Hello allThis week was great.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
The lesson with Kalen went really well, he has read a lot of the Book of Mormon so that's great.
Bishop came with us to a lesson with a lady named Sarah. It didn't go as well as I thought, we could have planned better.
We met with all the bishops in the stake and talked to them about missionary work. The wards are doing ok, but they can do a lot more with missionary work.
Not much time today. See you next week!
Love Elder Westbrook
Hello AllI wrote down some things this week so I can remember to share it with you.
We also had a fun experience door knocking. This street we knocked was probably the most prepared street I have ever knocked. We knocked in to at least 3 - 5 homes that had a family member pass away, and about 3 houses with new born babies. Each time we would knock into one of those houses, they would politely ask us to leave. It is rather sad that they weren't receptive to the very message that would give answers and help them in their situation. One lady lost a son and blames God for all her hardship and wonders why he didn't take her instead or why these things happen. We started to teach her the message but she kept cutting us off and won't allow us to answer her questions. We tried the best we could to answer her questions and give her an opportunity to learn.
Another lady just had a baby, so I ask the question of " How did you feel when you were holding your new born?" I was expecting something like" I felt so close to God" or " It was a really precious moment for me to hold something so innocent", but instead we got " oh... it was nice. Look, I'm not interested, bye." Just a another day in Aussie land.
Love Elder Westbrook
Hello AllThis week was pretty amazing. Elder Ray and I didn't do much proselyting. We spent most of our time meeting with the auxiliaries of the Redland Bay Ward. The Ward mission leader is wonderful. He is genuine and committed to his calling. He is the definition of one who magnifies their calling. The Bishop and Ward mission leader work together in doing missionary work. This is the first ward I have been in where the whole ward, Bishopric, and Auxiliaries are united together. We received more referrals from members the first week here than I had my whole mission. The Ward loves and is not afraid of missionary work. The ward hasn't seen any baptisms for almost 2 years. I believe that the ward is a the beginning of a harvest, as the ward mission leader says. The members are excited to invite their friends to church. Never have I seen a ward so excited for it.