Mon Oct. 5, 2012
hola mi familia!
(To bad i'm not a chinese speaking missionary)
The first week in Blackburn has been really good. I've come into an
area where there is already a lot of good things happening. We saw a
lot of miracles this last week as well. This transfer is probably
going to be one of the busiest of my mission so far.
We had the baptism of Sylvia Kenyon into the ward on friday. I only
taught her once before the baptism but we're teaching her sister as
well so i'll get a chance to get to know her a little better. I felt
kind of like I was intruding a little bit being there. haha, but
that's ok. The baptismal service was a big sucess and we saw a huge
miracle there. We had one of our investigators there named Hayden. He
has agreed to be baptised on the 17 of November but he still had a few
doubts about whether it was right for him or not. At the Baptismal
service there was a solo sung by a return sister missionary in the
ward who served in the Salt Lake Mission. I talked to him after the service and he said that while she was singing he received a
confirmation to know that he needed to be baptized on the 17 and he
now has no doubts...BOOM! I was pretty pumped.
We also had another miracle this week. We're working with a
less-active man named Mark and he is progressing very well. We were
teaching him the other day and his ex-girlfriend of something(Not sure
what the status is haha. We don't ask). was there. In the past she
usually gets up and leaves when the missionaries come over. She did
when we were there but she came back in after about five minutes and
listened and we taught her. She comitted to be taught and accepted
baptism. We went back to teach her last night and her 13 year old
daughter was there and her 9 year old son. Now we're teaching all of
them. It's amazing. This are just happening. I feel extremelly blessed
because I know that I haven't really done anything to deserve the
blessings...I'm not complaining though. haha.
My first sunday here was very good as well. There are a lot of really
solid members here. The ward is a little different though. haha, but I
can tell that i'm going to grow to love them.
We're in another really bad flat. haha. It's like Preston all over
again. They're going to try and move us out by the end of the
transfer. We have some pretty crazy Polish neighbors who like to party
every single night of the week. The shower is pretty funny too. It's
way worse than the one in Preston. It was only made to be a tub but
the've fastened somoe kind of makeshift tube with a shower head on it.
It's held up by a bungee cord tied around a hanger. The hanger is
hooked onto an elastic workout band that is tied across the top of the
curtain. You have to be really careful not to turn the water pressure
to high because if you do the nozzle will explode off and send
scalding hot water everywhere. (It's happened to me pretty much
everytime haha). It's building some character. We're able to laugh
about it though.
It sounds like things are going great at home. October is the best
month of the year. It's not the same here though. The leaves don't
change as much. Everything just gets colder. We're already wearing
jackets every day. Hopefully everyone isn't too mad at me for blowing
everyone else's birthday present to mom with my gift. haha. I stil
can't believe dad is bishop either...so weird.
We're going to have a very busy week this week so i should have more
to say next week. Hope to hear from everyone real soon. :)
Love Elder Ford
1. Elder Adair and Sylvia at her baptism