Dear Family & Friends,
Here is just some information on the new Area I am in at this time. The new flat in Solihull is alright as missionary housing goes. I really liked the flat in Cannock better because we had a house and a back yard that I could go out and just sit and enjoy God's rainy green earth. But the new flat is in a good neighborhood. With my little bit of cleanliness OCD, I have already stripped the place and cleaned it twice but the floor in the kitchen is bad. Our feet just stick to it no matter what we have cleaned it with. Our neighbors are usually pretty good. I don't think there has every been any problems with them. The only problem we have had was that our shower leaked into our downstairs neighbor's flat. But it was a quick fix. My Companion and I are getting along quit well. We only religious English talk not small talk English since he does not speak English very well it is hard to see if we have much in common. The hardest thing I have done as a District Leader is having come to Jesus talks with other Elders. It is hard to do this because it usually leads to them getting disciplined from the Mission President. The other reason it is hard to do is because most of these Elders are my friends and we have lots in common. But it has to happen. The other day I was thinking about what strengthens my faith when I am down and discouraged. Just thinking that I can choose how I feel helps but sometimes the power of Satan is strong enough that choosing to be happy doesn't always come easily.
I have not been in my Area of Solihull at all this week. I have been gone four out of the seven days. We were out Monday which was P day to play football with some Elders in another Area. Wednesday we where out for District Meeting. Then I went and worked with an Elder in his Area. Then we came back to Solihull Thursday night then back out on Friday night to Saturday. It was a fun and eventful week. One cool thing though is when I was on exchange with the Zone Leaders and I got to ride in a car! I have not ridden in a car for about a year and a half. The best thing was that it absolutely dumping rain that day. We saw some other Elders biking and we pulled over and told them that our heater was out and that we were freezing! ha ha But that wasn't the best thing that happened that day. We had the Stake BBQ. I got to see some members from Kidderminster. It was really crazy to think that it was almost a year ago that I was in that Area. It was crazy to catch up with them. Some of the people that I worked with in Kidderminster to bring them back to Church are still active and they are working to get a Temple recommend! I was so happy for them! The other cool thing this week is I ate a Kangaroo burger. It was so good. When I was with the Zone Leader we had to go into downtown Birmingham for something. We were both hungry so we just walked into a food court and there was a place selling Kangaroo burgers. So I decided, that is something that I should try and got one. It was really good.
But the week went very fast. It is good to back in my own Area of Solihull though. As a Mission we have been working on conversion. How to help people become converted and to convert ourselves. It has been a good thing to look at. It has helped me strengthen my testimony and has helped me work toward being more converted.
Have a great week!
Love you all, Elder Nielsen