Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Leeds Castle Adventure

our adventure to Leeds Castle waiting for the train, with Jim and Nita Haskins

lunch-  I had game pie--  a meat pie with pigeon, pheasant, and rabbit

Leeds Castle


castle grounds

mote around the castle--no there were no alligators






Happy Christmas


Happy Christmas dearest family and friends!!!!

What a way to celebrate the Lord’s birth, in the mission field!  It has been a glorious past two weeks here in Cambridge.  We miss you all so much and want you to know how very much we love you!  We appreciate your letters, gifts, and messages of love, and all the adorable pictures!

One of the highlights of our week was our waffle breakfast with Brother Clements, our Zimbabwe monk friend!  We invited the elders to join us.  It was an incredible experience.  He had a lot of questions about Mormonism.  As a Catholic, he doesn’t believe in a great apostasy.  He feels the priesthood came down from Peter and passed on through today.  He wanted to know what the fullness of the gospel meant and how a 14 year old boy would be the one to receive a vision.   He asked why we needed the Book of Mormon.   He struggled with Adam and Eve and why the Lord would want to have them partake of the fruit in the Garden of Eden.  We had a very interesting discussion.  In the end we told him that he doesn’t need to take our word for it, but he can know for himself the truthfulness of what we teach.  We read him Moroni 10:4-5 and testified that we knew the Joseph Smith was a foreordained prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true.  He was here for nearly 3 hours.  We sent him home with a Book of Mormon and he wants to stay in touch.  We pray for him that someday the truth will penetrate his heart.

We visited with many friends, both members and non-members alike!  We rented a van so we could take the missionaries with us as we went to different parts of the ward to do some Christmas Caroling.  It was really a sweet experience.  We caroled for two nights with the missionaries.  After singing at a house, the family came out of their house next door.  We asked them if we could sing them a song.  Their little boy asked us to sing Away in a Manger.  As we sang, he followed along and sang every word.  I was really touched as he sang.  Our ward boundaries are about 60 square miles, so we had to prayerfully decide who to go to, as we were limited by time.  Each house was so welcoming and very touched to be remembered.  On Friday, we started out early and tried to get to the rest of the people we had planned on visiting, but couldn’t get to with the other missionaries.  We gave some dear friends copies of the Book of Mormon which were very touching opportunities.  It was an absolutely wonderful spirit filled week.

On Saturday we took the train into London to meet up with President and Sister Stevens at their flat along with about 30 other Senior missionaries for a delicious lunch.  We sang some carols together and then walked over to the Royal Albert Hall for a Christmas candle and carol concert.  We saw it last year and were anxious to see it again.  The orchestra was dressed in their knickered trousers and powdered wigs.  We heard beautiful music and sang about 10 carols together.  It’s fun to sing carols here, because several of the common ones, have the same words, but a different tune.  As a reader read parts of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, it truly was an inspiring English experience!  After the concert, we went with Elder and Sister Baron for crepes and then caught the train to Cambridge.

Sunday morning we attended Sacrament meeting and heard Brother and Sister Kenneth Johnson speak.  They have just been released as the London Temple president/matron.  We love this sweet couple!  We had invited two of our YSA’s for dinner and a recent convert as well.  All of our YSA’s have gone home for the holidays or have family here.  These three were by themselves, so it was fun to have them join us for a ham dinner and a game of Skip-bo.  For Christmas dinner in England, it is common to eat a lot of vegetables, so I prepared, brussel sprouts, carrots, and parsnips along with mince pies for dessert.  EVERYONE eats brussel sprouts, parsnips and mince pies for Christmas dinner!

We were able to talk to all of our children/grandchildren and wish them a Happy Christmas!  As much as we miss them, it won’t be long before we will be able to hug and kiss them!  Our cute neighbors, the Steen girls made us a gingerbread house, and Tony, brought over his 4 month old granddaughter and asked if we had room in the inn for her!!  Just to hold this beautiful little Phoebe soothed a grandma’s aching heart on this Christmas day!

We love you!  As we ponder the Christmas story we recognize how the Creator of the heavens and earth condescended to enter mortality as a babe in a manger, in a lowly country village.  And yet because of His life, His atonement, death and resurrection, we honor and celebrate that Christmas story!  We love Him.  As we follow Him, love Him, and serve others as He did, our lives can be filled with peace, and happiness.  We know He lives!  We worship and give glory and honor to Him. 

May the New Year be full of joy and great peace for you our dear family and friends.

With all our love,

Dad and Mom

Papa and Grandma

Elder and Sister Jackman

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas is in the Air!!!!


Dear family and friends,

Is it possible for the time to fly so fast that two weeks fly by and you think it has only been a week?  Well, guess what….. that is what is happening in our missionary life!  I can’t believe how fast the time is zipping past!  We have had an incredible week (I mean 2 weeks!).

Christmas is in the air!  We feel it and we love it!  “The Light the World” iniative has been a great source of joy to us.  It is miraculous how little acts of service really do light the world!  The Spirit of love is shared and received in very tender and memorable ways!  As President and Sister Steven’s told us, Christmas in the mission field can be a life changing experience.  We can testify of that!

