We continue to teach Callum. He is like a sponge and wants to know everything. He is inquisitive and asks some very thought-proking questions. When we asked him how he felt about the first vision, he said, it is so incredible, it just can't help but be true. The spirit is working on him, I can tell, but he has a ways to go before the conversion is there. We love this young man and feel such a bond with him. He is also in our prayers every day. This week we've invited a beautiful YSA to join us in our discussion with him to share her conversion story with him. I think she can really touch his heart, not because she is lovely, but that her spirit is on fire!
I am finding as I meet these valiant spirits in the young adults, I am amazed at how many are the only members in their families. They don't have a foundation of gospel strength from their homes or close associates, and yet they are so very strong and faithful. We pray for them and hope we can be a source of support for them.
We had a zone conference this week and came away inspired and motivated to be better missionaries. President and Sister Stevens are inspired leaders and so full of love. And as we look at these wonderful young missionaries, we are amazed at their spiritual strength and the light in their countenances. I wish I could describe the sense of comradery we feel with this England, London army of stripling warriors.
Missionary work is very challenging here as the people are mostly Church of England and agnostic or apathethic toward organized religion.
And yet, on the other hand we meet the most Christlike committed people on the planet as well. We visited with an older man yesterday who has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. (not caused by smoking), Barry Palmer. He is a long time member of the church and is so pure and full of faith. As we visited with him in his living room, (he was in a bed there) he expressed his gratitude for the gospel and the blessing of the knowledge we have of the plan of salvation. I am finding that the longer I am here, the more I feel the strength of my testimony growing. Perhaps that's why they say that we are our own greatest convert on a mission!!!
We were able to meet with a wonderful director of the local homeless shelter here in Cambridge to find out about opportunities for service here. We were inspired by her enthusiasm and genuine love for these sweet people. We are looking forward to regular service starting in the new year with the shelter.
Brad and I teach the Temple Prep class each week in Sunday School. We have some great people attending and we've had some wonderful spirit filled opportunities. I called a sweet sister that has not been there for a couple of weeks, so I called her to find out if she is ok. She told me that she was fine, just had family issues, but she doesn't feel she is ready for the temple. I was worried that she was done with the church as well. She said, no, I will still come to church. I'm not ready to go to that level of commitment. I had to respect her honesty and her feelings. As we've thought about it, we thought how the temple has added so much to our lives in every way. It hasn't been a source of more to do, but a source of strength and power in every aspect of our life which has only enriched our existence. Somehow, we need to convey that message to these wonderful members!
We went to Boots to get a jab! Now, to all you Americans, try to figure out what that means? Try to figure out the riddle, and I'll tell you next week what it means!!!!!
We cherish you all! I've been doing ok to be away from my little ones, but this week, Becca sent us a picture of our 3 youngest stripling warriors and I cried! My heart ached to love and hold them! Please hug them tons every day and thank Heavenly Father for all your precious little ones, even on the hard days! We love you and know we are doing the Lord's work here! I feel my life is changing in good ways. I feel such love for my Savior and His gospel. I love your Dad more and more every day. He reminds me more and more of his dad!!!! I love that! He constantly makes me smile! Oh, by the way, I drove for the first time this week and I'm still alive to tell you about it!!! It will take some getting used to!
Love you all,
Dad and Mom
Grandma and Papa
Our walks along the Cam River watching the rowing teams practising
People dock their "houseboats" along the Cam. Some even live in them I guess all year around
Our favorite swans on the Cam
Our three little stripling warriors, Asher Brown (7 months), Grayden Miles, (3 weeks) Charlie Jackman (4 months)