It has been another amazing week! But very busy! For Pday we got to go the Temple as a City Zone! I am so grateful for the eternal blessings that we receive from the Temple. I especially love the Adelaide Australia Temple :)
On Friday evening we organized a ward activity. It was a potluck dinner and Auslan night. Now that Tanya is a member, we need to get serious about looking after her. We already had two members that could speak some sort of sign language and other members have been learning very little over the time she has been coming to church. So we organized this activity for the ward to come together and learn some basic Auslan! We had a lovely dinner then split into groups where my companion and I taught different basic communication signs. Like introducing yourself, finger spelling, everyday small talk, etc. It was a great success and at the end of the night everyone was introducing themselves to Tanya and she was so happy! She was just beaming. Whenever someone signs to her she lights up. Something I have learned on my mission is how important communication is, which is something we all take to granted. Try to talk to Chinese people with very limited English is frustrating, so I have tried to pick up some basic Chinese so they can understand the nature of our message. Not being able to communicate with Tanya was difficult as well, but as I progressed in learning her language it was such a blessing for the both of us! It was wonderful to see the ward getting on top of missionary work and fellow-shipping new members.
On Saturday we had a Zone Specialty training with President and Sister Parker and the Assistants. But we had two back to back PVC events in the afternoon so we only got to attend the morning of the training :( Which was amazing! All about integrity and member work, in which President invited my companion and I to share what happened with our Auslan activity and also the upcoming PVC stake events we were going to do to encourage members to participate in missionary work.
The first event that evening was a baptism down in Onkaparinga of a family that I taught the first 6 months of my mission... They requested I be there, and I feel so blessed that I was! Many tears of joy.
We also attended the baptism of one of the assistants investigators back in Firle, and did a presentation during the intermission of the baptism.
On Sunday Sister Townsend and I were double booked, the Stake President requested that we do a PVC presentation in the wards on Sunday. A combined whole third hour presentation. Last Sunday we did it in Morialta ward together and it went really well, the ward was really excited for missionary work and we had many members approach us saying they want to help or how they can do certain things. But yesterday we had to do two wards at the same time. So we went on splits and both had to give the presentation on our own to the whole ward for 45 minutes. I was so nervous, even though I had done it before, I had never not done it without a companion. I was with another Sister but she didn't have any experience with what we have been doing. Nevertheless, the presentation went really well and the stake president complimented me afterwards.
That evening was also a multi-stake missionary fireside. We had all the PVC's up there and it was wonderful. I got to see people from all my old areas. It really made me happy. There were also some very spiritual moments with investigators that attended and we were able to teach them and use the PVC as a resource.
Something I forgot to mention last week, was that when we took Dana through the temple, with two other Recent Converts as well, it was at the time of the Pacific Area's Mission Presidents Seminar. Which had all 16 MP's with their wives, the Pacific Area Presidency and Elder Ballard was supposed to be there but couldn't come. We just so happened to rock up to the temple at the end of the Mission Presidents Seminary Temple session. They all filed out and we got to meet everyone, it was overwhelming for myself but also for Dana. And I was kind of freaking out thinking we just did something really wrong interupting this. But President was really pleased Dana was going to the Temple. Then we met the whole Area Presidency! And even got a Picture with President Nielsen and his wife and President and Sister Parker! :) That was great.
I hope you all have a fantastic week. Love you all so very much!
Love from down under,
Sister Bethany Victoria Coultrup
Australia Adelaide Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints