Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Come what may, and love it!‏  5/25/15

Sum up
I know that my Redeemer lives. This sentence only brings comfort if you learn to apply it personally into your own life.

The epistle

Hello all!

This week was a little slow but we had some deep discussions with our best friend James. He's asking questions about things I haven't even studied before so he is definitely challenging us and keeping us on our toes. Other than that not too much is new. The roads are still tiny, the sinks are too small to get your hands under the water, and Elder Hernandez makes us laugh every day. The stories he'll tell... so good! You can learn to smile through most of life's challenges if you have the right attitude. "Come what may, and love it!"

We are going to see some hill climb races today so I'm not going to have loads of time, but like always, I have a few thought I want to share with you.

Yesterday we were blessed with the opportunity to attend Les Camps Methodist church for their evening service. It was the anniversary of the day of Pentecost, when the Apostles received the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2), which enabled them to start understanding the scriptures and to apply them. They began to more fully understand how the prophesies of the Messiah were fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ and they declared it with boldness. When the masses of people felt the power of the Spirit they repented and three thousand people were baptised!

The main message that I gained from this service was about how amazing stories like this are great to hear, and can even build faith, but unless we each allow ourselves to have the Spirit to guide and direct us, we don't benefit individually. The Spirit can teach us all things. It testifies of truth, comforts, guides, and inspires. If that isn't enough we can read where the Saviour explains that His doctrine is from the Father. In John 7:17 the Master teaches how to know of a surety where the doctrine comes from. James E Talmage related a story from a chemistry student that helped me understand. He writes:

The writer was once approached by an incredulous student in college, who stated that he could not accept as true the published results of a certain chemical analysis, since the specified amounts of some of the ingredients were so infinitesimally small that he could not believe it possible to determine such minute quantities. The student was but a beginner in chemistry; and with his little knowledge he had undertaken to judge as to the possibilities of the science. He was told to do the things his instructor prescribed, and he should some day know for himself whether the results were true or false. In the senior year of his course, he received for laboratory analysis a portion of the very substance whose composition he had once questioned, with the skill attained by faithful devotion he successfully completed the analysis, and reported results similar to those, which in his inexperience he had thought impossible to obtain. He was manly enough to acknowledge as unfounded his earlier skepticism and rejoice in the fact that he had been able to demonstrate the truth for himself.

Just knowing that Jesus is the Son of God is not enough. You must remember all that He did for you and be changed by His grace. I read a recent talk from Elder Hamula that I appreciated. He helped me gain a deeper respect for the sacred ordinance of the sacrament, which we can receive weekly. He said:
Brothers and sisters, the most important event in time and eternity is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He who accomplished the Atonement has given us the ordinance of the sacrament to help us not only remember but also claim the blessings of this supreme act of grace. Regular and earnest participation in this sacred ordinance helps us continue to embrace and live the doctrine of Christ after baptism and thereby pursue and complete the process of sanctification. Indeed, the ordinance of the sacrament helps us faithfully endure to the end and receive the fulness of the Father in the same way Jesus did, grace for grace. (The Sacrament and the Atonement)

As we do so we are promised that we may have His Spirit to be with us, but it doesn't mean anything until you apply this to your own life. Make it personal. Remember all that your Saviour Jesus Christ did for you, apply the Atonement into your life daily, and enjoy having the great Comforter with you. I love being able to come to Christ. I am so grateful for all He has done for me personally. I am grateful for the people who challenge my testimony of Him so I can go back and strengthen it. He lives!

Love,


Elder Price

Monday, May 18, 2015


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Sum up:

The word of Jesus Christ will be spread no matter what.

Epistle:

This week was the best! (And sometimes the worst.) Our friend James came to church again. He was so good to help with the toddler in the branch while his mum gave a talk. James likes to ask questions that can be challenging but I love it because it shows he is sincere. We're hoping to meet his family this week.

Missionary work in Guernsey is not easy, but I don't think it is a walk in the park anywhere in the world. It is easy to ask why it is so hard. This is the true church, we believe in the ministering of angels, why aren't people running to accept it? But we remember our Saviour and his anguish. Even in His perfect example he cried out to the Father in desperation. "Nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done." Salvation of souls is not easy because it was never easy for Him. I am humbled so that I can continue to rely on the Lord. I know that as I do so, all things are possible. I could fly if He needed me to.

