Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"I love being a missionary"



Letter to Dad....

9/10/2017


That's awesome that you've been mentally preparing to work on the trans am for 16 transfers, I believe in you that you can finish it for this last one. Ya, it's been fun working on the BYU stuff.  I really want to go there now, a lot more than I did before.

I had the coolest experience on Saturday.  Back in my first area, Elder Arnejo and I taught a part member family.  The dad was baptized when he was about 14, but he never went to church.  The wife, Jackie, was very interested but they weren't married, so she couldn't get baptized.  We taught them pretty consistently and the oldest son, Jaybert, was baptized the week after I was transferred to Santa Mesa.

Jackie lived as an active member for the next 2 years.  She lived the commandments and faithfully attended church every Sunday with her kids.  She even attended relief society activities regularly.  On Wednesday, I got a text from the Boni 6 elders inviting me to her marriage and baptism.  She was married and baptized and it was awesome.  I got to be a witness.  For the 2nd counselor's closing remarks, he recounted how faithful she has lived for the last 2 years and then said that she is now really "one of us".  She cried.  We started teaching her in my first transfer and I got to see her baptism in my last transfer.  It was awesome and it is really cool how Heavenly Father works.

I love you dad
Elder Zesiger



9/17/2017

haha this email is awesome.  That is exactly how it feels.  Last night we were teaching this 21 year old kid that we found and he had already read all the preface stuff and the first two chapters of the Book of Mormon and I thought "I love being a missionary."

We are working with the coolest two families right now, the Hinto and Corpuz families and I love them a lot.

I had a cool experience at MLC on Wednesday.  When we asked President what he wanted us to teach, he just told us to think about nothing and then stand up and say the words that the Spirit would put into our minds.

When I stood up there, my mind was blank, so I just got a marker and wrote two words on the board.  Humility and Integrity because I had been studying those topics lately.  After I had those words on there, thoughts just started coming and we ended up having a 30 min discussion on how we can better work with members and give them as much if not more effort than we are giving to knocking on doors.   It was awesome and a cool feeling.

It is a crazy feeling with 30 days left, especially since we will be super busy for the next few weeks.  On Tuesday we are flying to Palawan and we will work in Tay Tay until Saturday to try and save a struggling branch up there.  I will be with Elder Davis so it is awesome!  After that, we have 3 zone conferences and that will take like the whole week.  Then we have MLC again and then general conference and then I'm home.  It is kind of scary haha.

I love you dad
Elder Zesiger


Letter to Mom....
  
9/10/2017

The little girl's name is Angel.  She is a member of a family that we are teaching right now.  She is actually sister Dole's niece but she lives with them.  I totally thought that grandma z went there for college haha, I guess I'll change it.  But I need you to get all of that High school info and my social security number, and my ap and ce classes and to which schools they apply.  Kaya mo iyan!

Shelby's birthday looks awesome!

I had a really fun week.  It was transfer week and we took the last batch ahead of me home, it was weird.  At one point, because of logistics I ended up in a car by myself.  I had no one to talk to and no radio and it was super weird to be alone for the first time in 2 years.  I was driving to the mission home and it was supposed to take about 30 mins.  Since I had nothing to do, I just started singing hymns.  Once I got bored with that I started remixing the tunes.  I got so into my self concert that I forgot what I ended up driving home.  When I got close, I noticed that Elder Fiesta wasn't with me and remembered what I was doing.  I turned around and it ended up being a 2 hour drive!  I was going a little crazy I think from being alone haha.  But it was hilarious.

Sister Turner said something cool about me.  When she saw me working on my essays. she asked me what I would be studying for.  I told that I used to be sure, but i'm confused now between entrepreneur, ophthalmologist, and lawyer.  She told me that I would be a good lawyer because I have a "professional presence".  When I asked what that was she said that I seem secure and confident about myself and that whenever I walk into a room, people look to me for direction, so that was cool.

