Tuesday was "adios" to the beautiful warm Spanish weather and hello to the stereotypical British weather. So basically it rained allllll day! We couldn't let the hard rain stop us from working hard though! We started the morning with some district finding in Beeston. We all worked together in the town centre and stopped people in the rain. Fun fact- Even less people than usual will stop and talk when it's raining….it helped to have all 6 of us working together to stay motivated! We had a district lunch after finding. Then we got a break from the rain to teach one of sister Pascua's former investigators Jovanio from Anglola. He is studying at the university and just like all the other people I've met from Africa, he knows the bible SO well so we had a great discussion. Tuesday night we got to teach Miriam and Tim again. We brought Sister Ford with us because she was previously a Methodist. We had another great lesson with them focusing on the questions. They have such a sincere desire to find out the truth and they are so amazing! I've also learned so much in preparation for their lessons each week! Then we saw Catherine and Tyler and had a lesson about baptism and church. We decided to move their baptism back two weeks so they can come to church a few more times.
A very wet Wednesday this week! We had zone meeting at the stake centre. It was a really good meeting but it really went over by a lot of time. We received the two new missionary pamphlets- families and temples and learning and serving in the church. They're really nice and will be so helpful in teaching those lessons. By the time we got back to long Eaton we had to rush to our dinner appointment. We had dinner with bishop and sister Carrington and it was really good to spend that time with them. We did some tracting by their house for the rest of the night.
Thursday morning, we had ward coordination. Then we all had lunch together at the church. We went and visited Jane and of course her parrot Solo pooped on me...again. Supposedly that's good luck and so I think I've received enough good luck from solo over the last few months to last me a lifetime! Then we did some tracting and unfortunately had no good luck. After dinner we taught English lessons. We received Vietnamese supplies yesterday so we were able to have them read the restoration leaflet in English and compare in Vietnamese to practice their reading skills. They were so excited and they loved what we read in the pamphlet! Then we taught Catherine and her family again.
Friday morning we went to Beeston to teach a former investigator of Sister Pascua. He wasn't home so we decided to visit a less active member named Neil the sisters used to visit that lived nearby. He wasn't home either so we started walking back into town when we ran into Neil! We were in the right place at the right time to still able to have a lesson with him even though he hadn't been in. We went to Stapleford and visited a lot of different members. Then we had dinner with Gabriella, a member from Hungary. She made us some really good Hungarian food! We decided to catch a bus from there to get to the church faster for volleyball. But someone on the bus passed out so we stopped to wait for an ambulance so we ended up getting off and walking for a while to the church. Volleyball was really fun! We haven't had it for a few weeks due to different activities so we had a really good turnout.
Saturday morning we saw Flora. It's always an interesting visit when we go to see Flora. We stopped by some other members and then had lunch. We did our weekly planning and then went to teach Catherine and Tyler. They weren't in so we visited some members that live close by and then we tried again. We miraculously ran into them walking to their friend’s house so we walked with them for a bit and had a short lesson.
Sunday morning we found out that Catherine had caught the flu bug and was throwing up so she wasn't able to come to church again. There has seriously been SO much opposition with her coming to church each Sunday! We were feeling pretty discouraged the rest of the day that they weren't able to come. After church we had lunch with Katrina, an American in the ward studying at the university. We visited some members in the afternoon and tried to see Catherine when we got back to Long Eaton but they were resting.
All in all it was a pretty good week here in Nottingham! Love you all and hope you have a lovely week!
1. Because the ice cream trucks in England have soft serve ice cream and sometimes missionaries just deserve ice cream!!
2. Sister Cebollero and Sister Pascua
3. Sports day today! We played American football, rugby, and football (soccer)!
This group is our district, with the STLs (sister training leaders) and their district leader.
In picture above: Top: Elder Jarvis (Arizona), Back Row: Elder Stokes (Orem, UT), Elder Wagnar (Washington), Me, Sister Marsden (Idaho), Sister Scherf (Holland), Elder Vaitoa (Samoa)
Front: Elder Wallace (Utah), Elder Ferran (Utah), Sister Pascua Duzon (Spain)
4. Enjoying a rare sunny p-day!
5. Notts 4 squad!
6/7. Nottingham Zone