On the 13th of December I hit my 6 month
mark on the mission. I have made it far!! So I burned an ugly tie that I found
in my apartment to celebrate the 6 month milestone on my mission! Pictures are
attached. I have a video of it as well, but I cant email that one. My
companion was saying that I am a pyro when it comes to burning things. oh
well. It was lots of fun! We made sure we were safe and we had a bucket of
water next to us. I have made it pretty far! I love being a missionary! It
has been a great 6 months.
On Saturday I
received a new companion. Elder Kay has been up here for 7.5 months, so it was
his time to go back down to Brisbane. My new companion is Elder Sio. He was a
missionary in my district in Ipswich, so now we are companions. He is a really
good guy. He is a Samoan Australian, he was born and raised in Sydney. He
speak fluent Samoan, so I might be able to start learning the language again!
He is great. We have been together for 2 days now. He is my 4th companion and
all my companions have been from different countries. Elder Oto was from Samoa,
Elder Paia'aua was from New Zealand, Elder Kay is from England and Elder Sio is
from Sydney. I wonder if my next companion will be from a different country.
The work has been starting to move really slow because
everyone is going away for the Christmas holidays. Most people leave
Townsville for Christmas, so it is going to be a pretty bare place. Except for
a few people.
We were able to teach the African girl again this week.
Her name is Mire and her mum Marie sat in on the lesson. they said
that they were going to come to church next week. So I hope it works out. They
thought we were Jehovah's Witnesses til the 2nd lesson, so after that things
started to work out better. We will hopefully be able to go see them sometime
We also went around to lots of less active members and we
decided to make Christmas card and drop them off to as many less active members
as we could. It was hard since the branch list has 600 names on it with only
150 active members. A lot of the work we are going to be focusing on is getting
those less actives back to church. I am sure there is at least one family that
is ready to come back to church.
We also tracted into a less active
member who was baptized in Townsville 16 years ago. We talked with her for
about an hour and set a return appointment. She said that she will think about
coming back to church, which is exciting news! Her name is Cassandra. It is
exciting to run into people like this when you tract for ages trying to find
people. My work is going really well up here and I am excited to see things to
start taking off once the new year starts! I miss you all and I hope you have a
Elder Kyler Powelson