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!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Energized

Or Energised, depends how Brit-ish you want to be.  There are some things I will never get used to.  Haha.  Anyway, this week was much better than week's past.  I think there was a bit of attitude change, but also just a great re-energizing from MLC and DTM.  

  • The beginning of MLC was rough bc it felt like all the leaders had great areas but us.  By the end, after talking with missionaries I've known for a while, and also just learning and what not, I was pumped and ready to go.  
  • That night, we tracted until after the sun went down, probably close to 6:00.  Normally we cut it at 5, right when the sun goes down, really due to previous experiences.  Dang daylight savings.  But it really was a cool experience for us.  Nobody was freaked out or mad, and we actually had a great conversation with a mum later in the week.  So we will tract as long as we can now.  #thisiswhywetract
  • Had homemade pizza's for dinner at a members' house.  Thaaank yooou Davison fam! 
  • Tracted into two people baking birthday cakes in one day 
  • Raked leaves at Rebecca's house and had fun with her son Kevin jumping into the massive pile, which I got to do for the first time ever.  We also made s'mores, thanks to Aldi's American food sale
  • Got in contact with a former investigator and met with him after church yesterday.  It's been a while since he's met with missionaries, but he told us that he gets a tingly feeling when he comes to church and prays about the Book of Mormon.  Thanks to one of his high school mates who planted that seed.  Never know when it'll grow!
Love you heaps!
Elder Muh


Light 'em up up up


 Found avo (as the Aussie's say it) dip in Coles for the first time ever, so made Mom's legendary taco dip for dinner


Aldi (one of the other grocery stores here) had American stuff this week, but, nothing beats good 'ol A&W


Found another one!


Kevin and Elder Dransfield in the pile


Sooo much fun


Cheeehooo! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Show Goes On

No new friends... Yet.  We shall press forward.  It has been a fun week though.  We survived transfers (since I'm OCD as, I just pray everyone leaving and coming in travels smoothly and according to plan) and are still knocking a lot of doors.  We actually knocked one of the longest residential streets in our area, that was fun.

  • So we got low key bashed twice this week.  Kinda sorta.  This old guy told us that we aren't Christian because we don't believe in the trinity.  Some people... Our name badges same The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints homie! 
  • The second time we tracted into a guy who was painting a house and he was Catholic as.  Beads and all.  Literally would not accept anything we told him, it was quite funny actually.  
  • We tracted a road that had a sidewalk.  Such a rare occurrence.  
  • Aussie culture is like the opposite the Word of Wisdom and it got me thinking this week.  Woman, why smokest thou? 
  • While planning, Elder Dransfield starting humming the Mii music from the Wii and I jumped in with him.  Great to have an American comp.  
  • Guy answers the door and replies saying three of the Aussiest phrases ever: "g'day mate, she'll be right, thanks buddy"
  • You know you're in Oz when you follow the Spirit right into a spider web
  • We had three dinner appointments last week, and each one was burgers.  Heavenly Father knows us SO well.  
Another good week in pics.  Hollah hollah.  

Love you's heaps!
Elder Muh


When the Leura Elders request snow in their supply order.  Muuust be deep in the mount'ns.


Elder Usua taught us how to cut oranges Vanuatu style.  It makes great headphones.   


 When the work gets tough, wear Elites under your polka dot socks #gameday


JAKE FROM STATE FARM, WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?! Uhhh, khakis? 


Witnessed miracles, we found a pay at the pump station!  But you can't use the MotorPass card there hahaha shucks


Winter Musical Fireside last night.  I learned that singing parts is extremely hard and I think I'll stick to the "we're here to provide a voice" approach with Dad


Dum dum give me gum gum?


Yeah we just out here in Cali


We found it.  #DPfam

Target Acquired

Okay this week was so much better than last.  I think the amount of pictures can sometimes tell how a week went.  There are the odd weeks where you have no pictures because you're absolutely killing it, but usually more pictures means better weeks.  Enjoy below.  So.  We started tracting in Emu Plains rather than Emu Heights and the people were generally much nicer, even the ones that rejected.  Lots of positives this week, so enjoy that as well.  

