Dear Family Units,
Oi! What you like? Aw way! Ha ha Just joking. Oh you are asking for a translation? I just said 'Hey whats your deal? Come on.' Crazy I know but that's the language for you. How is everyone doing? Well I mean now after you emailed me because I know how all of you are doing. Thanks everyone for emailing me. Everyone sounds like they are doing good and winding down. The craziness of the season and that other thing. Glad it all went well and thanks Myranda for the pictures. Shame on the rest of you. I want all the pictures you can send. Myranda looked really perdy in her dress and everything. Hey can I get one of those ties that Brad is wearing? I like it a lot.
So this was a little back to normal and things started to progress. We've been finding more people to teach and more people have been giving us referrals to teach as well. SO that's good. It's still kind of slow though. We see a lot of new members and less actives. We see about 10 in the whole week. Mostly new members. It's hard because we want/need to switch them over to the ward and home teachers but we're lacking in some of the coordination. It's all good though. Let me think of some experiences this week...
We saw some new investigators and one of them is a kid and he was trying to describe the feeling he got when he prayed. He said it was like passing gas without farting. Like the relief after indigestion. It was funny, but true I guess. That relief and comfort you get from the spirit. So that was funny. We met the nicest drug addict. A very nice polite guy. Like the druggee with a heart. He believes in Bob Marley and Rastafarianism but he doesn't smoke pot anymore so thats good. Just some of the crazy people you meet I guess. Don't worry we're careful. We found plenty of potential people this week as well. Hoping to see them next week. We also went on exchange a few time this week. Once with the Zone Leaders which was fun, then again friday with the Middlesbrough Elders. They are having a rough time working together so they needed a good exchange. I'm trying to help my companion figure out what we can do to help them. I've been telling my companion why I had some problems with companions, what I did that helped and what didn't. I learned a lot from my last 2 which I think is why Elder Ashby and I get along so well. The dad from the family we just baptized got the priesthood Sunday aswell as invited some of their friends to church. They are doing really good and are really nice. They keep progressing and are even teaching me things. I think that's about it for the week. There wasn't too much exciting things happening that I can remember right now or that I can really say.
I can tell another story I had the other week though right after Christmas. Well it starts before Christmas. At the Christmas P Day at the army base, Sister Lindley, our mission President's wife, read us a story called Christmas candles.
A man went into a shop to by some candles for his lantern to get him home for Christmas dinner. He's rude to the candle maker because he makes really nice candles, very pretty ones but they will always melt into puddles of wax. So the man just asks for some plain ones, the cheapest ones. The Candle maker warned him though that they maybe cheap, but would be the most costly. So the man walks home with his latern lit with these candles. Well the story goes he meets several people on the way home, beggars and homeless. Everytime he sees them with the candle light though it looks like someone from his family. So shocked to see his mother, brother and other family members begging or hurt in need of help he helps or gives everything he's got. But when he takes the candle light from their faces he sees who they really are. Well he passes by one beggar before he gets home. A little girl, knowing if he shined the light on her what would happen. SO he gets home for Christmas dinner. See's his family's faces and remembers the people he helped. Remembers the little girl and goes back out into the cold to get her and bring her in for a nice Christmas dinner.
It was a nice story and made a lot of sense to us missionaries. So since I heard that I was trying to think of every person I talked to as a member of our family and to fight just as hard for them. Well one day Elder Ashby and I were out knocking with not much luck and were walking back to an appointment when he stopped a woman. Well I didn't notice it until I stopped and talked to her too, but she looked just like mom. Like dead on. Same height, size, hair, voice, face, everything. It was really weird. Well we talked to her and she was really nice but a methodist and so didn't really care too much. She heard of us before. We fought hard with no success. Well with that she kept on walking home. It was hard to see mom walking off like that but I was greatful for the experience because I learned so much about loving people and helping people from it. It's one of my more tender experiences lately so I thought I should share it with you all.
Let's see what else. Elder Ashby and I are great. I hope we stay together for another transfer or 2. How are things at home? The member we live with loves American football and was upset to tell me that Seattle beat the Saints. He tries to down Seattle every now and then but not this time. So that was funny.
Not much else to report. I hope you all are well. I have not received dad's little package yet though. So I don't know what happened. He sent 2 normal ones nad 1 small one right? Might want to see if you can track it down.
AS WELL THIS IS BIG NEW SO LISTEN UP AND THEN SPREAD THE WORD. THE OFFICE HERE CAN NO LONGER FORWARD OUR MAIL TO US SO IT NEEDS TO BE SENT STRAIGHT TO ME WHEREVER I AM OR TO THE OFFICE. IF YOU SEND IT TO THE OFFICE I WILL NOT GET IT TILL WE HAVE A BIG MEETING OR INTERVIEWS. WHICH MEANS 2 TO 4 WEEKS AT THE MINIMUM. I WOULD LIKE MORE POST THEN JUST EVERY 2 TO 4 WEEKS SO LISTEN UP MY ADDRESS HERE IN BILLINGHAM IS
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IF YOU SEND A LETTER OR A PACKAGE TO ME MAKE SURE YOU GIVE IT A GOOD 7 TO 9 WORKING DAYS TO GET HERE. THAT MEANS THEY DAY BEFORE TRANSFERS IS NO GOOD. TRANSFERS ARE ON FEBRUARY 2ND. I'LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN THE NEXT ONES ARE. THE ONLY ADVICE I CAN REALLY GIVE IS WHEN IN DOUBT SEND IT TO THE OFFICE ADDRESS. IF IT GETS TO THE FLAT ADDRESS AND I HAVE MOVED IT WILL TAKE EVEN LONGER TO GET TO ME. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY SO THEY KNOW AS WELL. OR MAKE SURE IT IS ON THE WARD BULLETIN OR WHATEVER. CHEERS.
well i got to go love you all.