Monday, January 1, 2018

January 1, 2018

Hello Everyone,

This has been a crazy week! I just want to start by saying it was great to be able to see my family. What a blessing it is to be able to skype home twice a year and communicate with them. All of them seemed to be happy and doing well. That is always fun to see. 

For Christmas I was very blessed. I got a lot of things. Mostly food and a lot of jerky. I won’t complain because there is nothing to complain about. I love everything that I got. Christmas day night we all got to get her and went caroling as a zone. There was a lot of us so we split up into two groups and covered twice the amount of ground. It was so cool to see the spirit that a simple act of just singing to people would bring tears to their face. It is so cool the spirit that comes as we commemorate the birth of our savior.

For New Years we were all gathered together to keep us out of trouble. We has a training that was focused on relying on our savior. It was really cool to see all the training go together hand in hand because the spirit was orchestrated the whole night. I definitely can testify that the spirit testifies of Truth and guides each of us.

Then transfers have come again. I have to leave Elk Grove unfortunately. I will be transferred tomorrow to the Rancho Cordova Stake serving in the American River YSA Branch. My new companions will be Elders Ravsten and Zoller. Elder Ravsten was my MTC companion. I am super excited to be with him. I am going to miss Elders Nelson and Gillins for sure. They are some great Elders!!

That is the most of my week. Hope you have a great week!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry
 
 

December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!! 

This was a really fun Christmas! Last night we watched 17 miracles! There was only few tears that were shed by people and I was not one of them. But it was good to be able to sit and do nothing for a change instead of never being on the fly. But it was weird sitting around. There will have to be some adjusting time when I am no longer a missionary.

I will be Skyping in a few hours! I am excited to be able to see all of my family it has been a long time since I have seen them. It’s almost like it has been since last Mother’s Day.

Last night we had the elders at our apartment so that we could have a great Christmas. It was fun! We talked and talked about Christmas traditions and all the fun stuff that we would do for Christmas. Yes we did get to bed by 10:30. But we didn’t fall asleep for a little while. For a Christmas present from our Mission President said that we could sleep in till 7:00 am. So you can bet all of the missionaries were all over that.

But I hope that you have a great Christmas! And you remember why we have the season. Know that god loves you and he cares about each of us. Stay strong and have a great time in all of the snow!!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry
 

December 18, 2017

Hello Everyone,

This week week flew by! Fastest week of my mission!! We had 2 exchanges this week!! So busy this week. The work of god is moving forward weather you like it or not! But I would have it any other way!!

To start I got to I got to go on an exchange with Elder Damon. He is from Delaware and as he is not from Utah or Idaho it really makes people surprised that there are mormons in those states. We were able to be on bikes for that exchange witch was super fun! On bikes you get to talk to so many more people. We were biking and we saw this guy who was hanging us Christmas lights. Since we it’s light the world this year we wanted to make sure that we offered to help him. When we did he said yes. It was cool to be able to get to talk with him and see his heart soften. He said that he would be fine with having missionaries come by at a latter time. It so cool to see the light of Christ that burns brighter during the Christmas season.

The 2nd exchange we were able to go with the assistants. That was really fun! I was able to go with Elder Murphy! I was able to live with him a little over a year ago. It was really good to be able to catch up with him. He is such a great missionary. We went and taught this person named Damien. They have been working with him for a while now and we were able to teach him the word of wisdom. It was a very spiritual lesson. He committed to live the word of wisdom and I hope that he will be able to live it.

Tomorrow we have our Christmas Conference! I am super excited for it! Last year was super fun and I can’t wait to see what special things we have planned!

Hope you all have a great week and an even better Christmas!!!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry
 
 

December 11, 2017

Hello everyone,

This week has been a really fun/ but to fast. To start we went on 2 back to back exchanges. The first one I went with Elder Schwenson. He is a really fun Elder who is from Idaho. As we went around talking to the people the misted asked question that I have gotten on my mission is what’s your name and where are you from. So when we both say Idaho then it’s like oh you must know each other because Idaho is so small. It’s always fun to have a comp from Idaho because it through people for a loop every time.

Then the 2nd exchange I went on another exchange with another Elder from Idaho. This time it was Elder Pierson. It was fun to be to be with him. There are a lot of fun people that you get to meet. While I was with Elder Pierson we were able to help some people rake some leaves while they were taking a break. It was cool to see when we 1st walked up they really didn’t seem all that happy to see but when we just offered to help them they were very grateful for the help. By the end of it they said we could come back and share with them a Christmas message. It’s just so cool to be able to serve and they are willing to let us serve.