A good friend reminded me that we go through some sort of "refiner's fire" to purify us. We each go through our own trials but we can continually "come unto Christ and be perfected in Him." The work of God cannot be stopped. I read this morning in the book of Acts about the early saints being persecuted by Saul. In chapter 8 it says:
3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

They traveled beyond Judea to avoid persecution, but really Saul was just helping accelerate the expansion of the church because they continued to preach the word. The book of Acts has the common theme of intense persecution, "But the word of God grew and multiplied." (Acts 12:24). Many of the books in the Bible were written to encourage them through these troubled times. 

The Book of Mormon was written for our day (see Mormon 8:35). The Prophet Joseph Smith taught:
The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.


I am so grateful to be an advocate for truth. I am grateful I know about the restored gospel. Jesus Christ lives today. His true doctrine is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is actively granting His love and mercy to individuals who reach out to Him. Reach out, call out, cry out, and feel His love. 

Elder Price

Monday, May 11, 2015

Traveling Preacher ‏ 5/11/15

Sum Up

-freedom!
-become like a child
-bury your weapons of rebellion

The Novel

Hello all! This week was full of excitement. The missionaries here in Guernsey changed, we got iPads, and there was a couple of holidays. Saturday was Liberation Day, celebrating 70 years of freedom from the Nazi occupation. There were a lot of festivities that were fun but not exactly the most productive for missionaries. Elder Sharpe compare to the event to Clinton Days because it didn't seem like too much if you are used to big celebrations, but it was a big deal for a small island. My favourite part was the parade. Once I tried to understand how big of a celebration and how meaningful that was to these people that made a big difference. 70 years ago kids that had been evacuated for five years were able to return to their families. As we watched school children dressed up to remember this important event and we were able to contemplate how joyful of an experience that must be. It made me reflect and appreciate my freedom. Additionally, there were so many cool classic British cars from the 40s and 50s that aren't in the states like Bentley, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and MG. They had loads of military jeeps, helicopters and motor cycles. They even had someone to impersonate Winston Churchill.

Once upon a time when I was home I didn't want to be the missionary that was just preaching and quoting scripture is the entire time he was emailing, but then when it becomes everything you do and you realise how important this is, I stopped caring about if I'm preaching too much. The scriptures are the word of God and there is and anything more important that you can learn about.

My thought today comes mostly from the book of Matthew chapter 18. This chapter is in the last week before Jesus' crucifixion and he is still telling the disciples characteristics they need to be saved. As they start to understand they are nearing this crucial moment in time they start to ponder where they will sit in the kingdom of heaven. Verses one through three read:

1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

I noticed in verse three that Jesus is telling the disciples to be converted. You would think they have already been converted but conversion is an ongoing process (see BD Conversion). In order to become converted, you have to be like a child. 

There are three main things that I will do to become more childlike. The first is having genuine humility, which is being able to be taught. The second thing I think of is how when children believe something they don't doubt one bit. The last thing, Town children are willing to sacrifice anything to get what they want. I don't mean this in a bad way but that if eternal life is our goal, than we should be willing to make whatever changes are necessary in order to obtain the reward. Versus seven through nine explain this in a dramatic way. In these verses "offences" are sinful acts or acts of rebellion that we cling onto.

7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

8 Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Shoot! It's better to have one eye and then have two leading you to hell? He is not recommending we literally treat our bodies like cadavers, but to get rid of what influences us to do evil. See Alma 24: 17-19 for my favourite example.

Sorry if I have emailed anything very similar recently, but apparently it has struck me pretty hard. So bury your weapons of rebellion! Haha! I love you!

Elder Price


PS if there are any capitalisation errors or grammar errors that is because I am speaking through Siri who is typing. Hopefully this will save time so I can write even longer emails… Ha ha as if we need that.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 6th was transfer day or in England called moves. Elder Price was made the district leader in Guernsey.

Follow the Leader ‏  5/6/15

SUM UP:
-Working on converting entire congregations.
-I <3 the scriptures!
-Diligently try to understand what the scriptures mean for you.


THE NOVEL:

Hello all! Monday I had to go to England to pick up my companion and my iPad Mini so I didn't get to email like we normally would've. So p-day is Wednesday on moves week but we would usually email Monday and have that much less time on Wednesday. Technology is being introduced somewhat slowly but soon we will be on Facebook and using the Area Book and Planner App. Hopefully that's not too confusing.

