Thursday – June 18, 2015
Today we went finding. It was incredible, absolutely, unbelievably amazing. I was “brought low to be brought high”. The first person I sat next to was very polite but very firmly not interested so I was kinda crushed. So then I was sitting there waiting to figure out who to do and this guy with JayBird headphones on got on the train. I was so excited and so I moved up the train so that I could talk to him across the aisle. I said a quick prayer that I might be able to get his attention because he had his buds in and couldn’t hear my feeble attempts at contact. So after prayer, I was able to catch his eye. I don’t know if he was being polite or what but I was able to place a Book of Mormon and then give him a brief lesson about it along with a pass along card. Then the next person that I taught was a BBC worker that edits children’s TV shows. I had a great conversation with him and actually placed a pass along card and Book of Mormon. I also got his email, which made me super, super happy so the missionaries can contact him. Then at Piccadilly Square area I was able, with Elder Parkka (he wasn’t with me on the train), to teach and place a Book of Mormon with five people. It was such a good day. Then we were teaching Fallon in the TRC (Training Resource Center) and it was a good lesson and we read Alma 34 with her (versus 16 – 32- the end?) and we got her to pray at the end of the lesson. I have never felt the spirit so strong outside of the Temple.
Saturday – June 20, 2015
We taught Fallon again today and it was phenomenal because she opened up to us, which was great. I am glad that I had such a great lesson with her today because the rest of the day was not good because the rest of the day has kinda been a joke, Oh, except for one thing. I was able to get an answer for a question that I have had for quite some time. “How does the spirit speak to me?” I found the answer in Moroni 7. Basically what it says is when you feel the spirit when you think something that is good. It is from God. I haven’t ever connected that with my question so it was definitely an answer from God for which I am immensely grateful. I love this Gospel so much and I want you all to know that! I invite you to do two things, the first being to take Moroni’s promise right now. I want you to kneel down tonight and pray to know if the Gospel is true. You don’t need to have just read the Book of Mormon. Please do it today. The second thing that I invite you to do is to pray with a question, and then read the gospel; Book of Mormon, Preach my Gospel, the D&C, the Bible, anything. Just go to God with a heartfelt question and he WILL answer it I promise. Just keep working at it.
OK & now for story time. My roommate Elder Kamincov plays the saxophone and brought it with him so he plays every morning to wake everyone up, kinda fun. Anyway, tonight he was showing another Elder how to play a little and people heard him and just kept coming and coming until our room was packed. Probably a dozen of us. Then they started playing sax and beating the beds. I think the best mental picture I have is the Aristocats when they are singing “Everybody wants to be a cat”. It was a mad house and then people start rapping and it was crazy. It totally destroyed any hint of the spirit but everyone has their agency.
Anywho. I love you so much and hope you are all doing well.
Sunday – June 21, 2015
Not much happened today. We just pretty much sat in meetings all day, which is always a trial for me, but I hope to learn and overcome through the course of my mission. LOVE YOU ALL LOTS. I know you are in the Lords hand and I don’t have to worry about you (D&C 100:1)
Monday – June 22, 2015
It was our last lesson with Christian today and it went extremely well. It was one of the first lessons I think me and Elder Parkka worked well together. In the past I either push too hard and just ramble or else I don’t push hard enough and I just sit and let Elder Parkka do it all. The other highlight of the day was Book of Mormon study. We read as a district in Alma 26. It was the perfect chapter for me. It is all about missionaries and that was perfect for what I needed. The verses that really stood out to me was 12, 20, in connection with 35 and verse 37.