Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Surprise News


                              Elder Pierce and Elder Choi last picture (as companions)
8/15/2017
Dear Everyone,

   I hope you all had a great week! So this past week was a pretty busy one, but a good one none the less. So ya to be honest I don't remember everything that happened. We had a crack up district meeting where we sang as the last song "God be with you till we meet again" because this was the last week of our transfer. But ya and on Saturday we got the calls that night that told us if we were going to be transferred or not... and drum roll..................... yup I got transferred! but the problem was I didn't know where to. 

So on Sunday afternoon I got a call from the assistants that said I was going to be going to the Ipswich Stake in the Yamanto area where I am going to be a Zone Leader. (I did read your email Riley haha now you know)  I am pretty excited! We will be covering 2 wards Yamanto and Raceview. I am in a trio and my companions are Elder Bull (Fiji) and Elder Ray (Utah) haha I am with my first American!! They are both good companions and I am pretty excited. Ya now the best news is that I am Elder Meyer's zone leader and he is a district leader so it was so crack up to see him and everyone! Sorry I don't have a picture of my new companions yet but I will get one for next week! 

Ya but ya.. I don't really have much else to say so have a great week!

-Elder Pierce
District meeting.... they didn't do something so their "punishment" was to sing a song in district meeting. haha

Monday, August 7, 2017

Small Miracles





08/07/2017
Dear everyone,

This past week has been one of cool tender mercies of the Lord! A lot of it happened on Wednesday, it was pretty funny we started out the day by just going and knocking on some doors and then after that it was lunch time. So Elder Choi asked if we could go to Subway because we had a coupon so I said sure. While we were there ordering our food a guy working there was like "Hi Elders" but then he just kept doing his thing. But when we were checking out he said to me, "I want to thank you I really felt the spirit today while you were here." and Elder Choi and I were like... uhh okay. Then he asked us why we were here in Beenleigh and I said serving the Lord. and he said I know my family are in the such and such ward. And then we pretty much said goodbye. 

Then after lunch we had to go help one of the elders in our district fix their tire because they had a flat tire and no jack... haha so we went and helped them. Then afterward I had to go conduct a baptismal interview (my first one.....) haha I was pretty nervous but it was all good it was just a nine year old. So that went really well! but then afterwards when we got back to the car we got a phone call. Then when we answered she was like is this Elder Choi and Elder Pierce the missionaries who went to Subway today?.... umm... yep. She said The boy at the counter was my brother who has decided to be inactive for years and chose to live a life very against the gospel and he swore that God wasn't real. But she said that after we came in to Subway that day he felt the spirit so strong that he knew that God was real and that everything that he used to believe was true! and we were like.... uh no way! We didn't even say that much to him but then she thanked us for serving missions and said that this was probably one of the reasons that Heavenly Father sent us to the Brisbane mission. And now the boy is going to prepare to serve a mission and turn his life around. It was an amazing experience and one that I will hold close to my heart :) 

Also we have been having some troubles getting anyone to come to church so Elder Choi fasted for it and then out of the blue an old investigator who we didn't invite or see in a while out of the blue turned up and said that she just felt she needed to come!

 Really cool stuff, the church is true.  I love you all have a great week!
Elder Pierce

Monday, July 31, 2017

It's only been a few days...

7/31/2017
Dear Everyone,
  
   So ya since it has only been a few days since I last emailed, not too much has happened. But it has been pretty cool since my companion and I have been really focusing on trying to get some more people to teach and as we have been doing quite a bit of tracting.

