Monday, 29 December 2014

29/12/14 - Happy New Year‏

Happy new year!

This transfer has gone by very quickly! We had our move calls last night and everyone in Bletchley is staying the same! The Milton Keynes' elders are changing and so are the sisters. Elder Palmer will be going to Dunstable and Elder Zhao will be training in 2 weeks after being with Elder Jenson. Sister Fenu is going to Romford and Sister Van Zyl is going to train again in Milton Keynes! Elder Judy felt like he's done with Bletchley, but he's going to be here for at least 6 months once this transfer is over. I feel good that I'm able to be here longer, because I feel we have unfinished work to do. 

My first Christmas has come and gone. Me and Elder Fisher Skyped at 9 in the morning and Elder Judy and Elder Romney Skyped at 7:00 pm. It was very nice to be able to see everyone face to face after 4 and a half months! It looks like Josiah and John have gotten bigger! Even though it's my first Christmas away from home, we were taken very good care of at the Lawson's and the De Kock's houses. We had a big Christmas dinner at the Lawsons and we played with their 4 young kids which included Lego and Nerf wars. I watched Frozen for the first time and The Lego Movie! Both are fantastic movies! Boxing day was a success too. We did some shopping before going to member's house and bought an M&S tie for £6.00 on sale! 

We had a good time at church yesterday. Even though we didn't have many investigators there, sister Fu showed up!  She's a less-active who normally works on Sunday at her Chinese supermarket and hasn't been to church for a long time. On Saturday evening I felt that I should call her, but she didn't pick up so I left a voicemail and at the end I said that I hope to see her at church. She got my message and came for sacrament! Elder Judy thought I was being cheeky, but it worked! She's very nice to us and she gave us Christmas presents plus free char siu bao and stir fry! We're grateful to have been able to witness this miracle and we plan to do some service for her in the near future. 

As a mission we have done very well and got 472 baptisms this year and our goal was set for 500. Here's an extract from President and Sister Jordan's email:

"Dear Elders and Sisters,

The miracle about which I want to write today is what you accomplished in the England London Mission in 2014. Last year we baptised 326 individuals. With still a few baptisms scheduled for today and tomorrow, we will finish this year with about 472 baptisms. With the same number of missionaries, we baptised almost 150 more people. This is a very significant achievement and one of which you can be very proud."

Have a happy new year!


Elder Chew
Skype with the family

Christmas Dinner

Marvel socks from the Lawsons!

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