Saturday, April 29, 2017

P-Day # 38 - Transfers, The "Godfather" Cheeseburger Challenge and Meeting a 90 Year Old Sling Shot Expert!!!

Elder "Super Cool" Perry

This week has been a decent week for me.

We have been working with the members to set up dinner appointments with their friends for missionary work and it's been going well. We have some members who are setting those within the next couple of weeks.

We have been working in the English class and that has been going good. Unfortunately, other churches has started to do English class and  some of our regular students have stopped coming, so we are in the process of trying to figure out what is working and what isn’t.

We helped an inactive move some things out of her house into a trailer. We didn't get it finished, but we did make a large dent in helping her out. We also had the opportunity to visit an inactive in the hospital and he was doing really well. He had been in a coma for the past couple days and was up walking and talking.

We have met with our investigator that we haven't been able to meet with for a month and he has been going through a rough patch, but still wants to meet. So, we will keep working on that.

We went to visit a member and give him some cookies. He invited us in and then said "I want to show you boys something", he then pulled out a sling shot and we went on his back porch to go shooting. I thought it was pretty cool because he is like 90 years old and still knows how to have fun! 
Elder Perry Diggin' In!

I attempted to eat a HUGE cheeseburger named “The Godfather” and lost. I ate 2 & 3/4 pounds worth of food. That was a lot of food and I was full for three days…The attempt was worth it!

Elder Perry...Tappin' Out!!!

Transfers happened and Elder Hanks is going to Napanee near Kingston. I will miss him, he’s a good guy! I am getting Elder Baker from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. I also hear good things about him. I am happy I am not moving for the next 7 to 8 weeks. It’s nice to have a transfer where I’m not living out of a suitcase.

I'll report out on Elder Baker and my adventures....
Next Week....
                      Same Bat Time....
                                                    Same Bat Channel......

I Love You and Pray for you Every Night & Day!

Elder Perry
Waterloo Ward
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Monday, April 17, 2017

P-Days #36 & # 37 – A Little Bit of Fun, Transfers Coming Up & The 3lb Hamburger Challenge

Elder Perry and Elder Hanks (Left)
Elder Staheli from Utah &
Elder Stephens from Texas (Right)

Thank You to Johnny Levenseller & Terry Grosnick, Jeff Cheney and Grandma and Grandpa Gibson for e-mailing me this week and Thanks to Dan Jordan for helping my parents send a box to me. I haven’t got it yet, but transfers are next week and I’m sure I’ll get either then or before then.

As I said, transfers are next week and I’m sure Elder Hanks and I are going to get split up. We’ve been together for just under 2 transfer and President Shields usually doesn’t go beyond that. Elder Hanks and I are like brothers, we always come through together.

We have not been having much success in finding new investigators. We do a have a few, but one cancelled the meeting and asked us not to return. Bummer….I guess she doesn’t understand we’re offering her eternal gifts. We met with a less active named Paul and he didn't keep his reading commitment like we hoped, so we read it with him. The Spirit was in the room and I bore a powerful testimony of the scriptures. I think we did a good balance of being devastated and loving at the same time. We committed him to read the remaining verses and he said he would so we will have to see. Please pray for them.

I had a testimony building experience this week on how we are blessed in the church to have more knowledge of Jesus Christ and his Gospel than most others. Some non-members invited us to an Easter service that was held in their Senior Center Home and so to help fellowship them we went. The service went in a completely different direction than what we were used to. It was a very depressing meeting and we could feel the Spirit leave because they weren't celebrating his resurrection, they were focusing on his death, not understanding the gift of the Atonement. We visited with them, but after we left, we had to see some members and then we had to watch some bible videos to get the Spirit back. We learned our lesson and won't do that again! 

So now, I’ll concentrate on some fun we had…

One day for lunch, we met up with the Spanish Speaking Elders in our area and went to a place called Mel’s Diner. It had pictures of John Wayne on the wall and Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy. It was a cool place. They have a 3 Pound Hamburger Challenge...Eat it all and it's free and you get a free tee shirt, I wanted to see if Elder Staheli could do it....

