Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 100 - Perth, Western Australia - July 24, 2017 - Utter Miracles

This week was SICKKKK! as in super cool! We did a lot of contacting in the city this week and it paid off...We had a 29 year old girl just walk up to church yesterday...We were quite surprised because she came in a super nice car and she looked like she was quite wealthy ha! I have never seen such a thing on my mission! She just walked up to us and said "Ya i was just looking at the card you gave me with this address and I just decided I would come". haha I'll be honest I was so baffled I didn't really know what to say but we quickly got her some fellowship and she went in and sat down...Such a miracle...She is going with some YSA girls to some event in the city and we are meeting with her to teach! 

J, the University student, is on date to be baptized....I can't even begin to explain to you over email the change that has occurred in this man's heart....When we first met him there could not be a more cynical, Logical, Scientifiically minded person on the planet! He thought Religion was utter Baffunity! Kid you not....He was no where near interested....And now....He is a CONVERTED MAN! When the spirit testifies to people in very personal ways it can be utterly undeniable... Witnessing this change occur so quickly in him has been so incredible...I will never doubt again that God can change ANY heart.

Well I got summoned to the pulpit yesterday to Give a little bit of a farewell talk/testimony...The spirit was so powerful as I looked out on these people I have grown to absolutely love....I just expressed my love for them and who they are...I shared some things that I have learned from The people in WA and how much it has impacted my life...And of course being a missionary I took the opportunity to Teach our investigators over the pulpit...and leave my testimony of this restored Gospel and of the Savior Jesus Christ. It hasn't sunk in at all that this is all quickly coming to a close. It still feels like I have ages to go out here....I'm just gonna really enjoy these last few weeks and try to help each person I meet and talk to- to feel the Love of Christ through me.

We are also teaching this man named V..IDK if I've told you about him...Anyways his story is too long to share over email but he wants to be baptized in Utah soon...Ask me about him when I see you guys in person haha!

I have never seen so many Miracles on my mission....I know it hasn't been because of something I have done...or somehow earned...But God in his infinite wisdom, Love, and compassion has allowed me to play a small part in helping a few of his children to feel of His great love.

I absolutely know that this work is true as true can be. Everything else in my life is sporadic and inconsistent...Nothing but the Gospel can bring Lasting peace, confidence, and fulfillment. I testify of the Power of the Holy Ghost, each on of us can Grow in the companionship of the Holy Ghost until we can live in its Fullness. We are so blessed to have these truths! Just begin to think of what is expected of us! My overarching purpose of my life is to declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to stand as a witness of Him at all times, in all things, and in all places until death.This isn't blind following, This is a higher level of understanding...If each one of us could see at this moment what God wants to eventually give us....and then to think that at times we prefer the things of the world, sin, and appeasing our natural man in the short term over what He is pleading for us to accept. Lets set our eyes a little higher, Let us choose the Harder right instead of the easier wrong...For  it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 

Always remember-
19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a childsubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

When we are not choosing to actively draw nearer to the Savior we are unconsciously choosing to walk away from Him. 

I am so weak. The mission will bring right to the surface all of your weaknesses...But I choose daily to repent, to put off the natural man and little by little to become more like Christ through the power only He possesses. The Lord is the constant in my Life! I love Him. 

Elder Cordner 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 99 - Perth, Western Australia - July 17, 2017 - My Family!

I love reading all about what's going on over in your new home! I'm sorry my letters aren't as exciting! 

M got baptized this week! It was really good - pretty good member support. It was a good service! We invited one of the members from Zimbabwe to speak on the Holy Ghost and it was powerful...He talked about a tragic car accident in his family that killed several of his siblings, but that He Knew he felt the comfort and strength given by the Holy Ghost...It was powerful. 

Several of the converts I have had on my mission have come from just the most difficult circumstances...M has Lost several children due to the Civil war in Sudan...She has had countless tragedies in her life. Things that could easily justify just giving up and forsaking her Faith...It's very inspiring and humbling to witness the pure Faith of these people!

It's been cool teaching this University student that the members have invited us to teach...When we first met with him he was soooo cynical and against Religion...Pretty much the only reason he met with us is because of the respect and love he had for these members....The spirit has utterly softened his heart...While we have been teaching him the spirit has spoken things through me that I didn't even know...He is now very seriously considering being baptized....When the Holy Ghost prompts us to reach out to someone we should never judge them based off our limited knowledge of them...We are not the ones who decide whether or not they are ready...God knows their hearts...And he can work with them more powerfully when we choose to exercise our Faith in their behalf....

