Sunday, July 31, 2016

Quite a few exciting things happened this week so this email won't be completely bland. It was moves week so two missionaries left my district and they will be replaced with greenies which means that all three companionships in Guildford District will be in training! Elder Vieira (my last comp) was moved from Oxford to the Spanish area in London so now he needs to learn another language. And I am heading into my last full transfer this week.

Yesterday Elder Aleman saved a baby deer that was trapped between two fences.

On Saturday we saw a woman who had two pallets of sod grass out in the driveway. It has been so hot and their grass was drying out. Elder Aleman wanted to help. I began making excuses (no time, we are dressed too smart, etc) but we offered to help. Normally people don't accept the offer but she had literally just prayed minutes before for help! Mel and her husband Alex were tired and needed it put in the shade in the back garden. We helped for 45 minutes and made some awesome new friends! Elder Aleman wrecked his clothes but I managed to stay clean somehow.

As for the work this week, we have been dropped multiple times this week but I am determined to find the elect. They are out there somewhere. We are improving in teaching together. Of course good planning and practice in study heels. Elder Aleman has been great at talking with people this week! I love seeing the effort he puts in. His time keeping skills still need a lot of work though but we'll get there by the end of the transfer... Hopefully.

I had a great exchange with Elder Olson (from Texas) this week. I'll share something cool that happened with him but it's more reading so skip the indented portion if you are bored.

"They always make it sounds so easy," Elder Olson and I said as we read the last bullet point of the activity on page 159 of Preach My Gospel. Often we get lazy and skip the activities but we decided to attempt it exactly how it was written.

We created some potential "silver bullets" (That is what President Gubler calls his specific approaches that are tailored around things he loves.) and practiced them in companion study. I wanted to find a music enthusiast to show my passion for music and then bring them to my passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After practicing we evaluated it, refined the transition, and planned to apply it before lunch.

By 11:30 we had already had multiple opportunities to use this approach but they hadn't resulted in any new investigators yet. Then we were led to Kieran who was drinking a cup of tea on the porch and loving his music. The approach worked perfectly. He was involved in the conversation and he opened up. We taught him some there and then got a return appointment half an hour before our ward barbecue Saturday which he promised to attend.

The Lord's hand is guiding this work and we have been given the instructions on how to become effective instruments in his hands. I hope we can use them to reach for our potential and live according to our privileges as His servants.

I love the Book of Mormon. It has given me guidance to my soul searching questions this week. I know it is the word of God and that this is His work. I love how my understanding of the atonement deepens as I look for application from the Book of Mormon into my life. Everyone should try it!

Elder Price

Happy Birthday to my companion

Monday, July 18, 2016

Preparation day in the rain

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We have experienced miracles this week! I have felt motivated to help people truly progress in the gospel. I have received real revelation and felt guidance in the work. I can't even count the number of times the Lord's hand has been in the work this week. Again I have noticed when we do our best and are striving for exact obedience the Lord will trust us with his children to teach. I love my Father in Heaven. 

Monday we had a couple extra minutes in town so we went to talk to people. The first person we stopped was Jack, a student here from China. He expressed his desire to learn about God but he didn’t know where to begin. In two minutes we explained our purpose, exchanged details, and set a return appointment. Two appointments later he is progressing well and his faith is growing. It's been fun to help him learn because he comes from a completely different culture. Regional indicator for United KingdomRegional indicator for ChinaπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺRegional indicator for USA

Our mission has begun using the Area Book Planner app. It was really difficult for me to adjust from using my paper planner for the first couple days. I miss my planner but I also recognise many benefits from the app. It has potential.

We've been getting to work with the members more which is fun. And Elder Aleman has improved in teaching this week. He has a lot more to say now and I credit that to him studying in Preach My Gospel with real intentions. So that makes me happier.

I was motivated by messages from General Conference about going to the rescue. In the most recent conference by an Elder Mervyn B. Arnold principle number one of rescuing is, "We must not delay going to the rescue." And "Priesthood and Personal Prayer" by President Henry B. Eyring helped me too.

I am looking forward to Zone Conference tomorrow. I'll get to see lots of friends including Elder Vieira, Elder Redd, Elder Kastner, and others.

We have had multiple conversations with people that were very convinced that we were wrong. Even when we didn't feel like they came much closer to the truth I walked away feeling so proud that I conveyed the message clearly and with confidence. I used to avoid doctrines that I wouldn't think people would agree with but not anymore. I know that this is the truth. My Father in Heaven has sent his Spirit to answer my prayers time and time again. I still have many questions but the things I do know are true. Jesus Christ is our Saviour and God has a perfect plan of happiness centred on the Atonement of Christ. He has revealed this plan in every dispensation of time. If we follow it, we will be happy. So be strong, believe, and trust in the Lord and everything will work out.

