Sunday, February 18, 2018

February 16, 2018

This week in the ABM

I have to admit it's getting harder to find the motivation to email!! But this week has had some fun stuff. Last Friday my companions and I went souvenir shopping for a little bit, since I honestly don't think I'll have time to do it the rest of the transfer. That night we went to the Chinese branch's game night, which we haven't done in many a week but I got to see me old mate Elder Morris. He's doing awesome as the Chinese Zone zone leader. Plus Sue, a really cool member from China, got back from a long overseas trip so I hadn't seen her in a couple months, but she was there too. I should really get pictures of these kinds of things, but alas, I always seem to think the only time I need to take a picture is if it's my "last time" seeing whoever or doing whatever. Oh well!
Saturday was baptism day! We went to one at Park Ridge, one of my old areas! It wasn't a convert baptism, but the family of the girl who got baptized was a family I was really good friends with when I was in the area. The girl's cousin is Patrick, who was one of the youth who used to come out to teach with us a lot of weekends. He was there too, and he was a really good friend so it was nice to see him too. That night we ate at an oriental grill after a baptism in Coomera with the zone leaders. While we were eating some delicious noodles a Fijian guy was working in a tavern nearby came over and started talking to us. We got to know a bit about him, and he asked us to come and visit his family sometime. Obviously we couldn't but the zls set an appt with him, and a few days later set him and his wife on baptismal date! Eating at that grill was an inspired meal :)
Sunday was interesting, because there was a special broadcast for all the members in Australia and New Zealand broadcast from SLC. Elder Lynn G Robbins, Sister Bonnie Oscarson, Elder Kevin Pearson, and Elder Gary Stevenson all spoke. The speaker that stood out to me the most was Elder Stevenson's address, because he basically spent 20 or 30 minutes just talking about President Nelson. His character, his life, and his acheivements. It was really interesting to listen to.
That night we had dinner at the Smiths. At one point there were some seriously freaky storm clouds heading our way, and we stood outside to watch them blow over us, and it was kind of cool because their house was out in the bush, so as the storm came towards us we could see the wind blowing trees and stuff until it hit the house like a wall and things went flying everywhere. It was cool. It rained SUPER heavy for a little while before it was safe enough for us to go.
On Monday night we went to the Chinese branch FHE. That was cool. Tuesday was district meeting. The zone leaders asked me to give a "departing training." That night we had dinner with the Edwards, and as the sun set some clouds blew over and the clouds were flashing with lightning non stop for several minutes. But not much thunder, which is the interesting thing about storms in Australia.
Wednesday we had lunch at a Vietnamese place, played basketball with the Redland Bay elders (I used to serve in Redland Bay as well) and had wings with President, the assistants, and Jeff, a recent convert.
The last couple days, Thursday and Friday, were golden orientation for all the new missionaries. Sadly it was my last golden orientation. But it was still fun, we had trainings, we had role playing, we had KFC for dinner. So good times all around. Cheers!

February 8, 2018

time is dwindling(2)

I don't know for sure where I left off on my last email, so i'll just start with the 3rd of Feb. That day was baptism day, since it was Saturday. We went to one down in Bellbird Park ward, and then came back to the office. Later that day we went to a couple baptisms in highly Polynesian wards. One of them had a huge feast and even a DJ.  Sunday was our first day at church in Bunya Forest, the new ward we're covering. Lots of people were surprised to see Elder Sharma again, since he had served there before, but it took members a little longer to remember that I had served there before Elder Sharma. Welp, guess I just have a forgettable face, lol. Nah it's probably because Elder Sharma is dark, haha. We were joking about that afterwards.
We spent a large part of the day proselyting, going door knocking and trying to visit investigators and things. Unfortunately we didn't get any lessons in but we sure tried.
Monday we helped a member from the previous ward we covered move. As we were unloading the truck at the new place, me and Brother Jones were in the kitchen and Elder Sharma and Weed were carrying boxes in, suddenly we heard a huge crash and came outside to see Elder Sharma standing there with a box that 

sorry, I meant to click the font button but accidentally clicked "send." Anyways, Elder Sharma was standing there with a box in his arms, but the bottom had split open and dishes and crashed and broken all over the ground. But the funny thing is not even 5 minutes later Elder Weed was carrying a box of pots and pans and the exact same thing happened. The only casualty from that box was a food scale. Later that day we had Thai food for lunch. It was pretty good. That night we sheltered Elder Stevens, an Elder who lives in our mission but has been serving in our mission for the last few months waiting for a visa to fly to Japan for his real mission. He had just gotten his visa so he stayed at our flat overnight and we dropped him off at the airport the next day.
Tuesday was Sister McSwains birthday, so us and the assistants made her a surprise breakfast. Wednesday we had a FHE at the mission home with Coomera zone, and yesterday we had our temple day. I only have one more session at the temple, and that'll be with President and the other missionaries going home this transfer. Oh my goodness. So hope everyone is doing well, I'm working on perfecting my Australian accent so prepare to be amazed. Cheers!

