Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life is Good.

Me and Zone Leaders
Hello Family!

This week was lovely!! man sounds like you smashed the hike and i LOVED the photos!! :) :) You are all studs. Maybe i will be up to training for timp when i come home...no promises. haha! :) Glad you are enjoying summer! Its so wierd that its summer there and winter here. Its cold in Australia!

This week was great! We did a lot of finding and guess what? One of our members is a beauty therapist (esthetician or however you spell it) and she gave us facials on P day!! It was amaaaazzzzing. We also taught Samuel that night about the plan of Salvation, and he was asking questions which is good!! He was interested to know more about Adam and Eve. I didnt even realize that people believed if Adam didnt eat the fruit then we would just all live in the Garden forever with God, until i came on the mission. It shocked me that people could actually resent Adam and Eve for their choice...hello! We need to come to earth and we have a Savior. Anywhos....
Me and the Samoans, Jerry and Samuel
Also this week on Tuesday we saw Noel!!!! I love Noel and his partner/wife Sharon. They gave us hot chocolate and he played his guitar and sang for us :) We also sang I am a Child of God with my comp on the guitar. She rocks, literally. :)  Noel remembered that song from his primary days. I've decided primary songs are powerful! :)  We also saw Carly and "coincidentally" showed up at the same time as our member friend Sister Deloncrais who is also Carly's friend so we could teach together!! Yayyy miracles! :) 

Wednesday...oh boy. So we went finding in the morning and were taught by this lovely Christadelphian man. That is a religion for those of you who dont know. I say he taught us because we sat there and he had us read a zillion scriptures our of the Bible about the kingdom of God...he was very nice though. Its so hard for me to teach people who are trying to teach me but its humbling. We definitely cant compete with is Bible knowledge. But hey, we have heartfelt testimonies of the Restoration!! 
We visited Sister Monk as per usual and also our investigator Donna gave us shell necklaces that her niece hand painted! They are beautiful. She wanted us to have something to remember austrlia by and her, mine has a turtle on it. That was so nice of her. We also had a dinner planned with Carly for that night but she couldnt make it and it was a Wednesday so were not allowed to eat with members unless theres a non member there, so we found grabbed another investigator to come. yay spontaneous meals at members. Thursday we met a lady called Rhonda who is old and we sang fro her. I love old people their faces and hands just tell a thousand stories. We also taught Sister Barrett and her partner came home while we were still there so we got to meet him!! He is not a phantom after all! He is soooooo adorable he is called Israel. They are getting married too! yay. 
Sister Tauti and Schaelling

Friday was trade off night, the STLs came down and it was fun. I was with Sister Tauti this time and we had fun on Saturday. We went to teach Jerry and Samuel and I wanted them to meet each other because they are all Samoans. And then i had to beg them to speak in Samoan to each other. I love listening to the language!! Sunday was lovely because two random Tongans just showed up to church, they are members :) Yay lost sheep!!

I think thats all family!!
Love you all SOOOO much!!!

Sister Schaelling

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Miracles abound!

Hello family!!! 

Sounds like your week was fun!! Scott i love your hair! :) Glad you could go to parades and listen to pro marching bands :)

This week was great! Lots of work! We were able to teach our potential named Dallas, she is aboriginal and fosters her nephew, they are really nice! It was a little stressful though because she had lost her phone and we were looking for it everywhere and couldnt find it. We prayed but no luck. We started the Restoration with her. Tuesday we had district meeting and the zone leaders were there. They trained on the importance of member presents and how we should get more as a zone. We had Sister Mcmillian one of the only members that lives in Ballina coming out with us that day and we went to teach our investigator Jodie. Jodie read heaps of the book of Mormon! She was telling us all about Nephi and his brothers and the boat. We were suprised and happy. She said that she was reading about how there would be a church of the devil with all its fine silks and she got scared "oh no its the Catholic church!!" (she is Catholic) well you said it first....

We also saw Donna who is doing good, she is such a good grandma and always looking out for her little ones. We just cant get her to church it seems. We have been finding a ton and it bears fruit! I love knocking on doors. Wedesday we went and saw Nareda and it was a miracle!!!! We helped her fold the washing and then sat outside for a lesson. Previously teaching her she has been very confused about the concept of Jesus and God and almost unwilling to understand because of relentless questions, which we would try to listen and help with. We sat with her this week and asked her if she had prayed that week. She said, "yes sisters, i have been praying and its helped me so much.  I finally understand that youre not trying to punish me when you ask me to pray! Because its helped me understand and try to do what Jesus would do even if i dont get it all the time."  We were so happy and surprised but really we shouldnt be surprised because doctrine changes behavior. It was so refreshing to listen to how she had finally done something hard for her, prayer, and then gained a testimony of the principle. "If any man shall do his will, he shall know of the doctrine..."  Love it. We also sang with the guitar "My Heavenly Father loves me" for the whole family. 

We had another miracle on Wednesday too, we went to teach our potential we met in the apartment complex called Mark at his home with Sister Deloncrais. Mark is so amazing!! He is so positive and happy ALL THE TIME.  He accepted what we taught and committed to be baptized on the 2 of August. He is great! He came to church on Sunday, and was talking and making friends with all the members. He is so cheery and just wants to help everyone. We also are still teaching Samuel the new member lessons at random members houses. He is still doing good! Reading and praying and coming to church. Jerry is being a bum again and not coming. Thursday we taught Ashley!! i love her so much. We randomly dropped in and she gave us hot chocolate because it was "freezing" outside. Its really not that cold, but hey. Ashley is so great and she is CRAZY like me. Just thinking of her funny facial expressions and sound affects makes me laugh!! We gave her a Book of Mormon and taught about it. Love her!!

