This week will be 2 months. It seems like it went way slow, but it’s been two months already, so I don’t know how I feel about it.
Last night the Mission President called us with transfer information. The Mission President calls to tell those who are training or who have been given a leadership position. My companion was told he would be staying and getting a new companion to train… so I knew that I was leaving. I didn’t know where, the Zone Leaders would call with that information. I started packing, and packed until 11:00, took a couple of hours. The Zone Leaders called- it was a whole Zone call, so they just read through the areas and the changes. Elder Stevenson, you are moving to Luton 2 and you will be whitewashing with Elder Bell. Whitewashing means we are opening a new area, new flat, new address, new everything. It will be a little tough for me because I am not the best finder, but it will be good and help me out a lot to be a better missionary. I’m pretty excited and a little worried and nervous about moving- only ate a little cereal for breakfast. Elder Bell is a big football player, so you don’t need to worry about me on the streets, he will protect me. It’s just outside of London, so that means we don’t use the London public transportation. I don’t know how we will be traveling. We are starting from scratch- they have an apartment for us, and furniture, but we need everything else. All the little things, like buying a broom, so we will see how this next week goes.
Interesting things while tracting and street contacting this week.
We were teaching one gentleman and he offered us a job to teach English at the college here. We declined the offer- that would be an awful job for me- I don’t have enough patience!
We meet another guy and visited with him for about an hour and a half. At the end of the discussion, he said I should give up on my missionary stuff and just go home. He thought I was wasting my time trying to teach others, that I should be concentrating on getting a good high end job in business.
We also met a lady on the street who had been taught everything about 5 years ago by some sister missionaries. However, when the sisters were transferred out of the area she fell through the cracks. We scheduled an appointment with her this week, she is really excited to learn more about the gospel and refresh her memory about all of the things she was already taught.
Another lady had been visiting in Jamaica and met the missionaries there. They referred her to us because she lives in London. She had a really cool dream about heaven and stuff. Her dream was exactly like what “The Message” talks about, to the dot. It was super amazing and super vivid dream. She saw her mom in heaven who assured her she was watching over her granddaughter. This lady’s girl who has died of cancer 8 years earlier. We shared a quick scripture Alma 40:11-12. The spirit was so strong. We set up an appointment to meet with her next week. She is really excited to learn more about this religion and the afterlife. Elder Koponen and his new companion will be doing the follow ups for all of these now.
There are wild blackberries everywhere! Everywhere!!! I love it! And I ate a fried plantain this week, definitely didn’t like that.
I JUST FOUND OUT THERE IS FARM LAND IN THE NEXT AREA I AM SERVING. It’s the top of Luton, but on lds.org when checking out the ward boundaries there is farm land. I hope I get to see it!
Love, Elder Stevenson