Sunday, March 17, 2013

21 January 2013

Sister Ensign comes at the end of March in a large intake. At last count there are 19 missionaries coming in the March intake and 15 of them are Sisters! President said that some Sisters who are training will have to double train!

That's so sad about President Smibert! I miss them terribly. I wanted to see them again and thought it would be wonderful to have President Smibert seal me when I get married. [Note: President Smibert passed away subsequent to this message, on March 13th]

The ward I am currently in is Madeley ward and Bishop Snow got released a few weeks ago. Our new Bishop is a man named Hamish Holder. He told me on Sunday that he was Uncle Steve's first companion on his mission :) How cool is that? The Holders are awesome. Dallin and Geralee Holder are in Ellenbrook ward and are wonderful. They are amazing fellowshippers and love helping out the missionaries as do all the Holders.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:85
"Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man."

We also teach a LA family called the Konomanyis. They are African and we love them! On Saturday afternoon their cousin Tim from South of Perth came to visit them and sat and had a really interesting talk with us about the Bible. We were able to introduce the Book of Mormon to him and he asked questions that were deep, but had to do with the Plan of Salvation. We gave him a pamphlet and told him this would answer more of the questions he had about the meaning of life etc. and he asked in amazement: "Are you mind readers or something?" We told him how we pray to have the spirit (of discernment) with us every day for when we come across people like him. He's not in our area but he is golden! He is willing to meet with the Elders in his area and learn.

We also talked with a man in his front yard and he said he had given up on religion because it was contradictory when it came to things like the bible, and the people were hypocrites. He said alot of things that reminded me of Joseph Smith and we shared how we are the church of God, not a church of man and he asked for something to read so we gave him a Restoration pamphlet and he promised he would read it and ring us.

After contacting people, we were walking back towards our car when a lady called to us and asked us for one of the pamphlets we were carrying. She told us she used to be visited by the missionaries but lost contact with them and wanted to see them again so she was eager to get our number so she could call us.
Sister Fowler and Sister Parsons
These experiences have left me feeling happier in my spirit and I pray that I will be able to keep that.

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