Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We're on youtube!

So transfers happened and guess what? I am staying here in the wonderful land of Capalaba and i am staying with my beautiful Tahitian princess, Sister Tufariua. Yay!!! She is going to kill me. It will be a wonderful 6 weeks together :) the other two sisters are getting transferred, and we just found out that their area is getting closed so now its just me and sister Tufariua in the flat! wow we have a big flat too...but im used to being in a two way so it should be fun. i hope we are full time car. that would stink if we had to share with elders because their not allowed to drive us around...im sure well be full time car that would be amazing!!

Anyway it sounds like your week has been busy and good family!! Wow so cool Kat is home and assimilating back into the "real wold" of utah haha. Hey guess what we are teaching Todd Smith and his gf who is not a member, i think i have mentioned he is from fruit heights but he's going home this week and i told him to come visit you guys so hopefully you receive him! he buys us dinner every monday night so he's awesome :)

So for the area were teaching Darren still and set another date with him for NOVEMBER 8TH and we need to MAKE THIS HAPPEN PEOPLE. goodbye cigarettes!!!! goodbye coffee!!! hello water!!!! seriously he just needs to get baptized.  hes seeing the doctor today to help quit smoking because he needs more than just encouragement from us. im sooooo happy ive never had a cigarette. they're sooo expensive esp here in australia, like 15 for a small pack! dang what are we made of money here or what?

So we also had dinner with the Meharry family and they had their non member family there and it was lovely. I made friends with the girl next to me she was awesome. i love meeting new people. weve also been GQing this week as usual and it didnt feel like it was week 6. usually week 6 is really busy and hectic but it was unusually calm this week. we had a little sisters conference and it was just so lovely. one of the new sisters sang a song called Gloria by rob gardener and boyyyyyy it was amazing!!! dang shes got pipes! apparently both her parents are in mo tab. it was beautiful. President talked about how living the gospel should never be heavy or hard or "i just cant do this anymore-" that is not the gospel of Jesus Christ. Living the gospel is light and lifts our burdens and fills us with joy.  so true!!

We also got to watch the general womens meeting this week and it was just lovely. i love sister Marriots southern bell accent :) conference is the best. we also taught Susan again and she is interested and progressing slowly and is going to feed us this week so that is awesome :)

im so grateful to be a missionary and to labor and serve here in Capalaba. im glad im staying here for another transfer with my beloved companion. :) The Church is true!!! i love you all so much. oh and i am in a youtube video..lds mana show or something like that. were having a cultural night in nov :)  

love you all

Sister Schaelling

Carly is in it just for a second!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rock Church vs. True Church

Heyyy family!!

Wow Kat is home! Wow that is crazy. Um, Katrina, you need to write me every week as part of your return missionary duties! haha  I bet its wierd being home!

Well this week we met with Darren again and family i dont know what happened but this time i finally lost my "you are such a waste of my time" attitude. As we were sitting there i honestly desired his salvation and i loved him! Kind of sad it was hard for me to love him in the beginning but im grateful for gifts of the Spirit including charity. So heres the story, he wants to go back to the Rock Church. He went there on Sunday just to see what it was like and he loved it, and all his old friends want him back, and he is stuck because he loves us too and our church. Welp that would be a hard decision if both churches were true. But theres the thing. Darren was saying he just needs to go to the church thats right for him. Oh man, God is a God of order and we are all his children and would He not have one true church? We are trying to teach with power and authority. He is really good at praying though. In his closing prayer he asked Heavenly Father to help him know which church to belong too. He will recieve a powerful answer.

Well conference was amazing! We just watched it over the weekend and i loved 'Which way are you facing' by elder Robbins and 'Approaching God with Spiritual Confidence' by the German 45 year old. Sooo gooodd!!! Elder Hamula was the one that toured our mission. Lately i have been reading all the biographical paragraphs in the back of conference Ensigns, its amazing how all of them are like lawyers or doctors or businessmen with lots of degrees. Anyway i liked it because then when they spoke i was like 'oh i know you.' Haha. We have a lot of conference Ensigns in the flat. :)

This week was pretty full of conference and oh we also taught Rodessa, our kind of less-active members GF. His name is Todd and guess what? He went to Davis High School! Oh wow small world. So we talked about Kaysville together haha. Rodessa is lovely and my companion has such a powerful testimony she makes everyone cry.

Wow i dont know what else to say, everything is a blur. Its so fun being companions with a Tahitian. She is so funny. She always tells me that i am crazy. Which is pretty true. I burned myself on my thumb and it blistered big and now its nasty looking. Just so everyone knows. Today was our zone leaders birthday, Elder Garcia, so we decked out their flat while they were gone. We are continuing to find find find. GQing!!! :) OH we also had an awesome visit with a wayy less active. I think i am just really prideful because i will visit someone once and be like 'man theyre so annoying', then visit them again and im like 'man i love you so much!!!' haha. He said the closing prayer which was huge and we felt the Spirit when he prayed! it was awesome.

We are also continuing to teach Susan she is progressing along slowly. The work is moving forward!! And being a missionary is just the best. :) I love the gospel and Jesus Christ.

Sister Schaelling

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Life in the Capalaba!

Hey Family,

Wow i didnt realize Kat is getting home this friday. Wow!! that was fast!!

Sounds like you had a lovely conference weekend. We are watching conference this weekend because of the time distance so im looking forward to it! Always packed with revelation.

This week we had zone conference. It was great. President is so organized and each training was delivered powerfully. We also got to teach (my favorite part) in a room with recent converts pretending to be investigators. My companion has such a powerful testimony and when she shares it, whooo. Spirit is there. I also sang with Sister Allen my mtc comp and SIster Alberts, who i live with, for a musical item after lunch, My Heavenly Father Loves me. I think it went well, nobody complained after haha. When Sister Stanton and I would sing in Ballina this one member would always try to coach us on where to take breaths. I called him the breath police. haha.

This week we also had trade offs with the STL's. Sister Wainwright came and worked with Sister Tufariua and i in our area. I dont why but everything just went according to plans...haha that doesn't usually happen but hey. Sister T also taught by herself with a member to our investigator Susan while Sister Wainwright and I went finding. It was a fun day!

We went to see Darren on Sunday and he was talking about how he wants to go back to his old church....we told him that he just needs to make a decision and follow through on it. This hanging out in the middle doesn't really work, we have to show our faith and do something. This is something i'm trying to apply in my life as well.

Family, i miss ya and love you all so much. Have a lovely week!!!

Sister Schaelling