I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! It was so nice to talk to yous! We are so lucky to have such wonderful people here that invited us to meals and let us Skype from their houses! We are so blessed! This week has been pretty good! Even with Christmas we were able to teach a good number of lessons! On Tuesday we celebrated Dumpling Day (or something like that) with our chinese investigators, they taught us how to make dumplings and then we ate dumplings until we were sick! They are so wonderful, they listen so carefully to everything we say and you can tell that they truly want to learn, they came to church and the ward party and told us that even though they don't have any family here, the ward can be there family now!
On Christmas eve we went to the Fell's house, Sister Fell's husband does FIFO (fly in fly out, and no that does not mean he is a pilot,(I was very confused on why everyone was pilots at first)). So he was gone for Christmas, so her mom came over from Brisbane and we got to have Christmas eve dinner with them, after we walked with them to the beach (not on the sand though) and watched the sun set (the wind made it semi-cold so it kind of felt like Christmas!)
Christmas Day was fantastic! In the morning we got to go to Rau's house she is seriously the BEST! We had an amazing breakfast, and I ate oyster right out of the shell, raw, I might add. For lunch we went to another members house and ate ourselves into the ground! After we went to Sister Patty's house it was her birthday so we took her a present and sang to her (not only is her birthday on Christmas but she is a triplet as well!) For dinner we went to another families and just hung out with them! They are so kind to us and feed us really good! We went there for dinner on boxing day and the 27th as well (Don't worry we were invited all 3 days and we weren't the only freeloaders!)
Boxing Day! They have boxing day here and everyone goes to the beach, except the missionaries they just drive by the beach and shed a few tears that evaporate quickly into the 40 degree air.
Transfers are on Wednesday. I just said goodbye to Sister Young and may have shed a few tears, I'm going to miss her, she is such an amazing person and as tacky as it might sound we became really good friends! So now I am staying with some other sisters until Wednesday and I go with my new companion.... Sister Caesar, I've met her a few times at meetings and she seems really cool! She is from Queensland so I'll have another Aussie companion! I'm excited! Our whole district is basically leaving the only ones staying are Elder Tafilipepe and I. So it's going to be very different!
I miss you all and love you all so much! I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I have to serve here in WA. I have learned so much in the past 3 months it is crazy! My testimony of Jesus Christ and his atonement have grown so much! I know he lives and he loves us. He wants us to live with him again, he has truly suffered for us because he loves us more than we could ever comprehend!
I love you all!
Au Lomani Iko,
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!