Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers in my life! I hope you had a good one! It was good to talk to you yesterday. Henry sure has grown since I last remember, and I’m sure he’ll continue to grow so that by the time I get back he’ll be completely different again. 🙉
I forgot to send pictures last week of Hayley Hall, which we visited last week.
I was thinking of Emma the whole time, and afterward Sister Price and I had a fun time trying to imagine all the missionaries as ladies and gentlemen in that era.
I think coming to this area has definitely been a test of what’s in me, because it IS hard, and I know I need to learn to face dilemmas with the Spirit. I’ve done more fasting in this area than any other. But it’s hard too because my last area was thriving so much. We actually had investigators there, and most of them were coming to church every week. We could teach people and see them progress, and we could baptise people. I felt like a real missionary there. But coming here and somehow finding the energy to work twice as hard as I did in Swansea, yet still seeing zero progress is a test of mental character as well. When things don’t progress in the area I feel like I’m not doing my job. And you know what it’s like as a missionary when your sole purpose is to work, yet no matter how hard you do, your job isn’t getting done. Sometimes I feel like I’m not fulfilling my purpose and it drags me down. And then I have to drag myself back up again and remember that as long as I’m working my hardest, I am fulfilling my purpose, even if we can’t see any progress for my effort. At least I know if I work hard I won’t have anything to answer for later on.
It also is hard because I don’t want other people to think that I’m just a bum missionary who doesn’t work hard anymore, ’cause I know that’s probably what it looks like on the outside. I’m sure I would probably think that about another missionary if they thrived as much as me in the beginning, and then saw no evidence of work later on. I’d probably think they were dead and without hope or drive, especially in an England mission.
I just don’t want you to think that I’m lazy and dead because there aren’t any fruits to speak for our labours. I’d hate for you to think that I’ve just given up for some reason, I’m no quitter! 😉
A typical day here in Stourbridge is WAY different than Swansea. Swansea we would wake up at 6:30, and between then and 10:00 we would exercise, eat breakfast, get dressed, and do an hour of personal study. Then we would normally leave and go straight to a lesson in the morning, eat lunch, have companion study, teach another lesson, teach a less active or see a member, then teach a lesson to a recent convert or do service, and maybe have an hour to do tracting before dinner.
But here, we would get up and do the same thing in the morning. Then at 10:00 we would go out and tract until lunch, then eat, have companion study, then go try to follow up with potentials and do more finding, see a member, maybe teach a lesson, try to see one of the ward council members, do service (we do a LOT of service for the ward here), hunt down less actives, and then do more finding before dinnertime. Finding, members, and service use a lot more energy than teaching all the time, like we did in Swansea. We mix up the order of that every day, but that’s usually what the day consists of!
They’re WAY different, but all areas are! I’m sure my next area will be much different to Stourbridge and Swansea both.
Oh, and something we’ve accidentally added to our schedule here is losing our phone! We’ve done it twice this week! Once it was lost for a whole day and we had to use our neighbor’s phone to call the district leader, and then another time we lost it and the elders found it and had to come find us to give it back five hours later. Haha! We’d better not lose it for good, because we’ll have to pay 110 pounds for it if anything happens to it! We’re both clumsy…
We decided our area needed a major boost, so we took one day in the week to fast. Now, I have always been quite aware of the difference between my spirit and my body. But can I just say, I have never felt my body feel more mortal than it did on that day! I went on extreme swings from being EXTREMELY grateful for my body and all that it could help my spirit to perform, to being EXTREMELY annoyed at it because of the restrictions it put on me! Haha! Talk about confusing! Oh well, we were not giving up though because we NEED a miracle.
One day this week the zone leaders sent out a voicemail and said that they felt each team in the zone could find two new investigators that day. Well our day was really packed and we didn’t have any finding planned, but I knew that if our leaders felt we could do it, we could, and God would provide a way. And it happened that the less active we went to see that morning wasn’t in, so we decided to tract around her house.
The first door we knocked, a woman opened a window upstairs and stuck her head out. I could tell she’d just gotten out of bed to see who we at her door, and as I was telling her we were sharing a message about Jesus Christ, I expected her to say, “Not interested!” And slam the window. But instead she smiled and said, “Oo! I’ll come down!”
Her name was Sally and we taught her a lesson at the door, and scheduled an appointment to go back and see her. She is wonderful!
The second door we knocked was very kind, but busy working from home, and asked us to come back another time.
The third door we knocked was answered by a sweet woman named Jane whose questions all centred around the Plan of Salvation. We shared part of it, and shared our testimonies, and she asked if we could please come back on June the 7th at 11:00 to tell her more about it. Yes ma’am! We certainly can!
Those were a bunch of MAJOR miracles, because nothing like that EVER happens in Stourbridge!
Revelation is real everyone! Always trust your Priesthood leaders when they give you instructions!
We also met a less active this week whom I clicked with because she’s into 40s and 50s styles! She sews, and she’s got a bunch of vintage style dresses and skirts she’s made that she’s trying to get rid of before she moves. “Would you girls like to come over and go through them? Maybe you could take some off my hands.”
“That’d be no problem at all!”
We’ve mainly seen a lot of miracles this week, whether they be large or small, expected, or unexpected. There’s an eternagator (eternal investigator) whom we see every week; she progresses very slowly, but we do service for her, and teach her, and at times it becomes mundane, but we still feel promoted to continue seeing her. This week when we went her daughter, whose family lives next door, spoke to us about how she’s been to church in Birmingham before, she’s got a Book of Mormon and has been taught a bit by missionaries before, and asked us if we would come back and teach her about the Plan of Salvation. There was a reason behind our eternagator after all! I love the way the Lord works! 😊
I know this Gospel is so real, and so true. There is nothing as real as the Gospel in all the world. Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us. His timing is perfect, even if we don’t understand it. He knows all things, and He can works miracles–big and small–at the times He knows we can use them the most. He is perfect, and His Son is our earthly example of perfection to follow. Follow Him and you’ll never go wrong!
Sister Wadsworth #1 😘
P.S. Today we went to the Black Country Living Museum and it was really, really neat! It’s a whole village build just as if it were the late 1800s/early1900s, and they’re actual buildings that they took down from other locations and then rebuilt exactly as they were in the village. It was really neat. There was a lot of mining and railroad stuff, and it made me think of the Wadsworths over there mining before they came over.