Monday, July 31, 2017

2 weeks, and-- Wait, what...

Well folks...........yep. Time's about well butched. I'll wait to give my official "dying email" til the time comes, but uh, for now, here's some good things that have been happening in Toronto!

This Sunday I got to go see the baptism of Chukwudi Aguigwo, a man from Nigeria Elder Payne and I found and taught. It was so amazing to see, he has such a strong testimony of the gospel.
Hearing him bear testimony gave me another reminder of how consecrated and sacred our calling is as missionaries. We really are called to the exact mission God needs us to be for a reason, and I think a large part of that is there are people who need to hear the gospel preached from the way we understand it.

I know Christ lives,and He loves me a lot. Never give up! Even if you feel like there's no reason to keep going, just do it. On the other side of exhaustion is success and joy. So push through it:)

Love you all!

pics comin next week!

--
Elder Bybee
"He Lives"

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

'Murica: God Bless It

Happy 4th everyone!!  "Today is especially delicious".  Feel blessed to address you on this delightful anniversary of our beloved country, The U.S. of A.  Today we have some fun activities planned, aka BBQ at the Pres's house.  Should be some good southern cookin;)  Mama knows how I feel about the BBQ.  

Some updates from the 6ix.  

Our investigator from Nigeria is progressing really well!  He's so cool.  This week as we closed our lesson with him on the Restoration he stopped us, and felt that he needed to tell us that "I will believe anything you brothers teach me, because I know you are sent from God to deliver His message to me."  We were like "uhhh, can you get any more golden??"  He'll be getting baptized July 29th, so continue to pray for Chukwudi!  

Saw an awesome quote this week (shout out to mom).

Everything in your life is a reflection of 
a choice you have made.  
If you want a different result, 
make a different choice.

Sometimes I think it can be easy to assume that due to past mistakes or decisions we've made, our current situation is how our life must be.  To follow up from last week's email, everything in life is a choice.  The power to chose is one of few Godly powers Heavenly Father has chosen to allow us to possess.  Should we really be surprised to find that even the tiniest misuse of our agency can result in drastic and long-lasting consequences?  We are, after all, immortal beings, living in a mortal life, wielding immortal and God-given powers.  We are bound to make mistakes, and some of those mistakes can be more serious.  

We also know that mistakes can be fixed with a simple choice to change, and allow the Savior to heal what we can't heal ourselves.  Whether that be the stain of sin, the heartache of grief or loss, the despair of mental illness or the grips of addiction.  To be good is a choice.  To change is a choice.  To trust in the Lord is a choice.  To be patient in affliction, to be humble, to love, to repent, to live!  It is all a choice.  We may not always directly chose our circumstances, but we can chose our reaction to them.  

Some of the most peaceful and spirit-filled moments of my life have come at times of great discord, heartache and unrest in my life.  A simple choice to trust Someone who can see the end made all the difference for me.  

So chose to be good.  Chose to live:)  Chose to be free and be yourself.  Chose to repent daily.  Chose to let go of pride, and "seek the face of the Lord."  Chose to resist temptation with what strength you have, and then chose to "lean on His ample arm" for the rest.  Chose to love completely, even when others have hurt you.  Chose to forgive, and chose to be close to the Father.  

I promise as you use your agency righteously, even in the small things, there will come a power and a confidence both before God and before men.  As you chose to walk with God, you will feel to say as did Paul to the Romans, "If God be for us, who can be against us?"  

Love you all:)  Mission's are great, highly recommend:)  
--
Elder Bybee

"He Lives"
 
Canada Day celly
 
 
Some memes I thought you might enjoy. 
 

 
 
 

Monday, June 19, 2017

How to be a good man

This week I learned a really important lesson I want to share with you all.
I was pondering during sacrament meeting on how I could be a good man, "both in front of, and behind closed doors"(shout out to Mormon messages). One of my biggest desires from the day I decided to change my life was to be known by my friends, family and peers as a good man. I just wanted to be a good man. I wanted to be honest, I wanted to be clean, I wanted to be integritable and honorable in all situations. I wanted to be the same person no matter WHERE I went.

