Thursday, July 6, 2017

So, now we go on to the big miracle of this week!

What up everyone! 
We have had a GREAT week this week! Got some huge miracles up in here.:) But, before we get way into that, we will start with the small stuff. Weather this week has been quite wet mostly. Throws a change to the really hot weather though so that's good. ;)  England just will never make up its mind on weather...

Wednesday we had a good zone conference in Leicester! They're making them longer now so we end up sitting there in the meeting for like 7 hours.  But it's pretty good! Can't believe it was my last zone conference! They always do it to where departing missionaries in the transfer give their "departing testimony" in the zone conference before we leave. So me, Elder Swalberg, and Elder Winterton all gave our departing testimonies! Super crazy.. But yeah, that was real good. Afterwards, we had exchanges with the ZLs again. Good times!

We had a cool experience with Harriet and her dad. So after the last time we saw her, she had a spiritual experience that she was trying to describe to us! So when we first met her, she was VERY skeptical to religion and God...pretty professed atheist;) Well, after teaching her for a few weeks, she had this spiritual experience! She was trying to describe it to us (it was totally the Spirit! She just had no idea how to explain it. Haha) So we showed her a few scriptures and stories from prophets and stuff. She's beginning to get it I think! So that's super cool:) We will just have to wait and see, kinda move at her own pace. 

We had a funny experience this week as well, :P  So, on Saturday, the sister missionaries in Stamford had a convert baptism which was really cool! Mel is her name. :) Anyways, they had the baptism on Saturday and they had to do it at our chapel because Stamfords building doesn't have a font. We were in charge of getting the font all filled up! Well, we go on exchange with the other Elders. Swalberg and Winterton were going to go fill up the font a bit earlier to make sure everything was good, while me and Hakanpää went to a lesson and a dinner appt. Unfortunately, Swalberg and Winterton's bikes break down in the afternoon so they ended up getting late to the chapel. (Not only were they late but the font just takes forever to fill up on its own. Haha) It gets closer and closer to the time of the baptism and it's not filling up!! Well, our brilliant minds decided to take buckets of water from the sinks and just dump it in there until it filled up!:P haha So everyone's arriving and us missionaries are running around frantically with buckets of water trying to fill up this font.... hahaha Luckily, it got filled up in time! But it was just a funny little memory:P

So, now we go on to the big miracle of this week! We got a referral from some missionaries in the London Mission, down in Watford. And they are GOLDEN! They're a couple of twins, Mark and Chris, and they're 18 years old. We met them on Thursday I think, and they're really cool. They moved out to Whittlesey about a week ago and will be there. They're set to be baptized on the last weekend of my mission!! Crazy huh! :D So that's a really cool miracle. They've pretty much been taught everything, but we're just gonna help them make it there. Exciting times!

Anyways, that's about it really! Hope you all had a great week too and we shall speak to ya in a weeks time. Time is tickin! Ahh!! Cheers:)

Hey everyone! It's Elder Wright here. Had a pretty good week this week! It absolutely flew by. Flipping heck. Anyways, weather cooled down nicely. It was way hot! (For England of course) But then it got nice and cool....and windy:) Which is always fun to have a headwind coming against you on the bikes.....not! Haha Anyways, 

Had some good lessons this week! We are still working with the peeps I talked about last week. They're all progressing step by step. We really want some of these people to commit to coming to church! But hey, John Harvey came to church this week again. And he also gave one of the other missionaries a bike to use which was really nice of him. (Those guys were walking around for the last couple's much easier to do missionary work when ya got bikes, at least in this mission:))

So, to start off this part, I just have to tell you guys our downstairs neighbour is a very interesting man. He's been complaining about missionaries living above him for at least two years because he was complaining when I was here as a greenie. Haha Anyways, it seems to be this guys life goal to torment us. Anyways, one day he was being...well....him, and not gonna lie I had some ill feelings toward him. I just had a bad attitude towards him completely. Well, as we were stopping by people, there was this guy doing his lawn. He was an older guy covered in tats and piercings. First thing he asks us is "Am you immigrants??" (Do we look Middle Eastern or Eastern European?? Haha) He was swearing and I was just thinking "Man, another crazy person! What the heck!" Haha I was honestly thinking it was gonna be our neighbour all over again Anyways, we got talking to him and he is one of the coolest guys ever! He has no belief really because of all the death he's seen in his life. He turned to me and said "Now I bet you've never lost anyone close to you.." Well, actually I have! I was able to share the experience we had as a family growing up and the death of my brother. We shared with him the Plan of Salvation card thing, testified, and the tone of our visit with him totally changed. It was awesome to see really:) The little things like that that happen on a daily basis just never get old to me. You can go through all the rubbish that life throws at ya, but once something good happens it overpowers all the bad.

On Saturday we were able to travel to Rugby for a baptism!:) It's a little 10 year old girl that we were teaching for a while. Her parents wanted it to be her choice entirely which I totally respect. So it was cool to go back there for the baptism! It was also cool to see some of the members again:) But yeah, after that we went with the ZLs to Loughborough to help them out with a service project with a less active member. Road trips baby! Haha It was good fun. 

But yeah, 4 weeks left! Can't believe it's coming so quick. Hope we can have a good week this week and you guys as well. Love ya! Cheers!

Elder Wright

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Yay!! Miracles!:)

Hello everyone!!:) Just taking a slight note.....I have about 5 weeks left. Whoa. Haha Anyways, now that's out of the way, we can a bit about the week!:) I'll keep this one kinda short. First off, the weather has been flipping HOT! Who would've known in England! Haha We are sweating our faces off over here. But hey, beats the cold wet winters so hey;D

Had some good things happen this week. It's been fun to be with Elder Swalberg. As I stated last week, we are in the same MTC group. We actually slept in the same room in the MTC so it's cool to be serving together for our last transfer! Hopefully we don't get TOO trunky;) haha We had a good lesson this week with Harriet. It's a slow progression, but progressing nonetheless. She's done her research online as well! At least she's smart about things! She knows that not EVERYTHING on the internet is true. (We get people that think that all too much. Haha) I think the church is kinda growing on her! She's also been reading through the BoM a bit. Hopefully we can get her and her dad to church one of these times!

