Well it’s been another wonderful week here in Wales!
First of all, Sister Siri-ek hit a landmark, and we’re not talking a landmark in her mission, were talking a landmark in her life! She had her first peanut butter and jelly sandwich this week! She was studying English one evening and asked me, “What does it mean, ‘PB&J?'” And I said, “Peanut butter and jelly.” She just stared at me, and then it hit me. “You HAVE had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before, haven’t you?”
She hadn’t, so we had the elders bring their peanut butter and jam to district meeting the next day and she was initiated into American childhoods.
Secondly, we are getting transferred-ish; kinda-sorta, but not really. We are just getting moved to Cardiff city, still in the same ward, but a different area in the ward boundaries. So basically we are just moving flats and kicking the other sisters out, which stinks.
I passed my theory test! Praise the Lord! All glory hallelujah! We had to ride down 45 minutes in absolutely hammering rain to get there though, and after I got done wringing my dress out I told Heavenly Father that if I didn’t pass after that I was going to sit down in the middle of the street and cry. I passed. 😊 Now I have to start taking driving lessons before I take my driving test next month. Hopefully I don’t kill anyone 🤞🏼. Several missionaries have crashed while taking lessons, and also while taking their tests and I definitely don’t want to be one of those!
We’ve had a lot of miracles this week. I know that missionaries tend to talk about miracles a lot, but it’s because I think at this point we realise that literally everything is a miracle given to us by Heavenly Father. We’re taught that miracles are the direct result of the correct application of true principles, and for me, the correct application of the principle of obedience is what draws these miracles from Heaven.
The first time I was ever in Rhiwbina about eight months ago for a double zone conference when I was in Swansea, and I noticed a Road while walking from the train station to the chapel. Then when I arrived here in my new area last week, the first time we were walking to the chapel, that same road stuck out to me again, and I remembered it. Ever since then, each and every time we pass by on the way to the church, no matter what direction we’re going, it popped out to me, without fail. Then on Wednesday our plans fell through, and our back up was to go finding and I remembered that road. So I put my foot down and decided that I was stubborn and if that road had stuck out to me so much, I was not leaving this area without tracting that it. When we got there, there was a Welsh Methodist chapel right there on the corner and I thought, ‘Shoot, we can’t tract this, all these homes are too close to the church and we aren’t allowed to proselyte near the houses of other faiths.’ But that just made me more stubborn and I knew that Satan was trying to deter me. I knew there must have been someone really cool on that street if Heavenly Father kept reverting my mind to it, and if Satan was trying to keep me away. So we tracted, and second door in was a family. Yes, we’re interested. Could you please come back in a couple of weeks when we get back from our holiday? Yes we can! Miracle. If I hadn’t applied the principle of obedience to the Spirit, that miracle wouldn’t have happened.
The second miracle is very similar to the first. Thursday we had time to do some finding again after all our studies were done with, and there was another road that had stuck out to me, and I’d learned with the first one to follow those promptings. So we went to this road called the Heathlands and started knocking doors. To be honest, a lot of them had really crabby old men behind them who were ‘science-based themselves’ and who weren’t very happy we were knocking on their door. But after an hour of knocking, we had found four incredibly prepared people who wanted us to come back again, who we handed over to the elders. It was a miracle based on obedience and diligence.
If you think about the true principles that we all know and apply them correctly, I can PROMISE you that you will see miracles. Apply those principles and have a strong faith, because remember what Mormon says, “All they who wrought miracles wrought them by faith.”
We had a Book of Mormon fireside yesterday after church, and it was really good. It was missionary driven, but we had the members doing most of it. The only thing we did as the missionaries directly was to make a huge Book of Mormon to people to write their favourite scriptures in. And being 18-22 year old missionaries, we left it until Saturday night to do. But hey, we got it done and it looked great! I kinda think if they were all this size people might be more readily accepting of them.
Well I will talk to all you wonderful people again next week, but I sure do love you all, and I’m grateful for all that you do for me.
Sister Marie Wadsworth