Monday, October 28, 2013

Lessons Learned

"Except in the case of his only begotten son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating for him, but he deals with it. So should we. So be patient and kind and forgiving." -Jeffrey R. Holland

As I'm sure most of you know, whoever is preparing a talk or a lesson ends up learning a whole lot more than what he hopes to be able to teach. Yesterday I was asked to share a brief message during sacrament meeting. Frantically scrambling through the random bits of notes that I jot down on my planner I stumbled across this quote that I had found weeks earlier during personal study.

I was able to throw something together for sacrament meeting, but I hope that if anybody will be able to apply these words it's me.

These last couple of weeks have been really really challenging. We made the heartbreaking decision of dropping all but one of our investigators. We have been severally struggling to find new investigators and people to teach. We find ourselves spending a lot of time with recent converts and members. We haven't been having much progress.

It's been really frustrating giving everything I've got and watching people reject, ignore, or take for granted the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I've come to love my scriptures and the examples and lessons that they share. The beginning pages of Preach my Gospel is another relief for a depressing day.

Things here are a bit rough for the moment, but they'll come around. I end up reading the words "If you want to see the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm" which was a quote from an incredible missionary who I hope to be like one day.

I hope y'all have an awesome week.

Loves and laughs,

-Elder Gray

Elder Gray and the hat! ! !

This could quit possibly be make the Gray Family Christmas Letter !!

Elder Gray and Elder Ta

Funny Faces

hmmmm. . . . . . . .
Elder Gray and Unice

More Pictures 10/28/2013


Elder Gray drinking Beesap and Yannick


Pictures from 10/28/2013

Elder Gray must be is a great Cyber 2nd week in a row we have gotten great pictures. 
Victor, Elder Maxwell, Elder Ratodisomalala, Destiny, Brunnel playing
 “Don’t east Pete” for family night.
Elder Gray's turn, he is apparently taking this game pretty serious!
Raimato, Janienne and Sabou

Arrive, Sabou, and Aisha

Monday, October 21, 2013

Look Mom a different tie!!!!

Elder Gray has been out 8 months this month.  

Picture sent 10/21/2013

Elder Gray didn't send an official email today to post on his blog, he did however send several pictures.  Like they say a picture is worth a thousand words. 
Here is Elder Gray's thousands of words. 

"A bunch of Elders at a Conference" 

Elder Gray and Auriol

Elder Gray and Mama Tossa

Sister Florimond, Elder Gray and Sister Opportune
Elder Gray and Unice

Elder Gray and Elder Ta

Elder Gray and Sister Aminat
Pounding out peppers

Sister Mary and Elder Ta
(I think they are in some sort of hair salon)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Another Week Bites the Dust

Another Week Bites the Dust

It's insane to think that another week has gone by already. Time is
really really flying here. It doesn't even feel like a day has gone by
and I'm already sitting here trying to come up with things to say.
Unfortunately I don't really have a whole lot to write about because
we haven't been making huge progress. Our small amount of
investigators are still fighting their on-going battle to come to
church. When we aren't teaching investigators, we're strengthening
recent-converts. The small amount of time that we don't have planned
out to teach people is spent trying to find them.

This past Thursday all the missionaries in our zone gathered in an
area that was struggling to find investigators and did a
door-to-door/contacting marathon. It was a lot of fun and we actually
had quite a bit of success. I'll hopefully have an update on that next

On a more interesting note.... Sacrament meeting this week was ALL
sorts of messed up when Elder Gray found himself sitting in front of
the piano whacking away at the keys. It was kind of fun. (No; I still
don't regret NOT taking piano lessons)
 (Mom is feeling all sorts of "I told you so right now)

It turns out that Elder Gray will be the branch pianist until we
receive a more qualified meistro. (by qualified I mean ANY experience


Hopefully things will be a bit more interesting this next coming week.

I love y'all lots!

-Elder Gray