Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Week 10

Footscray: March 14-20, 2016

"Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day if you choose to serve the Lord this day with your whole heart." - President Henry B. Eyring

March 14: Today is our P-day and Labor Day holiday: Together with the missionaries of the Heidelberg Zone and the Chinese Program, we visited the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park.  Our tour guide is a recent convert who was baptized 2 days ago. It took us 4 hours to get to this place.

The arches reminded me of Moab, Utah. The smell of the ocean was soothing.  The sand and the waters were inviting but we couldn't go near them unless a baptism would be performed in the waters. 

The Grotto behind us. 

 Group photo of missionaries of Heidelberg Zone and the Chinese Program.

The day after P-day, my companion, Sister Albania and I, bid goodbye to each other.  Sad to see her go..Sister Albania was transferred to ... and I remained with Footscray Ward 3. 

My new companion is Sister Santos from Samar, Philippines and a graduate of Computer Information Management.  Same hobbies as mine!

Sister Santos is on her 9th month in the mission field and is my Follow-up Trainer. 

Below, with the Filipino missionaries except Elder Padilla (in glasses) from China. Beside Sister Santos is Elder Angar from Panabo, Davao del Sur, Philippines, on his 3rd week.

Now we have a car!  I need to get used to the way of driving here, same as in Ireland, opposite to that of US and Canada.  The steering wheel is on the right, lanes on the left, and the roundabouts. Prayers, prayers for me....

As we were looking to buy a GPS, we went inside the JB Hi Fi store and met Sister Carla Parrott who was also buying something.  I was looking to buy Garmin GPS but there was no stock available for the model I want.  The salesman suggested the Navman GPS ($109) and Sister Carla offerred to buy it. She was very persistent and gave it to me as a gift for the blessings she grateful!

On the train to Latrobe Valley. With the permission of President Maxwell, we went to the previous area of Sister Santos to get her medicines.  Four hours ride!

Had a sleepover with the Latrobe Sisters. 

L-R: Sister Santos, Sister Tuhod, Sister Wara Anu, and Me.  Sister Tuhod is from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines and she has an aunt in Opol where my paternal grandmother lives. She emailed her aunt to ask if she knows my Lola Minay.  Sister Wara Anu is from Thailand.

Visiting the Hanley family....super Hanley kids!

Success with the car!  For the first time, we went to the Bishop's home in Altona Meadows which is not accessible by train or bus. A bit of a walk from the station.

Bishop said that we were the first missionaries to visit their home. 

Got a cake from Sister Aileen Newlassie when our appointment with her was cancelled.

Simone phoned us to set another appointment.

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