Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Hey mother, this is your son Elder Wiser, I am sorry for not emailing this week because our library was closed, but I just happened to be in the office filling out some stake reports=) I am doing wonderful ma, I love you heaps I hope that your cruise was wonderful, are you safe?
WOW it has definitely been a fast week. We had transfers and Elder Parau and I picked up the new (golden) missionary. his name is Elder Etilage ( e.t. lajgghhh) he is speaking English for the first time and so we both are trying are best to help him learn English. I thought I knew English but now that I am trying to teach it I realized that I have no idea haha.
So mistake of the week: We have been working with a less active member for a few weeks his name is Alfred he is 82 years old. and after offering to help for a while he finally said yes. so we set up a day to come and mow and whipper snip (weed eat) his lawn. So we were busy at doing that for a while and I was assigned to rake up all the grass clippings. After a while my hands started to get some big blisters because my calluses are completely gone now. So I went to the car to get some gloves and accidentally locked the keys in the boot (trunk) and all the doors were locked. . . so we were super locked out and we had to call the office to bring a spare key. and since we live far away we had to cancel a lot of our appointments that day =(
Update for the week: Those investigators that we have been working with for a while, Nicole and Nathan, are doing awesome. they are the young Australian couple. They have been coming to church and reading the Book of Mormon. They met with bishop last week so that they could set up a marriage date before they get baptized. When we taught them about the word of wisdom they got super excited. They used to drink Alcohol coffee and tea, but they are giving them up because they know that God will bless them. They want to be baptized at the beginning of 2017! We found them while looking for unknown less active families and God directed us right to them! its cool how the gospel works
Miracle for the week: so again we were trying to find some less active members off the ward list and we decided to do "the five door rule" (when the family you try to contact is not home you knock the doors on the right and left and across the street) so we tried to visit the Scott family but we ended up knocking on this woman named Sarah's door. At first she kept saying I'm not interested and trying to close the door, but Elder Parau just kept asking questions and bearing testimony and then she told us that her 15 year old son has really been struggling and that she thinks God could help. So two days later we taught Sarah and Braden, they are very excited about learning the Gospel. They said they would read the pamphlet as a family and work together to learn. Just another example of how the Gospel can bless families!
Something that I learned at church this week: Knowledge looks to the past and is based on experience, faith looks to the future and is derived from trust. If we keep looking to the past than it makes it hard to progress, (just like walking forward while looking backwards). But when we "look forward with faith" then we can see the challenges coming and trust that the Lord will help us to over come them even if we dont know how. We live in a time of miracles! I love the Gospel so much. It truly does make us all better people! have an amazing week
love Elder Wiser
|This is the last day of Elder Lius mission! |
He was my follow up trainer from last September to December.
He is from tiawan! but he is home now.
I really am going to miss him!
|I dont know what kind of road kill this is but its like a huge lizard.|
|we got a referral for a family that lived in a tent |
on the edge of our area so we walked some
dirt roads. we found them after a while haha
|this is our new companion! Elder Etilage. |
He is from Tahiti. Their native tounge is French
and so he is currently learning english.
His hobbies are spear fishing, a form of canoeing, and
surfing! he is the man!
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Transfer news yay! So Elder Parau and I will be staying in the mighty Cranbourne ward of zion for another transfer. it is my fourth. elder lauaki is sadly leaving us! he is needed in the tongan program. he will be serving with his MTC companion so that is pretty cool Golden fire. elder Parau and I have been asked to train another New missionary. he is coming from tahiti but i dont know much about him right now other than he can sing and play guitar! im very excited to be staying in the area, we will be here for christmas! the ward is amazing!