We have been involved the past 2 weeks with missionary flat inspections.  Although, these can be somewhat “temporal” assignments, we find them uplifting as we get to visit with the young missionaries, and see the lists of investigators on their hanging white boards, and the goals they have set!  Where else would you have your heart fill with love for 18 and 19 year old men and women who are focused on bringing the light of the gospel to the world!  The is truly a miraculous work to behold and to be a part of!  We are able to see the “goofy” side of these “teenagers”, but when they talk about the gospel, when they conduct meetings, when they teach the gospel, the Spirit takes over and we see how the Lord strengthens and provides with His compensatory power.  It is a miracle to behold!

We have started again the Cambridge homeless project in concert with 7 other local churches.  This year we were able to have our ward join in the project.  We are assigned one night a month to provide a meal for 15 homeless men in the Methodist Church across the street.  We had two families volunteer to help us.  It was truly a humbling experience to work side by side with good Christian people who want to serve God’s children.  Now, as we see these friends walking down the street, we greet them with hugs of true kinship!  Now, while on a mission, I have learned a lot of things.  Well, I learned something last week as taught to me by our friend, the Baptist minister, how to make coffee!!!!  Now that is something, I’m not sure every missionary will learn!!!

Also, last Saturday, we had our last opportunity to serve with the Anglican Church in working in the Ascension Cemetary.  We cleared out a large area and were able to plant Yew trees.  Now, when our grandchildren serve missions in Cambridge, we will send them to check on our trees!!!!  Following the work project, we were invited for mince pies and mulled wine!  One of the sweet ladies who has become a very dear friend, made a delicious non-alcoholic wassail for the Mormons.  We had a chance to visit with these friends we have come to know and love.  I met Marie, a sweet lady from Lusanne, Switzerland.  I told her of my Swiss heritage.  She asked me how my ancestors ended up in Utah.  It was a tender experience to share with her how my grandparents were converted to the Gospel, were ostracized by some and chose to join the body of the Saints in Utah at the call of the living prophet.  Our Anglican friends were quite amazed that members of the church would have been treated that way.  They are so impressed with the young missionaries and young single adults that come to serve.  We even had a write up in their monthly newsletter!!  They begged us to come back and visit them when we come back.  This has been a highlight of our mission, to become really good friends with these wonderful Christian people.

Another highlight of our week was the visit we had with our young married couple in our ward who want to join another church.  They came to the Ward Christmas party and we were able to visit them at their home.  They are very friendly and welcome us to come and visit.  We shared with them the Light the World video.  Brad asked them how they felt.  They shared some very deep feelings and then Brad bore a very powerful testimony of the Savior.  The feeling in the home was one of peace and great spiritual joy.  We have such a deep desire for this couple to come back and pray sincerely for them.  It is experiences like this that give us hope that something will touch their hearts!

We have a wonderful week ahead of us as we have plans of sharing Christmas joy with so many of our dear friends!  We miss you all and pray for you that you will feel the Spirit of Christ!  Please know how much we love you all!

Happy Birthday to our dear Carlee Nelson on December 17th!  We love you Carlee and can’t believe that you will now be going to Young Women’s!  You are one in a million, a beautiful girl, with a tender heart that touches so many, including your grandparents!  Happy Birthday to our sweet Samuel Spencer Bishop on December 21st!  He will be turning 1!  What a light he is to our family!

We have felt the Spirit of the Lord in our lives as we have served Him.  What a glorious experience we have had and continue to have!  The Lord’s Plan of Salvation is truly a plan of happiness!

With all our love,

Dad and Mom

Papa and Grandma

Elder and Sister Jackman

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy December!!!!


 Dear family and friends,

Happy December!!!  The most glorious time of the year!  May your month be filled with magical moments of service and feeling the Spirit of the Lord in your lives.  As we put up our Christmas tree, I pulled out the family ornaments Nate and Becca sent last year.  They grace our tree and it looks magnificent!  The four littlest warriors are still pictured in ultrasound form!  We can’t believe how all our precious grandchildren have changed, and we can’t believe how fast this past year has flown by!

Each week it seems we do very similar things, so I know this must get really monotonous to read.  I’ll just highlight a few experiences that were really special for us this week!  
 As you know, every six weeks we have transfers, so at our waffle breakfast this week we said good-by to our dear district leader Elder Moulton from Provo!  He was a fine missionary and luckily he won’t live too far away from us in Utah.

We were invited by our dear neighbors, the Steens, to attend their Christmas concerts, one for Elizabeth who plays in a community orchestra in Hitchin.  It was fun to drive through this lovely little village knowing that Dad and Mom served there.  Then we were invited to join the Steen grandparents to hear Alicia and Isobel sing.  No matter what the country, these school carnivals and concerts are all the same-a lot of noise and excited children!

We attended our dear friend, Vivienne Cook’s father’s funeral.  Yes, we have had a lot of funerals in this neck of the woods.  This was a particularly tender funeral for me.  In all that was said about this dear man, despite his busy church callings, and working to provide for his family, (they never did say what his profession was!), he was first and foremost a fabulous father.  He had a really rough childhood and so was determined to make his own home one with loads and loads of love.  And apparently, it was just that.  All those who spoke and those we talked to knew this dear man as a wonderful father who made everyone feel loved and important.  I think it was tender to me  because he reminded me of my own father and father-in-law.

Well, we’ve started our missionary flat inspections again and as always it is such a pleasure to meet new missionaries and revisit those we already know.  I’ll not get over how precious these young elders and sisters have become to us.  We are all involved in the same work and it bonds us in a way that we will be eternally connected!

