Tudo Bem familia, Hiiii....
I wish I could be with you alll... But that is not possible at the present moment. No man having put his hand to the plow and looking back is fit for the Kingdom of Heaven. I am trying soooo soo hard to just focus... focus focus focus. My thoughts are all over the place... but I'll be able to get them under control soon enough. I just need a little time.
I am glad to hear about miss laura and tom. Sounds like that is a positive. My President was confused giving me the news... he said you can't really get to pieces of more opposite news. To be honest... they are both pieces of brilliant news. Our Grandma has been faithful her whole life. What a wonderful place she is currently residing. Resting from all her cares and sorrows. She doesn't have to wake up with back pain like me :) We are getting new beds though.. I'm so spoiled. Heh. I think it is because I've been making my bed every morning. Sorry I ignored you for 19 years mum.
This week in Grays has been just rockin'. We had the baptisms of Hayleigh, Theresa, and Gloria two weeks ago. Now we are striving to find new investigators that match their caliber. They were brilliant investigators... always came to church... always kept appointments... and then made the faithful step to be baptised. Now... we have five more people with baptismal dates. They have the desire to follow Jesus Christ... and come closer to Him. But... the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak. It is okay though... they will be able to have their faith strengthened and we will help them to come to Christ. Why? Why do we come to Christ? Why on earth do Elder Ireland and I breathe and eat and drink missionary work? At first on my mission... it was most likely because when I had high numbers... all my leaders told me I was doing a great job. I knew it was what the Lord wanted me to do... but I definitely did not know why. It then switched from that to because it helps people. People will be more blessed with this restored gospel. It changed to that... as I saw people become happier from the things we were sharing. But why? Why does it make them happier? Why WHY WHY HWY!
We all truly and deeply know why... because of the atonement of Christ. He performed the greatest act of love... for us. We find joy through that... we overcome spiritual and physical death. We have hope through that act. Who cares about the restoration without the atonement? Why would be follow a living prophet if Christ had not died for us? I need my Saviour every hour. He strengthens me and gives me hope. I love my Saviour Jesus Christ. He allows me to see my grandmother again. All my family again. I know this message of the Restoration helps clarify about the extent and love of the Atonement. I love you all and thank you for all your support.
P.s. Elder Ireland is a crack up... so funny. He is reading the Old Testament and says the funniest things related to that. For example "Every time I see a Badger I want to club it and make garments out of it." Who says things like that? What a funny dude.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Elder Ireland's email is still being silly... so we are just waiting patiently for SLC to get back to us and fix all our problems.
We had Zone Conference today... and it was a revelatory experience. Elder Ireland and I quote the pageant soundtrack constantly... and we are having a ball together. My Heavenly Father is becoming my best friend... as I speak to Him personally every night. He hears me... I know it.
I love you all.
I love you all.
This week has been a week of change. I am with a new companion doing the same thing :) We have some great things happening here in Grays, and the Lord is blessing us tremendously. I think He is blessing our whole family, including Grandma. It is interesting to read the updates about her in one bulk, because I saw the whole process at once. Now she seems to be doing better, and for that I am glad. I know that we will see and be apart of the legacy she has lived forever. The light she gave unselfishly shines through all of us. I love my Grandma and my Grandpa. The are a dynamic duo of testimony and love. I know we can eternally progress in this gospel, and when we shed this imperfect body that slows us down... our progression will be exponential. We do have an imperative duty to do all we can now to get closer to Him and on the right path. Three wowonderfulaughters of God chose to hop on the path and come closer to Jesus Christ. It was a beautiful weeweekendhe baptism was busy and stressful. The confirmations were by far my favourite favourite part. The spirit was soooo strong and beautiful. It spoke lovely songs of confidence and peace to my heart, and I know this decision will only bless them. Elder Park was not able to be here... which was sad... because we found, and taught all three of them. He was depressed... but it made the Sisters more rearealizeey were doing it for themselves and not because they trusted missionaries. They have all had the spirit confirm to them their decision, and know it has blessed their lives. God is great. He is preparing people for us to find. And then pouring the spirit upon them... all they have to do is open their heart a tiny tiny bit and it will begin to change their thoughts, actions, and desires. I am grateful to be apart of such change. The great thing is that I feel it too. The Lord is shaping and molding me. As I turn my will over to His will... I am more grateful, and positive. I have greater love for others, and desire to help them. As our investigator Godswill wonderfully put it... "I believe this church is ordained of God. The Lord has put it on the earth at this time for a certain purpose!" You are quite right Godswill. Quite right old chap.
Sorry this email is late... we were quite busy yesterday in Illford. Then Bishop called up and needed our help last night. Busy busy! This week is going to be an interesting one... trying to help all the new members have everything they need.
I have a question for the family... especially the returned missionaries. Will you give me advice for my year mark? What are the things I can do now that I have the "hang" of the missionary labours? I do not feel that I've been here a year and to be honest... I can't really be bothered about it. The Lord needs me right now. I know I'm doing the right thing, in the right place. I just want to be better at doing the right thing... so if you have some advice... please send it along. I love advice and quotes :)
Elder Ireland is great and ready to work. He is full of faith and knows why he is here. I am proper excited for the success we will have as a result of so much faith in the Lord. The Lord will bless the faithful.
Some one asked when my release date is, and I believe it is on August the Ninth, interesting... one year exactly from today. Weird, makes me sick thinking about that. I just wanna stay here and work. It is wonderful.
Hope all is well. I am excited for the wedding. Stinks I'll miss it. Oh bother... maybe you should have a destination wedding. Tempting?
Love you all and care about you.
We found out yesterday night that Elder Park will be moving to Kings Lynn :) I am well pleased about that... he will love it. It is currently the biggest area in the mission. I will be staying in Grays and training another new missionary. Let me tell you how excited I am! Training is a proper joy. The sad part is... they have to measure up to my first born in the wilderness. I am looking forward to another transfer in which I can constantly do the Lord's work. New missionaries are great at focusing and igniting fire that can lay dormant. I am looking forward to these new experiences. Enjoy your week :) I will talk to you on Monday.
I keep thinking that my mission cannot get any better, but then it gets ten times better! This past week was a fantastic one. We worked hard, but had the time of our lives. On Thursday I went to Basildon and took my Theory Test for driving (President called me and asked me to get my British License). Now I just need to learn how to drive a manual car on the left side of the road :) Studying for the theory test was rubbish, and i wasn't at all bothered... but I think it will be fun to drive again. Tomorrow I have a three hour session with a Driving Instructor. And tonight... we have Moves Calls!! It has snuck up on us for sure. These past six weeks have gone by like lightning. I love this area and really do not want to leave. At all. This Grays area has been blessed, and the Spirit of the Lord is being poured out upon their souls. We have been able to change peoples lives here, not by our own actions, but by the spirit touching their hearts. I have made some great friendships, and the wonderful thing is, they are with our investigators. Tomorrow night we are going over to Hayleigh and Theresa's house. They have both decided to be baptized on this coming Saturday (I could move before then... so sad). We are having a movie night with them. They invited us over for tea and then we are going to watch Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration. Cry together, and then say a prayer and there we have it... FHE completed. We are well excited. Tonight we get to see Gloria and prepare her for her Interview. She will be baptized with Hayleigh and Theresa at six o'clock on Saturday :) I don't want to sound like I am boasting, but as Ammon says... I am boasting in my Lord. He is my strength and my foundation... I can do nothing without His spirit. It converts these people and can lead them in the right way. How grateful I am for the success in the Grays, people are coming closer to Jesus Christ and that is exactly why I am here and doing this hard... hard work.
I am convinced that we are being blessed because I am trying not to focus on all the good times that were had at pageant... and the blossoming <3 that is happening with my sister. I am grateful for the joy being had at home. Just don't forget about me. I ain't dead yet. It is a weird thing... to think about being at home with all of you. So I don't think about it. I have bucket loads of time left, and I am going to prove to my Heavenly Father that His work will go forth boldly, nobly and independent. I will be His hands, and I will expect Angels to lift me up when I fall down. I love being a missionary. Recently Elder Park and I have been praying for miracles... phew... it is like the best secret ever. Through the day we keep our eyes open, and at night before we lie down to slumber... we think and talk about all the miracles we saw that day. I lika to say a wow! The Lord doesn't let us down... always we have a good list of miracles the Lord has performed. Maybe the Lord hasn't drastically changed the miracles... but our eyes have been opened to the handiwork of the grand Creator. I am able to see in every act I perform, and every thought or idea I have, the Lord guiding and directing this work.
We have been thinking loads about member referrals, because we do not receive any from our ward. I was reading in John 4 where Jesus Christ stops and asks the woman at the well to give Him a drink. He explains to her that he can give living water, wherein she will never thirst again. She is converted, and runs back to her town to tell others. They listen, and come to find this Messiah... they only came because of the testimony of this woman... but when they left... ohhh it was a different story.
"So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
And many more believed because of his own word;And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world."
First, Christ tarried with them... just because they asked. Second, these others believed because of his OWN word. Third, they heard for themselves and knew that it was indeed Christ, the Saviour of the World.
All we need to do is get people to come close to Jesus Christ, for whatever reason. As they do that... they will know for themselves. This humble woman, was a brilliant member missionary.
I know that Christ is the Saviour of the world. He died for me, as well as all the people currently in my vineyard. I am going to try my best to help them grow with deep roots in Christ, to be nourished by the Word of God which healeth the wounded soul. I do not want to be any where else right now. I know I am doing what my Heavenly Father wants me to do... I am not doing in the best I can... but I am trying. One step at a time, I will get closer to that fruit... that juicy, and white fruit. The pure love of God. I pray we will all Hold to the Rod. Keep on keepin' on. Even when we have to eat some rotten apples to find the right one. It is worth it. I love you, and I know you love me. If you don't... tell me why :) Have a wonderful Monday. Cheers.