Monday, January 25, 2016

Hello family!!!!! soooo I know I told you I was going to email you on Tuesday but we just found out that we are no longer having pdays on Tuesdays at all because there are no more transfer meetings! so now they are just telling us where we are going and sending us there through public transport or whateves.

but in saying that..... you will never believe where I am right now..... sadly I am back in Brisbane. :( waahhhhh. im so sad. but I am excited to be in NORTH PINE! and I am also a STL (sister training leader) uhhhhh scaryyy. I feel so inadequate. haha but I am back in the same zone where my old area used to be! so I live in Kallangur now which is in the Brisbane north zone. But i am also the STL to the whole northern zone which means everyone in Cairns!!! wooh! so i will get to call and talk to them weekly or even more than that and make sure sister cashman is doing a good job in Cairns! :) But I am very excited to be here but man, it was soo hard to leave cairns. But my new companion is named Sister Enero from the Philippines. She is seriously the sweetest and happiest person ever so I am sooo excited to be her comp! I love her already!

But anyways... my last week in cairns was soooo great!!!! Geoffrey was baptized on Wednesday and it was such a good baptism! I played the piano for the opening and closing and the musical number and i also gave a talk, so i was a little stressed out but it was so good! He was so happy! And then he was confirmed on sunday, he was late for church so I was getting a little antsy but he came! and so i got to see him receive the holy ghost right before I gave my good bye testimony.. and you can imagine how that went! haha But it was sooo good! What a great way to end my stay in Cairns!

But i know this is real short but i don't have much time today... and don't worry, it was my fault that i wasn't able to tell you that i am emailing today instead of tomorrow so i hope you hear from you next week! LOVE YOUUUU!!! and please pray for me.... im gonna need help! :) and any suggestions with being a sister training leader and how i can help the sisters in the region would be much appreciated! :)

love, Sister Alldredge

ps. Happy Australia Day Tomorrow!!!!
Geoffrey's Baptism!
Leaving beautiful Cairns! :(
Hello Brisbane!

New Comp Sister Enero from the Phillipines!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Talofa family! first off, KAYLEE HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! WOOOOOOH 22!!!! my little girl is growing up. :,) hahah But i hope you have a great week and have a great birthday! I know I will have a great time on your birthday because we have the training video thing from Elder Oaks, Elder Bednar and Elder Anderson. I am so pumped! Woot Woot. 

But anyways... This week was AMAZING. Sooooo many miracles and guess what... you wont believe it........... I AM HAVING MY FIRST BAPTISM THIS WEEK ON WEDNESDAY!!!! I am sooo excited! So It is geoffrey that is getting baptized and what happened was 2 weeks ago, we had tried to commit him to being baptized on Jan 23rd because he is more than ready but he was really sure about commiting to a date even though he really wanted to get baptized. So we talked to our Branch President because they are pretty good friends and asked him to talk to him because we werent sure what else to do. Then after church, President came up to me and said," guess what, Geoffrey is getting baptized on Wednesday." and I was like, uhhh what wait?! And so then he told me he had pulled him in his office after church and commited him to being baptized this wednesday, jan 20th! talk about the best 7 month mark present ever! hahah ;) I am sooo pumped! So i will let you know how that all goes! :) 

Also we find out this saturday about transfers.... :( pretty much i've already started writing goodbye cards to everyone and i have been taking pictures with all the families I love because I want to be prepared when I do get the call to go back down to brissy. But i have already cried just thinking about leaving cairns.. hahahahah But that also means that we wont have pday until next tuesday, the 26th....on AUSTRALIA DAY!!!! So everyone celebrate! woooh! :D

Sorry this email is going to be kind of short.. today we got permission to go on an early hike in the botanical gardens here in cairns as a district, so we went at 6:30, then came back did our studies, went shopping, had lunch as a district and went bowling. It was so fun! haha And I did get 101 in one of the games :) so take that kyle! haha (hey kyle, remember that one game that you got like 30?....) hahahahah jokes! But it was really fun!

Also quick heads up, President Henderson changed some of the rules and so I will only be able to email for an hour now so you probably wont get very detailed emails sometimes but i will do my best!


love, Sister Alldredge

Sooo.. my comp made me a crown...

Early morning hike in the bush

After the hike in the misty rain

Beautiful rainbow!

Cairns shirts

Bowling with Cairns District

Monday, January 11, 2016

Which way? SAME WAY! Also I hope you had a great birthday mom!!!!! sure love you! wooooh. this past week was great! We saw soo many miracles! And i have learned a lot! Dont you just love the grind that we all get to go through? Its the best! 

