Hello from Sydney!

Hello from Sydney!

Monday, November 30, 2015


I hope you all had a splendid Thanksgiving! I know I sure did! I am just so thankful for the love of my Heavenly Father and the opportunity I have to help others feel of that same love, especially as they come unto Christ. We celebrated Thanksgiving with Taiwanese fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, apple crisp, and bao zi. This is what I get for being ABC. One of the sisters came up with a finding idea to go around and invite people to write down what they were thankful for, take a picture, and upload it to social media with the hashtag #LDSthankful4. It was really neat seeing people take a moment to reflect and express their gratitude for various things in their life. The most common one was being thankful for family. I know how thankful I am to have the best family that loves and supports each other. I am also grateful for their understanding and accepting that I'm the golden child. 
Thanksgiving meal: Taiwanese fried chicken,  sweet potato casserole, jiao dz and apple crisp.

Our ward had the primary program yesterday!!! I was so so so happy! It was my first primary program in AGES! I am so grateful for the opportunity to go to primary. That is where I learned and gained my foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The theme was to come unto Christ. I am so grateful for the purity of their spirits. It reminds me of Christ's invitation to be as little children and come unto Him. The Gospel really is so simple and pure. A child can even understand it. 

This week has been interesting. Our investigators became less interested and/or anti-ed. Basically, all of them dropped us. But that is okay! I know the Lord is preparing His children in His own timing.I know that we really need to just love and serve with all of our heart, might mind and strength. Everything else is in His hands. We've been doing lots of finding. The sentence that keeps playing in my mind is "we are sowing, daily sowing"...I now know that song from Sister Valdes! 

We also had a language conference with all of the Mandarin and Korean speaking missionaries. It was neat to reflect on the great privilege I've had to be called to speak Mandarin in Sydney. It's another testament to the love Heavenly Father has for all of His children. This Gospel is for EVERYONE, regardless of race, language, nationality, culture...it's for every single person and their individual needs. 
Mandarin & Korean Language Conference
I also had a T/O with Sister Luo!! that was so much fun!! We had miracles that day! We ran into a former potential investigator, taught him the restoration, and he now has more interest than before! We also stopped a LA member on the street. We started GQing her then gave her a pass along card, then she told us she's a less-active member from the Philippines and hasn't been to church since she's been to Australia (3 years...). And then...the craziest thing, Sister Luo says hi to a girl in the bathroom...turns out she went to HKIS and graduated in 2009. It was cool being able to share the Gospel with someone from HKIS. I remember only seeing very few people from school attend church as investigators. So that was really neat. 

I'm excited for the Christmas season!! I like celebrating Christmas all year round to reflect on the Saviour and the great gift He is to all of us. Because of Him, we can be cleansed from sin, find the greatest peace and joy, and have eternal life. I find so much strength because of my Saviour.  We get to celebrate Him more than just at Christmas and Easter, but we glorify and celebrate Him through our thoughts, words, and actions. One frequent time we get to celebrate Him is during the Sacrament each week. The Sacrament is that time where we celebrate the birth, life, ministry, and atonement of Jesus Christ. 

I know He lives and I'm so grateful for this opportunity to see others come to know that for themselves.

Love you all!
Sister Lew

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