Monday, September 29, 2014

Letter #12, Sept. 29, 2014 Sterling, CO

Hey everyone!!
Well this week has been crazy and fun and filled with the spirit and all kinds of things going on! Well I forwarded an email from my bishops wife and his family and that was last night for dinner we went there and had rock mountain oysters... If you want to know what that is just look it up at your own will cause it is the weirdest kinda food I have had on my mission. And if you look it up let me tell you bishop ate one raw, that was sick! But all in all it was a great night and we shared a lesson at the end of the power of prayer and I shard the story of Grandpa Fisher in our family history and they really liked that story. And talking about family history I was looking at it this week and I found out that going back on dads side there are a lot of people with the last name of Maxwell.  I decided to go over to a members home and look in his family line cause his last name is Maxwell too. He is a really cool guy and so he and his wife are doing some searching this week so we will see if there is any match there. 
 Well this week we had another lesson with Bro R_ and I’ll tell you what in missionary terms he is “golden” haha! And he is very interested in the gospel. He came to church this past Sunday with Brother W_ and he participated in the classes which was great and everyone was so kind to him and talked with him. So we will see what happens tomorrow when we go see him for another lesson and see what he thought about it... even though we forgot that this Sunday was the primary program which is always fun to see!! I was impressed by this one boy who is a S_ boy and that is about all I know and that he is only about 4 or 5 years old. He had a solo and sang all by himself in front of everyone and he did great for his age and he memorized the song and had no help at all!!! So I have to give him some props on that cause it was crazy to see!!
 So this morning I finished 2 Nephi and so the scriptures are coming along great Steve just so you know. 
PS mom are you sending my seminary scriptures this week or have you already done that? 
Well it sounds like a fun week back at home and there is a lot going on with everyone. And Brian you will have to write me and tell me if it is a boy or a girl cause I could not watch the video you sent me. So let me know! Well I am doing great and I love you all and you are all in my prayers every night and morning along with a lot of other things. Well hope you all have a fun week back at home this week!

Love Elder Urry
Elder Torres pretending to eat a raw oyster

Elder Welch cooking Rocky Mountain Oysters

Rocky Mountain Oyster Dinner with Bishop Schumacher and his family 
Elder Shields, Urry, Torres and Welch eating Rocky Mountain Oysters 
Bishop Schumacher pretending to eat a raw Oyster, with Elder Shields and Welch 

Bishop Schumacher, Elder Welch, Torres, Urry and Shields 
Sister Schumacher, Her Sister Kareen and her Mom, Cynthia Michaels

Monday, September 22, 2014

#11 September 22, 2014 Sterling CO

Hey Everyone!
 Well mom I cant go shopping for any clothes or winter things till I go to Greeley and I don't know when that will happen. But I did get a winter coat and that was $65 so you should see that in my account.  I will just have to wait for the next time we go that direction. About the Ipads, we will get them soon it is just one of the members of the Quorum of the 70 that have to come down and give us training on them so just keep the money available so I can get it when it comes. Also yes I would like my seminary scriptures so if you could send those as soon as you can that would be great.

 Well this week I got to see someone use the Atonement in action and it was not him asking for forgiveness he was the one forgiving someone else. His name is A_ and I have told you how he is a convert and for most of his previous life he was in a maximum security person. The prison is actually here in Sterling just as you come into the town. He had a friend in his old life that was not happy with him joining the church. (the following story is kind of graphic but it helps for you to understand the forgiveness he had to offer and work through with the Atonement.) So one night when he and his family were gone his friend broke in and killed his dog and used the dogs blood and wrote all over the walls with it. When A_ and his family came home that is the first thing they saw when they walked in. This was about 4 years ago and now that guy is at the halfway house here in Sterling. A_ wanted to go talk to him and tell him he forgives him for what he had done and he is not looking to get back at him. He had told his friend that this is not the way to do thing and that he is forgiving him and he is holding nothing against this man.  He told him that he is still Mormon and he would have to respect him for that decision he has made. Before he went over to the halfway house we went over to A_ house and talked with him and told him he was doing the right thing.  Then we showed him a video about a dad who lost his family from a drunk driver accident. The video shows how this dad went to the young man who was driving the car that killed most of his family and took him under his arm and forgave him. That dad became like another dad to this boy. I wanted to tell you all this story cause what A_ did is so great and such a powerful story of using the atonement. 
PS mom and dad sorry about the graphic detail but it is harder to see what he did without it and how hard this task was for him to do.

