Monday for our last district P-day (before transfers), we went to a place called Big Pit! South Wales has a rich history of mining communities and it is a museum all about it. We travelled 300 feet underground to tour one of the mines and learned all about what the miners went through years ago. It was cold and very dark but it was an interesting tour and our tour guide asked us a lot of questions about what we do as missionaries and about the church. It took us an hour and a half to get there so we couldn't stay long because we had to travel back. Then when we got back, we spent the evening doing an online training. Our mission will soon be receiving an area book and planner app so we had a few hours-worth of videos and training to prepare and learn about it. We've been hearing about moving onto this next phase of iPad usage for months and we will finally be getting the app at the end of this month.
Tuesday morning, we had our flat inspection and Elder and Sister Walk helped us fix a lot of things in the flat. Then they gave us a lift up the hills to Blackwood so we just had to go downhill to get to Julia's house. We followed up with a potential there and did some tracting. Then we had lunch with Julia and did some cleaning with her. We walked to see David and Madeleine and no sooner had we arrived when we got a text from our landlord who wanted to check our fridge in 10 minutes. Well we'd been without a working fridge for 3 weeks and getting quite desperate, but we were 20 minutes away so we literally ran up and down the hills of Wales to make it there. Because walking them isn't hard enough!! We made it and he said he would get us a new fridge and freezer, thank goodness! Then we had some dinner and did language study to end the night.
Wednesday morning, we had relief society and the lesson was on journaling. Then all the elderly sister pulled out their knitting and before I knew it I had two knitting needles in my hands and they were teaching me how to knit #officiallyanoldlady! Then we had a short visit with Marcia. We had a beautiful roast dinner with Lynn, a less active member we are working with. We've only seen her twice but we have come to love her SO much. We really feel something special when we're with her and we have such a desire to help her! Then we had our ward coordination meeting and went to youth for a YW birthday pizza party! Then we eagerly awaited our transfer calls. Sister Tartaglia and I get to stay together one more transfer here in Blackwood and we are so excited! Elder Wallace is going to be a zone leader (Lichfield zone) and Sister Sharp is finally going to England and gets to serve with a sister we shared a room with in the MTC. We don't really know the new missionaries in our district yet but we are excited to get to know them!
Thursday we traveled to Rhiwbina for a zone conference with the Cardiff and Merthyr zones and the Royal British Legion. They have asked our mission to help serve as volunteers for the poppy appeal that is coming up. The patron of the RBL is the Queen of England so it's a really big deal for our mission to be associated as volunteers. The poppy appeal is a major thing here in the UK and raises money for veterans. Their biggest events are coming up soon so we will be volunteering and selling poppies and pins and whatever else they need us to do. President Leppard talked about family history and how his ancestors have been affected by the wars and what this means to Britain and it was very touching. We had a nice lunch all together after and it was so fun to be combined with another zone and to see other missionaries. We took one last district photo…Photobombed by none other than President Leppard!! When we travelled back our landlord delivered our new fridge and freezer and we were so happy! Then we had dinner and went to Blackwood to visit a member named Lilian.
Friday we did our weekly planning in the morning because we didn't have to deal with transfers day. Brother Tamlin brought us some apples and some trifles again. Then we went to contact a referral some missionaries in Spain sent us! We walked for about an hour up a beautiful tiny country road to get to a cute little village called Croespenmaen to contact him. He was absolutely shocked to see us and he told us he had just barely returned from Spain in the week and there we were to follow up! He also told us he was pretty drunk when he met the missionaries which explains the shock…ha ha and confusion about how we had his house address. We shared a quick restoration lesson but he wasn't very interested so we just left a leaflet and our number. We did some tracting on that road for some hours then travelled back. The member that usually feeds us every other Friday couldn't, so her husband just brought us our roast dinner to our flat. Then we taught David and Madalaine more about faith and the word of wisdom.
Today is P-day, tomorrow after church we have our favourite DA with the Spragg's, then we will travel to the Forest of Dean and have a sleep over with my baby Sister Knudsen (who I trained) in her new area and then Monday we will meet an Apostle....What a way to celebrate 9 months as a missionary in the UK! Yep that's right, next week I will officially be halfway through the mission and I can't believe it! I'm so thankful to be serving the Lord here in beautiful Wales, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!
Love you all!
1. Touring the Big Pit on P-day and learning all about the mines
2. Such a fun district p-day!
3. Last District activity- The Big Pit
4. Beautiful, Wonderful Wales!!
5/6. The view on our long walk through the country!
7. Zone Conference
8/9. When your mission president photo bombs your district photo...