Monday, February 12, 2018

What's up all!

Well life is completely 100 percent different than the last time I talked to you all.  Its been a crazy week and I can't believe how fast tho all goes.  First thing is I am now back in NY and I was put back in queens....I am now in Jamaica queens! I think I'm supposed to be in Queens my whole mission.....haha. I am still a district leader and I'm actually in a Haitian creole pool. My companion's name is Elder Joseph and he is a such a homie....I love the guy a lot.  We are gonna put in the work! He's been out about 7 months and he's from Haiti!

On Tuesday me and Sis Ririe flew in and being at transfer meeting and back in NY was like a huge shock. I'm still adjusting but I'm way more settled now. I miss Bermuda more than I can explain but this is where I'm supposed to be and I like it here a lot!

Pros of being in NY: I got to see my  missionary squad and old homies, fast flipping food, dollar slice pizza, normal prices, people will actually be taught the gospel.

Cons: It's literally the arctic circle out here.   When I left bermy it was 72 degrees.   Other than that New York is pretty lit.

The week was so crazy and I can't write about everything.  I will say that we have some solid people and we found 2 more solid people this week! I will talk about them more in upcoming weeks!  Princess, Yuvicka, Asha, and Yvonne! I'm excited for them all and hopefully soon we can get them baptized. I saw God's hand in the work this week I can tell you.

The gospel is true and completely life changing.  Thank you all for being a part of my life!  When I got back to NY the days were super hard and it felt like I had left my family again, but the work and being blessed brought me back up and this is where I need to be.
 
keep it chill
Elder Imlay

Naveen (previous investigator came and saw me)








Monday, February 5, 2018

Hey Guys

It's been the quickest week of my life, feels like my final week back home.  It's crazy that my time here is up and I'm going to miss it more than anything, but I'm only the person I am today because of heavenly father and I trust his will for me! Trust the process. I have no idea where I will be going, I will let you all know next week!  This week was the best tho and very busy!

Mom you gonna be proud....I played a song in sacrament meeting.  It was the closing hymn and I played "Did You Think to Pray" hahaha.  It was pretty dope and I only screwed up one time so it wasn't too bad.   This week was super dope because we got to play golf twice hahaha!  Never played on my mission and then 2 times in a week.  We went out with Pres Hofines  and then with Bro Butterfield a couple days later.  That was super fun and I'll send some pics.  Tiger wasn't there until the final 9 that we played but don't worry I came through .

Anyway we visited a ton of members to say goodbye this week and we also got to meet with this investigator family.  They are a family of 5 and super normal and sincere so that was super cool.  I'm excited to see what happens while VH teaches them.

Dang I'm just gonna miss the people here so much and to be honest it's gonna suck not being comps with VH.  It's been the GOAT the last 3 months...like I love the guy so much and homies for life.  Nothing but respect...it's like leaving the fine 9.  We also got to play our final basketball in bermy and it was lit.  I can't tell you how cool it is what we are doing in that community...it's crazy how many people we are involved with because of that.

Anyway I ain't gonna say to much more. I have a testimony that God's will is what we need to do. Always know that we are the ones in control of our future. We choose to follow God and we are our own judges. I love you all and miss ya!  Read the book of Mormon everyday it's such a blessing and life changing.

Shout out to the eagles, thanks for beating the cheats.. and shout out to Hadley on the mission call...that's dope. I was hoping you'd be a little more northeast but that's way cool good luck!  Happy Birthday Grandma!!  Peace out and talk to you next week from NY

Elder Imlay








Monday, January 22, 2018

Hey Homies!

It was a quick week here in Bermuda....it flew by so that is good!  Two weeks to go on this beautiful island and to be honest it's gonna feel like a mini leaving home again and I'm a little nervous. This week the mission got some crazy news (I think mom knew about it before I did lol)  but we are now becoming the New York City Mission and the North mission is being dispersed. We will now have Manhattan and the Bronx in our mission starting in June and I am saying I would not be sad if my  last little bit is spent up there hahaha!   Anyway that's the exciting stuff for the week. Also let Glenn know I'm actually rooting for the eagles because the patriots are cheaters.

Anyway it was a good full week of service and trying to work with our people. This week was tough tho. because Tony didn't show up to any of our meetings throughout the week and he was not there on Tuesday so we are a little worried about him. Also our guy John is still not back and we've been to his house so many times but we are gonna keep trying.  However, this young guy we played ball with  and is way dope....we had a good conversation with him about everything and I'm hoping we could maybe teach him!

My time in  Bermuda is coming to an end and it's crazy....we went to crystal caves today so there are some pics.  Sorry my email is not that great today but just know I love you all a ton and miss you. I've been reading in Alma and if you are having troubles with anything in life, I encourage you to read the first 34 chapters of Alma....it's straight fire. I love the knowledge that God is always there for us.  Have a good one!

Elder Imlay




Monday, January 15, 2018

Hey my fam and friends.

Well it was another good one out here in paradise. The weather was tricking me for a little there, it started to get cold and I actually had to wear a wind breaker a couple times but we are back to the 70 degrees and short sleeve shirts so it's all good. This week was a good one and I know God has his hand in everything we do. Thank you all for the prayers for Tony and please continue to especially pray for him and the Bermuda branch.

This week tony was able to make it to church again and he's seems way solid on not missing a Sunday! He wasn't able to meet with us on our set days because he slipped back into some of his problems but we met Friday and he is getting to that point where it's time. The best thing of the week was last night Tony called and recommended Elder Holland's last conference talk to us called, "Be he therefore perfect eventually".  It's just so cool to see him now starting to act and his desire is changing him and yesterday was that turning point.  I know he is sincere and that he's gonna get there so keep the prayers coming!

We had magazone conf this week and it was shorter this time....only like 6 hours haha so that's good.  We were also able to help the Mello-canns to continue progress with getting in there house. We've been trying to find some of our other people and working a lot with less actives.

Anyway happy birthday to my main man bishop (2nd pops) Taysom! Can't express the thanks for everything you do for me....hope it was a great one. I love you all a ton and I hope life is going good, I promise you if you pray always and study daily and seek God's will in your life, it will bring more happiness than you can imagine.  Lastly go jags anybody but the pats.  The Seahawks knew I was on the mission so they're taking a break so I don't miss anything.  Anyway have a great week.... send me some emails as I'd love to hear from you all!

Elder Imlay




Monday, January 8, 2018

Hey All

Well another week down and it seems to fly but also feels like it's frozen! This week was great and I can't even begin to express my thankfulness for this opportunity to serve here in Bermuda. This place has changed me big time....the people I've met and the experiences I've had I wouldn't trade for nothing. Always giving thanks to the big man our Heavenly Father for guiding me through life.

Well I talked to you on Wednesday so not a ton has happened but the few days were great. Thursday we got to teach a lesson in institute and we got a call from our guy Tony.  He said he needed to be around us  right now so he comes to institute and we have a good talk afterwards.  Tony is just a champ and he really has the desire now in his life to make some changes. He said 2018 is the year he is finally getting baptized. I'm stoked for him.  He came to church again!  On Saturday he called us and came and picked us up and took us to where we needed to go and it was pretty sweet! Keep him in your prayers as he is fighting to overcome some things!

We also got some time to work on the Mello-canns house and it's finally looking livable. We got lights in and the electrical is working. It's been neat to see the progress since ive been here and soon they will be moving in!  Lastly we got to play some more bball on Saturday and that was way cool!

I don't have much more but I'll send a couple pics.  I just love you all so much and I have the strongest testimony that the purpose for life is truly explained through this gospel.  Our Branch President was giving a talk on how there are no coincidences, God is in everything we do and there is a reason why things happen. I know there's a plan and I love it. Even when life is a grind just find happiness! Love you all and happy 22 to my boy cam tomorrow (better listen to that t-swift).

Elder Koby Imlay




Monday, December 18, 2017

Hey everyone,

I can't believe we are a week out from Christmas and I can't believe all that has happened! it's crazy to stop and think of where I am at and about back home and it's all so crazy. Congrats to all those that got married back home! I miss you all a ton but the mission is most definitely where I need to be.  I'm not saying it doesn't really suck at times but the church is true and I love it and you all!

This week was packed full of stuff.  To to start with, we had semifinals and finals back to back on Wednesday and Thursday.  Semis went great. We upset that 2 seed and I dropped 30, but the next day in the finals our team choked and so did I lol. VH played great but our comeback wasn't enough and we lost. The good thing is we got recognition and people all over are talking to us.  Best of all Demitri is now willing to go to lunch and meet with us and hopefully we can get him back to church.

Thursday we had taco night with the squad which is the best.  On Friday we did this long service project and Christmas caroled with the youth and some of the branch and that was so fun!  Then Saturday we had district splits and I was with Jim-dad Ballard the whole day. He's awesome and I love the guy!

We were able to get back in touch with Paul and teach him and he came to church this week so that was sweet. He really wants to get baptized and is sincere.  He's just trying to get on his feet right now and is going to rehab so really pray for Paul and hopefully eventually it will be his time. John Henery still gone and Tymon is still swerving us...tonight may be out our last chance.  Milly read some of the Book of Mormon so hopefully when we meet with her again we can answer some questions.

Anyway next week I probs won't email a ton and no weekly. but I'm pumped as to talk to my family.  I love you guys so much I can't even explain....no words can describe my thanks for my mom my dad and my brothers and all my friends and family.
#findjoyinthejourney

- Elder Imlay.










Monday, December 11, 2017

Hey guys!

What's up out there in Utah? or wherever you are?  Everything is going good here!  This week flew by and i really can't believe that it's December and almost Christmas. I hope you all have a great season and are looking for ways to help others because that's what its all about.  It's so hard to feel like it's Christmas here cause it's still like 70 degrees haha.  Actually this week at night it actually felt a little colder and we could wear a long sleeve shirt if we wanted.

This transfer has been crazy and we haven't been able do as much as we would like, but hopefully this next transfer we can get out and get with some more people!  We had our meetings Tuesday and then Friday we had our megazone conference which is very long when your in Bermuda watching from an iPad for 7 hours lol.

Saturday we worked hard trying to get the Mello-canns into there house.   Later that night we had our branch Christmas party and that was way fun so it was a quick good weekend. Sunday we both had to speak in church and it went really well!  We had it timed perfectly and both spoke about 17 mins so it worked out great!  Anyway I spoke about letting your testimony physically become apart of who you are so I challenge you all to really believe and become what you believe.

We still haven't seen Tymon so keep him in your prayers. We are trying to work with this girl named Milly and she is really cool and asked some good questions when we  went there this week. Mike also said he wants us to start teaching his mom so I'm pretty pumped for that. Mike is the coolest RC (recent convert) I've ever seen and it's crazy to see him grasp the gospel like he has.

Hope everything is gucci back home and I miss and love you all a lot.

Elder Koby Imlay