Tuesday, August 15, 2017

P-Day’s 53 & 54 – Lots of Work, The Missionaries Moving Company and Visiting a Battleship...

Elder Perry, Hamilton Ontario

This week has been a busy week for us. 

We have been working on our Ward list and trying to reactivate ward members so that when we bring investigators, the ward is ready to retain them and fellowship them.

President Monson was true when he said "The work of reactivation is no task for the idler or daydreamer. Children grow, parents age, and time waits for no man. Do not postpone a prompting; rather, act on it, and the Lord will open the way."

SO, Let Me Take You To The Gun Show

We were able to meet with a sister who hadn't been to church in almost a year. We were able to give her mom a blessing.After the blessing the Spirit filled the room and tears were flowing and the next thing we knew this older sister grab us and was hugging us.  (Guess the Spirit forgot the rules Sisters don't hug the Elders)  We will be trying to get in contact with some members who we met with last week and we will hopefully be able to start working on getting them back to church.

We have been teaching some members about dealing with stress and helping them overcome challenges in their lives.

Wanna Take the Discussions? Your Place or Mine?

This week as been the week of “drop ins”. We have found over 25 changes that need to be made to the Ward list because they have moved and they have to be contacted at the new addresses. We are trying to do reactivation work with them too. We have about 200 inactive members and we have hit about 40 of them.

We had something great happen this week. We have this investigator who has been having a hard time believing in prophets. He came to church this week. As we talked he said that he had had a "feeling" and he believed in Prophets. If all is well with the other questions, then we can get him on to a baptismal interview. We had taught him about Prophets 6-7 times before. It was good for him to finally get it. The Spirit is amazing.

Elder Perry in the Radio Control Room...

We were able to talk to a family who is inactive and the member was really nice. She brought us to the backyard to meet their whole family and we got to visit with them. Her son did Scouting before they moved to Canada and it was awesome to talk to him. We walked back and the garage was open and inside were two Lamborghini's. It was awesome! She said maybe in a few weeks we could return and ask her husband for a ride. (Pray that that promise transpires. What missionary doesn't want to ride in a Lamborghini.) 

We also have a Ward member who has a Mustang Bullitt. He gave us a ride and drove it like he stole it...FUN!

We stopped by a Sister’s home who was on our Ward list. When we knocked on the door, she opened and explained that she was hoping that someone would come and give her mom a blessing. She is going into a long-term care facility and we were able to set a return appointment with her. 

We have also been able to make big strides on helping the members with Missionary work and giving them commitments that we will follow up on. We also have been able to teach some of our investigators and had one come to church. We were able to teach him the plan of salvation and it was clear to him. He felt the Spirit.  We hope to be able to see him this week and share more about the gospel with him.

While we were visiting members, we were able to meet a new investigator called Madeline. We talked with her and she was looking into other religions. We were able to talk to her about the Restoration of the Gospel. She committed to come to church and read the Book of Mormon.

We have also been giving blessings all over the place for people who need blessings of comfort. We gave a blessing to some sisters in our district and also to a couple members.

Home, it’s called the Bat Cave. 

We have three places in the mission designated by names. The Bat Cave, The Mansion and The Ice Castle. They were named due to the Batman Trilogy being filmed nearby. I have had the fortune of staying in all three thought my time on the mission

Sister Stahler lives in the downstairs (1st floor) part of the building. We have the second and third floors for the house since we have 2 sets of Elders here. Sister Stahler has done the laundry for all the Elders ever since I’ve been here. We get them back washed and folded. She is a true Missionary Mom and we appreciate her so very much!  The Lord loves his missionaries. 

Zone Conference was good. We mainly just talked about using our time effectively and setting goals.

We loaded an entire shipping container full of stuff for a lady. I had to lift the heavy stuff because Elder Garrett has a hernia. She was getting a divorce because the husband was abusive. As we were taking apart stuff, he would be rude with nasty comments and gestures and continually say "Don't scratch the floor" ( we weren't even scratching the floor). I finally looked at him and said "It's Ok, we won't scratch your floor" and he just walked away. I am so thankful that the Lord blessed us by having him walk away.   It was good because we also got to talk to her about the Gospel. She asked us to stay longer because she felt safer if we were there and she wasn't alone with her soon to be ex-husband. So, we got to be bodyguards and "keep the peace". That project made me sore for 4 days. She was very nice though and we may be helping her this week with the rest of her things. She isn't in our area so we would have to pass her off to one of the other Elders and they would have helped her move. But the elders in the other area can't because one of them has a hernia or stomach pain also. The doctors can't figure out what’s wrong with him. ( please pray for them) This service project is from a local city group that gets volunteers from the community and gives people aid, it isn't affiliated with the church. However, It’s a good way to find investigators.

