THE WORDY LETTER FROM JEFF!
See ya all !! Here are some photos from the week!!
Monday, July 11, 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016
Well, my second to last week here in the mission and we got T-boned this week!! It was at an intersection with no stop or yield signs. We were already in the intersection and a woman hit the back passenger side, so my side, and it spun us around and the other side of the car hit a poll, but we were all ok. But ya it was crazy.
Well this week I found out there will be no temple trip before I return home because the Denver Temple is closed:( So I would just say when we come for the Fort Collins open house in a month that we can do a session then. There is a family who moved to Denver during my mission, so possibly we will be able to see them as well.
Obviously we have had no car this week and it has been a hard week. I feel like the Lord has been testing my diligence in the work. Just with a lot of things coming and circumstances that aren’t appropriate to talk about over an email. Nothing bad has happen, just not meant for my email home. I have just been praying for strength to finish strong and do what needs to be done in a loving way.
Well we did see A_ this week and it was all about temples and eternal marriage which she can not wait for that day to happen and be able to go into the Temple, I’m so excited for her too.
Well hope you all have a good week.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Well I got my flight itinerary this morning. I will leave Denver at 7:25am my time 6:25am your time. I will be going to Salt Lake City, Utah and get there at 9am, then I will have a two hour lay over and I will leave there at 11:08am. I land at Sky harbor at 11:45am. I am surprised I am not flying straight home but it is ok.
Well we get our new mission president on Friday this week and we will be having a zone conference next week on the 5th so we can meet him, which will be nice. If things stay the same on that Friday, the 8th I should get to go down with the missionary's going home with me and go to the Denver Temple. The mission president and his wife would go as well, but we shall see if that’s what the new mission president wants to do. If we do that it will take my entire day. I would love to go to the Temple cause I have not been to the temple since I was in the MTC.
Well this week we did have E_ baptism, and we had a great turn out. It was really cool I was fortunate enough to get to have a baptism this close to coming home. I see it as a blessing cause this one was in the Lords time for sure and it was when E_ was ready and not for me, all that matters is it was in the Lords timing. Yesterday was cool during the confirmation cause Elder Navarro said it in Spanish so E_ family could understand him.
Yesterday A_ came to church as well which was great she is doing so well!!! She has such a strong spirit about her and her faith is so strong too. It is really cool to see how fast she has progressed.
Well hope you all have a good week this week!!
Ps mom could you send the recipe to Sister Delcamp again she think she deleted it by accident? Well the next email I send I will be 21 years old!
Monday, June 20, 2016
Well it has been cool hearing about the Mortensen’s getting ready to go on their mission. It is interesting because I am also seeing and hearing about President Brown finishing up with his mission and the things he has learned.
At our Zone Conference, the last hour was a question and answer with President Brown and his wife. He wanted to do this because of a question a missionary had asked at his final interview. When he was counseled as a Mission President he was told that missionaries would come to him seeking advice on what they should do about certain situations in their lives, and especially as they are returning home. He was counseled to turn them “to the Lord every time."
This really does help, I mean he give us counsel but it would be from the scriptures or asking us what we feel we need to do. He would not be telling us what to do every time so we can learn and grow.
Also he was able to give me my departing interview and that was really good! We were together about 45 minutes, talking about setting goals to finish my mission and we talked about things that I want to do when I get home. But it was super nice to have.
Well I am excited for this week E_ is getting baptized on Saturday, and he has asked me to baptize him so that will be awesome!
Well I don't have to much more this week to say I hope you all have a good week! Things are going well here!!
Monday, June 13, 2016
Holy Cow!! Time is just getting faster and faster as I get closer to coming home. I mean this week we have zone conference and that will be saying goodbye to President Brown cause he is going home on the 1st of July which is 2 weeks from Friday. I will also be giving my departing testimony at zone conference cause that is what you do at your last one. The entire mission and trainings are helping prepare for the new mission president who will take over on the 1st of July. So some crazy things going on and lots of excitement as well as sadness in the mission with President Brown going home. But change is always good. Also the Delcamp family in the ward here have signed up for my birthday dinner. If you are sending anything for my birthday send it there and mom you can text her and ask for their address.
