Monday, November 15, 2010

"The gospel is like a treadmill, if we are standing still in our progression we are actually moving backwards, away from God."

November 15, 2010

Hello from Mt Gambier!

We had a so-so week. We had most of our appointments fall through with our investigators. That has been dissapointing. We have been going threw the complete list of less actives and lost sheep, members of the church where we do not know where they live. We have met some interesting people on the way. One less active sister is quite promising i believe. Most less actives are connected to nonmembers, it is a great finding technique. In this case this certain sister has a 14 year old son who is not baptised. She just believes she hasn’t had enough time for church for the past 15 years. We will help her be aware that she does have enough time. With something as exciting as baptism she will want to make the sacrifice to come to church. To help them endure to the end we will help them catch the vision of attending the temple as a family. Their progression in this life can never be enough. The gospel is like a treadmill, if we are standing still in our progression we are actually moving backwards, away from God.

Going to go now. If we have time today we might drive to Port Macdonald. The weather is bit crazy, we haven’t had spring, it switches from summer to winter every other day. It’s been a long winter, pretty much as long as i have been in Mt Gambier, which is 8 months. Sorry i don’t have much time to write today.

Love you all heaps

Elder Montgomery

Sunday, November 7, 2010

"...if we are obedient and diligent, a miracle will happen."

November 8, 2010

Hello from Mt Gambier!

My new companion is Elder Rea. He is from Queensland. If I ever visit Australia again I will be set if I stay in Queensland, I have had 4 companions from that state. He actually was trained here about 10 months ago in Mt Gambier but now he has returned. Elder Clark and I had knocked on a door and found a potential investigator about two weeks ago. Elder Rea 10 months ago had also knocked on this same door and this same family were potential investigators. We finally set an appointment with them with the intentions of having a discussion. The wife has some questions that she wants to ask us. We certainly love answering questions. That is one of my favourite things being a missionary is being able to help people by answering their questions, revealing to them the truth. This couples name is Irene and Nick. Irene is from Holland, Nick is Aussie.

This week we struggled to have teaching opportunities with our potential investigators to progress them. Hopefully this week will be different. We have been Co-ordinating with our Ward Mission Leader to attach them to members as soon as possible.

If we do everything right, if we are obedient and diligent, a miracle will happen. Abraham was completely obedient, he did not know what to expect, God commanded him to prepare an altar for a sacrifice and then sacrifice his only son. Isaac inquired to his father, where is the lamb for the slaughter? Abraham replied, “The Lord will himself provide for a lamb”. It wasn’t until Abraham was about to slay his son through obedience that an angel came down and saved the lad. And then they saw a ram caught in a thicket and proceeded to sacrifice it instead of Isaac. I have a testimony that if I am obedient, I wake up on time, I study, I go finding consistently and I say my prayers. God will trust me with one of his elect who are prepared to receive the restored gospel. God will provide for me a lamb to teach. God will provide a lamb for me to invite to be baptised. I have seen it on my mission. I haven’t been able to do anything the Lord hasn’t provided for me. Most recently this was the Morris Family. Sister Morris for the first time in her life, 30 years in the church, (past 11 years she was less active, 4 years lost sheep) got up on fast and testimony meeting and said she finally has a testimony that the church is true. God’s hand is in this work. I just have to patient to receive what he wants me to receive. Obedience cannot be compromised.

Love you all heaps

-Elder Montgomery

"We have quite a few investigators, my objective is to attract them to members as quickly as possible."

November 1, 2010

Mom you didnt email me this week.

Or it didnt come through.

Anyways, we found out last night that Elder Clark is being transfered. I am staying yet again. I have had many companions in Mt Gambier which is unusual, typically they leave both missionaries here for like 4 1/2 months together and then one leaves.
We have quite a few investigators, my objective is to attact them to members as quickly as possible. The area has something to reload, lets see if we can't pull the trigger.
The Morris Family feeds us once a week, we will read two to three chapters of the book of mormon with them, get them into the habit of holding onto the iron rod. The members of the Ward will teach Shaylee the new member discussions, which is great. The transition from us to the members will be complete.
What do you guys all want for Christmas?
Please send me a brief list, and i might get them for you. Who received a kangarroo scripture case last Christmas?