What an amazing Christmas. Christmas breakfast was
spent with the McNaught's. Sis McNaught even got us normal bacon (because
Aussie bacon is just ham) and CANADIAN MAPLE SYRUP! She served her mission in
eastern Canada so it's pretty cool to talk about her mission with her.
Following that we called home via skype. So it was great to see how much
everyone has changed over the past 7 months. Especially Carter. Next we went to
lunch with the Davies. They invited their non-member friend, Mari, and she was
super excited to hear the gospel and to read the Book of Mormon. After those
activities we decided to head back to the flat to take a nap. Then we went to
the Shaw's for Christmas. Brother Shaw is the Bishop and an amazing man and
example to me. I have learned a lot from him. This Christmas I was especially
able to feel of the love of Christ and to learn the importance of family and
friends. I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and were able to learn more of
His birth and divine mission as our Saviour.
JANUARY 1ST 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 was an excellent year full of change, miracles, and
many important events in my life. At this stage I am very happy, or at least
doing my best to be. Occasionally things have been rough but it's nothing I
haven't been able to handle I am certainly looking forward to 2015, an entire
year to spend serving my mission. Learning, growing, and becoming more like
Christ. I look to live the rest of my life from this point on as nobly and
boldly as I possibly can. Not worrying about mistakes, the past, or the future.
Letting God take me where I need to go and guiding me in what to do. Never
complaining and never letting faith waiver. No matter what my situation is. I
love Christ and my Father above and that is what will bring true happiness and
It's been a great week! It has also been a very
tiring one. On Thursday I went on trade-off with an Elder from Scotland, Elder
Palmer. He was Elder Motuliki's trainer! Then on Saturday I was on trade-off
with Elder Garcia. They were both great learning experiences. Today in church
we had one of our investigators, Terry, attend for the first time. Then we
watched the First Presidency's Christmas Devotional and had a linger-longer.
December 24th 2014
Christmas has been great so far! On the 22nd the
Mandla's took us to the Australia Zoo up on the Sunshine Coast. Then on the
23rd we had our Christmas themed zone conference with the whole mission. It was
a very spiritual experience. Today we spent Christmas Eve with the Mandla's.
They got us presents to! Paul and Alana are so loving and caring. They
definitely helped remove any feelings of homesickness out of my heart and have
filled me with the spirit of Christ.