Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sự Tiến Triển - Footscray Week 3

Vietnamese Word of the Week:  sự tiến triển (sur Teen! Tree-en?) As in progress, like in "Progress helps us be more like our Father in Heaven." :)

I'm always running so short on time, I'm so sorry! This week, I failed a lot at teaching and Vietnamese, but I've succeeded in relying on the Lord to build me back up again. :) That's truly one of the most important skills that we can master in mortality; tenacity. He have to keep picking ourselves back up and trying again. :)

As I've considered what I need to do to be a better missionary, the answer that keeps coming up to me is something that I hadn't considered before; I need to be happy. I need to take pleasure and joy in the work, for it truly is a joyous work! I'm so happy to be a missionary, but sometimes, some of the things we go through are hard and discouraging. However, our Heavenly Father has given us the ability to choose to be happy and has even given us the resources to do so. Prayer, Scripture study, and going to church. I feel that as I utilize these more and be more bold, I'll be able to thrive more as a missionary and draw closer to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm looking forward to improving and helping Crystal, an investigator we've only taught 5 times, be baptized this week. :)
I love you all so much! Be sure to prepare for conference this week; if we prepare, we'll receive so much more revelation! The late Elder Scott counseled us about recording revelation. I invite you to read more about his word. :) I love you! :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Xác nhận - Footscray Week 2

Vietnamese Word of the Week: xác nhận (sack nyan) As in "confirmation" as in "I performed a confirmation to give Niky the Holy Ghost in Vietnamese yesterday." That's a true statement, by the way. The first time I conferred the Holy Ghost to someone living was yesterday, in Vietnamese. Wow, what an experience.
Last week, I ran out of time even though I was trying to type a million words a minute, so I didn't say much about my mission, really. Or my flight, or anything. This week, I'm also running out of time, but I want to share a little more about the basics of my mission. :)

 There are 5 Vietnamese Elders in Footscray, and we all share an apartment ("flat" for you Aussie, folks"). There are 2 wards that we go to- Footscray and the branch (pictured above). The branch meets in an office building in the city, and it's anyone from Chinese, to Spanish, to Mexican, to, you guessed it, Vietnamese! It's the coolest building, and that's where we teach a lot of students and also offer English classes.
We have a car, and we use it a lot to get in the city. We're trying to use public transit more often, but for now, the car is really nice.

Most of our lessons are actually not in Vietnamese, but in English. Given that we're in Australia, a lot of people are trying to learn English and prefer to have lessons in English to practice and learn more. It's been really interesting, but we still do use Vietnamese for older members or to explain some English words more clearly. It's awesome, though! The spirit is so strong!
This Week:
Like I said above, I got to confirm a Vietnamese member into the church in Vietnamese! It was such a testimony builder, and I'm so happy to be able to have done that. :)
And with that, I'm out of time. :( Sorry about that. This week, I'd like to challenge all of you to prepare for General Conference by preparing a list of questions you want to have answered, and by praying over them to decide which ones you really should focus on. Since I'm out of the country, I get it a week late, so take advantage of the blessing of having it so soon! :) The church is true, the Book of Mormon is too, and I love you! :) Remember the Savior in all you do. :) 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Lễ Tiệc Thánh - Footscray Week 1 - Land Down Under!

Vietnamese word of the week:Lễ Tiệc Thánh As in "The sacrament" like in "The sacrament is such an important part of the week."
Hello! :) I'm finally here in Australia, serving my mission as a good and proper missionary! So much has happened, and I have so little time, so I need to be quick. Essentially, I'm so happy and so glad to be serving the Lord! The plane was long, but it was enjoyable. :) Day 1, I taught my first lesson. It was preparing someone to answer the baptismal interview questions, so it wasn't too intense, but I loved being able to experience that! :) I'm truly beginning to love the Vietnamese people more! Everyone I've met, I just have an instant love for and desire to serve them and help them come unto Christ. :)
I bear my testimony that the Sacrament is an essential ordinance and is one of the best parts of the week. :) I'm sorry that I'm always running out of time, but please, take time this week to prepare yourself to take the sacrament; ponder a scripture, a hymn, etc. Think about the Savior. :) I love you! :)
New Zealand Airport! First time out of the country!

My new desk- Personal study for the next 12 weeks!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

G'Day from Australia!

I made it safe and sound after skipping Tuesday. Sorry it's so early in the morning. I just want to let you know that I'm safe, happy, faithful, and teaching a lesson in half an hour! I love this gospel, and I love you all! :)

Sự bảo vệ MTC Week 9: Goodbye, USA!

Vietnamese word of the week: sự bảo vệ (Sur- bow? vay-) "protection" as in "we are all under our Heavenly Father's protection."

Wow, what a week! The last week flew by, and I'm so excited to be going! I leave within a matter of hours of sending this email, and I couldn't be more eager to serve the Lord! I'm also really nervous about flying on a plane, but I trust in the Lord to protect me and all of you as I pray for that. :) We're all in His tender care. :)

Saying goodbye to teachers this week was easier than I thought it would be. Pictures, however, were harder. When you have 6 cameras, it's like taking family photos! (Mom, I love taking family photos, but you know how crazy it gets sometimes. :) ) Mine, unfortunately, turned out blurry, but I got some nice ones with my district! :)

Last district photo at the temple!

And here's one more picture of us (minus my companion because he was against it for some reason) in front of the world map!

I'm afraid I'm out of time, but the church is true, I'm excited to tell you all about Australia, and I love you all! :)