Christian is serving in the Stratford area in London.

He will arrive home in Salt Lake City on June 4 about 5:15 p.m. and will speak in church on June 8 @ 12:30.


The address of the mission office is:

England London Mission
64/68 Exhibition Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2PA
England, United Kingdom

Monday, December 31, 2012

The End ... of 2012

Elders Purdy, Hansen, Smith, McCormack
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas One and All!


H
ere is a picture of me on High Street by a Christmas tree.


For Christmas we are going to some members’ house...and church.   
It’s a really English thing to go to church on Christmas so we are doing that for an hour.

            I love you all . . . have a Merry Christmas.


Merry Chris-mice


             I am certainly feeling the Christmas spirit.   The ward here has been super nice and have given us presents and fed us a lot.  I love the holidays.

            On a much more sober note . . . we have no investigators.  We have people we are teaching . . . but they aren’t really going anywhere.

            And on a much more solemn note, we have mice in our flat!!!! I am so angry about it.  We found one on Thursday night and we bought traps, but they just aren’t working! So my brilliant companion decided to buy an airgun to get rid of them.  So we have a pretty strong air pistol to get rid of these vermin.  I hope we can get rid of them soon.




In his Christmas phone call Christian told us that his Christmas miracle was catching two mice -- in one trap.

Foxes

Christian finally put some pictures up on the photo-sharing site we set up.  We were so excited to see that he had uploaded 35 pictures . . . until we realized that 32 of them were of foxes.

Christian wrote:

"One night we were just walking home and some fox was digging a hole in a park and then it started running circles around us.  Then its friend joined in.  We were playing with [them] and it was way fun.  They got super close....it was cool.  I wanted to pet one but it would have probably bit me.  They have really sharp teeth."












Monday, December 17, 2012

Baby Blessing


Ahoy friends and family,

            One thing that happened this week was with a part-member family.  They have a little two-year-old named Evelyn and they had never given her a baby blessing like all member families do. Well they both decided that they wanted me to do it! So I did that yesterday.  It was really cool to do it for a kid that wasn’t my own.  I felt very honored to do it for them.

            I guess the biggest news is the Book of Mormon musical is coming to London, which should be interesting.  Elder McCormack and I were on a bus and everybody had their newspapers and were reading them.  On EVERY single front page there was the phrase in big gold letters "the Mormons are coming."   Needless to say we got some strange looks on that bus ride.

            Everything is good.  We are just preaching the gospel in Southend . . . it is as simple as that. 

            Read your scriptures.

Elder Purdy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Snow, a Shank, the Spirit of Christmas and Safety for the Soul


Hey there friends and familia,

I had a fantastic week.

Transfers came and Elder McCormack and I are [staying together as companions here in Southend.]

It snowed!! which is nice, but it is nothing like the snow in Utah.  It’s really wet and it has mostly turned into ice now which is no fun.

Oh yeah, and we almost got mugged on Tuesday! We were walking down the street, when out of nowhere I got hit with a snowball.  I turned around and some Irish kid was running toward us and yelling at us to give him our stuff.  We just kind of kept walking and then he came up and said he "had a shank."  He was a kind of a puny kid.  We turned around and my companion got rather upset and yelled [at him].  Then the guy got kind of nervous and ran off.  I don’t know what that kid was trying to pull! It was like two in the afternoon on a really busy street. Fun stuff.

I am getting really excited for Christmas.  Lots of people want us around their houses which is good.  I guess that means they like us haha. But I am definitely feeling the spirit of Christmas here.  It’s fun.  The market street here is all decorated and they have a big tree.  It makes talking to people more fun in that environment.

The Book of Mormon musical is coming out soon..that will be interesting.

Oh, and the population of our mission is going from 130 to 210...that is crazy!!!!

A guy in the ward here named Ross is going on his mission to Manchester this Thursday so I talked at his farewell on Sunday.

I started the Book of Mormon AGAIN......

I read a really good talk this week by Elder Holland called "Safety for the Soul" I think it is the best talk I have heard about The Book of Mormon.  I think you all should read it.

Love you guys,
Elder Purdy


Safety for the Soul

Jeffrey R. Holland
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles




Jeffrey R. HollandI want it absolutely clear when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared to the world … that the Book of Mormon is true.

