Monday, October 27, 2014

First Area. Yay!!!

Cheers family and friends,
These past three days were good. I've learned a ton! I have a new companion and her name is Sister Lybbert. She is from Canada and she is wonderful! She has been an excellent trainer! I am serving in Keighley England. The town is very small. Everything is so small in England. Streets, cars, flats, buildings. It's all so fun though! It still hasn't hit me that I am in England even though I'm walking around a totally different atmosphere.

The past two days has been good. We went to a member's home and had tea. (I didn't have tea. That's what dinner is called.) And then we had pudding. (That's what dessert is called.) On Sunday I met the ward I will be serving in and they are very welcoming! I met one of our investigator's named Eddie. He's only been taught two lessons and he's come to church three times. He already has a testimony of how Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Sister Lybbert thinks he will be baptized and I wouldn't doubt it. He is awesome!!

I also met an investigator named Jess. She has been coming to young women activities and has been really enjoying it. We took her to a youth fireside yesterday and she liked it. Her mom has taken the discussions and believes it to be true but she isn't willing to live the word of wisdom. It's sad. Hopefully Jess will be an example to her.

I have to go so till next week,
Sister Garrett

P.S. I'll send pictures next

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Week two in good ol' England!

Dear Friends and Family,

I really feel like I'm in school. Not kidding. I feel like I'm in Utah at school. We sit in the classroom all day! We barely get out of the building and when we do I just can't except the fact that I'm in England. Last Thursday we went finding. We got onto the train and went to Manchester. We talked to people about the gospel. It was so hard walking up to people and talking to them but once you started it was easy. They all asked about the name badge and it was a perfect conversation starter. One man even knew a lot about the gospel but just wasn't interested. Tomorrow we go finding again and I'm kinda excited!

Sunday was the best day so far here on the mission. The spirit was just so strong the whole day. We had a devotional by a member of the Seventy. His name was Elder Christopher Charles. He and his wife spoke and it was AMAZING! Then we had a testimony meeting which really was the best ever. I shared my testimony and honestly I felt the spirit so strong when I bore my testimony. I don't really like speaking in front of people but I felt like I could stay up there on the stand for 30-40 minutes just speaking. Whatever the spirit told me to say, I did. I actually saw one girl start crying. I'm not sure if it's what I said or maybe just homesickness but I paused in between every sentence to gather my thoughts and spoke with the spirit. After I sat down and tried to remember what I said and I could't remember anything. It was so amazing I can't describe it.

We taught a lot of lessons this week but two stuck out to me. The first, we invited one of our investigators to be baptized and she accepted! I know it's just role play but the spirit is there in role plays. The second lesson that was powerful was with an investigator who wasn't really open. He had questions about the book of Mormon and we bore our testimonies to him and asked him to pray. It took him 10 minutes to get him to pray but the spirit was so strong. I just can't explain it.

I think that's enough for now. The next time I email you all I'll be out in the field declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ to England.

Until then, Sister Garrett

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sister Garrett's First Week

Hello friends and family,

Well, one week is down and who knows much more to go. I feel like I've been here my whole life, but it's only been a week. That really was the longest week of my life!! England is so green and amazing! Although, I get cold so easy. It really really bites.

The major part of my stay here has been at the MTC so sometimes I forget that I'm here in England. On my first day here (last Thursday) I got two companions; Sister Gilbert and Sister Sibsi. I get along with them very well! Sister Gilbert is from Idaho and Sister Sibsi is from South Africa. All three of us were called as Sister Training Leaders. Crazy huh?

Just to summarize this last week... The whole time I've been in a classroom. It feels like college all over again. I wake up, get ready, eat, study, write thoughts, listen (to your teacher), study, eat, listen, study, write thoughts, listen, practice, teach, write thoughts, eat, listen, listen, listen, write thoughts, plan, sleep, repeat. (The order varies.)

Yup. That's my life right now. Very exciting! Catching up on sleeping is IMPOSSIBLE though! It's not cool.

Yesterday and today, we got out of the building. Which was amazing!! The buildings in England are so small, the houses are tiny brick homes, cars are little, roads are only two lanes wide, roundabouts are everywhere, and everything is green, green, green. Gosh I love  it! Except the weather. I need to get a HUGE coat.

I really don't have much more then that. You guys are all amazing friends and family. Love you all! I am very blessed.

Until next week,
Sister Garrett

P.S. The MTC food is good here. Lots of meat , potatoes, gravy, and veggies. Yes, it's a little bland BUT guess what? They have a milk machine! :) Yes. You read that right. They knew I was coming! A milk machine. A white machine that you can push a cup to it and magic... you have milk! My companions think I'm crazy that I drink so much milk but hey it's better then soda. OK, talk to you later. Cheerio.