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.


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!


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.


Elder Chew