Hi, my name is Elder Wilson and I am serving a two year Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the London South Mission and this is my story!
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
July 21, 2015
So being the sneaky dad that I am. I snuck on his email account and found this picture today. Looks like he is all packed up and on his way to the mission home before he flies out tomorrow. We are so excited to see him!
Well the day has arrived that I leave England. I can't
believe that it has come this fast. It wasn't till yesterday during
church that it finally hit me that I will be leaving. It has definitely
been the hardest and at times the longest two years of my life, but I have
never been happier and the good times out way the bad by so much. I'm so
grateful for all the wonderful people that I was able to meet and rub shoulders
with. All of you have helped me to become the person I am today.
I have learned so much from my mission and am so excited to
use it at home. From my first taste of England being a mini middle east in
Slough, going to God's waiting room in Hedge End. Chilling with the Craggs in
Crawley, and can't forget the blessed Isle of Wight were I feel I really
started becoming who God wanted me to be. Plymouth with some of the craziest
districts I ever had. Then my 1 week tearing up the streets with Elder Ertmann.
Then 4 days in Worthing with my ginger Elder Gunnell. Then there is Addlestone
where I feel like I met my family away from home. I'm going to miss this great
Ward here in Addlestone. Feels like I'm leaving home now.
I'm so grateful for all the missionaries I was able to serve
with and around. There is truly nothing more inspiring then meeting as a group
of missionaries and all singing Jerusalem. I have been able to experience
so much in the last two years that I won't even attempt to typed it up
here. I just want all of you to know that the number one thing I learned
on my mission that will carry me for the rest of my life is the knowledge that
we are literally children of God and that Jesus Christ lives and is our Saviour
and Redeemer. I know that this is true with all my heart. I know that
they appeared to a humble 14 year old boy and turned him into a Prophet of God
who restored the true church of Jesus Christ to the earth again. All this
knowledge and conviction has come to me though because of simply reading and
praying about the Book of Mormon. That book is the most true and inspired book
on the earth today. I love it, and I live it. Hold to the iron rod and you
will never go astray. There is truly nothing greater then sharing the message
of The Restoration and that Jesus Christ lives, especially with the people of
England. True happiness really does come from serving others and bringing them
unto Christ. I feel to end my last email with the last few sentences from
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England's green and pleasant land
I love you all so much and look forward to hopefully seeing
you soon! God be with you till meet again!
Well this week was a long one! I swear everything that
could have kept us from finding did. So much service was done, and even though
I love doing service it can be a bit much sometimes when you don't get to do
any finding. Good thing I love these members to death! London was also pretty
epic! That city is so big and so full of life! I wish I could have served there
and contacted those streets! Would have been a hoot!
Some pretty cool things. Big Ben was my favourite and it
felt so surreal to see him. Really cool place. I took pictures on my other
camera so you will all have to wait for when I get home, good thing that is not
We had a really cool DLC (district leader conference)
were we had a great counsel for the new mission training plan. It took three
hours but the Spirit was so strong and it was great! Since we didn't do a lot
of finding this week and Sunday we wouldn't have time either, so I started
fasting and praying that we would find someone somewhere that would want to
meet up and be baptised. Well after Presidents interviews (which were awesome
and my last one) We were on the train and happen to bump in to he Sisters from
Aldershot and were talking to them when the crazy Finish sister looks between
the seats and just starts talking to him between the seats. Was pretty great
haha. Well turns out he lives in our area and we are meeting up on Tuesday! One, I love God and His ability to answer prayers and two, I love Sisters they always
know how to show off and show you how to do things:) Super great!
So two funny moments from Sunday. First one I was talking
to some members about a dinner appointment and then right before they leave she
says oh since your going home we will have to hook you up with a few single
girls we know😮And
then Elder Redd tells me he might give me some referrals and at dinner with the
Tarrs Sunday night Sister Tarr tells me that if her older daughter wasn't
taller she would definitely have me look her up😵 I guess it's good that I am a worthy candidate for
these moms daughters and nieces, but holy cow! I am pumped to date, but the
fact that it's actually possible now is scary haha. I'm going to die!
Probably one of the greatest things I have learned on my
mission that I knew before, but have had reaffirmed and strengthened is that
the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God and that Joseph Smith is a Prophet.
I have no doubts whatsoever that it is true. Not only have I received the
confirmation from the Spirit that it is true, but having read it 5 times on my
mission nearly 6 and sharing it with the people of England everyday I will
never be able to say that that book might not be true. The power that comes
from it is beyond words. My understanding of gospel doctrines and The Bible
have grown because of reading the Book of Mormon. Most importantly my love and
desire to serve Heavenly Father and my Saviour Jesus Christ has grown so deep
that I just want to stand on roof tops and shout it to the world that they live
and we are their Sons and Daughters! The Book of Mormon is true! I read it, I
live it, and I love it! In the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith,
"The Book of Mormon [is] the most correct of any
book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to
God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”(Introduction to the
Book of Mormon)
That is the key though. We must not only read the Book of
Mormon everyday, but abide by its precepts every single day! We are Children of
God and I promise you that you cannot feel closer and more of Gods love then
through the Book of Mormon. In the Name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Well this week was pretty much as if I lived on the sun
or more like hell. It was about 90 degrees for two of the days this week and
near there for the rest. And guess what we have no air conditioning!
Luckily today it rained and was super cool and I think I
finally stopped sweating...maybe. I thought England was suppose to be rainy and
miserable. Well the miserable part is still here:). I don't know now how some
missionaries deal with that kind of heat everyday for two years. They are my
Anyway the week itself was actually a lot of fun. We had
exchanges with the zone leaders and I was with Elder Lloyd again, but this time
in Staines! It was another great and memorable exchange with Elder Lloyd. We
had two teaches right of the bat in the morning. Two really solid people and
even extended a baptismal date to one and they said yes! Super cool girl. In
the second teach we get a call from my Sisters saying they need me to come to
Kingston now to give a baptismal interview. We were like we will be there as
fast we can.
They had canceled it that morning so it was a surprise to
us. We get down there and I do the interview which was an amazing experience.
When I told her she was worthy to be baptised and saw the
tears come into her eyes I was just filled with the Spirit and wish I could
have given her the biggest hug. That's probably the hardest thing for me is not
being able to give the sisters or other females hugs of joy or comfort. I don't
say that just because I want to hug a girl, but sometimes words and handshakes
just aren't enough and a hug is the only thing that is needed. So rough being a
missionary. After that though we drove back up to Staines got a quick bite to
eat because we hadn't had anything since breakfast and then went and did an act
of love for one of there investigators and then went to a dinner appointment
with the craziest and best member ever named Carol. She was so funny. She has
this cat and she calls her Satan because as soon as you touch her she claws you
to death. I was like well I'm pretty much the spawn of Satan so I should be ok.
She warned me not to, but I go over and just start petting the cat and cuddling
her. She was shocked haha. So funny,
Alright so that is not even the best part of exchange. As
always Elder Lloyd and I work hard, but play harder. We get to the flat quickly
plan (because this was the hottest day of the week) so we can change.
They have a four man flat so we were like hey it's pretty
much a sauna in here so why don't we sleep outside since they have a backyard.
We chuck the mattresses out there and it's wonderful and dandy and slept so
beautiful and it was cold. Well we forgot one thing. To shut the back door to the
house. Well at about 4:30 in the morning we see this fox trying to get into the
flat. We shoo him away. I then have to go use the toilet and Elder Oh comes
with me. Well I finish and go back outside to sleep and Elder Oh comes out a
little bit after and is like the fox destroyed my bag. Well apparently the fox
made multiple trips into the flat where he ruined Elder Oh's bag, stole a whole
bunch of cookies, ate part of Elder Lloyd's belt, and stole Elder Hartshorns
wallet with all his cards, money, and drivers license. Of course all of my
stuff was ok:) All of us were laughing so hard, but Elder Oh was one angry
Korean. He was making some secret combinations to destroy the fox. I
interviewed him with my iPad on what he was going to do to the fox and how he felt
and it was pretty funny. Great exchange!
Friday we got to meet our new mission president!
President and Sister Gubler (goob-ler) are the best! Wow are they awesome and
so full of life! He has some great ideas and they are both so full of love!
Sucks I only get them for two weeks:( They are in our ward though and they came
to church which was awesome being able to get a little personal time with them.
He was super loving to me and kept telling everyone that I'm staying for
another two years so sorry mom and dad President said I got to stay so there is
that;) I was able to get my first date set up for when I go home as well.
Brother Jones daughter Elsa came up to me after church and was talking to me
and asked when I go home. I told her and then she said hey me to! The best part
is right after that she says,"I can't wait to see you in Utah because then
you can give me piggyback rides and I can sit on your lap." Haha she
cracks me up. We also were able to have a dinner appointment with Bishop after
church. His family all went to Utah so we spent the afternoon with him and a
really great family he baptised in Kingston when he first moved to England.
They were a proper miracle!
So it's been a great week, but we are struggling to find
people to teach. Keep us in your prayers and for the hearts of the people to
soften to the gospel. One of the greatest lessons I have learned on my mission
is obedience. Obedience is key to everything. When we obey we show our faith
and when we do everything the Lord commands us to do with exactness we receive
these promises, His Spirit to be with us(John 14:15-16 and sacrament prayer),
we gain power(Alma 17:2-3), miracles(Moroni 7:37) and we receive
blessings(D&C 130:20-21). As I have obeyed the Lord I have seen how he
fulfils all of these wonderful promises. Who of us would not want to have His
Spirit to be with us more, or to have power to do whatever the day brings, and
who doesn't want miracles or blessings. They are all ours to have if we will
just follow Jesus Christ and strive to do the will of the Father as He so perfectly
showed us. I am obedient not because I can't see, but because I can see. I know
that Jesus Christ lives. I give my witness with the Angels that beautiful
Sunday morning, "He is not here, for He is risen." I know this to be
true with every fiber of my being and is why I have spent the last two years of
my life proclaiming it to these wonderful people of England!
I LOVE YOU ALL TO SHREDZZ!
Dinner With Elder Lloyd and Carol! Don't mind my fat face
Can I just say that i love you people so much!? I find it
hard to wake up and not smile. I know a lot of us have trials and the world
just seems to keep trying to kill itself, but what makes me smile is the fact
that I know that we all have a Loving Heavenly Father who is in control and as
long as I do my best I know myself and my family will be alright. Over the last
two years I have come to know and understand more and more everyday by what
Christ meant when he said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto
you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). I hope you all will be able to
feel this peace like I have. I will tell you now though that it cannot be found
in anything the world has to offer. No amount of money, no government, no
popularity, and no sin will ever bring that peace. In simpler words used by a
father to a son,"Wickedness never was happiness."
Anyway it has been a pretty dang good week! Mostly
because all we did is find. The people seem to be softening up a little bit
more. The English tend to be nicer when the weather is hot and nice. In fact
the English pretty much reflect what the weather is like. I call it the English
forecast (I just came up with it right now). We didn't have to much success
finding, but it was one of those weeks where I felt like a did all the Lord wanted
me to do just simply because I followed the Spirit. On Wednesday we were
suppose to teach this guy. He flogged us and I just had this impression to go
to Woking which is quite a distance away. So we went there and had like an hour
and half we could be there. We ran over to a less active we had been teaching,
but her husband needed a little bit of a break. We just talked to her at her
doorstep but it was the greatest visit ever! She was like yeah I have been
reading the Book of Mormon more. We asked her if she felt a difference when she
read and didn't read and she was like yeah when I read I don't get angry as
fast and I feel more calm during the day!
She also has been praying out loud! She didn't do any of
these things when we were teaching her, but she said she felt like since we
weren't coming around for a bit she needed to step it up. AWESOME!!
After that we remembered this guy we talked to who said
his son in law and daughter were Mormons and to come by in a couple weeks. Well
that was like almost two months ago so we ran down there quickly. We knocked on
the door and this guy comes out and says NO, and slams the door in our face. We
were like ok they don't like Mormons and started to walk away. Then this girl comes out saying sorry excuse
my brother. Then another man (with a sick ginger beard) comes out. They were
the people we were looking for and their names are the Hookers:) In my prayers
I told Heavenly Father to bless the Hookers and how grateful I was to meet the
Hookers. It was great:) Anyway they just moved back to Woking and are getting
settled in and coming to church soon. Super awesome couple. The girl looked
just like Nancy(exgirlfriend not aunt) but with short blonde hair. It was
Super cool day that was. The next day we had zone conference
and it was awesome! Love my leaders. President Millar leaves tomorrow and we
will then have President Gubbler. Bitter sweet moment. After though we only had
two hours to work and we had some solid people to stop by and before we went
out I was looking over a list and got this feeling to go stop by this guy out
in the middle of no where. At first I thought it was just me wanting to be a
waster but I felt pretty strong impression to go there so we just went and did
it. Travelled way out there and he wasn't in. On the way back when we were
close to our flat and having no success I see down the road a guy who was
preparing to be baptised but we had lost contact with him. I love how the Lord
blesses you more then you could ever imagine when you just listen to His
Spirit. Meeting up with the guy this week so should be good!
The rest of the week was great. Had a wonderful dinner
with a former investigator named Keten. He is a great guy, but is a transgender
and wasn't interested in our message, but we are best friends with him. He
loved Elder Redd and I and fed me for my going away party haha. Love Keten!
Went to a born again fellowship that was held by one of our investigators named
Ramond. Lovely bunch of people showed up including this crazy Italian lady who
loved us so much haha. Was a lot of fun being able to see how other people
worship. Different, but their hearts are still so big and full of love. I love
them so much! I also had to give a talk in sacrament and said goodbye to
everyone because most of the American families are leaving for holiday before I
go home and then everyone freaked out because they didn't realise I was going
home as soon as I am. So now the dinner appointments are all full:) I love
being loved haha. One of the biggest things I have come to learn on my mission
is that Love is the most powerful thing out there. The love I have for the
people of England just cannot be described using words. I was physically born
in America, but spiritually born in this great land of England. I'm going to miss this little island and it's
It is super hot here so I can't wait to have air
conditioning again when I get home. Will be nice to not sweat when I sleep:)
Pray I don't die from sweating! I also know I have it easy compared to some of
you, but I'm use to the cold so leave me alone haha. I love you all to SHREDZZ
and have a great week! The church is true!
The born again fellowship. The dark guy and the lady he
has his arms on are our investigators.
In the email to his mom today Collin gave us stats from his mission which are fun to see.
Suits: Total of 4 but two destroyed
Shoes: 5 destroyed shoes
Shirts: 13 Destroyed shirts
Trousers: 4 destroyed trousers
District Leaders: 13
Mission Presidents: 2
So Collin did not send a family letter today but sent a bunch of pictures. He is doing well and is excited and sad to be coming home in just one month! We will miss getting his Monday morning letters. He arrives at the Salt Lake Airport July 22nd at 8p for those that want to come out and see him come down the escalator! We will be having his homecoming on August 9th at 9am at our Ward House Chapel in Herriman.
His look when missionaries freak out about going home
Just some swans we pass by a few times a week. They are so
cute! Swans are very aggressive and are confused if they are snakes or swans
since they hiss haha.
Well this week was pretty much awesome! Monday and
Tuesday were mostly finding. We found a really cool guy named Andy that we
taught on Friday. He doesn't really have a belief in God, but is willing to
read the Book of Mormon and pray. He even told us that he would pray for us
next time. Pretty cool dude. Morris is doing quite well too. Met his mom for
the first time which was great because she is a less active member. We met her
and then she sat in on the next teach and said I will be at church on Sunday. God
loves us so much here in Addlestone!
