Monday, April 25, 2016

Here are pics of the steps and a stone path we made at Amos' house.

Isaiah 53    4/25/16

Sorry I haven't prepared some deep, insightful message this week.

Elder Vieira's English is growing in leaps and bounds. I love language study time with him.
My testimony this week is that I know we need the Spirit. We don't accomplish anything by ourselves.
I really enjoy being district leader here in Guildford. I have a lot of growing room but I enjoy having more responsibility because it keeps me busy, gives me another perspective, and allows me to serve the other missionaries more.
We worked hard but we don't have any new investigators yet. There was a lot of rejection but during it I kept thinking about the beautiful verses in Isaiah 53:
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 ¶Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 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.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Christ truly is our perfect example. I haven't been through even a fraction of what he experienced and yet he never complained. He was acquainted with grief. "Sometimes," I said to Elder Vieira, "We need to remember that the Son of God himself was crucified." His own people wouldn't listen. And because of Him we can be forgiven, change, and receive mercy. I love my Saviour.
Elder Price

Monday, April 18, 2016

Brick By Boring Brick  4/18/16

Who knew that such profound lessons could be learnt while laying bricks? I bet Paul did.


We haven't had much success finding people in our area to progress this week. A lot of our time was taken up doing service. We prayed about what to do because people called asking for help so I am at least confident that I did my best to do Heavenly Father's will. We're also trying to talk about the gospel and create teaching opportunities as a result of the service projects we have done.

We visit a man named Amos and his family. They've had friends who are in the church for a long time but I'm not sure how much they've learned about the restored gospel from missionaries before. They are a good Christian family so we are hoping they open up soon. We are helping build an outdoor brick staircase on the extension of Amos' house. Brick work is a slow process so it has given me lots of time to think. I want to share the insights I have learned.

Lesson 1- When a brick isn't aligned properly, especially the first one, it has a negative effect that is compounded with each row. If it isn't level than the whole structure will crumble. See Ephesians 2:19-20.
Lesson 2- Brick work is difficult. I have a much greater appreciation for magnificent buildings and temples erected before they had modern tools and technologies.
Lesson 3- The mortar must be consistent. One batch to the next has to be the same or else it will make it very difficult for the builder to adjust. Each batch must have the right proportion of sand, water, and cement. This is a continuing reminder of the balance that we must have in our lives between social, family, work, and spiritual life. If we don't allow the right mixture, our structure will collapse before we become what the Great Architect has planned for us.

I'm well impressed with myself. That sounded great! Haha It must be the Spirit trying to teach some people.

I have the greatest companion. Elder Vieira is one of the most loving missionaries I have ever met. He always wants to help. He teaches me simple things every day like when he prayed to Heavenly Father for help with "your investigators" instead of "our investigators." It was something that was simple yet profound.

I know that love has the power to change lives. I have spent some time every day for the last week and a half in chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel (Christlike Attributes) and the most distinct result that I have noticed is a desire to be loving all the time. I am still imperfect but I know that His grace is sufficient and without charity I am nothing. I know that I can become what He needs me to be.

Elder Price

Sister England (England), Sister Gwilliam (Utah), Elder Vieira (Porto
Alegre, Brazil), Elder Price (LAYTON), Elder Olson (Texas), Elder
Feistl (Germany).

Guildford District

Monday, April 11, 2016

morning run by the river

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April Showers  4/11/16

Hi everybody! This week we had Zone Training and President Interviews

on Wednesday, and District Leadership Council on Thursday. Elder

Vieira and I ended up finishing our interviews late so we decided to

sleep in Staines instead of taking the train all the way home just to

come back the next morning. It worked out well except neither of us

had razors so we looked a bit scruffy. I almost felt unworthy to talk

to people on the train home because I didn't feel like I looked clean

but we talked to people anyway.

We need new investigators who are willing to progress and we are going

to achieve this by being bold while we sift through the field and

testify of the Saviour. Elder Vieira is great! His English isn't

improving as fast as I had hoped but that doesn't discourage me. He

has so many strengths he could do without the language and still be a

good missionary.

At one point I was asked if I could understand what Elder Vieira was

saying and I replied, "Yes, perfectly fine." It was then I remembered

that a gift of the Spirit is the interpretation of tongues. I believe

Heavenly Father has blessed me with the ability to understand my

companion better to help him. The gifts are the Spirit are real!

