Sunday, October 15, 2017

P-Day #62 – Transfers, Saying Goodbye and The Blazin’ Challenge

Elder Perry, an Investigator and Elder Bertagnolli

This week has been good for us. We have been working really hard on working with our investigators to progress them toward baptism.

We taught our investigators this week, the Law of Chastity, which can be weird because normal people generally don't bring it up in conversation. I thought the lesson went very well, for how it could've gone, and we were able to meet with them again and teach them the Law of Tithing.

We worked with an investigator to get him a baptismal interview with our District Leader. Unfortunately, some things came up and he was unable to come to the meeting. We will be working to prepare him for another baptismal interview. 

Killing-Off Elder Trump, He's Going Home!

Transfers went very well. I was transferred to Napanee, Ontario.  My new companion is Elder De Vries from Alberta Canada. His is a very cool guy! He’s been out just under a year. We had to go and get a GPS because we could not find our way back to the area. We were able to get one and stopped for a quick bite to eat before he headed back.

During our pit stop to eat, Elder De Vries and another companionship of Elders decided to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings, and take the “Blazin' Wing Challenge”. For $12.00(US), you get a dozen of the chain's chicken wings, slathered in their signature “Blazin'” sauce, the top end of the heat scale in the Buffalo Wild Wings array of sauces. The challenge? Eat them all, in less than six minutes. If you win, you get a t-shirt! I decided to eat a hamburger and watch the “flames burn”.
They all did meet the challenge….but it was painful(& funny), even to watch!

Elder De Vries......VICTORY!

After a long drive, we managed to find our way to our apartment and met one of the residents there. He was very helpful in helping us get our bearings and where are apartment was. We took a quick drive around town and as we drove, all I could keep thinking was this town is just like my home town. It's small, with a little Main Street, and swimming hole in the middle. The library is small and so is the church building. It is a “phase 1” building like when we moved into my hometown of Vernonia, Oregon. We will be trying to meet with the members this week and establish what our goals for the area will be. We will find out how big the area is and what parts we will be visiting to establish where we can find the most people to teach. We did get a Nissan Rogue to drive, so there’s a bonus!

As we were leaving yesterday we got a text from an investigator who said that her dad told her that she couldn't get baptized and that she couldn't talk about church in the home. She could still attend but not talk about it. We gave her comfort as I was leaving. 

My New Companion Elder De Vries from
Alberta, Canada and Elder Perry from Vernonia, Oregon

Before leaving I decided to stop and say goodbye to a special family. I really connected with them. One of the members said that they loved me and that just broke me. We had Canadian Thanksgiving dinner on Monday with them. The kids were all over the place but they are still good kids. When I had to leave, one of them started to cry which almost made me cry. They really didn't want me to leave and I really didn't want to leave. This will make it my 6
th area and 5th zone. Most missionaries only do that their whole mission, if that.

I also had a good and bad experience this week. I was doing self-defense training to work out this week and as I was practicing, I dislocated my shoulder. It rolled around the socket and then popped right back into place. It swelled later that night and it is still a little sore. I was practicing a backhanded slap and as I whipped forward, it popped out. I won't be trying that for exercise time again. 

The Ever Famous Elder Perry Selfie!

We will be meeting the Branch President tonight because he needs help moving. We also have a dinner appointment tonight so it will be a good opportunity to meet some of the members.

We may also be trying to work on an Indian Reservation. We would just have to talk to the Chief and get his blessing.

Well, we have laundry to do and a dinner appointment to get ready for.

I Miss Hamilton.  

Love You and remember, I Pray for You Every Night and Day!

Elder Perry
Napanee Branch
Kingston Ontario District
Canada Toronto Mission

Monday, October 9, 2017

P-Day # 61 - Setting Up for Conference, Possible Baptism and Teaching the Word...

Dundurn Castle


Hi Mom & Dad, 

This week has been a good week for us in terms of Missionary Work.

We have been working diligently with our investigators on progressing them to Baptism. We were able to meet with two of our investigators this week and talk about the Word of Wisdom. They understood it and accepted to live by its teachings. We also had the opportunity to move a member family this week. They had a lot to move and were very grateful that we had come.

