Aloha from Aussie Land!
So I haven’t emailed a blog post for the MTC and I will try to do that as some point.
So I did meet some lovely and amazing people at the MTC. But the real Journey started at 4:30am as five of just clambered into the Van and made our way to the airport. we arrived in Sydney and in was wet and it was raining.
We had a busy few days as an Intake.
I met my Australian Mission mum Thursday, Sister Going, a lovely Kiwi Girl. Who is everything I prayed for to be my companion. I love her so much. yes before people ask she is Related to Syd Going (his brother’s Granddaughter )
We found out her passport had gone missing so we couldn’t make our way up to our area, because it is 7 hours away. Almost two of that on train and then the next 5+ by car. She needs to change her NZ license to a NSW one. But without her passport we cant.
Our area is Huge it turns out and we will be the only missionaries there .
So because we couldn’t Leave. we got to stay with the mission President and His wife.
We had nothing to do. The temple is right next to their house so we asked if we could go do a session. They said yes.
So we went and did a lovely temple Session together. sat in the temple and prayed.
We then went to the mission office and found the Assistants being goofballs doing their work and eating cheesecake (photos to come)
We got back to the house, had dinner and went to bed after figuring out what we could do about the passport.
Friday we got public transport into the central city to sort out passport. We had to then crash a two zone conference to get Sister Checketts’ Signature (president’s Wife)
the Assistants drove us around to help us and they both sung very loudly any hymns we requested (perks of being a sister)
we were in the NZ office and they called asking what was happening. when we asked how they were doing they said “we are patience and long-suffering” ahaha
they got us fresh fruit salad (well for me) and fresh fruit Yoghurt, whilst they waited for us.
They then drove us back to the mission home. we asked if we could watch “meet the Mormons”
they said “probably not”
we went to go grab stuff from the office, when we saw them they said they had hid the DVD.
we were looking through DVD’s we could watch and found meet the Mormons hidden in the “the lamb of God” dvd case. so we text them saying
“after much thought we decided to watch the Lamb of God. When we opened the case it wasn’t in there. So we have decided to watch what we found in there instead 😉 ”
their reply was lovely and kind
we saw the text was they were talking with president and we read it :
10 And according to the power of justice, for justice cannot be denied, ye must go away into that lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is endless torment.
well played rebuking Elders ahahhaa.
after a few Hours they decided we could go live and serve with the Dural sisters until Sister going’s Passport arrives.
So they dropped us off with all our stuff.
Saturday we had permission to go to a funeral in My Companion’s Old area, so we caught the trains and attended a very lovely memorial for this young lady. afterwards we got lunch and then grabbed a little bit of shopping to last us for the Sabbath. we got home rather late and then had to help the sisters with things. My poor companion has been rather unwell.
Sunday we Had church in Dural ward. When I turned up the Assistants asked if I had seen the Burgess’ yet. So when I saw them I was the happiest person on the earth in that moment. I had missed them so much. I probably could have hugged the life out of Beckah and Holly. Who have grown so so much!
Church was powerful and we learnt a lot. After Church the Elders gave Sister Going a blessing because of her being sick.
We got home and had to wait for the other sisters. We may have dosed off on each other whilst reading (I had a headache from the gluten during sacrament and she was unwell)
the then Exchanged for the afternoon. I went to lunch / Dinner at The Burgess’ what was completely surreal but lovely. Afterwards we then went tracting for a few hours. we walked home and had dinner. Followed by language study for Sister S and her 12 weeks training.
we Had a call from our district leader …. who has asked many things about Lord of the Rings…. I may be milking the fact that you worked on the movies mum. They have given me ultimate respect. it is funny. They have been fasting with us for the passport and praying that we can get there sooner. But the Lord Knows what is best.
I have so many photos to send. and I will next week I promise x
But time is running out. The Lord’s Tender mercies are so clear I love you all. Have an amazing week
Love, Sister Priston-Turner xxxxx