Monday, 22 February 2016

22/02/16 - The Word of wisdom.‏

Good evening,

We had a good day yesterday. Saviours and Hua came to church! Saviours was a media referral we got a couple weeks back and he's amazing! He's from Gambia and has so much real intent to understand and act on the gospel. At church a couple weeks back we introduced him to different members and brought different members teaching with us. The fellowship has been great. When he came to church he was greeted by a lot of people, especially those that came out teaching with us. They even committed him to come back this Sunday and got excited about his baptismal date in March. We taught Saviours the Word of Wisdom and he couldn't understand why we don't drink tea and coffee. We explained that it's a commandment of God and about obedience to the commandments. After explaining that it can effect the way we control our bodies + bearing testimony, he now understands and will keep the Word of Wisdom!   

We are passing Hua over to the Norwich Sisters, because Sister Chou can help her understand better in Mandarin. Even though we're losing someone from our teaching pool we are excited for this week because we know the Lord has been helping us find good people to teach. We will be having a super MLC meeting in London on Wednesday with all the district leaders, zone leaders, sister training leaders and assistants. 

Here's Elder Alvey from Bountiful, Utah! I guess it's about time I get
someone from Utah.

Love,

Elder Chew
England London Mission
64-68 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road,
South Kensington
London, England SW7 2PA

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

16/02/16 - Transfer Week

Transfer news this time has been pretty surprising! A lot of things are changing in the zone. My companion Elder Vianna Da Silva is going to the City ward in the Hyde park zone. This is a Portuguese speaking ward and he will be the district leader there. I will be getting Elder Alvey from... Utah!

I can't remember if I mentioned this before but, we had our Chinese New Year Party a couple weeks ago and a lot of good things happened. A lot of the Chinese recent-converts were there to help cook/eat the food and they brought some of their friends. A mum named Hua came because she was invited by Annie one of our recent-converts. We were heading back to the chapel for the party and we stopped her just outside the chapel. Once we made contact we immediately recognised each other. We invited her to the party and then we realised that she was already invited. It turns out that during my 1st or 2nd week in Norwich I stopped her family in the city centre and showed the Christmas video to her. She enjoyed it, but we lost contact with her for many weeks. She enjoyed the party and she came to sacrament meeting for the first time last week. She stayed afterwards for the Norwich sister's baptism too! She doesn't really have any religious background, but she is so humble and has been feeling the spirit through prayer. I'm very grateful that the Lord is mindful of everyone we talk to and wants to help them to find the truth.


Love,

Our faces after eating good food at the Blackhams
Sometimes the Lord blesses us with a new car!

Elder Chew

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

1/02/16 Norwich Ward Conference

Hey!


Last Sunday we had our ward conference. Me and Elder Vianna sang in the choir. Elder Vianna will forever be praised by the Norwich ward because he did a solo... They mentioned the Europe Area Plan -"Bring us to Him" and apparently Elder Ballard mentioned that it's the best area plan he's seen, because of it's simplicity! He said that Satan is the master of complexity and the Lord is the master of simplicity. Sometimes it seems that we can make the gospel very complex and can lose the focus of things. We have been sharing the Europe Area Plan and helping the members to create their own plans for the following 3: "Bring a friend", "Becoming spiritually and temporally self-reliant", "Find an ancestor". We're hoping that as we work along side the members in this plan we will be able to see the gospel in action to help with retention, reactivation and conversion.


The work is okay, but it can be a lot better. Some of the people we planned to come to church didn't go for family/work issues. Our stake president talked about observing the Sabbath day. The way we keep the Sabbath day holy is our sign to Heavenly Father and shows our relationship to the Savior. This is something I want to teach more when we speak with our non-member friends about church attendance.


We went finding in the city centre during the afternoon on Saturday and it was very busy. It was hard for us to have a good conversation with the people rushing around. I tried to follow the spirit and I stopped a family in the middle of the crowd. They seemed nice and it turns out that the mum used to go to church, she's less-active and her husband isn't a member. We felt excited that we were able to find this family and take it as a sign that we should work more with the part-member families in the ward. I know the Savior will help to put people in our path that we can be friends with and show them our example of true discipleship. “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.” (President Uchtdorf) Have an amazing week!



Love,


Elder Chew

Monday, 1 February 2016

Worldwide missionary training

Afternoon everyone,

Everything is going pretty well so far. Our teaching pool is getting better and we seem to be teaching and finding more Portuguese speakers! Church was good last Sunday. Our friend N.
came to church and he's been reading the Book of Mormon and listening to it in the car. He said he can relate to the different situations and experiences. He was brought to church by one of the members, but he lives in Basildon so the missionaries there will be teaching him soon. He said he is considering baptism! 

Last week we had the worldwide missionary broadcast. It was titled "Teach Repentance and Baptise Converts". The trainings were on the fundamentals of missionary work. Some of the things that stood out to me was to bear testimony of Jesus Christ and his Atonement at all times and in all places. If we don't know what to say we should talk about him. We learnt about visiting less-actives and part-member families. President Clayton said that they're a gold mine. They reminded us about how to ask for referrals by using specific questions such as "who has recently moved into the neighbourhood"? Or "Who do you know that's going through a difficult time?". Elder Bednar gave a good training on the role of the Holy Ghost in conversion. He spoke that we need to help our friends to identify the Holy Ghost in their lives. This is something I really want to focus on, because the spirit will make all the difference in our teaching and I want to create the teaching environment where the spirit can testify. I know that the Holy Ghost can change hearts if we are worthy and will help to bring true conversion.

Love,

Elder Chew