Saturday, 12 August 2017

The light of the Saviour

Monday 7th August, 2017

Heeeeey everyone! Happy Monday! 

Miracles happen every day! How grateful I am for the amazing week that we have just had! Being in a trio is the greatest! The miracles just keep on coming! The greatest miracle of the week was seeing two of our investigators have their baptismal interview with our Zone Leaders. The joy and the light that you could see in their eyes - their whole being was something that words cannot describe! Sister Maere and her son Dwayne are the greatest people you will ever meet. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about change. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about eternal happiness. The gospel of Jesus Christ is about families. And we are so grateful that we are able to help this beautiful family be one step closer to eternal happiness. Their baptism is this Saturday so keep them in your prayers! I love you all! 

Last week I invited you all to reflect on counsel that we have received from our living Prophet Thomas S. Monson and to ACT on it! I hope you were all able to do this because the blessings of following our prophet are greater than you can imagine! 

Just wanted to share another poem with you all again!

I stand once more below the peak,
Awaiting still the rising sun,
And with the quiet moment seek
Assurance from the Holy One

What with the waiting hour comes?
Will light assail the darkness here?
The earth unveiled, as ripened plums
Drip colour as the day draws near?

Sweet light in radiant softness glows,
Ethereal canvas painted bright;
O'er tiered horizon sunlight flows,
Dismissing doubt and dark of night.

We speak of hope, of faith unmoved,
And yet forget throughout the day
The light revealed, the promised proved
When dusk returns and dims the way.

But One true source of light remains,
A single lamp, a rugged path;
The Son, who suffered all our pains
To give us all His Father hath.

I've yet a mountain peak to climb;
The journey's end is distant still;
But trust in Him and in His time
Renews my strength to do His will.

LIGHT. Light is essential! And Our Saviour Jesus Christ is the only source of light that will guide us through the ever-darkening world that we are living in. He is the way. He is the truth. He is the light that shines in all of us. He is the one that we can trust. His light will guide us home. His light will lead us to safety. His light will allow us to brighten ours. His light can never be dimmed. His light swallows the darkness, heals our wounds, and shines even in the midst of the deepest sorrow and unfathomable darkness. His light surpasses all understanding.
Light is essential. I invite you to allow the light of the Saviour to bless you in your life throughout this week! Cast away the things that prevent the Light of our Saviour from flowing into your life!  I promise you that this His light is the only way to true and everlasting happiness. I have experienced this myself. I know Our Saviour's Light is essential.

I love you all!
Sister Roos xx (: (: 

ACT on the counsel that we receive from our living Prophet, Thomas S. Monson

31 July, 2017 
Wattle Grove

Happy Monday everyone! 

Hope you all had a great week! Wattle Grove is still going strong! Being in a trio definitely has its benefits - one of them being that now there are three voices to sing -a duo is awesome but with three you get to have more harmonies haha; so we are working on having our harmonies on lock hahhahahhahaa.

Last week my invitation to you all was to look at your life, look at yourself and look at where you want to go. And to reflect on the changes that you can make to be better! I hope you were all able to do this!

A couple weeks ago, Sister Taeu and I were driving to one of our investigators homes. On the way there, there is a massive intersection that controls the traffic from two streets - traffic coming from the motorway (very busy) and the other, a really busy main road.
At this specific time that we were driving to our investigators home, the traffic lights were not working! 

So you can just imagine what the traffic would have been like on two of the busiest streets without functioning traffic lights! Chaotic, unorganised and confusion. We were sitting at the intersection for ages waiting for people to figure out how to organise moving across the intersection without working lights.

On the way back from our appointment the lights were back on! Order was re-established, everyone knew where they were supposed to go and when.

We live in a world that is full of confusion. We live in a world that is chaotic and unorganised. But just like at this intersection with the working lights, that allows order, guidance and protection, we have a living Prophet to provide those very things for us!

We have a living Prophet on the earth - President Thomas S. Monson, who has been called of God to lead and guide us in this day and age. It is through following him and heading his counsel and direction that we know we are following our Saviour Jesus Christ!

The Lord has revealed that the simplest way to measure how well we follow Jesus Christ today is by how well we follow His living prophets. The implications of this are powerful. This means that to follow the prophet is to follow the Lord. 

If we want to know if we would have faithfully followed Christ in New Testament times or if we would have rejected him, we only need to ask ourselves a simple question:
How do I respond to the living prophets the Lord has sent to speak and act in his name? 

My invitation to you all this week is to ACT on the counsel that we receive from our living Prophet Thomas S. Monson. Reflect on how you respond to the messages that our Prophet shares with us. How do you respond? Do you act on the counsel that we receive? Our personal discipleship to Christ is measured by how well we follow his living prophets in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve apostles.

Let us resolve to follow the Saviour and work with diligence to become the person we were designed to become. Let us listen to and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. As we do so, Heavenly Father will reveal to us things we never knew about ourselves. He will illuminate the path ahead and open our eyes to see our unknown and perhaps unforseen talents.

I love you all!
Sister Roos xx (: (: 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

I am a Child of Royal Birth

25th July, 2017

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

Transfers happened and I have been blessed to stay in the Wattle Grove Ward here in Liverpool for another 6 weeks! How exciting is that? Let me tell you, miracles are happening here in "The Grove" and more will continue to happen because we have gone from a companionship of two, to a companionship of THREE! Yes! I'm in a trio! How good is life? Its amazing let me tell you! Sister Palepoi is the BOMB! We came to Australia at the same time and we were joking about being companions at one point during our time here - and the heavens opened a lot sooner than we thought! 

 Well, my invitation to you all last week was to acknowledge what the Saviour has done for you this week in "paying the rest" when you couldn't yourself! How many of you took the time to do this? I sure hope you did! Our Saviour has done so much for me and I hope you were able to express your gratitude to him throughout the week!

This week I'll keep it nice and short (haha). I just want to share a poem that I love with you all!

I am a child of Royal Birth
My Father is King of Heaven and Earth
My Spirit was born in the courts on high
A child beloved, a Princess (or Prince) am I
I was nurtured there: I lived by His side
In a home where patience and love abide
My Mother was there in that glorious place
Blessing her children with Queenly grace

I grew to stature that spirits grow
I gained the knowledge I needed to know
I was taught the truth and I knew the plan
That God and Christ laid out for man
I was there when the stars of morning sang
I mingled my voice when the heavens rang
I was there to rejoice, to praise and applaud
The shouts of joy from the sons of God

I waited my turn and I came to earth
Through the wonderful channel of human birth
Then the curtains were closed and the past was gone
On the future, too, the curtains were drawn
I lived on earth, and God willed it so
With freedom to choose the way I should go
I must search for truth, I must serve and obey
I must walk by faith or fall by the way

Someday I'll go back: I will answer the call
I'll return with my record to the Father of all
The books will be opened and so will my heart
There will be rejoicing if I've done my part
My Father, the King, with his Infinite Love
Will welcome me back to the mansions above
The curtains will part and eternity
In its light and glory, will open to me.
I know we are all sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father! I know he has a plan for each of us!  I know that as we lean on him continually and put our trust in him, that we will have the opportunity to live with him again! I know that it is only through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we know what we must do to qualify to live with him. I know that we have a divine potential and it is only through the teachings of Jesus Christ that we can truly know who we are! I know that it is only through Jesus Christ that we can become who we are meant to be!

My invitation to you all this week is to look at your life, look at yourself and look at where you want to go. Are the choices you are making leading you to return to live in the presence with Heavenly Father? Do you truly know who you are? Do you know who you can become? I Invite you to reflect on these questions. If you can answer them in a way that makes you happy, there is always room for improvement - think of ways you can improve. If you are not happy with the answers that you have, what changes do you need to make in your life to be able to answer these questions in a way that you are satisfied?

I love you all!
Sister Roos xx (: (: 

When we fall short - the Saviour pays the rest!

Monday 17th July, 2017

Helloooo everyone! Happy Monday! 

