Tuesday, February 28, 2017

P-Day # 30 - Exchanges, Referrals and Exploring Kitchener, Ontario...

READY, AIM......


This week has been a week of learning as I have gone on two exchanges. One with the Zone Leaders and one with our District Leader. I was able to learn different ways of teaching like asking inspired questions and also how to be comfortable knocking on doors and the door approaches. I have also learned a little bit of the roles of a District Leader and also the roles of a Zone Leader in the mission. It was fun for me to see. They definitely do a lot for the areas they serve.

Elder Perry on Exchanges with
His Zone Leaders

This week we made a lot of contacts and gave a lot of referrals to other missionaries from those contacts. One experience I had was Sunday night. We decide to go contacting and blitzing. We stood on the street corner and wondered where do we go from here. I felt impressed to go into this suburb and as we walked we saw a car trunk that had been left open. We knocked on the owners’ door, where we let them know that it was open. They were grateful and we started talking about the gospel. We were able to set a return appointment with her and plan to teach her.

Elder Perry in front of a Monument
Kitchener, Ontario
We will continue to contact and try to find new investigators that live in our area. We did receive a member referral from a member and we are working with to set up a meeting with his friend. His friend lives in our area but we will have the first lesson in his home, to make it a nice friendly environment and he will have someone he already knows. We will see how it turns out and hopefully we can teach him on a continual basis.

Elder Perry Exploring Kitchener, Ontario

Last P-Day a few Missionaries and I went to see some sites here locally. Later today we’re going bowling as a Zone. We have some fun, but we work a lot also!  

Pray for you Every Day and Night,

Elder Perry
Waterloo Ward
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

P-Day #29 - Kitchener, Ontario, Cleaning Up and Seeing a Horse and Buggy...

The Kitchener Zone
Elder Perry In Back (Center)

With heavenly fathers help, nothing is impossible.

We have been very busy with getting up to speed with our new ward, The Waterloo Ward in Kitchener, Ontario. We have been trying to update records because the previous missionaries had not been very accurate. We have a good list of former investigators that we are trying to see and a list of potential investigators that we are trying to get in contact with.

Elder Hank and I have been getting along very well and we have been working as hard as we can to get our records in order. We’ve been trying to find out who is active in the ward and who we can visit for reactivation. We recently had a meeting with the Elders Quorum President and he gave us some names that we could visit and also about someone he is trying to set up a meeting with the missionaries. As we met with the E.Q. President and as the meeting progressed, I felt the impression to ask about his family. He expressed some contention within the family, so I was able to share a scripture with him about prayers and how they are answered in the Lords timing and not necessarily ours. He seemed really grateful that we stopped by.

Kitchener and London Zones
Elder Perry Center Almost on Back Row

Kitchener is a little slower paced than in downtown Brampton. In The Weston North area in Brampton, we would hear sirens every day and ambulances would always pass by speeding through lights with fire trucks in tow. I felt like I was in the middle of a War Zone. We saw this guy with a sign that said that “The End is Near” and other biblical things. We had to catch a bus so we couldn't talk with him, but it was cool to see. Out here in the Waterloo Ward in Kitchener, I’ve seen a guy who lives out in Mennonite Country and it was cool cause as we drove by, we would see his horse and buggy. It was dark so I couldn't get a picture but I thought it was cool to see. My mission has been really good. I have a lot of good experiences and a couple of bad, but the good always outweigh the bad.

One good thing, Mom and Dad, I did fix Bacon and Eggs for Elder Hank and I. We are eating and I am cooking, VoilĂ !

I am confident that we will be able to get some more appointments and lessons this week.

I Love You and Pray for You Every Night,

Elder Perry
Waterloo Ward
Kitchener, Ontario

Canada Toronto Mission

Monday, February 13, 2017

P-Day # 28 - Emergency Transfer, Saying Goodbye's and The Apostle Picture...

Wow, a lot has happened in the last week!

Elder Hank and Elder Perry

The CTM President Shields called us two days ago, and said that he needed someone for an emergency transfer.  A missionary was going home, so he needed a trio to be broken up and he said I had two days to pack up. I am now in Kitchner, Ontario in the Waterloo Ward with my new companion Elder Hank. I just got here late last night.  I like him and we are getting along very well. Elder Hank is from Draper, Utah and he is really awesome. Him and I say movie quotes already and he is a "Good Fella". I now also have a car. That’s cool now and no more waiting for a bus in the cold and snow. Also, I have my very own bed, not just a mattress. All the comforts of home!

