Monday, September 1, 2014

Letter # 6

Dear Family,                                     September 1, 2014

One month down only 23 more to go. This last week has been a really fun week for us.  We started it off with teaching an investigator on Tuesday and then we taught him again on Thursday.  The lessons went really well and he understood and asked a lot of great questions.  He came to church on Sunday which was awesome and he really enjoyed it.  We will be teaching him tomorrow morning at his place so it should be really fun.  I can tell that your prayers are really helping us over here.

Our dinner appointments were really great this last week.  The past two Sunday’s members have come up to us after church and asked if we were going anywhere to have lunch.  We didn't have any plans and they invited us over to their house for great meals.  The members are super nice and they all make really great food.  A missionary couple took us out to eat on Thursday to a place called the Harvester.  It's a lot like Chili's back home. I had a gourmet chicken sandwich with pineapple and bacon on it with some chips (fries).  It was super great and I really enjoyed it.  Another member took us to a carvery which is kind of like a Golden Corral, but a little different.  You can have a choice of two kinds of meats.  I got turkey and gammon (ham) and then you can have all you can eat vegetables.  For vegetables they have mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, chips, carrots and many more.  It was really good and I took Kenny Furgeson’s advice and stuffed myself until I couldn't eat anymore.  Speaking of Kenny you can tell him that everything is going great because we had a Big Mac after our district meeting on Wednesday.  We have coupons for McDonald’s and a Big Mac is only £2 and they don't take your coupon after so we can use it as many times as we want to and it doesn't have to be on Monday.  It's like Big Mac Monday any day of the week.

You don't need to worry about sending me any food while I’m over here.  We buy plenty of food and there are members who give us bags of food sometime after church.  We went and visited a family yesterday who are not members, but they are a really great family.  Their daughter makes cakes for baby showers, birthdays, wedding, etc. When we go over there they have bags about the size of a Walmart bags full of the cake that she cuts off when she cuts the cakes into the designs that she does.  They give us this bag full of cake to take home to eat which is awesome.  We have a container of frosting that we bought at the store so we can spread it on the cake and have it whenever we want.  Because my companion is on a diet he won't eat much of it so I get to have a good amount of cake to myself.  It's quite nice.
It sounds like Tennison had a great mission and some of the words that he said are kind of like over here. They call the candy here sweets not lollies so that is a little different.  Just so you know Tennison might have an accent, but don't count on me coming home with one.  There is an elder who is leaving England in about nine weeks and he doesn't have an accent so don't count on me having one when I get home.  I will probably be able to fake it though because I’m getting pretty good at that.

It sounds like Caden's team is really doing good this year and I hope they continue to do good the rest of the season.  I'm really glad that Caden is enjoying playing linebacker.  It's about time he chose a good position.  I was showing off some Sky View pride over here in England on Friday.  I wore my Sky View colored tie and I told myself that if they won then I would wear it every Friday until the season is over.  So from now on I will be wearing it on Friday's I guess.  That's too bad that USU couldn't hold it together, but then again that is a pretty big school and I bet is was a lot of fun to watch it.

Caden It sounds like everything is going great at the farm and that you are really enjoying driving the tractors.  I think the reason that no cows have gotten out is because they are scared that you will run them over with the tractor.

My schedule for the day usually is… I get up in the morning and exercise first. Then I shower and eat breakfast which is either pancakes or cereal with different fruits on them.  After breakfast I study my scriptures for an hour and then we do companionship study for an hour where we talk about people we will be teaching. We then go out and look for people to teach the rest of the day. We usually have lunch at noon and dinner at about five every day.  We come back to the flat at about 8:30 and we do our planning. I then do a little more exercising and then we go to bed at about 10.
The weather is about 70 degrees  every day and it has rained for about two days this past week.  It's really nice weather and I really like how cool it is here.  I have had a lot of fish and chips and I think that that is still my favorite food.  I have had a lot of other great foods, but everything is the same as back home really.  I haven't had anything different or gross yet.

Keep up that good work on serving others I know that it makes my day a lot better and it's always fun to serve others.  I hope that you all have a great labor day since you don't have to go to school.  Not to make you jealous or anything, but I don't have to look forward to holidays because I’m out of school for two whole years.

My thought for this week:

D&C 121:7-9

.... Peace be unto thy soul, thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment, and then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high, thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.

Elder Peterson

I have sent you some more pictures
One is a picture of a tractor that is cutting the grass at the park behind our flat.  It has been the only tractor I have seen and it was really cool to see how they cut the grass in the big parks.  The other is a picture of the stupid baby pigeons that are on our balcony that we were going to get rid of before they hatched, but we waited too long and now they have to stay until they grow up. I hope you like them even though it's only a couple of pictures. There is none of me so don't be too disappointed

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