Elder Kay arrived home safely and was released from his missionary service this afternoon. I forgot to take the camera to the airport but fortunately his brother remembered his camera, so here are the photos of his arrival. His sister made the Welcome Home banner.
We are so happy to have him home after two years, but so glad he had this opportunity to serve the Lord as a missionary. Thank you to all who have followed this blog over the past two years and have encouraged and supported Elder Kay with letters, emails and financial contributions.
As a family we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.
Elder Kay's Mum
Well, a week or two late but here is the last email update from Australia for Elder Kay as he will be Skyping Christmas day and returning home on New Years Day. Anyone who would like to meet him at the airport is welcome to drop me an email. Unfortunately we cannot offer a lift and the Metro isn't running that day. His brother-in-law's sister's family will be giving him a good send-off from Brisbane. So far only four of us will be welcoming him home at Newcastle. Thanks for reading this blog over the last two years and being patient when I took a while to post updates. Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and signing off
Elder Kay's mum
On 9th December Elder Kay wrote: -
Man was this week a scorcher! My companion and I both got sunstroke I
think. Man I love drinking water! Anyway, while I'm on the subject of weather someone
told me there was a massive storm surge that swept through England and cut power
lines between London and Edinburgh. Hope everything is all good. It sounds like
everything will be different when I get back. Things are starting to slow down a
little for the holiday season and I think this is just a great
opportunity for us to reach out in ways that are more creative. (Isn't that a
bit weird that just because it's Christmas it becomes acceptable to make cakes
randomly for each other). It's a little weird having Christmas in the
heat again. We went on
Trade-offs with some of the young men and prospective Elders this week, it was
great. This ward is really changing. EXCITING!! I will miss it when I'm gone. I
love you all and hope you are not getting too caught up in the stress of the
Christmas season. Remember who we are worshipping, it is such a wonderful time
of year to reflect how we can more effectively serve our fellow men and our
On 16th December Elder Kay wrote: -
I guess everyone is getting busy in the pre Christmas frantics. I hope we
are all finding time to reflect upon the life and mission of our Saviour as we
draw closer to the celebration of His birth I think it is such a wonderful
blessing that we have this knowlege of our Saviour and we all see to often the
world around us forgetting the origins of this wonderful time of year.
This week has been good but absolutely exhausting. We are excited for the
families that we are teaching and we have been abke to contact a family who are
under the radar of the Church records who want their youngest children
Baptised. We also went carol singing on Friday. It was wonderful and we invited
each of the families we visited to a meet and greet breakfast at the park which was a great success and we had a great time.
We laughed so much.
The work is good, we are re contacting alot of people because the area is
so small but we are meeting lots of great people. I'm really getting to know the
ward well, I will miss it when I leave but I guess I'll be back someday (that's
Have a great week, I don't know if I'll be emailing again with the whole Christmas thing unless I email just before I leave while in the mission home. I
love you all.
This past week has been grand, it has stormed all week so it's been keeping
the heat down a bit but today was a beautiful clear day so when the sun got up
it was so hot. It's transfer P-Day today (why I'm emailing today) but all of us
in the Collingwood Park flat are staying together, I'm glad as we are pretty
tight and my companion and I are working really well together. We are seeing
miracles, finding new people, seeing old potentials and getting people closer to
Baptism and activity in the fullness of the Restored Gospel. One particular family are a
seventh day adventist family who are wonderful people, one of the boys used to
go to our church as the dad and his family are all mormon, so his uncle used to
take him. He loves the church and reckon he will be the key to the family. They
are so good. I Think the Lord has prepared this
ward for a lot of real growth. We also received training on the Book of Mormon.
It is such a special book and we've been issued an invitation to read it in 2
transfers (about 6.2 pages a day) sadly I only have the one transfer left so I'll
continue to do it when I get home. I am so grateful for the book of Mormon, it
is LOADED with spiritual and temporal instruction.
Sadly my time grows short on the computer and I would like to email others
but I love you all and pray for you often.
