Week 60

Hello beautiful people,
I am missing you all, however, I have been very much distracted with many road trips, performances, meetings, late nights, Maccies and bonding moments with my companions.
I didn’t get to mention it last week, but Sister Suzarte, Estamante and I have named ourselves Team Ready, SET, Go. You know, because the first initial of our last name spell SET. I am sure many of you understood, but many of the missionaries didn’t catch on that quickly. It is just evidence of how the mission changes your wit and you find laughter in the most ridiculous things. Moreover, Sister Estamante wrote to President with our name and he has referred to Ready, SET, Go on many occasions. I can testify that he does indeed read our weekly emails.
Anyway, I didn’t have a lot of time to email last week as Sister Suzarte, Estamante and I were required to attend the rehearsal for the British Pageant. Basically, we just needed to come for the finale. It was actually hilarious as we were expected to sing three songs, but we only knew the words to one of the songs.Therefore, we took our amateur roles seriously and practised it during companion study. I found it all so uncomfortable as we were constantly being directed to stay in our companionships which means pairs, however, we are a trio or in a three. I knew it wasn’t going to be executed perfectly It didn’t help though as we lost Sister Suzarte on stage, and Sister Estamante and I had to stand in front of many performers as there were more missionaries participating than anticipated. Nevertheless, we laughed and danced as the closing music proceeded. The Pageant meant that I was able to get a photo with 7/12 companions. I am pretty sure that is the best that I’ll ever be able to do as the first three are leaving at the end of the transfer.
Secondly, I was able to see my Auntie Cate from Australia. She has been in Ireland for the past couple of months at a cooking school but stopped by the scenic, touristic land of Runcorn on her way from Scotland to London. It was very surreal to hear another Australian accent but to see someone from home. It was definitely a small glimpse of what it is going to be like when I return home in December. I am definitely not ready yet !
Thirdly, if the England Manchester Mission hasn’t been spoiled enough, Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited. He is actually hilarious, but also a great example of a missionary. He served in the British Isles also, and therefore he has a strong connection with this land and these people. I am very privileged to be able to have met and heard from a modern-day apostle, and his inspired words will continue to resonate
Lastly, I am absolutely exhausted because of the events of the week. However, the British Pageant has been a privilege to be a part of. In short, it is a musical performance about the first Mormon missionaries that arrived in Liverpool in July 1837. It’s amazing as many of the American and Canadian Latter-day Saints trace their heritage to these early British converts.
I am very grateful to those early pioneers of the church that sacrificed their lives in order to share and establish the gospel of Jesus Christ. The faith, commitment, and courage of those are inspiring. They stepped forward into the unknown: a new religion, a new land, a new way of doing things. Ultimately, they trusted in the Lord and what they knew to be true.
President Gordon B. Hinckley once said:

“Whether you are among the posterity of the pioneers or whether you were baptized only yesterday, each is the beneficiary of their great undertaking.”

It is true. All of us enjoy the blessings of their efforts, and all of us have the responsibilities which go with that heritage.

“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; … the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.”

Much love,

Sister Turnbull



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