Monday, June 15, 2015

This week was full of miracles and we are excited for them to keep coming.

We had a great Sunday. We had 4 new people at church on Sunday and the zone had 3 investigators there. It was so nice to have people at church finally. I felt like I was in the city again! We found 6 new investigators and we still have many really great people to follow up with and teach for the first time.
It was such a miracle one family that came to Church was a family from the Philippines Elmer and his wife Maria. They came just after sacrament which was not ideal but they had a great experience while they were there. The first speaker was another Philippino who spoke about baptism! At the end of sacrament meeting a member who we work closely with went and started talking to him, turns out that Elmer is there electrician! What are the chances eh. They have 3 boys who they are really worried about and they are excited about young mens and giving there boys a good chance to be around good influences and things like that.
We also had another couple come to church who we are going to teach on Wednesday with a member. They really enjoyed church and said they will be back next week. The Lord really blessed us this week as we did all we could to find and teach. We did an MMC with a member on a Thursday at 2 until 4:30 we knocked doors....not the best of times to catch people...we talked to 25 people found 1 former investigator 1 less active member and 7 potentials!
This week was full of miracles and we are excited for them to keep coming this week.

Glad to hear that everything is going well at home and that the girls are staying busy. Thanks again for all that you guys do for me and all the prayers I get. We got transfer information today and our whole zone is staying the same, Pres Parker will be here in about 2 weeks and everything is just kind of in lock down until he gets here. I am glad to be staying with Elder Kelese he is a really hard worker and we are doing really well together. Love you all and have a good week!

Monday, June 1, 2015

President and Sister Carters last time

President and Sister Carters last time before they leave at the end of the month 
 I am learning all about being busy out here. It's really not about being busy but being effective.  The weather stays the same, and it feels hot most of the time, not overwelming but it's defiantly warm. He sends a mix of missionaries here, some good some that need a bit more help but over all things here are pretty good. It's always the same story. Some people aren't as dedicated as they could be. Others need help knowing how to do things but are willing to work hard and sacrifice. Some are just trying to learn how to live on there own. Sometimes I get impatient in my head with people but I forget that not everyone was raised the way I was or given the chance to learn things that I have been blessed to be taught. So it helps me to be grateful for all the things you and mum taught us about work and just thinking things through in general. We all have our struggle myself included so it's always good to see how we are put around certain people that we can help and that can help us. 
We had a great week it was really busy. It started good and went through the whole week. Monday we found a new investigator tracting, his name is Gary. We started knocking and had the most angry fella come to the first door. He was one sad bloke and we were feeling like, man maybe we should go try to see some less actives or something cause this guy really gave it to us. But then 2 min later around the corner Heavenly Father had the greatest baptist lady waiting for us to cheer us up. She smiled and waved from across the road. She was not interested at all but she just wanted to say hello and tell us how much she appreciated what we were doing....the Lord always has our back He never leaves us alone and Satan can never win. As we continued to tract we came across Gary. Wednesday was also great we felt like Utah missionaries! We taught 2 MPL 2 Other lessons 4 RCLA lesson and found 5 new investigators! We were teaching all day it was probably the busiest day of my mission so far. On Friday we had the last training from Pres Carter, it was all day and about the doctrine of Christ. I am really going to miss them but I am really excited to meet the Parkers. One more month before the change happens. Yesterday the AC wasn't working in the Chapel it was so hot eh I don't know how people lived before AC here and this is the coolest time of year. It rained the other day and if you were outside for 3 min you were soaked! But it was still 28 degrees so it's not bad. Things are going well here and there are a lot of good things happening. Thanks for all the prayers love you all 
Elder Hartley 

It felt so good to have someone at church

We had a great week here in Darwin! Last Monday we went to a croc farm and they had some massive ones! 14 or 15 feet long it was crazy. Its pretty cool to see so different environments and animals. One of the less actives we go and see is the manager of a new cull cow kill plant up here. 
He works for a big Australian company that has 500 000 head of cattle throughout the country and they kill all there own animals as well. Pretty crazy, 
On a spiritual note eh we had 2 people at church on Sunday and we have a family of 3 on date for the 21st of June. We are pretty excited about that. It felt so good to have someone at church its been about 3 months since I have had someone come to church! President Carter is coming up on Friday for the last time before he leaves. It will be the last time I see him which is sad. It's strange cause I am excited for the new President Parker to come but really sad to see President Carter leave. Its going to be a great meeting. 
Elder Kelese and I get along pretty well it is a lot different living with an ilander but we are both pretty similar and he is happy to cook and I am happy to do dishes so that's good. 

Thanks for all the letters and emails I really appreciate it. Glad to hear everything is good at home! love you all Elder Hartley