Monday, December 16, 2013

Howwwwddyy

Hello family! So i forgot my planner this week so its gonna take Divine Intervention to give you a summary of the events! Sounds like the Schaelling Christmas party was lovely and Jenna danced the night aways! wonderful!
 
Monday we walked for everrrrr to find a family that was home to teach and they were all gone. Sad. Tuesday we...used the car to go less active hunting! They're everywhere let me tell ya! Good grief, it was so good to visit the lost sheep. With air conditioning and blasting music :) yay! Less actives used to be so sad for me when i would visit them but now i just looovee it!
 
Wednesday i hit up the hospital!! Dont worry all is well.  I was just having pains in my chest and heart but in the words of my Iranian doctor: "Dont worry, your not having a heart attack. That feels like and elephant sits on our chest, and hes not gonna get off!" haha. apparently it was all stress related....who needs stress anyway? Good grief! So we took it easy the rest of the day and back to work on thursday and i am healthy as a horse :)
 
So a lesson i really liked this week was one the Spirit taught me whilst we were teaching our RC Phillip about the Atonement. His life is full of difficulty just like everyone elses, he is so kind and soft and humble but called to pass throught much trial. As i read from Isaiah 53, "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.." the spirit testified to me and him that the Savior has lifted us all from pain and from death. And while we labor in his name and suffer on this earth He walks beside us, we can speak with God all the day long and we will be relieved of pain. He will carry our sorrows. I know that is true.
 
I am grateful for the Saviors great atoning sacrifice. How small my labor is, how little i can repay him for what he did for all of us. I know He lives....i stand all amazed. How sweet the joy, this sentence gives, i know that my Redeemer lives. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me!
 
This week we also set two baptism dates with Brianna and Keera, children of a less active we tracted into. Miracle, they are lovely. Before we found them Brianna was asking her mom if she could please get baptized, but they didnt even know where the church was. Then while we were walking down the road their little dog came out and we played with it and they met us. Heavenly Father knows all his sheep, and they are numbered.  How great is His joy in the soul that repenteth :)
 
Family i love you all! I know the Atonement is real, and though we pass through dark valleys we can hold to the word of God and trust in Him who is mighty to save :)

Much love
Sister Schaelling

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Yay for District Conference!

Hello dearest family! This week was wonderful and draining!! Sounds like Kaysville still a wonderful place to be. Mom glad you got to help with festival of trees and also Dad and Jenna! Thats awesome! oh, I GOT THE CHRISTMAS PACKAGES MOM! dont fret any longer. :) Thank you for the music!!! We are jammin out to the tunes!

Allrighty so this week was pretty norms, tracting, talking to people, biking all over town, sweating more than ever, Sister Schaelling driving on the left side of the road, Sister Kyaw cooking yummy food, teaching lots!!! Its been good, hard long days and wonderful laughing moments. I got kinda sick this week with chest pains and on Friday i fell asleep and was out for hours! Oops. I think my body needed it haha. This week we found another Jamaican, can i just say i LOVE Jamaican people? I want to go there! I love their accent, and their houses are full of Jamaican stuff with Bob Marley up on the wall....so chill. We are starting to share Christmas messages with our investigators which is really fun. :)

Sooo the end of the week we had....District Conference! Yay. We drove to Rockhampton, about and hour and a half away and went to the evening session, and met my district leader for the first time haha. He's great. So is his companion. Also, President and Sister Henderson were there! Oh that was wonderful. Havent seen them in 3 transfers. We had interviews which i just love. I love them both!! The most awesome part of District Conference was 4 men from the Gladstone branch were sustained and ordained to the office of and elder. Ah it was wonderful. Mark Brown, Peter Sepe from PNG, Paul Leao and Glen Porteous, three of them recent converts and one recently reactivated. I remember teaching Mark about baptism and when we invited him and Tabitha to be baptized, when they came to church for the first time..then after Mark was ordained he assisted in Peters ordination, i looked up at Mark standing in the circle and felt such power. God loves his sons and his daughters, and the blessings of holding the priesthood are there for all who desire and are worthy. It was wonderful! I love the priesthood.

I also like being a sister! We had and area 70 there, Elder Owierdan, not sure how to spell it, and on Saturday he spoke of how sisters in the church are kind of like God's secret army. Quietly going about bringing souls unto Him through example and their words, not knowing always what a difference they make. If i have learned anything on my mission it is that there is plenty of work for all of us to do, lessons to teach, lifes to change, people only we can touch, elders and sisters. As Sister Stephens beautifully said at conference "Sons of God need daughters of God. Daughters of God need sons of God." I could probably write a book on that but will refrain for now :)

An insight i gained this week in personal study: So right now there's a Book of Mormon initiative in the ABM where we read 6.2 pages a day and highlight anything that references to the Savior. So i was reading in Jacob and i looovvvee Jacob 2, Jacob is so bold in his speaking and smashes those who are violating the law of chastity by having lots of wives. Then in Jacob 3 he compares the Nephites as being more wicked, because of these sins, than the Lamanites. Of the lamanites he says: "Behold their husbands love their wives, and their wives love their husbands, and their husbands and their wives love their children, and their unbelief and their hatred towards you is because of the iniquity of their fathers...how much better are you than they in the sight of your great Creator?" I love this! Some people dislike us or turn their back on God because of their life growing up, but they are still good people, despite their many sins because of the "iniquity of their fathers." How much better are they than us, who have the truth, when we judge them as being sinners and worse than us? We cant judge anyone, and while God looks on sin with no allowance he also looks with his perfect love upon our hearts. How grateful i am that it is not up to me to judge others, only to declare the truth with love and boldness and invite them to come to Christ. I hope that makes sense.

