Hey mom and dad :) . Well, transfers rolled around again and there were loads of changes in the zone. Elder Baird, my fellow zone leader is leaving to be a district leader in South Shields over a district with each companionship now training, including him (making a total of 8 missionaries, 4 of which will be in training--crazy, right?). Elder Vogli (my companion) is leaving to Melthum, and I will be getting Elder Bowen (the newer Slovak-speaking American who Elder Frahm's been training in Leeds). Elder Frahm is returning to Sheffield 4 as well, and will be living in Rotherham with Elder Pohorelicky. Elder Williams will be getting an English-speaking companion and will live in the Sheffield 2 flat, which means he'll be working in Firth Park only (still attending Sheffield 4). The zone leader coming in (once again, he's not my companion) will be Elder Crabb, who's served as zone leader for a while now. It should be really good this transfer--we're expecting loads of miracles and success, and with all this new missionary strength in the branch, we should see an increase in all good things here.
This week was amazing in a lot of different ways, but I'll start with church--our companionship had 10 investigators there! Four of them I told you about last week, which were O, his wife D, and their two daughters. The really enjoyed church (which was the big key for D), and the plan is to now schedule them for baptism on Wednesday after I get Elder Bowen. Send your prayers that direction! Also at church was I, who then passed his baptismal interview and is well on his way to being baptized!
P, the partner of a T, (who live in Doncaster with the P) came to church with the P, and the day before church we had been there to teach them. Their next step is getting married, which has kept them back for a while, but they told us that they want to now, so we're working to get that all sorted out.
Over the last couple weeks as we've taught F, our recent convert, his grandson has been staying in the lessons and learning. He accepted the baptismal challenge, but didn't feel ready for a date yet. We invited him to church last week, but he was going to football (soccer) training for the first time that morning, so wouldn't be able to come. We found out this week that he didn't like the training, and wouldn't be going there anymore. We asked him if he'd come to church with his grandpa, which he agreed to, and then he did! He enjoyed it a lot, having a couple friends there his age, and happened to come on the week of some kind of stake youth meeting in the evening. He then went to that, and F told us last night that he enjoyed that, too. Things look promising there, so we'll see if we can get him scheduled for baptism, too.
M, our recent convert, brought F and two of his non-member kids (D and M jr.) to church as well, and they all enjoyed it and I think they went to the meeting in the evening, too. He had a great miracle from last week, as well, which I don't think I told you about. He was in a great deal of pain due to a lump that had formed on his lower back, which prevented him from attending church a couple weeks back and his son's baptism. Well, we offered to give him a blessing, and after we did and left, the lump had entirely disappeared within an hour, along with any pain. Amazing, that. The last investigator there was little V Jr., who loved it as usual. We had a great lesson with his dad this week where we got his dad reading to him from the Book of Mormon scripture reader, which they'll now make a habit of doing. Great things are happening all across the board.
You're amazing, and I love you so much. Have an amazing week--I pray for your welfare and happiness every single day, and I hope you see the blessings all around you.
our district from this last transfer
Some lychee fruit that I ate and really enjoyed--I'd never had it before, so I can check that off the list of foods to try
Last is the fish that preceded the lychee, which fish was cooked Chinese-style by Bro. Stanton (who's previously lived in China) and was excellent.