Thursday, April 14, 2016


This week has been crazy. The first half of this email will be in Colchester, the second will be in Canterbury, okay? :) 

On Monday we saw four of our friends and put someone on date! In the middle of the day we got a call from President Stevens & that's when he gave me the assignment to follow up train Sister Carr! He also told Sister Lung she was called as a Sister Training Leader. We were both so surprised & nervous for our new assignments, & both so sad that we only got to serve together for one transfer. 

On Tuesday, we ate hot pot with our ex ward mission leader (where he wrote & emailed my weekly email for me haha). Then we went shopping trying to find a new bag, & didn't find one. Then, on our way to a dinner appointment, we ended up on the wrong bus. But a girl called Coral came to us & started talking about how she wants to learn more about Jesus Christ! Miracle!! Then we ate dinner with the Foster's & went to youth night to play indoor tennis.

We woke up at 6 on Wednesday to travel into London for transfers. We met our new companions & then I went to a training meeting for a couple hours. Then we bought Chopstix & traveled home. We got home at 5:40 & ate dinner, then went to meet the bishop.

I can't remember what happened on Thursday. Or Friday. But on Saturday we went to visit an investigator with a member who is preparing to serve a mission. It was such a good lesson & the spirit was so strong as we talked about baptism. Then, we went to the chapel for district council & on the way I ran across the road to stop three boys from Japan. Sister Carr was so embarrassed & they spoke almost no English hahaha. Then we went blitz finding with the elders & I got to find with my son (the elder being trained by our district leader)! We found a really cool atheist who is so excited to meet with us this week. Then we had a ward activity where we did a quiz night. We lost so bad. They had Sister Carr & I plus two children on our team & all the questions were about old British history. 

We went to six hours of church on Sunday because they had the YSA ward here in Canterbury. The Canterbury ward reminds me a lot of my branch in Colorado, so I loved meeting all the members!

We were calling potential & former investigators & I saw someone named Ben. I told Sister Carr how cool he must be because everyone named Ben is cool, so we decided to call him. He was the nicest person I've talked to! He told me that he had unfortunately moved to the London South mission, so he couldn't meet. But when we asked if he knew anyone in the area who would be interested he offered to send us his friends addresses! Then he told us he was going through a faith crisis & was so excited when we offered to send missionaries his way. We gave him the address for & he committed to go online & request missionary visits! 

We got a referral from a missionary in America for his friend. After a week of trying to get a hold of her, she finally got back to us & we set an appointment for tonight! We met her at the chapel with a recent convert called Pebbles. We ended up teaching about the restoration of the gospel & she loved it. She said it was beautiful & was so excited to read the Book of Mormon. She accepted a baptismal date for March 26th as well! She told us after the lesson that she had been so excited to meet with us all week that she already skyped her mom (who lives in Brazil) to tell her she was meeting us & her mom is supportive! It's amazing! 

Sister Sydney Johannes

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