Guess what guys!? This email I have NO BIKE!
Okay, so I just want to express the irony of this. My last email started saying how excited I was and how miraculous it was that I had no bike problems. Anyways, Tuesday morning Elder Harris and I walk down our stairs, open the door, and find laying on the ground two helmets, one bike, and a heavy bike lock which has been cut by someone who must have been 400 pounds of pure muscle because that could have been no easy feat. Anyways my bike was gone, I guess they didn't want Elder Harris'. We went to the police station, got them on it. We talked to our neighbor, he was ticked and he said he'd already called all his mates and they are on it, and Elder Harris and I got the Eastwood Chavs looking out for it too. But in short. Say goodbye to my bike.
Thats okay though, Elder Harris is much more upset about it than I am. It's just sad that someone felt like they had to steal a bike.
So that was pretty much my Tuesday morning. After that we went to a carvery with Peter Morrison. I'm sure I've mentioned it before. Its called Hole-in-the-wall and its all you can eat of deliciousness. It's pretty much you eat that at lunch time and you don't eat for the rest of the day. We then went and taught a lesson with Amy (one of the Eats and Treats girls) and that went awesome. She is so excited to learn more and really change her life. She wants to quit smoking and she LOVES the book of mormon. She calls and texts us all the time with questions about the book of mormon! I'm excited for her to be baptized. We put her on a date! The 23 of November.
We had Zone Meeting on Wednesday so that's where we all go to Nottingham and listen to the Zone Leaders. I learned a lot there. They gave us some good finding methods that I'm excited to use. That takes up a lot of time though. We also borrowed a bike from a sick family called the Ellis'. They're extremely nice and fun. She's 24 and he's 29 so they're young and stuff.
On Thursday we went on exchange. I was with Elder Shipp in Eastwood. I'm glad I stayed here this time around. We went to Ilkeston and went to check on a few potentials but none of them really were interested. Then we were going up to Ilkeston town center to talk to people and when we got there, there was a huge fair! It was packed and crowded. By the time we got through the people it was time to go to the store and buy food because we volunteered to make tea for Claire and Shaun! Ahaha We ended up just getting frozen pizza and told them we were going to make them a real American thing next time when Elder Harris was in town. We had fun and taught Louise. Louise by the way is getting baptized this Saturday!! I'm extremely excited for that!
Friday was an interesting day, so we woke up at half 5. We went to Nottingham and the whole Zone rode a coach to Benbow Farms! That was pretty cool. Tons of people were baptized there a whole long time ago. We took picturese there and President Rasmussen talked to us a bit. Then we went to The Gadfield Elm Chapel which is the oldest LDS chapel in the world. It was pretty cool! There have been many prophets and apostles who have spoken there. We didn't get home till very late. It was a nice break from the usual missionary schedule.
On Saturday we couldn't teach English because we had a meeting at 2 that got flogged so that sucked. We went and talked to a lot of people though and one was VERY interesting and VERY funny. So we talked to a former investigator named Edward. He's 72 years old and frankly, a little senile. So we get to talking and he was talking about how he is going with his family to the States. He said, 'I really want to go to Florida but my family wants to go to Miami! So thats kind of awkward.' He said they got in arguments about it! So Elder Harris and I are chuckling already then Elder Harris says to Edward in the same way he'd like give a promise about living the Gospel and how it would improve his life. 'Edward, I have a really strong feeling that you'll be able to go to Florida.' We both died laughing! Poor man. Then later this meeting we were talking to him about baptism and he said well I was baptized in the 60's and we were like oh really!? And he say yeah! Into your guys' church! And he said after he was baptized three men stood around him and put their hands on his head. We were so confused and we think we may have found a very, very lost sheep. It was a good day.
This week has been a downpour. Literally every day its rained a lot. It's not too bad though. The pictures attached are me eating a Kebab, which we have all the time. They are delicious, then a blurry one of Elder Harris and I at Benbow Farm, then a picture of the 'crime scene.'
So I've been studying the Atonement of Jesus Christ a lot this week. Its amazing what has been done for us. Because of the Atonement, no matter where we are in our lives we can change. We can be forgiven, and have eternal joy. That is such an amazing gift. There is a book (that I have not read) called the Continuous Atonement and in it it talks about a young priest blessing the sacrament. As he says the prayer he messes up, and the bishop looks at him smiles and says with love, 'do it again.' Once again the priest starts to pray, but doesn't quite get it right. The bishop once again smiles and says 'do it again.' One more time the priest starts to pray and messes up and one more time the bishop encourages him to give it another go. The priest starts the prayer and does it correctly. Never once did the bishop get upset at or embarrased for the boy. The bishop did not say move over let some one else do it. Every time he encouraged him to back up, slow down, and try it one more time. This is comparable to the way the Lord is with us. We aren't expected to be perfect. We will make mistakes but every time the Lord will smile, and say 'try it again.' As we really incorporate the atonement in our lives, as we 'try it again' and really refine ourselves and strive towards self mastery we will grow, we will gradually see ourselves come closer to Christ and we will better recognize the blessings we gain as we strive for these worthy goals. What a great gift we have been given.
I really miss all of you guys and love all of y'all!