A short email this week! We are trying to get up to the Lake District
today, so we are in a rush emailing.
First of all, please don’t as of this week (it might change next week)
don’t send mail to the Lancaster address. I repeat, DON’T! This is
because transfers are next week. So if you want to send mail to me
after today, please send it to the England Manchester Mission address
in Booths Park. (Sidenote: I would love to get letters!)
This week, we ended up teaching tons of people, and hopefully all that
we speak to will feel of our happy and upbeat spirit. I can feel
excitement build as we teach people on the spot, and as we meet with
investigators who want to know truth. Hopefully we can get them to
feel the need to make commitments that will better their lives.
One such person is somebody that we found last Monday night. We were
walking in a small town next to the university, and we saw a Chinese
man walking down a path. We started talking to him and he said that he
had no knowledge of God, other than what his friends had told him. He
was not religious, but was interested to know why people cared about
it so much. We set up an appointment to meet him in his office Friday.
When we arrived at the university, it turned out that he was a
researcher that worked there, and that he was actually interested in
the message. It was a great lesson, and the Spirit was so strong. I am
excited to teach him again.
To answer a question that I get often, does it rain here? The answer
is yes, but not nearly as much as people say it does! I usually stay
dry, so there are no complaints from me. In fact, I kind of enjoy it…
In a way!
Well, I will include a few pictures from this week. Hope all is well!
The word of this week has been patience! I feel kind of like Sesame
Street in choosing a word of the week, but it is something I have been
doing for the last two weeks. Anyways, Elder Stubbs and I are
patiently walking/running the streets of Lancaster, speaking to
everybody, looking for those who will listen. Although we weren’t able
to teach many, we did have many miracles, one of which I wish to share
We had planned to go down to a small part of our area where we were
sure that missionaries hadn’t been for several transfers. It is a
quaint little village on the coast of Morecambe Bay. We were about to
not go there, but we had made the decision that we should stick to our
plans. As we walked down the small road, we stopped two women who were
talking on the street. One of them exclaimed “I know who you are!” We
were taken aback, and thought she might have been thinking of
Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we asked her who she thought we were. She said
“Latter-day Saints!” She then ended her conversation with the woman
she was talking to and told us to come with her. “I must show you
around the village!” She then proceeded to take us up to a really old
church on a hill established by St. Patrick and then took us to her
house. She had met sister missionaries 15 years ago in Wiggin one
rainy night and invited them in for herbal tea. She befriended them
and still kept in good contact with them and had even been over to
Price, Utah to visit one of them. She had never joined the Church, but
knew all about it. We ended up talking to her for 30 minutes in her
front yard (she already knew we couldn’t come inside) and she gave us
herbal tea, even though it was a hot day. She had been very ill for
the past few weeks and had been sad because it had stopped her from
volunteering. She said that she was going in for an operation, and
that us coming gave her strength and made her day. I know that God
placed us there to do that, and that we were instruments in the Lord’s
We went to Lancaster Castle today. It was a bit of a downer, we
couldn’t take pictures because it’s a working courthouse, but it was
cool nonetheless. They have several places within it where you can see
the stronghold that it once was. Also, we got to see some of the
courts that look ancient but are still in use today. By the way, we
got to see one of the barristers (judges) and they do still wear wigs!
Take that America.
Well, I must get going,
Hope that this Easter week has been as great as mine. There was a lot
of effort put into finding people, and with some ups and downs, we are
The word of the week this week is obedience. While it is known that
missionaries live a different life, many people do not realize the
hundreds of temporal rules we follow. Trying to keep all of the rules
could drive any sane person absolutely crazy! But, we try to do all of
them to the best of our abilities. One of the hardest ones for me is
not singing non-church music. The tunes get in there and have a hard
time going, but as I focus my thoughts more on the music I should be
singing, my mind is less clouded and I am more in tune with the
In a companionship, it can be hard to be exactly obedient. One person
might follow something that another does not. But when we work
together to accomplish a common goal, we actually work better
together. Things seem to fall into place and we are able to get the
things we need to done.
A miracle that we saw came last Friday. We were going to teach a
lesson with a member, but the investigator wasn’t in even though we
had confirmed the appointment an hour before. We stood on the doorstep
for a few minutes and when nobody came, the member that was with us
asked if we wanted to go meet a few people that he home teaches that
are less active in the church. He took us around and introduced us to
them. That was a blessing to meet these people and create trust with
One such person was an elderly lady who lives alone, but still has all
of her wits about her. Her and the member reminisced on life and
talked about how perspective was everything. The member that was with
us is fairly old, but he has lived a great life. While we were sitting
there, he told Elder Stubbs and I never to let life get us down. He
said that he was diagnosed with a disease 3 or 4 years ago and they
told him that he only had 2 years to live. He said “What did I do? I
didn’t hang my head and take it, I bought a plane ticket to Antarctica
because I’d always wanted to do that, and I guessed that I had better
do it while I was alive!” What a lesson! Never let life get you down,
attitude is everything!
Speaking of attitude, I can feel that this week is going to be
amazing! Hope all is well at home!
Conference was amazing! It was exciting to go out on Saturday and talk
to people saying “What if you could know that God has Prophets and
Apostles on the Earth once again, would you want to know what God had
to say to you?” Most people would say something like “I guess” and
then we would invite them to come to the church and watch it with us.
We ended up not having any investigators there, but it was still
Conference works a bit different here. Because of the time difference,
we watch the Saturday morning session live at 5 pm, then we watch
Priesthood on Sunday morning at 10 am, Saturday afternoon session at 1
pm, Sunday morning at 5 pm, then Sunday afternoon we get to watch
today (not at the church). We watched it at the chapel, but a lot of
people just watched it on the internet. I honestly wish that more
people would have come to the chapel, though. Priesthood session was
fairly full and it was wonderful.
One of the talks that stuck to me was given by President Eyring, where
he talked about how we need the Priesthood in our lives. Without it,
we cannot do anything on Earth which can continue in heaven. It was
uplifting to hear the stories and the explanation of the use of the
keys of the Priesthood.
This week, Elder Stubbs and I went down to Overton, which is a small
village on the very south of Morecambe Bay. I forgot to bring water,
so we went into a small shop to buy some and we asked the person
working there where they would eat lunch if they only had one hour.
She pointed us in the direction of a small footpath that led to a
public field that is primarily used for sheep grazing. We ate there
and it was absolutely beautiful!
We have been finding like crazy, but we aren’t teaching anybody that
regularly. We do, however, have 2 solid people that we are sure will
progress, so we have faith in that! Thank you for your letters and
prayers! Keep them coming!