Sunday, August 27, 2017


Well this is weird. Next week I will be Brother Newman. But until that day I am still Elder Newman, so here is what happened this week.

We did finding as usual and visited some members and set up visits for this week. It’s going to be a full run around week, probably the first one where I will have to make time for finding, haha. What a big change from the norm.

We did not get to see our investigator this week. She had car trouble. But we will be a shoo-in to teach her next week!

That’s all I have for this week. Today for PDay I am going to break my high score at bowling. That’s all we are doing, I think. I don’t know, nothing set for today yet. Have a great week. I will see yous when I get home.

Elder Newman

Taught primary this week!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Week 100

Well this week almost took a step back in the wrong direction, but because of Sunday we finished off the week with a win! The less actives that we were working with dropped off, but we were able to make contact with an investigator that had been on vacation for the past 6 weeks. And then on Sunday there was a missionary’s homecoming, and he smashed his testimony. (He was from the North Mission)

Then after church we had an awesome lesson with our investigator. She just keeps gaining more and more confidence to pray. This week she said the closing prayer. She wants change in her life, and she wants a good path for her son to follow. She knows the answer in her heart. We are now just waiting on her to decide when she wants to make the change in her life.

Other than that this week was alright. Nothing else to report on.

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

Human Foosball at the local park...

Costco for lunch with Elder Olsen and his companion...

 A day of service... helping a ward member move...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week 99

This week was a little rough. We weren’t able to go inside and meet with this less active that we were trying to work with. But he did promise us that he would have someone for us to teach next time we came, so that was a good thing that happened.

Well this week I guess was pretty good. We did get back in contact with an old investigator, and we are meeting with her this Thursday night.

We also had a great lesson last night with our other investigator. I think that she is starting to understand. She still won’t accept a baptismal date, but she said yes to baptism so that is great. She had an experience with prayer that really helped her in her progression. Things are looking up!

That was our week, talk to you next time.

Love you all!

Elder Newman

My comp fell asleep waiting at the bus stop.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Week 98

Not really a whole lot to report on this week. We weren’t able to meet up with our investigator this week, but we did pick up a new less-active that we can work with.

The work is going slow here, but the YSA are great at wanting to come out and work with us. It’s good knowing that if you call them, they will drop what they are doing to help the missionary work progress. It really lifts the load, even if it’s just for an hour.

Most of the week we were GQ'ing [general questioning] around the Station, and we realized that we need to find a new spot to find people because everyone there had talked to missionaries before and weren’t interested. So we might try next to the river in the park this week.

But that’s all from this side. I love you all. Have a great week!
Elder Newman

Bowling and Laser Tag with the Zone last week...

 Elder Crowton (Utah), Elder Hideshima (Japan), Elder Newman, and Elder Hau (Netherlands)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Week 97 – What a Week!

Man I feel like I am finally figuring things out in this ward and starting to build a great relationship with all the members.

This week my companion gave a great talk in Sacrament meeting, and he couldn't even make it 5 feet before someone else wanted to talk to him because he was Japanese, haha. It was funny to watch because he just came out of a branch that has maybe 20 adult members max, and then he gets swarmed by everyone because they all know someone who either served in Japan or is learning Japanese. He loves the ward and city and is adjusting well to his new area, and he is helping me stay sane by helping me stay busy.

We have been working a lot with our less actives, and have been really starting to get super busy, like hardly any time to travel in between. That was basically our week. Today is Elder Hideshima's birthday, so we will be going around with what he wants to do today. But as far as the work, it’s been progressing... new people and new progress. It’s great!

Elder Newman

Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 96 - Transfers!

This last week we didn't focus too much on finding because we realized that our member connection wasn't there. So we focused on building relationships with the ward, and guess what! We finally got a new investigator. Haha! All those doors and nothing.. and working with members for one week we already have an investigator with a great support system. That shows us how important members are to the work of salvation.

Elder Ferris got transferred to Canberra Zone and was replaced by Elder Hideshima. I don’t know too much about him, but he is my same age and he is from Japan, just like Elder Iino. I am looking forward to this transfer. Hopefully it will be good, and we can see success!

Love you all!
Elder Newman

[Pictures from last week's Pday BBQ.]


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