Monday, October 16, 2017

It is the only way!

Hey Guuys,

First off there was or is a hurricane off the west coast of Britain. THAT'S GOOD NEWS!  It's been so warm lately it is awesome. Still haven't busted out the gloves yet.. we did get soaking wet twice this week though haha. My bad.... 

I know tomorrow is a special day for the newest Elder Pilling.... but I'm also an Elder Pilling so listen up because it's been a good week. 

Just kidding. Jospeh Peter Pilling. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU. I think it's quite awesome we get to serve at the same time! I'm sure you've gotten all sorts of advice but one thing to remember:  Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

The mission is a time of growth and change within ourselves. We must be a soft clay and let change happen! Don't look back, just make goals- lots and lots of goals. And trust the lord. "You will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord." 

Some crazy things. Some really good things. Some of the best times. 

First a unique member fed us.... well we got pilchard in tomato sauce and potatoes and peas. I know I am a fisherman and all but pilchard not my fav!. 

We also had zone conference and that was different because we got new phones.  Yes it's a full blown smart phone with data and all. The newest galaxy a5. Boy is it weird having a touch screen phone. It's so nice having normal volume when you call someone haha. To carry on about Zone conference we had a visit from the lead public affairs missionaries in the U.K. Elder and Sister Partridge instructed us on how to best use Facebook and what their goal is. Basically to sum it all up they want The Church of Jesus Christ to go viral on Facebook. We are seeing some really crazy good success with some videos reaching 17,000 views I think is the best one. 

I NEED YOUR HELP. I can be involved with you all on Facebook. We need to make sure everyone in the world can feel the spirit through a video or quote. So repost or share or direct message any of my posts or any spiritually uplifting posts you see. Just one click and hundreds of people will be able to see it. You never know who may need to see it. I'll be posting my profile soon as well as a little I'm a missionary video! 

Moving right along. Went to the Toby Carvery with my favourite lads!

The Swiss gentleman on the left is 93 and he takes us out every other week! Brother Ashworth on the right is currently getting a new knee! Like right now! So they are the best. 

We finally found some new people to teach, an older catholic lady who is so lovely. And a young girl, 17 ish who doesn't know what she believes in.... both are excited to learn more. I don't know much about them so more next week.. 

We did have a little miracle this week. It was pouring rain and we were searching for a house but I couldn't remember the number... so we knocked on a door and an elderly lady answered and said come in. As most old people do, her fire was on and it was toasty warm!! Blessings from God. She was born in 1923..... so gettin on haha. She was so lovely and we chatted and stuff then once it stopped raining. she swiftly asked us to leave haha wasn't too interested in the gospel. 

Sunday my OH my. All of Europe, so 39 countries were able to tune into a broadcast from Elder Ballard and some other general authorities. By far the best fireside I've ever been to. In an effort to keep the special experience sacred, I will only share one thing he taught us.  He taught us about miracles and how the miracles are for members and their missionary work. Here are a couple of quotes I liked. 
"There are miracles that are to be performed."  
"Where do miracles start? They start on our knees."

My mtc teacher made this quote into a nice picture.  It is from Massimo de Feo of the Seventy

For the last year I haven't missed a day without readying the Book of Mormon. I can testify that it is a special witness of Christ.  You can not read it without coming closer to the Saviour. The teachings, the messages, the stories, they all grow our faith in the Savior. Read it, ponder it, and pray. It is the only way. 

I love you all! And love this gospel!

Elder Pilling

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Conference thoughts

So last Monday I was busy and I couldn't think so I forgot a few things. Some very important things. 

First we went to the temple!!! It was such a special experience, to be able to feel of the spirit of Elijah and help those beyond the veil! I was lucky enough to take 6 family names to do baptisms for. And because of the circumstances, Elder Uter was able to baptise me for those people! Then..... I baptised him for some people! Super awesome. And of course Leon was there with us and experienced it all. He had such a good time! I love temples and am so grateful we can attend and feel such a lovely spirit!

