Happy Fourth of July! I can't say it was the greatest one in my life but it was pretty good. We made a few jokes with some members about some choice verses in the Book of Mormon about it all. All in good fun of course. They laughed. We also had a bit of extra food money sitting around so we bought some steak and baked some potatoes with some sour cream to top it all off. Pretty good stuff. and Elder Bethers made some very delicious brownies. And we watched some fire works.... from Elder Bethers' camera, so like I said, it wasn't the best but we did alright. We made (colored) a flag and listened to some Patriotic MoTab aaalllll day.
To change courses rather drastically, it would be super great if I could get released ASAP and then go to Chipotle. Some other choice few restaurants will have to wait until T. And golfing and fishing will also need to happen, ASAP.
I always loved those holiday pool parties at Aunt Michelle's. Good times. Thanks for the pix and video clips. My, everyone is growing up.
I've been doing lots of studies in the scriptures and general conference talks about coming home. It's been very interesting. I'll have to do my best to be a Returned Missionary soon. I won't be returning to my former life, but really starting a new one - a new creature in Christ. It's probably going to be pretty hard, but hey, I've been doing loads of really hard stuff the past 2 years!
We had the chance this week to meet our new Mission President, President Gubler. His smile is contagious. He is going to lead this mission to great success. He talked a lot about the Pre-existence and who we were and are. We came to the conclusion that we were foreordained to serve in the England London South Mission, and we are part of the Great and Noble Ones, alongside Abraham. It was a very spiritual experience, one I won't forget. It gave me loads to think about, too.
Our investigators are doing good. If you can pray for John Saunders, that would be great. When he comes to church he progresses, and will be baptized - it's just getting him there. He suffers from depression and some other health problems. And Yvette... We'll be extending a baptismal date to herfingers crossed. She's progressing so well I don't see anything too big getting in the way. Amanda and Collin are also coming along alright. Amanda would have been to church but was sick. Harry was there, as well. We think the Quakers might be telling him some stuff about the church. But that's nothing too big we can't handle, either. We also had a new guy come to church S . He is a work associate and friend of one of the members whom is from the Netherlands. Really nice, smart guy. We'll be having dinner with him and the members .
I'm going to be perfectly honest right now. England holds a massive place in my heart and it's going to be so hard to leave. Whenever we travel around and I notice all of the rolling hills and beautiful beaches, my heart kind of aches because I know I won't be around for much longer. This truly is a magical place. But I'm so excited to see you all at the same time. It's going to be really bittersweet for me.
Anyway, next week is probably going to be my last time emailing, unless I get a bit of time at the Temple.
I love all you guys!
Castle at Penzance
Happy Independence Day from England!