At the most food filled baptism ever.

Pad Thai I ate.

Vanquishing a cockroach in our flat.

Coomera FHE

After cooking up Sister McSwain some brekky

When we caught Sister McSwain by surprise

January 31, 2018

new transfer, last transfer

That's right, you read that subject line correctly. I really lost track of my group email there because of how busy week 6 and week 1 of the transfer are. Some pretty crazy stuff has been going on. 
Previously, on Elder Cummings' mission:
-Columbian man shows up to church and asks to be taught
I think that's where I left off. Much of that week was spent preparing every needful thing for transfers. We did get to go to district meeting, which only happens once every couple weeks. On Thursday morning President and the APs finished deliberations, and so the transfer board was revealed to our eyes. First off, we have a new companion, which we all knew was going to happen since I was going to have to train a new office elder before going home. But it's who our new comp turned out to be that surprised us. His name is Elder Weed, from Virginia. We were shocked for many reasons, including:
1. He's only been out 6 months, which is unheard of to call in an office elder that young
2. The APs never even mentioned he was one they were considering, when they had mentioned several other elders they were thinking about.
But we were excited. He was in the first group of goldens that came in with me being the office elder, so I was there picking him up from the airport and now he's my companion. Missions are full of coincidences like that.
The other major surprise that happened is that even though we are office elders, we do cover a ward, which for the last year or two has been Enoggera. But this transfer, since there have been sisters in the ward as well the last couple transfers, they decided we would cover a new ward, which if you can believe Bunya Forest. 
No, I don't expect you to remember that name. But Bunya Forest is the area I served in back in May-June 2017. Elder Sharma, my Fijian Indian companion, is the missionary who replaced me there. So now we're both serving in an area we've served in before. I was kind of bummed, because the Enoggera ward is so cool and Bunya Forest was the hardest area of my mission, but it is kind of exciting to get to see the members again and possibly some old investigators too. 
We "paid a visit" to that Columbian guy and "taught him a lesson". And that's not mafia talk, like we literally taught him at his home about the gospel. But what about the quotation marks, you say? I don't know. 
The next day was mission leadership council, and the night before we had picked up our new comp, Elder Weed, to show him the ropes.
Saturday we went to baptisms. I split off with Elder Pugsley, one of the APs. I was super lucky because I got to go to a baptism in one of my previous areas, Park Ridge, and they were baptizing a few kids that me and my comp had started teaching after we found that they were unbaptized on the ward list. When we visited them they hadn't seen missionaries or been to church in a few years, and this last Saturday those kids finally got baptized. I was so happy.
We had spare time between baptisms so we door knocked in a random area with the Elders covering it. 
Sunday was our last church meeting in Enoggera. People were as shocked as we were that we were going. We visited the Mahns afterwards, the Burmese kids we baptized back in October, and encouraged them to keep going to church and reading the scriptures and praying. 
Monday was crazy transfers, and thus began my final transfer.
It's now my 17th transfer.
My companions are Elder Sharma (third transfer with him)
and Elder Weed (first transfer with him, although he came in a few days early)
It's now my 5th transfer in the office, but my 1st covering Bunya Forest (although I served in Bunya Forest for 1 transfer back last year, so 2nd overall)
We spent a lot of time at the mission home later that day with the departing missionaries, and had a good dinner and had the departing devotional afterwards.
Tuesday morning we had to go bail some sisters out because they locked themselves out of their flat, but it was mostly office work that day. 
Wednesday was golden intake, which was one of the most packed days of my mission. Lemme give you an idea of how crazy it was:
7:00 Take a car from KP to the mission home in preparation for a golden/trainer companionship that day
7:30 Meet APs and McSwains (and two new American missionaries) at mission home
7:30-8:30 Bake banana bread for the goldens since Sister McSwain had to go the office with President and the APs
8:30 Office work, met two new sisters from Thailand
10:30 go help pick up New Zealand MTC missionaries from airport, and take them to the office
12:30 Take a few of the goldens to the mission home
Little bit of a rest here, then we had lunch until
3:00 Golden transfer meeting starts
4:00 Leave golden transfer meeting early because one of the goldens (Elder Walker) had a flight to catch to fly up north. When we got there, the airline people said the ticket had been accidentally booked for the 28th of February for some reason. Wasn't me!
6:30 Get back to the mission home after a lot of phone calls and things at the airport trying to figure out the situation, with about half an hour of that being us trying to find our car
That night we had to keep 3 of the goldens from NZ at our flat overnight because they were flying up north the next day (Elder Latu, Elder Toluta'u, and Elder Fukofuka, the cousin of the Elder Fukofuka who was my ZL for several transfers and an AP when I was in the office but went home a month ago) but Elder Walker had to stay with us as well since his flight was changed to the next day. We took them all out to wings for fun. It made me pretty sad because having them stay with us overnight was going to be the only time I would see them, because I'd be home before they came down, and office elders never go up north. President and the APs had a flight to catch up north right around 7 so we dropped them off there. 
I've gone on too long. I often forget that this isn't my journal! Anyways, Pictures are from that kids' baptism, a really good ice cream place, and with the three NZ blokes.