We had a group of Senior office and family history missionaries call us up and ask us for a tour of Cambridge.  What a fun group!  The Felsteds, the Rees’s, the De Johns, and the Barlows.  Bailey Scott, one of our YSA’s took us on a tour of her college, Gaius, then we saw King’s chapel, City Centre, the backs, and enjoyed lunch at the Eagle Pub, a famous pub in Cambridge where the British airmen from WWII signed their names on the ceiling, and also, where the discovery of DNA was first announced to the scientific world!  (The atmosphere was awesome, but the food wasn’t very good!!!)  They wanted the 2 mile walking tour, and not the 10 mile walking tour.  It’s a good thing because after lunch, they were cold and tired so we sent them on their way.  But what a great missionary memory for us.  People who visit Cambridge want to come and see the university, but don’t realize that the University consists of 31 separate colleges.

One of our highlights for the week was an email we received from Brother Clements, our Catholic friar  friend from Zimbabwe!  When he couldn’t come for Thanksgiving Dinner, he said he needed about 2 weeks notice to schedule a visit.  So I gave him two weeks notice, and he is coming in 2 weeks for breakfast.  He said that now his classes are over for the Christmas break, he has more time for reading!  I sent him an email and told him I had a great book for him to read!  We’re anxious for a 2 hour discussion on the 21st!

Another highlight happened on Sunday, 4 Dec.  We scheduled several weeks ago to attend church in Southend on Sea with Terry and Yvonne Ebbs, the dear friends Brad met on his first mission.  He spent his first Christmas with them 43 years ago.  They are the ones who have been inactive for over 30 years.   We met them at the chapel and were so excited to see them!  They had come to Cambridge Ward a few months ago and even went back to the Southend ward on their own a few weeks back.  Members of the ward are so excited to have them back.  As it was fast Sunday, Brad felt he needed to share his testimony and bore a powerful witness of the Church, the Savior, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon.  He told the members he had served for 6 months in Southend 43 years ago, and expressed his love for the Ebbs.  Immediately after the meeting, a lovely lady came up to us and introduced herself.   Her name is Wendy McDonald.  She remembered Brad.  She is Catholic and lives close to the church.  She said 43 years ago, she and her 2 year old son were in a really bad way.  The missionaries showed up at her house and offered their services.  She asked them to please cut her grass that was about 3 feet deep.  As she watched Brad, and his companion and others help her, she felt such love for this church who exemplified Christian service.  That very morning, (Dec. 4) she awoke early and said she felt strongly that she needed to attend church in the Mormon building.  She was there and when Brad spoke, she said, “I knew it was you, the same missionary who helped me 43 years ago.  I need to go talk to the young missionaries!”  Now whether she is an investigator, or just showed up that day, we don’t know.  Maybe nothing will ever happen, but the thing that touched us so, was that a simple service by humble missionaries 43 years prior in her life made an impression for good on this sweet woman.  She had to leave to go to work, so we couldn’t find out any more details.  Brad did not remember this woman or the service.  We met another wonderful man, the high councilman.  He was from Zimbabwe.  We were instantly friends!!  His first name was Clemens, and I couldn’t understand his last name.  But he said he would meet us again at the Harare, Zimbabwe Temple dedication!!  Hey, now that sounds fun, huh, Justin and Amber!!!  We left the church with such gratitude for the Lord’s hand in our lives.  It was a glorious day!

We love missionary work!!  We love you all!  Have a wonderful week!

With all our love,

Dad and Mom

Papa and Grandma

Elder and Sister Jackman   

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Happy Week


Dear Family and Friends,

Cheers to all our favorite people!!!  We hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  Tis truly the season for great rejoicing and the time to give thanks for all our blessings!  It was great to visit with so many over the week!  McKinley and Jordan, we sure hope you are feeling better!  It was a rough week for you and your parents.

We had a wonderful week.  We enjoy FHE with our young single adults.  We have a discussion and then have so much fun playing games together.  On Friday we hosted the Stake YSA’s here in our ward building for Institute.  We had about 15 kids this time, which was a pretty good showing.  Most have to drive over an hour to get clear out here where we are.  The Stake is rethinking a once a month Institute class for the whole stake as the transportation is such an issue.  Most YSA’s don’t have cars and a lot of them don’t even have driver’s licenses. 

Thursday, we hosted an American Thanksgiving dinner here for our young single adults.  It was really fun.  We had 16 people.  We had an investigator come who had never had a Thanksgiving dinner and was so excited to try everything and anything.  Most of those who come have never had the experience before.  I think it kind of blows them away!  We had a riot playing Trivial Pursuit afterwards.  We had four of our missionaries come and they always love a hot meal!  I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving!  Then on Friday, we got to take our YSA committee to the London temple.  Brad and I took the names Chloe sent to us to receive their endowments!  Chloe, that was really a sweet experience for us.  Thanks again for your efforts!

On Saturday, we spent the day with the Haskins, our dear friends!  They took us to see Southwold and some other seaside villages on the North Sea.  The day turned out to be absolutely gorgeous.  As we walked out on the Southwold pier, the sun was shining and the sound of the surf was music to our ears.  The salt sea smell was invigorating.  We enjoyed a wonderful fish and chips meal at a local pub which was built about 600 years ago.  The food was very good and the atmosphere of the place was brilliant.  We felt we had stepped back in time.  The rooms were small, the undulating floors added so much charm.  We ate in front of a huge open fire place.  The open beam and plaster ceilings were low.  It was cozy and oozing with charm!  I love this country!  We had stopped at a church which is supposedly haunted and found a lovely community of people setting up for a Christmas Market.  Brad bought a  tie for 1 pound, and I bought a beautiful Christmas wreath made with fresh holly  and pine boughs.  I couldn’t get over that they were real!  The church didn’t feel haunted at all, even with the blackened scratch marks from Satan on the door!!!  The angels were a little bit spooky looking however!

