Monthly Archives: January 2014

Jan. 20, 2014

What a week! I am doing pretty good here in Guildford, enjoying my last few weeks because I know transfers are coming soon and I will probably be leaving this area. Sad day. But this week was interesting to say the least.

 
Tuesday we did service for a friend of a member. Her name is Diane and she came to bonfire back in November so I remembered who she was. We pulled weeds for 4 hours. I was so sore and dirty afterward. But it was relaxing in a way too. She invited for us dinner as a payment 🙂
 
So we taught Dan, the guy we met knocking last week. We brought a member with us, Naomi and the lesson was going fine. He was listening, taking everything in. But then it got weird. After we were done he was like, “Does anyone here have knee problems?” Sister West reluctantly said yes. He said “Is it your right knee? My right knee started tingling and that is God telling me that you need healing” Oddly enough, it was her right knee. He asked to bless her knee and she said sure…He put his hand on her knee and started praying. It was so scary, He was whispering in tongues! And giggling and smiling. I thought this guy was normal…WRONG. He was nice a guy and I think we are teaching him again this week. We will see how that goes. 
 
Miracle of the week is that Mandy is sober!!! Shocking right? She is in her new flat, which is really sad actually. The people that moved her just through everything into this tiny flat. She couldn’t even take a bath because the tub was full of stuff. There is no walking room in her flat. But she is doing so much better. She called us and we could actually have a conversation with her. She is a real person when she isn’t drunk. She actually read some of the Book of Mormon too! The Lord is really working in her life. I’m exciting to see what happens with her 🙂
 
 
Missionary work is so difficult sometimes. Sometimes I question, “Heavenly Father, why do you give us miracles that just turn into to dead ends?” Because I see that happen all time. We pray to find a family, we  find a family that same day, and the next thing you know they are texting saying they aren’t interested. It can be discouraging, and sometimes I find myself getting angry with God and doubting Him. But I have to remember my purpose, I am here to invite other to come unto Christ. Not force them to accept the Gospel. This is His work, and only His. I know that from every miracle, and discouraging time, there is a lesson to learn from it. They say the most important person you convert on your mission, is yourself. In this hard times, Heavenly Father is being my teacher. Helping to becoming a better person so that I can help him find his lost children.
 
I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful week! 
Lots of love
Sister Brittain xx

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Jan. 13, 2014

The week went kind of slow and fast all at the same time. But I guess that is mission life for you. 

So after our fiasco of moving out Mandy, another incident happened. Last Monday we knocked her door to check to see if she was ok, because she was supposed to leave on Tuesday. When she opened the door she had her shoes one and a vest, as if she was going to leave her flat. She was still really drunk of course so there was no way she could make it out, alive atleast. When debated with her for about ten minutes. She said her doctor said that if doesn’t get more alcohol that she will have hallucinations and seizures (we believed her because we heard Roy speak to the doctor on the phone) So we reluctantly said we would walk with her, because she would get hit by a car and there was no convincing her to stay. We got our coats and started walking. Note, its night time and the store is about a mile away. It took forever! She would hold on Sister West and I was holding her bag. We got to Sainsburys and she started pulling out her card and telling us her pin. We realized she wanted US to buy the vodka. We said “woah woah, the deal was that we would just walk you, we can’t buy it for you” She said there was another store ahead that she could try, so we walked even further. We finally got there and she went in and got her stuff as we waited outside. I felt so uncomfortable because I know it looked like we were just two young girls waiting for this crazy woman to buy us booze. But after seeing the traffic, there was no way she would survive walking by herself. She offered to buy us fish n chips as payment. As we were in the shop of course a police officer walks in. I am panicking inside just reading the headlines “Two Mormon missionaries arrested for assisting public intoxication” But he just laughed and said he was on dinner hour. 
We walked her back and two days later a moving van was there, packing everything away. So Mandy is no longer in our flats and we can finally smell again.
 
Tuesday Sister Anena, from Uganda, came to Guildford for an exchange. So that was cool. She is…interesting..haha. 
 
