Monday, May 26, 2014

Weekly Update May 26, 2014

In last week's letter, Ross mentioned a visit from Elder & Sister Hamula.  This is a picture of them with the Southern Zone--the zone Ross is in.

G'day everyone!

Hope everyone had a wonderful week!  We sure did!

Elder Bly and I were able to witness a multitude of miracles this week.  I think it has been the best week of my mission, as far as what we accomplished is concerned.  The Lord was definitely with us as we were out and about this week.

On Monday night we decided to drop in on the Turners to invite Isaac, Sydney, and Leon to come to mutual on Tuesday night.  As we were talking with everyone, I felt like we should ask if they would like to meet one of the youth leaders.  They said yes, so I said we would call the Young Women's president, and see if she could come over.  So we left, and called Sister Otene (that's pronounced oh-ten-aye) to see if she could come.  She said she would, and 30 minutes later arrived.  It was really great having her meet the kids.  The Otene family is just wonderful.  They would really do anything for us.  Tuesday night was youth, and Isaac, Sydney, and Leon all came and had a blast.  It was great to see them make fast friends with the other youth in the ward.

We saw them again on Thursday night with the sister missionaries, and one of the YSA advisers.  We taught the restoration to the whole family, including Dallas' boyfriend, Ernie.  I may have mentioned in past emails that Ernie might have already been baptized in the church.  We found out that there was no record of his baptism.  At the end of the lesson, we invited Ernie and Leon to be baptized, and they both accepted.  When we started the lesson with the family, I asked if they had read the Book of Mormon together once a week as we had previously committed them to do.  Not only had they done that, but they had been reading together every night before they ate dinner!  I am just thrilled to see that this family is committed to embrace (or re-embrace) the gospel together!  We are excited to see them again this week to help get Ernie and Leon ready to be baptized on the 14th of June.

Wednesday was another fantastic day.  We had Charlton Otene come out with us for a few hours.  We went to an appointment we had with Brittany and her sister.  We'd made the appointment with the sister when we called a couple days before, and arrived to find out Brittany was the only one home, and had not been told we were coming.  However, she was happy to see us, and invited us in.  When we saw her last we just talked with her about God.  Who He is, what He does for us.  Talked about who Jesus is, as well.  We taught her the discussion on the restoration to teach about the Book of Mormon.  We told her that it would be through studying the Book of Mormon and praying that she would be able to find out if God really does exist.  After talking about that she said, "I'll have to see if the Book of Mormon is online so I can read it."  After a quick chuckle, I pulled one out of my bag and told her, "We actually brought this one for you."  She was really grateful for it.  We committed her to read and pray to know it is was true, and to find out if God exists.  We asked if she knew how to pray.  She said no, so we taught her, and asked if she would like to give it a try right then and there.  Now, I've probably extended that invitation more than a dozen times, and every time it's been turned down right away.  Brittany, however, accepted it and said her first-ever prayer right there with us.  It was a really cool experience!

On Wednesday night, Elder Bly and I went and visited a less-active Tongan lady named Ofa, and her son, Jimmy.  When we arrived there, we found that Ofa's nephew was there visiting.  Ofa's nephew's name is Ofa as well.  Actually, his name is Feofa'akiakakau, but he goes by Ofa for short. (Wouldn't you?) This was the second time we met him.  He came to the Capalaba ward musical fireside at the end of last transfer with Jimmy.  He's a cool guy.  He isn't religious, but enjoyed talking with us each time we've met him.  On Thursday morning, I woke up to text messages from him talking about how he doesn't know who he is anymore, and really feels the need for a change in is life.  His mum and auntie both told him to give church a try, so he had a lot of questions for us.

On Saturday I went on trade-offs with Elder Nelson, one of our Zone Leaders.  He came to Cleveland to work with me.  It was a long day full of tracting.  However, in the evening we had an appointment to see Ofa at his auntie's place.  We talked with him for a while.  Testified about God.  He's never been against the idea of God, but never grew up around religion of any kind.  We taught him about the Book of Mormon, and gave him a copy to read.  We taught him how to pray, and encouraged him to do so.  He mentioned that when he was little he lived with a Mormon uncle of his, who told him he was baptized.  We took his details to give to our ward clerk to see if he had a record.

Sunday night we dropped in on the clerk, and he checked to see if Ofa had a record.  There wasn't one.  After we left the clerk's house, Elder Bly said he thought we should go to Ofa (the auntie) and Jimmy's to see if Ofa might be there.  He was.  We sat down with him and talked with him a bit more about the church.  He said to us that he's the type of person who goes into something 100% or not at all.  He told us that he feels like he needs to give church and baptism a go.  We mentioned to him we had no record of him being baptized.  He said, "Alright, I'll get baptized then." We have set a date for him to be baptized on 19th of July.

