Happy birthday, Dad! I pretty much died when I saw the cake in the video because it’s my favourite (German Chocolate Cake). 😋 I knew you would have that one and I wanted to make one to eat myself, but it was Sunday and I didn’t have all the stuff. I did make a small chocolate cake though and we ate it with vanilla pudding. An elder who finished his mission a few months ago (he’s from Nottingham) went to America last month and he asked us if there was anything we wanted him to bring back. We told him we both missed jell-o because they don’t really have jell-o here, so he sent us a package full of jell-o and pudding. The pudding instantly made me think of you since that’s what you eat when you’re trying to lose weight. America tastes good, that’s all I can say.
Our testimony meeting was good too. There were several families visiting from Utah which bumped up the numbers quite a bit, and two of the girls who were eight and ten bore their testimonies and they did really good. The testimonies of children are so pure and simple, and it made me start crying. The oldest one when she was up there I was sitting there listening to her and as I was watching her I had the thought that she would be a missionary someday. Afterward we were talking to them and they told us that they both really wanted to serve missions. They’re coming back next week so I’m excited to see them. When they were leaving they gave us hugs and I almost started crying again because they reminded me of the girls. And then their little brother who is about Henry’s age ran up to us because he wanted to hug too. So I got on my knees and he gave me a huge hug and I totally lost it because I miss the kids so much. 😭 He was a cutie 😊
We are going to start teaching a seventeen year old named Artur on Saturday. Missionaries have been teaching his grandmother Nadia for quite a few decades, but recently we met Artur at her house because he lives next door to her. So we’ve been getting to know him a bit, and today we gave up our p-day to go help him fix up his grandmas house, and then afterwards we kinda just gave it to him straight and told him that we do gospel discussions with people that help them develop their belief in Jesus Christ, and then they can decide for themselves whether they want to get baptised and join the church. He said he wanted to learn more about it and take the discussions, so we’re going to start teaching him on Friday! He’s a really good kid, half Polish, quarter Russian, and quarter English. I’m excited to teach him because he’s just completely open and primed up for the gospel. He believes in Jesus Christ, but he said he doesn’t know quite how and why, so it’s the perfect set-up.
We’re having a mission-wide challenge week this week! The purpose is to motivate us to get more work done and get any missionaries out of their winter coma. It normally only comes about once a year. The winning team gets lunch with President and Sister Leppard at a really nice/expensive Portuguese BBQ restaurant, and winning district gets EBM sweatshirts, and the winning zone gets EBM t-shirts and a zone p-day. We’ll see what happens, but at least it will help get the mission going again after the winter.
We got to help out with a HUGE family History convention this Saturday in Birmingham. I felt kinda privileged because only the Birmingham zone Sisters got to go, and there’s only ten of us. You would have LOVED IT!!!!! It was in a huge … I don’t even know what. Event centre? Yeah, that’s what it was. And there were TONS of booths set up for different genealogical societies. Family Search, ancestry, findmypast, myheritage, and about a billion more. They were doing DNA testing for 40£, so Sister Price did hers.
We helped out with the family search booth since it’s the Church’s, and handed out leaflets and talked to people about family History. It was SO MUCH FUN! And there were so many Americans there!!!! 😩 Awe, it was so good! I even saw a member from Swansea who came all the way to Birmingham just for that, and it almost made me cry!
What was cool about it was that there were people from all around the world, but they all came to the same place because the same thing drew them: their families. Everyone I met was so happy and bright and smiling because everyone there was feeling the Spirit drawing them closer to their families, and they didn’t even know it! The Spirit of Elijah is so real!
We are having a quad-zone conference next week with Cheltenham, Cardiff, and Merthyr zones and I’m really looking forward to that. I really enjoy zone conferences, especially when they give us 30 minutes for testimonies at the end. Missionaries have such powerful testimonies, but we hardly ever bear them to one another, because we’re so busy bearing them to someone else. I always feel the Spirit there.
Well, we are getting geared up for our challenge week that started today. Hopefully it can help us to do more as missionaries!!
The weather is changing and looking and feeling more like Spring, and it’s making us feel better too!