Straight up this was probably one of the best weeks of my mission. Some weeks seem to have a lot more flow to them, and this was one of them. I feel like we not only planned effectively, but also executed well. Solid game plan. There was a good balance between finding and member work and it just felt good to be out working.
We received two Book of Mormon referrals in a span of about 5 days, which typically never happens. I think I've gotten maybe 5 or 6 of those types of referrals my whole mission, so that was pretty big. We placed a Book of Mormon with both of those people, but unfortunately it doesn't seem like much will come from it. All good. At least they have the Book in their homes.
Since we're the only companionship in Gosford right now, we've been going through all the area books and following up with those people. That's where most of the finding work we did this week came from. We did meet a former investigator named Graham who we scheduled a return appointment with, so we'll see where that goes.
Tracting in Australia (at least in my experiences) is always pretty amusing. You never know who will answer or what their response is going to be like. We've gotten some pretty funny rejections this week. I think the shortest one was a conversation that lasted less than 5 seconds. We also knocked into a Jehovah's Witness family who were very nice and we had a pretty positive conversation with. The conversations that seem to occur the most is what I like to call a positive rejection. If the person isn't interested, but we're still able to talk with them and let them have a positive experience with missionaries, I feel like it was productive. Here's a few random statistics for the week: 4 glasses of water, 2 glasses of orange juice, 3 rejections within 5 seconds, and 5 positive rejections.
Our biggest miracle during the week was tracting in Killcare Heights. We had a little over an hour before our next appointment, so thought we'd tract near our Ward Mission Leader's house. We ended up only knocking 3 doors, because we met this lady named Annie who gave us a drink and talked to us for a good while. She is what they call spiritual here. No specific religion, but pray daily and feel very connected with God. She's moving up to Brissie, so we won't get to meet with her again, but she does have a Book of Mormon, so you never know.
Lastly, the Sabbath. Yesterday, was just a really enjoyable day. I feel like I'm beginning to appreciate Sundays a whole lot more. Elder Heu and I are really trying to focus on obedience and 2 returned missionaries spoke about that topic in their testimonies. And then the Gospel Principles lesson was on it was well. Great motivation for us. As a class, we came up with a pattern for obedience. We begin by doing things because we have to, then because we know we should (sometimes there is a bit of guilt involved), and finally because we want to. When we obey because we want to, it becomes a habit or something natural. Also, we become more like Christ.
I know I say this often, but this week really should be a good week. I feel like we have set goals that will really help us to keep progressing. In District Training Meeting, we'll get to discuss what makes a successful missionary, and we have trade-offs with the Zone Leaders this weekend as well. So good it should be.
Love you heaps!
Elder Heu and I at Avoca
Elder Lamb and Elder Sloan trained on how we can use the members to help investigators to come to church. They likened it to Captain Moroni and how he fortified the Nephite cities. We as "modern Moroni's" need to prepare our armies (the members) to protect our investigators from the Lamanites (Satan).
The down under equivalent to a snowman
Elder Heu loves cereal and so do I, so we stocked up today. I think the Lord is very inspired.
The District last transfer
Power washing service from last transfer as well