Monday, September 28, 2015

Paved with good intentions.    9/28/15

Prologue
Priorities. New friends!

The Goods
I have been thinking a lot about priorities. I remember they used to always say "Institute a priority" and then I would go arrange institute classes around my university classes. It wasn't my top priority. For a long time it wasn't even a priority. As a missionary we need to decide what activities are most important. There are loads of things that we could be doing but there aren't always the best things to do. We are getting fed by the members a lot here. It's good to work with them and food is good too, but it is important to evaluate whether activities are being effective.

In the same way, when the two areas on the island were combined we had a large teaching pool. We had a difficult time seeing everyone we needed to. When we decided who was top priority we didn't make excuses to not see them. Our schedule was arranged around their visits.

Members often have too many good activities to choose from. If priesthood service and church attendance aren't a top priority than they probably won't happen enough. Remodeling the house, yard work, and family situations can fight for our attention. The key is to decide what is your highest priority before the situation arises. Exercising our faith needs to be a top priority. Having righteous desires and making that our priority is paramount. Elder Oaks said:

Let us remember that desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. In addition, it is our actions and our desires that cause us to become something, whether a true friend, a gifted teacher, or one who has qualified for eternal life.

Anyway, this week we found some new people! I was buzzing after we met our friend Max, who is new to the island. He had some health issues but he is optimistic and trusts the Lord. He's open to new perspectives and looking for a church on the island to attend regularly. I think I know a good one!

The other new ones are Chloe and Donna. We met up the second time at a "public house" which I know now is also called a "pub." Luckily there was an upstairs that was really quiet so we were able to share about how a relationship with God, the Gospel, and the Atonement of Christ can help us in our lives. I'm excited to see them again this week!

Everyone else is good... nothing too dramatic happening. I love you !


Elder Price
My new friend Micah
Portsmouth elders zone

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Fortunate  9/21/15
Sum Up
1 year already! We are finding more people to teach and praying for help.

The Epistle

I'm not sure what I can say to you today. Time is flying by so fast it feels like I just emailed yesterday. This week brings my year mark. 1 year as a full time missionary already!

Friday some plans were changed and so we had an extra hour and a half before our next appointment. We prayed about which direction to go and then we set off. We're talking to everyone along the way, not seeing many results yet. After greeting someone I often use my favourite opener, "What do you think heaven looks like?" Some people are entertained by the question and I can get an idea for what they believe from their response. Also I can skip the boring small talk that I hate. I was trying to ask this lady on a mobility scooter when she started scooting away from me. Instead of chasing her down the pavement there was a woman's voice across the street that asked, "Well what do you think it looks like than?"

Sylvia was genuine. She didn't know too much about the church but she has faith and is open to more being out there. We didn't get her details but her sincere interest in the restoration and in the Book of Mormon gives me hope that she will call. If she doesn't the next time she meets missionaries she'll be much closer to developing a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Although we don't have major miracles to report (yet) I know that the Lord's hand is guiding this work. Whenever we pray sincerely, believing that we'll get an answer, and then take time to listen, something like this happens.

Another mini-miracle this week happened when a ward member invited a friend to church. The miracle, they came! Funny enough, my first encounter with Neil was when I went into the toilets. After I used the loo and came out he asked if there was anywhere he could get a drink for his young children. There was still half an hour until church started so we were able to tour the church and chat too. I am really excited to meet with him again! Pray that all goes well!

Elder Graham and I have already been invited to a few homes for Christmas and Boxing Day. It's a bit early to know but the chances of us both being here in two transfers is slim. I really hope to stay on the island though. I love the ward here and especially all the friends I've made.

Paul is doing great! He is exemplary in study and he is sharing his conversion with friends. Bishop has even asked him to be an assistant ward clerk. Karen is also doing well. She enjoys church and loves watching Mormon Messages on her phone. We like her family too.

