I'm sorry this will just be a short one this week, it is moves week so we are only taking a little bit of time to email today.
Well I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. Our Christmas was great! I don't think I've eaten so much in my life!!!! I feel so fat!!! But it was good, spent a lot of time this week with the members. They are all so nice to us, and made sure we had plenty of food and goodies and such. It was good.
Teaching wise this week was hard as we had a limited time that we could do work, and all of our investigators said we could see them in the new year. So we have been finding people all week. We have had some good conversations and some good street lessons too, but no one seems to want to meet with us again, which is hard.
On the plus side though, we got back in touch with Osa. He has been busy working as he works for the Royal Mail and it is their busiest time of year, so hopefully this week we can see him again. We also got a text from Justin, he still seems to want to meet with us which is great. We also got in contact with Cristal again and hopefully we will be seeing her later this week.
Well sorry it is only short. I hope you all have a Happy New Year! Do me a favour and stay up til midnight for me, I'm kinda not allowed... haha!
Love you all!!
Elder Zach Mitchell
Wednesday 1 January 2014
Happy new year!!!! I hope you all had fun staying up to see the new year in!! I didn't. I was not a happy bunny when I got woken up at 12.30 by fireworks from our neighbours! Anyways...
So the news with moves. Our District Leader had us worried for a minute, the conversation went a little bit like this:
Elder Johnson (District Leader): "So you know that President Millar doesn't normally like having trainers with their trainees for more then two transfers right?"
Me: "err... yeah?"
Elder Johnson: "Well Elder Mitchell, you will be staying in Woking, and Elder Tidwell, you will be..... Staying in Woking!"
So basically, me and Elder Tidwell are staying together for one more transfer!
Hope you all have a happy new year! Love you all!!!!
Elder Zach Mitchell
Monday 6 January 2014
Happy New Year!!! It feels so weird saying it is 2014! It is scary because this is the year I come home!!! I'm trying not to think about it too much, but it is always on the back on my mind.
Well I hope you all had a great New Years! I did, until I was woken up at 12.30 in the morning by fireworks right outside our flat. Not a happy bunny. Never mind!
This week has been good though, even with it being New Years, and the weather has definitely been against us! Before any of you ask though, no I haven't been affected by any flooding, except the flooding that ends up in my shoes after I walk through a puddle. We have had a few thunderstorms lately though, we were out in one last night. It was pretty cool, until we got drenched, but its all fun!
So we were actually able to get back in contact with some of our investigators this week. First of all I shall share a little miracle we had. So about two weeks ago, me and Elder Tidwell decided to pick two or three of our investigators we really wanted to see, and mention them in every prayer that we said, personal, companion, even if it was just to bless the food. One of those was Justin. So, on Thursday, we get a call from Justin, and he arranged to meet up on Friday. Prayer answered. Sadly though, the weather got in the way, and he cancelled as we were planning to meet him in town. so we haven't actually got to meet with him yet, but we at least got in contact with him.
We did get to see Cristal this week which was good. We hadn't been able to meet with her because she had family over, and her grandad is not well so she has been going to spend time with him. It was a good lesson though, and she accepted a soft commitment to be baptised which is great!! We didn't give her a date though, as her partner is causing some issues with her coming to church, and of course they need to get married first, but it is at least a step in the right direction.
Also, we got to see Osa again this week! It was good to see him again, but there is some bad news. Next week he goes back to Nigeria to be with family, as his Dad died recently so he needs to go back to help sort things out. The really bad news though is when he is due to come back... in May. So even if I stay in Woking to the end of my mission, I won't get to see him again before he gets back. Hopefully we are seeing him tomorrow though.
Well that has been our week. It has been good, and we are working hard.
Sadly I better wrap this up as Elder Tidwell needs to come on to email. Our Library cards expired so we had to come all the way to Addlestone to the chapel so we could email. And there is only one computer here... Hope you all have a good week!
Love you all!!
Elder Zach Mitchell
Monday 13 January 2014
90 emails? Really? when did that happen?
