Monday, November 17th – Sunday, November 23rd
Its definitely been a crazy week of unexpected surprises here in Melbourne; but I guess that’s what a mission is all about… the unexpected!
After our P-day was over we taught a lesson to a guy from Indonesia. It was a really powerful lesson, but not in the way you might expect. While the spirit was trying to convert him, he was trying to convert Elder N and I... you can probably imagine what happened next. This guy gets in our face and tells us that we’re going to hell because of our beliefs. Well, I didn’t see that one coming… apparently neither did Elder N, because not knowing what to say, he turns to the guy and says the same thing back to him!! I guess this means we won’t be having a follow-up lesson :) . Oh well, it was sad the way it ended, but this dude really wasn’t willing to accept the truth.
I attended my 1st Transfer meeting today for Missionaries going home. It was actually kind of sad… for me :) . There were 24 missionaries going home this month, and all of them got to bear their testimonies at the end of the meeting. They were all strong testimonies, and it gave me a comforting feeling to hear each of them express how great of an experience their mission was; yet at the same time express how their mission was the hardest thing they had ever done. A mission really is a pretty tough experience for everyone! But at the same time it’s a great experience!
Well, I didn’t get transferred, but I did get another companion. Today marks my 1st official day as a Missionary Trainer! I am the youngest trainer in the whole mission! haha (scary and humbling). Seriously, it is actually really humbling that President Maxwell has put that much trust in me, with a new missionary, as I have just recently finished my own training! Anyways, Elder N and myself had to be at the mission home at 12:45 pm to meet the Goldens for lunch (a Golden is a brand new missionary from the MTC). Well they didn’t get there till around 1:45 so we got to just sit and talk with all the other trainers… that was fun. Our new Golden’s name is Elder O. He is from around the Denver area and he seems to be a really nice guy! Our meeting with the Golden’s and orientation took up the whole day so unfortunately we didn’t do any work in the vineyard today.
1st time driving in Australia! Different side of the road,
and different side of the car! It was great! We borrowed a car so we could
go pick up our new "Golden."
go pick up our new "Golden."
We taught L to start off the day today! This was Elder O’s 1st lesson as a missionary! Apparently L thought it was SUPER hot outside so he wore like these super short shorts and a “wife beater” tank top! I LOVE THIS MAN! He is so funny and so laid back… He is still trying to stop smoking, but he did tell us that he is done with all his coffee! YES! Then, later in the evening we taught a guy named F. He is really nice but has a lot to talk about. I think it is because he feels the Spirit and is really comfortable with us; which is super cool for missionary discussions!
Now we are a trio! Meet the new Golden, Elder O! (he's the one in the middle).
It was a little bit slower of a day today in the city... sometimes this kind of day just happen. We did teach a man named “I”. We actually taught him a JUMBO lesson because he is getting BAPTIZED on the 29th of November! He is so solid. He told us his goal is to be a Mormon by the end of the year! His girlfriend is a less active member and he loves how as members of the church we live our lives! So even though the day was kind of slow, it was a GREAT day to be a missionary! What’s even more amazing is that our investigator “I” already has a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith!... Pinch me I’m dreaming!
We played a little joke on Elder O today! :) When we found out that we were going to be training a new missionary, we told J (he has been a member for about 8 years and is a pretty funny guy!) to come and have a lesson with us, and pretend to be an investigator. We had J ask some super hard questions about the church that left Elder O kind of stunned!... In the end the joke was sort of on Elder N and myself because Elder O did a pretty good job of answering most of the question VERY well! It was great to see that “Golden Spirit” jump out and accept the challenging questions! We all had a pretty good laugh! Then we taught J again. This time we had a member from Mexico join us for the lesson. We watched the Restoration video together! I have found that if investigators can gain a testimony of Joseph Smith then they know this is the only true Church! K, the member from Mexico, was a life saver as she bore SOLID testimony, in Spanish, to J!
Keeping the brotherhood strong!
Whoever said Sunday’s were relaxing must have gone to church on Saturday J. Elder N, O and I (I mean me… sorry, for the alphabet soup but we been asked to be sensitive of people’s identities for privacy reasons) started our day by teaching a lesson to a man from Nepal named B! He seemed pretty solid but he wouldn’t give us another time when could meet.. Kinda interesting... Anyways YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE WHO CAME BACK TO CHURCH!!! hmmmm lets try to think back in the past!! If I say the name D, does that ring a bell??? Yup... Ding, Ding… you got it right! It was the Drunk lady that fell asleep/passed out during sacrament meeting! She was still a little tipsy today, but thankfully not enough to have her pass out! HAHA :) The real miracle is that even though D had passed out stone cold the first time she attended our branch, she remembered where she came that day, and was drawn to the Spirit of our Sunday services!
As if our Sunday wasn't exciting enough, check out the giant spider in our apartment.
On an exciting note, Sister Maxwell (the Mission President’s wife) called me on Monday and asked if I would be in a choir that is singing at our Stake Christmas musical event on the 14th of December. Of course I said YES! We had our first practice tonight. It’s going to be a lot of fun and bring some extra Holiday cheer to the Christmas Season.
Things are really going great! There are hurdles everywhere you go on the mission.. But the Lord is just testing us to see exactly how we are going to jump over them:)