Monday, July 28, 2014

Surprise Transfer and the "Giants"

I'll just start off with the most exciting news of the week. I'm getting transfered! Again! I can't really believe it. I'm heading to South Ribble, which is very near Preston. My companion is Sister Dushku, from Utah. I've met her a few times and she seems very nice, so it should be wonderful! She isn't a Chiense speaking missionary and there isn't a large population of Chinese there. So I don't know what will happen there, but I have felt really strongly over the past few days that South Ribble is where I need to be. It's so strange being in an area only 6 weeks. I feel like I was just getting the hang of things here and now I'm being pulled out! I have LOVED serving in Liverpool with Sister Lau. It has been such a blessing! And I will be sad to leave it all behind. Sister Lau is staying in Liverpool to continue the Chinese work here because she is AMAZING. I'll miss her a lot :( But we are both faithfully pressing forward!

Preston is about halfway between Lancaster, Jenni's 1st area, and Liverpool 

Wanna know something great about South Ribble? It is where the first baptisms in England took place! In the River Ribble! Look it up. I'm so lucky to get to serve in a mission with so much church history in it. When I'm not a missionary, I am definetely going to devote more time to studying church history. It's beauitiful and faith promoting!
Something else pretty exciting this week was the Giants came to Liverpool! For the last month everyone has been talking about "the giants". I had no idea what they were takling about until recently. Basically, this weekend there were these HUGE giant puppets walking around Liverpool. Millions of people came to see! The city was CRAZY this week! Busses were full or cancelled and people were packed like sardines into the city center. Sister Lau and I mostly avoided it but we saw one of the gians from afar. It was exciting and the Liverpuddlians were happy, that's for sure :)

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The weather has also been abnormally hot this week. Nothing has air conditionaing here (similar to in Washington) so everyone was roasting and complaining about the weather. The busses were especially hot. It was like a sauna! But I've tried my best to enjoy the weather because soon enough I'm gonna be in tights, jumpers, scarves, and coats and wish desperately for some sun.
Last week on P-day, two of the YSA here in the Liverpool ward hung out with Sister Lau and I. It was so fun! Their names are Esther and Emma. Esther is actually American and is here doing a masters degree. I love her! So much! They showed us some good places to take pictures and even bought us dinner. It was such a nice day!
Esther, the American YSA
Basically, I'm pretty sad to leave the people of Liverpool. Especially our investigators who are doing really well right now. We are teaching a Chinese boy named Alfred who is getting baptised in September (he is going on holiday for a few weeks between now and then so we are just trying to give him enough time). I think I will miss him the most. But there are so many people here who have had an impact on me even in the short time I've lived here. I'm so grateful for this transfer! It has been such a fun, exciting, and growth inspiring 6 weeks. I couldn't be more thankful for it.

Beautiful Liverpool with Sister Lau last Monday.
Georgina, one of our amazing investigators
Dizzy and Danny. The cutest Chinese couple ever that we are teaching.

