Monday, June 27, 2016

In or out?  6/27/16


SUMMARY
My companion and I are becoming friends. Sometimes you work for no visible progress with your friends. We are progressing and so is the mission.

EXTENDED
It has been raining a lot this week. Saturday we had 3 cancelled appointments in a row. We got wet. We were walking back to the flat soaked and we just started laughing out loud. Sometimes you don't know what else to do.

The work hasn't progressed too much this week but I think we have. Elder Aleman and I became friends this week which makes life fun. He can be really funny too. Now we are working on improving ourselves and the work. Our mission came out with a new Mission Training Plan that has been simplified and altered. It is going to work wonders.

We had an exchange with the Zone Leaders this week in Staines. That was good and I even found a new potential that lives in Guildford. Isn't it great when that happens? Tuesday we will have Zone Training to discuss more about implementing the Mission Training Plan.

I can't remember if I mentioned it but our mission was chosen to pilot the Area Book Planner app for the Europe Area. So in about a month we are going completely digital. We are preparing now and it will bring a lot of changes!

One of the spiritual highlights of my week was conducting a baptismal interview for the sisters' investigator named Lino. He has made so many changes in his life and he has a strong testimony. I meant it when I relayed, "I am honoured that I have been able to play a small part in you moving towards baptism." He is going to begin preparing to go to the temple with his fiancé. He explained that he want to raise his family in the church. He knows it will help them avoid lots of the trouble he got into. It put it into perspective when I wrote his birthday on the form and realised that he was born in the same year as Tyler. Even when people get into life in the worst way at a young age, the Atonement of our Saviour Jesus Christ can heal, change, and redeem them to complete spiritual health.

Well, we are going to play some sports and have a picnic so I'm out (just like the UK).


Elder Price

Monday, June 20, 2016

Life of a Missionary  6/20/16


SUMMARY
Info on my new companion, working hard, and personal growth through personal prayer.

EXTENDED VERSION

I am almost positive that I'll lose half my audience if this letter is too long (I'm sure only my parents read every word every week) so I'll cut to the chase. My companion is Elder Aleman from Stockholm, Sweden. His parents are from El Salvador so he speaks Espanol. We have already taught a couple lessons in Spanish so he has been valuable. He has come right out of school so he's just like a fresh lamb.

Tuesday I got to go through the temple with all of the trainers and the departing missionaries. I absolutely love the London temple's Celestial room. It's heavenly. I had quite a good experience there. It was weird to spend time with some of my friends who were flying home (shoutout to Dill-Pickle and G Rizzle Brink Brink) because I am close but still have plenty of time to work and no time to be distracted.

Tuesday and Wednesday we received training from the APs about how to be a good trainer. One element that enhanced my experience was the fact that I was one of the APs trainers (Elder Tunnicliffe). He is an absolute star and he even slipped in stories of our time together and winked at me after. He made it fun.

We have talked to loads of people! It so great to serve diligently. I love the extra motivation of being the good example. I have always enjoyed a bit of pressure to give me some drive. We have been able to teach a few people but nothing major yet. One Pentecostal Columbian man lectured my companion in Spanish about how we haven't felt the Spirit if we haven't spoken in tongues before. The best part was that I didn't understand most of it so I was just smiling and nodding my head.

I have had a lot of time to recognise how much I have grown on my mission. I am gaining so much more spiritual power through my personal prayers. Every morning I counsel with my Father on our plans and ask for help with my weaknesses. Each night in my prayers I account honestly. He helps me to recognise and remember things I didn't acknowledge. And I continue to repent. I feel like I am finally becoming the man I wanted to become.


Elder Price

Elder Shulthies, Elder Redd, Elder Price, Elder Mattson, and Elder
Mercer at the temple for the trainers meeting. We are all from the
same MTC group. I get too excited and I can't stop talking so I have a
Popeye smile.

