As for here in. The rioting hasn't hit S hard at all. Tiny little riot one night so we stayed in our flat that night. Nothing to worry about at all. I went on exchanges with DL(District Leader) Price and that was well...scary (haha). He is a really good missionary and he talks to everyone he sees. I got out alive though so everything is all good. Halfway through the day my bike chain snapped, haha joys of missionary work! My fault since the bike was cheap (lol). It's alive again though, the store fixed it for FREE!! Amazing word to hear. About my bike--My bike is good. PLEASE SEND MY BIKE CUSHION. My butt hurts 24/7 when I ride that dang thing. Bought it for £79. Fetching steal. We bike so much here lol. Everytime I think of a bike my thighs automatically hurt. Funny stuff--we were at district meeting and we got all this stuff we had to take home so I strapped up and put it all on haha. Gear, a dvd player, a fire exstinguisher, first aid kit, area book, and all my stuff. Then we had to bike home,which is about 3 or 4 miles haha YES!!
It is my 1 month anniversary though! I've been on a mission for 1 month and it has gone by slow, but at the same time really fast!! Crazy to think about. We did some tracting yesterday, which I learned don't tract on a Sunday because no one wants to be bothered and so they just don't answer, and if they do they are pretty angry lol. Oh well brush it off! As for investigators we are working with 4 potentials. They are all way cool and excited to learn more about the gospel. Keep them in your prayers. I witnessed another baptism Friday. It was amazing, a 16 year old girl who absolutely loves this gospel. She is amazing and the spirit was so strong at that baptism. Oh guess who is coming to our mission to speak to us in September? DAVID A. BEDNAR!!! I'm so excited! An apostle of the Lord is coming to talk with us! How amazing is that. I'm so excited I can't even explain.
Missionary work is hard, I'm not gonna lie. Its tiring and draining. I come home everyday knackered(tired). But we keep pushing foward and we will find those who are prepared to hear what we have to share. I was telling Elder Dahl yesterday that when they don't listen it makes me feel sad. We are acting in the name of Jesus Christ so they aren't rejecting us, they are rejecting Him. But you brush it off and find those few ready to receive. I love this work. Its draining and its fun. Everyday wondering who will we find. I love this church. We were talking with someone and they asked us, "why do you do this?". I said, "that is a good question. Im 19 years old, I could be in college, hanging out with mates and enjoying life, but I have given two years to help you. I have happiness through the gospel of Jesus Christ and I want you to have the same thing because I know it can make you so much happier."
Michael's address to his flat:
Elder Michael Barton
Swindon SN25 1RA