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Sunday, January 18, 2015

This Is An Unreal Coincidence

Hello!
We have been praying that our finding time will always be led by the Spirit. Finding by the spirit is just as important as teaching by the spirit.
The other day we were walking down Swanston towards Bourke St. I saw a boy from about 20 feet away and I knew instantly I had to talk to him, unfortunately the crowds were so big and fast and suddenly he was 100 ft away about to cross the street. I felt a magnetic pull towards him and the next thing I knew I was racing towards the street (good thing Sister A.  is quick and observant, haha) Long story short, his name is Diego and is visiting his family in Melbourne. Guess where he is from? Santiago, Chile!  He goes to Universidad Catholics in the city and lives across from a Mormon church. He has never spoken to Mormon missionaries before, but has always been curious. He is traveling for a bit and then will go back in February. He gladly gave me his Chilean number for Elder Stevenson or one of his missionary friends to give him a call when he gets home. 
I think this may be outside of his mission, but I have no doubt that this was part of Heavenly Father's plan.

We are working hard. Sprinting everyday until night...so tired by the end that we've accidentally taken the express train home vs the normal train multiple times. This takes us at least 16 stops past our desired destination...sigh. I'm working on being more aware. all is well though! We always find wonderful people to talk to! 

Do you remember K. and D.? I used their laptop on Christmas. D. is our Ward Mission Leader. K, D and their 1 year old son N. (the celebrity branch baby) will be sealed in the Temple next month!!!! D. baptised K. last year in Mexico. K. is going through the Temple for the first time   Feb and asked me to be her escort....Sister A. and I are ELATED! This is a dream come true. This family is so special to me.

Elder Pearson's meeting was exceptional. I'm sorry I don't have time to write all my notes. But I left changed. I love my Heavenly Father so much.
We found out that Elder Bednar is visiting our mission....we haven't had an Apostle come in years so this is so special!!!! He comes the week after I leave. I'm a little disappointed but much more excited for our mission.

Chr. is getting baptized this weekend!! There was a couple visiting from Chicago at the branch this week...the woman saw Chr. from across the room and told her husband "that man GLOWS!" She was able to tell Chr. after the meeting, it meant a lot to him. He does glow. He has come so far. I'm so blessed to have been able to teach him for the past four months. He is so special.
Chr.'s Restaurant 

This week while street contacting, we met a man named Su. Su. is from India and visited America a few years ago. While there, guess who he met??! Missionaries from Japan and Sri Lanka. They really made and impact on him. When I met him he said...."this is an unreal coincidence...I am now in Australia meeting a missionary from America. Where is your church??" He came and really felt the Spirit.  He said that He knows this is where God wants him to be and asked what he can search on the church website to learn more.   (www.mormon.org)

I love you all so much. I love my Heavenly Father. My heart beats for His work. Thank you so much for your prayers.
Sister Stevenson


P.S. You will never dream where I spent the day(p-day)...The Australian Open. It was bliss. I tried to write down who we saw play (either in a match or practice match)...some were.... Nadal, Tomic, Williams (YES, I saw Serena Williams practicing! I was so close to her!!!) Anderson, Voracova, Seppi, Lisicki, Mladenovic. It was amazing!!! The huge center is really close to where our flat is!



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