Monday, August 31, 2015

Letter #60 8-31-2015 Fort Collins Colorado

Hey Everyone!!!
Well sounds like a crazy week back at home. And Holy Cow!!! Lily is getting so big!!! Well this week was a good week for us and me especially.  So back when I was in Sterling I was called to be a district leader and that was all good and just learning how to be a leader. 
Well at the end of last transfer I was ask to do it again this transfer. And this transfer I have gone to the Lord so much for help with what I should do in how to be a good leader for the district I am over, and how I can best help them cause everyone except my comp is older than me in mission time and they have been out longer. 
Three of the missionary's excluding me and my comp go home before Halloween and one goes home September 15th when this transfer ends. And that can be hard sometimes for missionary's to have someone over them when they have been out longer and things like that. The best way I have found to being a leader is leading by example. And going to the Lord in help in everything, so I just love and care for the people the Lord asks me to help. Well a lot of these things are easier said than done. 

This week was one of the hardest things I have had to do, a missionary in my district has had an iPhone that we did not know about. And he justified having this cause he lost his iPad. And this is not safe because the iPads in the mission are all protected and president can have control over them and also on the iPad you can't delete history. What ever you do president will see the next time he looks at your iPad. So all these things the iPad has the iPhone he had does not. So I had to talk to him to send it home and get rid of it. And that was kinda hard cause he was upset and did not want to send it home but he is going to today.

 So this week I was studying a talk and this paragraph stuck out to me...

King Benjamin, we learn what we can do to take us to that safe place. But remember: the things we do are the means, not the end we seek. What we do allows the Atonement of Jesus Christ to change us into what we must be. Our faith in Jesus Christ brings us to repentance and to keeping His commandments. We obey and we resist temptation by following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. In time our natures will
change. We will become as a little child, obedient to God and more loving. That change, if we do all we must to keep it, will qualify us to enjoy the gifts which come through the Holy Ghost. Then we will be safe on the only sure rock.

I just really like this cause it talks about change of heart and the importance of really Changing and become better.

Much love 

Elder Urry

 The Angel Moroni being placed on top of the Fort Collins Temple

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Letter #59 8-25-2015 Fort Collins Colorado

Hey Everyone!!
Mom happy Birthday!!!!!!! Hey Kyson man I want to see you when I get home buddy so don't do crazy things like that man! Haha And dad that is crazy what happen to your plane. 
Well the reason for writing today instead of yesterday is cause yesterday we had a mission conference with everyone and Elder Jorge F. Zeballos Of the Seventy he spoke in last conference his talk was "If you will be responsible." Well before I talk about that he wanted to get photos with each of the zones in the mission. And for those who don't know what zones are, there is the mission which is the Fort Collins Colorado mission then there are zones and there are 9 zones in this mission and I am in the Fort
Collins zone right know. Well after that photo he wanted to meet each of us and say hi and know where we are from. So I go through the line and he is getting everyone's name for the most part but then I get to him and shake his hand and his first words are "oh boy ummmm" hahaha did not let me tell him for a minute or two then he is like "ok tell me I give up" haha. But was a supper nice man and same with his wife.
 So before this meeting we were ask to study his last talk from conference and chapters 2 and 4 of preach my gospel to help prepare for this meeting. Well most of it was on being prepared and following the spirit and being responsible. And what really stood out to me is a story our mission president told.
 So he said, one day he was going to go with the missionary's in this area to teach a lesson to a investigator and that morning he read chapters 10 and 11 of Ether. And then he was done and he had things to do to get ready for the day. He then felt he should keep reading and he is like no I have stuff to do, this happened like 4-5 times and each time the prompting got stronger and stronger. Well he went on with his day and did not read on. That night came and he went out with the missionary's to this appointment and they were coming to the end of this appointment and Brother S_, the man they were teaching said "how can the Book of Mormon be the word of God with the way they write, God would never like this." So they tried to answers Brother S_ question, but had a hard time. That night ended and the next day President Brown started to read again and finds out he should have kept reading cause Ether 12:23-26 would have answered Brother S_ question perfectly. Here are the verses...

  23 And I said unto him: Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these things, because of our weakness in writing; for Lord thou hast made us mighty in word by faith, but thou hast not made us mighty in writing; for thou hast made all this people that they could speak much, because of the Holy Ghost which thou hast given them;
24 And thou hast made us that we could write but little, because of the awkwardness of our hands. Behold, thou hast not made us mighty in writing like unto the brother of Jared, for thou madest him that the things which he wrote were mighty even as thou art, unto the overpowering of man to read them.
25 Thou hast also made our words powerful and great, even that we cannot write them; wherefore, when we write we behold our weakness, and stumble because of the placing of our words; and I fear lest the Gentiles shall mock at our words.
26 And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying: Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness;

And he said after reading these verses,  he felt so bad for not listening to those promptings and going on and just reading some more. 
But here we can learn as Missionaries when we study to go by the spirit in what to study, listen to the promptings of the spirit and follow them, cause then you will be prepared for the day and be able to help others in the way the Lord needs you to help.
Well much love

