Monday, 27 October 2014

27/10'14 It's getting colder

Good morning,

It's already getting colder down here in Chelmsford. I really need to get a winter coat soon! Another week has flied by and it's been very good. We finally had our first lesson with our neighbour Tommy at Starbucks. We taught him about the restoration and he seemed happy about everything. He was suppose to come to church yesterday, but gave us an excuse not to go because his girlfriend is busy studying for exams until the beginning of December! Me and Elder Imlay will find a way of getting him to church.

We taught a new investigator this week with a member. Her name is Marie and she attends a Pentecostal church. We taught her lesson one and she said she couldn't understand how Joseph Smith could see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when she believed that they were both the same person (The Trinity). Brother Wright, the member who came with us immediately told her about events in the Bible. E.g. When Jesus Christ was praying to his father, he wasn't praying to himself... Marie seemed to accept and understand this. We invited her to church and she said she would come with her sons, because her mini bus drops her off near the chapel. We phoned her Saturday evening to confirm and she said she would go, but she never turned up... Missionary work can sometimes be frustrating, but I'm sure she has a good excuse. Me and Elder Imlay seem to be weeding through investigators, but not too many are sticking in our teaching pool.

Talking about the Pentecostal church, on Saturday evening we went to my first prevailing prayer at The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), because our investigator Beju invited us (probably hoping to convert us). It was a completely new experience for me! I think we were the only non-african people there! There was very loud singing and drums playing at the beginning with people shouting praises to the Lord. Then we had a pastor give us a prayer. They taught a lot from the bible, but the spirit didn't feel right with me at all. However, we left early and managed to talk to a couple potential investigators. We plan to meet up with Beju and hopefully now that we're in her good books she will be okay with it.


Love,

Elder Chew
just outside of his flat

Monday, 20 October 2014

Stake Conference

Good morning,

This week has been pretty good. Zone conference was excellent, because Elder Herbertson was able to speak to us. He gave a really good analogy of a son and his father. The father was very wealthy and had many mansions around the world that were filled with the most expensive materials. The father then asks the son to build a house for him. The son asks why do you need me to build a house when you already have so many great houses. The father said he wants him to build him the finest house. So the son starts to get the builders and the architects. He sees how expensive they are and how expensive some of the finest materials are. He decides that he would choose the cheaper option, because it seemed good enough for what he wanted. After the house was finished the father looks at it and is pleased with his work. Then he tells his son that the house is his. Elder Herbertson asked us "How do you think the son felt?". The son could feel happy with it or he could feel that it could of been better. Elder Herbertson related this to our missionary work, because we are building our "finest house" and that we shouldn't cut any corners. As we return home from our missions we should feel that we have done everything we can and shouldn't feel that we cut corners. We should be keeping to all the rules and working hard. This applies for all of us as we try to build our "mansion" in heaven.

Yesterday's stake conference was very good too. President and Sister Jordan were there which I didn't expect, but the biggest surprise was that Elder Leimer was there too (He was there when I spoke at the Sheffield Stake Conference). The main message for me was covenants. It is through saving ordinances that we are able to make covenants and come closer to our Heavenly Father. Being a covenant keeper by doing the small and simple things will bring us peace and blessings. This is how we follow the example of Jesus Christ. I'm grateful that I can serve as a missionary to help people to get baptised so they can make their first covenants. This week we hope to meet with our neighbours and a few uni students. A lot of people have been pushing us back in being able to meet with them. We talked to an Australian guy who's called Josiah! He's a youth leader at a Pentecostal church and he has questions about The Book of Mormon. We will be stopping by him again soon.


Love,

Elder Chew
Elder Leima (he was at Sheffield stake conference at Doncaster Dome)

Monday, 13 October 2014

13/10/14 - Uni finding‏

Good afternoon everyone,

This past week we have been doing quite a lot of university finding around the Anglia Ruskin university. We have been getting quite a few potential investigators, especially African ones (the Savior means everything to them which helps a lot). The students seem to have a much more open mind when it comes to religion than other people we have spoken to. The district leader said that the Chinese students are very good too (I wish I could speak some Chinese). Unfortunately this week, as we stopped by our Brazilian family we were told by the oldest daughter that her mum isn't interested in the BoM and is a strong Catholic and she wants to return the book back to us. We were quite disappointed and it also turned out that her auntie that's been trying to get her to change church isn't a Mormon. We will go back to see them in a couple week's when they're free. Please pray for them.

Yesterday on the way to church I got a phone call from Elder Evans (he's in the Maldon area) telling me to look out for his investigator that's coming to church for the first time for the Chelmsford sacrament service (Maldon and Chelmsford share the same building). I said that we will look after him and he told me that someone from Wisconsin is waiting for me at the chapel... I immediately thought to myself that it had to be Brother West, but I couldn't believe it! As soon as I got into the chapel I was so happy to see him. We had a little catch-up time and then Dennis, Maldon's investigator came in. I felt overwhelmed, but me and Brother West were fellow shipping him so everything worked out. Brother Lau talked to Brother West and was really impressed with his Cantonese! (Brother West is a returned missionary from Hong Kong) Elder Imlay told me that I shouldn't have friends or family visiting me on my mission, but I really enjoyed it. Tomorrow we have another Zone Conference, because a Seventy is coming to visit. Me and Elder Imlay hope it's about ipads :).

p.s. Mom, you can't let anymore people visit me. I need to keep all the rules, because I need all the help I can get. 

Mom:  Sister West got to speak to Elder Chew prior to his mission but Brother West wasn't there and felt a bit bumped out.  Brother West needed to attend church anyway, when he was working in London.  I have not spoken to Brother West for about a year and we have not seen them for years!  I am glad he was able to squeeze in a visit. For those who don't know Brother West was the one who baptized Elder Chew when he turned 8 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The Wests are living in Utah now and they were the one who picked up Sister Young and took her to the MTC! I love the Wests!

Love,

Elder Chew 

Bother West & Elder Chew

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

07/10/14 - Move Calls

Good afternoon,

Normally P-day is on a Monday, but because this week is moves week we have it today. In a nutshell at least one companion in each companionship in my district is moving, except for me and Elder Imlay hehe. On Monday evening usually after 6pm some missionaries get called by President Jordan to get an assignment e.g. District Leader, Zone Leader... We got a phone call in the middle of our appointment with a member and I was so scared for some reason and so was Elder Imlay, but it turned out to be an automated message lol. Elder Imlay said that it seems like everyone in his MTC group are becoming leaders, apart from him. I told him it's more important to train me :) 

Today we had a member present lesson with a former investigator named Kerry we found in the area book. She was in contact with the missionaries for about a year almost 3/4 years ago. We talked to her and she doesn't want to be committed and she thinks it's strict to be a Mormon. She said she feels it isn't for her, but doesn't seem to know for sure. It turned out that she is already keeping the hard commitments such as the Word of Wisdom! We read and talked about faith in Alma 32 and committed her to read/pray about the Book of Mormon. We will be praying for her and hope that she manages to "plant the seed" so she can get her own witness that the Book of Mormon is true.

General Conference weekend was excellent! I paid more attention this time and took notes. We brought our investigator Hazar with us and he enjoyed it too. For me the main message was about Love through obedience, the commandments and prophets. I can't believe we have more than 88,000 missionaries and I'm finally one of them!

From my personal study in Mosiah 2 King Benjamin is talking about how after serving the Lord with all our souls, we will be unprofitable servants. I was thinking about this and for me it means that after all that we have received from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ including his Atonement we will always be in debt to them. No matter how faithfully we serve we will never be able to pay the debt. However we can continue to show our gratitude to them by keeping the commandments with exactness. King Benjamin says we will prosper when we do so. I'm grateful to know that even though we will always be in debt, Heavenly Father will still bless us through our obedience, he really is a God of love.

A couple of my favourite quotes from General Conference: 

"The Church of Jesus Christ always has been and always will be a missionary Church." - David A. Bednar

"Physically walking where Jesus walked is less important than walking as He walked." - President Monson


Love,

Elder Chew


Our last time together as a district.

£5.00 pizza from Pizza gogo! I think it was a 15" pizza. I only managed to eat half!

District picture

Me in the Springfield area of Chelmsford