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



Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 22, 2017



This week was insanely fun!!

We had a lot of service. To start off we got to go to Coloma National Park and help setup for the California Pioneer Days. That was super fun we got to basically wear p-day clothes for most of the day. We setup for like 3/4 of the day. It was hard work but it was way worth it.

Then on Saturday we went and first participated in the parade. We were part of the Mormon Battalion. We got some fake guns and some olden clothes. It was pretty cool to see all of the work come together. There were about 17 stakes that helped in the planning for this event. Then after that we helped direct traffic so that people would not be hit by any cars. Some of the helpers were from the Roseville Mission. It was pretty cool to be able to talk with them for a little bit. Then Elder Carl Cook of the seventy was in town and we got to see him there. It was a super eventful week. It kind of felt like a brake from the missionary life because I was not in a tie as much as I normally would have been.

Today we went on an awesome hike to this place called Dutch Creek Falls. It was a beautiful and easy two mile hike  But we hiked that for a p-day activity and it was a blast. There was some amazing water falls that we saw. It was fun because we had time to relax and enjoy the scenery.


That was the highlight of my week. I hope that you all have a great week!!!


Sincerely,
Elder Berry

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 15, 2017

 

Hello,

I hope you all had a great Mother's Day!!!! It was a great day for me because I was able to skype home. It was great to see all of of my family and a blessing to have such technology in my life.

But this last week was a really good week. We met some really cool people by doing service. One guy that we wets name was Mike. He had just recently lost his mother-in-law and so we were able to talk to him about the Plan of Salvation briefly. We are going to go and teach him all of the Plan of Salvation this week. He seemed super solid a when we met him and super nice.

Then today we were able to go on a hike in Sly Park. It was so beautiful and nice to be really in the woods and to be able to see such a beautiful view. We hiked to Sly Park waterfall. It was so nice
when we got there. We were able to climb to the top of the waterfall and see out a little on the lake. I hope the pictures were able to capture all of the beautify there was that I was able to see.

I hope that you all had a great week and a great Mother's Day!!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry





Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

Hello everyone,

This week was a blast. A lot of things happened. I don't know where to start. I guess I should start from the beginning. I guess we went to see this member in our ward. He has been less active
for years. We started to get to know him for a little bit and then he really opened about all of his struggles. He talked about how because he struggles with some things he is not going to lie and get a temple recommend and stuff. And all we did is kind of sat there. When he kind of finished venting to us the questions was asked why were you baptized. And he said he felt that he knew it was true. Then from there we asked him what he would do to feel that way again and he said he was willing to do what it takes. It was pretty cool. So we are going to go and see him this week and kind of follow up with him and see how he has been doing with his Book of Mormon reading and see if he has been focusing on what he feels more then anything. I think that was his biggest thing was he need to focus on what he feels! I think that's what a lot of us need to do more and seek after those things or times that we feel the Holy Ghost most strong in our life then that will give us a sure foundation in the gospel.

But then towards the end of the week we went on exchanges. I went with elder Hallmark up to Georgetown. And it was amazing. There are so many beautiful sights and places to really enjoy the view. The exchange was fun, but there was a lot of driving up there. It was also fun because we got to go on some dirt roads and really enjoy our time together.


But to finish up we went and also saw this less active member. A really nice man who was raised up in the church but kind of went astray for different reasons. He was very nice and hopefully we will be able to see him start taking the steps to get back to our Heavenly Father.

Then when we were doing comp study a member from my old ward saw us and stopped and said hi. It was kind of cool to be able to see them. They are in the first picture.

Anyways I hope you all have a great week!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry


Thursday, May 4, 2017

May 1, 2017

Well, Hello Everyone,

This has been an interesting week. It is truly a blessing to be able to serve up here. There are a lot of great people. I live with members. They are the best and are super cool people. But last Saturday they had a water pipe go out on there property and they were out of town. So we shut off the water and waited for them to come home on Sunday for a plan of action to fix the water. So the past couple of hours we have been helping them fix their water line so that we will be able to get some water so we can shower with and to get living to back to the American that we are all so use to living. But you could say that we got it all Jerry rigged so that it will work. But i never thought that i would have to worry about not having water in Sacramento on my mission. But I guess you should never say, "never."

But then on Saturday we did about 8 hours of service up in Coloma National Park weed-wacking the weeds so that the park would look a lot nicer for when tourists would come to see the sights. You will not believe how many tourists that there are up here. It is almost as bad as Yellowstone but it really is not all that bad. I can't blame them for wanting to come and see this country because it is sure beautiful. Then after we had finished that service we went and did some yard work for an investigator. It was a lot of fun to be able to do so much service.

Then on Friday we go and volunteer at this place called the Upper Room where homeless people come to get food. We just bring them their food so that they can eat it. It is really fun to talk to those people. A lot of them have a really sad story on why they ended up on the street but they don't really have any desire to change that so it really is hard to feel sympathetic about it because they just kind of go from one hand-out to an other. But it is super fun to get to know them.

Then we had a lesson with an investigator. He is really a cool guy. He is very skilled at guitar, welding, and a lot of cool things. At the last lesson we invited him to be baptized and he said
that he would if he came to know that these things are true. Really cool all he needs to do is to pray with real intent then he will for sure be ready.

Then we went on a road trip and were able to go to Nashville. Just kidding there is just this really old building that has Nashville on it. There is a lot of really cool old things out here.

But I hope that all of you have a great week and this email finds you well!!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017

Hello everyone,

It is great to be able to email today. I am emailing today because it was transfers yesterday. I got transferred up in the mountains where there are as many people. It is absolutely beautiful here. It is so great and there are not a lot of suburbs in our area. My companion is Elder Pearson is from Blackfoot, Idaho. He is a super fun elder and we are going to have a lot of fun this transfer.

Yesterday we went and were able to see a few people. We started by seeing Bishop Smith. Bishop Smith is a funny man. He is very deceptive in the way he appears. He drives a Prius and is a big teddy bear but has several black belts in a lot of different things.

Then we had dinner with the Seller family. Oh they are just a super great family that has a ton of energy and is always on the go helping other people. All of the members up here are super great. It is cool to see how missionary minded they are. Up here where there are not as many people we really have to work with them so that we have people to teach.

Elder Anderson (I graduated with) is in my district so we will be going on exchanges and I can't wait to be able to see him. I will be able to see him in about an hour or so. He is going to come over where we live and play some pool together.

We live with members.They are a great family and I am exited to get to know them better. This is going to be a really great area to live and to be able to serve the Lord. I can't wait to really get my feet wet in this area. I am going to miss my last area because there are a lot of hard working members over there with a lot good things happening for them. 

I hope you all have a great week.

Sincerely,
Elder Berry




Monday, April 24, 2017

April 17, 2017



Hello everyone,

This week has been great. A lot of exciting things are happening and have happened. First thing I want to say is transfers are next week so I won't email until Tuesday. I really don't know what the Lord has in store for me whether or not I will stay. Anything could happen.

But this week we had Zone Conference. It was really cool because it was focused on who we need to become. A lot of Christ like attributes, work ethic, and attitude. It was cool to be able to see how everything just rolls all together.

Time has just flown by. I can't believe that I have been in this area for almost 5 months. Times totally just flies by if you are not paying attention. But I am really excited to see what happens this week a lot of great things are going to be happening in our area over the next couple of months.

But one things that I really love was being able to give a talk yesterday at church. I was able to recount the story of Jonah and the Whale and at the end how Heavenly Father will never leave us as long as we are trying to get better. It truly is a miracle to be able to be on a mission and see so many people's lives change. I know that the church is true and that I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God.

And last but not least is that there are ton of blessings all we have to do like one of my favorite hymns says to do is to count them and name them one by one and you will see how blessed you are. Have a great week!!

Sincerely,
Elder Berry




One more story......
One experience that we had with a member named Sister Karen really stands out to us. We were planning on sharing the Prince of Peace video. So when we called to confirm the dinner appointment we also asked if she would said a prayer to be more in tune with the Holy Ghost. Then to read Isaiah 9:6. She that they would all do that. When we got to her house the first thing that she asked us was if we could share the dinner message before we ate dinner. We said that we would love to if she wanted to, but we felt that it would be better if we had waited till after dinner. So she said that she would wait till after. She asked us a ton of questions why we asked her to do that. She was very curious about that. We then had a very pleasant dinner and got to the best part of dinner, the dinner message. We asked if she would reread Isaiah 9:6. And when she did there was an immediate different feel in the home. The Holy Ghost was definitely present. We talked about the scripture and what the scripture means to each of us. We both got to testify that Jesus Christ truly was and is all of the things that are mentioned in Isaiah 9:6. We then shared the Prince of Peace video and about half way through she Sister Karen started to cry. I have no doubt that she felt the spirit because of her spiritual preparation and her humbleness to want to feel the guidance of the Holy Ghost. As we do our part and put in the work then we will be able to see great things happen in the lives of many people.

Sincerely,
Elder Berry




















April 10, 2017