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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 78

Well it was transfer week, and guess what… I got transferred. I was a little cut that I got the shaft and was told to leave. I love the ward, and I loved my companion. It was great serving there. I had a great relationship with the members, but the Lord now needs me in this area.

I got transferred to Ingleburn 1st ward. It’s an English speaking ward with a lot of Polynesians again. They are the best! My companion is Elder Chen. He is from Taiwan and speaks Mandarin. He is a great guy and has been in this area for 1 transfer, so I will be able to learn from him.

Yesterday we had transfers, and after I got all my stuff to the flat we hit the ground running and went and visited a potential investigator who was a referral given by a member. He was a minister for another church. He was "wanting to learn about our church." We get there, and turns out they already know about our church. They are very learned. We tried our best and left them with a Book of Mormon and our Testimony. Then we went to FHE to a part member’s home where Jackson, a ten year old kid, is wanting to be baptized in April. So we are looking forward to that.

Also in my last area, Omare's Baptismal date is now on April 15th. But I will let you know what happens with that.

This new area has a couple investigators. Right now I am just trying to learn the area and build a relationship with the ward.

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

Saying goodbye to all my Villawood friends...


 Part of the Suesue family

 The missionaries in Villawood Ward 

 The two with me and Elder Olsen are the Kafusi boys

 left to right top row (Epati, Fenninuti , Elder Olsen, Kafusi, Elder Newman) bottom row is (Salesi Kafusi )

 The Das Family

 President Amone [and lots of women;)]

 Sister Espinosa

 Benson and his fiance, Kafoa

 Suesue family

 Bishop Fennituti's family (Bishop is standing by me in an orange shirt)

 Two missionaries that you don't know yet is Elder Olsen and Elder Faaifoaso 

Elder Olsen, Elder Newman, Elder Bagshaw (also got transferred), and Elder Davis

 I got to see Elder Stott [former companion down in Merimbula] at transfers!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Week 77

Well this week was great. We didn’t get a whole lot of teaching done either, but we did get heaps of stuff done and heaps of finding. First off we had a baptismal date set for the 18th of March so we were preparing for that. But we had to move it back to the 25th. He is still getting baptized, and he has great fellowship.

Also we had a flat inspection, and they weren't too happy with the damage that had been done in the flat for the past 4 years. So we had to clean everything up and prepare everything for the contractor to come in and fix the damages. And we have had a great week of helping the Ward council catch the missionary fire! That’s basically all this week, and next week is transfers, so I will be emailing on Tuesday.

Oh yeah, I also almost forgot a miracle that we had this week that shows that God does answer prayers. We were tracting before an appointment, and our pen had broken. We didn’t have the car or any other spare pens, and we needed one, so we prayed that we would be able to find one before our appointment. So we finish tracting and start heading to our appointment the whole time looking for a pen, and we walked for like 15 minutes and get to the driveway, and boom... we find a pen in the driveway! How cool is that? God is real. He answers prayers. It was something small, like we could have asked anyone for a pen and they would have given us one; but the Lord answered our specific prayer, and we found a miracle pen. That was us this week. I hope you enjoyed that story.

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

My old companion, Elder Cook, and I.

A member brought us dinner one night, and it was heaps of food!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week 76 - Proud to Be a Missionary

This week was a pretty good week. It rained a lot. We got caught out in it a couple times without an umbrella, but it’s all good. We bought those $1 ponchos and wore that, haha.

We also got a new investigator this week and taught him the Restoration and invited him to be baptized. We set a date for March 18th, but we might have to push it back to the 25th in order to teach him enough because he has a busy schedule. He is 16, and the youth have really been good at making him their friend and including him in what they do. They are probably the best fellowship in our ward.

We also have a lot of potentials that will hopefully be turning into Investigators this week. We are spending most of our day everyday trying to find people to teach, and it looks like it’s going to start paying off soon.

Other than that, nothing to report on. I had a great week, and I am loving what I am doing. I hope that everyone is doing what they love, because if we do that and love God then we could not be happier. Happiness comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Everything that is good in my life has been because of him. He has helped me grow into the person I am today, and I am so happy to be able to spread his message around the world.

I love being a missionary! Have a great week.

Love, Elder Newman

The Bishop brought us Maccas [McDonald's] for dinner. [There are only four of them in their apartment to eat all this food.]