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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Reminding myself that the Lord knows best...

So I just wanted to tell you guys the news I got on transfers this morning...
Well, last night presidnet called me... and asked be the SISTER COORDINATOR for this next transfer:) (If you don't know what this is, because I didn't before my mission either, haha it is...pretty much a zone leader but just for the sisters.) Anyways, I feel nervous for this responsibility,'s ok, becuase I know God will not give me something I can't handle. This will be a great learning experience so i am super pumped.
Fortunately (literally, my heart is at so much peace) I GET TO STAY IN WANNEROO!!! But...I'm getting a new companion!!! You'll never guess who it is either...SISTER BECKSTRAND!!!!! She was my first companion in the MTC, the one who is from St. George and i could not be happier! She is SOLID and is not only such a hard worker, but we got along so well and REALLY pushed each other and shared some very special spiritual moments.  We have both only been out for 3 ish months, and she is only 19...and what the heck right? And the Lord see's both of us fit to be the zone sister coordinators....  She is coming to Wanneroo, and I am the senior companion so....haha, i'm a little nervous to say the least, but I just try to keep reminding myself that the Lord knows best!
Sister Parson is devestated she is leaving Wanneroo, and is nervous she may not make it to Bobkie, Malad's and Blessing's baptism this Saturday...but I really hope she can! She is super down in the dumps  about her new area since it has tons of hills and she doesn't have a bike...but it will make her stronger right?!  She is awesome, and I have learned so much from her.  But oh man, I am sooooo excited for this next coming transfer!
Well, love you and please keep my new companion and I in your prayers, were definitely gonna need it!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

