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From: Noel Rowlatt
February 2017 Australian Restoration News
Greetings and a belated Happy New Yea
AUSTRALIAN RESTORATION NEWS FEBRUARY 2017
Around and about the Centre Place by High Priest Paul Gage, Independence, Missouri
Greetings to the lovely Saints of Australia
I hope your new year is off to a great start and that the good Lord continues to be with and bless
you even in the midst of trials and tribulations. In the Church, Stewardship was always strongly
emphasized during the month of January and of course, many look at February as the “Love Month,
mainly due to Valentine Day. Actually Stewardship and Love go hand in hand just like all of God’s teachings and methods. Many times we think of stewardship only from the money angle, but stewardship is our whole life. All the aspects of stewardship are important or God would not have placed them in His Church. We should always remember that stewardship is not God taking something from us; it is His method of bestowing His richest gifts upon His people.
One of the best definitions of stewardship, I think, is in DC 147:5a “Stewardship is the response of my people to the ministry of my Son, and is required alike of all those who seek to build the
kingdom.” How close does that scripture relate to John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish; but have everlasting life.”
As God gave because He “so loved,” then shouldn’t our response to the ministry of His Son, Jesus Christ, be out of our love for him. Stewardship should always be a joy to God’s people because it is a demonstration of our love and sacrifice as we seek to build the kingdom.
There are four principles of Biblical stewardship and we can include the Book of Mormon and
Doctrine and Covenants as well: 1. Ownership: God owns everything since He created everything. We really do not “own” anything. God even gave us our agency to choose Him as our Father. 2.
Responsibility: God gave man dominion over the earth which means we are responsible, as stewards over God’s creation. 3. Accountability: DC 72:1c states,... for it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward to render an account of his stewardship, both in time and eternity.” 4. Rewards for obedience. Read DC 81:3 and everywhere it says, “you” put your name.
There is a book available entitled, “When God Doesn’t Fix It”, by Laura Story. It is the story of the struggle she and her husband go through and how God dispels all their “myths” with His truth. From her experience, she wrote a song called, “Blessings.” One verse says, “We pray for wisdom, your voice to hear, We cry in anger when we cannot feel you near. We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love as if every promise from Your Word is not enough. And all the while, you hear each desperate plea and long that we’d have faith to believe. The chorus goes on, Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops, what if your healing comes through tears. What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near. What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise. She points out all through the book that it is not about us, who we are or what we’ve done for God, but rather it is all about HIM and who He is and what He has done for us.
So far, in the Centre Place, the winter has been mild, but it is not over yet. On January 15th, most, if not all of the churches in the area closed, due to a forecast of an ice storm. It did not happen here, but there are many natural disasters taking place around the country as there are in Australia. We have made it through the election and inauguration of another president. Still, we say with firm belief, “Our only hope is You Jesus, Our only hope is You.”
On Thursday, January 19, and Saturday, January 21, the Central Missouri Restoration Branches (CMRB), Conference of Restoration Elders (CRE), and Pastors of Zion (POZ) came together for a Priesthood and Men’s retreat. The theme was: The first step to wisdom is silence and the second is listening. Some excellent classes were presented by various elders all along the theme and corresponding scriptures. Discussion was about how we come into the presence of the Lord. One interesting scripture is Third Nephi 4 and 5. There was information about the retreat in the last issue of Tidings of Zion listing scriptures, etc.
The Women’s Council of the CRE hosted a January Brunch event for all the women in the area on the 28th. It was held at the Colbern Road RB. There was also a Book of Mormon Intern Retreat in January. Interns go through a training immersed in the Book of Mormon then take a trip to Central America to put their training into action. Many other activities are being planned for the spring and summer.
AUSTRALIAN RESTORATION NEWS
We are still looking for someone from Australia to come over for the CRE/POZ reunion June 25-30.
All the information was in the last Tidings of Zion. We can help some with finances, if needful. If you are interested, contact me and we can go from there. God bless.
