Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rainbows in Ireland

A little respite from the rain
January 11, 2016
Well it was quite another marvelous week here in Galway filled with success! We were able to do quite lot of teaching again and have found few new people to teach as well. I went on exchanges after district meeting on Tuesday with Elder Williams, but our week started out really slow at first. I think we had about 7 dropped lessons in the first couple of days, so it was pretty rough, but we finished the week strong! Unfortunately none of our investigators were able to make it to church on Sunday, but there are still a few that I mentioned last week who are keeping commitments and are progressing pretty well!

On Friday, I had Zone Leadership Council meeting in Limerick, so we had to spend much of the morning and afternoon travelling, but it was a great meeting. President Thompson, who is in the mission presidency and his wife attended and had some wonderful thoughts! Our mission is continuing to have more and more success- our baptisms in December were the highest they have
been in a long time and our Zone leaders were really thrilled with all the success we have had in our zone as well. The challenge now will be to carry on that success for the coming months. Oh and I found out that Elder Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy is coming to Ireland at the end of February for Dublin's stake conference, so there will also be a conference for all the missionaries in Ireland. Again, another thing to look forward to here in Ireland! I really hope I will stay somewhere in Ireland this next transfer.

Pirate party send off for Alex Christy
On Saturday, there was a branch party for Alex Christy who is leaving on her mission to Birmingham England in 2 weeks. She wanted it pirate themed, so it was fun- we had like a big pirate party at the church! And there were lots of people that were able to come, even many of Alex's family and friends who aren't members so it was wonderful! 

Elder Carmichael, Sister Christy and Elder Oxspring

 On Sunday I gave a talk in church about keeping the Sabbath Day holy. It's funny because that pretty much the same topic I had for my farewell talk back home, so I already had many good thoughts. It was about time I gave a talk again though- I hadn't given one since my first Sunday in Galway, which feels forever ago! 

So there was a spiritual thought from President Thompson at ZLC that I really liked. He talked about how every single one of us has a valiant testimony of Christ inside of us. In the pre-mortal life, if we chose to come here to Earth, we must have had complete trust in Christ and that he would live perfectly and perform the Atonement like He said He would. We all had to have valiant faith in Christ if we were to leave Heavenly Father's presence and the only way to return was through the Atonement of Christ. But now that we are here and don't remember that testimony we had at one point, we all have to rebuild that faith and find that testimony inside of us that we all once had. He used Revelation 12: 10-12 as a great reference: " And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and  by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them..."

May we all remember our valiant testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ!

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