Monday, November 24, 2014

My new area is Clearance park

My new area is Clearance park I am the district leader and my new comp is Elder Henderson. It is his second transfer so I am still training. 

 I am healthy as a horse haha. I sleep like a baby as soon as I hit the pillow.  I am going to get up early most of this week to clean our flat cause its kinda nasty form the last missionaries. We are so busy it just never seems to get done.
Good Luck this week with selling the animals. Thanks for all you do,
Love Elder Hartley

Monday, November 17, 2014

John blessed the sacrament this week

Its transfers today and I got the call to pack my bags I find out tomorrow where I am off to. Its been a good little while here in downtown and I am going to miss it but its time to get on to somewhere else.
John blessed the sacrament this week, he had to practice all week so that his english was good enough to say it but he did great. He’s off to the temple for baptisms on Friday and he was asking us a ton of questions about missions this week. I will miss him he’s a good kid.
I don’t have much time we are running all over the place today.
 love you all,

Elder Hartley

When did Si Robertson move to austrialia? Actually this is Jim and he is crazyier than Si. We visit him often. He has some how survived 24 strokes and is still half with it.  Keeps us entertained.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We did find a Chinese family to teach!

Its been a crazy week but I reckon Friday was the strangest day. The City of Adelaide has a big Christmas Festival and parade every year and that was Saturday. So Friday we rock up to the city on our bikes and city workers were setting up a bunch of speakers in downtown to play music for the festival. They played "walking in a winter wonderland" for hours....poor choice of song when its 37 degrees outside and every one is suffering from heat stroke haha lucky for us we had appointments almost all day in the Library and it is air conditioned.
There is a MacDonald's or Hungry Jacks (burger King) on almost every corner in the City so we buy a lot a 1 dollar frozen’s like a slurppee  it’s a life saver.
Cops ride horses around the city sometimes here, they all ride massive grays for some reason.  I don't know the breed but they remind me of that silly gray we had for a summer. 
Other than that the week was pretty regular we are always really busy with people to teach and find things slowed down a bit cause it was finals week for the University. So everyone we talked to was stressed and a bit on edge most of our investigators were busy.
We did find a Chinese family to teach! William Sophie and Lydia they are great. There dad was actually baptized 20 years ago in China by some greeks but the mum and daughter have no clue about anything. They want to come to church and should be there next week!
This is the last week of the transfer and I have been here 4 now so I am slightly scared that I am going to be moved but I hope not. Honestly if it were my choice I would stay here for 2 more and train again. I love it cause new missionaries are not biased and they really think outside the box. They work HARD to gunhoe and ready to go.
The worst thing for our own progression and anyone around us is idleness. It tells us time and time again in the scriptures and we have all had our own personal experiences. When we are growing we are busy and effective when we are idle we are slow or stop all progression. There is one secret to success its work! I can promise that if we work effectively for a righteous cause we will always come closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. That will bring us closer to our families and friends. I love you all and I am greatfull for all you do....keep it up eh and remember I am pullin for ya we are all in this together (red green)
Love Elder Hartley

PS - in case you didn't notice my email is the longest this week..........worth noting cause it won’t happen again.

Monday, November 3, 2014

It’s been a crazy week of ups and downs but it always ends on the up. We have Stake Conference this weekend and it was really good but really different haha. John came along with us, he is doing so good and was asking us about Jews and Gentiles the other day....most Chinese can’t understand the Book of Mormon at all but he gets it enough to ask those types of questions which it is great. He doesn't understand why the Jews would kill Christ if he was there to save them. We are going to go do family history with him this week or next and prepare to do baptisms for the dead in a few weeks.
 We moved Saturday into a new flat, we switched with some sisters cause they needed to be closer to the Chapel. We are still in the same area, Downtown just a new flat. It was a nice change I have been in the same place for awhile now. I love it and am happy here but a little change was all good too. The new place is very nice as well so we are happy.
We have a couple of people getting ready to be baptized in a few weeks that we are working with at the moment and Elder Tolbert and I are staying really busy.
I know everything is good at home and that you are all doing well. Thanks for all you do, keep reading and praying and we will always have the answers that we need.

Love ya all 

Elder Hartley