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, 7 July 2014
Haunted houses and home improvement!
So another quiet week in Chorley! It is a quiet and very
small area so unfortunately this may result in some boring emails in the next
while (when your area is only 2 streets in size, not much exciting happens). We
are starting to work a lot with the members here so that is exciting! It is an
incredible ward and we are hoping that once the missionary spirit spreads among
the members that we will see some change and progress!
Baby highlight reel starts..........NOW!:
So Sis M and I were talking the other day about how much we
sometimes miss wearing trousers. I joked that the day I get released I am going
to jump into my blue jeans and will probably sit like a boy (legs open and
sprawled 12 feet in front of me) 24/7 for a month straight! I realized that I
could make this an official event. Instead of casual Fridays, it will be
Indecent December (the month I come home)! If you are judging, just picture
having to live in a skirt for 18 months straight! Just admit it! If you were
me, you would do the same thing! :)
Raps about crepes:
Sis. M informed me that a pair of elders back home wrote a
Russian rap about crepes once! Inspiration?! Maybe?! Hmmm! Challenge: Send me
your most random and ridiculous rap ideas, I will write a rap about the idea
that makes me laugh the most and send home for you to enjoy!
Tracting Haunted Houses:
So we were tracting (in the pouring rain....in typical
English style) when we came across the craziest house ever. There was this ivy,
archway/alleyway that led to this home. It looked like a snapshot from the
1800's or something. An old, dusty classic English car parked in an outdoor
garage. There was a one-eyed cat hissing and spitting beside the front door.
Sis. M and I knocked on it. I almost died. I am convinced that I heard all
these weird whoosing noises after we knocked (Ghosts in the house!?? Bleck!). I
looked up into the window. There were a bunch of candles lit and random skull
heads everywhere! After we had been officially creeped out, and had taken turns
grabbing each other from behind and scaring each other to death, I declared
that I had no desire to try and find, teach and baptise SATAN in his holiday
house, and we booked it out of there!!
Fact! If you ever have to assemble a ridiculously
complicated carpet cleaner, it is a lot more fun and enjoyable to do so while
doing a "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" impression! Tim Allen for the win!
We had to spend an hour putting together this beefed up carpet cleaner to use
in our old flat. So I had heaps of fun grunting and putting on my thickest
American accent as I pretended to have my own home improvement show! I
kept explaining each part to Sis M (that doo-hicky and this doo-dad etc etc)
using weird symbolism and analogies! I have concluded that having a
home improvement show would be so fun!! Future career?!! (....or maybe I should
stick with rapping?!).
Quote of the week (kids say the darnest things!):
Child: Look! Its the sister missionaries and the
Haha! So much better than elders! I much prefer mister
Well that is all for this week! I hope everyone continues to
enjoy the sunshine (it has been beautiful here.....my tan-lines being the
evidence of this). Nothing makes you feel better about yourself than being a
North American in England! You are one beautiful tan in the midst of a
stampeded of paled, sunburn-ness! I love my Brits though! They are the funniest
people alive and have won my heart!
Keep smiling! Know that I love you!! Never forget to go and do a good deed for
your local missionaries! It will make their year! :)
Hope the time goes quickly for you and slowly for me!
Sister Martin :)