Monday, 29 September 2014

29/09/14 - A month out in Chelmsford!‏


Thank you for sending me the pictures! I got the parcels with the noodles (it was Elder Chew's favorite Korean noodles) and Elder Imlay is really excited to try them! The Tesco noodles are getting boring for him so it should be a good treat. It's good to see that everyone in Barnsley is happy and smiling! Please send my congratulations for the recent baptisms. I will keep Sister Shaw and everyone else in my prayers. I hope she is managing to get through this hard time. 

So I have been out in the mission field for more than a month now and it has been a really good experience so far. I have never talked to so many people in my life! The work hasn't been easy and the district leader has told us that we're living under our potential, but me and Elder Imlay feel like we've been trying our best. We talk to people who are interested and we get their numbers, but they just won't respond to our calls and text messages!! 

Recently a couple people moved directly next door to us and I came up with the idea to bring some brownies to them and introduce the gospel too. We spoke to the guy there and his name is Tommy and he's from Malaysia (so I have Asian relations with him)! He should be coming with his girlfriend to FHE at the Claire's house tonight, where we will teach them their first lesson. I feel good about it and I think they're pretty golden! I was told by George who is part of the Maldon ward that the Tredgetts (a strong family in Bransley branch) used to live in Chelmsford and they were married there? Maybe you could find out if that's true or if it's a different pair of Tredgetts. 

I had my first zone conference in Ipswich on the 23rd and it was superb. President Jordan blew my mind when he started talking about Joseph Smith using a seer stone to translate and how he had to close off the other light and he apparently used a hat to do so. He also talked about how accurate The Book of Mormon is when Lehi took his family through the wilderness. The valley of Lemuel and the river of Laman are actually there according to researchers. He told us that it would be impossible for an unlearned man like Joseph Smith who at the time had no understanding of the middle east to accurately write geographically where that was. Despite this evidence and more, we must first have our own witness from the Holy Ghost that The Book of Mormon is true. This way our testimonies can grow and we can better understand spiritual truths. We talked about using The Book of Mormon when finding and teaching. This is from our mission email:

President Benson said, it is a “great sieve” that will separate those who will hear and accept your message from those who are not yet prepared. We hope you came away from zone conference with increased faith in the truth of the Book of Mormon and with a deeper understanding that your testimony must be grounded in the witness of the Holy Ghost. All other evidence can only be secondary, because, as Elder Maxwell taught, God has ordained that “All the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, will remain in the realm of faith.” In this world governed by agency, God will not compel us to believe. As our hymn tells us, He will “never force the human mind.” (“Know This, That Every Soul Is Free”--Hymn #240).

I have been using the BOM all the time when finding and it really is like a sieve to help separate those that are ready and those that aren't. I have changed my normal saying "I'm getting the BOM out" to "I'm getting my sieve out" since this zone conference :)

Fluffy the new guinea reminds me of GG. (we were gifted with a new guinea pig from the animal rescue centre). I'm glad you got Bob and Vinnie a new friend. I'm sure they will keep Fluffly safe. Keep on reading, pondering and praying! This is how we grow spiritually and make sure you watch General Conference! Talk to you later. 

An American Mountain Dew

Me and Sam Spoors. Sam is leaving to the Provo MTC today in preparation for the France mission!

The final challenge in the Priesthood treasure hunt activity. It was like Indiana Jones where he has to replace the piece of gold with something else that weighs the same.

Me and Elder Yeap (Jesse knows Elder Yeap)


Elder Chew

Guess who John bumped into...

To make a long story short, I met Brother John Deighton on facebook via Missionaries Families and Friends of the Greece Athens Mission, and he lives in Chelmsford! 

Monday, 22 September 2014

Moving onto week 3!

England London Mission - 3 weeks missionary meeting with President & Sister Jordan (above of Elder Chew)

3 week missionary meeting

Good morning,

So I have passed the 3 week milestone and last Wednesday we went to the mission home to have the new missionary meeting with President and Sister Jordan. We learned more about effective planning and about member missionary work. I think one of the First Presidency or the Twelve Apostles said that one of the most overwhelming sources for baptisms and membership retention is through member missionary work. I gave a talk yesterday about sharing the gospel with others and included the 3 simple steps we learnt from President Jordan. 

1. Pray for missionary experiences.
2. Have a casual conversation.
3. Invite

Member missionary work provides investigators with a friend they can always go to if they have questions or need help. There should already be a good relationship between the member and their friend or family member and this relationship will grow as they learn about the gospel together.

This past week me and Elder Imlay are trying to be more bold when talking to people. We're trying to start a casual conversation about anything and then lead it to something gospel related that we can bear testimony of. We have set a goal to keep in all our prayers for 2 weeks for a family of 4 that will be ready to receive the gospel and be baptised. Yesterday evening we went finding and talked to a guy named Stephan. He was about to walk away from us and I asked him "do you feel anything missing in your life" and then he started to talk to us again. He said he has everything and could do with a lot more money and talked about his family. We were able to share about families being together forever through the gospel of Jesus Christ and we plan to meet with him this Wednesday evening! 

Say happy birthday to Emily for me and say hi to everyone else. I will be getting 3 hours of driving lessons in Chelmsford and booking my driving test after this email. I hope I can pass this time!

