Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 13, 2017

Hello,

This week was a really fun/fast week. To start off transfers are coming up in a week so I will keep you posted on what happens with that. I don’t know what will happen but it will be all good because the Lord will be in charge.

We has interviews this week. It’s always good to be able to see President Hymas. We had a good talk about what the whole missionary process and how the Lord works. One thing that he has us think about before the interview was “What is keeping you from being the missionary that the Lord wants us to be?” It was a good review to be able to think as I am closing on my mission.

We had MLC his week which was fun. We really focused on follow up on the things that the mission president has extended to us. It was really cool to see the progress that the mission has made as we are still keeping The commitments that we have been given. Then President Hymas talked about what we need to feel, know and do to be converted to be gospel.

This was a really great week. To finish off the email I want to tell you about an exchange that I was able to go on this week. I went with Elder Henry. As we were talking it turns out that his mom went to Rigby High School and graduated with Micalla Neff. What a small world the gospel.

Hope you all have a great week!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry
 
 

November 6, 2017

Hello Everyone,

This was a fast week. It just seemed like I blinked and it was gone. We started off the week by doing some service for this member named Brother Henry. We helped trim some of his trees that needed to be trimmed for a while. He has Parkinson’s disease and he really can’t do a lot for himself. It was really cool to talk with him. He talked about all of the different places that he has been in life and all the experiences he has had in life. He talked about when he lived in North Dakota that he went deer hunting all of the time. He said that he went dear hunting that he would come home with 6 deer. That crazy to think about when my family goes hunting that we can barely get one some times.

The. I was on exchanges with an Elder Allen. We had a hard time catching people home pretty much the whole day, but we decided to try and see a recent convert and he wasn’t home. We were able to talk with his brother and get a return appointment for today. We are really excited about that.

This Halloween we were all together as a zone for a training. The training was very fun. We talked a lot about unity and how when we are unified that we can do all things through Jesus Christ.

I gave my first District Meeting this week. One of the District Leaders was not able to be there for District Meeting so it fell on me to have something for the missionaries to learn about. I think it was good at least that’s what all of the missionaries said.

Then last thing from this week is we were on a team up and we went and went to teach a lesson with this lady named Lindsey. The lesson started off really well. She started off the lesson by saying I prayed about the Book of Mormon and I know that it is true. It was a really cool experience to hear how she got her answer to know if the Book of Mormon is true. But at the end of the lesson she accepted to be baptized on December 2. That is really exciting for her.

Have a great week.

Love Elder Berry

 

October 30, 2017

Hello,

This week was a really busy week. It was good I was blessed to go on 3 exchanges. To start I went with Elder Cook. We went up to the local collage and did some college, contacting. It’s fun being able to talk with people who are trying to figure out what they believe. They are really open to learning things. They may not be open to taking the lessons but they are definitely not stuck in their ways and are willing to try new things. This can be good and bad. The good part is they want to more because they are curious but they just want to know because they are curious. They don’t always have the real intent that you would hope that some one would have. 

Then I got to go on an exchange with Elder Pierson. This is not the same Elder Pierson as my former companion, but he is still pretty cool. He serve part of his mission in England so he told me some pretty cool stories about when he was over there. We also went to the college campus to talk with people. We talk to this girl who is from Italy. She is super nice and would hear us out. We had a good conversation about how god is their. She grew up around a lot of Catholic and said she is Catholic by association only. She doesn’t really believe that there is a God or at least she doesn’t care to find a relationship with him right now. But she is pretty nice.

To finish up the exchanges I went with Elder Pennington. It was really fun. I had been on exchanges with him before so it was Elder Barry “N” Pennington back together one last time before he goes home. We had a lot of things that we talked about. One thing that we talked about is that it’s not the mission that changes us but it’s the atonement that does change us. On the mission is just a time that we really can turn to the Lord and let him shape us. And he has changed a lot.  I hope that I can say the same.

This coming week I am going to be in a trio companionship. That’s going to be fun. Elder Henry is the 3rd member to the Alastair team and I am excited to learn a lot from him.

I hope that you all ha e a great week!!!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry

You made it!!
 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

October 23, 2017

Hello Everyone,

This has been a really fast and fun week. We had a really busy week and I am very tired so you will have to excuse anything that does not make sense.

To start we started by going on a team up with a couple of Elders. A team up is when you go with another missionary for a few hours. I went with Elder Martineau . He has been on his mission for about 6 Months. The area that he is serving  pretty rural. We started off the night by trying to track down a referral for a member. But him being new in the area and I never really have been in their area before we got lost and spent a good while trying to find where they lived. By the time that we had got there the house looked like everyone was asleep. We didn’t feel it would be a good idea to go and knock on because people would have just gotten mad at us for getting to there house so late. So we went and saw a convert of a few years and set up a time for them to come aback and teach some of 5e new member lessons. It was good to be out with Elder Martineau and learn a little form him.

Them I got to go on a team up with Elder Edgington. We were able to hit the bikes for a few hours and talk with some people. We talked to this guy named B.J. A really nice man but he doesn’t believe in god. He asked us how we are so successful and we said we could come back but he didn’t really want us to come back. He was convertible in his life. Most people are comfortable in life so they don’t think that they really need anything else in life. But we went to one of their Progressing Investigators and and talked about seeking first the kingdom of god 1 Nephi 13:33. We invited her to pray about baptism and she said that she would pray about it. That was a really exciting night.

We got a call from this lady asking help to move this Hoarder. It was horrible. It was probably one of the worst houses I ha e ever moved. I looked inside her fridge just to see what it was like. One breath in and look inside I start to through up. It was so nasty. Sorry I didn’t get any pictures. But it was so back that you could Bailey walk into the front door. Hopefully they will be able to get all of the stuff gone soon and they will get everything done.

