Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HELLO FAM. and happy birthday Marissa!!! woot woot. your a teenager now, everyone watch out! :) haha but lots has happened and I didn't get to email a big email last week so I will do my best to catch yall up... so excuse my fast sloppy typing....

So this past week or so a lot has happened with Sharen. Man. Where do I start..... So Sharen was having some trouble accepting the Book of Mormon and the history of it. As we continued to come back and teach her, she told us that she was starting to understand and she as reading and calling us with questions about her reading and she told us that she knew it was true! and then she accepted the invitation to be baptized! It was a miracle! She had gone without alcohol for 4 days and she was doing great! And so we saw her last tuesday and we were planning on seeing her sunday morning and driving with her to church. And then on sunday morning about 4 am, I woke up to her calling us but I didn't answer it. And then she texted saying that she couldn't make it to church that day. Sister Enero was up by then and so I told her and we were pretty bummed because she has done this for weeks. But I just had the feeling not to give up on her. Then as I tried to go back to sleep, the phone kept vibrating, and so I checked it and she texted a few more times saying that she called an ambulance to take her to the mental health hospital and that she was feeling suicidal. It really scared me and we were both fully awake by then. She told us that in the past she had tried to commit suicide a few times and so we went into the kitchen and tried to call her immediately but she didn't answer. And so we texted her but all she said back was sorry. My heart just broke for her. I just love her sooo much and I just want her to feel how much God loves her! and So we immediately knelt down on the kitchen floor and prayed. And we both knew that it was out of our hands and that their was nothing we could really do. And as we prayed I felt a peace come over me and I knew that it would be ok. We haven't heard anything from her since and we are pretty sure that they don't have phone access in the mental health hospital. But please pray for her!!!

But besides that sad news, there was something awesome that happened this week! So you know how I cover cairns as part of our region, well we call the sisters every week and on sunday I found out that Larina, a little girl I had taught got baptized! When I first started to visit them, her mom didn't want us to come over, but she softened over time and started letting us teach Larina so she could be baptized. So her mom had been excommunicated before she was born and her dad isn't a member, but her grandparents are active and took them to church. But the best news besides her getting baptized was that her mom said the prayer at her baptism and her dad bore his testimony and is starting the lessons this week!!!! miracle!!!! I was sooo happy when I found that out!!! Even though things may not be happening as much in the area I am serving in, it sure is a blessings to be able to see and witness miracles happening around us!

Also funny story, so we didn't email yesterday because it was Anzac day (like memorial day) and so in church we sand the Australia national anthem, and part of me just wanted to start singing the star spangled banner but I refrained and tried not to look too much like a foreigner singing their national anthem. :) haha #proudtobeanamerican and speaking of that... one thing that I just haven't really understood is why people hate America.. like my companion and sharen and others I have talked to have had the question of why would the church be restored in America?! my response is always... uhhhh because America is the best! duh. haha jokes, but yeah.. thats life her in 'stralia.

But I am looking forward to skyping you in a couple of weeks!!!! and I just want to thank you for your prayers and your love. And also I want to thank grandma and grandpa Anderson for their emails and grandma and grandpa Alldredge for their sweet letter, and jay and Nicole for sending Aisley's cute wedding announcement, and Heidi and Shane for their Christmas card, it was really cute and man, those kids are getting big!! and thanks Soph for your letter. :)

love you so much and have a great week!!!!!

Sister Alldredge

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

comosta! ok first of all.......... KYLE!!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHH I AM SOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE IT!!!!! also i am super extra pumped because i guessed where you were going. ha! also my companion did as well... so we will be waiting for our prize. :) hahahah The video of him opening the call was so cute! man, he is getting so old! But y'all should've seen me yesterday.... hahahaha so my friend sarah from the ward emailed you and stuff and told me that you were going to open your mission call in like a hour, so as we were watching conference with like a half an hour left, she kept calling me and texting me saying she found out and that she was crying and that she couldn't believe it, so to be honest, i don't really remember much of what President Uchtdorf said... I tried to focus but i was sooo anxious and shaky and it felt like i was opening up my mission call all over again!! so you can just imagine... hahahahahh so then we went to her house and they videoed me while sarah read out where you were called!!!!! ahhhhhh i was jumping up and down screaming!!! (don't worry, i am sending you a usb asap with all of my pictures and videos including that one, so look forward to that :)) haha but yup! I am so happy for my little bud. 
Well I love you so much, and sorry this is short but we don't have much time because we are leaving early with the couple. so i love you!!!!!! have a great week! and kyle, congrats bud. love you soo much!

love, Sister Alldredge 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Hello my dear loved ones :)

so this past week has been crazy. I don't really know where to start because all that is on my mind right now is that KYLE IS GETTING HIS MISSION CALL THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!! do you realize how hard that is going to be to focus this week?!!!! ahahah jokes, I am just super pumped for him!!!!!! 

but if you remember from last week I told you about Sharon, so she is still so keen and wants to be baptized but she has a really bad drinking problem and she is struggling with family stuff as well so it has been really tough on her. And man, even though we just met her, I love her sooo much!!!! It breaks my heart to watch her suffer and not be able to stop this addiction. so she is going to go to this public health detox/ rehab thing for a week or so, so that will be good. She really does need that right now so she can progress.

We have also been able to do lots of service lately. It is the best. I can say now that I love to mow the lawn. hahahah except the grass here is terrible compared to Utah grass! its the worst.. and there are soo many bugs its disgusting but I do love to do service! its such a stress reliever. :) haha

Also a small miracle that we saw this week happened yesterday, after we had finished our companionship study in the morning, Sister Enero felt prompted that we should go visit this recent convert/less active lady that we haven't been able to get a hold of for 2 months. but we went and she was there! and we had a good lesson with her and she said she wants to come back to church and that she wants us to teach her two little boys that aren't baptized! wahooo! i love those tender mercies that Heavenly Father blesses us with everyday.

Well i love you soo much. and i miss you more than anything but i am so grateful to be a missionary right now. i have learned so much and i have truly come to understand the atonement and my Savior better. and there is nothing that brings greater happiness than being able to experience that for yourself and seeing others do that as well!

love you!!!!!! and please pray for opportunities to look for service and missionary opportunities. i promise that it will make your week better. :)

 love, Sister Alldredge

oh also we have temple p-day next so we wont email until Wednesday. so HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDPA ALLDREDGE!!! love you and miss you soo much! :)
Sisters and Investigator?

Hike up Mt. Ngungun

More golfing!

Top of Mt Ngungun

Investigator did their nails! They had to take it off after because it was a little too bright for missionaries.