I am so grateful for all the unearned and undeserved blessings of my life...As we finished our last zone conference trainings this week and I gave my final testimony i was just overcome with Gratitude...I have so much Love for President and Sister Fife...They have left an engraving in my heart of what a true Disciple of Christ should be...I love them HEAPS! 

President Fife has Raised my expectations for myself and my life...I now understand what God really does expect of us, and That we are here on earth to become like our Father in Heaven...There are  millions and millions of 1 day or one week or one month disciples of Christ around the world...The Greatness of Discipleship is consistency... It also happens to be the only way we can be molded and shaped into who God needs us to become in our lifetime...

Read the previous verses to put it into context:)
48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.

Remember the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a check list, Tick the box experience...The ordinances of the Gospel mean nothing if we are not actively engaged in changing, growing, and becoming...We are here to develop within ourselves the attributes of Christ...Remember Serving others and getting outside ourselves is not something to be begrudgingly endured while in this life till we can at once reside in peace in the celestial Kingdom....Service is the very Work and Glory of God it is the essence and fullness of the Life and Existence He lives...If we are to return to His presence and become like Him then we must Through the Power of The Living Christ change our very Natures till we have become LIKE HIM....that is the purpose of life...and isn't it great to know we don't have to do it alone, because we can't. 

I testify Life has a purpose. God speaks to me every day through the Holy Ghost, He is in the details of our life. What the world around us says or chooses to believe does not change the Truth of God. I am no where near perfect but I do know who I look to for my support, my strength, and my Light. I am nothing without Him, I wouldn't be here without him, I love HIM! 

Have an awesome week!

Elder Cordner 
M's baptism and her son attended.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week 98 - Perth, Western Australia - July 10, 2017 - Chur Bro



Service Project

I loved seeing the pics of the fam with all the missionaries. It looks like heaps of fun! 

This week was super busy with all the new missionaries coming in...So we were picking up and dropping off and hauling every ones gear in our Trailer....It was alright...Then we did our trainings which went well....This week we'll get to work our area for a few days then we have Zone conferences...my last one:( 

M, from South Sudan is getting baptized on Saturday...She is doing so solid. She has a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Prophet Joseph Smith. It's been so fun teaching her. She is so hilarious....She calls us her Children...She had to be interviewed by one of President's Counselors because after she got married her husband decided to have a few more wives....The Interview went good tho so it's on for Saturday!

I love Alma chapter 31...It contains Alma's prayer to the Lord after the attempt to reclaim the Apostate Zoramites...Sometimes our prayers can become quite selfish and self centered but if we make a little change in our words which Alma shows us it makes all the difference. 

35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee.

We Plead for strength and help to change and grow. We plead for power and wisdom SO THAT, we can serve and lift and strengthen those around us....

I have found that when my prayers become too self centered that communion with God seems to be distant  and I struggle to discern His voice, but when i have made this small change, it has made all the difference...

God hears and answers our prayers. There is no doubt in my mind...

I love you guys:) Have fun this week:)

Elder CORDNER 

M, getting baptized Saturday!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 97 - Perth, Western Australia - July 3, 2017 - Tree of Life




YO! It's been "cool as" seeing all the pics and hearing from my Missionary Family!!! What an adventure! I loved the vid of the monkeys Kenzie sent! What a new Existence! And King Louie was telling me how hectic it is..flipppppp crazy....

This week we have seen the Lord's hand in the work big time....Well I guess first off I'll tell you about the guy with the Tree of life dream...So we are working with this member in our area and we got him to go and talk to one of his friends who is Islam about our church....Which he did, several times...He taught him about the restoration and about the Book of Mormon...Not in detail tho...and his friend who's name is S never accepted a Book of Mormon...Keep in mind all the while this member's family and us have been praying for S....So Brother Martin goes over to S's house to see what he is up to and S just pulls him aside and real serious says "Do you believe in visions?" and Brother Martins says "Of Course we believe. God can speak to us in that way" well S then describes this full blown vision he had the day before which perfectly described the Tree of Life....We met with Brother Martin and S the other day to teach him...He was very intrigued with the Book of Mormon and the Story of Lehi's dream but he wasn't just fully on the spot ready to abandon his Muslim Faith....We are still working with him...super cool miracle tho....

