Monday, September 18, 2017

Plant the seed, it will grow!

Hey everyone! 

Well winter is definitely coming fast!! People here would always say there is no fall, just summer then winter... it's true!! It got chilly really quick, I do love the fresh air in the morning though! 

So Facebook brought another cool experience! Wednesday we were sitting in our district meeting talking how we can use Facebook  and such and one of the elders said have you added all your investigators and members as friends. Elder Uter and I said yes but we didn't do anything after they accepted our friend requests haha. So we quickly messaged one of our members who hasn't been since she was 15, and she's 23 now. She was pleased to hear from us and after a few messages back and forth she mentioned she is taking wallpaper off her walls and re-decorating. Quite instantly I said we'd love to help can we come over? This led to that and before we knew it we were stripping wallpaper with Leon and our new friend! So all through Facebook we have created a friendship and now can teach her and her non-member husband! 

Next coolio thing. Our mission has monthly mission home firesides and we were unable to attend this one but they did a live stream of the whole thing on Facebook! I had a number of non-member friends watch some of it! Now I just need to follow up on how they liked it. 

This week has been sorta a drag in terms of finding new people but none the less I did enjoy the things I learned. In my studies I stumbled across Matthew chapter 13 and all the parables Jesus Christ used to teach the people. I would like to share some. 
Matthew 13:
31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

Jesus  talks about the mustard seed and how such a small seed can make such a difference. He says it is " the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so that birds of the air come and lodge in the branches Thereof." 

I believe all of our faith starts off the size of a mustard seed. But as Alma teaches faith is like a seed when planted... IT WILL GROW. This world is full of growth and so much goodness. 

Now a mustard seed of faith is not that much so surely it isn't that hard to plant. May I share my testimony of the goodness of faith and the goodness of Christ. I have seen a seed grow to become a marvellous tree. What a sight! The Gospel is good and it can do so much good for others. Let us all be farmers and plant fields of mustard and may the earth be covered in yellow! 

I'm trying to think of a funny story...... well you'll have to settle for a cool one. 
We finally had the chance to teach a less active family! I've spent weeks talking to Gareth on the doorstep but was finally let in to meet everyone. We are teaching them because their daughter Starr wants to be baptised! They haven't been to church in a few years so we have a lot to teach them! But they have puppies 🐶 two 9 week old Jack Russell's. And a Tarantula. Which I held. English people like their pets so I might as well find out why.... the spider was pretty boring but I kinda want a snake! Sorry Sister Garry haha. 

Some mid transfer changes though. Our district leader (who I love) is being moved to another area in Leeds zone 😥 new zone leaders and wow just craziness. 

Anywayyys we also took a "short cut" through a farmers field to get to an appointment. 

Ya, felt pretty good to be in the middle of nowhere :) 

Love yous :)

Elder Pilling 

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Finding and Teaching through Facebook

Welcome to this week's edition of the what did Cale do, live from The land of lads. I hope you enjoy the stories and scriptures shared. 

Firstly, if you ever have a question about England or questions about me or if you want more stories drop me an email :) 

Pretty interesting week because on Thursday I logged on to Facebook! It's still pretty crazy but so far it is really useful. 

Some may ask why Facebook? The prophets and apostles have begun a time of hastening the work. There's a quote from a long while ago by John A. Widtsoe October 1946:
"Missionary work must grow in foreign fields as never before; missionary work at home must increase as never before. We shall employ every modern device--the telephone, telegraph, radio, printing press, the short wave systems … , and the other devices that are coming. We shall use them all in our attempt to win men and women from wickedness to righteousness, from untruth or near truth to full and complete truth, which is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ." 

So the whole purpose of Facebook is to be able to easier connect with members and new friends we meet! We have found that people would rather give you their Facebook than a phone number. It's crazy. We add them and then message them and can easily set up appointments or teach over video chat or even teach over chat. We also have a wider reach. With approval from our mission president, we can teach our friends and family. 

We are pushing the work forward and it's incredible. Already we have found 1 new person who wants to learn through Facebook! I'll touch more on this later. 

