Sister Shih and I had a few really neat experiences this week. The first one that comes to mind is that evening we helped a group of nuns carry their luggage from the train station to the bus station. We saw them from a far, and they were trying to stack their luggage on top of each other because a wheel had broken or something. We hurried over and offered to help and ended up carrying the broken suitcase for them. It took about 5 minutes so we talked to them for a bit. They were lovely women! They were from Germany and taking a 2 week "Salvation Course" in Preston. The one I was talking to had just returned from a 3.5 year assignment in Brazil. Talk about dedication to the Lord! I asked one how long she had been a nun and she said for over 20 years! And then said, "And I'm SO happy!" I told her I'm a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (she didn't know which church until I said Mormon) and she said, "Oh! I could tell because there is something special in the way you laugh." It was such a quick experience but I've been pondering it a lot this week. I really loved those nuns! I wish I could have talked with them for hours. I think it was such a change to speak with someone who was also trying their best to live set apart from the world. Who would have thought I would ever have such a connection to a group of German nuns.
We also have started teaching 2 girls who are Born Again Christians. They are both English and studying at Lancaster Uni. This has been SUCH a contrast from teaching the Chinese students. We found one girl, Charlotte, through street contacting. And then on our second lesson with her she brought her friend from church. It has been a really positive experience for me and I'm learning more about the Bible as a result. It has strengthened my testimony of the restored gospel because I can see how much these girls are missing in their understanding of the whole eternal scheme of things. They have both started reading the Book of Mormon and we will be meeting with them to teach them the 3rd lesson. In Preach My Gospel ch.5 it says: "
All my love,