Things are cooling down a bit, here in Wembley! It's kind of weird, but it's nice and refreshing not to sleep in sweat haha. Ahhh I love hearing how well everyone is doing, seriously, nothing is better than hearing how well you guys are all progressing spiritually, there is nothing else I would rather hear:)
So something kind of cool...our ward mission leader here in Doubleview ward is Robbie Abel, a player of the "Western Force" (professional rugby union team here in Perth, and they are really big here!) and since I have been here we have picked up 3 of his teammates as new investigators:) Hahaha, Sister Laulu-Putuatu and I are doing our best to convert the team, one player at a time;) This is a little excerpt from my comp's email...I add my second witness to it;)
And last but DEFINITELY not least the Western Force Rugby team! hahahahaha ok how to explain! The Western Force Rugby team is the union (pro) team in Perth City. So they are a really big deal here to Australians. So our WML, sure I have mentioned plays for them, and we have been trying to work with his roommate Adam...he is such a sweet guy and just needs a push! hahaha So we joke with Bro Abel "We are gonna convert your team one player at a time..." he thought it was a joke... :) So we asked and asked and Robbie Abel (WML) finally gave us his teammates address cuz we found out his partner(not wed) is a Less active member! So we go over!!! They were so so happy we came and guess what! We are now teaching Selesi Manu.....first teammate..check
Then later in the week we went to the shops and there we ran into Selesi and his girl Brook, and then around the corner there was this Polynesian lady! So we STOPPED HER of course and talked to her and asked where she was from...Sydney...oh nice, why are you here? ....oh my husband plays football.....OH who for??....Perth....what team in Perth (by now we are about to pee our pants!!) she says Western Force! ahahahahahha, we started dying laughing! Long story short we are teaching their family as well :) And he is playing for Robbie Abel's team...he name is Sam Wykes.
And then!!! We were going to follow up with some investigators that live of Robbie Abel's street and we are going back to the car and we see this super tall guy!!! ITS Adam! :) Brother Abel's roommate and so we go talk to him, and we decide to give him a Book of Mormon :) He took it! And finally after a long while (nearly 4 months) He lets us teach him!!! :) Ahahaha So now third teammate...Adam Coleman.
Hahahahahha.....we told Brother Abel just barely about all his teammates and he almost died.....it was pretty sweet! We are so excited for him because he has been a really amazing example for his teammates. Seriously the world is focused on the fame and the names of these guys and Brother Abel. We are able to see them as who they are...and right now they are loved sons of God who do not have all they need to be happy...that's why we are here....to help them repent...."reconcile themselves to God" 2 Nephi 25:23 and see what it means to find "peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come." Its the BEST CALLING EVER!!!!! :D
Oh and this is our WML, Bro Abel.
So this week we had a "Cornelius moment"...and literally probably the coolest one I've experienced as a missionary!!! This is my companions explanation of it...so here you are, enjoy!
So we had a day this week that was just ridiculously filled, so many member present lessons and people to see, and then half way through the day, they ALL started failing hard! hahaha, so we thought okay this is a trial of our faith and a miracle is coming! So we went out and decided to see some families on the household report that no one knew about! BAM back to back, we found 3 part member families that we are going to be working with :) But then!!!...we were walking out of a members place and walking back to our car at like 8pm and we were just singing...cuz that's just how we roll! We were singing Love at Home and right before we get to the car this gate opens and this lady runs....runssss out after us! hahaha she says "were you the ones singing?" we said yes, and then she apologised cuz she didn't know what came over her she just knew she needed to talk to us. :) So of course she invites us back to her house and we are like IN SHOCK....she is the definition of the elect....so beyond prepared!!! She is 29 and such a sweetheart!!!! We taught her the Plan of Salvation...she talked about how she thought she had to live with the guilt forever but now she knew she could repent. She committed to kneel down that night and repent....she cried when we gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon and OH...then she committed to be baptized in April!! :) hahahaha :) She is so amazing!!!! Lesson we learn over and over! We are given trials to test our faith....but we have to move forward with faith, hope, and enthusiasm and then...miracles never cease! :)
Pretty special hey? That night we just remained in silence in complete awe at what we had just experienced! She is amazing, and i KNOW that the elect really are out there!!!
Also...guess what?!?! Brother Hannon (a returning member in our ward) has relatives in our ward who are in Ireland and so he is working on getting their info so i can pass on a referral! Also, his parents just got called to the same mission (they are going to be an elderly couple) and he told them about "Sister Ensign's brother" who will be serving there, and they are so excited! So Hunts look out for Elder and SIster Hannon when you are there, and remember that their son and I know each other in Australia;) I feel like since Hunts has gotten his call there EVERYONE we talk to is from Ireland haha, it's a sweet tender mercy! Also when we do OCCASIONALLY meet Koreans I freak out and say "an-young-hi-say-o" (hello) and as a result we found a new investigator while on exchanges, and he is doing really well haha!
Well i know that prayer and scripture study is what is key for us staying close to our Heavenly Father...it is so simple, yet so big! Combined together, we can receive answers to questions and peace concerning our trials...I love this gospel! Things are really good here in Wembley...it's near Perth City so it's really worldly...which makes me sick, literally..., but it's still really good! Something I've recently realized is how lucky we are for the gospel, so that we may perfect ourselves through Christ...so many people they are stuck, or they say are made "just the way they are" but little do they know, there is so much changing that can and must be done. It's the happiest feeling ever, to look back and see the ways the Lord has changed you! As much as I didn't want to acknowledge it, when I wrote "March 13" in my journal, and reflected back on the past year of my life, I was just so overcome with gratitude for the Savior and his Mercy, which has allowed me to grow so much! The Lord loves us so much, and his grace is the greatest gift...may we all call upon it, as we change to become more like HIM!:)