Sunday, November 30, 2014

11.30.14 tasmanian holiday happenings 

Our week was really good! We got to do a couple things that were out of the ordinary so it made for a fun week. We got to do district meeting over the phone and thats always pretty interesting, something always goes wrong but it makes for a funny meeting. Ha, Tasmania is like its own mission. We are so isolated down here! It will be like going to a new mission when I go up to the mainland again! I'd be perfectly fine to die here though. (finish her mission)

On Thursday was TURKEY DAY but funny enough we went out and had Korean food. We went with K and A C. They are the best! It was the best food too. I loved it. We went and got cold rock ice cream after that and walked around the city (because it's nice and warm out). On Friday we decorated the flat w/ all the Christmas stuff we had. We have a cute tree and tinsel and turned on some music and decorated it at lunch. I started missing home a bit then, wanting to listen to the normal Christmas music and go out w/ family to Christmas parties and get gifts and food and that but then I remembered what Christmas is really about, its like Savior gave me a hug and told me I had everything, that I wouldn't miss out on anything this Christmas as long as I remembered Him. It was was cool! Christmas really is a special time of year. The real reason everyone is so happy this time of year is because of the spirit of Christ, it has to be!

That night was a relief society party. We made cards and fudge. FUGDE is so good and Michael Buble was singing my jams, my Christmas jams. I loved it while it lasted! Then Saturday we went to Devonport to practice for the Christmas party. We are in the lovely  Devonport stake choir :) its good fun. The party is Saturday so get ready for some pictures. Its supposed to be a night in Bethlehem so we will be dressed up.

Then Sunday there were heaps of people there. It was the primary program and I kid you not I've never laughed so hard. It was the cutest thing. Yoo our Korean investigator came. He doesn't know english well so he doesn't like church much, but we had soup Sunday. Its where an auxillary brings food and everyone eats it after church. Its the besss. After that we went to Deloraine for a UYC devotional. Took me right back! I'm the only one of us that was @ UYC left here in Tas. It was so good. Youth spoke and sang and it was good! We went w/ S and L P. They are awesome!

So yep it was a fun week! Still loving missionary life. Australia is the best! :)

Today we woke up to rain & thunder, its definitely summer time! Thank you everyone who has sent mail or emails, I get all of them and love them! I will write back as soon as I can. ;) Love you all!

Sister Hatch #1
Yummy Korean food

FHE at the W's on Monday nights

The roses are crazy right now, they are beautiful and EVERYWHERE!

We walked up and there was no door, I was thinking it was like 9 3/4 and tried to get through...but

Not quite cold stone

Decorating the flat

Devonport overlooking the port and Spirit of Tasmania

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

11.16.14 there is a kookaburra living outside our flat! 

Hey everybody!

It was a SMASHING week in the Launceston Tamar area. The work just gets better and better every single day, and BREAKING NEWS...I will be staying in Launceston for another 6 weeks! I AM STOKED! me and Gibby (did i tell you the story about sis G's nickname?) are going to tear it up this next transfer. It'll be good. I'll be here for Christmas!! :)

I got your lovely Halloween package this week, it was awesome! Thank you heaps. I don't think you understand how happy mail makes me! and every missionary, for real.

Oh I have been wanting to tell you all this for ages I just always forget. Ok I drive on the left side of the road in the right side of the car, all backwards and that ya? Well just think about parallel parking in the USA on the normal side. Hard as. Then multiply that by 100 and thats how hard it is to parallel park on the other side all backwards and I've definitely held up traffic for about 10 minutes trying to do this. BUT I succeeded and now I'm a master at opposite parallel parking! I've learned so much on my mission.

Have you all heard of the dodgy ozone layer her in Tas? I guess there is no ozone layer over us and so the sun just burns you like fire. I didn't believe them but nek minnit (slang), I go out for 1 hour and get so burned! It's a weird sun, just burns, it doesn't hurt and will hopefully change to a tan tomorrow. My skin just literally hasn't seen sun in about a year so, its struggling.

Okay the funniest thing, we were picking up Maddi to go out finding right. We crossed a main street and got her and on the way back across Gibby's shoe made her slip and she fell right there in the middle of the street. I thought she was going to get ran over but she didn't and got up and I just, I didn't know what to do because it was the most hilarious thing I've ever seen but I didn't want to be that rude selfish person laughing at hurt people but ya, good fun.

Ah there is a kookaburra living outside our flat!


So in the mornings we run. Launceston is HILLS, big hills. We live on a hill called Balfour hill. It's crazy, lie a 90 degree incline I'm almost positive, ha no, but so steep and long and I have to go into 1st gear to drive the car up and I ran up it! So steep it was basically as fast as a walk on flat but man it was hard exercise though.

Tonight I ATE KANGAROO STEW. It was good. J L made it so now I've officially eaten kangaroo. You can call me an Aussie.

Monday we went to Deloraine for zone pday! So fun! We made a video for the Christmas thing and ate food at the Triffitts (1st bishop) house! Stayed at E and A G's :) Love them. Just E and S were there w/ us though. It was good.

Then Tues we had zone meetings w/ all the Tas missionaries! Zone meetings are good, they give me an extra boost for a few weeks. We learnt about missionary stuff, it was great. The spirit was strong!  ZL's Elder S and C did a training about baptism invites and it was so cool. They are such good missionaries. Elder C will be going back up to the mainland but we were lucky to have him and still S! I also got a blessing. The priesthood is the coolest thing. I definitely didn't understand the POWER of it before my mission.

Speaking of priesthood, J got the Melchezidek priesthood yesterday and spoke in our stake general priesthood meeting. He's only been baptised like 2 months! He's going to be a general authority one day, wow it was amazing seeing R and H grow so much in such a short time. They are fireballs! They love the gospel and they get it. It's all about setting and achieving goals that move us closer to becoming who God wants us to be. Constantly trying to be better...being humble enough to change! They are such good examples to me and everyone. I love them so much!

A lot of time this week was spent finding, mostly tracting. On sat we did it for 5 hours straight! And if you all forgot the weather here is opposite to America so its so hot out! Thats when I got a little burned. About half way through we were sitting there at a door and it hit me what I was actually doing. Literally knocking on random doors telling them about religion and prayer and that. I mean ya its awesome and what I love doing now but it was so weird when I actually thought about what I was doing, it happens. We'll be driving along and I'll just suddenly realise I'm on the other side of the world in AUSTRALIA w/ this girl I only met 6 weeks ago and it'll just blow my mind for a couple seconds and go away. Like I go back in to a dazed and oblivious state again. Haha so weird.

I blinked and 6 months went by. 6 months on the 21st of Nov! Almost halfway, 1/3 right now, time flies.

Send me mail.
Love you all.

Sister Hatch #1

ps for all you animal dictionary page 217 #4 (revelation of John)  ANIMALS will be resurrected!
Me and Sister G being Lamanites

Tas zone 

Sisters from Tas zone and Jackie

Tasmania Zone

Sunday, November 9, 2014