We also had this guy referred from one of President Fife's friends back home who used to be a Mission President in Brisbane. His name is V and he is From Chile...anyways this guy came to church yesterday, Apparently he already knows the church is true...it's a super long story about random scenarios that lead him to Utah where he attended church and gained a Testimony. For some reason, ever since he has been in Aussie he hasn't come to church. Tonight we are having dinner at Pres Fife's House and teaching him so that should be a power house lesson....


I got 6 more weeks to Burn the Gas tanks...I am finishing as assistant, which I think will be good. I will still have to give heaps of trainings and all that stuff so I think it will keep me focused!

What a blessing to serve our Master...All at the same time - just in different ways! 
Love you guys!

Elder Cordner

Elder Tahere 

Elder Cordner holding a jellyfish.





Thursday, June 22, 2017

Week 96 - Perth, Western Australia - June 22, 2017 - All Glory to The Father

HELLO FAMILY! I don't think I can share anything more exciting than all the things I am hearing about back home! I can't wait to hear a little about the MTC experience this next week. I imagine it will be a few days packed with the Power of the Spirit and hearing the testimonies of General Authorities and Apostles? And what an amazing experience - the whole family gets to go into Elder Christofferson's office and witness Dad getting set apart...What a blessing!

This week has been packed with miracles! Do you remember the part member family from New Zealand we have been teaching?? Well A the 18 year old girl is getting baptized Saturday...She is so solid and ready. Her family has been a really good support and they are all back active in the church and working back towards the Temple as a result....And to think all of this has happened because 2 months ago we chose to follow the very still small voice of the spirit to visit this particular family on the ward list that we had never heard of before....This is God's work. 

And 2 weeks later on the 8th of July we have 2 more baptisms....One of them is named P from Malaysia. He has been praying in front of the LDS temple here in Perth every morning for 10 years....Well he has recently hit a rough patch in life and was searching for God....An old Samoan man in our ward followed the Spirit and offered to help this man....This has led to us having lessons with him and P coming to church this last week...The spirit can change peoples thoughts, opinions, and Hearts in the blink of an eye....P felt the Spirit at church and is now keen city!! 

And of course, M is still doing well. She loved church and is looking forward to her baptism! 

We are seeing the blessings of God in the work....I know that this is the work of God and not of man....In the process of saving His children, God is also building us! I love the mission! I love Australia!!! 

My prayers will be with you this week mum and dad...But I guess I'll get to email you guys on Monday before you ship out! 

Love you all!

PS. Pray for me! A asked me to baptize her and her full name is literally the longest, hardest thing in the world to pronounce...It takes like 15 seconds to say it even if you know all the proper pronunciation lol! and it's a huge thing in their culture to say all the names properly because each name represents something or someone really important! haha! So hopefully I can get it down and not bring dishonor to her ancestors! 

ELDER CORDNER

Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 95 - Perth, Western Australia - June 12, 2017 - you can't stop time

Elder Tahere and I  are pretty sore today. We did a boxing workout with some guy we met the other day and it was intense (not punching each other don't worry)! so we have been trying not to laugh much the past 2 days to avoid searing pain from how sore we are haha...

This week was pretty normal. We had some exchanges with the zone leaders which was awesome...I was with Elder Brown from the Cook Islands and Elder Nichols from New Zealand. We had a mean time together and smashed the work...Elder Brown and I started teaching M's oldest son P and put him on date. It was cool because the circumstances he was in that day was a direct answer to our specific prayer! Specific prayers bring specific blessings!

At night, if our appointments fall through, we just hit the city fully loaded with cards, pamphlets, Books of Mormon and we just go ham talking to everyone trying to get return appointments....On the weekends the clubbing life is pretty lively so we deal with quite a few intoxicated individuals. We have some good laughs....

I hope you all have a good week at Powell! I will be there in Spirit (cry a tear) haha all good! There is no where else I would rather be than here dedicating my life to the Savior! I can't believe mum and Dad go into the MTC in 2 Saturdays! What a spiritual Feast that will be! It's funny to think that my parents will be slapping on a name tag just like me in a few days! haha:) In a little over 2 weeks you will all join me South of the equator! 

This is Christ's Church. What a blessing it has been in my life to hold on to Eternal Truths and Absolutes in a world of changing morals and values. I love the Savior! I know he Atoned for our Sins and sufferings and He now Lives Triumphant over sin and death. I Know this because the Holy Ghost has impressed it upon my heart in a permanent way. The Greatest desire of my heart is to Live my life as a representative of Christ and to assist in drawing all men unto Him. I am so thankful for Parents who Have paid the Price to really KNOW the Savior...This has forever changed me...

I love you all! Think of me as you cruise through those canyons and baste in the sun! 

Elder Cordner 

Week 94 - Perth, Western Australia - June 5, 2017 - God is Good

Hey family! Sounds like fun Galore back home! 

Out here its been awesome...We have been seeing utter miracles in the field! its been super good...

We had our zone conferences this last week, Me and Elder Tahere really focused on Laboring in the spirit and what that really means....It was what our mission needed...Our mission is on point! Honestly, this mission is so obedient...Pres Fife told us he knows for a fact we are the most obedient in the Pacific area and he would wager one of the most in the world......It's pretty Celestial....That is a massive 180 degree flip from when I arrived here...haha! Well now we are qualified to plead on behalf of these people and see miracles!

Life's Good, God is Good, Its all Good:) 

Elder Cordner  

PS. I learned 2 Hakas....maybe i'll perform for yous when i return lol Love you:)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Week 93 - Perth, Western Australia - May 29, 2017 - Miracles

First off, Congrats to Matt for being ordained an Elder this week, I sent him an email sharing a bit with him about what it means to me to be a bearer of the Higher or Melchizedek priesthood...Although I have only been privileged to serve in this office for a short time, I have seen miracles, and I have seen the hand of God made manifest through this Godly power....We are given this Responsibility and as we learn how to serve others with it, and to keep the Oath and the covenant attached to it, the seed of Godhood within us Grows and develops as well as God's Work is furthered....For this purpose our Heavenly Father entrusts us with His power....We aren't his Creation we are His Children....And any Loving Parent Gives further and more mature responsibilities to Help their Child to Rise up and Become who they see they can become! What church can you go to that believes and teaches this? I know it's the truth...

This week We were stuffed city with heaps of meetings and pick ups from the airport and all that fun stuff...It didn't matter though because this is His work and He is able to do his own work....We had several people fall into our lap, a referral who we put on date...she is an African woman from South Sudan who has been studying with mormon missionaries for several years...she couldn't be baptized because her husband was a polygamist but now that he has passed away she can now! We also had a Brazilian couple fresh from Interlagos Sao Paulo 2 weeks ago just walk into church yesterday....The boy is a less active member and his girlfriend is a non-member. They had an awesome experience at church and they are excited to start again spiritually in Australia as well as temporally as they have come here for further job opportunities...:) 

My comp is a blithering Tank...I love him! We are straight brothers!

We all chose this path, To come here to earth to Experience Mortality...We chose to take this leap of Faith because of our Great Trust and Intense Love for Jesus Christ our oldest, Greatest, and Perfect Brother....Christ has come to Earth and perfectly accomplished everything he said he would....I loved the talk by one of the Sisters in conference about Raising a sin resistant Generation...The Greatness of what Christ accomplished is in the fact that He did Exactly what he said He would do. 

Because of Christ's example, the deepest and most sincere desire of my Heart is to do here on earth exactly what I said I would do before this life...and what I have said I would do again and again as I have taken upon myself Covenants that if honored bind me to Him. I testify of the reality of the Living Christ. We don't receive power in our lives from some moment of time 2,000 years ago in Gethsemane...We receive power in our lives Because Christ Lives today...He has borne our griefs, and paid the price for our sins...His living Soul Loves us and Desires us to do good and make it back to Him....He lives and understands us perfectly...and Because he lives He has said to us...

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have apeace. In the bworld ye shall havectribulation: but be of good dcheer; I have eovercome the world.

It is the LIVING CHRIST that has overcome the world. If you seek to do so as well there is only one way and that is through Him. I love Him.  I know he lives and loves us perfectly...The things I have felt I will never be able to deny...

