Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pictures aplenty!

Merry Christmas!  Don't miss this 2 min video - brings joy to my heart! 

Adam says there is a bug that paralyzes a tarantula, lays it's eggs on it, and then the eggs feed on the tarantula.  I'm not sure if I want to know if this is what Becca caught on camera or not.  

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas! Dec 13 and Dec 20 emails.

We get to talk to Sister Formica tonight!!!!  But I need to catch up on her blog first.  Here are the last two weeks.  Sorry no pictures -- she's lost her camera. :)  

It's getting closer and closer and I am so excited!!!!  Whoo!!
Ok so this week I actually took the time to write down some things I wanted to remember and say and then...I forgot the list haha.  I know I am sad.  Some things never change. 
But this really was the best week ever! 
You can work and work and pray and pray and never see the fruits of your efforts, but this week Heavenly Father blessed us with seeing so many changes in people and with an increased understanding of just how much the gospel blesses people.  Literally in every aspect of our lives.  Emotionally, physically, of course spiritually.  In everything. 
We saw a lot of changes and miracles this week.  Which is always nice.
Ross is getting baptized!!!  Sister Hale has now been back to church 4 times plus 2 more activities (ever since we met her, she jumped back into it, even though she was still telling us that she wasn't a church goer haha.   Even after she'd been 2 or 3 times).  And she is the best missionary.  She wants her family to have the peace and relief the gospel has brought to her.  She says it's like she has a light and she doesn't walk around looking down and feeling heavy.  She brought her sister and 5 of their neices and nephews with them to church on Sunday!  There was a special spirit there, even though we had so many children and only a couple rows, so it was stressful because Sister Ahlstrom and I sat with kids all around us so we could help take care of them.  I think we need to come prepared next week with the church kit.  Oh and President and Sister Fife came to the branch on Sunday with their son.  It was so cool to have them there!  I don't know if I told you enough times last week ha, but they are amazing.
The closer it gets to Christmas the harder it gets not to eat candy.  But everytime we want to have an exception, Shogan tells us how hard it will be not to drink on Christmas and boxing day and new years and his birthday.  So fair enough I guess.  But it's a good thing you couldn't find any chocolate advent calendars mum. 
Lots more happened, but we have to go, they are kicking us off the computers early. 


Ok I'm apparently not going to school again, because I can't figure out how to do the ecclesiastical endorsement.  I'm going to take that as a sign from Heavenly Father ;) Haha...Just kidding, I finally figured out my info, so no worries mate.  (Eccleiastical Endorsement is what BYU needs to re-admit someone who stopped going to school to complete a mission. They save your spot, but there is some paperwork involved... ). 

We had an eventful week...lots of activities!  Wednesday we had a Relief Soceity activity, had lunch, decorated ginger bread houses, did some essential oils stuff.  Sister Penstone literally is the best.  We talked to her about having a Christmas activity for everyone to get to know each other better and bond, etc.  And she goes off and does her party planning thing and prepares everything by the time we next meet ha.  I don't know how she does it.  On top of 5 kids and moving and Christmas and everything else.  Superhuman.  Then on Saturday we had a branch BBQ for Christmas, and then we traveled back to Ballajura (where we go to church in Ellenbrook) for a baptism Saturday evening with Shogan.  We had to do so much driving this week.  This means we are going to be on bikes pretty much for the rest of our lives.  No k's left ha.  (They get a certain number of miles per month.  Otherwise, they ride bikes... which Rebecca seems to like, but maybe not in 110 degree weather).  

This is pretty random, but Sister Ahlstrom is really into music and arts and things and yesterday we met this man who used to be a performer and was King Herod in "Jesus Christ Superstar".  He worked with Andrew Lloyd Weber and heaps of other super famous people.  I have never ever heard of this play, am I totally alone in this?  Just curious.

Earlier in the week we went to see this couple who live in Toodyay.  They are the coolest people ever!  And his name is Adam and he is super funny and smart and a bit quirky and I can see Adam being a bit like him when he grows up.  So Adam, you just have to move to Australia and own 5 alpacas.  He has soo many questions about God and religion, and is so eager for answers.

Oh, ok so this man just came into the library and he is very picky about what time he is on the computers, so we have to go.  But I love you all! Sorry for the random as email haha.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Sister Formica

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Hey guys!  This week has been so good.  Sister Ahlstrom is feeling so much better, thanks for your prayers everyone.

WHOO!!  It's almost Christmas!!!  Hands down, one of my favourite times of year.  It wasn't really feeeling too much like Christmas, but it's starting to a bit more.  This last week we got a tree and decorations from the Penstones and our amazing neighbour Jenny.  I'll try to send some pictures next week (I temporarily--hopefully--misplaced my camera) so hopefully I will be able to find it soon. 

The spirit of Christmas is definitely real and beautiful.  But I think the power of it is proportional to the amount of people who understand what it's really about and get involved in the giving, serving and loving.  I'm not sure about that yet, I'll have to think about it some more, that just came out when I was typing haha. 
We're trying hard to spread those feelings though :) 

Here is a 2 minute Christmas video:  worth the time!!

I am planning on going carolling with some of the families we know and with our neighbours.  I probably should let people know though and get it organized ha.  Just maybe.  I tend to plan things in my head and think people know about them.  I mentioned it to Sister Ahlstrom yesterday and she looked at me surprised because I was acting like it was something we had been planning on.  And I had been...just not out loud I guess.

This week we had some reappearances of people we haven't seen in a while.  We were able to see Bel and Nic and then Sunday they were back at church which was the BEST!

Nothing too dramatic happened except Ross came to church in a white shirt and tie!  And on a bike with a hurt ankle.  So that was a huge sign of commitment for him :)  

We've been super spoiled with everything, especially recently--food, Christmas stuff, etc. 

I am sooo grateful for the branch here, for Sister Ahlstrom, for my Heavenly Father and my Saviour and for this special time of year that brings families together.  And for egg nog which we just found in the shops today :)

Love you all!!  Have a great week!

Sister Formica

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Hey guys!! 

What the heck? I don't know how November is over already...but Christmas is going to be great!  It doesn't feel like Christmas yet, maybe it's the heat.  You'd think I'd be used to it by now.

It's been a long week but a good one.  Sister Ahlstrom has been sick so we have been taking things a bit slower.  She is super tough though, but isn't getting any better, so we are going to have to rest a bit more this week.  Poor thing.

Not too much to report on...we really couldn't see many people this week.  A mission is the worst place to be sick.

We had an amazing Zone conference though. Amazing.  Can I just say I love President and Sister Fife? 

Um we taught primary this week because the Penstones were gone, and so we had 2 kids haha.  But it was crazy.  I think I'd prefer teaching a group of kids. Much easier.  They are little cuties, but let me tell you, they have a mind of their own.  We had a lot of fun though :) I love primary!  It would be nice to have that much energy haha.

Umm Saturday night we held a movie night at the chapel to give people an alternative to drinking with their friends and to make it easier for them to come to church the next morning.  The last part didn't quite work out ha, but it will!!  Some people were sick and other things happened...all fun stuff.  But it turned out really well and we want to make it a regular thing.

We went out to Calingri an hour away (not that that's news, everything is at least an hour away from here, just further into the bush or closer to Perth) and had Thanksgiving dinner with the coolest/best family ever.  So yes I had Thanksgiving :)

That's pretty much it.

Oh but my Ponderize verse is Matt 16:24-25. 
 24 ¶Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Christmas video - less than 2 minutes:

That's all folks.  Have a wonderful week!  I'll try to have more energy and more things to write next week.  Promise.  Love ya'll.

Sister Formica