This week has been pretty slow but we've had a few really good days where we couldn't get out of teaching appointments! We were teaching the whole day! It was fantastic. I love teaching because it helps me learn a lot myself. So I was just asked a bunch of questions and I figured it might be best just to answer to everyone; Our day is fast. Whether we teach a lot or find a lot; as long as we're working hard it goes pretty quick and we fall head first into our pillows exhausted. We wake up at 6:29 am every morning. White handbook says 6:30 but our mission is diligent and makes a difference by being obedient and waking up at a specific time. For breakfast it's whatever we feel like haha this morning was french toast. Yesterday was a mini pizza. Cereal, porridge, Redbush tea, muffins, stir fry, quesadilla, rice, meat, anything we've got and sounds good. Elder Caluag makes weird breakfasts and so that's where the pizza and stir fry, etc comes from but it's good. Before 8 am we workout, shower, eat and at 8 we start studies. Hour personal and hour companion. At 10 we go start work. During companion studies we make calls to confirm and read white handbook and sing and study our lessons. Tracting happens whenever we have a few spare minutes before or after an appointment or if we plan to spend an hour or two knocking doors. It just depends on the day. Teaching foreigners, almost every day. Lots of polish, Lithuanian, Romanian, African, etc. Especially closer to London. The economy, apparently they're just getting out of a recession? Not too sure.. There's all sorts of classes, depending on where you go. A lot of middle class though. Don't know too much about humility, I think there's a wide range anywhere you go in the world. The members didn't participate too much at the beginning of my time here but as time has gone on they've begun to participate more and more. Not just because of me but because of the foundations being built by previous missionaries. Hope that answers any questions anyone has. This week has been slow but still great. Hope everyone is doing well too!
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This week has been hectic, as usual. It seems like that's all this area is! Haha but one of our flats is closing down because we won't be getting an extra set of missionaries here for a long while. The Sittingbourne one we will no longer use. We've been living in the Rainham one anyhow.
76 Homewood Ct, Scott AvenueRainham, KentME8 8EH
It's a good flat, we have an actual shower now hahaha but it's been good. The work is going really well! One of our (my) favourite investigators is working on "getting rid of his demons" so he can be baptized. Today was a big step for him as well. He's a great guy and we're hoping to help him progress quicker than we all expected. He has a lot of faith and it's great to see how much of an influence the gospel has had on his life. And practically every time we see him he testifies of that so it's a wonderful thing.
Besides that it's all been pretty much the same. We had a fantastic zone meeting with our new ZL; Elder Kopishke (German) who's been out a transfer less than me! He's a great missionary and he is really good at testifying. He's had a lot of good experiences on his mission already.
Oh! And we have two new missionaries in our District (where Elder Piedade used to be) and they are really good at football. We played that for pday today and it was crazy.Thanks for everything!! Happy Valentine's day!
So I'll be staying here! Moves calls yesterday and I'm staying with Elder Caluag! I'll be here for 6 months! Don't think I'll stay longer than that.. But we'll see! And Elder Caluag is a great missionary and we are hilarious haha. Otherwise we've been doing great! We've gotten to have two work overs this past week and it was fantastic! One with our zone leaders and one with our new district leader. They're both really good leaders and helped me think about some things I need to do. When I was with our district leader, Elder Kgwetiane, we realized-- we're the oldest in the district!! On our missions anyhow. Us and our companions are all the same group and since our old DL left, we're the oldest! Weird feeling... But it's really cool. The mission life moves really fast. On Tuesday night our ZL and I got to have splits with the members. It was such a good experience! Back story; So I have gone to every single person on the ward list. Most, even twice. And I've met just about every one. A lot weren't interested but some were promising. One was very not interested and almost just shut the door in my face. So when we went on splits I went with the bishop and learned we were going to that exact same one who did that. When we knocked the bishop was great. He had met him in passing before and we were able to get in and started having a great conversation with him! We got to get to know him and even though he wasn't interested in returning at the moment to church, bishop still helped him understand that eventually he would come to a point where he would. And he agreed. It was a really good evening and we got to see twice the people than normal! Working with members is the only way missionary work becomes successful. A lot of English people just aren't interested. The members know that.. But when the members introduce the missionaries, the real questions come out of their friends. That's the only real way it works! United in purpose. Great experience I'll be taking wherever I go and using it even when I go home.