My new best friend is Elder Hartshorn (+) from the Spokane, Washington area. He is really easy going, likes running in the mornings, and a potential Aggie (give it time). Elder Hernandez's new companion is Elder Deaton who is from Uncle Greg's homeward. Pretty good!

My favourite new investigator is a man named James. He is a devout Christian and he's been able to serve a few missions globally to spread the good word.  He is a Methodist minister but he does not believe in "-isms." He is open to the Book of Mormon and if he keeps reading and praying like he has he'll know that "Mormonism" is right. He came to church last week and gave the best testimony out of the entire congregation. It was truly inspiring. He stayed for the whole block too. If we can convert some ministers do you think the whole congregation will follow? We can only hope.

During the course of this last week I finished studying the book of Luke. Throughout reading the synoptic gospels I have had the recurring question, "How did the 12 disciples not understand Jesus' life was fulfilling Old Testament prophesies and that He would be resurrected?" They walked with Him daily and yet they lacked to grasp that he would die and rise again. He told them figuratively at first and then blatantly later.

Luke gives more detail about what happened after he was resurrected and I learned how much it took for them to understand the magnitude of what that means. There were multiple times while I was engrossed in the story and I wanted to literally reach into the scriptures, grab them by their shoulders to shake them, and shout, "WAKE UP!" It wasn't until the very last chapter of Luke that I came to understand that often I don't appreciate the magnitude of that myself. Jesus Christ rose that third day and we will too. He lives today! All things are possible through Him!

The other thing that struck me was the part when Jesus is walking with two disciples on the road to Emmaus and expounding the scriptures to them. He hid His identity from them and talks as a stranger would.  While I was reading this I was imagining myself hiking down this dusty road with one of my best friends and talking to this man we just met. I was imagining I was having this conversation with Jesus and not knowing who he was. I saw myself coming near to the village and then asking Him to come in for dinner. My heart was pounding at this point (best dinner appointment ever). Verses 30-31 say, "And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight." Still imagining myself in this scenario, I saw two men in silence looking at each other awestruck. "And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?" (verse 32). As I read this line I felt this burning inside my heart. It was not in a painful way like heartburn but an almost overwhelming feeling of realisation, peace, and warmth that we call the Spirit.

I came to better understand how each person will receive the portion of the word they allow themselves to receive. Personal revelation through the Spirit is required to understand the scriptures. Through diligent study we can be ready for when Christ comes again. Elder Robert D. Hales taught about the value and power of teaching from the scriptures:

If the Savior were among us in the flesh today, He would teach us from the scriptures as He taught when He walked upon the earth. In the synagogue at Nazareth, ‘there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. … And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears’ [Luke 4:17, 21]. Later when the Sadducees and Pharisees posed a difficult question, ‘Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God’ [Matthew 22:29]. And after His Resurrection, on the road to Emmaus, His disciples ‘said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?’ [Luke 24:32]. To His disciples then and now, His words ring out: ‘Search the scriptures; for … they are they which testify of me’ [John 5:39]--a testimony borne by the Holy Ghost, for ‘by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things’ [Moroni 10:5] (“Holy Scriptures: The Power of God unto Our Salvation,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 26).

The institute study manual helped me understand the contrast in the lives of the disciples once they understood the scriptures. It reads:

The Gospels record that initially the followers of Jesus did not fully recognize how Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in the life of Jesus Christ. This lack of understanding contrasts with their later vivid understanding of His saving mission and the ways it fulfilled prophecy. For example, in Peter’s first public teaching after the Resurrection, he quoted Psalm 16:8–11 and Psalm 110:1 and explained how these prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus (see Acts 2:22–36). In Peter’s next recorded public teaching, he explained how the prophecies in Deuteronomy 18:15 and Genesis 22:18 were fulfilled by Jesus, and he taught that “all the prophets” had “foretold of these days” (see Acts 3:22–26). Later, Peter, Paul, and other disciples consistently referred to ways the scriptures of the Old Testament testified of Jesus and His work.

If all members of the Church understood the scriptures and the doctrine there would be very few who would fall away. If their foundation is on the rock of our Redeemer they have a sure foundation and cannot fall (Helaman 5:12). If I ever stop reading my scriptures I expect someone to send me this email and set me straight. I am so grateful to be in the true church of Jesus Christ where we have the true doctrine on the Godhead, continuing revelation, pre-earth life, and baptisms for the dead. Soon one of our investigators will discover this for themselves and we'll be able to dunk them. Until then, keep praying. I love you!


Elder Price