Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Another General Conference...and the last on the Mission :( Monday, April 4, 2016

Hiya Mum, Dad, and Family,
Tanner what did you do man!! Goodness gracious, I can't believe that you broke your arm! I hope you are doing better and that you get better soon. Kynsie I got the parcel you and Kendra sent. Thank you so much for it. It brought a lot of sunshine to my day! (They had sent him a "sunshine package" filled with items that were YELLOW!) Thank you so much, you are all absolutely amazing. Conference was amazing wasn't it?!!! I wasn't able to see the last session. So I will have to read it later. But the other sessions were great. I had a lot of questions answered. It is weird that it is the last General Conference I will see. I am just trying not to think about it because I have so much to do and so little time.
Well this week for Elder Bailey and I was a pretty good week. Sue came to General Conference!!! She loved it as well. She loves Elder Uchtdorf. and she loved hearing his talk. She said it was meant for her. Sue doesn't think she knows the church is true, but we know she does. She is always telling us how everything makes sense and how she just knows that everything is good. She said she also feels good about it. Right now she feels down though because she feels like all she ever knew isn't true anymore and we are trying to help her understand that Heavenly Father has just been preparing her for this day in her life. She is so amazing. She should be getting baptized on the 30th of April. I will keep you updated on the wonderful miracles that are happening.
I was so excited to see Carl as well. He is so awesome. I can't believe that it was almost a year ago that we met him and that he made promises with Heavenly Father to come closer to Him. Carl is doing so great though. I was so excited to see him at Conference.
We are also working with the McInerney's, Dawn and Damian and their 3 kids. We knocked into them about 2 weeks ago. Dawn told us to come back. Well we did and had an amazing lesson with them about the Restoration of the Gospel. Like I told you last week they are Catholic and very very Catholic at that. They really love the Gospel. They are just really kind in General. Well Elder Bailey and I prayed about a date to schedule them for baptism and we felt the 23rd of April. So we went over and taught them the Plan of Salvation. Everything was going perfect. They accepted everything. They even were teaching us a bit and said that it all makes sense to them. You could tell that they could feel the spirit and that their hearts were being pricked. Well we invited them and scheduled them. They didn't really accept it at first because they have already been baptized but they said that they would read the Book of Mormon and Pray about it. We are hoping that we will be able to see them again. If not I don't worry, because I know that we have been able to plant a seed with them and that they will accept it one day. They are so kind to us.
David and James are doing amazing as well. We taught him the Priesthood Authority and it was such a good lesson, again the spirit was so strong and everything just seemed that it was falling into place. James really is testing these things out. He struggles because he is so involved with his own church but is still interested to find out the truth. He is still reading and praying and has accepted a date to be baptized on the 30th of April. He is so cool. David is doing great as well, he is taking great steps to get baptized again.
To be honest there are so many miracles happening this week. I can't tell you about all of them. We are planning on contacting some of our investigators this week that we haven't really been in contact with lately. We hope that all goes well. I loved conference so much. It talked so much about families. I think that families are so important. Heavenly Father really wants families to be eternal. He is going to bless the family so much. I am so grateful for my family and the family that has been added to my life while being here in England. I still have loads to learn but I know with all of you by my side we will be able to make it home to our Heavenly Father. Families are truly ordained of God. I love this wonderful gospel, and I know that it is true.
God be with you till we meet again. On our way. #10sof1000s. HE LIVES.
Love, Elder Tyler Rife

"After Conference with Carl, Elder Barendse and I who taught him and Eler Rusjberg who found him in Scarborough."

We are Facebook friends with Carl and while we were watching the last session of General Conference here at home, I got a fb notification that Carl had posted on fb.  I read it...it said something to the effect of him being happy because of attending General Conference and also being able to see a few old friends. Steve responded to his post and asked him if one of those 'friends" was Elder Rife?  Carl responded back and said he had seen Elder Rife! :)  Man...It made my heart happy and yet a little sad to have that tiny connection with someone who had been with our son.  Listening to the messages of our sweet leaders and knowing our son was out serving our Father in Heaven...I was just overcome with emotion. It made me tear up. I'm so thankful for the blessings the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bring to me and my family. I'm also thankful to the people of England and for the love and care they have shared with my son the last 20 months.  Ohhh some days ya just miss 'em tons!!!! :)

"Elder Bailey and I flyin our colors before we head out to do the good work of God."

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