Love ya all!! Talk to ya next week!
Monday, 2 October 2017
Sunday, 1 October 2017
Hope all is good back home! love ya all!
We started to re tract Neepawa on Saturday, the people are loving that.... it’s only been I think 5-6 months since they last started, so everyone remembers us. Good thing they have been nice so far about us coming back so soon.
Ended up giving a surprise talk on Sunday! Thank goodness for my stash of talks I’ve given in my desk. I gave my fair well talk on the Book of Mormon, it went pretty good.
We had exchanges with the Brandon Spanish elders here after ZC, so I and Elder black from Lethbridge went together for the day. It’s kind of nice being with a fellow Canadian, don't have to put up with the Americans and their trash talk about Canada all day. Elder Black did some language study with me and he pretty well just taught me the basics of Spanish. So he’s got me practicing reading the B of M in Spanish so that I can transfer over to a Spanish elder someday ha-ha
Taught Sunday school again this week. Lesson was on eternal families. By the time I’m done here I’ll be and expert on the family! This is the 3rd lesson I’ve taught on families. Kind of feels weird teaching all these married people how to raise their kids and run their family, but it’s fun!
I think that’s about all that’s new for us this week. Like I said not too much going on lately then the usual.
Thursday, 31 August 2017
Taught sunday school again this week. did it on eternal family's, and from what i could tell it went pretty good!
Drove up to Dauphin last night like we usually do. had our sunday night AwaHin poker tournament again, and i won, again haha Not sure if thats a good thing or not....
This is what I call dedication! And a awesome wife!
Now there’s some who will come and work for a bit and think it’s too hard to live this way or do the work and they might leave the vineyard! It is our job as members and missionary's to go back out to the streets and find those who have left us and those who are searching and bring them back.
We need to have enough love for our brothers and sisters out there in the world to put ourselves aside and look outward instead of inward all the time. I promise that if you start looking for ways to serve your brothers and sisters, you will see a difference in your life and the way you view those around you.
Even if you feel you are lost and there is no hope in coming back to church and trying to change your life, know this; your heavenly father loves you and he wants you to come back to him, not matter your condition. You will always be welcome in his home and the members of his church will help you every step of the way. Come home.
Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!
believe I’ve been out 6 months already?!
Love you all and I’ll talk to you next week!
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Had interviews here this week in our Apt since it’s the "church". President said that I most likely won’t be in the Brandon zone my whole mission, or in the outlying areas forever. Says I have to be in the city at some point.... Also told me that I might possibly be with Thomasson for another transfer. Says he needs me to brake in this bronco a bit more ha-ha
Taught Sunday school yesterday, it went pretty good id have to say, must have been the 6hr prep I did for it. I taught on the atonement. I made my own lesson on the atonement, taking stuff from the talks the meaning of the atonement, and his grace is sufficient. The spirit there in the lesson was pretty strong, strong enough that I almost cried while teaching... but it didn’t! Now you are probably wondering what was so good that I almost cried. I talked about how the atonement is like piano lessons. Mom pays the lessons in full for us so we can learn. We don’t pay mom back though through practice, nor do we pay the piano teacher through practice. We pay through our appreciation of mom paying for our lessons, so that we can live our life on a higher level. Just like Christ payed in full for our sins so that we could live our life on a higher level. But we need to show our appreciation to him by using that gift he has given us. Now I’m not saying that we shouldn’t practice. If we don’t practice then we won’t be using that gift given to us, and we won’t be showing our appreciation for that sacrifice Christ or Mom has made for us to be better. We need to see our self's through Moms eyes every once in a while. We need to see what she see in us and what she knows we can become, only if we would put the time and effort in. It won’t be easy, and you’re going to hit a few wrong notes as you practice, but mom doesn’t say "oh you’re not good enough to keep practicing” when we hit those wrong notes. She says “keep trying, you'll get it". As hard as it may be to keep hitting those notes over and over again it will be worth it when you look back and see those blessings that came from your persistence and not giving up!
The lord loves you just as much if not more than your mom does, and he wants you to succeed in this life, and he has given us a way we can do that. All he asks is for practice, and to love and appreciate his sacrifice has made for you. We read in the scriptures “no unclean thing can enter into the kingdom of God". But what unclean thing will want to enter into Gods kingdom? If we are not being heavenly then heaven will not be heavenly.
When judgement day comes we will not be begging God "please let me in!' If we were not doing well in this life. Rather we will be saying "Get Me Out Of Here!" We will not feel worthy to be in Gods presents. But God and Jesus Christ will be pleading for us saying “please, use my atonement! Come home." We need to make sure that we are doing the best we can in this life! We need to be ready to stand in front of god at judgement day knowing we did all we could to stay clean and unspotted from this world we are living in, and say "I am ready to come home."
