Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Sunday, August 20, 2017

21 August 2017 Letter

Happy Anniversary mom and dad! 34 Years, you guys are my heroes! 

And happy actual wedding day for Charis and Jared! The pictures looked so nice, and Charis looked like a Disney Princess! Congrats! 

 We have had an awesome week with Patrice, a recent convert doing temple baptisms for the first time! One of the people she was baptized for was her great grandmother, and another member was baptized for one of her grandfathers,which was super cool for her to experience! She loved it and is excited to go again. Also,  I don't know if  I mentioned, but both Sister Snell and Patrice got their Patriarchal blessings last Sunday, which is super cool! They are both doing so well.

The weeks seem to fly by and sometimes it feels like there is not enough time to accomplish everything we would like to. We have decided to drop some of our investigators this upcoming week if we still can't set appointments with them to help them progress. It is time for a fresh start and to pick up some new investigators who will be ready to progress right now. We are continually striving to do all we can to follow the spirit and help our area reach the potential Heavenly Father has planned for it.

We also did trade-offs with the Dapto sisters this week, this time with Sister Chan form Malaysia. She is so fun! We came out together and have been serving in the same zone for 4 transfers now, so we had a lot of fun together. 

Yesterday, in sacrament meeting, us four missionaries sang the musical number. We sang "I am a child of God" and did the last verse in Samoan, with the help of Sister Parungo and Elder Slade, who both speak Samoan. A lot of members in the branch yesterday were commenting on how natural  I look and seem in the branch now. I take this as evidence that  I will definitely be transferred soon because  I am too comfortable here. Which is sad because I love this branch and area so so much! We still have two weeks left in the transfer so I want to do everything  I can to leave the area better than I found it.

We were finally able to have a lesson with our investigator,  Ingrid yesterday, and it went well, so hopefully we can help her to start progressing and keeping commitments.

Sister Pace

Photos #1-#3:  At the Sydney Australia Temple with companion, Sister Parungo; Patrice, a recent convert; and Sister Snell

#4-#6:  On exchanges with Sister Chan, from Dapto; and trading back companions at the Famous Robertson Pie Shop.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hello family and friends!

I hope everyone has had a happy week. This week flew by for Sis Parungo and I.

This week we had several service opportunities for members. We did painting, decorating, speech lessons for Brother Jackson who had a stroke. As a result, we also received a few referrals! One of them is a family. The mom in Maori and the dad is Samoan. Sister Mackey wants us to visit them because they speak Samoan and so does my soa (companion), so hopefully they can bond. We hope for the best with these people. It is good that they will have an instant fellowship.

This week I also had the privileged of doing a trade-off with Sister La'akulu from Tonga. She is so wonderful and loving to all! I always learn a lot on trade-offs both from the sister I am working with, and re appreciating some of the strengths of my companion as well. Sister Parungo is still adjusting well, which is good to see.

This week, we might have to drop some of our investigators who are not progressing. Sister Parungo also had an inspired idea that we should try picking up some former investigators, so we are excited to try that this week. We are working hard to bring The Lord's miracles into our area.

Elder Kenworthy went home this week, which was sad, but we got a great new elder, Elder Slade, from Samoa.
Not too much more to report this week. Have another good week everyone!

Sister Pace

1.  We met some cool people on the street yesterday riding their horses down the main road.  They stopped to let us pet them.
2.  Lunch after trade-offs with the Dapto Sisters. L-R:  Sisters Chan,k Parungo, Pace, and La'akulu.

3.  Oh, and then there's this picture, haha--Elder Kenworthy's dying picture.

4.  Heaps Close.

5.  I made Elder Kenworthy ice cream cookie sandwiches for his birthday on Tuesday.  Lots of B-days!

6-8.  Our Branch had a Winter Ball.  We helped out by doing activities with the kids.  There ended up only being one kid to entertain, Steffi.  We made sure she had fun though.  

9.  We helped out by doing activities with the kids, but we got to participate in the photo booth. :)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

7 August 2017 Letter

Hi President and Sister Bingham!

