Monday, January 25, 2016
-I ate real cheese cake this week. Literal cheese cake. like the cake was made out of cheese. That is how they do it here.
-Conducted zone conference this week which was crazy. Hectic and stressful but so worth it.
-Also had the mission's first super MLC where all the district leaders attended. We gave a training. Called everyone to repentance. I can attach it if anyone wants to look at it.
-All the flights got messed up this week so that was crazy and we had to try and fix it all.. cost the church a ton of money.
-Gave a priesthood blessing in an alleyway. Kind of weird but there was no where else to go.
Been thinking about Charity these days and I think that sometimes people think that charity is always about being all "I love you etc." your perfect etc. But if you watch this video, real charity takes telling people (with love) how it really is.
Example, my parents told me I needed to practice the piano everyday and i hated it. They hurt me. I cried. I balled. But 10 years later, here I stand and will go to the grave on my knees thanking my heavenly father that my parents had enough charity for me to hurt me. To love me enough to cut me down.
So I want you ask yourself. Do you love ____ enough to hurt them? Enough to cut them down?
Pray For Charity. Love is more than flowers and ribbons.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
I don't have much time but here are a couple highlights:
-Called a potential investigator as she was giving birth, but her husband yelled at us for calling at a terrible time.. but we ran into her on the street by chance.. with her new baby :)
God really wants her to learn I guess.
-Was with Elder Pearce on exchanges this week in Miri and so in chinese we have the same exact name.. that mixed up some people for sure :)
-did 100 pullups, pushups and situps this week. haven't done that in a while. I am sore for sure.
On exchanges, we had a funny experience. We were on biking and saw these 3 grass cutters (usually muslim, uneducated, don't have an off day, live too far away to bike there and not worth your time) but it was an exchange and so I asked him if he wanted to talk to them.. he said "no" but I told him that was too bad, God loves all his children. :) I am not going to lie, I didn't really expect them to be that interested, but God never ceases to raise my vision :) The first guy lived too far away, the second was muslim and couldn't understand us, and so I asked my companion for the day, "do you want to talk to the 3rd one?" He said "C'mon Elder Pierce, lets go." But no, I told him, I believe. We tried to get the 3rd's guys attention and failed for 5 minutes and were extremely scared he was going to wack us with his weed wacker. Those things are dangerous and he was really flailing it around (he had not noticed us yet). After literally 3 min of waving my arms and trying to get this guys attention and Elder__ just laughing :) we finally got his attention and wow did God surprise me this time. He was a Christian Kenyan who spoke excellent English and was looking for the truth. He invited us to teach him and his family at his home on Sunday.
I know God was just testing us to see if we would talk to all 3 of them. Sometimes, he gives us the trial before the success
Another cool miracle with Elder . He was biking away and I called after him, and said come back.. we need to pray first!
So he biked back and we prayed. For safety and for prepared people. After the "Amen" a couple pulled up in a car and got out and walked up to us. He was chinese and she was iban. He told us that he had just starting learning about becoming a christian from his girlfriend. And wanted to join but wasn't sure how :) I said well we can help :) and right there we taught him how to pray and he prayed for the first time ever out loud. It was awesome. God definitely prepared him. Prayer is real and after the exchange I asked Elder what he wanted to change and he said he wanted to pray every time before he got on his bike!
Love you all,
p.s. this week we were on exchanges in Ipoh (i got to go with ELder perritt again)
and then in Miri with Elder Pearce.. got to see my old recent converts which was nice :)
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Played probably one of the best basketball games yet on my mission. There were a couple kids from the Oregon Football team that are pretty good and big. But still of course took them to work. :) They didn't see it coming.
Still getting the Gabe and Don drills on every morning..
Shoutout to my MIT boys as they have some big league games coming up this week.. you guys are in my prayers
At nights, we have planning at 9:30pm and if we aren't going to get back to the apartment by that time. We run. And everyone always looks at us weird because everyone is super busy in Singapore but no one runs. Especially in white shirts and ties, it is funny. But it is super important to plan every night at 9:30pm or your time schedule gets messed up.
This week we did a lot of preparation for zone conference and Mission Leadership Council and actually gave a training to the sister training leaders about how to be better. We need them to step up. They are now :)
We also took President Simmons son on exchanges this week. That was fun. After 15 minutes he asked himself "What have I gotten myself into?" because we talk to so many people everyday. :)
We often will just go to a place where all the Filipinos hang out and sit down with them and teach them first lessons. It is pretty cool, they are the most happy people.
Last week on P-day we were talking (my companion and I) between ourselves about zones and colleges etc. but kept having the prompting to stop and talk to people. I told him twice and on the 3rd time we finally stopped and talked to someone and the first person that we did happened to be an inactive member of the church from Tonga living in Jakarta, Indonesia. He had been inactive for 5 years. We helped him pray for the first time in 5 years and he loved it. He invited us to dinner with him and his wife before he went back to Jakarta a few days later. Two days later he called us and picked us up in his mercedes and took us to a steak dinner. (I haven't had steak in forever, it tasted so good). There he confessed that he had been looking for missionaries for 2-3 years but couldn't find the church in Indonesia.
He is planning on going back now that we found him.
I know that God puts people in our paths for a reason. I know that we were led to David. I know that divine intervention and promptings through the Holy Ghost are real.
1. David and his wife (the miracle I talked about above.)
2. Elder Perritt and us at MLC!
3. President and his family!
4. Picking up a new missionary a few weeks ago, forgot to include that one..
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Don't have much time but here is this weeks cool stuff! and Miracles!
-Flew to Kuching - Spent New years day biking in the rain
-Welcomed 5 new missionaries into the mission and got to train them and their trainers
-Found out their is an SBL (Singapore Basketball league) - pro league in singapore - we tried to teach them the gospel but failed :)
-met a lady on the plane and helped her pray for the first time in her life..she is living in LA..what are the chances.. ...oops i forgot there aren't any chances. It is all God's big plan :) I have full faith that she will join the church in America, it was the coolest contact ever.
Also got to give a blessing to a missionary about to go home this week (for medical issues) with the mission president and my companion. The spirit was so strong it was crazy. From that day on, he was totally healed. I am still in shock.
The priesthood is real.
Love you all,
Happy new years!
1. Matt June - in active that we brought back!
2. Elder Lundahl-Wolford is back! We picked him up at the airport!
3. Abby our recent convert!
4. On the plane with our LA miracle contact!
5. With sister joje one of our investigators :)