Our dear friend Clinton went into the hospital to have a stint put into his heart.  The ward had a special fast for him.  The doctors were concerned that the vein in question would require open heart surgery.  However, after further consultation, they found that they could take care of the problem intervenously.  The fast really touched Clinton.  His goal is to get to the temple before we leave!  He is now very motivated!  It is amazing how challenges help us look at life with heavenly eyes.   We really love Clinton.  Brad calls him his brother from another mother!  He is big, tall, and very black.  Brad introduces him as his brother and then asks, “Can’t you see the resemblance?”  There are a lot of very special friends we will miss!

We met with another YSA couple from the Bury St. Edmunds Ward to talk about their young adult program.  We found out the Claire grew up in Hitchin.  I asked her about my parents and said, they served in Hitchin when they were on a mission here.  She said, “Oh, I love the Glauser’s.  They taught my grandparents.”  Her grandfather, Ron Kilbey, although, still not a member, loved them very much.  Out of all the missionaries that taught him, he felt a special cohesive bond with Dad and Mom.   He said, there was really something special about this senior couple.   He is now attending church about every other week.  One never knows the impact they can have without them even knowing it!!!  Thanks Dad and Mom for your example!

We meet every Tuesday night with our dear friend Kalil!  He comes for supper and scriptures.   It is a sweet highlight of our week.  He adores our little Jordan!  He really feels connected to all of our little stripling warriors!  Brad went to his soccer game on Thanksgiving night.  Luckily, Brad was there as a fight broke out and he was able to get Kalil out of there before something even worse happened.  Kalil told me that he was glad that I wasn’t at the game.  The referee looked at Brad’s name badge as he was leaving and commented that he wished Jesus Christ would have been there at the game.  It was pretty rough.  I was just grateful Brad and Kalil got out of there safely!

Happy Birthday to our dear little Russell on November 29 (age 1)!  And to our Kinners (age 3) on December 4!   You are very special little people!! Happy Anniversary to Brian and Heather on December 1!  We love you all and miss you a ton!

Our time hear is going fast.  We are anxious to work hard!  We love our Heavenly Father and His Son!  The gospel of Jesus Christ is here upon the earth in its fullness.  We are so grateful to be a part of this great latter-day work!  We love you all!

With all our love,

Dad and Mom

Papa and Grandma

Elder and Sister Jackman

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Dear family and friends,

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!  I just want you to know that the grocery store does not sell fresh turkeys this time of year!  Only frozen!  Because our wonderful British friends don’t celebrate my favorite holiday!!!  But we will be thinking of you this Thursday!  Please know how grateful we are for all of you!  You are the ones who have made our lives so richly blessed!

  We helped with another funeral in our ward.  The dear man who passed away, Derrick Lavendar was a very good man.  He raised a wonderful family.  We love his wife who is very active in the ward.  He was not a member and has spent the past several months in a care center.  We had some lovely visits with him and Brad was able to help with a blessing.  We love helping with the funeral luncheon as it gives us an opportunity to meet their family, give comfort and express love.  We agree with President Boyd K. Packer that a funeral is one of the best times to feel the Lord’s Spirit very close.

We had a very sobering week!  We have felt several promptings to meet one on one with some of our precious young single adults.  Every one we met this week was having a crisis of faith.  These are great young people, new converts, and life-long members.  Yet, they are wondering if God is really there?  We listened and prayed for wisdom in what to tell them.  We felt deeply touched that they would open up so honestly with us, but, by the end of the week, I was emotionally drained!  Brad said, now you know what it is like to be a Bishop!  (I’ve never wanted to be a Bishop anyway!!!)  I have been able to see how clever Satan can be.  He is ruthless and is going after the best of the best.  We were able to fast with one of our YSA’s on Sunday and felt spiritually rejuvenated.  We are finding that our prayers are getting longer as we add more people to pray for.  But the miracle is this!  We are finding that our love is expanding!  We are experiencing what I feel is Godlike love and genuine empathy for these precious souls.  I am also realizing how crucial it is to live a consistently obedient life.  We often wonder why the brethren keep telling us to do the little consistent daily things; prayer as individuals and as families, scripture study with real intent individually and as a family, keep the Sabbath Day holy!  All are a defense against the adversary.  I know this to be true.  As we let these things slip, it allows us to become casual, and when we become casual, we allow Satan a foothold in our lives.  Please dear ones, stay committed to righteousness!

We had a grand experience of teaching our friend, Jo, the Restoration of the Gospel.  We met her through a common friend and she agreed to have us come to her home.  We had a great conversation and then asked her about her religious beliefs.  This led us into telling her about the church and then right into the Joseph Smith story.  That is my favorite discussion!  We left her a Book of Mormon and with a challenge to read and ask if it is true.  It is a miracle to me to see the Spirit take over as we teach and testify.  Unfortunately, she said she is not interested.  (We are used to that!!!  So when Elder Anderson talks about 1000’s joining the Church every month, they must be all joining in Mexico!!!)  But we felt so good about our evening with her, I can’t help but pray that she will think about what was said and read the Book of Mormon and share it with her daughter who loves to study about other religions!

