So, this week I had STL exchanges with an Australian. So, awesome. She is actually Samoan but she lives in Australia. We had a good day and I showed her the vegemite Mum and Dad sent me and she almost died of happiness haha. I learnt a lot from her, it was a great day. President Koster talks a lot to us about having a 'sense of urgency,' in the work. After these exchanges for some reason I really gained that! I really gained that sense of urgency for the work. I only have about 8, almost 7 months left of my mission and I need to do all that I can to help this work progress. There is so much work to be done!
So, I ate balut again this week. I've eaten it quite a few times but this time was different. The duck was SO developed! There were feathers and at first, I was like okay okay I can deal with this then I took a bite and it was crunchy!! I was like okay nope that's it that's too far. It was the feet! And I saw the beak too ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I am not gonna eat another one for a while.
There is this one guy in our area who always calls me pinsan which means cousin hahaha. He collects the money before people hop on the jeepney. Yesterday he saw me and was like PINSAAAN!!! He always tells everyone "Yeah I used to be that white." Hahaha he is so funny!!
I had this really cool experience the other week that I forgot to tell you. We have this one member in our area and before we visit them we normally text just to confirm. This time I completely forgot. Anyway, we get there and her sister, her sister’s husband and her Grandma are there. (They are not members of the church). We had a lesson planned about missionary work but I was like yeah let's not do that right now. Anyway. Before I am thinking about what we can share. I was like maybe I will just share the first principle of lesson 1 which is about how the gospel blesses families. Because of course they are a family. Anyway, I started and just shared about how even though we have problems in our families, if we have our family centered on Jesus Christ and the Gospel then we have a way to deal with the problems we face. As I was sharing I was like okay this isn't what I need to be sharing. Then out of nowhere I just followed up with the family about their reading in the Book of Mormon. l don't really know where it came from haha. The children said they hadn't really been reading. So, I was planning to share in 2 Nephi about how we need to feast upon the words of Christ. As I asked them to get their Book of Mormon the Grandma said "Okay get their Bible." I was like okaaaaaaaay, I need to share something else. So many people call the Book of Mormon our Bible haha. Anyway I flipped open to 2 Nephi 29.. and we read these verses with them:
7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
10 Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I have not caused more to be written.
Sorry the text is so big.. I don't know how to make it smaller haha
Then I asked the Mother to share what she learnt and what her testimony was of the Book of Mormon. I literally saw her eyes light up as she was given the opportunity to share her testimony with her family about the Book of Mormon. She said things like "remember I told you....." I think it helped her to have us there to support her and her testimony. I think the scriptures supported what she had explained to them before about the Book of Mormon. It was a great lesson and I am so grateful that I was able to be led by the Spirit. I know He took over the lesson. None of it was me or my companion.
We played basketball again this morning. It was the best!!!! Just owned some Elders again, you know how it is.
This is out activity last week (2 districts from our zone)
I love this picture.. it is our district with the district shirt we made (Lesen can you please set this as my facebook picture haha). I don't have enough time to send you others sorry
Happy birthday for last Thursday Aunty Tel!!! Happy birthday Aunty Peggy for next week and Uncle Justy as well. I will try and remember next week but you know I am forgetful sometimes.
Love you guys!!! .
This is all for this week
Activity last week (2 districts from our zone)
My district wearing our district shirts