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)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Another Transfer in the "Swich""


9/25/2017
Dear Everyone,

 So as far as the transfers go I will be staying here in the Yamanto/ Raceview area! Also Elder Ray will be staying but our trio will be gone because Elder Bull will be leaving. It is pretty sad to say goodbye to Elder Bull, it definitely was an awesomely interesting transfer, haha we had a crack up time! Also to let everyone know Elder Bull is doing much better! but ya he is leaving so yup... 

But this last week was interesting because Elder Ray thought he was going to leave so he was going through the stages of grief and everything haha it was actually pretty funny how real it was. On Monday we had a really awesome zone p-day where we played volleyball and ninja and touch which was a lot of fun.  Our missionaries worked really hard to get this zone p-day. 

A lot of the rest of the week went pretty slow because Elder Ray got sick with the flu for two days and because it was week 6 of the transfer we had to clean our flat and do all sorts of things so it was kind of busy. But it is pretty crazy because in our zone the only one who got transferred out was Elder Bull and the rest stayed the same which we were pretty shocked about.  I am pumped for this next transfer because I get along really well with my companion and the work is really moving forward here in Ipswich! 

But ya, hope you all have a great week!
-Elder Pierce 

A Weird but Good Week



10/17 2017
Dear Everyone,

  So this past week was pretty fun, heaps of stuff happened. But before I forget this is the last week of the transfer. So we have found a really awesome part member family a couple of weeks ago and we have set one of the kids on date, their name is the Tau family from NZ. 

So on Tuesday we had a trade off with one of the assistants for the day so we but him with Elder Bull and me and Elder Ray did some other work which was fun. We also had a dinner with one of our investigators that day her name is Tammy and she was going to go into surgery the next day and so she asked that we would give her a blessing.  She asked that I would give it and it was such an awesome blessing one of the coolest I have ever given, and so she felt much better about her surgery. 

Then because we were already planning on doing a trade-off with the Callingwood Park Elders (Elder Meyer) so I was going to go with Elder Meyer in his area with Elder Bull as well. But while we were waiting for The Collingwood Park missionaries to show up it took to long so we started mucking around.. and ya long story short there Elder Bull fell off the back of the car and now he has a minor concussion...... ya....... so ya.... but so on the the trade off Elder Bull passed out a couple of times and so we took him to the doctors and the doctor pretty much said he has a minor concussion so just be careful with him for the next couple of weeks. So Pretty much that trade-off day I just chilled with Elder Meyer in the flat and drove Elder Bull to doctors appointments and ct scans and such. 

Then on Thursday we went into Brisbane city to teach an English language study class that our mission is doing for some of the missionaries who are struggling a lot with English so we did that all day. But it was pretty cool because Elder Choi my last companion was there! and I actually got to teach a real Korean investigator with him so that was fun. And then ya we had a ward activity in Raceview on Saturday morning but we had to leave because Elder Bull fainted again..... but ya so we had a weird but really good week and the work here in our area has been picking up a lot :) so ya awesome stuff. 

Everyone have a good week!
-Elder Pierce

Never a Dull Moment!


9/10/2017

Dear Everyone,
Once again, I have used poor  time management so I am running out of time to email. But we had an amazing week this week. I am really enjoying being in a trio there is almost never a dull moment. 

We have been able to find a lot of new investigators this week (like more than I have ever found in one week- 12) and so we are really excited! It is good to be covering two wards because it always keeps us busy. We also have an awesome zone with a lot of hard working missionaries and so we just have a lot of fun. 

But ya that is pretty much our week. Love you all and happy birthday to Mom and Calvin!

-Elder Pierce

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Short and Sweet- Awesome Week

                                                            Zone Photo at the Temple
9/06/2017

Sorry, we went to the temple today so that is why I am emailing on Wednesday.... but since I messed around with all the pictures today I actually have no more time to email... so I hope you all like the pictures.  Our week was awesome we were able to see a lot of miracles!

I love you all and hope you have a great week!
-Elder Pierce
                                                Temple Trip: Australia, Brisbane Temple
Elder Pierce and Elder Ray
Oh Companions, hahaha
A pictures of my "sons" (missionaries I have trained :E. Meyer left and E. Haiane right) 

and all of my posterity in the mission
A Visit to the Zoo

a dingo
                                                                          an emu

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Swich

                            The Trio Companionship: Elder Ray, Elder Bull & Elder Pierce
8/28/2017
Dear Everyone,

  So this past week was a very busy week for us because we had a zone conference and it was going to be at our chapel so we had to get everything prepared! So we went and cleaned the whole chapel the night before and then in the zone conference Elder Ray and I had to give a training about the principle from the white hand book of staying within sight and hearing of your companion so that was pretty cool. But a lot of my missionary friends were at the conference so that was really good to see. Then we have been also pretty busy with zone leader stuff. Because there is one one companionship in our zone that doesn't have a sick companion... pretty crazy. So we were fixing bikes and dropping off stuff all the time. and at the end of the week Elder Bull got sick again but he is feeling better now. 
A family felt bad for us that Elder Bull was sick so they gave us a massive feed 
So not as much legit missionary work as we would have liked to do, but it is all good. It is pretty funny because Yamanto ward is pretty similar to Camira ward as far as the people go so I have been making good use of my Samoan! haha 

But ya that is pretty much our week lots of fun but we are wanting to be able to do a lot more work this week!
Love you all
-Elder Pierce
                                            A picture we took at the top of the hike we did