General email – September 22- September 27

G’Day Mates!

Another good week and I can’t believe it’s already almost October!

This week my companion and I were able to meet with 8 different investigators! James, Victor, Lisa, Sonam, Tammy, Glenda, Anthony and Paul. Our most progressing investigators this week are Lisa, Sonam and Paul.
Every week, usually on Tuesdays, we have district meetings and this week we learned about listening to the Holy Ghost. And there’s a cute primary song that I like that talks about the Holy Ghost,
When Christ was on the earth,
He promised he would send
The Holy Ghost to comfort us,
Our true, eternal friend.
The Holy Spirit whispers
With a still small voice.
He testifies of God and Christ
And makes our hearts rejoice.
And when we are confirmed
By sacred priesthood pow’r,
The Holy Ghost is giv’n to us
To guide us ev’ry hour.
Oh, may I always listen
To that still small voice.
And with his light I’ll do what’s right
Each time I make a choice.
It’s such a blessing that we all can have the Holy Ghost to guide us in the right direction even if
it’s a direction we don’t want to follow but we know that it is the right direction. In the end we will
be blessed and happy that we know that we followed the right direction. πŸ™‚
Oh! Sooo I got to see another HUGE spider in my flat again…and this time I got a picture! Sorry it’s a bit blurry but there was no way I was getting any closer to that sucker! So enjoy. πŸ˜‰
Sister Oraa and I did some tracting this week and we came across a snake handler! Unfortunately we weren’t able to see the snakes but he said that he has 10 pet pythons! WOW! While we were visiting him at the door we could also see that he had a room full of minions, and yes I mean the minions from Despicable Me! His girlfriend LOVES anything about minions and I’ll tell you, that whole room was full of minions, there were action figures, posters, a bedspread ect. So crazy!
And I got my first door slammed in my face! I kid you not, I knocked, the lady opened the door, I opened my mouth and she yelled no and slammed the door! I didn’t even get to say hello! I think it could have waken up the whole neighbourhood up with how loud it was! But all I did after the door was slammed was smile and say, “Have a great day!” That’s really all you can do you know? πŸ™‚
That’s pretty much my week! We mostly do the same thing every day but see MANY different people and it’s such a blessing to meet so many different people and know what they believe and that we as missionaries can reach out to them and help them in any way we can. πŸ™‚
Hope you all have a great week and remember to listen to the Holy Ghost. It WILL guide you to the right direction. πŸ™‚
Fa! (Bye in Samoan)
Sister Grawrock
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General email September 16- September 21

G’Day Mates!

This week was a bit quick but good of course!
We did some tracting around our area, didn’t get many people interested but that’s alright! As long as we reached out to the people that’s all that matters! πŸ™‚
Also! There’s a picture attached of my shoes getting all muddy while tracting…didn’t know it was soft mud! My companions and I had a good kick out of it. πŸ™‚
This week we were able to visit 6 of our investigators Lisa, Sonam, Lori, Paul, Tammy and Evie!
We also had to do some “deep cleaning” this week because transfers was this week! Transfers is when one of the companions in the group leaves to a new area, unfortunately because I’m new and I just got here I’m staying in the Brassall area, but hey that’s okay! I enjoy this area! Sadly Sister Gabinio left and is now serving in a new area, and now Sister Oraa and I are together again! Thankfully we are still in full time car! πŸ™‚
Oh! Sooo I saw my first HUGE spider the other night in our flat…and I mean it was WAY bigger than the one I attached a while ago in the general e-mail! My companions and I were preparing for the next day and Sister Oraa said to me, “Whoa that’s a big spider!” and I asked her how big and she gave an estimate with her fingers and I just shrugged and thought to myself, ‘eh it’s probably not that big’, ohhh was I wrong! It was HUGE once I saw it! I nearly jumped on the couch and screamed to my companions to kill it! I kid you not, if it was any bigger than it was I would have cried! I would have taken a picture of it but there was no way I was going to get close to that nasty critter!
I finally got to see my first kookaburra! Fun fact, when they “laugh” they sound like monkeys but it also means a sign of rain! SO cool! πŸ™‚
On Sunday I gave a talk on, “How Can I Share the Gospel With Others?” Well as easy at that sounds I wish I could just say BE A MISSIONARY! πŸ˜‰ BUT! There’s many other ways you can share the gospel! You can share the gospel with not even being a missionary and it’s super simple! Some ways are, in conversations such as getting to know each other and simply talking about beliefs and feelings, another way is inviting others to church activities such as BBQ’s, sporting games, dances or any other activities the church sets up! Another thing you can do is sharing on social media, such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! Sharing pictures of Christ, or quotes that are inspiring is a great way of sharing the gospel and also leaving a comment on how you feel on it! I challenge you to find a picture, quote or mormon message on mormon.org and share it on your social media but also why you chose it and how you feel about it and also your testimony, you never know who you can touch that day. πŸ™‚
Two scriptures I shared is,
3 Nephi 12:16 “Therefore let your light so shine before this people, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
and
1 Timothy 4:12 “…be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
It is important to always be an example to others. Just like Chris was an amazing examples to others, YOU can be an amazing example to others. You never know who is watching you and who is observing you. Always watch what you do and say. I’m so grateful that I have been taught in the gospel many ways of how to be an example to others but to also reach out to others in any way. I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I can have family and friends like you and that you all can be examples to me but hopefully, I can be example to you.
Well mates, this is really all that happened this week! Hopefully this up coming week will be more exciting and more descriptive! πŸ™‚
Take care and always know that the Lord is on your side!
Sister Grawrock
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General email Sept 7 – Sept 15

