Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Weekly Update February 17, 2014

Hello again everyone!

This week was also pretty generic. We spent much time following-up on those whom we found last week, without much success.

The highlight of our week this week was a breakthrough we had with Paul.  When we met with him on Wednesday, he told us that he is at a point where the only way he'll be able to know for certain is to pray and ask God.  We've been telling him for a long time that was the only way, but he's fought against it, always looking for some fault in what we say, something he disagrees with.  He admitted that he can find no fault in what we teach him.  That it in no way goes against anything he believes in.  We took the opportunity to invite him to come to the baptism that the other two elders in our ward--Elders Huntington and Tarati--had on Saturday.  He attended, and really enjoyed himself.  He loved the simplicity of the baptism, and said it was beautiful.  He was also welcomed right away by the ward members, particularly the bishop and his wife.  We also found out that one of the recent converts in our ward knows him!  The stake president was also there, and had a long chat with Paul.  He committed Paul to come to church the next day.  He said he would.

Unfortunately, Paul didn't attend yesterday.  He is experiencing a lot of resistance from his wife.  We aren't really sure about what to do about her, other than pray for her heart to soften.  We know that Paul really felt something special at the baptism.  He admitted to it.  Be he doesn't want to cause conflict in his family.  I hope we're able to figure out what to do.  I'm sure we will.

Other than that, there isn't much to report on for this week.  I hope everybody has a good week. I love your all!

Elder Rosier

Monday, February 10, 2014

Weekly Update February 11, 2014

Hello again, friends and family!

It was a very generic week for Elder 'Iongi and I.  Unfortunately, we suffered a few setbacks.  The saddest one for us was our investigator, Amy, moved.  She went up the Sunshine Coast in search of work, and may not be back.  We will find out in a few weeks.  Other than that, the only "setbacks"we had were a number of appointments that fell-through.

On Saturday I had the opportunity to go on an exchange with Elder Tarati, our French-Polynesian trainee in Capalaba ward.  It has been a long time since I went on an exchange with a missionary who doesn't speak English very well.  I had a good time with him.  His language skill has been improving heaps over the weeks, and he has great faith that Heavenly Father can help him overcome his weakness in the language.   I must admit that he is the most confident greenie I have ever met.

Yesterday the four of us in Capalaba ward--Elders 'Iongi, Huntington, Tarati, and I--had the most exciting service project I have ever participated in as a missionary.  We went to an elderly lady's home to clean up the dead palm frons that were all over her property.  That was a bit boring.....up until she asked us to burn them :)  That was rather exciting!  I will send some photos of it home next week.

Today is transfers.  Elder "Iongi and I are still together.  In fact, there were no changes in Capalaba ward.

That's about it for this week.

Love you all very much!

Elder Rosier

Monday, February 3, 2014

Weekly Update February 3, 2014

Hello again friends and family!

What a fast week this one was!  I cannot believe how quickly the time goes by these days.

Elder 'Iongi and I had an interesting week this week.  We had found a lot of potential investigators over the last 2 weeks, so we spent this week following up with them, trying to find out who was genuinely interested.  As a result of our week, we reported four new investigators this week, the most I've ever reported in a week.   One of our new investigators is a 19-year-old girl named Amy.  Amy is someone we found tracting two weeks ago.  We met up with her this week and taught her about the restoration.  Amy doesn't have much of a religious background, but she did take religious classes in primary school.  She said that God has never played much of a role in her life, but she's always wondered if there's really a god out there.  After we taught about the restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon, she got really excited and said she would start reading it right away.  We saw her again three days later, and she had already been reading.  We're looking forward to continue teaching her.

This week is the last week of the transfer.  We hope to be able to get a baptismal date with Maria this week.  We will also be following-up with members whom we have left challenges with.  I really hope to be able to see the members becoming more and more excited about missionary work in this ward.  They have come a long way since I first arrived here.  It is a good ward, and I enjoy serving here.

I hope you all have a good week.

Elder Rosier