Monday, December 21, 2015

We joined in at a service project to make an outdoor play area for a
children's group at this church. It was lots of clearing out bushes
and digging holes but I got a special job. They had 8 large pallets
that needed dismantling so they could use it for fencing. It brought
back memories at Libertyware which was fun. The people there were
quite impressed with how I was able to do it because they found it
quite difficult. I guess I had a bit of an edge with my work

Elder Price

Most of our time this week was used to prepare Mila for her special
day and arrange the baptismal service. We involved a variety of people
in the programme and it had a good effect. One of the speakers
mentioned she had never before felt like she had played an important
role in something like this. My other favourite was the ten year old
playing the piano. He was nervous but he'll have more confidence next
time he is asked to play in front of people.

There was not a better way to spend the evening of the Saturday before
Christmas. Being involved in Mila's journey to follow Jesus Christ has
been incredible! She has a heart of gold and has every desire to keep
every commandment with exactness. They will have some family trials,
but now she has the companionship of the Holy Ghost to guide, direct,
comfort, and bless her.

It is difficult to describe the feeling of giving someone a priesthood
blessing. The feeling is even more powerful during the confirmation
and bestowal of the Holy Ghost. What I can say is that the priesthood
is very real. It is the authority to call upon the powers of heaven
and it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Anyone who
thinks that the Saviour is absent or that God is playing a harp in a
lounge chair needs to examine the Restored Gospel which is found in
the living church of Jesus Christ. If they do this with an honest
heart and real intent they will come to the same conclusion that I
have come to, along with millions of others, that HE LIVES AND HIS
TRUTH HAS BEEN RESTORED! I know this is the truth. I have felt it.

Elder Price

Monday, December 14, 2015

Waiting for the tube
Marylebone train station

London temple trip

Strength Beyond My Own  12/14/15

A lot of our time this week was spent planning, organising, and teaching in preparation for Mila's baptism on Saturday. She's asked the bishop to perform the baptism and me to do the confirmation. Although she has faced a lot of opposition, she is willing to trust in the Lord through everything. It's going to be amazing!

We also had a Zone Training in Staines on Tuesday and the Christmas Party/Temple trip on Thursday. That took a lot of time out of our proselyting but it was incredible. I don't really have time to explain how many prayers have been answered this week. Just know that I know Heavenly Father listens, REALLY LISTENS, and if we do the same we can recognise answers.

Elder Chiu Falck and I have had a few great hours in which we are working well together but overall this week I've been stressed. I have a hard time trying to work together because he doesn't listen. After trying a couple times it makes me just not want to include him in the plans but I keep trying. We broke some ground with him being focused in a couple lessons and a couple nights of planning. I'll be glad when his focus is more frequent than the opposite. The good news, we have progressed since last week and we will keep working on it. Also, it puts in reality how important communication is in a relationship. I'll appreciate the good times even more when I have to cope with difficult ones.

I can't remember if I have said but our landlady is selling our flat and not telling us why. We're going to have four homeless missionaries mid January if we can't find something.

My testimony is growing continually. Difficult times keep me humble because I know I would break if I was alone. The talk None Were With Him by Jeffrey R. Holland inspired me too. Going to the temple reminded me that we belong to the only true church. I was reminded of the covenants I have made. I was the most emotional when we were in the chapel and President Gubler reminded us what a privilege it was to be there. He said, "For some of you it has been a long time." It had been one year since I did a session before. I never want to go that long without going inside again. Casualness in spiritual matters never was happiness and attending the temple regularly can remind us of whatever we have forgotten. My thoughts are never as clear as they are in the House of the Lord.


Elder Price

Monday, December 7, 2015

Welcome December  12/7/15
Elder Chui Falck and I have worked together a lot better these past few days. We still don't have a picture together yet but we'll get one soon. Things are looking up.

I have finally figured out how to find connections in the Book of Mormon. It took me long enough. I underline every 'wherefore,' 'therefore,' 'insomuch,' and more. I circle every 'remember' as well and look for what I'm supposed to remember. It helps me to understand the cause and effect of things in the Book of Mormon. Knowing this helps me to apply it into my life.

