Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Week #18



Hello Everyone and Merry Christmas!!!

This week was a great and different one cause we had CHRISTMAS. On Tuesday we planned to go to a member's house, but were not able to visit them so we did what all missionaries do when something falls through. We tracted. And we found a lady and were able to get her an Arabic Book of Mormon and later that day we delivered another one to a person who had asked for one as well. That's one thing that has for sure been different about living here in Ontario rather than Southern Alberta is that you find so many people from everywhere ha ha it's insane. That day as well we went by one of our investigators who 17 years old and we shared more about the restoration of the Gospel and invited him to be baptized on January 23 to which he accepted. It was so great to see someone who wanted to make a change in their life and the great thing, is that this kid knows he has potential and wants to reach it which is awesome.

The 24th was also great. We went to a member's house and she fed us tomales which a southern American dish and is pretty good. I had tried them in London, but my companion had not. We then went to another house with investigators who are from south/central America again and once again we were fed Tamales ha ha ha it was so funny cause it was my companions first and second time in the same night.

Also after planning we read Luke Chapter 2 and sang Christmas carols in which you could really feel the spirit. Amazing.

The next morning on Christmas we left early cause my companion needed to skype across the world. We went to a brother in the wards house to do that----their house is huge and it was so cool cause he has a ton of pictures that are autographed by famous people and also has,........... Sorry I had to pause cause it's just too awesome but he has the THE blouse from the Nacho Libre movie, the original one used in the movie, that Jack black wears when he sneaks into the party and I got to wear it which was so cool!





We also got a ton of presents from this member and we also got lots from the ward, they are so awesome and they truly care about the missionaries. We then went to a meal at another house that other missionaries were at, then went to another house to eat which the zone leaders were also at ha ha. Then visited some other members as well. It was just a great day. But as soon as the night was over and the clock struck midnight I was by the toilet just dying ha ha ha.

Then yesterday we interviewed one of our investigators and other than quitting smoking which he is going to do this week he is good for baptism on the 9th of January. Wooooooo. Pretty good stuff going on here in Hamilton.

LOVE YOU ALL AND HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR!



This is Elder Toly From Week 18















Autographed Pictures at the Members house Jaxson Skyped us from























Oh My---Jaxson is perfect!!




















Monday, December 21, 2015

Week #17 Merry Christmas



MERRY CHRISTMAS Everybody.


Wow its crazy to think that time has already come. Back in August, I remember some of the Elders talking about the new star wars movie which was to come out around Christmas time and now that time has already come! Here in Hamilton, it's very interesting. Last year they apparently had a ton of snow around this time, but as of now we have nothing but lots of rain. And from what it sounds like is that there won't be snow coming and staying till February. This week we were able to see some good things happen in this area. We found five new investigators and were able to see some less active members at church. YES! We also set a baptismal date for January 23 with one of our investigators who is only 17, but wants to make a change in his life and measure up to the potential that he knows he has and that Heavenly Father knows he has as well. The same day we also reset a baptismal date for another investigator who wasn't ready for his original date, but hopefully he will do those things to prepare him for January 9th so things here are good and there is definitely some good things happening here in Hamilton. Also another note, the Hamilton Mountain Ward is awesome, this week people kept booking meal appointments and we have received food and gifts from members who truly care about their missionaries which is really nice and reaffirming. We are still continuing to share more about the birth of Christ during this special time and are encouraging people to go onto christmas.mormon.org and check out the videos and I invite all of you that read this, to share this website or videos with others on social media along with your testimony of why we need a savior. As you do this you can also build up your testimony of Him and His atonement. I wish you all a Merry CHRISTmas and hope you celebrate the birth of Jesus in a way that strengthens you relationship with him. I Love you all and Hope your Christmas is full of Love, Joy, and Christ. Merry Christmas



from Elder Toly in week 17





Monday, December 14, 2015

Week 16



Dear everyone back home,

What a wonderful week we were able to have.

Here in Hamilton it's not really bad at all and all we have been getting is rain and A LOT of fog/mist in the last couple days, but no snow so I'm not complaining ha ha.

