Fiji Suva Mission

Fiji Suva Mission

Sunday, September 18, 2016

"And He ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of Miracles" (Lautoka 2nd Area, Week 4)

That scripture, found in Mormon 9:19, reads as follows: "And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles." (for a more full testimony of this truth, read the full chapter)

This is Niko - he's the man.
He's a pretty good artist, too - he doodled this during Stake Conference

And boy, were there miracles this week or what.

Monday we had dinner and Family Home Evening with the Koro family, a few of which have started taking lessons and several of which are current members of the church. We had curried parrot fish, and I thought it was nice - Elder Fitisemanu, on the other hand, got a little sick from it.

Tuesday was a fun day - busy, but fun. We were tasked by our Mission President's wife, Sister Layton, to do the missionaries' flat inspections, due to the distance between the West and Suva. We'd done a bunch up to that point, but Tuesday morning we had to drive up to Ba and all the way to Tavua to do some of the inspections. By the time we got back, we were late for District Meeting, but thankfully they waited for us and we had a fun Preach My Gospel jeopardy challenge, in preparation for our Zone Conference Preach My Gospel challenge. I'll refer back to this later. Also on Tuesday we saw Niko and he surprised us when he handed us a piece of paper with a summary of the chapter we'd asked him to read from the Book of Mormon - we were shocked, because hardly any investigators do that. He also downloaded the Book of Mormon Stories animated videos onto his phone.
Zone Conference takeaway: "No Grit, No Pearl"
Wednesday we had exchanged with the Assistants to the Mission President, and that was fun - I went with Elder Harris, who was in the MTC with us, and we cranked out the work. I was especially excited when we didn't have a single fall-through, and we ended up with probably three or four return appointments and referrals, too.

Thursday came around and we had Zone Conference - my last one - in which we learned about how
We had a Preach My Gospel challenge 
during Zone Conference, and our district won!
we need our trials to become better, and we also need to learn better how to commune with our Heavenly Father through prayer. It was way intense, and I learned tons! I also had the opportunity to bear my departing testimony, which all missionaries do at their last Zone Conference. It was sad, but it didn't put a damper on the Zone Conference spirit. Also, remember that Preach My Gospel challenge? Thanks to our practice activity during District Meeting, our district ended up winning.

Friday and Saturday were good - tough, but good. We were both a little under the weather and worried about pretty much everything, and we had a lot of fall-throughs that put a little damper on our spirits, but we were just excited to get to Stake Conference on Sunday.

E dua ga na vale
And that's when the miracles exploded.

We were sitting there, Stake Conference started, wondering where Niko was, along with the others we'd invited. Then Peni and Miri, a couple we're teaching, showed up during the beginning of the meeting. That made us happier, but we really needed to have Niko there, so that he could meet the requirements to be baptized next week. I prayed during the meeting - hard - that he would come. And then, I glanced back fleetingly and saw him, standing in the back of the crowded chapel. I motioned for him to join us, and my heart soared towards heaven with thanks. But after the meeting the Lord blessed us tenfold - in the end, we had 14 investigators at church, including Peni, Niko, Mereoni, 4 other new investigators, and 7 investigators from our other area, Nasivikoso. It was a miracle. Our mind was blown how amazing that was.
This is Niko - he's the man.
 We committed him to read Alma 40, and 
he wrote up a summary to go along with it. That's a first.

To top it off, this morning (Monday morning) we witnessed Peni and Miri's marriage, something that they've been trying to do for a long, long time. Now, Miri is worthy again to hold a Temple Recommend and Peni can now be baptized in a few weeks. Amazing!

The Lord.

Elder Barnaby

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