Monday, May 30, 2016

It's Freezing Mate!

Elder Gualco is getting transferred to train in Ropes Crossing (Hebersham - ALL POLY!).  He's pretty stoked for that, but we were really expecting another transfer together.  Oh well. The Lord obviously has other plans. We still don't have a car and needed to be at the ZL's flat in Newcastle by this evening.  We survived the three-hour train ride and made it down to Newcastle safely.  All is well.  

Winter is drawing near over here.  The Aussies are absolutely terrified of the thought of 6 degree weather.  Conversion for all of the Americans: the coldest it gets is about 50 degrees.  Elder Gualco loves it because it isn't even cold for him.  We actually saw our breath this morning.  It's funny because this is pretty much as cold as it ever gets in Hawai'i.  

Somehow Week 6 of the transfer has come and gone.  The transfer really did seem to fly, but it's been a great one!  Our success seemed to grow progressively as the transfer went on, and this week was pretty awesome.  

We had trade-off with our Zone Leaders, Elder Kehler and Elder Yang early in the week, and as we were street contacting along the river, we met a few people that we got to teach, one of which we hope to continue teaching as the weeks go on.  

Later in the week, we met with one of our investigators, Doug.  He's been taught for about a year now and really loves the missionaries.  Doug has strong faith in God and a desire to change, but feels hesitant to take the leap of faith.  We read Alma 32 with him, and after our Branch Second Counselor/Mission Leader shared his conversion story and testimony, Doug committed to be baptized on the 25th of June.  The Spirit was so strong during that lesson, it was incredible.  

Lastly, our good friend Bruce came to church yesterday.  Afterwards, we got to meet with him and he seemed to have enjoyed the service.  He had a few questions, and as he shared more of his story with us, we began to teach about the Atonement of Christ through Alma 7:11-13.  In the end, we committed him to fast and pray to know his purpose in life.  

Well, it's been fun.  I definitely enjoyed the "one and done" serving with Elder Gualco.  We've had some fun times.  I didn't get to choose a new scripture to Ponderize this week, so I'll share part of the scripture we texted Doug today.  The end of Mosiah 4:9 reads: "believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." 

Something I've learned this week is that sometimes our wants don't always line up with the Lord's will.  On Friday and Saturday, I actually prayed to be able to accept the Lord's will with whatever happened during our transfer call.  I would've loved to serve with Elder Gualco for another transfer.  In fact, we were almost expecting it.  However, the Lord's will doesn't always line up with ours.  In his weekly email today, President Checketts shared that sometimes it'll take months or even years to be able to understand and see things from the Lord's eyes, but when we finally do, we are able to see all the blessings that came because of it.  I don't know what next week will be like, or even what tomorrow has in store, but the Lord does, and I trust His will.  

Love you heaps!
Elder Muh 

Words of the Week
- Water blaster, power washer
- Shout, to spot (money) 
- Pinched, to steal
- Fluro, fluorescent
- Crook, sick 

 Poinsettia in May?!  Sometimes we forget it's winter here.  

Trade-off with the Zone Leaders

Waiting for the Train this Afternoon

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