I have felt great temptations and opposition this week. It reminds me 

of the days before I received my own endowment when I felt like
everything was going wrong. It is the storm right before great things
happen. I have relied on the Lord to carry me through. Something has
changed in me as I have allowed my desire to be a fully consecrated
missionary grow. I was praying while the emblems of the sacrament were
being passed and I discovered a few things I lack. I didn't realise
that I had allowed a few aspects of my behaviour become so casual. I
have picked a couple things to give as my gift to Him this year.
Really it will benefit me, but I do it because I love Him. I love my
Saviour Jesus Christ so I want to become more like Him.

Something else I have been working on is my next study journal. I have
organised it in a way that will help me more, and I want to record
impressions every day during personal study. Then I have other
sections for questions I have, topics I don't understand, and new
words I learn. President Hinckley taught that faith (or a testimony)
is like a muscle, if it is put in a sling it will get weak. If it is
exercised than it will be strengthened. I have set my new long-term
testimony workout plan so I can accomplish more.

I am super excited for the events coming up this week! Tuesday is Zone
Training, Thursday is our Christmas celebration where we get to do a
session in the temple and have dinner, Saturday we might take Mila to
the temple Visitor's Centre, and a week from Saturday is her baptism.
And Christmas is coming!!! If you haven't discovered it yet, visit to see what missionaries get excited about. You
might even like it.    

Love ya!   Elder Price

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Remember the time.  11/30/15

Time is going too fast. I honestly can't believe we are into December tomorrow and the most wonderful time of the year.

Saturday evening we had a Thanksgiving dinner with an American family from the ward. It was so nice. I even got to carve the turkey and without bragging too much, I did fairly well.

The work in High Wycombe is going well. There is so much potential here! We finally got a ward mission leader and he's great. I've already been out teaching with him a few times and we teach together in better unity than I do with my companion. Haha! Last Tuesday evening 
after a lesson we were walking down the street with Brother Holt (WML) and he stopped a girl with headphones to ask if she was interested in learning. I was buzzing with his willingness to do missionary work! That evening we talked to more people with energy and excitement which lead to greater success.

We brought out members we haven't worked with before and we keep asking for others to come. I am enjoying it. Our friend Mila is progressing toward her baptismal date well. Two of her children (ages 20 and 12) even agreed to let us teach them about the Plan of Salvation. They say they aren't interested for themselves but I know they feel the Holy Ghost.

Elder Chiu Falck and I aren't working very well together yet. It's difficult to coming from one of the best companionships I've had but we'll figure it out.  We have had a couple decent conversations. He's terrified to talk to people but to be fair he has made some good attempts. I will grow a lot this transfer as I learn to love him and serve with him. Trials help us grow if we respond with a good attitude.

I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a lifetime and daily plan. I know that faith preceeds repentance. I also know that it is because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we are able to accomplish all we do. I would be helpless without His grace. My testimony of obedience is growing as well. Not because I am seeing major results from making small changes, but that making those changes is often easier. On top of that, obedience brings blessings and ultimately, HAPPINESS. I'm definitely into that!

The new Christmas video is out so give it a look on and post it if you'd like.  I prefer last years but this one is still amazing!

Oh I finished the Book of Mormon again this week and I found something out... it's true! Love you!      Elder Price

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Saying goodbye to Elder Baines.

Just a quickie.  11/24/15

Hiya everyone!

It's moves week so we are emailing on Tuesday. Elder Baines is

currently at the temple and tomorrow he flies to Utah with the

missionaries who are going home. I imagine him coming down the

escalator in SLC airport with families cheering and crying, then he'll

get to walk past them and complete 21 more months of service. He is a

powerful teacher and a good friend. I am going to miss serving with


My new companion is Elder Chiu Falck. He just finished being trained

in London so I get to follow up. He is from a fairly big city in

Sweden. He likes video games and mathematical engineering. So far he

hasn't said too much, or when he did I couldn't hear him, so I'll tell

you more about him next week.

Goals for this week include: strengthening companionship unity through

communication, developing patience and charity, and doing work.

Mila came to church and she is progressing well! Rue came to church

late, in time for Sunday School, and she promised to come to Sacrament

Meeting next week.

Also it got really cold this week. I'm wearing thermals and a scarf

already and it's only November.