So the weather has been crazy. Usually really heavy rain on and off. So perfectly sunny, then pouring down. So we got wet pretty quickly a few times. 

I broke down and bought an umbrella. Cost £1 which is 1.50$ cad. My goal is for it to last the rest of my mission :)

So we got Facebook on Thursday. And Thursday night our zone leaders were able to teach Leon's sister with Leon. So it was a triple video call. This turned out to be an extra big miracle. Not only did she accept a baptismal date, but Leon has an uncle who was in the room and heard the entire lesson. He got quite emotional when he learned what the gospel can do for him. He doesn't really find joy in his life and to see Leon turn his life around made him want to be better. 

All from 1 Facebook lesson. 2 new investigators. And they are really good. We have tried for weeks to teach uncle Ivan but he always goes upstairs when we show up. :/now he is learning and reading! 

I have been able to create some really good friendships on my mission. I can quite easily find a friend in most people. Especially if they are nice. So we have a nice lady who owns a fish n chip shop! Very nice. She genuinely cares about us and about our families. She hooked us up with free food! Then we proceeded to get soaked by rain. Some good times. 

Went bowling today.... first round I was struggling wow. Like at 45 till the last frame. 3 strikes in the last frame!! Nailed it. Second round was better 120. We all got smoked by a sister. She got 187 😳

One of the biggest FOCUSES we have as a companionship is to teach from the Book of Mormon. One thing I have noticed is as my scriptural knowledge grows, the influence the scriptures have on my life also grows. I apply the doctrine taught and really see so many more ways I can be happier. 

Mosiah 24:15 says; And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

We have all heard this scripture. The point I want to focus on is the "lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease". The lord did not take away these burdens but he is strengthen us enough to carry them. We all go through burdens, we all suffer greatly and only through Jesus Christ will we be able to "bear our burdens with ease".

I love the Book of Mormon. I have come to know its goodness through diligent, prayerful scripture study. Prayerfully study the Book of Mormon every day and you will see your life change beautifully. More peace, more direction and more HAPPINESS. 


Elder P

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wöchentliche Mail!!

Haha I love it (my attempt at German).  I have had a roller coaster of emotions this week.
Some stress, pure joy, spiritual goodness, love, and a whole load of
excitement. I have loved the time with Elder Uter!

A little bit about him: He's 2 months older than me, lives near Munich, attended music school for 4 years, DJ for work, trumpet player 11 years, he pretty much teaches, breathes, and lives music haha. He is a convert of 22 months.... ya I know so cool! He is the only member in his family. And of course he is German 🇩🇪!!!! His English is about 80%, he understands less than he can speak tho.  The accent in Keighley is proving to be difficult.

It has been such a crazy week, I'll try my best to fill you in on the important bits. So some may know, Sunday morning President Turvey called me to train a new missionary. So Tuesday morning, I dropped Elder Davies off at the train station in Leeds and cruised over to the church and had a pretty weird training meeting. Some very good missionaries were there also training. So we got some very brief instruction on what to do to best help our new trainees in this journey.  It's been interesting!

So training... all the trainers and the missionaries going home (Elder Charman) were all sitting in the chapel awaiting the new missionaries. They all file in and go to the choir seats and one of the assistants to the president reads off the name where they are from and their companion. There was a Canadian! Elder Duce from Cardston Alberta! Crazy huh. But there were 8 elders 3 sisters: 2 Germans, 2 English, 1 Canadian, 1 Philippines and a bunch of Americans. Anyways we get started about half way through and my bestie, Elder Walker gets assigned to train Elder Müller ( 🇩🇪 ) . I'm like that'd be cool. Then it gets to the last one haha.  It's Elder Uter.  He's German and I was hyped! So much love and excitement! After that we got pictures and ate some lunch then took a coach to this place called the Cow and Calf for basically just some time to set goals and expectation for the mission. It was good. Then something new. On the way home president dropped us off near his house and said go do some finding..... meet at my house in 1 hour for a meal. So that's what we did haha. After all that was over we finally got home at 8:15. Long day. Especially for Elder Uter.

