hey mom and dad,
hey mom and dad!
hey mom and dad so the has been an awesome week. i got the christmas tree fabric im assuming you set me? we got to have a district p-day where we went up to ee point ad went looking for seshells. the cool thing is that we foud a whole unch of crabs and sea cucmbers. so naturally we played with them. so update on the weather here. so it doesn’t rain very much right now ecause we are in the “build up”. so instead it is just humid as all the time and really hot and cloudy. but i am managing fine. just hotter thn my body is used to. So the really exciting thing coming up this saturday is peter’s baptism this saturday. he is sooo keen. he asked us how he can apply to be missionary and is going to fly to adelaide for fsy (basically efy). so also i got my halloween pckage about a month ago so i already ate it…… it was really good thank you. where is carter going again? its exciting to see the missionary crew heading out!
Brent – BAPTISM!! So awesome. Carter is going to Tennessee Nashville. He gave his farewell today and reports on Wednesday. He did a great job. I am ocean jealous again. What a cool PDAY. If it is feeling too hot for you I am guessing I would be dying!
thats right, thats realy good to here he is doing well!
its like 35-39 every day with 70% or higher humidity
I’m so happy to hear about Peter. That will be a great experience for him. Is any of his family interested? The fabric is supposed to hang on your wall like a decoration. You should also be getting some more decorations in the next month or so.
Holy Cow…. it must be a sweaty experience! Do you have AC in your apartment? How much have you been on bikes
President Craig says hi. I am actually at Stake Priesthood right now. We split into quorums for instructions. I went with the Teachers. Then I saw your email and ducked out
Pres Craig just walked by and said I am doing something more important. They introduced about 18 new Deacons. Pres Craig wants you to know he remembers introducing you and it seems like yesterday.
we are on bikes every day almost so really sweaty, i have lost 5 kgs. and yeah we re acually starting to teach his brother and cousin
That is great about his family! How old are the brother and cousin? How are your shirt’s holding up? Do you need a fresh one or two?
That is very cool. The connections you make when teaching one person can go on directions that surprise you.
The exciting news now, Daelene is hosting a cinnamon bun party right after Priesthood. It is good to marry a Steed.
T- Peter’s brother is 13 and his cousin is 23
Benny – It is Ben so MidSun junior boys volleyball is practically awesome. So yeah how are you
realy good ben we found heaps of animals at the beach and have seen lizards as big as my arm
That is awesome! It’s so exciting that Peter is already thinking of his future in the church. He is 18 right? How long has he been in Australia?
he is 18 and is a refugee from south sudan and has been in australia for about a year and a bit
Ben-what color we’re they oh and I’m being the great hambino/sandlot for Halloween –
Benny. That is really cool about Peter
the crab was brown and the lizard is called a goana so basically the aussie iguana and it is yellow and brown. it’s a monitor lizard and we have one that hangs out around our house –
usualy in our front yard
Ben – Benny. Send a pic of it it would be really cool to see
Yeah photos! I love them. I was showing Audrey M some of your photos of animals last night at the party. She really liked them!
Oh wow! I LOVE the photo of peter and his brother. What a great family to teach!
we couldnt get a photo of te lizard because it was going to attack us but yeah just the same type as before
Ben – Benny. Aww that sucks that you can’t get pics but it’s okay. Drew’s Marty mcfly for Halloween
Ok… that makes a little more sense! When are your next transfers? A couple of weeks??? How much longer does Elder Ellingson have before he goes home?
i heard, what is jobs going as?
Ben – Benny. I think a baseball player again like always
haha ok transfers are next week and i gott go love ya
We love you. Benny misses his roommate. Happy Baptism on Saturday
Love you lots… have a great week. Excited for your baptism!
hey mom and dad,
so this has been a fantastic week! so i forgot to tell you that for a period of time we were kicked out of the city for proselyting but we are back! president worked some of his legal magic and we are able to be back in the city. peter is doing really well and is set for the 4th of november for baptism. also dad yes people are just giving us mangoes left right and center. soooo many mangoes. so funny story this week, we were knocking doors and in darwin everybody has a large gate and usually a big dog, so as we come to go in a gate to knock on a door we usually whistle to see if there is a dog. so this time elder ellingson was leading so he whistled and no response so e proceeded to the door. when we were about 20 feet from the gate a huge pitbull woke up from his nap and was not happy we were in his yard. we proceeded to yell “go, go, go” to elder hammond who lead us as we ran as fast as we could for the gate. just as the dog was about to chomp down on elder ellingsons leg the heaven sent owner comes running out to stop her dog. i am convinced that we were protected there. so that gave us a jump this week but it definetly brought some energy to door knocking!
Pit Bulls. Not making me a dog fan. What do you mean it was illegal to proselyte in Darwin? Glad to hear your investigators are doing so well. Baseball update. The Houston Astros are playing the Dodgers on the world series. The Dodgers beat the Cubs in 5. Astros beat the Yankees in 7. Astros won 2, then Yankees 3, then Astros 2. I like the Astros and are bandwgonning them so Drew and I are on opposite sides.
so the city had specific rules where we weren’t allowed to talk to people. Go astros
So how did your Pres get it overturned? Tell them What is your problem? I’m a raging Canadian.
