Time has flown by! I can't believe that these two wonderful years have gone by so fast! its almost like a blur. I have had so many amazing experiences and funny stories happen in the time that i have been here. it would take a lifetime to get through all of the experiences i have had. and there is no possible way that i can express with words how I feel about my mission!
This last week was a bitter sweet week. Eddie the investigator we were working with prayed and received an answer!!!!! his answer was "not yet", when he told us that he didn't want to get baptized yet my companions and I all felt like we should praise him! Its awesome that he received an answer from God that spoke peace into his heart! he recognized it. and he expressed that he is not giving up, the key word in his answer was "yet" that implies that it will happen sooner or later! I admire him for his diligence in studying!
We had a huge musical fireside! Elder Carroll was the mastermind behind all of it! We had such an amazing turn out! President Vidmar came to speak and there were singers from all over Melbourne! One of the members was trying to count and there was 250+! blessings! The spirit was strong, the fireside was focused on Jesus Christ and we had bible videos that matched the songs! it was a really amazing experience! elder Carroll really wanted me to conduct the meeting, I was surprised at how nervous I got! but we have the whole musical fireside recorded so I will be able to show you!
I wish I had the words to explain how I feel! but I will give it a try! I know that their is a God, we call him Heavenly Father! He loves me so much. He has guided me through my whole mission. I have not been perfect, and when I fall short, I would pray and ask for help, and he would calm me down and bring new ideas into my head, open up new avenues that I never thought were possible. He has answered my prayers, sometimes with words spoken into my mind, sometimes with powerful feelings, sometimes with people placed in my path, and sometimes with silence. Gods timing is perfect! if things dont happen when I want them to . . . .its better than if they did! God sent his only begotten son, to dwell with us in the tabernacle of clay. Jesus Christ suffered for all of our sins! He made it possible to become clean again, to be washed from all of our sin. He can strengthen us when we fall short! The book of Mormon has fulfilled its purpose for me, it has drawn me closer to Jesus Christ! I know that the Book of Mormon was written by prophets in the ancient Americas, I believe every single story within its covers! it has helped me so much on my mission! if you are looking for answers, or peace, or comfort, then read the book of Mormon everyday! one of the greatest things I have learned on my mission is how much God truly loves me! He has a plan for all of us!