I got a call Friday morning from President Ulrich saying I am going to serve in Preston with Sister Once from the Philippines!!!
This transfer call caught me by surprise to say the least. The Lord knows me well enough to let me know Friday morning instead of Saturday that I was being transferred there. I was sad to face the reality I was leaving Wrexham after 6 months but the more I thought about it, the more and more I got excited and start to really feel this is where the Lord needs me to be next transfer. Preston is were the first baptisms in England were and it is where Gordon B. Hinckley, one of my favorite prophets, served for like half of his mission. There is a Uni there and plenty of Chinese students to work with. YAY! I am so grateful I will be able to do Chinese work again. They really are some of the most humble people I have ever met.
Transfer meeting will be on Saturday this time around which is a huge blessing. Plenty of time to say goodbye to the members and investigators I have grown to love so much. Oh yeah, I guess I get another few days to pack too.. Not excited about that bit haha.
This week Sister Klemm and I focused on inviting people to church. Our hope is to get more people we meet on the street to church and then to set up a return appointment when they come. Around 10 people said they would come but alas only one uni student, Norman, came during the second hour. We met Norman on the street and didn't talk to him for more than 10 minutes. He really enjoyed church and now we are going to see him on Wednesday. We think it was worth it to try something new to get different results. We will try again this week.
Last week we taught this young man named Will on the street and gave him a pamphlet to read. We messaged him to follow upon the pamphlet that we gave him. He told us he hadn't read the pamphlet but he had been thinking a lot about what we had shared with him. We felt inspired to ask him if he felt that what we had shared with him was true and he said yes! Will comes back this week from visiting his parents in Cardiff. He wants to meet with us when he gets back.
We finally got to teach Carol in her home this week. She told us she has been reading the Book of Mormon ever since we have given her a copy. She feels the the Book of Mormon is true and it has helped her through the trials and lingering sorrows of losing her son 6 years ago.
Lukman is back from Nigeria. Not sure what happened but the missionaries in Nigeria never contacted him.. We watched Elder Bednar's talk titled ''Come and See.'' Lukman believed in his words. We took the opportunity to testify of the divine calling Elder Bednar has and to testify of the gospel being restored here on earth. The priesthood being taken away during the Great Apostasy is still an issue for him. We will have one of the Brothers from church help us teach more about the priesthood this week.
Sadly, no non-members from Wrexham came to the Chinese activity but we had a few members come with us. They all enjoyed it. The activity was a great success. It was so great getting to see Richard, one of the investigators I taught when I served in the YSA. I have no doubt that he will gone on to be baptized one day.
I just want to take the time to share my testimony that I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. The answer may not come in the time we want or they way we want but the answer does come. I know that He knows what is best for us and that everything will always make sense when we look back and reflect on our lives. He knows us better than we know ourselves.