Sunday, 26 October 2014

Week 25

October 27th 2014

We have had a great miracle! On Friday, during an inspired weekly planning session, Elder Higham and I received a call from a lady who sounded very upset. Not knowing who it was, we asked for her address so we could meet her in person because her accent was very difficult to understand. She is a lady named Anita from Sudan who speaks Arabic and a bit of English. When we got to her she explained how another missionary promised to mow her lawn for her. We explained that what we do is we love to teach people about Jesus Christ. She the said that she would love to come to church. She also stated that she wants to learn English more thoroughly as well. So we told her about the English classes we have and she got even more enthusiastic. This area, even though has little going on, has a lot of potential and I greatly look forward to taking advantage of that. We are praying very hard for a "Noble November" baptism.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Week 24 Pics

COOL tree!!!
Elder Layton
Eden's Landing
(Loose shirt collar = more weight lost)
Rainbow Larakeet
Handsome guys! 

ABM Style
Cool Plant
New Companion Elder Higham from Clearfield, Utah

New flat

Week 24 - Transfers!!!! (5/18)

October 21st 2014
Well to be honest I do not have much to say other than how excited I am! I got transferred after spending the first quarter of my mission in Waterford 2, Eight Mile Plains. I will miss many families there who have made me feel completely at home. I am now serving in Camp Hill 1, Cleveland. New area, new flat, new companion, new everything! Which means more and new changes to myself. I look forward greatly to what the Lord has in store for me! My companion's name is Zackary Higham from Clearfield, Utah. My new ward is almost all Australian! And it's a rich area right by downtown Brisbane. Completely opposite. I look forward to the changes! Change is good!! Love you all!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Week 23 - Using The Atonement & General Conference

October 10th 2014

I have been struggling a bit the past few weeks. It seems like just about everything has been opposing me. I pondered how things could get better. Then it came to me while we were having our zone meeting. It's something I have known all this time but I have failed to open my eyes. I have to use the Atonement to better myself. I can only change myself, not my circumstances. That is the power of the sacrifice of Christ. We are instructed to go into General Conference with a question. My question is: How can I more fully access the Atonement?

October 11th 2014

General Conference! What a glorious day! I didn't realize how awesome conference was until today. Just a few insights from today: I LOVED Elder Robbin's talk on remembering which way we face. I love a good rebuking every now and then. It applies 110% with EVERYTHING I will ever do in life. Self-contentment vs. self-improvement. Elder Klebingat's 6 Steps to Growing in Spiritual Confidence: 1. Responsibility for your spiritual self; 2. Responsibility for your physical self; 3. Embrace volutary, exact obedience; 4. Become good at repenting quickly and thoroughly; 5. Become good at forgiving; 6. Accept trials as they come. Christ is anxious to help us become stronger for when we meet our Father. Quentin L. Cook's theme of not "showing up" to things. Being prepared for everything that we will have to do in life. President Uchtdorf's talks on being central on focusing on self-improvement. President Monson speaking on being with a purpose. Always steering yourself in the right direction. Lastly, President Eyring speaking on prepatory priesthood companions. As I listened to his talk I reflected on my companions throughout my preparation and the things these honourable men have taught me. In no particular order, I dedicate my love and appreciation to the following men of God; my father, Scott Bullock. My Young Men’s leaders; Bob Richards, Joel Bancroft, Jared Bancroft, Justin Morton and Bishop Tomasta. My Bishops, Bishop Anderson, Bishop Prince and Bishop Rausch. Lastly, my home-teaching companions and Sunday School teachers, Jared Saffran, Jeff Bancroft, and President Prince. Your diligence and acts of faith and charity have touched and changed me into the young Melchizedek Priesthood holder I am this day. Thank you. I love you all.

Week 22 Pics

Zone Pic - Can you spot Elder Bullock?

Logan getting a tan - for the first time in his life!

Name tag reflection...that's deep! 

Aussie tp rolls

Monday, 6 October 2014

Week 22 - Zone Conference & No Regrets!

OCTOBER 3rd 2014
Yesterday was Zone Conference!!! It was our zone, Eight Mile Plains and the Logan zone. I learned so much and felt the spirit greatly. President and Sister Henderson first trained on Lehi's Dream. In the dream, or in life, there are four groups of people.The multitudes trying to get to the great and spacious building, or longing for a place that they belong and trying to reach worldly fame, which they will never get. Those in the great and spacious, obsessed with the world and trying to do things that give them a temporal satisfaction. Those in the mists and cling to the rod of iron when it's convenient or only when they feel like doing it. And lastly those who hold steadfastly and firmly to the rod, those who stay on the strait and narrow. When the word "strait" is used with that particular spelling, it means stressful, difficult, strenuous, winding, and hard. It isn't "straight" and easy to follow. I know that if I can be firm to the rod and build up my endurance, I will reach the tree of life. We need to focus on the end. To "Begin with the End in Mind". As missionaries, the end goal we have for people isn't just bapstism. It's the temple. The Celestial Glory. Despite the past two weeks being the absolute hardest on my mission thus far, I know God will be there to convert those we teach based purely on my FAITH, OBEDIENCE, then DILIGENCE.
I just finished praying and repenting for the things I have done wrong today. Something that I have learned is that part of becoming "consecrated" is to be clean of everything. Even the unclean thoughts I have had throughout the day. As I reflected on my past choices I thought about things I have done that I regret. Then the Spirit whispered something profound to me. "Regrets are simply experiences that you neglected to learn from." Hopefully that will pierce all of your hearts as greatly as it did mine. I will be sanctified and purified before my Heavenly Father and my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I will live clean and have no regrets!