 Well also this week we found two new investigators thanks to the 1st counselor in the stake presidency and a return missionary that got back 2 weeks ago named Jeremy Lotinsock.  PS: Eric he is coming to BYU next semester and I told him your name and that you are on the baseball team so if some kid starts talking to you that is why, so he said he would try to find you. 
But when I went with him and Elder Torres to teach his friend I did something I never thought I would do and it was cause of the Spirit that I did it.  
So the lesson was about over and my mouth just started to move and before I knew what I was saying I had invited this guy to be baptize by someone holding the proper authority and to follow in Christ foot steps!  And so I was a little shocked at what I just did and then I realized it was the right thing to do cause he said yes. Then I asked him "What are you feeling right now?" He said "It is like a good warm feeling that I have felt this whole lesson with you guys." So I told him that is the Spirit testifying to you what we are saying is true and that to better know that it is true you need to pray and read the Book of Mormon and ask God if it is true (Moroni 10:3-5) because we will not force anyone to join this church. We want them to want to be baptized because that is what they feel is right!

Well this week has been another great week and it is going fast!! This transfer is already half over! Well I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love Elder Urry               

Monday, September 15, 2014

Letter #10 September 15, 2014 Sterling CO

Hey Everyone,
Well this week has been great for me we have done a lot of things this week but the thing I want to talk about is what we did Saturday. 
Well to start in this mission we are ask to give at least 10hrs of service a week.  Saturday we went to one of the 100's of farms around here haha! And dad all the roads here are 2 lane roads so it will be fun when you get here haha! So me and Elder Torres and some members went and got a truck loud of potato's and that was about a 1000 pounds worth of them. So everyone was filling buckets like the ones that we keep our baseballs in. So they were about 10 to 15 pounds a piece. But my job was taking 2 buckets at a time down the staircase and down the hall to the truck and then dump them and come back and by that time they would have 2 more buckets ready to go. I was moving like crazy and sweating badly even though it was about 55 degrees outside and the day before it snowed!! By the way Colorado is weird like that, one day it can be 85 degrees and sunny but the next 18 degrees and snowing!! NO JOKE!!! haha.
But while out on my mission I have learned to love giving service to others I mean sometimes before I get there I wont want to go but after I get there and start working I forget about time and before I know it we are done and on our way back! And tell you what after helping someone out with something it feels great! And here the things we help with is a lot of farming work! So I do a lot of farming things here. And it is kinda fun! But besides that, the service I like because I know if Christ were here He would be right by my side helping out and just enjoying the time with the people. Service is like a kind of charity you can show people and it feels good doing it. Also the best way to teach people if they wont listen to what you have to say is to just help them out and show what we are like through our actions. Then they will start asking questions about why we are doing this and what we are doing away from family and that leads into a lesson.  Then people start finding out truth about us and that we are not just some crazy people and we are normal people and do more than just preach the Gospel every day to people. But even if service does not lead into a lesson and it is just to help someone out it still is worth it and is a good thing to do for people! 
Well this week has been great and we are working hard and the ward is starting to trust in us and that we are actually doing work and not just siting around at the apartment and doing nothing. They are starting to help us out now so we will even get more work. 
 Jeff with his District at the MTC
 1st Hair cut by Elder Almaida who finished his mission last transfer!
Me and my Companion Elder Torres
Well love you all and hope you have a great week back at home! 

Love Elder Urry

Monday, September 8, 2014

Letter #9 September 8, 2014 Sterling CO

Hey Everyone!! Happy Birthday Kyson! 
Also have we heard if I am going to have another niece or nephew? 
Well Dad to give you an idea what we eat like, this week 3 out of the last 7 meals we have had were T-bone steaks with them!!! haha How do you like that Steve!! 
And mission prep did help alot, but something that would help more would be to make the role-play harder. Then make them have to really think and try to get to know the person they are teaching and discern by the Spirit and ask Heaven sent questions. The Lord knows what they need to be asked and then they are more likely to open up to you? Also use the Book of Mormon and the Bible to study and know how to use both. But these are somethings I have learned that would have helped me more and will help them out! Also, make sure they are not afraid of silence cause that is when the spirit works the best!

 Well yes we had an apostle come this week, it was Elder Cook who came and before the meeting started he ask for every missionary to come up and shake his hand and have a 2 seconded interview with him and through the spirit he will be able to tell what kind of missionary you are!! So thats kind of cool! 
Well the meeting went well and he talked about how we need to really let the people we teach know that the Lord loves them very much! Also he said the church took a survey on what people remember when they took lessons from missionary's. Well 90% of these people remember the 1st vision and the plan of salvation the best! But he was a little mad when he found out in our mission members don't really help the missionary and about 70% of our findings in this mission are from tracting. He said the missionary should not have to plan anything after dinner that should be all the members doing that and that we are here to teach most the time and not be finding people most the time. But he was happy about how well we are doing even though we are trying to find most of our work. 

 Well this week was a great week we found 3 new investigators to teach and 2 of the 3 said that they would get baptized after the 1st lesson so we just have to keep teaching them and set them with a date and see if they accept. Me and Elder Torres both prayed and thought about it and we are going to invite them to be baptize on October 10th, four days before the end of this transfer! But we will see how that will go, we will see them on Wednesday at 7pm! (Wednesday is our crazy day!) Also we are still working with A_ and he is 5 days and going without drinking and he came to church which was great to see him there cause it was fast and testimony meeting! Well it has been a great week and tomorrow is my 2 month mark! Whoa time fly's!!!  

Love you all Elder Urry  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Letter #8 September 2, 2014 Sterling CO

Hey Everyone,
Well with yesterday being a holiday I could not come to the library and write you guys so that is why I am writing today. Also mom I am going winter close shopping on Saturday after mission conference and I will have to use my debit card cause I only have $139 per month and I cant buy clothes and enough food all on my MSF card (missionary money) so I will have to use that on Saturday so I hope that is ok. Also this month or next month we are getting ipads and we have to pay $400 unless you fall under certain areas and we don't so that will also come from my own money which means debit card so this month will be expensive. If those come in and they will come in either this month or October.
     Well I am staying in Sterling with Elder Torres for at least one more transfer. We found that out on Saturday but we will only be together for 2 transfers because there is about a 95% chance that he will be training a new missionary next transfer because there are only 5 Spanish speaking Elders and there are 5 coming in. But that would mean he leaves the area. I will most likely stay unless they decided to sweep the area again and put 2 new missionary's in here but that most likely wont happen seeing that Elder Torres and I got swept in here together.
 Well K_ had her baptism Thursday and that was a cool experience, but I was kind of disappointed cause only 4 or 5 members came and that is including the bishopric. Other than that it was a great experience for everyone.
 This week a convert named A_ tried to stop drinking again and he made it 2 days but he is having trouble cause all his friends he met in prison still come over and want to drink so he lets them and tells himself he wont drink. But he never can make it through the night with them there so we are going over today after this to talk to him and try to see what we can do to help and give him some advice about how to stop.
Well love you all and miss you hope you have a great week, you are all in my prayers!

Love Elder Urry

PS  Mom it has come!! the package came on Thursday. The ZL's dropped it off at zone meeting! I also tried to put pictures on the computer here but it did not work so I will keep the card through the end of the transfer and then send it home and you can send it back.