Monday, 28 May 2012
I hope everything is going well! Sheffield is doing wonderfully, and we are seeing a lot of miracles! We were teaching a family a while ago who went back to Slovakia for a while, but they are BACK and excited to get baptized! To which I am very excited about! P-day last week was fun, we ate MORE pork and played MORE chair football. I guess, I didn't, but everyone else did. But then they wanted me to get over my football adversion, so they threw it in the air so I could punch it as hard as a could. It worked a bit, but not too much. :)
The rest of the week was fantastic! We got to listen to a member of the seventy, Elder Jay E. Jensen, speak! It was especially wonderful because the ENTIRE mission got together! So I got to see many wonderful people that I love! Sister Smith and Sister Brown being two of them!
I love this area so much! And I love getting to do the work of my Saviour! I know that this work is inspired and that God is completely aware of EVERYTHING we do as missionaries, which is really comforting.
I love you all so much!!!
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Well, my week has been pretty fantastic. So many blessings and so much . . . just . . . HAPPINESS!!!!! I can't even explain how happy I am right now. I am serving around so many amazing people who I love SO MUCH!! Sister Freeman is such a wonderful companion and friend. We serious never get tired of each other. We're starting our second transfer together and we still just talk all day everyday like we've never spoken before. Only it's better because we HAVE and we know each other so well!!
Nothing too much has changed for me with trasfers and everything. I just have a new zone leader, named Elder Taylor, who I served around in the Billingham Zone, and a new district leader, Elder Gee, who came out with me. It's all very exciting. Even though Freeman and I are really going to miss our last district leader, the extremely Scottish Elder Cumming. He was such an epic DL.
P-Day was way fun yesterday! Sister Freeman and I decided to make sweet pork (like the kind they have at Cafe Rio) and bring it to the chapel for the elders in the city to enjoy. It was absolutely DELICIOUS!! Then we watched Despicable Me and played chair football. Well, I didn't play chair football, I sat out and wrote postcards and cheered people on. And also getting scared to death by the football flying everywhere and getting smashed in the foot with the ball. And that is why I don't actually play. Because when I do, I just get injured. And now that E. Taylor is here the whole Sister Doubt thing has come back. It was pretty epic. But, honestly, the best part of my day was when I got permission to ring Sister Smith. I miss her so much and she is doing so well. She is training her third greenie, who is Chinese speaking!! I love my mission mom SO MUCH, it's crazy!!
Missionary work is going fantastic! I love the people that I'm teaching SO MUCH!! And we're going to be having a baptism in two weeks, which will be fabulous!!
Mom, have a SUPER HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I LOVE YOU!
I love you all so much!!!
Me and Sister Freeman!
Just a little grossed out by the raw pork :)
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Dear people back home,
I'M STAYING IN DON VALLEY WITH SISTER FREEMAN!!! For another transfer, at least. Which is fantastic. Everything here is amazing. I can honestly say I have met some of the BEST people I have ever met in my entire life. Some people that I know I will be friends with for the rest of my life.
I'm learning a bit of Slovak. I can say some things. Like, 'Why you no come to church?' (JUST like that too, haha), or 'We talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ' :)
This week was good and bad. I got really sick with the stomach flu AND a cold and it was just a sad sad thing. BUT we also had an EPIC baptism! Which NO fever could keep me from!! It was fantastic!!
Considering I was in the flat for so long, nothing much happened. But it was a good week.
I am the absolute happiest I have EVER been in my whole life. I am so blessed to be able to serve here with such wonderful people! I am grateful for the person the Lord is shaping me into. And I'm eternally grateful for my decision to serve a mission.
I'm so sorry this is short, but I don't have much time. . . but just know that I love you all very much!!
The littel girl who got baptized last week put Freeman and I's hair into pigtails!! :D
I love this family!
So exciting - such a happy family!
This is actually me this morning before I came to email! :D Haha.
The pics below are a couple of many taken by a church photographer. It's an exciting time in Ali's mission. The Slovakian people in her area are excepting the gospel in record numbers. The church is documenting it because it is the largest mass conversion outside a peoples native country in the history of the church. She's extremely humbled to be a part of it all. To see more photos, click here... there are lots of duplicates but some are really neat to see.