This week was great, have to drive for 3 hours now, Love you all!!
Sorry that this letter may be a bit shorter, we are typing it up quickly before we have to travel up for Mission Leadership Conference here in about 20 minutes. This week was fantastic!!! Honestly one of the best, if not the best week I have had in Canberra. Though it was a mad house figuring out how to move flats, split the area so that we all have equal work to do, and trying to organize Belconnen Elders with work as well even though they need to temporarily live outside of their ward area, it has been great indeed! I have learned so many lessons just in this week alone. One of which is how to help people help themselves. To often I feel when we are not sure of what we do, we immediately go to someone else for help instead of going through what is the right process. We should take just a minute, and think of what we should do. Seek guidance through prayer, and then look to others for help if the matter is not resolved. Another lesson I learned this week is the importance of budgetting and setting up a reserve. At the beginning of the month, we were not expecting this big change to happen of moving flats and transporting other elders to where they needed to go, and as such, my companion and I had to be quite stingy with our kilometers and it put us in some situations that would have been dealt with easier had we set aside a "reserve fund" of kilometers and mission funds. But I guess if we could live life backwards, we could do it perfectly. All lessons to be learned and applied in the future! :) Elder White and I have already seen some great miracles together. I am not sure if you know, but Elder White and I were actually companions in the MTC for 6 weeks. When I had been there for 6 weeks, he came in and replaced my other companion since he had just left for Hong Kong. So when I saw we were companions again I knew we would have great success together. He is SUCH a hard worker. He also is really humble and LOVES being a missionary. I know he will do great work down here leading the Canberra Zone. His first few days were as crazy as mine but we have seen some great miracles already. Like we called and informed you; the lady named Noni who looked on mormon.org and requested the address of the meeting house said she would be baptized on the first meeting! She commited to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know it is true daily, to attend church in 2 days time, and to meet us again at a members home this . She also mentioned she had a sister who she would ask to come and join us next time. Seeing her come to church yesterday with her 2 little kids was fantastic! She has 2 little daughters, a 2 yr old and a 4 yr old. The ward just latched onto her really well and welcomed her with open arms. Her older daughter loved the nursery, and the younger one..... well she was a bit noisy but I was happy that Noni still stayed for all 3 hours and really enjoyed it. But wait, theres more!! She texted us that evening saying that she would love to bring her sister along to church this following S ! :) We are so excited for her! I wish there was more time to tell you in detail about the miracles, but in short Tenari (the Samoan investigator who's step-father is a minister up in Sydney) said she would read the Book of Mormon everyday and that her step Father's heart is softening towards her coming to church with us. The Chinese family we are working with came to our lesson right before church and were planning to stay but then the husband got called into work and they left before letting us know so we could figure out a ride... that was a bummer, but they were all there and ready! :) Another miracle that came from them as well though was their friend Heiting came to the lesson, and though the family did not stay for church, she did! So many miracles are happening down here President, Elder White and I are thrilled to be working down here!