First of all, a HUGE Happy Birthday shout-out to my mom! Thanks for being my #1 fan and for always supporting me!
It's been another great week in Stourbridge! Week 11 in the 12 week training program is a chance for the new missionary to completely take the lead in everything; lessons, finding, member visits, planning, etc. Sister Knudsen did a great job taking lead this week and there were a lot of big learning experiences throughout the week.
Monday we spent most of our P-day with a less active couple. They had us over for lunch, games and then we had dinner before we left. We had a super British meal of steak, eggs and homemade chips (fries). Pretty much they do a fried egg on top of the steak with the yolk still runny and oh my goodness, it was to die for! Then we visited another less active member in that neighborhood. When we got home, we had one of the people we met last week, call us and set an appointment so that was really exciting!
Tuesday morning we met with Linda and Adam and had a great lesson. Adam has read the Book of Mormon 5 times and is so ready to be baptized. I've been very bold with him about this the last few weeks, and this week we were able to set a baptismal date with him! Then we went to see a new friend but she wasn't in. So we did some tracting and met some really cool people! We were knocking in a neighborhood and everyone kept telling us their neighbors were Jehovah’s witnesses and they come around once a week to talk. The biggest miracle was a woman named Vi, when we told her we were from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints she got so excited. She told us when her kids were little she called and asked for some of our church videos like the restoration and nativity and her kids loved watching them on Sunday's. She invited us to come back and teach her more about them! Then we had a really nice dinner with our Relief Society President; Irene, and her granddaughter. We stopped by the Cole family and talked to Stef for a while. She is really liking the Book of Mormon so far!
Wednesday was a hot and busy day! In the morning we went to contact a less active we've been trying to see for a while now. She actually answered and she was crying, having just lost her son recently. We talked with her and helped to bring her some comfort and put her in contact with Bishop. Then we went back to Irene's and did some weeding with her and her granddaughter. We went to a return appointment with our new friend Alice who hobbled to the door. She'd just been released from the hospital and wasn't very well so we had to rearrange. We tracted up and down many hills for so long before we went to dinner with Sister Fielding! It was lots of walking but we met some really great people! Sister Fielding fed us a nice roast dinner and some yummy rice pudding for pudding.
Thursday was a busy day with lots of travelling. Our district meeting was at the stake centre in Harborne so we could have interviews with President and Sister Leppard. It's always so great to see them, and especially to have time one on one to talk with them and learn from them. We had a really good district meeting, I gave a training on developing Christ-like attributes. On the way home we attempted to do part of our visiting teaching list. Everyone we have is in the elders’ area of our ward so we got lost a few times. Thursday was one of those super gloomy days where the sky has no hue whatsoever. We didn't see the sun once and it was very eerie. When we were going around it was absolutely chucking down with rain. We contacted a less active member who hasn't been in a long time and didn't even know there was a ward here in Stourbridge. She was super nice and even gave us a ride to the next sister on our list. It was quite the adventure home trying to find our way back in the rain! We were very wet by the time we got in!
Friday morning we had our weekly lesson with Kevin. We continued on the importance of the Book of Mormon with him and read through the introduction to the Book of Mormon with him. Then we came home for our weekly planning and went to have dinner with Sister Hallmann. Then we tracted for a bit and when we got home we called a bunch of formers in our area book.
Saturday morning we had district finding in the Stourbridge elder's area. Sister Maneafaiga and I started tracting and I realized one of the referrals we got recently that we have an appointment with next week lived where we were. I wanted to just introduce myself since we had talked on the phone so even though the elders had picked that road we also started making our way down it as well. Then we saw a bunch of other people coming up the street.. And then we realized they were knocking on doors... And then we realized we were tracting the same road as the Jehovah witnesses and that's why everyone was being so rude to us... Haha oops! Sister Gjevik and I met some really cool people and had a fun time together. Then we went and got lunch with our district. We still had awhile before our next appointment so we did some finding in our own area. And then we really had to use a toilet so we stopped at a member’s home. Just in time, because it started pouring after that. Our appointment fell through so we did more finding in the rain. Then we had an amazing lesson with the Sorra's. They are a Filipino part member family and they are so fun! We taught the plan of salvation and then had a late dinner with them.
Sunday was another hot and muggy day, it's been so back and forth this week! Church was really good! The elders both spoke and then the third speaker was Brother Leighton who is 79 years old. He's been a branch president and really involved with the ward here and his talk was hilarious. He kept listing all the celebrities he can't wait to meet in heaven and the questions he's going to ask them and compliments he's going to give them. He went on and on and then he'd throw in a good spiritual quote he remembered from members of the ward who have passed away. Old wards are so funny! In Sunday school, the lesson was on the Armies of Helaman so the teacher asked the missionaries to sing the primary song “Armies of Helaman” to start the class off. We did lots of following up and more tracting after church. Then we had dinner with Sister Hallmann.
We've got a busy week up ahead that I'm really excited for! With transfer calls coming on Sunday it will most likely be my last week here in Stourbridge...but who knows?!
Love you all!
Sister Aubri Cebollero
England Birmingham Mission
We are cat-sitting our neighbor's cat Jasmine. Don't worry she's not in our flat. We just go over and feed her. He pays us in Chocolate and let's me borrow his guitars!
Sister Gjevik and Sister Cebollero on exchanges
Canals and walking paths are fun!