It was a fun week.  I love you mom, please encourage dad to finish the trans am

Elder Zesiger


9/17/2017
Mom, you are the worst pump up crew ever...  ( I told him I didn't know if he'd get into BYU because of his grades haha) Do you remember when Coby wanted to do a backflip on skis and then you talked him out of it with your unbelief?  You need to have faith first and then if there is failure you can give cool comforting words, but don't assume failure, assume success.  That is why we set goals.  😉😎

That's awesome about your Book of Mormon!  That is a cool part, I was there yesterday!  I am trying to finish the Tagalog before I get home and I'm in 3rd Nephi.  

That sounds super awesome about your half marathon!  I'll go running with you whenever you want.  I feel like when I get home I just want to read and study and work and prepare for school haha.  I won't be bored.

I had the coolest experience on p-day.  Elder Fiesta and I watched the Testaments and I think it was like the first time I've watched it since I was like 8.  You should show it to Coby.  We both cried at the end and then I got fired up again on my goal to finish the aklat ni mormon before I get home.  I read from Helaman 2 to 3 Nephi












 after the movie cuz I was so excited.


Later, we went to a baptism and the 2nd counselor gave the coolest remarks that I'v
e ever heard.  He told the story of how, in school, people would ask him if his parents were members of the church too.  He'd say yes and then they'd say, "well of course you're a mormon then, you have to be."  He went and got his own testimony and for the longest time, he said that he was a member because of his own testimony regardless of his parents.  

One day, he was reading 1 Nephi 1:1 and wondering why Nephi would start the book by talking about his parents, why not the Atonement of Jesus Christ, or faith, or revelation, or something like that.  After pondering, he felt that Nephi would not be Nephi without Lehi and Sariah.  He finished by saying that he is a member BECAUSE of his parents.  He has his own testimony but he is immeasurably grateful to his parents for raising him in the church, even though it was hard.

I feel the same way.  I love you mom and I am so grateful for you and your testimony.  I left on a mission because of you.  If you weren't there to push me and fill out the papers, I wouldn't have gone.  I am so grateful for your example to me.

I love you mom,
Elder Zesiger 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Missions are so fun and it is amazing when you can directly see that you were guided by Heavenly Father to help someone else.

Letter to Dad...

September 3, 2017

haha that's awesome!  I love our family, you did a good job.  That is an awesome experience with Bishop too, tell him that I said hi and that I am praying for him and looking up to his example.  The future looks good, but the present is awesome haha.  I love it here and I love all of my friends here.  Yesterday for fast and testimony meeting, one of our investigators who is 13 came up and bore his testimony with me and then after, his mom did and told the whole ward that she wants to get baptized with her family.  I love it here.

I love my mission dad.  Please work on the trans am with your eye single, Caden and the jeep can wait.  I had a bad dream the other day that I got home and it was in the garage the same as I left it. haha.

I love you
Elder Zesiger

What he wants the Trans Am to look like...

Progress so far hahahahahahah! His Dad says he believes in miracles so we shall see...44 days until Elder Zesiger comes home!!




Letter to Mom...

We watched "The Other Side of Heaven" on Saturday for p day and I realized how grateful I am to be here.  I love the Philippines and I love the people here.  I had a cool experience on exchanges the other day.  I was with Elder Petersen, one of the zone leaders from Pasay, and we had a pretty ok morning.  At about 12 we were going to go back to the house to eat and studies, but as we were walking home, I felt like we should take this long detour.  I didn't know why, but we followed.  We ended up going up this alley that I've never been in before and met this family.  They were taught before one time by Elder Fawson back in 2015.

We shared about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and one of the girls started to cry.  Her name is Jacqueline and she is 19.  We asked her why she was crying and she said that she had a lot on her mind.  We prodded her a little more and she said that when her parents divorced, she didn't understand how a loving God could let that happen, so she stopped believing in Him.  Later, her grandma got really sick, so she stopped going to school to take care of her, even though it would really hurt her future.  Eventually, because of her sickness, the doctors gave the grandma a 50/50 chance to live.  Jacqueline prayed to Heavenly Father and said that she would believe if He would spare the life of her grandma.  He did and she survived.  She now believes in God, but she said that she did not know who He was or where to find Him.  She said that as we shared about Joseph Smith, she felt the Spirit and knew that it was true.  We gave her a Book of Mormon and we'll go back to her tomorrow morning.