I went to the temple on Thursday (special permission) and I had a wonderful experience. The London Temple is sooo beautiful! 
 
Zone Training on Friday, good as always. Very long. I was exhausted.
 
 We had a miracle of 1 new investigator this week! We have been doing a lot of finding and having no luck. Sister West felt inspired to go to this street next to the park we live in. So before we left our flat we prayed that we could just be given one miracle, something to boos our faith. And we knocked on the fourth house down, and a guy answered. He was so open and willing to meet with us! It was so great. Afterwards we were so happy we had tears in our eyes, we just said a prayer of thanks as soon as we were done talking.
 
I love this time as a missionary. It can be so hard but I am learning so much. I love the Gospel. There is nothing that can bring such tender happiness. I hope you all have a wonderful week! I love you all. Its already been 5 months! were is the time going?!
LOTS OF LOVE
Sister Brittain xxxx

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Jan. 6, 2014

What a week! I don’t have much time so I want to really explain a crazy/eye opening experience I had this week. 

 
Yesterday as we were entering our flat complex after church, Roy, our upstairs neighbor saw us and said “Are you the Mormons?”….”Yes we are, can we help?”…”Well yes, Mandy needs to move by Tuesday and she is not well enough to pack anything, can you pack her clothes?” So, we ran upstairs and changed into sweats, Sister West was really sick and was running on two hours of sleep, but we thought we would only be packing up clothes and then we would be done. Were we wrong or what.. Mandy was incredibly drunk, and she was only wearing a robe. So yes, I saw this woman naked. Her house was a mess and the smell of vomit was so strong. There were sick stains all over her carpet, I am telling you her carpets were saturated with throw up. As we started packing away clothes, she was sitting on the bed trying to take anti-sick pills, when suddenly she said “I think I am going to be sick…” She projectile vomited as we were only a few feet from her. Sister West and I ran out quickly to get some fresh air… I said I quick prayer asking that we could have the energy to get through it to help her pack. So got back inside, put on some gloves, and began to just throw everything away. At one point, I was in the kitchen trying to sort everything out, I got the prompting to see where Sister West because she wasn’t in the kitchen. I found her as she stood next to Mandy…Mandy’s robe was down and Sister West was trying to help her put on a bra…Knowing Sister West was dying inside, I rushed and helped her hook her bra and put on a t shirt. 
We labored for 5 hours, and had to call the Elders to help us. I saw and touched things I never thought I would, ESPECIALLY as a missionary. But I learned a lot from this experience. I learned how to have Christlike love. We must forget ourselves and put ourselves in the place of the Savior. We must love people as He would. He loves everyone and we must try our hardest, no matter who it is, to serve them and to help them when needed. 
 
So that was my crazy experience with Mandy…I wish i could tell you the details of what happened and what I saw, but I will leave that out for you. I love you all! I hope you start this new year off right!

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Dec. 30, 2013

Well it’s been a long week! But it was great of course, because of Christmas 🙂 

 
On Christmas Eve we went with the Elders to the Neu’s! They are awesome. Brother Neu is from America so it felt somewhat like home. They have the cutest kids too, they are perfect and wear cute little English sweaters. Anyway, we ate a fajita dinner and then played games and made a chocolate house, full of crazy sweets. It was a lot of fun! And of course, Skyping the family 😀
 
Christmas Day was interesting. There was a giant storm that passed through so nobody had power. Well we had power in Guildford, but everyone that lives in the little villages didn’t. Like the Fotheringham’s, where we were supposed to have Christmas Dinner. So when she picked us up she told us to bundle up because there was no heating at their house. Brother Fotheringham was still able to pull a pretty nice Christmas dinner. We just had fried turkey instead of roast. No roast potatoes 😦 Actually, it was a miracle because Sister West was supposed to Skype at 3 and the power came on ten minutes before! That was pretty cool. I got to watch Tangled while she talked to family. I MISS MOVIES. Once she was done we ended up watching the Muppet Christmas Story. That movie is weird…
 
Boxing Day was spent at my all time favs, the Bairds! We had a nice little lunch and then just talked, played a game called Linkee which is a British trivia game. So me and Sister West failed miserably. but any time there was a question about America, we were on it! It was nice to hang out with a big family. Felt like home. 
 
