One of the things from my mission I really enjoyed was writing home each week and kind of giving a summary of things that happened and lessons learnt. Now I want to continue that I really don’t care if anyone reads this but I feel like there are more lessons to be learnt here in Australia and I think it’s a cool idea to continue that. Perhaps my life in Australia will not be as interesting in the Philippines which freaks me out that my life will become dull just like before my mission but this week was certainly not dull and a lot of things I was able to learn.
I don’t know how long I will continue to write it probably is a reaction to not wanting things to change and adjustment from mission life to whatever this is….. POST mission life. Everyone says there is an adjustment period I always thought people were crazy I presumed after your mission life would go back insanely to what it was before……… The thing is it can’t you are different and everyone around you is different. AUSTRALIA IS DIFFERENT!!!! I feel like I am having a culture shock to Australia. I keep expecting a tricycle a bunch of Filipino stairs and hearing the word Maganda everywhere I go. I mean people don’t come out of their houses to take photos with me what is going on!!!!!!!!!!The lack of wildlife here…. In the Philippines there are so many dogs and goats just chilling everywhere. THE DRIVING and lining up for things people don’t try to push in everyone is pretty strict here and obedient. I love what Burt said one day…. “Hey if I ever feel like I am having an ugly day I will just remember a whole country thinks I am beautiful.” White people look weird to me. I was saying this to the temple worker in Manila and she was shocked about this fact too….. In MANILA all the people smash themselves into buses like little fishes in little cans. I was walking and saw empty buses! It was strange and it’s winter here and I am not really use to the cold my face is flaking!
How is my first week well it has been abit of a drug haze. 3 days of being completely out of it! But I am still waiting for tests but I am glad to not be taking more drugs! I seriously don’t know why people do drugs it makes you go crazy and I couldn’t focus on anything and I may have been losing it. I was able to skpe the world all from the comfort of my bedroom it was great to catch with friends from my mission. FOOD IS WONDERFUL IN AUSTRALIA!!!!!!! Vegemite toast! hello come at me! First movie was Pride and Prejudice I got so guilty I watched part of it and I couldn’t Finnish it! I went to sleep but progressed through the week watched all of hunger Game-catching fire. Makes no sense I know…… but there it is.
Temple session with Kenya SPIRITUAL HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK! One of the happiest moments of my life sitting in the Temple with one of my dearest friends! So if there is anyone thinking about going on a mission, what is the thing that you testify the most about? Families are eternal. It was so beautiful to see Kenya’s first sealing session. That is how families are made eternal. The SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG! I can go to the temple whenever I want! Isn’t that AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Last Sunday relief Society class was so inspired the teacher was awesome I don’t know her but she is from America and it was about having the companionship of the Holy Ghost. I was like this is exactly what I was worried about coming home and no spirit because I am no longer in the field that is not true! If we do things to qualify pa rin for the spirit we can still have many spiritual experiences! IT DEPENDS ON US! great lesson no AMAZING LESSON!
Training/ personal Study session thingy with Asa Smibert. I love that man he was a bishop in Brisbane ward. Bea and I always would hang out as youth at that ward and ours. He gave me a bunch of numbers for Sign Language and happens to be a free class on Wednesday nights welp that is rather convenient! It was great to catch up with him. I felt the spirit so strong. Reporting in front of the high council! ahhhhhhh! I went to plan what I was going to say but I just though no I love this scripture from D&C 84 & 85
85 Neither take ye thought beforehand awhat ye shall say; but btreasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be cgiven you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man.
Such a Surreal experience! I was so nervous but it turned out perfect! GREAT EXPERIENCE!
Homecoming talk……. Eden Sang it was heavenly! so BEAUTIFUL! I am just one voice perfect song! beautiful spirit! Mum and dad did beautiful testimonies. welp same thing kind of did bullet points! I got up and decided to abandon my bullet points and talk about the Atonement and what I had learnt about the Atonement Jesus Christ had to be central to what I was to talk about. Half way through my talk Brother Carroll (Kenya’s Dad) gets up and places a note on the pulpit he wants me to bear my testimony in tagalog. Tagalog is not a party trick but I explained the huge struggle I had to learn how to speak the language. I TESTIFY! I did not learn Tagalog because of my ability and as such it is a sacred gift that I will never use it without purpose. Paul says
9.So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
1 Corinthians 14: 9:10
So many talks I remember RM talking in their language but now after having that experience if people don’t understand me why would I speak it. I remember going woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow they are so amazing However I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THEY SAID! But now I came to learn something through experience and prayer and study, THE GIFT OF TONGUES MUST BE USED WITH PURPOSE! In short I did not bear my testimony in Tagalog from the pulpit no one would of understood me.
