Sunday, July 16, 2017

Week 95

It was a good week. We still are finding heaps and got like 2 potentials this week, but no investigators. But the zone is doing great this transfer. We have had 2 baptisms this transfer, and we are leading the mission with 8 on date. So even though it’s hard for us, there are still blessings, and the work is still progressing.

This week there was a funeral of a dad of one of the missionaries in the mission. That was pretty tough because last transfer his grandma had passed away as well.

Then my companion had a birthday, his first on the mission, and we had a good time making an ice cream cake for him and had a good day. That was all for this week besides finding everyone.

Have a great week!
Elder Newman

[Elder Newman made these cinnamon rolls from scratch last week for FHE.]
Elder Tiatia, Elder Crowton (front), Elder Ferris (birthday boy), and Elder Newman

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week 94

Another week has gone. This week has flown by. This week was pretty average again, except we were able to have a baptism in the Tongan ward so we went and helped the sisters with that. I gave a talk on baptism for their investigator that was getting baptized. Then after that we had a fafanga (feed), heaps of food. It’s the islander culture, so there was heaps of food there. I think they bought up all the chicken from KFC, then we had Chop Suey (rice noodles and soy sauce and meat), and taro (really dense potato on steroids).

We had a Tongan culture night too. [It was the night before the baptism.] Other than that we have just been shaking members down for referrals and tracting as usual.

I love you all, have a great week!
Elder Newman

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Week 93

Well this week I am not really sure what we did. This week we knocked heaps of doors; that was fun. It’s fun keeping track of how many you knock.

We were able to teach our investigator this week. We taught about modern day prophets and apostles and got to testify about that. We are still trying to figure out what she needs. She says she believes in everything that we teach, but there is something inside her that is a personal struggle that she isn't letting out. Me and Elder Ferris have a plan though. Other than that, nothing else stood out to me this week.

I love you all, have a great week!
Elder Newman

Elder Ferris wanted a Picture with the Ferris wheel, haha.

We were out of money this week because we didn't know how to budget I guess, but a member came in clutch with a miracle of food. A little side note on the member... We had eaten all of the canned food and noodles and had no money. The member went with us on splits, and after gave us $120 just for us to eat something for dinner. He didn't know about our situation like we had no food.

A quick drawing of the priesthood.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week 92 - Miracles

This week was crazy. We had a lot of fun, tracted about 300 doors this week. [We got] 5 potentials from that and one less active that we will start working with this week. We had an awesome experience with finding her, heaps of promptings that were followed, and she has also been prepared. It’s been a great, hard week.

We have reached our limit on how far we can drive the car, so we have been biking this whole week. It’s been fun, and my legs have been sore. It’s the first time in the mission that I have had to walk or bike the whole week. It’s crazy that Riley has to do that for his whole mission. Idk, I would have probably gotten used to it though.

This was a poem that my flatmate made for this week. It’s pretty good.

'Twas the week of an elder whose last name is Crowton
This week was a lit one, you know I'm not boastin'
Here's an account written by mine own hand
Of how my life fare's whilst I'm in this great land

Today was a beauty, just like my mom
It's also her birthday so sing her a song
We did all the normal, shop, email, and such
Then strapped on our boots and hit the field to play touch
Came back and changed and then hit FHE
"Hey you go home soon," was a very constant theme
Now 10 p days left wow and that's how it stands
Hectic as but, I can count it on both hands

Our day started good and we made a man cave
Included: 2 chairs, couch, plus one microwave
We also did service, yard work, what a day
She then gave us shave cream, Vanilla Olay
We hit up the chapel with Terry at 5
And played some piano, my holla and drive
Headed over to dinner with Helen Pene
Ate food then we talked 'bout that gospel, hooray

It's Wednesday today and we visited our 'gator
Stan is his name and you know he's no hater
During tracting today we knocked on a steal
Met a lit dude named Semi who plays for the Eels
Found out he's a star, so you know that he hustles
He gave us some protein to get shredded muscles
Finished off our day with a meeting, great 'twas
Pres Boden presiding to lead the stake cuz

