Hello beautiful people,
I hope that you all are well. I can’t believe it as I received my last transfer call yesterday which means only 5 weeks until I return to Zion, also known informally as Melbourne, Australia.
I am excited to announce that I will be dying or finish my mission in the beautiful land of Chester and I will be receiving Sister Arthur; although Ghanaian, she resides in London. Heavenly Father did not want me to have only thirteen companions, but because He is fair, He wanted me to end on the even note of fourteen, therefore Sister Wilkinson will be leaving for Ashton. Sister Wilkinson has honestly been a great companion and I will cherish the many challenges and miracles that we have been able to see together. I have truly learned about what it means to be patient and endure, to know who you are and set high morals and standards. I am thankful for the two transfers that we have had together.
When it comes to our adventures of the week there were many with many tea appointments, teaching opportunities, drives with the Zone Leaders, a street display, exchanges with Sisters Dunlavy and Sutherland and a Relief Society Activity; ‘Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten’ – It was actually a really nice time to get to know all the Sisters in the ward better, and to also gain greater motivation to reach out to those who might not have been in attendance. It reminded me of the parable of the lost sheep in which Jesus said:
Luke 15:4-6 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
Last week I mentioned about Zeta. I don’t know how or why, but I was given the tender mercy of receiving permission of being able to surprise her and witness her enter the waters of baptism. She had no idea that I was able to attend so it was really good to see her, as I might not be able to before I end my mission. Shout out to President McReynolds. Also, I was able to see many of the missionaries over facetime, including my previous companions Sister Cannon and Sister Fernandez.
It was honestly such a special experience as I vividly remember being in Telford Town Centre, overwhelmed as a missionary in training, and it was the day of a large festival. I remember looking around and literally not knowing how to approach people with the gospel. I saw Zeta, formerly Isis with a camera as she was a volunteer photographer. I remember testifying of the Plan of Salvation as that was the principle that changed my life. There is no doubt it was the spirit as I was oblivious to what I was expressing and preparing for rejection, however she was interested. 18 months later, despite the challenges, with the help of several missionaries, she was finally able to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Zeta truly is like a sister to me, an eternal friend that I am blessed to have met.
Also, I am forever grateful to Brother Worthington for being our chaperone as it was around a one hour journey. However, this one hour journey quickly, or should I say slowly turned into a two hour drive as we were lead by unreliable TomTom (the satnav), and also going 35mph on a 70mph motorway. It was a nice opportunity to get to know each other better though.
Furthermore, since September, Sister Wilkinson and I have been teaching a family, and in particular their youngest son, Brendan. Over the course of teaching Brendan and his family, I have really gained an appreciation of the simplicity of the gospel yet I have gained a greater understanding of these principles.
In the words of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
This beautiful gospel is so simple a child can grasp it, yet so profound and complex that it will take a lifetime—even an eternity—of study and discovery to fully understand it.
It’s really made me realise how innocent children are and although their testimonies may be simple, they are powerful ! I always leave our lessons feeling uplifted, amazed, and humbled by their comprehension and love for the Saviour and His gospel. Brendan is set to be baptised on the 25th November.
Anyway, we are needing to prepare for transfers, so I’ll speak to you all next week.