Monday, July 28, 2014

week of the boston tea party

 hey kids.

it sounds like you had a FUN week. lots of way cool things to do. and fun people to see. and water to swim in. and fireworks to light off. yeah. and way way cool that mike came home. i miss that kid. i forgot to email him. but tell him hi from this sister and that i'm excited to see him.

about sister sorensen. i can definitely leave her my things here. i gave one of my jackets to sister tryon.. but i can leave the other one. and i can leave my bike.. but it will need a new back tire. but that is better than getting a whole bike. i will leave my bedding. but she will need a pillowcase. but i will leave the rest. i will leave it in a bag at the mission home so she can get it when she comes in that day. we leave pretty early in the morning so we dont see any new missionaries. but it will all be there for her. i will leave anything i can think of. that i wont need. i am excited for her to come!! but tell her to not worry about those things.. jacket, bike, umbrella, and bedding. it will be provided!!!

well this week.. i think our most exciting event was teaching the word of wisdom to our less active slash part member family the horvats. we love them lots and think they are wonderful! but they were having a problem with coffee and the mom smokes. but they got the coffee from the kitchen and gave it to us to take.. so we poured in into the canal.. like the boston tea party. but it was the wolves coffee party instead. that was fun. and we are just way excited that they are progressing. they bummer thing is that they didnt come to church yesterday.. so we might have to push back lukas' baptismal date.. which is never fun. also because he is super excited to get baptized.

we have been trying to work with members more as well. we have some really great members. there is one family here that has a son serving a mission in london south mission. they are the best missionaries! we are teaching their neighbor who is awesome! and surprised us by showing up to church with them yesterday. we have had a way hard time getting into contact with him so it was great to see him at church!!

something that was really sad this week was sister hamnett had her bag stolen from the chapel. that was pretty hard for her and i felt really bad. but we were really blessed by the lord in different ways even through that. she is doing good. but she had her camera in her bag.. so i was wondering if it would be ok for me to leave my camera here for her when i go home?

i hope you all are still doing great. i am excited to see you really soon! i think you are wonderful and i know that you are great examples to everyone around you. its amazing to see how our examples can help those around us to feel the spirit as well. its so so great to see the gospel change lives. and i know you are all doing that where you are. keep it up!!

keep on keeping on. i love you lots!

sister j

week of the rain

hey family.

well.. this week it has been quite rainy and thunderstorming. which is fun and a bit annoying at the same time. fun because i love thunderstorms.. but annoying because then its just super wet and no one is every really outside. and my feet get wet. but i bought an umbrella for the first time on my mission.. i know three weeks from going home. but it saved my on saturday. it was just chucking it down with rain that day. we stood under a tree and were trying to decide what the most effective thing to do would be... and decided to say a prayer. to one ask for the rain to lessen or to know what to do. as we ended our prayer the rain didnt lessen.. but sister hamnett said.. ''its ok, heavenly father will give us the strength to carry on through it.'' and that he did. it was a great day. filled with fun interactions, mostly with ward members. but nontheless.. it was a great day.

we started working with a part member less active family this week.. i dont know if i told you about them at all. the horvats. the are from the czech republic. and they are really really cool. we love working with them. so its the parents, peter (a 15 year old), and lukas (a ten year old who REALLY wants to be baptized.) they love having the missionaries come round and their faith is really growing. which is something that is so amazing to witness. we are excited to keep working with them.

the recent convert family that we are working with is also amazing! the masawi's. they are from zimbabwe and fed us sadsa this week. which is maize meal.. and it is so so good. and you have to eat it the proper african way.. with your hands. it was a pretty fun experience! i will see if i can get it to feed it to you. and give you a massive portion. its so cool though to see this families faith grow. to see their desire and knowledge of the gospel become stronger. man.. its great.

another great day was yesterday. we began church, which is at two o'clock if you were wondering.. but the person who normally plays the organ was gone.. so i was able to jump up and play the piano for the meeting.. it was a really cool experience to just be able to go up and do what i had been taught. i thought.. carol would be so proud! and then i was able to give a talk on the power of prayer.. which is something that is so close to my heart. i love prayer! so that was fun.

but other than that it was a pretty usual week. i will have to share more stories with you once i return home.. but i love you all. thanks for sharing with me all the fun things that you have done, and i think you are all amazing!! keep on keeping on.

love sister j

Monday, July 14, 2014

the week of the doctor

 hey kids.

man you guys are having a fun fun life right now. lots of things going on and lots of camps and activities. and sisters to plan for. and cool that you got to meet linli. I am super excited to meet her as well. another Chinese cousin! I try to tell people that we meet on the street that I am from china.. they almost believe me. its pretty funny. i cant believe all of the people that are getting married. that is pretty cool for them. i had no idea about Natalie benson though.. who did she marry? that is pretty funny about devin wright. super random. i forgot about him until today. but yes for another friend at school right?! love friends. that is funny that they remembered me. it will be good.

ok so with the mulliss family.. i think all of those things that you told them will be good. i don't think they are way too specific about things. they are just excited to come visit. don't worry about keeping the house perfect. in England all homes are pretty small compared to Utah. and there isn't a lot of storage space so things are pretty chill. they wont be bothered about things like that.. promise. so don't worry. they are excited though! it will be really fun. i am excited for you to meet some of my English friends. i wish you guys could know all of them!

well this week.. i have a few things to share this week. i learned this week that i am a perfectionist. and it totally makes sense. i was ready this talk from this months ensign.. and its totally me. kinda funny right? and so now i have a lot of things that i am going to improve on. well try to at least.

another thing that happened.. was i had to go to the doctor. so last Saturday my heart started to hurt a bit. and it kept hurting for about four days. so they sent me into the walk in center. they did a few tests on me.. like blood pressure, oxygen, and an ekg.. but found nothing wrong. so from there the only thing they thought it could be was acid reflux. so kinda like what dani has. so they put me on some gastro pills to take.. and it still has been hurting.. so we will see what happens. but i really am ok. it isn't too bad. i was able to get a blessing from a ward member so i was a bit more relaxed about it all. everything will be ok.

it was fun this week because we stopped to help this man with his bike.. because it was broken. and then i started to chat with this lady who was walking her dog. in the uk people walk their dogs all of the time. like multiple times a day. and they have to pick up their dog poop with these little bags. so i helped this sweet old lady and picked up her dogs poop. yeah.. haha it was funny. i liked the lady so that was fun.

but there are lots of cool things happening here now. we are working on things quite a lot and striving to find more people to teach. its great. we have some really solid recent converts that we are working with. one family has a 13 year old girl who i would love for McKenna to write a letter to. her name is chloe and her family is from Zimbabwe. we just want her to know that she can do it, she is so so sweet!!

i am loving things here though. its going good. i am just trying to do all i can with the time that is left. the lord has so much for everyone to do. and i want to help as many people as i can. and i want you to do the same. not just missionaries can share the wonderful news of the gospel. it is for EVERYONE to share!! keep on keeping on. i love you all so much and miss you. but i think you are amazing. thanks for your great example to me. you rock.

have a great week.

love sister j

this week in wolves

 hey you.

so it looks like everyone already knows.. i was moved to wolverhampton. how you guys find these things out i just dont know. i am either guessing some members from my last area told you. or some members here told elder cagle who told elder call who told you? its a mystery to me. but hey next transfer i am def going to be moved.. to 919 summit drive. crazy stuff right?

it sounds like you guys had a really really fun week. the fourth and camping and hiking and all that jazz. the only thing you didnt do was knock on some doors and talk to some strangers in the street. bummer for you. oh and you didnt get to do sparklers out of your window.. are you jealous?:)

but yeah. here i am in the wolverhampton 2 ward. our building is the one on linthouse lane. its a pretty good ward. about the size of rhiwbina ward. and my companion is sister hamnett. and she is actually from pg. so that is cool! she is the youngest of four and the first missionary. she has been out the same as sister curtis.. so about 14 months. its nice to be with comps that have been out a while. she is great. i miss sister tryon because we had a blast together and she is def going to be one of my best friends for life. but i love sister hamnett too. we will have a fun 6 weeks together. and she can handle sending me home.

it was really sad leaving rhiwbina. i honestly loved that ward so much. i think it is the ward that i learned the most from. they are incredible. such a family oriented loving ward. i have loved every place that i have served. i learn so much from the people that i serve around. it amazing.

this week was filled with transfers and getting use to this area. it is quite small as well. about as big as gfield was. but that is nice. so we are walking mostly. there is this way cool recent convert family from zimbabwe that we are working with! and that is sweet! i love africans. especially zimbabweans. speaking of... i got to call monalisa last night and that was great. i miss that cute family. i am excited to skype them with you guys so you can meet them. and everyone. you will love them. just like i do!

oh the fourth we got to have sparklers out our window that s hamnett had bought. so that was way fun! we all know how much i love that holiday. and i think i have gained the same heart burn that dani has. so i take a lot of tums. whoop for tums.

but guys i love missionary work. i love the gospel. lately my prayers have been full of thanks for the people that i have met on my mission. without the gospel i know that i would have not met any of these amazing people i love them all. i cant thank the lord enough for the experiences i have had and the people that i meet. the lord truly loves us all. he has a plan for us and includes that love in it. i am so grateful for this. and for you all for allowing me to spend these 18 months in the uk. thank you for your love and support. its amazing!

i dont really need anything. but i would encourage sister sorensen to buy her coat here. but shoes i would buy at home. and buy ones that will last for awhile. things are just pretty expensive over here. i am so excited for her. she will love it here! and i hope one of my pallies gets to train her!

well i hope you have a mega good week. i love you and pray for you daily. i think you are all amazing and i hope you... keep on keeping on.

love sister j