Monday, July 27, 2015

Needles in Alum Bay

Flat 3, Mews Court
64 Crocker Street
Newport, Isle of Wight
PO30 5DA

Sum up
5 days until I try my first kebab. #kebaptism
Obedience brings true happiness.

The Epistle

Integrating two areas into one has been going fairly smooth. We are trying to make sure we don't allow anyone to slip through the cracks and be forgotten because both areas were working with people that have a lot of potential. Our friend Paul is getting baptised Saturday. As you can probably guess, we are both very excited! Thursday when we went to see Paul he had some concerns. The Jehovah's Witnesses have been coming around but he is too shy to tell them he doesn't like their visits. He told them he was getting baptised in the church and they did their best to fill him with concerns and doubts. We were able to resolve his concerns with the Spirit, from the Book of Mormon, and he agreed with what we taught. He asked if we could see him daily until his baptism so that he doesn't get influenced off the right course. What a blessing!

It was disappointing at church to see that none of our other investigators decided to come to church. We had quite a few commitments from investigators and less-actives that fell through. We will see more at church next week though.

Elder Graham and I got along great before we were companions and we are still doing well together. We get along great actually! I can get along with anyone but the true test of patience comes in when you've been together for a longer period of time. I know there will be days when it's late and we're tired, hungry, and have to work through a disagreement. It can be hard but I know that it will prepare me for marriage as well.

I have been able to recognise how much self control I have developed on the mission. Before I would've never been able to resist a piece of cake but now we have to live to a high standard. I'm grateful that I didn't have technology at the start of the mission because it allowed me to have a clean break from social media. Alcoholics develop an alcohol-dependence, teenagers develop a technology dependence. Now the iPad is always there but I feel great being disciplined not to use it when I shouldn't. I wrote "Purpose" on the cover where I open it up so whenever I can think about how it is going to help fulfil my missionary purpose (see Preach My Gospel, 1).

I have felt the Spirit testify through me pretty powerfully in a few lessons this week. We taught a few commandments and the word of wisdom. I really believe that they are set in place to help us be happy. They are advice from a loving Father in Heaven for a happy life, and requirements for exaltation.

President Gubler is having the entire mission reread The Book of Mormon, and that challenge has been helped strengthen my testimony. I know that the church is true. Heavenly Father loves me. Jesus is the Christ. Joseph Smith is His revelator in the last days.

I was touched by the inspiring story of Helaman's 2000 Stripling Warriors. They went into battle multiple times but each time they were victorious so much that not a single one of them were killed. As I read it I was imaging myself right in the story, like I do, and I was wondering why the Lord delivered all of them and not every righteous person in other battles. For these two thousand warriors it says, "Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them..." (Alma 57:21). There is safety in counsel from our inspired leaders. Obeying the commandments of the Lord, from prophets, will always deliver us from evil.

The ultimate test is to see if we are willing to obey with exactness. I am far from perfect but I am trying. It has taken me a long time to understand that I can repent every day for my shortcomings, even if I didn't exactly obey in the past. There is always more time to improve.

Elder Price

Monday, July 20, 2015

Riding a dragon
My new favorite bike

Two lefts don't make a right, but three do.  July 19/15

Sum up
Different comp, different flat, same ward, same work. I still love reading the scriptures.

The Epistle
The news... I have killed another area. Elder Tunnicliffe is moving to Christchurch and I'm staying on the island but I'm moving to Newport. It's not far, just right in the centre of the island. I don't particularly like Newport but I'll get over it. My companion will be Elder Graham from Kearns, UT. The good news is that we have already been on exchanges and served in this ward for the past six weeks so we already get on well.

I'm a little busted up that Elder Tunnicliffe is moving. We bonded this week. It took me a whole transfer but I may have finally learned to give constructive feedback instead of negative criticism. I don't think I was "exercising dominion" or anything, but I have improved with the approach I take so that it is "handled upon principles of righteousness" (See D&C 121:34-46). I am far from perfect but I know that learning this will help me deal with major issues in a positive manner, and I can learn to get over the minor imperfections that don't matter. It will help me be a better friend, son, brother, and eventually, husband and father.