I really like to reflect on the conference talks from this past conference, but one that has really stuck with me is the one from Elder Lawrence.. i think... the one called, "What Lack I Yet?" I have really been thinking about that, especially this past transfer. Every day we can ask our selves that, and as we are humble and sincere and are worthy of the spirit, we are always told something that we can work on. I also loved the thought that we should pray and ask for what are strengths are. That is something that I really have seemed to struggle with, knowing what I am doing well at. Especially if the day doesn't go as planned, or if we didn't teach as many lessons as we wanted to. Sister Cashman has really helped me to not be so hard on myself, which i am still working on and struggling at. This past week I was trying so hard to be positive and happy but I told sister Cashman that I felt like I must not beThis holiday/summer season has been tough and slower. and even though I want to see all of these amazing miracles happen, I have to be patient and realize that everything happens in the Lord's time and that everyone has their agency. All we can do is do our best and follow the spirit. President Henderson is very much about exact obedience and becoming a consecrated missionary and I am striving so hard to be that! But man, that can be hard. :) As we ask ourselves at the end of each day, "What lack I yet?" Or "Have I done the will of the Father today?" we can learn from our mistakes and become better through the atonement. 

But anyways... this past week was soooooo hot. One day it was 40 degrees celcius plus the humidity and muggyness. I thought I was going to die. hahaha but dont worry mom, i am wearing lots of sunscreen! :) We have been really working hard and now that the holidays are almost over, more people are home and so we have been teaching more, which is really good! 

One miracle we saw this week was when we were able to get a member to come with us. We went to visit this 11 year old girl that we haadn't seen in awhile and her uncle was there as well! He was from the Torres Strait Islands and was very interested in our religion. We taught him the restoration and we were able to send a return appointment! Wooooh! Then we went to follow up with a potential that we had (18 year old aboriginal girl that loves anything and everything to do with america. ahhaaha) and she wasn't at home, but her friend was! So we taught her and she was very interested as well, so we set up a return appointment! YEAHH! I love new investigators! So that was a miralce that we saw that day! 

Also we were sooooo close to setting a baptism date with Geoffrey. He wants to be baptized so bad but wont commit to a date, so its been kind of a struggle... But i felt impressed to say for January 23rd, and when we asked him he was really thinking and was nodding his head but then said he would have to pray about it. We think there must be something he isn't telling us because he seems soooo ready to be baptized!! But please pray for him! I know it is possible for him to be baptized next saturday!!!!!! 

But i love you all! And hope you have a great week!!!!! 

love, Sister Alldredge

Beware of crocs!

How about some Sea Cow?

New Member Michelle and her dogs

New Years Celebration

Sight Seeing

Sight Seeing with Aunt Paula!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

firstly......HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY!!!!! (on saturday) I hope you have the best day ever!!!! But these last few days have been very eventful.. haha 

So we woke up on friday morning and before weekly planning we had a mission wide conference call and President Henderson announced a few things..

1. we have a video training from our new missionary presidency (elder oaks, bednar and anderson) on January 20th (21st here) for all of the missionaries in the world! It will be sooo good!
2. We are having mission tour and Elder Halek of the 70 is coming February 8th (my birthday if you forgot ;)) to February 12th. 
3. the new mission president starting July 1st will be President and Sister Mcswain from farmington, Ut!!! I am sooo excited to meet them! :D they should be coming to mission tour and earlier to see how President Henderson does things. But please start praying for them :)

Also another crazy thing from this past week, so we got a call from the Boyces our senior couple saying that they will need to use the bikes that were in our flat (huge men bikes that had flat tires) and so we asked why, and they said that someone had broken into the zone leaders flat, stole their keys, and took the car! i couldn't believe it!! But good news, the next day they found the car... in yarrabah! So now they are working on getting that back, but that was crazy!! 

Also funny story, and so this family, the Morrisions, that we were planning on having dinner with that night has a former missionary who served up here staying with them named Jaide, and while we were at church, these 2 american boys came in and she went and talked to them for a second until the meeting started. After the meeting they left really fast and she was freaking out because she wanted to talk to them so she ran after them and ended up tapping on their car window and inviting them to dinner. So when they came to dinner, Bro Morrison (who reminds me a lot of dad) says, well boys, before you came we were talking about temple marriage, you know, D&C 4, the field is white already to harvest... and kept going on and on.. hahahahaa I felt so bad for Jaide! But I felt like it was totally something dad or uncle shane or someone would do back at home.. hahahahahhah 

Anyways, I hope you all have a great week! And enjoy this new year! I can't believe it is already 2016! ha! BUT I LOVE YOU ALL!!!! 

love, Sister Alldredge

PS -We had song our chinese investigator and geoffrey (the one whose wife suddenly died last year) both come to church. And geoffrey even came up asking for help how to fill out the tithing envelope, i was so surprised and he paid 30$! I was kind of shocked, and he says he wants to be baptized and he knows its true, but he is just trying to get over and move forward from not knowing why his wife died. But i know he will be baptized soon! 
Cairns Lookout
Cairns Lookout 2

Sister Cashman and Breanna at Yorkers Knob

Lookout for Crocs!

Palm Cove

Look at the size of those leaves!

Dinner with the Morrisons