Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Let the Show Begin...

How is everyone! This week has been crazy! And I am sorry but I do not have much time to write an email this week.
So the Royal Adelaide Show started!! It is kind of like the Calgary Stampede... We have a booth for the church with the PVC and we are the missionaries in the booth that people can talk to at the Show! It is amazing and so much fun! I feel so blessed to be able to do this. It is a long day, 12 hours... So we have two other Sister companionship's that relieve us. We have the PVC to use as a teaching tool, playing Mormon messages and so on. We are giving out Books of Mormon, pamphlets, etc. It is a great way to get the churches name out there and reach out to more people across Adelaide. The show has about 700,000 people attend! We have a lot of members stop by the booth too, to say hello.
Doesn't this look nice?

In the Books of Mormon we are giving away, we have placed a testimony in each one. We had missionaries all over the mission visit the members in their wards and write their testimonies in their native language! Then we put their testimonies in the Book of Mormon that is in their native language so everyone who gets a Book of Mormon can read a testimony of it in their language. We received over 200 testimonies from members all over Adelaide!
This has been so much fun but also exhausting. We have been getting home a lot later than missionaries should be! But the show goes on until 9pm so we don't get home until past 10pm. We have had some amazing experiences these past few days.

I would like to share a  few small miracles we have seen at the Show. On the small wooden table below the TV we put a Chinese Book of Mormon and some Chinese Pamphlets. Later on an older Chinese man saw the Book in his language and stopped and picked it up and started flipping through it. In his broken English he said: "I love YESU" (Yesu Jidu is Chinese for Jesus Christ) and he pointed at the Saviour PVC display. We explained what the Book of Mormon was and how special it is. He gladly accepted the Book and said he would love for missionaries to come and teach him more about the book.
Perfect place for missionary work

Also today we had the massive bibles out on display beside the Books of Mormon in the booth. An African man walking by saw it and hastily walked straight into the booth and picked it up. He asked how much it was and we said it was free. We were then able to also introduce the Book of Mormon and after explaining what it was he said, "So, this will help me understand the Bible better?" YES! He gladly took it and is happy to have missionaries over as well to help Him understand the Book better.

There are many other experiences but as you can see the Show is helping us reach out to people from all over Adelaide (and Australia!)
Ready for another day

We had an experience where a man was trying to argue with us about how Joseph Smith is a false Prophet and quoted the scripture that says many will false prophets will come in His name, wolves in sheeps clothing, etc. I said, I completely understand and agree with you but it also goes on to say that by their fruits ye shall know them, and the Book of Mormon is the fruit Joseph Smith brought about. We opened to Moroni 10:3-5 and told him that through the Holy Ghost he can know if it is true. He didn't accept the Book of Mormon, but he also had nothing else to say after that.
Hope you all have a great week and I will update you on the end of the show next p day! The show ends on the 11th.
Heaps of love,
Sister Coultrup

**Img_6995 is of Sister Townsend dead tired on the ground after the Royal Adelaide Show haha.**

My companion after the show

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

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