Wow. Another week gone by? Is it really already half way through August? Where does the time go. Time feels like sand slipping in between my fingers. We are keeping busy, there is a lot to do. Much juggling. We have been enjoying ourselves though, with the responsibility of both our area and assignment!
This week there were a few miracles that really stood out to me. One day we didn't really have many appointments, but we set a goal to have two member present lessons. We were able to get a hold of one of our investigators and set up a lesson on the day and have a member attend. Then when we were heading into one of the food courts to have a quick lunch we bumped into one of our new investigators we just met the other week. She invited us to sit down with her and we got to have a great conversation. She has not yet seen the teaching space so we invited her to come with us. She said yes! We then sneakily texted everyone we could think of to join us for the lesson and it just so happened someone was in the city just waiting for their bus and could spare some time to join us. That was a great blessing and a great lesson! I could definitely see how the Lord's hand was in it and how she needed that lesson at that time. We almost didn't even have lunch at that time either, so if we didn't we wouldn't have found her! Perfectly placed.
Saturday was a ridiculous day. So many things happened I don't even know where to start. The whole weekend was full of PVC events. After one event that morning we went contacting in the city. We contacted this guy who apparently worked at a bubble tea shop and had all these free extra bubble teas and gave us two. # blessings. Then we had a busker serenade Sister Townsend and I and someone came up and offered us roses, from a basket of roses he was holding.. Those are the silly things that happened. But something a lot more serious happened that evening and I cannot deny that God was there.
We were walking along in the city near North Terrace and we were passing a lot of people everyone racing around on a Saturday night. In the midst of all the craziness there was a girl who looked physically shaken and distraught and on the verge of tears, everyone was passing her by. I stopped her and asked if she was okay and she just broke down in tears. She had just escaped a man who had tried to... hurt her. She was shaking and so afraid, we were able to stay with her and call her Grandma and try to calm her down. We stayed with her until she was picked up and safe. She has a strong belief in God and recognized that He had sent us to her to keep her safe and to be a comfort. The next best thing was she lives somewhere we were going to the next day for a PVC event! God really puts us the the paths of people and we were placed perfectly. That was a very special experience and I am so grateful to have been there for her.
Sunday was a very busy day for us, travelling all over and outside of Adelaide transporting the PVC. It was a great experience though. A great way to hasten the work of the Lord. Also the teaching space is being filled out even more. We have a Book of Mormon round table now, which has all the languages the Book of Mormon is printed in, with a Christus (don't know if I spelled that correctly) in the middle.
I am so grateful to be a missionary and to be able to wear the Lord's name on my chest. I have a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, it has brought me great joy and closer to God. We have recently as a mission taken up the challenge of reading 4 pages from the Book of Mormon every day. I am into 2 Nephi now, we started August 1st. Every time I read the Book of Mormon different things stand out to me, especially this time as I have created a new marking guide. It works so well alongside the Bible, they support and complete one another.
Heaps of love,
Sister Bethany Victoria Coultrup
Australia Adelaide Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints