Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Howwdy from the Beaches in Ballina!

Hello family!! Dad your emails are always funny.  Mom i dont know if i already said thank you but thank you for the package with the easter treats and the cute b-day banner! I love seeing it, thank you.  

This week! Was swell. It was week six of the transfer so we were stressin that one of us would leave! GOOD NEWS, Sister Stanton and I are both staying!!!!!! YAY :) This will be our third transfer together! Yay for three transfer companionships, they are the best :) I love her and we love Ballina so its a good mix!! Sooooo on Monday after emails we had a party of two in east Ballina where there is a river. We kidnapped a members guitar for the day and Sister Stanton is skillful so we worked on hymns to sing for everyone who has a guitar in their house. It was fun! On tuesday we saw Valma! our old finnish investigator. She is so cute. And hard to communicate with but i think she enjoys our visits....we also saw NOEL! I love Noel, our crazy long haired inactive friend. Guess what, we found out his niece is Niki who we also visit! Did i already mention this? That was crazy. Noel talks our ears off and is hilarious....his partner is totally normal and nice so its funny to see them together. 
Sister Stanton and Schaelling at the beach. She says "But we didnt go on the beach, dont panic!"
This week we were finding (did i mention were not supposed to use the work tracting anymore) and my comp was like hey lets go talk to those men who are working...one of them was from Guatemala and i got to use my amazing spanish skills (sarcasm. haha) but it was fun to talk to him.  We gave him a card because hes going back to Guatemala next week... We also visited Sarah Young, and she looks a lot like Katrina to me! She has two babies and is pregnant, shes the bishops daughter. Now theres like a million people living at Bishop's house, Sarah Young and her hub and two kids, Bishop's other son and his wife and the youngest thirteen year old boy. Visiting them is fun :) It's funny too because Bishop is pretty well established in Lismore/alstonville/ballina (hes a lawyer or the step above a lawyer...barister?) so when we're finding, we just meet heaps of people who know him. Bishop is cool. 

We went door knocking on Wednesday for three straight hours which doesnt seem that long until you do it haha. It was good, met lots of cool people and gave out pamphlets...we then went and followed up with former investigators and one of them said we could come back!!! Melissa. Yayyy miracle. The mission is doing something called Miracle May where we tell our DL a miracle we had everyday. Its fun. On Thursday we took Sarah Young with us to see Sharon and it was really good!! I love teaching with members it makes me happy...ive learned something on my mission. I love studying. I could study all day..it is good to accumulate the word of God. But Jesus said, "if ye believe these things, see that ye do them." Doing, teaching, speaking, helping, all come when we show our faith- we do something. Going and visiting someone is an act of faith-- teaching, inviting, following up-- they are vital- we must be and do. Be Christlike, and do Christlike things. I would love to sit and study all day but it only doesme good, but when we go out and share what we learn and feel, it does everyone good!!

Oh guess what? We locked ourselves out of the flat, YET AGAIN. :)  we are getting to be pros at this. And this time it was during morning exercize so we had no phone and no ladder on hand and no windows open...but fear not, no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. So we prayed, and after walking to the locksmith to see when it opened we ran into our neighbor who got our other neighbor who has a big ladder, and turns out the kitchen window wasnt locked, just closed!!! Yay not having to pay 80 dollars for a locksmith. Yay miracle and nice neighbors. Yay.
This is us and Sarah Young, visiting Sharon
Friday we saw Nicki! She is so cool. We finally finished Restoration and just as we finish first vision, her mother comes in and is like "hello everyone!!".....spirit gone but hey it was there for a second! It seriously seems as soon as you start the first vision the phone goes off or some kid on the street starts screaming and its like COME ON PEOPLE. ah well. Oh yes on Friday the Mcmillian Jrs fed us dinner. We call them the McMillian jrs because their parents also live in the ward. Their names are James and Kate. Kate (Sister Mcmillian jr) is from Canada. They are super cool, Bro. Mcmillian Jr is in the bishopric. They are one of the few active families in Ballina. (Threres two) We ate spaghetti and shared about how the Book of Mormon answers questions of the soul. (i love that doctrine.) We gave them an activity in PMG to do. ( I am totally doing PMG activities with my hub for family night...and then we will role play....haha) 

We got to see Carly on Saturday night and she has a tiny 4 week old puppy. Her house is kind of a mad house right now with eight people living there. She has a house mate named Skye who we always talk to and he is SO funny. Aetheist if youre wondering. His mom was Mormon back in the day. Sunday was lovely, fasting on the mission is really hard! but good! And yesterday was a working day because today is transfers. However the elders didnt get transferred either so no one is going to the meeting to get supplies so were gonna have to make some home made planners....yay. :)

This week was really good and fun and were excited for next week too. We have more plans for members to come out with us and were just gonna take them door knocking if nothing else haha. This ward is challenging but challenges are good because they help us grow. I feel at home here. I love this work. I love these people and Heavenly Father with all my heart. I really know that the message we carry is worth more than the treasures of the earth....like Paul said to the crippled man begging for money...(acts 3) "Silver and gold have i none, but such as i have give i thee..." he then healed the man and he ran rejoicing into the temple...As the Lords missionaries we dont carry silver and gold but the gospel of Jesus Christ, knowledge of the workings of the Lord and the steps necessary to return again and live with our Father in Heaven with our families. Its worth so much more that silver and gold...

I love you all so much!! Talk to you next week
Sister Schaelling


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