First off, Happy Mothers Day to all of you amazing mothers out there! I hope your day was as lovely as you all are!
This week was another crazy busy week and I was quite thankful for this day of rest to come around!
Tuesday my companion had a doctor appointment in Oxford so we had permission to go there. It's actually only about 15 minutes from one of the areas in our ward called Bicester that we work in a lot. We had a quick doctors visit and then quickly got back into the mission and back to work! We spent most of the day in Bicester finding and little children were just our saving grace this week! Never underestimate the power of a child who wants to know God in convincing their parents to let us come back. We met a cute family from Portugal who actually have cousins serving missions right now! The kids were super interested and we promised we'd bring them a children's Book of Mormon this week!
Tuesday night we met with the Lichfield Zone leaders and then Wednesday we met with the Coventry zone leaders to be able to plan our trainings for Zone conferences this transfer. It's amazing to see the differences in the zones and how we are led to pick different trainings depending on what the zones need to hear.
Wednesday night we had a dinner appointment at our bishops house and they offered to have a family we are teaching come along as well which was just so kind. We had a lovely dinner and then a lesson on the Book of Mormon. It was a little crazy with all the kids but the spirit was still there throughout the lesson.
Thursday we had a really good district Meeting and we were able to take Sister Walk with us as Elder Walk was taking his driving test. It's so fun to have a senior couple in the same ward! We did a lot more finding throughout the day and we met this sweet woman named Elaine. The spirit was so strong as we testified of the plan of salvation to her as she's had a rough 5 years after the death of her mother. We're excited to continue teaching her and for the miracle it was to meet such a humble and thoughtful woman as we've been struggling to find new people to teach.
Friday we had the Lichfield Zone Conference! The first hour and a half were for us and the zone leaders to give our trainings and they went pretty well. My favourite training we gave was on being declarative missionaries. We're working as a mission on being more firm in our testimonies and more bold. Cutting out words in finding and teaching such as "like, I guess, I think, maybe, umm" and replacing them with more declarative terms such as "I know." It was a fun training to give and something that we've seen a lot of improvement in as we've applied it.
Then we were able to go straight into exchanges and I brought Sister Smith from Australia back to Banbury with me. We made it back just in time for a quick dinner and hopped over to our ward games night. Well no one showed up at first and then just ward members came so we decided to go follow up with some people. We ended up tracting and were definitely led to the right place at the right time. The first exciting thing was we started tracting and then Sister Smith just looked up and saw a "gum tree" and she was so excited she teared up!
We found some beautiful new families as we were tracting. At one door we had knocked and continued chatting and then a moment later this woman stepped out the door surprised to see us there as she hadn't heard the knock from upstairs. We all started laughing and from there our conversation was just led by the spirit. She talked about how she's not sure what to believe and she was never baptised but she wants that for her family. She's a single mom with an 8 year old daughter and I can't wait to see them again this week!
Saturday morning we helped with some home teaching! Haha I've helped with visiting teaching before but never home teaching so it was fun. We visited a sweet woman named Margaret who is just amazing. Sister Smith and I spent the afternoon doing lots of finding and seeing many more miracles. Then I drove her back up to Wolverhampton (the birth place of Liam Payne from One Direction) and swapped back. We made it back to Banbury just in time for a quick dinner and to plan our relief society lesson.
Sunday I basically just took over all of church unplanned. I was asked to give a talk in sacrament meeting on how the atonement of Jesus Christ has influenced my missionary work. It was a blessing to be able to reflect on that through the work and to realise that really is the biggest motivation to share the gospel. Then our ward mission leader left and we had to teach gospel principles last minute. And then we taught relief society about testimonies and it was a lovely lesson! And thennnn later on Sunday we got to Skype our families which was just the best! We walked out of the house feeling sooo full and uplifted.. and then to our left we saw a beautiful field of yellow rapeseed and so we followed the path and ran through it! We just took a moment to admire the beauty all around us and thank Heavenly Father for all He has blessed us with!
I always forget how much patience is required whilst whitewashing into a new area. We just have to keep the faith and do all on our part and the miracles will soon come!
Have a lovely week!
Sister Cebollero xx
#BFF festival? #YES!
Lichfield Zone Conference!
Sister Smith and I with the Australian gum tree!
I told you I was obsessed with these fields
The beauty of Banbury!
I really just can't handle how beautiful this field is and the fact that I'm in it 😍
The field is YELLOW already to harvest!
Post Mother's Day Skype selfie! Pure joy!
These plastic green hanging balls are taking over English doorsteps. They're literally everywhere!!