Well this week started off with Tuesday being a CRAZY day. Two sisters from Peterborough came down for a meeting, and then one of them had to attend a meeting the next morning, and it was too far for them to go back home, then turn around and come back the next morning, so they spent the night with us, which meant that they spent the rest of the day with us, which meant we had to go on splits. So Sister Mc Aravey (pronounced Macaravey) went with Sister Christy on our bikes, and Sister Filoso and I were on foot. I’m not sure how far we walked but it was SURE far, and man was it hot! We just walked, and walked, and walked. Then we had a DA with a member who is a single man at a restaurant, so we went to that, and that was pretty rewarding after such a long day. The curry was pretty spicy, but ANYTHING in my system after five hours speed walking was good to me. Then we stopped by another woman we met last week, and SHE LET US IN. It was……weird. So we taught her a lesson and she ended up becoming a new investigator, so that was a miracle, and very rewarding after such a long day of trying to track down less actives and not having much success. Then we had to speed-walk home after that because we were late and we needed to be in before 9:30. To be able to do that we had to take a short cut through this path that was really long, down by the river, and pitch black. It was super creepy and we were both really scared, but we said a prayer and everything turned out fine. When we came out of the cover of the trees I looked up and actually saw the stars! That’s the first time since leaving home, and I was so excited, so we just stood there for a few minutes and look at them. Then we started walking again and went back under the trees, and Sister Filoso scared me SO BAD because she had the phone with the light on it and all the sudden she gasped and half screamed and jumped and the light was all flailing around, and I said, “What’s the matter?!” Then she stopped, shined he light on the ground, and said, “There’s a frog.” 😅🤔😒🙄
When we got to our flat the other sisters were already there, and we needed them to let us in because we didn’t have the keys. So we had to call to them up in the second story window to get their attention and throw some stones at it, and I was on the phone with Elder Wall the whole time, because he needed to make sure we got in our flat so he could report it to the zone leaders. But it eventually worked, and we got inside. Then Elder Wall told me that Elder Lewis had broken his foot, so they were on their way to the hospital, and I thought he was teasing and just trying to cheer us up after a long day, so I didn’t believe him for a long time. But then I found out that he was actually serious when he told me exactly how it happened; how Elder Lewis had dropped a 22 kilo weight on it. So I felt pretty bad and told him I was sorry, and told Elder Lewis I hoped he would heal fast and that he wasn’t in too much pain.
We found out the next day that it wasn’t actually broken, it just looked like it……and felt like it. It ended up being a bone bruise, which is still painful even a week later. They stayed in the hospital until after midnight, so they were PRETTY tired the next day.
I’m judging we walked about nine miles just in that afternoon, so it felt pretty good to get home, and I hadn’t had much to eat that day so I ate some chocolate chip banana bread I’d made that morning, and that was great.
Wednesday we had Sister Mc Aravey with us in a trio since Sister Filoso went to the meeting, so that was fun. It was pretty hot, but I enjoyed it. I always like it much better when it’s hot, rather than when it’s raining. It was kind of cool. We got a call from a referral that we had contacted a few weeks earlier that we got from a youth in our wars, the first time we contacted her she didn’t sound interested at all, so we figured she was pretty much done for. But that day she called us and said she was at a really low point in her life, and she needed to talk to someone who understood God, because her Catholic priest wasn’t cutting it. So we went over and talked to her and taught her, and she’s agreed to be baptised. She’s pretty amazing. When she listens to us the spirit just shines out of her face, and when she talks about Jesus Christ her whole face lights up.
In the lesson she was telling us about how hard her life was and what was happening, and I felt like I needed to say something, but I didn’t know what. But I just opened my mouth and started taking, and the whole time I was speaking I had absolutely no idea what my next word was going to be, yet I kept talking and I could feel the Spirit working in me giving me what to say. It was a neat experience and I knew I was doing what I was supposed to.
Sister Mc Aravey wanted to see a picture of our family, and she thinks we’re a really pretty one. She started talking about how some family are just ugly, “But yours is actually so pretty!”
