Happy Birthday to Lyndsi on Saturday! I heard you went camping! Wish I could have been there, I want to hear all about the festivities!
This week has been full of so many conferences! Our South Coast Zone Conference on Tuesday, a multi-zone conference with the church historian, Elder Snow, and his wife, and his assistant, Elder Nilsson, and his wife on Thursday, and Stake Conference on Saturday and Sunday!
The conference with the church historians was really interesting. They explained what their role is of collecting information about the church. They talked about how we make history everyday and the importance of keeping records like writing home to family and writing in a journal. The coolest part was getting to ask them questions about church history or anything we wanted to know. They know so much! It was good to hear their answers to questions we get all the time from people, especially about Joseph Smith. It was very informative. It was also fun to see missionaries I have served with in the past.
Stake conference was a really spiritually uplifting experience. Being in the chapel with so many saints again was so refreshing because the spirit was strong. It felt like Christmas or like I was at home, even though I am far away. I received an answer to a question that I was asked recently about how Mormons "earn our way to heaven" when the bible says Christ's grace is sufficient. The speaker used Brad Wilcox's analogy of piano lessons. Mom (the Savior) has already paid the price for the piano lessons. For the child (us) to practice does not pay her ( the Savior) back, but it shows our appreciation and helps us to actually benefit from the sacrifice. We ARE saved by grace, but Heavenly Father sees so much more potential in us. Anyway that was a cool to learn.
We didn't get to meet with our instigators as much as we would have liked to this week because we were out of town for a lot of the week, but the Ragg family is still doing good. WE are planning on seeing them tomorrow night. WE will be seeing Patrice on Wednesday night, and are excited about that. Hopefully more investigators will come to church this Sunday because it is not stake conference that is almost an hour away.
We have done lots of finding this week using the Book of Mormon. Heavenly Father placed so many prepared people in our path. it was amazing! One of these experiences was meeting a guy named Lewis at the train station. HE was bummed because he had to wait for his bus for two hours. WE started telling him about the Book of Mormon, and he said he was interested. We read with him from the introduction and testified of it's truthfulness. He talked about how he has lots of questions about different religions and that everything we were saying made sense to him. We will text him this week and hopefully we will have more questions. When we were walking away from him, he was already starting to read from it! I know that there is a reason he had to wait for his bus for that long and that Heavenly Father placed him in our path. All we had to do was open our mouths and they were filled with the words to say! Heavenly Father has blessed us so much this transfer. I am pretty sure we are both staying for next transfer and I'm excited for good things to come!
I hope you are all doing well and praying and reading the Book of Mormon daily. When we do these things with faith that we will receive help, direction, and answers, we will receive them! Love you all!
Last P-day, we were in Dapto with the Dapto sisters: Sister Samsen (fiji) and Sister Chan (Malaysia). We went to the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple (the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere)-- and to a Boardwalk next to the Lake:
Sisters Uelese, Chan, Pace, and Sumaribos after the multi zone conference on Thursday:
Us and Steph Bergoyne, from the Branch, after Stake Conference: