Saturday, November 18, 2017

P-Day #67 - It's Getting Colder(Brrrrr), Cleaning Up Records and Teaching About Revelation....

Elder Perry and a Canadian 2 Dollar Coin called a "Toonie"

Hi Mom and Dad, 

This week was very busy for us.

We were able to talk with one of our investigators about revelation and how to receive it. He was interested in the Joseph Smith translation and if anything had been changed or left out. We told him that some plain and precious truth has been lost. We read about that and I think that we taught powerfully and clearly the doctrine we had learned in our personal studies. I think we were able to help him increase his faith in Jesus Christ.

We were able to give a blessing to another investigator who found out that his cancer came back. We were able to talk about Gods love for him and how Christ suffered for all our pains. All in all, I think that we were able to help him move closer to Christ.

We have been working with our Branch on its member list and have found parts that need to be updated. Previous missionaries have not kept up on the records so we have to go through them ourselves. Our Branch hasn't had a Branch Clerk and there are 56 people that need to be move off our list. The Branch Presidency was impressed because we have been talking about this list for 5 weeks, so they we impressed that we set specific plans to do it this week. The District Leaders were out too, so it made us look awesome. 

We have also been going through our former investigator records and seeing if anyone was still interested in learning. We have not had any luck so far but we will keep trying. Keep Praying for us.

We have also been working on helping our Branch sand and paint some pieces of furniture for our branches nativity exhibit they do every year. Its turning out good however, it is taking time to paint with the multiple coats and the temperature being very cold.

We had the opportunity to go to a Remembrance Day ceremony (Memorial Day in the U.S.) and watch as they placed wreaths on the memorial. It was a fantastic ceremony. When we remember those, who have given so much, we are able to have gratitude for all that has been done for us.

We taught Sunday School with one-hour prep time, reading the lesson in the middle of sacrament meeting. I don’t recommend this as a normal procedure, due to missing the spiritual lessons in Sacrament. We were asked just before the service started.

I found out that the last name of our investigators is Longmire.  I Like the TV show “Longmire”.

I was working in another area on exchanges and it went well. We were able to talk to an investigator about his moose hunt and how the Lord blessed him with it. I was able to get the contact information for the area Elders so it was a good contact.

It’s been getting cold here and it’s been getting into the negatives. The wind can make the temperature go down really fast. It was really cold when we went to the Remembrance Day ceremony.

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

Elder Perry
Napanee, Ontario
Kingston District
Canada Toronto Mission

Sunday, November 12, 2017

P-Day #66 - Zone Conference, a Visiting Seventy and Understanding The Lords Timing...

Elder Perry, Napanee, Ontario, Canada

This week was a good week for us.

We had Elder Pearson from the Seventy come and speak this week and he said some great things. He taught about having a vision of where we want to go, then gaining the knowledge to accomplish our goals, understanding the knowledge that is given and then acting on everything that we have learned. He talked about revelation and he said "own up and grow up". He talked about obedience and about teaching by the Spirit. It was really good. I liked it a lot. We were there for six hours and we got a lot of really great things. He talked about how when we are pushed to our capacity and beyond, only then are we able to gain more. Gee, do I know about that!

We had an experience this week that helped me understand about the Lords timing and planning. We drove to see one of our investigators in the northern part of our area and as we drove we received a phone call that lasted just 5 seconds. We were in an area where, there was no cell reception for the rest of the drive. We made a note to call him back once we got back into range. 

We drove all the way to find that our investigator was sick with the flu and wasn't able to meet. We were able to leave her with a commitment in preparation for our next meeting and because of circumstances surrounding the area, we decided to drive back.
Elder Perry and Elder DeVries

We stopped by another investigators house but were unable to meet with him. As we were driving home, we called the number back. It turns out that a member called and asked if we would be willing to give a blessing and her house was only 20 min away (when normally it would be 45 min to an hour away from home). We were able to be there within the hour and gave the member a blessing. We found out later that the problem that they had found at the hospital a couple weeks before, was gone when they went back for their next appointment and that they could find no sign of any problem.