<3 Elder Price

Monday, July 11, 2016

A car drove by and I tried to say hi to it... then I died laughing and
gave up on life for a minute. The best part was that I was telling
Elder Aleman how fun it is to teach intelligent people that are
interested. So awkward!! hah

Elder Price
Selfies and second chances  7/11/16


So I've been a missionary for a while now. Sometimes the same old thing gets boring so we have tried to mix it up. We found a bit of fun in trying new ways to find people to teach. We are trying to do more than just knocking and talking to people in the streets. I am getting bored of that. And when we do we have tried using different focuses. Like we spent a couple hours inviting people to church. Or we went out with the Bible in hand instead of the Book of Mormon. Small things can mix it up too. We went to a town called Dorking a few miles away. We are trying to use family history and visit more members. I think we are going to see miracles working with the members here.

Elder Aleman is trying really hard to get into the missionary routine and be more effective. I can tell it is difficult for him so I love his effort. He even sang to one Christian lady that he wanted to give her the Book of Mormon as a gift. It was so funny!

I love this gospel. I love my Saviour Jesus Christ. I love my Heavenly Father and His magnificent plan. Each time I want to write a short testimony to you I think of many things but it always comes back to those paramount truths that I am grateful for. 

Oh and one cool little experience to share... Friday evening we were knocking the Lord provided a unique opportunity to someone who rejected us the first time. We were leaving a door when a YSA aged sister from the previous house called us back. She explained she was playing a game with friends over social media and the daily challenge was to get a selfie with someone in uniform. Of course we willingly cooperated and began to chat. 

As she stepped out onto her driveway to take a photo with us she accidentally locked herself out of her house. She gradually opened up and as we listened the Spirit told us what principles to testify of. Her interest increased by degrees and soon she'll be the next Mormon superstar (if she uses her agency properly).


Elder Price

Ward mission leader took us out for pudding after our weekly coordination meeting. 
Soo overpriced but it was nice.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Do you ever get tired of reading the Book of Mormon? It takes so much
effort! When you struggle, remember what was sacrificed so that we can
have scripture. Do you ever get irritated by the repetition? Then
remember that Mormon had to scratch his writings into metal so he only
included words of paramount significance. Here's a picture of a little
activity we did at zone training. It was difficult.

Elder Price

Summertime (makes the living easy)  7/4/16

A little analogy, a bit of fun, some rain, not many lessons, and many spiritual experiences.

I am tempted to say "Happy birthday America!!" again but I realised it's not exactly the birthday, it's more like when the child has matured and is ready to move out of the parents' house. They have learned enough and they want to try living with their own independence. So it's just like when I moved to uni two years ago. Or it is like when I left my heavenly home over two decades ago. If I am a good boy, my parents will let me come home at the end of my leave.

So I just thought I'd have a bit of fun.
Things that most English people will never understand:
-The difference between Thanksgiving and Independence Day.
-How accurate or inaccurate Hollywood portrays high school.
-Why American schoolchildren have 3 months of summer holidays.

Things that most Americans will never understand:
-What a bank holiday is (they aren't celebrating the banking system).
-Why the roads are so small.
-The school children really wear proper uniforms.
-There are countless English accents and some are very distinct.

Well what has happened this week? It feels like I just emailed you last Monday. I have been able to use the priesthood and give two blessings and I had the opportunity to bless the sacrament. I love it! It has rained some more. People keep asking me about the presidential election.

I finished reading Alma today and I recognise how the Book of Mormon describes the latter days. Alma-3 Nephi are prophesying of the coming of Christ in last dispensation as well as in the meridian of time. All of the wars describe the spiritual war (and sometimes physical) we are in now. Then peace is sometimes established for short periods of time until corrupt leaders, governments, or organisations stir up the people to contention. Many of the signs shorts before the Saviour's birth are happening. Many of the other ones will come. I love studying the scriptures.

I had such a great experience at church yesterday. The sacrament has literally become the highlight of my week. Listening to the talk “That I Might Draw All Men unto Me” by Elder Dale G. Renlund helped me prepare for the sacrament. I have a difficult time focusing when Elder Aleman, or anyone else, talks about music, movies, girls, etc. People keep reminding me how soon I go home. It can be difficult to work sometimes but the sabbath day helped me renew my desire again. I want to do it because I love the Saviour.

Prayers really are answered. So humble yourself and ask already!


Elder Price

Preparation day last week