Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Week 8: Evacuated

Yes, you read that head line right. I have been moved for the time being to the York 2 sisters flat. It is a struggle, but also a good time.

Day 54: Not much happened... Normal p-day. Had some burgers. Went and saw the shambles of York. Cool stuff like that. Saw a random herd of cows on a moor.

Day 55: Had a good time knocking doors. Transfers happened, so Elder Vickers now has a new companion. He is training Elder Campbell, who is from Scotland and is kind of hard to understand over the phone. We had another lesson with S where she told us that she is determined to get baptized this time! We are so excited for her. After about a half hour of teaching her, her husband, K, and her son, S showed up and sat in. We talked more about the gospel and sometimes K would say something and S would defend the church quickly. It was super awesome. We also watched The Hope of God's Light all together which So said she felt the spirit strongly as she watched. I would suggest to anyone who hasn't seen it yet to watch it. So good.

Day 56: Another beautiful British day. Knocked more doors. Saw B. We were out street contacting when someone drove past, honked and waved. Took us a second to realize that it was actually S! Seemed like a good sign to us that he was a bit interested in the church. Got flogged a lot which was rough. But we made the most of it!

Day 57: We continued to knock lots of doors. Sister Wood and I have a good time with that though. Found some really solid potentials. We actually talked to this one lady, S, who investigated the church a long time ago with her family as well. We haven't seen her again yet, but we have hopes! We saw K again, who really is so sweet. I really just hope that we are helping her come closer again to Christ. Oh, also, I apparently street contact in my sleep. Sister Wood heard me sleep talking again.

Day 58: The Elder's investigator P got baptized! Yay! He is so awesome. We got to actually go due to some circumstances even though we didn't have an investigator with us. I actually ended up leading the music. Not sure how. But it was a lovely service. P's smile as he came out of the water was amazing. After the meeting, Sister Wood and I asked him how he felt, and he just didn't have words to describe it. But I could feel the spirit there. It was amazing. And then it was after this that Sister Wood and I were unexpectedly evacuated from our flat due to unforeseen circumstances.

Day 59: We taught S again! This time was just her. She believes in the Book of Mormon! Yay! She is just so great. We saw the Hicktens again and Sister Hickten said she can see a lot of improvement in me from the first time we visited. That made me feel good. :) We missed the bus that night to get home... So we walked the 45 minutes over. It was fun. Good thing Sister Wood and I get along well and can talk for that long!

Day 60: Yay church! I love church. Church is the best. Not taking the sacrament for two weeks is kind of the worst. I forget how much I need that weekly reminder and renewal until I don't have it. Speaking of which, Elder Bednar's talk about the sacrament and stuff this past conference was amazing. Look at it if you haven't yet. I gave the closing prayer in sacrament meeting... Which was fine. Saw G again! He is seriously so great. The only thing is that he doesn't want to leave his wife to come to church. And his wife is anti religion and poorly, so we haven't seen her. But he reads the Book of Mormon and prays every day! He says his testimony of Christ is growing! It's awesome.

That really is the greatest part of this church. It is all about the simple, daily things. Reading and praying every day. Partaking of the sacrament every week. Striving every day to become more like Christ. There is very little in the church that is done in just one go. There is continual progression, continual learning, continual blessings. It is amazing. I love this church and I am so grateful for it in my life.

I love you guys!!

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