Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 24, 2017

Wow so its really starting to get cold down here! Winter here we come! I study every single day with a portable heater right in front of me, and wherever I move around the house it moves with me! Things have been going great though.

So quick explanation, I did not email on Monday for two reasons. First, we got special permission to attend the Victorian markets and they are not open on Mondays and Wednesdays so we switched our preparation day this week. and second, preparation days are no longer on Mondays anyway! As of this week they have been officially changed to Wednesdays. So next week I will not email on Monday it will be Wednesday! But we went to the city this morning and got to search and bargain for all of the Aussie stuff! It was a pretty cool place, there was just a million and a half stands of everything you can think of and you have to battle your way through people just to get a look. We had a good time! I got some good stuff. hopefully I can fit it in my luggage 

So my companions are great! Elder Carroll and Elder Meepralom are so wonderful to be around, I wouldn't have wished for anything else. Our area is doing pretty good! We have been working on a lot of upcoming actives. Elder Carroll had the idea to do a ward musical fireside and we said we would take care of it all. . . and one thing lead to another and now we are setting up for a multi-stake musical fireside and President Vidmar is coming to speak. We are so excited but so nervous haha. There is so much planning that goes into these things, and Elder Carroll takes care of most of it. I am so grateful to all of the leaders in the church who made sure we had great activities to go to. They do more than I could ever imagine. I will be so much more grateful from now on. The good news is I will not be singing! I will let you know how it goes!

We have quite a few part member families that we are working with. Our most progressing investigator right now is named Eddie. He is fantastic. He is Samoan, He is dating a member in our ward and it really sparked his interest in the church. He is active seventh day Adventist and attends every Saturday and then attends with us every Sunday! At first we were worried he was just doing it for his girlfriend but it has come to the point that he will come whether she comes or not!. We had a very spiritual lesson this last week and he said that he was going to put it all on the table, he will be preparing to make his first covenant with the lord on the 4th of June if he gets his answer! We will be fasting for him! Its definitely not easy for him. He has faced some challenges on his journey and will still face some more but I know that God will provide a way! I feel so blessed to be able to meet with people that have as much faith as he does! 
So we have been reading the Book of Mormon for 11 questions of the soul. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do I need to change and repent if God already loves me? Whats the purpose of life? etc and it has been so amazing! I cant believe how many answers I have found to each question! One of the ones that has really stood out to me lately was Helaman 3:35. Give that a read. It says that as we are humble and yield our hearts to the Lord, fasting and praying oft. then we will be filled with JOY and CONSOLATION. and it will purify and sanctify our hearts. I think its absolutely beautiful! As we willingly give our agency to God, that's when we become who we want to become. He will strengthen us all along the way! And the beautiful thing is, we don't have to suffer now and wait for a reward in the next life, but we discipline ourselves now and the joy and consolation can start in our lives immediately, and in the life to come! the Gospel is true!

 I love you all! keep sending your missionary and spiritual experiences! 

love Elder Wiser

this was at golden review!
when new missionaries are tested on what they have
learned their first three weeks.

This was on our way through the giant city of Melbourne
to attend the Victorian markets. quite an adventure

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