It's that time again...transfers next week! Let me tell you, time is flying by soooo fast! I can't believe it! Sister Taeu and I have been seeing miracle after miracle this week! One miracle - we were following up with potential investigators and we knocked on a door and then the lady said “I'm a member! I'm a member!” We got so excited! Sheand her husband invited us in and we talked and shared a message with them. They told us that the husband's brother is inactive and he and his family go to another church, but they are open to having missionaries visit! How cool is that? They are in Tonga at the moment for a wedding but they get back this week so we have an appointment on Thursday! I'm singing at the Tongan Ward's musical fireside on Sunday, and the sons are musically talented so I'm going to ask them to sing and play the guitar for me; not the tricky ones.  Anyways, that’s one of the miracles this week!

Last week I invited you all to worship our Saviour and Heavenly Father throughout your week - through your actions and thoughts. How many of you were able to do this?

This week I want to share a story with you!
When I was in Bathurst my companion Sister Niu shared a story with me from an Ensign.

There was a lady standing in line at the grocery store waiting to purchase her items. In front of her at the register was a lady who was paying for her things but she didn't have enough. She was rummaging through her bag looking for the extra money to pay the excess of her amount. The people in line behind her were getting frustrated and making comments like "Why is she here if she can't pay for what she needs!" and "Tell her to leave if she can't pay!" This specific lady instead of making comments or judging, pulled out the money to cover the rest of her payment. After the lady did this, the others in line turned their comments to her and said "Why would you help her if she can't even pay for what she has?" and "You're wasting your money, you should have kept it for yourself."

Believe it or not, at one time or another we are the lady at the cash register. We all fall short. We fall short of the Glory of God. We fall short because of sin. We fall short because we are mortal. But there is one person who has paid the difference for us - the Saviour!  And because of the Saviour our price is paid in FULL!

During this mortal life we face times where we feel inadequate or where we feel that we cannot carry on. It is during these experiences that we are able to call upon the Saviour in mighty prayer and ask for his help - this help being made possible through His Atonement. 

Quick experience: When Sister Niu and I were in Bathurst, we were driving to an appointment - an hour away - we were halfway there and I realised we didn't put gas in the car ... (We had planned to but things had come up and then I forgot hahha) Anyways, we checked the amount of gas we had left and compared it to the amount of kilometres we had to go to the next gas station. Now keep in mind, we are out in the middle of nowhere, we had 25 kilometres of gas left and 27 kilometres until the closest gas station. Let's just say we were praying hard! As we were driving I could see the amount gas we were using per kilometre was way less than usual. When we were 2 minutes away from the gas station we had 7 kilometres left and as soon as we drove into the gas station and got next to the pump it cleared to zero. Now is that a miracle? Or is that a miracle? Yes, Sister Roos should have remembered to put gas in the car but remember I'm human; I make mistakes (hahhaha). This was a time when the Saviour literally paid the rest when I didn't have enough! Our gas should have run out long before we reached the gas station and yet we made it there with gas to spare.

I know that the Saviour loves each of us! I know that he has paid the difference for us to repent and be cleansed from sin so that we can return to our Heavenly Father pure. I know that he pays the difference for each of us, individually when we feel inadequate, when we do not feel like we have enough to offer and when we just can't carry on. I have felt the redeeming love that comes through the Atonement of our Saviour Jesus Christ and I know that He lives and loves us!

My invitation to you all this week is to acknowledge what the Saviour has done for you this week in "paying the rest" when you couldn't yourself! I know that as you do this, that your appreciation for Him will increase! You will come to know Him more as you recognise what he does for you each day. 

I love you all!

Sister Roos xx (: (: 

True Worship

Monday 10th July, 2017

Happy Monday everyone!

Hope you all had a great week! It's been another great week in "The Grove" aka Wattle Grove Ward. We are seeing miracles every day! This truly is the Lord's work and his hand is in every detail! 

How did you all do with my invitation last week to be a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ by submitting to the will of our Heavenly Father and "shrinking not"? I hope that you all were able to experience the blessings and peace that come as we submit our will to Heavenly Father's and the strength that we can receive as we "shrink not" in situations that allow us to grow!

In 3 Nephi 11:16-17, (this is where the people in the ancient Americas (the Nephites) saw and felt our Resurrected Saviour Jesus Christ)
"And when they had all gone forth and witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying: Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did WORSHIP Him!

As disciples of Jesus Christ we go about our lives, busy with running to and fro, trying to finish tasks and errands, making sure that the boxes get ticked of all the responsibilities and duties we need to accomplish. In all this hustle and bustle of daily life, do we forget the most important element of our service in the kingdom - WORSHIP?