Speaking of peeps coming to church, John Harvey has come AGAIN!:) Fourth week in a row. I think he's getting more and more comfortable with it as well. Yay!! Miracles!:) Also, Denver came to church in Peterborough!! Denver is the YSA aged guy that Turnbow and I taught in Nottingham and was baptised a few months after we taught him. Well he's from Peterborough originally so he's up here for the summer. It was AWESOME to see him at church!:D Loads of members thought he was an investigator with us. Hahaha So he just played along with it:P 

But yeah! It's been an awesome time! We're really looking forward to this week and weeks:) Hope everything is grand in the States! Cheerio!

June 12

Hey everyone!! My second to last transfer is coming to an end...what the heck!:o This is crazy. It's been a good time with Ofasi!:) And to end out our transfer on Sunday night, God granted us the tender mercy of having a concert with Elton John!!! Hahaha There's the Peterborough football ground just up from our flat and Elton John played there Sunday night!:D So that was fun. Benny and the Jets, Rocketman, Your Song....yeah it was a good concert. Haha :D

This week was alright! Had a good lesson with John Harvey, our less active friend. It's funny because we planned for his lesson a few days before it took place. We planned on teaching him a bit about prophets/apostles and show him Monson's talk about the BoM from the last conference. Well, when we got there we said absolutely nothing about what we'd teach yet and he started bringing up concerns about modern day prophets and stuff. We were like "Hey, that's actually what we were going to teach you about!" I just think it's awesome how the Lord works in even the smallest things in the work:) 

We also had a good lesson with Harriet and Dan, the little family we found a couple weeks back. Harriet kind of went through a real low patch this last couple of weeks. Well, fortunately we think those trials actually prepared her for the message even more! So she's open to reading more from the BoM because of that. So yeah, we had a good lesson with them and will hopefully be seeing them again this Wednesday!:)

Thursday we went to Leicester for Interviews with President, which was good as usual. Friday we had to travel to Birmingham because Elder Ofasi had a self reliance meeting at the mission home. So I just worked with a couple of Elders in Sutton Coldfield:) Oh! I had a good study that morning so hey, I'll share it with y'all. I was reading in Helaman 11 where Nephi asks God to use the famine to punish the people rather than the sword. I got thinking to myself just how important that one prayer was from the prophet at that time. Just thinking over that principle and pondering it for a while, I gained a new appreciation for the words of our current prophet and just how important he is:) So I started going through his previous talks in the years and it's been real good. But yeah!....that's about it. Haha

Well, transfers has come and we have gotten the news....Elder Ofasi is going to Swansea and Elder Swalberg will be coming here for OUR last transfer!! He's going home with me so  we will be "killing" each other:P Hakanpää is staying and he's getting Elder Winterton, my old companion! So yeah, three of us in this district will be finishing our missions this transfer. (Poor Hakanpää...hopefully he doesn't die. Haha) 

The fact that I'm heading into my last transfer is currently blowing my mind. Sister Tarapi did my last planner for me and on the back page, it just reads "The work is done.." When I saw that, I was kinda flipping out, not gonna lie! Haha It just becomes all too real..:/ But yeah, my last transfer is all set in stone! I've absolutely loved my mission:) It's the best decision I ever made! Anyways, hope you guys are well! :) Have a great week!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Now we get into the crazy bit. Thursday......oh Thursday.

What's up everyone!:) 
It's Elder Wright signing in from Peterborough, England. This week was a pretty good week! Had some nice things happen...had some crazy things happen. 
So, we will dive straight into the juicy details!:) 

We will start off with Wednesday. (No discredit to Tuesday. It's always great, it's just the "Monday" of missionary life. Haha) We taught our less active guy, John, on Wednesday. Man, he's awesome! He was straight with us and said that Sacrament meeting was quite boring for him (haha), but overall it was good. He said that he didn't find the "speeches" very moving. Well little had he known we had been planning what to teach and felt we should show him this powerhouse talk that the one and only Elder Jeffrey R Holland gave called "Lord, I Believe". Elder Holland once again hit it out of the ball park. John loved it! There was a cool moment we shared with him as well. After the talk and after chatting about random gospel topics, we sat in silence for a bit. It was unplanned, obviously, but nevertheless much needed. Sometimes in lessons, you (as the missionary) kind of feel obligated to say things to fill the silence. Well, in this instance the Spirit actually told me to keep quiet for a moment! Nobody said anything, the cars seemed to stop driving on the busy road outside his house, and we just enjoyed a moment of complete silence! And what a feeling of peace that came into the room:) He recognized it as well! So, that was just a neat experience:)

Later that day, we stopped by this girl we found named Harriet. She's pretty cool! She was up front with us the first time and said the "Mormon" is not for her. Haha (Gotta love it when people say that!) Anyways, we talked to her for a while on her doorstep. We weren't too pushy with her and just kinda talked about things! She gained enough interest to go back inside, read the pamphlet we gave her, and tell her parents that the Mormons were coming over the following Wednesday at 5oclock. Haha 
So sure enough, we come by....Wednesday, at 5oclock:) She was the only one home at the moment, so we just chatted on the doorstep again. And once again, she said that "the Mormon" isn't for her. (Challenge accepted) This time, we answered her questions from the pamphlet, and then brought in the Book of Mormon, an added witness of Jesus Christ!;) And when we did, her dad rolled up and joined in. Haha To make a long story short, he was nice about things and actually was asking some pretty good questions himself. So they actually do seem promising to progress a little bit!:) We are excited about them!

