Sunday, November 2, 2014
Hi everyone! How are you all?!What a week....
Monday, October 20, 2014
Good Morning Everyone! I hope everything is going well, it's been a great week here in Trott Park!Tuesday Oct 14, 2014- We had Zone Training today and honestly everyone believes it was the best training we've all had on our missions! Usually trainings are given to improve our teaching skills but this training was all centered on pure testimony of God. We do "real" plays all the time on the mission where we role play/practice teaching in companionship. Me and Elder Dass role played with two Sister Missionaries and it was amazing. Our purpose was to not really blast with information but to teach how God is Our Loving Heavenly Father solely from bearing personal testimonies. We all we're doing this role play in this room and pretty soon enough the tears flowed. there was such a spirit in that room as we all testified of the Love and relationship we all have with our Father in Heaven. You know, I feel the spirit in a lot of different ways but during this role play, I actually felt that "burning in my bosom", an actual burning sensation in my chest, it felt like my whole being wasn't able to handle that wonderful feeling and yet I can't explain a better feeling in the world. I know God lives. We can all Know. Just talk to him. After the training we just had to go to Maccas (McDonald's) which is always fun. We then went to go do service for the Watts and then they fed us Domino's.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Hello Everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed General Conference this past weekend! I know I sure did! So many inspiring thoughts and revelations given from these Prophets and Apostles. let's all strive our best to become more and more like our Savior Jesus Christ everyday. Always look for ways to improve, and apply all the things these inspired Men of God share to us. If you haven't seen these talks yet visit "LDS.org". I KNOW THAT THESE MEN ARE CALLED OF GOD AND THAT WE DO INDEED HAVE A PROPHET OF GOD ON THE EARTH NAMED THOMAS S. MONSON.Oct 8, 2014- First day with my new companion, Elder Dass, he is a crack up! We definitely are having fun together and I definitely can see miracles happen in the Trott Park area this transfer! We had dinner with the Robbins family that night and they fed us tater tot casserole. Bit weird haha. But it's always so great to go their house because they are all return missionaries. The parents, the daughter, the daughters fiance, and the brother. We had some pretty good conversations on how we can find people to teach so that was pretty inspiring! We then had a lesson with Andrew Shore that night and we just read the Book of Mormon with him.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Hey Everyone!Thought I would let you know first off that I'm staying in Trott Park again... another 6 weeks. And my new companion is Elder Dass from Sydney. He has a Fiji background and is a real cool Elder, a lot different than Elder Tau though, I miss that guy. We had District Meeting today and something just felt off. I think its because Elder Tau has left and also Sister Christensen who is by far my favorite Sister of all time. She just went home to Washington. With them two gone today, I felt pretty down actually. You build such great relationships on the mission and then you just get separated all of a sudden. But I know that I've just got to stay patient and adjust myself to the circumstances now.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Hello everyone! Sorry for not emailing last week, its been a hectic 2 weeks, very very busy! Transfers are this Tuesday so I don't know if I'll be staying in Trott Park or not but I'll officially be here for half a year, crazy!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Hey Everyone! Yet another week to report (crazy week) :) Thank you so much to everyone who is sending me things, its always great to see the love from home and I can feel all the prayers so thank you!Tuesday Sep 9- What a great day that was :) We had district meeting and President and Sister Carter attended. I don't think I've ever seen a more inspired man than President Carter. It kind of makes me sad to think that him and our "mission mom" Sister Carter are leaving in June. The next Mission President has big shoes to fill ;) It was a great meeting and we were trained on resolving concerns and bearing testimony frequently. Me and Elder Tau have been able to implement that training this week and we see the blessings of it. For all of you that plan on serving a mission, the way to be successful is to apply the trainings! We all had interviews with President after while Sister Carter went to go get us Hungry Jacks (Burger King in AUS) I got to talk to them both about the lovely Balli's. It is so amazing to seem them serving in New Zealand. The respect I have for Mission Presdients is big. They are most definitely MEN OF GOD.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
HELLO! Hope everyone is doing well, Happy Australian Fathers Day to all the Dad's out there!Monday Sep 1- Got the haircut of mah LIFE. We went to this legit barber for P Day to get haircuts and he cut my hair just like in the movies. With just a comb and clippers, he was going crazy on my hair, super fast and it was one of the best haircuts I've ever had. He was from Scotland. Now I can tell the difference between a hairdresser and a barber! Even though I still miss Grandma Jeans haircuts :(
3 And yet, I being over-zealous to inherit the land of our fathers, collected as many as were desirous to goup to possess the land, and started again on our journey into the wilderness to go up to the land; but wewere smitten with famine and sore afflictions; for we were slow to remember the Lord our God.
