Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hi-Ya from the UK

Hello family and friends!

I can't believe I have been out in the field for a month now. It really isn't that long but I do feel like I have been here forever (which isn't a bad thing.) This week has been wonderful though. Something crazy happened on Tuesday! We had an appointment with Gemma. She is the woman that let Sister Lybbert and I in when we knocked on her door. Well she flogged us. It was very sad! I really thought she was interested. So until the bus came Sister Lybbert and I knocked on some doors with no success. We started heading to our bus when I felt like we should go back to Gemma's door. So Sister Lybbert and I went back and she answered! It turns out that her mother was in the hospital ill and she was looking after her. She didn't have her phone on her or else she would have called us. She had to go to work but we made another appointment with her for the following Sunday. (She ended up flogging us Sunday) BUT I followed the spirit. That is what I am happy about! Hopefully we can see Gemma this week.

Wednesday, we had tea with two potential investigators, Pauline and David. We have been helping Pauline with her family history work and her husband, David, invited us for tea. We will be going to their house again tomorrow night for family history work and tea. They don't really want anything to do with religion but I think they will open their hearts the more we visit them. On Thursday, Sister Lybbert and I met with Syllene. We talked about the beginning of the Plan of Salvation and went into the Word of Wisdom. At this point in her life, Syllene says that she doesn't want to quit smoking and drinking coffee but I know she will as she comes to find out that the church is true. Here on the mission I realize that I love everyone! I love the members, all the less-actives, and all the investigators I teach. I love visiting with them and talking to them. I don't feel like I am a missionary sometimes. I mostly feel like a friend who cares for their well-being. I know Heavenly Father loves every single one of us! And I have noticed that more while on my mission. Even though it has been a month, I know this has been the best decision I have made! Love you all so very much!

Gotta run, Sister Garrett

English word of the week:
Swanky: (adjective) Sw-ai-n-kee
1. Which means classy.

Stay swanky my friends! :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Another week gone buy

Hiya family and friends,

This week was pretty darn amazing! Let me tell you. It all started off on Tuesday. Tuesday was Zone Conference, where all the zones in the north of the mission come together for a conference. I can not explain how powerful that meeting was. President and Sister Pilkington are AMAZING speakers! I am so glad I came to the England Leeds Mission not because of the location, but for President and Sister Pilikington, as well as the other missionaries I am serving with. Within these first few weeks out in the field I have learned sooooo much!

Many miracles happened this week. The first miracle was with Syllene. We meet with her on Friday and had a lesson with her. Sister Lybbert and I, read the introduction of the Book of Mormon and 3 Nephi 11 along with her. We answered all the questions she had (which was a lot) and she understands everything so well! We also taught her about prayer and personal revelation. She understands that prayer is very important. If she came to know that the church was true, she said she would be baptized. We have another appointment with her on Thursday. Can not wait to see her again!

Another miracle was on Saturday. We spent all morning calling the Keighley ward to personally invite them to a Mission President fireside Sunday night. After that long morning, we finally go out of the house and decided to knock on some doors close to our house.We got on the bus and since it was a very fogy day, we couldn't see the bus stops. We ended up missing the stop we wanted to take. So we got off at the next town which was Collingworth. We did not have much time, because of Eddie's baptism, so we prayed and on the first door we knocked on she let us in!!!! As soon as we said Jesus Christ she let us in! I was so surprised! Normally in England we get the door shut in our face but not this time. We taught her a little bit about our church and showed her a Mormon Message. She asked what the difference was about our church and other church's
and we said many things but one was that we have a living prophet who receives revelation from God for the church. She is very interested and we are seeing her again tomorrow morning. By the way her name is Gemma.

The other miracle was Eddie's baptism. It was a wonderful service and the spirit was so strong! Afterward he was smiling from ear to ear. When he received the gift of the Holy Ghost he was smiling even bigger! He came to the Mission President's Fireside that night and loved it. The fireside was wonderful! Again, President and Sister Pilkington are AMAZING speakers!

Well it was a wonderful week. I am afraid I have to go.
Until next time,

Sister Garrett 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Greetings from the UK

Good morning family and friends,

Since Halloween, the temperature has been getting colder. It's been raining a lot and it's quite chilly. The bad part about it is that the temperature is going to get colder. Wooo hoooo!! 

This week has been good. Everyday molds together so it is hard to tell all the days apart. This week Sister Lybbert and I were flogged a lot. (British term for leaving behind or ditching.) So this week wasn't the best. We knocked on quite a bit of doors and were rejected every time. On the bright side Eddie is still keeping strong. We taught him about tithing and he has committed to pay his tithing and on Saturday he passed his baptismal interview. This Saturday is his baptism! I am so excited for him. He is quite nervous but he knows it is the right thing to do.

This week we were going to an appointment with a woman named Syllene. Just as we were coming up to her door we see her coming out. She was trying to flog us. We talked to her for a bit and invited her to come to the Ward Activity the following night at 6:30. She came to the ward activity with her two daughters!! The whole night we talked about our faith and she is very interested. At the end she told us that she thinks God sent us at the right time in her life. Heavenly Father works in wonderful ways!

I would write more but that is really all that happened this week. Being flogged, knocking on doors, continuing to meet with Eddie, talked with Syllene, and taught lessons to a few other people who weren't really interested. Missionary work is amazing! I continue to grow everyday. I am amazed at all the things I learn. Thank you all for our wonderful support. Love you all! Have a wonderful week!

Sister Garrett

British word of the week: 
Hoover: A hoover is a vacuum. 

                                                     Will you read the Book of Mormon?      

Sister Lybbert and I. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

First Full Week In The Mission Field

Hiya loves,
(That's how they say it here in Keighley England)
My first week in the mission field was grand! On Monday Sister Lybbert and I taught a lesson to Eddie and I asked Eddie if he wanted to be baptized on the 15th of November and he said.... YES!!! So we have been teaching him all the lessons since then. He understands everything we are teaching him and it's wonderful! I can't wait for November 15th! :)

The week mushed all together but what I can remember is that the week was filled with appointments where Sister Lybbert and I were flogged (the people we were to teach didn't show up), lessons, street contacting, and door approaches. For me, the door approaches are the hardest but I'm slowing improving. One time we knocked on this guys door and he told Sister Lybbert and I that we were brainwashed and that the church is a horrible influence. Another lady said that we were cruel and horrible people. Then just yesterday, a guy said he was having a good day until he saw us. Some people are so rude and cruel. Sister Lybbert and I couldn't help but laugh though because they are really missing out. But when you meet people who are just so kind and willing to know more about the message we teach you forget about the mean people.

That's really it. The most I've learned in this last week is to be confident. It's scary to teach lessons and approach people but the message of the gospel is something everyone needs to hear. I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week!

Sister Garrett