.  He told us to come back July 1st.  We had our first visit with him this morning and read 3 chapters of the Book of Mormon with him.  Looots of questions asked, but it seemed to go alright.  And he wants us back tomorrow, which is greeeat.  
Things could be looking up.  Trying to remain as positive as we can, and we'll see how this next week goes.  

Love you heaps!
Elder Muh


Shoutout to Grandma for helping me get this floral tie 


Mulgoa Road in Penrith, Elder Dransfield calls it America street 
Has McDonalds, Outback, KFC, and Krispy Kreme



The moment you've all been waiting for... WALLABY WAY SYDNEY!  I think this is as close as you'll get to it in the mission.



This is how we feel sometimes


I thought there were gun laws in 'Straya? 


Nooo way


Sick as flag pole base on some ruch dude's house 


There was literally frost on our car this morning.  Two degrees!