October 13, 2014
Hiya! (How they say hi here)
Well in case you didn't know I am staying for another six weeks on the Isle of Wight with Elder Allen. Its going to be epic! This week was seriously just so weird. Since it was transfers we had P-day on Wednesday so the Monday of week 6 is known as Black Monday, but I like to call it Miracle Monday. No there were no miracles this time, but you got to have a positive outlook on life. Especially missionary like.
Monday was pretty relaxed. We just went and visited our baptismal dates and did some finding. Only bad part about it was that we got a text from one of our baptismal dates that he was dropping us so we asked if we could meet the next day to talk. So we met him at the chapel and started talking and he just felt overwhelmed. But we did some testifying and then he just sat there looking at the ground for what seemed like forever! It was about 5 minutes of just complete and utter silence. Elder Allen and I felt like Ammon standing in front of King Lamoni for an hour. It was so epic. He decided that he would keep meeting with us but that we would go slower. He doesn't have a date anymore, but we are still meeting with him which is great! After that we had an amazing teach with our other investigator Elizabeth. She opened up to and I feel like we have a really good friendship now. Its always amazing when you finally have the love and trust on both sides of the ball. Makes things so much easier! Tuesday was just an intense day. Wednesday was P-DAY!!! Oh my goodness it was much needed. We just chilled and then went and played tennis cause Elder Allen use to play. He was pretty good I sucked terribly but still held my own. I just kept trying to smash it and sent it to outer space. Good times.
Thursday we got dropped by another baptismal date which was just fantastic. But we picked up a new investigator and she seems pretty solid. She is from the Philippians and is having a crazy life right now. Rest of the day was finding and taught one of our eternagators (investigator that been teaching for eternity). He is a Pentecostal/Born Again and is super nice but just doesn't understand the fact that all he has to do is read and pray to know if what we say is true. Just takes what he likes and does his own thing. Friday was epic! Not really. We had to travel to no mans land at the bottom of the island to knock this road a member gave us and then found out it was a no cold calling zone. Oh yeah the English don't take to talking to people so much that they have signs on the doors saying no cold calling, no trades men, GO AWAY, and my favorite NO RELIGIOUS GROUPS ( MORMONS AND JEHOVAH WITNESS') I just love my English people. Anyway we decided to knock it any way. Everybody hated us it was great, but we had a funny thing happen. We were walking up to this house with a massive tree and a sign that said Red Squirrel crossing. Elder Allen said, "I bet you there is a red squirrel in that tree." We then get to the door and I say, "There is no way there is a red squirrel in that tree." Elder Allen had his back to the tree so I look to my left and sitting on the nut feeder in the tree is a FLIPPING RED SQUIRREL! I starting screaming like a little school girl that there is a red squirrel! Elder Allen gives me that look like yeah right you aren't going to get me to look. Well he looked and saw the red squirrel. It was so close and getting its little nuts and running up and down the tree and I took to long to get my camera out and then it disappeared! Funny but frustrating. (Dad's Note: The Isle of Wight is known for the Red Squirrel) Later that night we went over to Pam my recent convert and she works at a shoe store and brought home a whole bunch of shoes for me to try on. I found a pair and they are super awesome and have a heel and then she surprised my by buying me a pair of posh shoes to wear to church. I am just so grateful to her! Feels weird wearing good shoes though. (Another Dad's Note: Pam is an amazing lady and she is the one that we met when she came to the states last month. She reminds us of my mom)
On Saturday we just worked hard but taught Elizabeth in a coffee shop the Word of Wisdom and Law of Chastity. It was great and super awesome. Sunday we had our neighbor come with us to church. We run into her all the time going into our flat and so we invited her to church and she came! We walked with her and she really liked it. We watched the last session of General Conference and it was amazing! If you want to be successful for the rest of your life just listen to those talks over and over again. I will talk about them in a sec. Rest of Sunday we went to Freshwater got our baptismal date lady back into teaching with us but will be taking things more slowly. So that was good. It was also pouring rain and I forgot to get my jacket so that was awesome:)
Now back to conference. I'm going to basically tie together the three apostles talks.
Elder Ballard spoke on staying in the boat or "Old Ship Zion". And the Elder Scott gave us the 4 greatest tools in life to stay on that ship.
1. Prayer (morning and night as family and personally)
2. Scripture Study(morning and night as family personally)
3. Weekly Family Home Evening
4. Regular Temple Attendance (With family names)
I can testify to you that if you do these things that it will bless your family so much. I have for the last 6 months been drilling my family to do these things and the last month they have been doing the first three pretty well and now my two stubborn brothers actually are coming up with ideas for Family Home Evening. My mom mentioned to me that they get along better and there is more peace in the home. The one thing Elder Scott mentioned about doing all these things was that it would bring peace into our hearts. It wouldn't take away the trials but would bring peace. The greatest example that always stick out in my mind is my mom. One time I got home from school dropped my back pack and my mom came running to me wanting to share a scripture she had just read. It was 1 Nephi 7:12. At this time my Dad was going through all the extremes of cancer. Of course my mom was affected by it. And I always notice how it wore on her. But she came to me that day after reading that scripture I saw new energy and light in her eyes and I could tell she felt peaceful. My dad still had cancer, she still had 3 boys to raise and take care, she still had to work and deal with all of life's other waves. But I could tell and knew she was ready to trust in the Lord and do his will. This is the kind of peace that is promise to us. My family still has to work on there temple attendance but I know they will get there soon if they keep doing the small and simple things. And once we make these 4 things happen then Elder Bednar's talk because so easy to do. Just like his son with the ointment, and Lehi with the fruit, and Enos we will want to share the gospel and it will be a natural enjoyable experience. I know that these things are true and am so grateful to have living prophets and apostles to lead and guide in today's crazy world.
I love you all and have a great week!
By the way I forgot to mention the Lightning and Thunder Storms. Tuesday night at 2:30 in the morning God decided to play his drum set right on top of our flat! Holy cow I have never heard thunder so loud and seen some much lightning in my life. It was literally right above us and the lightening was so big and bright it blinded you and then the thunder. It sound liked dump trucks where getting thrown at our flat exploding and then 5000 horses running around. It last like that for about half hour and was just incredible. I just sat in awe. But I was to stupid to record it with my camera. DANG! Anyway just wanted to share that with you:)
P.S. Pictures are of the southern part of the island I went to on Thursday