Monday, February 22, 2016

hey hey fam.

Well this week has been super busy crazy but good. :) We were able to visit a lot of members this week which was sooo good and much needed! I love good members and how they help uplift me! So never hesitate to invite the missionaries over to share a message with the family!! And always keep praying for opportunities to share the gospel and if you feel prompted, refer them to the missionaries!!!! :) 

Guess what, I've been out 8 months.. woot woot. Anyways this past week we got to go to the Kenmore and Enoggera area near the city and go on tradeoffs with the sisters there! It was really fun! I went with sister Pangilinan from the Philipines and she is awesome! I sure love getting to know all these different sisters!

Also we have p-day on Thursday next week because we get to go to the temple!!!!!!!!! I ammm sooooooo exxxxcccciteeeedddd!!!!! its been ages since I have been.. and its much needed right now! :D ahhh I just love them temple! yall don't know how lucky we are to live in Utah so close to the temple that we can go all the time! take advantage of it! Nothing is more rewarding or uplifting than spending time in the house of the Lord!

Well I love youuu! sooo much! and I hope you have the best week ever! and the best way to do that is to be a missionary! :D

Sorry this is soo short and doesn't have much info..but I will try to type faster next week because this time limit goes too fast. :) hahah

LOVE YOUU!!!!!!!

love, Sister Alldredge

By the Ocean

Breanna, Sister Pangilinan, Sister Enero, Sister Bowen, Sister James

Stuffed Koala from some little museum

Sea cow - tastes like steak! :-)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Wooh another crazy week! ahahahaha but time just seems to fly!! We are already to week 4 in the transfer! so crazy!! We have been driving around picking sisters up from the airport, dropping them off at the mission tour, taking them to the airport, picking up new sisters... its all been real busy! haha we figured out that one day I was driving for over 4 hours and over 10 for the whole week. it was a lot. I was completely exhausted by the end of the week but its all good! what a blessing it is to have sunday and to be able to partake of the sacrament and get that boost for the next week! :)

But this past week we were soo blessed to have Elder Haleck and his wife come for mission tour. It was such a great uplifting experience! I received heaps of revelation and being and learning for him and from president Henderson was so good! and at the end they were doing this question and answer thing, and this sister stood up and asked through tears, "what does it feel like and what do you do when your stake president releases you as a missionary?" oh man. that just got me. The mission is hard. it is soo hard but even thinking about leaving and not being able to wear the badge or be with my companion anymore was such a difficult and sad thing to think about. I don't not want to leave!!!! and so I am very grateful I have quite a lot of time left because even though the mission is hard, it is sooo worth it!! I can't even describe it, it is just something you have to experience. But when she said that, I looked at my mission president and him and his wife both teared up because they are going home so soon. I will be soo sad to see them go but I am excited for the new mission president and his wife and to hear their ideas and revelation that they have that will lift this mission to greater heights!!

also to answer moms question.. it is still pretty hot here but for meetings like mission tour we have to wear cardigans and the elders have to wear suits. :)

we also found out that elder Andersen of the 12 apostles and elder robbins are coming to our mission in may!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! woooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! soooo pumped!!!!!

im so sorry that this email is all over the place.. today has been a crazy day because we had short interviews with president this morning and they came and inspected our flat and also our time to email is so limited.. hahaah so sad, but all goods. :) LOVE YOU FAMILY!!!!

love, sister Alldredge

The District

Birthday & Valentines cards from home

Chasing the kangaroos!

Trade offs with her old companion and her new golden.

Sister Enero with Breanna Birthday cake!

Birthday presents from home

Hanging out by the lake reading on P-Day

Sister Kunz - MTC Companion

Sister Yee

Sister Enero, Sister James, Sister Alldredge

Valentines Roses

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello family! :) I hope you have all had a great week and that you are enjoying the cold weather now that its February! Hopefully it will start getting warmer there for yall. :) I remember the last couple years around February time was when me, joci and Jake were shoveling the snow off the roof so we could "tan" in the 50 degree weather. hahahah good times! :)

But guess what.. I'm not longer a teenager... woot woot! the big 2-0. :) haha it doesn't really feel like my birthday though, but all goods! :) It has been fun to have sister enero's birthday yesterday and mine today! I sure do love her and man, I don't know what I would do without her right now! This area has been pretty tough and so it has been such a blessing to be able to always have fun and to find the good with Sister Enero! She is very good at that!! But if you have any suggestions of how we can help strengthen and unify our ward here and help them to have a desire to share the gospel, we would LOVE to hear some ideas! There are some amazing people in the ward but it has been tough! :) Don't you just love the grind?! Uhh I love it! :D

I don't have too much to tell about this past week but we were able to go on tradeoffs because the sisters are down from cairns for mission tour, so that was fun! Sister Enero went with Sister Cashman and I went with Sister Evans, a new golden who is the best teacher I have ever seen. I learned soo much from her! So that's one thing that I love about being an STL, you get to learn so much from others and get to meet more people!

