This week has been a great week!! First things first. We went down to transfers on Tuesday and Elder Howard has been transferrd to Hampton Park in the Samoan program. So he's now learning Samoan! I'm happy for him, that will be exciting!
My new companion, new District Leader and new trainer is Elder McNeil form Utah!!! HE is the man ay! I think we get along so well because I get to reminisce about America.. hahah
President has put alot of trust in us both becasue he is only six weeks ahead of me!! He has only been out one transfer longer then me! Together, we only have 3 transfers of experinece. Although we are lacking in experience and skills we both have a huge desire to work hard and be exactly obedient! I know that as we do this, the Lord will make up for the rest! I love it!! The other missionaries in our District are nearly going home, yet our Dstrict Leader is a missionary that has only been out six weeks longer than myself! I love the trust that President has put in the both of us and we will not let him down. We have been thinking how we can best help the District, because they might not like to listen to us fresh 'goldens'. I know that we can lead by example though. Actions speak louder than words.
|Elder Bennallack, Marie & John Blake, Elder McNeil|
It was just a miracle to be able to see their countenance change as they become closer to Christ. I know that baptism was only just the first step through that gateway. I'm excited for the family to progress and hopefully in the not so distant future, be sealed as a family. John was interviewed yesterday for the Priesthood and we were able to help Rebecca, their daughter, really gain her own testimony this past week, and set a date with her for the 14th in a couple of weeks. It would be amazing if John could baptise his daughter... So all went well with the baptism!
This week has been an amazing week, we have been working so hard! We have found 8 new investigators which is great because the investigator pool was starting to get a little stale. It was also the first New Years since I was about six that I didn't see the New Year come in, and although it was just another regular day, it was a great opportunity to make some 'new year' goals to help myself become closer to the Lord and personally progress throughout this next year. With one goal of mine being able to do 35 chin ups :P
The miracle of the week was church yesterday. We found out that the average attendance for the past year was 86, with past averages only between 60 - 70 people. Yesterday we had 140 people at church! The chapel was full!! It was a great testimony meeting centered around missionary work. It's great what we have been able to do with the ward. They are all so excited for the work. We do have dates for baptism with investigators for the next 4 Saturdays.. but I don't know how many will go through? We have made a transfer goal to baptise six this transfer... We felt the Spirit when we were making this goal and we know it's possible. So hopefully the rest of the tansfer goes well! I'm excited for the area, I'm excited for my companion and I'm excited for the work!
I love this gospel!
(Hopefully Nana is ok? I pray for her everyday!)
Elder T. Bennallack B2
9 January 2012
|This is our flat in Ballarat..|
|Here is my growing library... it's getting bigger and bigger!|
All is well here in Ballarat, the work continues to move foward. I have been able to help two people stop smoking now, as they prepare for their baptismal dates, so we have alot of lighters around our home, which knowing me is not a very wise thing.. haha
Elder T Bennallack B2
25 January 2012
|President Korte (Firle Stake President) with Elder Bennallack |
at Wanterna for conferences with Elder Quentin Cook.
Haha! that's actually alot of what Eder Cook talked about. You're going to be a fustrated missionary if you have one foot in, and one foot out the door. You need to loose yourself in the work.
Elder T Bennallack (B2)