I  remember so many memories from my training and have tried to help Elder Uter feel comfortable. We are doing good. It's a little bit interesting training him because he moved out 4 years ago so he isn't homesick.  He just misses friends which is understandable.
Now some cool moments this week. Thursday we met with a less active member named Joanne. She is so nice, very funny and honest, which is key. We really just wanted to know why she doesn't attend. It is a tough one but as the spirit entered the lesson, Elder Uter could understand her perfectly and asked so many important questions. She really opened up.  I was stunned because he had only been here like 2 days!

The next important part would be Sunday. A very nice member named Jack was driving us home and I briefly saw a girl and thought to myself  that looks like Mary-Jane. Well as we pulled away from the light she was waving haha. The really cool part is I had planned to visit her after church- so inspired! We did go and visit  and had an awesome chat about
church and what it will do for her and her family. She opened up and trusted us with all her concerns. In the end she said, "It's weird, I am normally the quiet girl in the corner but to you I feel totally different!" It truly is amazing what Heavenly Father will do to help his children!

My studies have been stellar this week. Lots in preach my gospel but some really good stuff about the importance of the Book of Mormon. In these last 10 minutes I have seen the correlation between my study and our teaching. I can see what the Book of Mormon has done for me. Specifically on my mission. I have put the promises contained in the
blue book to the test. I have relied on the Saviour for strength and guidance and he has always  delivered.

I was speaking with a member about what we must do  to receive those blessing that are waiting for us. It really comes down to living the commandments. It's pretty simple and yet so many of us fail to achieve the standard. I have heard people say I left the church because it has done nothing for me. Well what were you doing to receive those blessings? Often times not a whole lot! The time where you will grow the most is during PERSONAL, PRAYERFUL scripture study. Sacrament meeting is where we will gain the knowledge, the comfort and the power needed to handle the days and the temptations. Only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ can we be saved.

Mosiah 4:6 says "I say unto you, if ye have come to a knowledge of the
goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his
patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men; and
also, the atonement which has been prepared from the foundation of the
world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his
trust in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments,
and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I mean the
life of the mortal body--"

When you come to know the goodness of God you will notice a difference
and a draw to follow him.

Verse 7 says :
"I say, that this is the man who receiveth salvation, through the
atonement which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all
mankind, which ever were since the fall of Adam, or who are, or who
ever shall be, even unto the end of the world.

The atonement of Jesus Christ isn't a new idea. It wasn't created after God saw all the wickedness.  It came from the foundation of the world. It is for us, so use it!

My awesome mom had clarified something I had recognized recently.

We are not perfect and we also make mistakes but what the is neat part is, we have a weakness. Yes just 1. This great weakness is that we are human, not Gods! So of course we will struggle and hurt and have hard times! But as we recognize that we can't be perfect we will seek to be better. Our saviour Jesus Christ loves us. Heavenly Father has given
us what we need! Follow the commands of our Living Prophet! We cannot go astray!

I love you all very much. If you want an English post card, email me your address! :)

Elder Pilling
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Best part of being a missionary

Heyyyoo fam, 

Well it's been a fast 6 weeks which means the end of a transfer. So Sunday morning I was just tying my shoes up when President Turvey called. He asked how our area was doing and if we are teaching many people. After I affirmed him that it was a really good exciting area to work in he asked me to TRAIN A NEW MISSIONARY. So after just 6 weeks Elder Davies will be leaving going up north. I will be getting a fresh lad! I pick him up Tuesday morning! 

This week was a really cool week. In our phone I was able to change Leon from an investigator to a member which was a really cool thing to do. It's really cool helping him learn how to be a member haha. I have been lucky enough to be able to be a part of some truly profound moments in member's lives. To be able to bring others into the light of the gospel is the BEST part of being a missionary. 

Unfortunately our investigator Ingrid had some unfortunate things happen this past weekend. She was unable to come to a Slovak baptism because her husband was being a little difficult. Said she's already been baptised and all sort. It's so hard with the language barrier. She also was unable to come to church so it's been a couple of difficult set backs for her. 

Leon will receive the Aaronic priesthood next week! Gareth and his family have been coming back to church for almost 2 months! He said to me it's good to be back it feels like home. 