Elder Cordner

P.S. Forgot to include a congrats to the twins on graduating! Yay! Now for real life :) No more easy life :) Maddy, Happy Birthday! 14! Wow! Hope it is a good one! Love you guys!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week 92 - Perth, Western Australia - May 22, 2017 - Good times



Family! it was awesome to see you on Mother's day, especially you mum. Because of you I have a bit of good in me today! To me, you exemplify more than anyone else I know, the pure love of Christ. I thank Heavenly Father for sending me to be taught by you:)

Well, i don't have a lot of time today....A got baptized! God performed so many miracles to get him to this point. His hand was made manifest. In the days leading up to the baptism when A was really struggling with wanting smokes, he came down with a random sickness for 3 days which just left him in bed. But by Saturday he was feeling 100%! So many little miracles...A shared his testimony with everyone at the end of the service and it was powerful. He really is very converted....He shared with everyone how he has been looking for the truth his whole life, and how all he was getting was churches that taught doctrines of ease and justification of sin...one of the reasons why he knows the church is true is because we truly invite people to change. The spirit was powerful I am super proud of him. He has put a lot of effort into preparing himself. 

My new comp is from New Zealand....Elder Tahere. He is the man! We have served around each other heaps and we've always got along really well...Back home he was in the army. He's 23 years old...i'm excited to learn a lot from him. 

We are busy as heck....Crazy, we saw some miracles this last week...we were following up with some lost sheep and found a solid part-member family to work with :) cool as! 

Really, it all comes down to whether or not Joseph Smith was a true Prophet right? Some people demand evidence that is indisputable...Has such a thing ever existed in the workings of our Father in Heaven with his Children? Have miracles ever been seen before the trials of our faith? If you believe in God you must believe in the principle of Faith, and Faith based Growth for us as His Children. There is more than enough evidence of the reality of the Prophet Joseph Smith's divine calling as Prophet, Seer, and Revelator...And if you are sincerely seeking truth there is some evidence that is border line with becoming indisputable and that's only intellectually considering things....All this because our Father loves us and wants us to return home and become like Him. I absolutely know for myself that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God and such a knowledge can only come through the witness of the Holy Ghost. My mind is made up. It no longer matters what comes forth from the lies and deceit of the adversary for the next 100 years...In the words of Joseph "Who am I that I can withstand God" I feel the same, God has spoken to me and I have made the unalterable decision to listen and obey...I Invite everyone else who may not have quite made up their mind on this important matter to do so. Such an answer will only come as we seek with real intent, learning, pondering, and asking in urgency and sincerity. I testify that if we ask in Faith God will respond...Of such has been my experience time and time again. 

I love you all! have an amazing week!

Elder Cordner




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Week 91 - Perth, Western Australia - May 9, 2017 - Big Tennessee






P-Day in Lancelin - Sand dune boarding


King Louie! Heading into the depths of the Smoky Mountains! haha! It is so amazing how apparent it becomes on your mission that the people you meet and the experiences you have are all set up by the hand of God. I Know missionaries are called by the Savior himself; Firstly to Serve and Secondly to Labor in an assigned Portion of the Lords Vineyard, You are in for a Personally tailored experience! I am super Proud of Matthew for preparing better than I did and being so ready and willing to serve the short 2 years. Serving as a missionary is a blessing beyond comprehension! The experiences on the mission are extremely difficult. It will be the hardest thing you have ever done by far, but you will be so grateful for it. You are going to be a powerful Servant! I love you!

This week we had an African family of 5 from the Congo come to church! it was pretty awesome. It's always new for them since they are used to the big African choirs and the Loud "Hallelujahs" and "Praise the Lords" but I think they felt the Spirit...We have a family activity night this Friday that they are coming to so hopefully the members' fellowship will help!

Yesterday we took one of the YSA boys out with us and he started having some bowel problems. Haha...apparently he took a few laxatives earlier that day, so we had to abandon a lesson and find a toilet. It was pretty crack up. He almost lost his guts. 

I will see you's on Mothers day! Mum...I am sending you the details no worries:) Love you all! 

Oh and last p day we went up the Northern Coast to a place called Lancelin. It was massive sand dunes near the coast - sooooo pretty. I'll send some pics. 

Elder Cordner



Did I ever tell you we drive a van?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Week 90 - Perth, Western Australia - May 1, 2017 - Good Week


A and C. C is also joining the church in the next couple weeks. He's such a cool guy.

It's always a good week out here in the field! There's never anything to complain about! This week Pres Fife came out with us to two of our lessons - one with A which was sooo good. A is making big steps. He is so ready. I know he will make it...And one with an Eternigator named S that has been coming to church on and off for like 3 years. We went in there and Pres Fife just smashed him (He had some pride) but it was awesome. One of his main concerns was actually just giving up coffee....out of all things that is seriously what was stopping him...so we had an awesome lesson there....

