Saturday, 27 August 2016

Week 31

Tarneit and Werribee: Aug 8-14, 2016

A visit to Serendip Sanctuary, my first 7-hour drive to Griffith, tracting in Leeton, overnight with the Hewlett senior couple in Wangaratta, Edward's baptism, Elder Concardas is dying on Aug. 22, and many more..!!

Aug 8, Monday - Visited Cecil and her family, though she gave us opportunity to share the lesson on Restoration, she said she preferred her kids to decide for their religion when they get older. We then went to the library for emails, then shopping, then to Geelong for the zone P-Day at Serendip Sanctuary. This was my first time to see kangaroos up close. The animals were everywhere, it was like walking with them though they hop away if you go near them. We also had BBQ and some sausages.

Afterwards, we had a lesson with Line and kids Jordan, Vivian and Christine. Line said they would come to church. then, we met Sister Vahai who just returned from her mission. i learned that she was a companion to Sister Blaize Gulay..small world!  We also visited the Jenti family, sang the song "I am a child of God" to them and taught them about fasting. Then we dropped by Hungry Jacks and rewarded ourselves with 4 soft cones.

Elder Sellers and Elder Carey from Point Cook Ward played chess at the library..

With the Griffith Sisters

Aug. 9, Tuesday - We did service (weeding) at Nan's place; also shared with Nan and Donna 1 Ne 7:12.  We then went to Holden Service to have our right headlight fixed but since we did not make any appointment, we needed to wait for 2 hours before we can get the service. KMart was also busy so we decided to proceed to Griffith and have our headlight checked there. We left Tarneit at 1:40 pm and arrived Griifith at 8:10 pm, had 5-min stop to take shots at the big strawberry, toilet and petrol.  That was my first long drive, did not feel tired but had a sore neck; blessed that there were no kangaroos on the road.

 Sis. Falani and Sister Faiga played while waiting for us finish our service

 Bye Werribee and house for now...traveling to Griffith

On the way, finally got a pic with this big strawberry

The man was thinking who could be this cute lady..haha..

Bugs yuck..hehe..

Aug. 10, Wednesday - Exercise Morning. 

We had exchanges, Sister Paulo and Sister Faiga, Sister Falani and Me. We worked in Leeton, 58 kms away from Griffith, and luckily met Kevin Marks and his fiancee Robin. Brother Marks was the branch president until the branch was dissolved when members moved out. We tracted on a country road, Kathryne Rd where houses were 5 acre lots, one companionship on each side of the road. A bit of a walk. Met Shelby and kid Cadell, then Elisa.  

With Brother Kevin Marks who used to be branch president of Leeton..

We returned to Griffith where Sister Falani cooked stir-fried noodles. We left Griffith at 6:30pm, arrived in Wangaratta at 10 pm, spent the night with the senior couple, Brother and Sister Hewlett.  They treated us to a bed and breakfast!

Showing the teabag trick, Dead's sad, Signing one of the flags, Stayed at the Hewlett's for the night

Aug 11, Thursday - Left Wangaratta at 5:30 am, sky was full of stars; role-played our training on planning.  On our way back to Tarneit, Koala out..

Arrived 9 am for the 10 am Zone meeting, this is a training that demonstrates how unity can be attained.  Zone leaders were Elder Bennion and Elder Togia (new leader). Elder Whiting returned home yesterday. We, sisters, also gave training about planning, scripture references used were in the Book of Mormon when Nephi and his brothers obtained the brass plates.

Aug 12, Friday - Cleaned the chapel at 9:30 am, vacuumed floors, then back home in time for Brother and Sister Parton to inspect the house at 10 am. Sister Parton said house was clean. Then we received a call from Elder Steele (AP) asking my comp for a musical number for Edward's baptism tomorrow. Sister Paulo met and taught Edward while she was still assigned in the city with Sister Murphy. We went back to the chapel in the afternoon, just in time to answer the RS sisters prayer for someone to come to close the chapel, in which our purpose was to practice the musical piece "I'm Trying to be like Jesus" for Edward's baptism on Saturday.

Visited the Phillips family and shared the Word of Wisdom using the teabag.
With the Philips family, L-R: Sister Paulo, Me, Shakayla, Sis Katrina, Shaquille and Shelton

Shelton is excited for his baptism; the family was moving to Point Cook so Shelton would continue lessons with the elders of Point Cook.

Sister Nisi brought us to Dumpling Story restaurant.  She shared her family's story, how her husband quit a good earning job when he was assigned to manage an alcohol section.  He found another job with Brother Reynolds.

Aug. 13, Saturday - Helped Nan weed in the front of the house; had the chance to talk more to Donna and met her 2 kids. Also visited Jenti and saw the kids, Daniel and Noah. Jacob's baptism is moved to Aug. 27.

Took the train to Edward's baptism at Heidelberg chapel, saved 100kms on our car, left with 1000kms, though we can ask for more due to exchanges and trainings, but I want to keep within limits as possible. At Heidelberg chapel, I met Mario Kriska and Connie Constanzo from Footscray Ward who did a Family Search activity, also met Elder Howell and his new zone leader companion, Elder Mahendran who used to be my District Leader.  Elder Rands was home now.  I also met Elder Concardas who was dying on Aug. 22, the Golden Sister Aalto from Finland being trained by Sister Murphy, while my comp, Sister Paulo, trained Sister Murphy.

I was happy I did not make a mistake in playing the music.  The Lord gives you strength when you ask for it.

On the train back to Werribee, we met Peter (accepted Book of Mormon and P.S pamphlet) and Ryan (accepted Restoration pamphlet) and both gave us their phone numbers.  Ryan was willing to be taught so we referred him to Sisters Murphy and Aalto.  Werribee is the end of the line, me, my comp and an old man. The old man accepted a pass-along card though not willing to be visited.  The train ride was 2 hours one way, seemed a waste of time but I was happy to meet Peter, Ryan and the old man.  I love this work.  I was happy to be able to serve.

Aug. 14, Sunday


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