Thursday, January 19, 2017

Birthday for Joshua - January 16, 2017

We helped Joshua celebrate his birthday.





We presented the Articles of Faith. Brother George spoke after that.

A New Year - January 16, 2016

 This week started with 3 days long exchange with Elder Alaguretnam  from KGF and ended up being with Elder Raju and my companion as a Trio as his companion got measles.

As this week one of our area Lingarajapuram currently do not have Elders due to lack of missionaries in our Mission. So we  were Invited to one birthday party by a member of Lingarajapuram so that we could go and present about our church. We showed a one minute video about our church and then Explained about the Restoration and then presented Articles of Faith. The people who came there had already met with missionaries before and as I inter-acted with them they did not seems to be interested. But i still think the Lord is able to do all things . 

 Later President  also asked us to look after both ares ( Indiranagar and Lingarajapuram )  So from now on we are taking care of two areas

This week we were able to find a family . Actually me and my companion planned that day we would find a family any how at any cost so we went out door knocking as our last resort. We did not find any family that day but we found a new investigator and a potential investigator family who later gave us appointment and were ready to listen to us. This was the witness for us of 'Faith to cause things to happen'

Love,
Elder Shrestha




Sometimes I prepare lunch for my companion and me. 




                                             Elder Alaguratnam just loves my cooking.



Sometimes Elder Katiki and I just enjoy a burger for lunch.


Christmas 2016




This is the wonderful Anthony family.  From the left is Terrance, Elder Katiki, Brother Anthony (father), Sister Anthony (mother), George, me, David.

More Christmas Pictures - December 2016






Ward Christmas Decorations
My missionary apartment.
My ward building at Christmas.

Christmas tree in our ward.











Merry Christmas 2016

Hello, 

All missionaries are sharing the message of #Light the world#  in various ways. One of the ones that I love sharing this message is: 
     I ask people how they celebrate Christmas and almost all give the same answer as buying new clothes, fine dinner and receiving Gifts. Then I ask the do you want to know how we can celebrate Christmas in a Better way? Every one says  YES. Then we introduce Light The world message. All agrees that this is the better way of celebrating Christmas and are happy when they hear this message.

Our baptism candidate whose baptism was cancelled last time is suffering from some kind of ear infection so we are not able to visit him.
Also he is not feeling comfortable to invite us to his home because of his parents.
Despite of his sickness he showed at church yesterday, He looked very sick and weak. I was amazed by his willingness to come to church and partake of the sacrament.

In this special season of Christmas I would like to bear my testimony of the birth of our Savior . I know that Our Heavenly father loves us so he sent his only begotten son to this world so that we all children of Heavenly Father can return and live with him some day. I know that the Savior came to this world to redeem us from our sins, and he did his job perfectly. I know he bleed and died for us and I know he lives now .

Let the Joy of Christmas be in all of our hearts and feel the spirit of this special season.


Isaiah 9:6
For unto us child is bornunto us son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, CounsellorThe mighty GodThe everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Love,
Elder Shrestha.

Light the World - December 2016

Hi 

  • We as a mission are showing the  #LIGHT THE WORLD video  and are introducing  25 days 25 Christ like act calendar to all our members and investigators . I Personally and as a zone think it is a revelation from Lord to as we see the smile in the people's face watching and hearing this simple message.
Me and my companion are finding Joy in this special season sharing the message of Christmas.This week mas more of working together with my new companion and uniting with him. This Sunday one of our oldest investigator 'Reggi" came and visited church. He is from Jehovah witness ministry background but left it long back. One thing I felt very Bad when I heard about his family which consist of him and his wife only - no children because in their ministry they could not have any children. our Heavenly Father's great plan most important unit is family.
And ' Kartik also came to church for the first time who is from Hindu background. How ever We missed Pradeep our most progressing Investigator at church yesterday.

We are sharing this message with members using various scriptures like from 3 Nephi 12, The parable from Matthew of " If ye do unto other's ye do unto me" , Moroni. and to other people by explaining about this 25 days calendar.

I invite all of you to follow the Christmas calendar Advent and find Joy in Christ.