so we had a cool miracle last week. do you remember the matiu family, the one that elder lauaki bore his testimony and the spirit came in really strong. well they decided that their son needed to be baptised before christmas and so he was baptised this last week. and they asked elder lauaki to perform the baptism. it just goes to show how the Gopsel works. everyone is edified together! this Gospel is true! Miracles area real! i know that the priesthood authority is on the earth today, and that the saving ordinances are necesary! its always cool to see people enter into a covenant with heavenly father and jesus Christ to always follow him! it reminded me of my baptism. im so glad that we get to renew these promises every sunday at the sacrament table! the gospel is all inclusive! i love you all so much, have a great week
love elder wiser
|John michael. he was baptised this last week|
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
I know that the priesthood is real! And all the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ have been restored using that very same power. We have seen miracles every day! This last Monday we had a large baskeball tournament with a lot of missionaries. One of the missionaries had a random seizure in the middle of the basketball court. I have never seen anything like it, it was a pretty scary moment and nobody had any idea what to do. He hadn't been breathing for quite along time and so someone said "give him a blessing." My companion, Elder Parau was right by his head, and so while he was still having a seizure my companion gave him a short but powerful blessing and as he closed in the name of Jesus Christ the missionary relaxed and started to breath again and he stayed stable until the paramedics came and took him to the hospital. This was really a wake up call for me because at any moment we could be called upon to excercise the Priesthood authority of God. We later went to the hospital to help get the missionary released but while we were in the waiting room we met a member named Sister Saros. (I have no idea how to spell that) her 3 year old son was bitten by a masquito and his body had an unknown reaction and doctors couldnt figure out what was happening to him. And she asked if we could give her boy a blessing if she was able to get into a short stay room. But after a while of waiting we got permission for myself and a new missionary from Utah to go back and see the missionary. We met the Elder and he asked if he could get another blessing. During his blessing it said that he was in the hospital for a reason but we don't know now but that we would find out why in the future. Right after giving him a blessing we went and found Sister Saros and her son in a short stay room. Her son just started to shake and the doctors still couldn't figure out what was happening and so we just drew the curtain and this brand new missionary, Elder Tripp gave his first blessing of healing. A very stressful moment but he payed close attention to the promptings of the spirit and the greatest sense of peace came over all three of us! It was yet another miracle with the priesthood. Everything worked out just perfectly for this 3 year old to get a blessing. Gods timing is perfect! And sister Saros's non-member parents live in our area so she asked if we could stop by and teach them. So we stopped by on Tuesday and we knocked on the parents door, Sister Saros was randomly visiting and so Sister Saros was actually the one that let us in the house and we had a very good experience and both the parents invited us back! so God works in very mysterious ways! But when we trust in him everything works out. We always need to be ready to follow the promptings of the spirit! This experience has really motivated me to improve and to continue to draw closer to God! I'm grateful that he allowed me to stand as a witness of these miracles.
Miracles like these happened every day this week but I do not have enough time to email them all! I love you all so much have an amazing week
Love Elder Wiser
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
One of my new favorite slang terms is Fair dinkom, which means far out, at first I felt really weird saying it but people take it seriously, for example You would say "I just won 10,000 dollars" then I would say "wow mate, fair dinkom thats great!" you would smile and say "right"
Happy Halloween everyone, in Australia halloween is celebrated but it is not very big, people don't really trick or treat. The church puts on a party for every ward so that the kids have a safe place to dress up and get lollies. So we had our ward activity called a trunk or treat (which is funny because they call trunks boots and treats lollies) so the activity should be called boot and lollie. Anyway we had a really good turn out and a lot of less active members and investigators came and had a really good time!
Nicole and Nathan. They invited us to a BBQ (there was no shrimp on the barbie) but they are so sincere, they love praying together and they both came to church this Sunday. In our lessons last week, we talked about marriage before baptism and they said they would pray about it. After church on sunday they came up to us and announced that they would be talking with both of their families about having a civil marriage "soon like very soon" in the words of Nathan. In the lesson they said "so what do i have to do to be sealed?" and "where do I have to sign to become a member because I want to join" its honestly so great, they have changed quite a bit since we first met them, they seem to be a lot happier and more importantly there relationship with God is growing! I know that the Gopsel of Jesus Christ strengthens families! and I know that families are eternal! I love my family and knowing that we have a greater purpose, and knowing that I was sent to my family for a reason makes me want to work even harder to be better! we are not always perfect but thats when we use the Atonement of Jesus Christ to correct our wrongs and forgive and forget! I love the Gospel!
Our ward is amazing! We just got a new elders quorum and ward mission leader and they are all so gun! We have been going on rescue visits twice a week and so many families are being helped! Just another testimony the the gospel is centred on families! The hearer and the teacher are edified together! When missionaries and members work together that is where its at! will you ask the missionaries to teach a non member in your home or ask them when they have rescue visits and attend with them?
I read a scripture that struck me this morning! Alma 29:4-5. it talks about God granting blessings according to our desires weather they be good. . .OR bad. it really made me think of what my desires are, because if I have selfish desires I will have selfishness restored unto me, if I have sincere desires I will have sincerity restored unto me. Give that scripture a read and let me know what you think. I know the scriptures are true
Love you heaps
Love Elder Wiser
|this is my dream car haha stingray!|
|this is a 1450 harley and it has 22 inch ape |
hangers, they are so not legal but the
guy was very happy
when i knew what they were.
|this is elder lauaki sleeping in his suit |
he was so tired he couldnt even change.