Hello Dearly Beloved!
I’m gonna start off by saying that Challenge Week in the EBM is crazy and exhausting, but very rewarding, and frankly, entertaining and interesting. (That was a lot of adjectives in that sentence, so sorry) We saw tons of miracles and amusing things, but I’ll spare you most of them.
However, we did meet a drunk man who knew we were Mormons. He came striding down the street in city centre behind us shouting, “Mormons! Mormons, wait! I wanna talk to you!” At first I was like, ‘Oh great! This never happens!’ Then I saw the bottle of wine in his hand, and I thought, ‘Oh, Heaven help us…’ However this man, whose name turned out to be John, wasn’t there to bash. I could see that behind the bit of liqueur he’d had, he was genuinely interested to learn about what we believed about Jesus Christ. We mainly just taught him that God was his Heavenly Father and loved him, then we gave him all three leaflets, and I think when he goes home and recovers from his awful hangover after Easter weekend, he’ll wake up, find his ‘little Jesus books’, wonder where the heck he got them, read them, and get baptised someday. Haha! Call me a missionary being optimistic and going off of faith!
Somehow we managed to complete all three challenges that the APs gave us each day. Most of the time it was down to the wire at 9:00, but somehow God still helped us. In all honesty, God never ceases to amaze me with His power and mercy! I mean, this body of mine is still somehow crackin’! That, in itself, is a miracle beyond reckoning! How my physical body is still operating after this week is past my understanding. I guess it’s thanks to you, Mom, for building it so strong. 😉 I actually feel more alive than I thought I was going to. I thought by the end of the week I’d feel like I had been hit by five trains, but it only feels like one, maybe two. God is great, folks.
We didn’t have any investigators at church, but if we had we woulda won challenge week! Oh well! We tried our best, but we couldn’t control it anyhow. I think one of the hardest days of the challenge week was one day (I don’t remember which one) but we had to invite 100 people to take the discussions, hand out ten book of Mormons, and get a member to write their testimony in one for us. I had a little clicker-count-keeper-thingy-ma-bob that I would click with each invite we did. All the days were difficult, and I was so extremely tired at the end of all of them, but hey we’re all really rewarding! And even though I felt physically and psychologically exhausted, it was strange how spiritually alive I felt at the same time.
I’m sure I lost a couple of pounds this week with it being challenge week and working so hard. We worked right through our lunch and dinner hours every single day and kinda lived off of snacks, plus we were riding out bikes a LOT. But I might gain it back this week because we have a quad-zone Conference in Cheltenham on Wednesday, and interviews on Tuesday, so I won’t do much moving then.I just wanna feel my body function properly again! I definitely lost a couple pounds this week. Haha, after sacrament yesterday a member of the bishopric asked us if we had enough money for food! It was just all the bike-riding.
Easter Sunday is always one of my absolute favourite times of the year! A couple of sisters in the ward spoke in sacrament meeting and did a very good job, and I felt the Spirit a lot. Church was good too, because the we actually had a gospel principles class for the elders’ investigator that was there, and we talked about faith in Jesus Christ.
Yesterday after church was a miracle! A young lady walked up to the church from a few doors down and said she would like to come to church. And even better, her name is Happiness! She literally said, “I like to be called Happy!” She’s from Tanzania and she’s a sweetie.
This week we will have interviews and zone conference. Our conference with be combined with three other zones in Cheltenham, so I get to see the missionaries from Swansea again!
I’m so grateful for this incredible Gospel! And especially for the sacrifice of our Saviour right at the centre of it. I’m so thankful that we all have the opportunity to be in mortality with one another, and that we get to learn, and experience, and grow together. We have the wonderful privilege of becoming better while we’re here on this earth, and the miracle is that a Redeemer was provided for us to allow us to do so.
Have a wonderful week!