                    My companion and I at the White House





Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Time is money  6/14/16
SUMMARY
Moves news, report from the Mission conference with Elder Oaks, and a testimony. :)

EXTENSION

I don't have a lot of time and I have loads to tell you... but first off I want to give a big shout out to Jason for making it home safe! I have been praying for you. It has been great to have the assurance of a temple sealing to last into the eternities if anything happened. I have been so blessed to have a family that loves the gospel!

The BIG NEWS: Elder Vieira is moving to Oxford and I am staying in Guildford. Today I go to the temple and tomorrow I get a new companion fresh out of the MTC. I am so excited to spend my last two transfers training! The extension is officially happening now. On the 7th of September I'll become companions with my friend Elder Redd for the last two and a half weeks on our visas. It will be awesome!

Some HIGHLIGHTS this week:

Monday while we were contacting between activities we found a former investigator who had a bad experience at church in the past. He is willing to give it another chance though so hopefully that goes well. We have met with him twice since then.

Tuesday we had a mission conference combined with the London mission at Hyde Park Chapel. I got to meet Elder Oaks and hear some incredible talks! I also meet Elder Keiron, Elder Herbertson, President Stevens of the London mission, and all of their wives. Sister Stevens is the former Primary General President or something like that. You don't care about any of that though; you want to hear about Elder Oaks. It is confirmed, he is a true Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. And he is a lot more charismatic than I expected because he hardly smiles in General Conference. He is really funny too. He was making loads of jokes. He gave us some great teachings about opposition, success, and teaching repentance. 

Tuesday evening Elder Oaks came to Guildford for a special stake conference/devotional/fireside. I was running high energy from the events of the day and having all of these important people in our area. We got to usher and welcome a few people to the G-Live Centre we rented. A few notable ones are the Worshipful Lord Mayor of Guildford, an MP, the Mayoress, and a reporter for a Surrey paper. Elder Oaks taught us about the clusters of doctrine that distinguish us from other churches. I felt the Spirit.

Wednesday was a meeting called Mission Leadership Council and they invited the district leaders this time. It was a long but revelatory experience. I felt the confirmation of the Spirit telling me that the decisions made are the direction that we should take in the ELSM. (I am being somewhat vague because the clock is ticking and you get tired of reading my novels anyway.)

Thursday I was back in my area with my companion. We had a "Specialised District Meeting" so I could share the results from MLC and I also conducted District Leader interviews. I really enjoyed the things I learned from that.

Friday was actually a really rough day. Getting a phone call from President Gubler was nice but apart from that it was full of rejection and mean-spirited criticism from people who don't even know my life (get a real job). But we rejoice in the opportunity to grow in opposition and to come closer to the Saviour in tribulation.

Saturday felt like one of the best days of my life with the dark backdrop of Friday. We went to visit a Brasilian potential and the timing was perfect. The wife was really interested but we gained the husbands trust by helping them find their lost pet turtle in the neighbours' garden. Cheers to Elder Vieira's treasure hunting skills. After we got to teach them a simple but powerful lesson about the restoration halfway in Portuguese, halfway in English. I am sad to lose Elder Vieira's Portuguese for that reason especially but we will figure it out.

I wasn't sure how the family enjoyed the visit but while we were walking I asked Elder Vieira. Essential he said, "Wow, powerful experience. I asked M (the husband) how he felt about the message. He said a few words. 'I feel the Spirit'."

We had other good visits Saturday, a good day Sunday, I had a good experience taking the sacrament, and Monday was another great day. Two of our favourite families hosted a farewell FHE for Elder Vieira complete with pizza, football, ice cream, and powerful testimonies.

I am so grateful to have had Elder Vieira as a companion. I have learned so much from him! I will be affected by his righteous example forever. He is experiencing many emotions that most missionaries feel at their first move. He is nervous and excited. "Be of good cheer and do not fear my friend," I admonished him (see D&C 68:6).


So much has happened this week I don't even know where to begin with my testimony. We were so blessed to be able to meet an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. All of these experiences this week have been revelatory. And we definitely saw the hand of the Lord guiding the work! And tonight I get to go through the temple.              

