Monday, July 21, 2014

21 July 2014

On Wednesday we shipped in to London. I was so so so sad to leave Sister Curtis, but excited for Sister Formica. She is from Hemet, California. She is even taller than Sister Curtis, 5'10" to be exact. She is very athletic and health conscious and what not, so thats great that I can keep that up. We spent all Wednesday at Hyde Park helping with the new missionaries. We got 3 new sisters, two of whom we will have exchanges with so thats fun. 

This week has been MIRACULOUS! Seriously, we have had several great miracles every day, so I wrote you out a whole list of them. 

1. On Thursday we went to see our investigator Eliza, an 80-something year old Zimbabwean woman. She has a date, but we are not sure she is fully grasping the concept of the Restoration because she divides her time between our church and "hers". So we had another very bold lesson with her about what it means to be baptized INTO the Church of Jesus Christ, and how its a covenant partly to attend services at His church and partake of the sacrament blessed by proper authority and she committed to come to church at our ward every week from now on! Yay!

2. Same day we went to see our investigator Tamas. We had had a very spiritual first lesson with him, he really understood the Restoration. So this time around we started with the Plan of Salvation and the Word of Wisdom. He is already living the Word of Wisdom, went from believing reincarnation to accepting the plan of salvation, and accepted a date all in that lesson. And then he came to church for the second week in a row!

3. Friday we were finding in the park and stopped a YSA age guy, and he is from Florida! Neither Sister Formica nor I have ever taught an American. He has pretty much figured out the Great Apostasy on his own and is looking for truth. So good!

4. Our investigator Jamie came with us on Friday for a chapel tour, and the time before that we had briefly mentioned what substances we dont use because he offered us tea, and he showed up on Friday telling us of his 6 week game plan to quit coffee and cigarettes. And we hadnt even taught him Word of Wisdom yet! So of course we taught it that night and put him on date. He is really willing and really eager to change his life. 

5. Saturday we were hosed for an appointment in town, so we were walking through town to go try some potentials and we ran into a member. As we were standing there talking to him, an investigator father and daughter who we have not seen in a while walked past and started talking with us. We were able to clear up a lot of things he had heard about Joseph Smith and explain a little better about the Restoration and how the Book of Mormon ties into it, and the member was able to bear really powerful testimony. It was a much needed lesson. Surprise member present!

5.5. We went to contact the next door neighbour of a member that had referred us to his neighbour, and he wasnt home so we knocked on the members door to get a name for someone else he had told us about from the ward that lived in the area. He is rubbish with names so he was phoning people and everything and by the time he figured it out, his neighbour turned up and we were able to have a really great lesson with him! So his poor memory was a miracle!

6. Sunday morning we had just got word from one of our investigators that was planning on coming to church that they would not be able to make it, so we were kind of bummed waiting for our bus. Then a member came up to the bus stop with a friend he was bringing to church. That friend happened to be a man we had taught and made a new investigator about 2 weeks ago, but he had told us he was going on holiday to Portugal so our return appointment wasnt until the middle of August. So we had a surprise investigator at church!

7. We have a recent convert woman whose husband Barry is pretty poorly. He always says he wants to be a member but doesnt want to get baptized (dont ask me how that makes sense) and whenever we breach that subject he says he will do it when he is good and ready. Well, he is currently in the hospital and we went yesterday to visit him with our ward mission leader and his wife, and we were just making small talk and Barry turned to our ward mission leader and said, "When is the next baptism?" and then asked him to baptize him, saying he had finally made a decision because being in the hospital has given him time and space to think about it! BEST MIRACLE EVER!

8. Not missionary work related, but Saturday there was a stake athletics day, so basically a track and field meet between wards. They talked us into running some races, so I ran the 100m (took 2nd, but its because one of the wards cheated and put a 17 year old in the 18-29 category and of course she creamed me), Sister Formica ran the 400m and obliterated them, and we ran the 4x100m with two members and got second. And our ward took first overall in athletics! Yay! Go team!

That's about it for this week. Love you all!

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