We also got to go and see Sister Barrett, less active, we see her almost every Thursday! She is sooooo awesome. So kind and loving to us! And she is very open to the spirit. She is getting married to her partner too so that is great! We are teaching her the discussions again and i think we're also her visiting teacher...we look forward to seeing her always! We stopped by Carly's place and had a chat with her partner and her friend. Carly's house is great, everyone is welcome there even is she isnt there, haha. They found out my first name is also Carly.....

Saturday we saw Mark again and taught Plan of Salvation. We also had a miracle we havent been able to catch up with our investigator called Niki in forever and we never go there at night, but after our appointment with Mark we thought we should stop by and we were able to see her and teach her, it was great! Sunday was lovely at church and Sister Stanton and I taught YSA's about Solomon and his downfall. Its amazing how our strengths can become our weaknesses if we are not humble!!

Family i got to scoot but i love you all sooooooo much and the Church is sooooooo true and families are forever!!!!

Sister Schaelling

Monday, July 7, 2014

Miracles a happenin!

Hello Family!!! and friends!!! and every one else....(kat will finish that quote in her brain...hahah)

Sounds like fourth of July was smashing!!! Mom props on being prepared and making things happen!! Im sure everyone loved it and Jenna you know if i was there i would be screaming your name too at the parade and you would start laughing as you try to march and play the trumpet :) Dad and Scott the 10k sounds amazing!! way to be men :) and wow Mckenna's engaged!! December wedding! Sweet!!!!

So this week was grand. We had lots of miracles. Would you like to hear some?? 

Soo, the other day we were finding, knocking on doors in an apartment complex which is a little awkward because you knock on one door and everyone in the hall thinks its there's and you're talking to five people at once. Ha ha. So anyway we knock on this one door and we hear people inside but they're not answering, so we move on, and then we're upstairs and we see men come out of the door we knocked on previously come out into the hallway. So all these details probs arent necessary but they're just comin to me as I type. We scurry down the stairs to catch them and say hello, and one of them is like "Hello!! Wow you're missionaries! hello my name is Mark!!" He tells us how he had missionaries visit him in Melbourne 10 years ago and he used to go to church with them and he talked about how they baptize people at church and he wasn't quite ready to get baptized yet. We asked if we could come and visit and he was like yes!!!! Yes come and see me!!..............woah. Miracle!! 

Also this week we went and saw our lovely less active named Marie and she is so cool. And her less active son showed up with his partner, who is not a member, and we shared a message with all of them! yay, miracle. And we got her sons address because he moved and we didnt have it on record, and we are going to go see them again and his partner/girlfriend who is sooooo sweet. That was awesome. Oh, we also had interviews this week with the mission president and his lovey wife, they were awesome!!! I love interviews, they're so fun. President likes looking at our study journals. I always feel awkward handing mine over because he'll just open it and start reading and im sure one of these times he'll read some totally immature comment like "wow Ammon is the bomb i totes want to be like him"or something like that...haha.  I was safe this time. He talked to me about receiving revelation thru the scriptures and writing, and how there's different stages, like first we write about a scripture and we just restate whats going on. Then we start to interpret it, then we apply. I am working on the applying part, instead of just writing "wow this is so pretty yay!!" thinking of "wow this is so pretty and it tells me i can do this in my life blah blah blah".  So yeah sometimes i feel like i am actually a little child when i read my entries sometimes!

So this Sunday Samuel got confirmed!! It was lovely. Its so weird how as soon as someone gets baptized and confirmed it seems like they have always been a member. Jerry didnt come to church so we went over later that day to call him to repentance. Haha, we just said hi and that we missed him. Also on Sunday we had a lesson from our RS president, that the Stake RS gave to all the RS, and all the women 12 and up were supposed to be there to hear it...guess what it was on....not gossiping!! yay man, i feel like we just beat that subject to death in young womens and relief society yet we still go discuss each other to everyone else....i feel like ive heard the same lesson a million times, "dont judge, we have no right to judge. why considerest thou the mote in thy brothers eye,....tell people you dont want to gossip if they start gossiping, stay out of peoples business, dont spread stories...etc etc" and its all true and we know its true. but why do we still gossip? Good grief. Sister Smith, the RS President, gave each of us some little stones in the beginning and reminded us "let he who has not sinned cast the first stone." 

This week we had another miracle, we went and taught our new investigator named Jodie, and it was lovely! She wanted to make us coffee so we brought Milo with us, which is like ovaltine/hot chocolate. :) We taught the Restoration and sang for her and left. A few days later she called us and left a message that she had been trying to feel better and she was overwhelmed and nothing was helping, and then we came and after we left she felt so peacefull!  And in her words "such a good spirit".  wow miracle!! She is lovely!! :)

This week has been so great and i love being a missionary. I am sooooooo not perfect and make a ton of mistakes everyday! But using the Atonement has become such a strength. I love the quiet peace that comes when i know i am doing the Father's will. I love you all sooooo much!!!

Sister Schaelling

Pictures--last p day we went to this beautiful walk place called broken head reserve it was lovely!! and pics of that with the district and also my and my comp...love you all!!!