Worship: to honour or offer reverence, to regard with great respect, admiration or devotion. Worship of our Saviour Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father is essential and central to our lives - to our spiritual lives! Worshipping is something that we should yearn for, seek out at every opportunity and strive to experience!

When we worship the Saviour and Heavenly Father, when we give them the reverence and honour that they so much deserve, we approach them with love, with humility, with respect, with adoration.  When we worship Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, we acknowledge them as Supreme beings. We WILLINGLY submit our will. We LIFT up our hearts in mighty prayer. We cherish their word. We rejoice in their grace. We commit to follow them with diligent and dedicated loyalty. 

True worship transforms us into sincere and earnest disciples.

We change and become more like him. We change and become more understanding. We change and become more forgiving. We change and become more loving. 

Wonder + Grace = Hope
A sense of Majestic awe and profound thanksgiving allow us to increase in hope. As we experience this wonder and gratitude we continue to have an abiding trust that the Lord and Heavenly Father will fulfil their promises.

Light + Knowledge = Faith 
When we allow the Holy Ghost into our lives we receive heavenly light - all the darkness and doubts that we feel vanish. As we allow this light into our lives we receive knowledge. The more light and knowledge that we receive the more our faith grows.

Discipleship + selfless service = Charity
As disciples of Jesus Christ we serve other selflessly - not because we feel obligated or it is something we must do but because we want to. As we do these things we are able to increase in charity - the pure love of Christ.
When we worship our souls are refined. When we worship we commit to walk in the footsteps of our Saviour. Spiritual experiences have less to do with what is happening around us and everything to do with what is happening within us! As we worship we receive blessings that can be with us forever, that can bless us and help us bless others! 

My invitation to you all is to worship our Saviour and Heavenly Father throughout your week - through your actions and thoughts. May we worship in the same reverence that those in the ancient Americas did at the time of His coming. As you do this you are able to receive the blessings that come from being a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Wonder + Grace + Hope + Light + Knowledge + Faith + Discipleship + Selfless Service + Charity = True Worship.

love you all!
Sister Roos xx (: (: 

ps sorry no photos. my camera wont connect to the computer hahhahah

Shrink not - submit to the will of the Father

Monday 3rd July, 2017
3 July, 2017

Happy Monday everyone!
Hope you all had a great week! Sister Taeu and I had a good week! We got our new Mission President this week - President and Sister Bingham!

So how did you all go with my two invitations for last week?

Part one: is to live your life that the Holy Ghost may always be with you!
Part two: is to L.A,F. - listen, act and feel the promptings of the spirit!

Doctrine and Covenants 19:15-19
"Therefore, I command you to repent -- repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore -- how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not.
For behold, I God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I:
Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit - and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink -
Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men."

This week I want to focus on a specific part of this scripture - the underlined portion

"that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink - Nevertheless, glory be to the Father,"

Elder Maxwell said "As we confront our own...trials and tribulations, we too can plead with the Father, just as Jesus did, that we 'might not shrink'- meaning to retreat or to recoil. Not shrinking is much more important than surviving! Moreover, partaking of the bitter cup without becoming bitter is likewise part of the emulation of Jesus"

To retreat or to recoil. How many of us when faced with a trial, a hard time or put in a situation that we are not happy with retreat or recoil - how many of us shrink? I have been guilty of shrinking in times when I have not agreed with a hard time - an opportunity to grow - but we know that Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer did not shrink in Gethsemane or on Golgotha!

Elder Orson F. Whitney said:
"No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God ... and is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we came here to acquire."

Not shrinking and allowing our individual will to be swallowed up in the will of the Father is something that we all are faced with.  Not shrinking and allowing our individual will to be swallowed up in the will of the Father is a CHOICE that we must all make.

When we go through a trial, a challenge, a hard time, how many of us ask Heavenly Father to get us out of that situation? When we are experiencing pain, infirmities and hardships, how many of us ask for this time of challenge to be removed?

