Sunday, May 20, 2018

Week 69: April Showers Bring May Flowers

May 7, 2018

Hey guys!

So this week was good! We had All-Ireland which was really good on Wednesday. There was a big focus on working with members and how that can help converts feel more welcomed in church.

This week not too much went on. We are still teaching Paul. We taught him the Plan of Salvation and about the Book of Mormon this week. He has started to read the Book of Mormon and says he likes it but has some concerns about where it came from but is still willing to read it. He wasn't able to make it to church yesterday but is going to come this week. We're seeing him again on Wednesday.

The rest of this week has been good. We've done a lot of chapping and GQing. I think Elder Fisk is adjusting to Sligo just fine. He seems to really enjoy it here in Sligo. As far as chapping goes, I usually like to make my approach more of a conversation so I usually will ask a question like, "What helps you to find happiness? Is Sligo a religious town? Do you have a belief in God or a Higher Power?" Usually most people that answer the door know who the guys with white shirts and ties so usually we can just jump straight into a gospel conversation.

I hope you guys have a fantastic week!!!
Elder Calley

Above is the picture of Sligo from the bay.
Last P-day we went to the Beach at Strandhill and Ross's Point. So here are some pictures!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Week 68: The leaves are on the trees

April 30, 2018

Hey guys! 
This week was good. The weather has been nice and sunny for the past four days which is highly unusual. It's good to hear that the snow is just about gone back home.

So this week we had exchanges with the zone leaders in Dublin and we also taught a guy named Paul last night that believes in God but has some issues with the word of wisdom. We haven't been able to meet with Fiona or Craig yet, we haven't been able to get in contact with them and they didn't come to their appointments.As far as a question that we get asked, I know that we ask a lot of questions when we are talking to people, but I think the most common question is "why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" another common one is "is there evidence that God is there" or when we say we are mormon people sometimes ask "do mormons believe in Jesus Christ or the bible" or another common question is "what is the difference between mormons and other christians".

Yesterday in church the Stake President came all the way from Dublin to release our Elder's quorum president and called our branch mission leader Brother Tiernan to be the new Elder's quorum president. So I guess he's doing double duty for the minute.

Anyways not too much else happened this week. We have another All-Ireland this Wednesday which will probably also be President Donaldson's last All-Ireland conference he is at.

Here's a picture of Elder Fisk and I.

Love you guys!

Elder Calley

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Week 67 : Finally warming up here in Sligo

April 23, 2018

Hey guys! Thanks for all the birthday wishes! They were awesome!

So this week in Sligo has been good. The weather was fantastic! It was sunny and warm, a solid 60 degrees for a whole four days straight which is almost unprecedented here. Because it was so sunny, there were a lot of people out on the streets so we were able to have a few on-the-spot lessons with people. One of them was with a girl named Fiona who goes to the I.T. here and another was with Craig, who is a Chinese guy who is just finishing up school and looking for a summer job. We taught them both the restoration and it went pretty well. Craig had a lot of questions on agency and if our lives are predestined or not, so it was good to be able to answer them. We're supposed to meet with both of them again tomorrow and Wednesday.

So I forgot to explain more about my companion. He's from Springville, Utah which is right by Provo  He's only been four weeks, well, now five in the field, so not including MTC time. I am his training him for the second half. He's awesome though and training him has been fun for the past week! He was in the southside of Dublin for the past 4 weeks and is just ready to go and get the work done. Last p-day we hiked Knocknarea again. It was really rainy and windy up there though.

So this week in my studies I was studying in Alma 60 about Moroni's letter to Pahoran and how Moroni is pretty angry with how the government has dealt with his armies and how he is a staunch defender of liberty and the right to worship freely. I thought it was interesting how in the next chapter, the first thing Pahoran writes to Moroni is how he does not delight in his afflictions and later on he says that he rejoices in the greatness of Moroni's heart. I'm sure it would have been easy for Pahoran to have said to Moroni, hold on you don't no the whole story here, or you have dealt with me unjustly, but instead he rejoices with Moroni and does not take his rebuke personally. It must of taken a lot of charity and humility to write back what he did. It made me wonder if there are times when we have the opportunity to respond with charity and humility and if we are inclined to choose that route. Anyways, I know that was pretty long but that's my spiritual thought that I had this week. I hope the snow continues to melt and I'll try to send some of the warm weather here, your way. Haha.

Love you guys! 

Elder Calley

Monday, April 23, 2018

Week 66 Still in Sligo

April 16, 2018

Hey guys!
So transfers came and went and I am staying in Sligo. However, Elder Derry left and went to a suburb of Dublin but my new companion is Elder Fisk. He is from Springville, Utah and has only been out four weeks and is a really good missionary. So I am really looking forward to serving with him this next transfer.

On Thursday we did get to hear from President Nelson and Elder Holland. It was awesome! There was a missionary broadcast at two and a general membership broadcast at 7. President Nelson and Elder Holland and their wives talked about a lot of different things. They talked about how Jesus Christ directs His church through a prophet and how President Nelson has been called to be the current prophet. They talked about a few different attributes that President Nelson had, like how he listens more than he speaks, he has great love for his family and the people he serves, and he is also very humble and has a good sense of humour. Sister Nelson talked about how she has been a witness to President Nelson receiving revelation and how he truly has been called to the prophetic calling. President Nelson touched on how each of us can receive revelation and some steps that we can take. He told all of us missionaries that by the end of our missions, we should be tri-lingual. We should know our mission language, our companion's language, and the language of the Spirit. President Nelson also left the U.K. with a blessing promising that the people here would be able to delight in the scriptures as well as a few other things that I wrote down but can't recall.

