This was been one spooky spiritual week. We had two exchanges with Sisters in our Zone, Zone Conference, and Halloween.
As Sister Training leaders we also get to be a part of a Missionary Leadership Council that consists of all Zone Leaders, Sister Training Leaders, the Assistants to the President, and President Lindsay himself. This group meets once a month to review goals, set new goals, talk about training, practice teaching, and work to build the unity and power within our mission. For the next couple of months our exchanges are specifically to help the Sisters progress their investigators to baptism by making the focus of everything always on Jesus Christ. Why would the focus ever be on anything else? We have really been fed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our mission this week. At Zone Conference that was what the whole thing was on. It's changed my life. Everything and anything can be mended, healed, cleansed, and repaired through Jesus Christ. With that knowledge we have to have faith in it. Faith itself can be studied and restudied and you will continue to learn. Faith leads to action. That action is repentance. Repentance always gets a bad rap. That is the best gift that the Savior gave us. He died so that we can repent! That's the whole purpose behind the atonement! It's remarkable the power the process of repentance has on our lives. I use the simple process every day. Many times a day actually. I feel so close to my Savior. I couldn't do this without Him. Your companion (as incredible as mine currently is) can only help so much. It all comes back to the Lord. We take the sacrament to renew those baptismal covenants we made to always remember Him, take His name upon us, and stand as a witness of Him at times. When we get squared away with God the spirit helps us. A comforter, a guide, a mentor, a helper, a teacher and a friend. That's what everyone in this world needs right now. If we find that Spirit in our lives everything will start to pick up. Enjoy the journey. Endure to the end sounds hard and can be intimidating. Just enjoy the power of the atonement, the gift of repentance, and the love of the Savior. In 3 Nephi 11:41 The Lord says that the gospel will be preached to all ends of the earth. When President Hinckley came to Perth to dedicate the Perth Temple he said, "Perth Perth, the end of the Earth." He's right. This is the farthest major city from Salt Lake City in the world. The gospel as made it this far and the work that is happening here is incredible!
I sat at Zone Conference on Halloween and thought to myself, "I can't believe that I got my call one year ago." Time flies by. The work is moving and it isn't going to stop. Open your mouth and be a part of it. At the end of Zone Conference we had a testimony meeting among the missionaries. It is incredible to hear the strength and growth in the missionaries testimonies. Elders who are nearing the tail end of their missions bore testimonies about how the knowledge they've received has changed their lives. I was in tears. This gospel changes lives for the better. I love it! Elder Boynton said, "I've been doing this all wrong for so long. In 2 Nephi 2:25 it says, 'Adam fell that men. . . might have joy.' If we don't end our day with more positives then negatives than we are going about life the wrong way." How true that is! I challenge you all to think back on your day at night and strive to have your positives outweigh your negatives. It will bless your life in a really simple and easy way.
Taco and burrito dinner!!!!
Sister Terry doing the fishing for lollies
Elders helping with the bean bag toss
Me and Sister Suzuki
Our Halloween costumes :)
This is my district, minus our zone leaders. We set APM history this week by finding 44 new investigators this last week! That is the new record of investigators found in a district in one week! No worries we are just making history over here :)Left to right: Elder Richards, Elder Holyoak (District leader), Sister Bailey, Sister Suzuki, Sister Terry, Elder Faitua, and Elder Hall.