Collin and his MTC companion at the Preston Temple
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Letter #2 from the field
Looks like he will have his first baptism soon!
Well the last few days have been really hard, but i'm getting the the hang of things. I hope Robbie is enjoying is first day of school and gunnar his second week.
Slough may be in England but it is not like the rest of England. There are over 100 different races with there only being about 200 in all of England. Every person i talk to speaks a different language or accent and I have yet to talk to anyone with a british accent. I had my first lesson on saturday with a guy from Ghana and I committed him to baptism with date set for the september 28th. He is a golden contact. He has a friend in Salt Lake that said he needed to join our church because the people are so great. S he found a Book of Mormon and studies it on his work breaks and studies the bible a ton at home. He says he only believes things that come from the bible and has done a lot of research about our church. He accepts the restoration without a doubt and can't wait to hear about the plan of salvation.
Contacting itself at first is awkward especially when people dont stop walking so you just follow them and talk. I actually enjoy door knocking and have had only one door shut in my face surprisingly. I have found that when i just go to work i forget about home but when i go back to our flatt infeel like i will see you guys there like i'm going home so that makes it hard. my companion is great and is a big help for me.
I havent had any crazy food yet or members cook for is but we are suppose to have a dish called Fu Fu and its suppose to be good. I guess we will see. There is a store ten minute walk from our flatt thats like a walmart where we buy everything and then cook at our place for every meal. The weather has been pretty sunny and hot with humidity. This has been one of their hottest summers ever but its starting to cool off which is nice. Had one day of rain and it was very nice. Have workout time for. Half hour in the morning so i do just push ups and core work. I already have lost a lot of mass compared to when i left. Hopefully i answered all your questions!
How are you doing? How is the family? Have you guys done good with the challenge?
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Well I'm just emailing you to let you know that I've arrived safely to my new area. I will be serving in Slough in the Staines area if you still have the map of my mission you can see it on there. It is a small city about 45 minutes outside of London. It is very diverse and pretty cool town. I will be riding a bus to get everywhere so I'm pretty happy about that even though my feet already hurt. I will be here for 3 months because training takes that long. My companions name is Elder Anderson and he is from Kaysville, Utah. He just got done with his training so has only been out about three months. He is a cool kid and not really talkative but not afraid to talk either.
The next 3 months will be interesting. Our flatt is the smallest one in the mission and it was a mess when I got there yesterday, but thanks to Mom and her making me clean all the time I had it look the best its ever been in a long time or so Elder Anderson says.
I didn't think I would miss the MTC, but I do it was like a second home. I hope this place becomes my new home and fast.
Well my P-days are on Monday now so I will write more then. I sent a letter to you guys Wednesday so you will get it around Tuesday or Wednesday next week. My SD card isn't taped to the page so be careful when opening it. If you need to send me a package send it to my mission home address. If you just want to send me a letter send it to my new address which is this.
23 Upton Park
SL1 2DA U.K.
Hope to hear from you all on Monday! Love you guys!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Collin has arrived at his Mission!
This is a cool map showing his boundaries and the Wards and Stakes.
Subject: Your missionary has arrivedDear Parents,
We had 27 missionaries arrive today in the England London South Mission. Your missionary was among those who arrived today safely in the mission field. The missionaries have been assigned a trainer and started serving in their assigned area.
The Mission President will be sending you a letter soon which includes information about the area where your missionary was assigned and who their trainer/companion is. The letter will also include a picture taken on the day of their arrival.
I am attaching a map for our mission. When you know where your missionary was assigned, you will be able to find that area on the map.
We are glad for the willingness of those young missionaries to come and serve. In the mission office we do everything we can to make sure their needs are met while in the field. Please know your missionary is well taken care of, and loved by us and by their mission president.
Let us know if you have any questions.
England London South Mission
Monday, August 19, 2013
At 9:04 into this video you can spot Elder Wilson in the right hand corner. He had the great opprtunity to participate in the first ever Temple Pageant in England. Elder Ballard, Nelson and Wait for it....Elder Holland were there and Collin had the opportunity to meet all three Apostles.
Collin's first email he stated
" One quote Elder Holland had that stuck out to me was. " When you cant kick anymore, kick. When you can't stroke anymore, stroke." It was a answer to my prayers to hear that".
What a great thing to experience your first week out!