One miracle that we did have this week.... We were following up with a investigator and when we went to knock on her door, we looked inside and saw pictures of the prophet and church things all over the walls, we were like, "what the?.. does a member live here?" Then when she opened the door, she was like, "ahhh the angels are here!!!! " And then she told us how she is a "dry Mormon", has been going to church for like 20 years and knows its all true but just hasn't ever been baptized. So she is pretty golden! And so is her son who also wants to be baptized but just didn't get baptized before because the bishop wouldn't let him because he didn't know enough so we are very excited to work with them and to help her make the changes in her life that she so badly wants to do!

But I am so grateful for all of you! And Thanks for the birthday wishes and the presents! I loved them! :D haha It was so fun to open them this morning! But please please please continue to pray for me, we are in need of it right now! :) But don't worry, I am still so happy and finding so much joy in this work! And I just love being a missionary! But man, it is hard. hard hard work. So you just got to keep pushing through the grind so we can be refined!!! And how worth it that is! :)

I love you so much, and I love my savior!! Have a great week!

love, Sister Alldredge

ps. im so sorry but I left my camera reader thing at home so I can't send you pics today. :( sorry! im so sad that you don't get to see me on my birthday but I will send you the pics next week! LOOOVE YOUUUU!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Kumusta? Hey Hey guess what month it is?! FEB! (everyone in Australia just says feb) That means its my birthday month! wooooh a whole month all about me.. hahah jokes! But Something that is super cool is that sister enero's birthday is on the 7th of feb so we are going to party together. :)

But this past week was awesome! I have learned so much already and man, north pine is soo different from cairns. Like for example... there are so many white people. I miss all my black friends! haah they are soo much nicer and funner to talk to. haha But this past week we decided to go door knocking and the first door we knocked on, we had an awesome lesson! This lady was soo prepared to hear about the gospel and she was telling us about her life experiences and so we were feeling really good as we left her house but literally every other house we went to we got slammed. haha Literally I have never faced so much rejection in my mission! This one house this guy seemed super friendly at first and after he said he wasn't interested we asked if he knew anyone that may be going through a tough time and might need some help, and then he told us that he would take us to court. we were like what the? ahaha and then literally every door after that, all of these grumpy old men were soo rude! But I was so grateful for the tender mercy we had at the first house because if we wouldn't have had that, I would have probably been crying by the time we knocked all of those houses but we were just making each other laugh through the pain. hahah Those are some of the best moments that I can remember on the mission, is when we decided to have fun while finding because happiness is most definitely a choice! And that is why I looove sister enero. She is soo happy and has helped me be a lot more positive and happy this transfer!

Also this one is for the little girls... I saw my first koala last week when I was on my run in the morning! It was up in the tree sleeping and it was so cute! I wish I would have had my camera to take a picture because I know how much you want to see all of the cool animals that are here, so I will do my best to get one! :)

Also, this is most likely the time we will be emailing every week just so yall know. :) I sure love to see emails from everyone when I get on the computer rather than right as I am about to get off. hahaha but no worries! :)

So next week is mission tour!!! Elder Haleck is coming and it will be so good! I am so excited! This past week we also had a leadership training thing with all of the sister training leaders and zone leaders and so I got to see Sister Yee, Sister Bauman, and Sister Kunz! OH HAPPY DAY! I have missed sister yee soooo much and I almost started crying when I saw her! haha But that will be fun because I will get to see her more this transfer before she leaves because she is a sister training leader as well. So that's good news! :)

But I love you all sooo much! And I hope you have a great week and that I will be able to hear from you soon! LOVE YOUUUUUU!!!!

love, Sister Alldredge

ps. I got your package last week and I had to put it somewhere that I won't see it so I don't open it before my birthday :) ahahah but thanks soo much!!! I can't wait to see what is inside!

1. challenge for the day last week, take a pic with someone you give a book of Mormon to :)
2. sis enero eating octopus... tastes like rubber
3. aunty dezzy, paula, and may on vacation in Brisbane! BEST DAY EVER when I got to see them!