MERRY ALMOST CHRISTMAS!!!!
This past week was quite hectic with all the transferring and the Mission Christmas Party which turned out to be a BLAST!
I'll start with my new companion and first born son in the wilderness as we call it on the mission. His name is Elder William Branson Worsencroft from Tooele, Utah and he is the MAN! He's 20 years old, the 2nd youngest of 8 and paraglides for fun... yeah.... sweet as. I think the best thing about him is that he reminds me of my Bro... ELDER SAM GISH! His mannerisms are SO closely related to you Sam it's ridiculous. I LOVE IT. His desire to learn, work, and serve is amazing and he genuinely loves. He is an incredible missionary already and I cannot wait to see how he turns out later in the mission.
The Christmas Party was a blast! Despite the new missionaries coming in and losing their luggage for a day (that was fun) we were able to enjoy a beautiful meal together with heaps of meat and potatoes and such. Also, we had a talent show which was cool! Last we had a mission video that each zone made. They had this one story of an Elder named Elder Howard from New Zealand who was called here almost a year ago. He ended up serving in an area near his father who had left and moved to Melbourne a few years back and got permission to not only see his dad... but meet him... and then BAPTISE HIM. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!?! Heavenly Father puts so many people in the places they need to be. It's amazing.
So, my new area is called Bendigo. It's about 2 hours away from Melbourne but about 1 1/2 hours from Echuca! It's a bigger city area with HEAPS of potential. The ward is great, genuinely loves, and already has us all booked for Christmas Lunch and Tea + Skype.
I'm staying in a 4 man flat with Elder Hirata from Kushiro Japan, and then Elder Tojong from Cebu Philippines. THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN. Basically... we have rice from breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Legit, and very good. Funny enough my companion cooks almost ALL the meals we eat and he loves rice. Match made in heaven. It's so much fun to be there.
We had some cool miracles as well! Our first hour of tracting, Elder Worsencroft and I were able to find five people that were interested in meeting with us. MIRACLES. The fire that comes from Golden (new) missionaries is awesome. It's giving me such a boost.
Anyway, I'm so happy here! We've had some pretty funny experiences already and heaps more to come so stay tuned for the action in Bendigo!
We call ourselves... SARGENCROFT: THE BENDIGO BROS.
Well, Merry Christmas!!!! Hope all is well. It's the best time of year as we can reflect on the things we've done, and remembers our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and how much He has done for us. It makes me think of all the things I can do more to remember Him not only just during this time of year, but every day.
Love you all heaps!! ENJOY THE SNOW!!!!
(It was 40 C here two days ago---105F ish)