Now this week lots happened. Not in any particular order. 

So if you think back like 4 months we met a lady named Carole who just recently moved back from New Zealand! (Super thick accent) We haven't seen her in a long time but she texted and asked if we were able to come cut her grass as she hasn't been feeling too well lately. So Friday we popped over and cut the forest of a lawn! For England it's a really big garden(yard). So it took about 2 hours with the little electric mower which I did surprisingly well considering the length of the grass. 
She was so grateful and it just felt good to help someone in need. 

Buzz Lawn Care UK...this was about half of it.
We also had a little volleyball game with a member and her friend. Leon isn't the greatest at volleyball so he resorted to score keeping! That was pretty fun!

Oh man... I just remembered on Saturday we sorta noticed how the main heating wasn't working but we didn't really care because we were running around exercising. So Sunday morning comes around we are the first there and we turn the heat on..... 20 min later still not hot. 45 min later still nothing. Then sacrament starts and there's no heat! We froze!!! I had a dripping nose the entire time. My hands were so chilly.  But after Sunday school ended the heat finally was fixed and we had more warmth! 

Sometimes we get to experience some really great things out here. And this week 2 people made that possible. So we were visiting our non member friend George and he said, "Having you come around and visit is the highlight of the week for me." I was filled with so much love for him!!! It's hard to imagine you could have such an impact on someone's life until you experience it... 

The next cool experience was Leon's uncle. We popped around to grab a drink and he said, "Even though I don't stay and listen to the lessons and I don't say much I am really grateful you guys come around. As you help Leon you help me. Leon is much nicer to me and I can thank you for that!"  

Some greatness. I love the mission....and I am even beginning to love the hard times. It's strange but those hard times is what really boosts my growth!! 

Now general conference.... it was so awesome. I loved many of the talks I'll attach a few quotes in here from my favs. 

Dieter F. Uchtdorf in the priesthood session was really great. Speaking of spiritual healing and the light of Christ. It really hit me how the gospel can make all the difference in someone's life.  I've seen people stray away and lose this light of Christ but all it takes is the smallest little spark or ember for a fire to reignite. 

"There is a power, a strong influence, that emanates from the Savior. ... Because this power enlightens, uplifts, and illuminates our lives." Dieter F Uchtdorf. 

The light that comes from our saviour Jesus Christ is bright enough to fill the darkest of spaces. This light can be found in excess in the Book of Mormon. The reason why there's such a unique power in the Book of Mormon is because of the testimony of Jesus Christ it contains. I stand with the prophet and say read the Book of Mormon daily. Feast on the words of Christ! Don't just nibble!!! 

I know it's a week behind but I'm sure you all can catch up! Read the Book of Mormon with me! 6 pages a day study the same thing I do and we can learn together. 

Stanley G. Ellis 
A couple scriptures and quotes he shared I think fit into what I have learned. 

"May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong." 
President Thomas S. Monson 

The harder right will strengthen us and build us up. Makes us better. I have been to the tough parts the difficult moments and I agree it is very hard. I often don't feel comfortable in the challenges. When we have that "larger eternal perspective" which Elder W. Craig Zwick spoke of we can see the eternal blessings and the hope for a better day! 

D&C 122:7 All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." 

"No sacrifice is too great, no price too heavy, no struggle too difficult in order to receive blessings." Thomas S. Monson 

May I leave you with my testimony that "God is at the helm".  He leads us and guides us. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. If we study and ponder it's teaching I know our relationship with God will grow. We will learn more of Jesus Christ and his atonement. I love the warmth and comfort that Jesus Christ can bring in those dark times.

I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ amen. 

So mates here's a few pictures. 

I know it's a rubbish picture..... Swiss people  should stick to making cheese.....

Elder Uter and a doughnut

Elder Pilling
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Staying in Keighley

I'll get right to the point. I'm staying with Elder Uter in Keighley
for another 6 weeks. So I just finished 6 months here and I love it!

