Monday, October 20, 2014

Transfer 2, Week 2

So last week was pretty crazy with some Thanksgiving plans. I had something like 5 or 6 minutes to accomplish quite a bit on the computer. Writing home was just one of those items.

Huh. I didn't take many photos. Here's one of my companion and I eating dinner with a table halfway into the hall. One of the more interesting rules for missionaries is to not enter the home of somebody of the opposite gender, unless an adult of your own gender is also present. It's mainly to prevent any chance of something bad happening, as well as protecting us from false claims. My companion and I had scheduled dinner with a church member, but we weren't able to arrange for another male to be present, so this happened:

In other news, my birthday was this week. We might've gotten fed even better than at Thanksgiving. The people here are pretty awesome.

Apparently there's a video of our zone (basically all the missionaries in Brampton, Ontario) doing the haka, a dance from New Zealand popularized by their rugby team, the All Blacks. It can be found at a Facebook page titled something like "Canada Toronto Mission 2014-2016".

Today, I want to share a bit about thankfulness. 'Tis the season, and all.

So something that we've been doing is asking people what they're thankful for. On the bus, most people tend to respond with 'family,' 'friends,' 'being able to provide for my family,' or occasionally 'God.' 

I know that when we think about what we're thankful for, it reminds us of what's important in life. What's really important.

There's a scripture from the Book of Mormon from a prophet named Alma that I really like. He's giving some counsel to his people. He says,

"And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive." (Alma 7:23)

One way to do those things is through prayer. As we pray with faith, we ask for specific blessings we need and thank God for specific things. When we do so, we express our thanks to a merciful God that has given us so much. We are reminded of what's important to us. We think about what's actually important and we gain an eternal perspective.

Prayer is a commandment, and God doesn't give us any commandments just because He wants us to do things - he gives us commandments so that we can be blessed by obeying.

As we pray and express thanks, we gain a closer relationship with God. We experience much more joy, especially when we concern ourselves with things that are eternally important, rather than worldly desires.

I know these things are true.

I hope you all can pray with a little more thankfulness in your hearts.

It's been a great two weeks,
Elder Crye

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Canadian Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving here in Canada.

Really pressed for time today, but I'm thankful for all the support from people back home.

Hope life's good.

I'm doing well.

-Elder Crye

Monday, October 6, 2014

Transfer 1, Week 5

He forgot to post this on here last week.


This week, my companionship and I witnessed our first baptism!

It was the wonderful woman we've been teaching to read, and so our story actually begins there. Her name is "Sobriety." For reference, her husband is pretty deaf and his eyesight isn't great, but he can read. Their relationship has historically been loving, but kind of distant.

This week, we read and taught Sobriety the LDS Hymn #308 - "Love One Another". At the end of the lesson, her husband joined us. It was the sweetest thing - we were all able to sing "Love One Another", and we got him to put his arm around her! Her smile was so wide!

Then, on Sunday after church, we held Sobriety's baptismal service. We'll say that everything ran smoothly, because apart from some preparation coming down to the wire, it really did run smoothly. The service itself was amazing. You could really feel the Spirit. Sobriety looked so happy, and the testimonies were great. President and Sister Clayton joined us, so naturally, we asked President Clayton to follow us in bearing testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ while Sobriety changed out of baptismal attire. Following her baptism, we sang "Love One Another" as our closing hymn. I don't think Sobriety saw it coming. Her husband put his arm around her again and she practically started crying. It was the cutest thing!

Man, it's been a great week.

Missionary work is awesome.

PS: Multiple cameras to look at make pictures difficult.

Yours truly,
Elder Crye

Transfer 1, Week 6

Well, first things first, I'm staying here in Brampton with my companion, Elder Mangakahia. I was not transferred.

It's been an excellent week. :)

Sorry if my post's a little short this week - I'm using most of my time today applying to vote by absentee ballot and researching some issues. (You should vote too!) 

General Conference was great! It's where our prophet and Apostles speak to us. It's especially cool since you can gain a witness that the message they share is true, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

If you're ever curious about why we do missionary work, check out the talk by David A. Bednar. It's great stuff.

This week, I really strengthened my testimony while preparing to teach investigators. I learned a lot through Biblical mentions of restored truths (that we can learn more about through modern prophets or other additional Scriptural texts, like the Book of Mormon). I love that you can find accounts of things like a pre-mortal existence, baptism by immersion, or giving the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. I know that we teach Christ's Doctrine and that this is His church on earth.

Some interesting, but not particularly spiritual moments this week:

1) My companion did some pirouettes in front of the temple.

2) Got a humorous fortune cookie. I don't think they understand missionaries aren't looking for romance in the slightest. 

In the words of my companion...

Elder Crye