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

Friday, June 23, 2017

P-Day #46 - Climbing Dundas Peak, Using my French(Gift of Tongues) and Praying for Investigators...

Elder Perry on P-Day
Dundas Peak, Hamilton, Ontario

This week has been a good week for us.

We have been focusing on finding new investigators and helping them progress in the Gospel. Before we left the apartment, we prayed that we would find a new investigator, and that if we didn't, it would not be because we didn't open our mouths and try.

Elder Perry and Elder Kaku in back
Zone Leaders and Chinese Speaking Elders in front

As we were walking down the street, we had a car pull over to the side and ask if we were missionaries. We explained that we were and as he spoke we couldn't understand the accent very well. I asked him in French if he spoke French and he said that he did. He explained that he was from Quebec and that he had met with the missionaries before. He was being prepared for baptism but because of some things in his life he was not able to do so at that time and the language barrier was also a challenge in learning. I explained that we could give him a French copy of the Book of Mormon and also teach him in French, if he liked. He agreed and we now have an appointment with him to teach him the missionary lessons in French. The Gift of tongues is real because there is no other way that I could have had that conversation, with him, without it.

P-Days are AWESOME!
We also earlier in the week found a family that spoke very little English, but spoke a lot of French and we will continue to try and meet with them. We also got a chance to talk to a man sitting on a park bench and as we talked he said that he would like to learn more so will set up a time to meet and will be meeting with him this week. We have been working on finding people and we found this family that spoke French, so we have been working on trying to meet with them.

We also got to talk to a guy who believed in the Law of Moses and how the Law of Moses was not fulfilled and kept quoting the Old Testament. He said “I bet you hope you never met me”! He was funny, we wished him well and pressed on…  

How Do I Look Mom?

We took a hike to Dundas Peak. We didn't have a whole lot of time to hike it, so we had to run it. 1.5 k of running and walking. I'm getting in pretty good shape, ea'?(I've got that Canadian ea' thing down!)

Myself and My Companion Elder Kaku 
from Camp Coast, Ghana, Africa

We helped a family move from the ward and they had lot of heavy things. We have a girl we meet with that is graduating and has anxiety about doing well on test. I was able to give her techniques that would help her and I think I have gotten her hooked on Paul Cardell, the Pianist.

Pretty Huh?
Otherwise we are doing well. We have been working hard putting out fires and trying to do some missionary work along the way and comfort those who stand in need.
It’s a little hard on p-days because they don't even give us a full day to get everything done because they cut our p-day off at 6:00PM.

I Love You and Pray for you Every Night and Day.

Elder Perry
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

P-Day #45 - The Bat Cave, Speaking in Rusty French and Being a Witness for A Family Sealed in the Temple...

My New District
Lots of changes happened since last week. 

As I told you last week, I knew I was getting transferred to downtown Hamilton. I arrived Monday night and met my new companion. His name is Elder Kaku and he is from Cape Coast, Ghana, Africa. He is our District Leader(DL) and has been out 7 months, but 2 of that he had to stay in Ghana waiting on his Visa. He is a really great companion. We get along very well and we’ve stayed very busy.

This week has been a really good week for us.

Back Row Sister and President Shields, Elder Perry(Me) and Elder Kaku, Front Rows are the Family that was Sealed in the Toronto, Ontario LDS Temple

Obedience does bring blessings and we have seen them this week. We have been working hard this entire week to help a family attend the temple for the first time. It was a really a good experience and it was very special being able to witness for the family. We also had 2 other baptisms. It was actually my first time ever being on a temple team to help out.

We Went Out to Eat after Attending the Temple!

We were able to get 4 new investigators this week. I was able to get two of them using my rusty, but still usable French. Miracles come in unexpected ways and this one is no different. We heard a lady yelling and we thought we were being followed. So, we turned down this street to see but couldn’t find her. However, as we started walking, we ran into two ladies who were speaking a different language. I asked them if it was French and it wasn't. But, one on the ladies did speak French and it was her primary language. We started talking and her son wanted one of the “Prince of Peace” pass-along cards that had a picture of Jesus on it. We gave him one and he cherished that picture and could not stop looking and smiling at it. My French was a little rusty and the ladies giggled when I messed up a word or pronunciation. Perhaps humor is a way of keeping investigators talking and interested. We set up an appointment to meet with her at church this week. We got her phone number to confirm with her on Saturday the day before church.

Toronto Canada LDS Temple

We also have been working on a “dot map” of the area which will allow us to walk around to more people and not use so many kilometers on the car. It took a lot of time but it will allow us to be more effective in the future.

My View From "The Bat Cave"

I’m staying in a place we call “The Bat Cave”. Not sure why, but it’s pretty nice and I can see much of downtown from our apartment. It’s pretty nice almost like downtown Portland, but I think the view is much nicer. Our apartment also has a punching bag so I’ve been working out on that as much as I can. We also live with another companionship who are our Zone Leaders. We have a great time. At Christmas, My Uncle Troy send me a set of Nerf Guns. We have a blast having Nerf Wars in our down time! (Thanks Troy!)

I’ve met quite a few of our ward members and they are AWESOME! Great people and they feed us a ton! Who could ask for more?

This week went VERY well and I feel Great!

I Love You and Pray for You every night and Day!

Elder Perry
Downtown Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

P-Day #44 - Teaching The Little Ones, Transferred to Downtown Hamilton, Ontario and going on a Safari...

Missionaries will teach ANYONE!!!

This week has been a week of trying to work with the Ward Council and less actives. In Ward Council, when asked, we had a report out about everyone we met, talked to, visited and especially our investigators!!!

Our English Class Regulars!

We have been doing a lot of “drop by's” and have been able to see an inactive member who just moved into the area a while ago.  We started to talk with him and as we did, his seven-year-old daughter came and started to look through my marked scriptures and asked questions about why I had marked them. I told her that they were to help me learn from them and to apply what they were teaching. As the lesson went on, she started to look for the scripture that we were going to share. We read it, and with a great curiosity, asked if she could try and read it as if looking at a new language. She did pretty well and after the lesson, she looked at the book as if she wanted to read more. We gave her a copy and went on to the front porch with her. She was still flipping through the pages of the Book of Mormon. The Missionaries will continue to visit the family and help them feel the Spirit in their lives. 

What is it about swords that light up and Missionaries???

We also had the opportunity to teach the first lesson to a referral we had received. From the moment we walked in the door, she had a list of questions for us. We were able to teach her the message of the restoration and as she wanted to know more. We taught her “The Plan of Salvation” and the “Gospel of Jesus Christ”. She committed to read The Book of Mormon. The Missionaries will continue to meet with her and teach her.

The All Important Elder Perry Selfie!!!

The reason I said “The Missionaries” and not “I” or “We” is because transfers are tomorrow and I am being transferred to downtown Hamilton, Ontario. I am going to be a companion of a “DL”, his name is Elder Kaku and he is from Africa. I am going to miss Elder Baker, he is a very fine man and I hope to work with him again! Apparently, they filmed Batman – The Dark Knight in Hamilton, so that will be fun to see where they filmed it. “Who’s afraid of the Big Black Bat???”

Hey Preacher Boy, Got a Book of Mormon for me???

So, on our last P-Day, we went to a Safari. It was a hoot! We saw every kind of animal I knew and some I didn’t know.  I did have a particular laugh at the baboons. They climbed on our car and everything. It was fun!

Yes Mom, I'm Alive, Healthy, Eating Well
and Enjoying My Mission!!!

I love you Mom and Dad and Pray for your every Night and Day!

Elder Perry
Soon to be from Downtown Hamilton, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

P-Day #43 - Being Planters, Harvesters and The Music of the Gospel...

Toronto Canada LDS Temple

This week has been a week of reflection and prayer.

For most of the week, I had been a little discouraged. However, as the week went on, I thought about what we are doing here and why we are here. We are here to be harvesters, yes! But, also planters, if needed. I remembered a Mormon Message about hearing "The Music of the Gospel". Click on the following link, take a listen...and watch the video....

I guess I had just lost the music and what we are doing as missionaries. All that is required for a success is being committed, willing, worthy and able to go and hear the music.

We went "tracking" for 6 hours because we have used all the other ideas and talked to some really nice people. We didn't get any new investigators but gave people the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel. We helped a member build a swing set for his son and were able to talk about things in their life that would help them. I think we helped him and his family come closer together and become one in purpose.

We had the opportunity to a talk to a Baptist Minister about church services and common similarities in our religions. Our English class has really started to pick up and we have a lot of people coming regularly to learn English. We tried to start a scripture study class but had to discontinue it because no one showed up. 

We will continue to work and continue to "gather and hunt".

Next week, pics of a Safari.....

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

Elder Perry
Waterloo Ward
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Saturday, May 27, 2017

P-Day #42 - Hope, The Light of Christ and using Canada's "Free Healthcare"....

Kitchener and London Zone Conference
Elder Perry 3rd Row 4th from the Left

This week has been a really good week in talking with a lot of people.

We have driven many miles and have seen many horse and buggies from the Mennonite people. It’s cool to see something I wouldn’t be able to see back home.

We had the opportunity to give away a Bible this week and it was interesting because we got the text and the person who wanted it was just 5 min away. We went and talked with her and delivered the Bible to her. Hopefully more to follow in the weeks to come.

Elder Perry
Back & Right - With the Colorful Tie

We moved a freezer this week and had to take off the doors to get into a member’s basement. After some twisting, turning, dropping and thinking, we were finally able to get the freezer out. I did get a souvenir, I got a nasty cut on my thumb…OUCH! Don’t worry Mom, I have Neosporin and a Band-Aid. I won’t let it go until they need to amputate. I’m taking care of it! I promise.

I have been sick for the past week and had to visit a walk-in clinic. It was a very interesting experience in Canada with the “free healthcare”. We walked in and there was a lot of people in the lobby. I had to wait over 3 hours, but I did see a doctor. I got the typical "once over" and some antibiotics. I have been feeling better though so that has turned out really good. 

My "Weekly Blog" would not be complete without a P-Day Selfie!

We have a very unique opportunity to give people HOPE. When you are able to share the Gospel with them, they seem to brighten up. This is when you have seen the “Light of Christ” enter into their lives! Sometimes they are interested in hearing more, sometimes not, but the invitation is always there…

We need to look for a new apartment due to the cost of utilities in our current one. President Shields asked us to find one, so we’re on the lookout.

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Remember, I Love You! I pray for you every night & day!

Elder Perry
Waterloo Ward
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission