Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Miracle after Miracle - Monday, June 20, 2016

Hiya Mum, Dad, and Family,

Well I think all you do is party all the time. haha. At least you are all staying busy. Tanner tell me all about how Timberline went. Man, also Boy's State is pretty intense, but you do learn a lot and it looks really good for Universities and for jobs. Kylee you gotta tell me all about Camp Big Springs as well. And everyone has got to tell me about how there week went this past week. I am excited you are all having fun. To answer your question, area booking is white washing. President Pilkington is trying to get rid of missionary lingo so we call it area booking and instead of greenie we call them stars. But yeah Elder Cottrell and I have "white washed the area" I have done it quite a few times on the mission. I did it in Leeds with Elder Zheng and in York with Elder Bailey and now here in Meltham with Elder Cottrell. But it has been honestly great. The ward is great and we aren't getting lost anymore. We are lucky because we have a car to go visit everyone in the Zone but it makes it easier to get around places in the area.

This week we have seen a lot of miracles. Karleen unfortunately won't be able to make her date for baptism but she is working really hard to quit smoking. She knows that this is all true and she loves the church. She loves everyone at the church. She is basically a member of the church. She gets involved and the ward loves her. We are hoping to make some more plans to help her stop smoking. We were told some ideas about drinking a glass of water or a glass of orange juice before smoking and apparently it puts you off a cigarette. We are hoping to re-schedule her for baptism for the 16th of July.

Aimee is doing great as well. Each lesson we have is just so spiritual and uplifting. She has nothing against getting baptised. She just wants to know a bit more so she too is working towards July 16th to get baptised. She fits in at the church as well. All the Young Women love her and get her so involved with everything. We are planning on seeing her on Tuesday with her dad. We are hoping to try and get her Dad involved in the lessons.

Well this week we found a guy named Golden. He is so cool. He is from down south but is originally from Zimbabwe. We knocked on this guys door who wasn't interested but then as he started closing the door we kept talking to him and Golden popped around the corner. He told us that he wanted to know more. He told us that we could come to his house in the evening. So we went by. We started talking to him and he informed us that he has been looking for the truth. We taught him about Joseph Smith and explained to him that he can find truth as he does as Moroni directs us to do. The spirit was so strong it was incredible. Golden said that this is what he had been looking for. His prayer was amazing as well. He accepted baptism and is working towards the 16th of July. Unfortunately we have not been able to meet with him. He got some anti stuff from his friend. But we are still going to see where this takes us. I know that he felt the spirit and I don't think he can deny that.

We are also working with Akmed and Alana. Akmed is from Egypt and Alana is from Romania. They are ace. We met them street contacting. Akmed is Muslim and Alana is Christian. They are both very open minded. So, at first Akmed kinda was bashing us but then we gave him an Arabic Book of Mormon and we told him to read it. Anyway, the next time we went by he said that he has been reading the Book and that it has been keeping him up at night. He said that he is interested in learning more. So we took him on a chapel tour last night. We asked him if he would pray about it and he said he would. We are seeing them on Tuesday.

Well so many other miracles have been happening. Thank you for your prayers and support. Because of them it has kept me going. Well I love you all and hope you are all well.

Love, Elder Tyler Rife

Elder Cottrell and Elder Rife
with Elder Laborero. 
 "He was my Zone Leader in Leeds.  I lived with him.  He helped me so much on the mission.  What a legend."

"This was our selfie with President and Sister Pilkington.  One time in a Zone Conference Elder Allen from the Seventy came and was talking about Ipads.  Anyway, they got a selfie with President and Sister Pilkington.  Later President got up and the first thing he said was, "I'm now a selfie man". haha!  He doesn't like technology at all."

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