Shall we just start with the bike every single time? This morning riding down the hill from our flat we were coming around a bend, and there was another biker coming around the other way. Luckily Sister Christy was in front and I was behind. Well, lucky for me anyway. She swerved the biker barely, and then tried to swerve back too fast so she didn’t hit the fence, and ended up making a pretty sweet wiping skid on her side. The only thing is, had it been one of the girls I just naturally would have started laughing, because that’s what we do. But I didn’t know if she would take that the wrong way so I fought SO HARD not to just bust up into a huge racking belly laugh, because it seriously looked so cool and so funny at the same time. I let her ride in front still the rest of the way, so that I could have a silent laughing attack behind her. I caught about five bugs in my mouth, but it was worth it to get it out. It seems like almost every time I ride down that path from our flat to the church I get a bug stuck in my eye, because it is right next to the river, and there are TONS of them.
We spent Sunday after church in our flat doing more bike work. One week after getting the back end of my bike replaced, God blessed me with another puncture! Thankfully Elder Wall gave us the right tool to remove the tire from the rim, because he had two, so we didn’t have to use spoons and butter knives this time, and it worked much better, and was much faster.
Like I said at the beginning of last week, we only had two and a half days of proselyting time because of exchanges, zone meeting, interviews, and weekly planning, but we still managed to get a LOT done. We set goals that were pretty much the same as a normal week, and met most of them, and the ones we didn’t meet, we came dang close. So it was a good week. It seems like it went by really fast, and I can’t believe we’re in another week, and that we’re half way through August already.
On Tuesday a couple of our plans fell through, which is always kind of a sinking feeling to have to go to a back-up, but our back-up was to go back to this one street that I felt drawn to track, called Orchard Road. So we went back and started tracting, and after a couple of doors, weren’t having success. But walking from one door to another, we ended up talking to people that were just walking down the path, and ended up with three new investigators in 35 minutes. That was definitely a miracle. For the whole mission it is a standard of excellence to get three new investigators a week, and we’d set that as our goal still, even though we knew we didn’t have much time, told Heavenly Father about it, asked Him to help us, and He put them all in the same place at the same time. It was a little thing for God, but a big thing for us. When we ask the Lord’s help, we can never fail.
Wednesday we had interviews with President and Sister Leppard. Sister Leppard read a great story called the Cracked Water Pot. It was a really good illustration about why God gives us weaknesses, and how they are actually our strengths, or they can become our strengths if we treat them the right way.
Thursday was our zone meeting in Lichfield, and that’s always good, because it’s just good to be around other missionaries for a while, plus we get training by our zone leaders, which is always good. Sister Christy and I made cookies the day before and brought them for the whole zone, so they were pretty happy about that. A few weeks ago the zone leaders did a challenge week where they give us a different challenge everyday, and whoever does the best wins, and it turns out that Sister Christy and I won! So they rewarded us at zone meeting with a MOUND of KitKats. Lucky us.
Right after zone meeting we left with the sister training leaders for Nottingham to go on exchanges. I really like exchanges, because I like working with other sisters, and seeing the way that they do things. I was on exchange with Sister Pike (whose favorite word in the world appears to be flip). In the morning we went out to tract down some people in the formers files for their area, and we kept going to these addresses, but had no success, and something just didn’t feel right. We kept feeling like we weren’t doing the right thing, and just felt confused and kind of blank. So we stopped and said a prayer. Sister Pike prayed and told Heavenly Father what we were trying to do, and that we felt like we were doing something wrong, and that we felt lost concerning what we were supposed to do, and then asked for guidance so that we wouldn’t be lost. After the prayer we stood there for a solid minute and I didn’t open my eyes. Then when I opened them the first thing I saw was this bright blue door right in front of me, and I stood there staring at it for about 15 seconds. Sister Pike said, “Well, what are you feeling?” and I said, “I can’t stop looking at that blue door.”
“Do you want to knock on it?”
“Let’s walk toward it.”
As we were walking toward it this man came around the corner and we just about literally ran into him. He stopped and looked at us and said, “Hey, you’re the Mormons.” We just looked at each other and said, “Yeah, we are!” Then we started talking to him and found out he was a former investigator who was really looking for some help and peace since his wife had died. HE asked US if we would come and visit him sometime during the week, and of course we said we would. It was just pretty amazing that we ran into him. God worked another miracle yet again. And it had nothing to do with the blue door, He just wanted us to walk toward it so that we could run into this man.
There are these little food places all over that sell fish and chips, and their called chippies, so we got lunch from a chippie and ate it in a park, and it was really good. England just needs sauces.
So I told you about how last week we had that young man named Matt just walk into the church. That happens like once-in-a-lifetime, right? Well it happened AGAIN this week. A middle-aged woman named Heather walked in to church, came to Gospel Principles and learned about fasting, then came to relief society and learned about sacrament, and then said she was definitely coming next week when I invited her. She said she’s been going to different churches for 16 years, but hasn’t found one that had what she was looking for, but when she walked into the church, she said she was pretty sure she’d found it. I just wanted to scream, “YOU HAVE!” but I guess I couldn’t. We are meeting with her tomorrow, and we are going to teach her, and possibly her granddaughter as well.
Sister Christy and I were talking to the zone leaders on the phone about it, and about how we just don’t deserve these miracles that God sends us. Literally both times this happened, we were just SITTING there in the chapel, and God just had them walk in. We are so unworthy of all the miracles He sends us, but no matter how good we are and how hard we try, we will NEVER be worthy of them.We joked about how that was our new finding method; sit there and wait for them to walk in.
And this morning on P-day He did it again! We were sitting on a train to Walsall, and this woman came and sat next to us with her two little boys, asked what church we were from, and asked if she could come too, because she was moving from Walsall, and she needed to find a different church, so she wouldn’t have to come back to Walsall every Sunday. She took our number, we got to know her, she took our number, and she said she was certainly coming to church on Sunday, and she could definitely use our and the elder’s help to move. What’s happening here?! That mission fast worked. Like I said, we’d joked about it a bit before, but God’s showing us a different light. Proverbs says, “Be still and know that I am God.” And I think Joseph Smith said to, “Stand still, and see the salvation of God.” (D&C 123:17)) We are absolutely powerless, but God is perfect and omnipotent. He can do anything. We think the world is out of control, and that chaos reigns over the whole earth, but really, it’s all under His control.
Matt came to church for the first time yesterday, and really enjoyed it. He’s still on track to be baptized on Sept 2. The young man I told you about last week in our ward is doing so good fellowshipping him, and I think he’s going to keep doing great.
Kevin and Jordi slept through church again though, so they’re date has been pushed back again. They wanted us to call them in the morning to wake them up, and when we asked them what time, they said 5:30. So we woke up and hour early, called them, they woke up…..and then went back to sleep. Why?! I think they’re not quite committed enough. Good thing you can’t make a call without your companion’s permission, or else Sister Christy would have HOUNDED them. She was nothing less than pure angry. But I got her calmed down a little bit, and now she’s resorted to just praying that they have a really bad week so they recognize how important it is to stay committed to coming to church.
I hope y’all have a good week, and that fourth crops gets off to a good start, and that you don’t lose too much sleep watching the Olympics. Go America! (And please don’t complain about being tired when you can ACTUALLY take naps if you want to, and go to bed as early as you want to, and sleep in as late as you want to.)
Oh, and can you please pray for Sister Christy and I not to get sick. We both woke up feeling not very good today, in different ways. She is getting a blessing from the Elders, because she’s been unwell pretty much since I got here, and I have had an upset stomach all day, so I would really like that to go away so that we can work this week.
I love you all so much!!!