Meeting today, with Pres Back and his wife
Gave us some counsel on the way to live life
Went to the library, girl yelled "SECURITY"
Because of a man who stared at her curiously
Then we went knocking to plant those seeds mate
#KnockedEmDead now we've knocked two-twenty-eight
Went to the Mu's for a feed, got some grub
Homemade mac & cheese was the dish that's whaddup

Today I turn 21, Newman as well
So many months down the drain, oh how that's swell
Went to the chapel to meet up with Terry
Talked about how we can pray when life's scary
Then went to Sifa's, he was cutting hair doe
Dude getting cut sounds like Bruce from Nemo
"Don't lose your faith..." starts a quote that's so true
"...Just know that the Lord has not lost faith in you."

What a day, what a day, 'twas a beaut after all
Woke up at 5 cause you know we got ball
Today we biked heaps, better workout than burpees
Then Ferris came in with a clutch shout of slurpees
Then we knocked doors, "how many?" you wonder
42 mate, what a beaut of a number
Met up with Sanches tonight what a lad
With Tiatia's smiling face he couldn't be sad

Sabbath day plus church day I'm all the way up
Fariba and Marco at church that's wassup
Dunk date was set for my soa for Marco
Then had Ward Council to start off our arvo
We went to the Ormsby's for lunch and a chat
Ate, talked, then hit the bikes quick like a cat
Biking so fast you'd think we're on a chase
To Gomez for Za, with a nice tomato base

And now we see just how great life can be
Over down under where it's cold as can be
10 weeks to go never felt any better
I finished my poem, time to put on a sweater


Haha, hope you enjoyed the poem. I had a great week. Talk to yous next week!

Elder Newman

Cheeto and the Boyz District

Biking to service.. had to bike like 45 min straight.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week 91 – What a Week

We have 1 investigator, and she is solid. She already believes the Book of Mormon, but we are just waiting for her to feel like she is ready to make the next step. Other than that, we are trying to knock 1000 doors this transfer, and that is kinda hard because we are still trying to get to know the ward. So we have to spend some time to build the relationships, and then we have got to focus on the investigator that we have, and also help Elder Ferris get through his 12 week training. So I think 1000 doors is a good goal. That’s really all that is from us this week.

Love, Elder Newman


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Week 90 - New area New comp No problems

I got transferred this week. I liked my last area, but I am now in Oatlands in the Fairfield Stake. I have a greenie as a companion. He has been out about 6 weeks, so I am follow-up training him. He is a great guy. He is from New Zealand. His name is Elder Ferris.

The first of the transfer didn't start off too great. I have been sick since Monday, and now he is starting to get sick. So hopefully he can recover soon, but we are doing good. This area just opened last transfer, so we don’t have a lot to work with. We will get the area figured out and get things moving.

Before I moved we were able to do some service, and I got to see a blue tongue lizard, which was pretty cool. I will send a picture of it. Other than that we just went around the area visiting members trying to get some referrals and following up on the 300 Book of Mormon challenge. So far the challenge is halfway done, and we have about 50 handed out within the ward. Hopefully they pull through, but I won’t know because I am now in a different area.

But nothing else to report on this week. I love you all. Have a great week!

Elder Newman


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Week 89 - A couple days in the Hospital

This week was pretty normal except we had a couple tradeoffs; and on Tuesday one of our elders had to go to the hospital at 4am in the morning to have his appendix taken out because it was giving him trouble. Luckily they got it out before it burst. He is doing alright now, still trying to recover, so we sometimes go on trade offs to help out the Tongan area. But he should be back to full health pretty soon.

On Friday there was a baptism in Bankstown Ward (where Elder Leal came from), and so we went to see that. Me and Elder Olsen were comps for that night to talk to people in the Bankstown area while our comps were watching [the baptism].

