Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bilbo Baggins found our flat.

From: Joseph Weiss <>
Subject: Bilbo found our flat.
Date: October 26, 2014 at 7:31:35 PM MDT

Well the most exciting news is that Bilbo Baggins came to our flat. What I mean by that is that the four of us missionaries form smog and he came to our cave and took our stuff. haha. He just took $120 cash and a bike. Dam.. Dang Hobbit! So this is a bad habit I've picked up on my mission. Don't judge me but let's just say I don't say "Dang" and "Heck" too often. Take that however you want to take that. It's the dam.. dang youth here. Because those aren't bad words in australia and so people are saying at church over the pulpit and everywhere else so it just started happening... Is it a sin? I think it'll be a sin when I get home.

Man I know how to say hello in like 10 plus different languages but I still can't speak Spanish haha. Width not depth haha. Funny Spanish story. I talked to this lady at the bus station two weeks ago. She was from uruguay and she said, "No religion!" "Ok entonces hablemos de otras coasas. Le gusta este tiempo?" We chatted and she was happy and got on the bus. I just saw her in the shops and I totally blanked who she was and plus my Spanish was nowhere to be found and she was really happy to see me and came up to me and was, "Se acuerda de mi?" "Errrmmm... como se llama?" Man, Spanish fails all day every day!  But I try.

We are teaching this guy names Steve. He is housemates with Louie the soccer player. Steve is the man. He was brought up never believing in God but he sincerely wants to know. He is the first investigator that has done everything that he has said he would! BEST! He has work off this Sunday so he's coming to church. It'll be stake conference. Hopefully it's a very spiritual meeting.

Pres Back is still marching away like a champ. We are trying to follow right behind him. Man our missions prepare us to smash our future callings. Especially making plans. Some people love set goals but don't make plans and then never do anything. We have such a good view, my companion and I, of how to make things happen and how to make nothing happen. We see both sides. Very enlightening.

Love yous heaps! Hundred percent we gonna smash it man!

Elder Weiss

Sunday, October 19, 2014


On Oct 19, 2014, at 7:42 PM, Joseph Weiss <> wrote:

Hectic week! The highlight of this week was our investigators Louie and Pete coming to church. I fasted for them Sat to Sun and they came to church and had a good experience. Louie played for the West Ham reserve team. He's from London. We are going to play soccer with him today hopefully.

Pete has been with Ofa nearly every day this week. BEST fellowship. I love this quote mom sent to me. "My life is like the shoes on my feet. Meant to be worn out in the service of others." That is the happiest life. It may not be the flashest life, or the wealthiest, or the fanciest, but it is the happiest for sure.

Somehow we got out of the habit of going to the bus station and it ruined our contacting skills. We went back the other day and we felt rusty and awkward. We need to use our talents or we lose them.

One night after planning my companion and I made up these footy plays and then the next morning we played touch for exercises with some Elders and their Less actives. My companion and I smashed the other team! ahaha! Too fun!

My companion is the man. I love being with him. He also talks like a professor. He read Jesus The Christ for language study and looked up all the words in the dictionary. We were talking about the economy with our bishop and he used the word "obsolescent." I had no clue what that was. I told our bishop that my companion read and prayed about the dictionary and he knows it's true. haha

Love you heaps, Elder Weiss

P.S. Obsolescent means something became obsolete.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Buck Stops with President Back!

From: Joseph Weiss <>
Date: October 12, 2014 at 7:43:49 PM MDT

Hallelujah! President Back is cleaning us up! He understands the value of exact obedience and is setting a new way of life for this mission. He is the spark we need to get us on the right track as a mission. This week was hard but great! It started out great but then we had to do a lot of non-proselyting stuff for the zone. We had Zone Training Meeting on Friday. We coordinated with the Sister Training Leaders and made it really good. Sister Training Leaders are like Zone leaders for sisters. They go on exchanges and help them in a more personal way like we what we do with the Elders but can't do with the sisters.

We did a role play of talking to people at the bus station. We made a bus station with tables from the nursery and chairs. Then I drew a bus on the rolling chalk board and "drove" it around the station while they did their role play. It was almost too realistic that I stopped because I knew I didn't have the right license to drive a bus. Most of the missionaries are participated and it was good. Happy zone.

Yesterday we had our investigator Pete come to Conference. He is the one we found with Ofa last week. We taught him on Wednesday and he is keen! He is trying to put himself in the right place so that he can make a happy life for himself. His past hasn't been easy. Boy, what perfect place for him to be. Today we will play touch footy with him and Ofa's family. BEST!

When we heard the guy was going speak in Spanish at conference, us and the all the Spanish missionaries went to the Spanish room to watch his talk in Spanish without the voice over. I had a hard time at some parts but I love his theme, "Si senor, yo te seguire"

We attended Stake Council yesterday morning. It was EARLY!! We heard a guy present about Self-Reliance. He talked about how here in Australia they buy nice cars and houses and get two jobs to pay for it. He said in the Church this doesn't work. We want to serve God not the house or the car. He said this is a big push in the church right now, but interestingly enough they are pushing outside in. So the states are the last to hear about it... I wonder why? But it's so interesting to see how the Church operates.

I'm coming to realize that coming to Australia was the start of a mission that will never end. Each calling in the church is so vital but beside each calling there is always missionary work. Members struggle with missionary work because they "Don't know too many people outside the church." That happens to us missionaries too. We go to the bus station and talk to people. We get phone numbers and addresses and write them down on a piece of paper called the Potential Investigators list. Then we make plans to contact these people and share the gospel with them.

The break down in member missionary work is that our potentials lists are not filled out. We are not creating opportunities to meet new people. NOTHING happens in missionary work until we FIND someone. Members don't understand finding. They think that the Lord should just give it to them. A word of advice. See not what the Lord can do for you. See what you can do for the Lord. Lord is it I?  Let's smash this work! We still have 88,000 missionaries! The wave hasn't started to break yet. Keep riding!!

Love you heaps!

Elder Weiss (Ehlda Waice)