Now we get into the crazy bit. Thursday......oh Thursday. Haha So in the morning, as usual, we had our district meeting, which was really good! :) In the afternoon, we decided to stop by some people. Well, as we are biking, we get up to this T intersection before we cross the road. We look to our right and stop riding our bikes, as a car was turning left to continue on the road perpendicular to where he was driving. Well, he stops 'cause he thinks we are going to cross. So we look forward, and then all we hear was this massive crash! A van that was driving behind this guy just smashed the backside of this guys car! Glass went everywhere, back of the car was demolished. Luckily nobody was hurt! But yeah, then there's just two guys in white shirts and ties and their bikes just standing there not knowing what to do. Haha:P 

Well, after that crash that we witnessed, we continued up the road a bit, probs about 10 minutes. We came up to this street, turned the corner, and to our bewilderment, there's the smashed car! Haha Different street completely and it had literally crashed like 15-minutes before we got there. Anyways, after that confusion, we cycled up the road and found this row of flats all blocked off by caution tape and police vehicles. One of the windows of the flats was completely busted open and these forensic guys were doing their work on the broken glass. Haha So you can imagine, by now we are just feeling weird! "Something's majorly off about today:P" That's not the end either....we witnessed a biker guy eat pavement while on the phone cycling. Hahahaha So yeah, it was just a weird day indeed:P But hey! It's quite funny when you think of it all!:P 
That was pretty much our week to be honest. Did some nice service work for some members. One occasion we did work on a members garden. Another time, we dug out like a thousand tree stumps from another members garden. But it was awesome!:) I got a sunburn!! That's not common in this country:) haha Anyways, hope all is well with you guys! Hope you have a most awesome of a week this week. Cheers!
Elder Wright

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

We had a Fourth floor, last door experience this week!

Hey what's up everyone!! Man, this week flew. Happy Mothers Day by the way!:) 
It was so awesome to Skype mom and dad:).....for the last time too!:o Whoa. But yeah, this week was alright! Kinda slowish but hey, you gotta have those weeks.  

We had a Fourth floor, last door experience this week! We had decided on this certain street to tract. We got to the street and started on one side and went for it. Pretty much no one was opening their doors, and the few that did were definitely not interested. 
A long ways into it, we both were just like, "Man, we're just going through the motions right now." So we said prayer, asking for the guidance of the Spirit! We felt to walk up the road and as we turned the corner, we saw this guy getting stuff out of the trunk. So we pounced!:D He was a cool guy but wasn't interested. We continued walking....and lo and behold, we saw a woman and her child getting out of their car. We were just like, "A family! This is the one!" But nope, instant turn down. After walking up the road and knocking on some more doors, we decided to head back toward the bikes. 
We felt we should knock on this door on the way back, but nobody was home. After some hours in total, we returned to our bikes not having found anyone. :/ We even unlocked the bikes, but in the corner of our eyes we saw a BMW i8 parked in the drive. Haha We were like, "Eh, why not. Let's go knock it!" So we did! And this girl and her daughter answered the door. We talked to them for a bit about the Plan of Salvation and invited them to learn more and they said yeah! The little girl was probably about 4 years old and was the cutest thing ever! We gave her the Plan of Salvation leaflet and the little girl was just so excited about it! Haha It was awesome. She opened up the pages and was like "Whoa!! Thank you!" But yeah, that was a nice little experience. :)

One day, we were tracting and found this Free Mason guy.  It was pretty cool to talk to him a little bit about what they do. He was 90 years old.  He said over time his belief has dimished. All the news about the crap in the world has gotten to him. So, we shared with him the Plan of Salvation and invited him to learn more. We shall see what happens!:) 

Other than that, not a whole lot happened to be honest! Had my birthday on the Saturday which was a lot of fun! The district surprised me with a nice little lunch and everything!:D There was also another person in the ward that has a birthday coming up Wednesday and they threw a ward birthday party for him. So, us missionaries just went and crashed the party. Haha:P But hey, they gave me a cake which was super super nice of them! Mmm:) Good day. 

But yeah, we're hoping things will pick up here this week. :) Hope you guys are fine and we shall speak next week! 
Elder Wright

Monday, May 8, 2017

My companion is Wolverine!

What's up everyone! Another week gone....what the heck. Time flies too quickly sometimes!:/ But anyways, I am here in my greenie area and man it's weird! Haha I get occasional flashbacks in the randomest of places! It's crazy to see the changes and everything as well. That was like 20 months ago:o Some of the youth I remember got all growed up. Haha It's weird! But yeah, it's good to be back:)

Oh! And definitely some good Denver, our recent convert from Nottingham, is from Peterborough. He finishes exams in June so he will be coming back to Peterborough and will be in our ward!!:D I'm super stoked about that!! It'll be good to catch up with him and see how he's doin:)

My new companion is Elder Ofasi, from London. It's been a lot of fun to be serving with him! So I was in his first district when he was a greenie way back when. And then we also served together in the same zone when I was in Cheltenham. So we've seen each other quite a bit, and it's been a lot of fun:) We have a very multi-cultured district here in Peterborough. We got me (...US), Ofasi (UK), Hakanpää (Finland), Celestini (Italy), Tartaglia (Italy), Tarapi (Philippines), Thornton (Australia), and Nkomo (South Africa). So yeah! It's a lot of fun:) haha 

So this week wasn't too too interesting to be honest. One of the guys that we used to teach here, Decio, is still "investigating" the church. And by "investigating", I mean he shows up to sports night on a Friday and that's it. Haha:P As far as the work goes here, it's going alright. There was just a Portuguese family that was baptized not too long ago, which are awesome!:) Other than that, there isn't too much going on in the work. That's the struggle after someone gets then have to continue finding new peeps. Haha So our teaching pool is pretty barren, but hey! 

Ofasi and I had some good times one day...haha So, to start off, we both love music. And we're both semi-musically inclined. I was just thumbing around on the guitar one night and discovered some nice chords. So we threw something together and started writing a song. Haha It's kinda bluesy/soulful, which is perfect because Ofasi has a good voice for soul (let's just say he's less white than most people). Man, we had some good times jamming out. Hopefully we don't disturb the neighbours too much. Haha:) 

Speaking of disturbing neighbours, there's this guy that lives below us. Man, he's been complaining since I was there, and who knows how long before that! He's gets mad at us for walking:P And this one time, we were cleaning our flat, so we vacuumed the floors, cleaned the showers, did the dishes, etc. Ya know, the usual cleaning methods. And he comes banging on our door and swearing at us for being so loud. He told us he hopes we get cancer and die. Hahaha What the fetch! So yeah, we've got some interesting neighbours. But the guy that always used to scream in the middle of the night no longer lives there so.....blessings!;D haha 

Other than that, I'm looking forward to the coming week! Hopefully we can get something rolling on:) But yeah, that's about it really. Hope all is well with you all! Happy early Mothers Day to ya!!:) Love you guys, cheers. 

