Sunday, January 10, 2016

December 21st—December 27th: Christmas Week

So I was told while on Skype that I'm supposed to write a proper weekly email to y'all so here goes the attempt.

Monday—We had pday which was super super anti-climactic because we went shopping in the morning, got drenched in rain, (I finally broke down and bought an umbrella, my hatred of them was beaten by my hatred of the rain) and then we emailed in our flat for about the rest of the day. After I had emailed you all I took a nap because Elder Ahlström had some letters to write. That evening the appointments that we had all fell through so we just tried to do some finding but nobody was out and it was too late to knock doors.

Tuesday—We went by this fun older lady that joined the church not too long ago and she fixed a pair of my trousers for me haha that was nice, the hem had come out of them so I couldn't really wear them. Later that evening we had dinner with the Wilsons. They are a fantastic family and he is so British it's great. He's an IT person and loves his cars. It was good fun, sometimes I still miss some of the British sarcasm and just feel dense (or offended depending haha).

Wednesday—We had the Christmas party in Manchester South that day so up we were at 6:00 a.m. so that we could catch the train at 7:00 to Manchester. The party was really fun. We had a white elephant exchange and I brought an old guitar that we found in the flat. I ended up with a box of Belgian cookies so that's a pretty dang good trade. (They were smashed to bits so not quite as nice as it sounds) I had a good talk with Elder Nelson who is now one of the Assistants, he was my Zone Leader while I was in Blackpool and I have learned a lot from him. He talked about how the Lord gives us trials but will strengthen us when we humble ourselves. He doesn't take the burden just makes it bearable. He gave me Mosiah 21:1-16 to read. It talks about the Lamanites which can be compared to a reoccurring trial, it's really helpful. At the party, my hip flared up something terrible and I ended up pacing in the back of the room during the end of President Ulrich's closing remarks. It was the only thing I could do to get some small relief. Oh it was so flipping awkward to be just walking around in the back of the chapel overflow but my hip hurt so stinkin bad. All of the muscles in it were cramping up and there were shooting pains going all over my leg and back. Oh it was not fun. After the meeting I talked to Sister Ulrich for a while and that was really really nice. She is an absolutely wonderful lady. She told me some things that she wanted me to do. The first being to call her that night before I was going to bed and she would talk me through a relaxation exercise. That was absolutely beautiful. I fell asleep that night relaxed totally and woke up the next morning feeling rested for the first time in ages.

Thursday—We went to Brother Baker's for a coordination meeting and lunch which was quite nice.  He's a good man, super funny. We went and tried by some of our investigators but didn't catch anyone home. We spend the evening at the Brown’s which was super fun. They have a son who is quite similar to me when I was 14 so that was good fun.  He's got the perfect sarcastic sense of humor but it's good fun.  It was nice to just spend some time with a family and feel like a normal person for a little while.

Friday was Christmas! We went in the morning to Skype with Elder Ahlström's little sister who is in Australia which was pretty cold and boring. We just stood outside the library and used the wifi there so it was super cold. The rest of Christmas we pretty much spent at the McManus's which was way fun. It kinda felt like hanging out at the Tarbet's with Kade and Phil and all them. It was just really fun. I loved getting to talk to you all, and that was the highlight of the day. The time just flew though. I wish I would have been able to talk longer but it was still good.

Saturday—We got up and played football (soccer) with the ward. It's called Dads vs Lads and they do it every year. The Dads always cheat and win but this year the lads won and the missionaries are lads. It was so much fun. It was pouring rain and the field we were playing at was so muddy. We totally destroyed it as well. I'm glad it was muddy though because it made it low impact and so my hip was actually really good. It was good all of Saturday and Sunday and it's just picking back up on Monday today so that's pretty good. Anyway I didn't have any cleats so I was basically ice skating for the amount of control and traction I had. It was super fun. When I get around to using a computer (hopefully next week or so when the library reopens) I will send you some pictures. They are super funny.
That about tells the story of this week.  

Love you all!

Elder Tarbet 

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