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Sunday, January 14, 2018

15 January 2018 Letter

Hello all! 

So I got transferred to DAPTO WARD! I am serving on the coast next to the ocean! It was unexpected because I have already served in this very same district. It is the neighboring ward to Mittagong Branch. Both are in the MacArthur stake. The Lord and President Bingham seem to just be jumping me back and forth from Canberra stake to MacArthur stake, but I'm not complaining, it is BEAUTIFUL here. It's just funny because I was called to the Australia Sydney South Mission and I have never served in Sydney.... I am just what they call a permanent "bush missionary".

Even more exciting than the fact that I am serving in Datpto ward though is the fact that I am companions with THE Sister Monilla AGAIN! I was companions with her just a couple transfers ago in Tuggeranong and I have now followed her here to Dapto! I don't know how I am so blessed, she is the best!

Here is what I wrote to President Bingham, which sums up a bit of our week:

Dear President,

This week has been so great! I love being here in Dapto with Sister Monilla. She is so awesome and I feel so privileged to be able to work with her again.  I love that she is exactly obedient and so organized with everything. We are really getting things done!

Heavenly Father blessed us with so many miracles this week, as He always does when we are doing our all we can to fulfill His work well. One of our investigators, Matthew, is now on date for baptism on the 27th of January! He is originally from South Africa and he is so cool. He is really smart and has been Christian his whole life I think. He knows a lot about The Bible. He is so humble and willing to keep commitments. We are excited to finish the lessons with him and help him be completely prepared to make this wonderful, sacred covenant. (So keep him in your prayers please!)
Everything else is going good. We have had heaps of miracles as we have been diligently opening our mouths at every opportunity. We have found a lot of potentials through that. We are excited to follow up on them.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve here with Sister Monilla. It is already turning out to be a miraculous transfer!

Sister Pace

Pictures:  Above, Together again! with Sister Monilla
Below:  All my Filipina loves!
 Together again!
 And some pictures from the past couple weeks:
Belinda!  A member I will miss a lot because I followed her from Belconnen Ward at the beginning of my mission to Tuggeranong ward now!
Christmas Breakfast at the Anderson's:
 Last DTM:
 Last day with Sister Haretuku:
 More pictures of Melody's Baptism:

Sunday, January 7, 2018

8 January 2018 Letter

This week was a stressful one, but also an amazing one. We spent a lot of time in doing the necessary things to happen before Melody's baptism. The situation got stressful when the last few lessons kept getting delayed by Satan. On Friday, the day before the baptism, we went around with the Anderson's, so they could help us teach her the last lesson. Melody was angry because we still had another lesson to complete before her interview. She thought we didn't trust that she could be baptized and that is why we had to do more lessons. She wanted to call it off for a minute there and we were just praying and praying to know what to do and say because she seemed inconsolable and I didn't even know what to do.

I now have a firm testimony of the power of prayer. I know that we were not the only ones praying for her, both then and the whole day leading up to the visit, to be able to overcome the last few obstacles Satan would put in her path to do all he could to keep her from being baptized. All the prayers worked because we just continued to love her and comfort her, then eventually she calmed down and let us finish the last lesson. I know that it only happened because she was ready and Heavenly Father knew she was, so he gave all of us the words to say.

It is such a privilege to get to be the instruments in The Lord's hands to bring about His great work. I feel so blessed that He has allowed Sister Haretuku and I to take part in miracles every day! He is so good to us!

I found out yesterday morning that I am being transferred:(  I am sad to leave, but Both Sister H and I were expecting it. I also feel excited to start another adventure and grateful that Heavenly Father blessed us with a HUGE miracle to finish my experience here. Don't know where I am going yet so stay tuned.

Melody is so solid and I am so excited to hear about the blessings that will continue to come into her life and to her kids from being baptized.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve in Canberra again, especially in Tuggeranong ward, which really grew on me and now I am so sad to say goodbye. I am also so grateful for the privilege of serving with and learning from Sister Haretuku. She has really helped me realize more of my full potential this past transfer.

I am excited for whatever the coming transfers bring!

