What an unusual week, that’s all I can say! We had exchanges Tuesday and Wednesday, and I got to go with my friend Sister Swasey from the MTC for the day. It’s weird to think that the MTC was almost fifteen months ago! It was so much fun! At one point we were knocking doors and there was a little boy playing in the window and making faces at us. Sister Swasey was playing with him while I was trying to slip a card through the door. When I opened the letter box a little kids hand shoots out from the inside and grabs my finger and holds onto it. It was SO funny, and he would not let go either. We just stood there and laughed for a bit while I was held prisoner, and I sure hoped the kids parents wouldn’t come and open the door, because that prolly wouldn’t have been good. I pried my finger out of his grip and he starts grabbing for something else, so Sister Swasey held the website card to his hand and he grabbed it and pulled it inside. The bad thing was that as we were walking away he ran over to the window by his older brother and he was BARE naked. 😳😂
Another lady sister Siri and I met tracting saw the Book of Mormon and starting hitting it, and telling us it was possessed and to please get rid of it for our own safety. Then she starts talking about how Joseph Smith was possessed by a devil and all this stuff, and half of me wanted to laugh, and another half of me just started boiling and I had to refrain from turning red-faced and shouting, “Don’t bash on my Prophet!” It makes me so angry when people try to disprove Joseph Smith, and I get really defensive. I did however ask her to be kind and that I wasn’t at her door to tell her her bible was written by a devil, so she needn’t tell me the same thing. She asked if she could pray for us, and I’m not one to deny prayers of any kind, so she starts praying that we will see the truth and not be deceived, and in my head I’m also praying to Heavenly Father going, ‘Yeah, same for her please…’ If you wanna stay on Sister Wadsworth’s good side, don’t start bagging on Joseph Smith!
On Thursday I took a driving lesson at 7:30. It was TERRIBLE! Then my driving test at 10:30. I’m now a legally licensed UK driver! It was only by the grace of God that I was able to pass in this country, and Heavenly Father knew that so He gave me a REALLY nice instructor for my test, which was quite considerate of Him, I thought.
I am also very wet. It has rained a bit this week, but I can’t really complain about much! I’ve grown so used to being wet over the past fourteen months that most of the time I don’t end up noticing it anymore.
Yesterday as church was about to start one of my close friends from Swansea walked in and I just about cried when I saw her. I miss that place and all the amazing people that were there.
Tuesday are our interviews with President, and then coordination and Ward council in the evening so it’s just gonna be all meetings all day long, oh joy. But we are going to be presenting our missionary initiatives to the Ward council for aid and approval so I’m excited and also a bit nervous because we’ve made some big plans. Hopefully the Ward council likes it! I also got to talk to the bishop for about 40 minutes on Saturday because he gave us a ride back from a Ward party, and he’s really excited for university to commence in September and catch a bunch of uni students to get baptised, and since we are the “City Sisters” he wants us to “hammer the unis with all we’ve got!” I love university towns and YSA wards, they’re the best!
There isn’t much else to tell you as far as excitement goes. Maybe I’ll just tell you about the bike shop guys to finish off with. There’s a little bike shop close to where we live and we end up taking one of our bikes there at least once a week, and all the guys that work in there know who we are and they know we’re Mormons. So while they’re fixing the bike we just get to sit in there with them and they all talk to us and just ask us questions about the church. Whenever we have nothing to do we know we can just go to the bike shop and teach a lesson to about five guys at once! Sometimes they ask stupid questions, and half of them aren’t genuinely interested, but as time goes on they actually begin to learn things, and then their wheels start to turn. It’s kind of weird though that that’s the place and setting where I’ve been the most comfortable with talking about the gospel with people on my mission. They just aren’t afraid to ask questions, and we’re not afraid to answer them. Sometimes they think they’re being funny, but they don’t realise that it’s people like them who end up getting baptised and remaining part of the church for the rest of their lives! Maybe we’ll just tell them that next time and they’ll put themselves on a date.
They all aren’t the most clean cut guys in the world and they’re a bit rough around the edges, but every time I’m there I can see something very genuinely and inherently good in each of them, and that is when the Spirit starts reminding me how real repentance and change are. Through the Spirits eyes I can see every one of those guys cleaned up and making covenants with God, and making great things out of their lives, and seeing them that way makes it so much easier for me to love them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is all about change and love. I know that all of us can change, and because of that we have no right to judge someone else by saying that they won’t be able to change as well. I guess we all sin differently, but we all have to go through the same process of repentance. We’re all in the same boat down here on this earth, and we’ve got to stay in it and help each other out.
I love everyone so much! Thank you for everything that you do, and for your love and patience.
Sister Wadsworth ❤️