Monday, June 27, 2016

Week # 24: Pre transfer freak out

This is the last week of the transfer.... And I have NO idea what lies
in store..... Hahaha nbd, I'm fine. Obviously!
It does feel good though, to know that I have put forth my full effort
this transfer. My trainee has been killing it, which means SUCCESS!!!
Haha and the miracles have been pouring down :)))
The euro football (it means soccer my fellow Americans ;)
championships have been going on. It makes work very interesting,
because this is the first time in 50 something years that Wales has
been in it. They won on Saturday and the celebrations lasted all
night.... ALL night. Hahaha no rest for the weary? It's fun times :)
We had a bit of a long week by ourselves in Wrexham, no district or
zone meetings aka no interactions with any other missionaries.... Hah!
Yes, so we were grateful when the zone leaders joined us for a street
display in our area, they probably were scared...😁 but it was a brill
display- we found a lady from Spain / Mexico whose brother is active
in Mexico! So I got to use a bit of mah Espanol!! Siiii! SHE CAME TO
CHURCH!!! Actually it was quite hilarious, she was late, and she told
us she had left her home two hours early, had walked into another
church, asked if it was the Mormon church, they said no but tried to
bribe her with cookies to stay!! Hahaha! Nope! She is da bessst!
Another lady we taught this week is seriously who I want to be when I
grow up, only I'll be Mormon, which she will be soon, if I have
anything to do about it! But she is way chilled out, but funny and so
friendly, so all the good things-down to Earth, but not toooo chill.
Yay sherry!
But miracle of miracles is Patricia and her husband Gordon! So last
transfer we called by cuz she was on the ward list, and we felt we
should while I'm the area. She told us she hasn't been to church in
over 40 years!!! Bu because of circumstances she couldn't control. But
she said that she would talk to her husband and get back to us. She
also asked us for a Book of Mormon while we were there, so yeah! But
we didn't hear from her, so we went back a few weeks ago. She told us
that she hadn't gotten to speak to him, but would and would contact
us... We were like, okayyyy fiiiiinneee... Thinking it was sorta a
blowing us off move. But then we get a text from her at e beginning of
the week to come by and have a chat on Thursday! So we get there and
her husband is sitting in the room, and we're All like.. Uh oh, bible
bash? Hmm.. But then Patricia goes, " so we were thinking that we
would come to church to see how it goes, and feel it out- can Gordon
come?" Uhhhhh yahhh!!! Hahaha we were so happy and excited, and THEY
CAME!!! And they enjoyed it a lot! As they were leaving, Patricia says
to me, so when are you going to come by this week!! Haha love her! So
re activation + baptism!!
Things are seriously looking up here in our area! I honestly don't
know what is gunna happen to me, but either way, I'll be fine. It
gives me so much peace knowing that the hard work and effort I put in
is finally bringing forth fruit. If I do leave, at least I can say
with confidence I left the area better than I found it :) I'm quite
chuffed about it actually!! Haha
We had an encounter with a lady of a different faith this week who
chewed us out, it was... Fun? But I felt so proud to say, when she
asked us " so if it isn't required to go on a mission to be saved, why
do so many of you go?" To respond, " because we KNOW it's true" with
conviction. I don't doubt that she felt the spirit of that, and
recognised our sacrifice. Defending the truth, that's what's good!
So there has been a loooot of political excitement here lately, yes.
But don't worry, I haven't felt any effects from it. But it is
actually crazy to be here during the time of so much change in the uk!
Idk what will happen now that they are leaving the EU, but it's pretty
big historical events! And my pound can still get me a mcflurry, we're
all good haha!
My spiritual thought for the day comes from Elder Hallstroms talk from
conference this past April. He was speaking about the knowledge that
we are all children of God, something that is so key in missionary
work- helping others to come to know and feel that for themselves. He
says, "In today’s world, no matter where we live and no matter what
our circumstances are, it is essential that our preeminent identity is
as a child of God. Knowing that will allow our faith to flourish, will
motivate our continual repentance, and will provide the strength to
“be steadfast and immovable” throughout our mortal journey." I know
that God loves each one of us. He is keenly aware of everything going
on in our lives. His timing and will is much better than ours. Seek to
align your will with His, and this is where true happiness lies.
Remember Mosiah 4:9, "Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he
created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has
all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that
man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend."
Life can be hard at times, but it is in these times that we can rely
on Him the most. We will be blessed as we do so.
I hope you are all doing well, sounds like lots of crazy fun stuff is
going on back there, it's good to hear. Keep on keeping on!!
I love you all!!
Sister Carter
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