Monday, August 24, 2015

We keep going, going, going

Tuesday Aug 18, 2015- We had to go to the dentist this morning because Elder Mooney had to have some teeth pulled. Elder Tanner and I went out and worked while they were at the dentist office. The teeth removal was really fast and we were cracking up at Elder Mooney because of the way he looked and the way he was talking because his mouth was numb haha We went to go see our investigator Kini today from Fiji, he is cool and really is seeking for the truth in his life, we're really pushing him to read the Book of Mormon sincerely because we know he will know the truth from that, he seems to think he has to do really complicated things to find the truths of God, but we keep telling him that it is simple, read and pray about the Book of Mormon! We hope he takes that step. Elder Mooney was hurting from his teeth removal today so we dropped him off at the senior couple missionaries house so he could rest and I joined another companionship for the day. We took a beautiful drive up the hills of Adelaide to go to a members home and we saw two kangaroos! I know I've been in Australia for long but that is a rare occasion! Didn't have my camera so I'm sad. We then went on splits with members which is always good.

Wednesday Aug 19, 2015- Had a big meeting today with President and Sister Parker. They trained us on "How to Begin Teaching" PMG, working with prospective Elders, and obedience to mission rules. President Parker relates our mission now to Apollo 13, "Houston we have a problem" apparently there is a big problem with obedience in our mission...not good, but we all are determined to step up. I always love attending these meetings because I always leave feeling so inspired to be better, there is always things you can do to be better in the Gospel, you can never stop improving. 

Thursday Aug 20, 2015- Had to say goodbye to one of the best sister missionaries today, Sister Graham returned home to today to the Cook Islands. She's the best. Had lunch with Elder Tanner and Van West today, we had a good time listening to EFY in the car haha the only kind of music we can listen to. We went door knocking for about 2 hours today, couldn't find anyone to teach. We then went to go visit a less active named Simon. He's a good man, we always go walk his dog for him. We then went top the Crosley's for dinner.

Friday Aug 21, 2015- Woke up this morning feeling yuck, just run down, we just never stop and some days I wake up and I wish I could sleep for a week straight but that's how it is in this mission, we keep going, going, going!! Love staying busy though. We had to go get our car fixed today. We then went to go visit Lucia, she has a friend staying at her house now so we are able to go inside. Always good to visit them. We then had sports night tonight which is always fun.

Saturday Aug 22, 2015- We had to drive to a town named Elizabeth today to drop off a missionary, it was about a 30 minuted drive and Elizabeth is like the biggest druggie place in South Australia haha Got to see my old companion from Katherine Elder Aguilar, good to be reunited. Had dinner at the Smiths tonight. Such a great missionary couple

Love you all! 

Elder Acker

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Transfer 12, week 3

Hello Everyone! hope your week has gone great!

Monday August 10, 2015- Today we had a great P-day. Later that night we were able to take our investigator Park with us to a Single Adult FHE, it went well! Park is so solid, he just wants to wait until December to be baptized in Korea. But honestly he could be baptized right now, but whatever Gods will is, we will follow.

Tuesday August 11, 2015- Today we had the wonderful opportunity to gather as a mission to hear from Brad Wilcox and David Archuleta. They both gave talks and David Archuleta also sang "Be Still, My Soul" and "Nearer My God to Thee", he has such a beautiful voice, for those who don't know who David is, he was runner up in American Idol a few years ago and he returned from a mission recently. Brad Wilcox is a fantastic public speaker and author of the church. It was a wonderful experience. And to top it off I was able to see some people from my first area, Trott Park! A member Bro Whitrod and an investigator named David who I worked with most of my time in that area. It was so good to see them both, I'm especially glad David is still investigating. 

Wednesday August 12, 2015- Today we had zone training which is always good, this week was full of meetings. 

Thursday August 13, 2015- Today I was able to go on trade off with a brand new missionary, Elder Van West, he is from Brisbane. We we're able to have a great trade off and we had a lot of good laughs along the way

Friday August 14, 2015- Had weekly planning today with the Hectorville Elders, planned pretty much until 4 o clock, always fun haha We then hopped on the bikes and biked around town to our appointments. We got to see Dave and Hala, Park, and Sis Sharma, all really good visits.

Saturday August 15, 2015- Today we rearranged our whole house, felt like we needed a change. We then went to go see Dave's rugby game, we then went on a mini trade off, I was with Elder Tanner in his area. 

