Friday, February 16, 2018

P-Day #80 - Rejection, Transfers and a New Companion...

Elder Perry Singing at District Meeting

Hi Mom & Dad, 

This week has been a lot of driving due to multiple appointments being far away. We had to take our car in to have the brakes looked at and then replaced. It was a long day.

We had the opportunity to do some service and move some frozen wood rounds next to a fire pit. It was pretty hard to do because the logs had frozen to one another, so we had to take the back of an ax and break them free from one another.  We were able to move the rounds of wood and the member was very happy that we were able to help.

We met with our investigator this week and taught him about faith in Jesus Christ. He understood it really well and then we received a phone call from him saying that he didn't want to take the lessons anymore. He had a bad experience happen in between our meeting with him and the phone call. We tried to explain that we could still meet with him but he was insistent that we should not meet anymore.

Elder Perry At His Happy Place....
We were able to teach the Restoration to a man and he agreed to read the Book of Mormon. He then texted us a couple days later and through the course of the discussion, we found out that he didn't want to meet with us anymore because he had read some things that were not true about the church. He wouldn't believe us either and refused to meet with us again. 

On a happier note, we had our Stake Conference this week and got to listen to Elder Arnold speak about putting trust in our leaders and about how, we as members, can do missionary work. He had some good advice about family councils as well, and how to make decisions as a family rather than one man running the whole show.

I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with Elder Bertagnolli, a missionary who was finishing his mission. Elder Bertagnolli and I were companions during my mission. It was a good exchange and we were able to talk to a couple people about the Gospel.

We had transfers this week. Elder GutiĆ©rrez is my new companion. Elder Stringham is getting sent to Napanee (where i just came from), so that’s pretty cool.

Love You Mom and Dad. Remember I pray for you every night & day. 

Elder Perry
Owen Sound Ward
Barrie Stake
Canada Toronto Mission

Sunday, February 11, 2018

P-Day # 79 - A Baptism, A Moose and the Parable of the Donut...

Barrie Zone Conference

Hi Mom & Dad, 

This week we had a baptism and it turned out great.

I was able to make the programs for the Baptism. My comp, Elder Stringham, did the Baptizing. I was able to also run the music from my new phone because we couldn't find a piano player and we had to speak. Everything went great! The next day I was blessed to be able to confirm him a member of the church and give him the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It was great to see him smiling from ear to ear and to see him so happy. He also shared with us that he used to have a very persistent headache, but after the baptism, he hasn't had any headache since. Miracles do happen when we put the Lord first in our lives and choose his path.

On Sunday, we got to see our Ward in action. We had a man come in who wanted to find the true church and has been seeking for it. In Sunday School, all of his questions were answered by members and it was like they were teaching him the first discussion and they were able to share the first vision with him. He came to Priesthood and was laughing with the other Priesthood brethren that were there. At the end of the hour, he gave us his contact information and wanted to meet with us. Members really do make a difference in the teaching environment. Echoing the words of President Hinckley, "Every Convert needs a friend".

Elder Stringham and Elder Perry
Cleaning the Font

We were able to teach a man about the church and also tell him what I have come to know as the “Parable of the Donut”. He was taught, by his former ecclesiastical leaders in another church, that when his priest at his former church takes the wine and bread for communion…that it covers the whole congregation and that it literally turns into Christ's flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. We were able to teach him this doesn't make sense with a Boston Cream donut.

Quote: “I have here in my hand a Boston Cream donut. It feels like a donut, it smells like a donut and it even tastes like a donut. When this donut enters my stomach, it doesn't turn into cheese. It is still a donut.”

We’re still working with him, but I don’t think he sees the symbolism in the Sacrament. Were working on this one.

Elder Perry in Cabala's
Proselyting a Moose....
Remember I pray for you Every Night & Day,


Elder Perry
Owen Sound Ward
Barrie Stake
Canada Toronto Mission

Saturday, February 3, 2018

P-Day # 78 - Speaking Computer Language, Falling in the Snow and "Who's Your Admin???"...

This week has been a week of miracles for us.

We were able to get new tires on our car this week that has made a huge difference in driving up here. We feel pretty safe on the roads with all the extra grip.