I feel so blessed right now.  I cannot begin to describe how in awe I feel about the miracles we were blessed with this week.  I'm looking forward to working with all of these people and helping them come unto Christ.

I love you all.  Have a great week!

Elder Rosier

Monday, May 19, 2014

Weekly Update May 19, 2014

Hello once again!

It was a pretty full-on week for Elder Bly and myself.  We were blessed to meet a lot of new people, and find a few who invited us to come back.  This coming week is going to be packed full of teaching appointments.  I am very excited.  Our teaching pool has just been expanding dramatically.  What a blessing.

We were able to teach Harrison a couple of times this week.  We taught him the ten commandments, and were having a hard time getting him to be engaged in the lesson.  Then Elder Bly told him that if he memorized all ten commandments, he could shoot me in the head with a Nerf gun.  That got his attention! And he passed the test at the end of the lesson.....and I became a martyr for the faith.  Good to know my comp is so willing to sacrifice my life.  I wonder how willing he is to lay down his own.......

We were unable to see both the Turner family (that's the one with the four kids I talked about last week) and Brittany this week.  However, we have appointments with them this week.  Looking forward to that.

The biggest highlight of this week was the mission tour.  Elder Hamula of the Seventy--the Pacific Area President--came to visit our mission.  He seemed to be very impressed with our mission, and commented that he feels like our mission is soon to accomplish things never before seen in Australia.  It is going to be an exciting time to serve in the ABM.  I am looking forward to these last few months.  I admit I'm a bit jealous of the younger missionaries that will be here to see things that us older missionaries would have just dreamed about.

I hope that everyone has a great week.  Until next week,

Elder Rosier

Just a side note: Ross indicated that Harrison's baptism has been moved to June 21st to accommodate relatives that will be visiting Australia from Singapore.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekly Update May 12, 2014

We had a good chat with Ross for Mother's Day. He looked wonderful, and as always, was very happy, positive, and upbeat.

Hello and Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

I was informed that I forgot to send an update to everyone last week.  My apologies.  Last P-Day was transfers.  Since Elder 'Iongi has finished his mission, I was blessed to receive a new companion.  My new companion is Elder Bly.  He is from Las Vegas, and has been out for nine months.  I served around him in a previous zone.  He's a good guy, and I've enjoyed serving with him so far.

We have been blessed to witness a lot of miracles in Cleveland this week.  We have a family we were introduced to in our ward that is less-active.  It is a single mother with four teenage children: Dallas, Isaac, Sydney, and Leon.  The mother and three of the children are members.  The youngest, Leon, is not baptized.  The oldest daughter also has a boyfriend that lives with the family.  His name is Ernie.  We have been over to their place to teach them twice.  Last time we went over we had a really good lesson with them about the Holy Ghost and the Book of Mormon.  The family was really engaged in the lesson.  I think it was probably the best teaching appointment I've experienced on my mission.  This family is really looking to understand the gospel and make it a part of their life.  Dallas told us that her boyfriend was baptized as a member of the church when he was little.  However, when we had the ward clerk look up his records, we were unable to find one.  It seems he must not have been baptized into our church.  Ernie is really keen to learn about the Book of Mormon, so this is a real blessing and miracle for Elder Bly and me.

Another miracle we experienced this week came when we went to the first appointment we had set up with a twenty-something year-old girl named Brittany, whom we met tracting last week.  Though she set up a time for us to come back and share a message with her, I wasn't too optimistic that she would really be interested.  However, we found her home and waiting for us and had a good lesson with her.  These two blessings were timed just perfectly, because on the first day Elder Bly and I were together, we dropped one of our two investigators.  However, we have been very fruitful in our efforts to find new people to teach.  I am feeling very blessed.

I hope that all the mothers out there enjoyed their Mother's Day.  I love my mother will all my heart. I am proud to admit that I'm a "mama's boy".  I wouldn't be half the man I am today if it wasn't for the effort, sacrifice, and love of my angel mother.  Mum, I hope you understand that we all love you for what you have done for us.  Words cannot really express it.

I love you all!
Til next week!

Elder Rosier

Weekly Update May 1, 2014

Hello again everybody!

I am sorry that there was no letter last week.  We had a few things stand in the way of us emailing last week. I'll be sure to include the highlights from the last two weeks.