I Want To Be That Guy....

So, Elder Garrett and I got to see a Battleship. Yea Buddy, it was pretty cool. Every time I saw the big cannons and where the gunner would sit I would think, “I want to be that guy”. The ship was cool though and we got to see some torpedoes and big shells. It was free since it was Canada’s 150-year anniversary! Just the right price for missionaries.

I got your box this week. Thanks to Brother Jordan for shipping it. The candy didn't go to waste between us 4 elders, Ohhhhhh Yesses. There was definitely no problem with the chocolate. The chocolate didn’t melt.

Everything else is great. I am doing good on all my clothing and I have enough thermals to supply a Mormon Battalion in the Winter.  I am not complaining one bit. The winters can be brutal up here.

Skeet Shooting Anyone????

Elder Garrett is doing great. He is still trying to figure out the District Leader assignments, so I am helping him the best I can.

We got to see the BUY-I Dance Alliance and watch people dance and tell stories to cool music that we wouldn't normally be able to listen to. That was really fun. 

So, in summary, can you tell we’ve been pretty busy? I don’t think we could have done any more in the 2 weeks time we have been given.

Love You and remember, I pray for you every night and day!

Elder Perry
Hamilton Ward
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Thursday, August 3, 2017

P-Day #52 – It’s Hump-Day! Niagara Falls and Operation Desert Eagle…

Elder Perry(L), Elder Trump, Elder Toly
& My Companion Elder Garrett(R)

One year in the books, one to go. I can’t believe it’s been a year already.

We have started what we call Operation Desert Eagle. We have shifted our main focus on reactivation and retention rather than bringing in new people and having them become less actives. This has led to a lot of time in the Family History Center where we have spent a combined total of 15 hours in updating records and putting the records onto our “dot map”.

This in turn has not allowed us to go and contact very much. We were able to help some of the members though with service and we were able to put up some dry wall in a member’s home. It took a lot of work, but we were able to get the pieces out of her car and able to get the job done. I think we are starting to gain the trust of the members and hopefully we will be able to get some referrals from them.

We also were able to move a couch for a member and give a blessing to another in one event. We went and moved the couch into a car and then went to give a blessing to another member. We then went to the other member and unloaded the couch for him. It was a pretty busy day but we were able to multitask and get everything done.

We have been working hard and we met with a less active Sister who said that she may come back. We will have to meet with her some more. We will continue to work to reactivate members and help with retention efforts.

A Hershey's Kiss for Mom

On P-Day we did a bunch of fun things. We went to the Hershey's store and went to Niagara Falls and Bird Kingdom of Niagara Falls, a Bird Sanctuary.

Niagara Falls from the Canadian Side

Thank You to Grandma & Grandpa Gibson, Dave Western and Jeff Cheney for writing to me. E-Mails are fantastic and a bit of home goes a long way. 

The NASCAR from Days of Thunder

I’d like to give a very special shout out to Brother Dan Jordan for shipping my Hump-Day box from my Mom and Dad. I haven’t got it as of August 31st because it was in customs, but I know it’s coming! I’m sure Mom and Dad stuffed it full of treats!

Thanks Mom and Dad and remember...

I pray for you every night and day!

Elder Perry
Hamilton Ward
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

P-Day #51 - New Companion, Training a New D.L. and The Stubborn Lawn Mower...

Hamilton, Ontario

Hi Mom and Dad,

I have a new companion. His name is Elder Garrett and he is from Utah. He’s been out for 9 months. He’s a really good guy and I like him. He is our new District Leader. I think I am the Designated District Leader Trainer as he is the 3rd or 4th D.L I will have trained.

We have been working on reactivation this week and trying to get a list of the less-actives so we can go and help them in any way we can.

I finally got refunded for the battery I had to put in the SUV. Bonus, I don’t have to buy a GPS just yet since Elder Garrett has one..yea!

Mark 1:17 "And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men."

We finally have seen one of our investigators who have not shown up to any of our appointments in three weeks. He works a lot, but, still wants to meet with us. We were able to teach him some of the Plan of Salvation and answer some questions he had about that.

