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 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.


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


-Elder Toly