Hi mom and dad :) . Thanks for the pictures and email. I'm glad you liked the letter--I thought the beer story was funny too, but I wasn't sure if it would be as funny on paper. I'm glad it gave you a laugh.
I have to say, this week has held some amazing things. Doncaster has picked up a bit, us finally getting a couple of lessons out of the loads of potentials we've street contacted. The very first lesson ended up being one where we scheduled the lady for baptism, which is a fantastic sign. The second lesson was with a guy who's basically an assistant pastor or something, and he was actually really receptive and willing to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it (which is extremely uncommon from people of that kind of religious position). He could make a way awesome fellowshipper for people there. I have also been really impressed by one of our Darnall investigators, who's progressing very well towards her batismal date. I have a lot of admiration for the effort she's putting in, and God will be blessing her a great deal for it. I have learned a lot about different styles of finding people the past couple weeks, thanks to the different nature of the people of the Doncaster area we're in. The approaches I used in Darnall don't work very well, but I quickly found some ways that do work.
I'm also pleased to report that nobody believes that I'm American when I tell them, one man saying I speak better Slovak than he does. Then another guy was floored by my ability to speak a little Roma, half-jokingly asking me if I wanted a gypsy girlfriend, pointing at a couple of girls next to him (which I obviously turned down).
We also were able to visit a family that recently moved into the Sheffield 1 ward (we're in Sheffield 4) from Portugal who were having a rough time. President Pilkington gave us specific instruction to go visit them (Elder Moreira being Portugese) to help lift their spirits. It was a great visit--they're super friendly and were overjoyed to see us. They spoke in Portugese the whole time with Elder Moreira, but I was remembering bits of Spanish all over the place, speaking it a bit and understanding a bit as well, able to make a few connections to what they were saying to French. It was actually kind of crazy. I never put a specific effort into learning Spanish in any way, yet I was able to keep track of where the conversation was and say a couple things once in a while. I think it's safe to say that I've seen God blessing me with the gift of tongues in several ways, having it come to special light this week.
Things will be pretty interesting this week with things that are coming, so I'll look forward to letting you know about it. As for now, I've got to go, but remember that I love you very much. You're the absolute best, so don't forget it!
Love you much,