This week has been a miraculous one yet again with finding new investigators. I pray that we can be adequate teachers and inviters of the spirit for those that we have had the blessing of finding. We have had trouble lately with helping our investigators to really keep commitments we extend to them. This morning, I was reading about how Aaron taught Lamoni's father and Lamoni's father, in prayer, asks God to make himself manifest to him, then he will give up everything to know Him. I realized that many of our investigators probably are not actually sure that there is a God, therefore they don't have much motivation to do the things that He has asked us to do. I think we need to focus on going back to the basics and helping them understand that there IS a loving Heavenly Father for all of us. Hopefully, as we strive to be more consecrated and humble and diligent this week like you both have said, we can figure out how to help these individuals.

I am impressed by how well Sister Parungo picks up on all the different aspects of missionary work. She is doing great and makes life so fun for me!

I also had the chance to go on a trade-off with Sister ZoBell this week and I was really impressed by the progress she has made in just one transfer of being out. She is so diligent and positive. She is a blessing to our zone! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to work with such wonderful people, especially here in the Mittagong Branch. I love you both, have a great week!

Sister Pace

Well  I have no time, but I will send a lot of pictures from yesterday. I got so spoiled for my bday. I got two cakes(one from the Elders one from Sister Mckeown), A decorated car from the youth in the branch, flowers from Sister Sullivan, a spaghetti dinner from Sister Parungo, my birthday got announced in sacrament meeting and mentioned several times in testimony meeting #onlyinabranch, a package of clothes from Lyndsi, another gift and balloons from the elders, and so much more love. My heart is overflowing with love and gratitude. I love the Mittagong Branch! Besides that, we had a good Missionary Leadership Council this week and trade-offs with the Ulladulla sisters(They live on the beach, so that was a beautiful drive). We have a couple new investigators this week, so hopefully we can help them progress and keep commitments. Thank you all for the prayers and happy birthday wishes! I have THE BEST family and friends! Have a great week everyone!

Sister Pace

The Elders banged on our door right at 6:30 a.m. yesterday with this ice-cream cake and poster!:
Some of the Murrin kids who helped destroy our car.  I love them!:

Part of our beautiful 2 hour drive to Ulladulla for trade-offs.  Our South Coast Zone is so huge.  Sometimes I feel like I have been called to the Australia Sydney South driving mission.  The good news is:  Sister Parungo got driving certified this week so we can trade-off now!  WooHOoo!:
DTM throwing up our Dapttagong signs:
Fitzroy Falls:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

31 July 2017 Letter

Hi family and friends!!

It's been a great week! We didn't get back from Sydney until Wednesday night, so it's gone by quick. My trainee is Sister Parungo!!!!!!!!! She is half Samoan/half Philipina, has lived half her life in American-Samoa, then half in Cerritos California. We are exactly the same age, she just turned 20 on July 20th:) She is so fun to be around! She is doing really good and getting better at talking to people and teaching. She is getting used to the completely different life of missionary work and a new country and was feeling pretty homesick and actual sick yesterday, but she survived her first week well! She loves to cook Filipino food! Halla! She is helping me learn too:)

We had a good week. She is bringing the blessings into our area. We have two new investigators this week. Stuart is a really cool and humble guy. He has two little kids who we met before we met him, because they are friends with Mia Ragg, one of our other little investigators. We are hopeful for him, because he really wants to make a bright future for his kids by bringing them to church. Also, Jamie and his fiance, Avalon, are super cool and quirky. A young couple. They let us in to share and said we can come again:) Well, were outta time. Love and miss you all! Have a great week!

1-Wollongong last week. They have a lot of walls with murals there

2-Sister Yuson in front of this beautiful church that's right in the middle of a shopping mall. It's like an oxymoron.

3- Sister Parungo!!! The Elders in our branch decorated our door to welcome her :)

4- Sister Parungo, getting acquainted with the crazy dogs we encounter everyday :)
5- The New District

Monday, July 24, 2017

25 July 2017 Letter

Dear President,

We have had a great week in Mittagong, with finding several new potential investigators we are excited about. Also, thank you for allowing us to attend the temple! It was my first time doing an endowment session in 8 months and I felt so refreshed and full of joy and hope after! I LOVE the temple and coming on my mission has really helped me appreciate more it's great importance.

I was sad to hear that Sister Sumaribos was leaving me, but we both knew it was time and are ready for the new adventures ahead. I'm so grateful I had the chance to be her companion for three transfers because I learned so much from her!

Thank you for the opportunity to train a new missionary. I am exciting and nervous about this, but, like you said, I know that if I rely on the Savior and seek His spirit, I will be more than alright, and it will be a wonderful learning experience for both of us.