We also did service for a lady who was getting ready to sell her home. We washed her windows for her and mowed her lawn with a lawn mower that would run for 5 minutes and then die. I restarted that mower a hundred times. We gave her the phone number to another set of Elders because she was not in our area. We have one of our recent converts who doesn't come to church and hasn't met with us because she is going through some hard things and she misses my previous companion, Elder Kaku. Please pray for her to have a spiritual connection with us.

We have been working hard on finding new people to teach and we will continue to open our mouths and share the gospel with others. 

We had lunch with some office missionaries because they were down in Hamilton. They asked me about going back up to Quebec. They dropped the hint that maybe I should ask the Mission President to be sent back up to Quebec because they need some help up there. Elder Taturu, a former companion of mine, said that he is willing to go back and serve up there. I guess… we’ll see what the future and the Lord desires of us.

For P-Day after Emails, we are going to Niagara Falls and a bird exhibit nearby to see some cool birds. I know Dad will be grateful for lots of Pictures next week.

Love You and Pray for you Every Night & Day!

Elder Perry
Hamilton Ward
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

P-Day #50 - Transfers, Being Around Great Elders & Working on Cars...

We Have The Book of Mormon!!!
What's Your Superpower?

This week we have been busy!

We have been working on getting our car fixed. We had to take the car on our last P-Day to the Subaru Dealer and they had to fix the check engine light. We had to put in a new battery for it and because it would have been expensive for a dealer to put it in. I was able to because I had worked in a hardware store before my mission. We got to the part store right before it closed. I’m getting a lot of life experience so that is good. I feel like I am going to “Life University!”

We have been also working on helping the Ward with doing the Bishop Storehouse and I have been able to help a returning member with her family history. Ancestry and FamilySearch has a 1 button SYNC so it’s nice to be able to help her move some of her data to FamilySearch.  

Elder Taylor Completed His Mission This Week. Super Guy! Hope to Meet Up With Him Again!

I have also had the opportunity to help a member with trying to fix his car as well and learning that the car he has, has three metal shell layers.  It’s been a really great experience helping the members out and gaining their trust. 

We had some of our investigators not keep their appointments and are working on getting in contact with them again. We have received some referrals from other missionaries. We will be getting in contact with them.

Forever Brothers!

This week is transfers and I am pretty excited to be getting a new companion, Elder Garrett. I am a little sad that Elder Kaku is transferring to Owen Sound,  I will miss him. He has been in Hamilton for almost 6 months, which is quite a long time for a missionary in one place. The rest of our P-Day will consist of going around and letting him say his good-bye’s to everyone. 

I am still in Hamilton which is nice because I don't have to pack up my stuff. A transfer lasts 6 weeks and President doesn't like to leave people in one area for beyond 3 to 4 transfers. It is more common than you think. I just have been lucky to have had 5 areas and 4 zones in one year when people usually see 4 zones their whole mission.

Some of us Elders went Bowling….
I wasn’t very good, but we had lots of fun!

I’ll let you know how transfers went next P-Day!

Love you and remember, I pray for you Every Night & Day!

Elder Perry
Hamilton Ward
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

P-Day #49 - Committing a Couple To Be Baptized, Car Problems & Destroying a Shed...

Check out my New Canada Hat, Pretty Sweet!

This week has been a great week full of opening our mouths and teaching baptismal commitments. We have also been doing a lot of service this week.

We had a lesson with two of our investigators who are a couple. As we explained “The Restoration” of The Gospel to them, we explained the power of Prayer. The lady said that she had read the pamphlet and prayed. She said she got the answer that this is true. We then committed them to get baptized and will be working with them to accomplish that goal.

We helped destroy a shed with a splitting maul and lots of energy.  We will be working to rebuild a new one for a man and his friend. It took a lot of time, but we were able to get the job done and have some fun in the process. We were able to help an inactive member move into her new apartment through a service agency called Good Shepard. We were able to get her moved and we were pretty tired, but we were able to keep working through the rest of the night.

It was a really good experience going on exchanges with Mission President Shields and learning how to be bolder in contacting.

I Got a Few Miles on These Dansko's!

My shoes are starting to get a little worn on the tread I am needing to put new insoles in them. It’s hard to believe I’ve been out just under a year. 23 Missionaries are getting ready to go home and another 23 are coming in on our next exchanges. Amazing!

The “Automotive Maintenance" Boy Scout Merit Badge came in handy this week! We have had some car problems, but we are getting them taken care of, so we have been at the dealership once or twice. I had to change the tire this week, so it’s a really good thing to have missionaries learn how to change a tire on the mission. This is the 3rd tire I’ve had to change. I helped the Spanish Elders in Kitchener and a member in a minivan change theirs.