May 1, 2017

Wazz up everyone! Hope life is great for y'all. Life over here is pretty good at the moment. The week was pretty average to be honest:) We also got the news for the transfers. You guys won't believe it!! But hey, I'll stall a little bit just to build up the suspense;) haha 

So amazingly, Elder Bosco is healing up real quick! His giant pepperoni sized scab in his face is completely gone! Everyone in the ward was just completely amazed by it! (And me companion is Wolverine) Haha We had a dinner with the Bishop earlier this week and they were just like "What the heck!! It's gone!" Haha So yeah! Oh, and sad story, after the dinner with the bishop, we got to our bikes and my back tire was completely flat. :P Had a giant thorn stuck in the tire/tube. So we ended up walking our bikes back to our flat, which was like 3 miles. But! On the way, we found this cool Hungarian kid that's like 20 that we're going to start teaching!:)

We also had exchanges this week, so I went to Warwick with Elder Toshimitsu (Japan) and Elder Bosco stayed here with Elder Radudon (Thailand). It was a pretty good exchange! :) Elder Bosco said that him and Radudon were Street contacting. Radudon went up to this guy and was like "Hello there! What makes you happy!" The guy was like "If I won the lottery" and then walked off. Haha When I heard it, I was cracking up cause stuff like that always happens. But then he said that Radudon was just like "Man, people in my country have nothing. And they're happy!" It's so true! People in the world just really lose sight of what should be desired and what's important. 

That's one thing that has totally opened my eyes in the mission is prideful people and humble people. You hear about missionaries that go to missions in South America or the Philippines where it's really humbling because the people have nothing. They people live in shacks and have no money. Well, in my mission, it's the complete opposite!! The amount of pride we confront on a daily basis is astounding:P Later in the week, we cycled out to this village (Newton) to do some tracting. We talked to this one guy that just basically talked about himself the whole time. He bragged about how he drives fast cars, travels around the world, has made a successful business, etc. His wording was he "made it", as though he had finished the fight. We tried sharing with him the Book of Mormon saying that it talks about how we can gain that lasting peace in this life and help us prepare for the next. He said he lives in the now and doesn't care about the future. He just wasn't havin anything! It's no wonder the Book of Mormon talks so much about Pride vs. Humility. Just take a look at the reaction of the Jews when Christ came vs. the reaction of the Nephites when Christ came to them. Big ol difference there! But anyways, sorry for ranting on about today's society. Haha I'll stop;)

So, I guess we better get to the transfer business!:o I'm not going to drag on or anything, I'll just say it......I'm finishing my mission where it started!! Yup, that's right. Peterborough!! Hahaha What the heck are the odds?? And it's the same flat again as well! This is going to be really strange! That area was my first experience to full time missionary work and it'll also be my last. I feel like it's going to be so strange going back there! I'm serving with Elder Ofasi, from London:) I'm excited about that as well, we've served around each other quite a bit so we already know each other pretty well. But yeah! That's my news. I am bumming to leave Elder Bosco! He's awesome. You really do come to know and love the people you serve with. It's been a great experience with him:) Sad to leave him. But hey, that's the mission for ya! But yeah, that's about all I have. Love you guys loads! Hope all is well and we shall speak to ya next week! Cheers!
April 24, 2017

Hello all! Sooo...this has been quite the week. Haha Where to start?? Well I suppose we will start from the beginning. 

The start of the week was ok! We had a lesson with Janis. Janis is the Latvian guy I talked about last week. So it's kinda bummer news with him. It was way promising for him...he was wanting to change, he did feel that strong change of heart and everything but the withdrawals were just too bad for him. We saw him on the Tuesday and he was in bad shape. He didn't ever give in and start smoking pot or doing drugs or anything, which is good news. But he's having some effects in the mind having gone cold turkey off it all. He was heavily into drugs since his mid teens and just stopped a little over a month ago (he's about 30 years old). Well after doing all we could to help build his faith in Christ, he just wasn't taking anything. He had a visit from his doctor on the Friday and said he's delusional..:/ So yeah....that kinda sucked but hey ho. Life moves on I suppose! 

The week went on as usual. Came to Thursday in the which we had zone meeting! Elder Bosco and I were invited to give a training in zone meeting which ended up to be really fun:) We related the BLT sandwich to some PMG stuff. Don't ask how it was done....but it worked out:D haha It was all fun and games until the Thursday afternoon after zone meeting.. As we were biking to the bus station to go to Daventry, Elder Bosco decided to cut through some traffic and ended up getting smashed by a car going 30!! Absolutely got smashed...the bike exploded, the helmet he was wearing exploded, the car got smashed up. The miracle is he is still alive!....and the even greater miracle is there were no broken bones or anything! Just a couple of cuts here and there. Like, it's crazy! I saw his body get smashed and go flying through the air but he just got up from it. The first thing he said after getting hit was "Whoa.....I felt that one." Hahaha 

So that put a damper on a lot of things really. (Obviously.....the kid just got hit by a car. Haha) He's got a sore knee and sore shoulder so we haven't been doing any crazy crap lately. He's healing well now so that's super good! Man....I still can't believe it. Haha Because it ended up alright all things considered, we look back on it and laugh. If it was any other outcome, That'd would've sucked! But we're just grateful he's alive and well!! He now has learned that before crossing the road, LOOK BOTH WAYS. 

We were able to convince one of the families that we ate dinner with that we had gotten mugged (because he's got cuts on his face and arms). We built up the story all nicely and they all totally believed it! They're the kind of family that you can just banter with and have a good laugh. So that was nice:) 

We had a stake conference this weekend with a member of the Seventy from Norway. Elder Henland. He's a pretty cool guy!:) He kinda based his ideas around how as humans and members of the church, we all have something wrong with us. Haha He's a funny guy! His sense of humour was hilarious! But anyways, that was an awesome experience:) I was able to reunite with some of the peeps from Chelmsley Wood Ward. Man, Bishop Charmbury....I forgot how much of a legend that guy is! It's always cool meeting up with friends you haven't seen in a while. It's been like 9 months since I left Chelmsley Wood. Man, time flies. Haha 

I'm officially in the double digits of days left on the mission, which is crazy! Can't believe it! This next Sunday we get the "Dodge Calls" telling us if we're leaving the area or not. Guess we shall find out what happens!:) Well, this concludes this session of the life of me. Love you all and hope all is well:) Cheers mates!

