Monday, August 28, 2017

Week #105-ALBERTA BOUND



Week 105:

 
Well I am reporting on the last week on my mission today.... Dang. Is it really over? This was a good last week ranging from playing soccer with Muslims and Punjab's,
volleyball with Mormons,
teaching people from China English,
going to the Keg on my 2 year mark,
saying goodbye to a lot of people I have come to love. Man this is crazy... here's an email I sent out to a lot of people this week that can explain a little more.

"Hey So I'm going to keep this bad boy short because most of you I'm emailing are missionaries and don't have a lot of time to read a long letter.

I remember coming into the mission and London was my first area. There was two things in the back of my mind that I didn't want to do. I didn't want to do ysa work and I didn't want to go to the Oshawa zone..... I spent 10 months in ysa and a year in the Oshawa zone. I believe that God has a sense of humor and that he also knows what we need and what we want, but he will put our needs first.

I spent a lot of my time in my mission thinking about myself and I was depressed because of that and made things harder than they should have been. I have learned that the best thing to do in a mission is to not think of yourself so much. It will make things soooooo much easier.

This mission has been a blessing to me even though it has been hard. I have come to truly want to be and do good.

Thank you to all that are in this letter. Someway or another you were involved in this journey and I thank you for it. Please keep in touch as I like to remember my friends. If you email me I will email back.

Also of those missionaries out there, keep working hard and using the Lords time wisely.

I love you all and once again, thanks

-Elder Jaxson Toly

Alberta Bound​"


Truly I am grateful for this experience and all that comes with it. Thanks to all of you that have followed me on this journey or supported me in anyway! We got our transfer calls on Sunday from one of my former companions and he let me know that I was getting transferred to Lethbridge YSA. I am excited for what the future holds. My mission has been a great experience and a highlight of my life, but I don't plan on making it the highlight. Looking forward to having many other highlights and continuing to better myself as a representative of Jesus Christ.
 I will send an update for the blog next week regarding getting home, but as for the mission that is it.
 Love you all! Elder Toly Signing off.






also the chapel we are in front of is where ryan gosling used to go to church




Monday, August 21, 2017

Week #104--Dang. So it's been 104 weeks.

Week 104: Dang. So it's been 104 weeks.



This week I will be hitting my 2 year mark. It's crazy how fast time flies!

So this week was interesting. So all the rest of the Elders that came out with me all were going home 2 weeks early. So I'm the only person left from the group that entered the MTC on August 26, 2015



and so right now I am the oldest serving non-local person in the whole mission, all missionaries, senior couples, and Mission president included. It's weird, everyone that was in the field when I came in is no longer here. Since the other elders I came out were going home early they did their going home stuff early too along with sisters that were doing the same. Sooo to be productive they included me in all the stuff. So I got to go to a workshop on jobs (which was given by my friend Tom Wilde's uncle and Aunt) and go the temple and other going home stuff.

 


The temple was super awesome and while I was sitting there I just thought about all my mission and was just filled with gratitude about making it to the point where I was. There were many times where I didn't think I could do it, but there I was. It was also a sad day because two of the guys I came out with and also my companions, Elder Kaden Taylor and Luke Jackson went home.
Went on exchanges this week with an Elder Shu from Brampton YSA came and we taught a couple new people. We also got to do a special baptismal interview. So I served on the mountain ward about a year and a half ago and the Bishop there is Bishop Julian and has a twin brother Julian who I did my first and last skype call at his house. Their dad is not a member even though he has investigated the gospel and been around it for 29 years. About two weeks ago he decided to get baptized outta of the blue and knowing the Julians, they requested I do the interview so I had the privilege of doing it. It was a really good experience for both of us.



Friday was good as we met with Celeste and talked about faith and gave her this sheet we made called "how to know if you're ready for baptism" comprising of questions to see if you're really ready and it was appropriate because she has been investigating for a while. It was good though and she said she would get baptized on a date if she got her answer.

Saturday was super fun! There was an Interfaith Celebration in Burlington so we went with a few other companionship's and had a tent there and got to check other faiths and things like that. Sooooo fun!
Well this is my last week so I'm going out working hard! Love you all!



-Elder Toly



Monday, August 14, 2017

Week #103



Week 103:


Alright, so this last week was pretty cool as we did something I had never done before....after writing last week we got permission to leave our zone and went to an African Lion Safari!! Its this zoo park place outside of Cambridge and Hamilton with animal shows and you drive through the animal exhibits. We were literally within 50 feet of lions and rhinos. It was insane and soooo fun! We even met a couple members while we were there. We took the Oakville elders with us and just had a blast. Words don't do justice but hopefully the billions of photos I send you will.










Wednesday we had a zone conference where 3 zones attended. It was pretty good. I got to go up and bear my testimony at the end and pulled out a letter I had written my dad a while ago in my mission and read out some key parts of when I was struggling and really didn't want to be on a mission. I then pointed out how many personal pronouns I had used in that letter and how I made it all about me and bore testimony that its not about us. "The perfect society is one wherein an old man plants a tree of a fruit he will never get to taste." I bore testimony that in my mission I've made some changes, but that the main thing was my desires for what I want in life have changed. It was a pretty interesting and nostalgic day. After I went on exchanges will an Elder Staheli out to Stoney creek. This Elder is on his first transfer and it was his first exchange of his whole mission. He's from St. George and he's straight out of high school and his first name is Noah. It was like being with my brother, and was pretty trippy. It was good though and we talked to everyone and also had a service opportunity with a non member.



