Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017

Hello everyone,

This week flew by, today we had a zone activity where the missionaries in our zone got to gather for a portion of our pday which was pretty fun. We had every companionship bring food. It was potluck
style breakfast. So Elder Pearson and I had some elk meat that was given to us by our bishop so we decided to do an egg hash brown elk meat combo where we put it all together. But we didn't tell them that it was elk meat. So they all got some of the food and started eating it and we told them that it was elk meat and they were like "I can t believe it's elk meat. They said it taste a whole lot like beef. So after that we played around in the gym a little bit then we left and now I am emailing.

Next week we will have transfers. Elder Pearson has been her for 6 months so it is highly likely that he will be getting transferred. So I won't be emailing until Tuesday next week because of transfers. But I really don't know who my new companion will be if if Elder Pearson gets transferred because you can't predict the will of the Lord, or at least I can't.

Then for the 4th of July we went to a our 4th of July part that out Ward put together. That was pretty fun nothing to exciting happened there. After that at 7 pm we had to be at the church building for training. The reason that we had a training from 7-9 pm is because they didn't want the missionaries on the street, to help protect them. So we had a training about following the Spirit. It was really good. We talked about how the Spirit talks to us and how we need to act on the 1st prompting that we receive from the Holy Ghost.

Then on Thursday I got to meet my new mission president and wife. President and Sister Hymas. And they are super cool I really like them a lot. They are really fun. As much as I love President and Sister Jardine, I'm going to love President and Sister Hymas just as much. If you would have to say the biggest difference from President Jardine and President Hymas the only thing I could think of right now would be President Hymas seems a little more causal. That isn't a bad thing or he is loose on the rules. He still has the same expectations as President Jardine but he is more casual in the sense of in a meeting if it is really hot then he will let us take off our suits.

I hope you all have a great week!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 3, 2017

Dearest Family and Friends,

Things have been good this week, a lot has happened. On Monday we had a a lesson with a less active member. He is a really good man but he has some Word of Wisdom problems. On Monday we had a really good talk about how everything comes down to the Book of Mormon and if it is true. We ended up having him read D.C. 89 and pray about it. We will go and see how that went for him and if he got his answer. It is just a matter of time before he gets his answer. It is all up to the Lord's time for when he comes back to church.

Then I got to go on a team up with Elder Hatch this week, he was my last companion. We had some real fun. It was just like the good old times when we were companions just a few months ago. We were able to see an investigator who has lost a lot of of loved one and who is just in survival mode and has not really been that happy. So we talked about how joy from the scriptures brings us the most joy. That all she needs in life right now is just some joy from up above.

Then I got to say goodbye to my mission president, President and Sister Jardine last Wednesday. It was bitter sweet. Both of them really have changed my life. It was a really good zone conference. We talked about how Jesus Christ is at the bottom of everything and if it was not for him then we would not be where we are at or be the people that we are today. It is such a blessing that Heavenly is all knowing and knows what is best for us to put us in the best situation for us to succeed.

Then I got to go on a team up into Georgetown. It was really fun, but a lot of driving. It is really cool to see how over the course of my mission that no matter what, the church is true and we are all exactly where we need to be to bless the lives of many. You never now what
impact that you will have on people.

Our new mission president is, President Hymas. Though I am excited to see what President Hymas will bring, I am going to miss President Jardine.  He seems like a super great man. I have not gotten to meet him yet so I will keep you posted on when I do meet him.

I hope you have a great week and all is well with you, remember to stay safe on the 4th.

Sincerely,
Elder Berry

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017


 


Hello everyone,

This week has been really fun. We were able to do some service for the Cameron Park people who were putting on fire works. We helped set up on Friday which was pretty fun then the following day we were able help take tickets. I met this really nice guy who is a firefighter. For all those that were helping he offered food and water. After he had left, Elder Pearson and I thought me must be a member by the way he treated us. Following that, through talking with him, we found out he is a member. It's just cool to see that there are a lot of people who are LDS that go out of their way to make sure people are taken care of. Especially when it come to having water at a small event like fire works.

Five months ago as a mission we were given the challenge to read the Book of Mormon marking every time that Jesus Christ speaks or his name is mentioned and any Christ-like attributes mentioned. This week I was able to finish that challenge. I prayed and asked Heavenly if the Book of Mormon is true and I am proud to say that I got my answer and I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It is just so amazing that no matter how many times you read that book you can receive a spiritual witness of of its truthfulness. I hope if you have recently been able to receive that witness that you will start and ask Heavenly and renew your faith of the Book of Mormon.

