Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Saying goodbye to Elder Baines.


Just a quickie.  11/24/15



Hiya everyone!



It's moves week so we are emailing on Tuesday. Elder Baines is

currently at the temple and tomorrow he flies to Utah with the

missionaries who are going home. I imagine him coming down the

escalator in SLC airport with families cheering and crying, then he'll

get to walk past them and complete 21 more months of service. He is a

powerful teacher and a good friend. I am going to miss serving with

him.



My new companion is Elder Chiu Falck. He just finished being trained

in London so I get to follow up. He is from a fairly big city in

Sweden. He likes video games and mathematical engineering. So far he

hasn't said too much, or when he did I couldn't hear him, so I'll tell

you more about him next week.



Goals for this week include: strengthening companionship unity through

communication, developing patience and charity, and doing work.



Mila came to church and she is progressing well! Rue came to church

late, in time for Sunday School, and she promised to come to Sacrament

Meeting next week.



Also it got really cold this week. I'm wearing thermals and a scarf

already and it's only November.



Happy Turkey Day! Love,



Elder Price


Wednesday, November 18, 2015



                Turkish barbers are the illest.‏

Jerusalem‏

Hiya!



This week I have reached a new level of boldness. I am overcoming my

fears of President's new contacting approach. We just introduce

ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ, introduce the Restoration and

the Book of Mormon quickly, testify, and ask if they're willing to

learn more and act on the answer we get. President Gubler wants us to

find the people who are prepared, not prepare people. It is the season

of miracles and I know miracles are happening.



Elder Baines and I have been talking to so many people this week. We

had a goal for an all time high of 25 other lessons this week but at

accounting we only had 24. We decided to use part of our dinner hour

to go get one more. In under twenty minutes we found someone who was

willing to listen for a few minutes and said they would consider

coming to our church or meeting up again.



Our friend Mila, that came to church last week, is progressing well.

Looking back we understand how paramount it has been to follow the

Spirit. We weren't sure why we felt like teaching the lessons in the

order we did and how we did, but later we found out she has been

taught before a long time ago and she already has the Book of Mormon.

She doesn't remember too much, but I know the Lord had us teach

exactly what she needed to know at that time. Now she is ready to

follow Jesus Christ and she'll be baptised on the 19th of December. We

even had a movie night with her family and Mila said the closing

prayer for about 7 minutes pleading for her children's hearts to be

softened to the message. I'm not sure what they were thinking but I

liked it!



Elder Baines has his visa but we don't have any news on travel plans

yet. I'm guessing he flies to Utah with departing missionaries a week

from Tuesday. Then he'll be assigned somewhere in the Orem Mission.

Hopefully in Heather's area!



President Gubler shared a story that amazed me. It reads, "In 1980 a

young man from Rwanda was forced by his tribe to either renounce

Christ or face certain death. He refused to renounce Christ, and he

was killed on the spot. The night before he had written the following

commitment which was found in his room:



“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed, the die has been cast, I

have stepped over the line, the decision has been made- I’m a disciple

of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away or be

still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is

secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth

knees, colorless dreams, tamed vision, worldly talking, cheap giving &

dwarfed goals. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my

road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is

reliable, my mission is clear. I won’t give up, shut up, let up until

I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up for the cause of Jesus Christ.

I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till everyone knows,

work till He stops me & when He comes for His own, He will have no

trouble recognizing me because my banner will have been clear.”



I am not ashamed to represent our Lord or this church. I love it! Our

mission song is a famous English hymn called Jerusalem by William

Blake. Right now I feel the words, "I will not cease from mental

fight, until we have built Jerusalem, among this green and peaceful

land." I love doing missionary work. I know that this is the true

church of Jesus Christ.



Elder Price

Brother Hope works with the US military so they have connections. It
was so nice to get the goods from the commissary! They're too kind.

