Monday, May 16, 2016
One Step at a Time 5/16/16
This week was great! We're finally starting to develop a teaching pool. Saturday was a miracle finding day because we got return appointments with 5 people! One of them are a couple uni students we are seeing tonight. The other were 3 potentials we already had. We really felt like being in this area to follow up at a certain time and it all came together. We have a couple members scheduled to help teach with us this week so it should be great.
This week my testimony of the Season of Miracles was renewed. President offered a baptism challenge for this transfer that has added spice into our finding. The companionship that baptises the most in each zone gets invited to President Gubler's house for dinner next moves. And whoever has the most stays the night and gets to go to the temple. It might be bad that that's our motivation. Either way it's a nice way to make it fun and give us a bit of competition. Of course we want to help people come to Christ more than we want baptisms and we only baptise people who have repented and are prepared to make covenants.
The Lord is letting us see some progress so I am very grateful!
Yesterday we had lunch with a family that used to live in
. They know Martin
Broad (Uncle Greg's friend) really well so we were able to share stories. It
was a nice reminder of the lasting effects one baptism can have. Brother Broad
has been Bishop twice and was described as the type of person that would
"drop anything to help you out." Incredible! Bath
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Yeah this week's email is a bit boring so you can skip it if you want.
Summer decided to come around. It was hot (up to 27 degree) for a few days but it's raining now. It's been nice to turn off the heaters and leave the windows open. And it doesn't start getting dark until 8:30 so working in the evenings is so nice.
This week we had a leadership meeting, exchange with the Zone Leaders, and some other meetings. Oh we found out Elder Dallin H. Oaks is coming to
Hyde Park chapel in June for
another multi-mission conference! Sorry to all my friends who finished their
Elder Vieira and I have been working on properly sifting. This means we try to use powerful statements and forward invitations to find people who are willing to progress. I struggle with it because it means we have less conversations (I'm extroverted and fuelled by conversations) but it helps us use our time more wisely. I have also taken the council from my inspired zone leaders to remember I'm here for aiding people's conversion to Christ, not on getting street lessons. I needed some good change of thinking pattern. This week we have a couple return appointments so I hope they go through. We have also learned to extend proper invitations with members too. I can't believe it has taken me this long to apply these principles.
Elder Vieira is a champion. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn from him. I love his faith and willingness to obey.
I know Heavenly Father is watching over me with loving concern. I have been able to experience multiple tender mercies this week. I wish my journal and emails could accurately describe how I felt but my writing is imperfect. I know my Father loves me.
I believe Joseph Smith also lamented about writing in a broken language. These words hardly begin to reveal what's deep inside... but that is not really something that is new. I haven't ever been great at expressing how I feel.
I don't have enough time to explain but you'll have to take my word for it; Heavenly Father has my back. Life is good. :) Love you!
Monday, May 2, 2016
Don't start your crying, it'll be alright. 5/2/16
Miracles this week. Fun with the youth.
We had an incredible experience finding our new friend Luke. He is interested in religion, has a strong belief in God, has a few challenges (we all do) and he isn't happy. We were knocking the doors on his street when he approached us asking who we are and why we are so happy when we are facing rejection often. He has seen us four times this week, smiling each time. So we talked there for a bit and he asked if he could come to church. Then after our discussion he said we could come over in about an hour. We had a really good discussion! Unfortunately... We still aren't sure why he missed church but we have hope for this evening.
Elder Vieira is continuing to progress in English. I really enjoy teaching him and I am learning about grammar too.
Elder Vieira and I got invited to the combined youth etiquette dinner. They had a "Grog Bowl." It's a military tradition with a nasty drink mixture. When one of the youth didn't use proper etiquette someone else at the table would stand and call the attention of the Grogmaster. When invited to speak they have to use a rhyme to accuse the person of bad etiquette. The defendant stands and rhymes his defence and then the Grogmaster decides who's rhyme was worse and they come take shot in front of everyone. It was a good laugh.
We weren't sure about going to the youth activity because the chapel is quite far away and we didn't have any investigators going but we felt good about it. Towards the end of the evening I found out that one person there was a visitor. He had met the sister missionaries a couple days before and was interested. When he asked questions about the church we took him into the chapel and had a short discussion. It was great! We were explaining more about Joseph Smith and I got to relay the first vision. I was really ill and when I recounted Joseph's experience the tears were flowing freely. I explained that it was because I wasn't feeling well but the Spirit was there too. After we talked to the sisters we found out he wasn't actually one of there investigators, just someone who took a copy of the Book of Mormon, so they didn't have any way to get in touch. He came to church yesterday and they'll be able to keep teaching him.
We got home from youth a little bit late and I felt awful. I thought it was like allergies but I was also lightheaded and tired. I couldn't think so I went right to bed. I didn't sleep well and I woke up with a migraine at 3 am. I got a drink and prayed for help knowing what to do to get back to sleep. I laid in my bed awake for a few minutes and had a clear impression to ask Elder Vieira for a blessing. I love my companion and I know he honours his priesthood. He has real spiritual power. I looked over at Elder Vieira and he is sprawled out snoring like a Brazilian panther. I was thinking, "He doesn't want to wake up; he is probably really tired." But after a while of debating with myself the throbbing in my head won and I went to wake him up.
It is a bit funny looking back because I planned out what to say but I didn't expect him to be so surprised. When I shook his knee and whispered his name he looked so frightened. I just said, "My head is bad. Will you give me a blessing?" He jumps right up saying, "Okay," He grabs his consecrated oil and gives me a very simple short blessing promising Heavenly Father loved me and will take the pain away so we can work hard. "Because people need salvation," he said. Within five minutes I was sound asleep. I slept like a rock until the alarm went off in the morning. I know the power of the priesthood is real
Today is a bank holiday. The young men's leaders invited us to play football and have lunch with the youth. It was so nice to put on my boots and get some sport in! Plus, I really like getting to know the youth.
It has been a great week!