IMG_1601 - Big Ben
IMG_1602 - A cool looking castle
IMG_1603 - £5 Chinese buffet

Mom - I think these were taken on the walkway on the tiles 

3 week missionary meeting - On the right President Jordan and Sister Jordan is above Elder Chew 


Elder Chew

Monday, 15 September 2014

Ward conference

This past week has gone really quickly. My blisters are starting to go away, which is a great blessing! We have got a few investigators at the moment. Jose is doing quite well. Even though we cannot communicate too well with him, we have finally gotten hold of the Spanish pamphlets so we can try to teach him the first lesson during FHE at the Clare's house today. Yesterday, he came to ward conference and I sat with him at the back. I could hardly hear what was being said and I think he didn't have a clue what was happening, but I used his iphone to help answer the questions he has about the church. During the lessons we were blessed to have Anna translate to Jose, because she know Spanish fluently. She comes to Chelmsford, because her boyfriend Sam is about to go on his mission to France in about 25 days! We will be trying to get her to come to FHE tonight. After church we had the biggest munch and mingle I have ever been to! There were even crab crackers there! I don't know if I already mentioned it, but the Lau's are here in Chelmsford. Sister Lau is Patriarch Bell's daughter (it's such a small world)! 

For our second set of investigators, Hazar and Nawzad they are looking very promising. They regularly come to church and we teach them the gospel principle lessons during the week and invite them to FHE. They have passed their English test and should be getting their certificates this week, so they can apply for their visas. Hazar told us that it can take about a month to get and they can still get rejected. We will be praying that they can get their visas, so President Jordan can do the baptismal interviews.

I still have to write my emails to President Jordan and to Elder Wiltbank, so I have to go now.
How to use pass along cards at bus stops (unfortunately we came back the next day and it fell off).


Elder Chew

Monday, 8 September 2014

The first full week of missionary work

This past week has been really good. Even though we didn't teach many lessons we still contacted a lot more potential investigators who we plan to go see this week. On Sunday morning, we went out finding and we couldn't find anyone who would listen to us. It started to rain which made matters worse for us. We went around in a circle and Elder Imlay saw 2 families in the town centre and was prompted to talk to the family further away from us. His name is Connor and he turned out to be very friendly and interested in our message. We got his phone number and tested it just to make sure it worked (a lot of people gave us fake/wrong numbers). We will be seeing him soon. I also found a pound coin on that morning hehe.

On Saturday we did a couple hours of gardening work at a less active's house, Sister Gervis. The Sister's invited us to help, so we managed to clear a lot of the weeds/thorns from her back garden. There is still quite a lot to do and we will have to ask the priesthood to help. I knew I wouldn't be able to get away from gardening service :). Afterwards we were heading to the Massie's house for a dinner appointment and on the way Brother Griffin from Widham ward stop us in his car. He told us that he's about to visit his friend Jose that recently moved from Spain and is an investigator. Brother Griffin served his mission in Spain and Baptised Jose's wife a number of years ago. So all of us went to go see Jose. He lives in a flat with 3 others and he doesn't speak much English, but thankfully Elder Imlay knows some Spanish, because his dad served a mission in Argentina. I don't know how, but he managed to tell Jose to come to church and he actually came! I know that it wasn't a coincidence that this happened. The Lord placed us in the right place at the right time. We will be teaching him soon, but I think it will be just a couple principles each lesson. On Sunday we learned about being "Anxiously engaged in a good cause". I know this is what will bring blessings/miracles in our lives and I'm so happy that as a missionary I'm always busy doing something for a good cause!


Elder Chew

Service Project

How we give our pass along cards when nobody's at home (it's on 2 spider webs lol)

Monday, 1 September 2014

My first area is Chelmsford!

Good morning,

Thank you for the emails and for the letters. Unfortunately I can't seem to watch the peri peri pot noodle challenge. I have emailed a string of videos of the boys (Jesse included). I will have to figure out how to watch that later.

So on the 27/08/14 I arrived in the mission home and got assigned my new companion! His name is Elder Imlay from Boulder City Nevada. Together we're serving in the Chelmsford ward! Elder Imlay has been out for about 13 months and I'm his first "boy". He has been working me hard and I started to get blisters on my heels from all the walking

. Thankfully I brought the gel pads for my heels which are helping a lot. Unfortunately we didn't get any baptisms yet, but we have 2 progressing investigators, Hazar and Nozad. They're from Iraq and they're studying English here. We are currently waiting for them to get their visas before we can baptise them.

I recently found out that the England London Mission is the no.1 mission, literally. It's the first mission in the entire world and has been given no.1 on the world map in Salt Lake City. Chelmsford is a wonderful place to be in. It reminds me of Barnsley, but it's posher. It happens to be the birthplace of the radio and apparently the queen visited the cathedral not too long ago. There is a very nice park here where we often go for finding.

Yesterday, I met a lot of the ward members and I'm so excited to be able to work with them. I'm still getting used to being in a big ward and  The ward mission leader brother Stewart is a really enthusiastic person who will help us setup member appointments with investigators. Amazingly he served in the Leeds mission, however he hasn't been to Barnsley, but he's pretty good at the accent. I will have to send some pictures of the ward and the chapel later.

On the evening of the 28/08/14 Elder Imlay asked me where we should go tracting on the map. I looked at the map and immediately pointed to an area near the bottom left. I looked at the map again and felt good about this area. The next day we went near this area and started door knocking. All the people we came across weren't interested or were too busy. Elder Imlay asked me about what we should do in the last 10 mins. I said we can continue to tract and try to find someone who's interested and I said we could say a prayer. I offered a prayer and during the prayer a car pulled up beside us and a man started getting out. As soon as I finished my prayer he happened to be about 2 feet away from us. We immediately started talking to him, but he had to rush to the toilet and then rush out again. His name's Andy and he seemed very friendly and allowed us to come back to see him later. We went back the next day, but he wasn't in. So we are planning to go see him later. I know that it wasn't a coincidence that he happened to be there when I said a prayer. I know Heavenly Father has prepared him for us and through our faith he answered our prayer. I'm very grateful to be a missionary and I know that as I trust the Lord and continue to exercise my faith he will bring those that are prepared to us. 


Elder Chew

Elder Imlay (left of Elder Chew) new companion

Blisters on right and left heels