Fa soi fua. Elder Kay x
Today was another temple trip. I was blessed to do sealings. It is such a
blessing to be in a mission with a temple and it strengthens my testimony
of the truthfulness of this work every time I go.
The last week was great we taught quite a lot of lessons and are finding
many potentials, this area is really taking off and it can rise higher is we
step it up, there is still so much I need to learn and it seems so little time
to do it, sometimes I have to remember that there will be revelation and
experiences after my mission but it just seems that it will be different. The
Samoan guy we are teaching is awesome, he came to church on Sunday for the
first time in a while and seemed to enjoy it, we would like to get his Father in
law to be more involved in the fellowship as it will help him become more
active, they are such a great family, we are teaching quite a few people and I
am trying hard to refine my techniques so that we can follow up and get return
appointments more solid with fellowship. It's a bit of a shame that most of the
members work pretty crazy shift jobs or have families to care for as it means they can't help us with teaching very often. We don;t have many prospective Elders or Missionaries that can
help us either but we are slowly getting there, they
are seeing that we are working hard and so are gaining that desire to help.
This week we were hit by the biggest storm we've had yet, the lightning was
incredible. It was just like on those movies that look like it's done in a
studio as the lightning is just random flashes, but it really does look like
that because of the huge amount of rain. we were at am appointment at the time
but my shoes were left out side when the storm hit, they were under the porch but
it was just so heavy it all just bounced into my shoes -.- AAARRRGH! aah well,
we got a lift home.
This email is coming on a Wednesday as it was our temple day today - it was wonderful to go to the temple. I had
the opportunity to do baptisms and confirmations, it was great. I
can't remember much of last week, it all seeks to blend now so I'm not sure what
was this week and last week and three weeks ago hahaha! It was a pretty good
week as far as I remember, I think the thing I most remember was trade-offs with
the District leader, it was great learning from him. He is from Niue. He is a great missionary and is very bold. We were
blessed to find a less active part member family whose children were being
taught by the missionaries in the past and then just didn't go back for some
reason. We've been doing a lot of finding but we really need to change it up. We
are finding people but it really isn't that effective. We have been able to be
with a Fijian family though who we found a week or two ago. The Husband is a less active member with non member wife and children, they are awesome, we are going round
for dinner and hopefully will be able to start teaching them, the wife had a lot
of questions last time. I've found that as I get closer to the end of my mission, temptation
has increased and I find I have to be constantly on the move focussing on the
gospel and the people, this time will be a time of real growth. I am studying
Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage at the mo, it has some amazing insights and
incredible gospel truths. The miracles and the teachings of Christ are
incredible to study and ponder and motivate us to be more like him, better
teachers and disciples. I find myself just like Jeffrey R. Holland fascinated by
the Apostles, they remind me of myself, so impetuous and unlearned in the ways
of the Kingdom of God and things. Obviously they are no longer like that and
have progressed beyond all that and those same blessings are available to us. I
was also on trade-offs this week with our Zone Leader and learned some
great things from him. We were talking about how there are so many things that
testify the Gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ is true and than we began
talking about how each person is a child of God and began pointing at the passing
cars say "he's a child of God... he's a child of God... she's a child of God.... he can become a god, and he doesn't even know it" As we remember that these
people are all children of God, our brothers and sisters, we WANT to share the
gospel with them. I am so grateful for everything I have, my family, friends and
all of you wonderful people who give me the support and love I need.
This week has been great, we now have a new work out that President
Henderson put together with a personal trainer, there's a beginner's,
intermediate and advanced exercise. The advanced is HARD but I hope to be able
to do it by the time I go home.
There is a lot of work to do still and we were
blessed with miracles this week as we were diligent with the work. We found a
less active part member family who live on the street we're always around
as our area is tiny. It's so strange that there are so many people to work with
in such a small area, it's because of all the Samoans. Some missionaries think it's like Utah here. We were
also able to catch up with a family that we've been trying to contact for weeks
and found out they were sort of messed about with the house they're in by their landlord so have to move. They would like to stay here in the Ward but they
might not find a house here so we are praying for them, they are such a good
family. There is a non member there who struggles with the English gospel terms so my companion has given me his Samoan Preach my Gospel and hopefully we can teach
him, Elder T's Gospel Samoan isn't the best as he wasn't really around
the church speaking Samoan a lot but he managed to teach the restoration last
transfer, apparently with much effort. I'm only going to be learning Samoan in
my spare time as I obviously wasn't called to a Samoan speaking mission
so don't want to take it out of my study time.