We learned about having fun with the work, joking and games that we would have with the members. This teaches that serving others can be a joyful experience and that the work is only as fun as we make it out to be.
Our newest member asked us to walk him home after Priesthood Session Saturday night because he is in a scooter and an easy target for thugs. We set it up with our DL's and they were good. We returned and helped with cleanup and all went well!!!

We were able to get a member moved and it felt good to help him with his project.

The English Class is doing very well. We have only had a couple classes and we already have five students.

We also had a meeting with a member this week who we are helping with things in her life. We think we made a decent amount of progress.

General Conference was great! I especially loved Jeffery R. Hollands talk from the Saturday Morning Session called “Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually”. I believe that it has great council for all.

We also got to go to the temple this week. It was nice to be there again

We have been busy with helping the members with things. It was good because one of the members has started feeding missionaries again. We helped them and they trust us. A previous missionary had an attitude so they stopped but with us being here and helping them they are starting to trust us missionaries again.

Classic Direction Sign 


We are still on deck for baptism this week. Pray for our Investigator....

We have been stretched thin and wide.  We are very busy guys!

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

Elder Perry
Hamilton "Downtown" Ward
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Monday, September 25, 2017

P-Day #60 - Exchanges, "The Sky Wheel" and Playing Bumper Tag....

Elder Jacob Perry, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Hi Mom and Dad, 

This week has been a very busy week for us.

My companion Elder Bertagnolli and half of the YSA companionship were sick part of the week. So, while they were healing up and getting better, the non-sick half and I went on exchanges. We were covering 2 areas with two phones and 1 car.

A Bunch of Elders

We helped a lady move her storage unit this week and we started to talk about the Church. She started to ask us questions and we were able to answer the questions she had. We got a return appointment with her this week. We also were able to have good public relations with an organization who helps those in need.

On Wednesday, who would have thought being tapped on the bumper would turn into an investigator with a return appointment.  Both of our cars had very slight scratches, but nothing that couldn’t be buffed out with a little elbow grease and some wax. However, I did the right thing and filled out a police report and a church incident report. We Elders will use every opportunity to get an appointment, ea’? Making lemons into lemonade!

Elder Perry, Elder Bertagnolli and Their Peeps...

We were able to give a Chapel and Meetinghouse Tour to some young women who wanted to come to Church. We had a member there with his daughter. It was a blessing to see the daughter giving some of the church tour and reciting some Articles of Faith on what our Church believes and how our services run. We were able to teach them the Restoration and they came to church. They had a great time and we will be teaching them this week.

We had the opportunity to give multiple blessings this week and helping multiple people have peace in their lives. This has helped us see the hand of the Lord in others’ lives and also allow us to see the fruits of our labors as we make a positive impact in people's lives.

Elders Trump, Heppler, Perry and Bertagnolli on
"The Sky Wheel" Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Last P-Day, several Elders and Sisters went back to Niagara Falls. We decided to ride the “Sky Wheel” and get a few pictures…Enjoy!

Elders and Sisters on a Quick Hike!

Love You and Pray for You Every Night and Day!

Elder Perry
Hamilton ‘Downtown’ Ward
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

P-Day # 59 - "NERF Wars with the Young Men, Movie Night and Watching Motorcycles Street Race....

Pre-Mission Pic of Jacob Perry in Idaho Falls

Dear Mom and Dad,

This week was a busy week for us, but my companion Elder B. got sick and we had a slow start to the week.

We helped with food orders for the Bishop's Storehouse this week. The truck was late so, we set some appointments and made plans for a movie night. We were able to get all the food orders where they needed to go. We were able to help a member who was not able to pick up her food order and were able to drop it off to another chapel so that they could come and pick it up at a later time.

We had a Ward Movie Night and were able to watch "Meet the Mormons" and "17 Miracles". The Spirit was felt and I think we helped strengthen our recent convert who was there.  We were able to get a member referral for a lady who wanted to give her husband a blessing and she wanted a blessing also. We met her in her home and taught her the Plan of Salvation. Then we went to the hospital to give her husband a blessing. I think she really was grateful for us coming over and we set up another appointment with her this week.

We met another recent convert on Sunday. We are working to get him a white shirt and a tie so he can be Ordained to the Aaronic priesthood.