Advanced warning, this one may be quick, it is going to be one of those hectic P-days again... We have somehow got a teach scheduled at 12 (in 10 minutes) and then we are going to Kingston for a District P-day. Busy, busy, busy... best way to be really.
Anyway this week has been quick good. We have worked hard, and we had a lot of street lessons which was quite good. I've been getting a little better at talking to people, but I am trying to do what our leaders are advising us to do and expect miracles. I guess that has just given me some more motivation to talk to as many people as I can.
We had a great Zone Training this week. It was great to see all the missionaries there, and to be instructed by our leaders. They are trying to instill in us a belief that each unit or ward can baptize monthly and are just trying to encourage us to get as many of our investigators to church as often as we can. It was a good Meeting.
I guess just a run through of the people we are working with. We weren't able to see Cristal as she had a lot of work to catch up with this week, but hopefully we can see her again this week. We also have a new investigator called Ben. He is just someone that we met in town in about november time, and we kept bumping into him before Christmas, and we were finally able to meet with him again and sit down with him. He is an interesting guy, and is always so happy which is great. And he says he loves talking to us as we are so happy too. We also have Paul, who we should be meeting with in a few minutes. We met him on the street and just gave us his address and phone number so we are finally getting to meet with him again today. I'll let you know how it goes.
We also had a strange miracle this week... We were walking back to the flat for lunch and this guy stops us and asks if we are from the church. It was a brief conversation but he wanted to join our church. He gave us his number and address and told us to call him sometime. When we got back we realised from his address that we was an investigator a few years ago. I'll let you know how that goes too.
I wish I could remember more to put in this email, and also I wish I had more time but we gotta get going.
Hope you all have a good week.
I love you all!!!
Elder Zach Mitchell
ps. has anyone ever had Green Juice? A member gave us some yesterday and it looks nasty... cucumber and selery juice.... yum....
Monday 20 January 2014
This week has been pretty good. We have been keeping busy and have been teaching which is good. We have had quite a few more proper sit down teaches this week which is good.
So I guess I can just run you through how everyone we are working with is doing.
First of all, another little miracle... We got to see Justin!!! He text us friday morning and asked is we could meet up that day. So we met him in the library, had a good lesson, we were able to catch up a bit as we haven't really seen him since november. He has been through a bit of a hard time, but he is getting everything back in order so hopefully we can see him more often. We nearly got him to church yesterday. We even had a lift for him, and got to his house, but when we knocked on his door he told us he has an exam today that he needed to study for so he wasn't able to come. We are seeing him again on thursday though and he promised that next week he will come.
Stephen, our miracle for last week is doing okay. We did actually get to meet with him this week, and we were hoping to get him to church yesterday too, but from friday onwards any time we tried to call he wouldn't answer. Hopefully we can get back in contact with him.
We were also able to see Cristal this week which was good. She also said she would try to come to church on sunday, but she didn't make it. Her partner is causing some issues as he isn't happy with her meeting with us. From what we have heard he just doesn't like religion point blank, so that is a bit difficult to deal with, and that is what has been stopping Cristal coming to church.
Also there is Paul. I don't remember whether I have mentioned him before or not, but we were able to meet with him on tuesday and sat down and taught him the Restoration. It was a really good lesson, and he asked a lot of great questions. He said he wanted some time to think about it, but we will call him and arrange another time we can meet with him.
We haven't been able to see Ben this week, but we should be seeing him on wednesday, so hopefully that goes well.
Well today for P-day the district are meeting up and we are going bowling which should be fun. The end up the transfer is at the beginning of February so this is our 2nd last P-day of this transfer, and we reckon that the district will really get shaken up this next moves as none of us moved last transfer.
Well I hope you are all well.
I love you all so very much!!!
Elder Zach Mitchell
Monday 27 January 2014
I hope you are all well!!
Every week I get concerned by how high the number of my emails is getting, but if you think that is bad, last monday I got... "The Trunky Call!" So Elder Mitchell officially has an Expiry date.... 23rd April. I'm just getting that out of the way, but no reminding me when it is that I am coming home, I don't want to know!!!