We had a great highlight this week!  A member of our ward is a major in the airforce here at a local U.S. airbase.  He is the chief flight officer and flies a fuel tanker jet.  He has even fueled Airforce One a few times!  He arranged a red carpet tour of the base for us.  We had to show our passports to even get on the base.  He arranged for us to use the jet simulator for about and hour and a half.  Brad was like a kid in a candy store.  I sat in a back row seat.  Brad got to fly the plane.   He did great!  We didn’t even crash! The graphics were incredible, and the simulator moved, tipped, and rolled just as if we were flying.  He even set up the graphics for Las Vegas and they both buzzed the Las Vegas Strip.  It was very impressive.  Then we got to tour the real jet and lay down in the back section where the boom operator goes to connect the boom arm to the jet below they are refueling.  The thing that impressed me most about this jet was when Josh told us the plane was designed and built in the 1960’s.  The engineers used slide rules to do the configurations.  (I used those when I took trigonometry in high school!)  The specs on this jet are so simple and good that they haven’t had to update them at all.  These tankers are some of the best built jets in use.  Amazing!!!  These tankers can carry 140,000 lbs. of fuel and they refuel jets at 6000 lbs./minute.  The jets can take off with that much weight, but cannot land with that much weight, so if they don’t refuel anyone, they have to fly around until they burn off sufficient fuel.  After our jet tour, we checked out the base commissary!  I loved it, to see all those American groceries was a modern day miracle for me!!!! 

We had an amazing full week!  We have been asked by our Stake Presidency to do some training to the other ward’s YSA leaders.  We are meeting some incredible people who we love immediately!  We feel as though we have been lifelong friends.  They all want to visit when they come to Utah!!!  Absolutely!

This missionary calling is the best!  We love what we are doing! 

Stay strong!  We love you and we miss you!  Keep the faith!!

With all our love,

Dad and Mom

Papa and Grandma

Elder and Sister Jackman

 

outside of the simulator with Josh Fuller

sitting on the tires of the fueling tanker jet

in the cockpit

turning to approach the airport

does it like a pro

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Winter is Here!!!


Dear family and friends,

Winter surely came with a vengeance this past week!  We are so grateful we have a warm home and hot water!  With the humid air here, it is very cold.  The days are getting shorter.  It starts to get dark here around 4:00 in the afternoon.  Street lights are not readily available in areas other than main traffic routes, so it really seems very dark!

It was a great week!  We feel the need and desire to spend time with individuals.  We have set up an appointment each week with one of our favorites!!  Kalil Studer, a young man from Brazil.  He has a gift for languages and speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish and English.  He is young in the church, so he comes over every Tuesday night for dinner and scriptures. We met with our 91 year old friend, Leslie Ryan, and a lovely young investigator Shira for lunch with the missionaries.  We were invited for dinner this week from our friends, Jim and Nita Haskins.  We have taught them the game of Skip-bo and they love it!  We also met their friend, Jo.  We talked to her about coming to see her to tell her about what we do as missionaries.  Next blog, I’ll tell you about that great experience!

Harry, one of our new members brought us over some death certificates of his ancestors.  We volunteered to take him to the cemetery where his grandfather was buried.  It was close to Cambridge, in a place called Ramsey.  We looked over the whole place, but couldn’t find his grandfather or grandmother.  We called the person on the church marquee and talked to the wife of the person in charge of the cemetery registry.  She invited us to come to her home and wait for her husband.  Unfortunately, we had to leave, but we had a delightful conversation with Patty McPherson.  We asked her if she would like us to tell her about the gospel and she quickly sent us on our way!  But I talked to her husband on the phone later and he found the person we were looking for and also talked to another cemetery registrar person from another cemetery to find the grandmother.  He mailed us the information.  He was so kind and we are anxious to go back so we can find the burial places.  Harry was so excited!

We invited the Budd’s over for dinner and were lucky to have David, their son, join us as well.  I’ve been having a great email exchange with our new friend, the Catholic Friar, Brother Clements.  I’ve shared the restoration discussion and the Plan of Salvation discussion with him.  He in turn has shared some of his beliefs.  We continue to communicate, and we have felt as though we have met a great friend in him!

On Saturday, we trained to London to meet up with Clark and Joyce Baron for a p-day!  We went to the National Portrait Gallery, which was amazing.  Brad and I browsed through a section featuring the works of Picasso.  His earlier paintings are amazing, but then he started getting weird!    I can’t say that we’re fans!  But it was great to think we were seeing original art that I have only seen in textbooks.  After the gallery, we saw “The Phantom of the Opera”.  We have seen this once, but I was amazed that I didn’t remember a lot of the story.  It was fabulous.  The costumes, the staging, and the music were brilliant!  We enjoyed dinner after at a Thai restaurant.  It was a marvelous day!  We love Clark and Joyce and it is so fun to be serving with them in England!

I was asked to speak in Sacrament Meeting on sacrifice.  Then we traveled to Ipswich to do some YSA leader training for a couple in our stake.  We had ward council first thing in the morning, so it was a long day of meetings.  We finished off our day with a visit to a young married couple in our ward.  We have been asked to be their home/visiting teachers.  As we started our visit, they told us that they were going to have their names removed from the records of the church and be confirmed in the Community of Christ Church.  It was a very sobering conversation.  My heart just hurt for them.  All we could do is bear pure testimony of the gospel.  There was a definite dark feeling in their home, and I really fear for them.  We asked them if they would still allow us to come and to be their friends.  They were very anxious for us to come visit them.  Brad offered a beautiful prayer.  I didn’t sleep very well as I was so worried about them.  But we communicated with them on Monday morning, and asked them not to rush into anything.  They will still join the other church, but I felt that they have their agency, and what they need from us is just to shower them with love and friendship.

