Hello everyone! This is gonna be short because I don't have a lot of time! But I love you all and miss you heaps! This week was my 5 month mark!! Yay! This week was pretty rough until Saturday night! On Saturday night we set Belinda on date! Yay! She is getting Baptised March 12th! She is amazing we are so excited! So yeah! There was a lot of other random funny things this week but nothing really exciting! I'll send some pictures of our Zone Pday hike to a waterfall which had no water! It was fun anyway! There was an area broadcast for the New Zealand/ Australia area that was awesome on sunday! all about Faith and Trusting in God!
I love you all! I hope you have a wonderful week!
Love, Sister Penrod
How are you all doing? This week has been pretty good. We biked and walked a LOT this week. Which makes sense because we don’t have a car. It was hhhoootttt! But bearable, barely ;)! We have some pretty neat investigators. Arlene is Phillippina she is soooo funny! We laugh until we are sick when we are with her! Belinda who was on date but disappeared came back and now is determined to change, Miracle! We also got to go with Asad and his family (they are recent converts) to the temple to do baptisms for the dead! It was so special! Asad is sooo funny they are from Iran and speak mostly Persian and told me that I can marry any of their cousins that I want! Haha!
We had zone-conference on Friday, It was really good. President Fife talked about becoming a consecrated missionary, and helped us to understand “the fall” He also put into place some new rules! No more dinners with members unless an investigator or returning member is there! We were all sort of shocked, but it will be good. President Fife also talked about planning what we are going to do after our missions. He said the time when we should have planned what we would do after was before our missions but…. I missed that. Haha, but there is a new senior couple that have a job to help us plan what we will do after our missions! That is cool! I got to see Rau and Phern and Parle!!! It was the best day ever! Our Zone Conference is held in Rockingham so they came up and saw me after!!!!! I love them sooo much!!!
Funny story so we were going to a members house for dinner and some other members were giving us a ride, and we didn’t know if it was the right house or not so they were waiting for us while they knocked on the door, well before we could even knock on the door this crazy looking fat man with no shirt on a massive neckbrace and a cane opens the garage and walks out, so we ask him if it is the right house and he says no and we explained that we are missionaries and we are just looking for a members house but we are late so I pulled out a pass-along card with our number on it so we can come back another time. But he stops us and asks sister Lao if she is from the phillipines and if she would like to see his baby rabbits.And we were like nah, maybe another day and he is like you need to see my baby rabbits and we were like we would love to but we are really late we have to go but we can come by next week to see your baby rabbits and he just kept insisting “it will only take a second come see my baby rabbits” and we were like seriously man we have to go our friends are waiting for us to drive us somewhere (they were like just around the corner) we will come back next week. But he kept insisting so finally we were like okay really quick… haha so we walk into his garage and then he says “Im going to close the garage so the rabbits don’t leave” and the spirit was like “get thee hence” so we’re like JOKES we REALLY have to go and I tried to give him the pass-along card but he wouldn’t let us go so I threw it on a box and we ran away. He tried to chase us but we got in the car and told the members to just drive. All I could think of is “stranger danger” Thanks for that mum! There are some crazies out here in Western Australia. Moral of the story is don’t follow creepy old men into their dodgy garages to see “baby rabbits!” Missions are pretty cool because you really get to meet EVERY kind of person…I didn’t even know a lot of these kind of people exsited, and I wouldn’t have if I didn’t serve! We get to meet and see people from every different walk of life, from every country (literally) from every background, with every kind of problem you can imagine! It is awesome!I really have learned though that Heavenly Father loves all of his children even the crazy ones, or the really really lost ones! He Loves them all! He loves us all!
Yeah but that was pretty much my week! How was yours? We did heaps of biking! But winter starts in 1 month! Yay! Pretty stoked seeing as I have been in summer for almost 9 months now.
My favourite thing that my good friend Jan (refer to my last email!) said this week was when she opened a binder on her table and there was a giant huntsman spider in there, probably the size of my palm, instead of freaking out like a normal person and smashing it or taking it outside Jan gently picked it up and put on her windowsill, and said “Oh silly spider what are you doing in here? Go play with your friends in the curtains.” * if you don’t like: spiders, cockroaches, heaps of ants, chickens or cats. I would not recommend going to Jans house as she has a plethora of all of the above!(another thing I never would have thought about happening in a 1st world country before the mish!)
I hope you all have a wonderful week! Smile at everyone you meet!
I love you all!
Hermana Penrod xx
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
So basically this week was one heck of an emotional roller coaster!
I'm getting transferred.......
I'm sooooooooooooooo sad! I'm going to miss Mandurah so so so much! Sister Caesar and I thought we were both staying for sure, but I guess not. I'm going to Kenwick which is in Thornlie ward. I haven't heard really anything about it so we will see what it is like. My new companion is Sister Lau, she is from the Phillippines. Sister Caesar's new companion is Sister Bolabi from Fiji. Oh I'm going to miss Mandurah and Sister Caesar so so so so much! Sister Caesar is such an amazing missionary and friend I'm going to miss her so much!
We had exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders this week. There is a new rule from the church that for exchanges everyone has to go to the STL or zone leader or district leaders area! So we both went up to Kwinana. It was really good, we got home late and went to go in our flat but when we got to the door we realized it was wide open. We know that we locked it before we left because we both had a prompting to check the door to make sure it was locked, so we know we didn't leave it open. But when we saw it was open we felt we shouldn't go inside and so we got back in the car and called President. The police came over and checked it out and it was all good. We are so lucky. We have been staying with the Morris's again until the locks get fixed. But that was pretty scary!
On Thursday we got to teach a referral from Mormon.org she is GOLDEN! We taught her the restoration and it was amazing the spirit was so strong throughout the whole lesson she kept saying "I've got goosebumps" "That just makes sense" Stuff like that! She was so excited to read the Book of Mormon, she has been searching for a long time and loves that we encourage her to ask questions, she told us a lot of the churches she has been too don't want her to aske questions! It was an amazing lesson, I'm so sad I won't be able to see her progress in the gospel! But I'm so glad Sister Caesar will be here for her!
We also got to see this week the worlds biggest kangaroo, it would have been cooler if It wasn't night and I wasn't driving and it wasn't in the road, but it was massive. And when we were getting a tour of the Morris's neighbors house this dolphin swam up to us and it was AWESOME it was like seaworld but better!
So yeah that was my week! It's supposed to be 42 C today and then 40 for the next few days! whew! That is real hot! I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love you all!
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!