I was going through some possible solutions, possible ideas for how I could better accomplish this goal for myself when the Spirit brought to my mind a lesson I'd learned a couple weeks previous. In times of stress and temptation, simply ask for the strength of Jesus Christ, made available to us through His Atonement, relying on His strength more so than our own, and we'll never fall.

As I thought about this, it brought to mind previous experiences I had with making commitments, and then down the road failing to keep them. I realized that a lot of hesitancy we have in making the commitment to be good is that we feel like it's too hard for us.

The funny thing is, of course it's too hard. Take a look at the world around us. Think about all the times you've been faced with temptation, and fallen short. It's tough!
What I didn't understand, is that for the longest time, I felt like I had to feel as if I had the strength to commit 100%, no exceptions, to be good, before I could. What I now know is that, God only asks us to be as good as we can be with Christ's help. Which, from my understanding, knowing the scripture to be true that "with God, all things are possible", means perfection.

We only need be willing to let Christ help us to be good men, or good women, in order to become so. Can I be a good man on my own? No. I have proven that to myself time and time again. I could maybe live up to the world's definition of a good man. But against both what I expect of myself and what Heavenly Father expects of me, I fall short every time, no matter how hard I try.

But when I allowed Christ to make up the difference in my dedication to my decision to just be a good man, there was an amazing difference. Though I made mistakes that day, just like every other day, I felt in my heart that I was a good man. There was a tangible change within me that took place, one that I know attributes only to the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

So, to someone who is questioning whether or not they are a good man, or a good woman, or a good mother or father, son, Relief Society President, Primary Teacher, whatever the position or title is, I promise you. You can feel and actually be good, today. There is an opportunity waiting just outside the door of your heart to become something more than you currently are. It's amazing! And simple.

Christ is the one who knocks at the door. He brightens any room, fills any void, strengthens any feeble knee, and lifts any weary head who lets Him. How could He not? It was He who suffered for the same thing that person is currently struggling with.

I wanted to be a good man. That transformation came in a way I did not expect, and with a timing I did not expect. Not to say that I wasn't good before, but I know that I'm better now. And almost as important, I feel good. In the way Heavenly Father wants me to be good.

So be good! Be yourself, live your life, help others, study God's word, work hard, and at the end of the day, remember by whose hand you were given all those things and opportunities. Christ takes no glory in it. He will not demand our recognition. But I can tell you of the profound sense of sadness He must feel to watch as at the end of a successful and righteous day, one of His makes the mistake of boasting in his own flesh, and thus undoes the whole days progress with one dash of pride.

I've been there. So be good:) Live good:) Love good, and recognize it comes from the only One who truly is good.

I'm grateful to God for the merciful gift of Christ's "infinite goodness".

Love you all.

--
Elder Bybee
"He Lives"

Monday, June 5, 2017

Lesson learned, I suck haha

Well, yep. Learned a lot about myself this week. Again. It's like the Lord forgot that I had 2 months left, so he had to cram a year of lessons about my weaknesses into 2 months haha:) Nah I'm good, but it's definitely been humbling..

I learned this week that resentment only leads a person back to where they came from. You gotta get rid of it quick, or it'll just wreck you. So I've been doing a lot of that:) which has been good, I've learned a lot!

Time flies on a mission, so you gotta make the most of that:) With that being said, Payne and I have been finding people like crazy!! It's been tough to get them to church though.

Overall things are good:) 

Spiritual thought for the week.

Verily I say unto you,
all among them who know their hearts are honest,
and are broken,
and their spirits contrite,
and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice-
yea, every sacrifice which I, the Lord,
shall command-they are accepted of me.

D&C 97:8


Sometimes the Lord asks us to do hard things. We have to sacrifice our own desires and wishes for something better. The Lord knows what's best, and He'll ask us to get rid of anything that's not important really. I know from personal experience haha:) So if you're willing, the Lord will let you know, no question. You just gotta follow through with it.

