Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Next messageWell, so much has happened in the last eight days that I cannot update you on everything. Friday President Gubler asked me to move to Guildford to be the district leader. My companion is Elder Viera from Brasil. He was baptised two years ago. I love how excited Elder Viera is! He seems very willing. He has a strong desire to do well here. I'll be praying for help communicating and for his language skills. He did not study any English before his mission.

Elder Chiu Falck was moved to Bideford, the largest area in the mission, in North Devon. He'll be driving too. There are only two missionaries in High Wycombe now so we prepared them to absorb our teaching pool. Travelling through London with our luggage was quite the journey! Elder Chiu Falck could hardly manage his large suitcases. Twice he had strangers help carry them on stairs. He missed the tube I got on so he had to take the next one too. So we finally get to Paddington, where we depart, and we begin to say goodbye. He reaches in his pocket, pulls out his bus pass dramatically, and offered it as a token to remember him by. Cheers mate!

Saying goodbyes is always a bit surreal. I am not a person that is typically emotional in the moment because it doesn't set in until later. Along with that I was so excited with anticipation for things
to come.

The worst was leaving Mila and her family. We had a great lesson and David wanted to say the closing prayer. I was quite touched by the things he said. Then Mila tells us again how we are angels and nobody has had an influence on her family like us. I keep trying to say how it's not us, it is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Anyway, I hope to hear good things and maybe even visit someday.

We had some little miracles this week too! We found three different people who were baptised in the church while they were young, have good memories, but don't know the doctrine. Two of them are willing to be taught.

I am excited to be here in Guildford district. We have a great group of missionaries! Maybe we'll have a picture to send in a couple weeks time.

I have loved deepening my relationship with my Saviour this week. Jesus is real to me. I know he lives. I will follow him faithfully.


Elder Price

Monday, March 21, 2016

"Do you love me?"  3/20/16


The people in our area haven't changed loads but good things are still happening. Progress is slow but steady. We have had some great moments and service opportunities too. We helped Theresa sort through a load of things that had piled up. She really appreciates it because she broke her back a while ago so it's difficult for her.

Elder Chiu Falck's teaching ability is getting better and better! He's making a conscious effort to try to listen to the Spirit which has helped our lessons stay focused. I keep reminding him that he's not a greenie anymore and he can do great things. It's always a laugh when he looks surprised that I make him knock on every other door.

Zone Training was great! The last part was a different than other meetings I've been to. The Zone Leaders put on the movie, The Testaments, and invited us to think about our Saviour. While it was playing they took companionships out to have personal interviews with the Saviour. They directed Elder Chiu Falck into a classroom and led me into the next one by myself. Inside I found two chairs facing each other. One had a large picture of Christ (the most famous Del Parson painting) and a sheet of instructions. Basically, I had five minutes alone with Him. There were about 5 questions to answer and we were meant to answer them out loud.

My heart was pounding in my chest as I looked up at the picture of Christ, imagining this conversation which will actually happen someday, and then glancing back at the paper to proceed with the questions. Number 1, "Do you love me?" I stammered out a few responses and finished the other four questions as well, which asked about how we show our love and a few other related things.

Studying the Book of Mormon has deepened my relationship with my Saviour. My personal study of Abinidi's sermon this morning had me so pumped! The quotes from Isaiah 53 never impacted me this much before. The imagery enlightened my understanding of what we celebrate during Easter. "A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief," Touched me as well as, "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." I am all amazed of the Saviors never ending love and mercy this special season. He truly carried all of my burdens, sorrows, sins, and pains. I love Him!

I hope you all have a great week and come to know your Saviour even better during this Easter season.

Recommended additional study: Alma 5, Mosiah 14, "Approaching the Throne of God With Confidence," FollowHim.mormon.org

Elder Price


Thank heaven for new shoes!

Elder Tunnicliffe zone leader at zone conference.

Monday, March 14, 2016

I Know My Saviour Loves Me  3/14/16

I wish I had more time to update you on all the things that are happening! But time is something that never stops and you can never get it back, so make the most of it.

Elder Chiu Falck and I have been companions for 16 weeks now. What a journey.

Last Friday we had a great teach with Mila, David, Chloe, and a friend named Chelsea. David's friend James and James' father, Brother H, were both with us. Each contributed to the lesson. James helped relay Joseph Smith's experience. Brother H bore powerful testimony and invited each person to read the Book of Mormon daily, pray to know the truth, and to be baptised. It was one of the first really powerful experiences I have had talking about the first vision because Brother H explained so simply how that single experience has impacted his life. It was awesome.

Mila, David and Chelsea came to church yesterday too!

We felt inspired to go to the town Marlow to try reteaching someone that used to meet with missionaries. She was busy but a few minutes later we stopped a lady named Theresa walking down the street. She told us how there have been multiple times where she has prayed for help and each time she met missionaries within a couple of days. Well, she had just prayed for help again the day before. Incredible. There might be a few barriers but we'll see how the gospel can help her tomorrow.

Sometimes I have silly doubts but then I remember the many experiences I've had. Whenever I have a question I'll recognise a tender mercy of Him whispering, "I'm still here. I know where you are and I love you." This morning I was in Mosiah 4 and verse 9 reminded me, "...believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." I know the church is true because the Book of Mormon is true.

Once again I have a love for the children's songs. My latest jam reads:

A long time ago in a beautiful place,

Children were gathered ’round Jesus.

He blessed and taught as they felt of His love.

Each saw the tears on His face.

The love that He felt for His little ones

I know He feels for me.

I did not touch Him or sit on His knee,

Yet, Jesus is real to me.

I know He lives!

I will follow faithfully.

My heart I give to Him.

I know that my Savior loves me.

I really do love my Saviour! Life would be hopeless without him.

This week brings more missionary work, Zone Training, and that's pretty much it! Hah Love you guys!

Elder Price

p-day with the boys

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hiya!  3/7/16

This week we've had a few let downs and some disappointment. I have also received answers to prayers and plenty of opportunity to grow. Once again, my Mum's inspired email has reminded me of the power of a positive attitude. She sent some thoughts talking about runners facing the opposition of negative thinking while trying to break the "impossible" barrier of a four-minute mile. It said:

"Roger Bannister broke the barrier and changed that thinking by his performance.  He refused to believe what others were saying because he didn't want to limit his own potential.  His breakthrough proved that the barrier was psychological, not physiological.  In the August 1994 Runner's World magazine, Jerry Lynch, Ph.D., said that when you believe and think I can, you activate your motivation, commitment, confidence, concentration, and excitement, all of which relate directly to achievement.  On the other hand, "Whether you think you can or can't, you're right in both cases."

"It's true that airplanes and kites rise faster when they fly into the wind,  Individuals grow stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually when they are "tested" with resistance or opposition."

In my study this morning I read about Jacob who knew Sherem was going to try use flattery to deceive him. Jacob prepared himself and remembered the revelations he had, the angels he saw, and the voice of the Lord he heard. "Wherefore, [he] could not be shaken" (Jacob 7:5). Each of us should prepare for difficult times by remembering the revelations we have had. If we stay true to the flashes of revelation we receive than we'll never be led astray.

I love this church. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I know it helps people. It is the only way to eternal happiness.

Elder Price

Frisbee in the forest on p-day
What happened to our shirts?