Unfortunately, although Bishop still announced it in church, there is no baptism happening this Saturday. I'll have to celebrate the 25th of July in some other way. Karen is still on track to be baptised but it'll just be moved back two weeks. We still have hope for Barry to be baptised but he isn't quite on track yet. With the two areas combining I'll inherit the three people with baptismal dates that Elder Graham has already been working with. We'll be on our toes this transfer!

My favourite chapter from study this week was Alma 30. Korihor is deceiving the people and being a pretty disobedient bloke. He's been taught by the devil how to use charm and trickery to lead the people away from their faith. When he contends with Alma he uses the same reasoning that people try to confront us with all the time. I engrossed in the story when Korihor asked for a  sign. Alma's reply is found in verse 44.

But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.

Boom! People constantly ask for more evidence but they fail to examine what has already been given. Often we meet people who don't read scriptures but they believe. They will say, "There are too many coincidences in this universe for there not to be a God." And it's true! One of my favourite examples is the probability that a solar/lunar eclipse could happen randomly. The distances and masses of the planets are too perfect for there to not be a God. Ignore all of this evidence and I still have the burning sensation from the Spirit when I read and pray about the scriptures. I know they are the word of God.

Believing is important, but real faith motivates action. A verse that impacted me this morning was Alma 37:41.

Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased, and they did not progress in their journey;

When an individual gets slothful they forget to exercise their faith and diligence. In result, miracles cease and the individual stops progress in their journey. Each of us are at a different stage in our journey of life. It doesn't matter so much where you are, as long as you are going in the right direction. Exercise your faith and do those things now that are vital for your eternal progression.


Elder Price

Thursday, July 16, 2015

New address:

Flat 28, Balfour Court

Cross Street

Ryde, Isle Of Wight

PO33 2FG


Brace for impact!  7/13/15

Sum Up
Lots of fun this week. Sunshine and Subway. Answers to prayers. Jesus Christ.... coming soon!

The Epistle

Random bits about the The Isle of Wight... There are loads of ferries each day. It is a common holiday destination but most people we talk to live here. Lots of people that use the ferry are locals travelling to work or school, or on holiday themselves. Many of the tourists here have holiday cottages so they've been before. I wouldn't mind having a holiday home here, I just wouldn't want to pay for it.

It is getting warm here. Elder Tunnicliffe will go on about how it's blistering hot when in reality it's like 25-30 degrees celsius (low 80s fahrenheit). It's not any fault of his he's a northerner and he's not used to it. Adjustment will take time. President Millar used to say, "The weather will either be too hot or too cold. It just depends on the person's attitude." It's true. Excuses can be made for anything but real character shows through when a person can persevere through the most dire circumstances. If we face challenges with a good attitude then we will be able to endure, and enjoy, to the end.

We have had some excitement this week!

Saturday we had an awesome ward BBQ on the beach. It was so nice to go play sport on the beach while building relationships between our friends, LAs and the ward. We got to soak up the sun and play football, frisbee, tug of war, three legged races, and more. It was a good time although compared to an American BBQ, the food was pitiful.

We had president interviews with President Gubler this week. I was his second interview as president ever. I was a bit sad that I didn't get to ask him a couple doctrinal questions that I had prayed about but then after he asked us to join him for lunch. I don't want to brag about how spoiled I am again but he bought us, and four other elders, Subway. On the drive over I didn't waste time getting into my questions. This lunch was a simple answer to my prayers. I got lots of answers.

Karen and her fellowshipper had a bit of a falling out so we thought we lost her but then they made up Saturday night and ended up coming to church together. We had a powerful sacrament meeting with a lot of talk about temples, covenants and the baptismal covenant specifically. During gospel principles one of our classmates had a bit of a health scare so we had to call an ambulance.

Talking about covenants the speaker asked the congregation to ponder what it means to, "Take upon us the name of Christ and always remember Him." It got me thinking about all sorts of things. I was thinking about the importance of names and how we take them on. It made me examine my life and ask myself how I remember Him. I know I have quoted this before but Alma 5 has the goods.

14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?

16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?

The second coming of Christ and the millennium has come up multiple times this week. "We may not know the day or the hour," our Christian friend told us, "but we can watch the seasons." The day may be closer than we think. 

Ask yourself, "If it was tomorrow, what would I do today to be ready?"

I love you. I love the Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I know He lives. I know His words. I know He loves me. I look forward to the day when we'll be able to meet Him.


Elder Price

Tired of shaving!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mighty to Save  July 6, 2015

Sum Up
Happy birthday America! Sorry I missed it.
The Atonement can free anyone from their addictions.

Epistle to the World

Nothing too dramatic has happened this week in the work. We talked to a lot of people, got some lessons in, invited people to come to Christ... the usual. Although we were pleased to hear Mick come out with a major concern this week. He can't stop himself from telling everyone he's a Mormon Priest! Haha! There are worse things in the world.

Saturday morning for the 4th I was on exchange with Elder Graham (only other American on the island) so we were able to celebrate a little bit. We raided to tea section at Morrison's and threw all of that in the harbour, and then visited the American sweet shop for A&W root beer. It was depressing that nobody was celebrating but the root beer floats made me feel at home.

In my Book of Mormon study I am in the book of Mosiah. Through chapter 21 I was able to draw a great analogy between the people of Zeniff who are in bondage to the Lamanites and people in life who are encompassed with addictions. My heart goes out to anyone who is struggling right now. Please read these words and trust in the Lord who can deliver you.

In the first few verses of Mosiah 21 the conditions of their captivity slowly get worse. I am sure they are feeling worn by "heavy burdens upon their backs." In verse 5 it illustrates:

5 And now the afflictions of the Nephites were great, and there was no way that they could deliver themselves out of their hands, for the Lamanites had surrounded them on every side.

There may be people who feel they are trapped on every side by the effects of the burdens laid on them. For these people, please gain hope from learning how these people were delivered by the Lord.

Through verses 6-12 the people are tired. They have had enough. They are yearning to be liberated from their struggles. The people try to fight off the Lamanites three times, each time "suffering much loss." Most people facing addictions have tried to overcome them multiple times before they are successful. Relapses are common and each time can be discouraging. 

The people of Zeniff here tried to free themselves three times but they forgot to rely on the strength of the Lord instead they are "trusting in the arm of flesh." At this point they decide to humble themselves. In verse 13 it almost sounds as if they want to give up because they submit to the desires of their enemies. They are at an all time low. It almost seems like there is no where else to turn. Then in the next two verses it reads:

14 And they did humble themselves even in the depths of humility; and they did cry mightily to God; yea, even all the day long did they cry unto their God that he would deliver them out of their afflictions.

15 And now the Lord was slow to hear their cry because of their iniquities; nevertheless the Lord did hear their cries, and began to soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they began to ease their burdens; yet the Lord did not see fit to deliver them out of bondage.

They are now willing to turn to the Lord but I was shocked that it said he didn't see it fit to deliver them. That didn't sound right. Then I noticed in the next verse that they began to "prosper by degrees." God usually won't remove our trials, but He will give us strength to overcome them. It comes line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little, grace by grace, or in other words, by degrees.

As they begin to prosper bit by bit, they bond together. They find strength in numbers and begin to "succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees" (D&C 81:5). They "kept together in a body as much as it was possible." Then this next part struck me as well.

19 And the king himself did not trust his person without the walls of the city, unless he took his guards with him, fearing that he might by some means fall into the hands of the Lamanites.

Even the king, who is free to do whatever he pleases, does not trust himself without proper guards in place. One who is a recovering alcoholic does not meander through the alcohol isle at the shop and if necessary, doesn't even shop without a spouse, companion, or proper guards in place. They should not trust themselves enough to be there. They remain humble and call on the strength of others and the Lord. Similarly, one who is overcoming a pornography addiction should not and cannot trust themselves to "anonymously" surf the web. They should always have their guards with them to help protect them.

I know the Lord will deliver anyone who humbles themselves and call upon his mighty name. He truly is mighty to save. I know the power of the Atonement it real because I have experienced it. I know that Jesus Christ suffered for me and consequently, He knows how I feel. Forgiveness is waiting at the fingertips of anyone who will accept His grace by repenting and coming unto Christ. I am so grateful to know He lives today. Hallelujah, Jesus is alive! Jesus is the Christ! He truly is mighty to save.


Elder Price