Love you all, Jesus lives and the Book of Mormon is true:)

--
Elder Bybee
"He Lives" 

Monday, May 29, 2017

It's been a minute

Well haven't done one of these for a minute, so I should probably sit down and write:)

I've learned a lot this transfer about myself, about balance and repentance. God really does continue to reveal your weaknesses every time you try to get close to Him. Which is nice but also really hard sometimes. You really have to continue to stay humble and ready to receive correction. "Whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth." I can bear personal witness to that scripture for sure.

I read another scripture this week that really helped me in dealing with some things. Shout out to mom:)

"And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not;
I will lead them in paths that they have not known;
I will make darkness light before them,
and crooked things straight.
These things will I do unto them,
and not forsake them."

-Isaiah 42:16

Sometimes we are lead down a path in life that causes us to question why we are there. Other times we watch others experience similar things, and question why God would let that happen. I've come to understand that God leads each individual on a path unique to them, but always pointed towards the Savior. We don't always know the paths God is leading us. But we can trust that God will not forsake us. I love Him, and I'm grateful to serve Him. I've got a lot of flaws...but I'm glad that He hasn't forsaken me in the midst of them.

I'm not perfect...but I can say I'm better than I've ever been. I owe it all to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know He lives.

love you all, have a great week!

--
Elder Bybee
"He Lives"

Monday, May 15, 2017

Life in Bramladesh

Well life in Brampton is much different than Kingston:) Good though. Last week we went to Toronto, gotta go up the CN tower, see the Raptors stadium, the Blue Jays field, it was good stuff:) Everyone in Brampton is from India, and a LOT of them are Sikh(which means the guys wear turbins).

Honestly I'm loving Brampton! I live 4 minutes from the temple, we do service every week there and do the groundswork. I've also done service literally EVERY single day here hahaha. call me a professional landscaper.

Things have been good:) my motivation to write home is down the drain haha...so sorry for not writing. I'm currently in a tri-pan rn. Life's good:)

Never give up on the small things! That's probably one of the biggest things i've learned on my mission. Never neglect the small things. the small things build an unshakable testimony that will last.

Love is most important. Just love people. Be patient with them. Look past their mistakes. Forgive again and again and again.

Loves!

--
Elder Bybee
"He Lives"


Almost was a best man at this wedding hahaha.  Just met the guy hours before.  Pretty funny
 

Trip to Toronto. Eaton mall, Raptors stadium



Eaton Mall, Bloor St, and the CN Tower










Postin up for Mother's Day pics




Service swag



Monday, April 24, 2017

I'm moving on, see you later I'm gone.


Well, they finally kicked me outta Kingston (sad day)...and after being a zl for wayyyyy too long, I have finally been released!!! To be a DL again hahaha. Can't escape it lol. Nah I'm excited though, I'm headed to the GTA, Brampton to be more specific. So I'll be right next to the temple, Which'll be nice!

This week I learned a pretty cool lesson about relying on the Lord for strength. So, cuz of just how I operate and things, I generally like to do things on my own, without the help of others. I think for a long time that extended to even God, and trying to overcome challenges without His help. This week I realized that it's okay to rely on Him, that I don't have to push myself to be so independent and do all the work on my own. I mean sheesh, I got the God of this Universe personally invested in my success as an individual, I should probably grab the lifeline every now and then haha. Bottom line, if you're struggling, God's there. He sent His son for you, so ask Him for help, and then do the things that allow Him into your life. If you have to stop doing something, stop doing it, and ask Him for help. Read your scriptures every day. Pray often. To quote a well-known artist..."Sit down. Be humble". Just do your best, trust in God, lean on Him, and it'll be good.

Love you!

--
Elder Bybee
"He Lives"

 


 
moving day. 


 
gotta drive a 2017 Chevy Silverado. speakers work well. 
 


we think we tough. 
 

bibs we made yesterday in primary. best day at church ever!!!!!!