Monday, March 12, 2012

Fourth Transfer - Yeovil

New companion – same area!

Elder Peach is from Tennessee; says “Yes, ma’am” and “Yes, sir”, and is an energetic missionary! Here he is dancing to “Come, Come ye Saints” – bluegrass style. Elder McCook loved working with him.

We've actually been walking a lot around Yeovil this transfer. Basically, we're totally out of miles because we've had a Zone Conference, Transfers, and two Zone Meetings, and a couple District Meetings. Basically, lots and lots of traveling. We're allotted 1250 miles per month, which seems generous, but it does run out, considering our area is about 40 miles in diameter. But yeah, walking is great! We should do it more in America. People walk everywhere in England. Well, for the most part. Lots of cars too. Lots of people in general. Over 50 million people squashed in the size of Hawaii can do that.

Recently I went on an exchange with zone leader Elder Wells and we had some interesting things happen. We talked to a guy for half an hour on his doorstep who's studying with Jehovah's Witnesses. We had an hour long chat with this family (a knock in) who were really intense Christians. They had all sorts of questions about the trinity, the Book of Mormon, and all sorts of doctrine. Although we answered them to the best of our ability, afterwards I felt defeated. I'm not much for debate and stuff like that. It did give me a few questions which I'll ask Dad about. In PMG it says that as missionaries we are not obligated to answer every objection everyone has. We are to simply testify of truth and leave commitments. That's really what we're here to do.

It just saddens me when people do not think we're Christians because we do not hold a 4th century view of the Godhead. We hold an eternal view.

To be honest, the work is really slow here in Yeovil. We just continue to try to find people. The Lord will bless us in His own due time. You just got to plug along.

I've been listening to a lot of BYU devotionals and General Conference talks that Elder Day gave me before he left. Some notable ones I like are Holland's "Thee, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou Hast Sent," and his "Broken Things To Mend." Both are general conference. I've also got some McConkie and Kimball and Benson, which is old school, but I like them. I didn't grow up with them, so it's cool to hear other prophets.

Zone Conference the other day was really interesting. Savannah Stevenson came to talk with us. (Look her up) She played Mary in the recent church videos that they played at the Christmas Devotional. She's from England, I think from Gloucester? Anyway, she spoke to us about her life and the decisions she has had to make to maintain a wholesome career as an actress. She's a member of the Church of course.

Elder McCook helped the Ward Mission Leader with a little plumbing at his home!

Converts as of a few years – The Sharpe’s

Elder McCook loved them and appreciated the yummy Filipino food!

A “cool” family - The Hazell’s – fairly recent converts.