Saturday was a full day of service, which is something that you don't really get to do in Ingleburn, but somehow it worked out. And then on Sunday there was a recent convert fireside, and we got called in an emergency because two of the speakers cancelled and they needed a recent convert from our ward to speak. We chose Reynold. He was way nervous, but he did a great job and he was glad that he came.

That was our week. Hopefully we can find some new people to teach this week!

Have a good one everybody! Love you all!

Elder Newman

Artistic skills.. I did this to my comp’s blanket.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Week 88 - Professional Barber

Well this week was just like last week except we were able to visit some people this week. On Friday we were able to get into a part members home and teach a little bit. And then the mom mentioned something about needing to get her son a haircut, and I volunteered. I, of course, let her know that I was no professional and she still said yes and let me cut her kids hair, which was pretty hard because he was moving around heaps. But while I was cutting his hair, we were able to talk to the family more and get to know them heaps better. Our relationship with that family grew heaps that day, and not just because the haircut was the professional grade.

We also had interviews this past week on Friday as well. It was my last interview with President [and Sister] Back. I’m going to miss them. They go home next transfer.

My companion (Elder Leal) and I have been just smashing the doors ever since he has been here. He says it’s a curse that everywhere he goes the investigators drop off. That has happened to this area, but I don't think it’s a curse. I think that it is the Lord just testing him to see if he will still be obedient even when all you have to do is tract. And that has been what we have been doing for ages. It’s starting to get fun! Haha. We have a busier week this upcoming week, so I should have more to report on. But that's all from my end. I love you all, and have a great week!

Elder Newman

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week 87 - Knockin Doors

This week was just heaps of knocking doors. We have tracted out heaps of streets. We need to build our investigator pool, and that is the only method that seems to have the best chance of success in the area.

[Elder Leal and Elder Newman]

We got to go to the temple this week, so that is why I am emailing so late. We were able to go through this morning, and while we were there I saw some old members that I had served around, so that was good to catch up with them.

[This is Elder Derieg from the mission.]

But other than that nothing really noteworthy happened this week. I love you all. Have a great week!

Elder Newman

[When I asked about the dinger derby they had last Monday after the Skype calls, this is what he said:]

Didn't hit one over, but got close heaps. We were so sore. It was good to swing again, but the bat that we were using sucked. It rang your hands every hit even if it was good.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 86

[We got to Skype on Elder Newman's P-day this week, so he didn't have time for an email. He has a little bit of a cold right now, but he still sounded great and he loves his mission. He and his companion are currently teaching six investigators. They both love baseball and had plans for a member to pitch some softballs to them after Elder Leal had his Skype call. He said they were going to go hit some "dingers." Elder Newman hasn't played any baseball since he left, so he was pretty excited. Hopefully he will tell us how it went in next week's email.:)]

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week 85

This week not a whole lot happened, just normal everyday occurrences, nothing out of the ordinary. But this upcoming week we are going to be trying some new things. And we have come up with some new goals that we have for this area, so we will see if we can help this area progress.

Next week is Mother's Day, and on that Sunday is our invite Sunday, so we will be going around this week trying to get people to come to that. Our goal as a ward is to get 250 in attendance. We will see how that goes.

Other than that, nothing new this week. I love you all. Sorry for the short email. I will find something new to talk about next week. Have a great week everyone!

Elder Newman

My old comp, Elder Cook

Our District.. back, left to right: Elder Derieg, Elder Leal, Elder Newman, Elder McGregor, Elder Foa'i
Front left to right: Elder Scofield, Sister Oswald, Sister Afatasi

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 84 - Transfers!

This week was good. We were able to get some solid lessons and set some baptismal dates with people. We are going to be very busy very soon. It’s going to be a lot of fun with my new companion, Elder Leal. He is a great missionary and knows how to teach simply for everyone to understand. That is something that I can learn from him because that is something that I have struggled with. So there is going to be a lot going on this transfer, and with an awesome ward behind us it’s going to get done.

Elder Leal is from Shelley, Idaho (he is a spud), and he entered the MTC the same day as me. In fact, we were roommates in the MTC. He loves baseball as well, so we can talk a lot about that. But I am still getting to know him, so I will let you all know more about him when I can.

I hope you all have a great week because I know that I will! It’s going to be a great transfer!

Elder Newman

[Elder Iino was Elder Newman's trainer when he first got to Australia. They have been serving in the same zone, so Elder Iino was able to visit and tell Elder Newman goodbye before he goes home to Japan tomorrow.]

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Week 83 - Church History/Miracles

For some reason this week I don't know what to talk about. The only thing that I can think of was our mission conference with the church historian, Elder Snow and another guy, I forgot his name. But we were able to hear from them and their spouses and got to learn a lot. What I liked most about the meeting was the question and answer section where we got to ask questions about the history of the church. That was really great because there are all these little facts about the Prophet Joseph Smith’s life that not a lot of people know about. It was good to hear from some of our leaders about the stories and  the cool miracles that took place in our history as a church.

Other than that not a whole lot happened, but we did see some success one of our investigators, Werner and his son Bruno. They are the best, they love coming to church! We went to their house to invite them to come to church, and when we got there they were already ready to go and were going to catch a bus to get there. But we said we would get them a ride. They are an excellent example of being proactive, and I am not talking about the face wash.

They have made me look back to before my mission, how some days I didn't want to go to church. I felt that it was a burden. These guys are an excellent example of how we should act about church. They love coming and being in the environment. They notice everything, and they are very sensitive to the spirit and don't know how to describe it. But that then gives us missionaries the opportunity to testify and to teach a gospel principle.

Those were the two biggest things that have happened this week, and that might be the reason why I can’t think of what else to write. I love you all and hope that you have had as good of a week as I had, and an even better week coming!

Love, Elder Newman

Elder Olsen and I at the mission conference.

 I thought that you would enjoy a picture of our toilet.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week 82

This week was a great week, it being the week of Easter. Every Christian was open for a talk about Easter and the significance of it. I believe that people are good at heart and they want to help other people, but because pride gets in the way they turn away to act cool. This week I saw both sides: one where someone didn't give into peer pressure and the other where they did give into it.

The first one was, we were at the train station handing out the Easter pass-along cards and talking to people, and I walked up to this group and was talking to them and they were kinda shut off to me. But I kept talking, explaining Easter and what I do as a missionary, and I asked everyone if they wanted to learn more. All of them said no except one. She accepted a pass-along card, but I couldn't get her number, but she accepted the card.

Another one was, we were visiting some potentials in the ghetto, and this gang of 13 or 14 year olds blocked the road off and were trying to get into the car when we tried to get around it, haha. They weren't very big, but there was a lot of them. This isn't the first time that missionaries have had trouble with them, but it’s all peer pressure, trying to be cool living in the hood. But yeah, that was a fun experience.

Also this week we had Zone Conference which was a lot of fun. We got to see President and Sister Back, and they gave really excellent trainings, one being consecrated missionaries. I believe that we have heaps more of those today than we had a year ago. There is a lot more power in a consecrated missionary in the way that he talks and the way that he acts and the way that he teaches and testifies. There is greater power in two consecrated missionaries than there is in 100 average missionaries. Why would you want to be average in anything that you do? We are trying to save souls here.

That was my week. It was a good one! Talk to yous next week!

Elder Newman

I got to meet up with the Shoobridge family for a short time, and it made my whole day!
Our ward had a picnic and an Easter egg hunt for the kids.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 81 - General Conference

Saturday morning started off pretty good with the story of the fire fighters and their respect for our meeting houses and our religion. It’s a good example for how we should respect others, everyone around us, whether of our faith or not. He also talked about how the atonement fixes everything, and that is something that we are sharing with everyone at the moment with the new Easter video that is out on It talks about the Prince of Peace and the enabling power of the atonement of Jesus Christ is what gives him the ability to help us overcome sin and death, to give peace to all that will repent and believe on his name and follow him and that is when we receive peace. Russell M. Nelson talked about how we can draw in the power of Jesus Christ, and I was really inspired from that talk. 

