Dearest Wales! It’s such a beautiful and wonderful place! Although it is tough to do missionary work here, I still love it.
We did a LOT of tracting this week, and a lot of working the city centre over, but sadly, nothing really came of our finding efforts. I was really pumped all week to find like five people to teach, and I had my heart set on it, we role played our door and street approaches over and over again, and even drilled ourselves practice-teaching the first lesson all the way through from How To Begin Teaching to the baptisimal invitation to show Heavenly Father how prepared we are to bring His children unto Him. We met a lot of cool people and had quite a few neat experiences, but none of them wanted to accept our invitation to learn. However, after all that, we received THREE referrals at the end of the week. Three! That’s more than the rest of my mission combined! You’d be 110% right when you said this is a tracting mission. One of them is from a recent convert in London who referred his brother to us here in good ole Cardiff. We talked to him on the phone and he’s so….normal. Strange. We are going to start teaching him Wednesday.
Another referral came from the sisters in Cwmbran. Someone they are teaching who is going to get baptised is moving here to Cardiff, so they’re passing them on to us! And then a member of the Ward referred one of the elders former investigators to us from like half a year ago. Then another member who is my favourite person ever texted us Sunday night and said host her friend who had investigated for a long time and then yThe stopped messaged her and said he wanted to come back to church. Hallelujah! So we’ve seen a lot of blessings and a lot of miracles this week. We didn’t find anyone from our own efforts, but God observed our hard work and dedication and rewarded us for it in the end. He is so good!
We had a cool experience when we were tracting. We were tracting the student housing and a girl answered the door and we started talking to her. She wasn’t that interested and I was kinda losing hope, but something told me to keep talking. Then from behind her in the house came another voice, pretty soft, and I barely heard it. It was another girl I hadn’t seen and she asked which church we were from. Her friend stepped to the side and I saw her sitting at the top of the stairs listening. I answered that we were from the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and then she got up and walked down the stairs. She’d been going to a bunch of different churches exploring for quite a while, and she really liked the Quakers. (Of course all I could think about was Gary Cooper in Friendly Persuasion, that’s a given. When she started talking about how they sit in silence, but occasionally someone stands and says how they feel, I just saw Little Jess: “God is love!” 😂😳 🦆)
But then she asked, “When you pray, what does it feel like?” I asked her if she’d ever prayed before, and she said she had once when she was little, but she didn’t remember how it felt, and she was a little scared to try it again. I just told her that for me prayer was about my relationship to Heavenly Father, and that once I realised my true relationship to Him, prayer became a very natural thing, not a scary one. It felt so good to teach someone about their true relationship to Heavenly Father, and I really felt the Spirit working through me and guiding the things that I said. I’m so thankful that we all know who we are as children of God. There is no more comforting or empowering knowledge. The girl wasn’t ready to meet with us and take the lessons, but I feel sure she will one day.
Well, it’s starting to get a lot cooler here already folks. The sad reality of the UK: some years, summer doesn’t exist. We turned on our heat this week, but then the radiator in the bedroom started leaking water under the carpet and it stunk like heck for a few days and the plumbers had to come. I think our landlord hates us! 😂
I got my hair trimmed today for the first time in 14 months! It was for free because they let students who are in training do it on Mondays, and a supervisor just watches so that they don’t ruin your hair. I got the ends trimmed off and got it layered, and it looks nice, except he cut off quite a lot more than I told him too. I said maybe two inches and he went about five so I’m kinda angry about that because you know how I like my hair long. The shorter it is the weirder I look. But it grows fast so it’ll have another couple inches back by the time I come home.
I’ll be taking my driving test this Thursday! Pray for me to pass so that I don’t waste the Church’s money! I’m taking my test in Cardiff. HA! Like, who even risks taking it in Cardiff because it’s a city and everyone says most people fail. But it was the only place I could get that I could take it before November. Oh well! I’m just gonna go for it.
Michelle fed us crepes this week and they were so good. Here, people eat them with sugar and lemon. The sprinkle them with sugar then they’re hot, and then sprinkle lemon juice on it and it’s really, really good.
As a missionary team in our ward we’ve all been feeling like there’s something greater for us to do here, and after a lot of fasting and praying we’ve come to the conclusion that we could have some really powerful member missionary work going if we handled it the right way. We had a couple of meetings together this week to try to figure it out, and then we brought our ward mission leader into it after we came up with a plan. Haha, basically we decided that we all hated tracting and Street contacting in the rain, and nothing was coming from it anyway, so we needed a more inspired approach, and that approach is finding through the members! We’re really going to try to start upping our game, and we’re starting with ourselves by doing our very best to be our very best and our most obedient. So pray for us to have the power to do what we need to do! We KNOW it can be done, but we really need the Spirit’s inspiration to do it!
I can’t really think of anything else to tell you about this week. Oh yeah! Not this last Saturday, but the one before that, we were at this less active/part member family’s home and it was he first time we’d ever been there. We’re getting ready to teach a lesson when the dad stands up to get something, looks out the window, and goes, “What! Is this a coincidence, or did you plan this?” Then he yanks open the front door and goes, “Come on in, boys!” And in walk the elders. Haha! We just both happened to stop by for the first time at the same time. It was kind of awkward, but the family felt special anyways. Then this Saturday we stopped by a different less active/part member family on the complete opposite side of the Ward boundaries, (again, just a random stop by) and we were helping them set up for a BBQ they were having for their sons birthday before we had to go to our next appointment. The Dad says, “Why don’t you stay foe the BBQ? When your done with your appointment, come back! The elders will be here too!” My mind just screeched to a halt and I went, “What? The elders?”
“Yeah! They said they’d stop by this afternoon for the birthday!” 😳😂 I was outta there! I don’t know how many times in my mission that the elders have literally walked into our appointments. I called the elders and we were all really glad we dodged that bullet….for once. 😂 Maybe we should coordinate better. But I think if it happens it must be for a reason, because all these families are starting to feel really special!
Thank you all so all so much for all your love, prayers, end encouragement. It really means so much, especially the nearer I draw to the end of my mission. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you. You are the ones who make it possible for Gods work to move forward and for people to progress to eternal life with Him. Thank you for always being so good and for doing what is right.
Sorry this email is so long! I guess it was just a great week!
I love you!
Sister Wadz 😂
Oh P.S. This week I got asked the one question missionaries always joke about, but never actually happens. Someone we were teaching asked, “So where IS Kolob anyway?” 😂 I almost died.