So yesterday in church this quote stuck out to me... "A good friend will accept you the way you are but never leave you the way he found you." And it made me think a lot about true friends for all of us. The last part, never leave you the way they found you, well we need to think about that when we pick our friends in life. When we pick our closest friends will they make you become a better person or not. Now this does not mean to think you are better than everyone in life and no one can help you become better cause we can improve everyday.
What this is saying to me is will your friends help you improve or will it be just up to you to improve or will they try to drag you down. We all want to become better and we can't do it on our own we need friends and family who will lift us up so we can become better. We also need to help lift others as well cause when you do that you will also become better in life. I feel we all do the most growing when we don't think about ourselves and we turn outward to others. I would invite you all to watch the Mormon message LIFT it talks about turning outward and how that helps us.
Well this week we had another lesson with A_ and we talked a lot about change and how every one can change and have a change of heart. She said she does not think her boyfriend will ever change and want to get married or start coming back to church. So I felt to go to Alma 32:27-30 and I asked her the 1st day we knocked on your door how did you feel about the church? She said "there is no way I would ever join." Then I said what do you think now? She said "I want to be baptized and I know it is true." Then i felt to ask when we 1st talked how did you feel about ever marrying S_, her boyfriend? She said "H...LL NO I never wanted to marry again!" Then I asked her, how do you feel now, she said "I want to be married to him for eternity in the temple."
After that we talked about this scripture and how there has been a seed planted in her heart and how it is growing, her heart has been changing as she has been coming closer to Christ in faith. Then I asked her why couldn’t this happen with S_ over time? And then I said, “out of every person you will meet you will have the biggest impacted on him as you share and set the example for him and share what you have been learning and feeling. As you do this you will hit a spark that helps him remember what he used to feel and have when he was going to church and reading and things.” So it was amazing and we invited her to start sharing things more with him and what she is feeling and going through right now.
Well hope you all have a good week!
Also mom the Delcamp’s were asking what I wanted for my birthday dinner and I could not remember what it was called but it had green beans and bacon in it we had it on Sunday's a lot... What is it called and could you send me the recipe so she can make it?
Huge Rain Storms over Nebraska
Monday, June 6, 2016
This week was a good week. We found a new guy we are starting to work with him, his name is B_. Our 1st visit was about the Temple open house and what that is and what a temple is. He is a big rancher and runs his own place. He owns about 10 sections of land which I can't remember how much land that it but it is a lot. He runs it all by himself and that is his plan to always run it by himself so he will work to make it grow until it is as much as he can do on his own. He is such a nice guy and has gone through a lot in his life. And we feel we will probably teach the plan of salvation 1st cause of what he has gone through that will help a lot.
Also we did see A_ this week and had Brother and Sister Baird with us for this lesson, it was about being married and eternal family's. This lesson had such a strong spirit in it! It was so amazing and half way through there was a silence for a few minutes and that is when the spirit can teach to the heart. Then A_ said "....it is True! I believe and feel it is true there is no more denying that!" Then she just bore her testimony and we invited her to be baptized and she really wants to. So that is exciting.
On Saturday early in the morning we went running with Brother Rawlings up the Scottsbluff National Monument. This run is about 1.6 miles up so all in all a little over 3 mile run. We had a good time just to visit with him about all kinds of things and it made the run go by faster than normal. It is a such wonderful view from the top looking around and seeing all the history sites from up top so it was way cool.
