Monday, November 28, 2016


                                               Elder Pierce visiting a Kangaroo Park

Dear everyone,

First things first, if y'all haven't seen the new Christmas initiative video yet called "Light the World", you should do that right now because it is so awesome! I would say one of the best ones yet! Truly what better way is there to celebrate Christmas than by paying our devotions to the light of the world that entered into the world. We can become more like Him as we serve as He would serve! Just pretty awesome! 

(Click below to see the video)

But umm what's happened since I emailed like a few days ago?... Well on Saturday we had an open house for the new chapel which we invited heaps of people to but... not too many came but it's all good. The stake put it on and they were actually doing tours and stuff so that was pretty cool. Then on Sunday it was stake conference so the new stake center was way packed! There was a 70 who came and his name was Elder Johanson and he is over a lot of the islands like Fiji and Vanuatu and some other little islands. He was really funny and very fob (that's what they call islanders). But he gave a really awesome talk about the importance of agency and also about Adam and Eve and he said that if any person feels like there are a nobody tell them they aren't because only Satan and his followers are NoBodies because they don't get a body and they don't get the gift of agency. So remember that you are always a somebody because you have a body and you are of infinite worth to your Heavenly Father! 

Also after conference when we helped set up chairs and stuff all of the missionaries were outside taking pictures and all of the sudden Elder Johansen came out and was like those are some good pictures Elders, but now I'm going to have get some selfies with you Elders as well and we were like YES! haha but anyways Me and Elder Meyer are going to have a dinner with Tenielle and our ward mission leader again so that is going to be really fun! But anyways The church is true! 
*featuring Elder Johansen of the Quorum of the Seventy

Everyone have a great week!
-Elder Pierce
More pics in front of the new Stake Center Building
                            On Friday we went to a kangaroo park with our zone and took pictures

                                        The best Australian Christmas Decorations ever!                                                    
an awesome truck we saw

Busy Week with Miracles

                                                              Our Zone Photo

So since it has been more than a week since I've last emailed I can't even remember everything that has happened.  It has been pretty busy with lots of meals with members and some good progression with some of our investigators! For example our investigator Tenielle's son has come to mutual the last two weeks! and he has loved it. And not to mention the biggest miracle all week!! Tenielle and her family were at church last Sunday!!! So we were like YES! haha  We've been trying to get her out to church for like 8 weeks so it was awesome to actually see her there. She was late and missed the sacrament but baby steps I guess. And she and her whole family have been taking some big steps and they are so close! We even had a dinner with our Ward Mission Leader and her on this Monday past, where we were able to find out some of her concerns and then solve them! So really awesome with them this last week. I just hope I don't get transferred before her family gets baptized... haha because this next week is the last week of the transfer. So we will see how that goes... I have a feeling one of us might be leaving but we shall see.

We also have been teaching another one of our new investigators who was like super prepared and her name is Mavis and she is an exchange student from Ghana (let me just say those people from Ghana are full on when it comes to the bible and gospel knowledge they know so much) and she is living with the Tapaitau's so we are going to keep working with her and just keep pushing a long! 

Australia Brisbane Temple
The temple today was awesome! I always love the temple. The feeling inside is just not of this world just as the Savior said, Peace I leave with you not as the world giveth, give I unto you (paraphrased a little bit). I learned about a scripture in Ether 12 talking about the prophets who saw with their own eyes that which they had already seen with an eye of faith.  I've been pondering about seeing with an eye of faith and the importance of asking believing that ye shall believe. But overall a great week :) Yesterday (Thursday 24th) the family that gave us dinner even did a Australian thanksgiving which was awesome! haha 

I love you all and hope y'all have a great week!
-Elder Pierce

President and Sister McSwain (seated in the center)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Ups and Downs

Dear everyone,

So this week I think has been a great week! One filled with a lot of small miracles and some opposition. So this week first off, Elder Meyer has been feeling like sick.. like light headed and head aches and pretty much like he is going to pass out at anytime.. we think maybe it has something to do with the heat and that his German-ness can't handle the heat (it has been at least over 33 c everyday and very humid). So a couple of the days this week we have had to take it pretty slow for him and on one day we just stayed in the flat all day as Elder Meyer slept and I studied.