April 17, 2017

Hey all!! Sorry I don't have a ton of time today to write, as we've been hanging with the district today doing some stuff:D It's been a pretty good week though. We had a HUGE miracle at the start of this week. I think for the sake of time and space in the email, I'll just tell ya about that. Just know the rest of the week was good too:)

So, it all starts a couple weeks ago when we read a scripture about missionaries in the Book of Mormon and how hey did "fast and pray oft". So we decided to fast a ton! We fasted 3 weeks ago, had some cool miracles from that. Nothin too too major. The second fast was alright....well actually not really. Haha We had a lot of crap happen after the second fast. So the third weekend, we fasted again, this time for the purpose of finding someone that will be willing to be baptised. That's a good thing to fast for huh! Well, it all starts Monday afternoon/evening. 

As we were emailing in the chapel, Elder Bosco went to use the toilet. After he was gone a while, I was thinking to myself "Man, what did we eat?" Haha So I go to see what's in and lo and behold, Elder Bosco is talking to this guy on the chapel down the hall. Turns out he just walked in and was checking stuff out. After speaking to him for a bit, he had tears in his eyes and said he wants to change his life. He said he's done some really bad things in his life and he wants to forget about it all and change. About a month ago, he "woke up". He stopped all the drugs, stopped the alcohol, stopped the Chastity issues. Just everything. It also turns out that he was going to come to church the day before as well, but he showed up in the evening and obviously our church doesn't really have meetings in the evening. 

Well, we showed him a painting of Christ in the chapel, testified of the Saviour. Took him into the chapel. I felt prompted to give him a blessing, so we did! He kept expressing a desire to change his life and we felt prompted to invite him to be baptised, so we did! And he accepted! So he's set to be baptised in the end of May!:D If that's not a miracle and answer to a fast and prayer, I don't know what is. After he left the building, we just fell on our knees and thanked God! Haha It was crazy. HUGE miracle. 

Oh, his name is Janis (Yanis) and he's from Latvia. We've seen him a couple more times since then. He does have some issues because of him going cold turkey off all the drugs and stuff but whenever we teach him, he just seems happier and at peace. He came to church as well so it's super awesome!! :) But yeah, because of that we've had a pretty good week. Anyways, running out of time. Hope all is well! Love you all! Take care!:)

April 10, 2017
Wazzz up everyone! It's Elder Wright. And we welcome you out to the account of my life here in Rugby, Warwickshire, England:) This week has been very interesting! Haha Got some very weird stuff that happened. But first off, there were a solid like 2-3 days straight of just blue skies and sun! It was sooo nice:) (Good weather is actually kinda trunky to be honest) Let us go into this bad boy..

So Tuesday and Wednesday were very interesting. It just seemed like everyone was out to get us!! So many jerks. Haha For instance, as we were talking to this lady on the door step, there was this construction guy working on the house next to us, and of course, a lot of houses are very close together here in the UK. So he could hear what we were saying to this lady, and we could hear what he was saying about us. He was just cursing at us repetitively under his breath, which ya know, go for it. We don't mind. But the annoying part was after we concluded speaking with the lady! Of course, as we pass we say, "Morning, how are you guys?" And he just started cursing and telling us to F off. (Guy must be having a bad day. Haha) Well, Elder Bosco is writing something in his planner and the guy comes over to him with this cord in his hand and just whips it across Boscos hand. We were like "Dude, calm down!" His construction friend had to come and hold him back. So that was Tuesday morning...(great start to the week huh. Haha;)) And after that, just everyone was negative and yelling at us. Very interesting week!

There were some good things that happened though! Haha Some tender mercies from the Lord. Twice this week, we had to use the bus. When we got on the bus, both times, the guy couldn't work out the machine so we didn't have to pay!! (And one of the tickets was an astounding £15!....fist pump!) So that was nice. Had a couple of members have us for dinner and they were mighty fine meals! Elder Boscos first "Toad in a Hole". If you don't know what that is, look it up. So yeah, amidst the crapiness of it all, we had some nice things happen too:D

We had exchanges this week, in the which I spent some good time with Elder Turnbow:) Back to the good old days. We had some fun doing service for a lady in the ward...she asked us to dig up her back garden and level it all out. Then on the drive back to Rugby, there was a beautiful sunset and a Union Jack flowing in the wind. I got a pick of it for ya, don't worry;) I do love this country. It will forever have a place in my ol heart!

I think the highlight of the week was when a kinda less active man came to church with his two daughters. They want their youngest daughter baptised, so we go over every Friday and eat dinner with them and teach the daughter. And this was the first week they've actually come to church! It was awesome to see them there:) But yeah, that's about the extent of our week here in Ruggers. Hope all is well for ya guys:) Enjoy the life! Cheers. 

April 3, 2017
Waz up! How you all doin?? This was pretty dang good:) Had a lot of cool things happen for us. So last weekend we decided to fast for our area and man, fasting works! I always describe fasting as a prayer on steroids...cause it is! Tuesday we found loads of cool people that we can potentially start working with. 

So it's been pretty rare for Bosco and I to get into people's homes straightaway when tracting. But Tuesday, it happened a couple of times for us! The first dude was this really extremely happy old man from up north. He's like 85 and still really active:D haha So he was pretty cool. The second guy was kinda interesting! His name is Jason. He let us in for some hot chocolate (yes!) and a chat. He absolutely hates organised religion, which I do understand. He kept on talking about concerns that he has about religion, and everything he was bringing up, we were just like "Dude, this can help you man! We have answers that you're looking for!!" Finally, he agreed to read the Book of Mormon and the Restoration leaflet. I'm excited to follow up with him and see what he thought!:)

A few weeks back, we met this guy on the street named Stephen. He seemed pretty cool at the time, said he's going through some hard times. He gave us his phone number and told us to call him after 2 anyday. Well, for a while we weren't able to get in contact with him. Then, last Tuesday as we were going about our business, we called him and he said he could meet us that Friday! Yahoo!! We met him in a Costa and told him about faith in Christ. He expressed that he has many health issues and he's going through some family problems. We shared Alma 7 with him and testified of the Saviour and the Book of Mormon! We asked him at the end if he would be down to meet up with us again and he said he would! So he's been one of our more solid people that we've found here in Rugby. I'm pretty excited about that:D

So Conference was awesome!! Had some really good talks:) I always love Uchtdorfs talks. Also Eyrings talk from the Priesthood session was good. Man, I just love Conference! It's almost like Thanksgiving. Haha Spiritual thanksgiving twice a year!! On the Saturday morning session (which we watched at 5pm) we held it at the chapel. It was cool because it was just a small group of us watching it...we had Cristiana (recent convert) and Pat Neal, who's a member. And then lo and behold halfway through, our less active friend George showed up!! Yes!! So that was awesome:)

Overall, it was a good week:) I cannot believe how fast time is flying by! The weeks go by as fast as the days. That was my last General Conference in the UK!:o What the.... I was reading through my journal from my first area and seems like yesterday, kind of....but so much has happened in between! But anyways, that's about it from me! Hope all is well and dandy for ya guys:) Enjoy the week! Cheers. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A compilation of the last few letters.

