Monday, January 27, 2014

Hello! Family

Sister Schaelling, Cocker and Fau at Sister's Conference in Brisbane
yo fam

This week was great! thank you for the updates of your lives! I wish i could have listened to kelly dehaan sing again man he is amazing! Dad im sure your concert was great! Glad you all got to go bowling. when i was in park ridge we tried to go bowling for a zone p day..but we were too late! im sure mom is the best activity day leader :) i loved activity days!!!
Sister Schaelling and Cocker (C's first companion)

So this week was of course good, seeing people, teaching the word! We also got to go to....SISTERS CONFERENCE!  p.s. did yall know that we have a mission  blog?   There are pics of sisters conference there! So we got to FLY DOWN to Brisbane! I havent set foot in brizzy for 5 and a half months! and best part! WE WENT TO THE TEMPLE! and i saw the new video!! not the new new one, the old new one if that make sense. I LOVE THE TEMPLE SO MUCH. it was wonderful!! Man i feel like such a wimp because i was missing the temple so much and just because i havent gone for five months meanwhile some missionaries dont go for two years!! 

So all eleven of us Northern sisters as they call us, did a session with sister Henderson on wednesday night after dinner. It was so lovely. Then we slept at the mission home and went to the kangaroo point chapel the next morning and  I GOT TO SEE SISTER COCKER :) my beloved trainer. She cried when she hugged me haha. she always cries :) man it was so wonderful seeing all the sisters again, i forgot what it was like! Sisters conference included....region time, all the north sisters together, then a training by sister Henderson about how we should act as sisters, and talks from president Smiburg and his wife, he is the stake president, he told the story of josiah in 2nd kings! its good! President trained us on the power of sisterhood. He told the story of moses, and spoke about the sanctity of life. How God rules the world by allowing babies to be it was amazing! I love President. Also during sisters conference we had workshops from RM sisters! they were all grand....and of course we got trained on modesty! Virtue is power my friends
Sister Merrill and Schaelling, caught in the rain
Soooo at the end of sisters conference we were waiting for our ride to the airport and its raining cats and dogs, long story short, we miss our flight! So we booked ourselves another flight at the sales desk for the following morning and joyously i had enough money on my missioncard to pay the transfer fee! tender mercy. We flew the following morning back to good old G-town..

And visited all the people we hadnt yet seen!! We had a good lesson with Atimah who is on date for the 8th...she has lots of concerns for her baptism. Sister Merrill is pretty much a boss at resolving baptismal concerns! man! She has the same concern that Steve had from my first area, she doesnt want to make a promise she cant keep. I have learned on my mission that there is no such thing as an easy baptism! and there shouldnt be! all must pass through trial to know the bitter from the sweet.
Sister Schaelling and Tautuiaki

Another lesson that stuck out to me was meeting with Charity and Ian, the filipino couple that were teaching. They are so humble and such good listeners. Ian was asking all right questions for Restoration! Why are there so many churches? Why do we need the Book of Mormon? it. Restoration is my favorite lesson!

Sister Cocker gave me a Tongan hymn book at sisters conf! Man i am singing like a bird out of that!  Sister Merrill gave me one of her Samoan hymn books because she had three, i love singing in those languages! such a pretty sound...islanders! love them. 

Death by dish soap
Wildlife in Gladstone, man cockroaches! Dad i remembered how you and your comp on your mish would squirt dish soap at cockroaches! Well dont you worry i have put that to use! Look at me following the council of my parents. when we find one we spray it with room spray (paralizes them AND  smells good) and then squirt dish soap at them after confining them in a cup! i took a picture but its a little nasty...maybe i will send it! :)

Today is AUSTRALIA DAY! when captain cook settled in sydney. yay!! so pretty much everyone is getting drunk right now and not working!!! yeah im glad im not tracting! Mourine our inv. was made and australian citizen the other night so we went to the gathering...this big party! man it was awkward! but hey im used to being awkward its part of missionary life :) We also went and had dinner with one of our new investigators Pauline and her whole family was over! man they were hilarious and loud! We shrugged off early before it got to crazy! 

Going to sisters conference was a highlight, especially going to the temple. I have a testimony now of the doctrine of assembly....when two or three are gathered in my name, there will i be also. Church and meetings and all of that really are important, so we can be spiritually fed and receive revelation for those we can bless and also our own lives!!  I know i joke about how annoying meetings are but i know that councils and meetings are important and needed! :)
Sister Wulfenstein and Carly

Welp i love you all!
Much love
Sister Schaelling

Family i love you all so much! The gospel is true!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Yo family!!

Yo family!!

