General E-Mail June 27 – July 4

G’day mates!

Well lets see what has happened this week!

Nothing too exciting really!

We were able to meet with Luke and we discussed about the importance of praying and listening to the promptings and feelings of the holy ghost. He was mentioning to us how he felt when he came to Zion’s baptism and also to church and told us that he feels as if he is ready. So what did we do? We simply invited him to be baptized and he said yes! We’re so excited for him, seeing his testimony grow each time we meet with him is one of my favorite things to see throughout teaching investigators because they have that own desire. He even bore his testimony yesterday at church explaining to everyone what blessings he has seen just being able to experience coming to church, seeing his son be an example for him and also for meeting with the missionaries. So we are very excited to see him gain his testimony of the gospel even more with his family.

Speaking of Zion! Since Sister Bates is gone, guess who gets to teach Zion to play the piano? ME! Should be interesting since I am a bit rusty…but we’ll see how that goes! πŸ™‚ One advise I can give out is if you have a talent in something, ALWAYS keep practicing it! Never let go of it because I regret not practicing the piano more, but that’s OK I’ll pick it up when I come back home. πŸ™‚

Nothing else really happened this week, that’s pretty much my only exciting news, just regular door knocking and lessons! πŸ™‚

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July! πŸ™‚

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Sister Grawrock

 

 

General E-Mail June 20 – June 27

G’day mates!

Now that I have more time to write let me tell you about my week! πŸ™‚

This week was pretty good, very busy and exciting!

As I mentioned before I have a brand new missionary! I’m training again! Yay! My new companion is Sister Rongthong and she is from Thailand! She is 23 years old and has finished college studying English at BYU-Hawaii! She wants to be an English teacher in Thailand after her mission! πŸ™‚

From Monday til Wednesday I was able to be with the senior couple, Elder and Sister Bates, while I waited for my brand new missionary to fly to Gladstone. πŸ™‚ I guess I could say that they were “babysitting” me. πŸ˜‰

But really though it was lovely being with them! They took good care of me and fed me like there was no tomorrow! πŸ™‚

Elder and Sister Bates are from Bundaberg, not too far from Gladstone, and they have been out for 8 months and they actually left to go back home today! So sad but they had such a great time here in Gladstone and were even able to have their first and only baptism on Saturday! And it was beautiful!

Their investigator, Zion, is 10 years old and lives next door to the chapel. He would always come to church and church activities all by himself. Everyone thought he was a member but he wasn’t! While I was with the Bates, they took Zion out to get a new pair of shoes because Sister Bates noticed he had holes in his shoes so she thought she would do a act of kindness and take him out and buy him new shoes. He was so happy. A day after that, we stopped by his house to tell Zion’s dad that Sister Bates would be a tad bit late for Zion’s piano practice. She came back into the car and told Elder Bates and I that his dad gave Sister Bates a huge hug for what she did for his son and told her that he has given Elder and Sister Bates permission to have Zion baptized. I told Sister Bates that she should invite him to be baptized after her piano practice with him. And she did and Zion accepted to be baptized!

On Saturday the baptism happened and it was very lovely. Zion’s father, two sisters, and brother came to the baptism. You could see the light in Zion’s dad’s eyes while watching his son enter into the water.

On Saturday night Elder and Sister Bates put together a branch activity with lots of line dancing, music, food and games. It was almost like a goodbye party for them! Lots of members came and had fun and even Zion and his dad, Luke, and siblings came and had the best time of their life. Luke mentioned to me that he hadn’t had so much fun with so many great people in a long time.

On Sunday Zion was able to receive the Holy Ghost and once again, his dad and siblings were there. After Zion had received the Holy Ghost and a blessing I looked over and noticed Zion’s father crying and as Zion sat next to his dad, he gave him a huge side hug and kissed him on the head. It was so precious.

After sacrament meeting we went to Sunday school and Sister Rongthong and I showed him which class we were going to. During class Luke asked many questions and was participating and was so engaged into the teaching. He then mentioned to us how grateful he was to attend his son’s baptism and also to come to church. He mentioned to us that he use to be in a gang, his parents were in a gang when he was younger and that he was into drugs and alcohol and he said seeing his son be baptized opened his eyes and made him feel, how could such a young boy be so involved with such beautiful teaching, if he can do that, so can I. It was amazing to see Luke have that spirit with him and to see that his son could be such a great example for him.

We now will be having a lesson with him, and his son tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited for not only him, but for the both of them because they are family, and family within this gospel is so important. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the family that I have. I would never change them for anyone else in the world. And because of them and because they have the gospel in their lifes, they have blessed me to try to be a good example to others just like they have for me.

While being out here on a mission I have seen many broken down families that don’t have that care or love, and as missionaries we try everything to bring them back together. Seeing this and then seeing families be back together makes me appreciate my family so much more. So today, please call your family and let them know HOW much you really do love and care about them, or even a close friend that you care about. You just never know, it could make their day.

I KNOW that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and that through him, we can all be examples of him, although life is hard and tough sometimes, and we all make mistakes, we can always go to him for help. That is why I am always happy, because of the gospel, it has blessed my life, and I love sharing that with others, but of course, I simply invite because everyone has their own choices but for myself I know it is right and I am blessed for it. πŸ™‚

Hope you all have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

Hoo roo!

Sister Grawrock

  1. The rest of the week was great! We did door knocking and Sister Rongthong got to experience her first angry person! He cussed at us to get off his property, and even escorted us off his driveway, all I did was smile and say have a great day. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
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General E-mail June 6 – June 20

G’day mates!

Don’t have much time but just wanted to let you know all know that transfers was this week and I am staying here in Gladstone! I will be getting a brand new missionary and I won’t get her til tomorrow or Wednesday! I have no idea where she is from or anything about her, I’ll find out when I met her! So at the moment I’m being “baby-sat” by the senior couple here in Gladstone. πŸ™‚

The best thing that happened this week was that I got to pet and fed a kangaroo! So cool! πŸ™‚

I will write more next week! πŸ™‚

Hope you all have a great week and a great summer! πŸ™‚

Hooroo!

Sister Grawrock

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General E-Mail April 18 – May 16

G’day mates!

SO GUESS WHAT?!
I’M UP NORTH!
This is usually an area where most missionaries don’t want to be because it’s away from everyone. You don’t get to see any other missionaries and you don’t get to go to the temple! So sad! But you know, those things are great but I don’t mind because there’s a reason why I am here. πŸ™‚
The area I’m in up north is Gladstone. It reminds me A LOT of Brassall which was my first area on the mission! This area also reminds me a lot of where I lived in Virginia a few years back in good ol’ Buena Vista. The houses are separated, lots of hills and it’s very quiet, mostly because everyone is sleeping during the day, and at night the people here are working. The area I’m in is a mining area so people come and go according to their contract.
Also, I’m now in a branch rather than a ward! Crazy right? We meet in a building rather than a nice looking chapel! It still looks great inside! Just like a chapel looks like! AND there’s Americans in the ward! Woohoo! Coming from New Zealanders in Pimpama, I’m now coming to Australians and Americans!
On Friday was able to have the opportunity to hear from one of the 12 apostles, Elder Neil L. Anderson. It was wonderful! He talked about the merits, grace, and mercy.Β He also mentioned that baptisms, investigators are great on the mission, but most important on your mission is YOU and YOUR life after the mission. It’s important to continue to do the work you do on your mission even after your mission. This includes praying daily, reading scriptures and helping out with the members and ward missionaries. I have a firm testimony about this. I have seen many people who return from missions that stop saying their prayers, stop their daily scriptures and many more things. And you can see that the spirit is not in tune with them as much as it had been on their mission. This is why it’s important to always continue to do those daily things you did as a missionary after your mission because not only will youΒ receiveΒ blessings, but you will continue to have the spirit in your life.
After the conference guess what I got to do? Drive 6 hours long from Brisbane to Gladstone! Wow what a long drive it was! But it was good because I got to know more about my new companion!
My new companion is Sister Galang, she is 22 years old, from theΒ Philippines and she has been out for 4 months!
Did you know that I now only have 7 more months left? CRAZY ISN’T IT? They weren’t kidding that after you pass 6 months it just zooms right by! I’m truly grateful the work I have been doing so far and seeing the beautiful change in others but also myself. Of course not personality wise, but spiritually wise.
Because I’m up north, the mission office only sends mail up once in the transfer to northern missionaries. So I wouldn’t be able toΒ receiveΒ mail for a long time so instead ifΒ any of you would like to send me a letter for the next 5 weeks (and probably even longer!) Here is my new address!
Sister Alina Grawrock
6/23 Roberts St.
Gladstone, QLDΒ 4680
Australia
Hope you all are doing well! And enjoying the summer days coming closer! Winter is here and it’s still pretty warm!
Hooroo!
Sister Grawrock
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General E-mail March 15 – April 18

G’day mates!
WOW! So sorry it has been SUCH a long time since I have sent out a general e-mail!