Hey all! 
This week, 'twas pretty straight forward! We enjoyed some dang good weather in the latter half of the week. It's chilly now, but there were some dang nice blue skies Saturday and Sunday. Oh how I love good weather. I love it. I love it, I love it, I love it. Haha;D Although at the end of it all, I will probably miss the damp overcast setting of England. There indeed, is a special place in the heart for this country! :)

We had our district meeting on Wednesday this week. It was a very interesting journey home, let us say. To get back to Rugby from Warwick requires two buses. One from Warwick to Leamington Spa, and then one from Leamington to Rugby. Well, we caught the first bus just in time to get us to Leamington to catch that bus on time. About 15 minutes into the ride, the bus broke down! Nooo! So when we got to Leamington, we had missed our bus to Rugby...we had to wait in Leamington for about 45 minutes for the next bus. We got on the Rugby bus eventually, and started on the way! We were sure we were on the right bus.... Well about 45 minutes into the ride, were just like "Hmmm....something doesn't seem right." And lo and behold, we show up on the outskirts of Leamington again!! We definitely got on the right bus, but they must've changed the number of the bus while we were on it. Dang it. Haha So we then had to wait 20 more minutes for the next Rugby bus. And we made SURE with the bus driver that this one was going to Rugby. So that was an ordeal! But hey, everything happens for a reason I suppose! Who knows. :)

Friday was a SUPER quick day! It was actually really awesome. It was a day full of teaching! We taught a couple of the recent converts in the morning, then we taught a lovely old lady named Stella at a Church of England church. Taught a couple less actives and then had a DA with a way cool fam.:) Time surely flies when you're having fun!

Saturday was a cool day as well! :) It was good weather as well, so we took a train to Long Buckby, a village at the edge of our area. Then we biked a good six-ish miles through the English countryside to a town called Daventry to do some work!:) People are so cheerful when the weather is nice. :D It really does make a huge difference on the people's attitudes (mine including). We had a dinner appointment out there in the evening, which was mighty fine. Had some nice Indian cuisine. Then the dad said he would show us the back route back to Long Buckby on the bikes. He geared up with us and we took the journey! It was a beautiful trail! We biked along this canal at night. That was one of those mission moments where I just thought "Where the heck am I?? What am I doing?? 
This is so cool!" Haha:)

I am so excited for GENERAL CONFERENCE!! Yahoo!! I love's become one of my favourite times of year:) Our Prophet and Apostles right now are so cool. I cannot wait! Training Elder Bosco is going good! He's a great kid:) Can't believe how fast the weeks are going!
One last thought.
 I just think it's crazy to think that the very God of this world, the Creator of all things, was confronted by a mob of men holding pitch forks and torches. For flipping 30 pieces of silver, they brought him to be crucified. Through the whole of it, He could've just ended it all at anytime. Through all the abuse and low times, He could've called upon the wonders of heaven and ended it at any time... But He didn't! He held out..and because of that, we've got the chance to be able to return into His presence, with tears, and thank Him for what He did. It's crazy man! :/ I can scarcely comprehend it sometimes.  Anyways, hope all is well guys! 
Talk to ya laters!
Elder Wright


Hey hey!
This week was pretty dang good!:) Had some really good stuff happening this week. Man, the weather was so dandy on one of the days. We literally were cruising around in just our white shirts. Sunny and warm.....MMMMM:) Haha But it's back to normal now.. 

Like I said we had some cool stuff happen this week! On Tuesday, we were biking around stopping by people and we see in the distance at this park a group of our aged kids playing some basketball! About 15 min later Bosco was like "Would it be a good finding activity to go play basketball with those lads??" So we decided, eh why not! Haha Crazy enough, we get talking to them and they're like "Oh man, they're doing what Sam Miller is doing!" Sam Miller is one of the missionaries serving from this ward. We were like "How do you know him??" Turns out one of them is the cousin of Sams girlfriend. Small world! Well, after playing some good ol basketball with them, we said, " BS. Who wants to hear a message about Jesus?" They were like "Yeh alright go ahead!" So we taught them about the Restoration then and there! It was funny because we had a ton of leaflets/BoMs and we were fanning them out of our hands, "Alright take your pick!" Haha So when we were getting ready to leave, a few of them were sitting there smoking weed while reading the Book of Mormon!! Haha! Hey, at least they're reading it, right? That was a fun experience:)

Ah man, we had another funny experience as well. You gotta love the people you meet on a mission! On Saturday morning this guy (Adrian) came up to us (Sometimes you got to be wary of people that come up to you to speak. The first question you should be thinking is "Are they accountable?" Haha) Anyways, we got talking to him. He's a bit odd but hey, we're all odd in some way. We invited him to come to the chapel for a baptism later that day. And sure enough, guess who shows up at the baptism! Adrian. He started telling us at the baptism that he is Elvis Presley reincarnated.....yes, you read that right.  He wanted to sing for us during the service and we're just like, "Alright you can show us outside!" So he sang for us outside of the church! We did take a video so hopefully it can send to ya guys and you can see what he's like. ;D 

Like I said, there was the baptism of Carola this weekend!! Man, she is such a legend:) She was on a baptismal date for a bit before we got here. But man, it's been cool to work with her for the past few weeks! Elder Bosco gave her the strong commitment to read the Book of Mormon for an hour every day before her baptism and she did it!! :D She would get up at like 5:30 every morning and read the Book of Mormon for an hour. We taught her about fasting as well, and she says "Ok I'm going to fast tomorrow!" Man, she's so cool. The service was really special and the confirmation as well!....Spirit was definitely there in abundance. :)

The work is picking up bit by bit which is nice. Starting to find some promising souls!! We shall see what happens there. Time is sure flying by! Can't believe that this transfer is comin to an end soon. That concludes this session of the account of my life. :)  
Hope all is well in Zion and talk to ya laters! Cheers!
Elder Wright


What's up everyone! 
 The first two weeks of a new transfer (either new comp, new area, or both) are always kinda slow. But we've gone past that now and gone into a good routine. :) It came to Friday and Bosco was like "Man, it seems like it was just Friday last week and it's Friday again!" Days feel like weeks, weeks feel like days. 

