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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Logical Ones

...our last appointment for the day was to teach a 7 year old girl and her mother about our church. Her mother took the lessons in 2005. 
"We are not sure that evolution is the thing we came from?" 
...so we taught her the plan of salvation. The girl had intense questions and is very logical (maybe her mom told her to ask). This lesson 1, turned into 4, then 5. Then the whole family was listening.  The father was skeptical at first, and when the plan of salvation lesson wasn't going so well we switched to the restoration by spirit. Incredible. The spirit was in the room. The oldest son prayed for the close of our meeting and he is 13. Afterwards, he was just beyond excited to have talked to God. 
"How do you feel?" 
The kids were begging to have us back everyday. This was just the answer to our prayers.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Bike

...another miracle was on Sunday night and we had chosen three streets the night before. Then we got to the first and totally forgot to watch for it. We turned around and then my MTC teacher voice came to mind, 

"if you forget something you felt was good once but you still forgot...that's the spirit telling you now that it's not what should be used." 

    Confused, I told my trainer and he said, "okay. Let's skip it." As we walked to the third street we came across a man on a bike. I waved and said, "Hello Mate. How are you?" 
He was an ex-communicated member 12 years ago and wanted to get his life bake together. We expressed to him that it was no accident that we were guided to him this night. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Field

England Leeds Mission

6 September 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Erman Ivins
10126 Millbury Way
Sandy, UT 84092


Dear Brother and Sister Ivins,

It is with pleasure we welcome your son, Elder Isaac Caleb Ivins, to the England Leeds Mission.  We find him prepared and committed to serve the Lord and to share the message of the Restored Gospel.

Your son's first companion is Elder Dotschkat who was prayerfully selected to ensure the best introduction to missionary work for Elder Ivins. They will be serving in the Hull 2 Area of the Hull Zone.   We are confident their relationship will be a mutual blessing.

Weekly encouragement from home will certainly help inspire Elder Ivins' missionary effort.  We encourage you to write him once a week with your letters uplifting in spirit.  Please let other family and friends know how important it is to write positive, encouraging letters that support missionary work.  Your son's permanent address is now:

Elder Isaac Caleb Ivins
England Leeds Mission
Lister House, Lister Hill
Leeds LS18 5AZ

Families and friends are asked to not visit or call their missionaries in the field.  Such calls and visits will undermine the effectiveness of missionaries and their companions.  Please feel free to call the mission president in the event of an emergency at home.  Missionaries are not to call home without the president's permission.

Any anxiety of the missionary about finances will hinder the work.  Please do not send excess funds, too much money can be as detrimental as not enough. Personal, practical and inexpensive gifts from home for birthdays or Christmas are encouraged.  However, because missionaries move frequently, and space is very limited; large, heavy or unnecessary items are discouraged.  Your missionary is limited to two bags and a briefcase.  The best gifts are consumables, such as ties, socks, small personal items, and goodies.
Also, if sending packages from abroad that have a large declared value (US $50.00 or more) there may be extra Duty and Tax charges incurred, which may cause unnecessary expense and delays.  It has been our experience that packages sent by US Postal Service and Parcel Post usually arrives without any further charges.  Please do not send via Federal Express or other ground delivery service.  This may incur duty charges for which your missionary will be billed before the package will be delivered.

I want you to know that Sister Pilkington and I consider it a privilege to serve with your son and promise to help all we can, and strive to direct his efforts in the Lord's way.  We are available at all times, and Elder Ivins' physical, emotional and spiritual welfare is of utmost importance to us.

Sincerely yours,

Graham Pilkington