"I know that it doesn't matter if the person you try to teach doesn't commit to anything, it just matters if you're doing your best at inviting them to come unto christ."

Friday, 29 July 2011

Happy & Sad

So, this week has truely been interesting, alot has changed. I've
found it tough to want to be on a mission. Sometimes I think of going
home. But, I'm not a quitter. It's tough and this could easily be the
most depressing moment of my life, because it's hard to say I'm
enjoying my mission yet. Someday, I will probably look back on this
and say "I loved my mission" it's hard right now to enjoy every single
I've found out how rough Rochdale can be. It's one of the roughest
areas in the mission field. But that's probably why the Lord called me
here. Sometimes the level of opposition we get can be extreme. People
drunk during mid-day but, we stand firm as witnesses of Christ. I hear
this can be one of the toughest parts of a mission, you don't fully
understand everything yet, and you are taken away from all social
interaction, and the only person you can talk to is your companion. It
is rough, but I've seen the blessings.
A great important lesson I've learn't is that if you focus on going
home, just enduring the mission, well you just don't experince the
fullness of it. You will go home with a few experinces, a few memories
but no lessons. I've tried to live everyday, focus on my mission and
as I do, I learn, I gain alot of experinces, alot of memories and ALOT
of LESSONS. Keep writing to me, sometimes that's the only thing I've
got to keep me smiling. But I do smile.
My biggest Strength is also my biggest Weakness, I love people
sincerely, but when they progress, they feel the Spirit and they just
face opposition and discard all of the information they have learn't
because I love them so much, I feel sad. I know that all people have
agency to choose if they accept our message. But, I desire that they
can come closer to God.
But... hey No one said that a mission would be the easiest thing I
would ever do. Infact, it could be the hardest thing I've had to do to
I've knocked so many doors my knuckles feel sore :)
It seems that the most humble people can be the people who don't have
much, they seem to be very receptive and whilst Tracting/ Contacting
at posh areas it seems no-one cares to listen, it's funny how that
works. However, I can say this week I've really gained my confidence
back. Talk to everyone, anyone and everyone, it's really helped me
gain the confidence as a person to just speak to anyone with
My funniest experince this week was walking down a road to an
appointment, being stopped by and drunk man telling us about, how he
respected what we were doing. As we both left him, I offered him my
hand to shake, but he grabbed it and held it against his heart. A
peculiar fellow right?
At our ward, there is a Phillipino woman, married to an english man.
They constantly debate about whether I'm Phillipino or English, she
also served a mission somewhere in the phillipines, we managed to do
some service for them and we painted at the old people's home that he
owned. I am such a skillful painter.
I've gotten used to walking long distances now and hopefully my feet
can recover quicker now. We cleaned our flat, today and the Office
Elders came to remove an old desk. In Rochdale we are blessed with a
wonderful apartment.
It is my prayer that the people in the staines ward are safe and that
you are all happy living the Gospel.
Whenever it is raining on me, when people swear at us, when people are rude.
Remember, the Son of Man hath decended below any of us, are we greater
than he? D&C 122.
Elder Sapaden

Week in the field!

So much has changed. I've never done this much walking in my life, I
walk so much my feet bleed, every step hurts, but... I press forward
so that someones life will change.
Well yesterday I went to church for the first time in my new area
Rochdale ward. It's a little different they start of with priesthood
then gospel principles and finish with Sacrament meeting. In Rochdale
we walk all day everyday, it's quite an experince. I've come to
realise that the England Manchester Mission is a "finding" mission, we
street contact people, we knock on doors, we even bus contact. It's
much diffeerent than I thought it would be.
I also sense a common theme, I say "I love Rochdale" and people begin
to laugh. Interesting right. The bishop of the ward even said "let's
give him a week" but I truely love Rochdale, don't get me wrong, it's
definately not an easy mission. But, it's a mission where I will
become much stronger in everyway.
Well it's P-day today and I cleaned out our apartment. It's the first
time I had to sincerely clean the apartment with real intent.
Now as for our Mission field. I've been truely blessed with the
England Manchester Mission, I'll tell you why. WE HAVE LOADS OF RULES.
Here's how it goes: Church Standard < Mission Standard < England
Manchester Mission Standard. We have plenty of Mission Specific rules
such as: Use Dignified Language: don't use words such as "guy, cool,
cheers" The requirements for investigating the Church are much higher,
and many, many, many more.
However, I rejoice in these rules (laws) for obedience to these extra
Mission specific rules (laws) will bring about many blessings. (D&C
Rest does not exsist in a mission, you are always at work.
I'm planning to mail pictures by post so hopefully you will get some pictures.
One thing I'm starting to notice is that I'm always smiling now. You
can't approach someone saying "I know this Church is true" without a
smile. Smiling all the time, it's slightly freakish but I'm sure i'll
get used to it.
One of the rules emphasised in this mission are only getting e-mails
from family, so if you wish to e-mail me hereafter it will need to be
done through my parents e-mails, so If you e-mail them, I'm sure they
will be pleased to forward it to me.
Also... another lesson I've learn't is: BUDGETING IS HARD!!!
I could bet that I've knocked 300+ doors within these 5 days.
I've already started getting rid of my comfort zone, never pass anyone
by without sharing the message of the restored gospel. I've also
learn't a hard lesson yesterday. Never be sorry for sharing the
gospel. I knocked on a door yesterday and the owner replied "you just
woke up the baby", I'm a very understanding person (I'd like to think)
and I apologised to them for waking the baby up. However, my Companion
told me afterwards that you should never be sorry because the message
of the restored gospel enables us to live with our families forever,
and that is more important. I've still got plenty I've got to get used
Sometimes, like President Gordon B. Hinckley, I think that maybe, just
maybe I am wasting my time and my money, missions are can be rough.
But his father told him "Lose yourself, and go to Work"
Missions can be blessings, so I go forth everyday trying my hardest.
We run to our apartment with 2 minutes before 9pm. from a long ways
away just so we can be EXACTLY OBEDIENT.
Sometimes it's wet and it never stops raining, it's cold and I walk so
much that my feet bleed, my legs have splints, nobody wants to listen
to me, I get a cold and when they answer the door it gets immediately
shut... But I do so because I know that this gospel will change the
persons life, I do so because I want them to be with their family
forever. I do so because I want them to be happy.
I do know that God lives.
Elder Sapaden


I've been called to serve in... Rochdale!
It's amazing here. I got my new trainer companion who is a district
leader. His name is Elder Misbach. It's very nice here and I've been
blessed with a very nice apartment.
I can't wait to go to church on sunday. We meet alot of people here on
buses and we share the message of the gospel that way. Me and Elder
Misbach went out yesterday knocking on doors, within 3 hours we got 6
appointments and one man approached us and even shared that he wanted
to know more.
It's been full of miracles in this area and I've only been here for
less than a day. I love the people. I should be able to teach an
investigator today that will be exciting!
I hope you are all well in the Staines Ward and I'm praying for you.
We managed to knock on doors alot yesterday, I saw the miracles and
the struggles, a dog was even let loose to stop us from knocking a
certain door. But, I see people that are prepared and ready to recieve
the gospel.
I also went shopping for the first time for myself yesterday.
I don't know what food to buy for myself.
Unfortunately while I serve in this area, I cannot attach pictures to
this e-mail via a library computer. So, perhaps we need to find an
alternative way e.g. mail.
Elder Sapaden.