Anyway, I shall tell you about my week starting with last P-day. We all met up as a District and we went bowling. We divided it into teams, we split up the companionships, and it just worked out that companions were bowling at the same time, which was quite funny. We were going by teams scores, and sadly by team lost both games, but looking at individual scores I won both games! (totally being humble about it!) And then we went for Gellato ice cream, which was good! (see attached photos)
So this week, contacting has been very hard. I don't know what it is lately, but no one wants to talk to us. Frankly a lot of people have just been outright rude, and that bothers me, but never mind. C'est la vie! (check me, I know French!)
We do have some good news though... We have a baptismal date!!! We were able to see Justin this week and we were talking a lot about hwo the church and the gospel can help him, and about Baptism, and we extended a date for the 22nd Feb and he accepted. He also came to church on sunday which was great! He was only able to attend for sacrament, but he really enjoyed it and next week he wants to come for all three hours. We are seeing him again on tuesday night, hopefully with our Ward Mission Leader.
We have been able to see a few of our other investigators, but I think Cristal is worth mentioning. As I am sure I mentioned last time, her partner has been preventing her coming to church and things. When we saw Cristal this week though, she told us that her and her husband and on a temporary break. Not just because of her meeting with us, but there have apparently been other things, but Cristal was telling us how she wants to come to church and she would really like to get married in a church and to get baptised. She is showing real disire to come to church and to get baptised which is great, we just hope everything gets resolved with her partner. Of course we don't want to break them up, but it is at least good to see that Cristal is willing to do whatever is needed to come to church.
Well, that is all I can really think of to share about our week. I can't even think of any funny stories to share... never mind.
I hope you all have a good week!!
Love you all!!!
Elder Zach Mitchell
Monday 3 February 2014
So this week is moves week!... No news yet, except we got an inside scoop that at least one person from every companionship in the zone will be moving so... 50/50 chance. I have a feeling I might move but I don't know. We will see. I will let you know as soon as I do.
This week was great! First I have to tell you about Justin. He is just amazing! So he came to church on sunday, he stayed for the full three hours. He loved Gospel Principles and Priesthood, and asked lots of good questions afterwards. The best thing is though, that he got up and bore his testimony in sacrament! It was only simple, he didn't say too much, but it was very thoughtful and he simply said that he feels joining the church is the right path, that it feels right, which made me so happy to hear!! And he called us last night as well, just with a few questions, nothing major, just asking about our opinion on happiness, and how we can find the most happiness. So Justin is doing really well.
We haven't been able to see our investigators Cristal or Ben this week, they both had to cancel due to not feeling well or work meetings, but we should be seeing them again this week.
We also got back in contact with Paul. He has just been really busy, but we are seeing him on thursday which is really good.
Well tonight we should find out about moves. I'm not sure what is going to happen. Normally I have always worked out in my head at least what I think will happen but this time I have no idea. I will let you know as soon as I know though.
It would be sad if I left Addlestone, it is an amazing ward and I love it here. The members are just great and I love each of them. Either way, it will be sad to lose Elder Tidwell, but I guess he needs to see how other missionaries work. He can't stick with me his whole mission haha!
Well I had better wrap this up.
I love you all!
Elder Zach Mitchell
A bit later in the day we got this:
So just to let you know, we got moves calls earlier then we expected, so just letting you know what is going on.
First of all.... Elder Tidwell is.... staying in Woking. Which means.... I'm moving. So I am going to an area called Sutton. I haven't been told which ward it is in, but I think it is Epsom, from what I can work out from LDS maps anyway, but I have no idea because our District Leader didn't tell us, and the Zone Leaders didn't tell him either. I will let you know once I know though.
So my new companion is an Elder Oleson. I'm not sure where he is from yet. And Elder Tidwell is getting an Elder Sorenson, who I have served around before, and he is a great guy.
Love you all!
Elder Zach Mitchell
I just realised.... that means I'll be in the same stake as Uncle Alec! Do you know if they have a Stake Conference soon?