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 29, 2013

Welcome to the World, Prince George of Cambridge!

            Well, Princess Kate had herself a boy, Prince George of Cambridge.  That has been the biggest news in the UK this week.
            But Elder Torbit and I have also had some cool things happen in our missionary work.
            Last Monday we met this really cool guy named M-. He believes in God but doesn’t really practice any religion. We just met him on the street in the evening and invited him to sit down with us to have a discussion for a few minutes. Our discussion ended up lasting 30 minutes and we talked a lot about who God is and how the gospel blesses our families -- two topics that really get people thinking and really help them feel the spirit. He was very intrigued by what we taught and we are seeing him this week, cool guy.
            Also we met a girl named S-. She is 20 years old from Ghana. She has lived in the UK for 3 years now I believe. We went to her house a few days ago to teach her and she was saying that back in Ghana she attended our church with one of her friends, and ever since she came to the UK she has wanted to get back into worshiping on Sunday and reading the scriptures. We told her that we could definitely help her with that and we were explaining what our purpose as missionaries was and she said "I want to be baptized." So long story short, we taught her all of lesson one and gave her a Book of Mormon, which she was way stoked about. She started marking the passages we were reading with her. And we set a date with her for the 25th of August. She is so solid, and we are seeing her this week. The spirit was so strong in that lesson.
            And we saw a really crazy less active person. They invited us over yesterday and we were in their back garden just talking with the husband. He was a good guy. Everything was going good until we saw that the wife was coming outside ... and then the husband saw her and disappeared into the house. The wife came outside and started saying how she will never come back to church ever, and she was proper screaming! And how she went on about her pretty dark childhood and how the Bible says woman came from man, and then once again said she will never come back to church and went back inside.  So … we were left in their back garden alone.  It was pretty weird.  We decided just to go back through the house and leave through the front door. On our way out she stopped us and gave us a watermelon and kindly told us that we were welcome in their home anytime … nice people.
            Anyways, the gospel is the best. The things it allows you to do are incredible. I just want to say that I would not have met the amazing people in my life, or have been able to do the things I have done in my life, if it weren’t for a simple prayer offered by a fourteen year old boy in 1820. That one experience has changed my life and I am so glad for that! I am so glad that I could be here in the UK. I love the people here and I love the memories I have made.
            There are good things to come fo sho here in Hitchin. I am excited to help our investigators see the ideals of the gospel and want those for themselves.


Elder Purdy