Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Latest and greatest!    8/31/16

It has been blooming hot! I thought summer was over but a few days have been worse than summer. The temperature isn't unbearable but the humidity is. Being sweaty and sticky isn't my favourite.

Facebook has been a distraction at times but I think we are figuring out how to make it useful. It can be fun for the people here but it has also been like going home v1.

The elders got a referral a while for someone who was taught and attended church in London and he has a baptismal date for tomorrow (1 Sept). I interviewed him on Sunday after church and he's well prepared. So tomorrow Guildford Ward has their first baptism in 2016. Pretty cool! The elders have another friend who is going to be baptized on the 10th.

This time next week I will be companions with Elder Redd. Moves is Tuesday but it's not for sure where we will be yet.

Insight and Testimony

I had a cool insight one evening after watching the Mormon Message called The First Christmas Spirit which makes you think about Joseph, the husband of Mary, while he was raising Jesus as a lad. It is a very interesting perspective to ponder on.

The part that hit me was when Mary and Joseph are searching for 12 year old Jesus and find him at the temple with the religious teachers. Mary mistakenly calls him the son of Joseph and Jesus replies to Mary, "How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?" (Luke 2:49)

We don't know much about Jesus' mortal life before his ministry but I gained two major insights from Jesus' first signs of independence. This foreshadows what he will be doing from age 12-30. He is perfectly diligent after all so he is doing "His Father's business."

The next thing that struck me was how the young men in the church are ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood at age 12 so they too can begin being about the Father’s business.

These two details seemed significant to me. It was a profound moment of clarity of how important it is to assist our Father in Heaven in His purposes. I know that the work I am involved in is the Lord's. I have experienced so many tender mercies and answers to prayers. I know that if we will just follow Jesus Christ, including his teachings and perfect example, everything else will work out.

Ta for now,

Elder Price

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

23 Months!  8/24/16
I feel like I just emailed last week. So a few updates, the one family that we were hoping to teach wasn't home when we came back for our appointment. Dad asked about them so I thought I would mention it. We have a few people that seemed prepared when we taught them but then they have disappeared. So we will see what happens.

My old friend Luke, that I met with Elder Vieira, got in touch. Saturday night we were planning where we needed to be Sunday evening. I felt that we should go to try and get back in touch with Luke in the evening. RIGHT AFTER we prayed to confirm our plans, and said "Amen" we get a text from an unsaved number. I was so excited because I have been praying for this guy ever since we met. He seemed so sincere. We talked on the phone for a bit and got an appointment. Well then the next day he felt ill so we have to reschedule. But I am really hoping it works out because I want the best for him and I know the Gospel is the best!

So... tomorrow marks 23 months since I arrived in this country. That's pretty cool. It has been so challenging but absolutely worth it! I love teaching people about Jesus Christ and helping them find the joy that comes from following him.

Elder Price

Guildford District and zone leaders
Guildford District 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

17 August 2016

We are still having difficulty getting second and third appointments.
We are working hard and seeking revelation. Our prayers have
definitely been answered multiple times.

I had a great tender mercy this week. Saturday was a really rough day
for me and then the talks at Sacrament meeting were exactly what I
needed. I felt like the first speaker had been given these scriptures
to share just for me. I am grateful for reminders the Lord is looking
out for me!

Paul is planning on receiving his endowment at the temple on Tuesday.
I am very sad President said that I am not able to go. I was shocked
because I understood that missionaries are typically encouraged to
attend but I guess things have changed. I had been looking forward to
that for the last 54 weeks. Disappointed but relieved face Maybe next time.

Have a great week!

Elder Price
(This is Paul fro the Isle of Wight)

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Howdy   8/10/16

Yeah so it's been a good week! Too much has happened to share because we haven't emailed for so long. ;) 

Specialised Zone Training last Thursday got us fired up. We have been working hard and bearing testimony to as many people as possible. We made a new friend who wanted to learn more about Christ and she came to church too. The other elders have a friend who is working towards baptism and a couple that used to meet with missionaries surprised us and showed up to church. That was good. Church was really spiritual. It keeps feeling like we are having a breakthrough in the work of salvation but then opposition arises. It's good though because we have the opportunity to grow. Time is going fast and I need all the time I can get to be who the Lord wants me to be.

I thought I would share a quote that Dad reminded me of:

“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of the people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. … Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature” (“Born of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1985, 6).

Elder Price 

Monday, August 1, 2016 Can Be Together Forever!  8/01/16

President and Sister Gubler came to Guildford Ward yesterday so he did
our interviews. After I found out that might've been my departure
interview... We didn't talk about going home or marriage. It was
similar to other interviews talking about myself, the work,
missionaries, and doctrine. Later he emailed something called, "My
Plan ELSM," his version of the RM programme that hasn't been released
fully yet. Then Elder Redd and I received 8 Week emails from the
office asking for notifications of any changes in our parents' contact
info, destination airport, or anything related. That was fun.

We set some stretching goals for this transfer that we are committing
to. It feels like we are turning it up a notch. I honestly believe in
the harvest. I want to be a part of it because I love Him, and I love
the people we have taught. On Saturday I loved finishing the Book of
Mormon again. That's the fourth time we have studied it as a mission.
Meaningful study of it has deepened my faith and helped me to testify
with power.

We had a spiritual lesson with a friend named Edna on Friday. I can't
be bothered to write all the details this time but finding her home
and teaching took revelation and guidance from the Lord. In a whisper
we helped her understand the message of the Restoration, because the
husband was trying to get the newborn baby to sleep in the next room.

Towards the end of the visit she mentioned how our church owns a
beautiful "White church with an angel on top" in Columbia. She had a
look of awe in here eye when we explained about eternal families and
the sanctity of the temple. Then she asked, "Who can go inside? Can
anyone go or do you have to be baptised?" What a great question! The
answer is yes to both. Anyone can go inside but they must be prepared
and baptism is the first step. Prayers for Edna and her husband will
be appreciated.

Elder Price