My new companion is Elder Muwanika! Elder Coon got it right... He's from Africa! He comes from Uganda and speaks Swahili (his English is good too)! I'm excited that I have another brand new missionary to train. He's still adjusting to England and still cannot believe there are so many people that smoke. On the first evening in the mission we had our first lesson with our friend - E. We setup our expectations with him and put him on baptismal date for November. We will be seeing him tomorrow and he should be coming to church this Sunday!
The Hyde park stake conference last week was great! We watched a live broadcast from the Lea Valley chapel and got to listen to President Kearon (president of the Europe area) and President Burton (general Relief Society president). I loved the messages about turning to Christ and following him exactly so that we can experience the sweet joy of the restored gospel. President Kearon gave a comparison of when he went surfing, he kept falling off over and over again. He listened and followed his friend's instructions even though he had to put his body in a position that he wasn't comfortable with. After many attempts he followed his friend's instructions and was surfing! He felt incredible joy from finally surfing after the many times he fell down. He taught me that we need to keep on getting up and relying on the Savior's Atonement no matter what we have done or where we have been. He said that he eventually let go of the rope that was attached to the boat in front of him. He made the point that if we are to experience the full joy, we need to let go of bad habits. I'm thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ. He is our best friend and leader. I know that by trusting in his teachings he will deliver us and bring true joy to our souls.