Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another great week in Capalaba!

Hey family sorry for the random P days. I think i am back on the Monday schedule from now on and will try to let you know when it will be switched. Our P day changes if we have temple that week. But its normal this week!

Sounds like your week was fun and i love to see all the photos! I guess in the past few days since wednesday the week has been good. We had a couple investigators drop us, our new ones, so sad ... we will try to get them back.

We taught a less active this week and it was a meaningful lesson. She joined the church in Townsville branch up north but felt lost when she moved here in the massive Cleveland ward. She now lives in Capalaba's area and we knocked on her door when we were finding. I know Heavenly Father wanted us to find her. "I know my sheep, and they are numbered." As we sat and spoke with her i asked her if she moved back to Charters Towers would she go to church again. She said yes. Then she said "its a bit silly isnt it." She said she feels a pang of guilt every time she looks at the Book of Mormon on her shelf. We spoke with another less active we GQd at a bayside and he said the same thing. I can see sadness in their eyes, like they miss it! I just want to shake them and say come back!!! There is room for you here!!! We are standing here as His representatives and He knows you and led us to you so we could invite you back into the fold. It gets to me a little to see such precious souls wandering along strange roads...

Have i mentioned how much i love GQing? Its so fun. We went GQing at a bay side this week near a train station and there was heaps of people there. Catch the fish! Haha we broke my PR of contacts in a day, Sister Koloamatangi and I had 78, and that day with Sis T we had 87. Thats the day we met the less active. He looked like he wanted to come back to church but just didnt know how. I just wanted to scoop him up and chuck him in the meetinghouse. Haha. Man. We are also teaching and investigator called Susan and she has many questions. Its good to have questions, but only if you want an answer. Its silly to ask and ask and ask with no desire of actually learning. Susan wants to learn, so her questions are good. We saw a less active return missionary who served here in Brisbane, now hes married to a Buddhist Vietnamese lady and has a son. He has so many questions but they are meaningless because hes lost his faith...we sang for them i hope he felt the spirit.

There is a beautiful Tongan family in this ward called the Fotu'aika's. We went there on Sunday for a feed and then after they sang for us, oh it was so pretty. The had one of them on the guitar and they sang like a hundred different harmonies. I was in heaven, haha.

This week has been good! Family i love you all. When does kat get home??

Much love
Sister Schaelling

p.s. these computers dont take usbs because of viruses so i cant upload photos. :(

Thursday, September 18, 2014

hello! i am alive!

Hey family yes i havent emailed in forever! But we had temple P day this week but because my comp is a new missionary we had new missionary meeting and couldnt have p day on thursday and now it is friday and we have p day! Yay!!!!!

Welcome to Capalaba ward, Cleveland Stake of Brisbane Australia. its lovely here! lots bigger than lismore. Lots of Aussies in this ward, fancy that. We have two main investigators but both of them...welll...

Allright. This week has been a little tough because i am new in the area and have new eyes and can see that the two investigators we are working with are not going to progress because a.) the first one doesnt live in our area! Well dont ask me why past missionaries havent referred him yet but he has been taught at our chapel by Capalaba sisters for 5 months but he lives in the Many area...soo....how are we supposed to help him be baptized...into the wrong ward? Totally not okay. So i referred him to the elders and we taught him with the bishop of his new ward and Elder Garcia (they were on splits) and made the switch. It was soooooooo stressful because Todd has a relationship with the ward members here and has been fellowshipped here but both my companion and i knew it was the right thing to do. So we prayed heaps and the lesson went smoothly and Todd didnt even bat an eye when we told him he would have new teachers and a new ward. "Well its the same message!" were his words. He is amazing and can now finally progress!! yayyyy!! Downside....the ward isnt too happy about me right now...yeah i think i fail at this whole communication thing. working on that one...

And then Darren has been taught for aggeeess and he is still not progressing but has a baptismal date...hmm. How to handle this one my comp and i are still looking for an answer on that one. We shall see.

Other that that we have been finding machines. Last transfer this area had around 40-50 contacts a week. Recognizing the need for new investigators and the difficulty of obtaining them here in suburbia, Sister T and i have been trying to talk to as many people as we can and maintain around 150 contacts a week. Last week we got 154, this week it may not be as high because we had heaps of new missionary stuff. But hopefully the Lord will see we are here to work and we are serious and will bless us with new investigators!!!

