...you didn't think I would have time for the family email again this week.
We've adopted a new "mission father", and we already LOVE President and Sister Fife. Poor things haven't slept since they got here (it's a miracle, because I remember how long that flight was).
Honestly, they are awesome. It's a definite change, and they are very different from the Lindsay's, but they are loved and respected and supported among all the missionaries and we already feel the power of his prayers and leadership in our efforts.
We had the chance to learn from him on Wednesday, when he introduced himself and trained us on doctrine. He's been a teacher for just about 30 years and I learned so much. At the missionary leadership training on Friday, we felt his concern and testimony burning as he gave us counsel and more training. And on Saturday, I had a personal interview with him, where he continued to teach and testify of Christ. We had so many opportunities this week to recognize faults and repent and re commit ourselves, and have seen the miracles already!
This week was a miracle. Three of the people we've been working with, we decided to stop visiting. We LOVE them (I can't even describe how much I love them), but we recognized the true nature of their concerns, and there was nothing we could do to help them without their own personal desire, so we acted in faith and let them go. Out of the blue, we received a call from a member who's friend lives close to us. Her friend has been in need of some spiritual guidance so we set up an appointment to meet with her. When we met her for the first time, she welcomed us into her gorgeous home and gave us some slippers for our feet. She opened up to us and shared her desire to feel God's presence in her life. In her own words, despite going to church every week, she felt spiritually dry. We shared our testimonies of Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation. We helped her recognize that God's influence in our lives comes in the form of the Holy Ghost, that it touches our hearts and minds and guides us through our life. At the beginning of the exchange, she looked so upset and tight, but by the end she was so excited and happy and energetic. She felt the spirit so strong, and so did we, so we invited her to follow Christ's example and be baptized, and she could not stop saying YES YES YES. I know that's the way she can feel God's influence in her life, by qualifying to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by being baptized.
She could not stop thanking us, and calling us "beautiful angels" HAHAHA. (: She's a Filipino lady, and she's honestly a beautiful angel herself but I'm glad she already loves us.
At the beginning of the week, we went on exchanges with the Murdock sisters (Sister Parks and Sister Allen-- both of them are American). I went with Sister Parks in Murdoch. We had an awesome exchange. I've worked with sister Parks in the past, and have heard her powerful testimony so seeing her in action was a gift. She taught me about following the spirit, and being convincing in lessons by simply testifying with power and authority. The lesson we taught was one of the best I've ever experienced, and I am so thankful for the Spirit's still small voice. The spirit, through us, resolved all her concerns, and she is prepared and excited to be baptized at the end of this month. What a beautiful experience for her, and for us!
I'm so grateful for the week I have had, for the miracles I've seen.
I love Armadale ward, and the members are getting excited about the work!!! We are having a ward activity on Friday and we're watching Meet The Mormons. (: CAN'T WAIT. All the members are bringing their friends. I love this ward and NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. (which means I'm probably getting transferred lol)
Heavenly Father is so good to us!!
I love you all. Remember to let HIS light so shine THROUGH YOU.
REMINDER: Email your favourite sister/daughter back. lol. <3
xxxooo Sister Falter