I have quite a few quotes from Leon:   

"When I got baptised I just felt so fresh. I was nervous before, and after I felt different and better.  I felt clean after. Lovely that is." 

"Weight of the world lifted off. It's... well, nice." 

"I'm glad I asked Heavenly Father for an answer and I'm glad I got one right after."

"I felt so fresh, different, clean. It's the best."

This week I have focused my study on a few things. Mostly I spent quite a bit of time studying faith and how to have a pure testimony. I would like to share some thoughts. 

Some things that stood out to me. The Holy Ghost is THE most important part of of a spiritual journey. Ask God and he shall receive. It is through the Holy Ghost that we are able to receive that oh so important witness of the truth contained in the gospel. 

President Joseph F. Smith said: “Every person should know that the gospel is true, as this is everyone’s privilege who is baptized and receives the Holy Ghost. … I know that the gospel is true, and that God is with his people; and that if I will do my duty and keep his commandments, the clouds will roll by, and the mists will disappear.”

We need to follow the teaching of the prophets and apostles and be sincere. Study. Ponder. Pray sincerely, having faith and we will receive the Holy Ghost. 

A testimony comes when you act on the feelings from the Holy Ghost. You come to know the truth! We have testimonies to share them. It may be a friend or a neighbour but I know there is someone in your life that needs to hear it. Open your mouth and it will be filled with the words they need to hear. 

Special shoutout to Allison. Cinnamon toast crunch is my fav!!! 

I have received a load of post cards and I love them.  Thank you!

Elder Pilling :)
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This is what chavs look like... it's Leon!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Leon's baptism and fun p'day

This week was busy with planning Leon's baptism and interviews with President.  It was super fun though! 

The baptism was I quote "Among the best we've seen." -Assistants to the president.

We had some really inspired talks on faith and the Holy Ghost. They were perfect for Leon. 

I had quite the time preparing for the baptism. So the sister missionaries in our district don't have a font in their building so we had their baptism at 11am and ours was at 1pm. Friday night before the baptism we went over to clean the font out and prepare a few things. Well we filled the font up about 6 inches so we could wipe it all down and clean it up. It was SO dirty the water looked like a bad cup of tea with no milk. Rusty and gross. At the end we went to go drain it and the font pump didn't turn on to pump it out....... so it's 9:00 at night trying to drain some gross font water out.... didn't work. We had to leave to make it home by 9:30 and we left the font pump on over night praying it would drain. So we arrive at 8 am Saturday and I take a peak in the font and... it was full of the gross water still. Ahh panic. Our only option was to use the trash bins and scoop the after out and pour it in the toilet. Got it all out and mopped up with towels and it was finally clean! Hit the button and 50 min later the font was filled all nice and clean!  

Leon was helping haha it was so good we really enjoyed the day. 

Leon's baptism
Let's jump back to the actually baptism now. The service was all-star and really good.  We had some excellent music choices and like I said, best talks. So I've pondered how I can describe Leon's baptism the best to you all. I think the only way is to just tell you how it went. After the talks I said Leon let's go he said wait now!? Haha we walked from the chapel to the font and as we entered the toilets he was shaking and way nervous. We said a quick prayer and entered the font. It was warm and he was overwhelmed but I just said it'll be fine. Quick reassurance and I said I'm going to start. Nailed the prayer and the dunk was 10/10. He came up and said that was nice. 

Sitting during the rest of the meeting he leaned over and said, "I feel really really happy." I instantly felt so much love. I can't even describe how happy I felt. I love you all. I love the power I felt being able to baptize Leon and helping him make covenants. It's amazing the love I have been able to have with Leon and the spirit and my testimony. I felt so much cleansing as I baptized Leon. The love of God overwhelmed me. It was a pretty great day!

Today we went hiking. Man it was pretty. Good quality time with the district. One thing we discussed was that it seems like everyone is going on a mission, like girls and guys. 
Hiking Pen-y-Ghent in the Yorkshire dales.
It's about 2,300ft high haha.

Have a great week everyone!

Elder Pilling 

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Step of Faith

Mates, there is a baptism in Keighley!!!

