Monday, March 30, 2015

Having an Open Mind

Well, this week has been about the same, but it's been good. Our investigator came to church again! That's two weeks in a row! Yay! I'm really hoping that I get to stay this transfer, because otherwise she might not get baptized. People should not rely on the missionaries for their testimonies, but it's better than not even trying for one, so we'll work with her on that, but she does not want us to whitewash. (That means both missionaries get transferred out of the area and no new ones come in.) It already happened once and she wouldn't even let the missionaries in to see her husband...

Anyways, Philippians 4:Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are truewhatsoever things are honestwhatsoever things are justwhatsoever things are purewhatsoever thingsare lovelywhatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtueand if there be any praise, think on these things. Mormons are the best religion in the world, because we follow this scripture. If we didn't always seek for the best things, we would be no more than any other run-of-the mill Christian that doesn't believe in the Book of Mormon, because all things that are good are from God. Joseph Smith said that Truth is Mormonism. We will believe in anything that is true. If science proves it, we will believe it. If science claims to prove it, we will believe it unless we have something more authoritative that tells us otherwise, like the Holy Ghost.

So if someone tells you something that seems crazy, but it doesn't contradict what we know to be true already, don't shoot them down, think on it. See if it isn't true, because there are many good and noble things that can help us to reach heavenward that haven't been revealed through the Prophets simply because they aren't vital to our salvation, but we can learn lessons from every facet of our lives.

Anyways, that's it for this week, bye!

Elder Ferguson

Monday, March 23, 2015

The best chapter in all of scripturedom!

Well. This week was... nice. We have pretty much just visited Peter and Rebecca (I think that's what I called her) a ton.  

In other news, I have learned how to solve a Rubik's cube, because my companion has one, and it sucked my brain in until he finally showed me how. It was bad, but I can do it now. So supposedly, I can do pretty much anything now.

There isn't really a lot to say about this week. It was pretty boring. I have been having good studies. A week or two ago one of the missionaries told us that President Ulrich asked us all to read the Book of Mormon from beginning to end a couple of months ago. I didn't hear anything about that. So I started reading it, and wow, the scriptures make so much sense when you are a missionary and not a fifteen-year-old. The Book of Mormon is pretty much the only thing that I have looked forward to this week. I just think, 'in fifteen hours I can have personal study, yes!' and stuff. Today I read 2 Nephi 4. I think that that may be the best chapter in all of scripturedom. It's definitely up there anyways.

Next week I am going to write about something, but somebody better respond to this email and ask me what or I will probably forget. Bye!
Elder Ferguson

Monday, March 16, 2015


Hello all of you!, This week,  I have a story and a new doctrinal sermon. Surprise!!, 

So this one day, we're doing the same things we always do, hoping for different results,  as usual,  and we knocked on Jill's door,  and guess who answered? Jack! Jack who has been hiding from us for like a month! And he was like,  "Hiya mate, how are you?" And I was like,  "Hiya Jack, where on earth have you been?" But I already knew where he had been. Or rather,  I could smell where he had been... But he is turning around again,  and he wants to be active and live the commandments again,  so that was good.
Then we went to a couple's house. I need new names. Peter is a recent convert and Rebecca is not a member. We have been seeing them pretty much the whole time I've been here and they really like us coming over. Rebecca always tells us that she isn't interested in the church because she's smokes and drinks tea. But she listens to every lesson and she loves having us over and she posts Book of Mormon scriptures to another member that she's friends with that she looks up herself, so she pretty much is ready. So one day when Rebecca was in the other room,  we asked Peter what we needed to do to get her to live the Word of Wisdom and he says,  "Oh, well, yesterday I found an electric cigarette and some nicotine patches and she said they were hers. She just doesn't want to tell anyone she's trying to quit because she doesn't want you to be disappointed if she doesn't actually quit." So that was nice. We're bringing her to church now. She mentioned going to church and now we're going to bring it up every time we come over... :), Phew,  this email is already really long. I can't actually remember what I was going to say. But it had something to do with 1 John 4 and 5. 

Have a nice day. 

Elder Ferguson

Monday, March 9, 2015

I love the temple

Wow, I thought I was doing really good on time until I realized that I hadn't actually written this email yet. Just be glad Elder M handed me my camera back or I might have forgotten and you couldn't have had this beautiful letter I am about to make up.

Well, this week, we went to the temple to do baptisms for the dead! That was super fun. Except for the part where we had to leave at the end. We had a proper production line thing going too. There was one couple (from Wrexham!) that were temple workers and everyone else was a missionary. We baptized, we recorded, we witnessed, we confirmed, we did everything. It was so much fun. Before we started, we all waited in the chapel to be given instructions and I got to play prelude music on the piano, but anyways, yeah, it was great doing baptisms. When I look at those cards, I see people. Not literally, but I know that those cards represent souls who are being given a chance for redemption. It's amazing.

Aside from that, this week was really boring. We went finding everywhere, and we found no one, but, we did get some less-actives to church, and we have established a good relationship with a member and his non-member wife. We are going to get her baptized before I go home. That is my goal. Don't tell her though. She still thinks she's a Baptist.

What I have learned this week, is that the Book of Mormon is full of stories with important precepts in them. You can get a message out of any story in the Book of Mormon, it wouldn't be there if you couldn't. So read it. The end. Somebody ask me some questions. I feel like all of my emails are getting really boring cause I have nothing to talk about.

Elder Ferguson

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Fireside

Oh. I forgot. I guess I should write the weekly email stuff. Well, this week we just said goodbye to everyone, because my companion got transferred, and then we said hello to everyone with my new companion. Boring... There is an investigator lady who's married to a member and she gives all of the missionaries nicknames so she can remember our names. I got two. So my nickname is Harry Potter aka Minion. So anyways, I drew a picture in Elder Hillam's book and then I was so proud of it I took a picture.

Anyways, there isn't a whole lot that happened this week. My companion is ok. I guess. We had a fireside that we were going to go to in Manchester. I guess I'll just talk about that. We were going to go with our golden less-active, but she wasn't feeling good because of a long story, so she cancelled half an hour before we were about to leave, and we're not allowed to go unless we have someone it's going to help. So we texted that part member couple I was talking about and they said they would come! Which was great because the non-member doesn't usually come to stuff like that, and also they had asked me to play the piano for some musical number thing, so we went.

The fireside is supposed to be like a testimony meeting, only with just recent converts and investigators talking about their conversion. It used to be really good, but this time, everyone took about twenty minutes or more. They were all just going up there and talking about whatever came to their minds. It started at 7:00 and it ended at 9:30, and President Ulrich, who normally talks, didn't even talk because he just wanted to end it. It was pretty disappointing. The musical number was fine. I did marvelous as usual.

Anyways, have a nice week, bye!

Elder Ferguson