Conference was some serious spiritual uplifting. The time difference
means we watched 3 session on Sunday, 1 Saturday and still have Sunday
afternoon to go! It's pretty crazy to think that last year this time I
was at conference! Time is flying, but it's great.

I don't have much to say this week and I don't have
my conference notes so I can't share some insights either....

One really awesome thing happened. In Keighley I have been able to make friends with a
member who hasn't really attended church for 7 years. She had a
difficult time when she was 15 ish and then soon left and didn't come
back. Over the last 6 months I have been blessed to be able to create
a friendship with her. In our first real lesson with her we were
talking about faith and how we can compare it to a seed. At the start
she would just say I lost my faith....I lost it a long time ago. Then
as the Holy Ghost entered into the lesson she was able to
recognise something that has been happening a lot lately. She has had
promptings to visit the chapel and we gave her a tour. She said, "I've
been feeling a nigley feeling that's pushing me back towards church."
After we helped her make this connection it was the best lesson. She
is so ready to come back. And wants the true blessings. It's very hard
to explain now. But you all need to know that this church is true. God
does not leave us alone in our trials. He blesses and loves us and is
there to bring us back into the fold.

I have so much love for this gospel. Later today we are going to teach a
couple of guys in Persian! Well it's going to be crazy!

Love you peeps.

Elder Pilling
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Fall isn't very yellow here yet....

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Weeks are Flying!

So I have no idea what to say. Ya pretty good week I must say. Decently warm fall weather and not too wet. Unfortunately nothing super exciting happened. We haven't had an investigator at church for a long while and it's really taking its toll. We need some new faces to visit! 

We had some good visits with members where they have noticed how the missionary work is really picking up and people who they never guessed would come back to church have asked if they could come or a non member friend will ask about their beliefs. We are in the beginning stages of a true hastening. 

So since not a lot happened this week, you guys all get some more of my spiritual study input! Or whatever you want to call it! 

So I gave a little talk on Sunday. Classic- asking the missionary 5 minutes before sacrament meeting starts... so I was drawn towards the sacrament and the atonement of Jesus Christ (probably because I was thinking of what to say during the sacrament).

First off a quote from President Packer.  He said: “The Atonement leaves no tracks, no traces. What it fixes is fixed. … It just heals, and what it heals stays healed.”

What a special gift to have from our beloved Saviour Jesus Christ. Often quoted at Christmas or Easter "because of him"  fits perfectly into the thoughts. Because of him we can look to the future with a certain hope and peace. Knowing that we will be able to live with our Loving Heavenly Father for all time and eternity because of him is so comforting! 

Now it's difficult to express what Jesus Christ went through while speaking let alone an email but I will give it a shot. 

A scripture from Mosiah helps us understand what Jesus Christ would eventually go through to complete the atonement. 

Mosiah chapter 3 verse 7 says, And lo, he shall suffer temptations , and pain of body, hunger , thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer , except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.

He suffered all pains and afflictions of every kind for us so we can make our mistakes right. He paid the price only he could pay. We no longer are held hostage by our sins. We can now, through repentance and the sacrament, be forgiven... I am beyond grateful for this blessing. 

The sacrament should be a focus for us during the meeting we attend at church. Jesus Christ didn't do all that he did so we can sing a song during priesthood opening exercises. But he did do it all so we can be forgiven for our sins. So let's take a peek into what we can do to prepare for the time we have to partake of the sacrament. 

Elder Jay E. Jensen gave a great talk called "Arms of Safety" in October 2008. Talking about the atonement of Jesus Christ and how it connects to the sacrament. About the sacrament he has said,
"By coming humbly and fully repentant to sacrament meeting and worthily partaking of the sacrament, we may feel those arms again and again." 

