Monday, January 15, 2018

A baptism and the hand of God

It's been crazy slow. Well not really, we had so much fun and all
sorts. Just feels a little slow because today has been a little
relaxing finally.

So we will do it fast and furious. Tuesday normal. Wednesday we had
district council, it was on the Candle of the Lord. I hope everyone
learned something :) Then we were so busy trying to visit all our
investigators before our exchange Thursday! It was good(ish). We did
have a good lesson with Harry (the big cheese) and Vicky. They said

they'd come to church.... and they did.... here's a quick pic

It's a blast teaching them.  They're both 22 and are pretty funny! And they are from London so very different. 

The most exciting part of the week was Adam's baptism!!!  He got baptized on Saturday. So good. I got to Skype it and it was amazing. He has such a strong testimony. Definitely falls into the truly converted category. We talked on the phone after and I got to hear about all his spiritual experiences. AMAZING! 

This week I have really noticed the hand of God. Like a lot!! It's great. I've got a good journal of it all so many stories for when I'm home :) 

Going on exchange tomorrow. Keeping things busy! 

We also lit some things on fire... don't worry it's just a really cool candle called Woodwicks candles. It sounds like a fire!! Cracking and all!! So many good memories. 

Awkward district photo as usual

Did some skating

Love yous :) 

Elder C. Pilling 

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Crazy 2 weeks

Sorry to all about last week.... hope ya didn't miss me too much :)

It's been a crazy 2 weeks. Christmas, New Years and zone conference. All the holidays meant we ate so much food.... it seems that when members feed us they think oh the elders need a Christmas dinner.. every time.... so we had 1 really good one on Christmas Eve, 2 Christmas Day, 2 Boxing Day then we had another on New Year's Day too! We were blessed with so much love from members. Having only been in the ward for like a week before Christmas I thought it was going to be tough.. in some ways it was. Others it was awesome. My companion and I spent extra time together which has created a good bond. I mean when you both drive land cruisers how can you not love each other ❤️. 

The missionary work here is very different. Not as many chav estates and the people we work with are different. Unfortunately the last 3 weeks we have been battling to help our friends. Now one of them was supposed to be baptised the eve of Christmas Eve but his great aunt passed away so he has spent lots of time in Scotland. I haven't even met him yet! But we did find some new friends who are pretty classic. One night we street contacted a lad who said, "walk with me and tell me about this book." Well he invited us over for tea... we had some water. Needless to say he's pretty classic. He's very funny and has strange theories about life and all sorts.... he even believes the earth is flat! Anyways it was still good and he is reading the Book of Mormon. His brother also showed up the next time and he was very curious because we were so "normal".  He always thought the Jesus people would be different I guess. Then his girlfriend got home from holiday and we also get to teach her! All very fun! 

Now this is where stuff gets exciting. 

So yesterday there was a mission home fireside and we got to go with a new member named George! He's quite awesome, he's 18 and just super excited about church. So we made it down to Leeds. Only took 1 and a 1/2 hours. So worth it! It's on Facebook if yous want it. I'll attach a link!
So remember my FAVORITE family... yep Adam is getting baptised on Saturday!!! Unfortunately I'm not allowed to go :/ I get to Skype tho.  Technology is neat! 

Anyways look who I found at the fireside!

Adam and Mary Jane
Aw my heart melted! If any of you want to meet them I pretty sure they will be visiting Canada in the spring time! (Jealous) 

All you people of the Forest! Things have been crazy fun lately! I love my district so very much. We are going skating today!! Shred the gnar 🐧

I just want you all to know how much I love this gospel. I have such a profound testimony of the good it can do. I cannot emphasise how important daily family scriptures study is. It has changed me. The Book of Mormon is such a powerful book. I know that families can be sealed for time and all eternity in the temple. I am so grateful for the choices my family have made so we can be together forever.! 

Peace out guys ✌🏻

Took a nice walk back and saw a fish of some sort! Quite big easily over 20".  It was so pretty!

-Elder Cake Filling 

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Random pics. So we went to a church where my ancestors are buried! Neat huh!


Saturday, December 30, 2017

2nd Christmas as a missionary

This was a hard Christmas. Don't be alarmed tho I received some tender mercies for ssuuure. 

So start of with non Christmas stuff. In case you missed it, I moved. So it's been a little bit of a gong show. My comp has only been here 2 months and we had meetings and parties that we tried to sort out and wow it's difficult. 

