Tuesday January 31st
I hope everyone has been doing awesome the last few weeks! things have been crazy for me here. it feels like i've already been here for a few months because our days are so full! I've been learning a ton and i'm just trying my best to take it all in. i miss you all like crazy! i've had some pretty homesick days but i'm trying my best to put one foot in front of the other and take it one day at a time.
the main highlight of the week was definantly our trip into downtown manchester for our first experience with street contacting. i can honestly say that it was one of the hardest things i've ever done in my life! they tried doing a little workshop before we left to prepare us but i dont think anything could have prepared me for what happened haha
before we left we sat in our district classroom and decided to set some district goals for number of lessons taught, number of new investigators, and a few other things like that. we loaded up our backpacks with a bunch of pamplets, pass along cards and books of mormon to hand out. we were extremely confident heading out. we realized soon we had no clue how to contact people on street! we had about a 30 minute train ride to manchester and we were told that this would be one of the best times to have a gospel discussion because the person would be sitting down for a long period of time. as soon as me and elder Bahr sat down the guy next to us put his newspaper up as if to say "i want nothing to do with you" haha. we were like fish out of water on the train. we were really discouraged and couldnt work up the courage to say anything to anyone on the train. i really was really mad at myself for not just jumping right into it but you know me. i've never been the most outgoing person and i usually keep to myself. something i'm definantly trying to work on.
when we got to the train station it was about a five minute walk to the street. it was massive train station. people here use trains as one of the main transportations. then i walked out side and saw the rain....oh...my. i've never seen it rain so hard in my entire life. i have a feeling that the mr. mac rain jacket is going to get some serious use during the next two years.
we walked right into the rain and started trying to find people to teach...also a lot harder than it sounds. everyone was moving that when you tried talking to them all they did was throw you a dirty look at you and walk away without saying anything. i was surprised at how rude some of the people were. we went to one guy and just simply said " Hi" to watch he said " Lads...leave me alone" haha seriously some people......
we walked out in the rain for a good two hours with no success. i'll admit i was very discouraged and a bit angry. we went and got some lunch at subway so we could get out of the rain for a bit and get some confidence back.
after we went on splits with some of the mtc teachers to get a little more experience and that helped a ton!
We also went on an history tour and saw a whole bunch of sites that i'll attach some pics from. the coolest was probably gordon b hinckleys appartment on wadham road.
Well i gotta go. we're all going to the store to pick up some stuff! love you all