Then we have a cool investigator who has a couple of old tractors that are pretty cool. They are not running but they are sure cool to look at.

Today we were able to go to Gold Bug Mine. It is an old ore mine that has been shut down for years. It's nothing too big or fancy but it was pretty cool to see how people made a living. Also, to see how difficult it was to see how miners got gems out of the ground. I know why people who work in a mine are always hunched over because you have to hunch over every time that you go into a mine. My back sure was hurting by the time I got out of there and I was not in there for very long.


The place that I am serving in is located right next to an airport. The roads next to the airport are very wide and people are able take off from the road itself because of their size.

I hope you all have a great week and life continues to be full of
miracles and you enjoy life.

Sincerely,
Elder Berry









June 19, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 12, 2017

Hello everyone,

Another week has come and gone. The time has flown by super fast. It's crazy to believe that I am in the 2nd transfer being up in the country of California. It is always fun being up here.

This week has flown by. Nothing seems to take its time in happening. Time never stops. But that is good. During sacrament a member of the bishopric bore his testimony and talked about in our life people weed out the big things in our life. And most times they forget to weed out the small things in our life. It was a really cool thing to be able to learn that it is so crucial to focus on the small details because it is those things that will add up to make the difference in our lives. It could be referred to as the straw that broke the camels back.

We were able to go to pollute pines and do some service for a wagon train that come through every year that celebrates all the history in he area. So that was really fun.

But this week has been a lot of getting back in touch with investigators who have been out of town. Besides church not a whole lot happened this week.

Sincerely,
Elder Berry

Monday, June 12, 2017

June 6, 2017

Hello,

So transfers have come and gone. I will be staying in Diamond Springs Ward with Elder Pearson. This was super exciting because we have a lot of things coming together and a lot of great things that are about to happen.

This week we had Stake Conference. Elder Gary K.Wilde of the 70 came and talked. One thing that really stood out to me was when he talked about how we need to simplify our lives. He talked about the importance of focusing on the things that really matter in life life family and friends. He challenged us all to examine our lives and see what we could do to more focus on our priorities to alone our will more with God's will. That whole conference was focused on better communication with the family and removing all distractions so that we will be able to enjoy the things that really matter in life.

Our investigator is starting to show interest and some real desire. She is starting to understand why it is so important that we read the Book of Mormon to know if it is true.

But not a whole lot else happened this week. I hope that you all have a great week

Sincerely,
Elder Berry

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 29, 2017

Hello Everyone!


This was a really fun week! To start the week off we had a lesson with our investigator.  I don't know if I have talked about her much but she is a painter. She paints really good picture of Indians and she is really good. She gets all of the small details on to the picture and really doesn't miss much of anything when it come to the detail. Anyways we have been meeting with her for a little bit. Right now the only thing she is waiting for is her answer to whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. Her problem is she thinks that she will get a really big sign and that will be her answer. So recently we have been working with her about the fruits of the spirit. Hopefully she will be able to get her answer that the Book of Mormon is true and take that step to get back to her Father in Heaven.

Then we also met with another who is going to be baptized on July 1. He has received his answer to the Book of Mormon and can't wait to be baptized. With him his only concern was going to church. He is kind of scared of big groups. But he came this last Sunday with a member who has super key in his fellowship. And he loved church. He said that he will be able to get past all of the people and come hopefully every Sunday before his baptism. But he is super cool. The lessons that we have with him are always super spiritual and I love to be able to go and teach him. It's always so fun.

Then on Friday we taught an older gentleman and his grandchildren. He is looking for the right church and has been looking for the right church his whole life. He is raising his four grandchildren because there parents did not make good decisions. But they have come to church and really like to meet with us. He says that we answer his questions when all other faiths just tell him to believe in what he is told and he does not like that. But this week we are going to invite him to be baptized and see what he says. Hopefully he says yes.

Then on Saturday I was able to go back to my old area and watch a baptism of two young boys that I got to work with. It was really fun and I am glad that I got to go back and to see them get baptized. It
was also fun to see past companions and all of the members in that ward. It is such a blessing to have a small mission to be able to go to past areas and see the people there.

I hope you all have a great week!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry