Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Our Address & Mailing Tips

Our address is:

Elder and Sister Blain
Flat 2 The Mount St Georges
Second Avenue
Porthill
Newcastle, Staffordshire ST5 8RB
United Kingdom

The Newcastle part can also be written Newcastle, Staffs ST5 8RB
You don't have to put "flat" either, since some of the mail comes with just the 2.

We can receive large envelopes and packages at our flat now. It costs, in American dollars, around $1.50 to mail a simple letter from here. The cost for a letter jumped from 90 pence to 97 pence this week. Postage is just way to high to try sending items. If anyone does decide to blow their week's paycheck, be sure to send items via regular mail because of the huge tax on something coming in through FedEx. A package can cost another $200 just to pick it up!

I don't think we'll be sending Christmas cards except through e-mail this year. We wanted to be sure you knew this in time, since December is eight months away. Letters seem to be taking around five to six days to arrive. Packages can be two weeks or more.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Elder and Sister Blain Are Now Full-Time Missionaries

WE ARE OFFICIAL!

We were sitting in the stake president's office this morning at 9:00 a.m., and as we shared our testimonies, Cailin said, "We're glad they're leaving." Of course, that brought laughter. Then, we got into a discussion about the blessings of a mission not only for the missionaries and those they teach, but also for their entire family. We do have full faith that Heavenly Father will take care of everything. We just need to do His work. It will be easier because our family supports us 100%. ♥ them enormously.

We were then set apart to do the Lord's work in England and received individual blessings for the things we need to be successful on our mission. We felt especially touched that Cailin, her husband, and Bridger (an unusual teen early riser) shared this spiritual moment in our lives (they are the only family living close to us up here in outer Siberia, otherwise known as Ogden Valley). Dakota, a typical sleepy-headed teen could not quite drag himself out of bed to come over.

Now, before anyone judges Dakota, know that this great young man has always supported us in everything and we know he loves us, and he knows we love him and wouldn't hold a small sleep-in against him. Not having him there this morning did help to bring to mind what a happy time it is when all the family can be together and what a great joy it will be to have them with us eternally.

We had one of those happy family gatherings yesterday. We were delighted with the little ones running around and the big ones catching us up on things (yes, Dakota was there). There were a few missing due to illness and such, but there were five out-of-state families unable to be there. We felt their support and love across the miles and know we will see each other not far into the future. This is the message of precious hope we missionaries share as we go forth to find those seeking truth and knowledge of Christ's Church in these last days.

As soon as church meetings were over today, we went to the Scadden home for an early celebration of Bridger’s 16th birthday. We broke our fast with a Sponge Bob cake (not recommended) and scurried home.

There’s no more time for reflection here either. We have to pack for the MTC!