We taught our investigator the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Word of Wisdom. He committed to live both. We have a baptismal date with him for the 30th, but we will have to push it back due to General Conference.

We delivered a Book of Mormon to a thirteen-year-old girl, who when we got there, panicked and forgot all the questions she had. She was still really grateful we gave her one. We will be following up with her this week.

We also helped with a Relief Society Swap Meet and tried to talk to people but everyone was concentrating on the swap.

We had a Nerf War here with the Young Men. It was a little unfair because I am the one with the F.B.I. Tactical Training. It was pretty fun sniping the Young Men with a 50-round drum clip.  I was hiding around a corner and just as the YM thought they had made it, I would unload on them…It was awesome! Oh, I definitely haven’t lost my touch!

Here’s a pretty exciting story…It was pretty good. Last night we were driving home and saw some motorcycles street racing. As we were driving up, the light turned green and they took off.  They got half way through the block, and a cop pulls out and lights them all up. They scattered like bugs when you turn on the lights…we got to watch it all go down. We followed one and watched him.  As he saw the cop pull off the road to go after his buddy, he sped to the other side of town. Now that’s a buddy, ea’?

We will continue to work hard and open our mouths for those who want to hear.

Remember I Pray for you every night & day!

Love,

Elder Perry
Hamilton "Downtown" Ward
Hamilton, Ontario

Canada Toronto Mission

Friday, September 15, 2017

P-Day #58 - My First Baptism, Having to Dunk Him Twice and Going to the Toronto, Ontario Temple...What a Great Week!

Elder Perry(L), Elder Bertagnolli, Friends of Joshua
New Convert Joshua(on Scooter)

Hi Mom and Dad, 

This week was a REALLY good week for us. WE HAD A BAPTISM!

We have been working hard this week on preparing for the baptism of our investigator, Joshua. He’s a great guy!  I had to dunk him twice because his knees came up. Otherwise, it was pretty fun. It’s the only time missionaries get to go into the water on our mission. The baptismal font hadn’t been used in 3 months, so we were able to give it a deep clean prior to the event. We also confirmed him a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and now the Bishop is talking about conferring the Aaronic Priesthood to him soon.

Elder Perry Cleaning the Font

Prior to the baptism, we went to the Temple and I was on the witness team for the font. Then we were able to do confirmations.  What a GREAT DAY! We helped our recent convert baptize and confirm her family names. She was very excited and she loved going to the temple, as did we all.

We were able to contact some referrals this week that we had received from some other missionaries in our zone.

Cleaning the Baptismal Font
Elder Bertagnolli(L) & Elder Perry(R)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


We were able to find a new investigator this week through a member in the Ward. We were able to meet at a member’s home and teach him the Restoration. He understood it and came to church as well. We have another appointment with him this week and we will continue to work with him.

I have been sick for the past week. I am slowly recovering, but it has been a good week! 

On a lighter note, I taught Elder Bertagnolli how to pick a lock and he managed to get it unlocked with paper clips. We are getting along great. He said “working with me is the most fun he has had on his mission” and he’s been out 19 months.

We will continue to work hard and help others come to the knowledge that Jesus is the Christ. We will be opening our mouths and inviting others to come unto Christ.

Remember, I pray for you night and day!

Love,

Elder Perry
Hamilton Ward(Downtown)
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

P-Day # 57 - Harley Davidson Shopping , Living Waters, and an Upcoming Baptism.....

Elder Perry on P-Day in a Harley Davidson 
Shop at Niagara Falls, Ontario

Dear Mom and Dad, 

This week has been a really good week for us.

We had a baptismal Interview this week and our investigator passed his interview…YEA!  So, we will be hard at work preparing for the baptism this Saturday. We have been working on getting all the paperwork filled out and everything set up. I hope it turns out well.

We also were able to move a member of the Ward into another area. We really had no problems lifting the things she had up some stairs into her apartment and were able to help grease the windows of her apartment as well so she can open her windows easier.

Elder Perry at the Hershey's Chocolate Store in
Niagra Falls, Ontario with a "Daddy" sized Chocolate Bar...Bring One of Those Home Elder!

My new companion is Elder Bertagnolli from Cedar City, Utah.  We are getting along great & work really well together. He’s “Goodfella”!

We have been putting a lot of information into the computer so that we will have easier access to it and easier searching ability when looking through former investigators. We did manage to get it done this week so we will be able to use it in the coming weeks and see the rewards from it.

A couple of pics from Niagara Falls from the Canadian Side

We were able to talk to a guy in a subway and as we talked, we were able to ask him what he has heard about the church. He said that he had heard some things and we asked if we could meet with him again. We will be trying to set an appointment with him in the future.

Here is a movie quote I was thinking about this week.  I added what is in the parentheses to make it apply to our mission.
  
" We never stop. From the time they get into the chopper to the tarmac. We never stop. 
Being a (spiritual) coroner is not in our job description".  
- The Guardian

Have a Great week and remember...

I pray for you night & day!

Love,

Elder Perry
Hamilton Ward(Downtown)
Hamilton, Ontario

Canada Toronto Mission   

Monday, August 28, 2017

P-Day 56 - Transfers, Plenty of Work to do and Preparing the Sacrament with Potato Chips and a Soda Lid to a Member in Need...

Killing Off Elder Toly. His Mission Is Complete
and He's Returning to Alberta, Canada

This week has been a busy week. I have been doing so much that I am completely tuckered out!

We had food orders for the Bishop’s Storehouse, a District Meeting while helping other missionaries in the process, an interview with President Shields, a Ward picnic, multiple appointments and teaching through a phone for translation. As you can see it’s been really busy!

After our District meeting, I met with President Shields. He asked me what my attitude towards French work was and I told him I will do whatever you and the Lord want me to do. I think he may send me back up to the Val-d’or/Ryoun Noranda, Quebec area. We’ll see…

Parents Note: We found a funny video of Elder Perry and crew. Click HERE to watch...Enjoy!

At the Ward Picnic, We could barely sit down. We helped get all the tables from the church loaded into the back of the truck. Helped unload the truck. Got all the food loaded and unloaded in the truck. Helped with the pinata and played catch with an investigator.

Transfers are tomorrow. I am staying in Downtown Hamilton and not moving. I am so thankful I don’t have to pack my stuff. I am going on exchanges with a Mandarin speaking elder tomorrow. That should be interesting. My Mandarin is non-existent. Since Elder Garrett is transferring, I am now the guy who carries the phone. Everyone calls for this or that, it’s hard being the phone guy! Elder Garrett will still be our District Leader, so my new companion will be a regular missionary. That will be good.

We have a baptismal interview on Saturday for our investigator. Last week, he didn't come to church because of asthma so we had to push it back a week.  Pray that all is well for him this week.

Sunset over Hamilton, Ontario

Our 19-year-old reactivating member is doing good. She is moving this Friday to St. Catherine. We will be helping her with that and we will transfer her over to the care of the sister missionaries there in St. Catherine.

We also went to the hospital with a member yesterday, so we weren't at church. We helped her into an SUV and gave her a blessing before we went in. We then sat and waited with her because she wanted us to. She wanted the missionaries with her, so it was good we went. We don't know what is wrong with her yet. We got authorization to do the Sacrament for her. Her brother in law who drove her has to have a high amount of sodium and it got low. He went and bought a bag of potato chips and a soda.

When he came back, we got into a place where we could do the Sacrament more privately and used potato chips with a paper towel for a tray and a bottle cap for a sacrament cup. We did this because she had come to church and then started to have problems. When she was going to be taken to the hospital, she made the comment that she was looking forward to the Sacrament and was sad that she wasn't going to be able to take it. She felt strongly that she needed to partake of the sacrament.  I heard that and said to her, we can fix that. I then called and  talked to the bishop and got authorization to do the sacrament for her and the people that were going to be with her. Problem Solving 101!    

For the rest of P-Day, we are doing sports. We then have a dinner appointment and are moving a stove, fridge and freezer to another house and then unloading it. Then we are packing up Elder Garret for Transfers tomorrow.

Well, that is my week. I now understand why missionaries sleep the first 2 full day’s they come home, I’m tired!

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

Elder Perry
Hamilton Ward
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission