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
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!