Missions are so fun and it is amazing when you can directly see that you were guided by Heavenly Father to help someone else.  Geralyn told me that you are chatting now haha.  I love her and her husband Jonel and Nathan.  We just knocked on their door one night and Heavenly Father did the rest, it was hard though some of the time haha.

I love you so much mom, you are the best

Elder Zesiger

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Evangelista Family and brother JM were baptized on Saturday and it was awesome!



August 20, 2017

Letters to Dad...

That's funny about Caden  It was cool to get a picture of him and Coby.  Coby's hair is crazy!

This week was fun for us.  We taught at meetings for most of the week though, but one of them was amazing.  On Friday we had the new missionary 3 week follow up meeting and we tried something new.  All of the new missionaries came with me and Elder Fiesta and the trainers stayed with President and we had a discussion about how things are going.  They all said that things were going alright until this one Filipino said that it has been terrible for him.  He said that he and his trainer never talk to each other, they just walk, and walk, and walk and that he feels so bad.  When he gets to the apartment it is just silent and he feels like the time goes so slow.

He also said that he feels like he and his trainer have nothing in common and that he will never get along with him and that he does not know what to do.  I was able to share about my training.  How at first I didn't understand Elder Arnejo and how we fought.  When I would be in the house at night I would feel super alone too as they were always out in the kitchen having fun and speaking Tagalog and I was by myself.  I later found out when I was like 17 months in the mission that they weren't even speaking Tagalog, they were speaking Cebuano which is why I couldn't understand them haha, I just thought that I didn't speak Tagalog good.  Then finally Elder Arnejo and I talked and I found out why he was doing the things he was and we became best friends for the next couple weeks before the transfer.  We told this young elder that he should have that talk with his trainer as well and that everything would work out.  He was nervous and said that he was too scared to do it, but when we offered to talk to his companion about it, he quickly got the courage to try it himself haha.

Later in the night we got a text from him thanking us and saying that everything was ok now and that he was happy.  It was awesome and it made me think of your letter that you sent me my first p day in the field.  I felt like I was about to die and you told me to remember those times because they would help me help others.  You were right.

I love you dad, please finish the trans am , I believe in you

Elder Zesiger 


August 27, 2017

Ya I've known it for awhile I just haven't told you haha.  It is October 18.  The boat sounds fun, but I'm excited to snow board.  

This week was fun and we got to teach a lot of cool people.  One of the coolest's name was Diyosel.  She is just super prepared and so is her sister and they will go to church this next week.  I feel like Heavenly Father is blessing us more than ever, but I also feel like Satan is working his hardest on me as well, to discourage me and make me feel unworthy to be here.  I do feel like I am closer to Heavenly Father than ever though and He is guiding us in everything we do.

I got to speak at a funeral of our second counselor who just died.  He died of a heart problem and his wife has stage four cancer right now.  Right when I got here, we had an investigator that we used to teach at their house.  For about 3 months I used to go to their house about every other day.  I was texted that I would speak at it about 30 mins before the funeral started so I just got up and spoke by the spirit.  I cried at the end of my talk and the spirit was strong.  Before we left, the family came up and thanked me and it was one of the best experiences of my mission.

I love you Dad.

Elder Zesiger


Letters to Mom....

August 20, 2017

haha ha sounds awesome!  Coby's hair is crazy! hahaha  If I am right then he is going into 9th grade, if that is true, that's crazy too!  I can't believe everyone looks so different haha, this is the first picture I've gotten in awhile that I can see them good.  I think I look exactly the same haha.

We had a super fun week.  The Evangelista Family and brother JM were baptized on Saturday and it was awesome.  You had a part in JM's baptism.  We found him a while ago because of the umbrellas.  We had just gotten them and I wanted to get everyone's attention so I opened it inside the little restaurant that we were eating at.  JM saw it and came over and ate with us and he was just baptized!  So thanks, I'll send you a picture.