(Bro. Paul Gage had successful knee replacement surgery this week and is now in rehab).Editor.
Riches from the Scriptures Volume 03
by Elder Neil Kerswell
Chapter 2 "Seeing the Purpose"
Testimony - Neil Kerswell - Work
Back in May of this year 2016, we were told our workshop was closing down. It wasn't a surprise, winning big projects in the steel industry was becoming virtually impossible, with most work being won by China, Korea and Thailand and being shipped to Australian for about half the price we could build it for here. As the Senior Estimator I had felt the pressure of these changes to our economy and way of life for almost seven years, it took that long for the impact to be fully realized and felt across the nation. Seeing it coming didn't change the fact that I was almost 50 Years of age and had been off the tools as a Boilermaker for 12 ½ years. I knew businesses were failing everywhere in our industry. The area where I worked was once a hive of activity and now is a sea of For Lease signs.
As a family we had something to hold on to, many years earlier God spoke to me one night and
asked my family to do something for him. We were not well off financially and I asked God how
could we do it, we could barely afford to provide for our family. God spoke to me and said if we
would do this thing we would never want. From that day forward miracles happened (my manager once heard a voice when he woke up telling him to promote me to a higher position as if a man was standing in his bedroom) raising our circumstances every year from that day forward.
I will be honest even though I have known such things my confidence was shattered after such a long hard battle. I never doubted God but did doubt his blessing because I had hoped and prayed for so long for the industry to heal somehow and it hadn't. Getting work in the same field of estimating was also a difficult experience, I have secured two jobs only to find they wanted a slave and not a team member wanting a minimum of 11 hour days plus weekends and half the money. Both companies had been through a string of Estimators before me and needless to say final negotiations broke down.
With my Redundancy payout eroding away each week, I was forced to consider going back to the tools in my trade. My concerns were could I still do it physically I had put on a lot of weight over the years being in an office environment. Boilermaking is very demanding and very hot in Australian summers, did I still have the skills it had been so long, and would anyone give me a go at my age?
I contacted my Brother in Christ Gary Melling as I knew he was in charge of a welding department and asked could I practice after his work sometime on his works equipment to try and get my hand in with welding at least. He was wonderful and gave me the opportunity and had a temporary position for 4 weeks paid time which had just presented itself. This time was the greatest blessing to me. Every day I was remembering tricks of the trade which increased my speed and quality of workmanship, I had long since forgotten them. By the end of the four weeks I still wasn't anywhere near as good as I was in my prime but was able to be a profitable servant for the company. Every day was an answer to prayer, I thank God for his goodness and for Gary.
Next twelve weeks opened up at a business that build the formwork and then erects concrete high story buildings. I had never built formwork and thought it would be rough enough is good enough. I was very wrong. Even the laser etching of part numbers on the steel comes out in the set concrete therefore all workmanship had to be to a polished finish and everything had to be accurate to the within 1 mm. They preferred perfection though. Thanks be to God I was partnered with a young Samoan 3rd year apprentice and we were able to achieve perfection and made our employers very happy. This was also an opportunity to share the Gospel, in particular the Book of Mormon. Shem the Samoan was once a Mormon and had lost faith and was attending a Philippino church as he felt he was being fed there. Our family had just finished reading the whole Book of Mormon together and the testimony of Christ was strong in my heart in my understanding of God's dealing with them and the Islands of the sea. Most days we would talk about Christ most of the day as we worked, and I would speak as to the divinity of the Book of Mormon which he had once believed in. Most people would have no idea how great it is to have your work place an environment to serve your employer with vigour and worship at the same time. The manager heard us one day and he added how he had run away from Sunday school as a boy and his father was so proud of him, much to his mother's sadness. I know this isn't a positive testimony from him but he knew we were talking about God as we worked and he was fine with that. He told us later they had been through seven boilermakers trying to find good ones like Shem and I.