We were blessed this week with 6 Baptisms in the Ward, 2 of them were from
our area and it was such a wonderful event. I kind of wish I hadn't eaten Taro
with the refreshments as it's really heavy and we had a dinner appointment an hour and
a half later :/ I'll miss the Island food, I'll bring some koko Samoa for you
all to try :D
Our teaching pool is kinda dry at the moment after all the
Baptisms but we are trying to find people and work with those we have. Lots of
appointments fell through this past week but hey, it happens! There are so many
great people here, if I get transferred to another area for my last I'll be disappointed, but I guess I'll be happy that the Lord has me where he needs me.
you all so much, strive to always be the best you can as we work together in
becoming like our Heavenly Father. Help everyone you can. Have a great week.
A friend messaged me on facebook to say she checked in on this blog and it hadn't been updated since July. Sorry to anyone who was following. Here is an excerpt from Elder Kay's latest email. He is now in a small area between Brisbane and Ipswich which has a large Samoan population. If anyone wants to catch up on the bit in between please let me know and I will update you in an email or facebook message. We haven't had any photos since July. Elder Kay will be leaving Australia on January 1st 2014, but we are not sure what time and which way he will fly home (via the Far East or via the USA) so he could arrive home on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd January - Elder Kay's mum
28th October 2013
Hey all you wonderful people, Brothers and Sisters.
This week has been such a blessing. A wonderful sister came to the waters
of baptism this week and we are meeting many wonderful people, hopefully
planting the seeds of the Gospel in their hearts. We have two more baptisms
coming up this Saturday with 4 more from the other Elders area, some of the
children of a family coming back to activity from the Aiga Samoa. [This was a breakaway church that formed due to misunderstanding and has now disbanded] They are both
wonderful families. I am really learning how to love people whatever their situations, of course I'm not perfect yet but I am getting better, the key is
listening. you realise that most people in this world nowadays don't REALLY
listen and this is something the gospel teaches us to do because that is what
the Saviour did. When we listen with love, we can really discern peoples' problems and characters and are able to have a deeper understanding of who they
really are, of course remembering that they are our Brother or Sister. We also
had interviews training this week and it was great to be with President
Henderson and receive instruction from our Assistants and leaders. We have some
really great Assistants in the mission at the moment who really have a love for
the missionaries and for the Lord. I am so grateful to be serving the Lord at
this time, at the time where the Lord is hastening his work, and although my
time here is growing short I am preparing for a life of service in the Gospel, I
hope I can help the work move along when I return.
I must admit. at the start of this week, we struggled, it is getting really
hot and humid here, and it's so important for us to drink LOTS of water. Isn't
water incredible?!! it sustains life and gives our bodies so much. I think it
incredible that such a simple molecule of Hydrogen and oxygen does so much. I
marvel at what our Heavenly Father has given us. I am grateful for the mission
at this time, there is exciting change happening, let me share a part of
President Henderson's weekly email to illustrate our culture of Faith:
"We are creating a culture of faith in this mission. We
know that faith comes by. . . . hearing . . the word of God (Romans 10:17). We
are adding fuel to our faith every morning when we have focused and inspired
personal and companion study. During this sacred time we are able to read
inspired writings and have the Holy Ghost build our spirits. The Holy Scriptures
strengthen our faith. In Helaman we read, “ . . . ye do know of yourselves, for
ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of
the truth, . . . are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of
the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord,
and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart”
(Helaman 15: 7,8). It is this mighty change of heart that is the focus of who we
are becoming. When the change is permanent, all things around us begin to
change. When things change because of faith, requests from God come with power
to accomplish His designs. We find power to complete all that He requires of us."
He is such an inspired man.
I love you all and hope you are all well. Keep Calm and Carry On!