I’m not really sure what to say about this week. Just…….boy. I don’t even know what happened because it was all over the place, and so were we! We had two exchanges, and a zone conference to do training at, plus new greenies coming in, so we helped haul stuff around last minute, plus district meetings and work overs, so we ended up driving a LOT. Thank goodness for the tractors for training me to stay awake and alert for hours and hours on end! I don’t know what happened in between all that, all I knew was that I was TIRED.
Tomorrow we are going to Demontfort to do a work over with the sisters there and then Wednesday and Thursday we are on exchange with Peterborough sisters, then Friday we have MLC in Birmingham, and then we’re driving straight from Birmingham to Nottingham to spend the night with the sisters there, and then doing to Derby with the next day to help the Nottingham Zone with Derby Poppy Day for the whole day, and then were driving back home to Stamford for church. It’s going to be really crazy!!! But it’ll be good!
It was so weird to see the greenies come in and remember seventeen months ago when that was me. Now they all look at us with dropped jaws and wide eyes and ask us how long we’ve been out. Then I say, “Seventeen months…” and they go, “WOW! You’re so COOL!!! What’s your best advice for the mission?” And I’m like, ‘Look at this gal! Do I LOOK like I know what I’m doing?! I’m still clueless, okay!’ But of course I can’t say that so I just go with the cliche answers, “Oh, just work hard and follow Preach My Gospel! 💁🏼”
It almost makes me cry every time though because I feel so confused. I feel like I’m still the greenie! It seems like it was just yesterday I got here and now…..aaahhh! Haha, I have to say though, I don’t think I’ve ever seen greenies SO GREEN before. I’ve seen a whole new shade of it this transfer. Maybe it’s the group, or maybe it’s just that now I’ve been here long enough to see green for what it is, it either way….They’re hilarious! Honestly, the EBM just got a whole lot more entertaining! Most of them are from Utah so they just worship missionaries and they look up to us a lot, but it’s just soooooo funny. And there are 25 of them. They’ll all make really really good missionaries though, it’s a really good group, I gotta say.
I got to go to Derby this week (“Darby”) on exchange and it was a lovely place. I had to think of Pride and Prejudice the whole time because I was in Derbyshire. Then I was in Nottingham, so I had to think of Robin Hood.
Sister Hall is from New Zealand and she just turned 21 last Tuesday! She’s so nice!!!! I love her, she’s super sarcastic just like me, so we get along really well. And she’s way down to earth, she just says it how it is. She has quite a few siblings, and she’s quarter Samoan. So we’re both quarter bloods.
This week we started teaching the child of one of our recent converts. He’s eleven but he wants to be baptised when he’s twelve in February. It was very humbling to see such a young person so intent on the gospel and what it means, and see him have such a desire to learn of it and set himself on the right path. Something I really enjoyed was watching his face as he watched the restoration clip. The Spirit is so evident in the face of a child, and testifying to them seems so much easier and more potent than testifying to an adult, because there is nothing standing in front of their heart. They are so innocent and pure that they have no problems being touched by the Spirit.
We also taught the mother of another recent convert. She’s trying to stop smoking she just quit herself and she’d been off them for four days. Haha, then we went to another recent converts house who is struggling with the word of Wisdom (she keeps one cigarette in her purse ‘just in case’ she’s ever overly stressed.) We’ve been trying to tell her that she just doesn’t need it and to get rid of it. So this night that we went we were walking into her building and she just happened to be walking out…with the cigarette hanging out of her mouth. Unlit, but she was going out with the intention to smoke it. We just kind of smiled at her and she stopped and said, “Well……ya caught me. Come inside.” So we were able to teach her the restoration again and at the end of it we asked her if we could take the cigarette from her, and she gave it to us!!! We really celebrated in the car on the way home! All I can say is Heavenly Fathers timing is PERFECT.
Can I just say how much I love every single one of you and how GRATEFUL I am for you, and for everything you do, and for putting up with me and supporting the missionaries that are serving, not just from our family, but in the wards and stakes we live in. I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! Have a wonderful week and be very happy!
❤️ Sister Wadsworth