Monday, November 13, 2017

1st Week of the Transfer


Our Zone
11/13/2017
Dear Everyone,
 
So this past week has been a good week, a little bit of a slower week but a good one none the less. We had a couple of referrals that did not pan out too well... haha but I guess you get a little bit of the good and bad everyone once in a while. We went a little bold with some so they dropped us which is always fun. 

We also found a new investigator, Jill, while door knocking and she looks pretty promising, We are going to try and use our recent convert Dianne for fellowships which should be awesome! 

Ya so sorry this email is pretty boring but pretty much that is what we did. haha I Love the mission though, you get to be so close to the Lord and His spirit! 

I hope you all have a great week!
-Elder Pierce
Gotta take a silly one

Monday, November 6, 2017

Drum Roll Please......


We broke our goals for baptisms in Ipswich so we had a zone p-day!
We also had a dinner with President & Sister McSwain (left) and also our Stake President Salanoa

11/6/2017
Dear Everyone,
   So first things first,  I will be staying here in Yamanto/ Raceview and I will be staying with Elder Ray!!!!!!!! Which is soo good we are excited to just get out there and smash it this transfer! Ya, I will be the one to kill off Elder Ray since he dies (goes home) this transfer so it is all goods :)

Last week was pretty busy because it was the last week of the transfer. We had a fun p-day last week with the zone where we played some games like signs and so that was pretty fun. We had zone
Zone P-day
discussions/ interviews with President McSwain on Thursday as well as a dinner with President and a Missionary Leadership Council meeting so that was a really full on day! Then we did our normal last week of the transfer stuff like cleaning the flat. Elder Ray was pretty afraid that he was going to get transferred but we got blessed!!

So ya, we will probably be having a temple baptism trip with some of our recent converts this Friday (the ones with purple hair) but ya that is pretty much what we did. We currently have a couple of miracle new investigators who we are planning on setting on baptismal date, the work is good here in the Swich!

Love you all, have a great week!
-Elder Pierce
Silly pose at the zone p-day

Monday, October 30, 2017

G'day Mates


10/30/2017
Dear Everyone,
 
So just to let everyone know next weeks is transfers, which means we will find out this Saturday if either me or Elder Ray goes. Hopefully not! But it is all in the Lord's hands so whatever he wants to happen will happen. If there is one thing I have learned on my mission is that, pretty much the Lord does what He wants... haha but in the best way possible. 

But this past week has been a good one.  Elder Ray has been feeling heaps better which is  a big plus! We have been pretty busy with a few paper work things etc.. Umm... I don't really know what much to say, we found a couple new investigators through some miracle referrals that we have been getting which is awesome because just when we have baptized most of our teaching pool the Lord just gives us some more people which I will not complain about! 

Hey, I just thought y'all might like to see these. Every month as zone leaders we have to make up a plan that will help our missionaries to work hard and smart for the month. So here are the last two months. Turns out that I do get to use my Photoshop skills. (Yakka definition: work, especially hard work)

But ya it just was you could say a regular good week! :) So everyone have a great week!
- Elder Pierce


Monday, October 23, 2017

I Call it Good!

Last p-day we went down to the bottom of our area, called Boonah with the other Elders and just mucked around so here is one of  those photos
10/23/2017
Dear Everyone,
   So this past week was a pretty good week. But man, can I just say how fast time can fly by.... it is already week 5 of our 6 week transfers! pretty crazy. It was pretty funny this week Elder Ray and I got our car traded for one of the new 2017 Toyota Corollas and we have been joking about how we have been riding around in the future! haha Very Flash Az. 

But for a lot of the week unfortunately Elder Ray has kind of gotten sick again but this time with his cough he has been throwing up... needless to say not that much fun. So this week has been mostly just doing the things that NEED to be done and the rest of the time giving Elder Ray some time to rest. 

Awesomely, we had our baptism for Dianne and Jesika which was awesome very good experience and they were very prepared people from the Lord so I was glad to be a part of their conversion! 
                                                   Baptism Day for Dianne and Jesika

We also had a stake activity on Saturday (it was like a singing festival) And one of our investigator kids came and was part of it on stage! Awesome (I sent a picture I think....??? maybe)
Stake Singing Festival
 But I hope you  all have a great week!
-Elder Pierce

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Busy (In the Best Way!)

