Wednesday, June 19, 2013

still loving lincoln

 Late post this week.  They spent p-day in Nottingham and didn't have time for emails.

 hey family!

sorry about yesterday, we went to nottingham for p-day so it was pretty crazy. but you all sound like you are doing so well! ryan. you stud. i wish i could have been there to see you bless the sacrament for the first time, but i know that you did really great. what a blessing it is to have such strong priesthood holders in my family. i am so grateful that you are making correct choices and living so that you can hold that power. i am excited to get your letter. mac. you are a babe. and you have really nice teeth:) how does it feel to not have those suckers on any more? plus girls camp sounds like it was so much fun. and i hope that you are having a blast on your girls trip with mom, lisa, and rose? sister curtis says that being on a mission feels like a really long girls camp. so if you love girls camp.. come on a mission!! brev. you sound like you are loving summer. sometimes i dont understand your language that you type in.. haha just kidding i love the different ways that you write. you all should write letters to the flat. because we are low on that. haha and it is sister curtis's birthday tomorrow. so if you want to write her a birthday card, yeah she would love it. kacie, dani, and ben. thank you for your letters this week. you are all wonderful and you sound like you are doing so well. sorry we dont have much time today.
holy, i cant believe all of the people that are getting calls and going. remind me where jake is going? i was counting last night, and by the time tiana goes our ward should have 10 missionaries.. is that right? crazy! but so cool. i was reading the catch the wave talk from last conference and just realizing how sweet this time is. how awesome that all of these people are sacrificing this time to serve the lord. it truly is the work of the lord and we get to be a part of it!
how was fathers day? i am sorry that i didnt get a card out in the mail yet, but i will get one soon. plus i need to send some stuff home soon for a few birthdays and such. is there anything that you guys would like from england. or things that you want to try? i am thinking with chocolate, i might just have to bring it when i come home or else you will just get a lot of melted bits. unless that is fine?! dad i do want you to know how grateful i am for you. s curtis and i were talking about how wonderful our family and friends were. and especially our gratitude for our wonderful parents. you do so much for me and have given me a great example of loads of things. thank you for always watching out for me. i was remembering last summer when i worked at caspers and you would call me while i drove home at night just to make sure i was safe. i am so grateful for your concern and love. you are the best father that i could ever have. i love you.
i havent gotten the package yet, but hopefully soon. maybe by saturday, because e watt has to go to the mission home friday so if it came he will pick that up for me.
my favorite beverage is water. haha and there is this drink that we found a couple weeks ago that is apple juice. but it is just compressed.. nothing added. it is so good.
i didnt go to the bank this week... i got some cash out for a backpack and thats really it.
missionaries are just floading birmingham. when does nick come? this transfer we are getting 16 sisters and i am not sure how many elders. but loads. by august our mission will be the biggest in the uk and europe. so sweet! 266 missionaries.
sundays here are pretty slow days. in england on sundays families are hardly home, they are out and about together. so we had church and correlation with the ward mission leader. then this week we met with sophie and had a da with a less active family. the story with that one is.. the other day we were walking our bikes home in the rain down high street, because i had a flat tire, and i said hi to a man that walked past us. we turned and said, ''you are the sister missionaries?'' we said yes. and he told us that he was a member named ryan. funny thing is we had tried to visit him a bit ago. he invited us over and for dinner. his fiance is not a member, but he served a mission in paris. so that was a really good oportunity to meet with them. i dont know how interested they are but they said we could come back. any ideas how we could help there better?
the weather here is random every day. today is a really nice day. so we are enjoying no jackets! but it could change in ten minutes!
our week was pretty crazy. we had a few lessons with sophie and she is progressing so quickly. it is so great to see her testimony grow and the excitement that she has for the gospel and especially for the book of mormon. it is neat to see that growth in her. i love it. the hard thing is her parents. she is 20, but her parents are not happy with her investigating the curch and wanting to be baptized. but she is set on it. her determination i think will win over. pray for her.
well that day that i had a flat tire on my bike.. yeah it then got stolen. who would steal a bike with a flat tire? i just am glad that it was mine and not sister curtis's. i was really stressed for a bit and didnt really know what i was going to do. but the elders called around and elder brewer, our zone leader from springville goes home in two days so he is letting me have his bike. what a good kid. we call the bike clunker. it makes a lot of noise because it is kind of broken, but its doing ok. and it works.
we had to drop and investigator this week. that was the hardest thing ever. he wasnt progressing the way he should. i have been teaching him since i got here and every time i leave a lesson with him i feel drained. he just shuts my testimony down and it is hard. we finally had to just decide that we couldnt teach him anymore. that was one of the hardest things to do. you come to love these people and become so sad when they dont see their potential. you see them as christ would, and i think that was the closest i have come to feeling as the savior does when we dont do what we should. but we will try to keep in touch with him.
well thank you for your emails this week. kids i would love to write letters to you as well. so if you want to drop something in the post.. go for it. i can find you pen pals as well! you family, are the best. i love you all and am so grateful to know that i have you forever. that is something that we will be forever grateful for, the holy spirit of promise. i know that i am. i love that mom and dad made the decision to be married in the temple so that we can be together forever. and then dani and ben did and now the rest of us will also. what a great day when we can sit together in our mansions in heaven and remember the experiences that we had on earth. write them down. in a journal.
have a great week and i pray for you all daily. love you!
love, sister j 

with Abigail Croft at ward party

an Aggie in England

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