Sunday, 12 January 2014

Monday 6th January 2014 - Service, Christmas Conference, New Years Resolutions and Happy Birthdays

Elder Morgan and I (Service at the O'Keiths)
Started off this transfer with a bang! 1st up, as you can see I have acquired a new companion.....Elder Morgan! and he is a ratbag! hahahaha jokes, have learnt prime attributes off this fulla already, an awesome district leader! Always willing to help out the boys whenever we need it. Hopefully we both get to stay another transfer in the amazing Hallam area of the Narre Warren Zone!

After a hard days work hehe
For our 1st week of the transfer, kicked things off with a Zone Service at the O'Keiths farm. Drove around the whole farm picking up loose sticks and branches and piling them up to prep a massive bonfire which unfortunately we didn't get to see but alas was awesome to have finished the job.

Learning how to fire a rifle with the boys
Straight after the service Brother O'Keith couldn't help but show us his toys, it was pretty mean to actually hold one of those bad boys, don't worry none of them were loaded so we just scoped out some nearby houses aha.

Scoping out some wild cows haha
Just like to good old days playing Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare and Black Ops. Probably the closest I will ever get to handling a real gun haha. Trying to look like a professional dude.

A.M.M Christmas Conference 2013 (1)
Some of our Maori missionaries starting from the back: Elder Petersen from Whakatane, Elder Stone from Whangaruru and Elder Munroe from Brisbane.

A.M.M Christmas Conference 2013 (2)
Our Samoan and Tongan Elders from the left going around: Elder Matu'u-Samoa, Elder Vakalahi-Tonga, Elder Li'o-Samoa, Elder Ashley-???, Elder Fale-Sydney, Elder Ataata-Tonga, Elder Nuku-Tonga, Elder Huakau-Tonga and Elder Faletoese-Samoa.

A.M.M Christmas Conference 2013 (3)
From the left going around: Elder Maifala-American Samoa, Elder Agavale-Samoa, Elder Siaosi-Samoa, Elder Tauti-Samoa, Elder Talaipa-Samoa, Elder Su'a-Samoa and Elder Seve-Samoa.

A.M.M Christmas Conference 2013 (4)
From the left going around: Elder Lambe-England, Elder Asher-Sydney, Sister Lisati-New Zealand, Sister Komiti-Samoa, Elder Howard-Brisbane, Elder Anitema-Brisbane, Elder Faatau-Brisbane and Elder Faavae-Brisbane.

A.M.M Christmas Conference 2013 (5)
From the left going around: Elder Nonu-Sydney, Elder Morgan-Perth, Elder Napa-Cook Islnads, Elder Ah-kuoi-Wellington, Elder Manu-Tonga, Sister Tauti-Otara, Sister Kaufusi-Sydney, Sister Hausia-Tonga and Elder Miller from New Zealand.

A.M.M Christmas Conference 2013 (6)
From the left going around: Elder Ngakuru-Hamilton, Elder Clark-Brisbane, Elder Malifa-Mt Roskill, Elder Sheward-North Harbour, Elder Pipers-Sunshine Coast, Elder Smith-Mt Roskill and Elder Day from Hamilton.

A.M.M Christmas Conference 2013 (7)
From the left to the right: Sister Leota from Mt Roskill, Elder Sasulu from Sydney, Me, Elder Falesi'i from Otara and Sister Salanoa from Sydney.

Last Mission Christmas with Elder Taufa
It was good to catch up with one of the boys from Sydney, Elder Taufa, he is one of the departing missionaries this transfer, time literally flys by as you see many of your fellow brothers finish their 2 years of service, it has been an honor my friend, I will definitely see you in Sydney mate!

The Hallam Elders!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Elder Lubrido, Elder Mcmurray, Elder Morgan and Elder Apulu! What a transfer it has been to end this year with a bang and to start off this year with these boys, every day we have different stories to tell whether it ones of rejection or ones of just straight laughter it has been a very very fun transfer. Will miss these boys when I leave.

A Thousand Steps
So to start off this new year with our 1st p'day we decided as a district to tackle The Thousand Steps in the Ferntree Gully area. What a walk it was! Already puffed out after like 200 haha. It was awesome to have walked it with our district, as you can see my 2 trainers Elder Waapu-George and Elder Morgan were there to push me to my limits. Was a good experience. I look forward to doing it again someday.

The Birthday Boy
Last week my companion Elder Morgan celebrated his 23rd birthday here on the mission field. He wanted to keep it on the down low but that would be impossible if you were my companion haha. So I endeavoured to organise a suprise birthday wish and cake for him with a very huge thanks to the Talataina family who set it up perfectly. It was a funny night, he had no idea what was going on until he walked into their home and they presented him with his cake. The reaction was priceless. A birthday to remember.

NZ Package!
Biggest love to my sister in New Zealand for sending me a package last week! Everything in it was what I have been waiting for ever since I started my mission haha, we have a bottle of the best tomato sauce in the world "Watties" brand, we have some Cookie Time and 3 blocks of the original Whittakers brand chocolate "Hokey Pokey", "Macadamia", and the new "L&P" Block. Sadly what you see here has already been demolished by my fellow companions and I haha. Thanks heaps sis! Appreciate it.