I have been called to serve in the England Manchester Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My ancestors are from areas within my mission boundaries. This follows the notion that you never lose touch with your roots. This blog is an archive of my experiences in England.
Monday, July 6, 2015
MORMONS & STUFF
This week has been full of miracles. The Elders have been
transferred out of South Ribble so we've been
covering their area as well. It has been really busy but so fun and amazing. We
had a lot of first appointments with their investigators and it was funny
because they didn't know that sister missionaries even existed so they were all
really excited to meet us. It made me feel pretty good ;)
We saw J twice this week but the second
appointment was hilarious. She had researched the Word of Wisdom last January
on Mormon.org and found out that you can't drink coffee so she stopped and
switched to green tea. She knows now that that's not okay either and she is
working on stopping. But we taught her the Word of Wisdom properlyon thursdayand we brought a young mum from the
ward to fellowship. I was trying to get the point across that we should eat all
things in moderation and I used the example of not eating loads and loads of
carrots (just as an example) and the member turns to me and says, "Did I
tell you about that?" she then went on to tell us that she had formed a
crazy addiction to carrots, that she would go through the McDonalds drive
through just to get a pack of carrots. She is so cute and it was so funny. It
was really nice though, because it helped J make a friend and then she knew
someone when she came to church!
We also taught S this week and that lesson was
a miracle. We walked in, sat down, started following up with reading the Book
of Mormon and praying and he just stopped us and said, "I don't want to
waste your time, I am interested in what you are sharing but I couldn't give up
that I have to join!" We had a member with us that joined the church just
last november and she told him about her process of joining the church and how
it wasn't easy but she stuck with it and it has changed her life. There were a
couple of things he didn't understand that we were able to clear up after that and
he still wants to meet with us and learn more. I just have a strong testimony
of having members come to lessons and also teaching to peoples needs, not just
going with a strict lesson plan.
We received some assignments from the ward
council to follow up with some less active members. We went by one family and
it turns out that the less active family had moved 13 years ago. It was
incredible though because just last week there was a terrible car crash on a
country road and two young men were killed. This family who lived in the home
we called by were one of the boys family. We talked to the step mum and a
couple of her children. We had a nice lesson and she invited us back. I just
think it is so lovely that Heavenly Father is so aware of his children and that
he sent us to this family that has just faced this devastating tragedy. I
always feel blessed when I can have even a simple conversation with someone who
needs the gospel. I feel privileged that God trusts me enough to send me to
those who are in need.
I know this church is true and I am thankful
for the gospel! I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week!
Love, Sister Christensen xx
J's 3 kids just are adorable. her youngest, G
(4 years old) is always taking off our badges and putting them on himself. so,
J told us that this week, they got a pretend credit card in the mail, and she
saved it for her kids to play with. And James was driving, and he looked in the
back seat, and saw G just holding this credit card against his shirt. So James
is all, "what's that G?" and G says, "It's my magnet
name!"...... Magnet name? what's a magnet name? thinks James. then G says,
"My mormon magnet name!" He was pretending it was a badge! so cute.
so a member made the kids laminated badges and they wore them at church and
were saying, "look! I'm a mormon now!" It was the cutest ever.
In the lesson that we taught J the Word of
Wisdom, the member was explaining what fast and testimony meeting was like, and
how some people don't give the greatest testimonies, but we still love them,
and how other testimonies make up for it. "I'll sit by you and just look
at you and wink if we get an interesting one" the member told J. J said,
"no no,I'll avoid you
like the plagueat church or
else I'll laugh!"
At the end of the lesson: J was showing us a
costume she made for G, who was going to be an Indian. The head dress had real
raccoon tails on it. Whilst showing us, we were talking about how the american
indians are descendants of the Lamanites. J looked super confused and said,
"the raccoon's?" what? no! raccoon's aren't descended from Lamanites
When you are in a missionary leadership
possition, you have the pictures of everyone in your stewardship. so on our
wall we have all our sisters pics. on the Zone Leader's wall, they have all the
zone's pictures. and sis M told me, "Man, my picture isn't good.... but
that's okay... yours isn't either!" "you can't just say that about
someone else's picture!" rude.
we were driving to a meeting and something
happened where we accidentally gave each other a fist bump and then screamed
cause they're banned.
we did service this week, and had to call the
assistants to the president for permission for something else. Elder Wilcox is
our pal, so we were talking to him for a bit, and told him about our day. I
said, "I weeded by a tree...", but my retainer was in, so E. wilcox
said, "wait, you did what by a tree?!" It was so embarrassing!
This was a while ago but sometimes sis M and I
dare each other into awkward finding situations and she dared me into one and I
walked up to this lady, got really frazzled and just gave her a website card
telling her it talked about Mormons and stuff then I just waved and walked
away. Really awkward. :/
There was a carnival in Lostock Hall (the
little town we live in) with a parade and everything. we were driving and
ignored the closed road signs, and got stuck at the end of the parade. haha, so
we were in the parade, listening to primary songs and had our badges. Sis M
gave the people the queen's wave. it was great. ;)
we were driving and sis M was on the phone
with some sisters, and we were rushing cause we were running a bit late, and I
was really concentrating on driving, and we went to a round a bout, and on it
was a duck. Sis M loves ducks. So she just points and shouts, "a
duck!" "AHHHH! not when I'm driving!" haha, I thought that I was
going to hit it or a person or something.
Cute Paula had us over for the 4th celebration. She loves America!