What a week of highlights!!
Our mission president and his wife drove out to see us this week, and it was WONDERFUL. President and Sister Parker are amazing, and want to help us in any way that they can. They have so much love for the missionaries. We learned a heap about what we can do to improve our teaching skills, and really just keep helping everyone around us to have more spiritual experiences. We really focused on what our purpose is, and what more we can do. I know that Heavenly Father is directing this work, and He asks of us to be our very best, as we do HIS work.
I was definitely able to see how the Spirit prompts us in certain ways, but ONLY when we have put in the most preparation we could on our part. There is such a difference between "winging it", and having actual plans then letting the Spirit guide. Twice this week we had plans, a couple of them fell through, and as we were biking to the next back up, the spirit came and said, "No! You need to go try this person." Twice! Because of this, we were able to teach 2 amazing young women. The first was Tori. She is from Robinvale, a small town about 2 hours away, and we've met her a few times before, but were never able to have a proper lesson with her. But we did, and she had so many questions about Jesus Christ that we were able to answer. I loved it. The second was Jess. Also met her a while back, and haven't been in contact with her. (Turned out, her phone just didn't have any credit, and we didn't think to call her. Shame on us) We just saw Jess yesterday, and she was so ready. She had been hearing on the radio people talking about prayer, and she didn't have any idea how to do it. Then come the missionaries, here to teach her about prayer and developing a stronger relationship with God! It was great :) and we got to teach her more about the Holy Ghost - the Comforter (John 14:26-27)
Last but not least, we had a musical fireside last night. There were lamps everywhere, and the whole program was how we can strengthen ourselves through tough times. And I got to play piano for a straight 40 minutes as background noise :) But the spirit there was so strong, and we got to meet people who hadn't ever come to our church before, and help them understand what was going on. Great stuff!
A final thought to share... This is a verse of scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants, which was given through modern day prophets. It is in Doctrine and Covenants 1:23 "That the fullness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world." I know that this is true. I feel it every day. But I also know that it applies to all of us. We can all open our mouths to share what we know, and God helps give us the strength to do it.
Also for anyone who would like to see, check out Sister Parker's blog, I know she has heaps of pictures, and probably more about what it's like here in Australia, I know I'm not very good at that! It's at parkersaustraliamission.blogspot.com