New missionary meeting was good, it was interesting being the "trainer" SIster Tufariua is not technically a golden because she has been out like 4 weeks but she missed the meeting last transfer so we got to go. She is so cool family, and she is coming to visit us in Utah next year hahah because her missionaries that baptized her family live in Utah. She is full of Christlike attributes and she shines! Her English is coming along and language study is fun :) She has the most adorable voice and french accent!! i love it!!

I am making mistakes left and right but still trying my best, oh how much we need the Holy Ghost to guide us!!  And the Atonement to strengthen us!  I love being a missionary.  I was with Sister Smith the morning of New missionary meeting and we were walking to McD's to get food because we were way early.  anyway she is going home at the end of this transfer and as we talked to people along the way we realized we both were talking to people because we loved it, and because we wanted to GQ as much as possible before we werent missionaries anymore!  How things change. Time flies. I love my comp and i hope this ward will learn to love me haha

much love
Sister Schaelling

so this computer wont read my photos!! lame

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Transfer Time!!!

Hello! 

This is going to be short and i have to be fast im sorry!! but i got transferred! And i am now in Capalaba 2, in Cleveland Zone!! And here i am emailing so close to Brisbane. I havent been so close to the city in a long time!! 

My companion is Sister Tufariua from Tahiti! She is so adorable and i am so excited to work with her in this wonderul area. 

Last week was lovely, so full of appointments because we kind of knew i was leaving so we just used the excuse to visit everyone. Nareda is doing great, and we visited a less active Marie battersby far away and she told us to go and see her son and we did and it was amazing! Her son and his partner are wanting to come back to church, the son is less active and partner is not a member. They are such a beautiful couple and moving into Tweed ward in two weeks!! So excited!
Sorry family i have to go! I will email next week longer! Transfer meeting today always a little crazy. i love you all very much. 

much love
Sister Schaelling

Monday, September 1, 2014

Jodie got baptized!!!

Hello Family!!!

Mom happy birthday!! Sounds like this week was a lovely week for all!! We had a lovely week too because guess what? JODIE GOT BAPTIZED!! :) :) it was beautiful and happened Saturday morning at 10 am. A few ward members came and Bishop conducted. I sang with a YSA named Reece. He has a good voice and we sang I feel my Saviors Love. Sister K spoke on baptism and Sister McJr spoke on the Holy Ghost. Brother Cooke baptized, it was amazing!! Jodie was glowing! We stood at the steps of the font and helped her out, she was beaming. It was such a beautiful service and Sister Crowther drove us there together and back. Jodie is so wonderful and i look up to her so much. 

So that made the whole week worth it! :) It was a bit crazyy getting her interview all scheduled and working the logistics but all worked out in the end. this week we also saw Noel!! My 
favorite less active haha. The one with long gray white hair that wears ACDC shirts and sings Hotel California for us with his guitar when we come haha. We brought him a cheap lamington cake with candles for his birhtday. We also got to stop by and see Carly which is a miracle! She is so lovely. She is now studying mechanics. I remember when i wanted to do that haha.
We got to see Sister Barrett and she is doing lovely and a recent convert Roberta fed us dinner, she has two Chinese students living with her and they are so adorable. I love Asians. We met two Japanese people this week! I impressed them with my Japanese skills. We also met people form Chile and Ecuador. They are lovely, and we met some Indians too. Its amazing the people you meet when most of your time is spent walking around talking to everyone in sight, haha. 

We visited Nareda again this week. She kind of hates reading. Sister Deloncrais came with us. We visited Jodie almost everyday before her baptism to fight the adversary. Satan goes nuts when baptisms come up. I read something today out of Our Heritage that said when the saints rejoice, Satan and his angels stir, or something like that. So rude. We are teaching Mark too and he is always so happy and fun but has difficulty keeping commitments. We haven't had new investigators in a while!! we got lots of referrals this week so hopefully some luck there :)

Jodie got confirmed Sunday and we were late! haha Sister Deloncrais came to pick us up because we were over k's and wanted to ride with Jodie, the chapel 30 minutes away and we got stuck because there was an accident. But we made it.  Bishop said it was nice of us to show up :) Haha he is great. Jodie was glowing again and we are seeing her again tonight. 

family i love you all soooooo much! Have a smashing week--

Sister Schaelling