This made me think of the scripture Moroni 7: 27-29 in the Book of Mormon:
27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to claim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men?
28 For he hath answered the ends of the law, and he claimeth all those who have faith in him; and they who have faith in him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore he advocateth the cause of the children of men; and he dwelleth eternally in the heavens.
29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.

Also, we were knocking on doors and this guy came out with a closed pocket knife in his hand. He told us that he followed Satan and that we should get off of his property. I asked him some questions but in the end, he still wasn't ready to listen. 

A couple of exciting things also, we got more miles for our area. It’s a big area and we were always going over our mileage. This helps quite a bit. We are also getting smart phones because they put an Understanding Technology Web Based Training Class on our mission portal. We are pretty excited about it.

All in all, it’s been a good week. I’d like to thank all of you  who are praying for us,  to be able to find more investigators and have added our names to the prayer rolls in the temples…You all know who you are!!!

Love You Mom and Dad, and remember…

I Pray for You Every Night and Day!

Elder Perry
Napanee, Ontario
Kingston District
Canada Toronto Mission 

Monday, November 6, 2017

P-Day # 65 - Rejection, Over Mileage(Kilometers) and Still Trying to Find the One....

Hi Mom & Dad, 

This week has been a busy week for us with a couple of unforeseen events.

We have been working really hard on finding new people to teach and have tried multiple ways to share our message about the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with others. This had lead us to travel far and wide to find those places where we can find the people. So far and wide, we went over our "K's" or kilometers. 

We had some appointments set with some investigators who live in the northern part of our area. We drove to those appointments and as we got there, one of the appointments had a family emergency and the other proceeded to give us back our Book of Mormon and tell us that she couldn't meet with us anymore. We left saddened but we understood why she couldn't meet with us.

One positive note during all the rejection,  a member needed a Blessing and "Thankfully" we were in the area.

We have continued to work diligently on trying to find new investigators with little success, but we will keep trying. 

We were able to do some service for our Branch President this week by helping take down his play structure and move it into storage. It rained the whole time we were doing it, but it felt really good afterwards to have helped him.

We were able to help a lady who had fallen this week get back up. She had been trying to clean things up and had taken a pretty nasty fall. It's a good thing we were in town and able to help with little delay. I think we were faster than the fire department would have been.

We have been talking to everyone we come into contact with about the gospel and will continue to talk to everyone and keep working.

Please Continue to pray for us and all the missionaries, prayer always helps. 

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

Elder Perry
Napanee Branch
Kingston Zone
Canada Toronto Mission

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

P-Day #64 - From 0 to 6, Putting On The Miles and Finding A Special Letter...

Elder Perry...Out Standing In His Field...
In Napanee ,Ontario

This week has been a week of miracles.

We started off the week with no investigators and decided that the best way to find new investigators is to get out of the apartment and go talk to everyone we see. We decided that we would try some of the towns that are out away from Napanee so that when the winter hits, we or the next elders won't have to drive in winter conditions out into the country side.

We started by going to a town called Denbigh. It’s a very small town but we find that if you are willing to work for it, the Lord will bless you for your efforts. We started knocking on every door we could find. We have been able to find some potentials in the area and as we knocked on a door we had passed by earlier, a lady came and opened it. We talked to her about the Book of Mormon and were able to set up a return appointment with her. 

Standing on A Dog Sled in the Off Season...

We were able to visit some other towns near there and were driving by a long drive way when we felt that we needed to stop and knock on a specific door. We knocked and were able to meet a man who was going through a rough time in his life. We were able to talk to him about trials and faith. We were also able to set a return appointment with him and we will be seeing him this week.

We have had the same kind of spiritual experiences with four other people.  We will be trying to set up another appointments with them or already have appointments.

The last experience we had that really touched us is; we were driving by a sky viewing point and I thought that it would be cool to just stop and check it out. I didn't get any bad feelings or any indication that we were just wasting time. As we looked around and were about to leave, we looked inside a box.  As we did, we found a note of a man who wanted to know about the signs of the coming of Christ. The letter had his address and contact information. He lives in one of the French areas, the Quebec/Val D'or area were I first served when I arrived here in Canada. We were able to pass on the information to the Elders serving there now. When we take the time to slow down and listen to the promptings that are given to us, that is when we can be effective disciples of Jesus Christ. The Spirit speaks to us.  We just need to listen and feel the promptings.