G’Day Mates!

So I don’t have a lot of time to e-mail due to going to the temple today, which by the way was BEAUTIFUL! So I will make this quick and sweet!
Mostly all week we visited potential and former investigators and also less actives!
We were able to meet with our investigators Tammy, Jayden, Paul, Lori and our new investigator Ann!
Jayden has a baptismal date! Woohoo!
The grasshoppers here are HUUUGE!
I almost got attacked by a plover, it’s one of Australia’s “dangerous” birds, kind of like magpies. I guess I was too close to their nest and they started swooping down and apparently they have spikes or some type of poison on their wings! Crazy!
Speaking of birds! I was able to actually feed magpies with my companions and one of our members! It was kind of scary at first but because they love meat they were friendly to my companions and I.
I had exchanges with the Samoan sister’s in our mission and it was fun! They got to teach in Samoan but also in English. We almost got attacked by two dogs…that was a bit scary…they jumped against the fence and it opened…luckily my companion for the exchange was brave to get the dogs away!
We got to go to a Fireside called “Voices of Brisbane” it pretty much was just a choir singing various church songs, it was very nice and our investigator Ann loved it!
Also! Those two sisters are my companions Sister Gabinio and Sister Oraa! They both are from the Philippines! This Sunday we get to find out who is leaving or staying in the area of Brassall, personally I think I will be staying but we will see! πŸ™‚
That’s pretty much my week in short terms, hopefully next week it’ll be more detailed!
God bless and remember to always to pray and have faith! πŸ™‚
Sister Grawrock

General email – August 31- Sept 5

G’Day Mates!

So this week was pretty quick and slow, but good of course!
The flu is EVERY WHERE in my area and sadly my companion Sister Oraa caught it, so my other companion and I had to stay home with her a couple times this week, but we were able to do SOME missionary work, hopefully she’ll get better soon though! πŸ™‚
This week we had a zone meeting and we discussed about how to be a successful missionary, how God is our loving Heavenly Father, how to have more faith in Jesus Christ and how it is important to follow the spirit. It was a pretty good meeting! And I know all those teachings are TRUE!
Next week I’ll be able to go to the Brisbane Temple with my zone so that will be super nice, I’ll be sure to take some pictures! So you will receive my general e-mail next week on Wednesday!
My companions and I had the opportunity to do some service this week, and no it wasn’t weeding this time sadly! We went to a less active’s home and cleaned the kitchen and living room space for his mother coming home from the hospital, and then we were able to help our Ward Mission Leader’s wife by cleaning and organizing her garage.
Service is one great way to show your love for others but also to show your love towards God.
Mosiah 2:17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
I know that sometimes people don’t have time to do one act of service (weeding, baking a treat, helping with groceries etc.) or may not “feel” like doing it, but I know if you do ONE act of kindness you will be blessed and not only you but the person you give service too will feel happier and closer to you.
Some people think that me being on a mission is a sacrifice, but I think it is one of the best sacrifices and not only is it a “sacrifice” it is a blessing, because I have been blessed being able to communicate with others and also helping others in anyway I can.
This week with our investigators we were able to meet with Lori and Paul. We also received a new investigator Jayden, he is 10 years old and his two sisters are members but their parent’s aren’t (their grandparents are members, the mother’s parents). He wants to be baptised badly but we suggested to him that he should pray about what date he will be ready for baptism that way he knows when he will be ready on his own time. πŸ™‚
Our miracle this week was REALLY neat! My companions and I were out and about visiting less actives and we decided to stop by one of the member’s home that was already in the area we were in and just share a quick message with her. She invited us in and we were only planning on sharing a quick message but it ended up being a feast full of treats! It was quiet funny but so generous of her! She is so nice, someday I hope to be as generous as her when I have guests over! While we were visiting with her, she mentioned a family in the ward that she usually visits but hasn’t seen at church for a while so she suggested that we go visit the family. After we met with her we drove to the home where the family lives, we knocked on the door, and a lady opened the door. We asked if the family lived in this home and she replied saying that they don’t any more and that they had moved about a month ago and now she lives there with her son. I thought it was a perfect time to mention about the church! So I asked her if she has met the missionaries before and she said yes and that she was taking discussions by the Elders but they disappeared due to Sisters coming in the area and then she also had moved. Even Sister Gabinio tried to stop at her old house to follow up with her from the Elders but she had moved at that point. Sister Gabinio asked her what her name is and she said Ellie and she realized it was the same girl that the Elders had taught and we were able to find her again! So crazy! She invited us in Β and was so happy that we had found her again so now we will be meeting with her this week. πŸ™‚
Yesterday I was able to have dinner with a Samoan family in the ward and we were able to eat traditional Samoan dishes! It was interesting, different but yummy! They served raw fish called “oka”, octapus WITH the ink called “faiaifee” and taro which is a root, it tasted a lot like a potato!
Here are some pictures of what the police cars look like in Australia, some of the houses here in Brassall, the first spider I have seen here, AND the lady we visited said it’s just a BABY! A storm about to approach and the Samoan food I ate!
Well! That’s pretty much the week!Β Hope you all are doing great and keeping safe!
Fa Soi Fua! (Goodbye in Samoan)
Sister Grawrock

General E-Mail August 24-August 30

G’Day Mates!

Well this week was a bit more slow, so this e-mail won’t be AS long as the last e-mail, but hey that’s okay, it was still a good week!
Last Tuesday we had a district meeting with all the missionaries in our area, our topic was about the Holy Ghost and why it’s important. It’s always important to listen to the Holy Ghost where ever you are, it really can help you when you come across situations that could be either good or bad. I know I’ve experienced MANY times where I have listened to the Holy Ghost and received an answer or feeling that was great, and then of course other times where I didn’t listen to it and I received something that didn’t turn out so great. So it’s always important to listen to the Holy Ghost because when you do, you receive great blessings. πŸ™‚
So most of you are probably wondering what I do most of the time while I’m here on my mission in Australia. Well I can tell you it’s pretty much the same when I served in Washington waiting for my visa! I mostly visit investigators, less actives, recent converts and sometimes share quick messages with members. But lately I’ve been doing a lot of tracting which is mostly knocking door to door and also talking with people at the train station, just finding people who need/want to hear more about the gospel but also helping them in any way we can. We haven’t been too successful with finding people that are more interested but that’s okay, as long as they got to hear our simple message it can only help. πŸ™‚
Also! I forgot to mention in my last e-mail that Dominos and Subway are pretty popular here as well!
Anyways! As I mentioned in the last e-mail we have 6 investigators but only 3 are really active with us so far. Lori, Tammy and Robert.Β It’s been a bit hard with them though. Lori is struggling with tithing. Tammy is struggling with smoking. And Robert is studying other religions. So it’s been a bit hard, and we weren’t able to meet with Kathy, Lisa or Paul, but hopefully this week we will have better luck!Β I had the thought during these struggles that I’m trying so hard to help them but nothing seems to work and then a thought came across my mind that Heavenly Father goes through that every day, he has a plan for us and tries everything he can for us to be able to live with him again, but also Jesus Christ had to deal with people that didn’t want to listen to him while he was teaching people to follow him. We can’t control people’s thoughts and feelings. It’s ALL up to them. It’s THEIR choice. All WE can do as missionaries is continue to have faith, comfort and just beΒ guidanceΒ by the Holy Ghost. It takes time. πŸ™‚
One miracle I guess you could say that happened this week was my companions and I were tracting and we came to a house with a mother, her daughter and husband that were familiar with Mormons because they have a really good friend who is a member. We sat down and talked with them, while my companions were talking to the mother, I was talking to the husband, he is about in his 50’s or so, and we just talked about our life and then talked about religion. He said he isn’t too religious and I asked him if he prays and he told me that he usually doesn’t, we talked more about prayer and how it can bless us, such as having questions answered or having special feelings or any other things that happen. After we had talked about prayer we talked about faith and how it is important to have faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through tough situations or when waiting for answers to prayers. I asked him if he would like to say the closing prayer and he said no but I told him that I have faith in him that he can do it, just like how we can have faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ even when we have doubts but also they both have faith in us to strive to do better in our life and be able to live with them again. After I shared this and we talked a bit more I asked him if he would like to say the closing prayer and guess what? He had faith and he did it with no hesitation and thanked me afterwards. I can promise you when having faith, you can overcome any weaknesses or trails. πŸ™‚
That’s pretty much about it! I’m still enjoying it here and learning a lot from the experiences that are happening!
Lastly! Here’s some more fun words used here by Aussies!
Boot = trunk
Mossie = mosquitoes
Frindge = bangs
Chips = fries
Jerk = vest
Jumper = sweater
Hope you all are staying safe and have a great week!
Hooroo!
Sister Grawrock
P.S. The doughnuts here are AMAZING!
P.P.S. The picture of the car is popular here! It’s a half car, half truck! So strange!