Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12, 2018


This has been a marvelous week. So much has happen, going from one miracle to another miracle. This is the greatest work in the world. I love it. It is such a blessing. Anyways I will start with Tuesday, we started off the day by going to MLC (Missionary Leadership Council). It was so good to be able to see President and Sister Hymas. They are some of the best people in the world. Anyways a lot of time was spent on talk about 2 thing. Having hope centered in Jesus Christ. Then the process for receiving revelation from Heavenly Father. The way that he taught us is through one of the most simplest ways. That way is through prayer. Pray is the 2 way communication that we talk with our father in Heaven. I don’t want to bore you will all of the cool things that I learn but I just want to test for the spirit that was felt there. I was also able to see Elder Anderson. It is always such a blessing when I get to see him. He is so fun to talk with and to think back to the good old days of playing football together. It was fun. The other big highlight was we got smart phones. Yes we got smart phones. We have been using them for about a week and they took some time to get adjusted to. But it is such a blessing to be entrusted with technology to use in the lord’s work.

Wednesday was a really good day to go and talk with people. We were able to go out with some missionaries to work with them. I love being able to work with other to learn from them. Not to much happened on Wednesday other then working with missionaries.

On Thursday we had a lesson with one of our investigators named Meghan. Her baptism was this Saturday. Anyways she had a rough day. She got suspended from work along with so much other stuff. She was at a point to where it was like she almost didn’t have much hope. We told her to turn to the savior and to trust in him. It was a huge testimony to me that Satan didn’t want her to get baptized. But the lesson went really well and she was still dead set on getting baptized. Latter that night we were able to have dinner with the Ditlevsen family. They are an awesome family that we have gotten to know really well. They have a son on a mission in Seattle who recently left. It such a blessing to be able to see the lives of people change in the gospel.

We also got a referral from some other elders. The referral was for this person named filisi. He came to church himself and asked to meet with the missionaries. When we stopped by to set up a lesson he wasn’t there. We talked with his brother maka. He was super interested in what we had to say. We were able to leave a return appointment for the coming Saturday after we were able to teach the restoration.  The lesson was spiritual and you could see that he was seriously thinking about what we talked about. He also told us that he has a girlfriend serving a Mission in Costa Rica. It amazing how the spirit works and the lord’s timing of everything.

Fast forward to Friday we had  another lesson with Meghan. She was so excited to see us. She only had good news to tell us. She when and hit the scriptures and got on her knees and ask for help from our father in Heaven. I don’t know how every time we have a trial that comes if we will get on our knees, dive into the scriptures that everything will be fine. Not to say that everything is taken away, but Heavenly Father strengthens us to where we can over come our trials. That was very evident to me to see the strength and growth that had a accrued for Meghan in less then 24 hours. The power of our saviors Atonement is real! I testify that if we will let it change us we will have exponential growth. I am grateful for my savior sacrifice for me all of you.

Saturday was Meghan’s big day. She was able to enter the waters of baptism. It was such s spiritual experience. I am so grateful for the spirit and how it testifies of the truth of the restored gospel. Elder Anderson was able to come to the baptism. He taught her a few months back. So it was such a blessing to be able to teach her after he did. The change in her over the last few months has been so big. 

I was on an exchange with Elder Young Yen. Yes one of my past companions. Over a year that we served together. We had such a great day with teaching people. We went to the lesson that we had set up with Filisi and Maka. It was one of the most spiritual lessons that I have had in a long time. It was like we never stopped being companions. We taught with unity and testified of each other. It was so cool. After we had finished the first vision, we sat quietly to let the spirit work on them. After about 20 seconds one of them said “wow.” The spirit was so strong we extended April 7th to them and they said that they will work to that day. Maka said that the 1st day that we came by was the 2 year anniversary of his mother passing away. He told us that he thinks by us coming by on the anniversary of his mother death that god is telling him that this is something that he should do. Always follow the spirit trust in heavenly Father and you will be exactly where you should be.

That was the most of our week. Hope this finds you well. Know that the church is true. If it has been a while pick up the Book of Mormon. Start reading it and apply the teachings you learn from it and watch the peace that come from our father in Heaven flood into you life!!

I love you!!
Elder Berry

Sorry there is no pictures of the baptism. I hadn’t gotten them from the other elders. Sorry I will send them next week!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 5, 2018

Hey everyone, 

It's been a wonderful week here in Sacramento, hail storms and all! The hail wasn't too bad, it came while we were out on bikes with other Elders and thankfully it was only pea sized versus the quarter to softball sizes from home! It was pretty funny to see how everyone began driving carefully because they consider it winter conditions! 

 We had a few miracles occur, which we are very grateful for! 
 First, we met a less active family in the Goethe Park ward and after sitting down the father opened up to us about his spiritual needs and the stresses of working. We related to him with our calling as zone leaders and talked about the similarities of our situations and how the small things, reading, prayer, and attending church, make the world of difference. We discussed how having the spirit is key and that God cares about all aspects of our lives and as we include him in our efforts they will be counted to us for righteousness. This really helped us begin a great relationship with them and we will be helping out with several projects soon! At the end of the conversation they found out we didn't have a dinner and handed us their credit card! They said to keep it for the night and they would COME TO CHURCH to get it! Sure enough they were there and it was a really great thing to see. 

