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.

Curious about Mormons? Go to the source and find real people at mormon.org--read what they believe and have live chats if you wish! (an official Church website)

Or, go to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, official web site: lds.org.

Note: The Blain's England Manchester Mission blog is a personal blog that is not endorsed, approved, or sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Reflections & Most Popular Posts

". . . humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and long-suffering." Alma 13:28

As I write this post, the fireworks are still going off with a continued celebration of Guy Fawkes Day. Someone said to expect it to continue for a couple of months. We shall see . . .

Tomorrow we are off to seek more flats for missionaries. We were told it is supposed to snow tomorrow. All of England will shut down if that happens!! We have appointments and don't want to lose any time, so we are hoping for a good travel day.

Notes from Fast and Testimony Meeting:

A sweet woman bore her testimony today and said, "Thomas S. Monson is a wonderful prophet, he is a fantastic bloke who talks common sense and is down to earth.”

I never heard the prophet referred to as a “bloke” before, but, hey, this is England!

Another person said that he looked at his hands and noticed scars, which reminded him of his own stupidity. One scar was from being shot by his brother and another from burning his hand on a hot engine. He went on to explain some of the other things that caused the scars and marveled at how the body heals itself. He related this to being able to repent and having things put right spiritually. We can have our wounds healed through Christ's Atonement.

Another man stood up and said the scars in the Savior's hands were from his own stupidity in the things he'd done wrong in his life.

Both meetings were very spiritual and enjoyable.
Our English Family has been so good to us (as you can see by the card and cute bear) and we are extremely grateful they have let us share their lives in a variety of ways. They are blessing our lives in ways a missionary cannot put into words.
 An observation concerning my blog:

Why is it everyone likes horses so much? I know I'm beautiful, but I had no idea how popular the "Horse Lovers" post would be. Thank you. I love you too.  (notice I look like an angel with a halo over my head?)

The missionary blog started out as a way to help family and friends experience our adventures in England.  Now, I realize it isn't just the people we know checking into the blog.  I cannot imagine much interest from general public, and many of the hits are probably accidents as people are searching topics, but it is fun to check the stats on this blog once in a while and see which posts are getting the most page views.

The one that has received the most interest was a post in Aug. entitled, "For the Horse Lovers & Death by Gravy." I would guess that the, "Horse," is what gets the hits.

The next most popular post is, "Have a New Year Revolution." That one is worrisome because I wonder how many people are looking for information on a revolution for the new year.

Obviously, the next one, "Ladies' European Tour Professional Golfers at Preston Temple," would be popular due to the sports interest.

People also seem to like the old ruins photos.

I think there are hits from Spanish speaking people on, "Mi Companero," perhaps while looking for a friend.
     I am pleased that some people check out posts like, "The Present Spoken Word of God is Vitally Important," "Finding Hope," and other obvious Latter-day-Saint (LDS) topics, since I like to think the individuals running across those posts are searching for something about God and answers to life.

    When seeing some of the countries hitting those sites, I hope it isn't by accident, but that they truly are seeking and finding something that will bring them joy and meaning to life. So, for any strangers finding new.lds.org for the first time because you've accidentally run across my blog, welcome to a new world of spiritual information that will bless you if you are willing to have an open mind and heart to learn about Christianity. Thank you for your interest.

    1 comment:

    1. Gma and Gpa..I love you!!! Love reading all the posts!!! Keep 'em up!!!