Monday, March 30, 2015

Chester to Newcastle to Shrewsbury to Newcastle to Stoke

This week has been crazy! We've been all over the U.K. it feels like. We really haven't, but still..
I went on exchange with the lovely Sister Harp, Sister Meszaros, and Sister Pongi. We went from Chester to Newcastle to Shrewsbury to Newcastle to Stoke. Well, Stoke is right next to Newcastle, so that's not a big deal. But it has been so fun getting to know these sisters better and being able to work with them and learn from them.

Here is a funny story: Our investigator always wears Lacoste jackets and they have a crocodile as their logo. So, he usually wears one with a small crocodile on it but one day he wore a jacket that had a bigger logo on it and Sister McDonnell commented on it and said, "Wow, your crocodile has grown!" and he said, "Cheers mate, cheers. Sorted." haha and then the next day we taught him and he was wearing the jacket with a smaller logo again and I said, "Your crocodile shrunk!" and he said, "No it didn't." and he showed a second jacket underneath that had a massive logo on it. Haha! 
Maybe it is one of those "you had to be there" things but I found it funny.
Just having a British day

Lastly, yesterday we taught a less active member. We have been working on gaining their trust and finally, they opened up to us and the Spirit testified to them that what we were sharing was true. I know that God loves them and has compassion for them. It was overpowering, the strength of the Spirit had on this person. The challenges aren't erased, the trials have not disappeared but there was a hope and a light in their face, a desire and commitment to change. 
We missed most of the women's general conference which was shown last night but we got to hear President Eyring speak. What he said about reaching out to others really inspired me. It reminded me of the scripture Doctrine and Covenants 121:10 that says, "Thou art not yet as Job; thy friends do not contend against thee, neither charge thee with transgression, as they did Job." Any trial we face is not too much for us to bear. We can always learn and grow and overcome it through the Atonement of Christ. Because of His enabling power, He helps us better help others. His love will never fail us.
I love you all!
Love, Sister Christensen

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