Happy Turkey Day! Love,

Elder Price

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

                Turkish barbers are the illest.‏



This week I have reached a new level of boldness. I am overcoming my

fears of President's new contacting approach. We just introduce

ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ, introduce the Restoration and

the Book of Mormon quickly, testify, and ask if they're willing to

learn more and act on the answer we get. President Gubler wants us to

find the people who are prepared, not prepare people. It is the season

of miracles and I know miracles are happening.

Elder Baines and I have been talking to so many people this week. We

had a goal for an all time high of 25 other lessons this week but at

accounting we only had 24. We decided to use part of our dinner hour

to go get one more. In under twenty minutes we found someone who was

willing to listen for a few minutes and said they would consider

coming to our church or meeting up again.

Our friend Mila, that came to church last week, is progressing well.

Looking back we understand how paramount it has been to follow the

Spirit. We weren't sure why we felt like teaching the lessons in the

order we did and how we did, but later we found out she has been

taught before a long time ago and she already has the Book of Mormon.

She doesn't remember too much, but I know the Lord had us teach

exactly what she needed to know at that time. Now she is ready to

follow Jesus Christ and she'll be baptised on the 19th of December. We

even had a movie night with her family and Mila said the closing

prayer for about 7 minutes pleading for her children's hearts to be

softened to the message. I'm not sure what they were thinking but I

liked it!

Elder Baines has his visa but we don't have any news on travel plans

yet. I'm guessing he flies to Utah with departing missionaries a week

from Tuesday. Then he'll be assigned somewhere in the Orem Mission.

Hopefully in Heather's area!

President Gubler shared a story that amazed me. It reads, "In 1980 a

young man from Rwanda was forced by his tribe to either renounce

Christ or face certain death. He refused to renounce Christ, and he

was killed on the spot. The night before he had written the following

commitment which was found in his room:

“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed, the die has been cast, I

have stepped over the line, the decision has been made- I’m a disciple

of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be

still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is

secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth

knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, worldly talking, cheap giving &

dwarfed goals. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my

road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is

reliable, my mission is clear. I won’t give up, shut up, let up until

I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ.

I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till everyone knows,

work till He stops me & when He comes for His own, He will have no

trouble recognizing me because my banner will have been clear.”

I am not ashamed to represent our Lord or this church. I love it! Our

mission song is a famous English hymn called Jerusalem by William

Blake. Right now I feel the words, "I will not cease from mental

fight, until we have built Jerusalem, among this green and peaceful

land." I love doing missionary work. I know that this is the true

church of Jesus Christ.

Elder Price

Brother Hope works with the US military so they have connections. It
was so nice to get the goods from the commissary! They're too kind.

We had mac and cheese by candlelight to celebrate our 1 month mark.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Up and up.  11/9/15

Sorry this one is so long! It's exciting though.
Teaching solid lessons this week.
Interruptions and opposition.
Preaching in a mosque.
Speaking in a church.
Going to London.

Extended Edition

Since the last email we have had some of the highest highs and lowest lows. I'll keep it on the positive note but there were some pretty rough moments. I have so much I want to share I'm buzzing just thinking about it!

Monday evening we went to the Mosque with our Christian friend Ben. This was my second time. After their prayers they come to the back and we all sit on the floor with tea and biscuits and chat. We have had some brilliant discussions. This week I ended up across from other three missionaries with Amjad and his brother on either side. The conversation was fairly light until a Muslim named James, who was raised Catholic, wanted to discuss more doctrinal topics. He shared is conversion story and we all listened. I discovered that they believe that every nation has had a prophet to give them the Quran (Allah's word). They believe that Muhammed was the last prophet. With that in mind, I asked if they believed there were prophets before Muhammed in other lands that we don't have the records of. Interesting enough, the time span covered in the Book of Mormon (600BC-421AD) is all before Muhammed's lifetime (around 570AD). We talked about how the Book of Mormon is one of those records.

I was able to explain our view on Gospel Dispensations. They agreed that from the time of Abraham the people were properly submitting to God's will (As a side note in Arabic Islam means to submit to God's will.) and when they rejected the prophets and went into a rebellious state the prophets were taken away (apostasy). I was able to testify that God has called prophets whenever the people were ready to listen, and that we have prophets on the earth today. When I finished my ears were burning and my heart was pounding. Ben complimented me for defending our faith. They invited us back again but we decided not to go every week. I enjoyed it, but I don't know if that's how we should use our time.

Tuesday Elder Baines and I stumbled into an ambush. We began talking to a Christian man who was handing out leaflets. He didn't take long to show how much he knew about our church. He came out with our divine potential and a quote from Lorenzo Snow. He bashed about polygamy and the Book of Mormon for nearly an hour. Some of it was good for a laugh like the Book of Mormon can't be true because it says, "And it came to pass..." too many times. As we were trying to walk away his replacement came and he took his lunch break. This conversation was shorter and slightly lighter but not much more pleasant. It wasn't good.

Wednesday we had a brilliant district meeting to boost our spirits and remind me of my testimony. Elder and Sister Warner (senior couple that served a mission in Melbourne too) said some inspirational things. We also read a few verses from D&C 138 and talked about a few other things that I feel were tender mercies for me. I know Heavenly Father was looking out for me.

Afterwards we visited our friend Rue. We felt really good about the lesson we had planned when we prayed about it, and it addressed her questions perfectly! We felt the Spirit. She told us that we were sent from God to remind her of how her relationship with him used to be. She wants to strengthen it and she wants to get baptised too! But she doesn't want to be a full member of the church. We'll see how that goes.

Thursday was our holiday to London. We woke up at 4:45 to make it to our train on time. The train was a direct service that all the businessmen and women take and it was quite a short journey. In about an hour we were walking the streets of Westminster. The long part was walking to and from the train stations. I loved my experience there! The US Embassy lives up to every British stereotypes of American government. There were multiple armed guards with assault rifles posted around the premises. I wasn't allowed inside so I had an hour and a bit as a lone wolf. That was weird.

We met up with our Muslim friend I called "Wiz" in a previous email to protect his identity. We discovered that he has quite the reputation. He used a be a cage fighter and he wasn't concerned when people shouted things at us in Arabic as they drove past. We went behind the shops where it was quieter to chat. Wiz makes us laugh with comments he makes. He's a super funny guy! When we were walking away Elder Baines began to laugh and observed, "We just prayed with the hardest guy on Green Street in a dark alley."

Saturday we met our friend Joel at the library. Our discussion was going alright until this crazy woman showed up. I thought she was joking about being his girlfriend at first. I feel a bit bad because she has some mental health issues but it makes a funny story talking about the things she was shouting from the rooftops to the entire 2nd floor of the Wycombe library.

That evening we visited Milla. She was a referral from a member we've been trying to sit down with. She was in with two of her sons and she invited us right in. We had a powerful discussion about the Atonement and forgiveness. We watched the Mormon Message Beacuse of Him and I think it helped her gain more hope. She came to church and seemed to really enjoy it!

I spoke in church about Captain Moroni and the Title of Liberty. I talked about how we need to liken or relate the scriptures to our lives. I related the stories to defending ourselves spiritually and being prepared for when those attacks come. I also spoke about being an example (or hoisting our Title of Liberty) to be a voice for religious freedom. A lot more people believe in God than we think sometimes. It was a fitting topic for Remembrance Sunday. We even sang "God Save the Queen" in church. It was interesting seeing how half the ward isn't British but it was fun.

We were able to sit down with our new friend Kenny to teach the Restoration. I was promised that there would be interruptions at the climax of the lesson in one of my mission prep classes. The lesson was going well. We were having him read the first vision and halfway through there was a knock on the door. His sister was dropping off his son. After she left a few minutes later we  tried to wrap it up but we were interrupted by his cousin only about two minutes later. He is sincere but he seemed a bit embarrassed to be discovered by his peers. Maybe next time will be better.

Wow that could be a flipping book in itself! I hope you have a good week!

Elder Price
This is in Grosvenor Square next to the U.S. Embassy

This was around seven in the morning in the city Westminster. I was
surprised by how busy it was early in the morning.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy day!  11/2/15

Sum Up

-Just read it to find out. It's not even dry this time.

The Novel

Once upon a time I made a mistake and we took the bus number 74
instead of X74. The ONLY difference, it skipped the city we were
traveling to. I sent home a picture of us looking confused in the
dark. We were waiting for the bus to turn up towards a place called
Beaconsfield but instead it got on the motorway and left our area.

On Saturday Elder Baines finished working on his visa at the chapel.
When we planned for Saturday we felt like it would be good to work on
this visa application at a specific time. While we were there
technical errors caused a few delays. As I was sitting there studying
I saw a man walking up to the door. At first I thought it was the
postman but I quickly recognised Joel, a man we met a week before. He
was walking past the chapel and felt like coming to see the inside. It
was no coincidence we were there. We gave him a chapel tour and
learned a lot about him. He has met with missionaries before, been to
other wards, and read the Book of Mormon. The best part, he accepts
Joseph Smith as a prophet. After we said a prayer next the baptismal
font we challenged him to pray about if he should join the church. He
is difficult to get in contact with, but we are hoping for more

We went knocking Saturday evening for a laugh and got mixed responses.
We had a couple meaningful discussions, a few bits of sweets, and a
Jehovah's Witness shouting about how Satanic Halloween is. I guess you
can't win them all.

Sunday we were invited into Relief Society for a lesson about member
missionary work. To describe it politely, Relief Society is an
experience. It's a bit more... animated than Priesthood. We each got
to share about ourselves and I testified of having a strong ward
family. I reminded them we're away from home and so they are our
family, ie sisters, mums, and grandmums. The dinner calender has never
been more popular. ;) haha! Honestly though the lesson on missionary
work was amazing! The ward is getting a lot more excited to get out

All sorts of experiences this week but I just want to say how happy I
am. I am loving all of these experiences. I know the Gospel of Jesus
Christ is true. I know that the Priesthood has been restored through
the prophet Joseph Smith (peace be upon him) and that the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His kingdom on earth, established
to prepare for the second coming of the Messiah. I have gained a
testimony of deeper principles including exaltation and knowing the
God of the Old Testament. I know we have Heavenly Parent's who love
us. Additionally, I know I have so much support from all of my loved
ones reading this email. Thank you! I love you!

Elder Price

PS Thursday is our holiday to the US Embassy in London for Elder
Baines' visa interview. It should be fun!

Yeah we wore matching ties!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sock it to me.‏  10/26/15

Respect gained for Islam. America.

The Epistle
Well I suppose that I should write this group email that I have been neglecting. A lot has happened this week, and I'm almost positive that I say that every week. Most of it are things that you have heard similar stories of before though so I will skip the boring details.

Wednesday we had zone training in Addlestone because the Staines Stake centre roof is having repairs. The logical way to get there would be through London, but since that is out of our mission we had to take an hour long bus and THREE TRAINS. Illogical travel plans are nothing new here though.

In Zone Training Elder Baines and I gave a presentation on companion unity. We have an advantage because we get on so well. We'd only been serving together eight days at this point but we were pretty unified. We focused on how you can look inward to improve a relationship. You focus on their strengths, work on your weaknesses, and pray about those exact things. It turned out to be a great discussion and I learned a lot as well.

Tuesday we had one of teaching appointments fall through. Our backup plan was to contact on this dodgy road in the Muslim area. We were thinking about changing our plans but I decided, "No, when we prayed and confirmed these plans we consecrated them to the Lord. If it doesn't go well we will pray again and seek guidance and where we need to be." Talking to people up that road was pretty brutal for a bit. Then we approached three guys chatting outside of a shop. Two of them had beards and one was in a traditional robe. As we started talking to them one went inside and another left, but the third stayed to become one of our new friends. We'll call him "Wiz" for my blog.

Wiz is a unique guy. When he was basically returning to Islam after years of inactivity, he prayed and asked God (Allah) for guidance to the right sect. I was confused in his story what happened from there but I was touched either way. We have met with Wiz a couple of times now to ask each other questions. He was intrigued to hear Joseph Smith's experience because of it's similarities with Mohammed's. He's asking questions about the Book of Mormon and we're asking about the Quran. I don't agree with all the theology, but I have gained a lot of respect for the values most Muslims have. Many live higher standards than most Christians.

We had dinner with this American couple from the ward yesterday. We had taco soup on tortilla crisps!!! His career is connected to the military so he has access to American food. He even offered to go buy groceries and snacks next time he's up there. Best day ever! He took us home in his Suburban which was MASSIVE! Brother Hope was saying that people would give us funny looks as we drove down the road and he was right. The first guy we passed was as guy in a Mercedes G-Wagon that flagged us down, backed up to talk to us, and proceeded to compliment his SUV. Apparently this funny man had a Suburban in his garage at home.

