Can I just say Sister Alfrey is AWESOME!!! Seriously, I have loved working with her and Clementi is becoming a land of miracles! (And no, she is not bribing me to say that….)
Over the course of my mission, and now in my wise old age I have really developed a testimony that obedience brings miracles. Spending 6 months in an expatriate ward really solidified that and ever since that testimony has just been growing. When you’re doing what you’re supposed to and trying your best, things will work out. not always in the way you plan or sometimes in the way you want, but always in the way that’s best. Missions are a lot about growing. we’re here to help others, to invite others to come unto Christ through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end, but in the end, if no one else, you bring yourself to Christ. And , as D&C 18:15 says, ” 15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!” And yes, that soul includes me and you 🙂
On Monday we went to Chinatown and Elder Warner (who is an elder in our ward who speaks Chinese) was like a kid in a candy store. It was fun 🙂 We had lunch with the Chinese ward sisters and the Filipina sisters at our favorite Chinese restaurant (have I mentioned my love of fried pumpkin? No? I LOVE FRIED PUMPKIN!… And Chinese food. It’s all sooooo good.) I was sitting there eating chilies (which these weren’t too hot, but doesn’t it sound cool?) and thinking to myself, “I am so glad I still have my spicy tolerance”. Seriously, I remember the days when I used to avoid Taco Bell’s ‘hot sauce’ and anything with the word ‘spicy’ in it.
On Tuesday we had a fantastic zone meeting, which was way fun! Then we did a whole bunch of traveling around the island finding people and trying to change their lives for the better 🙂 #ChineseNewYearListCleaningCan!
Have I mentioned CNY is coming up?? Wahoo! Should be fun!!
On Wednesday we had an amazing correlation with our Relief Soceity preseidnet, and we were able to find out about a lot of less actives that are what she called ‘hot’, or in other words may be ready to come back real soon! I love our ward, I love how on top of things they are and we are finally learning that one of our biggest struggles has been communication with them, and now that we are opening up those channels and making chances to sit down and plan out how to work with each other things are going a lot smoother! We are finding out names we’ve never heard of to go invite back, and we are doing everything we can to help the ward trust us 🙂
Wednesday night we went to see a less active named P. When we got there she was so sweet! She doesn’t feel she’s ready to come back yet, but has a testimony and she eventually wants her grandchildren to come to church, so that’s exciting! It was a good lesson, we shared Because of Him and talked about praying. We committed her to pray more so hopefully all goes well!!
On Thursday we met with Brother and Sister W for lunch and correlation and it was amaziong, Sister W just completely opened up to us and told us how the ward council, especially, feels burdened, with their callings and their lives and on top of that missionary work is a struggle. And we were able to talk about how/why it seemed easier to do missionary work before, and we talked about how we as missionaries could improve in working with the members. She did tell us that the ward council talks about how we are doing a great job as missionaries, but that they just don’t know how they can support us more. So now that we know that, it should help a lot!
Afterwards, Sister Alfrey and Sister Reach both caught a plague (aka a bad head cold) and went a hibernated for a few days, so …
On Friday Ssiter Crabb and I went and saw D, who we met last week at a less actives’ home. As we met with him we felt inspired to put him on date for end of March AND HE ACCEPTED!! When we talked to our district leader later, he was simply in shock. He had served in Clementi before and had actually worked with Darren and no one had been able to get him on date or to church and within a week miracles have happened and he did both of these! Our mission president has set a goal for every ward/branch in the mission to try to get 4 baptisms by March, and so Sister Alfrey and I have been praying our hearts out and guess what! Prayer works people!!
On Saturday Sister Alfrey was feeling mostly better so we went and taught K about the Restoration, and especially the Great Apostasy and priesthood and at the end, again, we felt inspired to put her on date for end of March AND SHE ALSO ACCEPTED!! WHAT?! We had actually been considering dropping her because she was struggling to progress and learn about the gospel to find out if it’s true and not just for intellectual curiosity. Wahoo! Miracles happen folks!!
Also on Saturday, we met with N at Sister C. It was a fantastic experience to get to know N better. She has been through a lot in her life and she is SO prepared! After dinner and chatting we taught her the Restoration and when we talked about prophets in the Bible she said, “But that was so long ago! … How can we even know they actually existed?” And then Sister C just jumps in with a an amazing testimony that we have prophets today and pulled out photos of all of our latter-day prophets and Nora was amazed! We then testified that the Book of Mormon is a witness of these things, a testament and proof and evidence that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ in these Latter-Day Saints, and that the prophet has the priesthood which is power from God!! And afterwards we asked her if she’d be baptized in the middle of March and she said yes, and we felt even more inspired when she told us that the date we chose was close to her birthday! Wahoo!!
She also told us she’s been leaning more and more towards Christianity because it makes more sense to her than Islam. 🙂 I love how Heavenly Father continually watches out for us and guides each and every one of us and if we listen and obey we will be blessed from above!!
On Sunday A and D both came to Sacrament!! Wahoo!! We weren’t even able to meet A this week because of her busy schedule and she still came! Miracles lah!! Afterwards we had a linger longer at church then D went to a YSA FHE while we went home to finish up studies before our appointments that night. We had an appointment with a less active, but unfortunately that didn’t work out quite how we planned. That’s ok! Nothing & Nobody’s perfect, and neither are weeks. But life is awesome!!
I love my mission, I am not counting out the days left because I DON’T WANNA THINK ABOUT IT! And I love the Clementi ward. I hope you all have a great week!! I love you all!!