Friday, May 30, 2014

week of the wales

 so kids.

you heard right.. i have moved. to wales. rhiwbina is the name of my area and it is pretty posh. the sisters were emergency transfered two weeks ago, so things here are pretty dead. its basically a whitewash. we are really working to find people to teach and going to try mostly through the members. the area is super nice and a lot of older welsh people live here. it is completely opposite of leicester where english people were the minority. but it is good and i am liking it so far. except people told me that it rains everyday in wales.. i didnt really believe it, but the first three days i was here it just rained. and rained. and rained. forever. i was so wet. thank goodness for hair dryers to dry your clothes right? my companion is really cool though. sister tryon is from south jordan and is just great. she reminds me a lot of mally so that is way good. she is hilarious and we are having fun together. despite the rain. so that is mega good. she has almost been out for a year and here in rhiwbina for only two weeks. so she will most likely be my last companion. the zone and district are pretty cool. we only have four sisters in the zone so that is a bit weird. i have never had that before. but its pretty good. and the district is sweet. our district leader is way cool. and the ward is sweet. honestly. everyone is normal and they love us. and they are great. i am so excited to become friends with all of these people too. and get them to bring their friends into the gospel.. yay!!

holy getting to see scott. how was that?! man the pictures looked great and you all looked so happy. i really miss that kid. he is the best!! hopefully he will email me one day.. silly kid. but yeah and you got to meet my pal elder cagle. he is a funny kid. and crazy about all of those people with mission calls and weddings and babies. crazy stuff. but way exciting for all of them.

it was way sad to leave leicester. i loved that place and those people! def on of my favorite areas. those people will be close to my heart forever!! i wish you could meet them all. they rock. but i am super stoked about this new area. things can happen here and we are excited! the field is pure white here. the language here is crazy.. so i will try to send some photos of that. and other things.but i am excited. my goal is just to build this area up like crazy. and find good new ways to do it. whoop. whoop.

well i love you all and hope you have a great memorial day and a great week. i love you and miss you. and remember.. keep on keeping on.

love sister j

Monday, May 19, 2014

this week on the district

 hey hey you fam you.

it sounds like you all have had a mega good week. we have as well. it has been so warm here! i got some sun on my face, and a nice tan line started from my watch. the suuuun haaas arrived! (name that movie!)

some cool things have happened this week though. do you remember me telling you about michael from last sunday? well he is the man. and he is absolutely hilarious. has such a funny sense of humor. he is pretty sarcastic. but he came to church yesterday and is on a baptismal date. and he is loving it. its pretty cool to see. we are excited to see what other great things are going to happen with him. cool kid. from nigeria.

so we have a few investigators who either have babies.. or are pregnant.. and it makes me so excited to hold a baby again. i love kids, and it is pretty hard to not get to play with them all the time. so brevin better get ready to play with me 24/7 for a few days. he is the closest i have to a little kid.

some funny things for the week have been me going on a one day slimfast diet. our bishops wife has talked to us about losing weight.. and had loads of slimfast in her cupboard so she gave us loads. i tried it for one day.. and i was STARVING. so i quit. it was like those times when we run and i am so thirsty.. but hungry instead. bummer. so now i just eat normal again. and the other day we were in charge of youth and we sat on the grass.. the next morning i had about 40 bug bites on my legs.. so i am so so itchy. so many bites. a little bit i look like i have leprosy. pretty gross.

oh man the other day we met this guy on the street who was absolutely crazy. he was high as a kite and super drunk. i was being pretty bold with him and he kept telling me what a bully i was. it was pretty funny.. but a bit i got annoyed with this guy.. he was getting all up in my grill. but we set up a return appointment anyway. he didnt show. but it was funny to see the importance of the word of wisdom pronounced in such a significant way. be clean!!

we went on exchanges this weekend as well.. and it was so much fun! i went to coventry with sister jensen who is from my group. we got to play football (soccer) with some chinese people.. and one was named sherry. she was so cool. man chinese people really are so prepared! they are solid. i love it.

the week was good though. we are still seeing a lot of success and growth here. the ward it amazing and i have loved serving in this area. if i get moved wednesday i will definitely miss all of these people. they are amazing and i have learned so much here. this area has changed me so much. this is where i would have to say i have learned the most. so i am excited to continue to learn here or not. it would be neat to go to a new area.. but we will see tonight.

and have fun seeing elder call soon. i am REALLY going to miss him. he is the man. and has helped me so much on my mission. what a blessing to serve with him for more than half my mission.

well family. i think you are all great. i miss you lots and am so excited to see you soon. keep on keeping on. i love you so much!! dont forget that. or how amazing you are.

love you kids.

sister j

week after skype

family.

it was so good to talk with you yesterday. electronic face to electronic face. you all look so grown up. and like you are doing so good. thanks for waking up to talk to me and i hope that you really enjoyed church. and i am so happy you loved gma howard. she is great. i go to her with the things i need or things that i want to chat to someone about. she rocks. i will def skype her when i come home so you can talk to her some more. love that woman.

so since we chatted yesterday i dont really know what to talk about so i will just update you on our sweet investigators. they rock.

sally: young mom, who is loving reading the book of mormon, but a bit nervous to come to church.
zigma: a sweet lad from africa, who is set to be baptized.. but we need to change his date soon.
michael: random miracle guy from sunday. sweet though.
sharmma: another black woman who is pretty solid, just quite busy.

and there are others, but we just have the coolest people that we are teaching right now. we just need to get them progressing. focus on the one.

sister reed is way cool. she would love some oreos. she talks about them loads. it is pretty funny!

moves are soon.. next week when elder call goes home. i dont know what will happen. we will see. either way is good for me though.

things are going good though. it was so great to see you all yesterday. i hope you know how amazing you are. i am so blessed to have you as my family!! keep on keeping on. i miss you. love you. and dont want you to forget it!!

love sister j

Monday, May 5, 2014

it's one week until the big day

 hey my kids.

so. once again. you all look and sound like you are doing really great. which i love. it makes me very very happy. you all are keeping on. just like i tell you to do each week. whoop. so next week.. what if we did skype at 8 your time. which should be three here. would that work? you tell me. that would be the easiest thing for us. happy cinco de mayo as well. yesterday i ate enchiladas in honor of the big day. yeah.

the biggest news of the week is that my great friend monalisa was baptized this past weekend. it was a great experience for her. she has been waiting for this day for years. and when she came up out of the water and into the room with us she just put her face into her towel and cried. she was so happy. it was amazing to see her with that much love and excitement. i absolutely love getting to be a part of these people coming closer to christ. it is amazing to see them change and grow. it is unlike anything else. really it is. man i wish you all could meet these amazing people that i get to work with. whether it is people we are teaching or members or my companions.. they are great. maybe one day you can meet them.

we have the coolest investigators right now. eddie and zigma, they are super cool!! and then we have japhet and his family that are pretty sweet. japhey totally looks and talks like thurl baily. its amazing. but mostly i am just loving life right now. sister reed is the man. she comes from a family of 9 kids and lives like 2 hours away from leicester in a place called cambridge. but she is loving it her. honestly she is hilarious. love her. we are having so much fun.

so the other sisters in our district are sister roscher and sister curtis(my girl). sister curtis had to go to hospital this weekend so we were in a trio with sister roscher for a few days. so yesterday we went to 6 hours of church.. and then had a dinner appointment.. and were just cycling everywhere. it was so much fun though. and this morning sister curtis was let out of hospital so we had to go and pick her up. but it was fun to be with s roscher this weekend. loved it.

one thing that i have really learned this week is to be more grateful during the good times. i think when we struggle we see the good things that are happening.. but when things are good we dont notice the good so much. so sister reed and i have been working to be more grateful for those good things that do happen.. no matter if its a good day or a bad day. and when we are grateful all of the time.. we notice more blessings. and receive more blessings. how lucky are we?!

it does sound like you are great. and i am great. i realized today that i have about 100 days. that is crazy. and i am freaking out a bit. i love this place and this work. i am excited to come home and see you all.. but i love this place. the people and experiences are amazing. the things that are happening are unforgettable. going on a mission has changed my life. and i am SO glad that i decided to come. no matter how hard it may be at times.. i love it. and i love my savior for making it possible for me to come out and do this work. it is his work. we are blessed.

i love you kids. and i am mega excited to skype you on sunday. let me know if that time works for you!! see you soon. and dont forget.. keep on keeping on.

love sister j