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.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Resuscitation, more rejections and the random songs and service that spew out of my brain!
Short email today folks! Uni registration calls!
Bringing family history back to life!
We were teaching the cutest family after a tea appointment
the other day! We were talking with them all about family history and in a
discussion with their young children we asked them:
Us: "So, what are some ways we can help our
5 year old girl: "You mean like dead people?"
Us: "Yes, that's one way
to put it! Like dead people!"
Little girl: "Ohh ohh ohh I know! You can go like
She then proceeded to do an imitation of someone doing CPR--
with sound effects to go with it.
I nearly died laughing!
Us: "Well....that is a really good answer! That perhaps
may help someone who is dy-ING, but we are talking about people who have
already died. Lets think of some more ideas...."
Their parents were mortified, but I thought it was the
cutest thing ever! I always stand by it! Kids say the darnedest things! :)
The Classifications of Rejection:
We came up with a new one (the name of it is courtesy of one
of the members in Chorley ward who had been helping us come up with names!)
The Witness Protection Rejection: Person sets an
appointment up with you and gives you a fake phone number to call or address to
show up to. You then go call the number or go to the door the next day and experience
utter awkwardness as a confused person tells you that there is no Johnny living
Random Quote of the Week:
Daughter to a mum: "You always pick on me!!"
Mum: "That's because you are a nostril!"
That awkward moment when (English edition).........
A moron is driving around dangerously in his massive hummer,
goes to turn onto a street and gets stuck because his vehicle is larger than
the narrow English roads!
Nothing was more satisfying than getting to watch him slam
on his brakes and have to sheepishly back out onto the main road again with his
ridiculously big vehicle! Save the big cars and egos for North America, because
there is literally not enough room for them here ;)
The Musician has struck
No! It's not a rap!
I randomly decided to write a cheesy song this week to sing
to our members. It goes to the tune of pop-corn popping:
I looked out my front door and what did I see?
Chorley sister missionaries singing to me!
This tone deaf singing is a strange surprise
Hopefully our sour notes don't make you cry!
We've come with this arm-full of store bought treats!
To thank you for always being so sweet
It wasn't really so, but it seemed to be
The Chorley sister missionaries thanking me!
So just picture me running around Chorley, knocking on
members doors, and singing this with a dorky look on my face and an armful of
cheap cookies! Yup! That's my life in a nutshell and I love it! Challenge of
the week! Go find a small act of kindness to go do! It goes a really long way!
It only took me 10 mins to write that little song and it brought massive
smiles! So imagine how much more of an impact you could make on someone with a
few minutes and desire to do good! If a missionary (who NEVER has time) can do
it, so can you!!!
There is a reason the scriptures emphasize so much on
serving and loving others! It brings them joy! It brings you joy! Win-win! The
fact is that if we love God, we will love and serve his children (our
neighbours....our brothers and sisters)-- Mosiah 2:17-- and through serving
them we in turn develop more love for God AND for others! You really can't go
wrong in doing a kind deed!
17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may
learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow
beings ye are only in the service of your God.
Matthew 22: 34-40
34 ¶But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put
the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a
question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the
I LOVE you all! So very
much!!!!! I pray you have a wonderful week! I pray you are blessed to be able
to serve someone this week! Remember how blessed you are!!!
Hope the time goes quickly for you and slowly for me!