14-20 April 2014

This week had a major unexpected event: I had vertigo! It was not fun.  I woke up on Tuesday morning feeling a bit dizzy.  I figured I'd be able to push through it, so I did.  We were able to get a lot done during the day, but in the evening I'd had enough.  I knew I needed to rest, so I had Elder 'Iongi call our ward mission leader and cancel splits, and we went back to the house so I could rest.  I figured I would be alright in the morning.  However, I was WRONG!  When I woke up the next morning, I could hardly see straight.  Everything was moving, and I felt like I was going to fall over every time I stood up.  We went to the doctor, and I was diagnosed with a viral infection in my inner ear.  The doctor gave me a prescription for some tablets. Fortunately with the tablets and some rest I was feeling just good enough to attend our interviews with the mission president the next day.  That's all I had for energy on Thursday.  By Friday I was alright.  On Saturday I was able to go on trade offs with the Zone Leaders.  I went to their area with Elder Huka, who is from California.  He's a great guy.  Both of our Zone Leaders are awesome.  I had a good time in their area.  There are four Elders in that ward, and the four of us spent most of the day working together.  It was a good experience.

(In Ross' letter to me, he indicated that he and Elder 'Iongi had spent most of their P-Day at the hospital waiting to give a member a blessing.  That is why he was unable to send home an update for that week.)

21-27 April 2014

Pretty slow week for Elder 'Iongi and I.  Spent most of the week finding because our teaching pool isn't very big at the moment.  We dropped Belinda.  Apparently she has a carer.  The carer told us that she doesn't understand what she's getting herself into, so we're not allowed to visit.  I'm not too sure how honest or accurate that is, but we aren't going to risk a legal issue.  This week Elder DeMille came down with some horrible bug.  He was vomiting throughout the night and had diarrhea pretty bad.  He was down the next day.  I stayed home with him on one of the evenings he was sick, and caught it from him.  Mine wasn't nearly as bad.  I got sick on Friday; I had a massive headache, and a mild fever.  Through the night and part of the next day I had really bad diarrhea.  On Saturday I got my hands on some really good anti-diarrhea meds and I was back to work a few hours later.  Elder Tarati and Elder 'Iongi have both caught it to some extent.  One of the sisters in our district also came down with the same bug.  We're all better now.

So far this week has been really good.  Elder 'Iongi pushed hard on Monday and Tuesday.  We spent yesterday saying goodbye to some people in Capalaba.  On Monday we did go see Paul Groundwater so 'Iongi could say goodbye.  I do miss meeting with that man.  Elder 'Iongi left to the mission home today.  He'll be home this time tomorrow.  I really enjoyed serving with him. Hopefully my next companion will be a good one.  I will be in a three-way companionship with Tarati and DeMille until the transfer meeting on Tuesday.

Love you all very much!  Until next time,

Elder Rosier

Weekly Update April 14, 2014

G'day everyone!

I'd like to start out by saying that I really enjoyed this last general conference.  Crazy to think that I will be home for the next one.  The talks I enjoyed the most were Jeffrey R. Holland, Dallin H. Oaks (in priesthood), and David A. Bednar.  I had a rather pleasant surprise as I attended conference this weekend: two of the families in Darling Heights ward showed up for our conference who were down here visiting family.  It was great to be able to catch up with them!

Our week was a good one for Elder 'Iongi and me.  We were blessed with a mini-missionary, "Elder" Lewis Worth.  The mini-mission is a program they do here (I'm not sure if they do it anywhere else in the world) where 16-18 year-old youth go and spend a week serving with a companionship serving in a ward in a different stake.  Elder Worth was from the Burleigh Heads ward in Gold Coast stake.  We really enjoyed having him around and giving him a taste of missionary life, especially since he's planning to put his papers in very soon.  I wish we could have given him a better experience, though.  We had a lot of appointments fall-through this week, so we spent most of our time tracting and talking to people we came in contact with on the street.  Despite having a week of the stuff nobody likes doing, Elder Worth had a great time.  That's good!  Because if he enjoyed the nitty-gritty part of being a missionary, then he'll love his experience on his own mission.

We went to our appointment with Belinda this week.  When we arrived, she asked us to leave.  Didn't even say hello.  We're going to try once more with her before we drop her.  We were a bit surprised at what happened.  When we called her a few days prior to confirm, she was all good with us coming.  I have to wonder what happened.  I have two thoughts: either she doesn't really have a desire to learn the gospel, or the JWs came around, saw the stuff we left with her, and scared her off from meeting with us.  Hopefully, we'll have better luck next time.

Well, that's all for this week.  I love you all!

Elder Rosier