The senior missionaries, the Marshes (see www.facebook.com/ElderandSisterMarshinEngland), made the whole Newcastle Zone a happy Thanksgiving dinner! That's 38 missionaries total. Bless her, she spent 3 days prepping and cooking it all. But it was so great to have a lil touch of home Thanksgiving dinner in England(: We had the usual things, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, carrots, stuffing, pretzel salad, pumpkin pie, and cheesecake. It was the best p-day I've had thus far. And I am so thankful for her. And I am so thankful for my family who are supporting me on this mission. I am enjoying this work here and bringing others to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for my family for the support and encouragement they give me to comfort me and allow me to push forward. The one thing you realize out on the mission is how much you miss and love you family. I LOVE and MISS all of you! Mom and dad, lil brother and big JJ, grandpa and grandma, all my aunts and uncles. You guys are the best, that I could ask for(:
I hope your Thanksgiving Dinner is filled with great memories and love(:
Congrats to Alex on becoming a Sterling Scholar! Yay, that is so impressive, my science project in Half Moon Bay was so bad...I didn't even get a ribbon or anything. But that's so good for him. He's doing the Asians proud.
My Chinese is getting a lot better, so the Chinese members say haha. But I do think I have progressed and progression is better than not progressing. I just wish I would progress a lil bit faster. I ask a lot of questions of the meanings of words or sayings and since the Chinese members or investigators are learning English they explain it in English most of the time.
And yes, the Church is on Fawdon road. And I do not teach gospel principles, the Chinese group here is around 20 people so a Chinese member teaches gospel principles. But all the missionary teams, which is 3 switch off for Family Home Evening. We do a Chinese FHE at one of the student's flats. Last Monday, It was Sister Larson and I's turn.
So this weekend we are baptizing Zhangyi, he is a character but so ready to be baptized. The most recent lesson we had with him, he was looking at my hands then to Sis Larson's hands. He commented that her hands were so white and clean...I'm guessing I didn't scrub enough the last time I went to the toilet to make my hands white. It was just really funny though, it reminded me of that story grandpa told when Uncle Pat and grandpa were on a bus or something and said "Why is that man so dirty?" hahaha Well he is from China and is painfully honest and loves all the church activities. He even skipped class to have a lesson with us, but we didn't know that he did that til later. I am very excited for his baptismal service this weekend, it is going to be great.
The other investigator is Izzie, she is also from China and is stressed out because she has assignments due in the next few coming weeks so we set back her baptism for the 20th of december but we are not pushing her date back any further. She was very happy and excited for this new date and just so cheerful. I haven't seen her like that before, I guess it was the happiness from the Spirit.
England people, are generally helpful and nice. The members I've met are very nice and polite, but I do say most of them are serious. I've only met 3 more funny members that are more relaxed. I hope they don't think me weird. And I blend in with the Chinese group, because they are all crazy like me haha. Oh but every one, and I mean everyone smokes here. At the end of mission I might come home with lung cancer haha jokes! But yeah, smoking is gross and smells nasty. I think my coat might smell like a bit of smoke haha
I was lucky enough to go to the Huddersfield stake mission fireside. Since I didn't have the chance to go to the Newcastle one, the mission president organized a car for all the missionaries that didn't have the opportunity to go to one to go to the Huddersfield fireside. It was a 2.5 hour drive from Newcastle. We left right after church to arrive at 5pm to practice singing musical numbers, my favourite one we sang was Old Kit Bag, we just sang the chorus because the verses aren't so appropriate. It's a great song about the wars and it was a morale booster song. But in the meeting the mission president, President Pilkington and his wife, Sister Pilkington addressed us. Both were really funny, kept me awake. The one thing that stuck out to me is an experiment President did. He made everyone close there eyes and point North, and on the count of 3 open their eyes and see where hands were pointing to. I luckily guess in the right direction but from this experiment, I learned that everyone has their thought of where true North is, and it is in all sorts of directions some pointing straight up to the sky or to the ground but there is only one true North. It is very symbolic to our church. There is only one true church, which will lead those who follow and keep Jesus Christ's teachings to eternal life. Not all other churches are wrong, they all have some of the truth, but not all of it.
I get around £140 a month, which is plenty, I thought I'd starve. Sister Lu has a rice cooker so I use that. I just want Japanese soup stuff, miso, furikake, curry, hello panda is good, and anything else you want to send will be great.
Oh and you need to make my facebook so that my investigators and chinese members can add me. right now they can't add me!
This is my address: you can send letters and packages here-I'll get it faster if you send it here
1A Henry Street
Gosforth, Newcastle upon tyne