Monday, May 30, 2016

Week 36

I got transferred to Merimbula. My new comps are Elder Plata and Elder John. Elder Plata is from the Philippines, and Elder John is from the West Indies.

Merimbula is a branch of 15 people, mostly made up of primary kids. In fact they outnumber the adults. It’s a small town kind of like Bothwell. It’s kind of a retirement village, so they get mad when you knock on doors after dark. President has us end the day at dark. So we usually plan member visits after dark and extra studies.

There are a lot of things to do here on P day. We live 5 minutes from the beach. There is a guy that owns an archery range and lets us do that for free. Two of the members own a gym, so they gave us gym memberships. It’s going to be a lot easier to do morning workouts.

This branch may be small, but from what I can tell they love missionary work and are ready to help. The only downside to this area is we are 4 hours away from any other missionaries so we have to call in for District Training Meeting and listen to that on the phone.

Elder Plata is leading the area. He says we mostly do service. I guess that’s how it works in a branch. I’m really excited about this area. We will see what it holds in store and why I am here.

One miracle that happened this week, in fact yesterday, was when I was driving the 6-hour drive over here we didn't die! It was dark when we got here, and while I was driving, there were heaps of kangaroos on the road. We got really close to hitting a couple of them, but we were able to make it home safe. So the miracle we were blessed with was safety. That’s what happened this week.

I love you all! Have a great week.
Elder Newman

These pictures are from the Hurstville area last P day.

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