It is cool to see how the Lord has placed us in the right place and at the right time! For instance yesterday we tried to follow up with a less active guy who we met on the street earlier in the week while he was working and he gave us his home address. So as we went up to knock on his door, it seemed that the house was empty and no one lived there... so we were like okay. When we knocked no one came to the door. But I was like, well we are here on the street for a reason sooo... We just started knocking on the houses surrounding and we went to the first one and it was a house where the front yard looked like it hasn't been mowed in at least a year.. But we were like oh well lets knock it and then someone ended up coming out of the back door of the house. We were like uhh.. and we taught her and her sister about the restoration and the Book of Mormon and they said we could come back! Funny enough she asked us if we knew any good preachers for our church so she could listen to some sermons.... and we were like well the apostles are pretty good?? So we told her to look up Jeffrey R Holland because he gives some pretty mean talks :) haha

But we have been having many small instances like that the past week or so and it has been really cool. It reminds me of the story of Nephi and his brothers when they are sent to go back and get the plates and they try many ways to get them from Laban but all of them don't work. And then finally Nephi just goes in after being promised by the Lord that Laban would be delivered into his hands, not knowing what to do exactly and where to go exactly and as he was about doing the Lords business, unexpectedly, he gets the answer to his prayers!


The Gospel is true I love you all and hope you have a great week!
-Elder Pierce

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I Love to See the Temple!


                               Elder Pierce and Elder Choi at the Brisbane, Australia Temple
7/27/2017
Dear Everyone,

This is our district at the temple
This past week was a good week! Sorry about emailing late because we had our temple p-day today. Which is always good. :) 

It feels like a long time since I last emailed because it has been a while. Sorry I don't have heaps of time to email because we rode the train back from the temple and it took ages, as well we also had interviews with the mission president after our endowment session.

Well Elder Choi and I, this past while since I last emailed, have been really trying to add some new people to our teaching pool so we have been doing heaps of tracking. As well as trying to follow up with some people that the missionaries have worked with in the past. I also personally have been working on my prayers and working my hardest while trusting in the Lord! I read a scripture in D&C at the moment I can't remember where but Joseph Smith writes something to the effect of let us do all things that lie within our power and then wait to see the salvation of God. And it has been really working as I have been bearing my soul to Heavenly Father and then do everything I can and have faith in Him and His timing. It also Helps my companion is the man who is always trying to improve our skills and our effectiveness. 

But ya We have been doing some good work and I am glad to be here serving the Lord. 
I hope you all have a great week.
-Elder Pierce
Brisbane, Australia Temple

Monday, July 17, 2017

Missionary Life in Beenleigh

Small world!
This is Elder Pierce with a member of his ward, Brother Butler.
Bro. Butler was a former mission companion of Tyler Bellows.
The Bellows family are great friends from our home ward in NC!

7/17/2017
Dear Everyone,

   First things, I have no idea what to put as the subject of these emails... but oh well. This past week was a pretty good week, pretty busy though! Haha On Monday we did some street contacting at night and it was so crazzy for the first time in my mission we talked to this guy who wanted to fight us... He almost started swinging blows at my companion! Pretty intense but I am pretty sure the guy was on drugs because he had this crazy look in his eyes... a little scary, but it was all good :) haha 

Wednesday we had Zone conference with the Mission President and a couple of other zones. It was really fun because me and Elder Choi did our musical item of "Thy Will Be Done!" which we had practiced for the first time in the morning before the zone conference... But Elder Choi is a master at reading music so it was all good :) We are making some pretty good steps with one of our investigators who is dating a member. We just finished teaching the hard stuff like the law of chastity and the word of wisdom and that seemed to go well. So Ya we will keep helping her progress! 

Then awesomely I got to do a trade-off with Pimpama and it was so good :) I showed the new missionary a couple of former investigators and good members to work with. But it was really fun to see some good ole faces :) But ya it was a busy but good week! 

Love you all
-Elder Pierce

Monday, July 10, 2017

Beenleigh


7/10/2017
Dear Everyone,
  
So this past week has been really busy I guess, but really fun! It is good to be in a new area and to be working hard and putting my shoulder to the wheel. So as far as the Fourth of July goes, I completely forgot until halfway through the day when I was writing down in my planner what day it was and then I was like... WOOHHOOO MURICA! haha The only thing I did to celebrate was to read 
1 Nephi chapter 13 during Elder Choi's language study, haha.







But while I am talking about Elder Choi, he has been on his mission for 4 months and he was born and raised in the church. His English.. haha we are working on it, but it's not TOO bad. But when I got transferred here they told me I would really have to work on language study. And he is also the man! haha I have been trying to learn some Korean from him, so now I know how to say like hello, thank you, and what not. We had another missionary with us until Wednesday because he is training a new missionary and the golden didn't come in until Wednesday.  It was really fun to have another missionary around especially for when we go door knocking. 

Lots of cool things happened so I will try and share a few. One amazing thing is there is a brand new recent convert guy here in Beenleigh and he was just baptized last transfer. But the coolest thing is that this man is the first ever potential investigator I ever found while I was in my first area!! When I saw him and heard about him I was like NO WAY! It was so cool to see him because he has changed like everything and it is so cool. The ward here is very keen to work with us and to get stuff done especially our ward mission leader. On Tuesday it was a little weird because I had to run our district meeting but it turned out pretty good and I gave this last minute training because i didn't know if I was suppose to have one prepared.. haha But it turned out great! I also got to go on a trade off with our zone leaders on Friday and it was so fun because they live down the road from Jamie and Kim'lee Wright (my recent converts in Pimpama) So I got to visit them! So good to see them :) Then on Sunday it was pretty crazy because Not only was i introduced to the ward but they also got a new bishop of our ward! So new and exciting things happening. And then another cool thing about Elder Choi is that he can play the piano very well and we are going to be doing a musical item for a zone conference this Wednesday so that should be pretty fun. 

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bitter Sweet

                                       Saying Goodbye to the Lovely City of Warwick
7/3/2017
Dear Everyone,

  So I will start this letter with some of the good news: By this past week Wednesday I was feeling all better! I had my voice back and everything!  Which might i say was really nice. It was a bit of a slow week in Warwick because I was still recovering and what not. 

But now for the crazy news.....(drum roll)...... Today was the transfers day and it turns out that I got transferred! I thought I was going to be staying in Warwick to finish the training of Elder Haiane but.. nope, I guess the Lord had some other plans. But the awesome news is that I got transferred to an area in my last district!! haha I am in a place called Beenleigh. So you know for sure that I will be visiting some people in Pimpama!!! When the calls came in Saturday night about the transfers I was like what? and then when I found out where I was going I was like.. haha awesome! I have been in Beenleigh before just for a day or two. 

My new companion's name is Elder Choi from South Korea, Seoul. He seems pretty cool, it will be funny, they told me I have to make sure to work on his English skills, which I thought was funny because that is what the last mission president said to me about my trainer! haha I don't know too much about him yet because we have only been together for a few hours but I am excited. It is a bit sad to see all of the people in Warwick off, because I formed some good bonds there but you have to do what the Lord says that is for sure! 
The Clark Family
Ya I don't really know what else to say I hope you enjoy the pictures I made sure to take a couple more. So ya we shall see how this goes. 

Love, Elder Pierce
Us at the Warwick Chapel
The Warwick Chapel (A Queenslander style building)

There was frost on the ground

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Little Bit Under the Weather in the Land Down Under

                                        Thankful for the kindness of ward members!
6/26/2017
Dear everyone,

   So after an awesome week like last week of course Satan has to strike...... haha but pretty much since last Wednesday, which was the day I emailed last, I have been sick with some kind of cold flu thingy.... That has been pretty bad. But it started out as just a scratchy throat with a cough and then just into the whole shebang with possible fever, aches, ears in pain and just like you can imagine it being. So ya we stayed in the flat most of the week.. I mean like all of it. And just doing whatever we can, like we have done a little bit of service and what not but not much missionary work, mostly resting and sleeping. 

One night a family invited us over for dinner (the Clarks) and I told them I was sick and they were like, all good just come over, apparently they had just gotten over the sickness that I have. And since they knew I was sick they have been looking after us like dropping off food and being really nice! We are very lucky to have some awesome members in our ward! But then on Saturday one of the members who is a doctor found out I was sick and came over and checked on me to see how I was going. He checked me out at his doctor's office and he said it was probably just a virus and that I will get better pretty soon. So this past Sunday was the first Sunday on my mission that was a day of rest! haha because I was asleep for most of it, but I am feeling a lot better today -still only about 75% but it is a lot better! I think I will be good by tomorrow or the next day. 

