Week 56

Hello beautiful people,

I AM EMAILING FROM THE ENGLAND MANCHESTER MISSION OFFICE. I am one step closer to becoming an office sister. Or Assistant to the President, but the first option is preferable.

The past couple of days have been chaotic, to say the least. Let me proceed with the explanation.

It was at church that Sister Nyoni was in a lot of pain. She has been ill for the entire transfer but now it looked extremely severe. She didn’t try to conceal it at all, and many people were deeply concerned. I felt as though the members were looking at me as though I could do something more, but I had exercised all the effort I could.

I didn’t know what I was supposed to do. Sister Nyoni was just curled up, she would drink water, she wouldn’t eat, she wouldn’t answer me. I, therefore, had to act on my own initiative. I called the out of hours doctor, I called Sister McReynolds the mission president’s wife, I called Sister Fielding the mission nurse, but there was no response. The outcome meant that Sister Fielding, the mission nurse would come to the Ewloe Chapel and we would approach the situation from there.

Meanwhile, there was a tender mercy of the day. I received a phone call from an unknown number, and the person who spoke was Australian. She asked who it was and my memory was blank. Eventually, it was revealed that it was Hannah Campbell from Australia that was visiting the mission with her friends who served here. It was really comforting to hear from someone from back home who could relate to my experience. Shout out to Hannah !

Anyway, we arrived at the Countess of Chester Hospital, more specifically the A&E Department whereby the wait was around seven hours. Sister Nyoni would later be admitted to hospital and would stay the night. It meant that I would have to quickly pack a suitcase and stay at The Fielding’s flat within the Moreton Ward boundaries and I would be driven to the mission office the following day, and that is where I am at present.

If that wasn’t enough news, I am training in Chester. Heavenly Father is trusting me with a new sister. I actually found out on Thursday 29th of June. The APs called for an interview to ‘deliver’ something to me. Of course I thought that I was receiving a car, but instead, it was to extend the calling to train.

There have been many changes and challenges recently, however it is just another opportunity to trust in God and His plan. Everything happens for a reason.

25 Wherefore, the people of Nephi did fortify against them with their arms, and with all their might, trusting in the God and rock of their salvation; wherefore, they became as yet, conquerors of their enemies.

There are no words to express my gratitude for the missionaries who found me and it is a blessing to have been given the opportunity to share with others the truth. I know with all my heart that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father, who loves us and who desires only the best for us. I know that the Saviour can relate to us perfectly, He knows how to help us and as we turn to Him and utilise the powers of the Atonement, we are able to be strengthened. Although we are not promised that our burdens will be taken away, they will be eased (Mosiah 24:14). I know that prayers are answered and I have felt and found peace and joy when I have focused on my relationship with God the father, and His son, Jesus Christ.

P.S I was able to meet my beloved Becky in Manchester Piccadilly after our Multi-Zone Conference. It was a great reunion and you all should be preparing for her presence in Melbourne.

The photos will come soon.

Much love,

Sister Turnbull


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