I got dad's pictures of Turkey Day dinner, the family looks great. Looks like some good pumpkin pie...they don't have pumpkin pie here. but the Marsh's cooked us some for our Thanksgiving dinner. My Turkey day made me appreciate meat more which reminded me of uncle pow and how he always told me to eat more meat at family gatherings. Well, I'm eating more meat right now! You'd be proud Uncle Pow haha hey, my time on a mission will be the only time I won't have to do the Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes! haha jokes I still do them here but I won't have to do them at Grandma's house! Have fun with that, Alex, Macee, and Makya(;
But a weird thing, I actually like to do dishes, because that is service and it also gives a lil break from doing missionary work all the time. It's quite odd what you find fun and amusing while you are on a mission. For example, Especially For Youth music is the best! Church firesides, Institute classes, and Book of Mormon class are so fun and uplifting!
Institute is so amazing, I learn so much from that class. It's like finding out the cool secret passage ways of a mansion. I get to learn deeper gospel doctrine. My mind is more open to what the institute teacher says. I can see things in a different light. The last institute class I went to, we learned about the signs of the second coming of Jesus Christ and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Doctrine & Covenants 45:56-57, is the parable of the 10 virgins. It can be similar to the Second coming because like the 10 virgins we know that the Saviour is coming soon but we don't know when. The Saviour will come in a time when we least expect it like at midnight. In order to be the 5 prepared virgins we need to rely on the Holy ghost and have him as a constant companion, that way we will be ready whenever. I'm learning simple things that I haven't really applied in my life until my mission and it's great to see how I can apply these simple things in my mission life and life after the mission to be prepared at the second coming and prepared for the time of judgement.
So this week I had an exchange with my Sister Training Leader. An exchange is a temporary switch in companionships so the STL can get a feel for how to help the missionary and to see how they are doing. My STL is the bomb-diggity. She is so fun and an awesome finder. She can talk to anyone about anything and when she conversates it is just so fluid and normal. It's an amazing skill she has and what I want to develop. When I talk to people I often have awkward moments because I have no Idea what to talk about haha but I think that is improving bit by bit while I go out finding and talk to strangers about their clothes or directions or where they are headed. So at first, I was very stressed and nervous about the exchange because that meant I was responsible for leading the lessons and leading where to go out finding and where to go for public transportation. But when the exchange finally happened, I was super relaxed because my STL, Sister Kuhn (see http://calledtoserveinelm.blogspot.com/), is just so funny and made me feel calm and a sense of peace. The day went well, we had a lot of finding in heavy mist and that made Sister Kuhn a lot more sick than she already was so in a sense, I was killing her (finishing a mission = dying) and making her ill haha But I made her some hot coco back at the flat. The exchange was great I learned a lot and set myself goals to be a better missionary. A goal is to be more outgoing in finding.
Yay, this week our investigator ZhangYi got baptised! It was just so great to see him progress and accept this next step in his life. He also bore his testimony of the gospel for the first time. It was short and sweet, a perfect testimony. He even invited 2 friends and they got to witness what a baptism was and see what a good thing it was from Zhang Yi's example(:
Another exciting thing was Rachel's baptism. She is Sister Lu's and Sister Monroy's investigator. Rachel has been an investigator since February and has wanted to be baptised but her parents wouldn't allow it because they weren't sure about their daughter joining a Christian church because they themselves are Buddhist. But after about 9 months her parents allowed her to get baptised only if they could witness it, so they came to England this month and her family got to see her be baptised! 9 months of waiting, how sweet was the moment for Rachel to finally get baptised. It was soo sweet that she was basically crying the whole time because she was extremely happy! If you could only meet Rachel, she's amazing. Golden. She has such a strong testimony and understands the doctrine so well. She's a great example to me, because when I was 18, I just went through the motion of Church. But Rachel lives it.
I hope all is well in Cali and Utah.
And what what Uncle Powell is getting married?!
I need to have a wedding invite!(:
Send the packages to the flat, I'll get them sooner because they will go to the flat instead of ALL the way to Leeds. If it gets sent to Leeds I'll have to wait longer to get it cuz the Zone Leaders have to pick it up when ever they are at the Mission office which isn't often.
I don't feel like I am maturing haha
why did mom get a hair cut! its wayyy short!
Aw CJ, I miss him too ahah
China Town shopping is a lot like missionary work because you have to haul groceries from the store to the flat -- long walk too if you have lots of groceries. I miss China Town bao. Newcastle's HiYou bao isn't very good. I bought a bolo bao and it tasted very English/American -- no flavour
who exactly is aunty angie?