Friday, September 26, 2014

22 September 2014

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We have been so blessed this past week! And I will just share with you my highlight. Desiree was baptised! Desiree is really special - I know she looks really petite but I promise you she has so much inner strength. After her baptism, during the baptismal service, we gave her the opportunity to share her testimony and although normally she is a little shy, she really opened up! And she shared her conversion story and how she had denied the faith of her childhood for more than a decade but when typhoon Haiyan came she saw God's power and she thought she was going to die and the kitchen had washed out and she saw some scriptures float out of a hiding place her mum put it in (her dad was not a member of the church and did not approve of any church literature) and it was covered in mud but otherwise undamaged and she knew through these personal trials, her family trials, the trials of her whole city that it was time to go back to God. And you could see how much it meant to her to be baptised this day into the Lord's church and to have the opportunity to start again, to literally be reborn and ... that was the highlight of her baptism. I've noticed for baptisms of different people, different things stand out. I remember for the first baptism I had on my mission, I felt the Spirit really strongly as she walked into the font and went under the water and came back up again - because she was glowing. And it is just such a privilege to be able to help people make changes in their life to bring them closer to God, and such a blessing to be able to watch their journey. My own faith is fortified so much in this journey, everyday.

And I am so excited for my little sister Eliza - soon to be Sister Magallanes - who has been called to serve in the Philippines Quezon City North mission - right next to my brother in Angeles which is super cute. I know she will have many more such amazing stories and meet such a wide diversity of people from which she will learn so much from - and my experience with Desiree from the Philippines is like a taste of their missions haha. But each mission is so unique! And I ponder sometimes why I've been sent to Adelaide and what I can do for the people here and some personal reflections just include that: the Lord needed me to keep up my English for whatever reason, the Lord needed me to learn how to do missionary work in such a way that I can apply it pretty much straight off the plane when I get back, I needed President and Sister Carter, I needed my companions, I needed the people I am teaching and meeting everyday, I needed a "hard" mission - one with lower baptismal statistics and people not so open or friendly on the streets (the ironic Adelaide city of churches has a lot of non-church goers it seems - but there are many church buildings! I can testify to that!) because only in this kind of environment could I learn the lessons I need to, could I find courage and faith and extroversion even. So, those are a few of my reflections.

I love this work! I truly do. With all my heart. And I can't believe how quickly time flies but I love being in the middle of my mission and as far as I'm concerned, I intend to stay in the mindset of the middle of the mission as time ticks on. I love serving in Christies Beach! I'm really beginning to suspect that Christies Beach is Zion because people literally turn up to church who live in our area - and our chapel building isn't even in our area! Isn't it cool how the Holy Spirit works, prompting those who are ready? My prayers are answered to lead us to those who are searching for us or to lead them to us.

It's just so great. Words cannot express it. I think it is so great partly because you give up all that you have to be here. Not only all that you have - but all that you are. And as you lose yourself, I've seen the promise of the Savior to be true - I have found myself.

Love to you all! So excited to hear that the work in humble Hassall Grove ward is booming! ZAAM it up family! I hope everybody that reads this will be able to see the miracles in the everyday. Because they are there! And a grateful heart is step 1 to seeing the tender mercies of the Lord in your life that Nephi speaks of. 

Love,

Sister Magallanes


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