Yo Family and Friends! This week has been... I'm not entirely sure. But it happened!
I managed to get transferred to a biking area right as a record breaking heat wave swept Perth. It was really intense biking this week! But this week it's supposed to cool down to 35 C (95 F) so it will be nice!
Leaving Mandurah was slightly traumatic, I did not think it would be so hard to leave an area! But the people of Mandurah are AMAZING! Seriously! I love them all soooooooooo much! They have changed my life!
I am now in Kenwick area which is a suburb of the city of Gosnells, in Thornlie ward (Australia wins at having the weirdest names). Anyways it is a lot different from Mandurah. First of all we are 40 minutes from the nearest beach... But there are some hills in the distance, they are almost mountains and that makes me happy! The ward is much different as well. Instead of having heaps of kiwis it has heaps of Asians which is awesome because my companion Sister Lao Is from the Phillipines ( I know I am spelling it wrong). She is half Chinese/ Half Fillipino, and is such a good missionary, she is really consecrated! I've already learned a lot from her!
So yeah! I'm on a bike! I think I broke some sort of record this week I managed to get 3 flat tyres (they spell it wrong here) on 2 different bikes in 2 days! and now I am deeply regretting not paying attention to my parents when they tried to teach me so many times to change a bike tire. But a member fixed them for us! and I think I can do it now!
There is this really bushy area across the street from our flat. and It is the perfect place for baby Mozzies (mosquitos) to grow up. Then they leave home and come to live with us in our flat. Those sneaky devils... So many itchy bites!
So my favourite person of the week is Jan. We went to visit her on Saturday! Sister Lao didn't give me a lot of information about Jan so I went in blind. But Jan is now one of my favourite people. Jan has deep love for chickens (more than even Grandpa Doug might I add) her chickens live in her house with her and sleep on her bed. She has a rooster that is the size of pit bull (he is an awesome alarm clock)! He is very friendly though and likes to eat sultanas (raisins) out of your hand (I was honoured with the opportunity to feed him). Jan informed me that his large size comes from the fact he was raised being hand fed avocados and strawberries. Etti-ann (the rooster) loves strawberries. The name Etti-ann is French for Stephen but the rooster doesn't come to Stephen so he is called Etti-ann. Jan is pretty cool, she dies a red stripe in her hair to match Etti-ann and she used to be a school teacher and knows heaps and heaps of deep deep poems that kind of go with what we are talking about. A word of Caution: even though Jan is pretty cool, I would not advise everyone to let their chickens stay inside. Chickens are not easily toilet trained and chicken poo and carpet do not mix very well.
But Yeah that was my week...
I hope you all have a wonderful week and hopefully you can meet a new friend as cool as Jan!
Shout out to Witney for her cool mission call! TENNESSEE! I am amazed!
I love you all and miss you a lot! Pray for my tyres!
Love, Sister Penrod
Has been called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Perth, Australia. She reports to the Provo, Utah MTC September 23!