Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekly Update August 27, 2013

Hello again everybody!
Today is transfers. I am still in Deception Bay with Elder Tobe. We had a really good week this week. 
Sebastian is still progressing really well. We were unable to teach him this week, but he was participating in activities with the ward this week and I'm told he had a good time. I saw him on Tuesday night when we had trade-offs with the ward. He told me he's still reading the Book of Mormon.
Yesterday we met with a girl I found tracting with Elder Powelson a few weeks ago. Her name is Selina. She used to meet with missionaries a number of months ago. She said she would like us to teach her again, so we are going to start meeting with her on Friday. 
This week we decided we needed to work more in North Lakes, one of the towns in our area. So, after a little exploring, we found a bike path through the forest that separates D-Bay from North Lakes. It was a lot of fun! But a really rough ride! My bike as no suspension at all!! We started tracting in NL this Saturday. No success, but we were able to give out a few pamphlets. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before we find some success here.
Elder Lao is going home tomorrow! I am going to miss that guy! He is being replaced by a greenie. This morning before Powelson and Lao left for the transfer meeting, I took the opportunity to quote the Best Two Years to Powelson: "I can just see this guy now. He's 5 foot 6, fresh out of the states. Weighs a buck-twenty-five, wears those thick coke-bottle glasses, talks in a high nasily voice like this, and on P-day he's going to want to, oh, I don't know, maybe play a grueling game of chess or something." Gotta love it :)

Take care!
Elder Rosier

Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekly Update August 19, 2013

This is a photograph of Ross with Elder Lao--one of the missionaries he shares a flat with. He must be scheduled to leave soon, because Ross indicated that he is going to miss him very much.

I apologize for the late email. Today for P-Day my zone went to the Alma Park Zoo and then got lunch together. It was a lot of fun! I was able to pet a Koala, and feed some kangaroos.

Another week has gone by. We are now entering into the last week of our transfer. Elder Tobe and I have been doing really well, and are starting to see some good things happening. First of all, we set a baptismal date with our investigator, Sebastian. We starting meeting with Sebastian last Sunday during church. He was looking for a church to attend, and decided to come along to his best friend's church. The sister missionaries in the North Pine ward had already taught him once, and told us to teach him at church if we got the chance. We taught him about the Book of Mormon, and asked him to pray about it. We met Sebastian again on Saturday at his friend's house, and asked him how the reading was going. He was already up to 1 Nephi 18. We taught him about baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and we asked if he would like to be baptized. He said he really would, and we committed him to be baptized on 7 September. He is really excited, and so are we!

We had our first "Cottage evening" on Sunday night (bishop has asked that we don't refer to them as Family Home Evening). It was a blast! We had a really good turn-out. We had a couple of less-active families in attendance, as well as one of the Redcliffe missionaries' investigators. It was fun to be able to participate in that activity again. I really have missed the one we had every Sunday night in Mount Isa. I feel like it is a very strong missionary tool for us to use.

I am grateful for all of your love and support. I hope all is well with you back home.

With love,
Elder Rosier

Monday, August 12, 2013

Weekly Update August 13, 2013


I really need to start by writing this email first. Because I am currently pressed for time, this will be brief.
Elder Tobe and I had a really great week this week. We experienced some miracles that we were in need of. Elder Tobe is teaching another exchange student about the church. It seems to be going well. This student is more talkative than the last one, so I'm under the assumption that he asks a lot of questions. We also have missionaries in our Zone that want to have Tobe come teach exchange students staying with members in their wards.

On Saturday night we had a ward talent night in the Redcliffe ward. Elder Tobe, Elder Lao, a ward member, and I put on a musical item. I picked up a violin for the first time in 5 years. It was just like riding a bike! A bike with training wheels...  I was very, very rusty (I still think that's an understatement), but after 2 days of practicing I got the hang of it again and did a decent job when we performed on Saturday night. That Saturday night, a member in our ward brought a nonmember friend with him who is an investigator from another ward in our stake. He came to church the next day, and we were able to teach him about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. It was a really good experience. He really enjoyed the talent night, and it seemed like he really enjoyed church the next day.

Well, I think that's all I have the time for. I love you all, and apologize at keeping this so short. Have a great week!

Elder Rosier

In his letter to me, Ross wrote the following:

Elder Tobe and I had a good week.  We did a lot of the same things we normally do.  Yesterday, we had a mission conference with Elder Pearson from the area presidency.  It was a good meeting, he's really trying to do what he can to show the need to align members and missionaries together so that we can work effectively together.  I'm glad I'm already in a ward that does that.  It will be difficult to leave Redcliffe Ward when the time comes because I am going to have very high expectations of the wards and branches I serve in from now on;

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Weekly Update August 7, 2013

Hello again!

We were able to attend the temple this morning, so today (Wednesday) is our P-day. It's really strange how rough it is when you don't have a p-day on Monday. You wake up in the morning almost in complete denial that you have to go out and work that day. However, I am grateful for the blessing of serving in an area where I am able to attend the temple. That was one thing I really missed in Mount Isa.

This week was a good one for Elder Tobe and me. Last Tuesday, we challenged our investigator, Rahul, to be baptized. He said he wants to be, but has to wait until after his wedding in November. Though he didn't grow up practicing it, Rahul is from a very traditional Hindu family. He is currently engaged to a Hindu girl from Fiji, and the wedding will be a Hindu wedding. I wanted to suggest that as a member of the church he would be allowed to participate in the wedding, but I wasn't sure if that was true. I worry that it wouldn't be acceptable in the eyes of the families involved as well. While sad that we will need to wait for his baptism, and I am very happy and grateful that he has received a witness that the Book of Mormon is true, and that he has the desire to be baptized.

We continue to see success with our less-active families that we visit regularly. We will be starting to have a FHE, like we had in Mount Isa, every Sunday evening to invite the ones who don't feel ready to attend church to. Very excited to do this because of how successful it was in Mount Isa.

I must admit that I am very grateful to be serving in Deception Bay. The Redcliffe ward is a really great ward to serve in. The members here are so helpful to us. I really think this ward is a model for member missionary work in our mission. They are constantly trying to do better in assisting us.

I hope everybody has a great week this week. Love you all!

Elder Rosier