Speaking of Friday, Friday was a day dedicated for spring cleaning! President and Sister Leppard dedicated a day in this week for us to completely clean our flats. Like scrub the floors, clean the walls, EVERYTHING. So Friday was our day to do that and man, it's like a new flat now! Haha It's so nice to just know that it's clean!:)

This week we went on exchange with the Stratford Elders. I went over to Stratford with Elder Hodge. Stratford is pretty cool! It's touristy for obvious reasons....Shakespeare town. :) You meet people from all over the world!....only problem is they don't live in the area, so even if they wanted to be taught, they live halfway across the world. But it was good stuff! We had kind of a funny experience on exchange.. Elder Hodge and I were tracting. We got to this guy, the door opens and just a huge whiff of pizza comes flowin out. :D After talking to him for a bit, he said he wasn't interested. So we were like "Man, that's a great smell, what is it??" ;) He says"Pizza! You want some?" We looked at each other and then said "Yeah sure!" So while walking away from the house with pizza triumphantly in hand, Elder Hodge says "Who needs dinner appointments!" Haha It was a good laugh. 

A while back we tracted into this nice Christian family...a mom and a couple of sons. They invited us over for dinner for Thursday night this week and it was awesome! They're a way funny family! He was that kid I was telling you about that was talking about the funny things the Brits do. :) We had a lovely meal with them and were able to teach them about the Book of Mormon! She's a born again Christian so I figured I'd give her Alma 36 to read. It's the account of Alma's conversion and it's very born again-like. :)  We hope to be able to share more with them in the future here. 

We got invited over to do service with a member on Saturday morning. They live between Daventry and Long Buckby. (Beautiful Hills over there) We got there not really knowing what we were going to be doing for the service. They live on a cool little farm so we were checking out their pigs and chickens and stuff. Then he told us we were going to be building a fence for the animals. He had us smacking this giant post into the I haven't don't anything too physically demanding in a very long time! I am so sore right now!!  It felt really good though to do some manual labour!:) Elder Bosco was right at home as well...he grew up on a farm so he's been used to doing that kind of stuff since he was a kid. 

It's a beautiful day today! Blue skies are shining and the Brits are smiling. :) But we're heading over to Warwick castle for Pday with the district! Should be way fun to get out and do something fun. I've been so used to having missionaries in the same area as me for the past months. It's so weird to just be secluded out yonder. But it'll be fun to have a nice day. Well hey, I hope everything is fine over there on that side of the world! Hope you have a most fantastic week. 
Cheers mates!
Elder Wright


Hey hey! 
It's been a pretty good week! Bosco and I are getting used to the area and the routine of things so it's been good!:) Weather has been on and off bipolar. Haha You get a couple of horribly wet days then a decently sunny day, then more rainy days. To be fair, it's been a pretty good winter so far so can't complain. :)

Let's see....what happened this week. We spent quite a bit of time stopping by people that we had on the map. We were able to weed through those people that weren't too interested so now we can focus our time in other places! :) We were able to find a couple new people to work with this week! Karean and his mom Louise....we tracted into them and spoke for a while last week. Well we popped around again on Saturday and spoke more with them! She's a born again Christian I believe and very devoted to it. She's a really nice lady and the kid is way cool! :) They invited us over to have dinner with them this Thursday so I'm pretty excited for that.

Another guy was named Philip. He's a Jamaican guy that's lived here for a while. He had been taught previously a bit by missionaries but hasn't been able to meet for a while. Well we popped around his and were able to teach him! It was probably the proper first sit down lesson in someone's home that Bosco has experienced so it was way good for him. It was funny because Philip kinda started out like "Oh who do you guys think God is?....Is God more important than Jesus?" Etc, etc. Well we just turned it around on him and just testified of Jesus Christ! I think that calmed him down a bit and then we were able to teach him about the Book of Mormon. He said he had one from previous missionaries so we taught about it, showed him a Mormon Message, testified, and then invited him to read it for himself! The Spirit was really strong there and he committed to read the Book and pray. He invited us to dinner on Wednesday as well! (Man, were almost getting more dinner appointments from investigators than we are members. Haha:P ) So were really stoked about that!

We had a pretty funny experience. One of the days it was really, really windy. Like, really windy! (A lady in Birmingham got killed by a piece of roof that flew off and smacked her...that's how windy it was) Anyways, they cancelled all the trains so we had to take a bus from Coventry to Rugby. On the bus, we got talking to this guy from Bolivia! (I successfully used my basic knowledge of high school Spanish to strike up an alright conversation with him) So that was pretty cool. Well anyways, we're taking this bus down these back country hills on either side, sheep, cows, the typical beautiful English scenery. Well, partway through the bus ride, the bus stopped and the driver opens his little door thing, looks back at all of us and is like "Does anyone know the way??" Hahaha I was thinking "Ah man, you know you're in trouble when not even the bus driver knows the way"! Luckily, we had an old lady on board that must've been riding this bus route since the early 20th century. She saved the day and we successfully arrived back in Rugby just in time for a lovely dinner appointment:) haha

One of the things Bosco has said he's learning the most is how to deal with rejection and actually turn it around. For instance, there was this Russian guy out smoking a cig on his front yard. We were like, "Hey man, how's it goin! We're missionaries for our church." He immediately was like "No boys, not interested." After talking for a while about life and whatnot, he started asking us about what we're doing, how the mission is, etc. By the end, he came up to us, asked our names, gave us a couple fist bumps and then went on. Afterwards Bosco was just like "Man, it's crazy how someone can go from 'No not interested' to then giving us fist bumps as we head off." My wee son is growing! :.) haha

Yup, it's been an alright week. We're finally back on the bikes as well so I'm excited about that. Wish us luck and I hope you have a most fantastic week! 
Cheers! :)
Elder Wright


Hey hey!! :) 
Wow, it's been a crazy week! Haha But overall pretty dang awesome. I have my son now!! His name is Elder Bosco and he's from Waddy, Kentucky:) And he is pumped about the work!! Haha He's probably the most enthusiastic greenie I've ever seen so that's pretty fun! But yeah, overall he's a good kid:) Twill be a fun time to serve together. 