Sister Pace

Some of my favorite members: 
Ernest and Lola:

Sister Tan:

Melody's Baptism:

Saturday, January 6, 2018

30 December 2017 Letter

It was an amazing week! Christmas was so good and relaxing! And then getting to google chat my whole family on Boxing Day was THE BEST! 

Yesterday was probably the most miraculous day of my entire mission. At the beginning of the transfer, Sister Haretuku and I set goals that would stretch us this transfer but that we truly believed we could reach with the Lord's help. Throughout the transfer, we realized we were reaching a lot of them but falling short in the sacrament meeting and baptized and confirmed ones. We have been doing everything we can to boost these the past couple weeks. We knew that none of our 3 investigators on date for baptism would be able to be baptized this transfer transfer because they have not been to church three weeks in a row. The only one was our investigator Melody, a former investigator we recently picked up, who has been really consistent the past couple weeks. We went into our lesson yesterday, not sure whether or not she would be ready to accept a baptismal date yet, as she wanted to take things slower this time. Our member Sister Tan came with us and really helped her to understand that she doesn't know everything, but she knows enough. Miraculously, Melody accepted a baptismal date for next Saturday, January 6th, right before the transfer ends! I know that Heavenly Father really helps us reach our goals, or get much closer than we could have on our own when we are following the spirit in setting them, and then doing all that we possibly can to reach them. He is amazing and so good to all of us!

That was the biggest miracle I wanted to share this week. I am so grateful that The Lord allows us imperfect missionaries to do His perfect work, and just make things work out. I am so grateful for the experiences I have had in Tuggeranong thus far.

Have a happy new year!

Sister Pace

1) (Above):  Us and Jae, a new YSA in our ward, on Christmas Eve:)

2) Christmas breakfast with the Canberra Zone at Elder and Sister Anderson's house:
 3) Christmas banana grams:
 4) A hilarious christmas present we got from a member!
5) Zone gift exchange: I got a golden snitch fidget spinner!

Google chatting on Christmas Day with the family (Australia,Texas, and Nevada):

23 December 2017 Letter

All is well here, it has been a really busy week! I loved the Christmas conference we had with half of our mission this week! We had some really good trainings in the morning then just a fun afternoon. We got to watch Moana!!! Oh my gosh so good! It was so funny watching it with a bunch of islander missionaries, haha. We have had lots of miracles this week, even in the midst of the busy Christmas time.
We went to Cooma and Nimmitabel this week and taught a potential named Jez for the second time so he is now an investigator down there! He is really cool guy probably in his 60's. He wants to come to Christmas sacrament meeting even though it is an hour and a half away for him. We pray he does! He agreed to be baptized should he continue to feel good about it!

Piripi and Melody are still progressing and doing good.
I have loved this Christmas season and the greater love that we feel from all those around us. It's the best! I especially love being on my mission for a second Christmas in a row because it has really helped me prioritize what really matters in this joyful season, Jesus Christ and drawing closer to and giving to Him.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Sister Pace

1- (above) - Sister Burgess and I holding a drawing of Jesus someone drew for our training:)
     Christmas Conference!
2- "For unto us a Child is bored" we probably laughed harder than was necessary about this while             writing on Christmas cards.

 3- Us with Prez and Sis Bingham:
4- Getting ready to watch Moana with some of my best friends and fellow sister missionaries! I
   got to see some sisters I haven't seen in a while!

5-Sister Mariner, who goes home to Samoa in 2 weeks:(

6- Sister Monilla!

[The Christmas Card Emmalynn sent home]:

18 December 2017 Letter

Merry Christmas week!

It has been a great week! Some of the highlights included making contact with a former investigator again that we dropped at the beginning of last transfer, Melody. She just needed some space for a while, and apparently it was a sufficient amount of time because when we "ran into her" at an activity with the youth, she was happy to see us and said that we can start visiting again. She came to church on Sunday! We are hopeful to put on date for baptism when we visit her this week so that she can start progressing toward that again. That was a huge miracle. 

Piripi, our 11 year old investigator came to church again and is on track to be baptised on January 6th.