Most of our week was spent teaching at zone conferences.  We had a meeting everyday Monday-Friday.  We had pizza everyday too so within the week I had 16 slices of pizza, other than that I just ate rice and chicken so it wasn't a super healthy week.  We were worried that our area would've died since we were gone for so long and we have some really cool families that we are working with, but when we finally got back to our area we were surprised to find that everyone was doing great and that Heavenly Father had been helping them.   

I don't go back to the eye doctor until Sep 22.  You're talk was awesome, I printed it and wrote about it in my journal.

I lov eyou mom
Elder Zesiger



August 27, 2017


That's crazy!  Ya I can take him on a ton of adventures IN MY TRANS AM.  No, I did not have anxiety, I just had a love of sleep and an under appreciation of school.  

We had this cool experience teaching this girl named Coleen.  She is 20 and was holding her anak.  We asked her what was one time she remembers that Heavenly Father had answered her prayer and she said that about a year ago, her dad died when she was pregnant with no husband and her mom disowned her and kicked her out of the house.  We taught her the restoration and the spirit was there.  She wasn't too receptive, but I realized that I've been really blessed in my life and I am really grateful for you and dad always living the gospel.  Love you mom

Elder Zesiger


Thursday, August 24, 2017

The work is going awesome right now, actually better than it has my entire mission and I love it!

August 14, 2017

Letter to Dad...

The work is going awesome right now, actually better than it has my entire mission and I love it haha.  I think I'll stay here, there is only one more transfer.  But I feel like even though we get less time in the area sometimes, Heavenly Father makes up for it by leading us to the people who will accept our message.  

We had a pretty cool experience in the airport.  Our flight was supposed to be at 9am but it got canceled and we had to wait there until 4pm.  We couldn't drive back to the area because our car's licence plate can't drive on Tuesdays.  We felt prompted to talk to this one lady.  She was from Canada but is an active iglesia ni cristo over there.  I kept asking Heavenly Father in my head wondering if it was time for us to leave and go talk to someone else, but I kept feeling like we needed to stay.  We ended up talking to her for 2 hours.  After that, we went to a little restaurant and got some food.  We talked to the girl next to us and she happened to have a friend who is a member and has offered her a Book of Mormon before and she was wondering what it was.  As we were teaching her, another girl came over and listened and she had a ton of questions about life too.  Then a nanay came over and gave us bananas and candy and said that missionaries used to teach her too and that she wants them back because she has been reading her Book of Mormon.  After we taught about the first vision, one of the girls asked, why did feel so good as you shared that?  "because it's true." We said.  We gave them all stuff to read and they gave us their info for missionaries to go to their houses.

As I thought about it after, I realized that we would not have been in the restaurant at that time if had not obeyed the voice of the Spirit to talk to and keep talking to the uninteresting lady.  It was awesome.

I also ate a hammer head shark.

I love you dad
Elder Zesiger


Letter to Mom...

That's awesome!  Thanks for the pictures!  I am excited to read your talk later.  I scrolled down and saw my name in it, so you probably cried haha.  A lot of stuff happened this week for us.  We flew over to Palawan and had a zone conference.  Our flight ended up getting canceled and we were in the airport for about 10 hours but some awesome stuff happened, I'll email it to someone else so I don't run out of things to say.  We also ate some hammer head shark that the elders found at a market on the street, it was awesome!  I'll send some pictures later.  We made it into shark nuggets. haha

When I spoke in zone conference, I taught about faith and I shared the story about you praying in the hospital bathroom when dad had his stroke and how your faith kept our family together at that time.  I didn't cry.... but I was close.  It was a spiritual moment.  The next day, when we were back in Manila, we had to go to the airport and pick up President Fermanis and he told me that when he heard me tell the story, he thought of the sons of Helaman and how they doubted not that their mothers knew it.  He said he could feel that that is how I feel about you.  It was cool.  I love you mom.

Other than that, the Lord is blessing our area more than He has at any time in my whole mission and a lot of people are excited about the gospel and going to church:).

I love you mom,

Elder Zesiger

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It was cool to see how the Spirit has been working on her, we didn't do anything.



Letter to Dad...

