Monday, May 25, 2015

Week 60: Heavy Pianos

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Well, this week has been amazing compared to last week. It has really been an amazing experience. We have met so many new people and it has really been awesome, because all of them that we met were in response to a referral from one of the ward members. It has taken a lot to build a relationship of trust with the ward, but it has been worth every effort. It really is cool to see how when you work with the ward members, things get done, and they happen just the way that the Lord set them up.

I've been asked a lot about people who are getting close to get baptized. We have three that are about ready to get baptized, and many more that are in the pipeline. All of them are amazing people, and surprise, all of them were member referrals! It was really amazing to see the interaction with the members and these new investigators.

Oh, and in other news, pianos are really heavy! I think that President Ucthdorf said it best when he said, "Lift where you stand". When you follow that council, everything works, and on top of that, it is really easy to move a piano.

Winter is starting to come here! It is starting to get really cold. I love the cold, but my companions are struggling with it a little bit. But whatever, I love it. I hope everything goes well, and that everybody will enjoy this time of the year.

Love you all

Monday, May 18, 2015

Week 59 - Adversities and Trials

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Well, this past week has been a really crappy week. Throughout the week, about two thirds of our appointments dropped. And it was really frustrating to see, so we had a lot of other things that we did to fill our time. But still... It was bad. And then on Sunday, after Elder Castro had given his talk, all of our appointments for Sunday held, and we had a lot yesterday. As we were looking back at our week, we realized what had happened. Elder Castro's talk was on Understanding Adversity and Trials. Trial, yes. Adversity, yes. I think it is safe to say that we now have a better understanding of adversities and trials.

Fun tidbits for the week;

We need to ACT with FAITH, not REACT with FEAR.

Friday was the 186th anniversary of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood.

Our closest investigator to baptism finally came to church.

The mormon message "Civility Experiment" is really different when you watch it with people here.

Fasting is amazing. It brings so much power to prayer.

The Priesthood is REAL. It works and blesses lives everywhere

Heavenly Father exists! And He loves each and every one of us!

It's weird to think that I only have one more Skype call.

Love you all!
Till next week

Monday, May 11, 2015

Week 58 - Mother's Day Skype

12:37 PM Posted by Janette No comments
Well, Skyping was really really nice! I really love getting the chance to talk to home. I love that time of the year!

Also, church on Sunday was amazing! It was really full. We had over 130 people there and it was amazing to see all the people that decided to come for mothers day. Also this week, we had another crazy week and it was busy as could be. I love being a missionary here and getting the chance that I have right now to work with the people that are around us, and also my companions! They are awesome, that is all I have to say.

Switching gears, on Thursday, we had zone conference with all the missionaries in Cape Town, and Elder Evans of the First Quorum of the 70, who is the current Executive Director of the Missionary Department, was the presenter for us. It was really amazing, and I learned a lot about missionary work and some of the finer things that the Missionary Department has to deal with on a global level, as well as ways that we can improve our mission, and ourselves right now. I loved it and it was such a great day! (These are some times that I really love being a missionary! :D)

In other news, MIRACLES HAPPEN, EVERY DAY!!! It was really amazing to see miracles happen in our week, and to see even little things that help not only us, but also investigators and members. It really is amazing to see, and to be a part of some of them. Also, celebrating birthdays is awesome! Especially when the members don't think that you know when their birthday is. Missionary power right there. All we do is ask the ward clerk. It really has been an amazing week, and Skyping home was the cherry on top of it all.

I have to second what Nate said about The Book of Mormon. Read it. It changes lives, and there really is nothing better that seeing somebody light up about what they read, and how they have seen it bless their life. It is such a simple thing, but it has Eternal Consequences. Heavenly Father blesses us not for how much we read, but the simple fact that we did read, and that we made the effort to read. I love it and it is amazing. The Book of Mormon has definitely changed me and my life, and I have seen it change so many other people's lives. So let it change yours!

I love you all,
Till next week

Monday, May 4, 2015

Week 57 - Cape Town on Fire

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Picture from a news story about the earlier fires in March

Well, this week has been a HUGE transition for me. I'm not used to teaching with three missionaries. I'm only used to having two in a companionship. But it has been good. And the amazing thing is that even though we had to go to Cape Town to pick up Elder Castro, (and that ate a bunch of our Wednesday) we still had a really good week. And the mountain is still on fire, so that is cool, but scary at the same time.

And the weather here is changing... it is starting to be winter (well autumn) and that means that it is flu season here. And guess what. We got it early this year. I guess that's what happens when you have two other missionaries around you all the time. But it has been fun, not being sick, but having two companions. We have gotten a lot of work done, and it was cool to see so many people there at church on Sunday. It is really an amazing thing to see the fruits of your week. I love being here and it has been a really spiritual week. We even had a baptism! Given, it was a child of record, but we had a hand in getting that taken care of. I love being on mission and love having the opportunity or the chance to share the gospel. It really does change lives, including mine. It has been amazing to see how much mission has changed not only those that we teach, but also me.

Love you all!!