In the New Testament we see many examples of when the Saviour and his disciples exercised their spiritual gift of healing and recognised that these individuals had the faith to be healed. (Acts 14:9; 3 Nephi 17:8; D&C 46:19). We tend to have faith that Heavenly Father will remove the hard times that we are experiencing or to remove the infirmities that we have, but a question I have pondered on is
Do we have the faith to not be healed? Do we have the faith to not be removed from the hard time that we are facing? Do we have the faith to submit to the will of the Father?

We must be disciples of Christ who are valiant in the submission of our will to His. We must be disciples of Christ who overcome the natural man (Mosiah 3:19) tendency to demand impatiently and insist incessantly on the blessings that we want to receive and believe that we deserve. Having faith not to be healed, not to be released from challenges and trials seems counterintuative; however, as we look from this perspective, we allow our trust to be put in Heavenly Father's plan for each of us. We increase our faith and knowledge that the Saviour is in charge whatever the outcome might be. Our petitions will be changed from "Please get me out of this situation" to "Please give me the strength and the faith to accept whatever Thy will is."

A principle that applies to every devoted disciple is this:
Strong faith in the Saviour. With this, comes the submissive acceptance of the will of our Heavenly Father - even if the outcome or the journey is not what we wanted or hoped for.

My invitation to you all this week is to be a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ by submitting to the will of our Heavenly Father and "shrink not".

As you press forward along this strait and narrow path to our Heavenly home, with a steadfast faith in Christ and a willingness to submit to all things you will be blessed in extraordinary ways to learn the essential lessons for eternity.

I love you all!

Sister Roos xx (: (:

Saturday, 1 July 2017

An Invitation to L.A.F. the promptings of the Spirit

26 June, 2017

Hellooooooo everyone! Happy Monday! It’s a great day in Liverpool! The work is moving here and we are seeing miracles every day! How did you do in identifying an ankle breaker in your life? Were you able to change your course so that you can miss these dangerous sections of your journey?

Hymn #143

1. Let the Holy Spirit guide;
Let him teach us what is true.
He will testify of Christ,
Light our minds with heaven's view.
2. Let the Holy Spirit guard;
Let his whisper govern choice.
He will lead us safely home
If we listen to his voice.
3. Let the Spirit heal our hearts
Thru his quiet, gentle pow'r.
May we purify our lives
To receive him hour by hour.

The gift of the Holy Ghost can come only after proper and authorised baptism. The Holy Ghost sanctifies and purifies you. As you remain faithful to the covenants and promises made at baptism you qualify yourself for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. 

Joseph Smith said: "There is a difference between the Holy Ghost and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Cornelius received the Holy Ghost before he was baptised, which was the convincing power of God unto him of the truth of the Gospel, but he could not receive the gift of the Holy Ghost until he was baptised. Had he not taken this sign or ordinance upon him, the Holy Ghost which convinced him of the truth of God, would have left him."

In the April Sunday Morning Session of General Conference Elder Ronald A. Rasband spoke about "Let the Holy Spirit Guide".

"Our Father in Heaven knew that in mortality we would face challenges, tribulation, and turmoil; He knew we would wrestle with questions, disappointments, temptations and weaknesses. To give us mortal strength and divine guidance, He provided the Holy Spirit, another name for the Holy Ghost.
"The Holy Ghost binds us to the Lord. By divine assignment, He inspires, testifies, teaches, and prompts us to walk in the light of the Lord. We have the sacred responsibility to learn to recognise His influence in our lives and respond."

He then gives four ways that we may always have the Holy Ghost to be with us!
1) We must STRIVE to live WORTHY of the Spirit
2) We must be WILLING to RECEIVE the Spirit
3) We must RECOGNISE the Spirit when it COMES
4) We must ACT on the FIRST PROMPTING!

The promptings of the spirit should not be a mystery to us! We should be so familiar with how the Spirit speaks to us that we do not doubt the feelings we experience and the promptings that we are given!

The more you LISTEN, the more you ACT and the more you FEEL, the more the Lord will TRUST you! You should always LAF (listen, act and feel)!

My invitation to you has two parts: 
Part one: Live your life so that the Holy Ghost may always be with you! 
Part two: L.A,F. – Listen.Act.Feel the promptings of the spirit! 

I promise you that as you do this that you will be trusted by the Lord to help him in his work in these the last days! The Holy Ghost is a powerful gift that enables us to serve others! So go out and serve!

