Monday, September 30, 2013

11th (Eastwood)

A modern-day Apostle describes the unwavering faith Church's founders showed, even in the face of death, to remain true to their testimonies of the Book of Mormon. Read the entire talk:…
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I can't believe that a week has passed since my last email!  This week has really gone by extremely fast!  This week was definitely very strange because we didn't seem to be doing too much, obviously we were working at every opportunity but just not much was happening but we were blessed an insane amount. 
Monday after we emailed we went to Derby and shopped around.  We bought a lot of winter gear which is good!  It got hot again since then though.  It had been pretty cold the week before.  The winter is coming though and I can't say I'm too excited for that.  Elder Harris and I got Companionship.... ONSIES.  ahaha They are union jack onsies and we ran into Elder Shipp and Elder Patten at the store and convinced them to buy some too!  It was a lot of fun and they are the most comfortable things ever.  I'm sure Elder Harris will send a picture home.  I know what's wrong with my camera so I didn't buy a new one.  It's charging right now.  Hopefully it will stay on this time.  I don't think its broken.
On Tuesday we did service a family in our ward named the Leach's and also for Rachael's mom named Elaine.  Rachel was Elder Pauly and Elder Smith's investigator but they were both transferred so we have her now.  She is sick.  Elaine owns a breakfast cafe called Eats and Treats and Rachael and Rachael's Sister Amy work there.  We drop by every now and then to eat breakfast.  They let us eat for free the next day because we did that service for them.  I think it was this week but I can't remember but we tried Black Pudding.... its rubbish.  Elder Harris thought it was okay and I didn't like it.  It wasn't the worst thing I've eaten though.  That night we went to see this guy we met named Gary who is really super depressed.  We had a good lesson with him and were excited to teach him again but he's already dropped us.  It's really a shame but he has a Book of Mormon in his home and we testified to him all that we could. 
On Wednesday I went to Derby for an exchange.  I was with Elder Shipp the whole time, he's from Arkansas and came out the transfer before me.  We had a good time and taught a couple of lessons. Elder Harris and Elder Patten did great here in Eastwood, too!  A few weeks ago Elder Harris and I met a guy named Dean and they ran into him yesterday and he said he really wanted us to be his first visitors in his new flat and that his life has drastically changed for the better since he's been reading the Book of Mormon!  It came to a surprise that he's been reading!  We haven't been able to see him since then but we have plans to. 
So Thursday we have District meeting so we exchanged back.  During district meeting the Elders all said oh we have to use the toilet and walked out... we then changed into our onsies and went back to the meeting acting like everything was all casual and stuff!  It was really funny and the sisters all want the onsies too!  Eventually we will have district onsies and be the coolest district in the mission.  ahaha.  We then went and watched the Restoration with Shaun and Louise!  Louise is going to be baptized on October 26th! :D :D  And Shaun is going to baptize her.  We are so excited about that! 
The next day was Friday so most of the day was quite boring.  We had to weekly plan and just do things in our flat until oneish then we had to go to the old flat that the missionaries used to live in and move furniture out.  We gave it to the guy downstairs.  I got a free raincoat though.  Its from CTR clothing and its pretty nice.  It was a good flat find.  We then went to Ilkeston and talked to people on the streets for a little bit.  We had tea (as in not really tea) with Claire and Shaun and burned a tie for Elder Harris' sixth month mark! 
On Saturday morning we played football finally!  It was a lot of fun and I look forward to getting better and better as these two years go on!  We ended up cancelling English classes because we needed to go to Ilkeston.  That day we didn't have too much success but we got a media referral.  That means someone got on and requested the missionaries!  We went and visited her and she said she'd go to church with us!  You'll never guess what... my bike tire is flat again.  It's all good though, I think its because of the actual tire.  We got a whole new wheel from Elder Pauly's old bike and we are going to put it on later.  That should be the end of the flat tires. 
Yesterday was the most stressful Sunday of my life. We went to pick up Ketty which is the media referral girl.  She's 21 and has a 1 year old and a 2 year old.  We walked with her to church.  It was amazing because we had 4 investigators at church!  Ketty, Amy (who has since decided that she's interested and wants the lessons!) , Rachael, and Louise.  That was so awesome but we had to run around with kids all day, then we taught gospel principles class which actually went really well.  We taught about the Book of Mormon.  Then we taught.... primary.  It was awful.  I'm pretty sure I still have a headache from that. We had a munch and mingle after church which is pretty much the same as potluck.  It was good.  We went home and sat down on the beds planning to go back out and work but we both accidentally fell asleep for 2 hours!  We woke up and did some planning and other stuff. 
This week has really been great! I miss you all and hope that all is going well!  Today I'm just going to leave the video that we used at the end of our gospel principles lesson. 
 Elder Holland is the best.
I love you guys
-Elder Evan Pogue

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