We had mac and cheese by candlelight to celebrate our 1 month mark.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Up and up.  11/9/15


Summary
Sorry this one is so long! It's exciting though.
Teaching solid lessons this week.
Interruptions and opposition.
Preaching in a mosque.
Speaking in a church.
Going to London.
Progression.

Extended Edition

Since the last email we have had some of the highest highs and lowest lows. I'll keep it on the positive note but there were some pretty rough moments. I have so much I want to share I'm buzzing just thinking about it!

Monday evening we went to the Mosque with our Christian friend Ben. This was my second time. After their prayers they come to the back and we all sit on the floor with tea and biscuits and chat. We have had some brilliant discussions. This week I ended up across from other three missionaries with Amjad and his brother on either side. The conversation was fairly light until a Muslim named James, who was raised Catholic, wanted to discuss more doctrinal topics. He shared is conversion story and we all listened. I discovered that they believe that every nation has had a prophet to give them the Quran (Allah's word). They believe that Muhammed was the last prophet. With that in mind, I asked if they believed there were prophets before Muhammed in other lands that we don't have the records of. Interesting enough, the time span covered in the Book of Mormon (600BC-421AD) is all before Muhammed's lifetime (around 570AD). We talked about how the Book of Mormon is one of those records.

I was able to explain our view on Gospel Dispensations. They agreed that from the time of Abraham the people were properly submitting to God's will (As a side note in Arabic Islam means to submit to God's will.) and when they rejected the prophets and went into a rebellious state the prophets were taken away (apostasy). I was able to testify that God has called prophets whenever the people were ready to listen, and that we have prophets on the earth today. When I finished my ears were burning and my heart was pounding. Ben complimented me for defending our faith. They invited us back again but we decided not to go every week. I enjoyed it, but I don't know if that's how we should use our time.

Tuesday Elder Baines and I stumbled into an ambush. We began talking to a Christian man who was handing out leaflets. He didn't take long to show how much he knew about our church. He came out with our divine potential and a quote from Lorenzo Snow. He bashed about polygamy and the Book of Mormon for nearly an hour. Some of it was good for a laugh like the Book of Mormon can't be true because it says, "And it came to pass..." too many times. As we were trying to walk away his replacement came and he took his lunch break. This conversation was shorter and slightly lighter but not much more pleasant. It wasn't good.

Wednesday we had a brilliant district meeting to boost our spirits and remind me of my testimony. Elder and Sister Warner (senior couple that served a mission in Melbourne too) said some inspirational things. We also read a few verses from D&C 138 and talked about a few other things that I feel were tender mercies for me. I know Heavenly Father was looking out for me.

Afterwards we visited our friend Rue. We felt really good about the lesson we had planned when we prayed about it, and it addressed her questions perfectly! We felt the Spirit. She told us that we were sent from God to remind her of how her relationship with him used to be. She wants to strengthen it and she wants to get baptised too! But she doesn't want to be a full member of the church. We'll see how that goes.

Thursday was our holiday to London. We woke up at 4:45 to make it to our train on time. The train was a direct service that all the businessmen and women take and it was quite a short journey. In about an hour we were walking the streets of Westminster. The long part was walking to and from the train stations. I loved my experience there! The US Embassy lives up to every British stereotypes of American government. There were multiple armed guards with assault rifles posted around the premises. I wasn't allowed inside so I had an hour and a bit as a lone wolf. That was weird.

We met up with our Muslim friend I called "Wiz" in a previous email to protect his identity. We discovered that he has quite the reputation. He used a be a cage fighter and he wasn't concerned when people shouted things at us in Arabic as they drove past. We went behind the shops where it was quieter to chat. Wiz makes us laugh with comments he makes. He's a super funny guy! When we were walking away Elder Baines began to laugh and observed, "We just prayed with the hardest guy on Green Street in a dark alley."

Saturday we met our friend Joel at the library. Our discussion was going alright until this crazy woman showed up. I thought she was joking about being his girlfriend at first. I feel a bit bad because she has some mental health issues but it makes a funny story talking about the things she was shouting from the rooftops to the entire 2nd floor of the Wycombe library.