God loves us. All we have to do its take advantage of his gift to us, and stop looking for someone to blame for our problems, rather we should be looking for someone to help us overcome those problems.
I know god loves each and every one of us, and he wants us ALL to return to live with him. Just practice!
Love you all and I’ll talk to you next week!
PS I’m not reading over the whole email again so hopefully it makes sense.
Love you all.
Riley, this is the shortest letter you've ever written!!! Are you missing all the craziness of Flin Flon?
Yeah it was pretty short.... not a whole lot to write about this week. My journal writing is getting shorter too, but it has all the good stuff in it so you’ll have to read it when I get home. Emailing is just kind of a pain now, but I’ll keep writing, even if it’s something like this week.
We went to a street party this week here in Neepawa, it was pretty sweet! It was against racism to the Filipinos. Someone on Canada day did welcome to the lad of the Asians on the welcome to Neepawa sign ha-ha so we went and did a walk down main street with them and then had a big pot luck and singing and dancing after.
For ZC this week we did the district 4... We all got together and made videos of us teaching and contacting people, it was pretty terrible but kind of fun. Still got some work to do before we are as god as district 1 and 2.
sent me a bday pack with a planner, black label Mtn. Dew, a tie, and of course
para cord ha-ha! Love that
If I don’t get back to all of you with the individual emails its cause I only have and hr. on this computer before it kicks me off. I’ll do my best though.
Friday, 21 July 2017
Gave a talk in church here yesterday on the blessings of being a missionary. it was a little over time by the time I finished it all believe it or not ha-ha 20min isn’t enough time to talk any more I guess. We have church in our Apt, it’s the coolest thing! After church we all get together and have a big dinner and visit for a while. The Branch or Unit as they call themselves is great!! Bro Julius he brought a soup with testicles in it, he called it nut soup ha-ha so we had a bit of that.
Some of his letter to me:
Can’t believe I’ve been out 5 months already!!!! Neither can Sister Judy Smith. (I love that we have couple missionaries out taking care of my boy that we know)
Monday, 10 July 2017
A family in the branch, the Drennan’s, had their basement flood, so we have been out there quite a bit lately pulling up old floor and all that good stuff! So that’s been keeping us busy. We are going over there tonight to help them move out of that place. Guess it’s too much work for them right now and they are just going to leave it for whoever will take the place and go someplace else from what I understand. Which kind of sucks...
Did a lot of service out in Denare for bro Angell this week and last week. We cut lots of wood for him.
The carpet here in the church was changed to some newer stuff over the past 2 weeks. the people working on it aren’t members so they were smoking in the building a bit and they even ate our sacrament bread out of the fridge ha-ha so that caused a bit of a problem. We are pretty sure they lived at the church when they were doing the carpet here. They had a clothes line out in the trees and they had food in the fridge and the lady was making food one night we came to the church. But they are gone now and the church is back in its original form!
A few days ago we were out doing some work on our potentials list and one guy we came to was a little disabled and couldn’t walk very well and his big dog got out and was raising hell up and down the streets barking at everything. But the guy wasn’t too worried about him, he’s like "ah he’s all bark, and no bit in him” so we were like okay I guess we won’t get him for ya. So on our way out the dog of course starts to follow us and bark at us as we walk away, and this is a big freaking dog so every time he barks you can feel the ground shake ha-ha and Lewis he’s losing his mind and is trying to get away from this dog by running around me to keep me between him and the dog and imp laughing at him the whole time, he’s like "dude this dog is going to kill us!!" so finally we get out of view of this guy’s house and I kick the dog right in the face and he goes off yelping, doesn’t come back to bug us. Lewis was so amazed that I did that ha-ha he hasn’t been able to not bring it up when we talk to branch members or investigators. He thinks that was crazy. Ha-ha so that was fun!
Earlier this week we had a lesson with a guy named Richard we have been meeting with off and on. He has some buddies that live down stairs of his place and they are always drunk when we come over, but we usually don’t see much of them. This time we saw a lot of them during the lesson.... They come up wanting to meet us and all that which we have done pretty well every time we go over there, they just don’t remember. So we meet them again and they leave, for a bit... then they come back up with all these questions wanting to know why we believe we are the true church and the one guy Pablo wants me to answer a question and his question is " who is the devil?" So I told him and he didn’t like my answer ha-ha he’s like "don’t use those kind of words on me!! I’m a people person and I know this and that and whatever." I guess I used some big words ha-ha then this guy Matt who was actually interested in our lesson sat down and had some good Qs, too bad he was drunk and probably won’t remember what they answers were. Eventually somehow the topic got on to me... not sure why exactly but it did. Pablo told me my tie was pretty bad A and then they got to my shoes and wanted to know what I paid, and that went off on some stuff and Matt the whole time is sticking up for me bless his heart ha-ha telling Pablo off. Just wait it doesn’t end there... then they go off on my looks and how I could have anyone I wanted and should be busy all the time, and how I was probably a lady's man. Which brings the question from Pablo “would you give up your faith to go do stuff with whoever?" Matt again comes to the rescue and was like what kind of Q is that!? Pablo’s like “I just want to see how good his faith is!" so I told him no I wouldn’t! Needless to say our lesson with Richard was over after those guys came up... But it was a fun experience ha-ha
Met this guy named Robert and he lives in the trailer park here, he’s in his 60s and has a few health challenges so he doesn’t get around very well. We had a lesson set with him for Saturday, first lesson with him. Got there and he took us out side to do our thing, cause he said he was cleaning his place. The lesson didn’t happen since he just talked about old times and his life, which is fine he was probably lonely living all by himself. We got on the topic of books, because elder Lewis loves old books and Robert had a bunch in his place. So we ventured into Roberts place to take a look, and you would not believe how much crap was lining his halls! It was tall as me and the path through his place was just wide enough to walk in... It was nasty! Surprisingly though the place wasn’t all that bad smelling. He had a room full of old movies stacked taller than me and probably 4 deep it was nuts! So that Robert.
Just listening to some guitar recordings you left us. Man I miss you serenading us on Sunday afternoons. 💜
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
So there’s this girl that we only know over the phone and is supposedly in Flin Flon, and wants to meet with us and come to church. Her name is Waverly, she’s 18-19 yrs. old and has had a lot to do with the missionary's in Africa, weird I know, makes you wonder how she ended up here. Anyway she isn’t baptized. Somehow got our number here and called us a week or so ago and told us all this stuff. We hadn’t heard from her in a while, and she didn’t show to church like she said she was going to. She called us late one night the beginning of the week, well late like 10:00 late ha-ha and she told elder Lewis how she’s like "dying" and has some crazy sickness, kind of like I have. So we talked to her for a bit then she said she was going to go to bed and we ended the call. 3min later she calls again, wanted to talk about something else, then she said she needed to get to bed, ended the call. 5min later she called again, and Lewis is like I’m not talking to her again! So he tosses me the phone.... I’ve never talked to her before only listened in on the conversations, so that was interesting. She thought like everyone else does that I was from Texas. Anyway she’s like can you say a prayer for me? I was like yeah I guess I could do that, I wasn’t going to say no ha-ha so I said a prayer for her over the phone right there sitting in my desk. As awed as it was at the time, if I was not out on a mission I probably would have never got to have that experience. Having someone who I had never met call and ask for me to say a prayer for them, knowing that they could feel comfortable enough to call on the elders to give them a little extra help and support in what they were going through at that time. After that she said good night and that was all we heard from her that night.
The next day the ZLs came up for exchanges. I went with Magelby and Lewis went with Bingham. Me and Magelby spent the night walking around contacting potentials. One place we went to stop at was more in the sketch part of town. As we were walking that way we could hear cop cars coming our way but didn’t think nothing of it. Turns out the place right next to where we were going to knock had a bit of a problem and 3 cop cars pulled up and they rushed in.... So we stood by watching this, Magelby thought this was awesome because in Brandon it’s boring I guess. So we watched them haul a guy out cuffed and all, tell him his rights n what not, then stick him in the car, and the whole time this is going in the guy is yelling from this kid we were talking to get his honey for him, but the kid we were sure was hiding stuff from the cops so he didn’t help him. About the time the guy goes in the car is "honey" shows up yelling for him and screaming at the cops! Finally they take the guy away and things kind of start to calm down. Me and Magleby stood by for a bit longer to see if we might have a chance to talk to who we came to talk to, but it didn’t happen. Standing there though we got 3 potentials! Ha-ha
The next day with them we did service out at bro Angell Sr's place hauling and cutting wood with his new splitter. Eventually it started pouring rain on us but we didn’t stop. We had things set to a science by the time we were done there. Magleby hauled the wood to me I stuck it up on the splitter and Angell cut it then Lewis chucked it to Bingham and he stacked it. We were working at a pretty fast pace too I guess cause it only took 1 1/2hrs to do what shoulda taken 2-3hrs.
