Monday, February 23, 2015

Bada Bing! Wit a Bible.‏ 2/23/15

-Preaching with a preacher to preachers about the Preacher.
-Jesus Christ was tempted (but for real though).

We had a lot of meetings and irregular things to keep us busy this week. I passed my interview with President Millar so it looks like I'll have to stick it out for a couple more years. Also, I got to go to Plymouth on exchanges with the zone leaders so I was able to teach uni students! It was so nice to speak with people that I can relate to so well.

I may not be in the Bible Belt with a few of my best mates but you still have to know it around here. With the amount of churches (and old people) in the area we meet a current or retired minister of some sorts almost every week. I love to see how much faith they have but it is almost sad how close they are to the truth, but because they have already felt the Spirit tell them the Bible is the truth, they are too closed minded to even consider the possibility of more being revealed. Either that or they excuse it with explaining that God inspires many different people and you can get to him in many different ways. People just don't understand... and they are so close to the truth!

You've got to roll with the punches because you know that it will be inevitable to say something unforgettable, unless you work with the Spirit. One minister of a Free Church was so close to the truth from the Bible besides that he doesn't think that baptism is necessary. He was going on about how in his church they reformed strictly to what the Bible teaches but then he couldn't explain why Paul wrote to the Corinthians about baptisms for the dead. I am really glad that most of these types of preachers that I have met don't try to bash or put us down, but it really becomes a discussion. Which can be good, or take ages to get over with. The coolest part is my testimony always seems to be boosted after these discussions. We truly have the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Sunday (yesterday) we were blessed to have 5 of the less active members, all priesthood holders, we have worked with recently find a way to church. There is hope for Paignton ward having priesthood leaders in a generation or so!

In other news, Cathy seems to be progressing now. She shocked us when we came over to read the Book of Mormon with her. She said she was in chapter 2 but when we sat down we discovered she was in 2 Nephi! The doctrine is slowly starting to stick.

No Aaron and Tabby at church again but we have a spiritual FHE about Joseph Smith planned with them so hopefully that goes well.

We are starting to implement this big new plan for Europe, and part of it is working on our family history using these booklets called My Family. I got really excited decorating and filling mine out. Unfortunately, I can't call my grandparents at the moment to hear all these cool stories but I was able to feel the Spirit of Elijah just looking at my family tree. It is important to know where we come from in this world as well as the life before we gained a physical body.

One of the things that had the biggest impact on me during study this week was reading about how Jesus was tempted by Satan at the end of his fast. I never comprehended how he really was tempted. The word that stuck out to me was "if." Not only is he tempted but by using the subtle word "if" Satan tries to make Him doubt what he already knows. He tries to make Him doubt that He did hear the Father's voice and what He is on Earth to do. By this point in Christ's life He understand His mission and His parentage, but he is still tempted. I am having a hard time explaining but I suppose most spiritual experiences aren't easy to explain. I learnt a lot about how clever the Adversary's tactics are and how we can follow Christ's example and remain obedient through the toughest challenges. In the same way I know that I am representing Jesus Christ in His true church. My journal is a treasure chest of spiritual experiences so that when I have doubts I can go back and read my own writing. I know I have felt the Spirit tell me the Book of Mormon is true, Jesus is the Saviour and Redeemer of all the world, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His kingdom preparing for the second coming.

Elder Price

Monday, February 16, 2015

One Step At a Time‏ 2/16/15

-the grind
-The church is true, what else isn't new?


This past week has been good for less-active work but has been a struggle working with investigators. Our teaching pool feels a bit stagnant. After a week with multiple flogged appointments we were excited to meet up with a referral from headquarters on Saturday. It was a ways out into the country where no buses go so it took some planning to get a lift and a time that worked for both parties. We arranged to go with a member that could drive, got an appointment, and planned our afternoon around this appointment. An hour before we were supposed to leave the referral called and cancelled. We weren't sure what changed for him but it was a little disappointing. Then I remembered Tyler telling me, "Giving up after one thing goes wrong is like slashing all four of your tires just because you get one flat." So we put on our spare, figuratively, and got back to work.

Elder Tidwell and I were talking about what would help the ward most. We feel that they need more strong leadership, so this week we are going to go and find the elect. "And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts." (D&C 29:7) We know they're out there and if we are faithful and diligent we will be guided to them. I want to find someone like Brother Schofield, a member of the bishopric who was baptised only three years ago. He is truly converted. 

One miracle we experienced this week was finding a member that was baptised in Aldershot twenty years ago. We had a spare fifteen minutes before our reservation at the library to complete the progress record so we went out contacting on the high street. When we met him we could tell that he was spiritual but it wasn't until ten minutes into the conversation that he determined he had been baptised into the church. Almost as if he was recalling it from long lost memories he illustrated how much he liked the church and how he received not only the Aaronic but also the Melchizedek priesthood. We gave him a chapel tour Saturday and he really enjoyed church on Sunday. He also recounted how he has been praying recently for spiritual direction. Amazing!

There isn't that much more to update you on so I guess I'll just do what missionaries to best, bear my testimony. I know, by the power of the Holy Ghost, that Jesus Christ is our Saviour and Redeemer. He loves us so he atoned for us. He is the Perfect Example. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is his kingdom established to prepare for the second coming. This firm testimony has taken a lot of study and prayer but I plan on continuing to develop it for the rest of my life and eternity. Like a sunrise, my testimony came slowly. Eventually, I realised I had always had the belief, it just wasn't illuminated because I hadn't taken the time and effort to discover it. I love the church and the opportunity to represent it.

And I love you ;)

Elder Price

Monday, February 9, 2015

I'm such a good missionary!! (Or so my parents tell me.)‏ 2/9/15

This past week has been what I would classify as a regular week with ups and downs. We continue to set high goals and work to achieve them, although we aren't seeing the investigators progress like we wish. We have been struggling to know how to help them progress, but at times we get stuck. After all we can do, they have to choose to act. A few of my favorite scriptures are in Jacob 5:40-41 because it shows Heavenly Father's emotion after he has done all he can and people still don't choose righteously. With some of the people we are working with, I feel the same as these verses illustrate. Just come to church! haha

"C" has been working with the missionaries for a long time. She hasn't been to church for a few weeks now or been able to read the Book of Mormon. Although she has some valid excuses, we are praying about dropping her because she is keeping investigating at a low priority.

"A" and "T" are still living in sin and planning a wedding slowly. They finally got jobs so added measure of structure to their lives may help them be responsible and start planning. Plus they need the funding to get married. We're basically finished with lessons so we continue to work with them at YSA meetings and ensure they get CPR (church, pray, read).

"D" and "G" are the couple we are working with that accepted a baptismal date. Our difficulty with them comes with a language barrier. We think that we have explained a principle clearly only to uncover some concerns in our next visit. They have a lot of potential if only they would read the Book of Mormon chapters we leave them and come to church. I guess that it all depends on their desire to change though. I will continue to pray to have the Spirit tell us how to help them.

My spiritual progress is astounding! I marvel at how much my testimony continues to grow every morning through study. I am diving deep into the New Testament and my love for the Saviour and his teachings, is abounding. I <3 the Sermon on the Mount. Similar to the former Sister Mattingley, personal study time is my favourite hour of the day. The personal insights that the Spirit can whisper to us when we seek them in the right environment are remarkable.  I am so grateful for the missionary schedule which is clearly inspired. If sacred time (mostly planning and study) is followed properly, it is sure to be a good day.

The relationship with the ward council is strengthening. I would be up for a new challenge if I was to be transferred, but the bonds we have been able to build with the leadership makes me want to continue working with them. We have finally accomplished a positive relationship with Bishop Eden and we have the ward mission leader and his wife coming out to teach with us tonight. This will be the first lesson he has been able to come out with us if it works. He is energetic in his missionary work but he likes to do it his own way.

We are seeing great progress in Paignton Ward! It seems to happen at a dreadfully slow pace but the work is moving. Soon it will hasten.

I know that my family (and many others) are praying for me. Thank you. The support I can feel is amazing. I know that a few of you asked in prayer that I may be able to work with the bishop better. I know that these prayers were answered. To do the Lord's work we have to do it his way, and he wants us to work with the ward. Besides, how could we baptise someone into a ward we don't trust? I have noticed in the past I wanted members to trust us but I had no trust in them. Trust is part of a relationship and it goes two ways. Now that I am putting my trust in them, they can trust me.

If anyone would have tried to explain how much love I would develop for the ward members here I would've thought they're mental. You'd have to be a loon to love and appreciate people out here in the south west! Once again, I have the opportunity to admit I have been humbled. I love the people here. They each contribute something that is special and vital to the work here. I am blessed to be able to serve them for this short period of time. I haven't had a moves call yet, so fingers crossed I'm staying one more transfer. Then I can see E Oleson at zone conference which would be brilliant!

LOL! <---that means lots of love.

Elder Price

Sunday, February 1, 2015

All I Want 1/26/15

-missionary work

The work continues to crawl forward... slowly. It's a little discouraging at times because it is easy to look back and think that not much has been accomplished. Especially when all I want it to help these people find true joy, that will last FOREVER, and they don't want it. Then I look back at my journal and I know I have made an impact. Key indicators just don't tell the whole story.

We are learning how to work with the ward and especially the ward council. We continue to try and build a positive relationship with Bishop. Our ward mission leader is energetic and sometimes aggressive with missionary work but we decided we have to trust the ward in order for them to trust us. So we have invited them to come to more lessons with us. They haven't followed through yet but one of these times it will work out. The bishop cancelled on us the day before and the investigator cancelled on the teach with the ward mission leader, but this week we are hoping it will work out.

Our teaching pool is decent, but we need to find new investigators. The zone leaders decided we needed to fast because the whole zone is struggling to find new investigators, so each district fasted one day. This five day fast worked wonders for us. For our day to fast we took a lot of time to pray and plan what areas to tract in. Then when we went out and knocked we found seven potentials! We are doing all we can to help as many as possible turn into new investigators. Hopefully this week we'll see some fruit from this labour.

Besides that it's just the usual... working with the same people and trying to involve members in everything. I am still having fun and working hard, I am just hoping we see more results! Haha

Mum wanted to hear my 5 favourite things about England:
1.       Sales tax is either included or not real, and prices are usually round numbers. When a tie says £5, you give them a fiver and that's it.
2.       Boxing day was dope.
3.       Mini-roundabouts actually make a lot of sense when you understand them. It's like a three way yield, non-stop!
4.       My testimony has been challenged repeatedly and every time it comes out stronger. Even the born-again "Christians" helped strengthen it.
5.       We meet random people that LOVE life for no other reason than they decide to be happy. It's brilliant!

I love you! Next week I'll tell you some really cool things I am learning from the New Testament.

Elder Price