Sunday, 13 January 2013

First email of 2013

Finally got to update the blog, sorry it's a bit late.

Hey everyone!!
Well this is my first email of 2013 (it still feels weird writting 2013) so I'll try and make it a "good yin!"
We didn't get to celebrate New Years really, we had to be back at the flat by half 9 and in bed by half 10 on New Years Eve, and then we still had to work on New Years Day. We had a good dinner appointment on New Years Eve though with a German family who come over during the holidays to stay. They gave us alcohol free champagne which was interesting haha! Don't worry, it really was alcohol free otherwise we would have passed out from the amount we drank haha! It made for some funny photos though haha! I am working hard, honest...
This week as most weeks has had ups and downs but it has had more ups this week which is good.We had a day of miracles on Thursday, it was fantastic. Thursday we had a work over with our Zone Leaders Elder Jones and Elder Goulding, so I got to work with Elder Goulding and I learned a lot from him. So we went out to Totnes to try by some potentials and do some finding through there. First we stopped by our potential Elaine. We were able to teach her more about the Book of Mormon and more about families which was great. We left her with a passage of the Book of Mormon to read and we have an appointment to go back and see her tomorrow. Then we tried by another potential, he was unfortunately busy as he has just got a new job working from home so he is busy with that for the next few weeks, but he still was happy to see us so I am sure we will be able to start teachign him in a few weeks when things have settled down.
Another small miracle is that we did a bit of street contacting there and one lady we stopped has a member friend in Ireland who just resently as a present sent her a Book of Mormon and marked loads of scriptures for her that she thought may help her which was amazing. We didn't get her contact information unfortunately but she took our contact number and she said she was going to go away and talk to her friend which was great. And then as we were knocking in the area we met a nice lady called Ella who let us in and we taught her about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. She seemed happy to read it and happy to invite us back, but we didn't get a solid return appointment. We are callign her later today though to set one. So that was a great day. And also, Elder Pettersen and Elder Jones found a lot of potentials which is great. We will be trying by them some time during this week.
Also on Thursday we had a miracle with a member as well. We decided as we were in the area we would go and see a family in the ward and share a message with them. They were just having dinner (conveinient, but it wasn't planned) and asked if there was anywhere we could go while they finished dinner, but there wasn't so they let us in and shared some pizza with us. Then we shared the message with them and when we had done we just went back to our flat as it was 9.30, but the next day, we get a text from the wife thanking us for that particular message we shared, as she was going through a real rough time at work, and it was exactly what she needed to hear at that exact time, which was great. It feels amazing when you know, like that, that you have been used as an instrument in the Lord's hands.
Unfortunately we have not been able to see Simone. We called her saturday night to try and arrange a lift for her to church, but she says she is in the process of trying to more and is just not settled down enough to look into the church just now. She wants to keep in contact though which I guess isn't the end of the world.
Also we have not been able to teach Vanessa and her two daughters. We went by to see them on friday, but Abbie is revising for a big exam in a few weeks, so they said they are happy for us to come over, just to see how they are doing and to keep in contact but they don't want us to teach them anything just while Abbie is preparing for her exam. We will keep going round to seem them though as they genuinely want to see us, and they are a great family.
So yeah, that has been my week basically. Apart from the fact that I have had so much chocolate since christmas I think I have actually got sick of it (I didn't think that was possible either!) there is nothing else really to say.
I hope you are all having a good New Year so far.
Oh by the way, Paignton ward needs some youth, any suggestions on what we can do to get more youth?
Thank you all for your emails, letters and prayers.
Love you all
Elder Mitchell

I got a second short email:

Hi Dad, just a quick question... Do you remember serving with an Elder Boberg on your mission? Just wondering, because there is an Elder in my district Elder Schmokel (that's spelt wrong I know) that knows Elder Boberg and he was asking if I was related to an Elder Mitchell he served with on his mission, so if you do remember let me know because that would be really cool!
Hope you are all doing well.
Love you lots
Elder Mitchell

Elder Mitchell has forgotten that my companion, Elder Boberg, now Mike, and his son Alan, visited a few years ago.  Alan was just about to go on his mission.  I always hoped that any of my children that served a mission would get to serve with a child of any of my companions.  I never expected to have a son serve in the area that I served.  If I can't get my first wish, I will settle for a friend of a companion.

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