Monday, July 17, 2017

Can I get a whoop whoop? (July 17, 2017)

Hello from the Isle of Man! This little island is paradise!!! I sometimes forget that I am on this really tiny island, until the other day when we drove from our house in Douglas (the east coast) to Peel (west coast) in about 20 minutes. It is so so so pretty here! My breath is constantly being taken away! Since our apartment is right on the beach, Sister Wamsley and I go running every morning on the promenade! I mean, I kind of want to die every morning BUT I love it at the same time! Just trying to keep fit ya know? Especially now since we have the car... oh my days its a struggle. 

Being with Sister Wamsley is the best! She is seriously so nice and a really good missionary! We are already such good friends and it's a good refresher from last transfer. Sister Hunt was challenging but I learned so much and grew a lot as a person and as a missionary. At the time I hated it, but I look back now and I am so grateful for the time I spent with her. Sister Wamsley hits her year mark in like a week on the 27th of July so that is super exciting!! I want to so something special for her but I am so not creative so if you have any ideas let me know!!

This week we had a few really good lessons. We are teaching this woman named Alexandra who is so sweet! She's in her late 20's and just lost her husband a few weeks ago so we have been able to teach her a lot about the plan of salvation and eternal families! They have a little girl named Alexis and she is so dang cute! Whenever we are there she always tells us that we bring such a good and warm feeling into her home so we are definitely excited to keep working with her! We also experienced a miracle yesterday at church! This man (Ahmed) that the sisters met a few weeks ago just walked into the church building during the last like 30 minutes of church and started talking to people! He said he comes to the church every now and then but the doors are always locked and no one is around. We are seeing him tonight to teach him some more about the restoration! It should be really good!!

Sister Wamsley and I were told this week that Elder M Russell Ballard is visiting our mission on the 3rd of August! But since we are far out in the middle of the sea on a little island, we are trying to convince our mission President to let us go over and see him! And it would be perfect because they are doing this thing called the British Pageant (something a lot like the Easter Pageant at the Mesa temple every year) and it tells the story of the first members of the church here in England in the 1830s. It only happens every 4 years and it's going on the same week that he will be here! So I am crossing all of my fingers and toes and praying really really hard that we get to travel over for that!!

Yesterday we got to teach the lesson in Relief Society and it was really good! It was all about losing ourselves in the service of others. And just a quick little thought I wanted to share was something from the lesson manual that said:
" Your skills can change the lives, in a remarkable and wonderful way, of those who walk in need. If not now, when? If not you, who?
May the real meaning of the gospel distil into our hearts that we may realize that our lives, given us by God our Father, are to be used in the service of others."
I know that as we seek for opportunities to help and serve those around us, that our lives will be truly blessed. As we give of ourselves in the service of others, we get far more in return! Each of us has something incredible to offer and I absolutely love the line "If not now, when? If not you, who?" Be the miracle someone has been waiting for in their life this week! 

Today for p-day we went out to this Glenn and do some exploring! It was so nice!! Definitely one of the prettiest places I've been! Sorry that this has been super long but I guess it kind of makes up for all of the really rubbish emails I have sent in the past. To all of you that have actually made it to the end of this email...I love you! 😂 I hope you all have a great week!! Ta for now!

Oh and congrats to the best big brother on returning home from his mission today! Sad I can't be there but I love you! I'll see you in a quick 13 months! 😙❤

Sister Washburn

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