Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 40

Hello all!
It's been a great week with my new companion. Even though we can hardly understand each other, we get along just great. He reminds me of Afui a little. Just speaks a different language. 
We did a lot of visiting Less actives and members. We have been GQing and door knocking on those hours that are slower and visit members when most people are home. We are slowly building up our ward and getting them to do missionary work and following up. Following up is vital, it shows your love and reminds the members to keep doing missionary work.
We had two return missionaries give talks this Sunday. One went to Perth(Western Australia) and one went to Portugal. Both of them opened my eyes to the difference between knowing the Savior and knowing about the Savior. Any one can do the latter, but not everyone is willing to actually know Him by applying His Atonement in their daily life(John 17:3). I can see that here in Australia and everywhere else. People use the Bible to prove others wrong and argue doctrine, but they are missing the point. We come to know Him as we exercise faith in Him, repent, being baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and try our best in being like Him. Just like the Pharisees in the Bible, many people just don't get the point of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
We come to know and love Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven as we experience the cleansing effect of the Atonement. That is what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about.
Love Elder Westbrook

Sunday, December 4, 2016


G'day Mates
Pretty exciting week, we got a mini missionary this week. Brother Hillier from a nearby ward came with us for half a week. He is a 17 year old preparing for a mission. 
Also, I'm training!...again! Elder Etilage, he is from Tahiti and speaks French. His English is really good for just a couple months of learning. It will be exciting to see the Ward and Elder Etilage grow. We will be going Mountain Biking with the YM today after we email so it will be great! The kids in our ward really need a role model so I am glad that our bishop has asked us to get more involved with the youth. 
Door knocking has been a little easier after the new Christmas initiative began. People are more prone to listen even though they are still not interested in learning about the gospel. It's still good to plant seeds.
Hope everyone has a white Christmas!

Love Elder Westbrook