On my birthday (Saturday) we celebrated just a tad. After my first experience at Nando's we knew daylight savings so we had an extra hour. We played the Settlers of Catan with a big bag of Swedish Fish. Pretty good!

Sorry that's all for now. I love you!

Elder Price

Happy 21st birthday.  Elder Price wore his traditional birthday shirt which he has worn since 3rd grade

Monday, October 19, 2015

Elder Price, Elder Baines (Yorkshire),Elder Hartshorn, Elder Reynolds (Manchester)

Living the dream ;)  10/19/15

Sum Up
Diversity in High Wycombe. Small flat. Working hard is satisfying. 

The Epistle
I am struggling to know where to begin with this email because there is so much to fill you in on! I will try and cover all of the bases.

High Wycombe is close to London. They say that London isn't English anymore. High Wycombe is the most diverse place I have ever been. There is a large Pakistan community here as well as Bangladesh, which means we meet Muslims every day. I'm proud to smile and say hello has they read my name tag. There is also a lot of people from various African countries, eastern European, and a few Asian. Most areas around are perfectly safe.

The other companionship in High Wycombe is opening a new area but they don't have a flat yet so they're living in ours. We live in a ONE BEDROOM FLAT. This is not good. It can be loads of fun, especially with the elders we have here, but it's not effective for the work. Every night they have to lay out their mattresses and every morning they have to put them back up. They are living halfway out of suitcases and we are tripping over each other. It's just my luck, I finally get a clean companion and we have these other hooligans living with us. Organization is once again, a struggle.

It is convenient to live so close to the centre of town. In a city all you have to do is be willing to open your mouth and you will get lessons. We met so many interesting people. They didn't have a teaching pool to start so it is almost as if we are starting from ground zero. We've done a lot of finding but with a great companion it is enjoyable. This week we had 20 total other lessons, which is about the sum of what they had here in the previous five weeks combined. We have three return appointments so fingers crossed we should have someone progressing towards baptism soon. Elder Baines wants at least one baptism before his visa comes through so we're going to do all we can to make that happen. In the end though, our faith is in Jesus Christ, not results.

My opinion of Elder Baines is very high. I have a lot of respect for the positive attitude he has kept this far into his mission and his desire to do great things. He knows the doctrine well and he is also intelligent so training has been simple. The best part is his strong desire to work hard be obedient. I know we are going to see miracles together.

The ward here may have had a few struggles recently but they were excited to meet the new missionaries. Church attendance was around 50 people. The bishop is a military man which means he is very strong and organized. They were all very excited to have four energetic missionaries in church on Sunday. Hopefully the attitude is improving.

Honestly I can't believe how fast things are happening. Leaving the Isle of Wight felt really sudden and now I am with my 7th companion already. My gospel knowledge is continuously growing, my understanding of Preach My Gospel principles is strengthening, and my faith is deepening. I know director of this work is the Lord Himself. Doing what is asked isn't easy but I know that it is worth it. Overall, I love being a missionary!

Elder Price

Missionaries don't go thrift shopping, they go flat finding! Each of us are wearing a couple things from the closet.

Now that I'm close to London I get to experience much more diversity. Joshua, our EQP, is from Zambia and he cooked us Nshima with beef for dinner. It's a common African staple food made from maise and it'sdelicious! We ate with our hands too.
We're just posing in the subway (tunnel under the dual carriageway).

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New place, new face, new excitement.  10/13/15

Sum Up
I'm moving to High Wycombe.
The Atonement.

The Epistle
A lot has happened since the last email! At Zone Training President Gubler was teaching us how to be more bold and direct (and still loving) to find people who are willing to progress. We're going to use the Book of Mormon as a sifter when we find and teach people that will read it. If they aren't willing to experiment than by their own declaration they aren't ready so we thank them for their honesty and move on.

We also had interviews with President which is always a good time. I love one on one time with spiritual giants. For lunch we had "Cafe Rio" homemade by a lovely senior couple. I snagged a delicious sweet pork burrito and sat next to President to ask doctrinal questions. That was my favourite part of the day.

We have two new solid investigators but I'll spare the details because I'm being shipped northward. Elder Graham will stay on the island to train and I will go to High Wycombe to finish training. It's like déjà vu (like it's happened before). The only thing I know about him is that his name is Elder Baines and he wants to work. I think we can arrange that.