Love you!
Sister Roos xx (: (: 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Avoid the ankle breakers!

19th June 2017

Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone's week went great! Sorry I don't have much time to write this week but I just want to follow up on the invitation I left you last week to be TENACIOUS! How did you go with pushing forward with your goals?
This week was an awesome week full of adventures. We got lost heaps. Talked to lots of people. And met some of our members! They are all so great!

Sorry, short message this week! During a hike with Elder Boogaard (Senior Missionary) in Bathurst, something he said really stuck out to me when we got to a rocky part - "Watch out for this area! It's an ankle breaker!"
It got me thinking more about the definition of an ankle breaker. 

As you are hiking, you must be cautious of the "ankle breakers" along your journey. What is an ankle breaker? Well the Sister Roos definition is: a section of rocks that are all shapes and sizes that you must avoid getting stuck in or tripping on because it could lead to an ankle injury and other possible injuries.

Your ankle, if injured at this point by standing on an unstable corner of a rock, or stepping on one and slipping into the crack can cause your ankle to sprain or break. The definition of a break is an act or action of breaking; to damage or be damaged by separating into pieces after being struck or dropped; to stop working or to cause to stop working; to interrupt.

When you get caught in an ankle breaker an injury occurs; your journey along the path is hindered. Because of the injury, it may take you longer to complete the course or it may stop you completely from making it to the end. 

We too, are each travelling along our hike to the finish line. We too, have ankle breakers that stunt our progress, slow us down or in some cases prevent us from completing the course!
In life, we are all travelling along our path back to our Heavenly Father and there are sections that can be identified as "ankle breakers". What are ankle breakers in your life? Things that are hindering your progress along your path of discipleship? Some examples that I have thought about are pride, associations with others, media...and the list could go on.

My invitation to you this week is to identify the "ankle breakers" that you have which are keeping you from progressing to the end of your course. And once identified AVOID THEM! Make the necessary changes so that you will not get caught!

Just like Elder Boogaard warned us of the dangerous area, we all have a loving Heavenly Father who will lead and guide us, who will warn us of the areas we must be cautious around. When we follow and listen to his guidance we are blessed! We are protected! I know this to be true because I have seen how his merciful hand has protected me from my own "ankle breakers" and the happiness I have been able to experience as I avoided being caught in an "ankle breaker".

I love you!
Sister Roos xx (: (: 

There is simply no TEST until there is ADVERSITY!

13th June, 2017
To Liverpool I go - Goodbye Bathurst!


Happy Tuesday everyone! Transfers happened yesterday and guess who is in Liverpool now? Yes...I got transferred- Wattle Grove Ward is where it's at now! Let me tell you, I got a shock to see so many people, so many cars and so many buildings! hahahaha Bathurst can do that to you q: q: 

My new companion is Sister Taeu from Samoa! 
She has been out 2 transfers and I am super excited to be working with her here! We are shotgunning the area (starting fresh) all four of the elders got taken out and my soa and I are going to take over the area! So this will be a fun transfer! 

We have already been lost so many times; we even went to the wrong building and started trying to fit our key into the door and we were wondering why it wouldn't unlock and open....nekk minnit this guy opens the door and we were in the wrong building - it was the next door. It was so funny, so we introduced ourselves, explained what our purpose is and then invited him to learn more! He said no but heeeeey thats alright. So adventures are happening here in Wattle Grove Ward and we haven't even hit 24 hours!

Tenacity. Tenacity is persistence, perseverance, stubborn determination, a quality displayed by someone who won't quit - who keeps trying until they reach their goal. Tenacity is starting to be one of my favourite words!

We need tenacity in order to become TRUE DISCIPLES of Jesus Christ and to achieve the truly good goals! 

What good goals do you have? Our ability to be tenacious in all good things will determine whether we BECOME the sons and daughters of God that He knows we can and must become. We all have goals that we want to accomplish and sometimes things will not go exactly to plan in achieving it. When adversity, trials and challenges come, we must decide whether our faith is strong enough to continue and whether we will put our trust in God continually. 

We must always remember, there is simply no TEST until there is ADVERSITY!

Alma 57:27
"They (the stripling warriors) are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually."

