Last Monday night we visited a part member family in the ward that is from Portugal. Then we had family home evening with two women in the ward from Africa. They cooked us some delicious African food. And let me tell you, they were absolutely hilarious! They told us about their conversion process with so much enthusiasm and sincerity. It was one of the most entertaining visits ever!
Tuesday morning Sister Spangler wasn't feeling very well so we had to stay in for a bit. We had both been asked to talk on Sunday so I started writing my talk and did some work in our area books. We did some member visits in the afternoon. Then we helped with a physical fitness enrichment night for the relief society. The branch meeting house is so posh, it has a tennis court in the back garden so we played some tennis and badminton.
Wednesday we had zone meeting in Leicester. It is a really fun zone, even if I only got to be apart of it for two weeks! My district leader from the MTC; Elder Langi, is in this zone so it was fun to catch up with him. We had a nice zone lunch all together and then made the long drive back to Stamford. We did some finding and then we had dinner with the Leighton family. Then we attended a very long and interesting branch council.
Thursday was an exciting day! I had a trainer's meeting at the mission office. Sister Spangler and I got up at 5:30 and got ready then we headed to Leicester to pick up Sister Jones and Sister Wadsworth. Then Sister Jones and I took a train to Birmingham and then another train to the mission office! We had a really good training meeting for two hours with President and Sister Leppard and the assistants to the president. They basically told us they were handing over the future of the mission. But no pressure!! I felt a lot of peace and that I was where I was supposed to be, but it was still a little overwhelming! There are 6 sisters training and 4 elders and after our meeting we had a really nice lunch all together. We will get our new companions on Tuesday! Then we trained back to Leicester! Sister Spangler and I drove back to Stamford and made it just in time for our dinner with the branch president. Then we visited a less active family that has a nine year old daughter on a baptismal date for July and had a short visit to get to know them. We also planned our relief society lesson for Sunday.
Friday we did our weekly planning. Then we helped Sister Edwards pack up her stall at the Stamford market again. It was such a rainy day and it absolutely poured and poured! We did some tracting and visited some former investigators and less active members.
Saturday morning we drove to contact a referral who wasn't in. We dropped off some notes to members in that town. Then we had a lunch appointment with some ward members. It was a lovely English roast dinner and it was delicious! We did some tracting as well. Then we worked on planning a branch family home evening activity for next Tuesday. We were really struggling to come up with any ideas when we realized we had forgotten to pray! After we stopped and said a prayer it all came together quickly and perfectly. It was a good reminder of the importance of prayer and asking for guidance from Heavenly Father!
Sunday the branch kept us very busy! Both of us gave talks in sacrament meeting. We had a little break to enjoy the Sunday school lesson and then we taught the relief society lesson. Thankfully the branch sisters are very talkative so it was a really easy lesson! After church we visited some members. Then we went tracting in the rain! We stopped by the branch president to discuss a branch family home evening activity we had to plan for Tuesday. We had a nice visit with them and he offered to give me a priesthood blessing of comfort and guidance before we left which was most appreciated! A sweet woman in the branch had given us a whole bag of food to have a roast dinner so we came home and cooked a late dinner.
Today we went to the Burghley House in Stamford! It is a giant Elizabethan house and it was absolutely stunning.
It was an interesting experience to only serve here for two weeks, but I'm thankful I had the opportunity to be here. The branch was so kind and welcoming to me in my time here. And I know that by coming here and whitewashing this area I will be more prepared to whitewash in my new home of Stourbridge these upcoming weeks! Here comes the next big adventure!
Sister Aubri Cebollero
England Birmingham Mission
Meet the new Trainers: Sister Infanger (Idaho), Sister Huh (New Zealand), Sister Christy (Ireland), Sister Cebollero (Me...Utah), Sister Belnap (Arizona), and Sister Jones (Idaho)
Sister Cebollero and Sister Spangler
Burghley House (An amazing beautiful Elizabethan house)
The modern sculpture garden of surprises (See the surprise in the background)
Here's a time-lapse video or our English countryside drive