This week was pretty swell as we met with investigators, new converts and returning members. Our focus right now is on one of our investigators who has a baptismal date but still needs to quit smoking so we have challenged him to cut back to less each day and hopefully that goes well. We also met with a less active members house for dinner and invited him to come to our Christmas Cantata which we were able to participate in which was really great and he came and also came to church the next day which was great. Also able to meet with a young man who has some struggles at home, but is so great and has a sincere desire to make his life better and would like to be baptized which is soooo great and we are meeting with him later today. Also met with a less active young man which we talked about the importance of reading the scriptures and tried to set up a family history account so he can do family names for the temple and he came to church on Sunday. Blessings! We also have found a couple promising potential investigators (people who are interested but we don't have a follow up appointment....yet! ;) )

So this has been a pretty great week and to top it off, one of the young men in the ward had his mission farewell this Sunday. His father was the Bishop and it was a really touching meeting and I also got to share my testimony.

Great things are going to happen in Hamilton And I hope Things Are well back home for you all!!!

LOVE YA

-Elder Toly from week 16

Picture explanation
Me and my companion after the Cantata and also me and my Trainers trainer which is my "grandfather" he is the assistant to the President and this is his last transfer and I am holding the linage tie that gets passed down from one trainer the next

Monday, December 7, 2015

Week #15 New Area



Dear everyone back home,

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Here on the mission the Christmas season is awesome and I'm SO PUMPED for CHRISTMAS! Here on the mission we are sharing the Christmas Initiative which if you search christmas.mormon.org and watch a few videos that show the true meaning of Christmas and the joy that we have knowing we have a savior who is the true gift and that #ASaviorIsBorn I would encourage all of you to share this website and/or hash tag on social media and express your love for the gift of Jesus Christ in the next week. I would also invite you to read Luke 2 talking about the birth of Christ. Fun Fact: The other name of the savior is Immanuel which means "God With Us" which I love because Jesus Christ was sent of God the Father and shows us that he cares and the plan of happiness is forever real.

This was a amazing week! On Tuesday I met my new companion who is Elder Ngerantar, he is from Malaysia and has been out on his mission for about 10 months. He's an amazing hard worker who has been here for 3 transfers previous and has an established relationship with the members of the Mountain Ward which is funny cause my home ward is the Mountain Heights Ward.

So much happened this week. On Wednesday we went and help the young men with service at a place where they give toys to those children in need and on Friday we met with one of our Investigators named M. And we set a baptismal date with him for December 19 so We are super excited. Then on Saturday and Sunday we went to Stake Conference where we got to hear from Elder Schwitzer of the 70 who really stressed that Joseph Smith a man with a fourth grade education could not have written such an in depth book that would have taken historians, war history and strategists, theologians and physicians and various kinds of scientists and specialist and it's amazing cause he didn't write it. He simply translated it with the Power of God and this was all done in the space of 90 days. For those of you who try to read this in 90 days I want you to think about how all this was done and written in 90 days. In Matthew 19:26 it says "but Jesus beheld them and said unto them, with men this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible."

Later on Sunday evening we were blessed to hear the beautiful music of the Christmas devotional which would recommend to those who have not seen it yet. Also we will be participating in a Christmas singing Cantata in our ward so I'll Give you an update of the next week. Anyways love you all so much and God Bless and Speed.

Yours truly,

-Elder Toly from week 15 (Holy cow ha ha ha)

This is Jaxsons' new place---wow boys are not very orderly now are they?



Monday, November 30, 2015

Week #14 Transfer time



Dear everyone,

What a great week! The opportunity to be here on the earth with the Christmas season near approaching. I'm SOOOO pumped to be able to have my first Christmas here on the mission! Its going to be awesome. This week was a interesting one.

Not a lot of crazy things happened, but on Sunday, my companions and I had the opportunity to speak in Sacrament. We got there and the Stake President also happened to be in attendance which was interesting. Anyways he were asked to speak about the atonement. By the time it was my turn to speak there was less than 5 minutes to speak and I had a pretty decent sized talk prepared and the Stake President had whispered to me to try to make it short so I got up and read a story called the mirror by Robert Fulghum. I also shared this story at my farewell. In the story a young boy finds a piece of a mirror and begins playing with it as a game trying to reflect light into the darkest places he can find and as he grows up he realizes that it is a metaphor for what he can do for his life. That he is not the light but can reflect this light into the dark places of the world and into the hearts of man. I then related the talk to Christ and his atonement on being that light and how we are that mirror, that we can share to the world about Christ and his sacrifice that truly saves us all. I then bore my testimony. I didn't do anything too amazing but read slowly and looked at the congregation frequently and after the Stake President came up to me and told me of how he had felt the spirit while I was speaking and thanked me.

