General E-Mail October 19 – October 25

G’day mates!

Hope you’re doing swell! Everything going down unda is great! And this week was a really good week! We are getting some pretty strong investigators! ๐Ÿ™‚
This week Sister Oraa and I were able to see our investigators; Lori, Jayden, Neville, Sonam, Brad, Robert, Nick and Judy! Woo! So many! We are going so strong and these people are amazing!
Unfortunately we did have one investigator drop us, but that’s OK, we understand and we did let her know that we would still love to see her and help her out in anyway that we can and she accepted. ๐Ÿ™‚
We also weren’t able to see Paul this week due to him being busy but that’s OK as well because he is still wanting to be baptised. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so awesome because Sister Oraa and I didn’t even ask him to be baptised he said he prayed about it and he got his answer, so now all we have to wait is for transfer call to know that we are staying here! So fingers crossed!
We also have another baptism date with Jayden! We had one before but he got very busy but now we are all working together to help him succeed the date that he wants to be baptised which is also during next transfer! Sister Oraa and I are praying hard that we will stay! But if we don’t stay, that is OK, it just means a new journey and new people to reach out to! ๐Ÿ™‚
This week there was a gecko in our house! Because I looove lizards, I was able to catch it! But don’t worry, I put it back outside where it belongs. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would have kept him as a pet but I think we have enough cockroaches as it is. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Sister Oraa and I did lots of tracting this week and found not too many people interested but we met some very nice people this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ There was one elderly lady, she talked with us about gardening, her children, grandchildren, talked about her mom and dad and just about his history, it was so neat! She told us that she loves everyone and thought Sister Oraa and I were so wonderful that she gave us a gift to remember her. She gave us a crocheted towel, it was so sweet of her to do that for us. We plan on visiting her again and just sharing a simple message. ๐Ÿ™‚
Since Halloween isn’t very popular here I decided to do my nails Halloween style! So Happy Halloween from Australia! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re not sure what the picture is, it’s spiders and a spider on a web. ๐Ÿ™‚
Also! Here’s some random neat things about Australia houses…
They mostly all have their own mailbox, rather than all houses into one big mail box.
A lot of the houses have gates and fences in front of their house, you always have to whistle for a dog just in case before entering!
Most of the houses are elevated due to floods that happen. The last flood that happened was in 2011. Check it out!
Hardly any of the houses have doorbells, mostly you have to knock, or twist the key door bell that’s on the door or you ring a bell that has a string attached to it.
A lot of the houses are old and look very vintage, they’re beautiful though!
I’ll have to be sure to take more pictures of the houses and also the doorbells. ๐Ÿ™‚
That’s about it though! It was a great week and Sister Oraa and I are ready to go strong throughout this week!
I hope you all have a very Happy Halloween and don’t eat too many sweets! ๐Ÿ™‚
Sister Grawrock
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General E-Mail October 5 – October 11

G’day mates!

Hope all is well with all of you! Everything here in ‘straya is going well like always! ๐Ÿ™‚
This week was very quick and not too much has happened, so this will be a short e-mail for this week!
The investigators that we have seen this week are Sonam, James, Neville, Lisa, Brad and Paul.
Paul decided on a baptismal date for November 28th! Sister Oraa and I are so excited for him! And we hooope that we will be able to attend to it since it’s going to be during next transfer. In 2 weeks I’ll get to know if I’m staying in Brassall or leaving, I hope I’ll stay, but if not, that’s OK! It’s always good to travel around Brisbane. ๐Ÿ™‚
We didn’t do too much tracting this week, we mostly visited less actives and investigators and we also had a huge zone conference so that was a lot of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚
But guess what?! You’ll find this exciting!
The Brassall Bishop is Tongan and guess how the Tongan’s cook their food? They dig a big hole in the ground, put coals on the bottom, put the food in foil and ontop of the coal, and then move the dirt ontop of it! CRAZY! And guess what I ate?
I ATE HORSE! YES HORSE! Crazy isn’t it?! It wasn’t bad at all! It was tasty and chewy! Now I’m just waiting to have kangaroo sometime soon! ๐Ÿ™‚
That’s about it for my week though! Hope you all have a great week! ๐Ÿ™‚
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General E-Mail October 5 – October 10

G’day mates!

