Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This week is a very short update for you all! But here's some quick highlights of the week!
I'm officially learning Samoan! President says he might change my call and assign me Samoan speaking, which would be AWESOME! What that means is that I would be called to a Samoan speaking ward and have to learn Samoan.. and fast! I started really working on that this week and the three Samoans that I live with are helping me with that!
The next picture is one of my companion and I, along with the Sister missionaries and the Manakafua family. Those little foil wrappings that look like little Hershey Kisses is horse! Yes, like the animal! We ate it for dinner yesterday and it was really good! It was actually my second time having it but it was the other three missionary's first time! Great fun :)
And the final, and most exciting, picture is that Brother Rio got baptized! :D Brother Rio is in the Samoan ward that my companion and I work closely with. Brother Rio's family are all members and he finally, after 25 years, decided to join his family and get baptized! He's an incredible man and someone who has really strengthened my testimony! The gospel, once again, has brought yet another family together! :) I love this church!
Elder Macfarlane 

Dinner at the Manakafua's
Baptism of Brother Rio with Elder Bourne

Friday, July 25, 2014

4th of July cake
Elder Bourne, Willis, and Semu

Our mini missionary, Elder Siteine
Service Project with Sugar Cane

Mini Mission pictures! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This week was a great one. The highlight of this week was that we had a mini-mission put on by the stake! For those of you who don't know what that means, it's where the youth in the area have the opportunity to come live with the missionaries for a few days and see what it's like in the life of a missionary! The young man who came out with me was Elder Siteine and the the Samoan Elders had Elder Masima. It was super fun being able to have them live with us! On Friday we took them to our lesson with Mereana. We taught about the power that prayer can have in your life and how it applies to the Book of Mormon. Elder Siteine and Elder Masima both shared spiritual experiences with prayer and the comfort that the holy ghost gave them at a time of need. I love hearing other's experiences on how the gospel has blessed their life! Saturday was almost a full day of service with those two and it was a great! Also we got a bunch of sugar cane while doing the second service so that made it even better! ;)
I love my church and everything it stands for. I have seen how much the gospel can bless your life if you just simply let it become a part of your life. It brings families closer, it strengthens relationships, and makes you an all-around happier person! I am so grateful to be on a mission for the Lord in Australia. I do miss my family heaps, but I know this is where I need to be. I love you all and wish you the best upcoming week!
Elder Macfarlane

Monday, July 14, 2014

 Elder Macfarlane, Mereana and Elder Bourne
Baptism Day

Going away party for two elders that were going home!!
They cooked two whole pigs!

A cool minion outfit...funny!