Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Weekly Letter #62: February 23rd, 2021

Hello!

I decided to spend my time talking to my family today so this is going to be very brief.

This Wednesday is the final transfer of my mission! Six weeks to go. I really wouldn’t dwell on it much if not for the fact that every person who speaks/writes to me brings it up. So crazy and sad and surreal. Sister Cairns and I are staying together and that makes me happy. I also just received word that sometime in the next week or two we are going to be moved to a new flat/apartment!! WOOHOO!!! I’m so excited I might have done a happy dance. Goodbye spiders.

This week has been busy and, at times, overwhelming. People ask what we do as the Social Media/Tech Missionaries and I really can’t even begin to explain all that we do, but it’s busy and constant. Maybe I will attempt to explain it at some point, but I’m not making any promises. 

If you haven’t seen the latest video our mission posted, go check it out on our mission Facebook or Instagram page or on any of my social media pages. It’s SO good. (I have posted the video below also). That’s an example of some of what we do. 

Lockdown—still, yes, but some restrictions are going to start being eased soon. For example, we will be able to go sit on a park bench with another person. Haha.

Sorry this is so random and brief. Thanks to everyone who writes to me! Speaking of people writing to me, if you have sent an actual letter or package in the mail from the US and I haven’t responded, it’s probably because I haven’t received it yet. Just a couple days ago the Christmas card my parents mailed to me at the beginning of November arrived. Bless the mail system.

Things are great, I’m happy, and I love my mission and the people here. And I can’t even begin to express how much I love President and Sister Johnson. I LOVE THEM.

Have the best week and love you all!

Photographs Below :)  


Video Below:




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Monday, February 15, 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021

Weekly Letter #60: February 1st, 2021

Hello hello hello!
 
Wow it feels like every week I apologize for not writing the week prior, so instead of keeping with that trend, I’m just going to skip past that.

LOCKDOWN 

Ready for the surprise of your life? We are still in lockdown!! We're coming up on our one-year anniversary and wow, what a year it's been. For those of you who may be a bit confused, England is in a national lockdown where it's now illegal to go into a grocery store with more than 1 person per household. That's the level where we are. This isn't the Utah lockdown where it seems like you're living a normal life. This is a legitimate lockdown. Feel free to send flowers or money or chocolate or something to help my companion and me celebrate.

STRETFORD
Hahaha so remember how I said I was living in Manchester South? Yeah…that lasted for a week. A week into us living in Altrincham (al-treeng-um), President called us and told us we were moving back to Stretford, but in a different flat than we lived in before. So here we find ourselves in one of the weirdest (and probably the worst) flats I’ve ever lived in. It's a very lovely place with a lovely spider infestation in the kitchen and a lovely set of stairs that's steeper than a ladder.

SPIDERS
Hello everyone. For a quick recap, here's a fast history lesson about the spiders that reside in the lovely country of England. A long time ago in a land far away (England), a substance was created and it was named Miraclegro. This substance was used to help plants and other living organisms grow to gargantuan sizes. One day, some mean gross spiders came across some Miraclegro that someone had left outside and they started drinking it. Not surprisingly, they grew to humongous sizes and began populating England and terrorizing the country. The end. I hate English spiders. They are not posh. They are not cute. They are soul-sucking demons, and you can quote me on that.

HOME?
This week it was brought to my attention that I only have about 9 weeks left on my mission. How do I feel about that? Kind of weird, to be honest. However, we'll talk more about my thoughts about coming home as I get closer.

Life is good. I’m living the dream. The work moves forward. I love being a missionary and I love England. Feel free to write :)

Photographs Below :)


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Monday, January 4, 2021

Weekly Letter #58: January 4th, 2021

Hello! 

This is going to be very brief. Our missionary email hasn’t been working so this is just a quick message I’m sending to my mom through google hangouts. I’ve tried, multiple times, to send an email I wrote last week to my parents to post on my blog and it won’t go through. 

If you have written to me and I haven't replied it’s because email from my end isn’t sending—I'm sorry and will try and get back to everyone. I’ll try responding next week if it’s working and if there’s time (we have transfers again next week which make p-days crazier than normal—it also means p-day will be on Tuesday next week).

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Weekly Letter #57: December 14th, 2020

Hello hello!

I know it seems like I've jumped off the edge of the world based on how I've been emailing lately, but I promise I'm alright!
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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Weekly Letter #56: December 1st, 2020

Merry Christmas everyone! Now that we have Thanksgiving out of the way, it is officially time for Christmas! Also, I’m not going to lie, I am concerned about the amount of emails I had asking what people do to celebrate Thanksgiving over here. Just for clarification, England doesn't really celebrate a group of their people leaving their country. Weird, I know.

With that out of the way, here comes a rundown from the past two weeks:

TRANSFERS ALREADY?
Folks, time is going so quickly it's actually insane. How has it been 6 weeks? How is it December? All of these things are questions I wish I had the answer to. Please send me an email if you know why time is vrooming by so quickly.

Anywho.

It has been 6 weeks. For those of you who don't know, or for those of you who don't remember, every 6 weeks, there comes a chance that you could be moved to a different area, you could have a different companion, you could have a different assignment, or you could stay the exact same for the next six weeks. Unfortunately, Sister Johnson is actually going home because she's been here for 18 months, so unfortunately (and fortunately), I am getting a new companion! However, I am still staying in Stretford, and I still have my assignment.

COMPANION?
This then begs another question - who is your next companion? Folks, do I have a surprise for you. I am actually getting 2 new companions! As a little bit of background context, the Europe Area presidency reached out to the EMM and asked for 2 companionships during the month of December that will run the UK Facebook page, and will run the referral management system for the UK. Turns out, one of those companionships that we recommended are actually going to be my companions. I don't know either of them very well to be completely honest, so I’ll have an update on them next week. Also, to be completely honest, I don't know what is going to happen with all of these different assignments so if my explanation confused you, it confuses me too.

THANKSGIVING?
My dear companion, Sister Johnson, and I had the most splendid Thanksgiving in the whole entire world. We had Nando's, we had ice cream cones, and we partied hard by watching Thanksgiving church videos and Thanksgiving devotionals. Life is good.

ENGLAND?
We're exiting our second national lockdown next week hopefully! Yay! It still blows my mind when I see pictures of people in other countries (@ the USA) in groups of 50+ people not wearing masks hanging out. It weirds me out so much. It makes me uncomfortable if there are more than 10 people around me not wearing masks! Weird.

THE END?
Overall, this transfer has been wonderful. I loved and still love Sister Johnson. I have learned so much from her and am so grateful for the time I was able to spend with her. RIP to her. The good ones die young folks.

Much love to everyone, and sorry if I don't have time to respond to you today!

Photographs below as well as video where I am singing!

The video below is my companion dancing and me singing. Simply click on the image below or click here







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