And the adventure begins! This is a record of my experiences as I serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the England Manchester Mission.
I am humbled to be so blessed to have this opportunity to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ every day for the next 18 months. Many trials await me in the form of slammed doors, pouring rain, and tons of homesickness, but with Jesus Christ I can overcome all of that and more.
Love you all!
FYI: This blog is being taken care of by Sister Martin's mom Sharon Martin - firstname.lastname@example.org. She is posting emails and pictures that I am sending to her each week.
Monday, 30 December 2013
Post Christmas and feeling as fat as Father Christmas!
Baby email this week. Our preparation day is shortened
today, so we have make like a banana (pronounced the Aussie way....in honour of
Sister Riley!) and split!!!
Fun facts from this week:
1. If you put gummy bears in a bottle of Shloer filled
with water and leave them a couple of days, they blow up to ridiculous sizes!
We found this hilarious. Evidence that when you take away a 21 year
old's tv, Internet, and any other form of worldly entertainment, the
dumbest things turn into good ol' fashioned fun!
2. When you have an Australian companion read
"Eh!" on the shirt of the Canadian teddy bear you receive for
Christmas, she will pronounce it "Ugh" instead of "Eh!".
Fact: This is hilarious for a born and bred Canadian girl to witness!
- Sub-fact: I love my companion anyways!
3. I ate enough food this week to feed half of Africa!
- 5+ Christmas dinners over the course of 3 days! I never
want to eat again (the ultimate weight loss plan!!).
- The most intense dinner we had? In one meal: Turkey, duck,
fried chicken, pork, and ALL the fixings! With cheesecake (yummmmmmmmm) for
dessert! Confession: I am slightly disgusted wtih myself for admitting that
this was my Christmas! But it was a once in a lifetime experience!! I love
4. Huge miracles are happening in Carlisle!!!!
We were heading off to go and search out a less actives home
(a specific assignment from the church to confirm if they had the correct
address for the person). As we were street contacting on the way to the house
it was proven that there are still people out here who are prepared to hear the
message of the gospel. The
first person we talked to commented on how he had met a missionary from another
denomination in the past. This missionary told him that you can find the answer to any question
you have if you study the Bible carefully enough. This didn't make sense to him, as he has found that the
Bible has been changed too much (doctrinally and chronologically) for it to
make sense to him all of the time. When we taught him about the Book of Mormon
it made complete sense to him. He was eager to have us come teach him and his
family as soon as possible. Literally after we left him, a woman stopped us on the street and asked us for the time. She
saw our Books of Mormon and badges and asked what we are doing here. We were
all in tears on the street as we taught her a bit about the plan of salvation
and the experiences we have had with it in our lives. She said that she has a lot of problems and asked
if we can try and help her; we testified that the atonement of Jesus Christ can
help us through anything. It was so humbling as we offered a prayer at the end
and she kept asking us to pray for so many people
she knows in her life who are struggling. We take prayer for granted way too
The miracle continues though!! We spent so long teaching
these 2 that we didn't have time to get to the actual house. So the next night
we went to find it. The address turned out to be wrong (the person did not live
there) but an Indian lady did. With no hesitation she invited us straight
in. She immediately told us how she has such a strong love for Christ. She
suddenly was in tears as she exclaimed that we were a direct answer to her
prayers. Her mother-in-law back in India has multiple organ failure and is
being admitted into hospital today. The whole family has been praying that
someone would be sent to come comfort them. Her husband had to work that day, so she had to
stay home and watch her young daughter instead of going to church. She said she had wanted to go
so badly as she needed comfort during this trial and had prayed that morning
for God to send someone for her. I was in tears as I realized that meeting the other two the day before
was divine intervention from Heavenly Father. We were not meant to meet her until the next day (after
she had prayed for us to come)! We taught her the plan of salvation and invited
her to baptism and she accepted. Her brother and his family also live across
the street and they are all struggling through this trial right now, so we hope
to be able to share some comfort with all of them. This is a total of 3
families (and 1 potential family) from only knocking on this one door!
I literally wrote last week how I know with all my heart
that the call for missionary work is now!!!! This is proof!!!! My faith will
not waiver in this regard!! I have been fasting and praying so hard this
transfer and have done the hardest work I have my whole mission. The work is
about to explode in Carlisle! The harvest is beginning and I'm the most blessed
person ever to be a part of it! Hard work and loads of faith can
truly move mountains!!
Thanks for all the love I received over the holidays!!! I am
a blessed person!!!
Hope the time goes quickly for you and slowly for me!
LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!