But ya that is pretty much it, Hope you all have a great week! Also I recently watched a Mormon message that you all might like it is called "The Music of the Gospel" about a Native American healer guy. 

Love you all!
-Elder Pierce
A get well note

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Surprise Miracles!

                                                  A Surprise Miracle- Baptism Day!
6/21/2017
Dear Everyone,
  
First thing, Sorry I forgot about fathers day because it is not Australian Father's day.... I think every country has their own Father's day but everyone has the same mother's day. Either way though... happy LATE father's day! 

So I feel like heaps has happened because heaps has happened... But I will try and capture most of it in this email.  I will get the big things First. So last Friday We had the awesome opportunity to have Francia's baptism! She was pretty funny because she kept saying that she would be baptized only if she would pass her interview with our district leader (who by the tender mercies of the Lord is a Filipino as well and speaks her native language) and she did awesome with her interview, it was a bit awkward though because we had to do it over skype so that the district leader wouldn't have to travel but it worked out pretty good still. Then We had to schedule everything like making programs, she wanted to be baptized on Friday and 2pm was about the only time that suited our bishop due to him being a police man. So it was a bit of a weird time but it ended up that we still had the baptism well attended. But the morning of, since our chapel has no baptismal font, we had to make our own! (pictures were sent) It was like this big metal sheet that we rolled out to make a circle then we screwed it all together and then we put a pool bladder in and then just filled it up with hot water so that by the time it was filled it would be warm (it look 3-4 hours to fill up) and we had to be there while it was filling because of Australia law. The baptism went pretty smooth other than the fact when our bishop was baptizing her he didn't mention she should close her mouth... so she breathed in a bit of water and came up coughing! But other than that it was really good!
                                       Francia's Baptism Day (she was baptized by the Bishop)
                                                       Setting up the Baptismal Font
                                                       Elder Pierce filling the font with water

Afterwards the assistants of our mission had come up to see the baptism (they ended up being 30 min late) but they made it up to us by buying us lunch! Then on the Saturday We had a trade off with our zone leaders and I stayed in Warwick. And me and the zone leader made it a goal to re-invite Anne (one of our investigators who was going to be baptized) to be baptized and we found out she planning to move possibly at the end of this week and she was pretty stressed about it.  When we finished teaching about the gift of the Holy Ghost to her the elder who was with me made her a promised blessing and said Anne you could be baptized as soon as tomorrow but we promise you that if you will be baptized that Your move will go a lot smoother! (now when he said you could be baptized as soon as tomorrow we didn't mean for it to be tomorrow..) But she sat there and thought about it and said,"Well, can I be baptized tomorrow??" and we were like uhhh... yes I think so. So BAM it was happening we called up everyone and made it possible and she was baptized right after church! But on that Saturday night we did a "Meet the Mormons" night that we put on and we had a fantastic turn out! We had like 7'ish non members and everyone loved it! Then on the Sunday we got our baptismal font re-set up ( since we took it down) and we had another awesome baptism of Anne! 
Anne's Baptism Day!
And then today (Wednesday) we got to go the temple! which was awesome and we also had our interviews! Which is the reason that we got to come down to the temple because usually they say that we are too far away... But since they were already doing interviews, they decided to let us come down to kill two birds with one stone! So we had a pretty good week :)

Love you all and have a great week!
-Elder Pierce
Car trip to the temple
Zone Photo at the Brisbane Temple
Statue in downtown Warwick
Service


Monday, June 12, 2017

Stay Golden Pony Boy

                               Elder Pierce with his new companion, Elder Haiane
                                          (Brisbane skyline in the background)
6/12/2017
Dear Every one,
   