They did the meeting where you receive the greenies a bit different this time! It was kinda fun, so first you all meet together and have some opening remarks and then pray over the lunch. You then go into lunch (and remember no one knows who's training who) and kinda mingle while eating lunch. Elder Bosco and I just happened to sit next to each other and we were chattin pretty much the whole time so that was cool!:) Anyways, you then go into the meeting and find out who is training who. It was way cool:) 

I think he's adjusting well to the whole mission thing. He's picking up things extremely fast....he's just gotta learn some patience now. Haha The mission isn't exactly sunshine and rainbows. (in fact, here its mostly clouds and rainbows;) haha) So over the week we had quite a few appointments fall through and people not be so interested so that kinda was a bummer for him. He kept asking "What's the longest period of time where you haven't had a full on sit down lesson with someone?" Haha I was like "Well son, here in this mission you gotta get used to teaching on doorsteps and in the streets. The British aren't usually too trusting with strangers and it is very rare for someone to let you into their home straightaway on the first visit!" 

Bosco had kind of a fun first day we were walking and this guy started talking to us. He said "Now I believe Joseph Smith saw an angel Moroni.." We were thinking "Yes! Yes!" And then he said "But I believe it was the fallen angel Moroni." Then we were thinking "No! No!" Haha Well after sharing a Book of Mormon with him, this random lady interrupted our conversation and told this man "Read the words of Christ." And again, we were thinking "Yes! Yes! Amen!" And then she said "Not the Book of Mormon!!" And we of course were like "NO! NO!" Haha But yeah, that was kind of a funny experience:)

After the whole week kinda being full of uninterested people, Saturday came around! In the morning, we went up to an area to stop by some peeps. As usual, they weren't in so we decided to knock on some doors right there by the people:) Lo and behold, we talked to this teenager for a while on the doorstep. His name is Kearan and man, he was flipping HILARIOUS!:D So the conversation we had was about doing missionary work in Britain. He was asking us what it's like to just knock on doors and talk to people in the streets. And it was funny because he was on the point of view of the British. Man, he was talking about how the Brits are kind of stand off ish but also very nosey at the same time. Just the things he was saying, I've TOTALLY seen it in the time that I've been here. It's hard to describe over email so if you or I ever meet in person, I'll describe it more to ya;) haha But anyways, halfway through talking with him, his mother roles up and immediately starts talking to us about America. (they LOVE America.....I mean, who doesn't?;) ) She's a Christian as well so she was super bubbly and happy to see us. They needed stuff done in their front garden so we offered to help and they were like "Yeah! Come around another time!" We were like "YES!!" A family that will hopefully go somewhere:D Ya never know what could lead to what. 

On Saturday as well, of course, was the baptism of Cristiana! And man, it was great!:) Good turnout, everything turned out all right, water wasn't too hot or too cold;) It was nice. Loads of missionaries came to it as well. I have a pic of all of us together after the baptism:) But yeah! ''Twas a way cool experience, especially for Bosco! Lucky dog, have a baptism your first weekend in the mission. Hahaha But yeah, we hope things will adjust nicely in the coming week! Ups and downs but overall good adventures:) Well hey, we shall talk to ya peeps next week! 
Cheers mates!
Elder Wright


Hey hey everyone! :)
We went with the Gloucester teams and Forest of Dean to the Forest just kinda exploring a bit. Went to Puzzlewood, which apparently they shot some scenes in the newer Star Wars movies which was cool!:D But yeah! It was way fun! It was the last Pday for the sisters in our MTC group which is super crazy! They are home now. Kinda blows my mind! It was kinda sucky saying goodbye to them to be honest! They feel like your actual sisters! They're on the plane with ya to the UK, of course the whole MTC experience, you see them occasionally throughout the course of mission conferences and stuff, and then after a year and a half they take off back to the great land of America! So now I'm starting to feel really old in the mission:) It's crazy!!

Whitewashing into Rugby is way cool!! I love it here so far! They stuck me with Elder Miner for the week, who is also going to be training. We don't have our greenies yet unfortunately. They'll be coming in the mail tomorrow:) Oh yeah, so I've been getting used to the life without the car! Ya don't know what you got til it's gone!! The district is pretty sweet! Then we got teams of sisters in Warwick (pronounced Warrick.....w is silent for some reason) and in Banbury. We got legends in the zone as well! Our zone leaders are Elder Turnbow (whom I served with. Way cool!) and Elder Langy from Tonga. One of the other DLs is Elder Mordue as well, so I'm way excited!:) 

There was some GREAT work going on here when I got here. Recently, in January this guy named Tom Manning got baptised, and he's like a totally normal person! Haha Also we have a baptism coming up THIS WEEKEND!! Haha Crazy huh? Her name is Cristiana. She is normal as well! Haha :) But yeah, its way exciting! My greenie is going to be spoiled...first week and he's got a baptism. Haha I thought about joking around with him and being like "Hey man, if you don't baptise like every weekend in this mission, you're doing something wrong!" ;D There's also another family that is set up to be baptised in March!! They were rockin it!:) 

I'm excited for the coming times!:) It'll be way fun! It's been nice whitewashing into the area with another "seasoned" missionary for a week! He's in the group ahead of me so he goes home in 4ish months. But yeah, we've just been talking about mission stories, talking about how we hope our boys are cool, etc. Haha:D It's been fun to be with Miner for a week! Even in a week, he's taught me loads! But yeah, we shall see where the wind takes these next couple transfers! Wish me luck, and we shall speak to ya in a weeks time! 
Elder Wright