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.


Love,

Elder Chew

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