Not to sound trunky cuz i'm not! So ya know how Assistants always kinda get a first look at everything well I Saw my flight Itinerary for when i leave Aug 10th... I fly from Perth To Johannesburg South Africa where i have a 6 hour layover then i head straight to Sao Paulo....Not too bad of a flight. i don't think it's as long as the one over here!

Anyways This week was just really good....We smashed out the work- did a lot of finding...we find people who are soooo keen and they feel the spirit but then the minute they find out they are gonna have to change as a result of their confirmation of truth they get scared and bail....but We will keep going. I know the field is white!

At night time if our plans have fallen through and it's like 8 o clock we just head into the depths of the city and talk to everyone...Its pretty crack up. We always see funny things happening...The baptist preachers are always down there howling at everyone and they go hog when we come by. Its hilarious....as a missionary you get used to everyone just cranking their heads when you walk by. It is going to be weird when everyone doesn't stare at me in public places!

I just finished the Book of Mormon again...It's true, simple as that...I cannot deny.

So Kelly is coming, Louie could get his call??? Lots going on. I can't wait to hear how it goes! We are hitting the Temple next week so I will be emailing on Thursday... I love you all! 

Elder Cordner

Elder Harward.  He is 6'10" and is playing bball at UVU when he returns.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Week 89 - Perth, Western Australia - April 24, 2017 - Meetings

So this week was packed with zone conferences and traveling....Zone conference went well..In the leadership training we trained on how the best leaders are the best followers, and also how to effectively use exchanges to influence your missionaries...then in conference we focused on How to Effectively decide who to continue to teach and work with in your area, and did heaps of role plays...Twas good...

This week I got some good news, Do you remember that homeless guy under the bridge, Elder Brinkerhoff found? Well he got baptized so that was cool to hear...

Also a lady we found down in Rockingham a few months ago is getting baptized in 2 weeks...And K called me.(18 year old boy he was teaching in his last area.)  It was good to talk to him. He is living out in the bush but he is still reading the Book of Mormon and wants to be baptized still...So it was cool to see some things happening with past people I've taught!

A is still battling, He isn't giving up. He is so close. Keep him in your prayers....We are praying that cigarettes will make him sick and that he won't even be able to tolerate the smell anymore...

26 And now, behold, who can stand against the works of the Lord? Who can deny his sayings? Who will rise up against the almighty power of the Lord? Who will despise the works of the Lord? Who will despise the children of Christ? Behold, all ye who are despisers of the works of the Lord, for ye shall wonder and perish.
27 O then despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord, and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need. Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.
28 Be wise in the days of your probation; strip yourselves of all uncleanness; ask not, that ye may consume it on your lusts, but ask with a firmness unshaken, that ye will yield to no temptation, but that ye will serve the true and living God.
These verses sunk deep into my heart this week, Remember how dependent we are on Christ, When we begin to think that we can go it on our own and continue on the straight and narrow path, we have been deceived...The mission has shown me How completely Dependent I am On the Power Of Christ in my life. I Know that without it I will surely fall. I testify of the reality of the Living Savior and his ability to sustain us and strengthen us to change us into who we need to become. 
I love you all:) And shout out to King who put his papers in! I am pumped to hear the news! You are the man! I love you! Such an experience awaits!
ELDER CORDNER

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week 88 - Perth, Western Australia - April 18, 2017 - Lose your life and Find it



Yee Haw!



Hello Guys:) lots of exciting things I am hearing from back home...Louie is weeks away from his mission call...btw mom you should tell Sister Brown in Gosnells to tell me where Louie is going so I don't have to wait till p day to find out! I can't wait to hear! I am so excited for Matthew...he has no clue what's coming just like i had no clue but he will never regret it. What a blessing to serve! I would take him as my companion any day of the week! 

And 70 days from hitting the MTC and then Big Brazil for the big time mission haha! What an adventure awaits! Remember the words of John Wayne "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyways" You guys got this!  And of course I heard the news of the Green trip....A full day on section A and a full day on B....You guys are so lucky....cant wait to see the pics! 

This week A has made some awesome progress. He is so ready to be baptized he has seen some awesome miracles as we have fasted and prayed with him...His urge to smoke has gone down Heaps and now he has gone 3 days with only 2 puffs on a cigarette....He'll get there...

Met some other cool people this week....just working with them and helping them to progress!

