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Monday, February 24, 2014

WEEK OF MIRACLES!!

Hello everyone! OH MY GOODNESS THIS WEEK IS AMAZING!!!! I love love LOVE missionary work!!! So when you hit your lowest moment you know that the Lord is about to bring you back up. That happened!!! Right when I was giving up and just wanted to get transferred or get a new companion or something miracles just happened! Man there is so much I want to tell you but I have so little time and words are just rushing through my head!! First off we had the Elder Nelson conference this past Wednesday... yeah talk about FREAKING AMAZING!!! I was sitting on the left hand side second pew back... a.k.a I was really close. As he walked into the chapel all 400+ of us missionary arose simultaneously. The coolest most spiritual part happened right after. When he walked past my pew and I could have reached out to Him man my soul just ignited! I had chills all over my body, the good kind that is. And I just couldn't stop myself from crying. My spirit recognised that THIS WAS AN APOSTLE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!! All the talks were so powerful! I wish I had written it down in email form for you but there is just simply to much to say. He explained the story of Gideons army in the book of judges I think he gave the ratio that his army to the Mideanites was 1:500
Then he told us that in the church today we have 14 million members in a world of 7 billion. The ratio is the same. One member to every 500 people. That is a lot to take on! There is no way we could do it. But it is possible. We know Gideons army crushed the Mideanites. How? By the power of God. It is the same with this work! Through god anything is possible! He also told us that when we go home we need to find spouses who love the Lord as much as our mission president and his wife do. Why? Because if they put the Lord first (even before us and our family) then their love for us and for others will automatically blossom. I've seen that in my own life. As I put God first in ALL things my love for others just grows and grows and grows. It is beautiful!!
Then we had an awesome miracle on Saturday! I was a little discouraged I didn't get transferred or something because I have been having a hard time dealing with my companion but on Friday I had fasted and told the Lord that where ever and who ever I was to serve with I would do it cheerfully. As long as He would help me. And boy did he ever! 
We had a first lesson with a referral from a member and guess what we set a baptismal date!!! It is set for 29 March. So we will work towards that. Hopefully it goes!! I am so excited!!!! Then we had an amazing stake conference!!!! Man it was like a spiritual powerhouse. Yesterday we also had a cool miracle. We went to visit a less active family but they weren't home so as we were walking back to our car we said hello to these two ladies sitting on their porch. Of course they said hello back. And when they did that, we moved in. We began talking to them and learned they go to A of G but that they know lots of mormons. They told us the one thing they want is to learn how to draw closer to God. Well good thing we showed up! We have the PERFECT thing for that.. it is called the Book of Mormon! We had a lesson with these two figian sisters and then one of thme asked us if she could come to church this sunday. Of course we said YES!! So yeah that was awesome! We then went to  a family home evening lesson and man! My family we have been missing out!! I wish our family home evenings had been like this one. I wanted to cry it was so powerful! Not only that put they have 9 kids all under the age of 12 and they were all sooooo well behaved. Why? Because they know every monday is family night. AWESOME!!
And last! Today was temple day!!! WEWWWW so powerful. I love that place!
So yeah. I am nervous for the next six weeks ahead but I will put my trust in the Lord. Love you all!

xoxo.
Sister Boiteux

Sister Clegg


Out to lunch after conference with STL's and AP's


Temple Trip!


after conference

I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE!!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

7 Months!!


Well hello family.
Not much to say this time. That is what happens when I forget to write down what I want to say. I always have so many thoughts going through my head during the day that when I actually have to sit down and cohesively and coherently write them down... well that isn't going to happen ha.
So we are now moving in to the last week of this transfer. I can't believe how fast time is just a crusin' by. I can't believe that today WOW TODAY I have been out 7 months!!!! It is crazy!!!!!! So basically the work is still how it has been. We work with HEAPS AND HEAPS of less actives! It is great though. I tell my companion that getting them back to church, actively, is just like getting a baptism in my eyes because we are helping them to renew that covenant. It is a beautiful process. We are working with one progressing investigator right now. It was so funny, yesterday at church during gospel principles we were all introducing ourselves and he said "Hello I'm Adel and I'm a new member.." umm... not yet muhahaha. We are hoping to set a date with him this week. He is a great old man. It was so funny when we were explaining our rule to him that we can't come into his house without another female present he kept saying "well I'm not going to eat you, I'm not going to eat you. I just want to give you a little cuddle" AHH that is worst than breaking rule number one haha. But in all honesty he is great and always wants to feed us food-not so great. I am being very very careful what I eat here. And Im trying to cut back on my sugar intake as well, that is much easier said than done.
Well Valentines came and went. I stayed up a little late making heart attacks for all the sister that I live with. As I made them I was thinking of you mom and how every valentines you would wake up super early and make us a delicious breakfast and write cute notes. It made me miss you tons. Especially when I woke up in the morning and smelt bacon and realised that it was from our neighbors... sad day when you smell bacon yet have to eat cold cereal haha. But nahh it was a good day.
So yesterday at church we also had a ward fireside about family history and temple work. It was SO POWERFUL!! Everyone was crying-men included. Some people from the temple presidency came and spoke to us and it was really great. However it may have been a good thing our investigators didn't come because it would have created a lot of questions. I wonder how that would have turned out... Well I can't wait to email you next week and tell you what happens with transfers. I love you all heaps and hope you have a great week!
 
