Exciting things are happening around here! Miracles and blessings are abounding not only in Witney, but across the entire mission. I'm so blessed to be serving in such an amazing place and on such holy ground. It's a great time to be a missionary! Many of you will disagree with me, but I firmly believe that this is the best mission on earth :) but I'm pretty sure every missionary says that.
Today marks the beginning of what could be my last transfer around here. The crazy thing is, it's only a 5 week transfer so it will go by really quick! Some missionaries kind of find 5 week transfers a drag because of that...they go by fast, so the missionaries aren't quite as diligent. But President Gubler had a plan to counter this! He sent out an email with a challenge: the companionship who gets the most baptisms this transfer will get to have dinner at his house, go to their own temple session, and then get driven home. Also, the top baptizing companionship from each of the 9 zones get dinner with President as well. So the stakes are high and Elder Reynolds and I are in it to win it. Let the game begin!
LOADS of highlights this week. Here's just a few:
-new sisters in Didcot! We have Sister Alushaj from Albania who is training Sister Brandley (or Sister Brand-new) from Spanish Fork. They are doing such good work over there! Crazy that I was trained there as well. No more work for us in Didcot!
-taught a guy called Leslie in Witney. He builds engines all by himself and lost his leg while driving a race car. Really interesting guy, and he's really interested in the Gospel!
-exchange in Oxford with Elder Watson from Alloa, Scotland. In my 9 months here, this was my first time working in Oxford and it was awesome! So many people though. Amidst the work, I got to see the track where the 4 minute mile was broken. Really cool!
-had a surprise lesson with a lady called Lucy in Carterton. She knows the Suttons and she totally absorbed everything we taught her...like a sponge!
-it rained buckets on Wednesday and we got soaked to the bone! Nevertheless, we kept knocking.
-last minute musical number in sacrament meeting.
Such a good week! As mentioned, there are now sister missionaries in Didcot and they are awesome. I've been able to help them out a lot since I've worked there a lot. Our district just got that much bigger, though! I'm so blessed to be able to serve as the leader of this district because things are going great.
We did a lot of finding this week. Although street contacting can be effective and spiritual, we felt like we should do some more knocking. So that's what we did! We knocked for hours in Carterton and we found 3 investigators and another unknown less active. We thought it was really effective!
Things are rolling here in Oxford. Not too much more to write about, but it's been a great week! There's some awesome stuff coming up as well. This Wednesday we have zone conference in Staines with Elder Herbertson of the Seventy, and of course the London trip is coming up with Elder Oaks. Super exciting! It's the best time to be a missionary, and I'm loving it!
Thank you all so much for all your love and support, I feel your prayers helping me every day. Love you all and have a great week!
Love, Elder Thomas
|The country, just North of Witney|
|Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University|