Tonight I am heading to Noah Laycock’s open house. Any message for him?
the second counsellor on the mission presidency is a supreme court judge. open house for what?
Nice bringing a little heat from a judge. Open house for leaving on his mission to California. Mom an di both would have gone but she ditched me for LA 🙂 – Any Mountain biking today? Those pictures were awesome. You made me beach jealous!
nah no biking today
B- Maybe some interpretive dancing on the beach? You could be the Canadian Moose.
haha maybe the birth of a flower?
B- I gotta Head out to his open house and then pick Benny up from Steed’s. Anything else exciting we need to talk about?
not really hope you enjoy the open house!
Love you tons. Rock Darwin this week
love ya bye
hey mom and dad
so this has been a great week, we had the parkers come up from adelaide to do our zone conference so we hosted the assistants in our flat for 4 days. that made it so we had 8 missionaries staying in our flat! crazy hey? good to hear that the stamps are still beating the eskimos. thats crazy seeing waterton. so on the future note i have been really thinking about it and i was thinking of studying special education at the university of alberta.
Krista – That is very cool. I’m sure that having all of those missionaries was a blast!
Would you like me to look into applying in Edmonton? You could start out at Grant McEwan and then transfer if your marks are not good enough. Calgary? I will do some investigating.
Did you do anything special for conference with the Parkers?
Ok… I can look for information here too. i wasn’t sure what the process was with you on a mission. I didn’t want you to be distracted on your mission.
Do you do any different things with Zone Conference? Special meal? What did you learn from the Parkers and the assistants? Benny wants to know what other position you played other than setter?
yeah we have a special meal with the parkers and assistants for lunch. and for volleyball i played outside hitter and right side
Any crazy 8 missionary stories from the flat? Did you have the Katherine elders with you too?
How long do they stay 2 days?
no so elder hammond has joined us in trio for the rest of the transfer and there are three assistants. they stayed for 4 days and the coolest story is that elder rupe shouted us a giant feast at kfc
Nice!… he is going home soon isn’t he?
How is life in a trio? Was Elder Hammond in Katherine before? 4 days is a long time. There must have been a bunch of interviews and other business. Do the assistants teach and tract with the Darwin missionaries?
yes he goes home at the end on the transfer. yes so elder hammond was in katherine but is now with us. and yeah we go on splits with them. –
because the northern territory is a district president parker is basically the stake president for the nt as well as misson president,
That’s great.It must be interesting to have different combinations of missionaries. How are your investigators? Any potentials?
Hmmm… I never knew that. That is a big responsibility. Very cool to see the branch in Darwin and the people there? Do they go to Katherine too?
Just put Jake to bed. You would be an amazing special ed teacher. I think Edmonton would be a great decision.
Sounds like you have been zone conference busy.
our investigators are doing awesome, our investigator peter is the man. he is from south sudan and is 18 years od and is keen to be baptized –
yeah so they travelled to katherine as well
Wow, that is great. What is Peter’s story? How long has he been in Australia? Does he live with family?
yeah so peter is living with his aunt and uncle in darwin so he can finish high school in an english speaking country. he is really really interested in god
That is very interesting. I’m glad it is going so well with him. We will pray for him and you. How did you first find him?
he came to sports night and was really loving it so we asked if we could come by some day
That’s great. Is sports night at the Darwin chapel? Have you been running other activities?
T-yeah so sports night is still at the chapel – the p-day plans are to meet with elder and sister lea about school and then no plans past that
How close do the Leas live to where you are? Are they in an area where there is a companionship?
yeah so they just live near to the chapel in our area – i have to go love you
Love you heaps! Have a great week. Know that we are always praying for you!
hey mom and dad,
Brent – So for Father’s day we had a rootbeer bar. Lots of brands and taste cups. I liked the grizzly brand out of Canmore. Mom likes Crim City rootbeer. We think it is because there is a cartoon picture of a guy with tattoos on the front.
Krista – I was proud of my 8 different kinds of rootbeer… not even Barqs or Mug! I had to go to like 4 different stores to find it all.! Some of it was really gross.
Tommy – hey taysteed, so guess what up here in darwin nobody cares about trump (yes that is possible) but the trade off is that everybody here is a bogan (aussie word for hillbilly) – hey well taysteed how was grad?
Krista – I am asking … how do you define an Australian Hillbilly?
Tommy – they drink a ton of beer and all think that they live in the outback even though they live in the city. literally the australian version of a redneck
Krista – This is fro Grandpa Steed… Do you spend any time climbing termite mounds? Grandpa is now giving me info on termite mounds!