On Sunday, I taught Elders Quorum and played the piano. It's like I am back home.  

Elder Perry by One of the Lakes in His Area...

Over the past week, I think we have driven far enough to go to Idaho one way from Vernonia. We have a very big area. I found out that we have eight French speakers in the mission so I don't know if I will be going back to French in Quebec or not.

We have heard a rumor that we will be getting smart phones in November but it’s just a rumor. Sounds like the church is picking up the pace on technology in the mission field.

Today, we had to go shopping and wait for laundry to be done. We were then going to email but the computers were in use so we had to wait until now. We drove thirty minutes to Kingston to realize that Elder De Vries forgot his wallet that he needed to by a new sweater for missionary work. We stopped into a Columbia Outlet store because I had never been in one of those before.  I thought it was a lot like REI. We thought it was pretty cool. We drove back to grab his wallet, had lunch and then drove back to Kingston to play sports as a zone. We went to Costco to get the sweater, had  dinner and came back. It's been a very busy day!

Elder De Vries and Elder Perry

We went from teaching no people to now we are teaching six in a week. We have been truly blessed this week. The Spirit is amazing.

Elder Perry
Napanee, Ontario
Kingston Zone
Canada Toronto Mission

Sunday, October 22, 2017

P-Day #63 – District Conference, Getting to Know Nepanee, Ontario and "The Big Woosh"...

This week was a lot of driving for us.

We had District Conference this week and I thought that the talks were great. It’s funny that they started talking about the children in the church and how we are supposed to teach our children the Doctrine of Christ. I was sitting in the congregation and before those talks were given, I knew that the following three talks were going to be given on teaching children and that they would be changed talks from the ones that were already prepared. I also enjoyed our Mission Presidents talk on forgiveness. We had a Seventy come to the District Conference and he gave some training to all the Branch Presidents and I was able to attend the same meeting. I thought it was pretty funny, a lot of the questions that the Branch Presidents were asking could be found in Preach My Gospel. This tells me that a lot of leadership haven't even read it. It really blew me away.

If you really want to find out what we teach and what we are taught to do with Ward Leaders and as a missionary, read chapter 13 of Preach My Gospel. Most people assume that its only for missionaries, but it's really for everyone families included. A lot of answers can be found in reading the lessons in chapter three. 

The area is a lot like Vernonia. We met with the Branch President and he is great! We helped him move the first full day we were here and a couple of days after that. I think we have a really good relationship with him. We talked to the First Counselor in the Branch Presidency and he filled us in on what we typically do in the branch. He gave us a lot of good advice and some things that he would like to see change in the branch. He’s a good guy also! 

We were able to set some goals on what we would like to see happen to our area. We will be traveling to different areas to work and see what the most effective places and area's will be to work in.

We were able to meet with a member this week who was very helpful in helping us understand the area better.  They also gave us some insight on what he would like to see change in the branch. We will be working closely with the Branch President to help implement some of those changes. I think we will do a lot of good in this area and that we will be able to help the area progress.  Almost just like home.

Funny Story…. On P-Day, We had a hard time starting the grill and then, when I put the lit piece of paper near the burners… the thing went in a big fire ball…it was just a big whoosh of flames. Unknown to me, my companion had opened the burners all the way and the gas had built up. This whoosh, scared the crud out of me! We were able to grill the hot dogs and then we went to the church and played basketball and Ping-Pong with some sisters in our district.  Glad I still have my hair and eyebrows. I know the Lord protects his Missionaries. 

I am happy to have the Nissan Rouge back. I fit into the Rogue much better than the Subaru we had. One of these p-days we will be going fishing. We found two fishing rods in our apartment with gear and the salmon are running up river so it should be fun. We also have some and some light houses along the lake shore so that should be cool to see.  We will be doing some more driving tomorrow and we are going to be seeing what is in our area and finding out where the best places to tract and teach are too. Due to District Conference we haven’t really been able to get to know our area much yet, but we’re on it.

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

Elder Perry
Napanee Branch
Kingston Ontario District
Canada Toronto Mission

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