|Its winter in Tasmania|
This last week was incredible! My new companion Elder Orrego and I met so many prepared people! We've visited people in some interesting circumstances that have actually caused some missionaries in the past to not tract in certain areas or even go to a certain area in general. But We felt prompted to go so we did, and in just the 4 days of being together, we met 18 new people who said we could come back and 2 of them have already accepted baptismal dates! I haven't seen progress like that in Australia my whole mission but things are just really changing for the better.
Last month our mission achieved a baptism goal of 41 which has never happened in the history of the Melbourne Australia mission. I'm convinced that the Lord has poured out his spirit upon those who are faithful and diligent in his work, I've seen that in the people we serve, and in the missionaries themselves. This past week I've been reflecting on what we could do to help these people progress in the gospel, and for most of the week the prompting has come to focus on church attendance and to keep the Sabbath day holy. The concept of a Sabbath day isn't new to most people, but truly understanding it comes when you live it - which is a principle that I've been thinking about a lot. Because if you really think about it, even if these people knew the Book of Mormon is true, if they feel like it's right but they don't come to church, what is the point? I've asked myself that just being a normal member. If you know the gospel is true, but don't come to Church to partake of the Sacrament, then you're wasting your time. The sacrament is essential to access the full blessings of the atonement, it's essential to have the spirit with us, and in turn essential to attain salvation. This past week I've gained a deeper gratitude for the Sacrament and an insight to really how sacred it is. I know theSacrament changes people, because it's changed me. Hope everyone has a good week! Love Elder Kaanapu3 Nephi :1-10 P.S it snowed in Tasmania