This week was a very fast and short week it seemed like, but of course it was good! ๐Ÿ™‚
Sister Oraa and I were able to see some of our investigators; Sonam, Lori, Neville and Paul!
We also did some tracting but we didn’t meet anyone interesting this week! Maybe this week we will. ๐Ÿ™‚
I had exchanges this week as well and I was able to stay in the Brassall area with Sister Tagiloa for the day with her! She is from Samoa and she finishes her mission in January! We didn’t have any crazy stories like with the last sister but that’s okay! It was still fun and spiritual! ๐Ÿ™‚
Now I know that America had this last week but this week the church was able to show General Conference in the chapel for those who wanted to watch it, or aren’t able to watch it from home, and boy was it AMAZING! So many great thoughts and feelings come out of watching General Conference, it’s just incredible. ๐Ÿ™‚
For those who aren’t sure what General Conference is, it’s an opportunity for church members or anyone who is interested in the church, to listen and to learn from those that are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators. It gives us great teachings of how we can become happier and become better in our life.
One of the talks that I enjoyed was by Elder Larry R. Lawerence and his talk was, “What Lack I Yet?” and I loved this because he explained we came here to earth to learn and to improve with the help from Jesus Christ. We have to ask the Lord what we need to do, and we have to listen to the Holy Ghost in what we need to do that we ask from the Lord.
What exactly is it that I am lacking? What do I need to improve on in my life? In my job? In schooling? As a parent? As a spouse? As a sibling? These are some questions that Elder Larry R. Lawerence mentioned.
As I heard this talk it really made me think of things that I need to work on, but sometimes, the Holy Ghost can tell us differently.He challenged us that we should ask Heavenly Father ourselves what we need to improve on through a sincere prayer and ask him what we need to improve on whether it be in whatever situation you are in at the moment. For myself, it would be my mission, as a sibling and in my life. It’s amazing what the spirit will tell you, it may be something you don’t like or think is really random but I promise you, there’s a reason for what that thought is that you need to work on. And once you act upon that prompting that you need to improve on, you will receive a great blessing from it or even a lesson from it.
Just remember, if we don’t do what the Holy Ghost asks of us, we will miss out a great opportunity from the Lord.
So I invite you to pray tonight with a sincer heart asking Heavenly Father what you are lacking or what you need to improve on and then whatever it may be, whether it’s to eat more healthier, or study harder in school or whatever it may be, listen to it, do it, you will receive a great blessing from it.
I am truly grateful for the Holy Ghost and how it can guide us to have happier, healthier and a better life. Even though we may not like the answer that he gives us, there’s a reason for it and it is the power from God who is teaching us to become better.
Hope you all are having a great fall season! I’m enjoying my hot season so far, and sadly, it’s only the beginning! ๐Ÿ™‚
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Sister Grawrock

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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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? ๐Ÿ™‚
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. ๐Ÿ™‚
Hope you all have a great week and remember to listen to the Holy Ghost. It WILL guide you to the right direction. ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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! ๐Ÿ™‚
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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ย and was so happy that we had found her again so now we will be meeting with her this week. ๐Ÿ™‚
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!ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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.ย 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!ย 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 beย guidanceย by the Holy Ghost. It takes time. ๐Ÿ™‚
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. ๐Ÿ™‚
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!

General E-Mail August 17 – August 23

G’Day Mates!

So lucky for my companions and I, we were able to have a loving member in our ward give us the key to use the computer’s at the church! So now I can go into more detail about my week! Woohoo! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also! I will be repeating myself from the last e-mail a lot now that I have more time to go into detail, so bare with me. ๐Ÿ™‚

So like in the last general e-mail the airplane ride was great! It was about 19 hours long, I was lucky to have the window seat, no one next to me, and I slept the whole time! Except for when I was being fed dinner and breakfast, which by the way, was delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have 2 companions, they are both from the Philippines! Sister Oraa is 22 and has been out on her mission for 6 months and Sister Gabinio is going to be turning 21 this Saturday and she has been out for 7 months! They are super sweet, fun and think a lot of the “American” things I do and say are hilarious. We have a great time together and work hard out on the mission. ๐Ÿ™‚

