so we are now the first mission outside the 30 pilot missions in the states to have facebook for proselyting purposes..... So i deactivated my account, so please no longer go on it. So if anyone looks at my blog through fb.... they need to now just go straight to the page, not that anyone probably really reads it, let's be real, buttttttt ya. so i have a missionary one, and i don't like it at all. i liked being disconnected from technology, but i can see how it is helpful considering everyone is on fb all the time. and if we are unable to see someone in person we can teach them a lesson over fb, or coordinate with the members and different things. but it is also wayyyyyy a huge temptation for so many reasons for missionaries. so one of our roles now is to monitor their fbs..... yay but i will keep you posted on how it goes. It is interesting how we are using technological advances for the furthering of Heavenly Father's work.
so next package. not expecting one soon don't worry, but just in the future.... could you maybe get me some bath and body lotion. there is this smell that i just discovered i love! and they don't have that store here. it is called twilight wood. thankssssss.
the subject line is my policy for restaurants and dishes now. There are some crazy ones, and loads of them we have no idea how to say or read or what it means, and i got something really scary the other day, so I decided that is a good rule of thumb. if you can't read it, don't eat it.
so my companion and i listened to this great talk the other day. it was so good.... i want you to listen to it rebecca! it is called "spiritual conditioning" by hyrum smith. and i can't find it anywhere on lds.org or anything, so try youtube and see if it is there. and if it is listen to it!
Miracle of the buzzer. There is this 80 year old lady named Nancy. She has been less active for like 30 years.... But just the other day she was driving past a church and told her friend that she needed to go back to church.... guess who showed up on her doorstep that night. we were going through the ward list visiting the people that no one knew, and decided to try and visit her. The amazing thing is, she lives in a building of flats that you have to be buzzed in to go to the door. Well she said that she NEVER has her buzzer on, but that night for some strange reason she accidentally had it on. and she didn't really understand who we were, but she buzzed us in anyway even though it was late and dark outside which is another thing she never does. And her friend and her both came to church on Sunday! They are so sweet. Her neighbor is her best friend and is about 70 and takes care of her and goes with her everywhere. It took us all 2.5 hours to get to church. we were 30 mins late.... but we got there!! slowly but surely. ha
We forgot it was fast sunday, so when we showed up 30 mins late, we were sooooo confused. We showed up during one testimony, and then the lady sat down and there was like a few minutes of waiting for someone else to get up to speak. (normal for fast and testimony meeting, but not for regular meetings) so we were looking around wondering who was awkwardly forgetting to get up and give their talk or announce the next song. took me a while to figure out what was going on.
Also did I tell you about our investigator in scotland a few weeks ago?? We got a call from the Senior couple in our ward telling us that a man had just called them by accident trying to call the sister missionaries he had met earlier that week. Well we got his number called him and set up a time to meet. We were supposed to meet at this place called overgate but we show up and it is this business building thing. he didn't answer so we texted him and he said he was there, but it wasn't a business building but a shopping center..... we asked if it was by st albans. he said he didn't know where st. albans was but he was in dundee..... we had no idea where dundee was, so we had a member google it for us..... turns out it is in scotland. so we were both at overgate but just in different countries. oops. sad because he sounded great! we passed him to the scotland missionaries, because we figured that was a bit too far to travel.
I got hit by a car. mum don't freak. it was just reversing, ha but we were crossing a street behind a stopped car and then all of a sudden he reversed right into me! but he didn't even notice! just switched to drive and drove away.... english drivers are mental
There is this older lady in the ward, and i am in love with her. she is sooooooo sweet. perfect example of childlike innocence, but not being childish. but she has been a member for about 40 years. She said the missionaries knocked on her door and told her they had another testament of Jesus Christ, The Book of Mormon, and she told them to come on in because she loved Jesus Christ, and if there was another testament she wanted to know about it! She loves coming out teaching with us. After one lesson, she kissed one of our investigators William on his cheek. She is this tiny little english lady, and he is this big young african man. It was such a funny picture. Also she is great because whenever she doesn't recognize someone at church she greets them and asks if they are investigating and welcomes them and bears her testimony to them. But she met Nancy on sunday, and nancy told her that she was already a member just returning after 30 years, and Sis R. gave her a huge hug and kissed her and said oh my goodness welcome home! it was one of the sweetest things I have seen. If only we were all like that. So loving and accepting.
William is a man we are teaching and he is getting baptised April 20. If you could remember him in your prayers that would be great! thanks for praying for Denise adam! it is making a difference i know it is. You are going to have a long list by the time I get home!
a few last thoughts:
I AM SO EXCITED FOR GENERAL CONFERENCE! Everyone please watch it, i know that it will answer so many of our questions and help us in our trials if we allow it. Here is a link to watch it for this weekend: (Saturday and Sunday 9 am and 1 pm, on KBYU 9403 Dish... or on the interenet)
On a train ride home from our exchanges the man next to me was watching this movie, and when i glanced at the screen i caught a glimpse of awful violent immodest things! and it instantly filled me with such an awful feeling. it strengthened my testimony of how the spirit really cannot be with us when we are watching, doing, or even just tolerating these things. i realised how much media has really become filled with such filth. and that it is completely normal! i almost started crying. I just felt so bad for all the kids growing up with all of this surrounding them. I pray everyday for you mckay and adam, that you will be able to stay away from such games, tv, films everything. It is amazing how even if it is just for a second and not intentional how it stays in our mind. I am still having to work hard to get that image of the violence out of my mind. It is amazing how in the world we are as missionaries, but separated spiritually from the world. i do not want to return to normal! I am a weird missionary, and i like it :)
i got to go to my first Missionary Leadership Council meeting. i really enjoyed it. about 25 of us missionaries meet with The Mission Presidency and discuss the past month and our goals as a mission and different things. It was great! i don't have time to go into detail sorry! but i loved it.
dad- yay! i want to read the books when i get home! remind me ya because I may forget ha but since i am not coming home till october, i will have enough time on my hands to read them.... oh also i decided during that time i want to go biking with you and get good! okay just get not awful. deal?
adam! man sounds like you had a great week! with the raffle and getting all that stuff. and i am sure you are great at baseball! it runs in the family :) ha jk glad you got a new glove, dad's really did use to hurt. thanks for your email! i love you! and miss you. hope you like your present. is there anything you want i never know what to get you. have a great week!
Mckay! hows life? great i am sure. busy i am sure. how is the mustang?? and volleyball??
LOVE YOU! have a great week! i have fallen in love with England, and i want my little kids to have an english accent..... but don't worry i won't move here when i get older. maybe just for a few months, too much rain still. i miss the sun. miracles happen everyday to all who look for them.
quote i liked this week
"we are not here to know, but to grow"
love ya! rachel