Well hope you all have another good week. And mom I did get the forms but I hope can find someone I can have help me print it from my iPad cause I can't get on my email from a computer cause it has been a long time from the last time I logged in so I don't remember my password.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Well transfers are tomorrow and I will be staying here for my last 6 weeks with Elder Navarro. Well yesterday A_ came to church and it was fantastic!! The Stake President, President Brown came and he was teaching 5th Sunday discussion. He just opened it up and asked what do you all want to learn about? We went over a lot on temple and conversion witch was so great for A_ to hear and learn about. After the meetings she came up and talked to him for like 30 minutes. He was able to cover a lot of things with her and some of the concerns she had and just talked to her. And at the end President Brown said "when you get baptized this summer will you invite me?" Keep in mind we have not invited her or set her on date yet, and she said I don't know if that will happen, then he said it will just watch. Then said "in a year from now when you go to the temple to be married will you invite me?" She thinks that won't happen cause of things from the past, but wow the spirit was so strong there!!!
Well I am looking forward to this transfer there is a lot going on these next 6 weeks and it will go way too fast I know that!!! Just look at my entire mission and how fast that has gone. I definitely don't feel like what I thought I would feel like at this time. And that is a
Monday, May 23, 2016
So this week on Tuesday I was studying the Atonement of Jesus Christ and I found this in the Bible dictionary:
“Jesus Christ, as the Only Begotten Son of God and the only sinless person to live on this earth, was the only one capable of making an atonement for mankind. By His selection and foreordination in the Grand Council before the world was formed, His divine Sonship, His sinless life, the shedding of His blood in the garden of Gethsemane,
His death on the cross and subsequent bodily resurrection from the grave, He made a perfect atonement for all mankind. All are covered unconditionally as pertaining to the Fall of Adam. Hence, all shall rise from the dead with immortal bodies because of Jesus’ Atonement.
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22), and all little children are innocent at birth. The Atonement is conditional, however, so far as each person’s individual sins are concerned, and touches every one to the degree that he has faith in Jesus Christ, repents of his sins, and obeys the gospel. The services of the Day of Atonement foreshadowed the atoning work of Christ (Lev. 4; 23:26–32; Heb. 9). The scriptures point out that no law, ordinance, or sacrifice would be satisfactory if it were not for the Atonement of Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:1–9; 2 Ne. 9:5–24; Mosiah
You know to me it shows how much He loves each and every one of us when He has taken the sins of the world upon Him with the help of our loving Heavenly Father. And it also shows the love of our Father in Heaven to us the He gave His only begotten son as a sacrifice for mankind so that one day we can, and will be able to, live with Him again if we chose to do so, cause it is up to us personally and no one other than ourselves.
Well this week was a good week, we meet with A_ one of our investigators, and talked about Faith and Family's with her and the spirit there was so strong. She will take time but she said she feels her faith is growing and her relationship with Heavenly Father as well and Jesus Christ. And this is a missionary's purpose is to invite other to come closer to Christ.
Well an interesting thing happen this week that just made me think a bit. So we did go to the zoo this past week on Tuesday which we found a potential new investigator. But so we are doing things and getting stuff done to help and the zoo keepers that were there that day looked to me and my comp and B_, the guy that was helping, too and asked us if we could prepare diets for area 3. Area 3 is where the monkeys, chimp and so on are at. They looked to me and said "you can show them how to do everything right?" I said I can try I have only helped with area 3 once or twice, and they said “great we will be back and if you have questions you can call on of us.” So all the zoo keepers took off and had other things to do and left us three to take care of area 3. Right as they left my comp and B_ both looked at me and were like, “so what do we do and how do we do all of this”? They were both asking a lot of question and most of them I didn’t have the answer to. I looked around, cause I had and idea of what things had to look like but helping them see that was hard, cause i didn’t know how to explain it to them. I found the days diets for all the animals, cause the zoo keepers usually prepare them 2-3 days in advance. I just told them to look at these and make your food look like this and we well be good. So they did that but still had some questions.
