Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Would you love me if we took a bath together? (May 30th 2017)

Hiya everyone! It's going to be a little short today because we're about out of time! Big news today about transfers!!! My heart is shattered because Sister Menlove is leaving to be a sister training leader down in Oldham (pronounced oldum) so I have to say goodbye to her tomorrow!! 😭 My new companion is Sister Hunt and she's from California but that's all I know! Excited to meet her!! 

As always, a funny story from this week! Friday night we were walking to the bus station to head home and this drunk man stopped us on the street (what is up with us and drunk men!?) and he was just talking to us and then his friend calls and he goes "yeah I'm here with a sister Washburn and Sister Menlove... yeah it's here real name she's a real person and i think I love her!" And then he kept asking her if she loved him and we're trying to leave so we wouldn't miss our bus and then he just yells "IF WE TOOK A BATH TOGETHER WOULD YOU LOVE ME!?" I was dying..... and then we started walking away and he yells "Remember Jesus doesn't love you and he doesn't love me either!" Oh, it was so good! Made my day! I love drunk people... but I guess if you want to take something away from that pointless story, remember that Jesus DOES love you! 

I'm sure some of you have heard, but Monday evening here in Manchester there was a bombing and Tuesday we woke up and we got calls from all sorts of people checking if we were okay! I'm about and hour and a half drive from Manchester so I am okay and we know that all the missionaries serving in the city down there were unharmed as well! Sadly, there were people who lost their lives and many that barely walked away. But thank you all for your emails and prayers!! The world is crazy and it's getting crazier and we wonder why bad things like this happen, but never forget that Heavenly Father loves you! He loves each of us, and there is a much bigger plan than we even have the capacity to understand! Have faith in Him, love Him, follow Him, and your lives will be truly blessed because I know mine has! 

Sorry but I am all out of time! I hope you all have a fabulous week and I love you all so much! Stay classy my friends! Cheerio! 

Sister Washburn

Perry Family. They feed me my first-night ion the mission field and feed Sister Menlove and me our last week together

Sister Rae in the Lancaster Ward

Same Braid in our Hair. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pubs, drunk men, and a baptism! (May 22nd 2017)

Howdy, everybody! Another Monday, another email!! Woo hoo! Loads happened this week! Tuesday night, our four elders were on exchanges here in Lancaster so all 10 of us decided to go out to eat together because why not. The Elders kept talking about this really good place that has half priced burgers on Tuesday and you get loads of good food for under £5! So we all show up to the address and it’s a pub... people were really confused when they saw 10 Mormon missionaries walk into this pub, it was hilarious we totally did not fit in at all ha-ha! Then the next night on Wednesday we were catching a late bus home which normally gets us home like right on time. But we are going through town to the different stops and picking up people and then one really popular bus stop, this man who was carrying a guitar and was so drunk he could barely stand up straight tried to get on the bus but the driver said no because he had had too much to drink. But then this man yells "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM!?" and runs up the stairs of this double decker bus and sits up there and plays his guitar! I'm actually really surprised on how he actually even made it up there he was so tipsy... So the bus driver turned off the bus and called the police but then the man runs back down the stairs, and the whole time is crashing into everything and keeps yelling the same thing over and over. I was cracking up this whole time and wishing that I had my phone to video it all because it was so funny. Then he ran off the bus and walked away so we went on our way. Don't drink, it's bad for you folks ha-ha! 
Chelsea was baptized on Friday night!!!!!! It was so incredible to be with her and then afterward to hear her really sweet and simple testimony that she shared with everyone. Definitely the best day of my mission so far ha-ha! She's so solid and I love her so much! The gospel is so true and it has brought so much happiness into my life, and to watch someone's life be completely changed by it is so incredible to me! She is so much happier and better off because of the gospel. Her faith is so much stronger now and her confidence just radiates!
Friday and Saturday two of our Elders had birthdays so sister Menlove and I found out their favorite kind of cakes and we baked them Friday night, and Saturday the district got together and went to dinner and then we showed up with the cakes and candles and sang them "Happy Birthday. It was so good and the cakes weren't that bad either hahaha! I love birthdays, they're seriously one of my favorite things!
Hope you all have a great week! If you're ever bored or anything feel free to drop me an email ;) love you all!!!! Cheerio!

Sister Washburn

Everyone knows Grandpa Washburn! Pic was taken in 1983!!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Rain, rain, and more rain! (amy 15th 2017)

It is Monday my dudes which mean another rubbish email from Sister Washburn! Yay!!!! Another week in Lancaster and I'm still loving life! Sadly, the good weather ended today and it is pouring rain outside! But there is sunshine in my soul 😉 This week was really good! Chelsea had her baptismal interview on Wednesday and passed with flying colors, and today marks ONE WEEK since she last had a cigarette! Woo hoo!!! Friday is going to be such a good day for her, and I am so excited that she has decided to get baptized! Her life has changed so much because of the gospel and it just makes me so happy to see her so happy now! She is a totally different person than when we first started meeting with her; she's so much more happy and confident and the amount of faith she has is incredible! Love her to pieces and I wish you could all just fly over here and meet her yourself!

So on Saturdays, we (all 6 missionaries in Lancaster) get together and do a street display in the town center. And recently we have had a really big problem with bashers. So Saturday morning, some of the elders got a random call from the AP's telling us that we shouldn't go into town today and do a street display. But we all met up in town to go tract some roads together, and when we got into town, the bashers had like picket signs and were all over the place and sort of harassing the people in town!! If we had been there who knows what would have happened! Heavenly Father was looking out for us that day and I'm so grateful how the Holy Ghost leads and guides us in our lives, and I'm also so thankful for people who follow those promptings!

Yesterday was so good being able to see and talk to my family and I called at the perfect time and got to see Elder Washburn too!!!!!! Blessings blessings blessings! I love my family, and a big shout out to my super legit, perfect, beautiful, caring, thoughtful, and selfless mother. I couldn't do this without you!!!! Hope you all have a great week and you find joy in the little things :) 

British word of the week: posh - rich, nice, wealthy, fancy
EX: "wow look at that posh car/home" "they're a pretty posh family"


Sister Washburn

Monday, May 8, 2017

I'm so sorry (May 8th 2017)

Okay, how is it already Monday again!? Time is just flying by!! I have like 10 minutes to type this because time is super short today. We went down to Preston to do a bbq and sports with our zone.... and I GOT A SUNBURN! In England!? I love it... reminds me of home ❤ 

I get to skype home on Sunday and I am so excited to see my family! Chelsea is still doing good but we found out she has a really bad habit of smoking but she has been doing so good! 

I really feel so bad that this email is so rubbish but we didn't manage our time very wisely. Hopefully, I will get to send a better one next week. Happy early Mothers day to all the beautiful moms out there that make the world go round. You da best ❤❤ 

Have a great week and have fun! Love you all so much! Cheerio!

Sister Washburn

Monday, May 1, 2017

Someone is getting dunked! (May 1st 2017)

HOLY GUACAMOLE!!!! This week.... AMAZING!! I have some pretty great and exciting news to share with yall! This week on Wednesday we started meeting with this super sweet girl named Chelsea, and on Friday we invited her to be baptized and she said YES!!! So now we are working towards May 20th as her date!!! Insanity! She is so amazing and she helps my testimony grow so much each and every day! She comes from very humble circumstances and she doesn't have much so it makes me really appreciate everything that I have! I can't wait to tell you more of how it goes with her!

And this week not a ton of stuff happened besides that... but there are some funny things going on. Sister Menlove and I have realized that when we are tracting, there are like 20 cats that come. I don't know if it’s a sign or something but its super weird. We always know that we're in the right place when we see random cats roaming around. And then last night Sister Menlove and I had a hard time settling down to go to bed and I was doing a handstand against the wall and I fell over and smacked against my metal bed frame. Now I have two massive bruises on my shin and on my hip. Love it. I'm such a doof sometimes, i hate it ha-ha! And then the other night we were knocking doors and this man was yelling at us for "harassing" people. And then told us we don't have the permission to be knocking doors (but we do) so he kept harassing us about harassing people. It was a lot funnier in the moment, but i love English people! We nicknamed him Harry! Harry the Harasser.

Today for p-day we got to go to the temple again and that was so great! And sister Menlove and I took a few minutes to stop by the MTC and say hi to President and Sister Bunker. Love them!! It was so fun being back there and sharing stories with them from my time so far here in Lancaster! And we are getting ready to go play sports with the elders which is going to be super fun! But the weather is totally rubbish. We may just do something inside! Whatever I can get I'll take!! 

I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the month of May! I can't even believe that it’s May already!!! Where has the time gone!? Love you all and I love hearing from you and how your lives are back home! 


Sister Washburn

Still getting used to this. Driving on the other side of the road.