Monday, October 21, 2013

"...and my daddy is soooo handsome"

mum funny that you mentioned the whole thing about missionaries getting stalked, because we just met our flat neighbor.  He lives in the flat above us....  ya he is a middle aged man from Egypt who is bit creepy, and ya he may or may not have said he wanted to marry me, but no worries we met with him once because he said he was interested in learning more about the gospel, and i think he got the hint that we were so discreetly dropping: we are missionaries aka never happening aka not interested aka we just teach people about Christ.  now we just 007 status sneak in and out of our flat, and Elder Davis and Elder otoni have so kindly offered to go big brother status on him. but really don't worry. he is nice and understands we are not interested. don't freak out and like call President Jordan or anything okay?  but i really don't care if you make the blog private or not.  doesn't matter to me. 

the elders think it is funny to sing Christmas songs all the time, to play them whenever we are in the car, to call and sing them to us.  I should never have let them know how passionately i felt about Christmas being saved till after Thanksgiving.  it will be sad if any of us move before christmas actually gets here.  but really, christmas stuff everywhere. poor halloween and thanksgiving.  i am definitely calling dibs on going to an americans home on thanksgiving to celebrate properly.  

The saying goes you aren't in England if you don't have a cold.  I didn't know that was a real saying, but apparently it is.  People have told me to just expect to have a cold from now until about june of next year.  I never fully appreciated CA. I will never take it for granted again. 

I am pretty sure that the ward got sick of me on Sunday.  Last week we were asked to teach RS about missionary week, and then Sat evening we got a call and were asked to teach the main Sunday school.... guess the topic..... missionary work! ha so it was hard because we had to make them different for the woman who would be in both, but i learned that i even though i get really nervous, i actually love teaching church classes.  I may have been sweating really badly the whole time, but i really enjoyed it.  and people said that they were really good... idk how much i believe them because everyone always says that, but hey why not believe them.  and then last but not least it was the primary program ( so adorable.... picture our program but with English accents!)  and we were asked to sing 2 of the songs with the primary kids, we'll bring the world his truth and a childs prayer.

funniest parts of the program were when the cutest little girl, 3 years old gets up and just says verrrryyyyy loudly, I AM A CHILD OF GOD!!!!   and another when this little 5 year old girl after she finished the part she was supposed to say said, and my daddy is soooooo handsome.  I wonder how much he paid her to say that. also there was a bit of nudity going on  because the little girls were showing their teacher the cool bike shorts they had on and lifted their dresses above their head.  aren't little kids the best.  

crazy thing we saw this week was this taxi driver was in the way of this huge lorrie (truck), and the lorrie driver kept yelling at him to move, and finally he just went BAM! and ran into the taxi and pushed it out of the way with his lorrie..... and I thought I had road rage. 

cool lesson we had with  Danielle.  We shared with her 1 Nephi 3:7   And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.
she said that it was exactly the experience she had this week.  Sister Mukomba, (nicest older lady from Zimbabwe.  so cool.  very independent and strong.  reminds me a bit of Grandma Formica.)  gives her a ride to church, and on the way home Danielle was expressing her desire to have nice dress clothes for her two boys to go to church in, but that she didn't have the money to buy them.  well sister Muckomba told Danielle that the Lord would help her.  A few days later she found 2 outfits for them for 3£ in a charity shop.  She was so happy and excited.  She said it helped her to know that this is what Heavenly Father wants her to do, to keep going to church.  

mum your experience about praying for Danielle brought me to tears.  thank you so much for your love and care for her and her family.  you are so right about people not realising how much the gospel will bless their lives.  It takes a leap of faith, and it is so hard when we see people who are so close to taking that leap and for some reason don't, and they don't discover the tremendous blessings Heavenly Father has in store for them.  

as i was reading in the Book of Mormon this week i came across a part that talked about the success of the ancient missionaries in the Book of Mormon. Ether 12.  Read it.  It is a great chapter.  But when I was reading it what jumped out at me was the part that said their success and the amazing miracles that happened were all due to their faith.  over the past 7 months from meetings, scriptures, prayer, and experiences I have learned that faith is a gift from God.  It is a gift given to us for our obedience.  Obedience is a choice.  Therefore faith is a choice.  we can choose to have faith and we can choose to strengthen it.  we strengthen it by being obedient to God's commands.  We can always be more obedient.  study our scriptures better, pray more sincerely, try to serve more, continually be looking for ways to be more Christlike and improve.So this transfer I am striving to be 100% obedient in my actions, thoughts, everything.  I want to be the disciple of Christ that has the faith to work miracles.       

Dad- Sister Coons says hellllooooo. it a posh British accent.  also ya i have met quite a few people who have seen the musical or the adverts that were in the tube in London.  one of the things we talked about in our lesson on Sunday was that the church is coming out of obscurity.  and it is so true.  even just here in England the past few years so many things have been happening.  The Lord's work is going forth, it is so cool to be a part of it. 

been a great week! i am excited because we get to go to London this week and go to zone conference and listen to President Jordan and Sister Jordan! you guys are amazing.  I love you and pray for you everyday.  I think people are sick of me bragging about you, but i love you, you're amazing i can't help it! love ya!!! rachel   

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