Tuesday, 29 December 2015

28-12-15 Christmas and Boxing day

Good morning!
Thank you for Skyping with me on Christmas. Christmas week felt a little hectic to me with all the rushing around from place to place and with the car accident. I'm grateful for the gifts you have sent me and for your support over the past year.

We met with Ryan a couple days ago. He's our new friend who prayed with us for the first time and really felt the spirit lifting his burdens. We found out that he received an answer to his prayers and has a job interview this week! It will make him work almost every single day, but he said he should be able to go to church with us this Sunday. It's amazing how the Lord can work with someone who has a humble heart. We are going to see him tomorrow evening.


We studied the talk "Stay by the Tree" by Elder Kevin W. Pearson in our November zone conference and it was brought up in our weekly email from president. He quoted “If enduring to the end is essential to eternal life, why do we struggle to be faithful? We struggle when we are caught between competing priorities. Casual obedience and lukewarm commitment weaken faith. Enduring to the end requires total commitment to the Savior and to our covenants.” Brother Booth gave the lesson in priesthood and he works for the American Air Force with communications. He gave an analogy of a 747 plane with 5 miles of copper cable and with a lot of communication equipment. He said if they didn't get the centre of gravity in the middle where it needed to be the plane would take off and fall out of the sky. It is the same with our lives, we need to put the Savior at the centre of everything and totally commit to him. I know this is the way we stay safe and eternally happy! Have a wonderful new year!
Love,
Elder Chew


Saturday, 28 November 2015

24/11/15 - Moving again?!‏

President called yesterday and told me that I'm going to Norwich to be
with Elder Vianna da Silva! Elder da Silva was trained by Elder Hesen!
I really didn't expect to move again after 3 weeks, but the Romford
zone is doing really well! I will have to call Rosa and José (the
Mexican couple) after their baptism this Saturday.

Last week we had a good time at the Herbertsons! Elder Herbertson
spoke at our zone conference about a year ago. They said we can go to
their house for Christmas. We got to see his cool garage of Audi's
(see the picture). Everything else is going well. My back still has a
permanent knot and the exercises haven't done much yet. I know the
Lord will help me press on!

Thank you for the awesome missionary card and the book of quotes!! The
other picture is me on an exchange with Elder Cornelio (my MTC
companion)!


Love,

Elder Chew

Monday, 16 November 2015

16/11/15- Zone Conference‏



Hey everyone,

Last week went by so quickly. We had 2 exchanges and a mini exchange.
I got to go to Grays on Wednesday after our zone conference. I was
with Elder Delate who is from South Africa and we found a new person
to teach! His name is L.
from Lithuania. We had a good conversation about his life in Grays and how the restored gospel can improve his life. He's willing to learn, but didn't have his mobile with him. So we asked him to text us when he got back to his phone. We were at the flat and he texted us back! He said that we're good people and that they're not many people like us in the world. We hope that he will accept a baptismal date soon. In Basildon we're planning to have a sweet Mexican couple baptised next week. Their names are Rosa and José. They feed us the best Mexican food and Elder Hesen seems to take the spicy food better than I can! At zone conference one of the trainings was about finding. They gave us an acronym to help us: S E E D - Smile, Enthusiastic, Eye-contact, Dauntless. Whenever we share the gospel we need to smile, be full of energy and be bold like lions.

Love,

Elder Chew

Super Clean Day

Hi,

Today was probably the quickest P-day I've ever had. As a mission we
are all cleaning our flats, because the mission has been paying a lot
for flats that aren't taken good care of. Our flat looks a lot better
now and we can definitely feel a stronger spirit here. I'm wearing the
mask in the picture, because there was a lot of mould that needed
scrubbing...

Our zone meeting last week went well. The zone enjoyed the trainings
and felt good about our goal of 6 baptisms this month and having 25
people on date for December. Now we need to show the Lord our faith
and desire in achieving these goals. Zone leader life is harder, but
it definitely feels more satisfying when you help and see other
missionaries grow! We are always doing Blitzes with other missionaries
(30-1hr finding sessions) and we have so many exchanges to do, but the
Lord has been blessing us. Have a wonderful week and look for the
Lord's tender mercies!


Love,

Elder Chew

Monday, 2 November 2015

02/11/15 - E.T. To Basildon!‏

New companion Elder Hesen

Previous Companion Elder Muwanika (Uganda)
If you would like to post a Christmas message to Elder Chew please send them to his new address as yet :

9 Walnut Close
Basildon
Essex
SS15 4DT
And here is an update from Elder Chew:

Hi,
Last Wednesday I missed a phone call from the assistants and from
President Stevens. President left a message for me saying that he has
a new assignment for me. Immediately I thought I'm going to be a zone
leader, but I kept doubting it in my mind because of my dental and
back problems. I spoke to him that night at 9:30 and he said I'm going
to be a zone leader and that I need to go to the office in the
morning! So the whole night I was packing and was pretty confused at
what was happening.

I still don't know why the emergency transfer took place in the middle
of the transfer, however I now have a new companion - Elder Hesen from
California! We're in Basildon, which is part of the Romford stake. I'm
still getting used to all my new responsibilities and still need to
re-gain the rest I lost (I don't think it will happen...).

Love,

Elder Chew

Monday, 26 October 2015

26/10/15 - My new companion!‏

Good evening,

My new companion is Elder Muwanika! Elder Coon got it right... He's from Africa! He comes from Uganda and speaks Swahili (his English is good too)! I'm excited that I have another brand new missionary to train. He's still adjusting to England and still cannot believe there are so many people that smoke. On the first evening in the mission we had our first lesson with our friend - E. We setup our expectations with him and put him on baptismal date for November. We will be seeing him tomorrow and he should be coming to church this Sunday!

The Hyde park stake conference last week was great! We watched a live broadcast from the Lea Valley chapel and got to listen to President Kearon (president of the Europe area) and President Burton (general Relief Society president). I loved the messages about turning to Christ and following him exactly so that we can experience the sweet joy of the restored gospel. President Kearon gave a comparison of when he went surfing, he kept falling off over and over again. He listened and followed his friend's instructions even though he had to put his body in a position that he wasn't comfortable with. After many attempts he followed his friend's instructions and was surfing! He felt incredible joy from finally surfing after the many times he fell down. He taught me that we need to keep on getting up and relying on the Savior's Atonement no matter what we have done or where we have been. He said that he eventually let go of the rope that was attached to the boat in front of him. He made the point that if we are to experience the full joy, we need to let go of bad habits. I'm thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ. He is our best friend and leader. I know that by trusting in his teachings he will deliver us and bring true joy to our souls.

Love,

Elder Chew

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

13/10/15 - Transfer Week

Hello!!

It's already moves this week and there's gonna be some changes. Elder
Dias is leaving me! He's all grown up and will be going to Witham
(it's in my first district, near to Chelmsford). I'm going to be
staying here as I expected because of my dental problems, but I'm
going to give birth again?!? Yep the Lord wants me to train another
new missionary. From what I've heard there's about 13 new missionaries
coming in on Wednesday. Elder Coon thinks he will either be from Utah
or Nigeria. I think he'll either be Asian or American. Elder Coon and
Elder Salisbury will be staying together so our flat will pretty much
stay the same.

Over the past weeks faith has been a topic that I've been thinking
more about. In zone meeting we studied the talk Agency and Inspiration
by Bruce R. McConkie. There's a  section that inspired me when Oliver
Cowdery tries to translate the plates.

“You Have Not Understood” Case  study  number  1:  There  was  a  man
named  Oliver  Cowdery.  …  He  wrote  down  the words  that  the
Prophet  dictated  while  the  Spirit  rested  upon  him  in  the
translation processes  (the  Book  of  Mormon  was  then  being
translated).  Brother  Cowdery  was relatively  spiritually  immature
at  that  time,  and  he  sought  and  desired  to  do  something
beyond  his  then  present  spiritual  capacity.  He  himself  wanted
to  translate.  And  so  he [asked]  the  Prophet,  the  Prophet  took
 the  matter  up  with  the  Lord,  and  they  got  a revelation.  The
 Lord  said,  “Oliver  Cowdery,  verily,  verily,  I  say  unto  you,
that  assuredly  as the  Lord  liveth,  who  is  your  God  and  your
Redeemer,  even  so  surely  shall  you  receive  a knowledge  of
whatsoever  things  you  shall  ask  in  faith,  with  an  honest
heart,  believing that  you  shall  receive.”  And  then  one  thing
he  might  receive  is  defined  as  “a  knowledge concerning  the
engravings  of  old  records,  which  are  ancient,  which  contain
those  parts of  my scripture  of  which  has  been  spoken  by  the
manifestation  of  my  Spirit”  [D&C  8:1].

Having  thus  dealt  with  the  specific  problem,  then  the  Lord
revealed  a  principle  that applies  to  it  and  all  other  like
situations:  “Yea,  behold,  I  will  tell  you  in  your  mind  and
in your  heart,  by  the  Holy  Ghost,  which  shall  come  upon  you
and  which  shall  dwell  in  your heart.  Now,  behold,  this  is
the  spirit  of  revelation”  (D&C  8:2–3). …

…  And  so  he  asked.  And  as  you  know,  he  failed;  he  was
totally  unable  to  translate.  … The  matter  was  referred  back
to  the  Lord,  whose  promise  they  had  been  attempting  to
conform  to;  and  the  answer  came,  the  reason  came,  why  he
couldn’t  translate:  “You have  not  understood;  you  have  supposed
 that  I  would  give  it  unto  you,  when  you  took no  thought
save  it  was  to  ask  me”  (D&C  9:7).

Now,  seemingly,  that’s  all  he’d  been  instructed  to  do,  to
ask  in  faith;  but  implicit  in asking  in  faith  is  the
precedent  requirement  that  we  do  everything  in  our  power  to
accomplish  the  goal  that  we  seek.  We  use  the  agency  with
which  we  have  been endowed.  We  use  every  faculty  and  capacity
 and  ability  that  we  possess  to  bring  about the  eventuality
that  may  be  involved.  Now,  this  is  translating  the  Book  of
Mormon,  it’s choosing  a  wife,  it’s  choosing  employment,  it’s
doing  any  one  of  10,000  important things  that  arise  in  our
lives.  …"

Asking in faith means a lot more than just praying with a sincere
heart and with real intent. We need to show the Lord that we are
willing to "do everything in our power to accomplish the goal that we
seek". Me and Elder Dias prayed to find a family with a future
councillor. We went tracting near Barking last week and we talked to
some good people, but they weren't very interested. During that time,
I noticed a family behind us walking to a block of flats. I felt good
about going to speak to them and then we proceeded to meet them. We
then managed to set a return appointment! The father met with
missionaries in the past and wants to learn more about the Book of
Mormon. Elder Dias felt the spirit and testified of the first vision!
He's 7 day Adventist and has a few questions, but said that he will be
able to come to church this weekend! I'm grateful that through prayer
and through showing our faith by going out to do something good the
Lord increases the outcome.


Love,

Elder Chew


More people should leave notes on their doors when they can't meet!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Last few weeks

Click on the image to find Elder Chew
Hi Everyone,

I am writing on behalf of Elder Chew today.  He had been really diligent in emailing to us his weekly or biweekly reports from his mission, however in the last two weeks he has been busy and a bit under the weather. 

Some of you may know, he has some back problem and was allowed to use a back pack on his mission but at the moment he cannot even carry weight on his back because it has been painful.  Not to worry, he went to Bupa and is getting treatment such as acupuncture for it.

He also has some dental issues and is sorting it out this week...he will need a root canal. This may sound familiar with missionaries.  I will share this little bit from Elder Chew's correspondence with Aaron :

Thanks for the update. The physiotherapist used acupuncture everywhere on my back and now it aches more than ever. She's given me some exercises so I can strengthen my core. I could really use one of those massages right now. Elder Dias tries his best to help, but it just isn't the same. Mum sent me some oil so maybe that will help.

I agree there always has to be opposition in life or else we wouldn't really appreciate the sweet joy that comes from the love of God. Missionary life has it's mist of darkness, however there's a lot to learn from going through these times. My faith has grown stronger in the Savior. I have been relying more and more for his guidance through sincere prayers with real intent. President Stevens during our interview said that we've been through a few wars together - it's all worth it though. I'm grateful for his help and love. Keep pressing on! I will keep you in my prayers.


Love,

Elder Chew

Thursday, 10 September 2015

08/09/15 - Mission conference with Brother & Sister Christensen‏

Good morning,

We had our mission conference yesterday, so P-day was moved to today. Brother and Sister Christensen came to visit us from the Masschussettes  has written a few books on member missionary work. We went through the Susan Fulcher case and he helped us to get inside Sister Fulcher's brain! Something I took away from the conference was to visit more with the members and to really be a part of their lives. This is something Sister Fulcher did and it resulted in 35 referrals from the members with 14 baptisms over 5 months! There's a lot of principles to be learnt from her example and I would recommend anyone to read the case study.

I spoke to Elder Crawley at the conference and he told me that Gary, the person I found in Kettering got baptised! I really couldn't believe it! I can remember him and I was told that he was very prepared. Me and Elder Tomas planted. Elder Crawley and his trainee watered. Heavenly Father gave the increase! 


Love,

Elder Chew
Two 'Chews'

Me and Elder Tamilarason (he's the other Malaysian in the mission).

Zone meeting

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

01/09/2015 - We did it!‏

Good afternoon,

Move calls were yesterday... We're both staying together! For the other 2 in our flat - Elder Kendall will be moving to Cambridge to be district leader. His replacement is Elder Coon (my first trainee)! Elder Salisbury (Elder Kendall's trainee) will be staying. I feel like Helaman with my stripling warriors now that both my "sons" will be with me.

Me and Elder Dias did it! We baptised together! Last week Lewis and Gbemisola got baptised and confirmed. Through the work of many missionaries and with faith we helped them make their first covenants. I'm so happy for them and very thankful that the Lord was able to use me. A couple of weeks ago, the Ilford Elders baptised Sumera. She was the miracle lady I found a few weeks ago when we were in Ilford!

We now want to focus on gaining the ward's help in achieving the vision we have set for our area. There are 3 parts.

1. Finding a pianist through our own efforts.

2. Finding a young mens and young womens councilor through a less-active family.

3. Finding a ward mission leader assistant through a part-member family.

Thank you for your prayers. We have seen the Lord's hand in the work and want to continue working more effectively with the ward to achieve our goals.


Love,

Elder Chew

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

24/08/15 - 3 week missionary meeting‏

Good afternoon,

We had an exchange with one of the assistants last week. We were in a trio with Elder Gore from York! We learned a lot together. I learned that no matter how busy you may be, there is always someone you can talk to and share the gospel with. We had our 3 week missionary meeting which we enjoyed. President Stevens talked about Samson being a Nazarite. He compared our setting a part as missionaries to be like a Nazarite, because they are consecrated. As we become consecrated missionaries we will be strengthened and blessed greatly like Samson.

Our area is doing well and we hope to see a couple of our friends being baptised on Saturday! I was on a split with the Stratford 1 Elders and we went to see a 'dry member' Marcelo. He bought us dinner and he shared a cool experience with us. He told us that he saw us walking near the train station and wanted to talk, but didn't because we looked busy. Elder Kendall and Elder Salisbury were looking through the area book that night and found his name. They felt that they should contact him and they setup an appointment with him. When we realised this, we were amazed! The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I know he will help us to find those who are ready as we put the effort in to search.

From my studies I was reading from an MTC talk "The Miracle of a Mission" by Elder Holland. I would like to share this paragraph. "I’m grateful for the way you look. It’s very important that the messenger be worthy of the message. We ask you to look a certain way and act a certain way because of the message. This is more important than anything you’ve ever done in your life. However, we feel . . . and I’m sure you’ve been wondering . . . however significant your lives may have been . . . and I’m sure you’ve done very important things, . . . this is higher and holier and more sacred and more eternal than anything you’ve ever done. It is by definition the most important thing you can do in the world, in time or eternity. For this reason you are engaged in the saving of the human soul. And that is the highest and holiest work in the universe." I have always known missionary work to be important and Elder Holland puts this forward very clearly. This is "the most important thing you can do in the world". Reading this really motivated me to keep moving forward in the work and I hope it does the same for you.


Love,

Elder Chew


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

17/08/15 - 1st zone conference with President and Sister Stevens‏

Hey everyone,

We have been pretty busy this P-day. We had a lesson with our investigator Lewis this morning and we played football with the other missionaries in the zone. We went through the baptismal interview questions and we feel that he's ready to baptised soon! He needs to keep away from the coffee and he plans to drink hot chocolate instead. He wants Elder Dias to baptise him (he's a very tall guy, so we're going to do some practise)!

We had a great zone conference last week. President Stevens taught us about the importance of the sacrament. We studied the talk "This Do in Remembrance of Me" by Elder Holland to prepare for the conference. I highlighted this section - "How “sacred” and how “holy” is it? Do we see it as our passover, remembrance of our safety and deliverance and redemption?" It made me ponder about the way I partake of the sacrament and the way I want to teach the sacrament to our investigators. The passover is when the children of Israel put the blood of a lamb without blemish on their doors. This was done so that the last plague which was the destroying angel would pass over them and not take the life of the first born in each family. This passover was in similtude of the great sacrifice the Savior would make for all of mankind. He was the "lamb" without blemish prepared from the foundation of the world. President Stevens showed us the bible video of the Savior instituting the sacrament in rememberance of him. It showed when he was buried with the white cloth and then showed the sacrament table with the white cloth. We should consider the symbolism of the sacrament and the words used to bless the sacrament in order to lead our thoughts unto Christ. I'm very thankful for being able to partake of this holy ordinance each week and that we are able to renew our baptismal covenants with the Lord. I know this is necessary for repentance. When I have approached the sacrament with a broken heart and a contrite spirit I have felt the Holy Ghost give me the joy and a greater desire to follow Christ!

The zone leaders and sister training leaders gave trainings on member missionary work. Our zone leaders played this video -  https://www.lds.org/training/wwlt/2013/hastening/priesthood-leaders?lang=eng#media=32311188399189006900-eng. Check out the video, because I was really surprised to see who was talking!


Love,

Elder Chew

Monday, 3 August 2015

3/08/15 - Talking with everyone!

Hi family and friends,


Last week has been pretty hard for me. I don't know how, but I started to get a sore throat and a blocked nose. We believe it's a sinus infection. I'm getting better and I'm able to talk more normally now.


We had zone meeting on Thursday and it was really good! The main topic was bridging the gap between missionaries and members.We know that in missionary work getting referrals from the members is the best! This is because when members refer their friends it automatically creates a good teaching situation. Their friend will always have the member to rely on for help and for answers. We talked about the different scenarios between missionaries and members e.g. members not trusting missionaries, members afraid of losing their friends, missionaries not acting properly. We were taught that the solution was PMG - Preach My Gospel. One of the reasons we use PMG is to change the way we think and act. I haven't really asked members about using PMG. This is something we want to start as we visit with the members.


I have been encouraging Elder Dias to talk to people as we travel from place to place. At the moment he finds it pretty strange and out of his comfort zone. We were heading to a shop and Elder Dias stopped someone to ask for directions. As he started talking, it turned out the man is from Brazil and that he already has a Book of Mormon. He's interested and wants to meet with us again. His name is Emerson and we plan to contact him this week! Finding as a missionary is amazing and I know it requires our faith.


Here is something that stood out to me in my studies in Mosiah 4. Let us all serve each other with love!


19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?

 20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance,so exceedingly great was your joy.

 21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.



Love,


Elder Chew


Monday, 27 July 2015

27/07/15 - Everything's so expensive!‏

Good afternoon,

Training again is exciting! Unfortunately my trainer left as his
second grandson came into the mission. His name is Elder Dias and he's
from Brazil! He knows how to speak Portuguese and he's in the perfect
place for finding Portuguese speakers! We went finding outside of the
Hyde Park chapel and he was just speechless... He finds everything in
England so strange, especially now that he has to talk to people as a
missionary. He keeps telling me that everything is so expensive and
I'm trying to teach him that it is expensive, but letting him know
which things are affordable. It reminds me of the time I was being
trained, but I know that he'll soon adjust to the missionary life.

The Ilford ward mission leader put on Meet The Mormons last week and
we had a pretty cool miracle. We were outside near the chapel and I
was about to talk to this one lady, but she started talking to me
first. Her name is Sumera and she was really interested in what we do
and our church. Her bus came and we quickly gave her our card with our
number. She said she will text us. 5 minutes later we actually got a
text message from her! We invited her to watch Meet the Mormons and
she came! Then on Sunday she came to church! She's getting her
master's degree in teaching and has a desire to be baptised. She's
very prepared, but she belongs in Ilford's area. So it was a miracle
referral for Ilford. I have the faith that one day it will be the
other way around!


Love,

Elder Chew

Elder Chew with President and Sister Stevens

Mark Woodrow Stevens, 63, and Jean Alldredge Stevens, five children, Old Mill Ward, Salt Lake Butler Stake: England London Mission, succeeding President David J. Jordan and Sister Holly Jordan. Brother Stevens is a temple sealer and ward mission leader and is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, stake president, bishop and missionary in the Italy North Mission. Retired audit partner, Deloitte & Touche. Born in Salt Lake City to Irvin Wells Stevens Jr. and Dorothy Ann Jenkins Stevens.
Sister Stevens is a counselor in the Primary general presidency and is a former member of the Primary general board, ward Relief Society and Young Women president and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Salt Lake City to Oren Claron Alldredge and Helen Isabel Hunter Alldredge.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Extras via mom

Elder Chew wrote back to me...After when I have sent him a few quotes from Elder Holland especially after his recent visits...This is an excerpt from his email plus about his back situation (he is allowed to use a back pack on his mission and I sent him a heating pad):

Hi Mom,
"My back is slowly getting better and the heat pad helps with the aching.

The quotes about overcoming trials are very good. The one when Elder Holland says "Salvation is not a cheap experience" is something I have heard many times out here. He even said it when he came to visit! I know it to be true! Salvation wasn't easy for the Savior, so we will need to pay a small token of what he paid if we are to follow him."



Love,

Elder Chew






21/07/15 - Moves week

Good evening,

I have some exciting news to share! I will be staying in Stratford as
the district leader and will be training a brand new missionary!
Tomorrow we will be going to the Hyde Park chapel to pick up my new
companion. We're both not sure where Elder Sarjeant will be going. He
was told to pack his bags to have an interview with president tomorrow
evening. He will be going where the Lord wants him to go as, he's a very good
missionary.

The work in Stratford is going well. I think I might get lost with all
the buses and trains though. We have a couple people we're working
closely with on baptismal date. G. has a desire to be baptised,
but doesn't want to make any promises with reading or church. She has
a baby and 2 little kids. She normally takes the train, but finds it
really hard to wake up early in order to get to church for 9:30 am. We
will keep trying to help her build her faith. L. is the other
person on date. He's been taught by the missionaries for a long time
and wants to keep his commitments, but he'll need a lot of
encouragement. Any suggestions to help them?

Training again will be fun! It's always exciting to find out who it
will be. All the district leaders in my zone will be training and a
big group of missionaries are leavingtomorrow. Elder Darrington (my
first zone leader) and Elder Harding (Jesse's first son in the
mission) are going home from my district. The work is going forward!
All is well!


Love,

Elder Chew

Monday, 20 July 2015

13/07/15 - Interviews‏

Good morning,

Our interviews went well with President Stevens. It was nice that while one companion was being interviewed the other was able to speak with Sister Stevens. We were taught about faith. That faith is a belief, it starts out like a seed and it slowly grows through our righteous actions. True faith has to be in Jesus Christ in order for it to lead us back to our Heavenly Father. It will bring us hope or a trust in God's promises and the power to do great things. It has almost been a year since I came out as a missionary and I know that my faith has increased through being obedient. D&C 10:47 says "And I said unto them, that it should be granted unto them according to their faith in their prayers".

A few days ago we went to teach one of our investigators with our ward mission leader. When we got there she was in a bit of a panic trying to find her iPhone. She thought that she left it in the store, but when she went back they couldn't find it. We spent a while looking for her phone. I said a few prayers in my heart as I looked around, but we couldn't find it. So we got together and started our lesson. I said the opening prayer and asked for help in getting the phone back. In about 5 minutes the phone rang and someone outside handed in her phone to the store! I'm grateful that through our faith the Lord will look after us. She was very happy that she got her phone back. We planned to have her baptism his Sunday, but will be seeing her today to rearrange it. She has 3 little kids that make life busy for her and she is struggling to make it to church. This will be something that we will discuss, but I'm happy that she could see the power of faith.


Love,

Elder Chew

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

06/07/15 - President & Sister Stevens!‏

Good morning,

President and Sister Stevens are here! We saw them last week and
they're really good. President Stevens worked in accountancy for many
years and has been teaching accountancy too. We will be having
interviews with him this Wednesday, so I might ask him to teach me a
thing or two.

It's been a bit difficult over the past few days. Me and Elder
Sarjeant went to a funeral and ate Jamaican food which tasted nice,
however that night it didn't go down well. Our stomachs felt sore for
the next couple days. On Sunday we had an unexpected investigator come
to church with his mum. We taught him the restoration and he will be
reading and praying. It was a blessing that comes through praying and
fasting!

We have been studying the talk "Willing to Submit" by Elder Neal A.
Maxwell from the April 1985 general conference. This is a part that I
like:

"With honest, individualized introspection, each of us could name what
we yet lack--and in my case more than one thing.

Spiritual submissiveness is so much more than bended knee or bowed
head. Alas, insofar as we “mind the things of the flesh” (Rom. 8:5),
we simply cannot have the “mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:16.)

Jesus laid down this sobering requirement: “Except ye … become as
little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matt. 18:3.)"

It's true that we need to spend time to have an "honest,
individualised introspection". Meaning we need to examine ourselves
honestly and look at the areas where we can improve. As we approach
the Lord with our weaknesses he can help us to be more submissive and
child-like. I know that the Atonement has that power. As a missionary
I have come to better understand the tools the Lord has given us to
do his work. It is because of him that this work can keep going forward!


Love,

Elder Chew

Monday, 29 June 2015

29/06/15 - Farewell Conference‏

Good afternoon,

On Wednesday we said our goodbyes to President and Sister Jordan. We had Sister Jordan's brownies for the last time and they're still really good. President and Sister Jordan talked to us about the children's illustration "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie". They said if you give a mouse a cookie he will want a glass of milk, if he wants a glass of milk he will want a straw etc etc... They made a clear point about doing the small and simple things. If a person reads and prays about the Book of Mormon he will want to come to church and if he wants to come to church he will want to be baptised. This helped me to really understand the need to constantly follow-up with our investigators reading and praying. President Jordan talked to us about 1 Nephi 8 - Lehi's vision of the tree of life. After our missions are over we still need to hold on to the rod of iron so we can taste of God's love which comes through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. This way we will not fall away during the trials of the world. 

Sister Jordan likes to make us laminated cards with inspiring quotes and we finally got one from President Jordan. It says "There is no lid". President Jordan gave a training about the fleas in a jar. If you put the lid on, the fleas will keep hitting the lid. After a while they will only jump so high so they won't hit the lid. You can then remove the lid without the fleas jumping out. The message is that "there is no lid". We shouldn't put a lid on our potential, because of ourselves or what other missionaries have said or done. The Lord makes us capable of going beyond our limits and I know that he can because he has been there for me.

Hopefully we can see them again tomorrow before they leave, because we have zone meeting in the morning. Last week has gone well. We managed to put 2 people back on date and put somebody new on date. A couple days ago I was on the bus talking to a man named Alex about the Book of Mormon. He seemed interested, but had to leave before I managed to get his address. We got off the bus at Morrisons to get some milk and as we headed back guess who was walking by! Alex was there and I got his address! We were both surprised to see each other, but I know that the Lord will place those he wants us to teach in our way. 


Love,

Elder Chew

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

22/06/15 - Broken Wrist!‏

Good morning everyone,

There has been a small accident last week. We were playing Football on Saturday and Elder Sarjeant hurt himself, but it wasn't from football. He was play-fighting with our 14 year old investigator who kept annoying him (I didn't know until afterwards). He put his wrist in a bad position and it got pushed too hard. However, he ignored the pain and finished playing football. Afterwards he kept moaning and moaning about the pain. His wrist swelled up and I told him he needs to call Sister Jordan.

We spent a long time at A&E yesterday and it turns out that it wasn't a sprain. He fractured a bit of his lunate (a bone in the wrist) and now he has a half cast! This is the first time I'm with a crippled companion! Missionary life can bring all sorts!

Being a district leader isn't easy. My first district meeting went well the other week. Giving good advice for other missionaries investigator's isn't that simple. I need to treat them as if they were my own investigators. Always having a positive attitude towards the work and complimenting the missionaries is something I'm working on. I have to be the example of what I want the rest of the district to be. I haven't done any exchanges yet, but I need to this week so I can post the exchange sheets to President.

This Wednesday we have President and Sister Jordan's farewell conference. There's going to be a change when President and Sister Stevens arrive. It shouldn't be difficult, because it will be like the first time coming into the mission field and adjusting to programs. This is what President Jordan has to say:

"1. Change is good. Every mission president and wife bring their own strengths, talents and experiences to the assignment. Each is different and each has something unique to contribute. If we embrace change, we will be prepared to receive the blessings the Lord desires to bestow through the service of our new leaders. You will see that the Lord has prepared President and Sister Stevens to lead the Mission in their own special way that will build wonderfully upon all the work that has gone before."

I'm grateful that President and Sister Jordan have been there to help me for almost half my mission and now I'm privileged to get a new mission president and his wife. Embracing change is part of the gospel and at the moment it's been difficult to get our investigators to do this. Me and Elder Sarjeant just need to continue finding those who are prepared.


Love,

Elder Chew



District meeting


Monday, 15 June 2015

15/06/15 - Stratford 2!‏

Good afternoon everyone,

I've finally made it to London and it's completely different to all the other areas I've served in. There are so many people and it seems like the white, British person is the minority around here. The people are very nice and are willing to give you plenty of help for directions. 

My new companion is Elder Sargeant from New Zealand. He's helping me to adjust to the new area and he's a good teacher. Being a district leader is a big change, because now I'm not only focused in my area, but 3 other areas!

On Friday we had our mission conference with the London South Mission, because Elder Holland came to speak to us! He shook all of our hands and asked us where we're from. He later told us that he didn't really care about our name or where we came from, but wanted to have a personal interview with us. He wanted to look into our eyes and into our soul. He told us that most of us are good, but there are a few that need to improve. His message about missionary work and the Atonement was powerful. He told us that we need more power and authority in the work. He shared Helaman 5:17-19 with us and it mentions "power and authority" twice. It was through this power and authority that they baptised 8000 Lamanites. Elder Holland wants us to cause personal earthquakes in peoples lives, like it mentions in Mosiah when the angel appeared to Alma the younger. He said we have more authority than the leaders in the world and we need to act like it! He said many other things and shared very strong emotions about how he feels when missionaries leave the church. Elder Holland was amazing and he is undoubtedly an Apostle of the Lord.  

My first Sunday in Stratford was superb! It's my first African ward and we had a munch and mingle because there was a return missionary from Taiwan! We played football on Saturday morning and the Bishop came to play with us. He told me that I'm now in the Celestial kingdom! We have a few people on baptismal date and I'm praying that they will progress. I did my first baptismal interview with the zone leader's investigator who was a self-referral on mormon.org. I felt the spirit as he bore his testimony about the missionaries and the gospel of Jesus Christ changing his life around completely. He loved listening to the broadcast the other week with Elder Holland and when he left the chapel he felt like he was on top of the world, despite the many issues he's going through. 

I know the church is true and it is so good! When we invite our friends to church activities, especially general conference or other broadcasts they can experience the joy and relief the church brings. Happiness only doubles when you share it!


Love,

Elder Chew
Good Bye Kettering

 Sister Schmidts birthday party with Philippine food!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

09/06/15 - I'm leaving?!?‏

Good afternoon,

We got back to the flat last night and started to plan. We both
expected to stay here in Kettering. All of a sudden the phone rings
and Elder Tomas throws it to me. I look at it and it's President
Jordan calling at 9:30 pm! It turns out that we're both leaving!! I'm
moving to Stratford in the London north zone to become the district
leader there. Elder Tomas is going to Gorleston in the Norwich zone.
There's a lot of missionaries leaving so President has closed down
Kettering 3 and today we had an exchange to help Elder Crawley and
Elder Wu take over our teaching pool. It turned out to be a big
surprise for all the district.

Elder Crawley has told me that Stratford is a really good place (that
was his last area). I'm a little disappointed that we have to leave
the good people we found here in Kettering. The Lord has given me more
responsibilities. I know that he will use me to do his work in London!
I can officially say I'm now an England London missionary!

Love Elder Chew