   So we had a pretty busy week. There was a lot of switching around and what not. One thing was we learned on Sunday night last week, was that this past week was golden orientation! Meaning on Thursday and Friday we went to Brisbane to drop off Elder Haiane so that he could get some extra training and what not! But you know what that means... road trip to Brisbane!!! haha It is only about a 2'ish hour drive though so it isn't toooo bad. Plus while we travel down I love to listen to a lot of talks and things and my companion loves to... sleep. haha But it gives me some good time to ponder and think. On Thursday we dropped him off and then me and another missionary who is training went to an area in Bunya Forest and blitzed the area. (that just means we came and gave them an extra hand) funny enough the missionaries we went with were both my friends Elder Iufoni (a Tongan elder that was in my first district) and Elder Cummings from my MTC. So it was actually pretty good to catch up with them both and then on Friday we got some more training for being trainers from President McSwain which was really good, something that really stuck out to me was that he talked about living after the manner of happiness which is of course being obedient. But it was very good. 
In Brisbane for Golden Orientation
Then after we finished with golden orientation on Friday afternoon we drove back up to Warwick and then we did a whole bunch of service for the Clark family because they are moving and they are getting close to that deadline... so we did the best we could to be available. (it is the same Clark family who we used their house to Skype at). 

Then on Sunday it was a good day at church. We are also pretty busy trying to organize for the baptism of our Filipino investigator Francia, which will be this Friday! So we are really excited for her... and really busy scheduling it all in but that is a good kind of busy. ummm... let's see also this week our ward is having a ward activity, which we are organizing with our ward mission leaders help. It is going to be a "Meet the Mormons" movie night so that everyone can bring friends to come and see who the Mormons really are. Next week I probably won't email until Wednesday because we will get a chance to go down to the temple. 

But other than that, I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Pierce
I found a Australia jersey and I bought it.... so yup

A Good Week!

                                            Yes, that's a real lizard on Elder Pierce's tie!
June 5, 2017
Dear everyone,

   So this past week just like it says in the subject line was a pretty good week, Elder Haiane has been adjusting very well and he is going to be a great missionary! He has got a lot of heart. 

Well let's see, we have been teaching lots of people and we have been particularly working with our Filipino investigator, Francia, because we saw her twice this week and she came to church as well! But I will get into that more. We have been doing heaps of service for the former member because she has been moving houses and she is older and needs a lot of help so we spent many hours helping with that. Then Wednesday we had a chance to go to a zone conference (a meeting with President McSwain and 2-3 other zones). Luckily we have a senior couple missionaries in our ward and they helped give us a ride down to the place. And awesomely enough it was held in the stake center of my first area (which when I was there hadn't been finished being built yet) so that was very fun to see! 

We also had some more funny experiences while out knocking doors, one older guy talked to us for like 30 minutes and he was "departing his wisdom to us". He told us to stay away from drugs but the funny thing was that he would look at my companion and point his finger when he would say stay away from drugs! Then he was like, "and stay away from the night clubs in Brisbane, especially you"(pointing at my companion) hahaha I was cracking up about it after that! 

Also about Francia she has once again accepted to be baptized and she is looking a lot more prepared! The cool thing too is the guy who will be doing the interview is also a Filipino elder and he speaks her language which will be good! I guess the Lord has got his timing for everyone and everything! But ya it was a pretty good week. 

I hope you all have a great week too!
Elder Pierce

Thursday, June 1, 2017

I am a "father" again!


                                                  Zone Conference (back in April)
5/28/2017
Dear Everyone,

  So yup it's a pretty big change to be training again... haha but my new golden is the man! His name is Elder Haiane pronounced like HIYAH(as in karate like Jackie-Chan)-Ne(like a mix between nay and the sound a horse makes Neigh). He is from Perth, Australia but he had only been living there for 4 years, he was born and raised in Auckland, NZ. He is half Tongan half Cook Islander. and very New Zealander haha when I first saw his name I thought he was going to be straight from the islands and that I would have to teach him English. But luckily I don't have to! He is pretty green, like he doesn't know how to do many things, but I guess that makes sense because this is his first few days. He is pretty funny and has a lot of fun and we get along pretty great so far :) 