Love.
Sister Boiteux


Sports night!


tie-dying for P-day


Taking some young women out



Valentines attack for the other sister missionaries

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Faith proceeds the Miracle


Faith. Faith. Faith. This single word has been resonating through my head since the moment I got in the car to drive to the MTC nearly 7 months ago. Faith is the key principle to all that we do and all that we are. Yesterday was the Pacific Area Leadership Broadcast and Elder Pearson (in the area presidency) said we need to have not only faith to serve, but ALSO faith to be successful. That really struck me because this WHOLE time I have just been working on having faith to go to work but NOW I need to have the faith to succeed. I am finally enjoying the work so now I just need to believe that I can help people and that I can become a strong missionary. I know I'm an okay missionary but I never think I can become great. The reason being is I set such a high expectation on myself that when I fall short I get discouraged and my confidence shatters. So today is a new day and I will have more faith that I can be successful. And that I dont have to be THE best but merely do MY best!
This week has been a week of miracles! It has been a very good week! We had tradeoffs with our Sister Training LEaderson Tuesday and it was great! I learned heaps! My STL's are great examples to me! they told us to create a vision for our mission. So I did. My first week here in Australia I created a vision of what I wanted to DO but as I've grown I've learned that it isn't what we do that shapes who we are but who we BECOME shapes what we do. For example, you learn to become more patient as you read the scriptures and as aquire this heavenly attribute it results in less yelling you do. Of course this is like faith. We learn in James 2:17 that faith without works is dead. Well so it is with becoming more like Chirst, the reason being we can't become more like Him without faith that we can. So.... in order to not digress any further I will get to the point. I created a vision of what I want to BECOME and then wrote how that will shape what I Do. See the difference?
This is my vision, it consists of 7 things I want to BE:
1. Be a full purpose, Preach My Gospel, missionary
2. Be a strong and capable leader
3. Be more patient
4. Be EXACTLY obedient
5. Be happy
6. Be more submissive and humble
7. Be the best ME that I can BE
 
There is a reason Jesus Christ gave the "beattitudes" in the Sermon on the Mount, not the "do-attitudes". To do as He would do we must first BE as He would BE!
This requires faith to be successful an faith to but it into action.
 
I will copy and paste a miracle that i sent to president to you. Here it is.
 
Dear President Lew,
This has been a great week with many many miracles! One of the best miracles was the change in an inactive member. We went to visit him many weeks ago but he had no desire to change. He has a hard time reading the Book of Mormon because he has a learning disability but we challenged him to it anyways. Well three days ago we had the impression to just stop by and say hello. As we did he told us that since we last came he couldn't get the thought of the church and God out of his head. He said he has been to the church website numerous times to look at it and has tried his best to read the Book of Mormon. His change was great. We invited him to Debbies baptism the following day and to church on Sunday. As we appeared at these events the members swarmed him with open arms and love. He told us he hasnt been to church since he was baptised in Melbourne in 1999. As the members spoke with him, invited him to things, and promised to come get him every Sunday for church you could see his heart melting. His eyes shone with the light of Christ. It was such a miracle to see the physical changes that came over his face when he realised that yeah this was his family, that this is where he belongs. It is amazing!
 
