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)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Random Pictures and Events Catch Up

Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me."  Doctrine and Covenants 19:23

 I have been on the computer nonstop for two days searching for missionary flats to move some Elders into, so I don't have time to reflect on things at present.  Life is good and we are happily engaged in the work of the Lord.  Our prayers continue to be with all of you.  We know you are being blessed.

Just so you know, I am still out catching a flower once in a while, even in a rain storm.  The English sky is a lovely background.
Here is only the second thatched roof I've seen here and I don't think I got a picture of the other one.  Some people may not think that is a big deal, but I've been searching for these old-style traditional roofs since we arrived!  Now, I just need to see a quaint cottage and I'll be satisfied.  This is a traditional exterior done in the old style as well.
Eggs are brown in England.  From this perspective, would one deduct all eggs are brown?  Pretty!  The shells are thicker.  Does this mean they are healthier eggs?

Picking up the Elders at the train station in Stoke-on-Trent

Ye old train station.  See Elder Blain standing in front of it?
More of the lovely architecture of buildings by the train station.
A lightly scented bouquet a sweet investigator gave me on Sunday.  I've been helping her overcome panic and anxiety attacks.  She has fear of crowds and being put under the water, to name a couple problems associated with becoming a member of the Church.  She is very committed to it and is making great progress.  We receive such wondrous blessings through meeting God's precious children.  He cares about every single one.
A study in steps as we sat in traffic.  These aren't the best examples of the dangerous steps we see, or try to walk on, but they will give you an idea.  There is no code on how high steps are or how wide.  One can see many levels and widths all in one stairway.  They are traps in disguise to take foreigners down if they get too smug.
These steps haven't enough room for a very large foot.  No wonder so many people here are on crutches!
This cat was watching us when we were stuck in traffic.  I like how it is framed in the window.  We see lots of cats in windows as we drive around.
The man on the right was the stake patriarch who has the gift of making every person feel he or she is the most special and loved person in the world.  He and his wife took us out to dinner at this great place (twice).  These folks have lots of good stories to tell about the history in our area as well as the Church.  One of his stories is about the sister missionary who taught him.  She wrote on a paper, "He is a waste of time."  The paper was found years later as they cleaned out the missionary flat.  He had a good laugh over that considering all the years of Church service he has given in leadership positions.
This car is driving to the house on the driveway that is under the water.  The home sits on an island.  I was startled when the car drove directly into the water!
There were many ducks and geese to feed
No wonder this is called the "Startled Horse!"
This is an old train station that someone has turned into a home
This swan would like to be fed so he is playing coy with me
What kind of ducks are these?

Notice the big birds in the background?
This ginger haired lass could make money selling her hair--it is that beautiful
Feather ruffles are chic

Can you see the driveway under the water?
The train passed

Old stone steps down to the train station

Fall colors!
Sunset in England

We enjoyed the duck pond and country scenery on a Family Home Evening activity with our beloved English family.  We were fed yummy crumpets with melted butter when we got back to the house!

Our own personal historian (L., in our English family) said this mailbox is at least 100 years old.  There are initials of the reining king or queen on the box, which helps one know when it was installed.  By the way, we sure do like getting cards and letters by way of snail mail once in a while.  It is very exciting to find something in our mailbox--hint, hint.

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