Monday, 19 September 2016

Moon Cake is not Really Cake...


Hope all is well up there in Canadia land and England! All is swell down under. I met one of our neighbours yesterday contacting!!! He lives in the neighbouring suburb back home and knows the stake center I attend back home as well! It was crazy! It is a small world even though I am on the other side of the world!
This week has been really great. It was the first week of a new transfer! My just previous companion Sister Maea is still in my last area and is training. So this week while she waited for her new companion to come in from the MTC she stayed with us for a few days! That was cool. The weather has not been good. It has been teasing us with a day of 20 degrees and then it drops straight back down and rains for a week.
Got to hang with Sister Maea

On Sept 15, it was Moon Cake day! Now you are probably wondering what that is. It is a Chinese Lunar Festival, they have these things called "Moon Cakes" and have big parties to celebrate the "most round" moon of the year. (These are just things I was told by some of our Chinese investigators). Sister Townsend and I found out about this festival about a month ago and suggested we have an event in the City for all our Chinese recent converts and investigators. It was approved so we did! We had an amazing event, it was very successful and we will continue to do one similar to it each month. It was over 3 hours, we had a video presentation where we showed a series of selected Mormon messages IN CHINESE, then we had dinner (Chinese food and moon cakes of course), then we all played ping pong and "mingled". All the Senior couples were there as well as the mission President and his Wife. It was great fun for all that attended. We definitely had miracles! We were able to find two new investigators from this event and one of our investigators that did come felt really touched (felt the Spirit) while watching one of the Mormon messages about the Plan of Salvation. 
It isn't really cake

We had a temple tour with Dana, our recent convert which was beautiful! :) Loved it! She loved it as well, we walked around the gardens and sat in the waiting room and discussed the importance of temples and how they bless our lives. How they can seal families together forever. Something I am grateful for.
Another miracle from the Moon Cake festival, we had three more people at church than usual. Our investigator Niki, who is going to be baptized in a couple weeks, was a mini missionary! She embraced these new people and did her best to make them feel welcome, she sat with them in sacrament meeting and classes and interpreted and explained what was going on. It was awesome! She isn't even a member yet and she is already doing missionary work. What an example!
I have had a few things on my mind recently and came across a scripture that really spoke to me.
"Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you." - Joshua 3:5
Ponder what that means for you in your life. It reminded me of the scripture that says, "Think not for the morrow, for the morrow will think for itself..."
Hope you all have a great week!
Sister Coultrup

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

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