Read about the experiences of Elder Lukas Erekson as he serves as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Australia Melbourne Mission, Vietnamese speaking.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Hy Sinh - Footscray Week 7: Sick Days and Zone Leaders
Vietnamese Word of the Week: Hy Sinh (Hee sin) as in "sacrifice" like "whatever we sacrifice for the Gospel and for Christ, we are promised 100 fold." :)
Scripture of the week: Mark 10:29-30 - Christ promises 100 fold of everything we give up, leave behind, or sacrifice when we serve Him and dedicate ourselves to Him and the gospel. The sacrifices we make are well worth the rewards of Eternal life with Him and our families. :) What aspect of the gospel can we improve on? No matter the sacrifice that requires, I promise that it is worth it; you will gain 100 fold from our Savior. :)
This week, we had transfer meeting, and the strangest thing happened; my companion became Zone leader, Elder Roberts' companion became Zone leader, but we're all still companions with each other. Usually, the Zone leaders are companions, but since Elder Roberts and I are still training, they split them up. It makes the dynamics in the flat really interesting trying to balance companionship unity when, truly, Elder Roberts, Elder Howell, and I are half companions. It'll be a fun adventure to try and figure out. :)
Elder Roberts and I have already been on exchanges (switching companions) this week, and it's anticipated that it'll happen at least once a week, if not more. That's alright with me, though; I've known him since the MTC, and it's a pleasure to work with him. :)
Something that I've really appreciated being able to see this week is how recent converts thrive after baptism. One of our recent converts taught me and Elder Howell the Plan of Salvation- we asked her to draw/tell us all that she remembered, and with little to know help, she quite thoroughly explained it all, bore testimony of it and the Book of Mormon, and even answered our questions as we "played investigator" with her. It was a really powerful experience. :)
Something that I'm working on this week is really enjoying the work. I fell ill this week, starting around Friday and continuing to even today, so I'll try and get a lot of rest. nevertheless, I'm trying to rejoice in the great work the Lord has called me to and trusted me with. i know I'm where I need to be, and I know that I can enjoy it with the Lord's help.
I love Australian architecture! :) I'll try to send more pictures of Australian things. :)
Random Australian fact: the moon is upside down. No, really, it is. It was weird when I noticed that the first time, but in the southern hemisphere, the moon looks upside down relative to Utah. It's really cool. :)
Anyway, I'll leave you with my testimony that the church is true, God's work moves forward, and that Jesus Christ will give us 100 fold of what we give to Him, so I want to give my all to Him. :) I love you all! Have a great week! :)