What is up?? Thanks for the emails and updates!! This week was stacked with appointments and lessons and everything! They always say there no tired like mission tired...well....theres no tired like Gladstone tired!! Good grief my eyes are heavy just sitting here typing...

We started off visiting Sister Craig and Marilyn Craig and teaching them about service. Marilyn is a RC with down syndrome and we are pretty much best friends. She loves hugs. Fun fact. they call a hug a cuddle here. So its not awkward to be like, "oh come give me a cuddle!" Oh Tuesday we taught Ken as per usual! And also we went to see Tabitha at her house! She is doing well, being a mom and such...we watched the mormom message Daily Bread Pattern, it talks about how manna was needed every day, and it didnt keep over night...a paralell for daily spiritual food, reading a praying and church!

We also saw John and Mourine! I love them so much. We watched the joseph smith movie together! They loved it! Something Mourine said was that she listens to every church that comes to the door, but this is the only time she has felt peace. BOOM. It was awesome. We invited them to be baptized and they said they would if thats what the Lord wanted them to do. Their relationship is so funny to me! Mourine just orders John around and he does whatever she asks haha, then shes like "oh he's my man! i love him so much." they will be married 30 years soon! 

So this week we trekked out to the very outskirts of our area, BILOELA. two hour drive, to see a referral! Smalllll town but we contacted Rosetta, she is from Albania! We taught the whole family, they were interesting. She gave us a bunch of albanian probiotics to mix into our food.....yum. We also hunted the random members that live in Biloela! Theres an awesome family that lives there but only comes to church twice a month because of commute. They are Filipino (my favorite! love them) and also we saw another less active. On Wednesday we saw Bree and she was doing great, wedding plans!! We also saw Mandy who has been being taught by the other sisters for quite some time. She is very sweet and loves reading from the book of mormon and coming to church! We visited the Bowtell family, a PM family mom with three kids. I look up to her.

Thursday we saw John and Mourine again and we discussed the organization of the church as it was in Christs time and now in ours. Mourine told us how she knows its only gonna be one church standing in the end! And we were like, yes indeed! There house has pictures of Jesus everywhere and Mourine sings us songs about Jesus. Shes so cute. We are visiting Jade, a 22 year old mom, living with a partner. She came to church too!! She made me so happy this week because of one thing she said! She didnt really believe in God before but then she told us "I've decided that i believe there is a God." Hurrah! 

We also saw Phil the RC and taught about enduring to the end! He is so emotional and feels everything. Hes this big Maori guy and all you have to say is "Phil we love you" and he starts crying. it s adorable. We also that night saw Helen West, and read scriptures with her and her non member niece who was up from sunshine coast. We got her info for the elders to go see her!

Friday we do service at Evelyn Witheridges, a long line less active. She is so nice, we always drive her little tractor to go and get her trash bins from the road because she lives on a huge property. We weeded her garden, which always makes me think of Grandma Meservy :) On Saturday we saw Mia and taught about the atonement. We also saw Celeste. She is doing well, just has to give us smoking still!! 

We are teaching the children of a less active, a Samoan family, Helayna and Bucky. They will probs get baptized soon. Helen the mom is totally smoking and then says a beatiful closing prayer to the lesson...its so wierd! haha she is coming back to church. In New Jersey we counted LA at church as Key Indicators but we dont here int he ABM sadly! But its all good im still glad they come haha

Sunday is always a little craaazy because we're running around trying to get investigators to church! We had to lead Elder fenton to Jades house to pick her up and ended up being late for sacrament which is awkward because Sis. Merrill is branch pianist and im the chorister...haha Sister Cleland was filling in during the opening hymn and had me take over in the middle of it because she didnt know how to do it was funny. Of course this is the day the district president was there...story of my life! im so impressive to priesthood leaders...haha.

On Sunday Sister Merrill and i had a crazy, amazing, spiritual experience! We tracted into a lady and i dont want to get into the details but we literally brought the spirit into the room because it clearly wasnt there. We taught of the Gospel blessing families and the importance and need to be kind to our children, always. The moms countanace totally changed and she was crying instead of cackling by the end of the lesson...ive never felt the power of my calling before, we were acting as if God was there in the room and saying only what He would want us to say...."Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost....after wards showing and increase of love..that he may know thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death." (D&C 121) It was insane!!! And our testimonies were strengthened of the importance of unity in a companionship and the presence of the Holy Ghost!

Family and friends i love you all!! This week i was reflecting on the importance of obedience and sacrifice...submissiveness and courage...and read the talk about "doing" vs. "being." It was enlightening! We cant just do and we cant just be like Christ. We have to be like Him, His character, and do what he would want us to do. Life long quest! Developing Christ like attributes!

Welp i love you all and i am gonna crash today...
much love,
Sister Schaelling!

January 12, 2013

January 12, 2013
Hello friends and family! Sounds like it has been snowy in the good old UT! I miss the snow! Jenna you are just the dating queen!  And mom and dad im glad you got to go do sealings in the temple. Ive never done im sure it is lovely!
So this week was reeediiculouss and awesome!! SIster Merrill and i are just running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to cover both these areas! How interesting it has been! Its a good thing we like each other! Have a look at the events on Tuesday...first we had a conference call with the zone to set goals because we cant really have zone meeting because were all plane rides apart. That was good. We finished our service project at the Lealogata's painting their living room, then we taught Ken, (I LOVE KEN SO MUCH EVERYTIME I SEE HIM IT BRIGHTENS MY DAY!) and then we went out to Tannum Sands and Benaraby for the first time, about a 20 minute drive...but we broke the GPS so we were reading off a tiny ripped up map trying to find less actives! Except no one was home. funniest part, theres a less active that lives in a trailer park that we couldnt find, so we pulled into a gas station and we ask this man washing his windows, "Hey wheres the trailer park?" and hes like "Oh its right there," points to the trailer park thats like a foot away from where we parked, awkward! and then he says "but theres no vacancies." We were laughing and said we didnt want to move in just looking for someone. And i remembered how it may or may not be on my bucketlist to live in a trailer! One day :) And as we pulled back into our flat we had a lesson that evening with James from PNG and Peter Sepe was going to come with us...and i locked us out of the flat! oopsie. So Peter drove us and brought his wife with him. Then Elder Fenton set up ladders and we broke back into the flat by myself climbing in through our bedroom window from the roof! Success. And pretty much everyday was like that this week! Tick infested homes, lice ridden children, roughin it in Gladstone. Also our toilet broke. But hey! All is well :)
We also had a miracle this week which is....setting a baptism date with Celeste! We have been visiting her for ages and can just see the Lord working in her life. She used to drink and smoke all the time when we were over, then she quit smoking (and started again :( ) and then she got pancreatitis from drinking so much so now she cant drink! Well then thats pretty straight forward. She has changed so much since we first started visiting her. She has come to church 4 times!! We just need to get her married and baptized. She is wonderful but afraid of herself. Afraid that she will make a promise with God and not keep it. Many people have this concern. I have this concern sometimes! What if im not good enough to make it? Etc. Well my friends, let me let you in on something. We dont have to go through life alone! We dont have to be perfect yet. What a concept! We have the Atonement and the merciful gift of repentance for our aid as we travel through this life. If we could learn now to move on and let things go that we do wrong and others do wrong, how freeing a feeling it would be...soaring on wings of eagles. As Isaiah says. Elder Holland said "because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to." Lets keep our heads up and remember Jesus already walked a long and lonely path!! We dont have to walk that same path! We can lean on His love! We can love our enemies and bless them that curse us with joy in our hearts simply because God is our loving Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ, saved us from death! I want to share this with every lonely and sad and discouraged person i see!!
Wow this week was challenging and stressful! But something that i have realized as ive gone through my mission, is that ive learned many new things and wonderful things. New skills, trying new things, learning sooo much. Theres a mormon message we show investigators a lot called "Essa's Story" (watch it) and at the end Elder Scott says "The knowlege that is most precious to me, is that i am a child of God." When he says that, the spirit hit me everytime. The knowlege most precious to me, is that i also am a child of God! He is my Father, we are his children. He sent his Beloved Son to save us! What sweet and simple joy this brings. Im so amazed at love of God! Because of the love, we can be more than conquerers through Christ, for who shall seperate us from this love? (Romans 8) love it!
Thats all for now folks! Love you all so much
Sister Schaelling

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hello! :)

Heeyyyyyyyyy everyone!!!!! SO I JUST WATCHED THE COUSIN VIDEO!!!! it was wonderful!!!!!!!!! thank you soooo much! so much! ah i loved it!!!!! and Lynn i am in the north-west part of australia, maybe they said queensland? who knows! And yes i have seen a kangaroo. Even with a baby in its pouch! and yes they eat pumpkin here but just like a normal squash and its not that orange. And i loved seeing all your faces!!!! Thank you! 

This week was lovely, back to some hard yakka (thats aussie lingo for hard work but we say it heaps in the mission now as a term for working harrrd) after the holidays! So Sister Merril, my new companion is from South Ogden and went to UVU...she is 21 and bubbly and fun and reminds me a lot of Kenna! So i am just lovin her!! We have our plates full because of the combining of two areas which is now one big area that we cover. There are parts of our area that are like a 3 hour drive away! good grief haha. and we have a referral out in Biloela that is a two and a half hour drive to go and contact! Roaaad trip! it will be fun. And we have  so many investigators its almost too much but i love teaching so its great! We are trying to really get the members to come out with us and get involved!  I wish i could have or would have gone with the missionaries to teach before my mission. Thats so not even scarey when your the member haha. 

So the big big news of this week is that we SET A DATE with BREE!!!  whaaaaaa???  She has been investigating since January last year for pete's sake.  She is living with a partner so she finally talked to our branch president and set a marriage date, and a baptism on the same day, Feb 8th!  Prayyy we will! for her!!  Its amazing how things seem less daunting as my mission goes on.  First just teaching the Restoration was hard, then that got easier, handling minor concerns was hard like "i didnt receive my answer" type of stuff used to be scarey, then you just have so many experiences that all the sudden its like...  oh you're not married? no problem! ... oh you're addicted to drugs and alcohol?  Please, thats nothing compared to the power of God! Let us teach you!  I dont know if that makes sense but i love the feeling of having confidence in God and Jesus Christ so much that we know we can do, or accomplish anything, if it is in line with the will of the Father!!  Patience and perseverance and charity and courage is the key!

Wow also this week we had a heat wave! It was "stinking hot" as they say here. well im pretty sure they say that everywhere but hey. So im pretty much used to walking around drenched in sweat with no makeup on!  parrty!!  andd...this week we taught lots of peeps, oh MIRACLE this week, (good idea mom) was that...okay so last night we were thinking, "Maybe we should go and see Jenny" this random investigator we have never met, and she lived like 15 minutes away but we were already driving that way sort of, so we thought we might as well! Then we show up and shes just talking to us like normal and then just starts sobbing! And we were like woah, whats wrong? Turns out shes going through a super hard time so we returned later that evening with Elder Fenton who gave her a blessing!!! It was wonderful!

Also this week we taught a lovely filipino couple Charity and Ian! They came to church! We think they will get baptized this transfer hopefully! They are so cute. I love filipinos. So nice. And we had an intense lesson with Arnelson! He's had two baptism dates and then got sucked in to a bunch of anti-mormon stuff! And we were trying to get to the root of his concerns and finally just bore our testimonies and invited him to church. He came to church and felt the spirit!!

Of course there were sad times this week too and rejection but thats okay! I remember reading in the Book of Mormon how Alma an Amulek were preachin and saw no one was listening, so they just left to find people who would! That is how we should be, give everyone a chance, and discern who is sincere and honest in heart!  Missionary work is so exciting and hard and wonderful.

I think thats all for this week folks! I love you all! 

much love
Sister Schaelling 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

December 30, 2013--Still staying in Gladstone

So it sounds like Christmas was a blast! So glad i got to skype the family! :) That was wonderful!!! Families are the best :) 
Sister Kyaw, & and Schaelling at the Ward Party
Sooooooo transfers happened and i am staying in Gladstone and my new companion is Sister Merrill! She is from Utah, Ogden area and she is 21 :) Shes super pretty and a wonderful teacher. I am so excited for this transfer! Also, they closed Gladstone 2, so now we are full time car and we cover both areas! And sister Lealii E'e and Russel got sent up to Mackay! Which is further north and are white washing, the elders went to Cairns. (pronounced "cans") Crazy!! So its just me and Sister Merrill alone in the flat, there is too much space for us haha. It will be fun! And full time car thank goodness because it is smokin hot! But hey i like it.
December 24, All Gladstone missionaries doing service to a part-member family.  Scrubbing the walls, and painting the whole inside of the house, including the ceilings!

So there isnt much to update yall on but Christmas was wonderful! We went to three huge feeds, breakfast in the morning, the lunch at RC Mark and Tabitha who made this massive Christmas lunch with Laureen and Paul Leao. That was so yummy. Then we went to our Jamaican investigators and they gave us Christmas dinner complete with reggae Christmas music ;) it was fun. Then i skyped family on boxing day as we are a day ahead :)

Sister Merrill flew in yesterday and Sister Kyaw left for Brisbane!! She has been here for 6 months so our investigators are going to be sad! She was lovely. It will be interesting taking on all the other sisters investigators!! And fun. 
Sister Schaelling at her Christmas Dinner place

Life is good in Gladstone. I reckon this is my last six weeks here but i cant really guess because who knows? I could go serve in Cairns for all i know! I love you all family very much!!!! 

Sister Schaelling