Monday, April 27, 2015

Come what may, and love it! 4/27/15

-family history
-bringing investigators home
-answers to prayers

I keep forgetting to tell you guys about the cars here. People love to flash money around. I see an Aston Martin on the daily. It is pretty common to see some cars made by Bently. There are also a few by Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls Royce on the island. That's nothing compared to the houseboats and the yachts across the street. It's stupid how much money some people have. To make this paragraph more spiritual I'll throw in, "The love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10). There isn't anything wrong with having money until you love it more than God. President N. Eldon Tanner, a successful man, testified, “Nothing will bring greater joy and success than to live according to the teachings of the gospel. Be an example; be an influence for good.”

Anyway, we have been trying to use family history as another way to do finding and we were able to see some success this week. One potential named Michelle was really excited about family history but doesn't work well with computers. We met up with her at the library and created an account to get her started. Then after we did quite a bit online with her we offered that she could come to our house to print off a few papers. It's extremely odd for missionaries to say they brought her back to their place, but yolo (it's the senior couples house).

The branch Relief Society also happened to be quilting at our place so she was able to meet all of them. Once a member jumped in and started helping we told them we had to go and left them. She ended up staying for hours and the members did a great job fellowshipping.

There are a few other new investigators this week but I am most excited about one who is an ordained CoE minister. She used to think "Mormonism" is a cult but over the years her perspective has changed. She now knows we don't worship Joseph Smith. We found out she loves Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Now she is surprisingly open to the Book of Mormon so we are hoping for the best.

This week study was amazing. It always is. My favourite talk was "Guided Safely Home" by President Monson. He reminds the priesthood brethren to know what direction they are heading and not to allow their agency to become limited.

My favourite chapter from Luke this week was chapter 15. Jesus gives the parables of the lost sheep, the piece of silver, and the prodigal son. The biggest thing that I realised is in each parable they were lost for a different reason. The sheep slowly wandered through fields looking for better grass. The coin wasn't responsible for being lost. The prodigal son willfully rebelled. No matter the reason someone is astray, there is rejoicing when they come back. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and His arms are open.

On another note, I was learning about receiving answers to prayers. Many missionaries and church members seek for guidance constantly, which is good, but we need to act. Basically answers to prayers come in three different ways. The firstis a confirming assurance that the decision we have made is right. For me I will receive this answer when I read the scriptures and a certain verse pops out to me, with the Spirit burning inside. The second is the opposite of the first. Unsettled feelings will help us know that a decision is wrong. For me this often comes as stress and headaches.

The third way that prayers are often answered usually seems like no answer at all. It's called Divine trust. Usually, if we are living worthily and a choice is consistent with the Savior's teachings, God wants to see how we will act. After all, we are on Earth to use our agency and to learn from choices we make. If we received deliberate guidance for every little decision the purpose of this life would be minimized.

Keep moving forward with faith and you will receive enough guidance to keep you on the right path. I was thinking of this when we were hiking on Herm two weeks ago in thick fog. It was difficult to see in the distance, but we could see the pathway enough to continue. Heavenly Father will give us just enough to help us continue. My new favourite Mormon Message is one man sharing his story which illustrates my point perfectly. If you have seven minutes it's stellar. 

Sorry this post is grandpa's eyebrows! Much love,

Elder Price

Monday, April 20, 2015

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The Downfall of Us All ‏  4/20/15

Guernsey is an interesting place. It is a pretty traditional island where people don't like to change or they're loaded and in finance. Either way, pride is a major obstacle. I have heard multiple stories of people here that gladly received the word but then due to social pressures decided not to get baptised. People are just comfortable the way they are and they fear the reproach of men more than God.

In the New Testament there is a man named Jarius who was a religious leader who seemed to believe in Jesus. Although Jarius believed, I think he had to be humbled before he admitted it. When his daughter was dying then he came to Jesus to seek help. After he is humble and trusts Jesus he shows great faith and patience. He received news that his daughter has died and Jesus seems to be distracted by someone who touched his clothing. Jarius continues to wait because he knows that she can be raised from the dead. I don't know if he would've chosen to be humble enough to accept Jesus as the Christ had this not happened.