It’s great to talk with people that know the language! Spencer and Drake, I have been having heaps of fun talking with them but key point………If there is no interpretation thereof why would I use empty words that just hang in the air! Although praying in English doesn’t happen I can’t do it! YET! I feel stupid praying in English. weird. And sometimes I go in and out of tagalog without thinking which is weird for my friends/ Family.
Decided to work with the missionaries on Sunday had organised it and I was super excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! then I go okay are you guys excited. They Cancelled on me! what! I would hound down members to work. then I was talking to them and it came up that 2 new investigators is standard of excellence here. WHAT!!!!!!! I came from 10 and we never got 10 we always went far and above that. Australia is different but still. Mission life is different here and I AM SO BLESSED TO HAVE SERVED IN THE PHILIPPINES EVERYDAY WAS FILLED WITH TEACHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I could not lived with days of no teaching! I WOULD OF DIED!!!!!!!!!! The attitude of missionaries is different here but I like them they are super cool. Elder King is an English man he is trying to learn tagalog haha I find it amusing.
Went to insty and shook people’s hands people…..men tried to go for the hug I evaded and avoided like a lethal plague I did progress during the week brought myself to hug men older and younger than me but of the same age bracket I avoided like the plague until Sunday Night! So made a new friend called Jess I shall be taking her place as Seminary teacher met her at church then Bam instant fireside wing man. We ended up talking with a really cool dude I kind of knew before my mission Christian Inglis……..I go to shake his hand and he is laughing….. Then Jess goes nope you have to Hug him! WHAT!!!!! no! push BAM! so there it is the first real man I hugged after my mission is Christian Inglis who’s beautiful/stunning girlfriend was standing next to him.I don’t know his girlfriend. Oh Scott nice to meet you BAM another hug….. I go bright red. It was pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know if this will ever be normal again. Saw Ben Maurer who was my mission prep teacher and EFY co Councillor back in the day. He is actually become way cooler in 18 months. He is way nicer!
The cool thing was I found myself at two baptisms since I have been home. The first was the day after I got home found myself with Kenya at Brisbane Chapel at Tash’s baptism. Such a lovely spirit! I loved when her friend got up and gave her testimony/ talk/ letter well whatever it was it was beautiful. Then she was baptized and it was perfect just perfect. Then I somehow found myself with a bunch of YSA at a Tahiwaniess restaurant. I love coconut rice! Felt very strange and I sat next to Tash. Hi Tash congratulations on your baptism I am Arianne nice to meet you. The FOOD WAS GREAT! Then Taylor’s baptism she is a little 8 year old in our ward. So Cute beautiful service. Then she had to give her testimony she goes I will now recite the 13 articals of faith! well okay this kid recites them…… SHE IS 8! It was awesome and she made smart comments all through it. Brilliant! Taylor is going to be a missionary for sure! I mean at 8……13 articals of faith agad. I bet she will be called to Finland because that is the hardest language in the world. Funniest thing happened I was sitting next to the Preston kids! I love them so much anyways ems is like bea! so much its weird. She was pretty set on marrying her cousin yep not legal here in Australia!
anyways I go “ems how is Mika…. “
“O I broke up with him.”
“yes I was in love with him but I am not anymore he has ear-rings. Also he broke up with his girlfriend and because she doesn’t believe the church is true.”
“yes I don’t want to get married I want to get fat eat junk food and not have kids because if you have kids you can’t do what you want.”
GOLD! I was laughing I love 7 year olds and their love lives.
On Tuesday found myself with some people at max Brenner I got a little emotional it was pathetic… didn’t cry I wanted to cas BRONTE is ALWAYS AT MAX BRENNER! man I love my sister and I miss her one more year! welp that sums up my week I am reading a great book at the moment called Woman and the Priesthood by Sheri Dew. It is amazing I am learning so much. This coming week looks like a big week coming up!
This week’s personal goals!
Again I need a cell phone! I mean mobile that is what it is called here in Aus.
Not be freaked out to hug a men my age!
Get use to wearing heels again! I feel like an awkward giraffe!
Stop avoiding my real email account and look at things and replay to people!
lots of love
Arianne…. I went to type SISTER!!!! this is not good!!!!
Almost forgot it was KENYA’s BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK!!!! We went to the coolest retirement home in the world and had high tea with her grandparents. That place is AWESOME LIKE a fancy home decor magazine! Loved it. Tess was there too and her Grandfather is crack up! Classic lines and Mattie was great too. I have not laughed so hard for a while. BRING ON SOME MORE AWESOME Mga Himala!!!!!