Hello beautiful people,
This week has been one of many adventures. On Monday, we visited the tourist sites of Chester again. I have seen the main sites of Chester so many times to the point where I was the tour guide for the group of missionaries.
Tuesday, we had the district, ward council and ward coordination meetings in which were firsts for Sister Fawcett, and it has been humourous as she has a gift of always being asked to say the opening prayer for meetings that she has never heard of or attended before.
On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to volunteer our time to paint a public bench in the old market town of Mold. In fact, it is in a prime location, right next to St Mary’s Cathedral – google it.
Thursday, Sister Fawcett was on the phone while I was next to this field with cattle and I wanted them to come to the gate. I had no idea how to call them, so I began clicking my tongue, clapping, shaking the gate. Eventually, they all came over, but things would’ve been easier if according to Sister Fawcett I just yelled ‘co-oss’. Then again, maybe that is only for Canadian cattle.
On Friday, I was able to see Becky and her friend Sally. They went to a gig in Chester of all places, so we arranged to meet up for lunch. It was definitely an uplifting event that was needed before the emotional rollercoaster of the next few days.
On a memorable note, Sister Fawcett and I were not enjoying the long bus rides at all.
Thus, Sister Fawcett will sometimes make humorous comments. We passed Chester airport and there was an aeroplane with the number five. She exclaimed ‘How far away is that aeroplane ? 5 months away.’ She is so lame, but I love her.
That plane would turn out to be closer than we knew at the time. Although there were many positive experiences throughout the week, in fact, this transfer has been productive, however I regret to inform you that Sister Fawcett will be returning home. Long story short, she has anxiety. I have never felt such instantaneous love, tears streaming down my face, prayers and thoughts for someone else before.
Moreover, I found peace through the scriptures. It was not a coincidence as we learned about Zion’s Camp in Sunday School this week.
In reference to Doctrine and Covenants 103:
35 Therefore, as I said unto you, ask and ye shall receive; pray earnestly that peradventure my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., may go with you, and preside in the midst of my people, and organize my kingdom upon the consecrated land, and establish the children of Zion upon the laws and commandments which have been and which shall be given unto you.
36 All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith.
Sometimes we don’t understand the particular obstacles that we encounter, the timing but ultimately, we need to ask ourselves ‘Who’s on the Lord’s side?’I hope that if any of you know anyone who has returned from a mission early, that your response would be one of love and understanding. Heavenly Father is a God of love, love that we are all worthy of. As long as we strive to live our life in accordance with the gospel, we will be forever blessed. Sister Fawcett is a wonderful missionary, companion and friend whom I have learned many lessons from. She will be dearly missed as she really is a light for her example, testimony and perseverance.
As for the future, I do not know if I will remain in Chester or who will be my companion, but I do know that God has a plan. ‘Come what may and love it.’ – Joseph B. Wirthlin