Love,
Elder Shrestha

December photos - December, 2016



















Zone Pictures - November, 2016






















Missionary Work with Elder Raju and Elder Chellipillai - Nov. 28, 2016

Hello,

We had a Pretty decent  week where we held a Exchange with our district leader's. First with  Elder Raju  some of the things  I learned from his is to re-teach the first lesson of Restoration with our  investigator again, even if they have small question in any thing.
After While with Elder Chellipillai  I took him to our new area where i also had been once only I wanted to see that  area  and track the possibilities of finding  family in that  area but turned out to be a total Hindu families and less  English speaking area but still we found a sister with a family  taught her God head.  Same area we have a member family  who has a 9 year old daughter but still not baptized , we asked the father why she is not Baptiste till now and the father replied she is too child to be baptized and strictly said to her after 3-4 years  only after we shared a message about  The Plan Of Salvation and we figured the 9 year old daughter is know more about Gospel than any of the family member. We felt very sad and have planned to visit  the family and again share all first five lessons and Re-kindled their faith. While returning we hit traffic  for one hour. I learned to share personal experience in testimony  about our Savior.

Yesterday We had a missionary fireside  and presented the presentation of Light the World. and handed out the printed sheet of 25 days Christ like act and finally we introduced the Social media idea where member will use their Face book and post the Christmas video and interested  people will reply for  it. and the present members reacted very well and we had support from the members also. WE have not received any Referral from members but  We are positive about this idea but we definitely also need to keep that fire burning in members.


Love,
Elder Shrestha


Zone and Stake Conference - November 21, 2016

Hello everyone

I am very happy this week. May be it is because we had Zone Conference and stake conference at the same week. We had  President Funk who is always inspiring . I thanked President for such great time and effort in putting those things together for us. We love Mission president and his wife . Our Zone surely enjoyed this week .
This Zone conference I learned something new like always . I have learned how we can use members social media to find people to teach and the best part is members will also feel this social media concept as a very interesting thing and will be willing to help. I think in this age of modernization this is just a revelation from Lord to us.

So my plan is to have a fireside this coming Sunday and present the Christmas initiatives and 25 days Christ like attribute act to the member and also present this social media concept with them.
We are going to have talk with our bishop about this concept and we will rock this missionary fireside.

On Sunday as I introduced our Baptism candidate ' Pradip' With President and Elder Funk and in the same evening we went to visit his home and he said both President and Elder Funk came and talked with him personally after the potential missionary class.
He share his experience with us like this
" I never thought they would come and talk with me and even remember my name, I have never felt this way in my life, I did not used to know about God at the beginning but now I want to know every thing. When I go to church I don't know how time passes. I am really happy"

We were very happy to hear that and know that Holy Ghost was the real teacher than us.
We have even challenged his family for baptism but they are little bit confused because of their tradition of going other church. We have Invited his family to Read Book Of Mormon , Pray , And come to church. They said they will be there.

Okay Everyone Enjoy your Week.


Love,
Elder Shrestha.

November, 2016 Mission Photos


















See Others As They May Become - November 7, 2016


Last week was fully Awesome. Me and my companion are learning new things from each other  and praying for our area and Investigators.  
In last training our President focused on one of the President Monson's talk 
"See others as they may become"

 As I came back and was pondering about the talk from President Thomas S. Monson . I had a idea to talk about in Zone training. Before  we Introduced about the talk of President Monson  I  talked about :  

                  1. See your self as you may become.
  Have a vision for your self , what better person that you can become OR better missionary you can become and work for it Practice , prepare and pray for that.

                    2. See your companion as they may become.
Love your companion and we each person are different and even when some times we feel hard to adjust with our companion or If you are feeling same way see what better they can become as you help them and go for it.

                     3. See others as they may Become
As we see our self and our companion and be united in one purpose then  only we  can see others as they may become and when we see , we can do our best to help them receive the restored gospel.


We have also asked the missionaries in our Zone to have a missionary fireside in the month of December.
 and In our ward we have already talked with our WML and Bishop and we are having a Missionary fireside this coming Sunday. We are very happy for the support of our ward for us.

We are determined to work hard and find families in this coming week.

This week we found 2 families one as we were walking back cause one of our appointment got bunked and I suddenly took right left from the straight road and said to my companion what do you think this way for door knocking. He replied lets do it  and so as I was looking the houses there my eye caught a door where I could see  the word Zion on the door it was some Scripture from psalms  so we went and knocked on the door and they invited us in and as we talked with them we came to know that they have their own church some where of their grandfather , but they were very humble with us and listened our message of Restoration and invited them to read and pray about Book of Mormon.

The next time also our appointment was again bunked and as we were walking one old  drunk guy whom we shook hand before 3 weeks met us and asked us to come and pray at his home as we went to his home his relative said us to go as he was drunk and one young guy  came from other door and said us that we can come to pray at his door and as we went and talked with them we found out that he is a childhood best friend of one of our YSA and he has 2 sisters  and had came to our church for one activity 2 years back. They are very happy to meet with us and they have a great faith in Christ.

We are very happy to see Lord's hand in our area and will strive our best to help the children of Lord.

Love,
Elder Shrestha

Sister Kalpana Arrives & a New Companion for Me - October 31, 2016

Hello Every one 
This last week was awesome. I was able to welcome and meet Sister Shrestha in India Banglore mission. I met her in mission home  and she flew to Viasak same day with her companion in her first are on her mission. I am totally Excited to have have her here.

Now every one has two questions for me.. 
1 . Are you related to any previous Elder Shrestha's.
2 . Is Sister Shrestha your sister.


And I tell all 'yes ' she is my sister from Nepal .


other that  that I have a new companion , He is Elder Peter from New  delhi .

We are enjoying together.

My new companion - Elder Peter


The latest Nepali missionary - Sister Kalpana Shrestha.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Interviewing, Speaking, and Teaching - October 24, 2016

Hey Special people,

This week was good.  I was happy to have Interview with our mission President and talk with him. He is such an Awesome Guy. 
This week started slow but it took speed by the end. We are very positive about this area. We have set up a date for Akash on 13th November, but he was not there at church yesterday. However yesterday we went to Akash home and met his sister also and asked her to join us on Tuesday. 

We found a family by door-knocking this week. At first we met sister with her two beautiful children, She is super faithful and positive about her life and is interested to learn.(English is medium). Yesterday we went and met with the husband (English is less than sister ) . 
But I know that If we can bring the husband to church the whole family will be in Gospel.  So we are planning to met with them this week.
We also met Reggi and Molly and again reviewed The Restoration, and he had  the  question that we Humans cannot see God and was giving us  reference of Moses.

We gave him challenge to read Book Of Mormon and  know first Joseph  Smith was a true  prophet or not.

I felt very good to speak on sacrament yesterday, speaking on sacrament always boost up my spirit, As I spoke about plan of Salvation. I concluded my talk with the Question of President Dieter F. Uchdorf  included in his  talk in this last  General conference - "What shall we give in return for so much?"
This question really touched my heart and made me think  and every one should think "What shall we give in return for so much?"

And while preparing the talk I was using various resources , I realized  God has given us a beautiful gift 'Agency' Where a man  can choose to do any thing, but due to miss-use of this gift by some people , they choose to do bad and that causes harm to good people. This is also the reason there are so many pains and suffering in this world.


The funny thing happen this week was I forgot pay in store for my  groceries and walked out eating one of the cracker which i bought form the same store and the poor cashier came running back of me till across the road. But he  was so polite with me and called me back to store to pay. I felt so stupid and apologized with him  but  i was still eating the cracker  because it was so good..
 
Love,

Elder Shrestha

The Lord Helps His Missionaries - October 17, 2016

This week was lot of hard work and fun.

At the beginning of this week (Monday)we met with Prabhu.
Tuesday we had a wonder full District meeting with our district leader. We could tell he did his best to prepare for the district meeting and it was Awesome.

We had a Exchange this week with Ramamurty nagar where Elder Chellapilli came here with me and Elder Tuscano went there.
During exchange our all planned appointment for the day was Bunked so I was disappointed at first so I immediately moved to back up plan of finding people and we wrote our names on' ITL' cards and went for finding, It was not that successful. But still that day as we visited a less-active and was able to share a message with him and as the brother did not use to allow us to teach, but that day I don't know why he allowed us and while sharing a message of restoration he asked Elder Chellipilli to explain in Telagu Because he cannot understand all English. I felt very happy and knew the exchange was inspired by lord to help that less active bother .

Sunday we met with two Investigators who were taught by old missionaries 4 months ago. And we shared the message of restoration and he seems to be searching the true church after he left their previous congregation  .We are very happy to meet with them and we know he will know this Gospel is true as he will prey to our heavenly father.

Yesterday as we were walking back (one appointment got bunked) and we were discussing about one less active brother and our Investigator shouted my name and we looked back, he said he called us many times. we talked for a while as he had some work so we left. We again continued our talk and walked ahead for a while and one brother in a bike from back honked at us and said some one is calling to you guys we turned back and there was no one known face and one of our less active brother was running towards us and he asked us to come his home.As we went to his home he said It was the holy spirit that he saw us and said how much he wanted to come to church in the morning but could not come to Church because he felt asleep. he joyfully asked us to have dinner there and he also asked us to share a message by himself. He said he was very happy because he saw us and met us and fed us a delicious Beef curry with rice. And we thought Lord helped us for that appointment.

But we also realized that how much deep we discuss about people, that even we don't get distracted even if someone calls us.

We are assigned to speak in Sacrament meeting this Sunday And I am assigned to speak about Plan Of Salvation.

We are trying our best in this area. We are discussing every time what does the lord want in this area and praying for a miracle.

Love,
Elder Shrestha





There are occasionally
hard days for each of
us.  Do not despair.  Do
     not give up.

Look for the sunlight
through the clouds.
Opportunities will
eventually open to you.

Do not let the prophets
of gloom endanger
your possibilities.
          Gordon B. Hinckley


Wisdom
will come as we
listen
to learn.
         Russell M. Nelson

Mission Photos - October, 2016
















Tri-Companionship in Indiranagar - September 26, 2016

Hello Beautiful heart people 

I hope all are doing Awesome .
How was your week?

I think I haven't told you guys that I am in Tri- companionship again in Indiranagar . So our new companion is Elder Jensen (he will be here for this transfer only).

This week we had a pretty good week. We feel that lord's hand is in our area. 
Our teaching pool is growing day by day. This week while we were travelling on a metro one guy came and talked with us and said he talked with my other Companion- Elder Jensen in K. R purim   Well, he must have seen other old missionaries there, so we talked with him and were able to take his contact number. The other day we called him and asked if we can meet him at his home , he said we will meet at public place so I invited him to church and he came also .As he came to church he said he had been to our church once before 3 months back and he said he is relative of our second counselor in Bishopric but didn't remember anything much about church. So we shared the message of the restoration with him. During that he had some pretty interesting questions. We invited him to our church but he said he was going to his Church and will try to come next time. He recently found a job and today will be his first day in job, so we hope we still can meet with him this week. 

Same time we had a appointment with Akash family at church after that, but as I was confirming the appointment they said they have some work and cannot come . but as we finished with our appointment and was sitting there at church surprising Akash and father , brother and his brother's friend came to church . We were very happy . First we gave them Church tour and we shared the message of Plan Of Salvation and at the end of the lesson our Bishop came to the room and talked little bit about Importance of this earthly life and bore his testimony and also invited them all to church. Akash came this week also , We hope Akash parents will give permission for his Baptism . ( Akash has agreed for his Baptism on 9th Oct). Akash attended church .Their friend Kartik who is from Hindu background said the message was good and will again meet with us.

Okay people Have a Great week.

Love 
Elder Shrestha 

Don't you give up.
Don't you quit.
You keep walking.
You keep trying.
There is help and happiness ahead.
It will be alright in the end.
Trust God
     and believe in
     good things to come.
          Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Mission pictures - September 26, 2016