Monday, February 29, 2016

Strength Beyond My Own   2/29/16


Summarised
We took Mila and her son David to see the temple. It was great!

Extended

Saturday morning Brother Holt drove Mila, David, Elder Chiu Falck, and I to the London Temple Visitors' Centre. The temple is the greatest place on earth and the spirit is strong. We got there a bit early so we were able to nip down to the shop to pick up a few bits. Mila and David looked through the pictures and Brother Holt secretly bought a few of her favourites to give to her after.

We began our visit by learning about what happens in the temple from the displays. The sister missionaries were great. Then we watched the film "Meet the Mormons" in the theatre. It was perfect to show how diverse people with amazing stories find joy by following Christ and serving others.

The tour of the grounds was quick because of the chilly weather (big surprise) but it was good to stop and have a couple quick discussions. The sisters explained that the reflection pond shows the temple just like we can reflect Christ's countenance in our lives.

We returned to the centre to conclude at the Christus statue. They had Mila start begin a few paces away from the statue and invited her to look to him. Then they had her close her eyes and asked her a few simple questions. Each question was a simple commitment that missionaries had invited her to do over the last few months, and each one that she had done, she was able to take a step forward. After a few questions she was allowed to open her eyes and behold the results. "Where have these small acts of faith gotten you?" they asked. "Next to the Lord Jesus Christ." Mila whispered. A serious of small simple actions bring us closer or further from our Saviour.

We sat down to listen to the narration, which is less than a dozen versus of Jesus' words from the New Testament. Afterwards, we had a discussion about the things we learned and felt throughout the morning. Then I grabbed three copies of the Book of Mormon from the shelf and decided to read 2 Nephi 31:8-10. We briefly talked about how Jesus set the example by being baptised and how verse 10 includes an invitation. Then I looked David in the eyes," David, will you follow Jesus Christ by being baptised." His response was, "I think I will actually." I smiled as I continued, "Three weeks, the 19th of March, is your birthday. Would you like to be baptised then?" He accepted and we promised the blessings that would follow. What a great day!


Elder Price


Sister missionaries, David & Mila


Elders in the High Wycombe flat






Monday, February 22, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hi all!  2/16/16


The big transfer news.... Elder Chiu Falck and I are staying another

transfer. I'm sure there is more we can learn from each other. The

other two missionaries in High Wycombe, Elder Hartshorn and Reynolds,

are both moving. Now if you want to know what's happening you'll have

to be an attentive reader.



Elder Lloyd, our Zone Leader, is coming to High Wycombe to train a new

missionary. Elder Lloyd is from Layton and we got along great! He is a

dandy missionary with a positive attitude. Even better, he was trained

in High Wycombe and the ward members adore him. We haven't leaked the

secret yet so they'll be pleasantly surprised.



On top of that, the new Zone Leader to replace Elder Lloyd is none

other than Elder Tunnicliffe, who I halfway trained on the Isle of

Wight. When I read the news for transfers I was buzzing!



This week we are hoping to take Mila and her family to the temple

Visitors' Centre Saturday. We also have two new referrals. Besides

that, there are the people we have been finding but they haven't

progressed. Next week we'll have something cool to report on because I

feel another great harvest is underway! Oh, and Friday we get to have

Zone Conference with a general authority from the Europe Area

Presidency.


Elder Price

PS the church is true. :)


                                          AMERSHAM CHURCH

I bet I've never sent a picture of an old church before... Oh wait,
yes I have. It looks nice and sunny but it was still COLD.

Monday, February 8, 2016

If the Savior Stood Beside Me  2/8/16
Summary
Sorry this is so long! Just read the first 3 paragraphs and then skip to the end if you don't like reading.

This Version is Too Long

The new guy we found to teach this week is a man who used to be a doctor but he had a major stroke so he has limited use of his left side. He doesn't feel like he got the proper medical attention he deserved. It would be difficult not to be bitter, especially if you've poured your heart into helping people and payed buckets of taxes and NHS is supposed to take care of you. I was asking myself if I could forgive the man, people, or the system, if my life took a dramatic turn like this.

Elder Chiu Falck is growing ever so much. Yesterday when we were knocking on doors he did every other one. Sometimes he still freezes and steps back to physically push me in front of him but he is doing so well.

We taught a primary class this week... they were 4 year olds and I think knocking on doors is easier. The people we meet knocking aren't as cute as the primary kids though.

I wanted to share an experience from a while ago that I haven't had the chance to yet. If I said this last week you will have to forgive me. So one evening we are on our way home. We approach our bus stop and notice that there is a massive broken down bus serving as a great roadblock. Roads aren't always big enough to go around so traffic both directions was blocked. Home isn't that far so we decide we can just walk. We had just passed the next bus stop on the high street as I wondered if we should stop and inform the people that no buses are coming.

One man recognised us as missionaries and made a snide comment (that wasn't even clever) about buses in America. He started going off about religion and Mormons to the guy standing next to him but another man standing there stepped in to get a closer view of our name tags for himself. We began to explain who we were when he said, "Let me ask you one question, and your response will determine if we have a good conversation or not." I can't even remember the exact question but I just told him I don't know and asked what he thought. We ended up having a great conversation for about half an hour. We've really connected and this man, Paul, seems genuinely interested.
Paul is from Slough though, and he has realised he missed the last bus home. By this point it's 9 pm and it's flipping freezing outside and "raining." (This class of rain is most common and it's called "spitting." You would associate with a heavy mist.) He doesn't have any family in Wycombe so he's going to have to walk home and I felt pretty bad for him. I wouldn't do this often, but I felt really good about this. Paul didn't even hint or ask for a lift but I was hoping we could help him out. I called our all-star ward mission leader, Brother Holt, and he didn't answer. I called again and he was not thrilled at the prospect of the big favour I was asking but he was willing to help. He picked us up a few minutes later and we embarked on our journey.

In the backseat I taught Paul the message of the Restoration, invited him to meet the Slough missionaries, and he committed to read from the Book of Mormon and pray to know it's true. He had a love for the Bible and he says he always prays before and after he reads to know what God is saying to him. I have high hopes to hear from the Slough missionaries about how Paul is doing.

We only listen to hymns by Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the LDS Hymns app or music from General Conference in the ELSM so I've discovered some great songs. I want to share with you my jam of the week:

If the Savior Stood Beside Me
1.
If the Savior stood beside me, would I do the things I do?

Would I think of His commandments and try harder to be true?

Would I follow His example? Would I live more righteously

if I could see the Savior standing nigh, watching over me?
2.
If the Savior stood beside me, would I say the things I say?

Would my words be true and kind if He was never far away?

Would I try to share the gospel? Would I speak more rev’rently

if I could see the Savior standing nigh, watching over me?
3.
— He is always near me, though I do not see Him there,

And because He loves me dearly, I am in His watchful care.

So I’ll be the kind of person that I know I’d like to be

if I could see the Savior standing nigh, watching over me.


Love,

Elder Price

Something funny... This is how a conversation for really old people goes:
"It's a bit windy."
"No it's Thursday."
"Me too! Let's go buy a drink."


Oh BTW, it is moves next week so we'll be emailing on Tuesday. Hear from you in a bit!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Time is short  2/1/16



I'll just send you out a short email and say how great this past week

has been. I've had so many opportunities to witness miracles this week. I'd

tell you all of them but I haven't saved enough time. I haven't even

finished writing them in my journal yet. We've been the opportunity to

be the answers to a couple people's prayers this week.



Elder Chiu Falck is growing so much! He's been praying for miracles

and has an improved attitude too. It's been nice!



Wednesday I was on exchange in Slough and we got to tract in a super

posh area called Eton. It has Eton College, which is a boarding school

for all of the most spoiled children. It's ridiculously old, er

historic, and it looks like Hogwarts.



Thursday we had a special Zone Training with President and Sister

Gubler. The Spirit was strong and we developed some skills. I'm being

vague but I have grown so much!



My favourite scripture this week is found in Helaman 3:35



> 35 Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.



Yielding our hearts to God means accepting His will in all things. We

no longer have selfish ambitions that detract from what He wants for

us. When we do this we are filled with joy. I know that has been true

for me.



Love you all!



Elder Price

Eton College at night