July 30th

This week was awesome for us.  It was transfer week and we had to go on a lot of special assignment stuff. 


We saw a lot of miracles though too.  This lady named Dole reached out to us a couple days ago and said that she wants to be taught again and go to church.  We dropped her before because she never kept commitments, but for the last couple months, she said she has watched us walk through the rain and she said that no one would do all that unless it was true.  She is coming with her family to church on Sunday.  It was cool to see how the Spirit has been working on her, we didn't do anything.

I had to be an stl again too, but I'll email mom about that.  I love you guys and thanks for being such an amazing family.  I am going to go eat burger king now.  I love you dad.

Elder Zesiger


August 6th

Hey dad, that sounds awesome for the trans am, that sounds like a good plan.  It'll be more fun to do the interior together, as long as everything else is done I'll let it slide haha.  It'll be cool to be the first one to drive it too.  That is crazy about Russell though, I'll be praying for him, it was cool what grandma said that they prayed for him in the temple.  I love that story at the end, I think it is amazing that the Lord gives every single one of His missionaries those kind of experiences if they will do their best.  I love those recordings, we were all listening to them as a whole office, I'm glad you waited a long time to send them because if you would have sent those right when they were recorded, I would have cried and been sad haha. That's amazing about Bishop too and also Caden that he got those golf clubs!  It is a good thing that he'll be playing golf next year and not this one so that he won't wreck me when I get home.  This way I'll have a year to train too before he gets super good and he's not fun to play with anymore haha.

We saw many miracles this week too and actually had the most investigators we've ever had at church in my whole mission.  It was awesome!  Every night and morning since the beginning of May, Elder Fiesta and I have been praying for a specific amount of people that we could be guided to and baptize and it looks like Heavenly Father has heard our prayers.  I'm super happy right now about everything because it looks like home life is gonna be fun and mission life is the best!  I love you and I am grateful that you are such an awesome dad.  Thanks for working on the trans am with me and taking me dirt biking and snow boarding and showing me good music.  Thanks for serving a mission and always sending me amazing emails that got me through when my mission got hard.  I love you dad.

Elder Zesiger



Letters to mom...

July 30th

2 Nephi 25: 26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

We had some cool miracles this week too.  But one of the coolest came when we had to go talk to some sisters yesterday.  There is a sister that hasn't come out of her house and won't talk to her companion for a couple days, so President sent us to go talk to them.  It was funny when we got there.  The one companion let us in and the other one was on her bed with her blanket over her face.  She told us to leave, but I think she was expecting the sister training leaders because when I said "hello:)" she got up, ran to the other room, and slammed the door! hahaha

We talked to her for a bit, but she wouldn't come with us and didn't want to go to church, so we blessed the sacrament and gave it to them.  It was a cool spiritual moment and the one sister was crying because she was so happy that she still got to partake of the sacrament.  It reminded me of going to the Bowdiges with Andrew and giving them the sacrament.  I'm grateful that I've always had it easily accessible.

Sister Geralyn's husband Jonel was baptized on Saturday and it was awesome.  He bore his testimony that he has felt Heavenly Father's love for him and knows that this church is true.  It was amazing to see the change.  I will try to send you a picture.

I love you mom, 
Elder Zesiger


August 6th

That's awesome about the reading!  You guys can totally make it!  Thanks so much for the package mom.  I waited and I opened it on time this morning and it was awesome!  You're going to do awesome with your talk!

Our week was awesome!  Last week I emailed about a lady named sister Dole that we used to teach but she didn't progress, then she saw us walking in the rain for a couple of months and decided that the gospel was true.  Well we taught her more this week and she accepted the invitation to be baptized and came to church with her kids, it was awesome and it is just crazy how you can work so hard and have nothing happen, but then Heavenly Father just does His work and makes up for everything.  He teaches us to try our hardest but even with all of that, we still have to rely on Him.  It is cool.

Good luck on your Book of Mormon reading this week, thanks so much for you doing it, you are helping the other kids in an amazing way, I wish I read it before, but I am on track now to finish it 9 times before I get home.  I love you guys.