We had Zone conference this week. It was focused on teaching the restoration and getting back to the basics. It was really good. We really went through the time line of the restoration and apostasy how ever thing played out in years. When you have a foundation based on Christ you can really start to understand the small details of how the little things happened. I got to see Elder Anderson there whatcha was so good to see him. 

To finish up the week I went on an exchange with Elder Snow. We both came out together and this was my second Exchange with his and it was really fun. We went to this former investigator's house named Marquis. A really cool guy. We invited him to be baptized and he agreed to, but he will ha e to come to church first. That was his big problem why he wasn’t baptized last time so hopefully he will be i in a place to where he can be baptized and he wants to come to church!

I hope you all have a great week! Continue to hold strong there is light at the end of the tunnel!!

Love,
Elder Berry

 

October 16, 2017

Hello,

This week has been a really fun week. Elder Nelson is a lot of fun. This week has been a lot of craziness. Elder Nelson grew up here the first 13 years of his life here in Elk Grove so as we have been doing missionary work we would run into people that he knew back from when he lived here.

This week we did a lot of finding this week. But in the middle of finding we had to help some sisters change their tire. It was a really fast week.

Sorry I am distracted this week just a lot of things happening and things that need to be planned. This Wednesday we have Zone Conference. I am really excited about that. The theme of the focus of
the conference in the restoration and I am extremely excited for it. It's always so good to get back to the basics of the gospel and strengthen your testimony in the little things.

Today as a zone we had a zone activity. We did a bunch of minute to win it games. It was fun but it can be hard to plan for a whole zone with 20 different people in it. But I think that everyone had fun. At least they seemed to have fun.

Next week I will for sure not be as distracted but there is a lot to think about this coming week.

Sincerely,
Elder Berry

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October 10, 2017

Hello,

As you probably know but we had transfers this weekend that is why I am emailing to day. Sorry I didn't say anything last week I totally forgot to mention that last week. I will be staying in the CRW YSA in Elk Grove. My new companion is Elder Nelson. He is from Meridian, Idaho. It going to be a pretty fun transfer. There are lot of great
things in the works.

This week we got to help at a set up for a pumpkin festival which I was able to help out last when I was on Elk Grove the first time. It's so weird being back here during the same time.


We took Elder Pearson (my old companion) down to the mission office. Because he finished his mission. It really weird thinking about all of the missionaries that are going home. I never would have thought how fast time has gone. It has gone in a blink of an eye.

Sorry this email is so short. Not a lot happened this week besides trying to help get people transferred and everything. I am excited for next week. We are going to be working as a zone on righteous desires.

I hope that you all have a great week and you know that the church is true, the Book of Mormon is true and I love being a missionary.

Have a great week.

Sincerely,
Elder Berry


October 2, 2017

Hello everyone,

I want to start by wishing you a happy October. It crazy that it is October and we are in the holiday season. Time never seems to slow down for anything. But what can happen is I can get more time on my mission. My mission has been extended. Instead of coming home on June 16. I will be coming home on June 20. This happened because it just helps out with making the transfer process a little easier for the missionaries across the world. 

I got to go on an exchange with one of my old companions this week. That was really fun I went with Elder Pearson. It so way fun being with him. It has been about 3 months since I have been with him but it didn't even feel like it has been that long. We were able to go and see this returning less active member who has a friend that wants to know more about the church. It was just really cool to see how we set up a time to meet with this person and it actually happened. It just shows the difference that happens when you work through members verses trying to do everything by your self. 

I was also able to go on a couple of team as well this week. I was able to go on one with Elder Snow. We were in the MTC together. It was really fun to see the changes that he has had. This was the first time that I have served around since the MTC. But we met this YSA named Danny. He was super cool. He had just losses a love one and we were able to read some scriptures about the plan of salvation with him and he seemed to enjoy it. Hopefully we will be able to work with him in the coming week. The other team up that I got to go on was with Elder Cook. He is a fun loving Elder who likes to have fun but really is able to work hard at the same time. You would never really know how many cool people that there are in the world if you would just take the time to just talk with the person standing next to you.

We had MLC (Missionary Leadership Council) on Friday. So this weekend was full of a lot of great stuff. One thing that was really talked about was faith and hope. Sister Hymas said something that really has stuck with me. She said "Our strength comes from obedience, our courage comes from faith & hope." As I though about this I came to understand that life is hard. And it's up to our attitude to weather we enjoy our trials or we are miserable. But MLC was great a lot of great things learned and talked about. 

But General Conference was awesome to. It was sad to see Elder Hales pass away. But I know that he is a great man and he has done all that he needs. I hope his family is doing good. But there are a lot of things that I love from Conference. 1st was from Elder Stephen W. Owen he said "You can loose everything that you have learned or gained for your testimony in a matter of months if you don't maintain it." We don't just gain something and have it forever sitting on a shelf. Like a car you have to change the oil put gar in it and so on. It won't last very long if you don't maintain it. Then from Elder John C. Pingree Jr. he said "There can be much good if I desire." I think much if life if we really don't want something. Then we won't give our all in getting it. It is when we give our everything for something good when we are able to truly see great things happen. 3rd Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said "Be more god like in the little things!!!"  I had never really thought about being more god like in the little things. Like I always heard growing up perfect practice makes perfect. If we are striving to be like god then most of the time we will be perfect in our effort because we are doing what our Heavenly Father wants us to do because we love him. 

To finish I hope you know that I know that President Monson is a prophet. He is led by god. The Book of Mormon is the word of god, most important god has and will always love you!!

I hope you all have a great week!


Sincerely,
Elder Berry

A guy found a tv and was walking done the street with it. 
image6.JPGimage7.JPGimage8.JPGimage9.JPGimage10.JPGimage11.JPG