Here on the island there are four elders and under 70 thousand people. A lot of them know who we are. We find other ways to try and reach them and soften their hearts. We offer service to everyone. We volunteer weekly at a charity shop and every other week at a Christian cafe run by a local minister. We've been able to paint for people a lot as well.

One really cool thing missionaries have been involved with here for a while is BBC Guernsey Radio. Over the last week we taught the third lesson, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, over the radio. We got five two minute spots each weekday and then on Sunday we were able to present a 12 minute message with some songs mixed in. That was pretty fun to go record at their studio.

Hopefully we will see good fruit come from some of these efforts or God will have to send a hurricane to humble these people. Pride is damning in the sense that it separates us from God and it limits our progression. If I think I am at the top of the world I won't be trying to improve. Not only are the people of Guernsey proud though. I will shorten a few verses in Helaman. Chapter 4 verses 11-13:

" was among those also who professed to belong to the church of God... And it was because of the pride of their hearts... And because of this their great wickedness, and their boastings in their own strength, they were left in their own strength..."

The proud are ignorant because they cannot see their own shortcomings. There is no reason to dwell on all of our imperfections but instead recognise that they are there. Then have faith that anything is possible through Christ and His infinite Atonement. Paul plainly writes, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

In the talk Beware of Pride President Benson warned:

God will have a humble people. Either we can choose to be humble or we can be compelled to be humble. Alma said, “Blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble.” (Alma 32:16.)

Exercise faith, trust in the Lord, and enjoy the blessings that follow. Once while we were skiing I was bragging it was almost the end of the day and I hadn't fallen once. Eric Mattingley told me, "If you're not falling you're not learning." I learned it is okay to fall if we get back up. Just like Elder Uchdorf, "You can do it now!"

I love you!  Elder Price
Took  a ferry to Herm on p-day
And you thought I was going to England
Elder Price called this the "sacred grove"

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Man in the Mirror ‏ 4/6/15

One evening early in the week we were planning and we had hours of time to find so Elder Anderson wanted me to pick a street to knock. I decided we should ride our bikes all the way to the far side of our area to find people that haven't spoken to missionaries a million times. Most the people closer to where the we live are either rude or have already met with missionaries before and think "been there done that!" Compared to large areas in England it is more difficult to have faith in finding new people, but I fasted last week for more faith in our area.

We're on the far side of the island and we don't get any response for over an hour of knocking. Not one person wanted to even chat. We knock on this one door and this mum named Emma asked, "Mormons?" It's not an unusual response but then she shouted to her teenage son to come meet real live Mormons! He doesn't believe in God but they studied our church in his Religious Education classes so they were interested. We ended up teaching the first lesson along with loads of random questions we tied in. We got Emma really thinking about it all. She has hope but her faith has struggled through different challenges. The coolest part of the lesson, both the kids were interested and the 8 year old asked when we can come back. He said he would spend a whole day reading the Restoration pamphlet we gave them.

Miracles are usually in response to faith. Over the last week we raised our faith and we were blessed with getting 7 new investigators! To help you understand that is my mission high and this area has been struggling.

One of the most amazing things I have seen in my mission is the power of the Atonement to change people. I haven't been able to baptise anyone yet but I have seen other affects. I have witnessed addicts quit, suicidal people found hope, and I have heard "confirmed atheists" pray to their loving Heavenly Father.

My favourite quote explains how it works:

“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of the people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. … Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature” (“Born of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1985, 6).

The Gospel will bless anyone and their family if they are willing to find out it's true.

Most amazing out of all of the people I have seen change in my life is myself. I have surprised myself with my determination to embrace the gospel. I will do all I can to keep my family strong in the gospel. This determination makes me want to find families that can be changed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know there are individuals and families prepared to receive it. This week we were blessed with miracles. Seven new investigators! I still marvel at how that happened but I know that miracles are usually in response to faith. Our prayers were answered (they always are).

According to the King of Pop, "If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make the change."

I love this gospel. I love my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for opportunities to be humbled and remember that I depend on Him to carry me through. I truly need Him every hour. He wants us to find the strength that comes when we trust Him. I hope you can strive to find it more fully in your life.