Filipino Money


Elder Zesiger

Monday, July 24, 2017

Many people are also coming to church lately and the coming months look really exciting!

Letter to Mom...

July 16, 2017

That's cool Tyler is a cool friend.  I remember the day Jared and I went to his house to say goodbye the morning before he left for the MTC.  It is crazy how fast everything has gone.  I have a happy story for you and one that we are still waiting for the happy ending.

Do you remember David Reyes?  Well he was baptized on April 8 and he is 11.  His mom is less active and his siblings and dad aren't members, but he is like the most faithful kid ever and goes to church every week without fail at 8:20 even though it starts at 9:00.  Last Tuesday, we gave him a lesson one pamphlet and asked him which one of his friends could benefit from the gospel.  He said that he knew a kid named Kor and would give the pamphlet tomorrow.  We didn't really believe him since most members of the church seem to have a hard time doing missionary work.  On Sunday, David was sitting by a kid holding a lesson one pamphlet.  When we asked the kid's name he said it was Kor!  It was awesome haha, we'll go teach his family this week.

The one that still needs a happy ending was with a sister investigator. She faithfully followed President Ostlers council and at the end of the 14 days, we committed her to ask her husband to marry her.  She was nervous so she made one of those jr high notes.  Check yes or no if you want to marry me and put it in his socks before he went to work.  She was super excited and was even going to text us a code word once he said yes.  When he got home, she could tell he read it because he was acting weird, but he pretended like nothing happened.  She felt terrible.  We shared to her and told her to continue strong and the miracle will come.  She needs your prayers, I love you mom!

Elder Zesiger

July 23, 2017

Thanks mom this is a great email!  I'll try to send you some pictures!  Ya President took a lot of pictures and videos for his wife.  They are so cool and always go on awesome adventures together. 

President and Sister Fermanis
Everyone looks great!  That is awesome that she likes to have gospel discussions, I'll have them with her, tell her to send me any questions she has and I'll answer them.:)  Caden looks awesome and Coby's hair looks awesome too! hahaha  I had a weird realization a couple nights ago, I was thinking about you guys and I realized that I can't remember the sounds of your voices except for Coby's and Dad's.  Oh well, it was just kind of weird.  

The area is super fun right now and Geralyn's husband, Jonel, will be baptized this Saturday, that means they can get sealed in the temple before I turn 21!:)  I haven't gotten any packages recently but I'll wait.  My eye attacked again so I'm on the eye drops, but I'm pretty much an ophthalmologist now and I hold the record for most times at the hospital by far, so I'll be ok.

I love you
Elder Zesiger


Letter to Dad....


July 16, 2017

It's awesome!  I'm almost done with it and then I'm going to read the Joseph Smith one.  We have no roommates so I just read the wilford one at night time.  Thanks for working on the Trans am thats great!  That omega looks super cool too!  I think when I get home I'll sell all my watches though and just have the 3 my Rolex Omega and blue Seiko, I can't remember if I have any others worth keeping.

I love the gospel and being a missionary is the most fun thing in the world.  We are teaching this family right now that will be baptized on the 12 of August.  The dad was having a hard time with cigarettes so we had them pray and fast as a whole family for him to have strength and they did it!  Their name is the Evangelista family, it is the mom, dad, and two daughters.  It is so fun to see them change.  When we began to teach them about a month ago, we would always find them drinking or smoking outside their house, but now when we go we find them reading the Book of Mormon haha.  

Evangelista Family
How's the reading the Book of Mormon with the family thing going?  I saw Caden is listening to it while he works haha that's exactly what I did!  It's crazy that he already went on his first date too, he was only 14 when I left!  It's super fast.  The Lord is really blessing our area right now and we are finding a lot of people that want to change their lives and hear the gospel.  We are teaching this one sister right now that lives inside this little hole down this concrete tunnel that you have to like duck walk through to get to, it's awesome!  I love being a missionary.

I love you dad, please continue the trans am.
Elder Zesiger


July 23, 2017

Haha that's awesome about Quiet Riot!  I love James Durban! haha that boat looks cool too, that'll be fun.  I still want to go hunting with you though in Arizona or Argentina.  Everyone looks great in the pictures mom sent, Shelby looks pretty much the same but Coby and Caden look way different haha.  This week was really fun for us.  We've been hanging out with President a lot and having lots of meetings.  He even came and worked with us in our area for a whole day.  We took him on his first tricycle ride.  He was too big and the little 150 motor couldn't handle us up this hill, so we got out and walked while he rode haha it was funny.  He's super cool though and I'm learning a lot!

Our area is seeing a lot of blessings though, we were able to take Danica and Geralyn to the temple for baptisms for the dead on Saturday and it was awesome!  Many people are also coming to church lately and the coming months look really exciting.

One day, as we were talking to President, he was telling us of one time that this general authority came to their stake and chastized them so bad that they were all about to cry.  He was just yelling at them.  When we asked who it was, he said it was Rulon Craven hahaha.  He later became the temple president over there and they became good friends.  I went back through my records and read your email about when he died and I felt like writing you a letter about how proud I am that your'e my dad.  As I went to write it, I realized that I would get home before the letter did, so I decided not to, sorry haha.

I love you dad, thanks for all the amazing emails and encouragement over the last 21 months.  I often talk to missionaries that don't have any support from their families and I am grateful that I have a lot.

Elder Zesiger





Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I'll miss President Ostler, but President Fermanis is awesome too!



Letter to Dad...

I'll miss President Ostler, but President Fermanis is awesome too!  He is way into the Book of Mormon and taught institute for 20 years so he knows so much doctrine it is awesome!  I can also read the teachings of the prophets books now so I started reading the Wilford Woodruff one.  

We had the coolest miracle this week though with a sister investigator.  She came with us to a temple trip on Saturday.  She reads the Book of Mormon everyday, but has been struggling to commit to baptism even though she knows it is true because she is very active at her born again church in the province, she goes there every week end and ever since her priest heard that we are teaching her and her family, he has been trying to discourage her.  He even told her that she shouldn't read the Book of Mormon or the Bible, because it was confusing her, that she should just listen to him.  

When we taught her she was still confused about what she should do so we told her to kneel and pray that night and ask Heavenly Father what his will was for her.  She did, and that night she had a dream.  In her dream, she, her husband, and her 2 year old daughter had died.  They were brought to an office where they were told that they would be split up to different waiting places until the second coming of Christ where they would all be resurrected.  he daughter was taken to the Celestial Kingdom and she met her sister's baby daughter who died a couple years ago.  She was taken to her church in the province.  As she waited there, she felt terrible and super sad.  She was confused why she felt so sad and then the thought came that she hadn't done what she should have done while she was on earth.  

When she woke up, she opened the Book of Mormon to know what her dream meant.  She read Alma 7:21 which talks about how the filthy will be filthy still in the next life!  She asked us what it all meant and when we explained it, she said that she wants to get baptized!  It was awesome.

I love you dad, thanks for the pictures
Elder Zesiger
A missionary who is going to the same mission as Elder Zesiger's dad, Chile Antafagasta.



Letter to Mom...

That sounds awesome!  I love the Ostlers they changed my life.  President Fermanis is awesome.  He is super versed in the scriptures and it makes me want to know them better.  When he reads he asks himself questions and I've been trying it and it makes study amazing!   I read my blog you made for the first time the other day and it is awesome!  Thanks so much for doing that I love you mom.  I'll try to get you more pictures from now on. haha!

We are teaching this really cool family named the Evangelista family.  The dad the mom, their 10 year old daughter, adn their 4 year old daughter.  They are going to be baptized on August 12th.  The mom is super good at reading and after 2 weeks is in the middle of 2 Nephi.

Sister A really needs your prayers.  President Ostler's 14 day challenge with her is done and she is going to ask her husband to marry her so she can get baptized.  She wants to so bad and has come to church already like 16 or 17 weeks in a row!  The members didn't even know she was an investigator.

I love you  Thanks for being an awesome mom.  Please read my email to dad, it is awesome!
Elder Zesiger
Geralyn's wedding.

Going to the temple with Karen.