Well this experience just made me think about things, and particularly in my life and then I thought of all of us... There are times where the Savior will give you little experiences to be a leader when you are not in a leadership position, like a boss or general manger or bishop or whatever. We all can be leaders no matter where we are in life. You never know sometimes who is looking to you and watching what
choices you will make because someone is always watching you or looking up to you. And if we look to our Heavenly Father and be the best follower of Him we can be the best leaders in day to day life through our actions and how we handle things.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Well this week was an ok week. A lot of our appointments fell through with our investigators. So that was hard. But we did set E_ on a date for July 9th for baptism, which was really weird for me and just realizing how short of time I have left cause that is my last Saturday in the mission. It would be way cool to have a baptism on that day and then confirmed on Sunday and then Monday go into the mission home. But that will only happen if he is ready. When we set someone on a date it is a goal we pray about and feel they could be ready by that time. But if the time comes and they are not ready, we can push it back, it just gives them a marker to reach. It also gives them time to reach the other goals also.
Well this week we also had interviews with President Brown and this is his last time doing interviews for all the missionary's, cause the next time interviews come up will be after July 1st. My interview was just getting a new recommend and that was about it but I did ask him if he was going to be the one giving me my departing interview. On the missionary's last transfer they have a departing interview with the Mission President which is 45 min to 1 hour long. He said he does not know yet but hopes he can. And I hope so too, I know the new mission president would be fine and he will be a great mission president and all, but I have had President Brown these 2 years and have a relationship with him as my mission president and it would just be nice to have him give me my last interview.
Well we also had a good dinner with a family by the name of the R_. Two of their kids had friends over from high school for dinner and we were able to teach them and answer some questions they had. We had a good time just getting to know them, we were also able to give each of them a copy of the Book of Mormon cause that was what they were asking about. But it was a good lesson!!
Monday, May 9, 2016
Well I enjoyed the talk we had on Skype yesterday and it is crazy the next time I talk with you all it will be face to face at the airport when I come home in 2 months. It is a sad but happy feeling to have. There is no greater and harder schooling to have than a mission. Well this week I have been thinking a lot about what I have been asked if I was to give a suggestion to someone who is about to go on a mission, what would that be?
1st.. I would ask why are you going on a mission? And if you want to be the best missionary the Lord knows you can be the only reason you need is because you truly love the Lord not cause you family, friends, bishop or stake president are pushing you to go. If that is the reason I would invite you to grow a strong testimony of the Savior and His work before you send in your papers. Read study and ask the Lord what you should do and act according to what you receive.
Also before you enter the field chose which way do you face, the Lord or man, who is more important to you, the Lord or man. And decided now what kind of missionary you want to be before you even get to the field and what you will and will not do. If you do that you will be so much better off. Don't put it off till the day comes and you get you trainer or companion and he/she says “hey Elder/Sister lets do this or this” (and it goes against mission rules). Cause if you wait till that moment it will be very hard to do what is right. You will have so many things come to your head and you will try to justify it. Like...
He is my trainer if he is saying we can do this it must is ok...
It is only just this once
No one will know
It is not a commandment
These things to come to mind trust me I have seen so much. Decided now who you want to be and it will bless you sooooooo much when you get into the field.
2nd.. be ready to work and sometimes help others work when they don't want too. Also be able to work on days you don't want to work. Just get up and work cause most days in the mission when you feel like that, it’s a day when you find a new person to teach or you bless someone's life that you would have not if you did not work that day.
President Ezra Taft Benson said “I have often said one of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work! If a missionary works, he will get the Spirit; if he gets the Spirit, he will teach by the Spirit; and if he teaches by the Spirit, he will touch the hearts of the people and he will be happy. There will be no homesickness, no worrying about families, for all time and talents and interests are centered on the work of the ministry. Work, work, work--there is no satisfactory substitute, especially in missionary work.”
This is so true you work you will be happy!!!
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
So J_ is based at Fort Sill, it just depends on what pluton A_ will be in. J_ said he will let me know as soon as he knows, so good luck to A_ and hope all goes well with you!!
Well Sunday I am calling around 3 pm that is the best time i could do. I tried 4 but that won't work so hopefully that works for everyone. The family home we are Skyping at is the K_ family.
By the way non of you will believe me but last week I was thinking about John Jones as my guess as the new Bishop, and looks like I was right. But that is way cool for him! Who the Lord calls He will qualify and that goes for both of the these two men with their new callings. So also if BYU goes to plays offs what is the latest game? I am guessing there is no chance of me seeing Eric play?
