The past week has been very exciting! We had a mission conference with the London South mission, because Elder Cook came to visit! We drove down to the Hyde Park Chapel and there were about 500 people there! Everyone got to shake hands with Elder Cook too. This is the second apostle I've met face to face now. He shared many good experiences on his mission in England, he served with Elder Holland in the Romford area and he came out when the missionary age was lowered to 19! We asked him questions and someone asked about evolution. He told us that it hasn't been revealed to us yet whether or not evolution is true. He shared an experience about a biologist asking I believe it was Gordon B. Hinckley if it's okay to believe in evolution and still be a member of the church. The answer was that it's okay, but we have to be careful about what we believe, because the world's view changes.
Afterwards the AP's gave a presentation on the He is The Gift Initiative. This is a worldwide initiative that our church leaders want to do to help everyone discover the true meaning of Christmas. Yesterday we gave a presentation during the relief society/priesthood joint meeting. Everything went well and we were able to share the He is The Gift video which you can watch here -http://www.mormon.org.uk/christmas. We now have the limited edition He is The Gift pass-along cards to hand out to people (you should be able to get this from the missionaries in your area). We are then suppose to record how many investigators, referrals, baptisms etc that we get from using this new initiative. On December the 7th the church will be the only advertiser on Youtube, so make sure you invite your friends and family to check it out! I'm really excited for this He is The Gift initiative, I have never seen something like this before and I could feel the spirit from the video. I hope we use this opportunity to bring others to discover the gift, embrace the gift and then share the gift. I'm still having trouble with the library computers, so I will try to send pictures from the chapel computer if I can.
Love, Elder Chew