To finish up the week we had Missionary Leadership Council. The biggest thing that I took from MLC was the importance of setting goals. President Hymas talked about the importance of how much more growth we will have if we focus in on a goal and we push our selves. So I have re Evaluated my goals and set some new ones for the remainder of my mission. I am excited to see what growth comes from it.

Hope you all have a great week and are enjoying the Christmas season.

Sincerely,
Elder Berry
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 4, 2017

Dear everyone,

Happy December! I can’t believe that it’s December already! I know I probably say that time keeps on moving faster and faster each week but it really does. Sorry if it gets old. 

This was a busy week. It started off with a Team Up. I went with Elder Damon. I had the privilege to get back on a bike again. We were able to talk to so many people and give away a lot of Book of Mormons. It is so much easier to talk with people when you are biking. One lady that was pretty cool is we talked to her about what the Book of Mormon was and all that it teaches. She seemed to be down on her lick and be humbled. Her name is Nichole and the lord has seemed to prepare her just like he is preparing so many people in this world to receive the gospel. That was the highlight of the night. Hopefully she will stay in touch with those missionaries and continue to strengthen her faith in Christ. 

Then we had Zone Conference this week! I love Zone Conference!! You always walk away feeling like you can conquer the world!! It’s so true as we turn to the lord for help he will truly help us over come everything. The focus of the Zone Conference was becoming the message. It was one of my favorite Conferences because we focused on sacrifice and what we can offer Christ for all that he has done with. From the Conference I have come to desire to give god my will. Really if you think about it that is really all that we can offer him. He can take our possessions. He can take our family. He can take us from this earth. But the only thing he can’t take but desires most of all from us is a broken heart and a contrite spirit. He just wants us to be happy. The happiest that we can ever be is if we follow him and do his will!

Following Zone Conference we had a couple exchanges. The first exchange I was with Elder Martineau. He is a smart Elder who has great insight about a lot of things. One thing that I learned was no matter what happens you don’t need to stress just trust in the lord and he will continue to lead you along and you will never be led astray! That’s a super comforting thought to me.

I hope that you all have a great week! Remember to #LighttheWorld this Christmas season!!!

Sincerely,

Elder Berry

November 27, 2017

Hello Everyone,

This has been a really fast week. Between picking up a new companion to trying to get everything figured out for zone Conference it has been crazy. 

Elder Nelson and I got a new missionary to be companions with. His name is elder Gillins. He is from Las Vegas Nevada. He is waiting for his visa to go and serve in the Philippines. He is a really cool comp and has a lot of insights.

Can I just say that the church is a small world. I ran into a guy named Scotty who served his mission in Idaho. He severed in my aunts Shalaina's Ward a few years back. It was such a small world as we talked about the people that we know and the stories that we were able to tell about the people that we both new.

A member gave us money to go and get something to eat. We decided to go to in and out. We all got really good hamburgers and it was so delicious. We were enjoying our food so much that we spooned realized that we were running out of time for dinner. So we wanted to be good Missionaries and leave on time. As we left and continued on with our day Elder Nelson realized that he had left his iPad at in and out. So about 90 Minutes passed before we were able to go and get it. We were all thinking that his iPad was gone. But when we got there someone saw that it was left and gave it to the employees. It’s just so cool to see that people are still kind hearted and do help other people out.

We had a lot of meeting this week. So there is not a whole lot to tell you about. Oh I guess that we ate thanksgiving this week. We were blessed to have 2 dinners. There are a lot of people who care about the missionaries in the world. I think that everyone in the Elk Grove Zone had more then enough with food and left overs.

Sincerely,
Elder Berry
 
 

November 20, 2017

Dear Friends,

This week was transfer week. I will be staying in the Consumes River Ward. Elder Nelson will still be my companion and I am super excited. It’s going to be a fun Christmas/ Thanksgiving season.

I was able to attend the baptism of Lawrence. He was someone that some sister have been teaching for a long while. The sisters worked really hard to help him prepare for baptism. They had to help him through a lot of things but he did end up getting baptized.

Then I also for got to say that Elder Nelson and I will be training a new missionary the next couple of transfers. We don’t know who it is. We will pick him up tomorrow. So exciting.

Have a great week

Sincerely,
Elder Berry