Well another week has flown by. We had another good lesson with A_ she is doing great we are just working with her on what she is feeling cause she knows she is feeling something but she just thinks it is her being emotional but what she feels on the inside and the way she tells us sounds a lot like the spirit. Also this week we went over to a part member family's home to help them with their yard and we had a great conversation with the husband he is not a member. As we have been able to help him we learned he is a firemen and black hock medic for the Army. I was doing some thinking of a way to bring a conversation on the gospel up with him. During church last Sunday I was just thinking about that a lot and just thought of asking him "I am sure you have seen people pass away or close to death in your job, how do you deal with that I mean what do you think will happen to them when they die?" And that led into a deep conversation of a bunch of things and just what we believe and what he believes in. But it was a great conversation.
Steven thanks for the email I am excited to meet Trisha man congrats.
Time is flying and I love it out here. It's been hard and I don't think I would go back and start over but the things I have learned I would not traded for anything! I feel up to this point I have done what the Lord wants me to but I have some more time left and it will go fast.
Ps mom Elder Torres my first comp in the mission field emailed me this week and asked when my home coming talk is. He wants to come and if there will be a home coming party or something. I told him I did not know but would find out and let him know.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Congrats on graduating Eric and Rachel!!
Well last Monday was fun, J_ came up from Torrington he was the one in the army and he took us out to eat for lunch. We had a good time visiting with him, he is a drill instructor in Oklahoma, and asked where Andrew is going to basic training. There is a pretty good chance that he might be his drill instructor. So just let me know what base he is going to and I will email Jacob and see if they meet up and if Jacob is his drill instructor, cause that would be pretty fun! He said if he is Andrews drill instructor he will make him his personal project lol!
Well this week was really good we found a new investigator she was actually a referral from the Wiseman’s in my last area. We stopped by and talked to her and she is very interested, we set an appointment for the next day cause we did not have to much time to visit Friday. We went back Saturday and talked about the plan of Salvation. The spirit was so strong there and she was super respective with everything. She came to Church Sunday and she said she just wants to come closer to Christ. So I am excited to teach her.
Also Saturday I got to go do branding again for service with a family here cause it is that time of year again it was a lot of fun I probably helped with like 20-25. But I did get kicked a few times so that was fun haha.
Well my new comp is Elder Navarro from California and it is a blessing the Lord sent him here because we have been needing a Spanish speaking missionary in this area for some of the family's we have been teaching. So we are sent to areas for a reason.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Well it is that time again transfers are tomorrow. Elder Wilwand is leaving and going to Longmont Colorado. And I am staying for another transfer here so I am happy about that! This is where I will be calling home from on Mother’s Day. And I hope I stay here one more after this transfer and just finish my mission out here cause that would be hard to get sent to an area and be there for one transfer, I would not get to know many people there. So I do hope I finish here. Well my new comp is Elder Navarro he gets here tomorrow.
Well this week was really good. We have been working with a 10 year old boy named E_ for the past two months and he is ready for baptism, but the ward wants support from his mom who is a member. She is a hard worker and is doing all she can to earn enough money to support her family... work, work, work.. but because of that she is never able to come to church. So the next time we can see her we are going to invite her to come to church or make some time for that, to show her son the importance of coming. The ward does not want E_, in two or three years to just go Less Active which could happen with no support from his parents. So we are going to work with E_ still but try to work with his mom more too.
Well this week we also had exchanges with the Zone Leaders so I went to that area for a day and man there is so much work a Zone Leader has to do, so much extra little things you have to do that is just running the mission and taking care of problems that missionary's have or are causing, and a lot of meetings and very little time to do missionary work.
We also are working with a part member family named the B_ and they are so much fun to see and visit with. This week we talked about the temple open house and inviting them to go to it. They want to but don't know if it will happen or not. So I am thinking when we come back for the Open House of the Temple, there are a few family's I would like to invite to go through with us while we are there cause that would be a lot of fun. 1 to see them again and 2 to go through the temple with them.
