Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

I had a busy weekend so I did not post anything this weekend. 
We had a few cars in the mission switched this week and so I have been busy with that. They finally picked up the third car today. Hopefully I'll get it all sorted out soon so I won't have to worry about it when moves week is close.

On Sunday I gave a talk for the YSA of the Portsmouth Stake. We drove down there early in the morning and attended church with Elder and Sister Gehring. They live close to the sea and it was so strange to see that some boats were sitting on the mud and there was no water. Elder Gehring said that when the tide comes the place will be full of water, and it was. 

Sister Gehring cooked a great meal for us (Salmon, Rana I wish you were here you would have loved it). We then drove to the chapel where the fireside was. There were about 50 people there, so it was a good turn out even though many were away for the summer. 
I encouraged everyone to be more obedient to God's commandments this week and felt some of them were going to try harder.  I hope I made a difference.

We visited some apartments for some of our missionaries and were impressed about how clean they were. But, then we gave them notice so they probably cleaned because we were coming.
We got home really late and the  next day we got up and went to Chichester again. The Temple missionaries planned a trip and sister Cates and I signed up to go. Even though the weather was not very encouraging, we went. Yesterday it poured so much. I have never seen so much rain, especially in England. It was sunny then all of a sudden it started pouring, then 30 minutes later it was sunny again!

So, on Monday we went to an old Roman castle. What was left from it was the Mosaics. But, they were really pretty...amazing that they could stay looking good all this time.  We then went to Chichester Cathedral. Really marvelous church. 

We then walked around the shopping area. Fun place, but SO expensive. We had lunch and desert there. We then stopped by the beach before heading back. It was so windy and cold at the beach, but it was nice to see the sea (and high waves).

Below are some pictures from the trip...
Gardens by Chichester Cathedral:

Inside the Cathedral:

Don't remember if I sent this picture or not:

Some of the Mosaics in Roman Palace:

Gardens at the Roman palace, made to look like their original form:

The Sea:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday, July 21

It is finally the end of a really busy transfer period.  It takes us 10 days or so to catch up with the work after the actual transfer. It is sad to say goodbye to some of the missionaries even though I only have known them for a short while.
They finally fixed our internet in the office. We still did not get to replace our printer and  hope that will happen, although it does not look promising. It was stressing me too much to think about it so I decided to just let it go and use the Inkjet printer and make that work.
We went to Witney on Friday to look at one of the flats we have rented for missionaries. The missionary that was there before made it sound so horrible, so we had the landlord/agency come and look at it and try and fix things. It was actually not as bad as I thought. Of course the missionary who was there was from Germany so he was used to everything being perfect and wonderful.  There are now two new missionaries in the flat. One of them is from India and he thinks he is in heaven. He says: "this flat is great. It is better than anything I have ever seen in India." It is funny how different people can see the same apartment so differently.
We ended up being stuck in traffic for hours, but it was nice to get out of the office I guess.
We had a new couple come into the mission and we drove them to Orpington.  We stopped to get something to eat on the way. We found a Doner (shawerma) place and ate there. The guys working there were Turkish so I got to practice my Turkish a little bit. The Doner was not that great though.
I am giving a fireside next Sunday for the Youth in one of our stakes. And the people here in the accommodation center wanted to hear more about Palestine as well. So, we are having a picnic on Saturday for them and I will tell them more about Palestine. I guess since they call it Palestinian picnic I have to bring some Palestinian food, huh? Well, I will see what I can bring.
Things are so easy and perfect here. I feel so blessed. There are so many who are struggling all over the world. Someone in church today told us about how bad things were in Zimbabwe and how poor people are. As bad as things are in Palestine, they are not even close to being that bad. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with our cares that we don't notice others.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tuesday, July 16

I did not write yesterday, I apologize. It was a very busy day (how many times do I say that?). 
It seems like during our busiest week our office has been infected with the technology bug. EVERYTHING stopped working. Our internet was down, then our outlook, then our printer, then our franking machine (to send letters), then our phones.

Yesterday, I kept trying to turn in my key indicator report on IMSO and it would not work. At first we thought it was the internet, then the computer, then the user....I finally went home and did it using my laptop and my internet and it worked fine. Apparently there is something wrong with the internet at the office. It may be causing all these issues actually.  No one knows how to fix it! Luckily someone is coming down to try again to fix it tomorrow. 

I found a way around the franking machine (which we use to stamp/frank) letters. It would not work because of the internet connection. I finally got it to connect through a phone and carried it over to the accommodations office and connected it there and downloaded the credit on it so we can use it. it would be a pain to have to go to the post office every time you want to mail something. So, at least now we can frank letters until the problem is resolved (if it is resolved). 

As part of that they kept saying that the internet we have in our rooms is causing the problem, so we disconnected it and went and got private internet connections. I got mobile internet which is a device that gets me internet wherever I go. So, it was 15 pounds a month which is really cheap compared to what I pay back home.

The power of the internet is amazing. The other day a lady who manages Christian blogs read the book of Mormon and posted something about it on her blog. With a simple act she sent info about the book of Mormon to over 30,000 users. This is the age when missionary work will spread using this amazing technology.

On Saturday we went shopping and went to the mall. I bought a few things since I am already tired of my clothes. Today I bought a skirt and a shirt. We went to dinner at a church member's house tonight. they had a beautiful home with a large garden. It was so nice just to sit outside and enjoy the nature. She said birds and dear are always eating what she plants in her garden. And they once had baby foxes come to the back yard and jump on the trampoline =)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday, July 7

We have seen the sun every day for the last 5 days!! People here are wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts, they really think it is summer. I guess this is as hot as it gets here. I am happy though, don't want it to get much hotter. It is perfect just like this.
We have amazing members at church. Today was fast and testimony meeting which means everyone at church has the chance to get up and say something if they choose. We heard amazing stories about faith and dedication from members. They are so strong and have such amazing faith and love of the Savior. A little boy maybe 7 years old got up and said that he read the book of Mormon with his grandmother and others and felt the Holy Ghost and so he did not want to stop reading and really enjoyed it. He bore testimony that Christ lives and that he was glad we had the gospel in our lives.  It is amazing how little children can recognize the truth and know about the Savior.
Two of our missionaries are leaving. Elder Gong who has been working in the mission office with us, and Sister Maughan who has been working in the visitors' center. We are going to have a farewell for them today. We made a book for Elder Gong and sister Adams did such a good job on that.
The office missionaries finally talked me into trying Fish and Chips. I don't really like fish, but I thought since I am in England I have to try it as it is the famous traditional dish here.  We went to a traditional place that makes it and bought some then sat outside and ate it. It was really good actually. The only fish I ever liked! Will have to eat this more often.
We have transfers this week. It will be so busy in the office. We have 12 missionaries leaving and 30 coming. I will have to write 30 letters to each of the families of those missionaries and include a picture as well. Last time I could not tell who was who from the 30 pictures I had. Sister Hess helped me figure it out. None of the parents complained saying I sent them a picture of the wrong missionary, so I guess it worked out.
I don't have pictures of me to share with you...Maybe I'll take some tonight...
I miss you all. I miss my family, my beautiful country...I miss the relief society sisters and the primary kids in Bethlehem. But, I am doing really well and really happy here. I feel so blessed to be here. Heavenly Father cares about each of us and is watching over us. I know that this is His church and that He leads and guides it. I am grateful for the knowledge I have. Today one of our converts (9 years old) stood up and thanked one of the missionaries for teaching her about Jesus Christ. I worked on the baptism record for this girl, and it is nice to see who the person is.  These are real people and lives are being changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.