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)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Come, Listen to a Prophet, Apostles, and Others Called of God to Guide Us in These Latter Days!

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren . . . and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.  Deuteronomy 18:18
I am looking forward to watching General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Listening to The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is heavenly
President Thomas S. Monson, prophet for the world
 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have the 181st annual conference this weekend. It will be broadcast live on BYU TV and other places on the Internet. Check out lds.org. for times and reasons to watch. Have questions of your heart you need answered. They will be answered during Conference. Listen to the broadcast of all general sessions Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy! Watch the video below!
Why Conference Matters

People going into the conference center across from the Salt Lake Temple
Inside the conference center

Monday, March 28, 2011

Film about Joseph Smith Now Available Online

This film is entertaining as well as enlightening. It helps people understand who Joseph Smith was and what role he played in the restoration of Christ's Church upon the earth in these latter days.


Film about Joseph Smith Now Available Online

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Has Sprung in England--Flowers & Life & Lambs!!

" . . . for there is a God, and he hath created all things, . . . 2 Nephi 2:14 


We started the day off with forgetting Daylight Savings Time and making it to Sacrament meeting for the last 15 minutes.  At least we didn't lose any sleep like usual.  I took a long walk over the moors and all over the neighborhood this afternoon and captured as much of spring as possible.  The daffodils are dazzling!!  They are absolutely everywhere in fields, ditches, all over town, along the motorway, and in gardens.  Below are the colors of spring in Darwen.  A little song went through my head today that I borrowed (sung to the tune of "I Often Go Walking."


I often go walking 
all over the moor land,
and I gather pictures of
blossoms and blooms.


I gather the photos
the whole Darwen over
Dear Father in Heaven,
I want to thank you.

Get ready for a yellow overload!
Walking through  Blacksnape

No one can escape daffodils in England--not even in the window in Blacksnape!



Miniature daffodils
A big bumble bee doing his work in the tree blossoms

This will be fabulous in a couple weeks
A different kind of daffodil
One of my favorites--pussy willow
There are a bunch of new Jacob lambs!!
Don't you just love these spots?
Patient mum
The pictures aren't too clear as I couldn't get too close and had to blow these up to see them better.
One is newer than the other.  The one on the right is one that was born first last week.
Can you believe how cute these lambs are?
These are blossoms in a tree out in the middle of the moors
Nests in the trees
Buds in the bushes
Bearded pony

Ground cover
One must be careful walking under the lights--there are thousands of these giant pigeons everywhere in England!
Along the bridle path

Even the bushes are yellow



Too bright for the eyes almost--like the sun
Can't leave out the dandelion!



I wonder what these buds will become?
Walking on the bridle path into the sun
This is a right proper pussy willow tree, not just a tiny shrub like some of them are on the moors.
This path is next to the playing fields by our apartment.  I walked home this way today.
Heather purple and daffodil yellow compliment one another
More of my fuzzy friends

Tree on the moors
Sign at the car wash
I think this stands for industry is Blackburn with Darwen--their logo is the beehive (reminds me of Utah).  We see this every time we go to church or to Blackburn.

This is the coolest door ever with this lion knocker
Sir Houghton was not a gentleman to be so rotten as to attack on Christmas Day.
Pretty shrubs not budded out yet