                                                        Michael's Baptism Day
10/16/2017
Dear Everyone,

So this past week has been pretty busy! We have been working hard and we have been seeing a lot of success. umm I don't really know where to start and because I only have ten minutes left to type this, I will try to be quick. 

We have been doing a lot of preparing for Michael's baptism which was on Saturday (which went really really well).  I also had a trade off with one of the missionaries in the zone on Wednesday. It has been pretty rainy this past week which is really nice because that means it's not so hot because it is not too much fun to go door knocking in the 35-39 degree heat (95-102° F)... haha 

But ya and then Saturday all Elder Ray and I did was go to baptisms because we had four in the zone which was so awesome! One at 11, 3,  5, and 7. Very good day to say the least! 

Ya time is literally just flying by. I hope everyone has a great week!
-Elder Pierce
Elder Ray and Elder Pierce- random silliness
what a white handbook looks like when it goes through the wash...

                                                                   

Monday, October 9, 2017

Miracles and General Conference


10/09/2017
Dear Everyone,
  Okay so I will try to get everything in with this email. First off to answer Dad's question about the investigators who we took their tea from, it is a mom and a daughter (both Australian 52, 26 'ish) We found them through door knocking and they have been coming to church every week and they are preparing to be baptized not this upcoming Saturday but next one. So that is really cool.


It sure was a busy week with Zone Conferences and General Conference as well but it has been a great week full of some cool miracles. We have 4 dates set for baptisms this week (October 14) in the zone. So, we have been seeing a lot of successes in Ipswich and our missionaries are working hard. Our area as well is going very well, especially Raceview ward.  I will tell you one cool miracle that I will hold close to my heart that happened. Last week there was a kid who came to church who came up to me and asked me if I remembered him. And I knew that I knew him but I wasn't sure where from. Well after church it hit me that he was a kid from one of the part member families I taught in my first area and he had gone into foster care for some reason soon after I left the area. And he was just accepted to be with one of our families in Raceview ward! On his first Sunday he went up to his teachers and asked them if he could be baptized. So, we taught him our first lesson this week and he is so keen, we will have to do some work about child services but I think it is amazing how the Lord prepares people especially for us! 

Also at zone conference, like I was saying, I got to sing which was fun again. One of the assistants asked me to sing "You Raise Me Up".  I thought it went really well. We also have a baptism planned for this Saturday of a 13-year-old boy from a part member family and he is such a cool kid we are still working with some of his other siblings but it should be an amazing experience on Saturday. (I will get some pictures for that). 

Sorry this email is kind of all over the place but the work is good and Heavenly Father knows His children and works through the small and simple things! Oh ya conference was AWESOME! As always I especially enjoyed Elder Uchtdorf's talk on Saturday morning. 

Everyone have a great week! Also happy late 18th birthday Dallin!!

Love, Elder Pierce

PS.  Elder Pierce found a the mission blog (https://sewrefining.com/ ) maintained by the Mission President and his wife (President and Sister McSwain) with pictures and videos.  
Click on the link below to hear a short clip of Elder Pierce singing and sharing his beautiful talent!

Sorry So Short


10/02/2017

Alright everyone, sorry this email is so short because I had to get some things figured out on the computer and now I realized all my time is gone.

They asked me to sing in zone conference "You Raise Me Up" and I had to find and buy the sheet music so that took a long time. But the week was a busy but good week. We had our missionary leadership meeting with all of the zls (zone leaders) and stls (Sister training leaders) which was fun. Also one of our investigators we taught we shared the Word of Wisdom to and before we left we got them to dump out all of their alcohol and give us their tea so that was pretty cool.

But ya I love you all have a great week!
- Elder Pierce
Elder Ray with a horse
Proof that I'm in Australia
One of our investigators we have been teaching is progressing quite well and when we taught the Word of Wisdom we confiscated all of the tea in the home and we threw it away (with permission, haha)