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.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Trust and Confidence in Christ

So ya this week kinda wasn't that awesome. But still awesome ya know?! No snow yet... there's probably a greater chance that we will see more snow next winter than this one. 

Firstly, meet Mary Jane and Adam. The kids were running the halls so no pic of them yet. 

Yep some matching ties cause why not (a member also has the same one).

This week we had a new transfer so it was crazy seeing all the members and their reaction that I was staying. It's been 7 months now. 

So Thursday a member had us over for a meal then we went on a home teaching split thingy. It was successful. Also busy and cold. 

There's a lovely member in our ward who is from New York and she invited us to her Thanksgiving celebration. It was good except the Buffett we went to was out of turkey lol. Kinda a fail. 

Sunday was the greatest. Ward conference. Adam and Mary Jane came! Church is hard with a 2 year old.... but still good. After, our ward mission leader invited us over for a meal with Adam and his family. It reminded me of Sundays at home! So yummy. Good conversation. Just some quality times. 

So a quick quote,

 "Trust and confidence in Christ and a ready reliance on His merits, mercy, and grace lead to hope, through His Atonement, in the Resurrection and eternal life" David A Bednar 

I have gained a simple powerful testimony of our saviour. I have seen his love. I love this gospel. 

I really struggle testifying in words on here haha 

Elder Pilling 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Magical week 🌈🌈

Well we had quite an awesome week. Like, best week on the mission probably.

I'm not going to do it in order or anything. Just as it comes to my mind.

All week we had a finding challenge with York zone. Pretty much
different parts of missionary work is worth different points so
whichever zone gets the most points win. Well our zone lost by 2,700.
Pretty bad huh.

But anyways, Thursday was our exciting day because it was the day
we were going to teach Mary Jane AND Adam!! So we had a yummy roast
chicken dinner then for the rest of the time he asked questions about
everything pretty much. Word of wisdom, priesthood, Sunday schedule. We
didn't have any time to have a structured lesson haha. But man he is so
cool. He is beginning his own painting business at the moment so he
travels around painting stuff. And wallpaper. Yep they still use it
over here.

Tuesday wasn't the greatest. All our appointments cancelled. It kinda
wasn't fun.

Saturday also not good. But pretty!  Here's a pic.

Wednesday was a blast, our last district meeting of the transfer. Then we had an exchange.  We also did a finding thingy in Keighley town center.  Basically all that happens is we draw the plan of happiness with chalk then stop people and talk about it. It went well and we had fun. Little cold. Got some pictures for the finding challenge. 

Sunday was SO GOOD. So Adam and Mary Jane and the kids came! They showed up early and all. We just loved it. It was Remembrance Sunday which was nice. The ward members were perfect in fellowshipping Adam and the family. A family invited them over for a Sunday meal next week!! Good idea. After church we did some finding. Leon introduced us to his manager at work, Lisa. She is so very nice. She sat down for a quick 5 min. We shared Moroni's promise and just in those 2 verses he felt the spirit and felt a truth coming from the Book of Mormon.  We set up a return lesson at Leon's for that day after her work. Then we taught her. We sang her Come All Ye Faithful.  The spirit was just perfect, we nailed it. Ah some things she said were like... I feel a sense of pure truth from the Book of Mormon or it seems like it's more of a real religion.  It make sense. 

I would like to testify by saying "there is truth in the Book" the Book of Mormon has more converting power than we all believe. Peace, happiness, and knowledge can be found when we study it diligently. 

Oh ya, we had transfers. And I'll be sticking around in Keighley for another transfer. Yep it'll my 6th transfer. So I've been in Keighley since the middle of April. Next transfers are December 19 I think. Yep and Elder Uter is staying too! We are so very excited!


This is my favorite district leader, Elder Clanton.  He returns to Arizona tomorrow :/. 
He's so great! Featuring Wieners of Waterton shirt and Peru pans haha

Love yaa!

Elder Pilling 
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Super Awesome Week

So this week was an absolute blast. Started off with Halloween. We
were on exchange with our district leader. So something really cool. I
have been out the longest in our district so I have really learned
from the new people. Everyone is still very excited about the
missionary efforts. But also we have a really tough district as far as
our finding numbers so it can get discouraging. We have really worked
hard to help each other be HAPPY and let me tell ya we love serving
with each other. And we will be having a district reunion in Banff in
about 2 years. Haha so good.

So exchange was great. Because of Halloween we had to be in the flat
at 6 unless we had permission for a ward party. Well we had a ward
party on exchange. Trunk or treat with about 10 cars. Pretty good.

Not much Wednesday.

Thursday we spent most of the day at interviews and training with the
assistants. First in my interview I told president Turvey I wanted to
get to know him better. So he said Sister Turvey and I will come
teaching with you. Tell me about your area. I told him about our
favourite family, the Williams, who has a mom who hasn't been in awhile
and a husband who has been 1 time. So we made plans for the next day
to go out for a meal and then teach them. Super wow awesome! I learned
a lot about President Turvey. And Sister Turvey. We then taught Mary
Jane. Tried to teach her husband. Here's the story...

So we get there at 8 hoping all the kids were in bed asleep only to
find Harley the 5 year old boy awake! He loved the attention but
proved it to be difficult to teach anything. After his dad Adam took
him to bed we had a chat with Mary Jane. It was on the edge of awesome
and not awesome. So ya kinda mutual. We kinda left it in her court to
take some steps of faith. (Don't want to share too many details). But
ya so that ended our Friday.

Saturday was a cool day. We visited some people did the usual. Then
Bon fire night, which is celebrating a guy named Guy Fawks who tried
to blow up parliament in 1605 with 36 barrels of gun powder. He was
unsuccessful so now everyone in England burns stuff and has fireworks.

So a little ward gathering with pork pies and mushy peas, not my
favourite. Because of health and safety we couldn't have our own fire
or fireworks at church. But we stood next to the neighbours which was
plenty big and had some proper good fireworks. Wow. I've
got vids I'll send in a separate email.

Sunday morning we were a little down. Fast Sunday and no one we
invited was coming to church but whatever. Then Mary Jane ran through
the doors at 9:57 (starts at 10) she said it was last minute but I
felt I needed to be here! My heart almost exploded with love! The Holy
Ghost is real guys!

It gets better though. Sunday evening we had duck which was cool. And
met with a cool member from Saint Helena (Tiny island).

Monday morning Adam (Mary Jane's husband) adds me on Facebook and
sends me a message asking if we wanted to go over for a meal so we
can get to know him. He also asked if we would be able to share more
about the gospel and about church with him!! He's never been taught
before. It gets even better. He asked Mary Jane how long church was
and told her he wanted to attend the whole thing on Sunday! Ah we were
all speechless including Mary Jane.

Greatest pday of my mission today. We are getting a pic with the fam on
Thursday so stay tuned for my favourite family in England !!!

Ya so that's awesome.

Elder Clanton, my former district leader, (I've been in the same zone as
him for 10 months of my mission) well he goes home next week so this
was his last pday. We went bowling. Then went to the institute
building. It was great. Sad to say bye! He lives in AZ so Toni and Brad
definately go visit him! Please. He's my favourite.

Elder Clanton from AZ

So ya loved this week. Legendary stuff.


Exciting things everywhere.

It was chilly about 1 Celsius this morning. Put on a scarf and gloves.
Brrrr. Got dark at 5 that sucks.


Elder Peeling

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fresh Air

So I'll try and be productive with the message and time I have to
share my adventures.

It's definitely fall here. Chilly air, clear skies (sorta, not really), and
pretty colours.  I can deal with the green all winter! 😎

We went to the sister's area in our district for a little b'day celebration
and a coolio finding activity. Turns out the people in Skipton, which
is like 5 miles from Keighley are very different. Very little love
from the people. It's quite a "cute" little village. We continued to
ask people what makes them happy and we loved it.

So this week we had an awesome meeting with Elder Foster, a General
Authority 70. He really helped us as a mission see how we can plan,
prepare, and execute our plans. We need to have visions. He gave us
awesome ideas to help members in their missionary work.

So this week I stumbled upon a little scripture passage in Alma. About
a women named Abish. She was converted to the Lord but didn't tell
anyone. A little while later when the people fell to the earth
because of unbelief she ran door to door sharing the things she knew
because she wanted to save them. Is this not the case for us? We know
the good the gospel can bring. We know how it will help us. We know
Jesus Christ lifts burdens. Alma 19:16-17.

Ponder, pray, and do something haha. Let's #lighttheworld

I am great guys. We carved pumpkins today and the picture will come
next week sorry.

The other Elder Pilling, I  love you pal.

Byeeee guys!

Elder C. Pilling

No pics either :/ quick selfie

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