We got here to England two weeks ago yesterday. We started out in a temporary flat that we stayed in for ten days until the missionary couple that we replaced, the Goodsells, went home. They spent those ten days training us and showing us around. We love them and are sorry that we didn't get to actually serve with them for longer than ten days. They are much loved by the missionaries and the ward and YSA members and will be missed.
We are now in our permanent flat and expect to be here our entire mission. It's in a lovely spot in south west London.
|Looking out of our kitchen window, we see a lovely grassy area and across the street from that is a humongous park. I will be doing some walking around that park to get some exercise.|
|Living in a temporary flat in Sydenham was fun. It used to be an Elders apartment so Sister Goodsell and some of the sister missionaries came and gave it a good scrub before we got there. It was pretty big and roomy.|
In response to my sister-in-law, Caroldean, posting about someone honking behind her, I thought about all the times I've been honked at these past two weeks. The honking is getting less frequent but most of the time it's well deserved.
|Our maiden voyage the very first day we were here ended up with us destroying the tire on our car. Running into curbs isn't so good for them.|
We have really enjoyed getting to know the people in our area, both the missionaries, YSA's and ward members. We are in a very ethnic ward with people from Africa, Jamaica, South American, Spain, England and who knows where else. It's awesome having so much diversity. I look forward to learning more about everyone cultures.
|The YSA council comes over every other Sunday evening to make plans for the coming weeks. They are a fine group of young adults.|
|We came at just the right time of the year. Everyone seems to be getting a last outing in before the end of the summer. Riding for about 2 hours in a tour bus, we went with the Crystal Palace ward to Bournemouth Beach.|
We spent the last few days at a senior zone conference in Exeter and touring around a bit in Southern England. The first night we introduced ourselves and heard a few words from our mission president, President Gubler, and his wife. They work so hard! What a job to be responsible for so many missionaries. We will do our best to not be a burden to him but to lighten his load.
It's late so I'm just going to share about a very special experience that Elder Pearce and I had on the very first leg of our flight from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas.
We got to the airport plenty early and were sitting in the waiting area with Elder and Sister Hatch who were with us in the MTC and are in this mission as well.
All these wonderful things came together for us and her. We talked the whole flight and asked her questions about her mom, her family and just let her talk.
Earlier that morning as Tony and I were saying our prayers I asked that we would be able to be the answer to someone’s prayers.
It was a wonderful testament to us that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. That he is aware of our sorrow and pain and will use each of us to help bare the sorrow of another if we are listening and are willing to be guided. I’m so thankful that we were able to help her. We found each other on Facebook and have chatted a bit back and forth.
We miss home and family but are so grateful for this opportunity to serve. We know that Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. We need to open our hearts and allow those answers to change us, comfort us and help us. We need humility.
|I brought these peg dolls and this piece of agate from home. They represent my daughters, grand daughters, sisters and mom. They make my heart happy. Now I need to find something to represent the men in our family.|