I think the main thing we need to focus on now is his inactive mum, Tracy, and helping her understand the part she will need to play in helping him keep his baptismal covenant.

Sister Haretuku and I had a wonderful companionship inventory this week where we figured out how we can have better communication in our companionship and help each other to be happy. I am grateful for her humility and willingness work through challenges and to work smart.
Things are good and we have been able to receive a few referrals from members lately too, which is awesome! We love doing the "member lesson" with them, which means we do a role play with them pretending to be one of their friends who doesn't have the gospel. It helps them see that their friends and family really would benefit from hearing even a simple principle of the gospel.

Well, out of time, have a Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Sister Pace

Also, thank you so so so so so so much for the package! Sister Haretuku and  I opened our socks and love them! You are so cute and give the best gifts! I especially love the "sisters of Zion" necklace you sent, so pretty! I am saving the other wrapped things for Christmas:) I love the disposable cookbook too! I have been needing one of those! Sister Yuen is jealous and wants one too, I will have to see if I can photocopy one. You are both the best of the best. Expect a Christmas card in the mail soon I am sending it today.  I want to send a package too but might not be for a couple weeks. Love and appreciate you both SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!

1- (above) Evone's kids and I:  the royal family
2- Cooma
3- a picture in a picture:)
4- after getting caught in a down pour
5-6 - with Sister Haretuku
7- We got special permission to go visit a member, Grace, from Ginninderra ward that I taught when I was there. We went with Sister Loney and then two other members, Joy and her daughter Pristine came by when we were there so it was a happy reunion:)
8- Cooma!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

12 December 2017 Letter

Well Christmas is coming very quickly, its already the 12th!

This week has had some disappointments, but of course many miracles as well, enough to overcompensate for the disappointments.

The main disappointment was that the mother of our 18 year old investigator, Jake, came home from jail and told us that he is not interested and that he had just been too kind to say no. We know that that is not the case, but that he also does not want to disappoint his mom now that he has her home again. We are not sure where to go from here, but his fellowshipper, Aki, who is a returned missionary went around to his place to see how he is and invite him to church. He said that the mother was kind enough to him but that they were just busy this week. I am thankful that he is still in contact with Aki and hopefully he can help him to have the courage to keep learning and progressing towards baptism should he want to.

A miracle this week was our 11 year old investigator, Piripi, came to church on his own this week for the first time, even though his mum, who is a less active member was not well enough to go! He came with bishop's wife and two kids. Bishop gave him permission to go to young men's because he turns 12 soon and there are more friends his age there. He is so good!

The Halak family from Iraq was not able to come to church yesterday, but hopefully we will be seeing them soon.

Another miracle was that we both felt that we needed to try a former investigator, we only dropped last transfer named Quoc. We both felt that we hadn't given him enough effort before dropping him because the difficulty was simply meeting up. We stopped by on Saturday and miraculously he was home and brought some chairs outside for us all to sit on. We ended up sharing a lot about the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was talking about how people are more blessed when they are not compelled to believe. Both Sis. H and I thought of Alma 32 that we had studied together just the night before about more blessed are those who are humble without being compelled to be by their circumstance and Sis H related it to baptism. After sharing that, he said that we convinced him, that he knows he needs to be baptized even though he already has been in a different church, and that this is the right step for him on his journey of faith. He is amazing! I don't even know how it happened because it was basically as though he talked himself into it without us realizing. Unfortunately he is going out of town until January, but we are excited to help him to be baptized soon!

We also had unexpected interviews with President and Sister Bingham this week, which was greatly needed to be uplifted and strengthened by them. I am grateful for this area and the wonderful things happening in it ! I am especially grateful for Sister Haretuku who really makes up for where I lack. I am so grateful that we are put into companionships!

Hope you all have a great week! Light the world wherever you are this week!

Sister Pace

Beautiful sunsets outside our flat window happen so often, but they my camera usually can't do them justice:/

We discovered Christmas St at the right time!  Christmas card coming soon!

Sister Haretuku hit her 1 year mark on Friday:)