Hello from Sydney!

Hello from Sydney!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Try to be a quail

We had an amazing ward conference yesterday! President Hamilton, the stake president, made the analogy of how we all need to be like quails. When it's cold, they huddle together to keep each other warm and comfortable. In the church, we need to huddle together as members, and keep bringing each other in to keep ourselves warm from the cold (safe from sin). We need to support and fellowship those who are coming into the church or who are feeling left out. We need to reach out to them in love and help them know that their Father in Heaven loves them and has sent His servants to minister to His children. 

This week has been crazy! Lots of finding and teaching. We had trade offs with the South Harbour sisters. It was nice working with older people again...it reminded me of Newcastle and the beautiful people I associated with there. 

Our Mongolian investigators are doing really well! Eba and Chimgee both are pretty on track for baptism. It's hard to meet with everyone though because they all have different work schedules and many are on-call. We have a lovely investigator, Eva, who is SO prepared. She has the greatest desire to become a better person and knows that it is through Jesus Christ that she can accomplish that. She is on date for Nov 14!! Amelia didn't get baptised because she's underage and going back to China in 2 weeks...but she's coming back!! We are constantly seeing miracles. 
We actually had a pretty cool experience.
One day, we were finding for a few hours and we just weren't "feeling it"...so we stopped in an alleyway and prayed to feel the spirit and help us act on it to find people enthusiastically. 
After our prayer, everyone we talked to was super cool! Although we didn't have many new investigators out of it, we had great lessons with them. We even placed a few copies of The Book of Mormon! Something I have learned, especially being in such a huge city, is that EVERYONE deserves to know about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone deserves the opportunity to have exaltation. 
Fun with Yan Lin and Nora

I also had one of the coolest spiritual experiences on my mission. Yesterday, we were teaching Yan Lin about Temples and Missionary Work. She's gone on 2 mini-missions and is a fantastic ward missionary. She started sharing a part of her patriarchal blessing about serving a mission and as soon as she said that, the spirit hit me like a bolt of lightning. I was speechless and started crying, then she started crying, then we hugged and all was well. It is so beautiful to see how the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ can change lives. Literally. It's also amazing to have a personal witness from the Holy Ghost of these spiritual truths and to have these experiences. 

Other than that, life is pretty great! I love being able to serve my Father in Heaven and His beautiful children. I love being able to share what I know to be true, and allow people the opportunity to experience the countless blessings that come from God. 

Have a great week!!!!

Love you heaps,
Sister Lew

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