It has been a lot of fun just being able to have a nicely
balanced week of finding and teaching. Makes for much better days and week!
Wednesday we were knocking and this one guy wasn't very
fond of us asking him about his religion and trying to share ours. It was
getting heated real quick until he recognised my American accent and was like I
love America. The whole mood of discussion flipped 180 degrees. He wasn't
interested in the end, but he said that he would take me on a tour of London
before I go home! Before we left he was like I'm serious about London so you
better be back. I may not be able to baptise many people, but I'm good at
making friends and getting free stuff!
Had a great dinner Sunday with our ward mission leader
and his family.
He is the one with the four daughters. It was funny
because while we were helping getting things ready his second youngest Elsa
came up and started holding my hand and was like can you please come play uno
with me? I told her "go ask your
mom first if there is anything you can help with then I will." So she
bounds across and asks her mom, who has her set the table. She then comes back
and grabs my hand and says can we go play uno now? I told her to go ask her mom
one more time so she runs over real quick. Her mom has her do some things and
then I picked there new puppy up and he fell asleep in my arms right away so of
course the girls start freaking and saying how cute it was that the dog loved
me and then started taking pictures (mostly Elsa haha). Such a cute and fun
family. Brother Jones was able to spend 4 hours with Elder Holland in a
priesthood leadership training and recorded his testimony at the end and then
shared it with us and wow was it amazing! All I have to say is parents with
struggling kids, just love them and keep your covenants and I promise it will
be worth it in the end. Love my ward mission leader! Which leads me into the
highlight of my week!
So Friday I went to London to listen and meet Elder
Holland! It was a fun trek there because I've never been to London and it is a
sweet city! The AP's had me guide everyone to the chapel because it was quite a
walk from the Station. So I had like half the mission following me around
London haha. Hyde Park Chapel is beautiful and an amazing place! The best part
of course was having Elder Holland walk in and just feel the Spirit enter the
room like a flood. I was able to shake hands with Elder Holland and listen to
him for an hour and a half! It was probably the most amazing thing ever to
happen to me! Any of you who doubt or don't think God has once again called
Apostles and Prophets again, I testify to you that he has and these 15 men God
has called to lead us our holy and truly chosen by God. I have never felt such
an out pouring of love for one person before. When I shook his hand I was
filled with the Spirit and love of God so much! There were so many things I
loved about what he spoke about. We were joined with London Mission which was
cool to see people I hadn't since the MTC.
But our two missions were where Elder Holland served his
mission. Man does he love this country! So here are the things I learned from
him that I really liked.
- We are apostolic for the two years or 18 months we
serve as missionaries. Elder Holland is a capital "A" Apostle and we
are lower case "a" apostles.
- They send us to the temple to prepare us to the best of
their abilities for our missions
- Everything is built around the law of obedience
- When we say we are the Only true and living church, we
are not saying no other church has truth in it, we are saying we are the only
church that has God's full authority to preform saving ordinances for
- The war in heaven never finished, it was just
transferred to earth
- The road to Salvation always goes through Gethsemane
and ascends to the top of Calvary
There was so much more I learned and that was said and I
wish I could share it all with you, but more importantly I wish I could share
the Spirit and love that I felt in that meeting. If you ever have a chance to
listen to an Apostle whether you are a member or not do it!
I bear witness to you hat God speaks to us this day
through His chosen servants. I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father lives
and that Jesus Truly is the Christ and that he is our Saviour and Redeemer. To
those of you who are not members I specifically speak to you. This is the truth
and there is no other way to fully accept Christ and His Atonement then by
being baptised by His authority into His church. I know this is the way and
that there is no other way. Christ's arm is out stretched always and all you
have to do is grab on and trust him in what he says. I love this Gospel and the
light, love, peace, and joy it has brought into mine and my families life! In
His holy name, Amen.
Well it's here and I can't believe it's already come, but
it's my last transfer. I think that explains enough so on a happier note this
last week was pretty great!
Since we decided to drop all our investigators we did
finding basically the whole week. Makes for some longs days, but it was a lot
of fun. The zone leaders came down on splits so I was with Elder Bradshaw for
about two hours and it was a lot of fun. I love training, but it is so nice to
have a someone you don't have to worry about what they are going to say or have
to do most of the talking. Elder Olson is coming a long really well though. We
are working on using the Book of Mormon to answer questions while finding, so
basically helping him to know the scriptures really well. We found some cool
people, one of which we are seeing today which is awesome! Another is a family
we are seeing on Saturday! It's one of my goals to baptise a family so keep
them in your prayers! I had a pretty fun District meeting as well. The sisters
have been struggling with finding so I took a whole bunch of selfies of me
making weird faces and then printed them off with captions and put them all
over the chapel. They had to find the one with the chocolate(they didn't know
there was chocolate), but had to go through all my stupid pictures first. It
was pretty funny and they got a kick out of it. I then tied it into how sweet
will be our joy if we bring one soul unto me. Was a great district meeting!
Going to miss my sisters since Sister Finassi is leaving the district.
Yesterday Elder Holland came and spoke to us in a multi
stake conference. It was one of the best stake conferences I've been to!
Elder Holland just tore it up. The Spirit was strong and
he said some powerful things. The two main points I got from him were.
1. The Book of Mormon is our Trial of Faith. Basically
means it is the great sifter(Wheat and tares, sheep and goats, wise and foolish
virgins, church of the lamb and church of he devil). Not everyone will accept
the Book of Mormon and to those who do they will receive more truth and light.
