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, July 1, 2013

Another Good Week

Another good week.  Once again I will just take you through my week day by day ...

             Tuesday:  We had a meeting in London.  Got a train down to Kings Cross and went to South Kensington.  Nice meeting, pretty spiritual.  I was there from probably 9:30 to 1.  Went back to Hitchin and then went to Letchworth, where we met a less active/part member family -- the Hamblins.  They are fun and they are very nice to us. It is always fun going over there, and we shared a good message with them about why we pray. Our main focus was we will understand why we pray when we recognize our proper relationship towards God. It was a good lesson.  After that we had a dinner appointment in some village outside of Hitchin.  They made some pretty tasty chicken, and we went and tracted in Hitchin after that.

walking path from Hitchin to Pirton
            Wednesday: I had a workover with an elder from Stevenage.  Elder Hess is from St. George.  Pretty much all of our appointments cancelled that day and we ended up street contacting in Letchworth and Hitchin. At 5:30 we made the trek out to a village called Pirton.  The walk out there takes an hour and the road is a dirt road that is only meant for horses and pedestrians.  It’s pretty scenic and there is nothing but green all around you.  It’s fun. 

Hitchin - Pirton sign post


"It was a party in my mouth."
           We got to the appointment with the Ansells.  The father is not a member but the wife is.  She is Hispanic and used to live in Rose Park.  She is a funny lady and she made us Mexican food. Oh my days it has been so long since I have had that food! It was a party in my mouth. We had a good lesson with them then we walked home.

            Thursday: We had district meeting.  I gave a training on accountability, which was fun.  There has been a lot of lack of love for England and English people in the mission and that’s pretty much what I talked about.   I talked about loving the people you serve and loving the place you are in. After that we went tracting and ate some dinner. Nothing much.

            Friday: Tracie Stocker from Gillingham came up to Hitchin and took.  I am so glad I was able to meet her and become friends with her.  She is one of those people I think I was meant to meet on my mission. We had a good time and it was nice seeing her again.  She left at about 2-ish.  We went and finished our weekly plans and then took a bus out to Clifton, a little village not too far away.  We had dinner with members and then taught a young 9-year-old girl that will hopefully get baptized soon.  Her name is Emily and we really want her to get baptized and stuff, so we are working on her. After that we went and saw some less active members and had a REALLY good lesson on how the gospel blesses families.

with Tracie Stocker from Gillingham
from Jen:  This April 2013 picture is of
Sister Stocker and her children with
Christian and his companion when
he was living in Sittingbourne.
Tracie's sister was one of their
investigators and Christian became
close to their whole family.


            Saturday: We saw Mick and Hearten in the morning. We showed them the Restoration DVD and they really liked it.  Then we went to Letchworth to street contact. We had dinner with the bishop, then we went and taught Stuart the Word of Wisdom.  He accepted, and then we walked home. The weather this week has been really beautiful.  Everywhere just smells like flowers.  It’s really humid and warm and everything’s really green.

            Sunday:  We went to church.  After church there was a munch-and-mingle, then we caught a train to Letchworth.  We sat in a park and had a good lesson with our new investigator Nicole.  We taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she said she would be baptized.  She is 19 and her parents are from Ghana but she was born here.  She is a cool girl.  After that we went to our WML house and ate some dinner.  Then we stopped by a former investigator’s house back in Letchworth.  His name is Ian and he has been investigating for like 4 years.  His wife is Brazilian and they have a 12-year-old daughter.  His wife and daughter just moved back from Brazil after they had been there for 4 years.  They have been back like a month.  Ian really likes missionaries and his daughter is SO solid!  She loves the church, has a Book of Mormon in English and Portugese, and knows a lot of the lessons.  We are going to start teaching them again.  They are so good.  Ian is less solid but really wants the best for his daughter and wants her to make her own decision on things.  He is a good man. Hopefully I will have more on them later.

             Things are good.  I really love the people we are teaching and it’s all good up in hurrrrrrrr.  Transfers are next week.  We will see what happens – could be anything, really.  It will be interesting.