Wednesday, April 30, 2014

the week of the iron tablet

 hey kids.

so i think you are all great. and want you to know that. seriously. seeing photos and reading your emails, i just am mind blown at how much you have all grown. its great. i am proud to call myself an egbert. its the best.

it sounds like you all had a pretty great week though. and to see that you are experiencing some of the things we experience here a lot.. aka rain. isnt it the best. it was raining yesterday as we cycled to our dinner appointment. which was alright. it was just a small rain. not too bad.

one of the best things that we had happen this week was also partly a trial. We are teaching this man named eddie, who is planning to be baptized into the catholic church soon. We tried to set a date with him for baptism because we know that he wants to be baptized here as well.. but turns out the date we had planned was the same as his date for their church. We had the bishop and his wife teaching with us.. and the bishop was great to tell him that he needed to make a choice. Sadly for Eddie though he found that pretty upsetting. He doesnt want to upset anyone. So he decided to choose the catholic church. We were pretty upset.. but prayed and asked the zone to pray for him as well.. and he ended up coming to church yesterday! It was quite a miracle. And a great experience for us to see that the Lord is mindful of everyone and gives us each endless chances!

i dont know. things are going so great. but it feels like the lord is just blessing us loads. we arent doing anything special. just trying our best. and that is great. i love it. sister reed is the man. kind of like dani. so its sweet.

today though we had the chance to go with the stake president and two elders to a college in leicester to talk to a class about the church. that was a way cool experience. we got to talk about our beliefs and what not. and then the stake president bought us lunch. but it was neat. lots of different religions and ethnicities in the class. so they had some good questions.

but things are great. i hope you all are having a great week!! the lord loves us and does bless us. we cant forget to be grateful and thank him everyday! you guys rock. keep on keeping on.

love sister j

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

week of the running....again

 hey hey you you.

my family. is the best. i just think you guys rock. and i love getting your pictures and seeing slash hearing about all of the fun things that you are doing. and you have a new fridge? and a new toaster?! man. posh. haha i love it! it sounds like you have had a pretty fun easter. here we just had church and then a dinner appointment with my second mission grandparents the howards. and then we did some good work.

oh yes. so i am staying here in glenfield for at least another transfer and i am really excited about it. as you know my new companion is sister reed and she is from england. she is the best. seriously. love her. we have gone running a lot. and she loves to hoose it up. she is 26 and a bum nurse as well. haha i love her. she helps me work hard and has fun at the same time. and she has almost been out for a year. i am really excited for this transfer.

this week was a pretty good one. we put monalisa on a baptismal date so please please keep her in your prayers. but we also have this way cool investigator names eddie and he is the man. he is about to be baptized catholic.. but we are obviously trying to stop him from doing that. but he is great. i might have told you about him already. but i have never seen someone want to be cleansed from their sins so badly. its amazing. he was supposed to come to church yesterday.. but wasnt able to make it.. but we did have this way cool woman come to church. sister urbani and i contacted this lady name marieta about a week ago.. and she was kind of interested. she is from albania. but we stopped by her saturday morning and just visited with her for a while. she then said that she wanted to come to church with us sunday.. and her 15 month old daughter amanda. and they came!! it was so so cool to see her come and to see her be fellowshipped by one of my favorite members. it is great to see the gospel at work. pretty cool guys.

i loved being able to thing about my savior yesterday and the sacrifice that he made for us. i know that he lives and loves us. he died for us, but rose again. and that is our message to the world. because of christ we too can become perfect. lets work our hardest to find someone this week that doesnt know of this message.. and then share it with them. ok? you can do it.

i love you all. you are my best friends. and i hope that you are doing great! have a great week and i am so excited to hear from you next week.. and skype soon!!:) keep on keeping on.

love sister j

Monday, April 14, 2014

another week bites the dust.

 hey you kids.

so you all had a mega fun week it sounds like. nyc. dances. bacon. school. you guys are living the life. love it. and i love the photos that you send to me every week. its the highlight of my week. emails and photos from my familia. you guys are the best. and i heard that they weather is getting better there. and it is here as well. i hope that you have leicester on that weather ap on the iphone so you can look at what i am going through. not raining right now though. whoop.

here is the thing.. i get here.. and then i never know what to say about our week. it was pretty good. a lot better than last week at least. our investigator monalisa is the man. honestly we love her so much. and her girls are the best. they came to church yesterday and loved it. and we were able to fast with lisa and hopefully tomorrow set a baptismal date with her. she was taught a few years ago and had three baptismal interviews.. but because of situations with her husband/partner.. she was unable to be baptized. but this time around there should be no problems. please keep her in your prayers. she is amazing. i wish you could know her. or that i had some photos.

haha than on saturday we were doing some finding in rally park and this little maybe 8 year old kid stops me and asks me straighten out his scooter for him while he ties his shoe. it was pretty funny! just kind of cool to see that the lord uses us to help everyone. like for real everyone. and when people trust us to help them.. its pretty cool.

so also i am learning to LOVE gardening. we should definitly have a garden. i think i am going to plant one when i get home. is that ok mom? but there is a fmaily here that has an alotment.. which is basically like a big area where lots of different people have gardens. because their proper gardens are too small to grow things. but we are getting to go help her once a week and she is teaching me so much! and we are meeting some cool gardening folks. i love it. being outside, talking to people, and serving. its pretty great. so i am excited to use these skills later

yesterday we got to watch the general womens broadcast.. and it was amazing!! that choir was so cute, and when they began singing their first song.. tears came to my eyes. those young girls being their brought the spirit so strongly. it was amazing. young spirits are some of the most amazing spirits. i think it is because they are still so good at turning their will over to the father. they dont feel a need to do things their way all of the time, and they are able to let him do his work. that is why christ tells us to become as little children. they will help us reach the kingdom of heaven. isnt that cool? so guys.. lets all be like kids. well like brevin at least.

well i hope that you all have a great week this next one. enjoy yourselves and dont forget to do those things that are important. prioritize! that is so important. i learned that this week. haha you learn a lot of things as a missionary. it rocks. ok but i hope you know that i love you all so much! you are my best friends. and i miss you. but i hope that you are all able to have your own missionary experiences every day! and please tell me about them if you do. keep on keeping on.

love sister j 

fun family in the ward

of course a jumping pic

sister j sister b and elder ?

Monday, April 7, 2014

week of the oldie

hey fam.

so yes. i am old now. it was kind of sad to realize that i am older. i liked being 19 and now.. 21. flip. haha but its all good. on saturday some members took us out for lunch before conference which was great, and then we had conference. but before we went there we were suppose to have a lesson with a potential named grace. we get there to her house and she goes to open the door.. and it wont open. she tried like a million keys and even passed me the keys through the post box to try from the outside.. and nothing. couldnt get the door open. (the dont have deadbolts here.. just keys both sides of the doors.) but it was the craziest thing.. not able to get that door open. so we are going to have to try by her later in the week. so funny. it was on a pretty busy street as well so that made it even funnier.

but it sounds like you all had a mega fun spring break! yay for hp world, cleaning, and vball. sounds fun. and so much going on with all of my cousins. yay for all of them. that is great! i hope that everyone is well and enjoying life!

wasnt conference great?! we were able to watch the first three sessions at the stake center saturday and sunday and then this morning we caught up on the sunday afternoon session for our study. it was a great conference!! i loved it. my favorite two talks would have to be elder stevenson and president monson in the sunday morning. they were great. i felt like so many talks this confrence were centered around our savior. such a great reminder for us to keep our baptismal convenants and to always remember him. he is our ULTIMATE example. so we need to always follow him. always. i am so grateful for the testimony i have of my savior. and the growth that came to that testimony this weekend. i love the prophet and apostles. they are men called of god to lead us now. that i know. and they are all special witnesses of christ. pretty cool stuff. what was everyones favorite? i also loved elder ballard. he had a lot to say about member missionary work.. and even gave some ideas on how to. hastening the work. pretty cool.

well we are excited for this next week and are hoping to see lots of good things happen. good luck to you all in the upcoming week. know that i love you miss you and pray for you. keep on keeping on kids. you rock.

love you lots. sister j