January 21, 2018

It's been a while

How do I start this off? I started an email a few days ago, but got caught up doing other things and suddenly it was Sunday night. Quick recap of things over the last week or so. First off, Brad Wilcox, LDS speaker extraordinaire, visited the mission. He was actually in Brisbane for FSY (For the Strength of Youth, like EFY) but agreed to do a conference for the missionaries. It was great, he spoke about the house of Israel and what it means to be a part of it, and the birthright that comes with it. All the zones got pictures with him, but he was already late for his next appointment, and since we (the office elders and the assistants) were the ones trying to herd all the zones one after another to get a picture with him as quickly as possible, we didn't actually get a picture with him :(((((( But earlier in the day, while he was meeting and greeting the missionaries I got some pictures OF him. I think if I keep my secret people picture taking skills up I could become a private investigator. Anyways, I sat waaaay in the back of the chapel serving as the Keeper of the Technology. We webcast(ed?) the conference up north so I was making sure everything ran smoothly. We had a quick zone conference after.
Last Saturday we had a couple baptisms to go to. The first was at Redcliffe chapel, and I name that specifically because the Redcliffe chapel was where I had my first zone meeting on the mission. All the ones after that for my zone (in that particular zone) were at Burpengery chapel. I hadn't been to Redcliffe chapel since my second or third week on the mission. Needless to say there was a very introspective moment for me being there. We also helped a member move from our area down to the south side of the city, to one of my old areas (Park Ridge) and he even moved to a street I had door knocked. He was living in a van before so he's living the high life now in a shared flat. 
Monday we had dinner with the Amos', one of my favorite member families. Tuesday we went to district meeting, took the mission doctor to the airport for a medical emergency up north, we even got to go on splits with the Bunya Forest elders (one of my previous areas) and some members from that ward to go door knocking. We door knocked some streets me and my companion had knocked there. Ha! 
But we got a call earlier in the day that the Gympie elders' phone stopped working, and the only solution, was for us to drive all the way up there to give them a new one since we wouldn't otherwise be seeing them anytime soon. Let me clarify, Gympie's a 2 hour drive north of Brisbane. So we drove alllll the way up, and allll the way back down. I was practically falling asleep at the wheel so when we stopped to fill up at the gas station I asked my companion to buy me a caffinated drink, I thought he'd buy a coke or pepsi or something but he walked out with a Rockstar. I'm so sorry mom, please don't kill me! Luckily I didn't get addicted, because I've only had like 4 cans a day since then, just a totally normal amount. Ha jk, I haven't had another one. I'm off the can. 
Wednesday we had a FHE at the mission home with the Logan zone!
Thrusday we did some running around, taking supplies to interviews for the Chinese zone, buying some cables for the upcoming MLC, and that night we split with the Redland Bay elders (who cover two wards) for a meeting and a lesson since they didn't have anyone else to split with. I used to serve in Redland Bay but unfortunately I got roped into the meeting for the ward that the elders now cover but we didn't when I served in the area. Oh well, I got to spend time with Elder Santander who I've never known that well but he turned out to be really cool.
Friday I had to take me ol MTC mates, Elder Pierce and Elder Nemeth, to the police station to get fingerprinted for their visa extensions. Without those, they'd be going home a transfer before me. But now they'll be going home with me! MTC district mates to the end! (S/O to my MTC companion Elder Hanley in the Adelaide mission). 
Saturday (yesterday) there were soooo many baptisms. I split with Elder Hymas (previous companion I served with in Redland Bay, now an assistant) and we went to Raceviews baptism, the missionaries serving there being Elder Bullock (me son) and Elder Pierce (me ol MTC mate). Elder Hymas got a haircut at the most Polynesian barber I've ever been to, but they give missionaries free haircuts so it was good. A big New Zealander guy sat next to me and said he was a less active member. We had a good yarn while my companion-for-the-day was getting a haircut. We drove to a baptism in Nerang, where a mom and 4 of her kids got baptized. Then drove to Marsden for another baptism of a family. 
Today was good, normal church. A Columbian nonmember came to church out of the blue. He had a member friend back in Colombia who found our ward for him and told him over Facebook or something to come. We taught him a lesson and thank GOODNESS we have a couple native Spanish speakers in the ward from South America. We're not sure yet whether us or the sisters will teach him but we'll work that out. Oh yeah and I gave a talk in church about how the Savior changes us. Just a short 5 minute talk to fill some time. So maybe it wasn't actually "normal church." Yeah, there's my week. I need to take picures more often.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 10, 2018

