Monday, January 19, 2015

"Have Faith In Me"‏ Jan 19, 2015

-Faith is a word that isn't understood. I still have a lot to learn but it has power.
-The work continues.


We had Zone Training in Plymouth last Tuesday. It was serious business. There were good testimonies and talks. Elder Tidwell and I were asked to conduct a Book of Mormon workshop and I was able to learn a lot because we only had a rough idea of our plan, and we weren't sure how much time we would have. We were able to talk about how the Book of Mormon can be used to answer questions of the soul. I testified of how much more effective it is to show people answers to their questions in the scriptures than for us to just tell them. Than they learn how to find their own answers and develop a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I always learn the most when I have the opportunity to bear testimony of a principle. Usually I'm not even sure what I'm going to say but the Spirit works miracles.

Through my Book of Mormon study I have realised the power that faith has. Just by faith the Brother of Jared saw the Lord's finger. He had perfect faith so he couldn't be kept within the veil. Then the Lord is willing to show Himself because the Brother of Jared has no doubt. I have heard some amazing stories from all sorts of people here. I can't even begin to imagine how incredible that experience must be.

By faith mountains have been moved, prison walls shaken, seas parted, and many other mighty miracles. Jesus Christ has ascended to be with His Father, but that does not mean that miracles cease (Moroni 7). Miracles still happen daily. Faith is the power behind them.

Christ asked us to have faith in him (Moroni 7:33). If we have faith that he will guide us to people ready to receive the gospel (or for members, provide opportunities to do missionary work), and have faith that he will give us the Spirit to know what to say, there is nothing to fear. He wants the work to move forward so why wouldn't it? They haven't sent missionaries here not to baptise. We haven't seen very much progress with the people we are working with, but I have faith. I know that the Lord will help them receive the message and help us deliver it. I know he will help us find those who are searching. And we need to find more people to teach.

 We do have some good potentials though. We keep trying to follow up with these people and hope they really start to investigate. 

Thank you for continued love and support. I love to hear from you all, especially your testimonies and what you've learned from study. ;)


Elder Price

Monday, January 12, 2015

If you want something done ask the busy man. The lazy man has no time.‏

SUM UP:      (Jan 12, 2015)
-Families can be together forever.
-Imperfect people can still do perfect things.


This week was week one of the transfer so we had meetings and exchanges to take up a lot of time. We went to Plymouth for DLC and rode the Stagecoach Gold. I'm raving about this bus because it has the comfiest leather seats and wi-fi! Now we just need a device with internet on it. I also got to travel to Cornwall on exchange with Elder Wood.

I felt blessed to have an exchange with Elder Wood. I have a lot of respect for his work ethic and determination to do everything exactly as Preach My Gospel recommends. Some missionaries think he's too serious but he can't fool me, he's a pineapple. Prickly on the outside and sweet on the inside. Besides being exactly obedient and anxiously engaged, working with him gave me more motivation to work hard and strive for perfection with my planner and area book. In his companionship they are following a quote from Elder Cook, "Imperfect people can still do perfect things," which inspired them to strive for a perfect planner and area book. They write down every little commitment made and always follow up.

This exchange gave me good ideas and reminded me how important it is to seek revelation throughout the entire planning session, not just the beginning. If we are obedient and have quality faith, we are entitled to revelation for our area. So we travelled to this little village that Elder Wood and Herrod were inspired to go to. Elder Wood told me we were going to find a family that will be baptised this transfer or next, and we will teach the plan of salvation. We prayed about which little cul-de-sac to knock in the short amount of time we had. Knocking about a dozen doors, only a few got slammed in our face, multiple said we could come back, and we found this one family that was so happy. It's rare to find a good happy family, but we heard laughter coming from inside the house. I was able to testify about the plan of salvation and they arranged a return appointment. 

"T" (investigator) and her fiancé "A" (returning less active) organised a large FHE with their families and exclaimed why they're set on the gospel and how they know families can be together forever. Knowing their family situations I was pretty nervous and I even called the night a time bomb. There hasn't been a lot of support so it was a big step for them to be so bold. They even made their families join in singing children's hymns about forever families and the temple. I complimented them on their courage.

They gave us half an hour to talk about families. Don't fall over but I even got a little emotional when I was testifying. Not very often but once in a while I feel prompted to make my testimony personal I include the background of my little cousin who passed on. I've only spoken her name a few times on my mission, but when I tell people the Spirit promised me I could embrace that little angel again someday, they listen intently. I can imagine her sitting indian style in the middle of the floor when I speak. I have a firm testimony of the plan of salvation. Like Nephi, "I know God loveth his children nevertheless I do not know the meaning of all things." I can assure you that He does love us because of this he wants to bless our lives. All we have to do is ask. He can get us through anything. Jesus Christ atoned for everything we have gone through, and will yet go through.

I love you all!

Elder Price

Monday, January 5, 2015

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?!?‏ Jan 5, 2015

-Drumroll please..... and the new companion is.... Elder Tidwell! (Read the novel for the good part)
-Missionaries <3 members
-We knew the plan before we came to Earth.

Hello. The work continues. I mean I don't know what else to tell you besides that. Hopefully I'm not the missionary that by the end of my two years all I have to say is, "Yeah we did some missionary work this week." But this week we did more missionary work. We continue to work with the same people and we have found loads of potentials recently. I hope a few of them are sincere because we're going to try and get four new investigators this week, which would be an all time high.

Monday I helped “C” orchestrate a surprise party for Elder Oleson. It's not easy to keep a secret when you're together 24/7, but it is possible. After the party Elder Oleson realised how much he helped and he had no idea. He was telling “C” who he would miss from the ward and he didn't even question that evening when she made up excuses to get some of their phone numbers.

