Monday, October 28, 2013

Guy Forks Day....... just learned that it is guy fawkes. literally as i was about to press send. oops.

Maybe i am just completely out of the loop, wouldn't surprise me, but here in England on November 5th they celebrate Guy forks day or bonfire night.  brief history, dad i am sure you will either know about it or want to look up more of the historic details, but a long time ago some guys tried to blow up the house of parliament and the king, and they got caught and so they got tried for treason.  if you are squirmish don't read the next part........ the punishment was that they were hung until almost dead and then they cut up the stomach and something else and pulled the intestines out and burned them and the heart and the stuff and then dismembered the body and sent it to the four corners of the kingdom to warn others not to do it.  luckily for guy forks he jumped off the gallows and broke his neck before that happened to him. 
"Forks" ... "Fawkes" ?? must be the British accent.  Here is the history for us curious "folks".  FYI, he's NOT a hero in England.  They celebrate the fact that the plan failed, from what I read.  

anyways depressing story, but here in England it is the closest thing to 4th of July.  apparently there are huge fireworks and they dress up dummies and burn them in bonfires. should be fun. i love fireworks! 

I know exactly what you mean mum about technology.  hope it ended up working for you mckay! 
technology is so crazy in the fact that it can be sooooo useful, aka emailing you miles and miles away, but at the same time it can be the BIGGEST pain in the butt. i remember countless nights staying up wayyyy to late because technology was NOT cooperating ha it is weird being so out of the loop technology wise.  people looked shocked when we tell them we share a phone, don't have tv or computers, and our phone is about £5 and looks like a brick.  but yet we survive! 

SATURDAY WAS AMAZING BECAUSE WE CHANGED THE CLOCKS BACK AND GOT AN EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP!!! i was a bit excited if you can't tell.  only problem is i keep forgetting and wear different watches and haven't changed them and have a mini heart attack every time i look at it and think we are wayyyy late.   
the hard part is now it gets pitch black at like half 4.  the people we try and stop get scared and think we are trying to mug them.  and when we knock on doors mums always tell us, don't you think it is a bit late to be knocking on doors. we are trying to put our kids to sleep. and i just stare at them like they are crazy because it is only 6! but oh well hopefully people will feel bad for us and invite us in, we chat a bit and bam! they will feel the spirit and they won't know what hit them. haha i have been trying to think of ways to still find people at night, and i have decided we should just get a day pass for the train and then evening time just ride up and down the 30 mins of our area talking to people on the train.    

currently there is this huge storm that is supposed to have happened last night, and right now.  everyone was talking it up, saying it was going to be huge.  winds of 80 miles per hour, crazy rain blah blah blah. i woke up last night and it was bit windy,  but not bad.  today it was pretty clear as well. there are a few trees that blew over, but it was nothing compared to what they said it was going to be. i am hoping that winters are like this. everyone talks about it like it is the north pole and that it will be not bad at all. we will see!  this is probably boring every email about the weather, but really everyday you get all 4 seasons, so it is what everyone talks about here. when i get home and all i can talk about is the weather people are going to think i am crazy.  
mum you would be proud of me, i am becoming such a good homemaker. ha  today i did a deep cleaning of the whole flat.  once again took a hammer and banged out the ice in the freezer to defrost it faster. and made apple crumble, and last p-day we went to a less actives house and we learned how to make a skirt. it is not the kind of skirt i will ever wear.... i am picky i know.  but my future little girls could definitely wear them.  i almost forgot to mention the part where it took me three times as long to make the skirt because i kept messing up and having to unpick things, but hey minor detail.    

last sunday we were knocking doors and it was pouring, but the next day a member told me something that i say to myself now, well i am already wet, i can't get more wet, so why not just stay out in the rain.