This week

Ok well things have been pretty good the last week. We've been up to the same ol office stuff. A lot of helping senior missionaries with their computers. One bought a brand new Macbook Pro because her old one crashed and I was having heaps of fun setting it up for her. Every few minutes I'd find some new feature that I would get really excited about and forget what I was doing in the first place. We had a FHE at the mission home with the Eight Mile Plains zone, which was fun, and then the next couple of days were golden orientation. 
Thursday morning we set everything up at Kangaroo Point chapel (the one next door to the temple) and the rest of the day kind of runs itself. The first several hours are just full of training and stuff. In the evening we normally GQ (street contact) on the way to this restaurant, but last g,o. the food was nasty so President just asked the senior missionaries to do it. It turned out to be really good! The next day, rather than doing it at KP like normal, we had to move everything to Chermside chapel, because they were having a funeral at KP. But we still got to stay in the hotel, which is fun and the rest of golden orientation went mostly well. The Chermside chapel didn't have an HDMI cord to connect the laptop to the tv so some of the senior missonaries could do their trainings, but President saved the day when he found one in his bag.
Right after golden orientation we had to take the McSwains and the assistants to the airport. Saturday we went to a baptism down in Coomera, in the morning, in the afternoon we were helping one of the new senior couples connect their computer to their printer (it turned out to be really difficult) and then went to a baptism at KP in the YSA ward, and had a sausage sizzle on the Kangaroo Point cliffs right across the street from the temple. They have a really nice view of downtown and the Brisbane river. Sunday we had to leave church early to pick up the crew from the airport from their trip up north and had dinner at the mission home. Monday our zone had a FHE at the mission home. For those we have a barbeque and play some games and we shared our thoughts about President Monson. We actually found out right as we walked in that night Sister McSwain told us he had passed away. Tuesday we had to take a bike to a missionary, had dinner with some cool members and we met a few of the Chinese program missionaries (including my previous comp Elder Morris) at KP to give them some supplies and we ended up GQing with them for a while. We talked to some Iranian people for a while, they were pretty interested and we also talked to some Samoans doing some exercise. Wednesday we spent hardly any time in the office because we were helping out at President's interviews with the Coomera zone at KP, and then right after they had a FHE at the mission home (though it was in the afternoon) and after that we had dinner at a members. So things have been going really good. Had a lot of fun times. But it's sad to see President Monson gone. I'll always remember his selfless sacrifices and his willingness to listen to spiritual promptings. Pictures of of the Brisbane FHE, the Coomera FHE, and me and my comp Elder Sharma at golden orientation.

