Monday, August 24, 2015

hello loved ones :) i hope yall have had a good week! oh and guess what, i FINALLY got all of your letters!!!!! and they made me soooo happy! So thank you sooo much family and extended family for taking the time to write those at the family reunion! There is nothing better then getting mail! :) but we also have to wait until the zone leaders collect it from the mission office which isn't until transfers or if we have big zone conferences so it won't be too often that i get mail! but here is a aussie accent lesson for you.... try to say corn flakes but don't say the r and say flakes with a really wide mouth... its so hard! hahahah i struggle with the accent but ill get it eventually :) 

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!! some days i just sit there as im teaching or door knocking and i just think to myself, wow, i just love being a missionary. there is no where else i would rather be right now! i know i say that like every week but its so true! and also i know you all thought i would just cry and complain and be depressed all the time but its pretty much the opposite, i have been soooooo blessed! The atonement is real people! It is amazing! Even though you may think you can never change and it would be too hard to try and stop doing something right away, i tell you its not! The atonement enables us to change and become better and i don't know if you all will recognize me when i get home! jokes, im still crazy and spazy, just a little more patient and positive then i used to be, at least most of the time ;) 

So i know i have told you about the push for 120 baptisms and that goal is in our reach!!!! we have had 55 baptisms so far in august and we have 84 planned for this saturday, isn't that crazy?! and i know that every single one of those people can be baptized this saturday as long as we do our part to make sure they are continuing to progress and if we pray and work as hard as we can! As a mission we have also been asked to make sacrifices so that we can make our goal happen! me and sister mewa have decided to give up our lunch break and just eat on the road which is kind of hard to not have that break but it is sooo worth it if all of those 84 souls are able to make that covenant with heavenly father and be baptized this saturday!!! so please please please pray that we will be able to reach our goal of 120 convert baptisms! But this last week was crazy busy! we were trying to talk to as many people as we could and teach as much as we could and so we had a goal of talking to 175 people for the week and we ended up getting 236! we just hope and pray that we were able to plant a seed in each and every one of those! Also a story about one of our investigators..... well it has been hard lately because none of our investigators are really progressing, but we do have this one investigator named matt. we found him door knocking and he opened the door and he was this super big guy with a a big belly and tatoos and he wasn't wearing a shirt so we were really intimidated by him! but he was interested and we taught him the whole first lesson right there and we have been going back every week! but the first week we came back he had read a couple chapters from the book of mormon when we had only assigned him the introduction! so that was awesome! and he has so many questions about it but its funny because he picks out the most random things out of the book of mormon instead of like the gold nuggets that you usually would but its been really good! and he says he will never go to church but we will get him there! :) even though he is really intimidating he is really nice and thoughtful so don't worry! :)

So funny story... last week our zone leaders were wanting to get their hair cut so this elder volunteers but then i found out that he had never cut hair before so we were watching him cut elder tarati's hair and he totally took a chunk out of the side.. ahh man! so then i was telling him what to do until they finally told me just to do it! :) hahaha so it turned out alright! and then the other zone leader had me cut his hair so now im pretty much the designated hair cutter, cool huh :) haha 

Also we cleaned out Nadjas house this last week (the one that we cleaned out her storage container) and we were moving this big couch to clean stuff under neath it and as we moved it i saw a dead mouse and there were maggots everywhere! i seriously thought i was going to die! and then nadja told me to get down there and pick them up and i thought that was really funny cuz there was nooo way i was getting anywhere near those things!! so sister mewa saved the day and went and cleaned them all up. ahh so nasty! also another funny story with sister mewa, we were going to visit this house and they weren't there and so i saw this huge spider (the one below) and i wan'ted to take a picture to show you so i asked sister mewa to take it cuz i was too scared to get close to it, so she walks right up to it and puts the camera like 2 inches away from the spider! i thought it was going to jump on her hand! but as she was coming back to give me the camera she walked through another huge spider web and so i screamed and she jumped and knocked this branch off of the tree.. ahh man it was so funny! sister mewa is crazy! hahahah 

well i love you all! have a great week and thank you for all of your prayers! i can sure feel them helping me every day! 

te aroha! 

-Sister Alldredge 

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