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Monday, July 21, 2014


Well this coming Saturday our friend Adam is being baptised! He is from Australia and is 21 yr old. (member referral, yay!!!) and has lived...a typical young adult, aussie life...if you know what i mean...but has had some amazing experiences that have led him to where he is at right now! He has truly repented, and has the most beautiful testimony, it's been the coolest thing to see him change! Well just yesterday we were talking to him on the phone when he was like, "sisters, i just want to finish reading the Book of Mormon before i am baptised"...and in our heads we were like 'noooooo Adam, you are not doing this right now!' haha. (concern!) well we met with him and a member a few hours later and had a really special lesson  where Alma's words brought the spirit so much when he says, "yes i say unto you come and fear not, and lay aside every sin, which easily doth beset you, which doth bind you down to destruction, yea, come and go forth, and show unto your God that ye are willing  to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with im to keep his commandment, and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of baptism"(alma 7:15) companion read this is so much conviction and the spirit had flooded the room. Later after the lesson Adam received a priesthood blessing, and left feeling "so much better, and excited for this weekend"! It's amazing what the scritpures, the spirit, and a priesthood blessing can truly help us find that lasting peace! It was a really sacred experience!  As a missionary  i have often had to ask myself 'what do i need to add or eliminate from my life that will bring me closer to my God?'..just as alma invites us to consider this, and as we surrender, giving up all bad habits or sins..we truly find HIS PATH! After the lesson the member texted us and said, "spirit present lesson" we think it needs to be a new key indicator haha!

Adelle and Allister (investigators) had a really good experience at the temple (in the waiting room) with their friend (bishops wife) and in there we were able to re-commit allister (the father) to pray about being baptised, and he accepted with a more willing heart this time!!!  he came to church yesterday without his wife (which is a big step because she is the one who was raised in the church (but never got baptised) and so we just always assumed it was her who was more keen) and he even brought his little daughter! He is really coming along and we are so grateful that Heavenly Father is working with their family so much, this Tuesday night president Brody (stake president) will be coming out with us to visit them, we are so excited! PLEASEEEEE pray for them! They are soooo close to just being baptised!!!

So on our way to return our mini missionaries, we are walking into the chapel just to see our two recent converts, Phill and Natalie coming to the temple totally on their own!!! They had family names they had found on their own as well! :) We were sooo happy:) They are truly converted and committed, we are so happy to see the strength behind their testiomonies! They both already have callings, and are just LOVING being members and learning more and more each day! They participate almost more than anyone else at church haha, sure love them!
On Friday we went to see Marisela, a members friend who is from Chile!!! horayyyy! :) (you know i love my spanish people;)) So about 2 weeks ago we had our first lesson with her after dinner, and it was really good! This week she invited US FOR DINNER (*sign she is on her way to membership in Jesus Christs church haha) and we were able to have a really good time with her and her sweet kids! (Time out, funny story: maybe don't put all the details in mum haha. We got To Marisela's house when her brother in law was just in the front driveway cleaning...wearing just house clothes, nothing nice. Well we got to talk to him a bit, and then we went inside and left him for a bit...Well...nek minute he comes in the kitchen where we were (keep in mind he just barely came from chile about 3 weeks ago, and he is in his late 20's unmarried) with a nice button plaid shirt, tucked into his pants, really nice tennis shoes, his shirt is unbuttoned about half way down with his hairy chest and beaded "cross" necklace hanging out hahah with like 6litres of Colone on hahahaha. Sister Tupuna and i were DYING inside haha. He tried to get all latino/handsome on us hahahahaha. Bless his heart! ha) Well after dinner we were able to teach them about the Restoration! Wow...the spirit was so strong!!! As we taught we would stop and ask how they felt and the Mum and the 8 yr. old son (who was listening so intently) would say, "really warm.and fuzzy...just good!:)" We invited them to be baptised and the sweet son said, "yes" but mum is praying about it! They will join! I feel it! they are just so ready, and i can't wait for them to recieve all the blessings that come from the gospel!
2 nights ago we were driving down the street when we felt prompted to stop at a house. knocked on it. introduced ourselves, just to hear the man say, " i know who you are! my uncle is the bishop of the dianella ward, i'm just less active!" Heavevnly father is 100% of all HIS CHILDREN! He loves us and will help us when we need it most! Nothing we can do will take us out of his reach, i am so grateful for that knowledge and so grateful that Heavenly Father is always aware of us and our circumstances!
We have chosen to center everything on the atonement for our zone this transfer...can't remember if we already explained that! But to finish off the transfer, Sister Tupuna and i have planned a musical fireside for our ward, where all the missionaries can bring their investigators to, and it is centered on the ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST! Each time we work on it, we get so exctied! It truly is amazing what jesus Christ can do in our lives, and we can't wait to share more about his atonement with members, and non members at the fireside! 3 weeks ago while praying before bed, Heavenly Father told me clearly to do this...i talked to my comp about it. then sunday the bishopric 2nd counselor came up to us and said, "this past week Heavenly father told me to put together a musical fireside, and i remember you two singing at the baptism...i want your help!" We all know that this is soemthign Heavenly Father needs us to do, and so it makes workign for it so much easier! When we are doing what the Lord needs, living the commandments, and following the spirit, regardless of how hard it may be, it is the most rewarding thing where the Lord truly is walking side by side with us! As we have testified of the atonement to everyone this week the spirit has been so strong and i have truly felt like a representative of Him...Jesus Christ! Through HIS atonement, Christ as changed my companion and i; he has strengthened us in our weaknesses, and given us physical and spiritual strength beyond our own!  I love Jesus Christ and will glory in Him forever!
Love always,
Sister Ensign

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