January 1, 2018

It's been a while

Wow, so it's been quite a while so there's a few things to catch up on. Last time I wrote we drove around the whole day getting videos of missionaries for a Christmas gift for the McSwains from us and the assistants. We just took clips of heaps of missionaries saying what they were thankful for in the McSwains. We just kind of travelled around to random areas we thought would be good to get the missionaries' input. It was kind of funny, the first area we went to was my first area, Bracken Ridge and we caught the Elders there sleeping in. 
It's been a lot of office work over the last week and a half. A lot of crunching numbers for end of year stuff. Plus we've also got to submit an annual mission history to the church so we've been compiling stuff for that. On Sunday Christmas Eve we had just sacrament meeting with Bunya Forest, the other ward that meets in the same building. I used to serve in Bunya Forest so I got to see a few of the members there I was friends with. Later that day we were splitting off with the assistants for some reason (I can't remember why) and me and Elder Hymas (who used to be my companion) went door knocking to kill some time. It had been FOUR MONTHS since I had been door knocking. Previously I had never gone without door knocking for one or two days at the most. I was soooooo rusty at it. I wasn't nervous about getting back into it but when people would answer the door my mind went BLANK. I managed to clumsily ask a couple questions about Christmas Eve before lapsing into sounding like Elder Robot or something.
We had dinner at the mission home with the assistants and President and Sister McSwain, which was really fun. Had some New York steaks, then we watched the Christmas Devotional, and lastly we exchanged some gifts. President and Sister McSwain got us sweet as ties with kangaroos on them as well as a bag of jerky. We showed them the video we made with all the missionaries and they really liked it. 
Christmas was super fun. We started with breakfast at the Amos', they're probably my favorite family in the ward. Sister Amos gave us socks with cool designs on them. Our bishop invited us for breakfast but we couldn't make it because we had to be at the office to call home. There were a couple other elders there and I had to help a Filipino elder figure out how to call internationally on the telephone since he couldn't skype. And then a couple of the elders who WERE skyping couldn't get their mics/cameras working so I can never catch a break from the tech support :) haha. 
After calling home we had lunch/dinner at the Tilyards. The wife is Tongan but the husband is Australian. The husband actually just got baptized a couple weeks ago after investigating the church for 30+ years and he's awesome as a member. They had a huge Tongan feed. My companion was super excited because they had heaps of seafood, such as prawns, lobster, oysters, and even this octopus sauce stuff. I settle for the prawns and lobsters. Oysters are really slimy going down and I didn't even want to risk the octopus stuff.
Thursday was MLC. Oh yeah, on Monday this guy came in with a suitcase and he's like "hey, uh, this is missing baggage for sister so-and-so." A sister's suitcase had gotten lost on the flight over, and several days earlier we had gone to the airport to get it when they found it, so we were confused when this guy came in with another one for the same sister. My companion took it but it wasn't until the guy was long gone that we looked at the flip flop tag on the handle and realized there was a name on the other side. IT WAS NOT THE SISTERS NAME. The phone number was American too! So it sat in the office for a few days because we weren't sure what to do with it, and no one answered the phone number. But we decided to take it back to the same place we picked up the missing luggage from and hopefully they'll be able to get it to whoever's it was.
Friday was temple day! After that our zone had interviews, but being in the office we don't really have interviews since we see President all the time, but while they do interviews each transfer they have a senior couple pull the missionaries who are going home soon into a room to do a slideshow training about things like "life goals" and "careers" and "schooling," which are totally foreign concepts to missionaries, of course. And you guessed it, as I was trying to sneak away Sister McSwain was like "wait a minute, Elder Cummings! Aren't you going home soon? Why don't you go in with the Yates for their workshop." I tried getting out of it, but failed.
Sunday night, new years eve, we had dinner at the mission home again, with the assistants and also a couple of the best senior couples in the mission, the Clydes and the Bells. We had some awesome prime rib and baked potatoes for dinner and then played rummikub until midnight. There weren't that many fireworks (because they're illegal in Australia unless you have a really hard-to-get commercial license) but it was so fun spending time. The other missionaries in the mission had to be back at their flats at 5:30 but being in the mission office team has perks B)
Oh yeah, something that was really cool that happened was a baptism on Sunday. Our mission set a goal at the beginning of the year for 500 convert baptisms. We got to this weekend and we had 9 baptisms lined up, putting us exactly at 500. Unfortunately one of those 9 investigators' sisters got really sick and had to get emergency flown to the hopsital and wanted her sister to be with her. So there we were, Saturday night with 499 baptisms. But Sunday (last day of the year) the Logan stake president got word about it and visited a Tongan family with an unbaptized child who had been coming to church for the past year and challenged him to be baptized that night. It actually went through! The attendance and program went much better than many baptisms that have been in the works for weeks. We got to go, President and Sister McSwain came, the assistants were there, as well as the whole Logan zone. It's a mission miracle! Go Polys :D
Yeah, that's pretty much all caught up. It was the mission secretary's birthday so we surprised her by decorating her desk to surprise her when she came in. So that's one of the pictures. Another is at the Tilyard's when I was drinking a coconut. The one of the car dash was on Christmas day, it was 31 degrees celsius (88 farenheit) and that's not even the hottest it got. And then one Sister McSwain took of me and Elder Sharma after MLC finished.​​ And yeah. Golden Orientation is this week so that'll be fun. Cheers mate!