I still keep regular contact with Shem (named after Noah's son), he reads his Book of Mormon and tells me his problems to pray about. He told me he believed God sent me there to help him because he was in a bad place with his faith at that time. Some of you might say but he isn't coming to church yet.
I always remember a testimony Norman Melling shared once with me and other priesthood many years ago. He was once trying to help his girlfriend at the time who became his wife Cathy to know of the Restored Gospel (she like my wife originally was Catholic). During the process he believed God spoke to him and said (don't destroy what she has, build upon it) I don't remember exact wording but that is what has stuck with me. We of the Restoration so often need to learn that lesson. With God's help I worked on getting him to respect his parents again and to share with them, even worship with them, thus building again the family bond which had been lost to him when he had got into bad company in his youth.
People say to me now they have never seen me look so happy, and do you want to know something, I don't even really look for work in estimating anymore. Today as I woke up what has not made sense to me recently suddenly did. The need for extra finances to do what God asked of Joanne and I many years ago has passed in recent times, it is not fulfilled but many of the financial requirements have.
There was no need for me to be in a high paid, high stress level job anymore. Instead of making
decisions worth up to $50 million I now work with steel worth only hundreds of thousands at times and piece by piece at a time to make a whole. I can see something physical at the end of the day/weeks for my works efforts which has been very satisfying. I have lost much weight, I am physically much healthier, I don't stop breathing throughout the night like I once did with snoring. I come home and forget about the day's work. I am not saying I don't long for the thrill and negotiation with customers that I once knew occasionally. I enjoyed being a part of the senior management teams, knowing exactly what was going on at the highest levels when sharing at that level.
But I can now see God's hand again and I see purpose in recent events. I don't know what the future holds and working on a casual basis goes against my grain as I have always seeked stability for my wife and family. But I know God has helped and is still helping every day, every step of the way. Even allowing worship at work sometimes. As I said earlier how many people have experienced that? I am currently back with Gary at Fleetwood they needed someone for two weeks and it looks like it will be four again. I enjoy seeing him each day and talking briefly from time to time about family and God. I thank God for my family and loved ones and for the people God brings into our lives to share with.
May all who read this be blessed is my Prayer in Jesus name Amen.
Diary Report of Missionary Trip to the Philippines submitted by Elder Murray Broughton
We left Euroa at 4:30 in the morning for airport. My lower back and hip were very painful and I did not feel well at the airport. I took osteo panadol, and had a prayer. We had a good trip to Manila and I had no pain. Bro. Ernie and Virginia were there to pick us up at the airport and we stayed at Bro. Ernie’s house to about 1:30 in the morning and left for Agno. It is a long trip and we arrived about 7 a. m.
10- Nov. 2016-Carlotta Nation asked for administration, she was not feeling well, she is 98 years old.
11-Nov. 2016- -Carlotta is a lot better, so didn’t go to doctor. Preaching service at 7 pm.
12-Nov. 2016 Sunday School, 12 children present. Readings to youth and children from Bible .Gave Virginia money to get Tidings of Zion.
13-Nov, 2016-Preaching Service, Sunday School 17 children present and I had a talk with Jasmine Villasista, and Angel Mae Nano. They wanted to be baptized.
14- Nov. 2016- J. R. Natino had his 7th Birthday, had party at Bro. Joel Nation. 7 pm Service..
15- Nov 2016- Ivan Caducio did not feel well, laying on floor, I administered to him and gave money for him to go to doctor. 7 pm Children Quiz, with scripture reading. Shaira Caducio did not want to go home and she cried, so they left her with us. She had been at J. R. Nation party, and it was her 9th Birthday the next day. I understand she has never had a birthday cake, and the goodies that go with it.
16- Nov. 2016. We had a 9th Birthday party for her. with Cake. Evening 7pm Prayer and Testimony service, with readings.
17- Nov. 2016.-Administration to Joanalyne Nation, and Delma Broughton .Preaching Service. Bro Julius Candido brought 3 of his friends from University to the service, and stayed overnight. Jemar Nation talked to me about baptism.
