Monday, July 22, 2013

Comfortable in Lincoln

 hey fam.

oh guys. I get so excited to email on Mondays, mostly just to see how you are doing and to hear about your fun experiences that you had during the week. I also love to hear your testimonies and the ways that your lives are being blessed. thank you for sharing those things with me. you are all such blessings in my life. oh and so cool that they are in Ireland this week. they will find much more then they went for. I know that. so exciting.

this week was a pretty slow slash average week in Lincoln. Monday we saw sophie, and she basically dropped us. she said that she doesn't think that she is ready to be baptized. she has a lot of poor outside influences that are leading her different ways. so there is only so much that we can do. she did come to our ward sports night so that was fun, but other than that we didn't see her this week much.
we were able to visit a 18 year old less active this week. she had contacted katy and asked that we bring her a book of Mormon. the only thing is that she lives in the mental hospital. so we went up there earlier last week. when we first got to the hospital I was really nervous. I always get nervous in situations like that.. we all know. but then we saw her and got to chat about her conversion story and just see how she is doing. it was a really neat experience and the spirit was very strong. then she came to church on sunday!!

we were able to do some service for a couple in our ward, the Henley's. they are so awesome! we went to help them pick raspberries at their allotment. that was so fun. we sang hymns with them and then sister Henley made us jam as well! then we have used the raspberries to make green smoothies all week! yum. oh and mom I brought the stand a little taller with me so I can read that again. I love that book. and I always loved how you would read that to us every morning. it was the perfect way to start the day. thank you for doing that for us. you are incredible.

one really neat experience that I want to share with you guys happened Saturday morning. I have been thinking so much about how I want to teach a family and Friday night as I prayed I was talking with heavenly father about that. then Saturday we were doing some finding on a street a mile and a half about from birchwood. we locked our bikes and then decided to walk to the end of the street and then track back. the first door that we knocked a man came out, followed by his 4 kids. I was mind blown. he at first said he didn't believe in god, but his daughter did. I wasn't expecting much from that, but then he seemed really interested. and we got a return appointment with him! I am stoaked!

s Curtis is doing really well. she honestly is the best comp ever. we had a great experience yesterday and I just know that we are going to be friends for the rest of our lives. that is one of the really neat thins about missions. the people you meet. the friendships that you make. they will last forever. love that.

the food is pretty average over here. we had a crazy dinner last night.. because we made it ourselves. it was very missionary though. basically just stuff we had in the cupboards. just saying.

this week we should all study the life of Christ. that is something that I have really been wanting to study and I hope to learn so much more from that. I love my savior and the gifts and knowledge that he has given me. it is so hard when people just don't believe, but the power that comes from bearing solid testimony of the things that you know to be true is unlike anything else. we are blessed to have the knowledge that we do and I challenge you all to share your testimonies this week to a non member. will you do that and then report next week? I love you all so much and hope that you have a fun week. mom and dad have fun in ak and say hello to everyone for me. I would love gandgs ak address. I need to write them. love you loads.

sister j

Monday, July 8, 2013

a hot week in england!

 hey kids.

whoa. you guys sure had a mega fun week. at the cabin, on the lake, on the zip line, the whole state must have been at your feet. that really is great. i loved seeing the pictures and your bright lovely faces. mac i am so glad that you and sophie are friends. and mom that you and heather are friends. they really are so great. the kids are rowdey sometimes but thats what makes them great. i hope you get to meet them in october. youll love them and brev would love the boys. ryan have fun at efy. i loved uvu. it was so much fun. and one kid that i met there, i think his name was michael walker or something like that.. he was totally on the mtc devotional from a few weeks ago. serving in florida. that was cool. brevin and mac i am excited to get your letters. and ryan did you send yours yet? i love getting letters, no matter how few.. haha any letter is great. i heard from sid christensen this week and an elder that is serving with kyle in canada. random friends. but it is so good to hear from people. love that. i havent gotten the package yet.. hopefully if someone goes to the mission home then soon.. but we will see. i guess the charge was if you dont claim it under 50 us dollars. even if it is more, they say to just write that it is under. ok and so exciting about the andersons! that is awesome, they are going to love it. my friend from the lincoln ward is serving there.

we went to a da last night right after the tennis game and they were watching the trophey ceremony. 77 years since a englishman has won. pretty cool. they said the whole street was nuts right after the game!
transfers are august 7, so just less than a month away.
man it has been soooo hot this week. i mean i am not complaining because its better than the rain, but it is roasting. and no one has ac so we are just roasting and sweating always. but its good.
our stake center is in nottingham. we have our ward and boston and derby along with the 3 nottingham wards.
ry guy, im going to write him a letter. i actually have been thinking of him and doing some things for him for his mish. love that kid and hes getting so tall. how tall now?
it is really tough to measure success. there really is no way to measure it. you just have to try your hardest and hope that you are doing enough. and if not, then do a bit more. that is something that i seem to be doing i guess. i find things really hard and yes i guess i am in between where i was at the beginning and where jake is now. there is so much to do and it is hard to know where to start sometimes. that is what i find the hardest. so i just pray and then work.
next sunday i want you all to study chapter 26 and 29 in alma. those are some of my favorites. ones that i would gladly read over and over again. they are super.
just keep praying for the ward. they are awesome and we have gotten to know a few more families better this week. they are awesome. i love lincoln ward.

this week was a bit stressful with sophie. there are so many people telling her that she is not ready to be baptized, when we know that she is. she is beyond ready and just is mission the confidence to actually do it. we love her though and are just working as hard as we can to prepare her for baptism. it wont be this week again, but hopefully soon.

fast and testimony meeting was awesome though. we have a semi investigator, lewis. he is 16 and dating a girl in the ward. he is in alma and just loves everything about church. but his mom wont let him be baptized until he is 18. he is such a stud though. and he bore his testimony. as soon as he stood up i started to cry. he has a powerful testimony. pray for his mothers heart to be softened. i know he will get baptized before i leave lincoln. and then a la that we have been working with also bore her testimony. she is incredible!! i loved all of sacrament meeting and church. plus there is a sister in our ward that came yesterday from utah! the first american non missionary that i have talked to for 5 months. sweet! haha sister curtis said that during sacrament meeting she felt like we were the city of enoch! it was so good!

well we are going to be working hard this week looking for more investigators and helping sophie prepare better. i am excited to impliment things that i have learned and heard this week. i am always striving to be better and work harder. as the lord asks us to. this week pray for missionary opportunities and i know that you will receive them. work to help the missionaries in your ward because they need members. i love you all and am so grateful for this time that i have to serve the lord. he has done so much for me and this is the least that i can do.. preach his gospel to all of lincoln england!

thank you for all that you do for me and the love that you send my way. i love you.

sister j 

with horse on p day

sister j and sister curtis with a recent convert's daughter

for kelsey parker

Monday, July 1, 2013

life as an english missionary


oh flip. ryan had his first date this week. how was it bro? you loved it didnt you. that sounds like a really fun date actually. did you drive? and you had to meet her dad. was that scary?;) haha i cant wait for you to take me on my first ex-missionary date. yeah? and have so much fun at efy this week. uvu is such a fun efy, plus you get to stay at natalies. that was so much fun. macdog. i am excited for you to email sophie as well. she is so great. i love that girl and we email every week. if you didnt get one from her.. her email is and i cant wait to get your letter. i miss getting letters from you guys. can we be pen pals? sweet. brevin. you type so fast. so fast. and about girlfriends? you are the best. good luck with portugese. youll rock it though kid.

this week was a pretty good one. i think though that i am turning into mom sometimes because i lose my memory so easily.. haha love you mom;) but we had some good lessons with sophie, transfers, and seeing rachel and ryan. we thought for sure this week e watt was going to leave because he has been here 6 months, but turns out that e battles left. e watt is training here again an elder from south africa. his name is elder human. and he is a really cool kid. we miss e battles and all his jokes but this new guys is awesome!

sophie is doing well. she is set for her baptism on the 14th so we are praying that all goes well there. she needs to make it to church more, so sopefully we can get her there this week. that would be ideal. man i am so excited for her. we had a really neat experience with her this week, one that really touched her heart. she loves to read the book of mormon and always prays about it. and always prays about her baptism. it is the sweetest thing. we love her.

there is a less active i think i told you about, ryan. and his fiance rachel. and their son jackson. they are so cool. we went to see them this week and then will see them again tomorrow. we know that ryan wants us to start to teach her, but doesnt give us much to work with. so we are going to have to pray and work to find how to reach her. but honestly they are the coolest people. i am excited to continue to work with them.

mom i am so glad that you and heather are becoming friends. she did give me a hug from you and that was so great. i am so excited for you to meet them. they are a great family.

i havent gotten the package yet.. hopefully this week.
the work is coming. we have a really good week set up and hope to find a few more investigators this week.
we found a park that we are going to go to today called south park. there are horses and mostly its just a huge hill. we are pumped though.
by the end of august we should have 266 missionaries in our mission. biggest in the uk and europe. sweet right. that means that birmingham is white.
the sisters in our zone photo were half and half. half trainees half trainers. they are all way cool. i know most of them pretty well. and love them all. its fun getting to know so many new people.
i love having meetings with president. he is such a smart guy and cares so much about us. and sister rasmussen is incredible as well.
nope never done a zip line sorry! i wish.

guys. have such a fun week being patriotic and celebrating. i miss america, but england honestly is so wonderful. we are excited for the week and getting to celebrate in our own way. it was no coincidence that joseph smith lived in america. the land of religious freedom in the year 1820. we are so blessed to live where we live and to have the freedoms that we enjoy. it makes me so grateful.

good luck reading your talks this week. i will join you in reading them as well. because you can never have too much ensign right? i would love the june and july ensigns.. thank you so much for all that you guys do for me. i love you and hope that you have a great week!

ministering is not just something that we do- it defines who we are.

sister j 

before elder battles left

with the district