I’m beginning to think that the purpose of our being here is to share our love with those who are struggling, or who have lost their way.  We offer and invite we testify and pray.  So many don’t want the gospel, but they are hungry for a friend.  We have found many fabulous friends!

We are finding that each day is full to the brim with service opportunities.  We love it!  There is still much to do.  We fill so much a part of Cambridge, and are very anxious to finish strong these next few months.

We want to wish a very Happy Birthday to Dad Jackman and MaryAnn on November 19th!!!  We love you both very much and give thanks for the impact for good you have been in our lives!

Thank you, Grandpa and Grandma Glauser for spending time with our kids!  They loved being with you and learning from you.  We loved the pictures!

Have a great week!!!  We love you all so very much!  The work we are involved with is God’s work!  We are definitely the weak and simple ones called to the work, but we love it!!!

Love,

Dad and Mom

Grandpa and Grandma

Elder and Sister Jackman

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pictures

Downing formal hall with Callum Church and Ryan Blank

pumpkin carving with Kieron Baron and friends, Rick Cortez, Andy Gao, and Danny Cordaza

Kieron Baron takes this very seriously

Andy Gao loved this--He looks pretty lethal with a knife

admiring their work

our house was the only festive one on the block

decorating cookies

Jane We, Cheryl Li, Jordan Clarke and Bailey Scott

lunch with Elder Dunning and Elder Warburton and Shira (a new investigator)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Halloween and Guy Fawkes Day


Dear family and friends,

I was meaning to write this blog on Monday!  I can’t believe that it is Friday already.  I honestly can’t believe how fast the time goes.  So I will give a brief update from last week, if I can remember!  That’s why I write things down in my diary (that’s what they call a day planner in the UK)

Well, Halloween has come and gone!  This year we had 3 trick or treaters stop by!  Wow!  That is a record!  We did hold our annual pumpkin carving and sugar cookie decorating event.  We had a couple of newbys this year and it is so fun to see how these Chinese kids get soooo excited to carve a pumpkin.  I’ll send some pictures!

We’ve had the opportunity to have our new friend, Harry, and the sister missionaries here for lunch.  We’ve had some great visits with members of the ward, those who are struggling with their testimonies, a dear sister who just lost her husband, and a bishopric member and his family who we just adore!.  Friday night we were invited by our dear Callum Church (our non member Cambridge law student) to attend a Downing College Formal Hall. We also took one of our new YSA’s with us.  Now this is really posh stuff.  Cambridge students may bring invited guests.  The students are invited to wear their gowns, (J.K. Rowling got all her ideas for Harry Potter from Cambridge, I’m sure!) and all must wear nice clothes. They are to remain in the hall during the meal and cannot leave for any reason until the meal is over.  They are to be polite, despite the fact that most of the students who came into the hall carried their own bottle of alcohol in with them.  The food was very nice.  The long tables had large candleabras and it looked like the dining hall in Hogwarts!  The pudding (dessert) was a crème brulee.  If a student found a 10p (dime) in their dessert, they were to eat the entire dish without using their hands.  If someone tossed a 10p into their wine glass, they were to drink the whole drink in one gulp.  The poor student sitting next to me found one in his dessert and it was comical to watch him eat it for a few bites anyway. Following the meal we were escorted out and got to watch the fireworks.  November 5 is Guy Fawkes Day and the whole country goes crazy with fireworks.  They are really beautiful despite the fact that it is freezing outside!  It was a very nice evening!

 Saturday, we were asked by St. Giles Church to help them clean up around an old church just down the street from us.  They know we like to clean up church yards and have become very dear friends.  This day was officially Guy Fawkes Day.  This is a day they honor as the day decades ago when a group of protestors were planning to blow up Parliament.  But apparently someone heard about it and they caught Guy Fawkes, one of the perpetrators, who was hung and quartered.  Hence, every November 5, the British build huge bonfires and shoot off fireworks.  This year however, instead of burning Guy Fawkes in effigy, several groups burned Donald Trump in effigy!!!  We went with a YSA to Castle Hill, the highest point in Cambridge and watched an amazing display of fireworks! 

We had a ward fast for one of our dear friends who is going in for a heart procedure.  This was really a tender experience as it was a real bonding for the ward and for our friend!  After church, a young sister called and asked us to come over as her husband was having a really bad time.  She was afraid for him.  Our visit was a good one, and I think it gave this young couple some hope that they were loved and that Heavenly Father cares about them.  Someone once said that a senior mission is like home and visiting teaching on steroids.  You know, it really is a lot like that!

It has been an amazing week.  We are so grateful that we can serve.  It has really been a life changing experience.  It’s as though I’ve become less judgmental and recognized how the Lord loves all of His children and wants them all to come home. 

We love you all!  God lives!  Jesus is the Christ!  His Church is here in its fullness on the earth!

Have a great week!

Love,

Dad and Mom

Papa and Grandma
Elder and Sister Jackman

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy Week


Dear friends and family,

Happy Halloween!!!!!  We hope you all have a safe and fun filled holiday!!  Thanks for all the pictures.  We loved them all and we keep looking at them and smiling at our darling babies  (Chloe and Carlee, I still consider you my babies!!) and their parents!!!