Here are a few of the random bits I have learnt over this year:
·                         The church is true. Along with that comes LOTS of doctrine.
·                         I am far from perfect.
·                         Patience (humbly accepting God's timing) is required for oneself as well as for others.
·                         Trust goes both ways.
·                         Living with "no regrets" does not imply developing an oblivion to care but rather, it     means making good choices and enjoying the journey.
·                         This is a troubled world. The gospel brings peace and happiness.
·                         I really enjoy teaching the gospel when people listen.
·                         I have had an extremely fortunate upbringing spiritually and temporally.
I love you all! Keep loving life, sending me pictures, and praying for my friends.


Elder Price

Thursday, September 17, 2015

MORMON 9:24

Osbourne House
Osbourne House
What's that book called?  If you feed a pig a fig!

The High Road   9/14/15

Sneak Peek
This week's edition includes:
-Answers to prayers
-Tender mercies
-and a change in music


Main Feature
And now, for the presentation you have been waiting for...
This week (just like every week) I have seen quite a few tender mercies.

One morning as we were leaving the flat to go contacting I prayed to bump into someone we have met before and we ran into 5 in one hour! Typically we would see one or two if we're lucky. 

Wednesday we had district meeting and I was asked to give a presentation about obedience. I testified that God gives us commandments for our benefit. I always describe them as advice from a perfect Father who knows everything. We should probably listen right? Then I continued to share examples from the scriptures of people responding to something difficult willingly. My favourite is 1 Nephi 3:7 in which we read Nephi's response to a command from Lehi. Nephi didn't say, I'll go do what my dad asked me to do but rather, "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded." I testified of inspired leaders and prophets revealing God's will.

Less than five minutes later our district leader dropped a bomb. "I forgot to announce," he began, "At MLC it's been decided that the Lord wants us to change the music we listen to. The standard is too relaxed so the recommendation is only Mormon Tabernacle Choir or hymns on the LDS Music app." Flipping that's difficult. If I hadn't just cried over how important obedience is minutes before I would've responded, "Forget that!" I know that the Lord knows me personally. He wants me to listen and he provides a way to accomplish everything he asks of us.

*Commercial Break*

This week I read Our Search For Happiness by M Russel Ballard. I felt overwhelming feelings of peace, joy, and warmth that can only be understood as the Holy Ghost. I used to have questions regarding doctrine on exaltation but this book really helped. I knelt in prayer and sincerely asked my Father in Heaven if it was true that I can become like him and I felt that same feeling. The next morning I discovered Romans 8:16-17 and later that day we had to explain this principle. Those two verses worked perfectly.

Yesterday Bishop hosted a cottage evening. We felt that it was really important for Mick and Mags to be to this one but it was raining and his trike shorts out in the rain. Elder Graham prayed for the rain to stop so Mick and Mags could come and the sun came out right away. It was almost too easy.

I know the Saviour lives. I know he loves me. He is leading this work. He is living, loving, leading.

Sincerely,

Elder Price


Conclusion

Join us next week for more exciting answers to prayers, and somewhat generic but heartfelt testimony from one of your favourite missionaries, here on the blog.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Come Follow Me   9/7/15
Sometimes I wonder if I can keep this up for another year and some (missionary life). I'm exhausted almost every night. It's been a good year and I also miss my adventures and worldly entertainment. Then I remember the perfect example of my Saviour and his call, "Come follow me." When Nephi replied, "I will go and do," he had to leave all of his wealth and comforts but he left Jerusalem permanently. Alma and the sons of King Mosiah left everything to preach to the Lamanites. Ammon (the prince) was offered a princess on his mission but his response was essentially, "Nah, I'll serve you instead."


Simon Peter and Andrew responded to the Saviour's call in Matthew 4:20 "And they straightway left their nets, and followed him." Then He calls James and John, "And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him." In Matthew 9 is my favourite example. It says:

 9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

In district meeting the other week we were asked, "When did Jesus Christ call you to follow Him? When did you answer?"

We are to seek knowledge by study and also by faith. Faith is belief and action. Acting on promptings gives us knowledge. This is how we know the gospel is true. (See Alma 32:28 & 34, John 7:17, and James 2:17-18.)

I know that this church is true and I KNOW Heavenly Father hears my prayers.


Elder Price