Over the weekend was madness trying to visit everyone and invite them to be faithful one last time. We started to get ill Thursday night so we prayed that exchanges the next day would get cancelled. Our district leader called the next morning with a changed mind. Are you surprised? By Friday night I felt awful so Elder Graham gave me a blessing. He promised I would sleep well and then wake up on time with energy and feeling well. I nearly leaped out of bed the next morning. Unfortunately, he didn't bless me with my voice back and I could hardly speak ALL SATURDAY. I told him it's the Lord's way of making him take the lead in teaching and talking to people. I even saved pictures off for a lesson and used them while he spoke.

Two of Bishop's grandsons who are best friend cousins were baptised Sunday and we were honoured to participate. Standing in on confirmations is always powerful.

Paul blessed the sacrament in church for my last week there. If nothing else happens the rest of my mission, teaching him made the whole thing worth it.

To get to the moves meeting we slept in the Portsmouth flat last night and took a train to Crawley chapel. Then I got a lift to meet my companion in High Wycombe. Elder Baines is from Sheffield and he's a star! He's actually been called to the Orem Utah mission but he is waiting on a visa. He's eager to work and no doubt we're going to work harder than we ever had before. One of the best parts, he loves a clean flat as much or more than me. I am so happy to be here with him!!

A scripture I enjoyed in my personal study today was about gathering the House of Israel and specifically the Jews. 2 Nephi 25:16 which reads:

...they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind--and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah...

When they believe in their Messiah then they can enjoy the blessings of the infinite atonement. So if we believe in Jesus as the Christ do we actually use the Atonement as much as we should to shape us?

More to come next week!

Bishop's grandsons baptism
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Beautiful sunset

Monday, October 5, 2015

Aaron and Tabby from Paignton joined us for conference

Just a quickie.   10/5/15

Some books are long and some epistles are just a few verses. I have neglected the group email this week but I want everyone to remember how blessed we are in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints. We know that God loves us and continues to speak. We have heard His council in these last few days from His dedicated servants. I have learned a lot and my testimony has been strengthened.

One talk mentioned the phrase, "What lack I yet?" which has been a theme in the mission. It went hand in hand with our inspired mission plan. The Holy Ghost reaffirmed to me that President Gubler is inspired and that the second harvest of the season of miracles in the England London South Mission is at hand. It hasn't been our turn for something dramatic yet on the Isle of Wight but the mission is seeing amazing things happen. I know the church is true!


Elder Price

Elder Price & Elder Graham at sunny Sandown seafront

Monday, September 28, 2015

Paved with good intentions.    9/28/15

Priorities. New friends!

The Goods
I have been thinking a lot about priorities. I remember they used to always say "Institute a priority" and then I would go arrange institute classes around my university classes. It wasn't my top priority. For a long time it wasn't even a priority. As a missionary we need to decide what activities are most important. There are loads of things that we could be doing but there aren't always the best things to do. We are getting fed by the members a lot here. It's good to work with them and food is good too, but it is important to evaluate whether activities are being effective.

In the same way, when the two areas on the island were combined we had a large teaching pool. We had a difficult time seeing everyone we needed to. When we decided who was top priority we didn't make excuses to not see them. Our schedule was arranged around their visits.

Members often have too many good activities to choose from. If priesthood service and church attendance aren't a top priority than they probably won't happen enough. Remodeling the house, yard work, and family situations can fight for our attention. The key is to decide what is your highest priority before the situation arises. Exercising our faith needs to be a top priority. Having righteous desires and making that our priority is paramount. Elder Oaks said:

Let us remember that desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. In addition, it is our actions and our desires that cause us to become something, whether a true friend, a gifted teacher, or one who has qualified for eternal life.

Anyway, this week we found some new people! I was buzzing after we met our friend Max, who is new to the island. He had some health issues but he is optimistic and trusts the Lord. He's open to new perspectives and looking for a church on the island to attend regularly. I think I know a good one!

The other new ones are Chloe and Donna. We met up the second time at a "public house" which I know now is also called a "pub." Luckily there was an upstairs that was really quiet so we were able to share about how a relationship with God, the Gospel, and the Atonement of Christ can help us in our lives. I'm excited to see them again this week!

Everyone else is good... nothing too dramatic happening. I love you !

Elder Price
My new friend Micah
Portsmouth elders zone