So the holidays were good here! The ward showered us with gifts, it was really touching. They a lot of thought into things they got us and were so kind to us. I’m so thankful! 
 
On Saturday, I wasn’t feeling to good so we were in the flat. We heard a really faint knocking sound (side note: we realized that she was the source of the really scary knocking sound we heard in the middle of the night a few days before) and I looked through the peep hole and it was Mandy… We opened the door and she was really drunk and just started crying, she said “I feel so low..I didn’t know who to turn to but you girls” So we stood at our doorstep for 10 minutes as she talked about how she is so sad she has to move and how her family hates her. The whole time her eyes were rolling and she would fade in and out. We eventually helped her back to her flat and sat with her there. It was impossible to talk to her. She kept saying “Michael my neighbor really fancies you…well he fancies both of you…actually I quite fancy him” she said that like 8 times the whole time we spoke to her, and we had only met Michael once for like 2 minutes. So yeah, we finally told her she was to drunk to talk to us and we left. 
 
Oh hey, I would love updates on Jordan and Mason if someone would be kind of enough to send them to me!
 
Well I just gotta say missions are hard. Hard but rewarding. Its almost been 5 months, time is going by so fast. I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas! The weather is awful and I have some type of flu. So i get to stay in a snuggle, watching a little of Nora’s Christmas 🙂
 
I wish you all the best!
Sister Brittain xx

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Dec. 23, 2013

Hello again! Well it really is Christmas time now. Tomorrow is Xmas Eve! Say what? But I shall recap this week!

 
So my birthday, was fabulous. The whole district, along with the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders came together at the chapel and we are a birthday party 🙂 This included an egg toss, charades, pass the parcel, musical chairs and many more.  All planned by Elder Schumann, the German who really does have a heart. It was fun! Then we went to the Jackson family, where we had a nice dinner. Debbie and Amy were there, we finally asked if they would be interested in our message. Amy said yes! But Debbie wasn’t kinda unsure about it so we will see. I love Amy and it would be so great to teach her!
 
Tuesday we got to go the Temple! How cool is it that I can say that I’ve been to BOTH temples in England? Pretty cool! We also had a nice dinner with part of the mission. 
 
One day this week we went finding in a village called Jacobswell. It was a 30 minute walk. No one was home and those that were could hardly hear what we were saying. Frustrating! But what can ya do? The bishop counseled us to go to Jacobswell and we did. So we were there for some reason!
 
So Darrel..met with him an Mcdonalds again. We kind of dropped him, we think he just visits with us for social part of it. Not that we are like super talkative and fun with him… But yeah, he flogged on church twice and just isn’t taking it seriously. We will see how he is in a few weeks.
 
Mandy…ooooh Mandy. She’s NUTS. And has lots of issues. We saw her as we were leaving the flat and she sounded like she was doing a lot better until she asked us if heard the big fight from our upstairs neighbors the night before. We were like “Uhh…we didn’t hear anything?” She went on about how this big black man came into house and was in her loo, taking a wee. What?! haha I think she was dreaming/hallucinating… Poor woman, she has a lot of problems in life right now Just not sure how we can help her. 
 
We taught Milford on Saturday. We met him at this place called the Spectrum and it was like being in America…sort of. There was an ice skating rink and bowling and get this a small water park! I saw people in their bathing suits…in England..in the winter! Never though I’d see the day.
 
Me and Sister West gave a talk in Relief Society. It went good expect that it was cut very short so that the primary could have their nativity. SO CUTE. 
 
Oh yeah, Sister West got sick so we made a fort, meaning made a big bed on the floor with our mattresses, watched Nora’s Christmas for like bagillionth time and ate soup and garlic bread. We may or may not have slept on the “fort” for another 2 nights…
 
Well I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. The work is Guildford is slow, but I love the Gospel so much and I know things will pick up soon. I’m so happy to be on a mission.  I love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Love,
Sister Brittain xx

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