Monday, June 28, 2010

"My Companion, Elder Williams is being transfered. I am taking over the area."

June 28, 2010

Hello from Mt Gambier!

My Companion, Elder Williams is being transfered. I am taking over the area. We will be driving back to Adelaide for Transfer meeting this Tuesday. Today Elder Williams is going to pack, and i am going to clean the flat. I do not want to come home to a dirty flat.

Probably the most exciting thing that happened this week is we finnally set a baptism date with the two kids from Naracoorte. Daishun and Taila will be baptized on August 1st. They want thier grandma who lives in Perth to be at the baptisms. We pretty much went threw all of the commandments again. Hopefully we can help out their mom Debbie with her smoking. And also get her married to her partner Rewi.

Mitchell was unable to go to church this week as expected because his great grandmother is on holiday. I am working with our Ward Mission Leader to see if we can organize someone to pickup Mitchell for church so he is not so dependent on his Great Grandmother. She will not be here forever. It is a good thing that this town is small enough that our Ward Mission Leader knows Mitchell’s dad so they have a bit of a foundation we can work with.

We got a handful of Less Actives at church yesterday. Three from what I can recollect were first timers since i have been here. So that was good to see them at church. We only got one nonmember to church this Sunday, her name was Serena. She is living with her Father for School holidays, she lives with her Less active Mother in Melbourne, she is not keen to allow her daughter to be baptized so we can not do much in teaching and committing her to anything.

It is good to hear from you. Love you all heaps.

-Elder Montgomery

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

"Mitchell was baptized yesterday!"

June 21, 2010

Hello from Mt Gambier!

Mitchell was baptized yesterday! It was a really good service. His two non-member cousins came to church. And Mitchell’s father came to the luncheon after church and attended the baptism. A Sister in the primary presidency gave a talk on baptism and rocked the house. She wasn’t an eloquent speaker but what she was saying was authentic and sincere. Then I and Elder Williams showed some “Mormon Messages” while Mitchell was getting dressed. Those are excellent two minute videos you can find on the internet either on YouTube or We just burned some videos onto a DVD. We had a councillor in the stake presidency here in MT Gambier so he was quite pleased as he stuck around to witness the baptism. Those two cousins that came to church yesterday will probably be baptized. I and Elder Williams will not have to do much but to just teach those two cousins of Mitchells. But neither of their parents are members so they will be convert baptisms.

We have taught Tayla and Dayshun, the New Zealander family’s kids from Naracoorte every lesson they need to know to be baptized. They will be interviewed for their baptism next Sunday when they come to church. Probably on the Fast-Sunday they will be baptized. Debbie really enjoyed church when they went last week. But because of the distance they live in they will come to church every two weeks.

There is only one more week this transfer. This past transfer has gone by twice as fast as the previous one. Last transfer seemed to take awhile. We will find out who stays or leaves this coming weekend.

We have no plans for P-day today. We were going to play golf with our Ward Mission Leader but he had to cancel. But we will come up with something. It is good to hear from you all. Love you all heaps.

-Elder Montgomery

"I can't believe I am almost out one year..."

June 15, 2010

Hello from Mt Gambier!

We had our most successful day on Sunday at church the other day. We had 5 less actives at church as well as 4 investigators. We set a baptism date this last week with Mitchel for the 20th of June so that is very exciting. Also something exciting is that the family from Naracoorte attended church for the first time since they have been in contact with missionaries. The two kids Dayshun and Tayla want to be baptized, i reckon in two weeks at the end of this transfer, we have taught them everything except the Law of Tithing. We taught a lesson in the gosple principles class and i can quote Debbie, the less active mother from Naracoorte saying after class, “Thanks Elder that gave me a lot to think about, i need to come to church more often.” I am really glad they enjoyed church, they had to travel one hour to church, they only know us and one other family, and they were even away this long weekend in Geelong. It took a lot of courage and faith for them to come to church, a good sacrifice. Also the bishops 14 year old daughter brought her best friend Niki to church.

I can't beleive I am almost out one year, I think back what I was doing two years ago today and it feels like that wasn’t too long ago. At first sacrificing two years to do missionary work seemed daunting. But now that i am in full force engaged to it, it is going by too fast! This is nothing, but everything. It really is the climax of my life.

Have to go now. Love you all heaps

-Elder Montgomery

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

"It will not be long before Mitchel is in the water."

June 7, 2010

Hello from Mt Gambier!

It is good to hear from you all. Things are good hear. We had fast and testimony meeting this week, It was good we had a man who was less active go up and bear his testimony. He has never been to the temple and now he is feeling prompted to prepare to go there. That was probably the highlight of church.

We taught a New Zealander Family in the city of Naracoorte the Word of Wisdom. The two kids Tayla and Dayshun are not baptized but they both want to be. Because they live an hour away from church it is difficult to get them there. That is the only thing keeping them from progressing. Hopefully they will be able to make it to church this Sunday. A member has offered the family of four their home to stay the Saturday night before church. In due time they will be members of the church.

We have another appointment today with Mitchel, we have now taught him everything. All what needs to happen is for Mitchel’s father, who is not a member to talk to Mitchel’s great grandma, who is a member of the church, about a baptism date. It will not be long before Mitchel is in the water.

Love you all heaps

Elder Montgomery