Monday, April 25, 2016

Week #35

Thanks for tuning in again to the station here in Lindsay everyone. We had another eventful week here in Lindsay! The weather for the beginning of the week was beautiful. Then it got a little colder and at one point today it actually started snowing hahah. Canada eh?
 This week we went to see a investigator we had not seen for a while and when we went in we found another one of our investigators who I hadn't even taught before cause he fell off the grid but we met with him and shared the restoration in which he said he knew it was all true and that he needed to get back on a schedule in his life and said he wanted to go this path and agreed to a baptismal date for the 15th for May , but we were disappointed that he didn't come to church but you can't make people do things, only invite (so true) but we taught a lot of lessons this week and also did a lot of finding.
 One thing this week we noticed was that people were a little more hostile but it makes for good stories and helps you cement more in your faith when you live and defend it. We were walking down the street and the one started saying "hail satan" as a joke for his friends who were with him so that was fun. Wanna know what was even more fun? When a couple days later and we tracted into his house and he was really quiet and shy without his friends. Are we like this guy or are we the same with and without our friends? Do we have the same morals and values with our friends that we have without them? Just food for thought, But a good week. 
While we were in a little town called Omemee we got some awesome pictures out by the lake cause it was a gorgeous day. 

One cool thing that happened was on Sunday we had a branch activity that our branch mission leader brother Farrow put on. We had a local group of singers come and perform and a couple of guest speakers come. The sister gave a really great talk about how she joined the church out west when she was young. The missionaries came to her door and her dad was a hard core catholic so he was yelling at them and was about to come chase them and one missionary actually started running while the other gave her a book of Mormon and asked her to read it. She tucked the book under her shirt and later read it and was converted and the baptized at 18. It was really great to hear. 
 But that's pretty much the week, nothing too amazing but I seemed to find a lot of animals to take pictures with, including kittens, puppies, horses, and rats .

 Thanks again for reading and don't hesitate to email and say hello every once in a while eh? Hey well I should be going but God Bless and have a great week!

-Elder Toly from Week 35-

Monday, April 18, 2016

Week #34--HOLY CROW!!

Good morning everyone (If you didn't know I'm emailing this in the morning ).

Once again thanks for tuning into my life for a few minutes. It's great. This was a new filled week.

So on Tuesday My companion and I drove to Brampton for transfers. Poor guy had been here for 7 1/2 months so he knew everyone and was pretty sad to go. Anyways we got to the Stake Centre there and saw a lot of missionaries we knew. I gotta admit I was pretty sad to see my companion go. Elder Taylor was my favourite so far so it kinda sucked only serving for 1 transfer. Anyways, I met my new companion Elder Karras. He is from Kaysville, Utah and he has been out on the mission for almost 18 months so he has officially been my oldest companion yet. He's a pretty nice guy and he teaches pretty good. Anyways after that we went to lunch with my previous companion and his new companion at this really good breakfast place.

After that we went into a crazy week. We had 30 lesson which was my highest yet so that was sweet. We had a lot of returning member appointments and also met with a couple investigators and one came to church. We have been bringing Christian who is one of our Returning members we work with out to teaching appointments and he has been loving it and now wants to come out all the time!

We also met with an investigator named Peter at a restaurant we had found him a couple weeks earlier, but just couldn't seem to meet. Any ways we taught him the Plan of Salvation which went really well. He didn't accept a baptismal invite but is going to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and come to church next Sunday and we are also meeting with him tomorrow! So that's pretty awesome.

We also found 5 new investigators this week and got in touch with some we haven't heard from for a while. So some good things looking up.

For Sunday we had a branch conference so the stake leaders were at our branch and took charge of branch council and sacrament meeting. The Stake President gave a talk that talked about pop cans. Some young men put some aluminium pop cans in an oven and melted them where all the impurities where taken out and they were able to make it into something beautiful and new. That fire is the refiners fire and he compared that to coming to church and taking the sacrament and also said that members needed to forget grudges against others and let go of that pride/ impurities. Well it was crazy cause after the meeting 1 lady went up to another in which they had previously hated each other and hugged her and they ended up sitting by each other at the lunch pot luck after. Its like the gospel is true or something, eh? ;)

But all in all a pretty good week. Looking forward to the adventures that await here in Lindsay. Oh yeah and also the weather here has been bumping and if you don't understand what that slang means, it means it has been very nice and warm. Life is pretty good. In our district I also forgot to add, we have 2 missionaries from Cardston, Elder Tolley (I hate when people mix up our names) and sister Crawford so you can imagine that district meetings are pretty intense.... just kidding it's all good, but I will have to crack some more jokes about them being from Cardston sometime.

But we also got a new car. A Nissan Rouge which is super smooth and is nicer than the last car my companion crashed.

Also one of my favorite missionaries in the mission went home this week finishing up his 2 years - Elder Lau! This guy was so amazing. I met him in my first district meeting so pretty much my first real day and he gave me the biggest hug and really took me under his wing and so I just want to give him a shout out and let you know that people do remember the small acts of love you do for them. But I'm gonna miss my Asian friend and wish him the best of luck in Hong Kong.

But that was pretty much my week in a nutshell. God Bless and Good luck with exams everybody!

This is Elder Toly From week 34 (Holy Crow!)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Week #33--Transfer Week!

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great week! This week was pretty crazy and I can't remember a lot of specifics but here is a run-down of the last few days.

On Thursday we drove up to Brampton where the temple, mission office and President all are. So we got there early and did some work for Assistants in their area and let me just say, there are a lot of people in Brampton who are from India so we pretty much just contacted a bunch of them which was pretty fun. We then stayed over at the AP's ( assistant to the President) house which is a three story house that they share with the zone leaders in Brampton and because there was a ton of stuff going on the next day most of the zone leaders in the mission were there so we had this huge sleepover where we all slept in the same room which was the best thing ever haha even though we did not get that much sleep.

 The next day was the temple trip so we got to go to the temple. It was nice and as soon as we left the doors I had an amazing renewal of energy and felt so good and just was happy to feel the Spirit. We then went to a meeting across the street where most of the mission attended so there was a ton of missionaries, probably the most I've seen in the mission all together and our President addressed us on his new calling to the 70 and gave a little information about the future President. After that we ended up going back to Lindsay then later went to Bowmanville to help them in their area. After that we went to Oshawa to stay with the zone leaders cause the next day we had zone council. So pretty much we just did a ton of driving .

But also we had our transfer calls. My companion is going to Kitchener and I am staying where I will be getting a new companion named Elder Karras or something like that. So hopefully we can get Lindsay up and bumping and dust out the font. Some potential in this area for sure. We just need to get the members bought in and to start bring friends to activities and church. Slowly but steady if we do this we should start seeing some good things.

So that's kind of the gist of things, but before i leave y'all, I just wanted to bear my testimony of the atonement. I know that Christ died for our sins and took all of the bad we would ever experience, all the trials, the sins, the heartache, the disappointment, and the loss of hope. He willing suffered so that if we come unto Him and be perfected in Him we can make it through those heartaches, disappointment, hopeless days, trials and that we can be cleansed and purified from our sins. The atonement is a powerful thing we can ALL access and use. We can all be comforted and we can ALL be healed. I know that the atonement heals me and that helps fix me as I continually press forward and I really can say that it is powerful. That tears are the manifestation of healing and that everything in this life that tries to push us down can in turn make us stronger and qualify us for exaltation. But I just wanted to let you all know this, that I KNOW this. I hope you all can truly use the atonement in your lives and help bring others to the knowledge of it in their own lives. For those of my friends who read this and are not religious, I just want to say that there's a way to keep going forward and that is Jesus Christ.

-Elder Toly

Monday, April 4, 2016

Week # 32

Hello everyone. Well the last couple days weather wise have sucked haha. It snowed yesterday and then today it snowed again. Just when you think Springs here Ontario's like "haha no." So I'm a little sad about that.

But here's my week in review.... So as you know we had our pday last week so this week was shorter and also usually we would have got our transfer calls but the time spent for missionaries in the MTC is now 3 weeks rather than the 2 so we are having a 7 week transfer. Wooooo.

So on Wednesday we visited a few people and one was a returning member who we don't see that often but the nicest way to describe him is that he's a few cups short of a sacrament tray. So we are the middle of the message when he just jolts and is like "Whoa" and says that he totally felt something and that he's really hot all of a sudden and starts taking off all of his jackets and sweaters (cause apparently he was wearing a few ) but it was just a really weird lesson and I guess we will put it at that .

On Friday we had our district meeting on Friday which went well. Afterwards I went on an exchange with a greenie in our district which went pretty good. We went to a less actives place where there was members and she just kept chatting it up so I took charge of the lesson, told her we didn't have a lot of time. I did it lovingly and boldly and she loved me so much she kissed my hands when I shook her hand before we left and after we got out of there the greenie was pretty much amazed and said usually him and his companion wouldn't have spoken up and would have been there for a while. But the rest of the exchange went well as we did some service and had a dinner appointment and the kid got to tract a couple doors which he was nervous but he did well. But it went well and I just kept giving the Elder lots of advice and helping him out.

On Saturday and Sunday we had conference. My companion and I went and got a ton of candy and for one of the sessions we had pizza. They all went pretty good except for the last one. We had 3 investigators show up which was good during the weekend but none of them are super solid but ya never know. One thing I liked was what Elder Renlund shared. He said "If life were truly fair you and I would never be resurrected and would never be worthy to stand before God....I'm glad life isn't fair" I also enjoyed President Uchtdorfs talk as well. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take many notes on the last session cause one of our investigators came with her 3 kids and there was almost no members to help out with them so they were just running around and it was really hard to get into it. But I guess that's life eh? Any ways I hope you all enjoyed conference and hope that you share what you learned with others. Love you all!

Also our mission President got called to be a 70 and will now finish July 1 and we will got a new mission President named Shields.

-Elder Toly from week 32