Elder Perry & Elder Stringham
Owen Sound Ward, Barrie Stake, CTM
We also were able to get our new phones and they have made a world of difference in our missionary efforts. It’s really nice to be able to pull up a video and teach with Elder Holland giving a portion of the lesson. I also find that the videos can explain things better than I can.

Dad, remember all the time you spent teaching me about computers? Well, it paid off. We were teaching a man this week and he had questions about how to make sense of spiritual promptings. We were able to share a video from Elder Bednar about discerning the light that our Heavenly Father gives us. You could tell that he understood but wanted more proof. After watching that, I was able to relate an analogy using computer terms to him; Guess who promoted me? The Lord of course.

I was able to explain that he had a “malware source code” deep in his main frame that would be activated by the malware's Admin (Satan) and fight the defenses that are weakest in his coding. The Spirit was very strong. “Throughout his life, he went from Windows 7, to Windows 8, to Windows XP to a Windows 10 Operating System and we just helped him recognize how the Lord (his Admin) was just upgrading him without his system knowing (ACKing or NACKing). The upgrades were happening in the back ground with no checksum errors. All he could say was “this is weird because it makes sense now, wow!” 

I thought it was pretty funny because my companion and the investigators girlfriend, a member, didn't have a clue what I was saying and they looked at me like I was speaking a different language to him. But the Lord caused the Spirit to burn within him. He kept saying WOW I get it.

We got a call today that he had prayed for someone to explain what he was feeling and thinking in a way that he could understand and he said that we were an answer to prayer. The Spirit was definitely in that lesson. Now, if we could only get the Church to make a commercial to ask the question like…. 

“What’s in your wallet”, but make it..."Who’s Your Admin?” With President Russell M. Nelson smiling and holding up his Temple Recommend. 

I am starting to see things fall into place a little more day by day. I think the Lord needs me. Right here, right now.

We have a Baptism scheduled for February 3rd. Remember when I wrote about a "Golden investigator"? He is it. 
Keep him in your prayers!

We helped a member cut some more fire-wood for their home and helped them set up a pool table in the process. They were grateful we were there to help them move it into the house and of course we had to give it a try….

We had exchanges with the Zone Leaders this week and we had a great time tracking even though.. I slipped and fell into a snow bank. You know that it’s funny when you are able to laugh at yourself for slipping into a soft snow bank.

Overall, it’s been a good week.

Tell everyone "Hello" for me, and remember, I pray for you every night and day!

Elder Perry
Owen Sound Ward
Barrie Stake
Canada Toronto Mission

Saturday, January 27, 2018

P-Day #77 - Baptism Date Set, Barn Burnt Down and It's Still Cold....

This week has been a little different…

We have been helping a member family clean up after their barn burned down. They think a chipmunk got into the electrical panel and chewed it up. We have been making a lot of progress and have been able to help build temporary holdings for the remaining animals. They lost over 100 sheep and 20 chickens. Our faith has been strengthened as we watched this family look at the ruins and say it’s going to be OK. I guess they will just have to build another barn and raise some more sheep. They didn't focus on what was destroyed but rather they looked to the future. It’s been an honor to help and serve them through this trial. When we have a deep understanding of the Gospel and when we have a deep understanding of spiritual knowledge, we are able to look beyond the physical aspect of life and realize that these things are temporary.

We also have been meeting with our investigator and we set him with a baptismal date. He is what we call a golden investigator. It’s awesome to teach someone who was pretty much a member for their life and then they are practically jumping in to the font to be baptized.  He was the one that suggested the baptism day and our lesson with him started out with "So what are you doing on February the 10th?" We said nothing as of right now and then he asked if he could have his baptism on that day. We were hoping for February 3rd and as we talked a little more circumstances came up for him that he had to move it to the Third. All we could do was look up to the sky and think our Heavenly Father loves us, as he always has. 

We also have been receiving a lot of referrals this week and we are looking forward to contacting them this week.

Love You Mom and Dad and Remember...

I Pray for you every night & day!

Elder Perry
Owen Sound Ward
Barrie Stake
Canada Toronto Mission

Thursday, January 18, 2018

P-Day # 76 - It's COLD! Teaching Opportunities, and Sliding on the Ice & Snow....