So craziest thing is that I am driving here! And it’s on the other side of the road! Ah! It was a bit scary at first but I’m pretty use to it now, and I have only driven on the other side of the road maybe once or twice, but no worries, I am driving safe! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m in the Brassal area of Queensland, Australia and I live in a 3 room, living room, kitchen, and 1 bathroom flat (known as apartment in America)! It’s pretty nice I must say, but I’m always having to squish cockroaches, I guess I could keep them as pets but we aren’t allowed to have pets. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m also in the Brassall ward, it’s actually a pretty big ward, and it mostly contains Polynesians. Mostly Samoan and Tongan! They are SO sweet and the women greet with a kiss on the cheek. And when they invite my companions and I over for dinner, oh my goodness does it feel like it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas! Lots of food and they won’t let you stop eating! Hehe! And in the Samoan culture, the family eats first before we show up and then when we enter in the house they sit at the table and watch us eat and just talk with us, so that was a bit different! But it’s fun learning all the different cultures here! They think my companions and I are too skinny, so they tell us to eat more and take it home, so it’s pretty funny, I love it.

There are tropical birds all over! Peacocks, cockatoos, parakeets, pigeons and magpies! And I kid you not, the Aussies have warned me about the magpies, they really do attack you if you make eye contact with them!!! I made eye contact once with one and goodness they do they have a evil look in their eyes! I love hearing all the bird calls in the morning though, it’s absolutely beautiful!

The weather here has been in the mid 60-70’s! And somedays it’s a bit blowy (known as windy in America)! But it’s starting to warm up now! I had to wear a light cardigan or jacket before but now it’s starting to get a bit hotter! So weird to say that because I just got away from the summer while I was in America, but of course now that I’m in Australia it’s winter time here but now
summer is coming!

So of course there’s so many differences here in Australia compared to America!

Lets see…most of all the schools here wear uniforms so it’s fun seeing the different uniforms the kids wear! Some of them are pretty cute actually!

The fashion here so far that I have noticed…the young adult men like to wear, I think they are called chubbies or cubbies, they are shorts that go to the thigh, kind of interesting but that seems to be the popular style for the younger adult men here! For the girls, a lot of the girls like to wear platform shoes and high wedges. The fashion here is a lot like America but it seems to be more “vintage”.

KFC, McDonalds and Dominios seems to be at every corner! And the Aussies looove it! I can’t blame them! I love fried chicken and they have pretty good macaroni and cheese at KFC!

Oh and of course the words used here are different! It’s so fun hearing the Aussies say something and I say, “What does that mean…?” and they laugh and then explain it. So here are some words!

Aussies = Australians

Fizzy = soda

Rubbish = garbage

Flat = apartment

Lollie = candy

Toilet = bathroom

Blowy = windy

Heaps = a lot

Those are just SOME of the words I have learned so far, I will share more in the next general e-mail!

As I mentioned before the cutest thing that happened so far was, while my companions and I were walking to an investigator’s house through a park and a little boy about 4 years old picked some flowers from the garden park and gave it to my companions and I and then ran away, it was too cute!

Funny story! So I noticed my fringe (known as bangs in America) was getting long, and I was thinking of growing them out but then changed my mind so I cut them to be across instead of on the side (sometimes I switch back and forth) and when my companions saw me with my straight across bangs they said, “You look like Taylor Swift!” (Personally I think I look NOTHING like her, must be the bangs) and I just laughed and then later that day, and the next few days I wore it straight across lots of Aussies told me that I looked like Taylor Swift, so apparently when I wear my bangs straight across, I look like Taylor Swift! Too funny!

Remember how I said I had 3 investigators in the last general e-mail? Well guess what? We now have 6! Wow! Here’s some information about them and how they are progressing!

Robert: He is 65 years old, living by himself, he loves the gospel, but isn’t ready for baptism quiet yet, he is waiting for an answer, which is totally okay, it takes time, but he is always at church and loves how friendly the members are. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tammy: She is 40 years old, a single mother and has a daughter, but isn’t able to see her at the moment, she has a smoking addiction but wants to stop, and is slowly stopping, she told us that today she is getting paid and is not going to buy any more cigarettes! We are super excited for her in this new step, we understand that addiction is hard and it also takes time. Once she gives that up she is ready to be baptized, and she can’t wait. She enjoys coming to church as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lori: She is 48 years old, she has 4 kids and a husband one of her kids is actually a member of the church! She is planning to get baptized on Saturday but is still also waiting for an conformation, she also has been attending church every week.

