Monday, February 22, 2016

The rollercoaster that is England.

This week was crazy, you have no idea. Serious high's and serious lows. But first. #YourWeeklyDoseOfCrazyEnglishPhrases (there's not much this week)
pop around the corner - just around the corner
ought - pronounced 'oat', anything else
nought - pronounced 'note', nothing
well good - very good
ee, by gum - used in a sentence: "ee, by gum, it's cold outside!"

So me and my comp are doing this thing called 'Lent'. It's a catholic tradition where you give up a bad habit 40 days before Easter. So we gave up chocolate. Don't worry, I have a stash built up that I'm gonna eat on Easter but it's been really good for us. We eat more fruit now. And we still eat it if a member gives it to us so our very first day of Lent, we went to a members house for tea and they had this AMAZING chocolate cake. Huge blessing for us. Also, I wrote a poem last night when finding was really slow. Here it is:
'Twas the night before P-Day
(an original by Sister Peterson with help from Sister Froerer but mostly Sister Peterson)
'Twas the night before P-Day and all through the flat,
not a creature was stirring, not even a cat.
The rubbish was piled by the bin with care, 
waiting for sisters to take it out there.
When we come home from knocking and talking to chav's,
we take off our boots and hang up our bags.
Nightly planning is different and special because
tomorrow is Monday, you know what that does!
We then follow up with Elder Narine,
he asks how we're doing, we say, "oh we're fine!"
We put on our pajamas and get ready for bed,
but sit down and have some cereal instead.
It's nearly 10:30 we turn off the lights,
Happy P-Day to all, and to all a good night!

Haha i wrote that in like 10 minutes without a pen or paper so it's not up to par. We're also working on a rap so we'll let you know when we're done. Okay, the roads here are so small that when you park your car in front of a house, you have to put 90% of your car on the sidewalk with just the 2 tires on one side hanging off. It's really inconvenient going in between cars when we're walking down the sidewalk. One day as we were knocking, this guy opens up and tells us all about Mormons and how once we've lived our lives up to missionary age in Salt Lake, they ship us off for 2 years and then we go back and marry multiple wives. And then how Joseph Smith led a massacre and how everything we teach is a piece of crap. I was laughing so hard but Sister Froerer got way heated up about it. It was so funny. 
We also met a lady who we said we were from America and she's like, "where's that?" and we told her if she had ever heard of the states and she's like, "no, how far away is it?" and i was like, "um..the ocean?" and we then figured out that she was drunk. More reasons why #The DistrictWasntFilmedInPontefract. Something else that I think is really funny is that everyWednesday, me and Sister Froerer teach a Bible class that consists of three 50+ year old men and Olivia. Things have got pretty heated lately and Peter and Geoff have been getting in to fights. We have to keep an eye on them. 
So here is why our week was a roller coaster. First of all, at District meeting we were given a Kurdish Book of Mormon because for some reason the mission office thought we asked for one, but we didn't. And we made a joke that it was revelation that we are going to teach someone who is Kurdish. YEP. Later that day we visited a woman whose husband is Kurdish. Revelation is real, folks. Then we met with Duncan who is an investigator we have that is scheduled for baptism, and as we were talking he basically refused to pray about prophets. So we were about to drop him while he was about to drop us and then out of nowhere he like begs that we keep teaching him and that he'll pray about the Book of Mormon. But then he didn't come to church because he overslept. Then we met with a man named Chris who is GOLDEN. He said the closing prayer and it was his first time praying and it was so cute. First prayers are one of my absolute favorite things about missions. Then we met with a less active Rose who has started smoking again and she told us that she wants to go to the temple! So we made her a temple pathway calendar and we're going to help her stop smoking so she can reach that goal. Then we have Carol. She's the one that we are singing at her wedding and then having a baptism right after. Turns out that she cancelled the baptism because she wants to drink on her wedding night. So that was like a shot to the heart. But we're still going to work with her and hopefully she can get baptized later this year. I also might've put a road bump in their marriage but that's a story for another time haha. But to end on a good note, Ron. We love Ron. Whenever we teach him it's a huge testimony builder for me on asking inspired questions. This past time I asked him a question and he said, "are you always going to be this difficult?" and I said, "yes I am, Ron". And then I went and layed down the law with him and said, "Ronald. I know that if you quit smoking, you will receive a testimony that Joseph Smith is a true prophet. You have to put all your faith and everything you've got in Him and He will deliver." and he looked at me and said, "Okay. I'll make that promise to you, and we'll see what happens." YES. I'm so excited for him to get his answer and pray every day that he will. Anyways, I hope you all have had a great week and I love and miss you. Keep up the good work.