Oh I like this story a lot. On Tuesday there was a meeting at the mission office that we had to prepare the lunch for, and Elder Wall had to come to it. So at lunch I was talking to him and told him I had the odometer, and could he please put it on on Thursday at district meeting. But it was kind of loud because of all the missionaries and he must have misheard what I said because he looked really confused and said, “Dominos? You got me pizza?”
“Oh! Sorry, I heard Dominos and I thought, ‘We’re getting Dominos pizza for lunch?’
Just then Sister Christy walked by. “Whoa! Wait, did I just hear we’re having Dominos for lunch at district meeting? Elder Wall, are you really getting us pizza on Thursday???”
We just cracked up laughing.
“Seriously! Are we having Dominos? Pizza splurging it ten times better than break-up ice cream.”
“What?!” Elder Wall asked. He was pretty dang confused by this time, and I kind of was too.
“Yeah we need to get Sister Wadsworth some break-up ice cream because two of our investigators broke up with her when they found out the only thing she was interested in was their eternal salvation.”
Elder Wall cracked up again, and I turned red, and he laughed harder. “Yeah, sure. Pizza and breakup ice cream.”
On Thursday we were waiting at the chapel for the Elders and zone leaders to show up for district meeting, and they texted saying they were going to be late, so we should eat lunch before the meeting, instead of after, and Sister Christy was really mad cause she’d just eaten. Then a few minutes later they drove up and got out of the car with Dominos pizza and she couldn’t be mad anymore. Haha! I’m so glad Elder Wall takes jokes seriously. Except when he walked in he also handed me a carton of raspberry Pavlov ice cream and said, “Here’s your break up ice cream.” It was so embarrassing, and they made me eat it in front of all of them while the zone leaders made me feel better by telling me they were dealing with investigators who were attracted to them too, only theirs were gay…. It made me feel like I didn’t have it so bad.
The sad thing was that Elder Wall didn’t remember WHY we got on the subject of Dominos, so he forgot to put my odometer on, and I didn’t want to say anything because they’re were in a hurry. then the next day he texted “I forgot to do the thing on your bike!!!” Oh dear. I just died laughing.
Today for P-Day we actually had something to do. There isn’t much to do for fun in this area. We went to a water mill from the 1850s that is only open a few times a year, and they were grinding wheat with it. I talked some of the guys who were running it and they explained it all to me, and it was really cool. They showed us the wheat and said how it was “In the same state it was straight out of the combine.” So I told them how I grew up on a farm and we produced some of that, and they got all excited and let me look at a bunch of things and do a bunch of stuff that they don’t normally let people do. They were so nice. Strange how people who are like me seem nicer. Maybe just because I can talk to them about things.
Anyway I’ll send you some pictures and videos of it. It was like this cute little English festival, with people walking around, and that old pipe music and stuff. Abby would have been in heaven. And they had stations where they were making and selling wood products, and little cafes, and ice cream and stuff. They also had a bunch of old cars from the 30s which was really cool to see.
This week I’ve been studying about the Atonement a lot, and just thinking about what it really means. The best explanation that anyone ever gave to me was that it means “to be in harmony with God.” This means a lot more to me than the one we have all heard, to be “At One” with God, because whenever I heard that I would feel that I wasn’t good enough to stand at the same level as God; that I wasn’t worthy to stand beside Him in such a way as to be “At One” with Him, He’s so far beyond all of us.
But to be in harmony with Him really strikes a chord with me. When we sing, we harmonise and sing different parts and notes that compliment one another, and work together to create this beautiful song.
Alma 5:26~ “And now, behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?”
It’s this song, this harmony, that I love to sing. I don’t think I can sing the same notes as the Saviour, but I can sing my part, and sing in harmony with Him.
Whenever I make a mistake or sin, or I’m feeling downhearted or angry or sad, and it results in a sour note or off key, I can pray and ask for help, and like a music teacher, He finds a way to help me get back on track, and it’s the power of His Atonement that brings us back into harmony with one another.
I guess that’s just how the Atonement makes sense to me.
I love you all so much, and look forward to hearing about what’s happening this week. Have a great week!
Marie😘😍❤ (you know, the computer really doesn’t have very good emojis.)