So my new area is in the middle of nowhere. It's tough to describe. So take a peak at this map. 

Blue pin is my new flat!! Blue arrow is our chapel. The red pin on the far right is the stake center (where we have all mission meeting for the north.) green pin on the bottom is the Darlington Elders flat. (In our district)

So from our flat to the chapel is about 50 minutes on bus. The stake center is like 2 hours by bus. Darlington is 1 hour 30 min via bus. 

So Monday we were at the stake center for pday and the zone leaders were like oh ya you have to be in Leeds for 9 am tomorrow for a new leader meeting. So we had to shuffle our butts and cruise back to our flat.  We got our stuff then went to Darlington flat to sleep over. I then took a 2 hour train to Leeds yay!! Such an incredible meeting, so good!

So we finally made it back to Darlington, got our stuff and made it back to our flat at 9pm so it was a really long day. Really, really long. We knew we had a Christmas social with the mission on Thursday at our stake center so we were trying to sort out where to stay and when to travel...  well we had to sleep in Darlington to make it to the stake center for 8:30. Super awesome. So we left at 7 pm Wednesday to get to to Darlington took a snooze then to Billingham, the stake center, for Thursday! It was super good. Spent the day with Elder Walker!

Elder Walker from Calgary
After that party we set off and made it to Darlington but missed the last bus to bishop Auckland so we stayed over in Darlington again haha classic. Friday we made it back finally. Wow, long days. 

Saturday the zone leaders delivered the packages :)) I feel spoiled. Such a goodie this year! Sunday of course was Christmas Eve. Had a wonderful sacrament meeting. 

Now at this point I don't know any members. So I wasn't too excited for the holiday festivities. But a family made it all better. The Cox family and their extended family. We had a killer meal, it so good. And fun games! We really really enjoyed it. Now this shows you how small the world is. Their son, Brian Cox just got home from the Adriatic South mission.... his best friend from the mission is Chris Mero from back home!! Like legit. 

Ah yes Christmas Day we hung out with some lonely people at church and had a meal. I Skyped the fam. Finally met Will! He didn't say much. Ian has such a deep voice. Clair, well she's getting married so there's that. Brad hasn't changed. Toni you haven't either. It was exciting to hear Oly the wonder dog is getting a puppy friend!! Love the fam. Oh and I got to skype with Joe (or should I say Elder Pilling) for a little bit. Crazy he's a missionary haha! 

The weather is mild which I enjoy. 

Saturday evening we were able to light the world for a single mom named Kay. She didn't have food or anything so we hooked her up. Nice little moment. 

We are working with a few different people for baptism which is really exciting.  
So from here on idk what to say. 

It's been wild to say the least. 

All my pics from the last month are still on the camera, but here's one.

Package delivery from the zone leaders.  My comp is tieless :)

Love Elder Pilling 
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Monday, December 18, 2017

New Area - Bishop Auckland

I don't know where to start...

Monday night I said goodbye to my little German friend, Elder Uter and I also found out I was moving on Thursday. So it was a speedy week.

I lived with him for about 4 months it was great. I love him. 

I had about 3 days to say goodbye and to introduce the new elder to all the people we were teaching so it was crazy.

I need to talk a little about Tuesday. Probably the best lesson I've ever been at. I was in a trio still awaiting my new companion. So Elder Beadle and Elder Seno were with me and we went and taught Adam and Mary Jane. We took brother Hancock with us who was Mary Jane's bishop when she went to church. So it was a big lesson. They all knew I was leaving. Sad moment there. Anyways we carried right along. THE SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG. We all had comments flowing perfectly. Excellent questions and really powerful scriptures. It was one of those lessons where you can say this is why I'm on a mission.

Later that night at 11pm Elder Killpack finally arrived. Had a stellar sleepover then spent some time visiting the people who really changed me. Sister Page and Brother Ashworth. We also tried lighting the world with free hot chocolate but only 1 man took some. He had a giant sticker of the catholic pope's face on his back window. Needless to say he wasn't interested. He did enjoy the cup of cocoa though.

So ya I am super sad to be leaving Keighley. I have so so so many memories there. Lots of free ice cream, enjoyed my first English summer ☀️ , and I met a family that have changed my life...