It's awesome working so close with President Fife. It is super cool how he counsels with me and my companion....It is a blessing to be able to witness the revelation he receives for the mission...There has been a few times when we have been meeting with President when the Spirit has spoken through me that has affected the outcome of some important decisions....This has been a blessing for me to learn How the Spirit works and how to effectively counsel to come to discern God's will.

Remember Always, For Whosoever Will save his Life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. I Promise you this is true...I have never been more miserable than the times I am only thinking of myself, and I have never been happier and felt truer peace than when I entirely forget myself and turn outward....This I know for a fact! How could this be if we were only a result of Evolution! 

I love you all! Have a week filled with true Joy!

ELDER CORDNER

This is zone conference week...we are gonna be super limited on time spent in our own area with the travel we are going to do and the trainings with President...Heaps of stuff to do....




Monday, April 10, 2017

Week 87 - Perth, Western Australia - April 10, 2017 - GC



General Conference on the mission is like the ultimate Recharge! I feel so ready to continue this battle for my own soul and for the souls of men! Some talks that stood out to me were Russell M. Nelson's, Elder Sabin's, and 2 of my favorites were Presdient Uchtdorf's and President Eyring's in Priesthood session...Straight up power!!!

I was particularly enlightened by this teaching by President Nelson: "It is doctrinally incomplete to speak of the Lord’s atoning sacrifice by shortcut phrases, such as “the Atonement” or “the enabling power of the Atonement” or “applying the Atonement” or “being strengthened by the Atonement.” These expressions present a real risk of misdirecting faith by treating the event as if it had living existence and capabilities independent of our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Under the Father’s great eternal plan, it is the Savior who suffered. It is the Savior who broke the bands of death. It is the Savior who paid the price for our sins and transgressions and blots them out on condition of our repentance. It is the Savior who delivers us from physical and spiritual death.There is no amorphous entity called “the Atonement” upon which we may call for succor, healing, forgiveness, or power. Jesus Christ is the source. Sacred terms such as Atonement and Resurrection describe what the Savior did, according to the Father’s plan, so that we may live with hope in this life and gain eternal life in the world to come. The Savior’s atoning sacrifice—the central act of all human history—is best understood and appreciated when we expressly and clearly connect it to Him."

I am so grateful for the blessing of modern day Apostles and Prophets. I do not doubt their statements of Testimony or their special witness. I believe them with my whole heart. 

Something I have been learning a lot about is Learning and Exercising our Faith as a Principle of Power. This is something that is not easily understood and much harder to learn how to enact. Faith in Jesus Christ is developed as we Hear the word of God, Hear the Testimony of Others, Study the scriptures, Labor in fervent Prayer, take upon ourselves Covenants, and follow his example of selfless service. 

We as members of the Church are here to Labor with God. We are here to act not simply to be acted upon. Once we have developed Faith in Christ God wishes to teach us More about how He exercises His power, to help us to continue to walk to path that will lead us to become like our Eternal Parents. 

This Power of Faith in Christ can Cause things to be that otherwise would not have been. It is not changing the will of God. It is acting as Agents in his Glorious work of Salvation! God works among His children according to their Faith and if you think he isn't limited in his involvement in our lives and the lives of others by the Faith we have in Him and His Son you have not understood the scriptures.  
Alma 12:30 Enos 1:18  3 Nephi 5:14 Alma 37:40 Alma 14:28  Jarom 1:4 Alma 57:21  Mormon 9:37 Ether 12:29 
Mosiah 27:14

Any phrase stand out to you in those? God's work and His glory is to bring to pass our immortality and eternal life....this work would be frustrated and our spirits would be crippled if he Blessed us and worked in our lives NOT according to our Faith in Him and His son. 

It requires a complete Submission of our will to His. It is the key to success in missionary work not only in bringing souls unto him but in Changing and becoming exactly who your Father wants you to become. This kind of Faith cannot be achieved on our own. It is a divine bestowal after our wills become aligned with the Father's...Not all at once. If God gave us everything to work on at once we would be overwhelmed and discouraged but as we learn how to discern for ourselves the will of God and to continually ask ourselves the question "what lack I yet"? and "what am I holding Back that I need to give up"? He will answer that prayer... It's usually something he has told us over and over again:) 

I love you all! Hope you have a good week:) I testify of Christ and his living Reality. I have Faith in Him and hope to be able to bless the lives of many with that faith.

Elder Cordner