Friday we had a few lessons, one with a new convert and also met with a couple investigators which went pretty well and Celeste committed to praying about a date which was awesome! Sunday we had a couple investigators at church which was really great! Anyways enjoy the photos!


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Week 102-A perfect society is one wherein a man plants a tree of which fruits he will never get to partake of!



A perfect society is one wherein a man plants a tree of which fruits he will never get to partake of. This week email consists of how we sometimes don't see the results of good works.

This week was Jam packed with things on Monday Elder Trump and I received some pies to the faces. We challenged the zone to achieve a certain number of new investigators and they achieved it. Pics will come next week. Later that night we met this guy named Will who was just coming from the gym shooting some hoops. We started talking with him and we invited him to church and he was down to come.

Tuesday the stake had asked for help with a stake activity. They had BYU-I dance traveling team touring the area and they were going to perform in Hamilton so we helped out and ended up getting to watch the show which awesome! You should check them out as they are extremely talented.

Wednesday we went to a meeting in Brampton and I got bear me testimony seeing that it was the last one of these meetings I would attend. I actually had 5 of my companions there so I got a photo with them.








Grateful for my these Elders and the one I just had last transfer too and the others. So I got to share a cool experience as well. When I was in Lindsay we were contacting and went out of our way to go and talk to this kid who was in high school. We later met with him and taught him a couple times but it kinda faded away and we didn't teach him anymore. Anyways that was may 2016 and then in the end of April 2017 when I am in Oshawa I go on exchanges to a place called Peterborough right by Lindsay with a greenie and I am talking with this lady and this guy comes up to me and says he knows me and its the same high school kid from Lindsay now in university! We then talk and he is down to meet up with missionaries there but not for a couple weeks because he has exams so I tell the elders there to call him and meet with him to which they are skeptical but I tell them he will meet with them. They later meet with the guy and teach him and to one of the lessons he brings a friend who then goes on to get baptized! How crazy is that! More than a year later after talking to this high school kid who I thought nothing came of it resulted in a kid getting baptized later. So I shared that story at the meeting and later during the break one of the other missionaries tells me they thought I was going to share a story about Alex and I'm like what? And I find out this guy I found and taught in Lindsay was getting baptized this week! Here's the story behind that one..... So I had just been called to train in Lindsay for my 4th transfer in Lindsay both of which I didn't want to do. I was extremely stressed. The first week we went tracting on this street near the church and do this one house but no one answers so we go to the next one and I'm about to knock and I see I guy at the house previously knocked smoking and I feel like I need to go and talk to him. So we do and we end up teaching him. He almost got baptized while I was in Oshawa but because of stuff he didn't but he did this Saturday! I got to watch on skype too which was a huge blessing! I had spent so much time thinking I hadn't done anything in Lindsay but that wasn't true. I just didn't see the results of the good I did there and I think that's sometimes a problem for us and maybe gets us discouraged when we do something good but don't see the result. Trust in Gods timing. It's not on your clock. We also had a cool media referral. This guy who was living in mainland china found out about the church while living there for two years, online and as soon as he got back he met us and we took him on a chapel and I just felt the spirit pretty strongly it was awesome. We also met with the guy we had tracted into a couple weeks and taught the plan of Salvation. he had been reading from the Book of Mormon and had some really good questions. Really awesome lesson. Committed to pray about the book of Mormon. The next day we met with a girl named Bridgette, her aunt had just passed away that morning so we talked about the plan of salvation. One of them members with us told of his experience of his mom passing away and he really brought a good feeling in how it's ok, God loves us and his plan is perfect. We also met with Sam and read over the tree of Life. We also drew pictures so it was super fun.

Sunday was cool as Will the baller came to church and was fellow shipped well.

Super awesome stuff! Also had Sunday dinner with the Hobbs which was good!



Love you all!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Week #101



Week 101:

A great week.

It was hard, but good. It all started with a trip to Niagara Falls with the Downtown Elders which was fairly delightful. We took some good photos and got to go to a bird zoo thing because a member gave us some coupons.










In terms of appointments this week, it was hard because no could meet or they didn't respond back, but that didn't stop us as we "hit the pavement' as they so call it out here in the mission field.


Tuesday evening we took a member out contacting, tracting and teaching with us. It was pretty fun having him around and the lesson went well as we taught this guy named Jonathon who we had found the week before. It went pretty well and he seems pretty humble and willing to learn more. I think more and more I've taught and learned the gospel I've come to not just know, but truly feel and understand how humility is such an essential ingredient in our salvation. We are all here to grow spiritually and need to realize that we need to change to do so, but if we never realize that we need to change because of our own self pride then our way to progress is frustrated and the plan will be void. Humility is key and its still something I wish to improve upon.


So Wednesday we were out by the university contacting and we talked to this one girl even though it was kinda raining and have an extremely good conversation and it was pretty natural and for the first 15 minutes of the conversation we didn't even really talk "gospel" with her but just talked and pretty soon it was more natural to share the message and I guess that s how the gospel works, just loving people to a point where sharing is natural.


We also had a cool lesson with Samantha before volleyball on Thursday about callings and service in the church and we had three members present which was awesome and they taught a large portion of the message and she is going to get baptized this September. It was sad at first to realize that I won't be there, but the most important thing is that she gets baptized and I guess we sometimes need to realize its not all about us.


Friday we sent most of our day out east in the St. Catherine's, Niagara, Welland region which really is just gorgeous country out there. Well I believe that s all I have for this week!














Hope you all are doing well and know that I love you!





-Elder Toly