G'day! Less than 1 month until Christmas! Hey if you havn't watched the new Christmas video stop what you are doing and go and watch it right now! It is so good! #asaviorisborn
We are back in our flat! And guess what? we have mice or rats (we don't know which ones) living in our cubbards now! They must have moved in while we were out for 2 weeks! Yay I love rodents! This time we have to stay in our flat though and just clean it out and leave mouse traps....
We were asked to sing 2x this week at a funeral for an old man in our ward (It was a really odd funeral) and for combined Relief Society, Preisthood, Young women/young mens! Hahahahaa! I almost had to do a solo, but thank heavens they let Sister Young sing with me, you know I cannot sing! Haha!
A lot has happened this week, Rau and Phern are working towards getting baptized this weekend, but poor Rau another trial strikes (seriously Satan must not want her to get baptized!) Rau does scaffolding for work, and this past week while she was at work one of her really close friends who is a member fell off of a 10 metre chimney and passed away. He was supposed to speak at her baptisim! It is so sad, he was pretty young and has 3 small children and was 1st counsellor in the Young Mens in Baldavis ward which is just one ward over from us! It just goes to show how fragile life is! Rau is so awesome though, she is helping out the family heaps with all of the funeral stuff, but also told us that she is okay because she knows the Plan of Salvation is true and Ben (her friend) is in a better place now, she knows death is not the end! I love Rau she is such a strong person, and such a great example! It was really cool that night because Rau stayed to make sure everyone else got home from work safe and so she couldn't make our lesson. so it was just us and Phern. We decided to teach the Plan of Salvation, even though Phern didn't know about the accident, During the lesson Phern got really emotional and started to cry, she said that she felt like her nana, who she has never met and passed away a long time ago was there, it was really cool to see Phern feeling the spirit so strong, and then recognizing it!
Parle (Rau's other daughter) is starting to soften up as well! She got into some pretty big trouble a few weeks ago and her mom has been making her go to church every week, She still isn't interested in learning about the gospel, but she likes us now, they hosted the FHE on Monday night and I talked to her for probably an hour about school and rugby (I am so glad I played rugby this past year, it has given me such an in with the islanders and Maori people here!).
I'm so grateful for the amazing opportunity I've had to meet all of these amazing people in Mandurah! I love you all, I hope you have a wonderful week this week! I Love and MIss you!
LOve, Sister 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!