We had a fabulous week!   It began with a great FHE.  We invited an older couple in our ward (they are a little older than we are, so to us, they are still young!!!)  to share their conversion story.  I wish I could send you the whole story, but I will share it in a very brief form.  They were young marrieds and had one 8 year old daughter.  They felt they wanted to take a trip to the USA, not a two week trip, but a two year trip.  They sold their home in England, flew to LA and bought a caravan. ( motor home)  Their plan was to see the whole United States.  The first night there, they stayed in a crummy hotel and while enjoying the swimming pool, they met a family from Burley, Idaho.  Their daughter became instant friends to the children who invited her to come to their hotel room.  Not knowing them, the Stokes went to the room to meet the parents, and became instant friends.  The family invited them to come to their home in Idaho and stay while they were on their trip.  “And oh, by the way, we are Mormons!”  They had no idea what that meant!  But during their travels, they felt the spirit of the country, seeing US historic sites.  They both felt that the Lord had a hand in the setting up of the constitution.  They felt the desire for some kind of religion, so they bought a Bible and read from it every day.  By the time they made their way back to Idaho, they felt they wanted to go to Burley, and ask some questions of this Mormon family.  Well, to make a long story short, they stayed in Burley for 3 weeks and got baptized.  The Stokes are the salt of the earth.  My testimony is constantly strengthened to know that the Lord puts people in our way that we can help, or who can help us.  All were so inspired by their testimonies and depth of commitment to the gospel!  It also shows me that if a person is prepared to receive the gospel, the Lord provides the people to introduce the gospel to them in very simple but inspired ways.

We were on our daily walk and came across a group of Catholic monks.  They were wearing their white robes.  We came close to one of them who was walking ahead and we fell in step with him and had a most delightful visit.  His name is Brother Clemens and  he comes from Zimbabwe.  He is 26 years old and is studying to become a monk.  We told him about Justin serving in Zimbabwe.  He was very interested.  We asked about his plans, his family, and how is was doing.  He asked us what we are doing here.  We were able to quote a part of our missionary purpose about inviting others  to come unto Christ through faith in Jesus Christ, and His atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.  When we had to part ways, we shook his hand.  He said to us,” you are so friendly, I would like to talk to you again sometime.”  He told us where he lived and we said we would stop by.  We felt very strongly we needed to see him again, so two days later we walked to the Blackfriar monastery and rang the doorbell.  A Friar answered the door and we asked to visit with Clemens.  He kept looking at our name tags, but invited us in and escorted us to a small study room.  When Clemens came in, he was so surprised.  He said, “I didn’t think you would come.”  We had a lovely visit.  Brad explained our doctrine of the Godhead and then I asked him if there was anything we could do for him.  He said, I would like to meet with you again and learn more about Mormonism.  We exchanged emails and we are prayerfully going to send him some information as he is limited on getting away from the monastery.  There is something really special about this young man.  Our mission is one that is using a lot of social media to spread and teach the gospel, so this will be a great opportunity to share some wonderful truths with him.  We pray for him that his heart will be touched by the things that we send him.  It was a very tender experience for us!

One of our dear friends passed away last week and we were able to help out with the funeral services in our ward chapel.  As always, I was inspired by this beautiful lady, Sheila Newman.  She was a righteous, and unassuming woman who had so many friends, just by being friendly.  She walked her dog every day and had so many dog-walking friends, that a lot of them came to the funeral.  These friends brought their dogs and lined up outside of the church in honor of Sheila.  She really touched a lot of lives, just by her friendliness and genuine kindness to everyone.  To me, the Celestial Kingdom will be filled with Saints like Sheila Newman!

This blog is such a blessing for me as it gives me the chance to review and ponder upon the week and clearly see the Lord’s hand in this work of salvation.  As we meet with families, and couples, and people we feel impressed to visit, something always seems to happen that is directly related to those special people we meet with.  It’s hard to explain, but as minute as these things seem, I feel the Lord’s hand in what we are doing.  My heart is truly softened and full of love for the Lord.

We were able to spend a fun p-day walking around Cambridge with our dear friends, Ron and Michelle Gale, who are serving as a mission office couple in our mission.  We connected from the first, and they will be going home to Oregon in a couple of weeks.  As always, we are so sad to see dear friends go, but we have made plans to get together!  They told us of a state park in Oregon that has miles of bike trails, so we are excited to explore the area with them in the future!

It has been a truly inspiring week!  After serving all day and cleaning up from the funeral, we came home just hammered, so we thought we would just sit down and watch,” A Man For All Seasons”.  We got through a part of it, when we got a phone call from a dear YSA who needed us to take her to the doctor.  By the time we waited in the doctor’s office, and went to the pharmacy, it was well past 10:00, but what a blessing it was for us.  The Lord compensates and strengthens our backs to do what we need to do!  It is truly a miracle.

We love you all!

Love,

Dad and Mom

Grandpa and Grandma

Elder and Sister Jackman

 

 

Monday, October 24, 2016


Dear family and friends,

Well, the week blew by last week so fast, I completely dismissed writing in my blog!  So, I will just comment on two weeks!  I read something in our mission newsletter.  “The day President Hinckley decided to lose himself in the work and serve his mission with real intent, his life changed forever.  He wrote, ‘The whole world changed.  The fog lifted.  The sun began to shine in my life.  I had a new interest.  I saw the beauty of this land.  I saw the greatness of the people.  I began to feel at home in this wonderful land!”  That about sums up our experience here.  It has been a glorious autumn.  The leaves are beginning to burst into fall colors.  The air is crisp and the days are getting shorter!  The time is going too fast, and there is much we still want to accomplish!

