Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Date: Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Hey Mama B and Daddy B :)
And hi everybody

Today I was on an exchange with another missionary in a different area and we taught a lady that they had tracted into earlier. It was a wonderful experience. We taught her the first lesson, the restoration. I felt the spirit there. I became more cognisant of how my teaching was. Did I teach to much to soon, did I miss the mark or did I let the spirit guide my actions and guide me in what I taught? I felt fairly good about the appointment I just hope that I didn't get in the way of what the spirit had to say. It was amazing as we taught her in her home. We first sat down and began to speak with her. She explained her reason for having us come back and whey she was interested. She wanted to know what the Mormons believe and what sets us apart from everyone else and also what is so different about one religion from another. Aren't they all pretty much the same? Now that last line I just wrote she didn't actual say but I knew that that was what she was getting at. She wasn't antagonistic towards us but just had honest questions and we answered them. It was such a... happy, is really the best word to describe it, feeling to teach her these things. I KNEW that they were true. I was testifying TO her of truth. I could see at times her looking back into my eyes which I have experienced before in other lessons. An investigator searching, knowingly or unknowingly, for the missionary's conviction in the message that he or she is proclaiming. In the language of the soul "Do you really believe this? Is this really true? How do you know?" in essence this is what they yearn for and often cry out silently. This lady though she stated that she was curious mainly about what we believe and just wanted to know what was out there, really was wanting to know what IS the truth? But she did not know where to find it. I know that each of us are searching for truth and will continue to search for it until we find it. We are spirit children and we need truth. With out knowledge we feel a emptiness inside like starving. We, all of us, are sent for to serve the Lord as He said " feed My lambs... feed My sheep". I know that this gospel is true and I am thankful to be out here. I hope to hear from you guys soon and I love you. Thanks for everything. Bye.

Elder Berryhill

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dear All,

Wanted to send you David's testimony and thank each of you for your help in teaching and strengthening David and the rest of us through the years.
With Much Gratitude
Francesca Berryhill (Mama B. or Grandma California :))

From: David Alexander Ramsey Berryhill
Date: Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Dear Everybody,

It is so wonderful to write you today. In recent news I have been transferred to a place called Zillah. It is near Yakima which is somewhat close to Kennewick. It is somewhat like the central valley back at home. It is desert like and lots of farm land. I feel at home here more than another area I've served. I am mainly serving amongst alot of Native Americans. It is a interesting experience. I am thankful that the Lord sent me here. At first I was sad because I wanted to continue to serve in Vancouver but it is okay I've found, I feel at home here. I am grateful to be in the service of the Lord. I know that this church really is Christ's Church and that He leads it. How grateful I am to be apart of it. I know that if we follow Him our righteous desires will be realized and our purpose here on earth will be achieved. There is no better feeling than true happiness and fulfillment that comes from knowing that you did you part in His plan. Thank you for supporting me with your prayers on my behalf. They do not go unanswered. I know we are all sent here for a reason. Don't let satan fool you into thinking that you are not an important part of this plan. You are. And you are one of His sons or His daughters and He loves you very much. He cares about and He watches over day and night. You are not a side note to His agenda. In fact you are His agenda. I know this because there is no other more loving, patience and caring individual than the Lord and you are His focus. On Him we can rely on for strength, comfort guidance and love and everything else too. I am so glad that He put me with you guys and I look forwards to facing the rest of this life with you guys my Family. Love you. I hope to hear from you when I hear from you. I'll talk to you later. Love ya!

Elder Berryhill