Mary Jane, Harley, me, Adam and Aubrey

There are many reasons why I am serving a mission. A major reason is the desire I have to help others. I am blessed with an amazing family. We have so much fun and have so many great blessings because of our membership in the church. So on a mission it is great to be able to build friendships but it's even better to see someone experience the blessings from heaven! (This family mean a great deal to me) I teared up when I said bye... 😭

Ok so I'm a bit further north now. I live in a place called bishop Auckland. The ward boundary is absolutely massive. The ward name is Newton Aycliffe. I don't know a lot yet but the ward is pretty busy I'd say 70-80 members which is a nice change. Finally some younger people which is so different. My district is a little different now. There are 2 wards and 2 pairs of missionaries in each ward. So there's another set of sisters in our area and a set of elders and sisters in Darlington ward. Bigger district!!! Our mission is pretty split in half so I don't know as many missionaries up here but there's plenty of time to get used to them.

Ahhh like so much to say but I don't want to bore you all. Christmas is next week!!! So crazy!

The work here is different but very exciting!! I'm quite uneasy with the move right before Christmas. But so excited as well. I was in Keighley for like 8 months... Ahhh all so crazy.

Harley is a beauty!

Also congrats to Clair Pilling. Soon to be Clair Evans.

Elder Pilling

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snow and birthday wishes

Hey 👋🏼 

Some may know that my brother's mission is on fire! Like literally 🔥 burning. It's super sad to see and I know many people are affected. 

My mission is covered in snow. Hallelujah! I threw my first snowball in over a year last night. My hands instantly regretted it! Lol 

Short little story. So last night we had set up to go to the mission home fireside with some of our friends. They said they'd be home about 4:50. So we show up a little early and I got bored real quick. So with the extremely fluffy 2" of snow on the path I'd started to slide back and forth in my Sunday best shoes. Well it quickly became very slippery and awesome. I was sliding like 30 feet. Never had so much fun. Turns out our friends were like 30 min late. So we ended up waiting for ages. Got a little chilly. It's all good though I'm thoroughly enjoying the snow. 

Unfortunately Elder Uter has been really sick with a bad cold. It hit him pretty hard Wednesday after district meeting. We spent some time inside trying to recover. We did manage to get out and visit our friends which was a good break. A few highlights* not in order.

The mission home fireside!! Amongst the snow we managed to go to the fireside with Mary Jane and Adam! We were a little late but it was a good. Really enjoyed feeling the spirit and of course Christmas time is the best.! President Turvey even did a solo!! 

We watched a film called Jospeh Smith the Prophet of the Restoration. Once again with Mary Jane and Adam. I enjoyed it. Love that film. I like it because it really helps us see more of what Joseph Smith's life might have been like. To see how God qualified him in the troubles is pretty neat. Helps me when I face hard times to know God will help me. 

This is Michael. We all got matching ties. Pretty awesome. 

We had stake conference at a hotel event centre which was a bit different but an excellent learning opportunity. I love being able to take questions and see where God is answering them through the people around me. The main theme of the commerce was to help us and others experience the coming home feeling. One speaker spoke of 6 P's that will help us in our journey. 

Prayer- talk to our father in heaven 
Page- study the scriptures a page a day. It protects you. A force field 
Ponder- ponder on the things taught(listen)
Praise- compliment a person a day. 
Purity- let virtue garnish thy thoughts then be confident. Turn away from evil. 
Play- wholesome recreational activities. Spend time together! 

Often times I get a little bit overwhelmed with all the things going on. So many lessons and so many things to learn and so many people you can help. Then I always get reminded you can just do the small things. Prayer is the greatest thing to help us. God will communicate if we ask. He WILL help. I know sometimes I feel I can do it on my own or I may not need help. Well in reality we may be able to survive without God, but we cannot live. Life will be dull and lonely. God brings so much joy and happiness. Love beyond bounds, waiting for us. 

Anyways enough ranting. It snowed and I love it. 

Also my bday. Pretty awesome. So there's a family who we absolutely love. They had us over for a birthday meal and wow so yum! Even got me a cake 🎂.

Elder Pilling is 21!

The sister in my district pulled through with a gift..... I kept in for a couple days then gave it to Leon who has other fishies. It did crack me up when I saw it in the bag. 

We have transfers on Friday. Yep, so weird.  So I'll find out if I move tomorrow. Yes, I'm sorta really nervous.

Elder Pilling
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Monday, December 4, 2017

21 years old, well almost...

For some reason this winter hasn't been nearly as cold as last. My
toes have only been numb once so far. I know I have quite awhile till
spring but still I feel blessed 👏🏼

Some exciting things going on here in the England Leeds mission. But
also things I'm not excited for. Transfers are less than 2 weeks away.
It's a little funny this time. It's on Friday the 15th. So ya my time
with Elder Uter probably will end. It's been great though.

So first off. I mentioned I wasn't well last week. Well doc said I've
got a swollen lymph node. Yea so it's kinda hit and miss some days
totally normal others feel pretty horrible. Hoping it will go away in
the next week or two.

Back to the good stuff. So there's lots of little neat things that
happen every week. But I always forget about them.

We had a really cool lesson with Adam and Mary Jane. Our bishop tagged
along this time which was neat. We taught them the plan of salvation
and helped them see how God can bless us in all we do. The best part
of this lesson was that Adam already knew most of it because he had
been reading up on it in the pamphlets we gave him. He knew the
degrees of glory and all the steps we need. He even knew what a
covenant was!!! My favourite part of this all was when we walked in on
Saturday evening and Harley their 5 year old came running up to me and
gave me a big huge and said goodnight best friend. Turns out he stayed
up and waited for us to say goodnight ☺️it's got me feeling all gooey.

We did a little Christmas chalk art in Keighley town centre. Basically
our district gets together to ask loads of people what makes Christmas
so good. So varied responses. But we did find a few people which was
nice. Some good times. Except we froze, my feet were numb!! Then we 
snagged some chicken burgers 🍔

It has a hash brown stacked on there!! So yummy.
I only had one.  The other two had 2 each! At 2.50
each, it's a steal with a drink and chips.

Bye guys! 

Have a blessed week!

Elder Pilling,
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Monday, November 27, 2017

The Holy Ghost is the teacher

It got cold this week!

I have no pictures...I'll snap a few today and attach below.

Every missionary always dreams and hopes to baptise a family or at
least someone who will do great things in the church. Well I think I
found the family. Adam and Mary Jane are doing pretty good. He is the
fastest learner. We leave him with stuff to read and he will read it
all again and again then do his own research on gospel library
about that topic and watch videos. It shocks us. We were teaching him
about prophets and he asked if we have prophets and apostles now. Yes
his name is Thomas S. Monson. Adam says, "Oh I watched a video with him
speaking about the Book of. Mormon" (WHAT!!!!!) like who does that. He's
very funny and will throw in comments like oh I better start saving my
money so I can pay tithing! (We haven't taught him that he Just
learned it on his own)

Listen up. Often members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints are so used to the Holy Ghost it's hard for us to notice it.
Well I was in the same boat. Especially in missionary work- you teach
dozens of people who are curious but don't come to church or read.
Just like chatting. Then someone like Adam comes along. It's like wow
the Holy Ghost is really there with him teaching him. God has been
preparing Adam and his family for the gospel for years.

I talk about a lot of different things in my emails. 99% of the time I
talk about what I have learned or something that has helped me. In
reality I'm still Cale. Just an almost 21 year old. I don't know
everything. I'm not perfect. I am learning so much every single day. I
have ups and I have downs. I have learned how the gospel works in my
life. And it is great. A really big focus in our mission is teaching
what the gospel has done. I've spent so much time looking at my life.
Looking at experiences. All I can say is without our Saviour Jesus
Christ I would not have made it. I am who I am because of Jesus
Christ. His teachings have shaped me and pushed me. My values, my
goals, my desires all are based on the knowledge I have of God's plan
for us.

Alma 34:32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to
meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to
perform their labors.

We all make mistakes but it is ok. God loves us. He knows we aren't
perfect. He knows we are learning. Just keep trying and it'll all work

I am a little not well at the moment. I've got a funky lump on my neck
so ya dealing with that this week. Pray for me 😃🙏🏼 (don't freak out
pls I'm still breathing fine) IM OK

Also it snowed here ! I've never been so happy to be cold.
So my companion missed about 6 inches of
the sausage, but this is the German sausage.
Well best wishes. December next week which is crazy. Love you all. Send me an email or letter. I'D LOVE IT.

Elder Pilling 
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P.S.  It's Cale's birthday on December 5th.  Send him a quick email if you feel so inclined.