Also to end I don't now if you guys remember me talking about F_ and L_ from Laramie but L_ and here daughter are going to Arizona in May like around the 12th but F_ won't make it. She ask if they could stop by and see my family since they would be ones I would take you to meet when I brought you back here. So mom I gave her your phone number so if she still wants to she can get in contact with you and see if there is a time you could meet up.
Well this past weekend was stake conference and I want to share something the stake president shared during conference. So this weekend Elder Evanston came and was staying with our Stake Presidents family and speaking in conference. Elder Evanston and our stake president are avid runners, both have run many marathons. Last year our stake presidents wife ran in the Boston Marathon, it was 30-40 degrees outside and raining the entire time. While she was running she stepped in a big puddle and got here feet very wet. But while running she also said how amazing the sites were as she was going by in the race. And our stake president then said if we are always looking down and worrying about our wet feet and the puddles, we will miss looking up through the rain and seeing the Savior.
Now I will add what I got from this, when we look ahead and be positive it is easier to follow the Savior than when we are always looking down. By looking towards Him we will be able to reach our destination.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Well this week I was reading over general conference and I really like the one talk called “The Greatest Leaders Are the Greatest Followers”. It is a great talk for all of us to read and follow what it says to us. I like what he said here:
"If I were to ask you, “Who is the greatest leader who ever lived?”--what would you say? The answer, of course, is Jesus Christ.
He sets the perfect example of every imaginable leadership quality.
But what if I were to ask you, “Who is the greatest follower who ever lived?”--wouldn’t the answer again be Jesus Christ? He is the greatest leader because He is the greatest follower--He follows His Father perfectly, in all things.
The world teaches that leaders must be mighty; the Lord teaches that they must be meek. Worldly leaders gain power and influence through their talent, skill, and wealth. Christlike leaders gain power and influence “by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned.”
In God’s eyes, the greatest leaders have always been the greatest followers."
When we follow Jesus Christ we become a better leader when you "Look unto me (Jesus Christ) in every thought; doubt not, fear not."
We no longer care what people or the world thinks of us all we care about is what Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father think. When we have that faith and trust in our Savior things becoming easy to do and things also become easy say to people when we use the spirit and what he tells us to do.
There is no need to fear or doubt. This is a lot easer said than done, it takes work, it takes learning Christ like attributes and becoming better and better at them in life. We have to be good at following in order to be a good leader just like he said in the talk,
"Your ability to lead does not come from an outgoing personality, motivational skills, or even a talent for public speaking. It comes from your commitment to follow Jesus Christ."
All these things I have said in this letter are hard to do trust me I know haha!! We all are leaders no matter who you are or what you do, you don't have to be a CEO, PRESIDENT, Captain, Bishop, pope, whatever people think you have to be it is not true. We can be who we are right now in life and be a great leader by being a great follower of Jesus Christ, I love this talk cause it hit me and is so true.
Well this week we had to talk to R_ she is going through a hard time and has some things she is concerned about. We just talked with her about looking towards Christ and focus on Him. And everything will be ok.
Elder Jefferson K. Urry
Monday, April 4, 2016
Well hope you all enjoyed conference this week. One of my favorite talks was was Elder Waddell, here are some the thinks I got out of his talk.
- When our mind is on the Savior Jesus Christ we can get through all things and have peace in our lives.
- Just like Peter in the bible when he walked on water he was fine till he looked away and looked at the sea then he fell. When we do no have our eye single to the glory of God we can sink very fast or if we are not holding on to the iron rod.
- Learn from the Savior
- Then when we learn from Jesus Christ there is no one better to learn from than the one who set the path for us on this earth.
Listen to the Savior / it is our choice to listen...
- We have a choice whether we follow Him or not, we are the ones who let Him into our lives. He loves us and will help us in all things if we accept Him into our lives.
- To walk with the Savior/ is a invitation to be at peace.
I have no time! I have to go so this is what I wanted to write to all of you.
We are always full time servants of the Lord!!
Monday, March 28, 2016
Holy Cow Philip is home that is crazy!!!!!! Well this week we had a baptism with our 2 investigators that are doing so well. It was a cool experience to be on the other side instead of being baptized I was ask to baptize one of them and my comp baptized the other. There names are M_ and R_, R_ is the mom.
Well I forgot to tell you guys this a few weeks ago but as you know me and my comp do service at the Zoo ever Tuesday, well about two weeks ago we were in feeding the cats. They have a male tiger that they got about 2 months ago, after setting the 15 lbs. of food down we just left the cage. He walked in finish eating it, meanwhile we are standing right next to the cage watching him. Cats are known for spraying their urine and sometimes they do it at people. Well I saw he was about to spray my companion, and I was like "Elder watch out he is going to spray" and my comp was like, “what?" And then he got sprayed by a tiger!!! YIKES.... hahaha it was kinda funny to be honest. So he did service the rest of the day with tiger pee on his cloths but that is what happens sometimes doing service or working at the zoo.
Well this week the Gering and Scottsbluff missionary's had to speak in our ward, The Chimney Rock ward for Easter Sunday. We all spoke on the Resurrection and the Atonement. It went really well and was a good meeting. Mom did you get a photo a sister took in our ward and she was going to send it to you?
Easter in Gering
Monday, March 21, 2016
1st off mom I would invite you to read and study and then share with them a talk, called “His Grace is Sufficient” by Brad Wilcox, I think that would help them a lot.
But this week has been fun we have a baptism coming up this Saturday. A mom and a daughter, it is the S_ family and they called us like 6 weeks ago and told us they took the missionary discussions 2 years ago. Some things happened and they were not able to meet with missionary's so they wanted to start it up again. We said we would meet with them and I tell you what you want to say someone the Lord made ready well these people were made ready like they have so much faith it is crazy.
This week we had zone conference with our zone and Laramie zone and that was all on Repentance, Change and the Atonement, it was really powerful, everyone was involved and President had people share their favorite scripture. if they wanted, with everyone there and mine was Alma 5: 32-34. It’s one of my favorites because it shows just how the Lords arms are extended out to all of us and if we will reach out He will pull us up and embrace us. He want us to return.
So a missionary out here found this and wanted to share it with me, it
is pretty cool...
Monday, March 14, 2016
Well another week has come and gone it is been a good week for us. This week we were meeting with our investigator who is on date for baptism on the 26th of March. Last time we visited with her we invited her to read Alma 32 and then we came back to see her, she is like that was so cool I read and I found my Book of Mormon a friend
gave me a long time ago and like this was the chapter in that copy of the Book of Mormon she told me to read when she gave it to me and you give me the same chapter like 2 years later and she thought that was so cool. We just told her that was all the spirit cause He knows what we need to hear all the time. But it is our choice to do what He directs us to do.
But also this morning I was reading a talk from last general conference and something that stuck out to me was this:
“Brothers and sisters, living the gospel doesn’t need to be complicated.
It is really straightforward. It could be described like this:
Hearing the word of God with earnest intent leads us to believe in God and to trust His promises. The more we trust God, the more our hearts are filled with love for Him and for each other. Because of our love for God, we desire to follow Him and bring our
actions in alignment with His word. Because we love God, we want to serve Him; we want to bless the lives of others and help the poor and the needy. The more we walk in this path of discipleship, the more we desire to learn the word of God.”
We don't need to make things harder than it is, he also said this...
“First: are we making our discipleship too complicated?
This beautiful gospel is so simple a child can grasp it, yet so profound and complex that it will take a lifetime--even an eternity--of study and discovery to fully understand it.”
So we don't need to add things to make life harder life is already hard enough and we don't need to know everything like all we need is:
-faith in Jesus Christ
- enduring to the end
Now when I say faith in Jesus Christ I don't mean just believe in Him... Faith and believing are 2 different things, let me explain. As you have heard faith is a action word so when we have faith we do what He asks to the best of our ability meaning giving it our all in going to church read scriptures and praying and using the Atonement, also, His Grace which we are saved by when we act and make it sufficient by repenting of our mistakes. But do we let what he has done Change us?
Love, Elder Urry
Monday, March 7, 2016
Ok, so Eric sound like you are having a great year so far. So tell you what, First, keep it up haha, Second, get drafted and sign a one year deal so I can see you play again, then you can retire!!
Also mom, I know you want to go on the trek but if you are not up to it, or that is a high chance of that happening don't go. Delegate that to some one else, I know they will understand. Trust me no one wants to see that happen, let others help ya if your not feeling good. One thing I have learned on my mission is humility and, yes, we all know you are humble and loving and want to serve others but another part is letting others serve you. This is one of the hardest things for almost everyone to do. We all think we will be fine, it is ok I can do it, when in fact it takes the most humility to sit back and say, “right now I do need some help”. People are offering to help so we can let them, and there will be blessing on both sides. First, you having time to get better and second, those who help will have a chance to serve their fellow men/women.
I have been on both sides of things like this on my mission and people say what they mean. I remember in Laramie one time there was a member named Brother W_ who told us "hey Elders if you ever do not have a meal call me and let me know, me and my family will feed you." I said ok thank you. Then the time came where we did not have a meal one night and I was like, “I don't want to intrude, he is building a house for his family and has a deadline for a construction loan to meet or he will lose the house.” But he found out later and he was fairly mad at us and was telling me this same thing, like when we serve others, blessing come and we take those blessings away when we say, “we got it, but thanks”, even when our intent is good.
But anyways this week I have been reading in Alma 56-59. I love Helaman and Moroni, they are great leaders and their faith is crazy with how much they trust in the Lord. For example here in Alma 58: 33&41... 33 “But behold, we trust in our God who has given us victory over those lands, insomuch that we have obtained those cities and those lands, which were our own.”
41 “And now, my beloved brother, Moroni, may the Lord our God, who has redeemed us and made us free, keep you continually in His presence; yea, and may He favor this people, even that ye may have success in obtaining the possession of all that which the Lamanites have taken from us, which was for our support. And now, behold, I close mine epistle. I am Helaman, the son of Alma.”
That is one thing we have to remember, the Lord’s will is going to be done whether with you or with out you. It is up to us what kind of tool we will be, an uncharged power drill or a fully charge one that works very well. We all know when a power drill goes bad we can find another one and that is the same with Christ, if you will not follow His will for what He wants you to do He will go find someone who will. So be that good tool for Him.
Much love Elder Urry
Monday, February 29, 2016
Well I am staying with my comp in the same area for another transfer. This transfer will be 7 weeks instead of 6 weeks starting Tomorrow. Everyone speaking English will be staying in the MTC 3 weeks now so this transfer is one week longer than the normal 6 week transfer. Sorry for the late letter today we went and hiked the bluffs here which was a lot of fun!!
So this week we did have a miracle happen to us... So we were visiting a less active family, the S_ a great family, they are an older couple, and I expect we will be doing service out at their place sometime this week. But while we were out there a phone call came to our cell phone. We didn’t pick up but then it came through again, so we asked if we could take it and they said "ya go a head".
We picked up and it was a lady on the other end. She started to talk to us about how she met with missionary's like 2 years ago and how she was so close to being baptized. She ended up going through a divorce and the missionaries lost contact with her. Somehow she got our number and called us and asked if we could meet that day. We set up the appointment at 2:30 and she was so excited to meet with us. We went to her home and visited with her for a while and just as we were ending the conversation she said, “I want to be baptized what can I do to get there?” We set a date right then and another appointment to meet, and then invited her to church and she came.
She was participating in the Sunday School class and answering a lot of the questions in one of the classes. It was so great to see someone with such excitement wanting to learn and to know more.
We'll hope all is well and have a great week!! Miss y'all!!