December 20, 2017

Christmas in the ABM

I won't write a super long email this time, I'll just highlight the couple biggest events- ah what the heck it'll probably end up being a super long email anyways. Major event of last week was the big mission Christmas conference. It was on Thursday, but you could also say it was also Monday-Wednesday since we were preparing for it all those days. I wish I had my planner with me so I could remember what else we did but honestly the conference just absorbs my whole memory of last week. It went really well. The night before we moved all the Christmas packages from the office to Karawatha chapel, about a half hour drive. We looked like Santa delivering Christmas presents, except it was a van instead of reindeer, a trailer instead of a sleigh, and garbage bags instead of a red velvet one. And missionaries instead of santa, but they're close enough. 
Thursday morning we had to go to the chapel super early to set up, divide up the packages we had brought the previous night into zones. The first part of the conference was a devotional. There was a lot of singing Christmas hymns and readings of the Savior's birth. A couple musical performances too. Then we shared our favorite scriptures from the BoM reading challenge our mission has been doing the last couple months, which was to read the whole BOM highlighting all references to the Lord or to "the word." Then we had lunch in the cultural hall and more of the "fun" part of the conference. My companion Elder Morris played a fictional Elder Rudolf who would get "transferred" to different parts of the mission (different zones) and each zone had a Christmas song reflecting one of the cultures of that zone. So one was Aussie Jingle Bells, another was Christmas in the Islands, the Chinese zone sung "let it go" in Chinese, stuff like that. Mostly it went ok but none of the zones had much practice so the performances weren't stellar, but they were a lot of fun and made everyone laugh. And was over. We were there til 6 or so cleaning everything up. I'll share a folder of vlogs I made throughout the day.
Friday/Saturday were sad days. Transfers arrived and a pretty big group of missionaries finished their missions, many of which were good friends I had made, a couple of which were ones I had known since the beginning of my mission. In fact now that I think about it, none of the missionaries I've known my whole mission (besides the ones who came out with me) are still in the field. They've all gone home with this last outtake. Elder Banks, who I was companions with twice, went home, as well as Elder Ray, who I had shared a flat with and we got to be really good friends, Elder Smoot (my distant cousin) and Fukofuka, who were both my ZLs at one point or another and then both were the assistants when I came into the office. Then there was Elder Tonga, who I've served in the same zone with a couple times, Elder Tenney who was one of my ZLs, Elder Campbell who was my DL up north and then later my ZL, Elder Foster who I served in the same district with my second and third transfers, anyways, a lot of good Elders went home. We had dinner with them at the mission home and we got to see them off at the airport the next morning. I'll share a folder with pictures of me and those I knew at the mission home combined with a picture of some other point of my mission. I don't have a picture with Elder Foster from the beginning of my mission and I didn't get a picture with Elder Fukofuka at the mission home but all the same, they were good friends.
We didn't get a break though because Monday was not only transfers, but the goldens also flew in, instead of Wednesday, I assume because of the Christmas season. Elder Morris, who I was companions with in the office for 3 transfers, got transferred to the Chinese zone as a ZL/Trainer for one of the goldens. So now it's just me and Elder Sharma. We tried a new thing President McSwain wanted to do where the Elders and Sisters would meet at the KP chapel at different times to transfer, to avoid things getting too loud and/or YSA. It worked out great, so much less chaotic although we inevitably had a few bikes left behind, like every transfer, haha. The new goldens are great. Everything's great. So just as a recap,
It's my 4th transfer in the Office/Enoggera ward. It's my 2nd transfer being companions with Elder Sharma (last transfer we were in a trio). 
And would you look at that, it was a still a long email, lol. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night (even though it will be day here) and also a very hot Christmas. Cheers!
Elder Cummings​