Elder Staheli from Utah Took the Challenge
...and only finished half.

He gave it his all, but we helped him finish up the rest. As you can see the rest of us didn't go hungry either...

No, I didn't eat ALL of it, we shared it, but would you look at that Banana Split, Unbelievable!

We had to fix our potentials in our area book because other missionaries had created duplicates because the hand writing was bad and I had to translate them into a new record. That took some time but we were able to get them done and now our area book is updated, fixed and ready for the missionaries who will be here next transfer. We had a great time and that's all I have for this week...except for one of my selfies.....

Elder Perry in his "Cool Shades"
Love You Mom and Dad, I pray for you every night and day!

Elder Perry
Waterloo Ward
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

P-Day #35 – 8 Months Out, Zone Conference Pics and Cleaning Up After A 30 Year Old...

I can’t believe I have been out 8 months already. I am so thankful of where I am & what I’m doing. All the sacrifice has been worth it.

Hi Mom & Dad, 

I can’t believe I have been out 8 months already. Time really does fly when the Lord is on your side. I am so thankful of where I am and what I’m doing. All the sacrifice has been worth it.

This week has been a good week and a testimony strengthener for me. We still haven't been finding any new investigators but have been working with the less actives in our Ward.

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

We got to go to the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival to see if we could talk to some people. We got some dirty looks and I realized just how much that some people don't like us. The festival was cool. It reminded me of The Vernonia Friendship Jamboree back home….without the dirty looks!

We Met with a man who was active and then went less active because of family issues. During the Zone Conference when we were talking about the Doctrine of Christ, I got the impression to talk with him specifically about what we as missionaries teach and the doctrine we are teaching. We had originally talked about going through studying the scriptures, but we taught him our purpose instead. He had kept the commitment of trying to pray and as we talked, you could tell the Spirit was there and his face changed. You could tell that he felt the Spirit, and that is what he needed. We could tell that he was making a sincere effort and as we got up to leave, he said “you guys don't have to leave”, you could tell that he wanted us to stay, but we had to make curfew at 9:30 pm. We felt like we had accomplished our purpose and that we had helped him. He committed to read three chapters of the Book of Mormon about the Doctrine of Christ in Alma 32-34. Before we had the lesson, he said a prayer that his heart would be open and that he would be willing to accept the commitments we gave him to improve his relationship with God. Heavenly Father answered our prayers and we have had some good progress with him.

Elder Jacob Perry, Canada Toronto Mission
at the Brampton, Ontario Temple

We have been talking with everyone we see but still haven't found any new investigators yet. We will keep it up though and hopefully we’ll find who needs us soon.

We helped a lady take out some garbage because her thirty-year-old son didn't clean his room and it was bad. There were over 100 coffee cups that had not been taken out. While we helped her clean, her son just sat in another room. I know that my Momma would have got on me, if my room ever got near that point. ( You Mom!) We helped her and she was very appreciative.   

Zone Conference
London and Kitchener, Ontario Zones
Elder Jacob Perry, Back Row(Again)

This was General Conference weekend.  It was good and I thought the talks were geared for missionaries than members, but the principles they taught are exactly found in Preach My Gospel and Elder Ballard even said the Mission Motto: Begin with the end in mind!

My companion Elder Hanks and I were eating with President and Sister Shields. In our discussion, we volunteered to help President Shields in doing an analysis about a town named Walkerton, Ontario and if missionaries should go there or not. I thought this was fun. We volunteered to help him by finding the closest set of missionaries.  Also, we were able to recommend if it would be effective to have missionaries assigned full time there or have another companionship cover it.

"What do you mean we can't go to the temple all day ??
Don't make me turn on my Angry Eyes..."
 Elder Perry & Elder Hapuku having some fun at Zone Conference

Being a Missionary is either Feast or Famine, slow or busy. It doesn’t seem like there is a balance… but we’re glad to be busier this week compared to last week.

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

Elder Perry
Waterloo Ward
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada Toronto Mission