Cool aye?
 Elder Boyd K. Packer said that "True doctrine understood, changes attitudes and behaviours. The study of doctrines of the gospel will improve behaviour quicker than a study of behaviour will improve behaviour... that is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel"
 
For what is this gospel all about? It is about family and love. What more does anyone else want in life that a true sense of love and belonging. Well that is only found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many people do not know this because since they havent actually experienced the changing effect of the gospel they do not know what they are missing. It is like chocolate (which I eat WAY to much of by the way). But yes chocolate. It is delicious and makes you happy. Well how could someone who has never tried chocolate know that it is delicious and makes you happy. Exactly, they couldn't. That is why as missionaries AND as members WE must be bold and faithful in inviting our loved ones, and even strangers, in partaking of this delicious goodness that we call the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is true and it is pure, and I love it.
This gospel changes lives. It has changed mine. The greatest blessing is seeing the change-and desire to chnage- in my own attitude, bahaviour, and desire. For those fo you lacking in faith I URGE you to follow the cousel from the prophet Alma in the Book of Mormon. He says in Alma 32:27 "But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words".
So my dear friends and family AWAKE AND AROUSE TO THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!! Experiment upon this gospel. Just try it. I promise you with the depths of my soul and heart that if you really wish to grow in faith and happiness that you WILL find that here. Just try it!!! Read the Book of Mormon. Just read it. I just have no words to explain how much my heart just desires you to have this happiness that I feel. It is consuming.
Okay well now I am just getting SOOO preachy. I love it. Ha. Honestly I do apologize for when I get like this but seriously guys!!! I love being a missionary and a representative for my Saviour. It is the greatest job we can have. When I have to take of this badge it will be the worst day of my life, no jokes. Well yeah... Next week I'll try not to stand on my soap box so much ha.
 Well I love you. I pray for you. Stay Safe.
 
XOXO
Sister Boiteux


With an awesome member!


Cake from the elders




Part of the district.. Birthday celebration!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Rock of our Redeemer


Dear Family,
First off just know we are OKAY!!! I say this because lets just say this weekend has been a crazy roller coaster! Yesterday I got in my first car accident. Go figure. Thus the "we are okay". We were on our way to go pick up the elders for church, we were headed straight on a one lane street and this lady didn't see us when she pulled in front of us. I tried to swerve but there was no where to go. Luckily I think the movement helped the impact to be somewhat smaller. She hit the front passenger side near the head light. Luckily the damage was just cosmetic nothing to big but man was it scary, mostly because I have never been yelled at so harshly in my life! She started full on screaming at us in Arabic. That scared me. I calmly told her we should pull over instead of yelling as we continue to drive... dur dur dur...
so we pulled over and then we saw that all the paper work that should have been in our car to tell us what to do in an accident (the accident report) was gone! I started crying hysterically, it didn't help my companion didn't know what to do and I had a lady screaming at me in a foreign language. She was yelling so loud she drew people out of their homes and all these cars were stopping to see if we were okay. Eventually she just drove off. We had no idea where she went (she went to grab a translator which we learned 20 minutes later when she showed up again) we didn't know what to do so I told sister keikyu to call the zone leaders to come help us. They probably couldn't understand a word I said, poor guys. This really kind lady and her daughter told us to pull into their driveway and come and sit in the shade as we waited for the police. They were so kind. When the elders arrived I have never felt so relieved. It felt like four Dylans coming to my rescue. This is why we need older brothers.. I thank God that I have one. And now I have 4 more brothers here in the mission who helped us yesterday. They took over and called president and the police for us and helped figure out what we needed to do. Eventually the lady showed back up and continued to yell. As I was talking on the phone to Elder Peterson at the office I began to cry again and she said "Why she cry? I make her strong. If that you mother you confess your mistake. Stop your tears" all in broken English. Of course when she mention if it was my mother (who she assumed it was) it made me start missing mom more.... all I wanted to say is "no my mother is 7000 miles away and I cant call her" I just looked at her with puppy dog eyes and prayed the Lord would soften her heart. It was all a very interesting experience. The police said since nobody was injured and it was just minor we didn't have to fill out a report.
The elders drove our car to church and then we drove with the zone leaders. It was nice.
I was all worked up still of course, and you know how I get. I just play things over and over and over in my head and beat myself up for it. It wasn't my fault and I don't think it was her fault, it was mutual faulting maybe.. I don't know. But still I wish that I could forgive and forget easier like my companion. She just bounced right back to cheerfulness.
At church soooo many miracles occurred. First off we had an investigator that actually came! It was great!
Second Becci Pemberton and her daughter came to visit me and to bring me a b-day gift! It was so great to see my Auntie Becci (as I call her) she is wonderful! It felt like family.
Second this sacrament meeting was probably one of the most spiritual events on my mission yet. I felt the spirit so strongly!! Of course I cried. The scripture Helaman 5:12 kept resonating through my mind
"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yeah, his shafts in the whirlwind, yeah, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."
 
TALK ABOUT POWERFUL SCRIPTURE RIGHT THERE!! Man let me tell you my heart was full to bursting. I just had to share my testimony, luckily it was fast sunday!!! After one of our less actives who is now coming back to church and bore one of the strongest testimonies of the Book of Mormon (she has started reading it and made it her new years resolution to read it all again) I've heard here on my mission I decided to get up. Man Sacrament meeting was like a spiritual power house!
 
Seriously so great.
 
So I am also including a portion of my letter to president for you to read it says:
 
President Lew,
Thank you for the birthday wish from you and Sister Lew today, I really appreciated it. This week has been a very hectic week, full of differing emotions. First off I am just grateful for the healing power of the Atonement and that it teaches that yeah sometimes it is okay to make mistakes, but it is what we do after those mistakes that define us. After our car accident yesterday I ponder this a lot. Of what the atonement really is for. It isn't just for the sinner but it is for everyone. He can take our stress and worry and make our burdens light. As I sat in the Sacrament yesterday I think it was one of the most sacred experiences I've had on my mission yet. I felt the spirit so strongly. I kept thinking about Helaman 5:12and how if we build our Foundation on the rock of our Redeemer we can survive any of the storms that come our way. The fiery darts of the adversary can't over power us when we align our will with that of the Saviours. As horrible as I felt yesterday, in a weird way it was an answer to my fast. I was fasting that I may have more patience for mostly my companion but also all those around me. I have learned that if I do not increase in my patience then I can not increase in my charity for those around me. So I fasted for this Christlike attribute I have struggled with throughout my mission. Yesterday after the accident I saw that Sister Keikyu wasn't even phased, she just bounced right back to her cheerful self. I never understood that before but it is because she has an amazing amount of patience.
I know I am not the best trainer, nor the best missionary but my goal is for her to be. Yesterday when the car hit us, luckily it was minor, but I always told myself if I got in an accident that I wanted it to be on my side. If something had happened to my companion it would have devastated me. My role is to save lives, not only spiritual but physical. I have always felt this way. I am trying my best to help both of us to become better, sometimes it is hard really hard. But I know that the Lord will help us in his own strange incomprehensible way.
From my reading of the Book of Mormon I really liked the strong testimony of Abinadi in Mosiah chapter 13. He knew what would happen to him but he endured anyways and continued to fulfil his ministry. He exercised great faith. We know he was killed before he was able to see the fruits of his labours but isn't that such a great example for us missionaries today. We may never see the fruits of our labours either but God does. And His work will not fail. Abinadi is a great example to me of patience, endurance, and faith.
This was a good week because we had an investigator at church! So it was wonderful that we studied that fundamental lesson. My average is probably a 3. We try our best to help those we teach why church is important yet they aren't coming, maybe because they don't fully understand yet. This is something we need to increase. However our less-actives are starting to come more so maybe for that our average is a 4.5
Church attendance is crucial for conversion, we recognize that. That is why it is disappointing that we never have as many investigators (or any) come to church. But we truly our trying our best.
President thanks for all you do and your example of patience, charity, and diligence. I hope that as I follow your example, the example of my other leaders, and of course the example of my Saviour that I too can draw that much nearer to Him. My desire IS to do a great labour in this part of His vineyard. I can say that I am trying my best, but I know that I have A LOT that I need to improve on, and I will.
Thanks again.
My family I know this church is true. I know this gospel is powerful! It changes lives! It takes all the bad in us and refines it. Makes us pure. Man it is just simply awesome and awesomely simple. I love it!!
 
Also since today is my birthday it is also great! I woke up to the training sisters having decorated our door and the hall way for me it was sooooo cute!!! I also opened my birthday presents from yous and of course... I cried! Especially during the letter reading part! Everyone thank you for the presents and wishes I appreciated it. Most of all thank you for the love and support I've had in the 20 years I've walked this earth.. and I imagine before this life as well. We were always meant to be family and always will be.
 
I love you all and pray for you always. Keep up growing in your testimony. Keep progressing, keep improving. Keep changing. Im learning change is good, it can even be exciting!
 
Love you heaps!
XOXO
Sister Boiteux



Our car


Her car


Auntie Becci and KiKi


Birthday Girl (thanks mom)


Sisters decorated the apartment


Picking mangos


Zone Conference!