It was hard to say goodbye to Elder Monson and Elder Strong. These 2 companions are VERY GREAT MEN and strong in the Gospel. I appreciate their friendship and look forward to meeting them again, somewhere, sometime.

Oh, I might have forgot my glasses…. NO I DIDN'T FORGET MY GLASSES. ARE YOU CRAZY?!

Elder Monson, Elder Perry and Elder Ballard
Future Apostles...Maybe???

Guess who I ran into at transfers? Elder Ballard. He was in my Camp Helaman Zone as one of my District Leaders. Elder Ballard is in the Weston Area and is Spanish speaking. I was happy to see him and we were pretty close. It was cool to have someone I knew before the mission there with me.  This is a picture of the apostles.

The CTM President had some jaw surgery, so I almost didn't recognize him but then we talked. it was cool to see him. President Shields and His Wife are fantastic people.

I am finding out that the mission field is suffering. In general, either people come on missions and it’s too hard for them or they don't come at all. All the languages are suffering and we need Missionaries. Most of the Spanish Speaking Sisters and Elders are leaving to some degree and so they need to be replaced. The problem is having no one to replace them with.

We also had the opportunity to meet with another investigator. She hadn't been keeping the specific commitments that we had given her. So, we were re-teaching the lessons again, to see where she had gotten a little lost or confused. But she said that she would like to come to church.

Where there are Missionaries, There is Food! Me and My Peeps in the Food Court of the Big Mall in Brampton, Ontario

I was able to go with one of the members of the ward to get a food order for a recent convert family. We were able to see them and they were very grateful for the assistance. The snow messed with our plans and we were not able to meet with very many people, but we were able to set a couple appointments and between us and the Weston North Missionaries, we were able to discuss some different ideas we thought could help the ward improve with retention. Also, with giving our investigators another way to interact with the ward beyond just the Sunday connection.

I also had to say goodbye to and investigator who called us her sons. She promised me that she was going to give us a baptism date tomorrow. Whenever we see her, she always says "it's to cold and we should stay inside". She has quite her coffee, I will be excited to hear when the baptism is. This is the 2nd baptism I have missed due to transfers.

Elder Perry at his Favorite Burrito Shop...
Did You See the Size of that Burrito???

The snow was bad this week and what would normally take 15 min for a bus ride, took an hour and a half.   I am pretty confident that Weston is better than when I found it and so am I. I feel that I did some good there and I was able to help some people along the way, but I feel I'm better having served there with great companions. It’s great to have a feeling of success.

Hey, just a reminder, P-Day will be on Tuesday February 21st next week because of Family Day. Family Day is observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan on the third Monday of February. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities. Imagine That...Canada promotes Families. Isn't that what the Missionaries are trying to do, also? Maybe the US needs a Family Day!

Love You and Pray for You every Night!

Elder Perry
Kitchner, Ontario
Waterloo Ward
Canada Toronto Mission

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

P-Day #27 - A Great Week, A Police Chase and Following the Spirit....

I have been in the field
for 6 months and Love
being a Missionary!
This week has been a really good week for us missionaries. We have been kept pretty busy with appointments and helping people learn the Gospel. We had a really good experience with Zone Conference and being more obedient in the mission field.

After the Conference, we decided to go tracking and visit some former investigators in the area. we knocked on their doors but they were not home. we were just about to turn back to head home when I got the spiritual prompting to hit another button on the elevator. I hit the button and looked around to see if there was going to be anyone there. No one was but I felt impressed to walk down the hall to a certain door. We knocked on it and we were able to talk with the guy there and got his number for future contact. This process repeated another three times and we were able to replenish our potential pool. The Spirit really does guide you when you decide that you will follow the Spirit completely and not be afraid of the consequences.

We were able to teach our investigator Josie about chastity and also about baptism. She calls us her “sons” which is fun and she also committed to live the law of Chasity.

Now for an exciting Story…. We were walking on the sidewalk going to the bus when all of a sudden, this Police car and another car came racing and squealing around the corner. The Police car got side by side the other car and the guy rammed the Police car deliberately and almost spun out the Police Car . The Policeman then gained control and did a “Pit” maneuver and made the guy crash into the side walk…. all right in front of us! It was awesome!Front page link

Grandma and Grandpa Gibson, I received your letter and sent you an email on the computer. Thanks for trying to keep up with technology. Megan, I got your card also…. the talking one. IT was very cool! Johnathan Levenseller, Thanks for your emails! It's good to hear from my peeps!

I love you both so much and Pray for you Every Night!

Elder Jacob Perry
Weston North
Canada Toronto Mission