Leon Spearman will be baptized on Saturday at 1 pm.

This week, as always, has been really good. I continue to see blessings and miracles everyday. Leon our investigator is a walking, breathing miracle. He has received so many different answers to his prayers. He is an example of being prepared and he has accepted most things. A few were difficult for him to understand and difficult for him to follow. When we first met him he had an addiction to every single part of the word of wisdom. Teaching repentance has been a key part of his conversion. He knows his saviour loves him and he knows that through Jesus Christ his burdens can be made light. Only through Him can these blessings be brought forth. By taking a step of faith he quickly felt Heavenly Father's love and was able to feel the cleansing power of the Atonement. His mind was a mess and he was not in a happy place. But through the teachings of the Saviour his desires and thoughts became clear. We have put a temple focus on and he is quite close to having a family name prepared to take with him . Should be able to attend the temple quickly after his baptism, which is so exciting! Such a bummer we are not allowed to go with, but the members will take care of him. 

This week we finally began teaching a potential named Ingrid.  She is a Slovakia Lady and is so kind. She went to church in Bradford a few times but due to health she could no longer investigate. I was prompted to drop by one evening (Tuesday).  She accepted us with happiness and was over joyed to see the Book of Mormon in Slovakian for her. She thanked us and started reading right away. She is scheduled for the 2 of September and is so excited for it! She found her old Book of Mormon in a dresser and is now reading with her husband! She has the funniest kid named Patrick. Not to be stereotypical but many Slovakian kids are majorly overweight. Patrick is no exception. He's 5 and easily could pass for a 9 year old (minus his reading and writing).

We had the funniest first lesson with them. We got there early and started teaching before our Slovak Skype started. Patrick had a neighbour kid over and they were playing. He is 8 I think and so we were trying to talk to him but he didn't really understand. We tried to figure out what language he speaks.  Patrick didn't know and Ingrid didn't know haha. So we used google translate and didn't really understand any of the languages. Closest we got was Czech maybe? 

Oh I almost forgot. On Wednesday we had a visit from some general authorities and an Apostle. It was a mission-wide conference.  Specifically Elder M. Russel Ballard, President Patrick Kearon and his wife, President Johnson and his wife, Elder Nielsen missionary executive director, Elder Summet and his wife. Wow was it cool. Our mission had the most successful July EVER. Like ever recorded. In July, 40 were baptized, they had a record number of people at church, and most new investigators in a week. They really praised us for our efforts. Because most of them served in England they had noted that the Leeds mission had been struggling for a while and they were very pleased with the hastening that is happening. We had a question and answer time as well. Not much new stuff. My favourite was Elder Ballard or Sister Kearon. She's such a beauty - she did a little instruction to all of Europe and it was on how ward council is like an engine. All parts need to work. Super coolio.

Elder Walker from Calgary

My MTC friends 

My trainer goes home in a week!

Bye bye for now,
Elder Pilling
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Monday, July 31, 2017


It's a pretty day here in England... sorta hahaha. 

My days are packed with appointments and we are so busy. I admire those who when faced with the adversary turn to the light of the gospel. This has been a view our mission president has seen as Satan takes extra time to attack those preparing to be baptized. He makes things very difficult for them and yet we see how prepared people here are. Heavenly Father is sending us some extremely talented people to bring into the gospel. 

Over the last 9 months my testimony has grown and I have had many experiences where I have seen the hand of God in the work! My favourite part of this whole mission thing is seeing how our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are at the helm of this ship and he is looking after us all. He has a plan for each one of us and has given us what we need to be successful. 

In my mission life it is such a blessing to be able to assist in this great work. I have been able to follow the prompting of the Holy Ghost this week. Leon has had some really rough times this past week. It is not so much trials directly on him, but it is more that his friends have had some hard times.  Since he is so nice and caring (extra caring since we met him ;)) he has felt the pain and the suffering of all his friend's pains and it's been hard for Leon.  Leon is literally a friend for life. I feel like we have helped him out so much. He really likes the temple and is excited to go!  

It is hard to explain all these experiences and share all I want to share in just a short email.

We played some games and went bowling as a district today.

Elder Pilling
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