Elder Urry

This week me and Elder Tapia were together on exchanges and look at what we were able to catch!!! They are everywhere here!!!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Letter #58 8-17-2017 Fort Collins Colorado

Hey Everyone!
 Sorry for the late email. We went on a 7 mile hike today and we started at 6 a.m. so we could get there and see some deer and try to see a mountain lion and a black bear. Well we saw about 30 deer and 4 of them were bucks. We were getting to the end of the hike and we were down by the water falls and river. We are just resting and talking and Elder Tapia and I were just talking and Elder Tapia started going crazy but like quiet cause  about 100 yards from us on the other side of the river we saw a black bear and that made my hike!! You will see the photos when I send them to you after I’m done writing this letter to all of you. But this was one of my favorite Pday hikes of the mission.

Well zone conference was good there was a lot of missionary's giving there departing testimonies that I have gotten to know in the first year of my mission so that is kinda hard cause I will miss them a lot. But zone conference was on chapters 2 and 4 of preach my gospel and the chapters are on how to study effectively.  We also discussed how to recognize the spirit and receive answers to our prays and all of these go hand in hand with each-other. If you want to have a good study in the scriptures you need the spirit, if you want to find answers you need to read and listen to what the spirit is telling to do or to learn. But when we ask the Lord for help or guidance we need to be willing to act on the answers we will receive.

Also this week we went on exchanges with Elder Greer and Elder Shields who I served with right after I was done serving with Elder Torres. He is going home in 4 months so that is crazy for Elder Torres. But it was really good! Me and Elder Greer were able to find a new investigator for their area.  We just stopped and visited with a girl who was outside when we were biking. We just started by introducing ourselves and saying we were pretty new to the area and what are some cool things around here to do? From there we got to know her and were able to talk about the gospel, just kinda became friends first and then started talking about the gospel. People are more willing to talk when they see you are interested in them and what they have to say and not just on what you have to say.

 But ya this week has been a crazy week!! Well love and miss you all hope you have a great week and Paul thanks for the post card they were cool!!

Love Elder Urry

Monday, August 10, 2015

Letter #57 8-10-2015 Fort Collins Colorado

Hey Everyone!!
 Well my new comp is Elder Robertson and he is from North Carolina and he has been out like 8 months. But we are living with with members now there names are the Millers they are a supper nice family, all there kids are grown up and gone. Well we are on bikes here every other week so it is fun, lots of hills here!! But Fort Collins is nice. So far we are just trying get more people to see cause there is not many right now even though we are in a ward here.
 But this week Friday and Saturday we were putting in a fence like the one you had put in the back yard. Man I did not know mixing cement is hard when you have to do it for 2 days in a row. But me and my comp and the 2 other missionary's did a pretty good job!! Not to brag or anything hahaha!! Well not much this week happen other than transfers
but we do have a crazy week ahead with zone conference and I need to plane a district meeting. But I am doing good hope all is well with you guys at home!!

Much love

Elder Urry

 In front of the Fort Collins Temple

 Mixing Cement for the fence

Colorado Sunset

Monday, August 3, 2015

Letter #56 8-3-2015 Laramie, Wyoming

Hey Everyone!!
Well I would like to start by adding on to to what you were saying, Mom, about missionary work and what is success. Last October you might remember that Elder Cook came to our mission and he talked about what success and failure is for missionaries, and what stuck in my mind was this "you never fail when you invite, no matter the out come you are always successful!" I think this is so true cause no one, no matter what their concern is, will change if they don't think it is wrong or see how it will help them, unless someone invites them to change and tells them how it will help them.

 Well I am leaving Laramie tomorrow I have been transferred to Fort Collins in Colorado. I am going to miss Laramie soooo much!! The people here are fantastic and I have become very very close with some of them.  But it is the Lords call and He knows best and there is a reason I am going to Fort Collins.  The Lord has a plan for me to see people in that area and my work here is done for now. Elder Earl is staying here but me and Elder Thompson are leavening and Elder Thompson is going to be with Elder Torres, who was my 1st comp in the field or as missionary's call it “my dad” on the mission. So that is pretty cool, they will be in Loveland together.
Well this week my last companion Elder Corpus came back through the mission to see people before he goes back to school so that was fun to see him. He went home right before Mother's Day if you remember that is why I had Elder Palmer at that time when I called home!
Well this week we went on exchanges and that was fun cause I got to stay here and we had a good talk that night with F_ and L_. We talked about apostles and prophets.  We also talked about the Savior and our Heavenly Father, and that it is them that we worship, not Joseph Smith.   We shared that Joseph Smith was just a tool in the Lords hands to help with the restoration of the gospel. But it was a really good conversation and they really opened up which was cool to see.
Well hope you all have had a fun week, I know I have another fun one ahead.

Love Elder Urry

 Bro. Davidson (Ward Mission Leader) and his daughter
 Bro. Mickleson
Bro. Bagley & Bishop Allen