Elder Perry, Selfie!

This week has been a slow week for us. In both terms of driving and in teaching.

Most of our investigators were sick this week due to a bad flu virus going around. We have a investigator that is ready for baptism but due to the flu we had to change the date.  Pray that he gets well and we can reschedule soon.  We have had bad road conditions getting from appointment to appointment. We’ve had lots of snow which melts some and refreezes…. more on the ice thing later. We have been able to get in contact with some potential investigators however, they didn't want to hear our message, so we have been trying to talk to everyone we see and stay warm at the same time. That’s not easy when it’s minus -20 Celsius.

Elder Perry, Sauble Beach
Owen Sound, Ontario

We did have the opportunity to visit a referral this week who was in the hospital. We had a very nice conversation. But he wasn't in a state where we could teach him much. He did seem to like the company though.

We slowly but surely have been meeting most of the Owen Sound Ward and we have been working on building a good relationship with them. We were able to help one of them move a freezer and help with their animals. 

We have been teaching a recent convert and answering questions that she has had, while shoveling her walk way, when we go visit. She has been going through The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith and had questions about family history. We were able to explain that Elijah had come and that those keys needed for family history have been brought back to the earth once again. She was in awe and we feel like we could use one of President Monson's favorite sayings while driving back to Owen Sound, "We think we did some good today!"

Looks Cold, Ea'?

We were also able to watch the funeral of President Monson and learn from his life about dedicated service. Helping others is worth any sacrifice and taking the time to help and talk to others in the midst of a busy schedule can have long lasting effects. 

I was driving 25 MPH (Yes, it really was 25mph Mom -TIWI is my witness) and slid on some black ice out of know where and the car got put in the ditch. The car was perfectly fine though. We were truly blessed and Heavenly Father really does take care of his missionaries.  We tried to dig around it, but that car wasn't coming out without help. A family was just coming home for the day and they asked if we needed any help. They offered to call CAA (AAA for Canada) for us and have them pull us out of the ditch. We accepted and then they asked for our help in pushing their car that got stuck in their drive way up to their house. 

Pretty?...Pretty Slick!!!

We were able to share some basic things we believe with the family and got to leave a card with them. The CAA guy came and pulled the car out and we were able to teach him about families while he was pulling our car out he also took a pass along card. We were able to then continue on our journey and our car was perfectly fine. The Lord really loves us and we made the most out of our situation. We were thankful we got to teach.  

I can’t believe I’m starting to talk about coming home and going to BYU-I. My sister is helping me with the enrollment and housing while my parents are taking care of the financial aide called FASFA. My companion, Elder Stringham, took a semester at BYU-I before his mission, so I’ve also been picking his brain. Time is sure going by quick, What am I gonna' do now??  Missionary Work of Course...Still have time to WORK !!

Elder Perry
Owen Sound, Ontario
Barrie Stake
Canada Toronto Mission

Friday, January 12, 2018

P-Day #75 - Locked Out of Our Apartment, -30 Degrees Fahrenheit and a Baptism Commitment...

Elder Perry and Elder Stringham
Owen Sound Ward, Barrie Stake

This week has been one of getting to know the members of the ward. We have met with several families.

We were able to meet with one of our investigators here this week. Elder Stringham taught really well in the lesson and the Spirit was there. We thought it went great  We taught him the Restoration and committed him to baptism. He said yes, and we will be setting him with a baptismal date this week. We are pretty excited about that.

We also got locked out of our apartment because the key broke in the lock due to how cold it was with the wind chill. We waited for a couple of hours for word of getting a spare key from the landlord, but we found out that the earliest she could open our apartment for us was the next day. So, we stayed in the chapel for the night. We were able to get a spare key from the landlord and were able to get some spares made so that it wouldn't happen again. It was a good experience and we could only think to ourselves and count our blessings, only in the mission field would we be blessed to have a warm, dry place to go and no safer place than the chapel, the Lords building.

It's -30 degrees out there ....It's COLD!
I was also able to have my first district meeting of the transfer. We talked about Elder Pearson's teachings on having a vision, expanding the knowledge, understanding the message, gaining the skills and having the urgency to share the message with others.  I think it went very well, and we were able to get some input on what the district feels like they need to learn about. We will be able to teach them the things they are interested in within the coming weeks.

In Fast and Testimony Meeting, we also heard from a member in the middle of her testimony that she has a referral for us. That was cool! 

We’re thankful for the members here in the Owen Sound Ward. They keep us fed and are very good to us. It’s nice to know we can count on the members, if needed.

We had a busy morning. We went shopping, organized the cupboards, went to an army surplus store and found a knife for dirt cheap, went to Wendy’s and had some food and now we are emailing.

Great Week!

Remember, I Pray for you Every Night & Day!

Elder Perry
Owen Sound Ward
Barrie Stake
Canada Toronto Mission  

Friday, January 5, 2018

P-Day # 74 - Transferred to Owen Sound, Getting Sick and Saying Goodbye...

Elder Perry, Elder DeVries and an Investigator
in Napanee, Ontario, Canada
This week we were making the final preparations to the Napanee Branch and making a plan to help push the Kingston District into a Stake. We came up with the plan that once the District gave us measurable goals to achieve, we would make plans to achieve those goals and would be working to maintain what we have gained. It’s just that we were waiting for the Branch goals this week so, that we could start the moving forward. Meanwhile we are working with our investigators. 

Elder Perry & Another Investigator...

I got sick this week. I like the American health care system better! Since it was New Years and no clinics or urgent cares were open, we waited in the E.R. for 8 hours… for a 5 min visit and got charged $880 dollars. Like Kurt Russell said in the movie Big Trouble, Little China… “What I say to a guy on a dark and stormy night…the check is in the mail!” 

Elder Perry and A Member Saying Goodbye...

We were also able to meet with our investigator this week. She has been busy with the holidays but is still excited to meet with the missionaries in Napanee this week.

A Very "Cold" Kingston Zone...

Then “SURPRISE!” just when the records are cleaned up and we have found all the members, I was transferred to The Barrie Stake, Owen Sound Ward. 
I have been able to meet some of the people here from the  new ward and they are super nice.  I think I will like it here and I will be able to help the ward a lot. I am also excited to help my district this transfer and help them grow too.

I am still a District Leader and I have a couple of new Sisters in my District. I also have Elder Bertagnolli who I served with in Hamilton and another Elder that is really cool. I am pretty excited about the transfer. I am with Elder Stringham as my companion and he is really cool. I think we will get along great.  

Kingston District Meeting

I was sad to leave Napanee. The members were sad too. We spent the last day on Monday packing because we had to leave Monday night and go to Toronto. I do know that there is a plan though, because when I was transferred, we stayed at another missionary’s apartment. While I was there, I got to talk to a missionary that was having a hard time adjusting to missionary life. He was from France and he was trying to learn English. We started talking in French and I was able to give him some advice about how to adjust better. He seemed to like it. He was a recent convert for only two years who then decided to go serve a mission. I think it helped him adjust a little better and I think it was nice for him to hear his own language again.

I think everyone is settling in right now so I will be calling them within the next couple days. I have to prepare a district meeting for Saturday so that should be fun. I am the District Leader for my area and two other areas.

The apartment is nice. I am finding out that the apartments are nice, it’s just missionaries that aren't on top of keeping them nice is the problem. So we will be cleaning this week. We have food in our cupboards and we had a dinner appointment last night, and pretty much one for every day this week. 

Bunny Punch - Tactical Pen

Thanks to my Uncle Troy for sending me a Bunny Punch - Tactical Pen for Christmas. It’s pretty cool. Made of solid steel and capable of breaking windows and bones. Just what a missionary needs to help set baptismal dates. Awesome! 

While on my transfer, I took a couple of pictures of the Temple here in Toronto. It’s very pretty at night, ea’?

Special shout out to Elder Erik DeVries. I'm gonna miss him and his funny sense of humor. I hope to work with him again. And thanks to his Mom for the Pajama Bottoms, Canadian Style! 

It's been a busy week. 

Remember I Love You & Pray For You Every Night & Day.

Elder Perry
Owen Sound Ward
Barrie Stake
Canada Toronto Mission