Sunday, December 29, 2013

Happy New Year

As the year comes to a close I hope we all can look back at the good times we had during the year and that we can be grateful for all that we have been given.

My friend Mahasin arrived the day before Christmas. That is the day after we had all the rain. So, some roads were closed, trains were cancelled and some flights even were rerouted to other airports. Our basement was flooded, so was the basement of the temple and the Manor house. One of the trees on the grounds fell down. Many other trees had fallen and some caused roads to be closed. No, we don't have rivers close by, but when it rains here, it really rains! Since we have one office car, Elder Adams took it to East Grinstead and he was stuck in all the traffic that the storm has caused. Luckily he was able to return in time for me to pick up Mahasin at the airport. It was a crazy day, but everything worked out in the end.

We had breakfast and then later dinner with the temple missionaries on the 24th. It was really nice. I am going to miss all those amazing people when I leave.

President Millar invited us over to dinner on Christmas day. The office staff and APs and the visitors' center couples came. It was a fun day. The food was amazing and it was so nice to spend some time with the Millars outside the office.  Below is Sister Millar's trifle that she prepared for us. We ate so much food!

This is a picture by the tree at the Millars house with Mahasin and Sister Cates:

Sister Millar also gave us crackers. These are traditionally used here in England. They are fun. They crack (Make an explosive sound) and you get a toy or something inside. Sister Adams had us do that in the office the other day as well. And they made us wear the crown that we got inside. Here we are holding our gifts. It's fun to be a child every now and then =) Behind us is the board with all the missionaries in the 9 zones.

On Thursday since everything was closed we decided to take the van and go on a drive to 'Seven Sisters'. These are white cliffs on the beach. Really nice. It was kind of cold there, but so beautiful. 

On the way back we stopped by a restaurant and had dinner. It took them forever to get our food and we almost left without it! But it was fun to spend time together. (Porters, Andersons, Adams, Sis Cates and I, Mahasin took the picture).

Today we went to the Kingston Ward. Our Choir performed in their sacrament meeting. They actually did the whole program. It was really beautiful and the songs were amazing. Jonathan Nabrotzki has just been called as the bishop of that ward. I have known Jonathan and his family for a long time. They were in Palestine working there and that is where I met them. When I went to Lebanon they happened to be there as well. I came here and found them here. Strange! 

I hope you all have a wonderful new year. I hope we all can set meaningful goals and serve better, love more, be more gentle, more kind, more humble...more like our Savior Jesus Christ.

1 comment:

  1. I wish we had been on our mission a bit longer, so we could have known you better. We do know that you have served everyone in the England London South mission with love, and we will always remember you for your kindness. We wish you a safe trip back to your homeland and dear family. We love you! Elder and Sister Nielson