Monday, April 14, 2014

Garra Ruffa

Such a fun p-day! and week and life :) it was sunny if you can't tell; it especially affects my mood, i was happy already, and the sun and BAM instant high on life  

so we cleaned for a few hours. you know how much i like that. but really. it is weird. i really like it. yay spring cleaning. 

then we went to camden town, where the adventures began. so we got bang bang chicken. yum. missionaries always go there, so they give us free drinks!  

background on camden town. such a ghetto scary but great place. it is definitely a place where sister missionaries stand out like a sore thumb.... i think i got high just from walking around. and you can buy the cheapest (in price and quality) stuff. but it is also full of adventures. every other shop is a tattoo piercing or something or other parlor..... wouldn't know we look the other way ha 

but i decided to get all of my souvenirs. because next week is transfers, and who knows i could be moved up to ipswich and never come back to london! so don't worry i bought loads of london things! 

then we went and got our feet eaten by well-trained baby Piranhas!  no but really.....  not joking there is this place and you sit with your feet in this pool, and the fish eat the dead, hard skin off of your feet! IT WAS SO COOL! it tickled so much slash felt like little vibrations on your feet.   But just kidding about the baby piranhas.... they are called garra rufa. look them up! apparently there is this place in Turkey that you can swim in a whole lake full of them and they do it on your whole body, but  thats just too much. 

Then we went to Hyde Park and it is beautiful!!! today was the most gorgeous day ever.  i realised it is a good thing it isn't sunny here all the time, the English people wouldn't be able to handle it.  they go crazy when it is nice outside.  so we went and decided to ride the Barclay bikes! you can rent a bike for however long you want and then just drop it off at any of the Barclay bike stations, which are ALL over london.  but let me tell you, idk how sisters ride in skirts, because I was struggling!!! i ended up just standing up the whole time, which worked. but it was so beautiful.  I can't believe I am so blessed to be able to live in this incredible place, doing missionary work! the greatest thing that I could be doing! life is great :) 

Also we saw a guy slack lining in the park!!!! he was soooooooo good.  doing tricks on it and everything. reminded me of the time we tried it at the school up at BYU..... we were awful. i almost went and asked him for some tips and if i could try, but i figured it would not be a good skirt activity.  i took a creepy stalker pic but it isn't working, will send it next week.  

The other day I was on an exchange with Sister B! she is serving in the Portuguese branch, so it is her job to just find Portuguese people. It is fun. Also they can go anywhere in London to do it.  So we went to London South, out of the mission boundaries. so rebellious i know.  also I got to have guyana and coxinha and brigadarios. (look up how to make them, and make brigadarios, they are incredible! but i don't usually wait for it to cool and harden to make the balls, I just eat them with a spoon out of the bowl. ha) 

the flat in south kensington has the coolest balcony. except you can't tell from the picture, but just trust me, it is cool. but i don't think sister B was that happy with me making her take a pic on it at 6:30 in the morning.... but she wouldn't sleep outside with me on it, so she owed me at least a picture.   

I decided I am probably the worst sister trainer ever. after one exchange on tuesday, we were meeting at the train station and switching to another one for wednesday/thursday, we were almost there on the tube and i realised i forgot my suitcase back at the flat, even though we went specifically back to the flat to grab it, i was just so excited about my guynana and coxinha that i forgot to grab it.... oops... oh well.... 

I learned a really funny Hungarian Easter tradition. A lady from our ward taught us.  Back in the old days, boys used to dumb a bucket of water on the girls! isn't that funny, the reasoning behind it is because they are watering them just like they water flowers.... idk i guess it makes sense in Hungary. ha but now they don't do a huge bucket, just a little capsule. but still i think it is funny. sometimes wives and mothers would wake up to a bucket of water getting dumped on them! i think i will adopt this tradition in my family, but obviously roles reversed. this tradition is almost as good as the duffins shooting the turkey! 

Strange thing of the week, sister H and i were walking down the high street, and this guy walks up to us, kinda looks like he is in a circus, and asks us if we would like to hear his new song called mother earth.... he was really creepy so we just kept walking, and then he gets really close to us and makes that farting noise with his hands.... and runs away. it was actually hilarious/pretty creepy.    

This past weekend was stake conference, and the Young single adult ward was singing, and they asked us to sing with them.  We sang He is Risen and More Holiness Give me. Mum, our choir was about the exact opposite of yours. (Mom note:  I sent this to Rachel:  "For Easter, our choir is singing "He Is Risen".  There are about 12 people in the choir.  Dad is singing tenor in the choir, McKay is singing bass, I'm singing alto, and Adam sings Bass an octave higher (which is usually the melody). So maybe for family night we'll tape us singing it and send it to you.  :)  haha.  could be really scary" ... back to Rachel's choir)   there was about 40 of us! but I am sure your choir is great too. (I WOULD LOVE A VIDEO OF IT!)  but our conductor was fantastic, she is a senior couple missionary, and she is a expert you can tell, and she helped us to sing it with such feeling.  It was an incredible experience to be a part of.  I love how strongly the spirit is present with music.  It touches the heart in a way that just words can never do.  Singing about our Savior and how He is truly risen was such a beautiful thing. and helped me to understand and feel the spirit about this truth on a much deeper level than ever before.  

Also a few sundays ago, we were waiting with a couple members at the bus stop after church, and i saw this old lady in a window watching all of us. she waved, and I waved back, but then the bus came and we got on.  I made a mental note of the old lady to go back and visit, and while we were on the bus, the senior missionary couple walked up and he said, " did you see that old lady in the window? she needs the gospel."   so we went back the next day and just visited for a quick sec because she couldn't talk, but we gave her a plan of salvation pamphlet.  she didn't seem all that interested but she said we could just stop by sometime during the week, she couldn't give us a specific time.    

about a week and a half later we visited her and after we knocked a few times she didn't answer so we left the complex.  As we were outside of the flats we paused for a few minutes deciding where to next go, and which bus to take.  After a few minutes we hear this little old lady saying "hello.... hello?"  we went back to the door and it was Donna! she is very old and moves slowly and said she is so sorry but she was on the toilet. but we started sharing a bit about the plan of salvation.  Her questions were so deep and sincere it was brilliant.  You would not expect that from a very older lady that seems sickly. and a few minutes in, she asks, "last time you came you had a book with you, can i buy it from you?" our favourite kinda question!!! (They are free and we LOVE to share them).  we are so excited to continue to teach her.  Her neighbor is a member, and said she has talked to her about the church before, but she was never interested.  It just goes to show that it is all in the Lord's timing.  and bonus, she lives about a 2 minute walk from the chapel!! but for her probably a 10 min walk, but still. really close :)  

adam i hear you are a stud at baseball!! good work! dad thanks for the medical advice! i'll stretch better, i am the most inflexible person in the world.  i love your one sentence thoughts. exactly how my brain works. and d. is going with sister k then!!! soo cool. i am sure your lesson was great. who is in charge of singles ward?  mum i liked addisons comment. i also liked the fact that they have technology that can use wifi.... you should see our bricks we use.... its a good thing though i drop it all the time! 

I love you so much! have a great week!!! Jesus Christ is truly our Savior and He is Risen! He lives, and the evidence of it is all around us, if we open our eyes and truly look.  love you!!! rachel 
"To This End I was Born" - 4 min. video

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