1. my first authentic fish and chips


2. Sis Froerer converting a rabbit


3. the phone booths here are way dodgy so this was its best side #basic


Monday, February 8, 2016

#WhyTheDistrictWasntFilmedInPontefract

Hiya! so to start off, #YourWeeklyDoseOfCrazyEnglishPhrases...
everyone calls us "love". even when they're rejecting us they say, "not today, love" or "sorry, love". i love it
cheers - thanks
pardon? - what?
not my cup of tea - i actually here this all the time and laugh because it's so cliche
scheduled - pronounced "shed-duled"
the bishop's 2 year old son calls us "mission cherries"
answer phone - voicemail
full of cold - when you have a cold

So there weather here is so strange. It's warm in the morning and night, and freezing during the day. English people LOVE talking about 3 subjects: the weather, their dog, and directions. We always use the 'poor american' bit and say that we're not from around here so please help us and then smoothly tie in the gospel to every conversation. we're way good at it. So this week was crazy miracle week. We teach Bible Class on Wednesdays and there is a 20 year old girl named Olivia that comes, she is Church of England but loves coming to talk about the Bible. My comp told me that she doesn't want to learn lessons from us but she loves talking to us. As we were teaching i had this prompting to talk about the picture of Jesus knocking on a closed door that has no handle. you know, the one about how we have to let Him in? And i said, "So I don't know if it's in the Bible or the Book of Mormon but.." and I said that i thought it was a scripture even though i knew it was just a picture. and after i talked about it Olivia asked if the Book of Mormon brought us comfort and we said yes. After class, she pulled us aside and said that she really wants to feel comfort because she's been stressed out about a lot of things and wants us to teach her about the Book of Mormon so maybe it can bring her comfort. YES. It was the coolest feeling to know that Heavenly Father used me to touch Olivia. Missions are so cool. Also, to refer to my subject of this email, here is why: We taught a man that said when he got his thyroid removed, he was given the Spirit. He said that one night Jesus came and kissed him on the back of his neck. We had to White Handbook bash a gypsy. And everyone's walls in their house are either hot pink, purple, or have crazy wallpaper patterns. So yeah, I love the place to death but England is freaking weird. Well, i love you all and hope you had fantastic weeks. Talk to you soon :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head...

This week was incredible. To start off though, it's time for #YourWeeklyDoseOfCrazyEnglishPhrases:

cheeky - sarcastic or rebellious
flogged - when people bail on us
H - you pronounce this letter: "haych"
"what you on about?" - this is what people say when they're confused when we tell them bout Jesus
"I'm not bothered" - "no thanks"
cooker - oven
lads - boys (no one says boys here, they ALL say lads)
ibuprofen - pronounced "eye-beeyou-pro-fin"
bless you - we say this all the time. you can basically fit it into any sentence, like when people talk about something good they did, or bad they did, really anything.
posh - fancy
took poorly - sick
Brother Carter - Brotha Cahtah (he's our ward mission leader and we say his name for fun all the time)
If you want to say 10:30 or 8:30, you say "half 10" or "half 8". this can be really confusing.
chav's - we think it stands for "causing havok and disaster" but it's basically teenage/middle aged boys and girls who wear adidas jogger outfits and do drugs and stuff. we stay away from those people.
chavie - adjective of definition above
dodgy - sketchy or flakey

So yeah. I hope you enjoyed. Last P-day we went around Pontefract and went to all the shops and to a castle and a couple cool churches and cathedrals and it was really fun. This place is so filled with history it blows my mind. I had a sausage roll which is like a cold pigs-in-a-blanket. Not my favorite. 
The great thing about England is there's no tax! It shouldn't be that exciting but it makes me a little happier everytime I buy something haha. You know those Cadburry eggs that you get around Easter time? EVERYTHING here is Cadburry. I'm going to come home with diabetes because the chocolate here is too good. I always have some in my bag haha I can't help it. Also, when we walk to the church, there's a Haribo candy factory right across the street so the air smells like candy and gummy bears everytime we walk by there. 
So England has like 40 different accents. You can walk down one street and here one accent and then walk down another street and here a completely different accent. Most of the time I just smile and nod and pretend like I know what they're saying but i don't. I'm working on it though. If you want a taste of what it sounds like though, watch the mormon message called "rescued by Christ". It's pretty accurate. 
When we come home at the end of the night, you'd think that we just went out and smoked all day be cause we stink so bad. 80% of our investigators smoke so it gets on our clothes and it's awful. There are a few people's houses that I go into and struggle breathing because the air is so bad. Don't smoke, you guys. It's probably killing your visitors more than it's killing you.
The other day we met a lady who has a certificate from the Pope and got a letter from the Queen of England congratulating her and her husband on they're 60th wedding anniversary. That was pretty neat.
So the first few days out here I was really sick so apparently word spread like a wildfire and EVERYONE knows about it. We went to York for a district meeting and all these Elders and Sisters that I had never seen in my life came up to me and asked me if I was feeling better and if I was okay. And everyone in the ward has been calling us to see if i'm okay and have been praying for me all week. The people here are so nice! But sometimes I just wanna be like "Guys, that was a week ago. I'm fine." But yeah. I'm forever labeled as "the sick sister". 
The members here really are amazing. We have tea appointments almost every night and there are these 2 old ladies that make us frozen meals and give them to us every Sunday. Bless them. 
I gave a talk in church. It was alright but it was definitely not my idea of my first week at church haha. 
One way that me and Sister Froerer keep things interesting is we made a question jar full of questions about life or religion and we go up to peoples doors and say "Hi, me and my friend are just going around with a question jar asking people to answer a question from it, would you mind helping us with that?" and it has been so successful actually people really enjoy it, especially if they have little kids that come to the door. Apparently it's been going around facebook too. We also have been playing this game that's lasted us about 4 days. We each take a turn and have to think of a song that has the word "love" in it. Play it, it's pretty fun. 
MIRACLES OF THE WEEK:
1. I memorized Joseph Smith's first vision are recited it in a lesson
2. That lesson was with this investigator named Liam and he actually contacted us, has read the book of mormon, prayed for his first time right in front of us, and WE SCHEDULED HIM FOR BAPTISM. It was my first time and it was one of the coolest things I have ever experienced. And this all happened in the very first time we met with him. Some people are so prepared for the gospel and it makes our job so much easier haha.
3. We met this woman Amanda on the bus and she was on her way to a funeral so we talked to her about the Plan of Salvation and she started crying and we got her number so we called her and she's super interested to learn more BUT she doesn't live in our mission boundaries. She actually lives in my MTC companions boundaries. WE WERE SO MAD. But I guess it doesnt matter who teaches her, right?
4. President Pilkington called us this morning and said he was super impressed with how many hours we went out finding this week (28 hours) and how many lessons we taught and members present we had. It was such a confident boost and I want one of those every week.
So yeah, that was my super great week. I love my mission! And I absolutely love being a missionary. It is hard work, but when times get hard, I start naming all the things I'm grateful for in my head and immediately my whole day turns around and I go to sleep smiling. I hope you all have had incredible weeks and you're in my prayers! Until next time. :)


1. Me and Sis Froerer while out knocking

2. way cool ministry church in York