Alma 53:20-21
"And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold this was not all - they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.
Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him."

The terms valiant, courageous, strong, active and true are used to describe the stripling warriors. Do these terms describe you and your efforts to reach your goals? If they are, how can you better your efforts even further? If they are not, what changes need to be made for you to develop these characteristics as you seek to reach your goal?

My invitation to you is to be TENACIOUS as you seek to reach your goals - whatever it may be! I promise you that as you do this, you will get there. It will not always be easy, it will not always be in your timing but it will be worth the pain, worth the time and worth the sweat because the Lord has His time for everything. The blessings and the success that you seek will come. Press on. Journey on. Stay on.

Alma 26:27
"Now when our hearts were depressed and we were about to turn back, behold the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success."

The Lord promises us that as we bear with patience (prolonged obedience) our adversity, our set backs, our challenges and our trials that he will give us success. We must continue to be tenacious!

I love you!

Sister Roos
Wattle Grove Ward

Monday, 5 June 2017

I invite you to Make the choice to LOOK for the Good! To SEE the Good & To SEEK the Good!

Monday 5 June, 2017

Hellooooooo! Happy Monday! 

kangaROOS maROOnS sis ROOS                                       2 hour trek to the Glow Worm Caves

                                                                 This is OUR Playground 
How was your week? I hope it was amazing! Everything is going great here in Bathurst! Getting colder and colder! Love it! We are hitting the negatives in the mornings now and today, when we left the flat, it was -2 Celsius. Life is great! The other morning when we went out for a run it was -4C. Winter is certainly upon us!

How did you all go with the invitation I left with you last week? To TRUST IN THE LORD and allow yourself to be changed by following him IMMEDIATELY? I hope that you have made necessary changes in your life to allow yourself to be changed by and through the Saviour!

This week I was on trade-offs with Sister Tysoe (who is amazing) and she shared a short story with me! And I felt like this would be something great to share with all of you too!

As A Man Thinketh

A wise man stood at the gate of an ancient city and greeted travelers as they arrived.
One day, a traveler asked him
"What kinds of people live in this city?"
The wise man answered with a question of his own.
"What kinds of people live in the city whence you came?"
The traveler replied:
"Oh they are very bad people; deceitful and devil-worshiping."
"You'll find the same kind of people in this city," sighed the wise man.

Sometime later, a second traveler came to the gate and asked the wise man the same question.
"What kinds of people live in this city?"
The wise man again replied with his question:
"What kinds of people live in the city whence you came?"
The second traveler replied:
"Oh they are very good people; hard working, generous and God fearing."
"You will find the same kind of people in this city" smiled the wise man.

Have you ever noticed that people can usually find whatever they are looking for? Look hard enough and you can discover both good and bad in almost anyone and anything. 

Here is another story:

While looking for a new home, a young couple talked to potential neighbors about the neighborhood and the schools in the area. One woman they spoke to said of the school her children were attending "This is the most incredible place! The principal is a wonderful and good man; the teachers are well qualified, kind, and friendly. I am so pleased that our children can attend this wonderful school! You'll love it here!"

A different woman said of her children's school: "It's a terrible place. The principal is self-absorbed; the teachers are unqualified, rude, and unfriendly. If I could afford to move out of this area, I'd do it in a heartbeat!"

The funny thing about this story is that both women were speaking about the same principal, the same teachers and the same school!

We all have a CHOICE. We can seek the bad or negative aspects in others and in situations that we are facing. Or, we can choose to see people and experiences as opportunities to learn and grow; as something positive! It is our CHOICE!

My invitation to you all this week is to MAKE THE CHOICE! Make the choice to LOOK for the good! To SEE the good! To SEEK the good! I promise you that as you do this that you will be happier. You will be able to see the blessings that you have in your life more fully. You will be able to be a light to others as you make the choice to look, see and seek for the good in all things!

I love you!

Sister Roos (: (: xx
       5 degrees at 12 in the afternoon           4 degrees - it's freezin' in Bathurst

                                                        Glow worm hike - 2 hours later

                                                                    Gorgeous Views

                                                       Sister Back and Sister Malupo

                                 Setting up for State of Origin - NOT!! State of Training videos

                                                   President Back and some of the Zone