Everyday we start off with gospel study!  I love it!  It sets the focus for the day.  Then as we go on our Cambridge walk and breathe in the magnificent English air, our day continues to get better and better.  It’s fun to walk now, as we see a lot of people we have gotten to know.  We were able to meet up with one of our BYU students who is on a semester abroad in London.  We went for tea at Grandchester Orchards, which is a special place for her.  We had one of our struggling YSA’s over for dinner.  Then we spent time studying Alma 36 with him at the Bishop’s request.  It is the chapter when Alma tells his son, Helaman about his incredible conversion story.  Kalil was so engrossed in the story.  He said, wow, I get this.  This is so much like me.  As I watched this young man’s facial expressions and how he became so hungry to read more, my heart burned within me with gratitude for this second witness of Jesus Christ!  I love the Book of Mormon!  It is a great testifier of truth!  It is a source of strength!   It is a life changer! It is a miracle!

We have spent time one on one with young single adults to get to know them and to let them feel that they have a place of safety and love here away from home.  We were able to visit several people, dear friends who are struggling with one thing or another.  We were invited to dinner with our next door neighbors, the Steens.  We got to get a bed time story from our little Steen girls, and then enjoyed dinner and conversation with their parents.  We are praying for the right opportunity to share the gospel with them.  They are so dear to us!

Our dear friend Lucy came over and we gave her a repeat of the Word of Wisdom lesson as well as a lesson on patriarchal blessings.  It went really well.  She has a limited knowledge of the Bible as she was never taught from it as a child.  Everything we teach, we need to teach very simply.  But I have found that as we teach simply, it enables our own understanding to increase.  We were able to take her to Chelmsford, a village about an hour away to meet with the Stake Patriarch, Brother West.  We love this dear man and have gotten to know him quite well, as we have taken people to receive their patriarchal blessings from him.

Brad was asked to baptize Harry Shailes this past Saturday.  He is a dear man who is so humble and thrilled to become a member of the church.  At his baptism, he shared his testimony and love for the sisters who taught him, calling them his angels.  As I looked at Harry and saw the light in his countenance, I was overcome with the power the gospel can become in our lives.  It was as though I was seeing him the way I envisioned the Savior would look on him, a pure and humble follower of Christ.

We pray every day for opportunities to share the light of the gospel as Elder Anderson counseled us to do in General Conference.  This past week, our dear neighbor, Toni, a crusty and delightful friend had an ambulance in the front of his house.  Brad was over immediately.  When Brad went in, Toni said, “I knew you would come!”  With paramedics and his wife working on him, Brad wasn’t able to offer him a blessing, but did say we will be praying for him.  He got home later having been cleared of a heart attack, but we went over to check on him and felt a softening of him.  The same day, another of our friends went into the hospital for an angiogram and was told that he has a heart deformity from birth which has caused his heart issues. He is facing possible open heart surgery.   This experience has had a real softening affect on Clinton as well.  I feel that these are some of our opportunities that we have been praying for.

A dear friend, Sheila Newman, a valiant saint in our ward, passed away this week.  She has had such good health but discovered less than 2 months ago she had a tumor as well as cancer of the liver.  It was so advanced, that they sent her home to die.    Her family of course is grief stricken, but we have found it an opportunity to visit and share our testimony that the family will see her again. 

Our sweet friend, Alison Walker, the Methodist minister, lost her father unexpectedly a few weeks ago.  We were able to go to her home and confirm that she will see her dad again.  Now that I am recording these opportunities, I am thinking I had better not pray for opportunities.  They are coming fast and furious.  But it is amazing how such experiences humble people and soften hearts.

We got an email from a Church of England pastor the other day asking if our group could help them clean up around a little church just down the street!  Our gardening skills are becoming famous!!!!  When our kids were here, we walked into town and bought some treats from their church bake sale.  Heather bought a handmade knit doll from a sweet lady as well.  The ladies were so impressed and grateful.  In her email about cleaning up the church, Ank commented on how touched she was that we supported their bake sale.  It is really humbling for me to see how simple little things we say or do can make such a positive impression on others.  I feel that the service with these other churches has made a real positive impact on the church here.  Our Bishop wants to include the ward on our homeless project, and the Methodist and Anglican churches are so appreciative.

I want our parents to know that we have introduced the game of Skipbo to our dear friends in Cambridge!  We had some couples over for dinner the other night.  I told them we wanted to introduce them to a Mormon game!  They LOVED it!!!  They asked if it was really a Mormon game.

The time is flying by.  We are becoming more immersed in what we are doing!  We fall into bed at night, but awake refreshed and energized!  We absolutely love the people here!  I love the badge we wear everyday and feel strengthened by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  We are truly experiencing a miracle!

We love you all so much!  Happy birthday to our dear sweet Grayden today! (24 October)  He is 1 year old today.  We love this little soul and are very much looking forward to snuggling, loving and kissing him.  Also, Happy Anniversary to our dear Kent and Heather!  What a match made in heaven!  You two are perfect for each other and we are so glad you finally got together!  We love you both so much!

Have a fabulous week.  Please know we love you and pray for you all every day!

With all our love,

Dad and Mom

Grandpa and Grandma

Elder and Sister Jackman