Monday, September 18, 2017

Week Sixty-Eight

Preston won't be providing a weekly blog this week.  He is very sick and we only got a few seconds of emails from him letting us know that he is super sick and he will write next week.  Please keep him in your prayers.

Thanks

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week Sixty-Seven



Hey family! 

This week was great, things are really going well here in Delhi and I couldn't be happier with how things are going for us.  If things keep continuing to go this well we should be having a few more baptisms in a few weeks. We are teaching great people and all of them come with their different struggles and different backgrounds, but the gospel helps each one of them continue to progress and make changes in their lives that result in an increase in happiness. That's what I get to see every day, and I love it. 

This week I felt as if my last emails hadn't been as good as they sometimes have been, and I'm sorry for that. Some weeks we get really busy and others, p-day is p-day, but I never want my emails to get boring, so I hope you're still reading them. I feel that I have a pretty cool opportunity to help people in Idaho from India, just as you help me here from their with your great emails and prayers.

This week I wanted to write about something I felt everyone could use. A little bit of Hope. For a few weeks now I have received emails and emails about things happening around the world. Two hurricanes, an earthquake in Mexico, earthquakes in Idaho, wildfires everywhere you can think of, and any other natural disaster that seems to be happening right now. A few weeks before that actually commonly throughout my mission I have heard news of terrorism and attacks, I have heard about North Korea and Syria and nuclear bombs. Through it all, I'm kind of glad that I'm not allowed to watch the news or worry about all of that because it sounds stressful and nerve wracking. But for you people of the real world it's important to watch the news, if accurate, and be informed on the important events happening throughout the world. So I pray that as you see these things, you don't lose Hope. In the Book of Mormon we are taught that True Disciples of Jesus Christ are to Hope for a better world. Some days that sounds like quite the feat, I'm sure 16 years ago to this day on 9/11 it was hard to Hope for a better world. But the fact is, it is possible to have hope. The Church website has Hope defined as “the confident expectation of and longing for the promised blessings of righteousness.”  All we have to do is the simple things that bring us closer to God each day. Be a good person, be a friend, choose the right, and never lose Hope. The blessings will come to those who believe they will come. Believe that in the end that it will all be okay.

I have spent 20 years of my life hoping every day that this year would be the year the Utah Jazz wins it all, that the BYU Cougars or Dallas Cowboys would win it all. Most years of my life the chances of that happening has looked kind of like what the world's chances look like right now, bad, scary bad. But through it all I'm here in India doing missionary work all day knowing, that someday they will win it all. And that will be a good day, but it won't even come close to how great the day will be when the Lord will once again come to Earth, when every knee shall bow and tongue shall confess that Jesus is the Christ. That is the day I cannot wait to see and I have sure Hope that it will come. 

Love,

Elder Armstrong


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

15 Month Mark



Hello!! 

Another great week down in Delhi! Life is great, Elder Openshaw and I have canned the entire Lajpat Nagar area for the best deals on any kind of food, edible or not, we are getting the best food at the best price and it always involves a meat of some kind. Chicken, dog, goat, illegal beef, you name it, we can find it.

This week was one that just reminded me how much I love my mission. We again had our leadership meeting like we do each month and we got to see the Pakistani Elders. It was Elder Openshaw's first time meeting with them and it's just so crazy, I will never see them in person, but they are in my mission and they are really great. I wish they could come to Delhi, and I really wish I could go to Pakistan, but it won't be in my mission lifetime. Once the stake is created in Delhi they are looking to branch out and go to Kolkatta.  I would love to go there as well but only if the stake comes soon enough. This part of the world is pretty crazy, very different from Marsh Valley Idaho, but it's full of God's children, and it's a very special place to be.

Sounds like BYU got clobbered by LSU, that's okay though Marsh Valley won again and is 2-0. I miss this time of year so much in Idaho. I miss the football games on Friday night and all day Saturday, I miss cold mornings and the State fair. I have had to go through a lot of changes on my mission because everything I grew up having, got left behind in Idaho. My mission I feel has been all about change. I feel I have changed a lot, at least I hope I have. At the end of the day, if in 9 months I step off that plane and haven't become a changed person, I failed on my mission. And that's truly how it is, for mission life and regular life. If at the very end of our lives we have not changed enough, we will have wasted our time here on earth. God has given us a probationary time here on Earth to learn and grow and change. If we are doing things right we will be focused on changing for the better every single day. It may be the smallest thing, but every day should be focused on preparing yourself to meet God again as a changed person, a person who loves God, loves to keep His commandments, and loves to change the bad into good. I promise that change can be instant, it can be fast, and sometimes it takes longer than other times. But change is the result we all need. 

The pain of discipline is far less than the pain of regret. 

Love,

Elder Armstrong


Skyping the Elders in Pakistan

The Entire Mission with Elder D. Todd Christopherson

Missionary Leadership Council

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Week Sixty-Five



HEYYY!!!

This week was just as crazy as crazy as any other week, and crazy things are just normal now.

We got locked in our apartments one night this week because there were riots in Delhi, and the surrounding states. To make  very long story short, a man who is a self proclaimed God, a spiritual leader with many followers, was convicted and sentenced to jail. His followers did not like that at all, and so they started some protests in Delhi. I'm not sure you can check, but I heard just outside of Delhi 30 people died, and some of the Riots were where our sisters are serving and so we were really worried about that. When all this was happening Elder Openshaw and I were just riding in an Auto trying to get home, it was pretty cool.

Congrats to Marsh Valley on a big win over Malad. I'm excited to see lots of wins this year and to see the videos and pictures of Parker playing! Also heard BYU won, but it must have not been that impressive of a win. 

But the most important thing I could say this week is...HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! 

Thanks so much for everything you have done for me, and that you still do for me, there are so many day I would do anything to come back home and watch a Jazz game with you and laugh when you yell at the refs, or to help you make dinner, or to help do all the chores around the house because I need an excuse to not go outside and help dad;) I miss all the fun times we had and I promise I'm praying for you and thinking about you all the time. I think it says a lot about the mom who raised a kid who can live in India on his own without a problem, this place is hard to live and it's hard to serve missions, but I know I can make it here because the way I was raised. Thank you so much for everything, and make dad take you out to a nice dinner;)

I hope all of you are reading the Book of Mormon. I promise if it becomes a daily habit to read, everything else in life will improve. Every day I read from the Book of Mormon and I feel like my mind is cleared every time, all the stress goes away, the problems become smaller, and my day is always better. The Book of Mormon is more than just a book. It truly will change your life as you study it and apply it's teachings!

Love 

Elder Armstrong #GoEagles #EveryFallWeRise

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week Sixty-Four



Hey guys,

This week was such a good week; anytime you get to meet an Apostle of the Savior Jesus Christ it is a good week. Elder Christofferson is so cool; he was way different than expected. He is just a normal guy who is really good at living the gospel; he has the Spirit with him at all times and teaches with power and authority. It was such a great experience to meet him and shake his hand and to be able to learn from him. He talked a lot about the law of Heaven and obedience to the gospel and how it brings us joy. I know that without laws there could be no happiness or sadness and that God truly would not be God without laws and commandments. I hope we can all learn to love the commandments of God and realize they are given for our blessing.

This week was transfers, and nothing changed for me which was such a great thing to hear. I'm still in Lajpat Nagar with Elder Openshaw.  We have a lot of work to do and it's really fun to do it with a good friend. I am eating well that's for sure; there hasn't been a day so far as companions that we haven't eaten non-veg at least once. Non-veg basically means chicken or mutton, unless we go to the Muslim colonies to get beef. It's so cool to have a companion that shares the same culture as you and is able to talk about football and basketball and still do awesome work. 

Last night I taught the best lesson I have ever taught with Elder Openshaw and two members from our branch.  The lesson was to their friends that they had referred to us and the lesson was so full of the Spirit and they are so accepting and humble, ready to receive help. Their names are Shivangi and her mother (don't know how to spell or pronounce her name yet). But they are so great; they have had their struggles without a father in the home, and with the different issues that are always caused by living in their small little colony. It was great to testify of the Savior and his love, and what opportunities can come when choosing to follow the Savior by being baptized and receiving the Holy Ghost. They are progressing really well and we have high hopes for them. 

Sounds like BYU starts off this week, and so does Marsh Valley, I bet it's good to have football season back. Elder Openshaw and I are dying to be there...so count your blessings and realize what a blessing it is from Heavenly Father to have the game of football.;) 

I know what I'm doing is true, and that every day I spend in India is for the benefit of me and my brothers and sisters here in India.  This gospel is either true or it is not, there is no grey area. The Book of Mormon is true or it is not. And I want you to know that I know it's true, however hard it is to understand, or to live, the Gospel is from our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, and I've felt it countless times by the Holy Ghost. Please pray and build this testimony for yourself, the Hope and Peace you receive is unbeatable.

Love, 

Elder Armstrong
 
My trainee in the middle and his trainee

Sister members of the New Delhi Stake
Me at the Lotus Temple

Elder Openshaw and me at the Lotus Temple


Kite Flying with the Branch on India's Independence Day





Didn't do so well!