Monday, March 20, 2017

14 months in the British Isles

Monday we went to WARWICK CASTLE! It's owned by an amusement park company so it's a very magical place and we felt a bit like we were at Disneyland! We toured the castle, saw a bird of prey show, went through a maze, went time traveling in the tower to learn about the history and had a mighty fine time with our district! District p-days to castles are always the best! 

Monday night we went again to try by a less active family from Jamaica. We'd tried a few times and they had never opened the door. We got on the bus and when we got off this guy also got off at the same time. And then we both started walking towards this house and seeing our badges he was like "hey sisters! Are you coming to my house?" And it was their son and he got us in! The father is one of the previous branch presidents and the branch really needs them back at church. We got to know them a bit and we're going back this week to have family home evening with them. Then we contacted a media referral who had asked for a Book of Mormon. He had met elders in Coventry and wanted to learn more so that was exciting! We stopped by a former investigator but he was away in India.. but then his granddaughter let us in and we taught her and gave her a Book of Mormon as well! It was a great night! 

Tuesday we had the best meal ever! Our recent convert Maybel cooked us Filipino food and her homemade spring rolls are to die for! When we left we felt like we never needed to eat another meal again we were so full! Then we met our new friend Juli. He is from East Timor (one of the many places I'd never heard of in the world before my mission) and we are teaching him English.. and the gospel of course! It's kinda a struggle but we both really enjoy teaching English. 

Wednesday was a beautiful day and we had a great lesson in the park with Kabber. Leamington Spa has this beautiful park called Jephson Gardens and we've been finding and meeting there for lessons a lot. Kabber is still super excited for his baptism and even came to church for the first time this week! We also did more service Wednesday to finish taking down the wallpaper we started on last week. 

Thursday was Sister Nielsen's 18 month mark so I made her some pancakes shaped like 18 to celebrate! We had a great zone meeting in Coventry. Sister Nielsen and I were asked to give a training on receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost to the zone and it went really well. Sister Nielsen and a few others had to give their departing testimonies so that was sad! Then the rest of the day we took loads of buses! We had a lesson and some finding in Kenilworth and then we did some finding in Leamington and then bused way down to the university for a dinner appointment and back! 

Friday morning my companion got some bad news from home and so that was really hard and kind of a downer! But we were still able to go work and yeah it was actually a pretty rubbish day but some good things happened as well! Like we went to follow up with our new investigator Kate and taught her the restoration. And we helped her trim her bamboo bush! Then we had flat inspections and a dinner appointment with our friend Mandy! She cooked us her famous lasagne and once again we were stuffed to the brim! Then we went to meet Cheng and we had a member come to the church so we could teach him there. But he got confused and thought we were going to meet outside and cancelled since it was raining. We're dying to meet with him so we were bummed! And then we couldn't get a hold of him and an hour or two later he just texts us and all he says is "Our Lord Jesus loves you." Haha thanks Cheng. 

Saturday we mostly taught English! We taught our friend Maria from Portugal and after our English lesson we taught her the restoration. And in my broken Spanish and her broken English she explained how she is a spiritualist and the different hours of the night we can talk to angels... but she's interested in coming to church. Her hardest thing is understanding English but at the end sister Nielsen said our closing prayer and Maria got sooo excited. And she started talking to me in Portuguese/Spanish/English and said “O understood, I understood! She prayed to help me with my English and I understood all she said!” So that was a tender moment! Then we taught Juli some more and also taught him how to pray. Then we tracted a bit on our favourite road and got some more new investigators. Then sister Nielsen was able to Skype home from Mandy's house to talk to her family so I had a lesson with Mandy and her cute granddaughter. 

Sunday all 4 missionaries in the branch spoke about faith and it was happy because Kabber came for his first time! 

I don't know what's crazier, the fact that I've now been in England for 14 months or the fact that this is the last week of the transfer already! As the days fly by faster and faster I'm realising just how thankful I am to be here in England as a missionary! This is sister Nielsen's last week as a missionary so it's gonna be a good one. Transfer calls are this Sunday and who knows what'll happen next in this crazy adventure! 

Love you lots! Sister Cebollero 
1. Our Knights in shining armor!

2. Warwick Castle in springtime!

3. I love castles and daffodils and castles with daffodils!

4. Companion inventory like...

5. Warwick is my FAV!

6.  Starting on our quest to find the golden investigator!

7. My District

8. I'm in LOVE with my area!

 9. 18 month pancakes for Sister Nielsen!

10. Coventry Zone

11. British Church signs....

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