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Monday, January 27, 2014

Trying our best!


Hello everyone!
Hey sorry but I don't have much time this week! I am just going to copy and past part of my letter to my president for ya
Dear President
This week was a slow week but Sister Keikyu and I are continuing to work as hard as we can. This weeks miracel was really cool. We got a referral from one of our members to go and visit one of her friends. During the next day all of our plans fell through so we went to visit this referral. She wasnt home but her brother who was house sitting for her was. We talked with him and he told us he is a nonmember but his girlfriend is a less active member and has talked about it with him. As we got talking he went to grab his girlfriend for us to meet her. When she came to the door she looked really familiar and then I recognized her as the 21 year old daughter of a less active family we have been trying to get in the door with for the past 8 weeks. As we talked to her she was really stand offish but the more we talked about how the gospel could help the two of them individually and as a couple she started warming up to us. We have an appointment to go see the two of them today. It was a really cool experience that showed a small impression from the spirit can make great miracles if we follow them.
One of my favourite versus I read in the book of Mormon this week was Mosiah 7:33.
It really emphasized our missionary purpose and serving with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. As we do so we will see miracles and do a great work in this vineyard.
So yeah... this week was slow. But we are trying our best! Also shout out to the Angliau family for the package!! I loved it and I'll admit I did cry from the love and support I felt. I love you guys heaps!
I don't know waht to say other than I love you all! I will include some pics!!
 
Well I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Love
Sister Boiteux

Goofy Elders... Gotta love em' 

Thank you Angilau family! I love you guys!


'Straya Day!!! A.K.A. Australia Day


we went to Georges river and it says there are sharks ahhh
 

Monday, January 20, 2014

BEcome


Dear Familia,
This week nothing new has really happened. The work is still going slow which is frustrating as but I know that the Lord sees our efforts and will magnify them. I know that if I keep working as hard as I can that some miracle lies ahead.
I'm trying my best to serve my companion and have more patience with her. I really hope that Heavenly Father will help me to develop the patience that I need so that I can become more purpose centered. Is is really hard because the natural self wants me to be self centered and ask "well why can't my companion ever do anything for me, why do I always have to put in the effort?" or say things like "nobody cares about me, why can't I just have a friend and feel loved?" Well the fact of the matter is if we want to have a friend then we first have to BE that friend! Just like at school if you want to see straight A's then you have to "become" straight A's, meaning you have to put in the effort. See the goal and then work towards it. It is really really really hard work but I know that if I try my best that the Lord will qualify my work and help me develop a friendship with my companion. I just need to stay in the right mind set. Really we are our own worst enemies and we need to learn to change that! Well I now digress with my thoughts so let me just reign back a bit haha.
So probably the funnest part of the week was our Japanese food night! We went to the Balden families and Sister Keikyu and I (mostly sister keikyu) helped cook. Sister Keikyu was in heaven and the food was quite divine. Blake yes you should be jealous! ;)
Also since being here my tolerance for hot food has increased, I love spicy food ha.
In all honesty really not much has happened that I really can mention... sorry for that. I need to start keeping a better record of what I want to tell yous.
So basically the thing I have realised most this week is how much more mellow I am becoming. Of course I still get stressed and have my freak outs but I am a lot calmer. I still have a long way to go before I can say I have claimed patience as a success but I am trying my best. I am also learning to be more open with others. Today during my studies I learned that in order to have an increase of faith it all starts with charity-which is the pure love of Christ. In Moroni 7 it states that faith and hoped are tied together and come due to meekness and lowliness of heart which are all a result of charity. I need to develop more charity mostly for my companion. As I do this I know that the faith I have in the Lord will also increase. As we are in the service of our fellow being we are only in the service of our God (Mosiah 2:17). I am learning to control my attitude and behaviour.  There is a quote that says soemthing like "True doctrine understood changes attitude and behaviour quicker than a study of behaviour changes behaviour." meaning as we study the doctrine of Christ and apply it into our life then we will see the way we act and react start to become more Christlike. We will start to BECOME like Christ. Our purpose here on earth was all about BECOMING! We came so we could BE! Contention, yelling, fighting, holding grudges, rolled eyes, sarcasm, pain, broken hearts, bruised bodies and spirits.... these are things of the devil. The greatest way he drives the Spirit of God away from us is by creating feelings of anger, envy, jealousy, and hate. As we let into our hearts and minds it will make us become more like Him-the creator of all evil.  One thing is fact though. Even Satan can not take away our power of agency. So choose now. Who do you want to BECOME? The choice is yours. In those moments of intense rage when all that you can see is the intensity of red, instead thing of the redness of the blood of Christ. Then picture the white-the purity of His resurrection. Picture the one being who has felt all those feelings and more. Picture Him and let Him take it from you. Only in this way can we be set free and become the person we want to be and that God expects us to be. It isn't easy. Even as a missionary I am still learning everyday how to think more of Him in my choices. It is hard work. We get so caught up in life but you know He is the reason we have life so maybe take time to think of that.
I love my Saviour.
Well I have a word of advice to go with that. From me to you... be grateful for what you have now! Here I've learned that you don't know how much you have to be grateful for until you no longer have it. Now that is pretty sad. So just so you can be happier learn to be grateful now for what you have. So in the future you won't feel sad that you weren't more thankful. God has given us all good things for our happiness and growth. Use it wisely and gratefully.
Now to go with that word of advice is also an added caution. Don't procrastinate for tomorrow what you could have done today. Laziness NEVER was happiness. Here I've learned the busier that I am serving the Lord the happier I am. Also I have learned the importance of a little thing called TIME MANAGEMENT! Now is the time to prepart to meet God (Alma 34:32). He is teaching us how to live His higher law. Don't you think he'd want us to know how to work effectively all day, every day? (Alma 13:27-29)
Cool fact: In my personal study of the Book of Mormon I read a quote from Joseph Smith that says the name "Mormon" literally means "more good" (History of the Church 5:400). Isn't that awesome! So in other words the Book of Mormon means "The Book of More Good". Right on! What do you think of that? I know the Book of Mormon is one of those things we need to learn to be grateful for. It is one of those good things God has given us to prepare to live with Him. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of our Saviour Jesus Christ and that as Joseph Smith said "a man will get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book".  I know this because I've felt that in my own life as I read and ponder over its words. It is a direction/instruction manual for our lives. I love this book! Sometimes when I feel fearful or scared I just pick up my proslyting copy and hold it as I read over the front cover that reads
The Book of Mormon
Another Testament
Of Jesus Christ
Powerful!! In the book Our Search for Happiness by Elder M Russell. Ballard he says "The Apostle Paul encouraged the Thessalonian Saints:"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21). It is my simple, sincere belief that anyone who will take the time to prove the Book of Mormon-that is, study it, ponder about it, and ask God to tell you if it is true-will want to "hold fast" to it because it is, indeed, the word of God. As the second great Book of Mormon prophet, Nephi, said:"And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will beileve in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good" (2 nephi 33:10)
Nephi's message is the central focus of the Book of Mormon: bringing people to Chrsit and teaching them "that they should do good". And according to the prophet Mormon, that's an excellent indication that the book is worthy of your time and consideration. He wrote:
"Everything which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to belive in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.
"But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in chrsit, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him...
"Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye many know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ" (Moroni 7:16-17,19).
That's wise scriptural cousel-for yesterday, today,and forever."  End quote
(see pages 49-50)
I add my testimony and witness that this book,The Book of Mormon, is indeed the word of God. I know that it is good. Please read, ponder, and pray about this book. Honestly what harm could come from it. Nothing. Only the devil would tell us not to read it. So be brave. Pick it up. And learn more about your eternal destiny! Don't just take my word for it.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
xoxo.
Sister B




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I believe in miracles


Hey Everyone!
How is it going? So I didn't write down what I wanted to say before hand so this will probably be a short email this week. Anyways transfers where this week but I am staying in Bankstown with Sister Keikyu. We will see how this transfer goes.
So miracle for the week: All our appointments cancelled on us one day so we decided to go to a members house to check on a referral, yet the member wasn't there. So we decided to go visit some less actives we had never met before. At one house we came to the mom told us we couldn't talk to her but we could talk to her daughter. We had a great lesson with her! She is 17 and has been struggling to come to church without her family. She told us she had prayed to God the night before and asked Him to help her find happiness and then what do you know... the next day two sister missionaries stopped by! It was really humbling. I cried with her as she bore her testimony to us. At the end of it she told us about one of her less active friends so we took her with us to visit her friend and his family where we had another great lesson. It was a day of miracles.
Also a cool fact of the week. Every Saturday we go play touch rugby with the ward and it is a finding activity meaning it is for everyone: members, investigators, non-members, and less actives. Anyways I guess that a professional rugby player was there playing with everyone. He plays for the Parramatta Eels (a big rugby team here). At the end of the game the elders grabbed us and said we had to get a picture with him.. we were confused as to why but then felt cool afterwards haha. Unfortunately I do not have that picture.  Our dear zone leader Elder Wan went home this week and sister Keikyu and I were so sad to see him go. He was an awesome leader. It felt like our older brother was leaving us. It is amazing how close you get to everyone out here.
Furthermore AWESOME news! In February Elder Nelson is come to visit our mission and the North mission so we are having a combined conference where he will speak to us! I am so excited to listen to this apostle of the Lord! It is going to be the coolest thing EVER!!!!!! Super excited for that. President has asked us to prepare spiritually for it as he believes we will all get to shake his hand and meet him face to face. I am very excited!
Well I don't really know what else to say. I know this church is true. I know that God is our eternal father. I know Jesus Christ is my Redeemer and Saviour. I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that my family can be forever as we strive to make and keep our sacred covenants that we can make in the holy house of the Lord. I am so grateful for my mission. It is a very hard thing to do but I KNOW it is shaping to outcome of my future life. I am grateful for the Lord pushing me to come here.
God bless you all!
xoxo.
Sister Boiteux

The district before transfers


Pig roast


PIZZA NIGHT!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

3 Nephi 11:6-14

Hello everyone! Another week down only fifty million more to go ha. 
This week for me is all about patience... my least favorite virtue. Patience is hard on a mission because for each companion and each area you have to learn to be patient in a different way. But I guess it is good because it is helping me learn and grow. 
I seriously can't believe how fast this transfer has FLOWN by! This is the last week. I have a feeling Sister Keikyu and I will be here together for awhile longer.. we shall see da da dummm...
The past few days have been hard but I have really tried my best to stay positive. My companion is really homesick so I have been trying my best to help her get through it but man it is hard to stay positive for two. I dont smile as much as I used to and that is something I need to work on again..
But we perservere and keep working. 
We had a lesson with this really cute couple on Thursday and we began to teach the Plan of Salvation, they had so many tough questions, especially regarding the fall. It was real fun haha. My companion totally went blank and just sat there looking confused. I just kept having to talk and nudge her to pitch in. To say the least it wasn't the best lesson but it also wasnt the worst. Luckily we had a member there who saved the lesson. She is a convert herself so she bore a really strong testimony. All we can do is pray that our investigators will pray to know if what we said is true and that the spirit can testify to them that it is. Thankfully I dont have to convert anyone, that is the spirits job :)
Afterwards we had a really good dinner appointment which made up for all the anxious feelings we felt haha, you can always count on food and good members haha. 
Friday we had a HUGE miracle. So all of our appointments feel through so we decided to drive far away to the library to do 12 week study. Well when we got to the librrary we realised it was closing in 30 minutes (bad planning on our part) so we decided to just go street contacting and NOBODY was interested. It was getting so depressing and man I was getting frustrating because the whole day had just gone flop but then we were talking to this young boy (who wasnt interested) when this man pulled up in his car with his young daughter and sadi something like "sorry to interrupt but are you from some church?" 
We explained that yes we were from "some church" and then he proceeded to tell us he really needed to meet with us but he was headed out at the moment so he wanted to give US his number. It was a miracle! So we exchanged numbers and then later when we contacted him via the phone he told us we can meet enxt week. So hopefully all goes well when we see  him. It just goes to show that if you do everything you can to serve the Lord as good as you know how then he will help you in his own due time. Even if it is at the end of the day. For we know that all the best miracles and blessing come at the end. :)
It is peculiar how just right when you want to give up and quit and just collapse and cry the Lord gives you just enough to keep going. 
I also had another really cool experience. This is probably the biggest tender mercy i've had  for myself on my mission. One particularly hard morning I was reading in 3rd Nephi about the destruction of the people in the Americas after the death of Christ up to his appearance after the Resurrection. In verse 9 of chapter 10 it says " and it came to pass that thus did the three days pass away. And it was in the morning, and the darkness dispersed from off the face of the land..." As I read this I felt like sometimes in life we get into our own dark stage. Where all the light is gone and we just feel lonely, sad, depressed, and scared. And this morning I was kind of feeling that way. And in my mind I was imaging what it would be like for these nephites who had been encompassed about with complete and utter darkness but then when the Lord was about to come the sun came up and its warm rays began to penetrate the black of night. And it said in that verse that it didn't just vansih but the darkness "dispersed" it went away gradually. It is like a foggy day and the sun is slowly making the fog roll away until only the sunlight beams through. It was really quite beautiful in my mind. Anyways, I digress. So I was sad and felt in my own dark stage this morning and as I was reading this and continued to read about the appearance of Christ and in verse 11 of chapter 11 Christ says "And behold, I am the light and the life of the world;..." So Christ was the light that could help me. After I read this I prayed in my heart and I had the subtle impression to look in my stationary box and taht I would find a note from my mom there. At first I brushed it off as my own mind trying to comfort me but I still thought "why not it couldnt hurt to try" so I grabbed my box and began to sift through it. At first there was nothing, and nothing still. A little over half way through nad I thought "this is stupid why am I doing this" but then as I kept going out slid a little note from my mom that said "Christ never said it would be easy but only that it would be worth it. Just keep going honey."  
I began to cry of course. It was a tender mercy from the Lord. My mothers words were my ray of sunlight after my own darkness. I know it may sound silly to all of you but to me it meant a lot. That was probably the last note from my mom that I will find. 
So yeah that was that. It was a good week.
Well now on to what I did today. Today we went to the zoo and I got to feed and pet a baby kangaroo. it was cool. I will send pics. WEll have a good week! I love you all and hope taht you can see your own miracles and tender mercy too! 

Love.
Sister Boiteux