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!


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."


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

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!


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.


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

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

"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!


Elder Chew