2. It would have been a greater miracle for Joseph Smith
to just have come up with the Book of Mormon then to have translated it from an
ancient record(Hopefully that makes sense). No wicked man could write such a
book and no good man would write such a book unless told by God to do so.
There was a lot more to his talk then at, but that is
what I really liked. The best quote from him though was at the end when he
said, "When I was a boy I bore witness of God, now today I am that
I know without a doubt that this is the true church of
Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that Thomas S. Monson
is his rightful successor. I know as well that the Twelve Apostles are called
of God. How lucky are we to have a caring and loving Heavenly Father who would
send and give us Apostles and prophets. There is no better work to be engaged
in then this one!
I love you all so much! I hope you have a wonderful week
and just know that when you are sitting on the couch Friday morning I will be
in the middle of London at Hyde Park Chapel listening to Elder Holland live
Well this week was super slow again. We decided to drop
everyone in our teaching pool besides one person and start with a clean slate.
Our area is huge so we will be working some parts of our area that never get
touched so that will be a lot of fun! We did have a pretty cool miracle. A
recent convert named Bernard who is 87 and super awesome had a heart attack and
was in the hospital all last week. We didn't know until last P-day so we went
and saw him on Tuesday and he was doing a lot better and being released.
It was funny while we were there he was telling everyone how much he loves us
and the church and all we did for him and how we baptized him and gave him the
Holy Ghost and Priesthood. It was so awesome. He even told the nurses the whole
time in the hospital that we would show up just you wait. Love that man! After
we were walking to go see some one who lived right by the hospital and all of a
sudden this Italian guy comes running up to us saying I'm a Mormon I'm a
Mormon! Could barely understand him, but basically he is escaping some
criminals from Brazil and was making his way to Italy when something happened
to the plane and now he is in the hospital. He asked for a book of Mormon and we
gave him the chapel info and our info. When we walked away Both Elder
Olson and I just felt the Spirit confirmed we were an answer to a prayer. It
was a very sweet and tender moment. Plus he came to church yesterday! Was so
cool to see how this church is home no matter what part of the country you are
in that you can know for sure that you can find brothers and sisters who will
help you! I love this gospel!
Was sad to hear about Elder Perry passing away. Was an
amazing disciple of the Lord and I will always remember him for his cheeky
Something funny that happened yesterday. We were at the
Tarr's for dinner and every time we are there, their daughter who just got home
from a mission and is at BYU-I skypes them. So were best friends now
haha. We always hear her dating stories and I give her a hard time about
getting married soon and she gives me a hard time about going home soon. I
don't do this on purpose though. I try to just let the family talk, but she
always wants to talk to the missionaries and I always feel so bad, but it makes
everyone laugh so its a good time! Missions are just the best! Also made a bet
with her daughter. The guy she is sorta of dating served in London and Sister
Tarr wanted to know what places he served. Kaitlyn (the daughter) was like mom
that is weird for me to ask. I told her to just tell him that your mom wants to
have a conversation starter at our wedding and needs to know the places you
served. She laughed and said she will do it if I do it first. So now I'm doing
it haha. Going to be awesome! I don't know how I get myself into these
Anyway I love you all so much and hope you have a wonderful
week! I know that God and His Son Jesus Christ live and that this is their
church on the earth again. I'm a little trunky, but laser focused...girls! Just
kidding, love you all to shredzz!!
So here is my boy and Elder Lloyd's and I campout on the
week I try to come up with some cool subject for my emails and they are always
lame because I can never think of anything cool. Sigh. Well this week was
definitely not as exciting as last week, but it was still alright. Zone
Conference was awesome! So sad it was my last one. There isn't much out there
that is greater then a big group of missionaries all together, especially when
they are singing. Will be eternally grateful for the missionaries I have met
and learned from on my mission.
had a really good teach with the girl we found last week. We brought her to a
members home for dinner. She loved it and wants to come to church. She couldn't
make it this last Sunday, but will be there this coming one. Super cool girl,
but will have to pass her on to the Sisters in Staines since she lives in their
area. We had interview with President Millar this week. I love that man so
much! He told me that it was my companions first and last interview with him
and that with the new mission president it will be my first and last one with
him. Sucks that my exit interview won't be with President Millar. I get the new
president for 3 weeks of my mission haha. I have learned so much from President
and Sister Millar and will forever be grateful to have served under them.
were the highlights of the week. Rest was spent finding and walking. So much
walking. All my shoes including my running shoes are on their last leg or were
on their last leg about 4 months ago. It's been a while since I've shared a
little spiritual thought so I guess I can share one:)
I have been thinking about a lot this week is Following the Prophet. A question
that pops into my mind is "Do we truly sustain President Monson?" The
thing that really sticks out to me out of the many things President Monson has
asked us to do comes from his Welcome to Conference Address in the Oct 2012
is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to
labor in the Lord’s vineyard to bring souls unto Him. He has prepared the means
for us to share the gospel in a multitude of ways, and He will assist us in our
labors if we will act in faith to fulfill His work."