Paul: He is in his 20’s. He attends church with his girlfriend who is a member and we will be meeting with him next week!

Kathy: She is in her 40’s. She is a single mother with 2 boys that are in their 20’s and moved out. She works and she loves the messages my companions and I have shared, and she even came to church and loved it! So we are meeting with her more within this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lisa: She is in her 30’s. She is a single mother with 2 girls that are 9 and 10. When my companions and I stopped at her house she told us she has met with the Elders before but stopped meeting with them due to her joining a different faith but she said she wants to meet with us and know about our faith, she told us she has more hope when we are with her and she felt the spirit when we were with her and she will be coming to church and we will be continuing to meet with her. She also has a smoking problem but she is ready to quit. She is so sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly,

Coolest thing that happened this week, well there’s 2 things. So I will share both of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I had a new missionary training orientation and our Australian Brisbane Mission President just gave us advice and lessons of how to become a stronger, and better missionary and it was awesome because every day in the morning we exercise and in the morning we went on a run and I didn’t know this til the end, but we ran through the city of Brisbane and then ran up to the Brisbane Temple. It was absolutely beautiful.

Other coolest part that happened this week,

We met with a less active member, his name is Steven, he is about in his 50’s and we knocked on his door and asked how he was doing and he told us that he hasn’t been to church for 12 years because some of the members criticized him due to him working at a casino, but I told him, there will be people who will criticize you, there will be people who will try to destroy you, but don’t worry about them, don’t worry about what they think even if it may be hard, it doesn’t matter if you work at a casino, it’s a job, it’s money, all it matters is that you aren’t gambling, you have faith, that you only worry about yourself and strive to do your best and follow the commandments. And then I asked him, will you give it another chance? And guess what happened? After not being at church for 12 years, he came. It was so awesome, he was so happy and he thanked my companions and I that we stopped by his house. It was sooo cool!

Well! That is all mates! Sorry it was such a long e-mail but hey since I’m spoiled again with the unlimited hours, I better use it right? ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you all are enjoying the last weeks of summer and do well in your schoolings, work and whatever else you may be doing!

Always remember to have faith in the Lord Jesus Chris and Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost and you WILL overcome your challenges.

Hooroo!

Sister Grawrock

For any letters and packages:

Sister Alina Grawrock

Australia Brisbane Mission

P.O. Box 348

Hamilton, QLD 4007

Australia

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General E-Mail August 10 – August 16

G’day Mates!
Ohhh so much too say but so little time!!!
I was spoiled in the USA with as much time as needed in the Family History Center but now that I’m in the library I only get an HOUR! Ah! So I got to make this quick!
The airplane ride was actually great! I got the window seat, had no one next to me and got extra pillows and blankets,ย lucky me! And I slept the whole time! So it was very nice! I needed it! ๐Ÿ™‚
I have 2 companions, Sister Oraa and Sister Gabinio. They are bothย from the Philippines! They think everything I say is hilarious, Iย have no idea why though!
I’m in the Brassall area, and in the Polynesian ward! They are so sweet and I can say I am not use toย receivingย kisses on the cheek from the females but it’s a nice welcoming. ๐Ÿ™‚
Oh! Coolest part…I AM DRIVING!!! And! It’s on the opposite side of the road! So crazy! But I promise I am being safe! ๐Ÿ™‚
We have 3 investigatorsย so far but next time I will talk more about them!
Cutest thing, my companions and I were walkingย around a park with flowersย everywhere and a littleย boy about 4 years old picked some flowers and gave them to us! SO CUTE!
There are tropical birds EVERYWHERE here! It’s so neat! The weather is also actually a bit chilly! I have to wear a light jacket or cardigan to keep warm!ย  But it’s ALWAYS sunny! I love it!
The lingo here is so fun to hear! One that I learned is “fizzy” which is soda! So funny!
I’m having a great time and being safe! I’ll try to be more descriptive in the next email but it’s a bit hard with the time! Hope you all are doing great and staying safe!
Sister Grawrock