Remember God in ALL THINGS! I promise if you look to our Heavenly Father in every decsion you make, you will be guided, and you will be able to reach your full potential as a divine child of God!
Love you ALL']
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
HELLO EVERYONE. Hope everything is going well back home! It was a pretty busy week as the start of the transfer so I'll give you the run through.Tuesday Aug 26 was transfer meeting. Me and Elder Tau obviously aren't getting transferred but we attended because Elder Tau is District Leader. Man, was it inspiring. During transfer meeting every missionary that is going home bears their testimonies and then President and Sister Carter speak. The spirit was so strong during that meeting and I just left it feeling so inspired. All of the missionaries spoke about 3 things that have helped them on their missions so I plan to definitely implement those. When President Carter speaks, I truly know he is an inspired man. I have so much respect for him and it makes me feel proud to know that President and Sister Balli have the same authority as them, and it is comforting to know that I have them as family right next door to me doing the Lord's work. President Carter told us that 2 Elders were beat up by 3 guys this past week... Satan truly has his guns out but we're NOT STOPPING. We are stronger on this side because we have that foundation of Christ that can withstand his attacks. ZAAM (Zion Australia Adelaide Mission) is ready to battle.
Friday Aug 29- We mowed Davids lawn while he just sat their watching us, while somking about a thousand cigarettes. We always teach him inside and while we teach him he's always smoking so the house stinks horribly. But we just try to focus. My bike broke that day too. The chain changer thing just snapped so I had to take it to the bike shop. Now I treat my bike like a baby! I invite everyone to recommend in their wards to sing "Beautiful Zion" on pg 44. That is the ZAAM anthem and we sing it all the time. I've never heard it before I got on my mission and now its one of my favorite hymns. We met George that night who is a new investigator this week and its tough for me sometimes to be patient and listen to people. Like with him I asked if we could come inside his home, and then he just rambled off about how he has prostate problems for about 30 minutes. I was suffering haha. People like to talk about themselves.
Saturday Aug 30- Was blazing hot! and it was only 23 Celsius. In Summer it gets about 40-45. Can't wait... We had another lesson with David that day about church and he commited to come to church. We were really glad to hear that.
Sunday Aug 31 we get a call from David before church and he says "I'm not coming to church. I feel offended. Elder Tau is always covering his nose in my home whenever I smoke." What a lame excuse. Theres really not much we can do with him but he'll probably end up calling us again in a few days.
Wanted to share a scripture before I go. Mosiah 6:3 "And again, it came to pass that when King Benjamin had made an end of all these things, and had consecrated his son Mosiah to be a king and ruler over his people, and gave him all the charges concerning his kingdom, and also had appointed priests to teach the people, that thereby they may know the commandments of God, and to stir them up in the rememberance of the oath which they had made, and they returned, everyone according to his family, to their own homes."
In this scripture we need to relate ourselves to the priests. We are chosen to teach Gods children the gospel and also to "stir up in them the remembrance of the oath which they have made." This is the part I want to point out. This is all about reactivation. Everytime someone is baptized and receives the ordinace they make a covenant with God, or an oath. Our job as active members of the church is to remind less active memeber the covenant they have made to our Heavenly Father. Brothers and Sisters, It makes me sick and very very very saddened to see people leave the church. Not only is it sad to see someone leave such a beautiful thing, but more importantly they have broken a covenant with God. That is not something to take lightly. We need to bring them back into the fold. Work on the less active in your wards. They need this gospel.
Love you all! GOD BLESS
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Thursday Aug 14 we had Zone Training which was really inspiring, then we had ministering night with brother Miciliwetz in our ward. He's kind of a strange guy. We pulled up to his house and he was standing outside and we went to go say hello and he wouldnt respond to us, he was just staring off. He has epilepsy so he mightv'e had a mild seizure. I told sister Mikiliwetz about it so at least she knows. We had the chance to visit some members in the ward so that was good.
Friday Aug 15 I had a trade off with the other zone leader Elder Bush. It went well, I was in his area and we had a lot of lessons which was good because we only have one investigator at the moment so basically all we're doing is finding. Door knocking and street contacting all day, ery day.
Sunday Aug 17 I'm proud to announce that after 5 months in the mission I have finally had an investigator come to church! Andrew Shore! (Took awhile, hey) It was really good to see him there though.