It has been great to spend a day with Sister Yuson and hear about her previous training experiences and learn from that.

I love you both. Thank you for your inspiring and motivating weekly letter. Have a great week!!
Sister Pace

Well the letter  I sent to President, pretty much sums up my week. On Tuesday, we got to go to the temple with Sister Mackey for the stake Relief Society temple trip, and take some names through for another member, Sister Gane. It was the best!

On Saturday after deep cleaning our flat, we got a call confirming what we were both feeling: Sister Sumaribos would be transferred:( It has been so great to be with her and it will be an adjustment because we really had a good system going for everything.

The past couple days, I have been in Wollongong area with Sister Yuson, (from the same island in Philippines as Sis Sumaribos) while we wait for our trainees to get here! Pray for me! We take the train up to Sydney later today for a training meeting and then the new missionaries come tomorrow. I'm going to be a mom (in missionary terms)! I pray that I can be able to handle this new adventure and be a loving and adequate trainer and companion to whoever she is!

Lately, I have been realizing how much the Book of Mormon was really written for OUR day. I am reading in the early chapters of Alma and it is really about missionary work today. Especially in Australia with the hardness of the people's hearts and the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers. But it helps me understand the promises, gifts, and guidance that are available to me and all of us as missionaries and members and faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Heavenly Father speaks directly to me every time I read the Book of Mormon! So cool! Read your BOM every day this week with me! He will guide, inspire, uplift, and bless us!

Have a great week!
Sister Pace

ps- I'll send more pics next week bet the Wollongong library computers are SO SLOW.

Photo above:   Just Jesus.  I had fun getting to walk, bus, and train around in Wollongong yesterday with Sister Yuson!

Below: I made a flag cake for our last district P-day because our district P-day was meant to be on the 4th of July. Happy Pioneer Day! (Just zoom into Elder Kenworthy's face in the background. Too good.)

The cakes I made for Elders Stott and Paie for our last district meeting before they go home.  We later smashed these in their faces:

At the temple with Sister Mackey:

Volunteering at ParkRun on Saturday morning. It's a community 5K that happens every Saturday in a lot of places in Australia:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I don't have too much time, but I'm doing great!
A couple highlights of the week were:

-Doing trade-offs with the sisters serving in Wollongong! They are both Filipinas as well so it was a Filipina party! That day, we did Table finding in the courtyard of the street of shops in Bowral with all 4 of us sisters and the Mittagong elders. We borrowed a huge poster of the Savior from the mission office to grab attention. It was so fun! We weren't having much success with all of us trying to talk to people passing by, so we decided to have 4 of us sing hymns while two talked to passers-by. It was amazing how the atmosphere changed and the spirit was there. People were no longer annoyed by us but actually smiled and appreciated us being there.

-I got to attend MLC (missionary leadership council) on Tuesday. It was so wonderful to learn from President and Sister Bingham and from the AP's. We set mission goals and I better understand what my role is as a leader in the mission And what all the rules actually are. I left with a greater desire and motivation to be exactly obedient and diligent, so I can set the example that is expected of me as a Sister Training Leader. The Bingham's are really great and going to do great things for the mission!

-Yesterday (Sunday) we got to attend Peri Murren's (an 8 year old girl in the branch) baptism. The Murren’s have a huge family, and it was hard to fit everyone into our tiny branch building. We helped them set up and take down and got to talk to a lot of their family. It was so fun because they remind me a lot of my own, who recently had a family reunion as well.

We have been making a little progress with a few of our investigators this week. so  I’ll let you know how it goes. Love you all!!

Sister Pace
Pictures 1-4:  Table Finding and Hymn Singing at the Bowral shops:

#5:  The one guy who accepted our free selfie invitation, haha.

 #6-7:  Relief Society Activity, my first High Tea!!!:

#8-9:  Peri Murren got baptized on Sunday!  July is baptism month apparently!
So happy because there was ice cream and good food at the baptism!

#10:  Me with Brother Seville's granddaughters at Paul's baptism:

#11:  The Snell's and Sister Mackey!:
#12-15:  Most of our zone did a beach walk in Dapto!:

Me and the birds

Sisters Yuson (Philippines) and Chan (Hong Kong)<3

 Us and the Nowra Sisters: