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Oct. 28

Let me tell you, this has been an AMAZING week! I don’t have much time so I will try my best to describe this week. 

 
Tuesday was zone conference! I got to see some people from the MTC, so it was really nice! It was also neat because our Bishop got to give a talk. He is one cool dude. He gave a shout out to all the missionaries in our ward, including “Sister Kunz”. So funny, he didn’t even notice that he said Sister instead of Elder. Elder Kunz got so red… Well it was really neat to have President talk to us and such. At the end the APs were like “after the last speaker we will hear testimonies from…” I immediately knew I would be chosen. And of course, they said my name. I got to bear my testimony in front of President Millar and 3 entire zones. I ended up tearing up/crying. But then  Elder Wolfgramm, the guy in my district without a leg went after me. He told everyone about how every night he goes to bed in pain, with blisters and blood on his leg but when he wakes up, he is completely healed with no wounds or scars. How amazing is that? 
 
Wednesday we were in Milford all day because that is where Bishop felt inspired that we should go. And was he right! So we were knocking a street that he had picked out for us. We knocked on this woman’s house, and sorta taught a lesson, and invited her to church. She was from Latvia and could hardly speak English. We asked if we could pray, thinking nothing would come from this lesson, but after we asked to pray, she invited us inside! She told us to take a seat. And then looked at us and said “Maybe you teach me more?” YES!!!! We tried our best to teach her and told her we can get her a Latvian Book of Mormon! We set up a time to see her again this week! It was amazing, we called Bishop as soon as we could to tell him! 
 
Thursday, we taught Lindsey. She is the mother of a boy who is being taught by the Aldershot sisters. Well its been rather difficult with her because she doesn’t want to pray. She told us that joining the church were destroy her family. We know she knows its true, she just doesn’t want to split her family. We went into the lesson with the plan to talk about prayer and show a mormon message. Sis E bore her testimony and the spirit was so strong. Lindsey really opened up with us. At the end, instead of just saying a prayer of thanks without asking for anything, she actually said “please help me understand not because I need to know but because I WANT to know” This is a HUGE step for her. We were so excited! 
 
The rest of the week Sister Erasmus was sick:( So we were stuck in the flat all day. But she is slowly recovering! But, the highlight of the week was definitely Sunday. We got to witness 3 baptisms!! This is a big deal for this ward. This ward has had 5 baptisms in the past 6 months, this is the most its had in 10 years! It was really cool to see Uma, Giselle and her son Clayvon be baptised. They were so happy afterwards, Clayvon who is 9, had tears in his eyes when he came out from the water. It was great to be apart of. Even if I didn’t teach them, I was so happy for them and the Elders! 
Also, Sister Erasmus’s convert, who was baptised a couple months ago told on us Sunday he is for sure going to serve a mission! HOW AWESOME! I always teased him about serving but he got a confirmation that he has to go! I’m super excited for him. 
 
This upcoming week we are also going to teach Lara, who was a former investigator of Sis Es. She actually texted us on Sunday saying she wants to meet with us again and apologized to Sis E for being so rude last time. (Lara dropped Sis E months ago, and was really rude. She gave back all her pamplets, Book of Mormon etc, it was really rough and sad for Sister Erasmus) We will also teach a referall named Teofy and hopefully another referally named Yana! Things are picking up!
 
Anyway, guys this week has been full of fun, exciting miracles! I can’t wait to see what happens this week. Again, transfers are coming up and I will for sure be moving flats.(YAY) So send anything to the mission. I probably wont have a lot of time next week to email because I’m going to WINDSOR CASTLE!!! AGGGH
 
Sister Abby Brittain
England london south mission
The London Temple
West Park Rd
Newchapel
Surrey
RH7 6NB .
 
 
I love you all, I know my Redeemer Lives and that his work and the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ!
 
love sister brittain xxxx

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Oct. 21

This week has been much better than the last. 

 
Monday we had district Pday, I got to play some tennis! Our new District Leader, Elder Schumann is actually pretty good so it was nice to play, I was a little rusty but still had a lot of fun. Afterward we met up with the Aldershot sisters and ate at Nandos. It has delicious fries. YUM. 
 
Tuesday…Well we found out we could start looking for flats! Never thought I would be doing that while I was on a mission! We went online and called a bunch of places. It was awkward, when we tell them we are two females looking for a one bedroom flat, most of them think we are “partners”. Oh well! That night we finally got to meet with the bishop! We had some good curry, which is now the national favorite food, it even beats fish n chips. But it was really nice, we looked over maps and things. We prayed about some streets and he told us to work in Milford and Farncombe before we move. It was a cool experience because the bishop holds the keys to the work! 
 
Wednesday, spent all day looking at flats with a YSA, Charlotte. Shes pretty cool, drives a motorbike everywhere. After looking at flats she took us to this MEXCAN FOOD place!!! It was like being home…sorta. There was mexican paintings all over the wall and it said Tex-Mex. It was just weird that it was Indians that served and cooked the food. But it was nice to have a taste of home 🙂
 
Thursday we had district meeting and then I went on an exchange with Sister Godard! Usually sisters don’t switch like that, but since we are one of the only districts with two sets of sisters, we got to exchange! I got to go to Aldershot. Which is full of Nepalese people. Whenever we walk with the Aldershot elders they always say “Namaste” to all the Nepalese people. It was pretty fun to be with her, shes a hoot. A miracle that happened with her though: We were in a town called Bordon, and we were knocking some houses. As we were leaving this house, and going to the next one, this man that had been cleaning windows at the house next to us, ran over to us saying “Sisters!!” He started talking to Sis G and he said his name was Leo Bull. If any of you remember, we visited a less active named Leo Bull in a town called Fernhurst, when we visited him but he wasnt home we left a note and later we got a text saying he wasn’t interested. WELL GUESS WHO THIS WAS!!! THE LEO BULL. It was so crazy, he apologized for being rude in the text and that he just wasn’t interested. Mind you, Bordon and Fernhurst are realllly far apart. It was good to finally meet him and put a face to the name. Even if he doesn’t want to come back to church, it was a crazy miracle that we saw him.
 
Friday.. We taught this girl named amy…now this was interesting. firstly one wall had Marilyn Manson posters EVERYWHERE. along with naked paintings, and men with blood everywhere. scary. but wait theres more. the other walls had puppies, kittens, and ponies . her crazy staffie (which is like an mini pitbull) and the smell and smoke of incense made it that much better. although she had like 10 piercings one her face, the lesson went well! but apparently there was porn posters in her room as well.. But hey, everyone needs the gospe, no matter what your musical and “artistic” tastes are…
 
Saturday was spent flat finding again and working in the charity shop. Sunday all the missionaries gave talks so that was fun. After church we taught Uma, who is the Elder investigator but they asked us to teach her. We taught her tithing and fasting and it went great. Shes a little cooky though. She asked us to think of a new “Mormon and Christian” name for her since her name is arabic. She is really embracing this new change in her life. I love her though, even if she has few nuts and botls loose, her baptism is next week! Cant wait!!!!
 
Well guys, I will be moving soon so PLEASE if you send anything send it to the mission address which is 

Sister Abby Brittain
England london south mission
The London Temple
West Park Rd
Newchapel
Surrey
RH7 6NB 
 
Well, my mission is going pretty great. I’ve learned a lot of about faith and patience lately. Heavenly Father sometimes waits to give us answers to prayers because we have to wait for HIS timing. I love being a missionary, even when its rainy, cold and everyone slams the door in your face cause they think you are a Jehovah Witness. There are people out there and we WILL find them. 
I love you all so much! youre in my prayers
Much love,
Sister Brittain xx

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Oct. 14

So not much has happened this week! Me and Sis E have been sick so a lot of our time has been spent in the flat 😦 Since I don’t have a lot of time Ill give a quick run down of this week. 

 
So Wednesday we had district meeting. With President Millar and Sis Millar and the Zone Leaders. No big deal. It was a good meeting though! 
 
We also visited Patsy’s mom… It was two hours of us just sitting there listening to her talk and talk and talk. No breath. What can ya do, when you are 93 and you have fun war stories to tell! It was nice to visit with her cause I know we make her week when we visit. 
 
We also went on an exchange. So I got to see what its like in Staines. I was with Sister Anena, and shes from Uganda! Its was interesting! We mainly visited some less actives and had dinner with this lady. Her cat bite me…Thats all I have to say about her…
 
Good news is that President Millar gave us permission to look for a flat in Guildford, which is a big city, with actual people. I might be moving out of Godalming! It will be so exciting to actually talk to people on the street instead of knocking doors to giant mansions. 
 
We still arent teaching anyone, but I love you all. Missions are hard work. But they are worth it. I love the people I’m serving and meeting. 
 
Quick thought before I go, I was reading in Alma 7 this week and found this scripture to be really helpful. 
 
23 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
24 And see that ye have a faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.
 
When we are constantly trying our best, and striving to be more like Christ, our Heavenly Father will bless us. Never be afraid to ask God for help because He listens and he WANTS to help us. Don’t ever let yourself suffer because of your own pride. 
 
I love you all so much, I hope everything is going great for each and every one of you.
much love,
Sister Brittain xx

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Oct. 7

So this week was an interesting one!

 
Monday was Sis E’s Bday! We went to the Bull’s for dinner. Let me tell you, this family is amazing. Bro Bull is a great ward mission leader, he has a great love for the work and us missionaries! Anyway, we got a wonderful fajita dinner, almost as good a real Tex mex! The kids made a chocolate cake with a chocolate buttons, jazzies, snowies and homemade honeycomb. SO GOOD. Sis E got a bag with 21 little presents and then we played pass the parcel that her family sent her. You unwrap each layer and you have to do something funny and you get a sweet. Like Elder Merrill had to speak in a Russian accent and Evie Bull had to lie on the ground like a dying fly. Got some good videos! It was so fun, I hope im still here for my bday!
 
Tuesday we visited Patsy…hahaha…Well she also made Sis E a cake. So she comes out with this cake and it has a weird bulbous candle. She says “oh it was supposed to sing happy birthday but i guess its broken..” seconds later it explodes. The flower opens up with sparks and fire and starts playing the tune of happy birthday. Peggy (which is the 93, toothless, saggy eyed grandma) is just cackling at the fact that me and Sis E jumped like 5 feet in the air. So funny. But, Patsy made us cute matching wool hats and scarfs! Ill send pics next week!
 
Another mishap happened when we got separated on the trains.. We were running late  for a DA and our train. We were going under the ground to get to other platform but Sis E was ahead of me. When I rounded the stairs I couldnt see which train doors she went through. So I go to the farthest left. Im on the train, I dont see Sis E. I walk to the next coach of the train. No Sis E. I look out the train window to see Sis E looking for me. Im banging on the window for her to see me but its to late. I tried to open the train doors but the train was leaving. She had hopped on the train, looked behind her to see me gone, so she hopped off to find me but I had actually been on the train, just in a different coach. The train left and I just sat there with my hands on the window as it went away. Very dramatic. Haha. Yeah so she called the DLs and they met me at the train station in Guildford. WOOPS
 
Some miracles.
Last week in Godalming we met this guy named Roberto at a bus stop. We taught him a little, gave him a BoM, the usual. He was actually from Aldershot so we had to give his info to the Aldershot Elders. Apparently, a few days later, they said they wanted to talk to this guy on a bench, and as they got closer they realized he was reading a Book of Mormon. It was Roberto! They stopped him, and talked to him. They are going to teach him and his Mom! How cool!!!!!!
 
On our way back from Conference on Saturday, us and the Guildford Elders were on the train. This man came up to us, you could tell it really took a lot for him to get the courage to talk to us. He asked if we were Mormon missionaries and talked about how he needs direction because he and his wife are going through a divorce. He wanted to know how the scriptures could be relevant in today’s world. We taught a little bit about the BoM and said a prayer with him. After the prayer he just looked down and looked as if he was holding back tears. You could tell the spirit really touched him. He lives in South Hampton so we got his info and we told him missionaries could meet with him and he agreed. It was really cool experience. 
 
Also saw Miracle Michelle again. We went and set up a time to meet her. Went the next day, knocked with no answer. We tried a gain later that day. This time we saw someone in the window. Yeah, we got stood up and ignored. Most would be bummed out when their miracle turned out to be a dud. But that miracle gave us faith in praying specifically. I know Michelle needs the gospel, but she just needs time to be prepared.  
 
Its been a fun week. We spent a day shopping in Guildford and eating at a fun chicken place called Nandos..mmm. Its a missionary fav.   General Conference was amazing. I love to hear from the Prophet and apostles. Its even a cooler experience as a missionary. 
 
I love you all, I hope you all know that Heavenly Father loves you like no other. I pray that you feel his love daily!
 
Lots of love,
Sis Brittain xx

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