I was reminded of the beautiful covenants I have made

So last week the email i sent was like 2 seconds long, and there was so much going on- and i feel really bad that i did not tell you everything wonderful thats going on, so today i'm just gonna bust as much out as i can in the 43 minutes i have left, because wow...this week...i can't even put into words how amazing it was!
KAYLA GOT BAPTIZED ON SATURADAY!!!! Saturday was probably one of the best days of my entire life! But before I tell you how wonderful it was, i have to tell you of an obsticale that obviously came up, (because lets be honest, Satan is going to try to do everything to get in the way right haha?!) Well we got to the chapel and were kind of crunching for time since we had just came from the temple, and went to start filling the font...but there was no plug...What do you do right? PRAY (after panicking just for a second) haha, anyways, i came up with the bright idea to grab a plate from the kitchen, and put it over the drain, have it suction itself down and then fill the font...did it work? Of course, becuase God will always win, and miracles happen! haha so, yes we used a big glass plate as a plug for the font and everything worked perfectly haha. Anyways, Kayla's baptism was soooo powerful and many of the other missionaries investigators even said how special it was.  After kayla was baptized and she bore her testimony...It was one of the most powerful yet, simple testimonies I have ever heard! She just cried as the shared it, and of course my companion and I were just crying like babies too haha.  Kayla is the one we met 2 weeks ago (referral from the bishop) and is just *golden! She also recieved the Holy Ghost yesterday too, and when the priesthood holders layed their hands on her head and the words, "recieve the Holy Ghost" were said, the spirit was just like dripping off of the walls.  The power of God truly is manifest in the ordinances thereof! My heart has almost never been so full of happiness!  
Not only was I so fortunate to experience the beautiful and sacred ordinance of Baptism, but also got to go to the TEMPLE and see 2 of Sister Parson's previous investigators recieve their endownments, just before the baptism (and we get to go back on Saturday for their sealing!!!) While sitting in the endowment room, i was just totally overcome with the spirit and felt so much peace and happiness as I was reminded of the beautiful covenenants I have made with Heavenly Father.  While sitting in the celestial room I was again, blown away with the strength of the spirit...what a remarakable place to be while here on earth in this crazy world- temples truly are a piece of heaven here on earth!  As missionaries, when we promise people there is more happiness awaiting them, I immediately think of the temple and how a lot of the happiness comes from within there. The temple truly is such a special gift that SO MANY poeple have NO IDEA about!!! Also, I always bear testimony of the reality of the spirit world and the fact that there are misisonaries there (and of course think of Chels, and Grandma/pa) and I DO...i know with all my heart that many are learning about the gospel...but along with that...many are accepting it, but literally cannot advance up to spirit paradise/receive more happiness until their temple work is done! PLEASEEEE make a special effort to become literal Savior's on Mount Zion for these people who have passed on, and help them with their temple work! They will fall at your feet one day, and this is not just something to think, "oh cute, thats awesome" but they will LITERALLY...FALL.AT.YOUR.FEET. in the deepest of gratitude, and thank you for SAVING THEM! What a special moment that will be! Try your best to go to the temple this week, and I promise you will feel an added peace to your life, and will NOT regret it, regardless of the sacrifices you have to make!
Bad news...Meemee's parents said she cannot get baptized...AHHH my heart just broke! She wants to get baptized soooo badly, but we obviously cannot do it without the permission of her parents.  Sister Parsons and I have been praying really hard for her and been fasting, but all we can do is accept the fact that God knows best and will make happen, what needs to be done.  It's hard to accept, but we just have to do our part.  We are still teaching her, and she is still progressing, but just not towards baptism...(YET)...I have faith that her parent's hearts will be softened! So unfortunately she will not be getting baptzied this coming Saturday, but Bobkie, Malad and Blessing will be!!!! I am sooooo excited for them and cannot wait to see them make their very first covenant with God! My heart is just pounding thinking about it right now, seriously like! LIke SOLID! They are the pioneers of bringing the gospel into their's and their families life, and boy are they strong! The like follow up with us on activietes/assignments/church, everything! They love it, and nothing makes my heart happier than hearing them talk about how their lives are continuing to change for the better! They are also being missionaries themselves-I can't rememebr if i told you last week, but we also committed Bobkie's friend, Paul, to baptism!!! He is not in our area, but he wants us to teach him and our ward is willing to help him (even if it means helping him with transportation that may take nearly an hour) just so he can enter into his first coveneant with God, become solid, and then transistion over.  Along with him we committed another one to baptism too...haha...her name is Kathleen. I wrote about her a little while back, but she committed as well- but unfortuantly her dad said No. But we have slowly worked our way in with her dad and are confident that his heart will be softened. They are such a sweet Maori family, and are actually related to some members in our ward, (but lets be honest, all Mauori's are "realated" haha) so we are gonna get them to all work together and then hopefully their whole family will accept the gospel. They really are so close, and I can already see them as a prime Mormon family haha. Anyways, so were working with her- and she too is being a missionary! She has been bringing friends to activites and stuff and has been telling everyone at school about the plan of salvation, and everything else she is learning! The work really is hastening, and it's cool to see our investigators doing the "HASTENING" not just the missionaries and members haha.
Angwain (the one who sent us that AWESOME text 2 weeks ago about her life changing and how God is working with her)- well this week we shared such a special experience with her! We got there and heard the best thing ever, her younger brother told us he LOVED church and that he loved how happy everyone was (and since he is so little, we were worried he was bored); and then Angawin told us how her LOVED it as well. She said the thought it was a bible study type thging, but how she was so happy to find out that she ACTUALLY could learn stuff! She also said, (in her words), "it felt like home" heart just melted...because sedriously, we CAN feel that sense of "home" when we go to church on Sunday's! Sunday's have been my favorite day of the week these past couple of days...mmmm i love 'em.  We are also told to get our investigators to churhc, and let God work his magic with them there/dont worry about it...and it was so cool to see God actually work so much within her and help her soooo mcuh! She then basically opened up to us, and just hard out told us everything!!! She told us how she was really struggling and how one night she finally decided to pray and ask God for help...(as she is telling us this, she is just bawling)...well she then told us, how 2 days later we showed up, and how she believes God sent us! Again we were just bawling with her and testified that God DID send us, and that the message we have CAN AND WILL help! We spent the majority of the lesson talking about God being our loving Heavnly Father and oh was soooo powerful! HEavenly Father seriously loves us SO MUCH!!! I can't even put my feelings of this statefment into words...but i know his love is deeper than any of us realize! he wants to help us so much, but we HAVE TO DO OUR PART AND EXTEND OUR ARM UPWARDS TO GRAB HIS HELPING HAND! I know Jesus Christ is real, and even more than ever- "oh what joy this sentence gives, I know that my redeemer lives!"
I love you all more than you even realize, i seriously pray for you guys like 2938473987 times each day...seriously haha!
Love always,
Your mate, Sister Ensign

