We are going out to Kinver tomorrow. Aaaaaaaannnnddd…….we start biking again this week!!!! Yay!!!!! No, for reals though, I’m really excited! And kinda scared, hehe…..
I enjoyed biking a lot before once I adjusted to it, but seven months without biking, OR running is a little worrying. I’ve been doing kettle bell workouts for the past three weeks–aka, LOTS of squats and lunges–to build up my leg strength, and a ton of ab exercises too for my core so that I’ll be a little more prepared. But the muscles isn’t what I’m worried about, it’s more the balance, and the traffic manuvering. On Tuesday night the zone leaders came to drop off a bike for Sis. Price and I decided to try it out, and boy! Am I out of practice! It probably didn’t help that I was in my slippers and sport shorts, but I was so wobbly and off balance and uncoordinated that I slipped off the peddles, scratched up my leg on the peddle, and kinda hit my crotch on the seat and the bar. It was so embarrassing and the zone leaders freaked out when I slipped and asked if I was okay. Haha, but despite how much it hurt I told them that I was a girl and I was completely fine. Good thing it was dark and they couldn’t tell how pale my face went. Haha, or how red it went afterwards. But it wasn’t as red as theirs!!
We should be fine though. Sis. Price may need to prayers though, because she has really bad knee problems. Basically her tendons and ligaments try to tear her bones apart. But she’s determined to bike anyways. She’s so committed! I think she’ll be really blessed for it.
We are having a RS Birthday party on Thursday (combined with the other ward, because ours is so small) but it sounds like a lot of fun! The theme is to dress up from any decade since the beginning of the RS, so we are planning on doings 40s or 50s. Sis. Price also loves vintage styles, and there is this cute vintage shop near our flat that sells dresses for like 2 pounds, so we are going to get some cute outfits there to wear (hopefully, if we can find time that is.)
We haven’t found any new people this week, but we are hoping this coming week we will. We have streets that we are planning on tracting now, so we should have more luck.
We went out to Kinver this past week and we felt like we needed to learn all about the village’s history, so we went to the village library to find local history books, and ended up making friends with all the librarians, two of whom had met Mormons before and were very friendly. One of them even said we could come to his house and meet with him and his wife!
Also, we found out that there is this art display competition thing ongoing there, and Sis. Price, being the talented artist she is, felt very impressed to do a work for it. In fact, it’s been egging her in her dreams for the past several nights, so today we went and got her more art supplies. She dreamed about a piece of artwork with the Saviour in it, so she feel like she needs to paint that one. It also has a girl in it, so she is going to use me to model for it.
I thought I’d send you this video. It’s a hymn called Jerusalem that the Saints here sing in their stake conferences, and it’s a very beautiful, moving song. I thought you’d like it.
I I really like it a lot. It’s actually been helping Sister Price and I while we’ve been doing research for Kinver. We prayed again for more guidance about Kinver, and after we prayed I remembered that I had the lyrics to this song on a program from stake conference, so I pulled it out and read it, and the lyrics gave us a lot of answers that we were looking for. It’s strange how it fits in with a lot of other revelation we have received, and with the history of Kinver that we’ve been learning about.
Here are the lyrics:
And did those feet in ancient time,Walk upon England’s mountains green?And was the Holy Lamb of God,On England’s pleasant pastures seen?And did the Countenance Divine,Shine forth upon our clouded hills?And was Jerusalem builded here,Among those dark satanic mills?Bring me my bow of burning gold!Bring me my arrows of desire!Bring me my spear! O clouds unfold!Bring me my chariot of fire!I shall not cease from mental fight,Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,Til we have built Jerusalem,In England’s green and pleasant land.
We felt strongly impressed to learn all about the background and history of the village, so we went to the Kinver Library and got some books about it. The first people to live there a long, long, LONG time ago dwelt in caves, or what they call the Kinver Rock Houses. They were carved out of sandstone cliffs there, and the people who lived there were mostly agriculturalists, or iron workers. The village has a strong history of mill works being used for industry and production.
This is one of the rock houses. Just a cave carved into the rock with a door and front put on. The scripture in Jeremiah 16:16 that Bishop Hall shared with me before I left came into my mind. “…And after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill, and out of the holes in the rocks.” Ever since he read that with me it’s stayed in my mind and been there so much that I would just write it down everywhere on everything, and recite it constantly in my head. In April 1971 Conference Legrand Richards said: “Thus have they gone out, fishing and hunting, and gathering them from the hills and the mountains, and the holes in the rocks. I think that is more literal than some of us think!”
Also, there are tunnels known as the Drakelow Tunnels just outside of the village that have been used by the military for various purposes. During WWII they were used as a factory to build aircraft engines in case the main supply factory in Birmingham was bombed.They were also used in the Cold War as a hideout.
There is a cliff there called Kinver Edge which is apparently very high and you can get a really nice view from the top of it. We haven’t been to it, or to any of the rock houses yet, but I’ll send you pictures of the part of the village we HAVE seen so far.
The past couple of weeks we’ve just been doing research on it, and not much work. But we feel like this week we can start more work out there, and we’re really excited about it. The people are mostly all really friendly and kind and open. Everyone we speak to in the street or the owners of the little shops are very generous and sweet to us, and we aren’t hesitating to tell them that we are the Mormon Missionaries. And they seem to like us just the same when we tell them that, so great!
It looks like we can only go out there one day this week. Hopefully, next week we can take several days to be there. I feel like its a really special place. I almost feel like Brigham Young (or was it Wilford Woodruff?) felt about Chatburn and Downham. Who knows if I can do anything while I’m here, but I’m sure going to try. And if nothing happens until later after I’m gone, I’m still gonna know that I did what the Lord wanted me to to prepare it for whatever amazing thing is going to happen to it.
I love you!