  • Placed two Books of Mormon (or Book of Mormons, who ever you are from The Best two Years) so that's great.  Always a good feeling to do that.  
  • Met some cool as people this week.  One dude answered with the biggest smile on his face and said "sorry boys, my wife is going into labor".  We had a lady come to the door brushing her teeth, that's a first.  And.  We met a Cameron.  First and last time on the mission I'll introduce myself with my first name hahaha.  
  • Australians have crack up signs on their doorsteps.  I have a picture of one, but another one said "welcome fishermen... and all other liars".  
  • At the train station and this notice pops up on the screen: "delays are currently being experienced due to a person on the tracks".  Yup, that doesn't happen every day.  
  • We collected all the Christmas and Easter pass-a-long cards in the flat and have been leaving them at every house that doesn't answer.  Giving tracting much more purpose and makes it way more fun.  
  • Walked up to a door yesterday and I nearly filled the doorway.  Haha felt like a giant.  It was hilarious, the house must've been built really out of proportion.  
Chur chur.  Elder Dransfield and I are staying, so we got another 6 to FIND some people.  Enjoy them pics yo.  

Love you's heaps!
Elder Muh 


One of many doorway signs


Most important thing in the glove box: spam musubi. 


In the last 6 weeks, nearly all the leaves have fallen off this tree at the chapel.  I love it. 


Comp study at Krispy's.  


Hard to tell on camera, but the drive to the chapel was foggy as this morning.  Happens like once a year (if that) in Hawai'i, so fog combined with the seeing of breath excites me LOL.  


Picking up the Penrith Elders (flat mate homies) last night because trains die at night 


Opposite Connor ties with Elder Tahere (DL / flat mate)




Monday, June 5, 2017

Where is the Light?

Sooo uhhh lots of door knocking... And that's about it.  Been a bit of a rough one.  The days seemed really long, but the week kinda went by fast because of Temple P-Day.  There were a few moments this week though.  

  • Finally contacted a less-active who is now "spiritual" (I don't know if they have people like them in America, but basically they believe in spirits and energies, but not so much religion).  Thought there might've been an opportunity, but she straight up said she'd never come back.  She's got no idea what she's missing out on! 
  • Got told by a guy that we're the biggest foist in Christianity.  He obviously doesn't know a huge part of our message is agency. :)
  • Attended a baptism in Minchinbury for a dude named Junior.  Kid's golden as, already prepping for temple and mission.  The turn-out was incredible.  Also really good to know that there are people out there who are keen and ready to accept the Gospel.  

Well.  Week 6, so we'll see what's happ'nin next week.  Hopefully we can find some new 'gators before transfers though.  

Love you heaps!
Elder Muh



When you realized the same swaggin' dudes made the Ensign two years in a row #squuuad


Maui sighting 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Revelation Room

Cheeeheee.  This week's been pretty packed.  Three trade-offs, Special Training, and Temple P-Day this morning.  We'll try to capture some moments.  

  • Taught Rebecca and her son Kevin (recent converts) at Bishop’s house.  Focused on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the importance of repeating it’s principles throughout our lives.  Kevin (9 years old) just started cooking bacon and eggs, so we likened it unto that.  Real fun.  
  • Combined Special Training was good.  Talked about things we can do to help ourselves obedience wise, and also things we can do to help our investigators progress.  The Special Trainings go off of three zone regions: Harbour North/South, Penrith/Baulkham Hills/Hebersham, and Central Coast/Newcastle North and I realized that I’ve been all three, so that’s cool.  
  • Went on trade-offs with this Assistants in Macquarie Uni, this time with Elder Bush.  He’s from LA, loves the Lakers and the Dodgers, and is very familiar with Monrovia.  We had a lot of fun working together, and had a cool revelation during our exchange evaluation, which included a door approach pattern, and also including “we help people to change” when speaking to people.
  • Got to work with Elder Flake again in Minchinbury (Elder Dransfield became the designated driver this week - no particular reason, so it worked out).  They have some cool people they’re working with rn.  
  • A few weeks ago with Elder Usua, we met this lady up in Springwood and got to follow up with her this weekend.  Unfortunately, she said she hasn’t convinced her husband yet…  But.  I feel like she’ll receive the Gospel one day.  
  • Worked with Elder Alonzo, one of the Leura Elders yesterday.  He’s from the Phillipines and trained at Pacquiao’s gym for a bit.  Mean conversion story and fun to see how he works.  
  • AND the temple.  I now know why it’s good to get their early.  Our bus arrived 30 minutes after it was scheduled to, so it was a bit rushed.  But it’s been a year and a few months since I’ve been to the temple and it felt great.  Had a few things stick out to me this time, and it just felt really peaceful all morning.

Mean.  Got work ahead of us!  

Love you's heaps.
Elder Muh


Elder Gualco


Elder Neiufi and I rockin' the same Connor tie (sorry, the one with his eyes open was heaps bright)


Elder Clark (Claremont Elder)


Elder Usua trying on Elder Dransfield's hat hahaha 


Steakhouse dinner with Elder Flake


Warrimoo or Warrimuh?


Trade-off with Elder Alonzo


The comp: Elder Dransfield


Look at our dab