Monday, April 25, 2016

MoTab Made Me Cry


I can't even wait to say it -- life is awesome. Mission is the best. I can't even contain my love for this work and this entire Church. It's all true! If not, there's no way I could ever feel this happy from working my b*tt of every day finding and teaching people about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ!

These past two weeks or so have been the best weeks of my mission and the best weeks of my life! This week I felt a lot of adversity -- Missionary service does not deny the powers of the adversary -- but after enduring faithfully, I feel greater joy than I have ever felt in my life! I have been praying that God's love would be manifested to me, and my prayer was heard and answered an hundredfold! I am so amazed at the love and grace of our beloved Father and our perfect Saviour! They really do live! They really do love us! And they really have provided a way for us to return to them!

This week was my first week with Elder Fransen, and I was so excited to find that he loves the work just as much as I do! So we are shooting for the stars this transfer! Nothing held back!! The only damper on the week is that I had the flu so we didn't get to work nearly as much as we desired to, but we still managed to accomplish great goals this week!! So this week we have no excuses for anything less than legendary! 

I am officially in love with Umlazi -- like, we were kind of in a courtship during my first transfer, but I think I'm ready to get serious with her... hahahha! I want to serve in Umlazi for my whole mission! The work here is incredible. The Lord is doing amazing things here and it is so so so incredible and humbling to see Him doing it through us -- two average guys who just like to talk about Jesus with people! It's been so awesome to watch the Spirit direct us and watch the Lord as He directs His work! I was amazed when on Friday we were approached by 3 different people and told us that they needed us to come visit them! We were just like "What?" then they were like "Yeah I want you guys to come teach me and my family. We need to hear the word of God." and so we just pull out our planners and take their contact information because we're so baffled. The Lord really does prepare people and guide us to them (or them to us!). 

Monday was the best P-Day I have ever had! It was my first day with flu, so I didn't do much, but we went to a members house and ate dinner and then played with like 30 kids in the street! I sat in a chair off to the side and watched -- I don't think I have ever laughed and smiled more in my life. It's a memory I hope to cherish for the rest of my life! As I sat and watched I pondered "Why does Christ command us to become like little children?". As I watched my brothers play with all of these kids I was so amazed with their simplicity and their joy in such small things; their humility and their innocence. Something kind of clicked inside me and I felt like I really understood what Christ meant. I feel like we over complicate so many things to the extent that we ruin what could have been a wonderful family activity or a day well spent with friends. I want to invite all of you to join me in working to make life more simple -- finding joy in the small things!

But yeah guys. Life is so good. Just take a step back and look at what you've got! Then thank God for what you have! Then turn outward and serve the people around you! You're needed and God will use you if you've got a willing heart! 

With as much joy and love as I can send through this keyboard,

Elder Weiler

PS. Oh yeah. I forgot to explain the topic. We finished General Conference yesterday and I totally got emotional when MoTab sang "Come Thou Fount". So yeah... I'm getting soft in South Africa (I don't think I was ever hard in the first place haha).

Monday, April 18, 2016

What it's like to not eat rice every day?

Beloved friends and family,

Please answer the question in the subject line, I've thought about it a lot, I've even asked other missionaries, but I cannot remember what a typical "American" meal looks like.

Today I don't have much time at all. But all in all, we had an awesome week this week. It was our last week of the transfer and Elder Vaughn and I went out with a bang! We ended the week with 16 new investigators! Unfortunately, Elder Vaughn is being transferred. My new companion is Elder Fransen from California! 
Elder Vaughn and I at the temple groundbreaking

 This is the genealogy of my fathers (on mission) -- Elder Benissan was my trainer, and Elder Welling was his trainer!

I realised that I forgot to explain the subject of last week's email: "Bucket Juice P.2" -- remember a few months back when Elder Benissan and I got ebola from drinking juice out of a bucket? Well last week, Sunday, the Relief Society had an activity and they had refreshments out afterward, and guess what they had amongst all of their treats? Bucket juice. I was so tempted to drink some, but it wasn't ours in the first place hahaha

An attempt to show you guys what Umlazi looks like

But yeah, the Church is still true, that's for sure! We finally got to watch General Conference this week! We actually marathon-ed 3 sessions yesterday -- 6 hours of straight conference! Albeit sitting in one chair for 6 hours, there are few things that I love more than seeing and hearing from our beloved Prophet and other leaders in the Church. 

I would encourage you to take Elder Holland's advice and continue to remember conference! In a few weeks we will all have printed versions of the talks that we heard, we will have videos and audio available for download -- bring conference with you! 

I love you all dearly, and I am so grateful for this opportunity that I have to be totally consecrated to this work! I know that the Lord lives! I know that He loves us! and I know that His grace is sufficient for each of us!