Tommy – there arent termite mounds in darwin only in the bush
Taylor – was good. We went as a group of people in my grade. I went with Sophie Carter as my date, and it was good. The day after a lot of the people came down to waterton and were able to hang out for a couple of days, the guys stayed in the big cabin and the girls stayed out at the Remington cabin.
hey mom and dad this has been a good week. we have had zone conference with the parkers this week and it was great being able to see other missionaries other than the darwin zone. we have had a tough week investigator wise. our investigator eric has dropped off the face of the earth. hes hasnt replied to our texts for the past while so hopefully he will get back to us. this week the katherine elders also came up and stayed with us. so got to spend a lot of time with them. we also found a new investigator antoine (from france). he is pretty keen so we’ll see how it goes. other than that a pretty normal week. we also took president to a mall we have been trying to get into and he is super excited for it.
Krista – That is cool about the zone conference. Do you get along with the Katherine elders? They stayed in your flat? What do you mean about taking president to a mall? Does that mean you proselyte in the mall?
Tommy – we have a mall in our area that everybody goes to in all of darwin and we are trying to get a pop up stand and missionaries in it. and yeah i love the katherie elders
Krista – That’s cool . Will the mall allow a pop up stand? They have them in Adelaide right ? Did you end up getting your package from the Parkers? I was wondering if it got to Adelaide in time
Tommy – we didnt get the package so im guessing it hasnt got here yet
Brent = Sounds like a little bit of opposition. Makes for some opportunities. The mall idea sounds cool. So what we’re you up to yesterday for the Queens birthday?
Krista – Oh well… it was for Canada Day so maybe there will be a chance that it will get to Adelaide and get mailed up to you. What did you learn at zone conference !
Tommy – we had our zone conference all day and its weird australians take it so seriously. and guess what northern territory day is on july 1st so we most likely will be in the flat early that day
Krista – What happens on Northern Territory day? It will be cool to see how differently they celebrate. Are you allowed to be part of the festivities
Brent – Take a moment to sing O Canada on July 1
Tommy – its the only time and place in australia where they can light fireworks so people spend thousands of dollars buying them. and a lot of people will be drunk apparently last year somebody almost hit a missionary with a roman candle.
Brent – Don’t be a target. Hopefully you see some cool fireworks.
Krista – Wow…. I suppose they really have to worry about fire from sparks… so much for having a holiday as a missionary! How long did Parkers stay? What did they teach?
Tommy – they stayed for the weekend and they taught about working with members
Krista – Did they bring the assistants with them? Did you do anything special as a zone? I am sitting right now watching Benny Marcus and Lance practicing rugby – Was it your idea about the mall stand? That is really smart
Tommy – yes they brought the assistants with them. and no nothing special. yeah elder ivory and i thought abut getting missionaries in the mall
Krista – Smart Smart!!!! It sounds like you and Elder Ivory are a good team. What is coming up for Pday today?
Brent – You must be smarter than the average bear / elder. How much time do you spend at the University?
Tommy – twice a week
Krista – Are there any cool outdoor things you can do or is it too hot?
Tommy – there is but its pretty far away so we have to coordinate with the farrers to drive us
Krista – So what epic training did awesome district leader Elder Dickson work on this week – Oh that must take a little planning. Any more spot inspections? I tell you this neither Drew or Ben would pass right now!
Tommy – i didnt have to give one due to zone conference – no none yet – we played basketball with some kids who are coming to sport night now
Krista – So what is the plan for next weeks training? Any more frog encounters or dinner appointments
Brent – Tell me about sport night. We used to do Saturday morning sports an D invite local youth. Some baptisms came out of it.
Tommy – we do it tuesday night and have heaps of non members come. – not sure yet for the training still gotta pray about it –
Krista – Sounds like you have lots of good ideas. I guess all of that South Calgary basketball is paying off! Is it always basketball?
Tommy – always basketball
Brent – I think the Sports is a good idea. Let’s you meet kids in a more natural setting. Never know where it can lead. Just don’t foul too many kids 🙂 – Only 2 days of classes left. I think I will make it. Did Link Crew training after school today. Drew was keeping the tradition of loud and proud up.
Tommy – thats sweet it feels so weird to not be at school anymore
Krista – I’ll be glad to hear it. I’m glad you are doing great work on your mission. School will come again soon enough
Brent – I think it is okay to miss final exams. Plenty of time for that later.
Tommy – haha it will – yeah im ok with that
Krista – Yep…. dad and I are definitely ready to be missing school for a bit! I’m sure Benny and Drew are feeling the same. Need a new cooking idea…. what is your latest favorite?
Tommy – we have been doing chicken alfredo
Brent – I’m getting a bit Rugby addicted. Recording games on TV and watching.
Tommy – they had an nrl game up here on tuesday. it was the queensland cowboys vs the parramatta eels
Krista- Hmmm sounds like a good idea I don’t make pasta very much. I’m sure with all of your biking you must be able to eat pretty much anything. And I’m sure you’re in great shape – What great names! Not sure. You would have a team over here named the eels
Brent – Go Eels? Not sure I am a rugby league fan. Drew and I weren’t impressed. Maybe we are snobs and should give it another try.
Tommy – its an easier game but they aussies love it i gotta go i love you bye!
Krista – Love you… don’t get discouraged. You have great ideas and the Lord will bless you. We have faith in you
Brent – You Are my favorite missionary in the whole world!