G'day Family and Friends!
So the last few days have been awesome basically because of a lot of things
-I took my "driving test" with the senior missionaries so I now can drive and have been driving in Australia. It's scary.
- We had follow up training so I got to see all of my friends from the MTC!
- One of the girls that Sis. Young and her last Comp set on date got baptized on Saturday it was really cool! I said a prayer (just like you Olivia ;)
- Congratulations to Caroline for getting baptized, I'm so proud of you!
- Oh and we had the best miracle ever: RAU IS GETTING BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sister Young and I are still going crazy about it! We are sooooo Excited!!!! Here is what happened: so we have been teaching her for about a month, Sister Young and I started teaching her together so we've both been able to see her start her journey:) So we went to her house on Thursday and we always love going to her house because she is just the coolest lady ever. She is so fun to talk to and be around and willing to do whatever. So we taught the lesson about the word of wisdom and invited her to live it and she was like oh no big deal I stopped smoking and drinking and swearing a month ago cold turkey. so we are like awesome! and we talked to her for a while just about random stuff and suddenly Sister Young had a prompting to say:
"So Rau I think that you want to be baptized." and Rau goes
"yeah... Yeah, yous know what I was thinking about it today and yeah, I decided I want to be baptized so can we like set a day?"
(internal screaming and dancing for joy) "yes of course Rau, how about the 21st of November."
"Yeah, okay that's cool oh and can Phern [her 9 year old daughter] get done too?"
"DEFINETLY!" We were so stinking excited! We left her house on cloud 9 it was the greatest experience of my life! I felt such peace and happiness, that I have never felt before and It wasn't even for me it was for Rau! I am so excited for Rau she is such a GOLDEN and I mean GOLDEN investigator, we taught her tithing and fasting on Sat. and she was just like "yeah cool I'll do it. It makes sense." all of the commandments she is like "okay, done. I'll do it." She is so solid! she is the coolest person EVER! After our lesson on Saturday she was going to the trunk or treat at the church and we helped her decorate her boot (trunk) and then gave us a ride with her and her daughter, Phern to the activity and it was super fun! Phern had a blast and Rau fit right in with everyone and afterwards she even took us out and bought us Hungry Jacks (Burger King, which is awesomer here because it is cheap and Mcdonalds is so expensive.), Yah but she is so cool, she said we could come workout in the mornings in her gym in her garage and would give us workouts and stuff! Yay! She is the coolest though she has been through a lot in her life, but is so strong and willing and just SO COOL! On Saturday in our lesson she told us that she was talking to one of her old friends (who is a super less active member) about how she is taking the lessons and is going to baptized and her friend was like ah you are making me feel guilty I need to come back to church and I want my daughter who is 9 to get baptized too! And Rau in good old Maori fashion said " Just have her get done when I get done! I'll talk to the sisters and she can come to the lessons at my house!" So she is basically already a missionary and we are soooooooo excited!!!
But yeah, this week has been pretty cool! We have had so many blessings the other day one of the members in the ward, who just got home to Tahiti from serving his mission here and then moved back here like a few months ago, texted us and was like do you need food? and so jokingly we wrote up a really long list to be funny. But he went and bought us everything on the list plus more we couldn't even fit it all in our fridge! He is awesome! , I finally got all of your letters! yay! We have been so blessed this week! I am so grateful for such a wonderful and loving Father in Heaven! He is blessing us so much! I am so grateful for this gospel it is amazing! I love you all so much and miss you even more! I can't wait to here from you more!
Love you all,
The picture is of Cody's baptism on Saturday!
Sister Rhea Audrey Penrod
Australia Perth Mission
PO Box 185
Western Australia 6939
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!