There's a lot of fire power in a short sentence there. I will try to break it down. Coming humbly to partake of the sacrament is recognizing that as to our strength we are weak. But through the saviour we can be made strong. How does being fully repentant help us be prepared for sacrament? I believe at the moment of fully repentant we are ready to feel the cleansing power of the atonement. We have done our part in the repentance process and the rest is up to the saviour. Worthily. Well if we intend on receiving any sort of blessing we should be worthy. So if we want the blessings of the sacrament let's be worthy. "We may feel those arms again and again." Those arms are the loving arms of the Saviour. He will love and and support us and build us up so we can fight back with more strength! 

I know Jesus is the Christ. Our Saviour and Redeemer. He literally saved our spirits and our bodies. Such an impressing act of love. He has once again called a prophet to guide his church. Don't think he is here to handle the structure of the church. He is the only man on earth who has authority to use all of the priesthood keys. He is a seer and revelator. He loves us and guides us with love. Take the time to carefully listen to his council. It is full on revelation from God for us. Now. 

I send my love to all my family and friends! 

Elder Pilling 

Sorry no pictures :) 

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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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Monday, July 24, 2017

Hey Fam Jam

Well it's a bit of a blur this week. Just keep swimming was a common thought I had as we worked. Nothing happened in terms of finding new people to teach so it was slow. I spent an awesome day in my DL's area with Elder Tsosie who was in the same district as me back in Beverley so we've been on exchanges before... it was some good times. We seemed to miss the bus every time we went to catch it so lots of walking. And it was HOT hahah so good. 

My favourites for the week have got to be another meal from Leon, our investigator. We got a strawberry fresh cream cake! Man I died and went to heaven. Leon is doing really really well. We have so much in common, it is quite crazy at times. Best part of all is that we learn the same way so I just give him all the tips that I use when studying and it works! He even eats the same breakfast as me.... Wheatabix :) 

Elder Davies is doing well. He is slowly getting used to this crazy ward! There's a member named Michael who I have talked about before. But we did some hard core bargaining with him last night haha he is funny. 

Our investigators are Leon and George who are the most solid (as in we see them weekly if not more). Leon has a date for baptism set at August 12. He is 33 and pretty funny.  He has had some seriously tough moments in his life. Just so many things have happened.  He was taught by missionaries a few years ago but the elder who he really understood and got along with got moved, so that ended. One day we were walking down his street when Leon was prompted to talks to us. We had a short 5 min conversation with him and carried on with our day. 2-3 weeks later we were walking down a street and he was on the bus.  As it drove by we waved and were kinda laughing haha it's Leon. Then sure enough 8 minutes later he popped around the corner. He said once again "I feels like I need to talk to yous".  We gave him our number and he said he'd call. 2 weeks later and nothing. We had some spare time one day by his house and decided to drop by. Well that was an interesting meeting. He unloaded his life story. We testified of the peace, direction, and happiness following Jesus Christ can bring. He really felt the spirit as we shared experiences with him. And that is Leon. Now he has a date for baptism and boy is he excited.! He loves how grounded and happy the members of the church are and wants that for himself!

I have given much thought towards the organization of a mission and the leadership and the opportunities to grow and learn. A mission is the foundation on which a life of growth and happiness in the church is built upon. I want to share something I've been thinking about - being happily obedient. If you look at the commandments that we have received as restrictions and regulations and you always have in the back of your mind that it would be better without, let me tell you the grass is not greener on the other side. Life has challenges wether you are a member or not. It is tough! Now the gospel of Jesus Christ is there to ensure that we as spirit children will be able to live with our Heavenly Father again. Although we have a loving Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ, it does not mean that God will make our lives a walk in the park. We are here to grow and to learn. It is up to us wether or not we take it as a growth period. We can be bitter or dull when trials come our way or we can choose to be HAPPILY obedient to God's commandments and love the things he HAS given us. Take a moment to say a prayer and thank God for all he has given you. I think you'll be surprised 😊

I love all that you guys do for me. The prayers, the letters, the love- it all makes a difference to me!

A pic of my companion

Elder Davies (not sure what this is a pic of)
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