Monday, February 12, 2018

Week Eighty Nine



Hello Family and Friends!

I hope all of you are doing well and that you are all happy and safe. My week went really well and I can't even begin to tell you how many blessings we are receiving in our mission. The more I am involved in this work the more my testimony grows of the Church and the Restoration. Every lesson I sit through and teach and just think to myself "This is the truth, it just is." And I love teaching the truth! Coming on a mission was the best decision I ever made, looking back now I can't believe I thought of not going. No matter how hard it has been the blessings are always greater.

Today for P Day we are going to Old Delhi. Old Delhi is such a cool place and I could spend forever there, especially eating the food in Pulbangash and Chandni Chowk. Man I love this place! We are going to a really big GuruDwara, which is a Sikh temple. I may have told you before but Sikh people are the coolest and nicest people you will ever meet. Extremely successful people and it's really cool to learn about their religion and their beliefs. We are also going to the Spice Market, that's an interesting place. You can barely breath because the spices are so hot and you just cough the entire time...but it's a must see place. All the general authorities go to Old Delhi when they come, it's such a cool place...I'll have good pictures next week.

ME!
This week we had tons of great experiences, teaching new investigators and helping others learn about the restored gospel. One of my favorite things though about being a missionary is working with the members. I love working with the members in this ward, they seriously are the best and they would do anything for us! I love working with less actives and helping them find their way back to the straight and narrow path. We have seen so much success in that lately and we are seeing less actives come to church that haven't been in 2 or 3 years, and we have others who are starting to give us referrals again. It's so awesome. The people in this country are amazing, but the people in this country who have accepted the gospel are above and beyond the rest. 
Vonya (Member's daughter so funny!)




Vonya's rendition of me
I hope all of you have a good week and stay safe. I know my letters aren't as good as they used to be, we are extremely busy and it really cuts into my mailing time. But I hope all of you know how much I love you and want you to be happy...and I know true happiness comes from the gospel and our Savior Jesus Christ.



Love you!

Elder Armstrong

Editor's Note:  Woke up to pictures from his Pday excursion.  Will post more next week.
Spice Market in Old Delhii
So strong, hard to breathe

Chandni Chowk






 
GuruDwara  Sikh Temple

Monday, February 5, 2018

Week Eighty Eight

Hey guys! What a crazy week we have had!

This week we baptized the George family! They are awesome! Brother George and his wife Usha are so amazing. They are the family from Dehradun, India who have come all the way to Delhi just to investigate the church and to be baptized. They sacrificed so much, gave up so much time and money, just to learn and live the gospel. Their daughters Katiya and Janny are so cool and love the Book of Mormon stories and they enjoy Primary so much. Their family is currently looking to move to Delhi to be closer to the church, but until then they are going to come twice monthly ( a 9 hour drive) to attend sacrament! They will come with Brother Raju and Sister Nirmal and their family. The gospel is so amazing and I will miss so much the opportunity to see it change the lives of these people everyday! 

I heard the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl and to be honest I haven't even thought about football.  I'm sure that would be different if the Cowboys were better and playing. I can't stand the Eagles, so I'm glad I missed this year, but Elder Openshaw is going to lose it. I've never met a bigger Patriots fan, I'm sure he'll be calling me any minute now! ha-ha. But the work here is going amazing, I don't want to leave this area, let alone India. 

Right now we are working with this wonderful family, Brother Susai and his daughter Jayam and son Max. The kids are in their 20's and Jayam has given up on religion and especially Christianity. The father and son are very faithful, but they haven't been involved much in any church. They are from Tamil Nadu and are just such nice people. Max has been building his faith by coming to church, Brother Susai has been building his faith by reading the Book of Mormon each day in his native tongue, Tamil. And Jayam, well she has a lot of questions, but she is slowly warming up to us and you can see she likes the gospel, she's just making it difficult ! ha-ha. They have wonderful fellowship from the members and I am positive they will be baptized, you can already see the gospel starting to change their lives. I love these people and the relationships I have built with them. I'll just never be able to tell you how much I love this place. You'll never feel the same way I do and you'll never understand how much India means to me, but that's okay because God has other people you need to love and other places he needs you to go. We can all serve the Lord each day if we "go where He wants us to go." I'm thankful everyday that I accepted the call to serve in New Delhi.

Love,
 
Elder Armstrong
 
Pictures of the George Family Baptism!
 
 




Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Twentieth Month Mark


Preston emailed and said he was extremely busy with transfers in the mission and wasn't able to write this week.  He said he would write next week.  He did send some pictures though!


My favorite place is on the rooftops overlooking New Delhi
Picture of Me and Elder Basil

Man who fed us dinner

Monday, January 22, 2018

Week Eighty-Six

Hey guys,

This week has been busy and crazy and tiring, but I wouldn't want it any other way! The days go by so fast, and even though they are going by fast I still have many more left here in Delhi! I love being a missionary and I have grown so much a person being here. 

This week we had Zone Conferences and exchanges. I had the opportunity to go on exchange with Elder Chidithoti. I trained him exactly one year ago and it was cool to see how much he has grown as a missionary. I used to help him in teaching the lessons and inviting people on the streets, he is now a Zone Leader and doing awesome work to help others. Such a great Elder! 

This week Elder Basil was really sick which made our week even harder, but you get used to being sick here so it didn't really bother us so much. The one cool thing about it is he gave one of our newest Elders the opportunity to give him a Priesthood blessing. The new missionary, Elder Kaldhari, speaks almost no English and gave such a powerful blessing in the most simple words. We then watched the First Presidency broadcast from our apartment as Elder Basil laid in bed. We all knew the next Prophet would be President Nelson, but President Oaks was an interesting choice to see. He is very missionary minded so we are excited for that! I had such a good feeling about the broadcast, I know those men are Prophets of God and that they are without a doubt the only men on Earth capable of leading us back to our Heavenly Home. The whole night was just a cool experience to have.

There was one funny experience I want to tell you about. Elder Basil and I have our own phones as assistants because we are always making calls and working things out. And although it's nice to have your own phone and all, we are still working with Nokia phones and Samsung phones from 2005. Seriously it's the biggest struggle to get these things going. And somedays when you have a lot going on and you are super busy, these phones make you pretty frustrated. Well this week I was getting upset with my slow phone and just for fun pretended to throw it at a wall in one of the colonies we were visiting. Elder Basil and I laughed at the thought of watching it break into a million pieces and hopefully getting an Iphone instead. We then realized we were in India and there is always one billion people watching the white guys. We looked around, no one cared. But then we looked up, and on the balcony was a young man about 20 years old. He was laughing at us and thought it was funny, we said hello and explained the process that lead up to the frustration. He asked why we had "simple phones" and we explained. Shubam is now a progressing investigator and loves reading the Book of Mormon. Elder Basil calls it pure luck and help from God, I call it Finding by Faith. Whichever it is, we love being missionaries. Have a good week and enjoy your life. Time goes fast and it waits for no one.

Love,

Elder Armstrong

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Week Eighty-Five




Hello!!

I hope all of you had as good of a week as I did! I hope the snow is falling, the Jazz are winning, and the NFL playoffs are exciting. I hope all of you are healthy and happy and enjoying the new year.

This week I had the opportunity to go to Mumbai on exchange again! It was such a great time! I woke up in Delhi at 6 a.m. to get to the airport. The pollution, fog and cold here was horrible on the way to the airport. Then we got off in Mumbai just a few hours later and I couldn't even walk to the cab without sweating and feeling the humidity. Delhi is such a desert compared to Mumbai. This time in Mumbai I tried some new food. I had some Shwarma Rolls from an amazing Muslim Dargah. Muslim people are the best cooks in the world. I love their food. I of course had Vada Pav again; it's not Mumbai without it. We also ate at a member’s home one night and she made awesome South Indian food. The members there don't get to see white missionaries like me very often....like once every two years maybe. She was surprised at how much I could eat, and how spicy it could be, and then she offered to find me a South Indian wife ha-ha. Such a fun night, I just love Indian people. I don't know if I have ever told you this before or not, but they are the funnest people on Earth. They are just looking to have a good time, all the time. It's just a good place to be on a mission.

This week I have one experience that I would like to share with you. We taught a man named Mohan, we have taught him before and have known him for weeks but this lesson was just awesome. We were on the roof of his building at the very top. You could see all the buildings in Delhi for miles, all painted bright colors of every kind, filled to the top with Lakh's of people. Every building has Sarees and clothes out drying in the wind and big tanks on top to collect the water. The sun was shining and it was just a gorgeous day. You could see all the Hindu temples from Chattarpur to Qutob Minar and there we were, just two missionaries on the roof teaching a random guy who had become a friend. He used to be Hindu, but gave up on religion when he was about 20. He had questions such as, "Why do I need faith?" "Does God even live?" and, "Does He know me personally?" We were able to answer all of the questions, and to help him start to understand. We gave him a Book of Mormon and he said he would read it. 

The main point of this story that I want to tell you is that he is not the only one. Those buildings are filled with people, all of them with questions. Some will ask them, others won't. There are thousands and millions and lakh's and crore's of people who need and want the gospel in their lives. Delhi is full of them, Mumbai as well. All of India needs the gospel, and we are working at it. But while I'm over here working on these people, I hope you're joining with us. There are people in Robin Idaho that need help also. There are many people in Pocatello that could use the gospel light in their lives. Their circumstances will be different than the people of India, but the questions are all the same. The confusion is all the same. Yeah, maybe they won't listen to us, but we will never know unless we try. Maybe they have heard it before and didn't accept, but that doesn't mean we can't be a friend. Maybe they don't want to give up coffee or alcohol, but that doesn't mean they aren't good people.

I hope we all can see the people around us in a different way, and look and pray for opportunities to share the gospel. How selfish it would be to keep it to ourselves. 

Love,

Elder Armstrong
Pollution and smog outside the door of my apartment