Tuesday, May 28, 2013

week 98

First off, sorry I didn't email yesterday, it was a bank holiday here yesterday and the libraries were closed.  We also went out hiking with an awesome family, the Leslies, and also this other family in the ward and an elder came back to visit for the week so he and his wife went with us.  It was sooooo beautiful and soooo fun!  

Thursday was really good actually.  There were four of us there bearing our testimonies.  It was hard to be honest, but I did feel a lot better after I was able to bear my testimony so that was good.  I was able to speak with some other chaps in my group and it is comforting to me to know that I'm not the only one who is has these feelings and thoughts.  We all are.  

Elder Brewer (in my group)

Elder Frary (in my group)
Things here really are good, we are so blessed here.  We have a good ward and a good area.  We are finding people and we had at one point this week 6 people we were going to be teaching but half dropped us so now we are down to 3.  We hope and pray we will find people to teach this week and invite them to be baptised.  It should be good.  
The members are awesome!! They are soo supportive and nice to us, it makes the job alot easier when the members are nice. 
Things are on the up and up!  I'm excited for the rest of this week!  Good things should be happening!   

Elder Call

Sisters Forbes and Goulding

Elder Quilter

Monday, May 20, 2013

week 97

This week is going to be soooo incredibly busy, it is just going to fly right on by.  We have a meeting tomorrow, then we have a pretty busy day on Wednesday, then we have zone conference on Thursday and sports night, then Friday we have weekly planning and a couple of appointments then Saturday we have an appointment and Sunday is church!  It's going to be insane.  Thursday will be a good day and hard-- I give my departing testimony on Thursday at zone conference.  Weird. 
Things here are good. I will finish in Lufbra and Elder Steel will be my last companion.   I really wouldn't have it any other way though. I love Lufbra and the people are awesome!  I love it all!!
We are seeing miracles happen really just this last week or so.  We are working with a part member family, the husband is not a member. Well they fed us the other night and we taught them after and he said he knows the Book of Mormon is true because it doesn't teach anything that goes against what God said in the Bible. And I was like wait what hahaha SWEET! So we are having him pray to know the priesthood has been restored because we feel that is really the only thing that could hold him back--but I'm soooo excited to see how it goes, we are seeing them on Saturday!  Plus we found this new investigator that lives in this village north of us called East Leake.  He used to be taught and he says that when he knows these things are true he will be baptised.  He has a wife and a son, we aren't too sure how interested they are but who knows still a miracle!  So much potential this transfer for miracles to happen, I'm soooo excited!!
The weather is back to its unpredictable English blah.  Yesterday it was baking and today it is a sheet of mist hahaha gotta love it :) 
Things are good here.  I'm looking forward to an awesome week!  So it shall be good!

Monday, May 13, 2013

week 96

We will know tonight about transfers! So thats going to be crazy.  I'm pretty sure there is about a 95% chance that I will stay here.  But I have no idea hahahaha!
This experience has changed my life forever.  I'm truly grateful I have had the chance to serve a mission.  The time really does go by soo fast, but I have had soo many amazing experiences that have helped my testimony grow.  I have had hard times, a lot of them. but I have had some of the most memorable and happiest moments as well.  Words can't explain how great this has been besides AWESOME!!  I'm soo happy for this experience I have had. 
Elder Lyman goes home on Wednesday, he called me this morning to say goodbye. That sucked hahaha but that is something I have learnt to do and that is to say goodbye to people I love and care about.  I have learnt that life is not always sunshine and roses but we have to keep going no matter how hard it gets.  I have learnt that in the hardest times we can still recognise miracles if we look and we can still see tender mercies!  I have learnt that love is the greatest attribute one can gain in this life.  I have learnt that obedience is a blessing in its self.  I have learnt that when you love someone you will do anything to help.  I have learnt to deal with some of the biggest dips and climbs of emotion. I have learnt that God loves us all, that Jesus is the Christ, that we can pray to our Creator. I have learnt that in a short time frame, if you are being yourself and working and loving life you can make some of the best friends you have ever made.  One of the most important things I have learnt, is that attitude changes everything.  Your attitude toward a situation can make it or break it.  You have to have a good attitude in life and be happy otherwise your only making yourself miserable.  I have learnt soo many things i could go on forever.  I have loved this opportunity to be here in England.  I love this country, these people and this work. 
This week is going to be awesome!  We have some meetings, some teaches with investigators, some dinners, some service projects.  It's gonna be a good week.  Im excited to hit the pavement and give it all ive got this last one.  Im gonna make it count and I'm not gonna think about the end.  Just the present.  Someone said if your always looking in the rear view mirror you wont be able to see where you are going. Well I see it the same but if your always looking into the future you will miss the blessings and miracles that are happening NOW. 

Last week I told you we were going to Beacon Hill.  It was beautiful!

There were gorgeous bluebells

And we found a frog (this is my friend Tom)!

Monday, May 6, 2013

week 95


We're at the Leslie's emailing and spending the p-day with them.  Today is bank holiday which means it's an excuse to not work and to lie around and do nothing.  So indeed that is what people do.  We're going to hike Beacon Hill today.  It's the highest point in all of Leicestershire, which isn't saying much because we are in England and there are no high points hahaha but it should be pretty awesome!! 

Oh my days the weather here has been absolutely amazing, outright weird for proper English weather.  Since Elder Steel has come to the country, it has been sunny all day everyday and it hasn't rained once!  He probably thinks this is how it always is!  hahaha Well he will soon learn when it tips it down all day everyday all next year.  I have been wearing short sleeve shirts the whole time and I have a nasty farmer tan on my arms and on my neck.  But I can't complain, I would rather that than rain and gloomy weather.  Right now its 21 C with 50% humidity!  That's awesome!!!!

Seeing one person embrace the gospel and progress in it makes it all worth it!  It really makes everything we do as missionaries worth it, to see one person change forever.  We are continuing to find find find!  and we will find someone eventually!  In the Lord's time, we will find someone.  I will continue to be diligent and obedient because it's the only way to do this work really, there is no other 
way to be happy and successful.

This week will be crazy! We have a couple of meetings, and I'm going on exchange and some other stuff!  

Sorry this is sooo short but they want to get out of here!!