Testimony meeting at church Sunday began with the three new elders in

the ward and then every testimony afterwards was members sharing

missionary experiences. Our great ward mission leader gave us a big

shout out too. He told everyone these experiences are great and they

should lead to referrals for the missionaries. Boom!

I love my Saviour Jesus Christ. I love studying in the Book of Mormon

about the Atonement. I love daily repentance. It's difficult to

express these feelings in words... I love my Heavenly Father, this

Gospel, and all that it brings. Life is great.


Elder Price

Monday, April 4, 2016

Saturday we were asked to set up a big Easter Egg hunt in the forest
for the primary kids. It was delayed because of the miserable weather
last week.

Topics discussed:  4/4/16

Guildford is nice.
My great companion, Elder Vieira.
A moment in General Conference.
The district.

This one is a bit long...

Guildford seems like a great place to be! Our first Sunday was General Conference so we still need to meet lots of members but I am very excited to be here. Saturday morning we helped with a primary activity so I got to talk to quite a few members. I'm doing my best to learn names and callings quickly too. The members I have met seem willing to help us.

Elder Vieira is so great. His powerful testimony and experiences give him motivation. He definitely knows why he is here. His family was Catholic but they lost faith when his father died seven years ago. They weren't happy. When he met with missionaries the Plan of Salvation really touched him. He learned that he can be with his father again because families are meant to be together forever. The priesthood was restored and now we can do work for the dead in the holy temples of the Lord. What a blessing!

Elder Vieira enjoys hard work and has a positive attitude. He loves knocking doors and stopping people even though his English isn't great. I love working with him!

Last Wednesday, our first full day together, Elder Vieira and I talked to so many people! It was definitely a change of pace to get out and move. We had a hop in our step and helped us to find quite a few people. One of them, a young guy named Marcel, we've seen twice since then. He even brought a friend to meet with us too. We haven't had contact lately though so we'll see.

We have prayerfully set a transfer goal of 3 baptisms. We know that people need time to repent and prepare to make covenants so we'll have to find them this week. Hopefully they'll be a family. That'd be brilliant! I know that the Lord wants us to baptise so it just depends on what we do to make it happen. Our faith is in Jesus Christ and not in outcomes, but He rejoices in the repentant sinner. Attitude (faith) and hard work (diligence) are the keys this week. And if it we don't see the expected results we'll have joy and satisfaction in doing our best.

President Hinckley said“Attitude makes all the difference. ‘Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good, if ye walk uprightly and remember the covenant wherewith ye have covenanted one with another.’ (D&C 90:24) Attitude can make all the difference in our lives, and we control our attitude. It can make us miserable or happy, content or dissatisfied. To a great degree, it can make us strong or weak.”

I know that this church is true! Conference was motivational, as it always is. We have watched all three Saturday sessions and the Sunday morning session. So no, I have not seen the Elder Holland talk that everyone is buzzing about.

My favourite moment in General Conference was at the end of one of the sessions the choir was singing Come Thou Fount. Previous talks emphasised the power of hymns like the story about the African congregation and President Eyering saying that "the choir will sing as if the Lord Jesus Christ himself is present, because He is." When the choir sang Come Thou Fount I was mouthing the words (singing silently as loud as I could) and imagining me in the middle of the choir. I could see from the choirs' perspective looking down into the conference center. Right in front center of the audience I saw my Saviour. Smiling and proud. It was absolutely incredible.

I can't choose one favourite talk. I loved them all and I received real revelations. It makes me nervous for some things in the future but I am happy to focus on what is happening now. I am devoting my time and attention to the work and people around me. I am determined to diligently serve the ward and be the best district leader I can. 

We have a great district in Guildford! There are sisters in Aldershot (the next ward over who we share a chapel) and they are examples to us all. Great missionaries! There are two other elders in our ward but we don't share a flat. I am happy to not be in a four-man flat anymore. It is usually loads of fun but it is difficult for me to focus after we finish planning in the evening. Now I will update the area book, write in my journal, wind down, and prepare for bed.

I am loving being a missionary in the England London South Mission!
Elder Price