Thursday, June 6, 2013

What more could a missionary ask for

Ok so take a guess...good or bad week for Sister Ensign..................of course it was AMAZING! Why? Becuase I am a missionary, and God will not let his missionaries go a whole week suffering and struggling without seeing miracles and tender mercies, just like he wont abonden and leave comfortless any of his  children. He truly will  rescue all his children who ask for help, and do their part in difficult times! ;)
Last week I experienced my hardest week as a missionary, but with that said, my testimony grew IMMENSLEY! I just want to be the BEST I can be, and be the kind of missionary God wants me to be); but sure enough after a few days of this struggle, God finally came and completely lifted me. There were some nights when I just had to talk with him for a while, but finally I spent a REALLY long time talking with him on my knees, and the next day...he lifted me more than i deserved! He lifted me through the Book of Mormon, (which applied perfectly to what struggles I was facing) as well as numerous tender mercies with meeting new people who needed us at that specific time, AND helping our investigators through some struggles as well!  God surely, will NEVER leave his missionaries, just like he will never leave any of his beloved children, he wants to help, we just need to reach up and grab his hand out-stretched to us! This week, truly was a building block for me as a missionary, and my testimony of the book of mormon grew even more! It really is a great time to be a missionary in Western Australia!
The Book of Mormon really is such a powerful book and I will NEVER be able to deny the power within it! I LITERALLY CHANGES LIVES- and it HAS changed mine and I am still overwhelmed with the spirit it can bring into our lives.  When we open the book of Mormon, it is lieterally opening a door way between us and God, and gives God an opportunity to talk with us and give us revelation!This week God blessed me with a tender mercy, he helped me see how much I have changed since i've been a missionary! I have been praying to "change" and be a more concercrated missioary and no i am not done changing, but I have begun this wonderful journey of having a "changed heart"! #itfeelsgood :) 
The Book of Mormon has not only changed my life, but this week I asked our 3 sweet african investigators how it has changed their life that wow...their answers just filled my heart witht the most happiness i have (almost) experienced as a missionary! Bobkie said he obeys his parents more and be more respectful, and doensn't swear- Malad said he feels closer to God and has been happier -and Blessing said she hasn't listened to one bad song since she has started meeting with us and reading the BOM! The gospel really does change people and their lives- it makes them more like Jesus Christ! Along with that, Bobkie and Malad's dad had all of a sudden (last week) said he wasn't sure about them getting baptzied anymore becuase he was unsure about the BOM...this broke my heart and sister Parsons and I prayed SOOOO HARD AND SO MUCH for him to have a softened heart...sure enough, several days later we were able to sit down with him and his wife, and answer their quiestions, and now they are soooo all for their kids being baptized! THis work is so important to God and he WILL provide a way, for his children to come into his fold! Ahhh...I loved it! God is amazing!
Last thing-0 we got the most amazing text from one of our other investigators this week-
"Hey sisters how r youz I hope you week has been great and youz are doin fine. i really enjoyed the last bible session we had on wednesday it really changed the way i feel bout myself n how i should act upon things n all week i've been feeling good knowing God's with me and i want to no if u guyz can come back and teach me more because i'm acutally learning a lot from youz  and i've been thinking about the baptizing n i think i should learn a bit more bout the mormon and get a bit of an unmdcerstanding from the start to the end before i rush into something ohhh and thanks from bringing taylah along i've made a new friend now:) with all the love from Angawin god bless youz"
What more could a missionary ask for....she is amazing and hopefully we will set a bap date with her this week.
Well we have another investigator on date! Her name is Kayla and she has been attending church for 7+ years, but finally just got permission from her foster  company to be baptzied, and so she is being baptized on the 15th! OUr ward is AMAZING and we have established such a great realationship with them, I feel sooo blessed to be in this area! I HOPE AND PRAY I don't get transferred in 2 weeks! haha)!!!
This work truly is something so sacred and as members of the church we have a big responsibility to help God's other lost sheep...we are LITERALLY talking about their eternal salvation...It makes me feel so overwhlemed with the fact that God trusts me to do his work over here in Western Australia,  but with that said, since he has called me, and you guys as well (to labor wherever you are, as members of the church) he WILL provide a way for us to be a true disciples and missionaries- and that is a LITERAL PROMISE from him! He has promised to give us powerful missionary experiecnes if we do our part- and all our part is, is keeping the commandments, and OPENING OUR MOUTH! Sharing the gospel doens't have to be anything big, but every little bit counts!
My new motto- :) "Assume the good, doubt the bad" -Elder Holland
With all the love in my heart,
Sister Diondra Ensign
Happy Later Birthday to Uncle Dave, and Happy Birthday (this week) to Abby, and Zachy! Love you guys!