Prophecies regarding the last days often refer to large-scale calamities such as earthquakes or famines or floods. These in turn may be linked to widespread economic or political upheavals of one kind or another.

But there is one kind of latter-day destruction that has always sounded to me more personal than public, more individual than collective—a warning, perhaps more applicable inside the Church than outside it. The Savior warned that in the last days even those of the covenant, the very elect, could be deceived by the enemy of truth.1 If we think of this as a form of spiritual destruction, it may cast light on another latter-day prophecy. Think of the heart as the figurative center of our faith, the poetic location of our loyalties and our values; then consider Jesus’s declaration that in the last days “men’s hearts [shall fail] them.”2

The encouraging thing, of course, is that our Father in Heaven knows all of these latter-day dangers, these troubles of the heart and soul, and has given counsel and protections regarding them.

In light of that, it has always been significant to me that the Book of Mormon, one of the Lord’s powerful keystones3 in this counteroffensive against latter-day ills, begins with a great parable of life, an extended allegory of hope versus fear, of light versus darkness, of salvation versus destruction—an allegory of which Sister Ann M. Dibb spoke so movingly this morning.

In Lehi’s dream an already difficult journey gets more difficult when a mist of darkness arises, obscuring any view of the safe but narrow path his family and others are to follow. It is imperative to note that this mist of darkness descends on all the travelers—the faithful and the determined ones (the elect, we might even say) as well as the weaker and ungrounded ones. The principal point of the story is that the successful travelers resist all distractions, including the lure of forbidden paths and jeering taunts from the vain and proud who have taken those paths. The record says that the protected “did press their way forward, continually [and, I might add, tenaciously] holding fast” to a rod of iron that runs unfailingly along the course of the true path.4 However dark the night or the day, the rod marks the way of that solitary, redeeming trail.

“I beheld,” Nephi says later, “that the rod of iron … was the word of God, [leading] … to the tree of life; … a representation of the love of God.” Viewing this manifestation of God’s love, Nephi goes on to say:
“I looked and beheld the Redeemer of the world, … [who] went forth ministering unto the people. …
“… And I beheld multitudes of people who were sick, and who were afflicted with all manner of diseases, and with devils and unclean spirits; … and they were healed by the power of the Lamb of God; and the devils and the unclean spirits were cast out.”5

Love. Healing. Help. Hope. The power of Christ to counter all troubles in all times—including the end of times. That is the safe harbor God wants for us in personal or public days of despair. That is the message with which the Book of Mormon begins, and that is the message with which it ends, calling all to “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him.”6 That phrase—taken from Moroni’s final lines of testimony, written 1,000 years after Lehi’s vision—is a dying man’s testimony of the only true way.

May I refer to a modern “last days” testimony? When Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum started for Carthage to face what they knew would be an imminent martyrdom, Hyrum read these words to comfort the heart of his brother:

“Thou hast been faithful; wherefore … thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father.

“And now I, Moroni, bid farewell … until we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ.”7
A few short verses from the 12th chapter of Ether in the Book of Mormon. Before closing the book, Hyrum turned down the corner of the page from which he had read, marking it as part of the everlasting testimony for which these two brothers were about to die. I hold in my hand that book, the very copy from which Hyrum read, the same corner of the page turned down, still visible. Later, when actually incarcerated in the jail, Joseph the Prophet turned to the guards who held him captive and bore a powerful testimony of the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon.8 Shortly thereafter pistol and ball would take the lives of these two testators.

As one of a thousand elements of my own testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon, I submit this as yet one more evidence of its truthfulness. In this their greatest—and last—hour of need, I ask you: would these men blaspheme before God by continuing to fix their lives, their honor, and their own search for eternal salvation on a book (and by implication a church and a ministry) they had fictitiously created out of whole cloth?

Never mind that their wives are about to be widows and their children fatherless. Never mind that their little band of followers will yet be “houseless, friendless and homeless” and that their children will leave footprints of blood across frozen rivers and an untamed prairie floor.9 Never mind that legions will die and other legions live declaring in the four quarters of this earth that they know the Book of Mormon and the Church which espouses it to be true. Disregard all of that, and tell me whether in this hour of death these two men would enter the presence of their Eternal Judge quoting from and finding solace in a book which, if not the very word of God, would brand them as imposters and charlatans until the end of time? They would not do that! They were willing to die rather than deny the divine origin and the eternal truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

For 179 years this book has been examined and attacked, denied and deconstructed, targeted and torn apart like perhaps no other book in modern religious history—perhaps like no other book in any religious history. And still it stands. Failed theories about its origins have been born and parroted and have died—from Ethan Smith to Solomon Spaulding to deranged paranoid to cunning genius. None of these frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator. In this I stand with my own great-grandfather, who said simply enough, “No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.”10

I testify that one cannot come to full faith in this latter-day work—and thereby find the fullest measure of peace and comfort in these, our times—until he or she embraces the divinity of the Book of Mormon and the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom it testifies. If anyone is foolish enough or misled enough to reject 531 pages of a heretofore unknown text teeming with literary and Semitic complexity without honestly attempting to account for the origin of those pages—especially without accounting for their powerful witness of Jesus Christ and the profound spiritual impact that witness has had on what is now tens of millions of readers—if that is the case, then such a person, elect or otherwise, has been deceived; and if he or she leaves this Church, it must be done by crawling over or under or around the Book of Mormon to make that exit. In that sense the book is what Christ Himself was said to be: “a stone of stumbling, … a rock of offence,”11 a barrier in the path of one who wishes not to believe in this work. Witnesses, even witnesses who were for a time hostile to Joseph, testified to their death that they had seen an angel and had handled the plates. “They have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man,” they declared. “Wherefore we know of a surety that the work is true.”12

Now, I did not sail with the brother of Jared in crossing an ocean, settling in a new world. I did not hear King Benjamin speak his angelically delivered sermon. I did not proselyte with Alma and Amulek nor witness the fiery death of innocent believers. I was not among the Nephite crowd who touched the wounds of the resurrected Lord, nor did I weep with Mormon and Moroni over the destruction of an entire civilization. But my testimony of this record and the peace it brings to the human heart is as binding and unequivocal as was theirs. Like them, “[I] give [my name] unto the world, to witness unto the world that which [I] have seen.” And like them, “[I] lie not, God bearing witness of it.”13

I ask that my testimony of the Book of Mormon and all that it implies, given today under my own oath and office, be recorded by men on earth and angels in heaven. I hope I have a few years left in my “last days,” but whether I do or do not, I want it absolutely clear when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared to the world, in the most straightforward language I could summon, that the Book of Mormon is true, that it came forth the way Joseph said it came forth and was given to bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the travail of the latter days.

My witness echoes that of Nephi, who wrote part of the book in his “last days”:

“Hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, … and they teach all men that they should do good.

“And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day.14

Brothers and sisters, God always provides safety for the soul, and with the Book of Mormon, He has again done that in our time. Remember this declaration by Jesus Himself: “Whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived”15—and in the last days neither your heart nor your faith will fail you. Of this I earnestly testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bleach, Travel, and Cold Weather


By the way, I think I bleached my baptismal trousers :(

Michael:  So now they are white?  Haha. I crack myself up!

Nahhh they are kind of orange.

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Travel is KILLER here because in Southend you are the farthest away from London that you can be but you have all of your meetings in London.   There are farther areas but they don’t have their meetings in London. 

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Things here are good, but it is SOO cold.  Not in London but in Southend; there is always a wind and whatnot.



P.S.


P.S. The cannabis finally flushed down.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cannabis, Cool Museums, and Christmas Spirit


Hey there family and friends,

            Hope all of you are doing well.

            Well I had a pretty good week last week.  Elder McCormack and I are still helping J get off the cannabis and the cigarettes. He is struggling a bit, but he is getting there.

            So last week, J bought a lot of cannabis. But then he felt guilty so he gave it all to us.  I was rather in shock.  Elder McCormack and I both really didn’t know what to do with the stuff so we called our president right when we left J’s flat and he said to go home and flush it down the toilet, so that’s what we did.  But when we tried to flush the marijuana down the toilet it didn’t go down...so it’s just kinda sitting there still.

            That was about the most exciting thing that happened this week.

            I went into London and saw some of the cool museums. I really liked the Victoria and Albert Museum.  It had some pretty cool renaissance art sculptures. I liked it a lot.  We went to the Natural History Museum as well. Nobody but me really likes museums for some reason, so everybody I went with was pretty sick of them after that and we didn’t see anymore.

            I am getting really excited for Christmas.  I am really feeling that good ol' Christmas spirit here.  All of the members have been so kind and we get fed so much I have gained a bit of weight, but not too much thank goodness.  

            Love you all and I hope you are doing well.

Monday, November 26, 2012

I'm Glad the Members Like Us Enough to Let Us Teach Their Friends


            In other news, the teaching has been going well.  Our investigator J almost stopped meeting with us, but now he is way stoked on the gospel and really wants to get baptized. So I am really excited about him, he is a really good guy.  He just struggles with smoking cigarettes, but we are working on it. He loves the Book of Mormon too, which is way cool.

            We got 3 referrals this week!!!!!  That’s really good for this mission -- that is almost unheard of. One of them is from a really old lady in our ward. She asked us to come teach her ladies club in the coming weeks, hahaha.  So I am really excited to go in front of all these old English ladies and talk about the restoration.   In the back of my mind I think they will be a tough audience. But hey you never know.  The other two are just friends from members that they will invite over so we can teach them. I am really excited about them though. I am glad the members here like us enough to let us teach their friends.

            It was Stake Conference this week.  That was fun. My mission president came and spoke.  He talked about the Book of Mormon.  He said something similar to Elder Holland in General Conference.  He said, "Hyrum and Joseph would not have been reading from the Book of Mormon on the day they were going to die, if they did not believe with all their hearts that it was not true."  I thought that was really cool, and quite true.  If Joseph really had just made it up, he would not have been seeking for comfort and peace in it when he knew he was going to die later that day.

            Pretty cool.

            Well that’s all I have for today.

            Love you all.

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the Battle of Assandun


Helloooooo,

            Pretty good week this week.  For starters we went to some hill where a battle was fought in 1016 called the battle of Assandun. It is in my area in a place called Ashingdon.

            Here are the details:
Edmund and Canute the Great in battle

The Battle of Assandun was fought on 18 October 1016. It was a victory for the Danes, led by Canute the Great who triumphed over the English army led by King Edmund II ('Ironside'). The battle was the conclusion to the Danish reconquest of England. In earlier times, England had been seven kingdoms, but by the late 900s, there were two kingdoms. The Danes ruled two thirds of England -- The Danelaw, the area north of the Thames, along the Lee, northwest through the midlands including eastern Mercia to Chester and the River Dee. The Saxons ruled the area south of the Thames, the west - Wessex and western Mercia.

            Canute had besieged London with major support from the English nobility against the Saxon hierarchy; particularly the Southampton nobles. The siege was in response to Edmund's reconquest of recently Danish-occupied Wessex, as well as conducting various indecisive offensives against Canute's army. London had withstood the siege and Edmund repulsed the Danes, but needed troops following a successful attack against the Danes in Mercia.

            Leaving London, Edmund risked traveling into the countryside, dominated by enemies and at risk of being attacked by Danish soldiers. Canute's intelligence became aware of Edmund's movements, and while marching through Essex, Edmund's army was intercepted by Canute. The surprise interception overwhelmed the English, causing some of them to desert, and the Danes poured on the English, killing much of the nobility. Some sources claim that the Danes were losing ground, and that Eadric Streona had previously made a deal with Canute to desert the other English forces.

            Following his defeat, King Edmund II was forced to sign a treaty with Canute in which all of England except for Wessex would be controlled by Canute, and when one of the kings should die, the other king would take all of England; and that king's son being the heir to the throne. After Edmund's death on 30 November, Canute then ruled the whole kingdom directly and thus, for the first time, England became a single united kingdom covering the same territory as it does today.

            King Canute was accustomed to building a church, chapel or holy site after winning a battle to commemorate the soldiers who died in battle. A few years later saw the completion of construction in 1020 of the memorial church known as Ashingdon Minster, located on the hill next to the presumed site of the Battle in Ashingdon. The church still stands to this day. King Canute attended the dedication of Ashingdon Minster with his bishops and he appointed his personal priest Stigand to be the priest there. The church is now dedicated to Saint Andrew, but it is believed that it was dedicated earlier to Saint Michael who was considered to be a military saint and churches dedicated to him are frequently located on a hill.

            So yeah there you go.  I forgot my camera when we went there....but I found a picture online and it is attached.

            Pretty cool.

           

hilltop where the 1016 Battle of Assandun was fought



Ashingdon Minster  (St. Andrew's)
           

My Favorite Afters


           Thanksgiving here was good.  People fed us really well.  The actual day of Thanksgiving a Lithuanian family fed us, and it was good.  Friday somebody took us out for Thanksgiving, and Sunday somebody made us a roast. So I have eaten very well this week.   Brits think we are really weird for celebrating Thanksgiving.   I don’t think they know why we celebrate it haha.

           The holiday season is great! People love having us over and keep inviting us to their homes for Christmas!  Pretty much everyone in the ward has asked us to come around that day.  

            I have had Christmas pudding once.  People are always making us roasts and stuff – it’s great. What I am loving is that everyone is making treacle sponge!!  I think that is my favorite afters that people make for us.

            I am doing fine.  I am meeting cool people and I am in the coolest place in the world.

            Love you and I hope you are well.

treacle sponge

Monday, November 19, 2012

Miracle Blessing

             Well hey there everyone,

            Another week another migraine...nah just kidding.  We had a really good week this week!

            As a matter of fact, Elder Teixeira, the Europe Area General Authority came and visited our mission on Thursday. It was way cool to be able to listen to him and get some insight on what we need to do to move forward with the work. He talked a lot about getting referrals from everyone, he gave really good lessons and it was a good time had by all.

            Elder McCormack took up his little challenge of asking everyone for a referral, and we asked our investigator, J, if any of his friends were interested, as it turns out 3 of them were interested and we are meeting with them this week. So I am really excited about that. Things are looking up.

            So something funny happened this week, I was in Southend with another missionary named Elder Hansen, and our ceiling started to leak! So we got a ladder out and went up into the attic to see what the heck was going on. When we got up there, it smelled absolutely terrible! Probably one of the worst smells I have smelled, and it turns out there were like 3 dead pigeons up there! Ahh it was disgusting, but it was pretty funny at the same time. I don’t know how they got up there, but it was pretty gross.

            Oh yeah and a couple nights ago a fox jumped out at me and my companion and it made me yell.  It was funny.

            A miracle happened this week as well -- this just happened last night. We were at a part member family’s house for dinner.  We were having a good time and everything and then the wife (Charlotte) who is the member, asked for a blessing.  I didn’t see a reason not to give her one so I gave her one.  When I was finished she gave me a really astonished look.  Apparently parts of my blessing to her were word for word the same as her patriarchal blessing!

            Things are going quite well.  Elder McCormack and I are doing some great things.

            Love you guys, hope you are all doing well.
  




Monday, November 12, 2012

An Excellent Week

Friends and Family!

            Well hey there everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Elder McCormack and I had an excellent week this week.

            Well first, a pretty crazy thing happened on Tuesday.  We had to get a train into Ilford, which is right outside of London. There isn’t a train that goes straight there from Southend so we thought we got a ticket to Barking and then planned to walk to the chapel in Ilford. Well, we ended up in the most dodgy place I have ever been! We were walking down the street and there wasn’t a white person as far as the eye could see. We stuck out so badly -- two white guys in suits walking down a street full of people from Pakistan and India and all those places. We got some pretty funny looks. I thought it was fun though, and actually people were saying hello and everything to us. So it really wasn’t a bad place, but we still stuck out like sore thumbs.

            We gave an investigator named J a baptismal date for January!  He has been trying to get off the cannabis and he hasn’t smoked in about a fortnight. So he is doing well.  He came to church on Sunday and had a good time. I am really excited for him.


haggis   (photo from the web)
            I got called a Pikey a few days ago...which pretty much means Irish scum. So I guess the guy thought I was Irish or something. But I really didn’t take much offense to it.

            Things with Elder McCormack are going quite well.  We ate haggis a last week.  It was my first time having it, and I must say it was very delicious. Ours wasn’t a very traditional one.  They are usually made out of pig. Ours was made out of sheep liver, sheep lung, and cow heart. It was pretty good.

            People here are really excited about President Obama. They really like him over here. So that’s good and fair I suppose.

            I still read the Book of Mormon every day.  I am just about to finish round #2 and then I will go for #3.

            Well that’s all I have for today.  You know England really feels like home now. I feel quite at home with all these great people.


