Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016: Australia Week 27

Another week in Mount Barker:

This week we've been smashing the bikes--the other day we rode about 15 miles in total up and down winding hills to visit Hahndorf, a German town in our area. There are lots of Europeans around here for some reason--Scottish, German, French, etc. 

This week we taught Luke, a referral we received from talking to his brother on the street. Luke is a young man in his 20s and has a lot of deep questions about God, religion, the universe, etc. We taught him the Restoration and testified of the truthfulness of what we were teaching him--at one point we asked him, "What would it mean to you if you knew this message was true?" and Luke goes "I think your message is true" and later on he said, "You know, I've kind of always wanted to be baptised." My companion and I looked at each other like, Where did this guy come from? We will be teaching Luke again later this week so I'll keep you updated on how it goes. 

Lately we've really been working on testifying to everybody--on the street, in their homes, at the park, at every opportunity, because that is when people can feel the Spirit. One of the most frustrating things as a missionary is when you testify to someone and feel the Spirit as you do so and then that person hard-out rejects you. There will be times where you feel the spirit talking to someone on the street and you can tell they feel it too--you can see it in their face; and then there will be times when you feel the spirit when testifying to someone and you can tell they aren't feeling it because they harden their hearts and shut it out. 

As far as the members, the ward here is spot on. They have a pretty big YSA so it's even better. Here are some photos for you: 

1. Another day on the bikes, with some cows on the hill. There are cows and sheep everywhere here. 
2. A typical street in Mt. Barker. The whole place is hills, so we're getting pretty massive thighs from being on the bikes. 
3. An most honourable Elder in the aboriginal culture. 
4. The wetlands, a place we go contacting. 

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