family, my commitment to you for the next couple weeks- be nice to the missionaries, make them feel welcome and at home.  talk to them. become their friends, even if they are weird and awkward. considering they are elders, they probably are, justtttkidding. but really do this, because it really makes the biggest difference to us.  the members here are so nice.  i love being in the same area because i now know mostly everyone.  i feel like i am part of the community and family of the ward.  one mum, when she asked what we eat and we told her, the next day she had her son deliver a bunch of groceries of good food to us.  it was the sweetest thing.  she has a big family and i am sure the groceries weren't cheap.  her daughter is on a mission in greece, and i am sure she was hoping there are mums in her daughters ward that would treat the missionaries the same way.  so be that family! be the family that takes notice of them, remembers their names and cares about them.  

sister coons has never carved a pumpkin!!! i know. she has lived a very sheltered life.... no halloween really is not big here. sad i know.  don't worry we carved some, and i cooked the seeds and everything! pics of the pumpkins ill send next time.  that is great that you had a trunk or treat.  and that Nolan came! that is cool! activities like that are great to just let people know that we aren't crazy closed off people.  but after hearing what you did at the trunk or treat with the "touch the gross stuff" booth, idk about the not crazy part....

so about our investigator. her life is so chaotic right now.  i wish we could help her do all the things she needs to do.  she is doing some things with court and her ex and her kids, and also her mum is having a hard time, and some other things, and she has a lot on her plate right now.  but it is amazing to see the peace and calmness with which she is dealing with it all.  a few weeks ago when we first started teaching her it was not like this at all. her whole atmosphere has changed.  even the way she physically looks is so much happier, and at peace.  her baptism has had to be pushed back to december 7th. because with her children and the case, they would not be able to come to it, and she wants them a part of it and by then the court case will be over, it is the end of november, and she wants to be able to fully appreciate it and not be going crazy. which is hard for us as missionaries because a month for us seems like FOREVER.  i could not be here by then, but i just had to step back and think what was best for her and her family and i read a scripture that made me chuckle about the matter. it said that "all is as one day with God and time only is measured unto men."  Alma 40.  kinda just reminded me that what matters is that she is making these covenants with Heavenly Father.  Whether i am there or not, doesn't matter. 

I have been thinking a lot this week about the many many ways that i need to improve, and what my weaknesses are.  I realized that we tend to not notice our weaknesses when things are going well for us.  when things are all peachy and fine and there is no stress or strain on us, our weaknesses lie in obscurity.  when everything is working out, there is no need to practice our patience, so we may not realise we are impatient.  when we are surrounded by people we are similar with there is no need to practice our tolerance.  or surrounded by people we love and get a long with, no need to practice loving everyone.  but that is not why we are here on Earth.  we are not here to slide by. we are here to learn, to grow, to try and become more Christlike, and prepare to meet God. we do this by being put in situations and going through trials that make us realise our weaknesses, humble ourselves, and rely on the Lord. In Ether 12:27  He tells us that He gives us weaknesses that we will be humble.  and only through our humility and faith in Him will He make these weak things strong.    
 we go through times in our life and ask why instead of focusing on what we are supposed to learn and how we are supposed to grow.  It reminds me of what you said mum about when they were building the Salt Lake temple and they had to bury and hide the foundations from the US army.  when they uncovered it they realised that there were large cracks in the foundation.  so many times a circumstance will reveal to us large cracks in our selves.  places where we need improvement and repairing.  instead of moaning and groaning that we need to start over we should thank Heavenly Father for revealing to us this weakness.  giving us the opportunity to grow and with His help turn it into a strength.  

I am really trying to now focus on turning my weaknesses into strengths. I am grateful to Heavenly Father for putting me in these situations to help me realise my weaknesses.  boy is it not easy.  it means going against our natural self.  it means thinking about what we say and do before we say and do it.  and sometimes it means biting our tongue when we REALLLLYYYY want to say something.  but as time goes on, i am confident that with Heavenly Father's help i will have to bite my tongue less and less, and eventually it will not be my natural response.  isn't life great.  that we get these amazing opportunities to learn and grow.  I am so grateful for life! and for the gospel that helps and guides me in my progression.  

sorry for the rant. just some of my thoughts lately.  hope you have a fantastic week! don't eat too much candy. love you!! rachel 


No comments:

Post a Comment