Before all of that stuff started happening on Tuesday I went on a trade-off with the zone leader in his area but we pretty much ran a bunch of errands the whole day.. so ya, haha. Wednesday we were able to have a good lesson with Tenielle and we had a cool experience where we came by first at the time that we had the appointment and her kids answered the door and said that she was busy and to come back tomorrow.. and so we were like "noooo!" because we had also brought one of the Ward missionaries, Rocky Utai, with us and we were like well.. what now?  I decided to ask what Rocky and Elder Meyer thought and they both said that they felt like that we should go and leave something for her family. And Rocky remembered that his family just had an extra cake that was chilling and that we should go give it to them. So we went and picked it up and when we came back we knocked on the door and they were like "oh ya come in!" and Tenielle said that right before we knocked on the door that all of her kids just asked her, "what's for dessert??" and she said nothing. Then her oldest son Anthony asked what about some cake? and knock knock knock there we were with some cake. And then we taught them a lesson and asked a lot of questions and they brought up some concerns about baptism that we had never heard about from them and we were able to resolve them all!  They won't be ready for the original date for a baptism but they are definitely on the right path! So you never know what the Spirit might whisper to your companion, but always listen and obey!  We also had her meet the bishop.  We will just have to see how things will go! 

Also next week I won't email till Friday because we are going to the temple then! But I hope you all have a great week and always look out for the little things the Lord blesses you with because the Lord works by small and simple means! 
Alma 37: 6-7 

Ofa atu! (Tongan for I love you)

-Elder Pierce

Monday, November 7, 2016

Another week in the Pimpama Ward

The Beautiful Australian Countryside                     
A picture we took while driving through one of the rural parts in our area 

Dear everyone,
 So this week not too much happened only a couple of things. Monday of course was Halloween! which like I thought was not very big at all... haha There were like a few little little kids coming around to get candy but only a handful of houses were all done up. On that day we had a good lesson at Sister Tapaito's house and she brought 2 different investigators which was awesome and we taught the family the first lesson and watched the restoration video (the 20 min version) and that turned out to be really good. 

Surface Paradise- one of the Gold Coast's largest cities
Then on Wednesday we had a crazy adventure because about 3 weeks ago Elder Meyer hurt his knee by just standing up from his chair and it has been giving him pain and he has been limping the whole 3 weeks. We had originally got him checked out 2 weeks ago and they did an x-ray and all said that there was nothing wrong with his bones.. but the doctor said that there was probably a meniscal cartilage tear (which the knee doctor has said he has never really seen in someone that is only 21). But he said that we had to go to get an MRI done to check things out further... so we got an appointment in Surface Paradise which is only about 30 k's from us but it took forever to drive there and that was the dumbest traffic I've ever driven in.. haha!  But ya, so that was pretty crazy to go all the way down there. and also we only have got the test done and we don't really know anything yet because it has to be inspected by the specialist. 

Sadly this week as well we haven't been able to see Tenielle and her family because they had a pretty bad family emergency (by the way she has like 17 siblings...) but we are keep trying and moving along with her. Also it has been pretty hot around 30 c to 33 c (86-91 degrees F) which is pretty hot especially for it being only spring here. We shall see how the summer goes... nice thing is when we are out door knocking some people give us water, they say that they aren't interested at all but that they have pity on us and give us water.. haha but overall a pretty good week! 

Also pretty cool while we we eating at a member family's house they were talking about their son, Elder Samuela, who was serving in the Kobe mission Japan. I was like I think I have a good friend serving there as well-Elder Bellows!  And cool enough they were showing me some pictures to see if he was in any of their son's photos and sure enough in one of his zone photos there was Elder Bellows! haha Kind of cool how the world is so small when you are a member!

But anyways have a great week everyone!

- Elder Pierce
       One of our members is a baker! So we always get free donuts when we go to her house!                                                        
                    One of our Maori/ Samoan families gave us these, they are a tribal hook made up 
                                       of boar tusk so now we are part of the tribe! haha                  
                 The mission office ran out of English planners so they had to give us Chinese ones