you now. Are we as members and missionaries truly striving to do our best to
work and labor together in the Lord's vineyard? Do we seek to bring as many
souls as we can to Christ? Do we prepare ourselves Spiritually every day to be
an instrument in the Lord's hand and to qualify for the guidance of the Holy
Ghost? It is easy to make excuses and say I'm to busy or have other things to
worry about, but if you remember when you were baptised you promised Heavenly
Father to stand as a witness of Him at ALL times, in ALL places, and in ALL
things. If we look outside ourselves and pray to have our eyes opened to who
needs our help and the gospel and then listen to the still small voice we will
be guided in our day to day activities to those whom the Lord is preparing to
bring into the fold.
without a doubt that if we will follow the counsel or actually command of our
beloved Prophet President Monson the Lord will bless us and sustains as we
strive to do His will. Because in the end the Lord has stated, "whether
by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same" (D&C
1:38). I Testify that this is the Lord's work and that there is no greater joy
then in brining souls unto Him. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's
Prophet on the earth today and that he will not lead us a astray. I know with
every fiber of my being that Jesus is the Christ and that He lives. Oh what joy
this sentence gives, I know that my Redeemer lives. In His sacred name,
love you all and hope you have a wonderful week and will truly strive to follow
after a long hard week you can still smile and be happy to take a selfie with
the greatest book on earth!
This week started off red hot and then just slowed right
down at the end. That's alright because that is just how missionary goes
sometimes. The good thing is I can still smile and I get to see my boy Elder
Redd tomorrow at my last zone conference. Hard to believe that it is going to
be my last zone conference! Everything is just becoming one big blur.
Especially since I have leadership now. So crazy!
Had a really cool miracle early this week. We went to a
less actives named Avril who is doing so well and who I love so much! Well
during the teach I had this thought pop into my head hey show this video. We
weren't planning on showing it but thanks to the iPads I just pulled it out and
showed it. I thought it would be perfect for her which it was, but after she
was like the whole time I was watching that I was thinking of this guy. So she
gave us his info and after the teach we popped by. His name is Phil and he is a
super cool guy. He has just come to find out what God and Jesus Christ can do
for him in his life.
We set an appointment up for the next day. The teach was
boss! He said he has never felt the Spirit but wants to so bad so we said well
here is the Book of Mormon and this is what you have to do. So cool! After the
teach Elder Olson said, " I was a ward missionary back home for 3 months
and went on teaches every other day and never have had a teach that Spiritual
before." I just smiled, but inside I was like that's right I know what I'm
doing... Just kidding I have no idea what I'm doing I just rely on the Spirit
and hope for the best;) it was really cool though.
Had exchange with the zone leaders. I was with Elder
Lloyd who just got made a ZL and has only been out 10 months but we had so much
fun in Addlestone. We just went contacting for 5 hours and it literally felt
like 10 minutes. Was so much fun! We talked to this lady on a bench named Stella
who had some time so we asked if we could sit by her and teach her and she said
yes for sure. Had a really good teach and then asked her to be baptised and she
said yes! And in her prayer at the end she said how she had been wanting to
learn more about the Mormons, but hadn't had time and was so grateful for this
Was epic! After working hard all day we partied hard in
the flat. Made some super bad burnt chocolate chip pancakes with overly priced
syrup and what we thought would be legit Reese's peanut butter but wasn't haha.
Such and epic fail! After we decided to sleep on our roof so we chucked the
mattresses out there and were sitting there thinking about camping and were
like hey we need a fire. So we go back in and couldn't find anything to start a
fire! So we use the electric stove till it caught the paper on fire and then
went running through the flat to get outside. Elder Lloyd dropped the paper
once which was pretty funny, but in the end we had a little fire for a bit
haha. Best exchange ever!
One tender mercy the Lord gave us at the end of the week
was a girl named Daisy. We had just got done sprinting two miles after a dinner
appointment to catch the last train so we were sweating pretty bad and I
thought Elder Olson was going to literally die but good thing he is a Texan.
When this girl walks up to me and and ask where the train is going. I told her
and she then sits right across from us. Elder Olson and I were both just to
tired and sweaty to even care to talk to anyone. Well I notice that this girl
kept staring at us so I decided to forget about myself for once and said hello,
how was your day. Her reaction was as if I had just given her a million
dollars. She just smiled and started chatting with us and turns out she had
taken a class where they had discussed Mormons quite a bit so she had all these
questions for us. She was going where we were going so we ended up talking for
like 45 minutes and it was super awesome. She believes in a higher power, but
we asked her if we could meet up with her sometime soon and teach her to find
out if God is really there. She said yes and so we got all the details. Was
super cool and lesson learned that if you will just do the Lord's Will even
when you look like a water fountain of sweat and smell like a pig you will see
Pretty much it for the week. The sisters in my district
our boss and so much fun to work with. Really loving my life right now! Hope
you all have a great week and LOVE YOU TO SHREDZZ!!!!
What a great week and crazy week it has been! I got me boy!
His name is Elder Olson and he is a boss dog! He is from Bedford, Texas and for
those of you who care he played football for Trinity High School who are the
ones Bingham played and got smashed by. He is a super prepared missionary and
keeps me working hard especially at the end of my mission! We got a lot of work
to be doing, but it will be good.