 Second, Arianne came to church again and we had a lesson afterwards. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and mentioned it brings great peace when she is depressed or stressed. I testify it truly does bring peace and it makes our day. It's like you're never fully dressed without a smile; well, your day is never complete without reading! The spirit was strong in the lesson, especially as we invited her to be baptized on March 24th...she accepted!!! She had tears in her eyes as she said "This feels so right" and asked the members there to help her prepare for baptism! Third, Meghan brought her husband to church, who had previously wanted nothing to do with church or religion! We overheard members talking to him and they were discussing joining the church! 

 Fourth, we had the opportunity to be a road side assistance crew! We were merging onto the freeway when we saw a man pulled over with his hazards on. We should have thought about it a little more considering we were in oak park.....rough area....but we immediately pulled over and hopped out. The man, Alex, is a great devote Catholic and had ran over a ladder. We worked with him for about 15 minutes and managed to get it the ladder untangled from under the car! He asked for our card and said he would be in touch with us. The sad thing is he had been there for roughly 25 minutes and not a single car stopped. If you see someone you can serve, please do so. It will bring them and yourself joy, I know because I saw and felt it. 

 We spent a lot of time with President Hymas this week because a strange situation with an investigator which is too much to type, but it suffices me to say we are no long teaching them.

 Also for the first time in 15 MONTHS WE WENT TO THE TEMPLE!!! I cannot express the spiritual nourishment I received there. I didn't feel like I had anything missing in my life but walking into the Celestial Room felt like I was home and a hole inside me was filled. I literally felt as though I was with my Father in Heaven as I prayed and could not expressing anything accept praise and thanks for the blessings I have and for those who mean so much to me in my life. Even now as I type this it makes my heart leap for joy! I really do love to see and visit the temple! The temple is literally heaven on earth and for the members, please go as often as possible. For those who are not members of the church, you can learn more via the missionaries and one day, if you so choose, go there as well and experience a peace, joy, and love you have never before felt. 

 I love you and pray this finds you well! Meghan is getting baptized this weekend!!!
Elder Berry

If you want to see more photos then go look on my Facebook page!


February 26, 2018

Dear Friends,

This week has been totally crazy! We went on Exchanges this week. I went with Elder Yazzie. He is an elder from Arizona. He is Native American. So it was cool to be able to talk to him about his heritage and all the traditions that he had growing up. I don’t know if you have ever realized it but people who come from different back grounds or cultures have cool experience or things to share. It was cool to talk to him about how some of his traditions and the traditions of the Lamanites from the Book of Mormon were similar. I kinda what it would be like to serve in another country like Devan and to see those difference 1st Hand. But we also where the lords wants us to go and I am grateful for where I am at!

This last week we our investigator Alvin who got baptized two Saturday’s back got confirmed. Due to stake Conference he had to wait another week to receive the Holy Ghost. Yesterday I was able to confirm him a member of the church of Jesus Christ. That was such a cool experience. This was the 1st as I gave a blessing that the words just came and I didn’t really have to do anything but speak the words that came to my mind. It is so cool to have the spirit in my life. I am grateful for it being in my life and I wish everyone would choose to have the spirit always in their life. I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have it in my life. If you don’t have the constant companion of the Holy Ghost do what ever it takes to be it in your life and see the blessing that poor out upon you by Heavenly Father. You will never regret it. I know I haven’t.

Then to finish up the week of finding, teaching, baptizing. We got to go on a team up. It was so cool to be with Elder Edgington & Buckley for a few hours. To be able to be with them to learn how I can be a better missionary was such a blessing. With  most of the missionaries around me that are young and excited I have to always make sure that I am on my gave so I can keep up with their excitement. But I am grateful for the missionaries that I get to serve they are all great!

I hope you all have the best week of your life! Let me know if I can do anything for you! God speed!!

Love Elder Berry


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018


This has been a really busy week. The Missionaries in my zone seem to be excited for this Transfer. It cool to see how as a whole if we all our united in Purpose that miracles begin to be poorer out upon us. There has been a lot of challenging people to be baptized this week. In the past week there has been about 7 people who have accepted conditional baptism. We are just excited to see the lord blessing us to be able to help them into the waters of baptism.

I am super excited for this Transfer. On Sunday Elder Ravsten & myself were able to receive a blessing from the bishopric. It was such a spiritual experience for me. What was spoken in the blessing I know with out a doubt that it was given by the spirit. The things spoken were things that I needed to here. I do not know why I am so amazed every time I feel the spirit but I just love the comfort that I have as i have those experiences. This is the 1st week that we will be working in both the Goethe Park Ward along side the YSA. I am excited. There is going to be a lot that needs to be done but I am really excited for the coming weeks to work with both Wards.

Right now Elder Ravsten and I are good. We are just trying to help the missionaries that we are working with to become a Challenging & Testifying Missionaries. It has been so cool to see the change in just the short week as we become the message that there are so many people that have a change in heart.

We had a baptism this last Saturday. It was cool to see as Alvin has been working toward getting baptized that he was able to be baptized. It was so amazing to see him after he was baptized. It seemed like he was just in a daze. He was so excited to be able to be baptized. He is going to do some great things as he continues to follow Jesus Christ. 

Elder Gillins a missionary that I trained a couple transfers back finally got his visa to go to the Philippines. It was sad to say good by to him but I was grateful for the time that I got to spend with him. He will probably miss all the amenities that comes from living in the United States. But he is now where god needs him to be.

With deepest regards & much love!


Elder Berry



February 12, 2018

Dear Family & Friends,

I just wanted to write you today and say that this has been a great week. I absolutely love this last Transfer! Yes transfers ha e come again. I will be staying with Elder Ravsten for at least another 6 weeks. There has been so many great things happen. To start we were able to figure out what is going on with our investigator Kat witch brought a lot of relief to Elder Ravsten & myself. It is such a blessing to have the spirit tell you of things that are truth. But one thing that I have been learned recently is that the spirit will testify of all truth, but it will not if you have done something to offend it. I have really noticed it when I am trying to listen to the spirit and sometimes it isn’t not there as strong as I would like I have to look and see where I am out of balance and make adjustments to get the spirit more abundantly in my life. When the spirit is in more abundance it makes missionary work so much easier!

Also you will be a little jealous when I say the the average temperature recently has been between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. It has been so nice. That I think is the best temperature to have in a day. Not to hot or cold but just right!

Then this week we had a lot of people at church. There was 2 Investigators (Alvin & Kat). Then a returning less Active (Malaya). All of them are awesome. Alvin will get baptized this Saturday. Then Kat is working toward the 24 of February or March 3rd. It so cool to see as we Challenging people to be baptize that they actually except. I wish that would have been something that I would have learned earlier because more people are willing to be baptized  then You would expect. The lord is always preparing people. They can’t change unless you invite them.

Then last night we were able to gather together To set a goal for the coming Transfer for baptism. It was cool knowing that it wasn’t just the missionary goal. We set the goal with the stake leaders. It is indeed a goal between missionaries and the stake. Next Sunday we are going to get together with the whole zone, the stake Presidency, Brother Jensen, all the Ward Mission Leaders to come together to get behind the goal of 8. It has been so cool to see the excitement of the stake to be able to set this goals! I am really excited & anxious to see what great things happen this Transfer!

This week we also had MLC. We learned a lot to be able to be better people, missionaries, and disciples of Christ. No matter what you learn as long as it’s centered in Jesus Christ you will come out a better person as you apply its teaching in your life. Jesus is the Christ! He lived a perfect life. And as we try to be like him we one day will get there. Vince Lombardi said something to the effect of “we must chase perfection. We will never reach it, but in the chase of perfection we will reach excellence!”

Hope you have a great week! If you don’t make it the best week of your life!Let me know if i can do anything for you!!

Elder Berry


February 5, 2018

Hey everyone,

This week has been a really fun. On Saturday I got to see a baptism of a man named Donald Longman. He is someone that I worked with him when I first started my mission. It was really cool to be able finally see him be baptized after not being able to  for 15 Months!! It is such a blessing to be on the lord’s errand and to see his hand in your life. The cool thing is that we can all see the Lord’s hand in our life if we are searching it out.

Then my comp had his bike stolen. He left his bike on the porch and he didn’t lock it up. The next time that we needed to get it was not there. It really through you for a loop when we were thinking that we live in a safe place. But it’s all good we are still having a great time.

Then we have a baptism coming up on the 17th Of a man with named Alvin. He is really cool. He was contacted at sac state college and once he got the answer that the Book of Mormon is true there is nothing that will be stopping him from getting baptized. He is very determined to get baptized.

Then we got a another referral of this woman named Kat. She is moving in from Colorado. She has been taught just about everything and because of having to move for work she wasn’t able to be baptized. We will meet with her tonight and hopefully extend a date to her for the end of the month. It’s super exciting to see all of the work that the lord is doing in Sacramento.

I hope that you all have a great week!! I love you!!

Elder Berry
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Monday, February 5, 2018

January 29, 2018


I hope all is going well for those of you how are reading this email. I just wanted to say thank you for all the birthday wishes. This birthday has been a great one and I am grateful to have to look forward to another year of lots of memories and time spent with family and friends.

This week we had Zone Conference. We learned a lot about the importance of having balance in your life. It’s cray how that principle applies to all things. One thing that that I definitely took was trying to make sure that you are doing enough for everyone one you serve. Making sure that there is no one left behind. Like the Savior would go and leave the 99 to find the 1 lost sheep.

We were able to meet with our investigator Alvin a few days ago. He is working to get baptized on February 17 and he is really excited about that. So keep him in your prayers that he will be able to make it to then. 

I am sorry this email is short. There is a lot that happened but I am so tired I can’t think about what happened. I do hope that you have a great week!! And know I love you!

Love, Elder Berry

Elder Berry