I love you all and I hope all is well!
Sister Bement

Monday, July 21, 2014

Kick-boxing Sisters and the Spirit of Elijah

The best thing about this week was the spur of the moment Sister's Meeting in Manchester. We found out a couple days beforehand that Sister Ulrich had called an all Sister's meeting and that we were to bring our exersise clothes. It was the best thing eva! I love being with all the Sisters at the same time. It hasn't happened since March. We also all got to know President and Sister Ulrich better. President spoke to us for awhile which was wonderful. That man has spiritual power! Every time he opens his mouth my jaw drops for a second, then I come to my senses and try to write everything down that he says, and then I miss what he says next. But seriously, every word out of his mouth is profound. Then Sister Ulrich talked to us about Esther and what qualities we love about this bible character. She taught us that through taking care of our bodies by exersising, eating healthy, and de-stressing regularly helps us become strong and powerful woman. We had a super healthy lunch together (no more Costco Pizza for the EMM I guess!) and then changed clothes. We did kick boxing, yoga, and aerobics together. It was SO FUN. Can't even describe it. Then Sister Ulrich had us lay on the floor and we did relaxation exersises. It was heaven. Such a wonderful and uplifting day.
We also had quite an eventful Saturday. In the morning, the other sister's had a baptism. I was involved in a musical number and we also had an investigator coming so Sister Lau and I went. Our investigator Georgina came! I think that she really liked it and felt something. She wasn't able to come to church yesterday, but we are seeing her this week on Wednesday and she is making us Nigerian food. YUM! And she promised to attend church next week :) Yay!
After the baptism we had Investigator Sports at the chapel as well. Our investigator Alfred came and really enjoyed it! We played chair football which was super fun. After an hour we told Alfred we had to go because we were meeting with someone to help them with family history. He said, "Can I come too? I want to see." So Alfred came along with us to the Wavertree Library to meet a lady who we tracted into the other week that wanted help starting family history. I need to say, I LOVE FAMILY HISTORY. My whole life I've never really felt that fire, but on my mission I've learned that the Spirit of Elijah is REAL. Sadly, the computers in the Wavertree library are rubbish with a camptial R. So I couldn't even help our friend create a account. Luckily, I had brought a My Family booklet and we just got talking about what she does know. We are gonna meet again with a member who can bring their lap top or something. I can't wait til we get iPads because this whole problem would never have happened! Oh well, patience :)
I think that is all the exciting tid bits of this week. Basically, I'm really happy and am ebracing my rold as a full time missionary. I've always thought since day 1 at the MTC that I was getting more out of this experience than I could ever put in. I'm eternally grateful to God for allowing me to have this experience. I remember 1 Jan 2014 I was kneeling by a couch in the Lancaster flat praying to Heavenly Father to please please PLEASE let me go home. It was a really dark moment of my life. But I'm so thankful that Heavenly Father knew what was best and helped me to stick it out so I could feel the joy of serving others and watching them come closer to Christ. That's what it is all about!
Love you all!
Sister Bement

Friday, July 18, 2014

Visiting the Albert Dock and my "kababtism"

There is a lady at the library desk that has an American accent. She sticks out like a sore thumb in the middle of all these Liverpuddlians (as they affectionately call themselves). I guess I probably do too :)
Well it has been another amazing week. I know I probably say that every single email but honestly, every single day is wonderful. Each new day is full of unforseen struggles and trials, but also blessings and tender mercies. I learn something new everyday. I have the Spirit with me all the time. And I'm happy! There is no greater work than this folks!
I met President and Sister Ulrich on Thursday! And boy are they GREAT! I love what they are bringing to the mission. They are both gospel scholars and want to help all their missionaries become scholars of the gospel. They are particularly passionate about the Articles of Faith and knowing what they mean. President Ulrich goes super deep into doctrine. To me it is really interesting and I feel the truthfulness of the simple truths of the gospel. It's gonna be a fun time with the Ulrichs :) This Thursday we are having a Sister's Meeting with Sister Ulrich. I'm so excited!
Here is a miracle of the week. A couple weeks ago when I was on exchange with Sister Chu, we met a lady very briefly who gave us her address and told us to call by sometime. She was on her way to work so she couldn't stop. Last Wednesday, a lot of our plans fell through. This woman popped into my mind so we decieded to find her house and call by. She actually lives really near us! She opened the door and invited us in right away. She is from Nigeria and her name is Georgina. She is a big, beautiful, black lady! We taught her the Restoration and the Spirit was so strong. She said she has already been baptised in her church, but she agreed to start reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. We went back on Saturday. She had read from the Book of Mormon and she said she is seriously thinking about whether or not she needs to be batised again. She wasn't able to come to church yesterday sadly, but she called us this morning and is excited to see us again on Wednesday! Georgina is such a testimony to me that the Lord puts prepared people in our path. There are a few people in the Liverpool ward who are also from Nigeria. So we are going to try and get them to come teach her with us. Yay!

My favourite sister, Sister McDonnell at the welcome conference for President and Sister Ulrich!

Sister Lau and I went to the Albert Dock for p-day last week. It was amazing! I was walking the same path that thousands of mormon pioneers walked as they said goodbye to their homeland for the last time. There is so much history in Liverpool! I love it!

My "kababtism". In England, everyone loves Kababs. I hadn't tried one yet utnil this week! A member from the ward took Sister Lau and I out for them. It was SO YUMMY! Mom and dad, when you come, we MUST eat kababs. :)

Well, that is about it for this week in Liverpool! Miracles are happening left and right! I feel so strongly that I'm supposed to be here right now. I'm so filled with gratitude to be a missionary. That might sound so cheesy...but it's true. :) I LOVE IT!

Love you all!
Sister Bement