But now I am back into the mode of doing most everything again.. haha but it is pretty fun to get to train again. He came in on Wednesday and we made the trip back to Warwick (about 2 hours and a few minutes) and then we have been doing the Lord's work here since! But one funny story is when we are about to go finding for the first time and we pray for the street and as we are driving there, Elder Haiane asks me if I have been chased by any dogs while we went out tracting, and I was like well only once when this tiny dog was chasing me on my bike. And we get to the street and here is this dog that is like following our car and barking at us. But then I say a prayer for safety and then I said we would be good to go out and this dog was like barking really weird but I knew he wasn't going to do anything to us.  Eventually we met her owner and talked to her and she turned into a potential investigator.  Then on the last house while we were walking up to it, this dog came and was running right at us but I know we were all good. and he just turned back and his owner told us that he was busy. but my companion afterwards was like... I was ready to bolt! haha but you just stood still and didn't even flinch! haha and I was like yup! But we had a pretty good week :) and hopefully everything will work out for this week! 

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Heeeaaaps!!


                                                   Elder Pierce and his German Companions
                                                            (Elder Meyer and Elder Tewes)
5/22/2017
 Dear everyone,

I hope everyone had a great week! So first off, we had a great week last week, We had an awesome dinner with our Bishop and one our investigators that is Filipino because our Bishop served in the Philippines. One day during the week in the morning it was a warm 2.3° C  (36° F)..... haha that was really cold that morning. We also mowed a few lawns and did a bit of service.

I also went on a trade off with the zone leader on Wednesday where I was on trade off with the zone leader that goes home today.. hahaha he was a bit trunky, the motto for the day was go hard or go home and then Elder Dunlop said, "I'll do both!" but it's all good.

And then the crazy news is the transfers were today and we found out on Saturday that Elder Tewes was leaving.. and it also means I'm getting a new missionary. But the difference is that I am going to be training a new missionary! I know absolutely nothing about him but I will find out on Wednesday. For a few days I will be in another missionary's area because he is getting a golden too. but it will all be pretty good. :)
Saying goodbye to some families for Elder Tewes

Sorry my letter is pretty short, but have a great week everyone! Also skyping was really good! Good to see all of y'all!

-Elder Pierce
                                                A few more Queen Mary Falls pics :)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Making friends with the BIRDS :)

                                                   Elder Pierce and Elder Tewes
5/11/2017
Dear Everyone,

SO heaps of stuff has happened so I will try and capture most of it and also I will be talking to you guys soon on Mother's Day. But since last Tuesday all missions in the world no longer hold zone meetings which is pretty crazy but we still drove down to Ipswich on Wednesday but the cool thing is that there was a new couple of senior missionaries called out here so we can now catch a ride with them which helps save our K's. 

Then we have  been making some good progress with one our investigators, Clive (who we helped him move into his new house). We finally brought out a member from the ward and he has agreed to take the missionary lessons! So we will see how we go there. We also have started to go to the Young Men's nights in the ward to help support the YM here and to help encourage them to serve missions and yoke with the ward. 

New South Whales border (Still in our area)
Then on Saturday we went down to Stanthorpe and also to visit one of the recent convert/ less active members down there (but she lives in New South Whales... haha crazy!) so we had heaps of driving but it was a good day down there. Also very beautiful because it's autumn here and the trees down in Stanthorpe change more colors like back in NC! Then this week we made a plan to work harder and to plan more time to find new people to teach as well as planning more appointments a few days in advance so that we can bring more members with us and it has been working awesome! Also yesterday on Wednesday we were finally able to see our investigators Robert and Shonna (the couple that wanted to get married and baptized but Robert has been very sick).  We watched the church movie Joseph Smith the Prophet of the Restoration and it was such a good experience! It has been so weird because they are so keen to learn but the circumstance have been unfavorable for the past 6 weeks.. man Satan will do everything he can to stop this work from progressing, but it has been really good. 

Then today for P-day we went a place in our area with a sister in our ward and a recent convert named Brandon. It is called Queen Mary Falls and it was really fun- a nice walk and maybe not the biggest waterfall but still pretty cool and then we fed the bids which was pretty cool because they were these really pretty birds that would fly up and eat from your hands! Hopefully the sister from our ward, Sister Donaldson she will be sending some pictures somehow. 

 I love you all have a great week! :)
-Elder Pierce                                           
A visit to Queen Mary Falls
(fun feeding the birds!)