I guess the only news I can really tell you is that Coen got married AND baptized! πŸ™‚
I couldn’t be more happier for Coen and his family. And it’s not that I’m just happy that he is baptized, but I’m more happy to see how much he has grown as we have taught him about the gospel and that he was able to gain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ in his own desire.
And that’s exactly what we do as missionaries. We don’t force and we don’t push. We simply invite others to hear the messages that we love to share that have blessed our life.
And now Coen’s goal is to bring his family into the temple and be sealed together for time and all eternity.
I know that this church is true, and I’m so grateful for the blessings I have received not only being a member, but also being a missionary and showing others that the gospel of Jesus Christ CAN and WILL bless your life.
Everything else is going great, it’s starting to become winter here and starting to get a little more chilly! Crazy to think Australia would get cold huh? Well if I think it’s cold here, boy will I not be ready for December in Oregon!
Hope you all are doing great, and having a great spring season. πŸ™‚
Hooroo!
Sister Grawrock

General E-Mail February 29 – March 14

G’day mates!

What a great couple of weeks it has been!
Can you believe it? I’m already HALF WAY through my mission! Only 9 more months to go! Wow! They aren’t kidding when they say after you pass 6 months it just zooms right by! πŸ™‚
A couple of weeks ago it was my birthday and it went pretty well! I didn’t do too much, just missionary work! πŸ˜›
Thank you to all those who wished me a happy birthday! πŸ™‚
Lets see what else is happening???
Well, there’s about almost 2 more weeks left of this transfer and then we’ll find out who is leaving! I’m pretty sure I will be staying here, BUT, you never know! I’m hoping to stay here at least ONE more transfer!
Currently we have 8 baptism dates, and 1 wedding! Yes! A wedding!
Our investigator Coen has bee such a miracle for us. His girlfriend is a member and they have 2 children. We had stopped by their house a few times and taught them the importance of prayer and how we can receive answers to prayers, and also about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how we can follow Jesus Christ’s example.
Well…
A few weeks ago we received a text from him and it said,
“Good morning sisters. πŸ™‚ Hoe you are all well. I prayed last night for the first time and Β feel good. πŸ™‚ I’m keen to organize some more lessons. I’d love to be sealed as a family at the temple. I understand it will be a long journey with it’s bumbs in the raod but I really want to live happy and pray more. I feel amazing. πŸ™‚ Such a great feeling I’ve never felt before, I’m sure it’s God.”
The power of prayer is TRUE. I can promise you when you have faith and pray with a sincere heart your answer WILL come. It may not come right away but it will come. Remember to have faith.
I am truly grateful for this gospel and I love seeing the people we teach grow throughout the gospel.
Coen is getting married on April 16th, and will be baptized April 17th. I couldn’t be more happier for him and his family. πŸ™‚
I hope you all are doing well! Always remember to pray, don’t be afraid, have faith and many blessings will come your way.
Hooroo!
Sister Grawrock
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General E-Mail January 26 – February 29

G’day mates!

SOOO sorry I don’t do a general e-mail as often as I use to! I’m still in the same area with only getting an hour on the library computers…the struggle is real!
BUT!
Everything is same ol’ same ol’! Busy doing missionary work and working hard in the heat! Fall is coming up pretty soon so it’ll get a little more cooler! Thank goodness! πŸ™‚
This area has improved SO much within these last 5 weeks!
At the moment we have about…10-15 investigators, 5 I would say are pretty solid, and we have 3 baptism dates. πŸ™‚ SO MUCH IMPROVEMENT!
I’m also training 2 new missionaries! Sister Malau is from America Samoa, and Sister Tuatonga is from Tonga! They’re both great! πŸ™‚
This transfer is 9 weeks long due to the MTC going back into 3 weeks for the English speaking missionaries. So we only have 3 more weeks to go and then it’s a new transfer! I’m pretty sure I’ll be staying here again…but we’ll see! πŸ™‚
This Thursday, March 3rd will be my 23rd birthday! Wow! Can’t believe it! Guess what I get to do? MISSIONARY WORK! YAY! πŸ˜›
I STILL haven’t seen a koala or kangaroo yet but I’m sure it’ll happen sometime soon, but in the mean time, here’s the only koala I have seen so far!
And check out this miniature van! I’m taller than it!
That’s pretty much about it that’s going on! πŸ™‚
I’ll do my VERY best to do a more detailed general e-mail next time! πŸ™‚
Hope you ALL are doing well!
Hoo roo!
Sister Grawrock

