Thursday, 7 July 2016

New Assignment

It has been a great week, definitely full of surprises and miracles. We were called during our studies on thursday by President. He told us to be at City Headquarters in one hour! Something special was happening! So we got down there as soon as we could and were introduced to Sister Cruz. She is a recent RM, she served in the Boston Massachusetts mission but she is from Brazil. Her mission was the first mission to have something called the PVC (Portable Visitors Center). We are now the second mission! So she has come to teach us the ways! We spent 3 full days practicing and getting to know the program to prepare for the fireside on Sunday. It was the big night where we had our reveal to the whole mission and all the members this great new tool we have to assist in missionary work.

The PVC is a display with a TV screen and an iPad. On the iPad is an app the outlays 4 of the basic things we teach as missionaries. The Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, Temples and the Life of Jesus Christ. It shows mormon messages and videos that connect to all of those topics. The PVC will be take to all sorts of activities and events to assist in teaching and helping others become more well acquainted with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Both sets of City Sisters will be taking on this new assignment of using the PVC's. (That means I get to do it!)
We had a very successful fireside, heaps of people came. We were able to show off all four PVC's and the members and investigators loved it. It was a little overwhelming, people swarming around you and everyone wanting to talk to you. But it was so cool!
We had a few miracles this week.
We're dressed the same, how embarrasing
One of our investigators got really sick, some sort of pneumonia and she coughed so hard she fell over, hit her head and split it open. We had arranged for the Elders to go over and give her a blessing for the pneumonia, but they had arrived literally a minute after she had fell over and whacked her head. They were able to call the ambulance. Then at 10pm that evening she gave us a call saying they put staples in her head and have sent her home and she had no way of getting home. She was not in the right state to walk to the other end of the City and she didn't have any money for a cab. So immediately my mind went searching for members who could pick her up at this time of night. A family came to my mind but they have really young children, it is 10pm, I argued with my self thinking it was inconsiderate to call at this time. But I just kept feeling like I should. So I called them and they said they are just on their way home and they are passing through the CITY!! They were able to pick her up, it was perfect timing, perfect placement as well. I talked to the Brother who picked her up on Sunday and he said he felt impressed to take a different way home that night, then I called and he knew why. This experience really strengthened my testimony of how mindful God is of us and our trials. He put everything in place so perfectly to keep our investigator safe, from having the Elders arrive when they did to prompting us to call a family that really shouldn't have been able to pick her up but they could. Heavenly Father loves us. How perfect the Spirit was at prompting us all at perfect times as well. I am still amazed.

We had another experience with perfect timing this Saturday where we walked out of a members house not in our area but our ward boundaries, and bumped into a couple walking down the street. We ended up talking to them.  Once the lady realized who we were she got all excited and pulled out some pictures she had just printed and showed us. They said, "Miracles Happen" She was convinced meeting us was not a coincidence and that in fact it was a miracle (which she was right about). She expressed how there is only one God and we all just worship him differently, I asked well, if there is only one God then doesn't that mean there should only be one church? She thought really hard and then asked, I don't know, are you going to tell me? We ended up teaching her pretty much the whole restoration and she was so interested. We asked if we could come by her house and share more. She said yes but she didn't live in that house, she was just there to visit her partner. We said we weren't from the area either and were just visiting a member of our church. She told us where she lived and she lived in one of the suburbs that WE cover!!! I was so excited. Here God had placed someone prepared to hear the gospel in our path, we met her at the perfect timing, if we had left the house a few minutes later or earlier we would have missed her. We have a dinner appointment with her for tomorrow.
You might think this was England

Fun fact! This winter is the wettest, coldest winter Australia has had in 75 years! Last summer was the hottest summer in 39 years! Of course I would have to be sent to Australia the year they have their most extreme weather!!!
It has been a great week, I am sure this following week will be just as amazing. God is good!
Heaps of love,
Sister Coultrup

Sister Bethany Victoria Coultrup
Australia Adelaide Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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