This first week in the missionary field has been great!!! I met the mission presidency and their wives and they are all really nice and truly do love the missionaries! After the missionary orientation we met and had a testimony meeting for all the new missionaries entering the field to bear their testimonies to the ones already there. This was nerve racking for some reason haha my legs were shaking but I did it! Anyway after all the ''Greenies''' bore their testimonies we got set up with our trainers. My trainers name is Elder Richards. He is from all over the world because he never really stayed in one place for long because his dad works for the US government. He has been out 10 months and is a great guy! We are stationed in Hull and living with the Zone leaders. We decided that we want to bring as many people as we can to the gospel but also have me able to train in 12 weeks if President Pilkington asks so we are almost running from house to house stopping people along the way. My first night all he said to me was go get em' and I went and talked to nearly everyone that passed by! The most profound thing that I learned my first day was to not only trust in myself and my trainer and what I have been taught but to also trust in God that he will put the words into my mouth that I need to say at that very moment. I sometimes make a fool of myself because I am so excited that I trip over my words but I pick myself up and dust myself off and run again!
The second day that I was in Hull we went knocking for the most of the day after we had lunch at a members house (FOR ALL THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE, DON'T WORRY, I AM BEING FED WELL!!! :D). Their housing is so tiny here!!! But I got used to it :) Anyway, the most profound thing that happened that day was that it was pouring rain on us (we didn't have our jackets because the weather here changes in the blink of an eye) as we were talking with some man on a bike trail and I said a prayer asking if it could stop and immediately after it did. I know that the Lord answered my prayers because once we were done talking to him...IT STARTED RAINING AGAIN!!!! and we RAN for cover haha. Anyway, the most profound thing that I learnt that day was that the Lord sends his servants where they need to be in that very moment because that day that we knocked on all those doors, we have at least 8 people who want to talk to us again. The next day we went finding again and met with some of the members and they are really nice here. They think I talk funny haha.
That day we went and taught this man and he is OLD!!! He is 94! His name is Wilford and we are praying really hard that he will be baptised, he doesn't see any reason for the gospel to not be true and so we are praying for him to gain his own testimony of it :) We also meet with this lady called Jenine, she is really nice. She is engaged to a member who is coming back to church and they have a son name Lenin. Like after John Lenin. The most profound thing that I learned that day was that the spirit is the real teacher and we are just the people to make an atmosphere for it to be in. Anyway, the next day was Saturday, that was the day that we talked to a man that went to school to be an C OF E (Church of England) minister, this made me really grateful to know the Gospel and the true message of it because he said nothing that made sense. So much so that he would say one thing and then say something completely opposite haha. The most profound thing I learned that day was that the apostasy really put a drift between truth and everything else on this earth and to always stick to what I know to be true because there will always be people who try and confuse you.
OH YEAH!!! I had my first fish and chips here and they were SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!
After that we had dinner at the O'Neils. He has a Mormon message about him!!! He is the man with the owls!!!!! :D I will send a picture of me with them next week! After that we went and met a less active lady who makes her own dolls..........they are creepy. They feel the same as a real baby hahaha. The next day was Sunday! Church was great and they asked me to give an impromtu talk about whatever I wanted so I chose my 2 favorite prophets in the BOM. 1 - Everyone knows- Captain Moroni!!! and 2 - Enos. These men are wonderful examples of how Gods servants are always great! After church we went back to the flat (apartment) and had noodles :) We then went finding and met Jenine again and then went home to bed after planning for our next appointments. One is with a pagan lady who we gave a BOM to and she is nice and then some other people. Anyway, I hope you all are happy and well :) I hope that Papa will feel better and that you all will be safe. All of you are in my prayers and in my heart :) I will talk to you next week!!!
I love you all, and remember KEEP MOVING FORWARD.