Love you guys,
Elder Purdy

Monday, November 5, 2012

My Favorite Thing is Helping People


online with Michael:

Hi.....I am online doing a survey, so I decided to drop you a quick line.

So glad. How are things?

Things really are going well, I love Elder McCormack.  The thing is, it’s kind of hard to work really hard.  I brought it up with President Jordan and all he said was "you are doing fine" but I don’t feel like I am.

Well, if there is one thing I believe about missionary work it is that you do best when you lose yourself in the work.  That doesn’t mean losing yourself in drudgery but losing yourself in trying the best you can and enjoying the experience regardless of the results.  In other words, you can enjoy doing it even if people are not lining up to be baptized. 

It seems like you were pretty happy when you and Murri were hitting it hard.  You once said that you could get along with anyone if they were willing to work.  So, go to work.  Make it fun and interesting work.  Serve, love, grow, learn—that is missionary work.  What do you think?

I agree, and don’t get me wrong.  I am not sad or anything.  Elder McCormack is great.  I really do love [him]. 

You are a good man and I am proud of you.  I learn from you and I am sure that everyone else does as well.

As I said, don’t worry about investigators coming and going.  That will happen all the time.  Your progress is measured by your growth and effort.  You cannot control how others react.  You can only control putting your effort out there and letting the Lord know you are willing to go where he needs you.  The other end is between God and the individual.

Don’t worry.  Be your happy, friendly, hard-working self and nothing but good awaits you.

Things are going OK.  I am just sick of all of our investigators going nowhere, like a lady who came to church wayyyy drunk.  Needless to say we haven’t invited her back yet.

I bet the drunk lady was feeling the spirits!  Haha

What is your favorite part of the work?

My favorite thing is helping people . . . and all the weird stories I will have by the end.

            

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Another New Companion

            So transfers came!

            Elder Badger is leaving and I am getting a new companion.  His name is Elder McCormack and he is from Dundee, Scotland.  I am really excited to work with him.  I’ve met him once and he seems nice.  I guess I have been called to the Southend-on-Sea Mission,  haha.

            I am really excited.   I think this area needs a guy from Scotland.  I just hope I don’t stay here longer than 6 months.  This is the only place I know.
Christian and his new companion, Elder McCormack


Monday, October 22, 2012

Eternal Families


Ahoy,

 
            Well this week has been pretty good. Here is a cool experience:

 
            I was on a workover here in Southend with Elder Hansen. He came over from Grays. We were having a pretty rubbish day and all of our appointments dropped us. But our very last appointment at 8 o’clock was a Lithuanian family called the Juchmakovs. They are a part-member family.  The mom is a member.  Her name is Valdona and she is a really cool lady.  Her son is a member, his name is Paulus and he is 15, and her daughter is a less active member named Greta. Her husband, Serge, is not a member and we have never had a good lesson with him.

 
            So Elder Hansen and I go there and are eating dinner and are just having a good time. I didn’t really know what lesson we were going to share but I felt like we should talk about eternal families, which is a super weird subject, because Serge doesn’t like the church, and he isn’t even a member.  But I really felt like we should and so we started to talk about it.

 
            We started talking about how important families are and how cool it is we can be with them through the eternities.  Valdona asked Serge if he wanted to be in an eternal family and he said yes, which was cool. Then we started talking about how we know we can have these families because of the restoration. Then Serge asked, "How do you know that he (Joseph Smith) was telling the truth, and that this is the true church?" I was absolutely awestruck.  This guy usually doesn’t say a word and just sits there and looks grumpy.  But I bore testimony to him that it was true, and that he can know for himself through prayer.  Then Elder Hansen bore testimony of it, and then Valdona bore testimony of it!  By the time she was finished their whole family was in tears and we said to Serge that he is feeling the spirit, and he was way stoked!

 
            It was a pretty amazing lesson.

 
            In other news, transfers are this week, which is pretty exciting!  I really feel close to this ward and I don’t really want to leave.  We will see.

 
            Well I am reading the Book of Mormon again. Right now I think I am in Alma 30.  I don’t even think I can describe how good I feel when I read it. It is truly inspired work.

 
            Well I hope to hear from you all very soon.  I love you all and you are in my prayers.

 
Christianus Purdius