18- Nov. 2016.-We had sent 4 boxes of clothes etc by ship which had arrived;, sorting them out to give to families. Joel daughter and Lourdes Natino both well again having had administration. 7 pm, Study on pre Baptismal class. J. R Nation cried as he wanted to be baptized; he had just turned 7 years old.
Administration Virgie Ortaleza.
19- Nov. 2016. I vomited and had diarrhea throughout the night-very weak in the morning-.had 2 young people come in and wanted to be baptized at different times, so we talked about the covenant we make. etc.-been giving Little Fella books to children after Sunday school-most of the day in bed sleeping, but was given strength to baptize JasmineVillasista, Angel Mae Nano, Jemar Natino, Joelylen Natino and Jonna Mae Coladilla. Priest Julius Candido asked for Administration. and not feeling well. Virgie said at Administration a hot feeling went through her, and is well again, Lourdes Natino who had been Administered to, next day was better again.
20- Nov. 2016 Confirmations and Communion with a lot of people inside and outside of the chapel.
Administrations Leny Nodesca, and Leogie Nano. We left Agno at 1 pm for Manila, stayed in Baclaran over night.
21- Nov. 2016-.Arrived in Trece Martires about 10 a.m.-got word Se. Vena Coladilla was not well and taken to hospital,-we prayed for her.-went shopping,-Evening sang Hymns and sacred songs, and read scripture to do with the coming forth of the book of Mormon, and scripture speaking about it. So we continued in studying the book of Mormon, - Prayer and Testimonies.
25- Nov, 2016- Axcell John Pareja Azarcon, and his mother came, we had lovely talk about baptism and the covenant we make with the Lord and the important things we must do, and not do.
27- Nov. 2016 Baptisms in Trece Martires -Christine Calamba Palapar, Charmaine Calamba Angkaw, Richard Angkaw. Axcell John Pareja Azarcon.-Confirmations and Communion together. Antipolo saints travelled to be with us by hiring a bus and driver.-We had a lovely day together;- administration to Sr Edna De Guzman's grandson. He has had a healing, we have since been told.
Administration for Jay De Guzman.- Preaching service at 7 pm. Priest Julius Candido was able to come for a few days, Elder Ace De Vera was able to get one day off to assist me with Communion and Confirmations. We thank you, and also Deacons Richard Candido, Constantino Natino Jr. and Joel Natino for your help and support.
Please include in your prayers Rowena’s daughter who is suffering with a sickness “LUPUS”,
Sr.. Maribel and her daughter Farah. .A BIG THANK YOU to the saints in Queensland, Adelaide, New South Wales and America for all the financial support (including SEAAM for sending the books) that helped immensely as we endeavored to minister spiritually and physically to saints and contacts in the Philippines on our recent missionary trip there. It is a big help especially to the Philippine people in need. I cannot thank you enough. Only God knows your generosity and kindness to the less fortunate,
Wishing you all “A Happy Christmas and a Joyful New Year 2017”
Elder Murray Broughton
(The recent death of Sr. Delma Broughton's mother in the Philippines has necessitated the
Broughtons return there for the funeral. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Sr. Delma and
family at this time.)
Our sympathies are also extended to Sr. Nina DiRico of Newcastle and family with the passing of her husband Don on the 3 rd January. He had been in ill health for a long period of time..
Tamworth News submitted by Sr. Helen Archer
We continue to meet with our small numbers. We had several Christmas Services so that everyone could share, and had a Christmas lunch for our Church group.
On Christmas day in the morning, we had a Service with our family and some friends who came to share Christmas with us. After opening the presents we had Christmas lunch together.
Boxing Day Danny, Peter and Helen Archer headed off to Sydney to travel to Hong Kong for two
weeks. The three of us left on the 28th flying to Hong Kong where we had a nice holiday but are now back hard at work.
Our Bro. Bob Wilkinson has been visiting with his family over Christmas and is still in Sydney with his sister.
We would like to give our sincere condolences to Nina DiRico and family on the loss of husband, Don, who recently passed away in Newcastle, after a long period of sickness. Daughter Giana Loyd is currently visiting with family here in Australia.
Our sympathies are also extended to Lisa and Dan Schwartz and family in the USA with the loss of Lisa’s mother; and also to Delma and Murray Broughton and family on the death of Delma’s mother in the Philippines.
We would like to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year.
Please include in your prayers the following people who are in need of a blessing
Geoff and; Elma Grayden Gwen Whately, Mary Dunn Alma and; Janice Kerswell
Monique Hummel and; Family George Parker Loris Broughton, Dirk Waasdorp
Adrienne and; Robert Windsor Murray Broughton Audrey Kerswell Peter Archer
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST RESTORATION BRANCH
17-19 Juers Street, Kingston, Queensland. Pastor: Elder Alma Kerswell. Phone 07 3800 1151
ACTIVITY SCHEDULE, FEBRUARY, 2017.
Sun. 5th. 10.00 a. m. COMMUNION SERVICE. Elder N. Rowlatt asstd by Priest L. Scott
Musical Item for Service. Glenn Kerswell
11.10 a. m. Prayer and; Testimony Service. Elder N. Rowlatt
Sun. 12th. 9.50 a. m. Hymn Sing: Luke Scott Flowers: Olive Melling
10.00 a. m. PREACHING SERVICE. Teacher L. Melling asstd. by Elder G. Melling
Musical Item for Service. Linda Kerswell
followed by Fellowship finger food Lunch. Please bring a plate.
Sun. 19 th, 9.50 a. m. Hymn Sing: Linda Kerswell Flowers: Del Churchill
10.00 a. m. PREACHING SERVICE. Elder G. Crowther asstd. by Priest C. DeSelms
Musical Item. Jillian Maas, Bethany DeSelms and; Linda Kerswell
followed by Fellowship finger food Lunch. Please bring a plate.
Sun. 26 th . 9.50 a. m. Hymn Sing: Rebecca Melling Flowers: Janice Kerswell
10.00 a. m. PREACHING SERVICE. Priest C. DeSelms asstd. by Elder G. Crowther
Musical Item for Service. Luke Scott, Gary Melling and; Noel Rowlatt
followed by Fellowship finger food Lunch. Please bring a plate.
BRANCH NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS for Kingston Branch.
Birthdays. Happy Birthday Wishes to the following people:
Bethany Melling on the 12th, Amy Scott on the 18th; and Bill Kerswell has his Birthday on the 21st.
Wedding Anniversaries. Neil and; Joanne Kerswell will have their Wedding Anniversary on the
11th .. February.
50th Wedding Anniversary. Alma and; Janice Kerswell will celebrate theirs on the 18 th February.
Congratulations on reaching this commemorative milestone.
Combined Meetings. Discussions are taking place to arrange, if agreeable with the members
concerned, for the Branches at Kingston and Wynnum to meet together regularly at Kingston for
Sunday services. A trial period is under consideration.
Visitors from USA. We are expecting 2 sets of visitors to be in Brisbane in February and sharing in our Sunday services.
Luke and; Simca Melling and children Gideon, Ephraim and Hosanna.
Glen & Cathy Crowther, daughter Bethany and her husband Christopher DeSelms and daughter Celeste.
Contributions to the Australian Restoration News need to come by the 20th of the month and must be submitted by email if possible. Email details are firstname.lastname@example.org Phone contact: 07 3824 8386
We would love to have contributions from isolated members in Australia; articles or testimonies
or just greetings. We would also like to hear from American saints who have ministered in Australia.
If you do not have access to an internet facility and would like to post your article to me, I will try and have it typed and included, but I would need to receive it by the 18 th of the month for inclusion in the next issue. Postal details are as follows: Noel Rowlatt, 6 Wetheral Place, Alexandra Hills, 4161, Queensland, Australia?