Love you all!
Have a great week

Elder Acker

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Busy boy

Hey everyone! Another great week here in Glenside! Way better week then the last! I hope everyone is doing well, I wish I could talk to you all face to face about the things I've experienced but I know the time will come but for now this will work :)

Monday Aug 3, 2015- Today I went on a mini trade off with Elder Tanner, always a great time, I love him. It is Dave's birthday today so we went over to celebrate! We drove with him to get some Domino's pizza, great night, honestly love that family so much. Later that night we went to go see a less active member on our ward list that I have never met before. We knocked and a lady opened the door, then came her partner behind her and he just went off at us, the sister looked so uncomfortable, it was sad to see, I could see in her eyes that she wanted to talk to us but her partner got in the way of that by shoving the door in our face, it really is hard for me sometimes to not just get angry, I've had moments with those types of people where I start to talk back, trying to work on just leaving with a smile. 

Tuesday Aug 4, 2015- Had to go to on another trade off today because Elder Van West is still sick, pretty much just stayed with him in the flat most of the day, BORING. But we did get to go to the Pennington's house later on to have dinner, really good, and man pavlova is to do for, honestly I don't know why we don't have it in America, it is the best dessert I have ever had! Go Australia! We committed the family to share a Book of Mormon with a friend and they agreed! Excited to see what happens with that, working through members is key, we're really trying to boost that in our area. Later on we went to go see a LA family, they are so funny, not too interested in the gospel but we just go over there so they can have some sort of contact with the church.

Wednesday Aug 5, 2015- Had district meeting today, later that night we committed Hala to baptism on Aug 22 and she accepted! So excited for her, my favourite investigator for sure!

Thursday Aug 6, 2015- Had the awesome opportunity today to attend the temple, what a blessing it is to go there, I love it so much. We went to the Spalding family that night for dinner and she made pavlova too! I love these members haha. We then had coordination meeting which was good then we gave a blessing to a sick sister in the ward named Lucia.

Saturday Aug 8, 2015- Reunited and it feels so good, after 1 year I have had the opportunity to go on a trade off with my brother Elder Matekohi, we came into the mission together, it was so good to work with him again and to see how things have changed, such a great man and missionary and he's only been a member for 3 years, baptized when he was 17. Definitely someone I want to visit after the mission. He lives in NZ, so visit the Balli's then all the missionaries that live there! We got fed Indian food, and Nepalese food today, I love the cultural aspect of Australia, everyone is from different places, and wow that food was spicy, I was sweating the whole time I was eating their food haha. We got to see our investigator Park tonight who just got back from Korea, he is such a solid investigator but he doesn't seem to want to be baptized here, but in Korea. We wish he could be baptized now! 

Sunday Aug 9, 2015- Church was great today as always, I was feeling like crap this morning but going to church always makes me feel better. 

Love you all!

Elder Acker

Monday, August 3, 2015

Transfer 12, week 1

Hello Everyone! Another new transfer here in Glenside on the way with my new comp Elder Mooney, he is from Delta, Utah! We actually served in the same district in Darwin so we already knew each other which is always good, don't have to go through the awkward get to know ya stage haha its been pretty hectic getting situated for the new transfer so I'll try my best to explain what happened. 

Saturday Aug 1, 2015- This week has been hectic with the new transfer and everything, we actually had not a lot of time this week to do normal proselyting, I'm ready to get back to normal, new transfers are so stressful but also exciting at the same time. Elder Mooney and I had to run a few errands today, get our car fixed, get my eye tested, and such, so that was good, we then went to KFC with Elder Tanner and his comp Elder Van West, we then did some actual missionary work! haha we went finding and met this man who recently got jumped in the streets, he was pretty banged up, we got to have a long convo with him, he wasn't too interested but he was so good to talk to. We then went to Dave and Hala's and helped him build some drawers, good time.

Sunday Aug 2, 2015- Started off the morning trying to visit a bunch of people before church, but no one was home! I hate those days haha Church was great and we were able to visit Dave and Hala once again tonight, we love them so much!

Monday Aug 3, 2015- Went to Hectorville area this morning to give Elder Van West a blessing, he has the flu :( I then got to go on a mini trade off with my favorite missionary Elder Tanner and it was just the best! Love him. It was Dave's b day today so we celebrated with them tonight. 

Not much has happened so far but we plan to have a good week this week, catch ya next!

Elder Acker