The Saturday afternoon session was special because I saw heaps of people from home singing in the choir. Great job everyone! I also liked how Jeffrey R. Holland talked about singing next to a perfect singer (Jesus Christ), and as we try to match his pitch we become better. I also have a question for you all: Are we freezing for hours to save five minutes of work? -Gary B Sabin. I was also really inspired by Valeri V. Cordon's talk on preserving our languages.

Then on the Sunday morning session, Joy D. Jones, I had a lot of notes on her. She had a lot of good quotes, but I liked how she talked about creating a sin-resistant generation. There were a lot of talks that talked about the rising generation and how we need to prepare them. This was not all that I have learned. I definitely want to watch it all again and try to get more notes. But I took to heart that we have all been warned by the watchmen, and it’s now our responsibility to act. We are warned all the time by the Spirit and by representatives. We just need to do our part now and apply what we have learned into our lives. I know that as we do so we will be on our way to becoming like the Savior, and we will be gaining more peace in our lives. And that's my short testimony in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

My week was great. I’m still trying to get to know the area and the people in it, but I will get there soon.

I love you all and have a great week!

Elder Newman

Bowling on pday...

District photo...

I need a haircut...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Week 80 - Life Down Under

[It has been] quite a slow week knowing that everyone back home is able to watch general conference this week; and then I have to wait another week to even hear it. I hope that you all learned something from it and that you all took questions to it.

This week we have been making good progress with a potential family. They are Chinese and are going through some struggles. What an opportunity to testify about how much God loves us, and how much he knows and cares about every individual on earth, and how we are all sons and daughters of our father in heaven. The mom loves us coming over. She feeds us every time. Haha. She feeds us more than the members. Her son is 19 years old, loves hunting and backpacking, and cars, so we have a little bit in common. We just need to inspire him to love Jesus Christ just as much. They are always so nice to us when we come over. They are a great family that would benefit heaps from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We also had a Baptism this week. His name is Jackson. It was such a great experience for him, as well as for his mom and sister. That is another great family that is on fire with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

That was a week in the Life Down Under. Have a great week!
Elder Newman

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Week 79

That was quick! I am already back on the computer emailing home. This week went by pretty fast. We have been crazy busy getting to know the ward and running around to help with the ward activities.

This ward has got their act together. Everyone knows what their job is and what needs to be done, and as far as I can tell, nobody is slacking. This month’s activity is called “Pursuit of Perfection.” Just for this month they are trying to accomplish that in their temple attendance, church attendance, rescue night, and home/visiting teaching. It’s a great program that was set up by the ward council. But it is tough for us missionaries to get around and encourage everyone to accomplish their goal. That has been our week.

But in our free time/tracting time we do a couple hours of finding every day, and Sunday morning we had someone threaten us, and also someone call himself the anti-Christ. Haha. But we were talking with him, and he says he doesn't believe in God but he used to have conversations with him every day. And then he said that now he doesn't believe that He is there because God hasn't shown himself to him. He seemed normal, but maybe all the lights weren't on upstairs. But we were able to testify and ask questions like, maybe God is trying to communicate with you through us. He said, you are probably right, but I want him to come down and show himself to me. Haha. In the Book of Mormon there is an example of this guy, I think his name was Korihor, asking for a sign, haha, and how did that turn out?
There is evidences all around us that shows us that there is a God. This life isn't chance. This didn't just happen. It was all a part of God’s Plan, and I testify of that in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
I love you all have a great week.
Elder Newman

 My companion, Elder Chen from Taiwan.