It is fun to see new missionaries out for the first time and
to remember how it was for you. I forgot how tough it can be to stop someone in
the streets and just know what to say and ask and be calm and make everything
flow. Been a great learning experience for me. Had a cool miracle
yesterday though. So after skyping (which was amazing and weird to think
it was the last one) we left the members house, but I had left the phone there
and had to account in that night. So we were scrambling all over to find a
phone and the payphone kept dropping calls and eating my money so finally I was
like Dominos lets go there. I ask the girl if we can use the phone and
she said yes. While she was dialing it for us she was asking if we were Jehovah
witness's. Asking what we believed and everything else. So after I got
done with the phone she was like ok so teach me about Jesus and Mormons. At
first it was a joke for her, but it all of sudden turned right around and she
was genuinely interested. We asked for her number and she gave it to us
and said to text and call her to meet up this week! So awesome that even when
you are dumb and leave the phone somewhere and are scrambling all over the
place he still places people in front of you and shows you that this is His
work and he will put you where he needs you to be even if it means losing your
Nothing much else happened this week. We got Ipads which are
super awesome! Emailing on it right now which is awesome:) I hope that you all
have a wonderful week and I love you to shredzz!!
We received these great pictures of Collin celebrating his 20th Birthday while serving his mission. We are so grateful for such great members he has served and their willingness to take care of the missionaries! Thank you Tarr Family for making Collin's Birthday a special day!
16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her:
yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people
shall be of her.
17 Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and
said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old?
and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son
indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant
with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.- Genesis 17
I share this scripture with all of you because in the
mission when you train you are considered the "Mission dad" of that
new missionary. Well I have never trained my whole mission and it is basically
the only thing I have ever wanted to do. I only have two transfers left now so
I thought like Abraham that I was to old to have a child. But by the miraculous
hand of God I received a call from President Millar informing me that I will be
training!!! Best birthday present ever! Can't wait to have a boy and just see
him do all the funny things new missionaries do and to see him learn and grow
into an amazing missionary! It will also be super humbling! To pumped for
I also had Ipad training this week which was pretty cool.
Elder Kieron and Elder Brent H. Nielson of the Seventy talked to us and it was
epic! Some heavy doctrine was dropped and we just felt so uplifted and edified!
It was so cool having the whole mission together. I also got to see my trainer
for the first time in 18 months! It was good timing to cause he goes home this
Wednesday which is crazy to think! Feels like yesterday we were both super
young and had no idea what we were doing. My favorite part of the whole
meeting was at the end when the whole mission stood and sung
"Jerusalem". It is an amazing song that talks about building
Jerusalem in England!
The rest of the week was pretty run of the mill.
Working hard and just trying to do the best I can! Sorry for no pictures the
computer is being weird. Will send a whole bunch next week!
This week was pretty run of the mill week. We had a lot of
service for members which was really nice since it has been so hot and sunny.
Just getting normal clothes on and working hard always feels good. Elder
Gibbons also lost our phone so this is the third time one of my companions has
done something so that we don't have a phone. Luckily the zone leaders had an
extra phone so we could use that for now. We had a really hard time
getting in contact with our investigators this week, but Heavenly Father still
blesses us with so many miracles! After getting our new phone we walked out to
the middle of nowhere to knock the door of this former investigator. At first
we didn't want to go because it was so far away, but we decided to do it. Well
we knock on the door and ask for James. He tells us to come in and so we do. He
then leaves for a little bit and comes back out in trousers and says "Hi,
I'm James." It took everything I had to not laugh. Anyway he is from the
Philippines and knows so much about the church! We had a really good lesson and
he accepted a baptismal date as well for May 23! Was such a cool miracle! After
when we were about to leave he was like you can't leave until I feed you. So he
made us a huge thing of pasta and a massive piece of chocolate cake. Not
everyday that you knock on a random door in the middle of nowhere and get fed..
especially in England!
The other cool miracle was at church. Two of our
investigators bailed on us Sunday morning so before leaving for church we
prayed there would be a miracle and someone would come to church. While we were
greeting people at the door up walks this middle eastern man. He was a
former investigator who was taught by Elder Redd who had gone to Pakistan to
help his dying father and just showed up randomly! It was amazing to see God
just keep answering our prayers. All of our investigators and baptismal
dates right now are former investigators so they are miracles! All you
missionaries out there doing former work! I have had two people I have found
from formers in past areas get baptized.
Other then that our week was pretty good. We have Ipad
training this week on Wednesday in Crawley! So not only are we getting ipads
soon, but get to go back to one of my old areas! Can't wait! Plus it will be
the first time on my mission the whole mission will be gathered together in one
area. Going to be epic since half of my companions go home next week:( Life is
great an enjoying everyday in the ELSM(England London South Mission)!!
Have a great week and LOVE YOU TO SHREDZZ!!
P.s. Shout out to my cousin for getting married last week!
She is hot mate.. I mean you did well and she is beautiful;)
I just love this ward and area so much! I also love Elder
Gibbons so much! The work is going so well for both us and the Sisters in Kingston.
Heavenly Father is truly blessing us with many sheaves laden on our
backs. Last P-day Elder Gibbons and I went back to Windsor (our first
area) to visit one of our favorite members the Saab's! They have three boys who
are 16, 14, and 12. We just chilled, played some guitar, and caught up on
how things were going. It was so cool to be able to go back to my first area
after leaving it nearly 16 months ago. I could still remember all the streets
and how to get to places and of course seeing Windsor Castle was awesome! I
love this work!
We have slowly been increasing our teaching pool little by
little. We were finally able to get contact with our baptismal date Antony who
has been having phone and housing problems. We will have to move his date back but
he is so solid! He just keeps telling us that he knows 100% that God will give
him an answer and lead him in the right path. His prayers are amazing as well!
He is really open to. He was Catholic and realized they didn't follow the
bible at all really so he went Pentecostal and saw that they didn't really
follow the bible either so he is an honest seeker of truth and it is amazing!
He is also from Africa so I want to baptize him so bad haha. Our 13 and 11 year
investigators Soli and Isaac are doing really well. Teaching them more often
and playing football .My skills are getting pretty amazing, but they also came
to church this week! They are just the coolest nicest kids. Brendon is
taking it slower, but is doing really well. One of the less actives we
are working wit Avril came to church! She is one of my favorite people in the
whole world. She has gone through a lot, but wow she is just amazing! We also
picked up a new guy named Ponoaj who is Indian. He wants to be baptized and is
super cool. We were just calling numbers on a really old potentials list and
bam! He met up with us! God is great!
Had a really awesome District Meeting since President Millar
was there! First time that has happened for me. I just love that man and Sister
Millar so much! Had two great dinners with two American families in the wards.
The Barlow's we saw on Thursday and they are awesome. Every American in the ward
has the biggest house and nicest cars! They are minted! Had a really amazing
spiritual thought with them were the Spirit was so strong! We have been doing
Bishops challenge to the ward and it is great! We also ate at the Jones last night
and they have 4 daughters! Bro Jone's is a manly man to and so it reminds me of
the tv show with Tim Allen and his three daughters haha. They are 13,
10,8, and 4 and super cute. The 8 year old is named Elsa! They would
leave me alone and kept trying to hold my hand and to jump on the tramp
with them. There poor dad is going to have his hands full when they are
older haha. Did the same spiritual thought with them and at the end we
say a kneeling prayer and ask for a moment of silence at the end to ponder and
they said "Good Luck!". Well at the end they were quit and Bro Jones
said he doesn't think he has ever had that happen like that for that long
before. I LOVE THE SPIRIT!
Funny story: We took our bikes in to see how much they would
cost fix and it would be way over £100. We needed to get rid of them some how
so we decided to takes the locks off and see if someone would just steal them for
us haha. so we took the bike locks off and put them to the side of our flat.
and less then 24 hours hours they were stolen. England is great and I love
those people for taking them off our hands!
This church is the only true and living church on the face
of the earth and Christ is at the helm! I know this to be true with every fiber
of my being! Joseph Smith was called of God to be his Prophet in these latter
days. I love this work and the joy it has brought to me and my family! Most of
all I love Christ and all that he as done for me. He is is our Savior and
Redeemer and invites all to Come unto Him!
Well been quite a busy week. Been teaching lots of people
and going all over the place. Our baptismal date Brendon has been feeling
pressure to be baptized by the 25. He says he wants to be baptized, but on his
own terms and when he finds out if the Book of Mormon is true or not. I'm
just happy he realizes it all depends on the Book of Mormon so we will be
helping him with that. Elder Gibbons has been struggling with a lot of
family problems and friends going less active so we have been taking it sorta
of slow. It has been hard to not just go out and get it, but Elder
Gibbons is still a boss and teaches so good! We just have to work on his focus,
but other then that we are doing really well. I love the guy to death. He is so
dang funny and he is going to hook me up with the Irish girls when he gets home
I had exchange with the zone leaders this week. This time I
went to Staines with Elder Harris so I got the car! It is so nice having a
car. You just drive, get out and find, teach, and then drive. It is
wonderful! We had to drive the Sisters in my District around both days for
their exchange so that took up lots of time. But while we were driving Elder
Harris moved into this lane and then we sat there forever! Elder Harris is
freaking out wondering why we aren't moving so I look a little ahead and
realize that he had pulled behind a row of parked cars haha! We sat there for
like 7 minutes with him thinking there was someone in the car. The other funny
thing was that when we had gotten to an area to knock before a dinner
appointment Elder Harris locked the keys in the car! So we did some finding,
had dinner, taught the nonmembers, and then chilled at the members house till
10:15 waiting for the spare keys! It was pretty dang funny. I
learned so much from Elder Harris and how to just be effective with everything
from use of time to serving others. It was a great exchange!
We also got bikes! Elder Harris and I picked them up and
they are so old. So Elder Gibbons and I ride like the wind to this dinner to
find out my bike had no brakes and vibrates and the gears don't work and his
bike has something wrong with the chain and the seat is broken. Short
story our butts and legs are still sore and I have not felt that tired in so
long since are area is huge! We don't ride them since they are to dangerous so
that means new bikes! We did some service for the Smith family who feel like
older siblings or my cousins. They have a little 7 month old girl who is just
so cute! We painted all day and they were like sorry we want to watch a movie
so they put How to Train Your Dragon 2 on! "By accident"-
Lewis. I would have been fine if I had already seen the movie, but one
of the movies I wanted to see so bad they put on haha. We just tried to keep
busy painting, but still saw a little of it. Looks awesome though! I also
love my Bishop and this ward so much! It feels like an American ward with a
touch of English and everyone is so posh (rich)! Love my area!
Well I hope you all have a great week and LOVE YA TO
Temple with Elder Heninger last week and did you know we
have wild parrots in England! Freaking love this country of