That evening we visited Milla. She was a referral from a member we've been trying to sit down with. She was in with two of her sons and she invited us right in. We had a powerful discussion about the Atonement and forgiveness. We watched the Mormon Message Beacuse of Him and I think it helped her gain more hope. She came to church and seemed to really enjoy it!

I spoke in church about Captain Moroni and the Title of Liberty. I talked about how we need to liken or relate the scriptures to our lives. I related the stories to defending ourselves spiritually and being prepared for when those attacks come. I also spoke about being an example (or hoisting our Title of Liberty) to be a voice for religious freedom. A lot more people believe in God than we think sometimes. It was a fitting topic for Remembrance Sunday. We even sang "God Save the Queen" in church. It was interesting seeing how half the ward isn't British but it was fun.

We were able to sit down with our new friend Kenny to teach the Restoration. I was promised that there would be interruptions at the climax of the lesson in one of my mission prep classes. The lesson was going well. We were having him read the first vision and halfway through there was a knock on the door. His sister was dropping off his son. After she left a few minutes later we  tried to wrap it up but we were interrupted by his cousin only about two minutes later. He is sincere but he seemed a bit embarrassed to be discovered by his peers. Maybe next time will be better.

Wow that could be a flipping book in itself! I hope you have a good week!


Elder Price
This is in Grosvenor Square next to the U.S. Embassy

This was around seven in the morning in the city Westminster. I was
surprised by how busy it was early in the morning.




Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy day!  11/2/15


Sum Up

-Just read it to find out. It's not even dry this time.

The Novel

Once upon a time I made a mistake and we took the bus number 74
instead of X74. The ONLY difference, it skipped the city we were
traveling to. I sent home a picture of us looking confused in the
dark. We were waiting for the bus to turn up towards a place called
Beaconsfield but instead it got on the motorway and left our area.
Oops.

On Saturday Elder Baines finished working on his visa at the chapel.
When we planned for Saturday we felt like it would be good to work on
this visa application at a specific time. While we were there
technical errors caused a few delays. As I was sitting there studying
I saw a man walking up to the door. At first I thought it was the
postman but I quickly recognised Joel, a man we met a week before. He
was walking past the chapel and felt like coming to see the inside. It
was no coincidence we were there. We gave him a chapel tour and
learned a lot about him. He has met with missionaries before, been to
other wards, and read the Book of Mormon. The best part, he accepts
Joseph Smith as a prophet. After we said a prayer next the baptismal
font we challenged him to pray about if he should join the church. He
is difficult to get in contact with, but we are hoping for more
miracles.

We went knocking Saturday evening for a laugh and got mixed responses.
We had a couple meaningful discussions, a few bits of sweets, and a
Jehovah's Witness shouting about how Satanic Halloween is. I guess you
can't win them all.

Sunday we were invited into Relief Society for a lesson about member
missionary work. To describe it politely, Relief Society is an
experience. It's a bit more... animated than Priesthood. We each got
to share about ourselves and I testified of having a strong ward
family. I reminded them we're away from home and so they are our
family, ie sisters, mums, and grandmums. The dinner calender has never
been more popular. ;) haha! Honestly though the lesson on missionary
work was amazing! The ward is getting a lot more excited to get out
there.

All sorts of experiences this week but I just want to say how happy I
am. I am loving all of these experiences. I know the Gospel of Jesus
Christ is true. I know that the Priesthood has been restored through
the prophet Joseph Smith (peace be upon him) and that the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His kingdom on earth, established
to prepare for the second coming of the Messiah. I have gained a
testimony of deeper principles including exaltation and knowing the
God of the Old Testament. I know we have Heavenly Parent's who love
us. Additionally, I know I have so much support from all of my loved
ones reading this email. Thank you! I love you!

Elder Price

PS Thursday is our holiday to the US Embassy in London for Elder
Baines' visa interview. It should be fun!

Yeah we wore matching ties!