Clifton, Arizona here I come!!

Clifton, Arizona here I come!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 30, 2010

Hey family, how has the week been for you? This week has been OK over in Clifton as far a teaching lessons goes or what have you.

But we have still been having a lot of fun while we do it. Which is the important part.

So this last Friday, I got a phone call from Sister Bertoldo, telling me she was coming up to Duncan for the day, and that she wanted to meet me in Clifton to take us out for pizza. So we got to hang out with her, and David and Mia at R+R pizza. It was a lot of fun. And it was really nice to see them all again. It is so funny, because she has family that still lives here, and she gave me a bunch of names of people to go see and reactivate them/convert them. Haha so this is what I will be working on for the next little while.

So this last Sunday, me and Elder Howard had the opportunity to speak in sacrament. We talked to the ward about missionary work and how we teach investigators. I ended up speaking for over 20 minutes. Then elder Howard wrapped up. It was an awesome experience. Because before I gave the talk I got kinda nervous, and I was thinking "why am I so nervous? I get to talk about something I love!" but I couldn't shake the butterflies. So I prayed while the song was being sung, and I asked my heavenly father to help comfort me so I could speak with the spirit, and with the power and authority that he has given me. it worked. I got up to speak and I could feel the spirit overtake me as I began speaking.

Well, as far as our investigators are going, not so good, We had to drop alot of them because they weren't keeping their commitments, I was about to rebuke the lot of them. I don't know why, but no one is keeping their promises, and to get people to church is like pulling teeth out of a cow. Ever tried it? ya its tough. We stopped by one of the recent converts in the area, and literally had to force him out of bed and throw him in the shower. He made it though, and our efforts paid off.

I Love you all. I hope everything is going well.

Elder Pierce

Monday, August 23, 2010

Aug 23, 2010

Hey family. How goes it?
It has been going fantastic up here. So much work now. It makes things just seems so great. to know that we are having success. Evan Lackner came to church yesterday which is just amazing. He is such a stud. And he is keeping all of his commitments and is just progressing so well. Its refreshing to see that someone wants to be a part of this gospel and to experience the joy that we have. It just makes everything worth it. So the work is going good, but the real plus of this email is what happened on Saturday.
On Saturday, we had a mission conference, in which all of the missionaries in the mission attended. We had the privilege of listening to Elder Christofferson and Elder Rasband and other general Authorities. Now let me tell you what, Elder Christoffson is a jester. He spoke to us for about 45 minuets and we just got to listen to him crack jokes and teach us on a spiritual level. It was just amazing, and just awesome. We all had the opportunity to shake his hand and meet him for a brief minute. It was just amazing. You could just feel the spirit getting sucked out of his hand like a vacuum as we shook hands. hahaha
So i also have to speak in sacrament meeting again this week. They want me and Elder Howard to take up the entire meeting...15 minuets each. Danget. haha. Not so bad i guess. They want us to talk about missionary work and the importance of ward involvement and how crucial it really is. As well as share experiences of our own and maybe even what we teach in our first and second discussions. Which should be fun and easy to take up 15 minuets. NO FEAR. just grab the bull by the horns I guess.
Well all this typing gets to my finger and wrist, i have made countless mistakes already haha and this thing isn't even that long! I'm trying family. I'm working on it, I get my nice purple cast off on September 21, so not to much longer.
Well I love you all so much. Stay out of trouble and keep us in your prayers because you will all be in mine!
Love, Elder Pierce

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 17, 2010

OK, well hello family.
Sorry about no letter yesterday, but because of transfers the whole mission is having pday on Tuesday. So this will happen every 6 weeks, so be prepared. Just thought i would let you know.
Well i will not be able to write alot this week and probably for the next little while because of my hand, but i will do my best. I have a Doctors appointment tomorrow with Dr. Bryce in Safford to check my hand out. I will try to write a hand written letter letting you know the verdict. Notice the emphasis on the word try haha. My writing has gotten even worse, if that is even possible.
Well anyways. We had a good week this past week though. Alot better than our past week. We were out and about visiting part member/less active families. And as we are visiting them we both had inspiration to go and see the Mullen's. So we did. We get there and only their step son, Evan Lackner, is there. He is a really cool kid, he is 15 and a freshman. Anyways, we were talking to him and i straight up asked him "are you a member of our church?" and he said no. So I proceeded to ask "well, do you want to be???" and he said ya. So we taught him the first discussion and we set him a baptismal date for the 11th of September. That would be the best birthday present, is for him to get baptized!!!  He is so solid, he reads every single chapter we leave him and has started to read straight from the beginning, he is so excited to be baptized, it is just amazing. This is exactly what this area needed. A solid investigator. It makes me so happy to know we have people here that are willing to make the commitments and stick to them.
So the work is starting to pick up more and more each week. We are finally starting to get Member present lessons and In-home lessons which is super exciting. I love being a missionary, but boy, sometimes it is just so frustrating (example: my hand haha).
Well i love you all so much, it was a good work out typing all of this. So keep me posted on current events around the home life. I love you all.
Elder Pierce

Monday, August 9, 2010

August 9, 2010

So family. This week has definitely been a rough one. That is for sure. We have not been having any success. It has been very hard to find people lately. The rough part, is that we find a ton of potential investigators. But when it comes to us following up with them and meeting them at their house/calling them. They either blow us off or slam the door in our face. It is a huge problem with people and their work schedules at the mine. Because they are either sleeping because they have to go into work/just got off. Or they are working.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Silver City

Well Hola mi Familia. 
I will be absolutely honest, i forgot my planner at home, and it had down all of the things i wanted to talk about inside it. So... 
See ya later, until next week! 
Love Elder Pierce 
Dang Girl, just kidding! But i really did forget my planner so i will just be kind of winging it today. Talking about whatever you know? 
So this week we had our trainings that seemed like they lasted forever. But they were so cool and worth it. So on Tuesday. I went on exchanges with Elder Crockett up in silver city for the day. Silver city is about 2 hours away from Clifton but he is the other district leader up there and we needed to be together so we could prepare for that night. So after we spent the day in his area, we met up with the zone leaders and we Drove 3 and half hours down to Tucson...long drive. But it was still fun, in the car we talked about Most embarrassing stories and favorite Disney princesses, haha it was a lot of fun.

Anyways, when we finally reached Tucson, i went and stayed with Elder Kane for the night. Elder Kane is one of 4 ASL missionaries in the mission so it was really cool to see him talk in sign language and they even get to use a video phone! It was a lot of fun. He even taught me the alphabet (which i forgot) and how to count to 10. It was a blast. He tried making me trade away those brand new ties you just sent me! i was like heck no! But I'm gonna bring some of my other ties and we will take care of some business.