General E-Mail January 25 – February 7

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Wow a lot has happened!
I’m STILL in the Coomera, Pimpama area and will be for 7 more weeks! This transfer is 9 weeks long due to the MTC English Speaking Missionaries now staying at the MTC for 3 weeks instead of 2 weeks! All I can say is that I’m glad I was only there for 2 weeks! But good on them! πŸ™‚
We’re coming up to the hottest months! This past week got up the 39C! Yikes! But no worries I’m making sure I’m drinking plenty of water! πŸ™‚
I am training once again, but this time I’m training two, yes, TWO, new missionaries! Wow what a blessing! I have one companion from America Samoa, and another companion from Tonga!
We have 2 baptism dates at the moment and about 10 investigators! So hopefully we’ll be able to help them out and help them come closer to Christ and know that they CAN overcome any weakness and trial they are facing with just prayer, faith and the guidance from Heavenly Father.
I was sick with the flu this week with a 101.8F but luckily I’m doing better now! πŸ™‚
That’s about it for this week! Wish I could write more but the library is so quick with time!
Hope you all have a great week and Happy Valentines Day!!!
Sister Grawrock

General E-Mail December 13 – January 25

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SOOO sorry it’s been a VERY long time since I’ve sent a general e-mail out! But don’t worry! I haven’t been attacked by any magpies, snakes or spiders, so I’m still alive! πŸ™‚
Lets see…of course LOTS has happened so I will give you a brief update, so sorry if I repeat myself from the last e-mail!
I’m still serving in the Pimpama area. It’s on the Gold Coast, where it’s one of the most favorite places to be for missionaries. I’m in a rich area and it’s very hard to get people interested but I’m still smiling and having a good time anyways. πŸ™‚
This area is GORGEOUS. It has a beachy breeze, mostly sunny or cloudy and the houses here are very fancy. I love them and wish I could take them to Oregon. They remind me of a lot of the houses in Florida and California! The flat I’m in at the moment is a 2 story, 3 bathroom, 3 bedroom, living room and kitchen and it’s right next to a amusement park, Dream World.Β πŸ™‚
This area is also mostly contained of New Zealanders, aka Kiwis. I seriously feel like I’m serving in New Zealand with how many there are here!Β πŸ™‚
I find that this area is mostly a less active area and mostly tracting area. Within the last 5 weeks we weren’t able to find any new investigators but thankfully we were able to find 3 new investigators and I’m very excited to help them grow closer to Christ and also know how this gospel really can bless their life. πŸ™‚
My last companion I had was Sister Esekielu, she was a new missionary from America Samoa, and I got to finish up training her. Transfers was today and now I will be training a brand new missionary and will receive her on Wednesday! So I’m very excited for that! πŸ™‚
Christmas was great! I was able to Skype my family and it was so good seeing and hearing from them!
Also! Happy Australia Day on the 26th! πŸ™‚
What else…
We also had deep cleaning this week and sadly our AC wasn’t working…so that was a nice workout I guess I could say!
Oh! I saw a rabbit for the first time here! Aussies HATE rabbits! Only because they destroy their crops.
The Aussies weren’t joking when they said January, February and MarchΒ are the hottest months!
Also! HUGE change with transfers! We are no longer meeting at the chapel on Tuesdays for transfer meetings! From now on we will be getting a call Saturday night telling us where we will be going and the we travel by train on Monday, this means carrying ALL luggage AND bike…SO CRAZY!
SO! That’s pretty much my last few weeks! Pretty busy, crazy but great!
Hope you all are doing great! Love and miss you all!
Hoo roo!
Sister Grawrock

General E-mail November 30 – December 7

G’day mates!

Sorry it’s been a while since I have sent a general e-mail out! Two weeks ago nothing exciting happened and then last week I was in the library for only an hour so I didn’t have time to do a general e-mail! But no worries, I’m still alive!
This past couple of weeks have been great though! Last week we had a tropical storm and that was pretty neat to experience! It reminded me a little bit of Florida! And there’s a little stream by our flat (apartment) and it started to flood but thankfully it didn’t block the road!
My companion and I were able to go to our church’s Christmas party! It was a good time just talking to the members and getting to know them more and of course with lots of food! πŸ™‚
This week my companion and I have what we call a mini missionary! She’s here for a week experiencing what it is like to be on a mission and to be a missionary! She is 18 years old, she is originally from Samoa but she lives in Logan, Queensland Australia!
It is SO weird not having cold weather, eggnog, listening to Christmas music during this Christmas season! It seriously feels like it’s summer! Well…it is summer but you know what I mean! πŸ˜›
Everything else is going great! We have one baptismal date and next week is transfers! So this Sunday I’ll find out if I’m staying in the Brassall area again or if I will be going somewhere else!
I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season! But always remember what the true meaning of Christmas is!
Here’s a wonderful website that the church has put together and it’s all about the savior and his birth! There’s activities, articles and videos to watch so enjoy! πŸ™‚
Sister Grawrock
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