This will be short, but it has been a wonderful week like always! We have seen so many miracles and we are so blessed. This week we had exchanges and I was with Sister Lannan from Australia, she is so awesome! It was insane. We went finding and all of these people were so interested in the Gospel. We gave at least 3 church tours to the most sincere people. I can't even express how much I love the investigators we are working with, they mean so much to me. We had interviews with President and Sister Stevens, Sister Kinney and I were able to share a spiritual thought for that and it was so fun. It has been an amazing week and we have felt the spirit so strongly everyday. Yesterdayafter church, members invited us all to a Portugese barbecue and it was the best thing ever, there were at least 6 non-members there and they all got to know the missionaries in a super comfortable environment! Blessings. I love this work and things are going so well in Ilford. Sorry for the lack of pictures, I've got no time!
To start the week off, last p-day I had two of Sister Kinney's recent converts, Shah and Prageeth, come to surprise her in Ilford. We were so secretive about it and she was so shocked and just burst into tears. . . It was really sweet! So we spent the whole day with them and had the time of our lives, it was so much fun!! Another highlight of the week (there are so many!!) was Amy's baptism!! It was so wonderful because she was able to be baptised with her boyfriend and it was a really special day for them. I found a guitar in the ward clerk's office and so I was able to play a musical number at the baptism and sing with my companion and the elders! It was so good to pick up a guitar and be able to play again. We also gave a training in zone Conference this week about how to work with members, we coached like 60 missionaries in front of President and the AP's in central London. Good thing God qualifies the called;) It was so spiritual and such a great experience! Zone Conference always is. We had two exchanges this week and I was able to be with Sister Garcia from Mexico, and we had the funnest time ever! We all got to celebrate the Fourth of July at our American members' house. It was so good to eat hot dogs and be surrounded by American flags. And also American accents. Our other exchange I was with Sister Kahn from Pakistan, she is one of my most favourite people in all the land. She speaks Hindi and so she was able to communicate with all of these people in my blessed area Ilford which is basically India. So believe me, I was in Heaven just being immersed in the Hindi language. Cool miracles!! Me and Sister Kahn went out to visit a referral that lives super far away and so we had to demonstrate a lot of faith but it was so worth it because this guy had apparently visited the Hyde Park Visitors' Center and told everyone he wanted him and his daughter to be baptised. So we head out and end up meeting our referral's dad. He was this awesome old man who loves Jesus Christ and was super interested in the Book of Mormon. Elvis is his hero. He's cool, I love him, and we are going back to teach him this week. Sister Kahn and I went to see yet another referral and this time their dad was he only one home too. Another really cool (slightly less cool than the first old man) but we shared more of our message with him and he felt the spirit so strong. It was so cool that God led us to people who we didn't plan on meeting, but who really needed us nonetheless. We had an investigator who came into church and we gave him a chapel tour. He has seen missionaries before and calls us agents of Christ, he thought we were like some secret group and it was so funny because I had met him on the bus and he thought I was so open and nice and that's what made him decide to come see what church was all about. So funny!
We had Mission Leadership Council this week on Wednesdayin central LONDON and the zone leaders drove us. We had the most spiritual meeting and it was so humbling to get together as leaders of the England London Mission and to be able to sit there with some of the most incredible missionaries I have ever met. We all came from different corners of the earth and we were all able to be focused on one thing: teaching repentance and baptising converts. The spirit was so strong. I'm so thankful for these missionaries that I serve with, they were all so loving to me and didn't treat me like the young newbie I am. I learned so much!! My favorite part of the whole thing was driving back through London and across London Bridge. My head was literally sticking out of the zone leaders' car for like 2 hours and Elder Hinatsu stopped the car sometimes and let me hand out pass along cards to people at crosswalks. I don't know, it was just so fun and peaceful, and London is so beautiful. We got to drive across the London bridge 3 times because we made a wrong turn and had to go back. It was so cool. I love this mission. We had exchanges with the Romford sisters on Fridayand I was with my beloved MTC companion Sister Abeling! It was so amazing to spend the day as companions again, we've come such a long way! I love her so much. We had another amazing week in Ilford, we found about 11 really awesome investigators and we are busier an I have ever been in my entire life!! Miracles are just surrounding us though! And we have so many investigators that are progressing towards baptism. Both us and the Stratford Elders are preparing for a baptism his Saturday! Woooo hooooo! Hope you all have a great 4th of July!