Ok I sat down to write this email, and my mind literally went blank. I can't remember what happened this week ha.
Oh, so we went to contact a referral we had received, and we accidentally went to this building, we still aren't sure exactly what it is, a government home or half-way house or what, but while there, we met a man who was very mysterious. We started talking to him, he sounded like he was having a really hard time, but he brushed aside whatever we said about the gospel and Saviour and our offers to help. Then he said that he knows the church's number and has the address of the church, but when we asked if he was a member, he said not to ask that question and he wouldn't talk to us. It was so strange. And that experience was before we even got into the building...
I can't really describe the feeling in there, but the spirit was not there. It was heartbreaking to see these people who have no hope or are just desperate and don't know why they are here on earth or how to be happy. I don't think we are actually allowed to go there, and the person we wanted to visit wasn't even home, so we decided to just try to contact this man by phone again.
When we were trying to get out, we got totally lost. We kept going to different levels and stairways and couldn't find the way outside. We eventually found a map, then got lost again, then found another map, and then a person who guided us outside. It made me think about life. In life, if you don't know where you are headed, you feel lost, or direction-less. It doesn't really seem to matter where you go or what you do. The gospel provides us with the knowledge of why we are here on earth--to have joy, and to prepare to meet God. Our end goal is to return to live with Him, with our families. We need to know more than just where you want to go though, we need to know how to get there.
We knew we wanted to get outside, but we didn't know how. It wasn't until we found a map of the place, that we were able to plan how to get outside. The gospel of Jesus Christ, or His doctrine (faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end) is the way we can return to Heavenly Father's presence. Well actually, Jesus Christ's Atonement is what makes it possible, but the gospel is what He asks us to do to access His Atonement to become clean from sin and to become more like Him. We do not earn eternal life through our actions, but we learn how to become more like Him, and then, even after all we can do, we will fall short and it is only through His grace and mercy that we can be saved.
I am really focusing on studying the Saviour and His life right now. I am constantly in awe of Him and what He has done for me. There is so much to learn about! I so easily fall into a routine and just go through life, day to day, taking for granted that Jesus Christ actually suffered for my sins, died for me, and was resurrected so that I can live again and return to my Heavenly Father. My mind doesn't even comprehend how incredible that is, and how completely and utterly selfless He is. But when I think about it, I want to do whatever He asks.
Wow major sidetrack haha. Sorry guys.
Even after we found the map, we got lost again, and wandered until we found another map, so we always have to keep checking our progress and what steps we need to take next, and we cannot do it on our own. I'm just gonna end the analogy there, hopefully I explained it so that it makes sense, but if not, oops.
Umm...other things this week...we started teaching this man Matt this week. He is actually related to members in another ward, and he knows a little bit about the church. He has such strong faith in Christ, and is really keen to continue learning. He asked if he could bring his friend the next time! He is really involved in his church right now, and is a bit hesitant to actually come to church, but we are going to be bold and loving and help him recognize that he will find the truth as he acts in faith and comes to church as well as reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know the truth. We can't sit and ask Heavenly Father to let us know what is right, we have to study it out and do our part.
We had a relief society activity this weekend about family history, and several women shared stories from their ancestors (or their own stories) so we learned a lot about the founding of Perth city. Dad, you would have loved it. Afterwards they gave us all of the leftover food--and there was a ton. They really make sure the missionaries are fed here ha.
It was a great week, even though I can't remember too much else that happened that is interesting enough to share. We had a couple blonde moments, and my life is full of disorganized moments, which explains why I don't actually write the funny moments down.
Oh, I remembered one haha...so Sister De Vera and I were on our way to a meeting at the ward mission leader's house, but we had to get gas first (remember how last week I told you our flash car tells you how many ks you can go until you have to get gas? It is a liar. Because it said we had plenty left to get there and back, and then it changed and said "Fill tank" or something like that and the car started lurching a little bit.) We found a gas station after a little while, and then when we got there we couldn't figure out where the lever to open the gas cap was. We looked in the manual and all over the front of the car, etc. and we couldn't find it. Before this I had said a prayer that we would find a gas station, figure out how to put gas in the car and make it to the meeting safely. Well we finally decided to go talk to the man at the register (he had been staring at us trying to figure out what we were doing the whole time) so we went in and asked him--he wasn't sure, but said he would try to come help us. As we were turning to go out the door, in walks a guy with a Melville Holden shirt on--he works at the very place our car is from. We told him the problem, and he went outside and explained that we just have to push on the gas cap when the car is unlocked and it pops open. Shame ha. (But side note, I had actually tried to push on it, but the car was possibly locked or I didn't push hard enough). But we were laughing at the way Heavenly Father answered our prayer.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Mormon Message for the week: The Refiner's Fire Link