As we approach this Christmas season let us remember that he is the gift and have the desire to share that with others. There is a new hashtag trending #ASaviorIsBorn and there is a cool website you should go check called Christmas.mormon.org which you can and should share with your friends.

Love You All.

Elder Toly from week 14

PS just got calls last night and I'm going to Hamilton so I'm pretty excited




me and my friend Elder Lau from Hong Kong he was in my district last transfer and I got to see him again.









Monday, November 23, 2015

Week # 13 Build Upon Faith



Hey all! This was an interesting week with a couple solid events. On Wednesday we had a mission tour and our zone and two others met in Kitchener where Elder Perkins from the 70 got to speak with us. One thing he told us to do at the beginning of it was to write down a couple questions or worries we had and said that by the end most of our questions would be answered. The conference went well. Elder Perkins has had some amazing experiences and served as a missionary and mission president in Taiwan. By the end of the conference my questions were answered and he set some time apart to answer some questions. So many questions were asked and just by opening the Book of Mormon he was able to answer them. Wow. someday I hope to be that knowledgeable in the scriptures.


 Sunday we were able to go to the Temple Dedication for the Montreal, Quebec Temple at the stake center to see the broadcast which was nice because President Eyring and Elder Perkins were both there.

 We were also able to go visit our investigator who is doing great. He had a question about what the atonement was and already has written his name in the Book of Mormon I gave him. We answered his question and were able to read the introduction of it and now he will start reading with his mom. So awesome! 

The thought this week is "Yea, signs come by faith,not by the will of me, nor as they please, but by the will of God." This week I challenge each one of you to look for things you have faith in and build upon that faith. Love you all and hope your week is good and amazing.

Loves,


Elder Toly From Week 13.









Monday, November 16, 2015

Week #12 Good Week!


Dear one, dear all.

Things here in London are fun. On Tuesday we had a new Elder named Elder Landes join us and things have just been a blast. Laughs on Laughs on laughs haha. It has truly been hilarious. The weather here has been particularly interesting. One day it will be pretty cold and pouring rain but for the most part it has been pretty warm here and I feel sort of spoiled coming from Alberta. This week we were able to participate in Stake Conference which was pretty cool. The Stake President is an amazing speaker and does full talks without a piece of paper on the pulpit. Also, President Clayton came on Saturday and gave a great talk with only 2 minutes notice of the topic. It has been fun. We have been able to visit some returning members and New converts and hopefully will plan some member lessons for our newest convert where the members teach the lesson so that is something to look forward to. We were able to meet with our investigator a couple times and he has committed to be baptized in December!!! We were also able to find 4 new investigators who we have appointments with this coming week.

Things are looking bright and this tripanionship is awesome. You feel even more confident contacting people when there are three of you. (I guess is helps when they are 6'7 and 6'2 haha)







Anyways the Lord has truly blessed myself this week. We have been visiting members more and are hopefully gaining their trust more. After Stake Conference I'm hoping that the Ward Council will come together more and that some big things are going to happen. Lots of fun here in London.



The quote or scripture this week is "Nothing in life worth having comes easy. Nothing!" This applies in all aspects of life. If you want to succeed you need to be willing to put in the effort. The same applies in the Gospel. If we want to experience eternal life we must be willing to put in the work here on earth. As President Uchtdorf said in conference "Skepticism is easy. Anyone can do it." It is more of a trial to believe but it is definitely more worth it. So the challenge this week is do something that is hard that will build you faith. Just for the week. Seven days. That's it and then look at how your faith has increased. It can be just reading an extra chapter of your scriptures or saying an extra prayer each day. I promise you faith will increase.




Love you all so much and God Bless.




-Elder Toly














Week 12

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week #11--Prayer Works



From Jaxsons Mom....


If you have a moment this week to include Jaxson in your prayers that would be great----he needs a few extra prayers to get him over a few difficult weeks with news from home.

Dear everyone, Unfortunately my letter this week is not very long. We were able to meet with a few less active and new converts. Our newest convert friend from the last transfer was able to receive the Aaronic priesthood which was great. We also were able to go visit with a less active and bring a member with us. He was a returned missionary of 3 years and was able to testify with us as we shared the restoration. It felt so lovely and I felt so great after. For this week I was able to learn the importance of prayer. I can testify that prayer really works and that no matter what happens to you, you will always have three beings in your life to support you. God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. We often think when we pray we will receive a miraculous answer instantly or soon. That is not the case. God lets us struggle so we can humble ourselves and come closer to him. BUT HE IS THERE. He wants to help you and all you have to do is ask earnestly, consistently, and be doing the things that make you worthy of His help. If you read in Enos in the Book of Mormon, you see he did this very thing and was able to receive an answer. Things happen that you didn't think were possible. Just yesterday we got a text from the bishop saying that a new woman moved into the ward with a son who wanted to be baptized. Prayers ARE answered. Not by our time but by Gods and when we need them, not when we want them. God is there you just have show you want his help.

-Elder Toly reporting on Week 11

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week #10 Tribute to Grandma Pat -GP

Dear family, (not friends) because is that not what we all are is family?

We are all members of this incredible family no matter our background, ethnicity, race, language, or choices. We are all members of Gods family and should be treated as such. I could talk on how my week went, but I think this is more important. Last Monday I was saddened to write about the death of a long time friend. I f there was any specific highlight, I would say I had 2. On Wednesday I was able to talk with my Grandmother who wasn't given much time left on this World. I didn't hear most of what she said, but did hear "I love You" a quiet, tired, and worn out voice that struggled to get the words out especially with the trouble breathing. It was these three words and the meaning that I don't know if I'll ever forget. Later in the week we were tracking and came upon a house with lady and she told us her husband had passed away that week and I felt some of her sorrow and basically comforted her and let her know that he was ok and she started to cry. She then said thank you. It was here that I truly felt missionary work is not just baptizing people but helping Gods children and bring them towards him. This morning me and my companion went to go work out in the gym in our apartment. When we got back I received a call from my Mission President who then told my that my grandmother had passed away. Of course it was shocking and terribly saddening, but he gave me comfort and told me of Nephi 13:8 Which talks about how God know what we need even before we ask him and that He knows how we feel and our sorrows. Later that today I was able to meet with the President and talk. He then brought up a scripture in D&C 84:88 That says "And whoso recieveth you, there will I be also, for I will go before your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you to bear you up." He then went on to tell me that those angels are those before me and my ancestors and my grandmother. When I think of that I think of my Grandma Pat, Brock, my Uncle Brian, and Stacey. All people who I have known who have passed looking out for me and imagine them all around my and I cannot tell you how great peace and love that thought has brought me. I know my Grandma Pat is in a better place and she is looking out for me. I was so happy to know that she had passed with family members and with my mother holding her hand. She is such a great example for me of how I want to live my life and what kind of person I want to be. I am so grateful to have known such a person and am forever in Gods debt that she was my Grandmother. There is a life after this and there are people looking out for us. Just because maybe you can't see them I can guarantee they are there. You all have a huge wave of people cheering you on in this life and wanting to see you have joy and to experience the good things of life through Jesus Christ. And Through and only through Jesus Christ can all of our burdens be lifted as it says in Matthew 11. I just want to let you that ALL of your trials and afflictions are real and I too feel some of your pain but that Jesus Christ KNOWS ALL of OUR Pain and that is why he such an important key in our life. I love my Grandmother, but I am for the most part more at peace knowing she lived a good life and that she Happy because she was ready. Brothers and Sisters, life is too Short to not live like Jesus Christ and I invite all of you as my President invited me, get on you knees and pray to God and just thank him. Don't ask for things, just straight up pray for the good things you've been blessed with and I know you can because the number is never ending. I love you all and just want to let you know you too through Jesus Christ can have angels and loved ones looking after you just Like my Grandma Pat

Loves,



-Elder Toly





Monday, October 26, 2015

Week #9 Brock Ramias, one of the nicest kids I have ever known.



Dear Family and Friend,

This was an interesting week. I received a new companion from California named Elder Longson who has a scholarship to play for BYU after his mission. He is 6'7 and over 200 and something pounds.









I cannot lie. Missionary work can be stressful.

For me this has been an interesting week. We found a ton a of investigators this week which was good. Then this Friday something unexpected happened. We had a appointment cancel, then had another appointment bomb in which we had brought a member. Then as we got in the car we started to call an investigator when our mission president Clayton called so we stopped calling the investigator and called him. We have a Bluetooth in the car so if you are in it you can hear everything. My companion started talking to to the President and I could hear everything. He then asked to talk to me. I then said it was me and he went on to tell me I was a great missionary and I was doing great. He then went on to tell me that my mother had called and told him there had been a death back home. My friend Brock Ramias had passed away just a few days earlier. Emotions escaped me and I started crying and could not stop. My friend was gone. While this was happening my mission president told my of a scripture that our Prophet Thomas S. Monson Reads at funerals. It was Alma 40:11 which reads "Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection- Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life."

For those of you who don't know, I had known Brock since I was young and don't even recall when I first met him. I guess it just seemed as though I had always known him. Brock was a great person who I admired since I was young. I remember in first grade when the younger kids had the chance to invite a older kid to a special Halloween event, I wanted to invite Brock. I remember when I went snowboarding for my first time with him. I was quite clumsy and was not very good and would fall constantly, taking longer than everyone else. Everyone would go on, or would want to but Brock would always wait for me even though everyone probably wanted to go on.

I remember hearing from a mutual friend, while I was in middle school on the same basketball team as Brock, that Brock had complimented me on and had "talked me up" without me even knowing. He had complimented me and never even told me that he had done so. I remember growing up with Brock we would go to a Lake in Montana called Lake Blaine. We always had so much fun there, and I especially remember the firecrackers we would set of next door. For those of you who didn't know, Brock was a big pyromaniac at the time haha. He was the leader of the kids that went there and we all respected him and would do all sorts of things from going to the "bible camp, throwing a baseball or football around, or going on the boat. There would be times when I would be teased but Brock never once teased me.

I remember coming into high school and Brock was there with all the older, sporty group of kids. From when we were in the Stamps football organization, I knew Brock was a great football player and he did everything from scoring the touch downs to kicking the converts haha. Then when I got to high school, I was blessed to play on the same team as him. Brock was one of the hardest working and dedicated, and disciplined kids I probably have ever known, constantly working to improve his game and get better and was once again a leader for our team and most deservedly the MVP. I remember when I was in grade 9 there was a bad snap to the back field that went behind Brock while playing the Chinook coyotes. He turned around and went to recover it. When he picked it up he did a spin move and duked a defender and went on to run for 20-30 yards off a broken play. I also will always remember when he had ran past everyone he would almost complete stop right before scoring. Brock did all this and still maintained his humility and was still kind to all. In fact I remember him giving rides to a new kid who lived on the West side.

Brock was amazing. Brock was a leader. Brock was a worker. Brock was a friend. Brock was like the older brother I never had. I had a very special respect for Brock that I can't say I have had for most people. I always looked up to him and not just for being a great football player, but because when Brock talked to you he made you feel special.

Being on a mission, I want you to know, There is a God. There is a life after this. We have Jesus Christ and his atonement to provide us the way to return. There is Hope. Unfortunately my friend Brock is not here anymore and it still doesn't feel real. Brock is no longer here, but his example will always remain with me forever. I am so thankful to know of Gods plan for us and like it says in that scripture form the Book of Mormon, Brock is in a better place. Brock is Home. #23 BR till I see him again. I just want to let his mother and 2 brother who I have the pleasure of knowing as well as anyone dealing with this that I am sorry and want to let you all know anytime you need help or have a question just email me, but even better pray to God to help you with comfort.

As it says in Mosiah 16: 8 "The grave hath no victory, and the sting of of death is swallowed up in Christ." I know that these things are true and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.



This is Elder Toly from week 9.

R.I.P Brock Ramias, one of the nicest kids I have ever known.