Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hello, Hello from Lovely Ballina!

Hello dearest family! 

This week was interesting! and good! we had a fun zone p day on Tuesday (in Tweeds Head) and threw water balloons at each other. I think this is the biggest zone ive served in where we can all see each other. (up north i had no idea who was in my zone haha.) We GQd that night in Tweed (always fun) and then we had Region Meeting with the STLs at Mudgeeraba where we basically got trained on modesty and locking our hearts and all the typical sister missionaries struggles...

Thursday was a really good day because we got to teach lessons!! Yayyyy :) We saw a man named Mick from Mauritius (island off the coast of madagascar i think) he seemed really cool except he doesnt really believe in God and disagrees with a lot of religions. We also saw Sister Monk! our less active and we taught the first part of plan of Salvation, man the spirit was strong! I know the Pre earth life was real because everytime we teach it, the spirit is just like BAM. We also saw Sharon and taught Plan of Salvation as well and it was lovely. She is great. We have started taking member fellowship with us to less actives because we dont have too many other set appointments to take them too....
P-day in Tweeds Head
Friday was weekly planning!! Yay...lots of sitting and planning and making phone calls. Saturday we got to see Thalia again!! Yay.  We are trying to get her a ride to young womens. She is doing good. We went finding, oh and we have been going to our member referral, Tristan's house but he's never home when we go. His mom is really nice and said the sisters used to visit them when they lived in Western Australia and swim in their pool...awkward. We visited the Grace family that night and shared a message about the Holy Ghost and sang for them. 

Sunday was great! We went to church and there's this super cool family called the Spillers and they have eight kids and drive like an hour and a half or something in their huge bus like car to church. Sister Spiller gave a talk and also taught RS and it was really good. We talked about "No other Gods" and i love how Elder Oaks explains that "jealous" means having deep or tender feelings-- it totally changes the meaning of God saying he's a jealous God. We had lunch at the Mcmillians and the Spillers were there too and we ate their cow. The Mcmillians are so cool. Sister Stanton and i love them and we love visiting them. 

After lunch on Sunday we went to see a family we found ages ago in Wollongbar. They were all home and we were able to see them and share a message and we prayed all together and the Spirit was there. Its an amazing feeling to actually bring the Spirit into a home and then leave with it. Sunday night we had a dinner with the Stokes family and they live out in the whoop whoops and you drive this windy mountain road going 100....its fun :) 

As always i love studying. This week i have studied a lot about service and giving of ourselves. King Benjamin is the man. i love the beginning chapters in Mosiah and how King Benjamin has spent his days in the service of his people, ive also been thinking about how we should treat each other...i love how in the scriptures it says to esteem every man as himself, to esteem his brother as himself. The words we say, last forever, and our actions follow them. I love the Hymn, Lord i would follow thee.."Who am i to judge another, when i walk imperfectly?" I have learned not to judge and treat others with love and compassion and to serve...its the best way. Theres a beatiful quote about being a selfless, humble servant of the Lord:

When I am tempted to listen to hot, egotistic voices within my own heart; when it seems that love can never win but always loses; when it seems as though humility is ruthlessly trodden down by those who pass over it on their way to their own selfish ambitions; when it seems as though God cannot possibly triumph; when pity and love and mercy and kindness and tenderness are weakness; when it seems as though greatness is only possessed by those who know how to grab, and have the power to snatch at it, no matter what the cost to others—ah, yes, when the voices sound in my own heart which say you must play for your own hand, you must think of number one, you must not let yourself be trodden down—when I am thus tempted, my God! May I hear in imagination the tinkling of water, poured into a basin, and see, as in a vision, the Son of God washing the disciple’s feet. (-Leslie Weatherhead)

I love all of you and i love the Lord :)
much love,
Sister Schaelling
Tweeds Head

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