Monday, January 25, 2016

Around the UK in 7 days

Hello hello hello!

Another week has come and gone in the good ol' town of Stevenage! Actually... now that I come to think of it, practically half of this week I was somewhere else and it's just been way crazy, so let's dive right into it, shall we?

Like I mentioned last week, we went to COSTCO wooohooo. I am now sufficiently supplied with pancakes (I could probably eat pancakes every day for the rest of my mish with that bag of pancake mix hahaha) and bananas and MUFFINS. Funny thing that happened, we went with our Zone Leaders, and as we were walking around the store they were just grabbing SO much stuff. Anything that looked even slightly appealing to them they were just throwing in the cart. When we went to the check out line, they started reevaluating everything that they had grabbed and were like "I guess I don't REALLY need this container of red vines" and slowly they were removing stuff. At this point they probably removed a good £50 worth of items, and then they were ready to check out. Sister Smith and I purchased our stuff together and it cost £40, which is quite good for two people I must say. Then the Elders start scanning up their stuff and the price is just getting higher. And higher. And higher. Mind you, this was AFTER they had already removed a ton. And then the checkout lady says "ok, that will be £99" and oh my goodness, the look on their faces was priceless. Both of their eyes got about as big as the moon as they sheepishly handed over their cash. Sister Smith and I could not hold it together, and we were just laughing so hard. It was sooooooo funny.

On Tuesday we had to travel over to Watford for an exchange. This transfer they were trying something new, so both Sister Smith and I went to Watford, rather than one of the STLs coming to Stevenage. Gettin' there was a real pain in the bootay (I miss London transport oh so much :'( but I will survive)! On the way we stopped at Kings Cross St. Pancreas Station and we saw the 9 3/4 platform from Harry Potter. Now, it wasn't that big of a deal to me, but Sister Smith LOVES Harry Potter, and she has not seen it for her entire mission, so she was flippin out. Three hours after leaving Stevenage we FINALLY arrived to Watford and had a great time with the Sister Training Leaders. I spent the day with Sister Pan from Spain and learned so many great things! I forgot to take a picture though :/  ooops.

We travelled home on Wednesday, but luckily the Zone Leaders were able to come and pick us up, so rather than three hours, it only took about 35 minutes to get home. Wednesday night we had a Worldwide Missionary Broadcast (I'm sure if you read other missionary email you've heard alllll about it) in Hitchin, so we were again only in Stevenage for a couple of hours before we had to travel there. The broadcast was WAY good. They extended missionary service to 3 years :) See you all in 2018!!!!

HAH, just kidding. I doubt I even fooled any of you, but if I did, I hope your heart dropped at the thought of not seeing me for so long hahaha. But really, the missionary broadcast was just a spiritual FEAST. The message they were conveying was "Teach repentance, baptise converts." It was really blowing my mind that all my missionary buddies around the world were watching it at the same time :-) Neil L. Andersen spoke at the beginning and something he said that I LOVED was that we should always keep the name of the Saviour on our lips. He said that if you're ever unsure what to say, speak of Christ. Something that David A. Bednar said that stood out to me was "Teaching is not talking, it's listening and observing." Ahhhhhhh, this whole broadcast was just so good. Loved it.

Thursday we had interviews with President and Sister Stevens, so we were traveling to and in St. Albans all. day. long. But it was so so good! We started by having a training from our President about the Atonement. I have such a strong desire to understand and apply it more deeply into my life. And based upon the fact that this is only the 2nd interview I've had on my mission, it was great to have time to talk to President Stevens about how everything is going. We also got the chance to have an interview with Sister Stevens, and she is just so dang sweet. It was a fantastic day!

Friday night we had dinner with the woman with the mad dog. She had the member over who baptised her a few years ago, and he kept the dog away from us, so that was a big relief. After dinner, when we all stood up, he said "They grow them tall in Colorado" and I just started cracking up hahaha. Afterwards we stopped by a member who we had had dinner with a few nights before, and she had MONO. Oh my goodness, Sister Smith and I were freaking out. Anyone know how long it takes for symptoms to show? Because we are a wee bit stressed lol. To this point, we are still going strong!

Something funny that I've observed is that Sister Smith ALWAYS gets asked to pray because no one is still completely sure how to say my name hahahaha. That's a super random side note, but seriously, I think 9 out of 10 times she's the one that's asked.

Today we are going to London once again, and I do realise that I still haven't even sent the pictures from 3 weeks ago... but I'll be sure to take loads more and hopefully eventually I'll get them to you all!


Sister Syddall

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