"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life." 3 Nephi 5:13

Monday, October 27, 2014

Good and Evil

   I was thinking this past week that I want to share my feelings on the Restoration with you. I am always just so amazed how the spirit feels as I talk about Joseph Smith and the Priesthood. I know from the bottom of my heart, ever since I started my mission. I talk about it every day, and I just know by the way I feel that it is true with out a doubt. I just think, how could it be false. I ran into a lady the other day at a restaurant. She was white and from Georgia. It was super tough. I have never been turned down so hard in my life. She tried to tell us some anti mormon nonsense. But anyway... I took a thought back after she bashed my faith for an hour and had some doubts. I was seriously down, and thinking why am I even out here, what’s the point. Then I realized I'm listening to the Devil. The lady had just enough convincing to get me to listen to Satan’s lies and Bam.... But later, we started teaching the Restoration to some people we found and Bam I was out of the trance and knew again that Joseph Smith Restored the Church Of Jesus Christ. I then remembered the Standard of Truth. And a calm hit my soul. I love the Church and I will never ever leave it! It's changed my life and I'll never forget it!

   We've been having a hard time seeing a certain family and felt that something wasn't quite right. S---- has been talking to his brother in the states and is discouraged for several reasons.  He told us that he does not want to get baptized anymore and if it does happen it will be Gods will and it's wont be for a while. He has requested that we only see him once every few weeks or so. His neighbors have also been accusing us of crap. Oh my goodness... Satan is really at work with him. I can tell that he would really be able to make an amazing impact on the Branch and in the Church, just by the way people are reacting and how hard Satan is working. It's breaking my heart to see someone so prepared be so downtrodden by the works of man and is now so frightened that he doesn't even want to talk with us. Well in my heart I know he will one day accept but I just hope and pray it will be in this life. I know the Gospel is true! I know that Baptism is only the first step that we must take in order to live with Heavenly Father Again. I know that with out any doubt. I absolutely know and feel that I'll be able to live with God again as I do all that I can to live His gospel. In the words of Nephi in the Book of Mormon (2 Nephi 25:23), "we are saved by grace after all we can do!"  Repentance is Key! If we never repent we wont be clean.. therefore we will never be able to inherit the kingdom of God! Repentance is simply put -- the BEST!

Well family I love you but that's all I have this week! Take care!

Love Elder Hill 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teaching and Finding

   Well this past week was really good for me. I was able to have the chance to go on two trade-offs. First I went with Elder Sheen early in the week. It was a lot of fun and quite interesting to see how similar some elders teach. I looked back and realized I teach a lot like my companions. But it was great to see him teach and be an example of love to the people in my area for the day. He is super cool, he shares a lot of the same interests as me... so hunting and fishing. It's really good when you have no problems in communicating, something that is a life long skill and ability that will bless my life.  

   So we had a really good lesson with a family that lives in Queenstown.  It is going pretty slow but I feel that it will get easier. We are going over fairly often and are seeing some success with them. They ask very inspired questions that always apply to the lesson. The other day we were teaching about Baptism and M---- asked how he can know if the person that will baptize him has the priesthood. It was neat to see the Spirit work on him as he asked questions that were deep in his soul. It was a really great lesson. 

   Something cool that happened this past week as we were teaching a family and helping them understand more about the Law of Chastity. They accepted everything very well and the spirit was really strong. We asked S---- to say the prayer. He kind of acted like he wanted to but was just really timid to do so. Elder Smith started to say things that he could pray for, and what do you know, he followed what he was saying and so Elder Smith just kept going with it. He finished the prayer and was so excited that he prayed in front of us. He was so excited that he is persisting to pray every time now. It was such a miracle to see. That was probably the highlight of my week.  
I love being a missionary! And I love the people here in Guyana!
Love you all!
Elder Hill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

18 Months Downk!

Here is some more Guyanese Lingo for you...Downk is a term for down. Like, " Come Nah Buddy... Sit Downk!" Oh man I really think that the Caribbean slang is the best language ever!

General Conference BABY!!! Ah man I love this time of the year. The statement that Mormons love meetings is true I guess or I am just super old in my mission, because it means that I don't have to be standing up or riding my bike but I can just sit down and listen to the Spirit and eat some really good food that the Poulsons made us. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, and TACO Soup!!!   It was a pretty good weekend. My favorite talks were from Elder Godoy and Elder Bednar in the Sunday afternoon session. Along with Elder Christofferson in the Saturday morning. So all in all it was a pretty sweet conference but My all time favorite was Elder Godoy.. It brought a lot of peace and a lot of answers to my soul of things that have been stressing me out over the past few weeks. I love how everyone feels the spirit differently and receives different answers. It truly shows that God knows us all individually and listens to our prayers!

I always love the time of year when conference is on and the spirit is so thick you can just about cut it with a knife. It's a really amazing feeling when you have basically all of your investigators come to the sessions of General Conference. S------ and his family came. It was such a special sight to see him with his family and for them to have a good experience when Elder Bednar directed his talk to the non-members. I feel it had a great impact and answered a lot of his questions. I could go on and on and on about the wonderful responses about the things that our investigators told us after the different sessions but it would take too long so I'll just say that my heart was warm and I just wanted to hug everyone! haha

I have really been doing a lot of pondering for the past few weeks. I have been looking at the time that has gone by and looked at the lessons I have learned. It's crazy to think that I only have 6 months left and that I need to make the most of them.

Well I hope that everyone back home isn't freezing to death! Cooler weather is on its way for the both of us! Hallelujah for me and ahh shunks for you! :>)   I just want to let everyone know that I love you and if I sometimes don't write to you specifically... it's not because I don't love you but it's just I don't have anytime for myself. Mondays are the best when I find out what is going on! Make a list of questions you can ask me and we'll talk in three months! Loves ya

Elder Hill!

Flashback:  October 2012 - ready to turn in mission papers