Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 42

Okay sorry for the day late email, we had a mission conference yesterday that i forgot to tell you about. It was up in Macarthur so we drove up the night before and stayed with the Camden elders and visited the Sika family sunday night. It was funny because three of the four elders in our flat have served in Camden so we all showed up at their door and they were sooo surprised, and then, unplanned, the actual camden elders showed up! hahaha it was way cool. We had a good chat, and then we went back to the camden elders flat and slept over. The conference was good. I thought they were going to tell us we can use facebook now, but nope. We're still the stone age mission... hahahaha its all good though. 

After the conference we drove back and stopped in a city  called Goulburn on the way. It's Australia's first established city so it's old as. Heaps of old churches that look like castles and stuff. We don't get to go there very often because it's like an hour drive away from canberra so we only go when we have to go up to Sydney. Right now we're working on establishing a branch there because if we did, there would be like 4 baptisms. all people who want to be baptised, but it's just too far away. We want to get a senior couple to come be the branch president and relief society president. I'll keep you updated on what happens with that.

Mom had some questions so i'm going to answer those. We have 4 elders in our flat right now, Me, Elder Walsh, Elder Cheng, and Elder Bowcut. Of all the flats i've lived in, it is definitely the nicest. we have two study rooms, one bedroom, three bathrooms, two showers, a living room, and a kitchen and a laundry room. it's a two level thing. We have two universities in our area so a lot of people we work with are chinese so i get to use my language a lot. Problem is, elder walsh doesn't' speak Chinese, so we usually teach in english. We even have a few chinese members in our ward. Because it's canberra, most of the people in our ward work for the government, so there's actually a lot of americans in our ward also. I got to the flat the first day and there was Cap'n Crunch in the cupboard! I really like my companion. He's been out almost a year and a half so he really knows what he's doing, and he's been a zone leader for as long as i've been on my mission. We have heaps of fun, and we work REALLY hard. I did get socks and a sweater last week. Thank you for putting mony in my account. We get fed a lot, and when we don't get fed, we eat leftovers from other feeds. 

We have a few investigators, and two with a baptismal date. The two are Hoa and Simon. I haven't met simon yet because he is a uni student and exams are coming up so he couldnt meet with us last week. Hoa came to church. she is a little vietnamese woman and she has a husband and 8 year old son that she wants to get baptised as well. Our daily schedule is the same up until we go out to proselyte. We usually have a couple appointments every day, which is soooo  nice. We contact people at the uni, visit less-actives, and do all the other missionary stuff, and usually we have a feed in the evening with one of the members. We don't ride bikes. Almost everyone in Canberra has a car because it's so spread out. The ward is awesome. Heaps of awesome people, and very strong members. We work a lot with the young men, which is way cool. it's all good stuff. Being a zone leader hasn't been too eventful. We had a mission leadership council on friday up in Sydney, and we had to do numbers and organize some trade offs, but other than that it's pretty chill.

We had a cool miracle last week. We were waiting for an appointment that was like thirty minutes away so we decided to call some potentials in our phone, because we have like 100 potentials in our phone. We called one, and he told us he didn't have time to meet with us because he was looking for a job and a place to live. As we talked to him more we found out that he and his pregnant girlfriend were living out of their car. We asked if there was anything we could do to help him out and he asked if we had any food. We met up with him later that night and gave him some food, and talked about God. Recently in his life there have been some experiences that have turned him toward God, and he expressed a desire to get closer to his father in Heaven. It was a really cool experience and they are now investigating the church. Really excited to see them progress in the gospel.

We're almost done with the book of mormon! Loved reading moroni 7. Charity is a cool topic to study. Everything we do must be driven by charity. Because we love christ purely  and unconditionally, we also have love for those around us.

Love you all! Have a good week!

-Elder Tingey

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