Sunday, January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017 Werribee

G'day everybody! 

I apologize for the lame emails the last few weeks. It is kind of funny when your P-days are just as stressful and busy as your proselyting days. But today we gave ourselves time to email! 

Happy birthday to my favorite sister!  Wow I can't believe Amy will be 14. That's Crazy. Isn't she 9 now? Weird, I guess that must mean I'm getting older too.

So this whole transfer, we have been really struggling to find people to teach, or just to teach anyone in general! We were really getting pretty discouraged, but we gained some strength from the story of the Sons of Mosiah who had so much success in their missions. The scripture says that "they had given themselves to much fasting and prayer". We knew we had given ourselves to much prayer, but we decided that we needed to give ourselves to much fasting as well. So we chose Thursday as our day to fast. We fasted with some mighty prayer and some real intent, and what do ya know? God actually means what He says! From Thursday to Sunday, we taught 10 investigator lessons, where as we have spent entire weeks teaching only 2! So that was a huge miracle. 

I would love to tell you about every single one of those people, but for now, I will just tell you about Kevin and his family. So we met Kevin a few weeks ago and we have seen him a few times. He is about 50 something and he was raised as a Jehovah's witness. He hasn't gone to church in a long time though. So anyway, on Thursday was the first time we got to actually sit down and have a lesson with him! He invited us straight in and we sat down and he, his wife Stella, and his 15 year old son Tristan talked with us. Stella had so many questions!!!!!! She just kept shooting them off at us, but they were sincere questions. She has been in many churches and has never found one she totally agrees with. They are all really willing to genuinely search to know if this is true. They want to have a weekly lesson, and they are going to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it is true. We are so excited to see as they receive their answers and decide to change.

Yeah this was one of the coolest weeks of my mission. So at the Australian Open, We didn't have tickets in to see the big name players, but we did get to go into one of the smaller arenas (still pretty massive) and watch an Aussie. The Aussies are super supportive of their country. So we watched two Aussies. We only got to see women’s matches, but that's ok, they were still awesome. I attached one picture that shows how incredibly athletic they are!  I want to get into tennis now.  We also had some visitors to our flat this week.  We’ve caught four now, but there are still more hiding someplace.
The scripture that really inspired me this week is 2 Nephi 27:23

"For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith."


I love you all!

Elder Chappell. 

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