Oh we got bashed this week by and 18 year old boy. Sister Kyaw and I are not very good at fighting back with people. Seriously i just look at them....im not here to fight you bro! I think it surprises people who want to argue about the bible and their religion is right and better than ours when we just look and them. Then we bear our testimonies and leave :) Haha.

I loveyou all soooooooo much. You can make a pathway bright! Fill your soul with heavens light! If theres sunshine in your heart. :)

Much love
Sister Schaelling
representing
Australia

Monday, December 2, 2013

It's HOT!

Hello family! Sounds like you had a wonderful week! Happy thanksgiving with the cousins! I had thanksgiving too by the way!! A lady in our ward that lived in america put it on for all the americans in the branch and some aussies, it was delicious!

This week was splendid and challenging. We started by teaching Ken his new member lessons and we went to see Lee our older lady investigator on Tuesday. We taught her the Restoration and it was great, i love that lesson. We also saw Celeste on tuesday instead of wendesday this week. She is doing good, just struggling like we all do. Such is life

We tracted and our mission started counting contacts as anyone we meet that we invite them to do something. So thats fun, Gladstone is a working town with lots of shift workers and people sleeping and people not home so tracting is a little slow. Lots of not-homes. Or we wake them up, but hey! We are waking them up for a good reason id say :)

Wednesday we saw lots of people and also contacted a referral from the other sisters named Manuel. He is from Mexico! Wow Mexicans are really nice. That was refreshing! We could only sit outside his apartment but he spoke to us about his story and how he is searching for more. I was impressed he told us his life right here. He is prepared. Thursday we went and saw a less active named Shantel whom we biked all over to find her house, and we met her! She let us in for a minute and we shared a little message. She is really nice, with a little baby boy. (And a husband. ) Cute!

Thursday was when we had Thanksgiving at Sister Katia's house. She is Brazilian and her husband is from Glasgow Scotland and their kids have an american accent. She made us Thanksgiving dinner, it was so yummy! Sister Russel, (the new sister from S. Africa) said she wanted to adopt Thanksgiving into her culture back home. I dont blame her!

Friday we went to see Helena our miracle less active and she is moving back to Brizzy as they call it (Brisbane) next week. She has had such a hard life but smiles when she tells us about all her trials. Shes so pretty, blond hair and big smile. She is trying to get back to church again but feels she has been out for so long, and wonders how could God even remember her?..i learned more about the love of God from seeing her. God's love doesnt depend on how we keep the commandments, He doesnt love some more and others less. He doesnt shame us or ignore us, He is always there. As soon as we turn back to Him he welcomes us with open arms...a kind of love that is hard to find amongst us humans, is the love of God. He always remembers us, He has "graven us upon the palms of His hands"

Saturday was great, we went to contact a referral but they werent home, we biked around to all of our appointments and they all fell through. And i think it was 35 degrees C with plenty of humitidy. Character building! I dont think ive ever sweat that much in my life! We had a Relief Society activity that night for Christmas, it was lovely. Bree, our investigator came and there was lots of yummy food. Our RS president from NZ sang with her sister a beatiful song and also silent night in Maori. I was so pretty. The sisters and i also sang Silent Night with Sister Lealii E'e on guitar. 

Sunday we went to church, and Sister Kyaw and i had the car that day! We now have the car two days a week. Hurrah! Driving on the left. So i drove us out to a referral we contacted but they werent interested. We just rracted and then had lunch with Phillip and Laureen (RC's) and the Fentons. We had a message with them. Phillip blessed the sacrament last week! That was so cool. He bore his testimony on Sunday and oh it was adorable. He said he was shaking in his boots. :) He has changed so much, he used to show up to church in jeans, then jeans and a white shirt, then slacks, then he asked Elder Fenton to show him how to tie a tie. :) Hes the man.

The week was lovey and Gladstone is a challenging and wonderful fruitful area! Also, our RS president's hubby who is wayyyy not a member came to church AND drove one of our less active with him! allright then.  thank you for participating in missionary work :)

I love you all and i love the Lord and His work. How wonderful it is to be a missionary, to be pushed and stretched to learn about the will of God. Share the light you have inside with someone else to day!! A good deed brightens a dark world :)

Much love
Sister Schaelling