Tuesday I got my new companion but because Elder Oleson had his driving test he messed up travel plans, and I was with them both for a little while. I joked it's like when a relationship ends because they were just better off as friends, and then they see you going out with someone else. The ex and new in the same room... yikes ;)

The new guy is Elder Tidwell from Kaysville flipping Utah. We've been able to talk about a lot of mutual friends, interests and favourite places. He was thinking I looked familiar so we were trying to figure it out. We both skied at Canyons for a while and then at Snowbasin. We graduated the same year so I could've seen him at sporting events at Davis or somewhere. He lived in Layton when he was young so he thought we might've met before. It took a couple days but one night riding the bus home we figured it out. Are you ready for this? We were talking about elementary and then I remembered I didn't always go to school in Layton and asked where he went. He went to a few schools but in third grade, Mrs. Dent's spectrum class at Kaysville elementary! I was buzzing!!! I was like, "someone call Isaac and see if he remembers this kid!" So we came all the way over to England to be assigned as best friends for a few weeks. Pretty sound.

One of our biggest goals this transfer is not to just to bring new people into the church, but to help the ward out as much as we can. Whether that is by bringing new people in or by strengthening the members we'll work on it. The relationship with missionaries and the bishopric has been spotty in the past so we are working to develop trust with them. I can feel a change in the winds happening.

Contacting this week we met more interesting people. That's not surprising but sometimes what they say is. One man has a theory that Jesus came the second time as Hitler to get revenge on the Jews. Another was telling us a story of how he saw a rainbow on his birthday so he went to Kenya to climb the mountain he believes God lives on. Looking past the crazy stories I have noticed something. Many people realise pieces of the plan of salvation on their own while we talk to them. No matter their beliefs they have part of it. This tells me that we learned the plan before. I know that it is true. We learned what we would have to endure and we trusted our Saviour to Atone for us so we chose to be born. That is truth. I have a deep respect for our Saviour and look forward to the day that I will be able to give Him a big hug because words won't be able to thank him. He loves each of you and I do too!

Elder Price

Sunday, January 4, 2015

RIGHT BACK AT IT AGAIN ;)‏  12/29/14

-Christmas in England shuts the city down. It's amazing.
-I <3 Christmas carols
-I <3 Christmas spirit
-I'm staying in my area and getting a new companion.

Well our holiday was a lot of fun! We went to Strasbourg with "C" to visit her family. It was nice to be able to Skype everyone and have some time off to go sight seeing and relax. 

Anyway, the holiday had to end and we have to get right back at it. It has been hard to get back into the routine because Elder Oleson leaves me tomorrow. He's going to follow up train a missionary from my group from Twin Falls that I got on well with so that's cool. My new companion is named Elder Tidwell and the only other thing I know about him is that he served with the other missionary Elder Oleson trained.

This next week will be very busy with moves and getting settled after the holiday. The future still looks bright with lots of promise for referrals from the He is the Gift initiative. We will continue to visit less actives by area as I explained before, and I plan on adding active members to the routes so we can ask for more referrals. Although street contacting can be fun, we can do that between houses. It'll be pretty sick!

I am going to miss Elder Oleson but I am also excited to learn and grow through new experiences with my next companion. I'm glad I'm not leaving this area yet. I feel like I just got here and I have just gotten to know the people.

So whoever doesn't know, Christmas was last week. We were challenged to make it effective instead of spending days inside of our favourite active members' homes. So instead we decided to make it effective by spending it inside our favourite investigator's home. We are over so much that "C" makes it feel like a home for us anyway so that was really nice. We were able to visit multiple investigators and quite a few less actives so it turned out be a good holiday.

Christmas morning was sunny and warm when we went down to the promenade and contacted for an hour. The entire feeling was different. The moody English attitude was gone for the day. The air smelled fresh, and people looked happy. We said "Merry Christmas" to everyone we saw just to see what they do. Most people replied, "Happy Christmas" after they got over the shock. We read Luke 2 with a few people but most wouldn't hear it. One man tried to give us two pounds but instead we made him promise to pay it forward.

My favourite day was Christmas eve. Our ward hosted a carol service that was well attended. "C" brought nearly a dozen friends and loads of less actives made it out. Our chapel was nearly as full as it can get, which sadly is less than a hundred but it was packed. They alternated Christmas carols and scripture reading about the story. Most carols we sang from the hymn book all together which was a positive way to get everyone to praise the Lord. It was brill.

After the carol service Elder Oleson and I went to visit "D" and his family. We took some Christmas decorations and a Talking Thomas (the train) for his two year old son. We were able to share a little FHE type lesson with them about the symbols of Christmas and how they testify of Christ. I wrote the meaning of each item on the back of the paper object that the Mattingleys sent me and handed it to "D"'s wife. We testified of Christ and then let the boy have his present. The mum put the papers I read off on the tree and the little boy shouted "I LOVE THOMAS!" in Romanian. That was a precious moment, my favourite by far.

We also had some time to play a couple games and relax. It was weird. I used my free time to write in my journal. It could only get better if we were watching Joy to the World, again! Haha Christmas was different but I am grateful I was able to experience it like this. It was spiritual and I will appreciate having family around even more when I am home.

There are a few things that everyone needs to write their senator about. First, it's all about Boxing Day. The sales are better than Black Friday but maybe only because there was less people shopping and way better clothes. Second, on Christmas every business is closed and the roads are nearly empty. Third, sales tax is included here. When the price tag says 20 quid, it's amazing, you pay 20 quid! So there's my bit.

As always, I love being a missionary and I have being trying to find more reasons to smile since Christmas. Apparently you can work hard and laugh along the way too. We'll see if I can make optimism the next fad, like skinny jeans.

Love, Elder Price