So as far as the area goes, we weren't able to see Ovis this week but we met with Kaya and taught her and her friends bits and pieces of the Plan of Salvation and restoration. We have a few appointments set up with various people we met so hopefully they hold. As far as the weather goes, it was fourteen degrees celsius yesterday so I think that's 57 degrees Fahrenheit or so. So the weather is lovely over here. I still can't believe that you guys got snow and church was cancelled. The weather is so different over here.

I love you guys! Have a great week!
Elder Calley

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Week 65: Last week of the Transfer

April 9, 2018

Hey guys!

This week has been great! I'm sorry you guys have had some cold weather, it seems to be a lot warmer here than back home. It's rained almost every day this week which I guess isn't much of a surprise but it was about 60 degrees yesterday and on Saturday.

It was exciting to hear all of the changes from General Conference. A lot of people bore their testimony on things they learned from General Conference in church yesterday and we had a good discussion on the changes in Elders quorum. In the Sligo branch the Elders and High Priests already met as one because of our small numbers.

Speaking of church we were able to get Ovis to come for the first two hours. We taught Ovis about a week or two ago but see him on the street all the time. He came to church before one time and likes coming to church if he is able to but is struggling to understand why we need to repent. So we are hoping to see him later this week on Wednesday or Thursday to share about the commandments.  We haven't been able to visit with Kaya again but we are supposed to meet with her Thursday. We also taught a guy named Von who had a few questions like happens to us after we die and what is heaven like? So we taught him the plan of salvation and are hoping to meet with him on Friday. This week we definitely had prayers answered. Not huge ones but I am very grateful for the opportunity we have to communicate with our Heavenly Father. I know that when we do He will bless our lives and help us in those things that we need in His time.

So later this week we are going to be able to hear from President Nelson and Elder Holland when they address. We have to travel  to Dublin for that on Thursday at 7pm. I am super excited to be able to hear the prophet address us again!
I hope you guys have a warmer and fantastic week!

Elder Calley

Monday, April 16, 2018

Week 64: Wow! That's a lot of changes

April 2, 2018

Hey guys! General Conference was awesome! Elder Derry and I got to watch every session except for the Sunday Afternoon Session. So I didn't know Home and Visiting Teaching got dissolved until I read your email this morning. Wow there were a lot of changes that happened this conference. There were a lot of good messages as well. I really enjoyed President Nelson's closing remarks Sunday Morning on how we need to make the effort to seek revelation for ourselves. 

Well, the rest of the week was good. We taught a lady named Kaya this week. She has ran into the Mormons before but decided to meet up with us this time. She goes to the Church of Ireland reguraly but is open minded. We're hoping to meet her again tomorrow or Tuesday.

This week was also Easter. Easter here seems to be more like Thanksgiving back home because everyone just gets together for a meal or they do the typical Irish thing to do on the weekend. There were quite a few people who asked us if we do anything special for Easter or Good Friday. We told everyone about how we get to listen to a prophet on Easter and how we can remember the Saviour's sacrifice for all of us and use the gift he has given to us. 

We also had our All-Ireland Conference which was really good. There was a lot of stress on teaching the doctrine of the sabbath day and how covenants that investigators make are between themselves and God.

I am so grateful to be able to serve out here in Ireland. I know that Jesus Christ leads and guides His church through President Nelson. I am grateful for the people I get to meet and help come closer to the Saviour. I hope you guys have a fantastic week!


Elder Calley

Friday, April 13, 2018

Week 63: Conference/Easter weekend

March 26, 2018

Hey guys!
This week has been nice and warm. The winter weather has broken and it has been nice and sunny for most of the week. We also moved the clocks an hour forward yesterday. A lot of people were late to church.

As far as our investigators go, Mark dropped us but we taught a lady named Success that is from Nigeria. She is Pentecostal but wanted to learn more about the Book of Mormon. We're hoping to meet with her some more this week.

We also have All-Ireland tomorrow and General Conference this weekend. I am so excited to be able to hear our Prophet and Apostles speak. It's interesting that it's on Easter too. I've had a few people that I've GQ'd this week ask me what time the Easter mass for the Mormon church is and I tell them it's at 5pm because we'll be listening to a Prophet and they'll usually wonder who the prophet is and it leads into a nice conversation. It's kind of weird watching the Sunday Morning session at 5pm but it's still fantastic! We'll be watching conference at the church.

Easter is a big event here in Ireland. All of the kids and college students get two weeks off for Easter break, they sell big chocolate eggs here for Easter, and most amazingly the pubs here close on Good Friday. The only other time they do that is on Christmas. I am so grateful that we get to celebrate the Saviour's Atonement and Resurrection. I am grateful for His sacrifice and love for each of us so that we can be able to live with our Heavenly Father again.

I hope you guys have a great Easter!

Elder Calley