We were able to talk to a lady that had a little too much to drink and we had to make sure that she wouldn't follow us home. We were good and we were able to end that night on a good note.

Remember, I Love You and Pray for you every Night & Day!

Elder Perry
Hamilton Ward
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

P-Day #48 - Canada Day, Helping People Move and A Drop in the Bucket...

Elder Jacob Perry
Canada Toronto Mission

This week was a good one for us.

We had a lot of our investigators show up for church this week.

We had one man we have been teaching come to church and actually find it. He had tried to find the church building last week, but went to the wrong end of the street. We also had a lady come to church who we have been trying to help come to church for a long time. She was nervous but, I think she liked it. It was good to see them there and we will be trying to meet with them this week.

Me & My Homies!
We have been working hard at opening our mouths and sharing The Gospel with others. That has brought some really good conversations up.  We had the opportunity to give a sister a blessing and she felt better after it which I thought was good. I never thought I would be giving so many blessings to so many people.

We were able to talk with this one man who was working in his garden. As we talked, he said that we couldn't find peace in this life. We were able to testify that there was and that we can, through Jesus Christ, and we shared Alma 32 with him. He said to drop-by this weekend and we could teach our message.

We have been able to do a lot of service this week with helping others move and we have been able to strengthen The Ward. We moved a lot of furniture this week for a lot of different people. Sometimes people just need the strong missionaries to help out with things.
Just Hangin' With My Comps...

We finished our map that we have been working on so we can be more effective and we will be able to visit more people. 

We had Canada Day which is the Canadian Independence Day. We went with a family to The Festival and were able to give support to a family that just needed our company. The Festival was fun too, even though I did get a little sunburned.

Elder Perry with The Pen Made by Uncle Wain Perry!!!
Sometimes it feels like we are a drop in the bucket, but all the drops in the bucket add up till the bucket is full.

I'd like to give a SPECIAL shout out to my Mom...Happy Birthday, Mom. Your very special to me!

Love You Mom and Dad, I pray for you every night and day!

Elder Perry
Hamilton Ward
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission 

Monday, June 26, 2017

P-Day #47 - Opening My Mouth, Lots of Investigators and Going on Another Hike....

Elder Perry Hiking on P-Day
This week has been an eventful week.

Remember the French Investigator from Quebec I mentioned last week?  He is doing good. We had a good lesson with him and after I had said the ending prayer he wanted to pray also! So, he wanted to say a prayer and he prayed for us. He said that he has met with the missionaries before and wasn't ready to be baptized but feels like now is the time. For all who read this, keep praying for him and his desire to be baptized.

We had a lesson with a man who speaks fluent French and a little English. He wants us to teach him in English, but be there in case there is a word that he can't really understand in English.

Make It Rain!

We also had the opportunity to speak to two interesting guys who wanted to see our opinions on the Bible. Just taught the doctrine and explained the scriptures that they brought up. They seemed grateful that we were able to talk with them and we set a return appointment.

Elder Perry Flashing Mormon Gang Sign!

We had an interesting experience this week. We talked to two men who wanted to Bible bash with us and we confounded them in their words. Heavenly Father really helped us on that one. They started bring up church history and allegations that people had said about the church, but when I asked for the source, they said they heard it from a friend of a friend and then they had to go. 

Zone Conference was a really good experience and I learned a lot about opening your mouth to talk to others. We have been working on finding new people this week and we have been blessed in abundance. We have talked to a lot of people and our schedule has been filled by non-members and members who are ready to help us in the work in any way they possibly can.

Elder Kaku and Elder Perry

We have been working with a recent convert family through some tough trials and we have been able to lift their spirits and change a tire in the process. We will continue to work with them and strengthen them.

For P-Day we went on another hike. It really is pretty here in Hamilton. As far as living in “The Bat Cave” with my companion and our compadre’s, it’s fun! We laugh with each other a lot and just do crazy things. You have to have your Nerf gun ready just in case you get ambushed walking up the stairs…Thanks Uncle Troy for my weaponry!

Elder Perry...Yes, the Church is True... Like a Rock ...Immovable!

Grandma & Grandpa Gibson, I did get your letter. Thanks so much for sending me things, I really appreciate it!

Mom, here’s a bonus. We will not be having P-Day on Monday July 3rd because it’s an official holiday here. So, our P-Day will be on July 4th….Your Special Day! Can’t wait.

I'm Having a Good Time on My Mission!

Love You!! Pray for you every night and day!

Elder Perry
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission