Monday, 27 April 2015

27/04/15 - I'm a millionaire?

We started talking to a young guy from South Africa (he said he was drunk) and he gave me a souvenir. He said that I'm a millionaire now.

Northampton talent show night with some of the Elders performing the Hakka.

Afternoon everyone,

Last week has gone by quicker than ever. I couldn't believe that we planned for the last week of the transfer! I got here in November and now it's almost May. I'm pretty sure that President Jordan will be moving me for next transfer and Elder Coon will be getting someone to follow-up train him.

We had our ward conference yesterday with a munch and mingle afterwards. It was all very good, but none of our investigator's came to church. That evening we went to the Lakes Estate near the bottom of our area to try and contact some former investigators. We didn't get to contact them, but the next two doors we knocked on we had really good gospel conversations and one of them became a new investigator! I'm grateful for planning each night. I know that when we pray about our plans we show the Lord our faith.

This week we should be getting our iPads! Tomorrow we will be going to London to listen to Elder Kearon and Elder Nielson speak to us. I will praying that we will be able to learn and improve our missionary work through the use of mobile devices. I would like to share a part of President Jordan's email about our growing stronger in the gospel:

"Dear Elders and Sisters,

Last week Sister Jordan and I travelled to Frankfurt, Germany for our semi-annual mission president’s seminar. There we had the privilege to be taught by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve. We came to have a deeper understanding of many things, but none more important than this: the ministry of the Lord is one by one, and so should ours be.

Consider the story of the brother of Jared and the twelve stones:

1  AND it came to pass that the brother of Jared, (now the number of the vessels which had been prepared was eight) went forth unto the mount, which they called the mount Shelem, because of its exceeding height, and did molten out of a rock sixteen small stones; and they were white and clear, even as transparent glass; and he did carry them in his hands upon the top of the mount, and cried again unto the Lord, saying:

2  O Lord, thou hast said that we must be encompassed about by the floods.  Now behold, O Lord, and do not be angry with thy servant because of his weakness before thee; for we know that thou art holy and dwellest in the heavens, and that we are unworthy before thee; because of the fall our natures have become evil continually; nevertheless, O Lord, thou hast given us a commandment that we must call upon thee, that from thee we may receive according to our desires.

3  Behold, O Lord, thou hast smitten us because of our iniquity, and hast driven us forth, and for these many years we have been in the wilderness; nevertheless, thou hast been merciful unto us.  O Lord, look upon me in pity, and turn away thine anger from this thy people, and suffer not that they shall go forth across this raging deep in darkness; but behold these things which I have molten out of the rock.

4  And I know, O Lord, that thou hast all power, and can do whatsoever thou wilt for the benefit of man; therefore touch these stones, O Lord, with thy finger, and prepare them that they may shine forth in darkness; and they shall shine forth unto us in the vessels which we have prepared, that we may have light while we shall cross the sea.

5  Behold, O Lord, thou canst do this.  We know that thou art able to show forth great power, which looks small unto the understanding of men.

6  And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger.  And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear. (Ether 3:1-6).

Why did the Lord touch the stones one by one? Why didn’t He pass His hand over the whole group and illuminate them all at once? Imagine the reaction of the brother of Jared when the Lord touched the first stone and it blazed into a brilliant white light. Even though he had the faith to propose the solution of glowing rocks in the first place, he must have felt a overwhelming sense of awe when the first stone began to shine. With each successive touch of the Master’s hand, his faith would have been strengthened until it became a certain expectation. At some point in the process, his faith became so strong that “he could no longer be kept without the veil,” and he saw the finger of the Lord. This experience would not have happened unless the Lord has given him the opportunity to gradually grow in his faith by touching the stones one by one."

I know this is the way the Lord works with us. He guides us one step at a time and molds us the way he wants us to be, to become as he is.


Elder Chew

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

20/04/15 - 28th April Reserve The Day?‏

Good morning!

The weather over the past couple weeks has been fantastic and we've been busy trying to get all of the AUFs (address unknown files) done before the end of this month. These are less-active members who have fallen off the church records. Yesterday we tried stopping by one of them and the first door we knocked we found another less-active who already has visiting teachers! 

On Saturday we went to London for Elder Coon's (latest companions who is a greenie) 3 week missionary meeting. The main things that stood out to me was exercise, planning and getting members to do missionary work. Over the past couple weeks we have been getting up at around 6:00 am to go for a run around our estate. Elder Coon puts me to shame and just when I'm about to die he tells me he's going to do a lap around the football fields (he has been running since he was about 12 though). Sister Jordan's advice about going outside in the morning really does help with setting the mood for the rest of the day. It make studies less tiring too! 

President Jordan created a 3 step plan to get members to do missionary work.

1. Pray: Have the members pray for missionary opportunities and through their faith the Lord will prepare somebody for them.

2. Start a conversation: Having a casual conversation about the church/gospel without using gospel terms will help others understand the benefits of the gospel. There will be something that will highlight a principle of the gospel in which you can bear testimony of and offer more.

3. Invite: Having the members invite their friends/family to church, ward activities or FHE will allow them to "come and see". The missionaries will be able to work with members to teach their friends/family investigators.

Our zone calendar for this transfer says "Reserve The Day" on April 28th. We weren't sure what it could be and guessed it to be a general authority visiting. President Jordan was about to tell us at the 3 week missionary meeting and then kept us in suspense by saying he will tell us on the mission-wide conference call... That night at 10:00 pm he told everyone that we will be visited by 2 general authorities - Elder Kearon and Elder Nielson. Elder Kearon is the 1st councillor in the Europe area presidency and Elder Nielson spoke last conference about the prodigal son. They will be talking to us about the use of ipads!! President and Sister Jordan plan to go to Germany to be trained by Elder Bednar about ipads so they can teach us. We should be getting ipads at our next zone meeting! It's about time the no.1 mission gets to use technology in missionary work. According to Elder Coon we won't have to use our planners anymore, because everything is done digitally. Elder Kopischke in the Bletchley 1 area will be going home soon, so he's not too happy about the late arrival of ipads.

I hope you're all enjoying the sunshine! Let me know if you have any questions.

#Because He Lives - We finally got the ward picture done and it's on FB.
We were surprised when we found this dog (he's not dead) and he didn't even bark at us. I think he was just enjoying the warm weather!


Elder Chew

Friday, 17 April 2015

13/04/15 - Bedford Interviews‏

Good afternoon,

We had interviews with President and Sister Jordan last Thursday! Sister Jordan made us sing the "Glorious" song from the Meet The Mormons movie. We studied The Consecrated Missionary talk by Elder Callister which helped me think about how consecrated I am as a missionary. As missionaries we really have to put everything on the altar of sacrifice in order to "offer your whole souls as an offering unto him" - Omni 1:26. The interviews went well and since I've been training I have been taking the lead in more things which has been helping me in becoming more consecrated.

We have been teaching an investigator in a part-member family. We had a chat about keeping the Sabbath day holy and he finds it hard because of the work he has. He is in his 50/60's and doesn't really have a job. He sometimes gets calls to work part time at a golfing place or he does gardening work for his neighbour. He feels like God has blessed him with the work that he has and he doesn't want to lose it. He wants to help himself and then he thinks God will help him. We taught him about putting the Lord first and putting your treasure in Heaven. I felt inspired to ask him "where is your heart?" after reading the scriptures in 3 Nephi. He told us that he doesn't know, so we wrote down a commitment for him to pray. He doesn't like to pray vocally with us, even with his member wife. However he said he would pray personally. The next day we saw him at church for the first time in months! He said he didn't pray that night like we asked him to, but we're grateful that he enjoyed church. Through our patience and with our persistence we got him to keep the Sabbath day holy! I know that by putting the Lord first by keeping the commandments no matter how difficult we will be showing that our heart is with him. We plan to meet with Antonio this week and plan to put him on date!


Elder Chew

Northampton Zone

Monday, 6 April 2015

06/04/15 - General Conference‏

Good afternoon,

I enjoyed watching general conference over the weekend! One of my favourite quotes is from Elder Wilford Andersen: "Our children's happiness depends on their ability to hear and love the beautiful music of the gospel." I know this is true, tuning ourselves to hear and feel the spirit is what brings "the beautiful music" into our lives. It requires living virtuously in deed and in thought to obtain. 

We invited all of our investigators to come to watch general conference with us at our ward mission leader's house, unfortunately no one turned up. On the bright side we managed to get a less-active member who hasn't been to church in many years to go! He said the last time he watched general conference was in 1971 when they did it in Manchester. Our ward mission leader went to this same general conference and surprised that have a bit in common. He enjoyed watching general conference and now we plan to give him a chapel tour soon!

Last week we found a new investigator, Beth using our new pass-along cards. She was so surprised when she saw the card. She believes that she watched the Easter video, because her friend shared it on Facebook! We're going to see her this week and we hope it goes well. Thank you for your prayers and for the birthday wishes (it's crazy being 20 already). Keep sharing the Easter initiative! 


Elder Chew

Zone meeting

The Webb family. We've cut out all the letters for #Becausehelives and we're having the members decorate them so we can take pictures. We will put the pictures together to spell #Becausehelives and put it on Facebook! This should be done soon.