Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thanksgiving in Australia... 12/02/13

Melbourne Mission Moments
I can't believe that it's already December!! That is CRAZY! We had a wonderful week this week!
Monday night a couple in our ward took us out to dinner at a restaurant called Ambrosia. So yummy! But so expensive. After that we went to see an investigator. She opened the door and she looked so stinking happy. It just made my heart so happy. Monday night she wanted to show us her art work and oh my goodness. She is INCREDIBLE. Seriously, she paints with acrylics and it is beautiful! I think it made her feel really good that we just sat and oogled over her work.
Tuesday we had a lesson with our 12-year old investigator. We were able to teach her the Word of Wisdom. She had already learned about it the week before in Young Women's so she was happy to commit to living it which was awesome. At the end of the lesson her mum came in and told us that she and her step dad don't think that she is ready to get baptized anytime soon because she has not learned very much yet and they asked us to not bring up baptism anymore. So basically that stinks. We are still going to teach her, we just can't talk about baptism until she brings it up.
Wednesday we had exchanges and I was working with Sister F in our area. We had an awesome day! The morning and early afternoon we were able to do service for a less-active sister in our ward. Her yard is out of control so we were pulling weeds. We got one flower bed completely cleared. Let me tell you though, I was trying so hard not to FREAK OUT because there were so many bugs and spiders! Yuck. There is still a lot of work to be done for her so 8 missionaries are going to her house tomorrow to finish. I love doing service! After we left her home, we went to teach a family that Sister S and I met tracting. It is a mum and dad, their 17 year old daughter and their 7 month old son. They are Presbyterian and had a lot of interesting questions. The lesson went pretty well but they are not very open to finding out the truth. But, we'll see them again this week so hopefully it goes well! The weirdest thing though, we were just sitting there teaching when the baby just literally starts screaming super loud. The mom picked him up from the floor and said, "that means he needs to go toilet." They put their seven month old baby on the toilet! He is potty trained!!! So weird!! Haha I was about to crack up laughing. After that we had dinner with a family in our ward. They are so awesome. They are the ones that own the gym. They have a two week old baby and she is so adorable! Makes me hate the whole missionaries can't hold babies rule. Then we were able to go teach the Egyptian family. The lesson went well and we were able to teach half of the Restoration, more than we have ever been able to teach before! 
Thursday we had our Thanksgiving lunch with the sisters in our flat! It was a lot of fun! Turkey was too expensive so we had bacon instead. Then we had mashed potatoes and gravy, cooked carrots, rolls, and pie! It actually tasted really good! I love Thanksgiving and I'm glad that we were able to celebrate it here in Australia! Thursday we were able to teach another investigator again. She kind of was trying to drop us and saying that she didn't have a lot of time but we were able to sit down and read 2 Nephi 31 with her. She committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and we are going back this week.

Our Australian Thanksgiving

For half of Saturday we were at the chapel helping with a stake service project. The stake collected tons of food and clothing to send to a stake in the Philippines. We were super busy sorting clothes, packing it into boxes and loading them onto a truck. They had over 40 BIG boxes of stuff to send. It was so awesome to see. I love doing service. It makes me realize how blessed I am. And it was also a lot of fun! The huge white shirt that Brother F sent you a picture of? That is one of the shirts that was in a bag of stuff someone donated. It was a 6X! I didn't even know that they made clothes that big! Sister S and I both fit in it with room to spare! Hahaha I don't think anyone in the Philippines is even close to that size. Maybe a family can share it? Haha
A 6X shirt is pretty BIG!
During the service project an investigator called us to see if we could meet with her that afternoon because her schedule had freed up. She helped us with the service project and then we had a lesson with her after. We asked her when she would want to get baptized if the marriage thing was not an issue and she said, "Tomorrow." It was music to my ears. As we talked, she decided that it was about time to plan a wedding so that she can get baptized. So now we are not only missionaries but wedding planners also. We are planning the wedding for January 13th, her birthday! (Crazy that we share a birthday!) 
Yesterday church was absolutely wonderful! We had several less-active members come which was huge! We also had 4 investigators there! Our friend that had the brain tumor and her mom came, as well as our artist investigator and a South African woman who we have been teaching over the past 3 months. Unfortunately our Egyptian family didn't come. I think they don't feel comfortable coming because of the language barrier. At their church everyone speaks Arabic. So we will work on that. 
At the Investigator Fireside
Last night I opened the first envelope for my Countdown tree. Oh my goodness, instant tears. When I saw the note written by Julie on the ornament, my heart was so beyond full that I couldn't help but cry. Thank you thank you thank you for sending that! This is the best Christmas present that I could ever ask for. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful family!
Phillip- sounds like you are loving the ocean and your area! Keep working hard! Love you! Have fun at Disneyland.... oh wait. Haha no worries, we'll go in 2015! :)
Love y'all HEAPS!
Sister Baker xxx

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