Elder Price




Pictures from London

Monday, June 6, 2016

Service project last week 

Football with the young men



Yes I will  6/06/16


We have worked hard this week! Talking to as many people as you can gets exhausting but it's totally worth it. We even were able to teach a Brasilian couple. The lesson was half in Portuguese, half in English. I understood lots of it because I can follow Elder Vieira's testimony and the know the flow of the lesson. Some words are similar to English so it'd be a clue that I had to really listen for. It was fun!

The area seems to progress as much as we allow it to. Sometimes I feel like if we could be better at teaching, asking questions, invitations, promising blessings, etc than the results would be different. Once again, I feel like Alma who wished to have the voice of an angel to shake the earth. Although I know that angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost so I just need to humbly seek spiritual power for the benefit of others. And people have their agency so they just have other priorities. Many are blinded by the temptations of the world.

Elder Vieira... what can I say? I love my companion. He is doing well. We have had some challenges learning how to discuss our ideas and understanding what the other person is thinking but it's helping us grow. I find myself aware of my feelings and wanting to talk it out... What is happening to me?

Sunday afternoon most of the ward got together for a pot luck at a member's home. It was great to break the fast together. It was gorgeous weather, and they had a big beautiful garden to sit in. So yeah that was good.

Heavenly Father loves us so much. I know it. Tomorrow we go to London for a mission conference with the London Mission and Elder Dallin H. Oaks. Then at 7:30 that same evening he will be speaking in Guildford! I am so grateful that we have the opportunity to listen to a servant of the Lord. And I really believe that the Apostles have very sacred experiences and know the Lord's voice. I trust their testimonies and words. Every missionary serving in Staines Stake we will get to hear Elder Oaks twice. What a privilege!

My favourite chapter in the Book of Mormon lately is Mosiah 5. It is the response of the people at the end of King Benjamin's angelic sermon saying that the Spirit has brought a mighty change in their hearts. Then Benjamin replies by teaching more about the requirements and blessings of covenants with the Lord.

12 I say unto you, I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts ...

13 For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?

That question is thought provoking isn't it? It's been on my mind lately. You might need to read the chapter to understand what I am getting at (it's only short). That's all.

I am Elder Price.


Next week I'll email on Tuesday.
Surrey Stag








Saturday, June 4, 2016

Flowing  5/30/16

We are getting more consistent in finding new people each week and getting member present lessons. Hopefully while we continue to do this we can also increase the quantity of each one and get people to church with baptismal dates. We have also gotten a couple commitments from people to attend the special Staines Stake Conference with Elder Oaks.

This week we found a few people to teach and got dropped a couple days later... but we are enjoying it. Yesterday we met a Nigerian man that let us in pretty quickly. The lesson fit the sterotypes (he loves Christ and the Bible but didn't consider if there could be other scripture).

Yesterday morning in my study I had the question, "What are the benefits of reading the Book of Mormon every day?" As I studied in Mosiah 1 King Benjamin explains the benefits by comparing their people to the apostate group (Mulekites I think). Anyway, he answered my question in about a dozen ways. I have had plenty of faith promoting experiences this week and even a super vivid dream with Joseph Smith to invite me to have faith. I know that this is the only true and living church on the face of the earth.

Overall, I have been focused and hard working this week. It is satisfying to lay down at night confident that you have tried your best. As I have applied some teachings from last week's "President's letter" on prayer my relationship with my Father has strengthened and I have had meaningful morning prayers consistently for the first time in my life (usually I'm half asleep and distracted). It's great!

Do you remember a story from about a month ago about an interesting youth activity? At it we were able to speak to Jack, a nonmember from Aldershot. He's been meeting with the sisters regularly and you could even say things have been going pretty well. Check out the picture of him.

It's safe to say I love this gospel, I love my Saviour, and I love you. Thanks for your support!



Elder Price