Monday Aug 18 We're having a problem with the members in our ward. We have 3 companionship's in the ward and the members aren't keen at all for doing missionary work. With the exeption of Whitrods and Watts. I'm sure they do want to do missionary work but they aren't showing it. Like this week we called 3 memebers to ask if we can come over and the first question that they all asked was "why do you need to come?" Really shows the way our members feel about us. We need to all understand that hastening the work of salvation is not just for missionaries, we can't do it without the members.
Tuesday Aug 19 we decided to make treat bags for each member in our area so we went to the grocery store and bought some lollies and wrote a little note to everyone. Hopefully that will soften their hearts.
Wednsday Aug 20 Did Family History today! It was pretty surprising and quite sad at first to see "Thomas Francis Acker- deceased" It kind of just hit me that he isn't here anymore but I know that he's closer to all of us than ever before. I definitely felt the spirit of Elijah as I did family history.
Thats pretty much what happned this week. I love you all and I hope everything is going well.
Hello! Its been a week and a half since I last wrote so I'll just let you know what happened.Tuesday Aug 12 was trade off day with one of my zone leaders named Elder Dos Santos. He is from Brisbane, and very short. He kinda looks like lord farquad from Shrek! It was a good day, we started off the morning with an Indian breakfast at these people we met. They aren't interested but we got to know them better. It was delicious! We then had a lesson with Andrew Shore, our only investigator (Ya I know, rough...) which went well. We then had a lesson with a man named Russel who was trying to force us to "go to Vegas, meet some nice girls, and drink some Jack Daniels." He said that our lives are too narrow. It's true, the strait and narrow is where its at :)
Transfer Announcements Today! For transfer #4 I will be... staying in Trott Park, still with Elder Tau!We've still got some work to do ;) One of my best friends in the mission Elder Matekohi is packing :(
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Hello! Sorry that I didn't send an email out last week. It was a pretty hectic week so I never got to write in my journal so I forgot everything to write about, but this week I made sure to write every week so I can share it with you guys!Last Monday we had P-day and after I emailed we went to an all you can eat Chinese buffet. Not nearly as good as the American buffets haha but we had a really good zone activity after that. We went to a park and played scatter ball, and basketball. It's always good to play sport every once in awhile :)
I forgot to write for Thursday and Friday...oops.
Satuirday we started the day by doing some weeding for the Watts. Man, I love weeding! There is just something about pulling weeds that is therputic. Sister Watts then made us tomatio and cheese sandwiches which were delicious. We then had a lesson with David about the Book of Mormon. He has a lot of skepticism at the moment but I told him it's normal, understanding will come over time. But we taught and testified powerfully about the Book of Mormon and he has read to 1 Nephi: 8 so far! It's so exciting to see someone read such a wonderful book! Oh and also when I was weeding for the Watts we were taking a break and eating some biscuits and I was sitting on a bench and when I stood up, Brother watts says "Oh man, look at that" pointing to the bench where I was sitting. TYhere was red back spider right under my legs. And if you don't know red back spiders are very poisinous and can kill if not treated quickly. YIKES.
Sunday was great. After sacrament I gave one of the members in my ward, Borther Auseanga a blessing. he has a chest infection. Me and Elder Tau then taught Elders Quorom.
It was a good week! I've gained a testimony of asking questions to God this week. We as children of God are truly entitled to revelation. God cares about us and wants to help us so feel free to ask him anything! What's important to you is important to him!
Love you guys
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Hello Everyone!This week was the start of transfer 3, and as I said before I'm still in Trott Park but I have a new companion named Elder Tau! And he is from Tahiti also! He's actually in the same home stake as Elder Villierme! Now I have two places to stay in Tahiti ;) Elder Tau is now the district leader of Onkaparinga and he is the MAN. I was so nervous for transfer meeting, even more nervous than leaving home for my mission but I shouldn't of been cuz this transfer is going to be great. I can honestly say that I've grown the most this week more than any week in my mission. We worked so hard and I loved it! There truly is joy in the work. When we first came back to the flat he seemed super stiff and I was scared that I wouldn't be able to enjoy myslef with him but now I realize3 that he is just exactly obedient and that is something me and Elder Villierme struggled with. We were obedient but not EXACTLY obedient. Obedience is key. If you want to be a better teacher, be obedient. If you want to find people to teach, be obedient. If you want to have joy and happinness in tyhe work, be obedinety. Because I know we are going to be exactly obedient, I know we are going to be blessed.
July 28, 2014:
Hey! Always good to be able to email you all every week! I hope everyone is doing well!Every single Monday we have dinner as missionaries in the Happy Valley ward with our wonderful Mission Leader and his wife Brother and Sister Watts. We had hot dogs and banana splits that night which was great!