 These kids always terrorize us when we're trying to leave our boarding hahaha

Elder Weiler

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bucket Juice Pt. 2

Beloved Friends and Family,

This has probably been the best week of my mission to date! This week came and went in no time! I cannot believe that the transfer ends this week, my time in Umlazi is FLYING by! I think Elder Vaughn and I will stay together for another transfer -- however, most of the other Elders disagree. So we'll see! 

So I'm back to emailing at email shops again.. hahah so time is very limited! So this is my week in a few minutes:

On Wednesday we had our interviews with President Zackrison -- I love interviews so much. I admire President Zackrison so much. I was a little bummed when he informed me that this would be our last interview because he finished his mission in July. But interviews with President always guarantee renewed excitement for the work, great advice, and a brighter vision of what I can accomplish during my mission! So that was definitely a highlight of the week! President Zackrison encouraged me to use our goal setting as a means of driving our work, rather than setting goals that simply reflect our work -- so we tried it, and it works! Elder Vaughn and I worked like crazy this week! hahaha it's amazing to see how the Lord sustains us when we continue to desire to do what He asks, even when we feel exhausted! 

On Saturday we got to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Durban Temple! It was an incredible experience! We volunteered as the staff for the program -- Elder Vaughn and I got to park cars! It was really nice because they reserved the third row for us, so we got really great seats to watch the groundbreaking! Elder Carl B. Cook from the Seventy attended; I love that guy. He's a very powerful man, so it was really great to hear his remarks. Afterward I took advantage of our opportunity and I got to spend some time with him face to face. We had a powerful conversation about selfless service and I received advice from him that I will cherish for the rest of my life! I think the coolest part about meeting with him was looking into his eyes -- they were welcoming and loving, I felt as if I was looking into the eyes of the Saviour. I am so grateful for the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! 

Sunday was baptism day!! I was telling the other Elders that "baptism day is always my favourite day", and this week was nothing less than incredible! Ntobile (one of the best people I have ever taught on mission) asked me to baptise her! So that was awesome! I will never cease to be amazed at the change that can take place within individuals in the space of a few weeks! People that have never heard the gospel quickly take on a new countenance, new behaviour, and gain their own testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel! This surely is the gospel of Jesus Christ! What power other than the Spirit of God could trigger such a dramatic change of character? I know that when we open our hearts to the Spirit and humble ourselves to divine intervention, that the Lord will show us exactly what we need to do to grow closer to our Saviour. I know that He lives, and I know that He loves us. His Atonement is perfect, and each and every single one of us stores within our own DNA strands of godliness -- each one of us bears that capability to become like our Father in heaven. He has given us all we need to live with Him again! We only have to choose to follow Him! 

I love you all! I love this work! and I love South Africa! I know that God loves all of His children, and I'm so grateful that we get to serve them here! 

Keep on Keeping On!

Elder London Weiler

PS Pictures to come soon! 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Very Much Tired

(First remember the story last week about the eating contest at McDonalds?  Yeah as his mother, I've been having nightmares about it all week . . . . well he sent a picture today . . . . he ate all of this!  Why did I allow my children to watch "Man vs. Food"!)

(This picture on the other hand, did make me happy!  6 months down baby!!!)

Yoh. This was a great week of missionary work. The more I think about it the more I realise how good the Lord is to all of us! 

I had a few experiences this week that just reaffirmed everything that we teach. The Priesthood is real, personal revelation is real, and the Church is so so true. If you don't believe me -- try it for yourself! 

Today we're going ziplining for our District activity! So I don't have much time and I'm also super finished hahah so I can't even put an email together. However, I have said this over and over to people that I'm emailing today BUT I'LL SAY IT AGAIN:

This is the Lord's work. I know that He directs it, and I know that He can make us greater than we are now! All we have to do is trust Him! 

I also know that Jesus Christ lives. He loves us. More than we even know! His Atonement can have absolute gravity in our lives -- if you let it! 

So yeah. That's it for this week. I hope I didn't disappoint anybody hahha but that's a missionary pro tip -- when you don't know what to say, testify of Christ.

Love you all! Keep on Churchin'.

Elder Weiler

Also, I'll send some pictures that tell good stories.
1. St. Patricks day + the whitest district in the WHOLE mission

2. Sleeping on the roof.. in Umlazi (side note from mom. . .  .this sounds like a very bad idea!) 

3. I've always wanted to shave my head... So I figured mission was the best time to do it! 
BEFORE . . . 

AFTER . . . 
(go ahead laugh, I did . . . like really hard . . . in fact. . . .  I'm still laughing!!!)  

4. Just saw this taxi this morning -- it has a big sticker across the front "LONDON" hahhaha