What a blessed week. I'm so grateful for the Easter time when we can remember our Saviour Jesus Christ, and all that he did for us. That was probably one of my favourite parts of this week, being able to share the true Easter message with almost everyone we taught.
HAPPY EASTER!!! The bishop and his family had all the missionaries over for lunch on Saturday. Being Tongan, they wanted to have something traditional for us. If you look at the picture attached, that is pig on a spit. I think they have another name for it, but I have no idea how to spell that. So be happy with pig on a spit :) And they eat all of it! Not a bit goes to waste. You slice into it, and eat whatever part is given to you, no matter where it came from on the pig.
As far as Easter goes, my favourite scripture is from Luke 24:6 "He is not here, but is risen". That's the glorious news of Easter time, that Christ really was resurrected, and lives again.
This week something really amazing happened. We were trying to find this referral the elders had given us, and she ended up not living at that house. So we were walking around, trying to get a feel of which house she might be in. Then we see this Polynesian family pull up in the driveway, and Sister Tamana said, "Islanders! Let's go talk to them!" (they are very receptive to gospel things, I promise we weren't being prejudiced at all :) )So we went up to them, and the man who answered the door knew us! His daughter is a member and we had met him a few times before. He invited us in, pulled up some chairs, sat us down with this girl and said, "She needs this. You teach her," and then he left! As we got talking with her, we found out her partner in Melbourne is Mormon, his whole family except him are super active and she's even been to church before! She was asking us about the priesthood, temples, and how many wards there were in Mildura. It was such a blessing to find her then, and we will definitely be teaching her as soon as she comes back from Melbourne.
If anyone is curious about the title of my email, we had KFC for dinner on Tuesday night. Sometimes the members here really want to feed us, but don't have time so they take us out. And KFC is a pretty common place... It was after we had got home from that dinner that Sister Tamana made her positive comment of "I'm grateful for it, it was just nasty!" It was a bit heavy, and some missionaries (me) don't like fast food as much. But we are always grateful :D
One of the things that has puzzled me is how hard people have to work to say TOWNSEND. A lot of them just don't get it, especially those who speak English as a second language. It ends up sounding a lot like Thompson. For example, "Sister Thompson is lie singing!!" Which was also said this week.. My companion has an amazing voice, I think she's famous on Facebook right now, at least in Australia, and sometimes I don't want my voice to be heard along side hers. But I promise I do my best, and sing a lot :)
One last thing, we had transfers this week! I am staying here in Mildura, thank goodness, but Sister Tamana has gone to Adelaide. And my new companion is actually my old companion from the MTC, Sister Rougeau! That's really fun.
To conclude, I want to bear my testimony that I know Jesus Christ lives. He directs this work, and he is at the head of His church. I'm so grateful for prayer and the power it has to help us communicate with our Father in heaven. We CAN receive answers to prayers, especially when we sincerely pray for what we need in our lives.