The next day as was expected Lewis was sick and I was for an hour or so too, so we spent most the day in the Apt. I read 6 chapters on the Jesus the Christ and 10 chapters of the b of m sitting around that day, so that way good. Lewis slept all day. After lunch it was raining but we went out anyway and did a little work. Turned out that’s what we were supposed to do. We were walking down the road and two guys pulled over and stopped us. Keith and Evan Hinckley the dads from Calgary (member) and the son lives in the Flon (non-member) they were looking for when church starts so we told them and we talked for a bit, then they were gone.
The next day we went out that night to go see some people and Lewis was like we not driving? I told him no, so we walked out on the board walk and lo and behold there they were again! So we talked and Keith set up a lesson with us that night to come teach him and his son the Plan of Salvation. So later we went and taught them part of the plan, we didn’t get to finish it that night because it was 10:00....but they said we would see us at church the next day. They came to church and it was really good lessons for Evan cause it talked out finding faith and staying strong through hard times. After church Keith was like hey you want to come for lunch, have a BBQ? So we said yes!!! After lunch we finished our lesson with him. Man the spirit that was there when Keith told his son that we were sent there at this time to help Evan and be his friend was so amazing and then he told Evan how much he loves him and how he will NEVER give up on him until his is saved, it was just awesome. Words can describe what was felt there.
Keith left for home yesterday and left it up to us to keep his son on track!
That was pretty well our week!
A gift from the kids in the branch! They are on our fridge now! Not the kids, the pictures ha-ha
I have never really thought too much what I think of Christ, so this talk for me was hard at first for me to write. But the more I thought of it the more things came to my mind. Christ is everything to me. I don’t want to think of were id in life be if it weren't for him. Coming out here on a mission has really opened my eyes to all the things he has blessed me with before and after my mission. The blessings I’ve received are countless. Christ is the Perfect example. There is one thing I’ve always loved to hear said and it is "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness." Christ tried to show everyone the way that they could follow him, but many of them didn’t like him trying to show them that path. He continued anyway, taking anyone who would open their door to him and listen. All the while having people put him down. This was the people he was trying to save and they hated him for that, enough to put him on a cross and have him done away with. But in the end Christ still loved those people that had done wrong to him. Remember his last words on the cross “Father forgive them, for they know not what they have done." I have never had to endure what he did in his life here on earth, but out here I feel I’m getting a small feeling of how he must have felt, trying to bring those he loves closer to him so they can have a better life. I love the people here in Flin Flon, but many of them see it too hard to repent of the things they have done. They feel they are too far gone or to old. Seeing them say that to me and my companion saying "I’m too far gone, he won’t accept me anymore..." It breaks our hearts to see them say that. Because we know that no matter what we have done, we can be forgiven because of Christs Atonement. But that is our part as missionary's, to help them see what we see. To help them know they can be forgiven. It’s hard to get up every morning knowing that today you’ll probably have 1 or 2 people try and tell you that what you’re preaching is wrong and that we don’t know god. But all we can do is shrug it off and keep our testimony close to our hearts and remember that there is a God and he loves each and every one of us, no matter what. I know heavenly father watches out for his children, I have been guided to too many doors to believe anything different. I love this gospel, and I love sharing it with those I come in contact with. A mission really is the best thing for anyone.
I want you all to think through out the week what you think of Christ, maybe write down a few of your thoughts. As you do this I know you will start to see all the things he’s blessed you with and you will grow to love him even more than before.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Elder Lewis he has this thing he likes to do all the time, and that’s tease drunks... Hey I think it’s the best thing ever cause they don’t get any of his little cracks at them, but it makes me laugh and I can’t hold it back so I’m just waiting for us to get into a fight one of these times. Here’s an example of what he does. So there’s theses 2 guys both drunk outta their mind and we talked to them for a bit about nothing all that important, and as we start to walk away one calls out to us " hey ARE YOU Mormon?" and elder Lewis turns around and is like "No we aren’t Mormon, he died a long time ago!" And I just couldn’t hold back.
Did some cleaning in our Apt this week when we got home at night. We went into our Narnia closet and we found all sorts of stuff. Everything from Grandma Greys Banana rain coat to a pretty nice key board!! We were both pretty excited about that! So we set it up and now we have a piano at our place!
Oh and on exchanges elder Bennett and I got a parking ticket..... I hate parking in Thompson. The ticket was 177$ but if we paid it by a certain time we got 50% off! So we ran to the town office and paid it! So it wasn’t too bad but it still sucked. That’s the last time I listen to Elder Bennett on where to park ha-ha
Love ya all.