Dear Friends & Family,
Well time does fly. I can't believe it is time to write the blog again. This week was yet another cold week. No snow but very cold. One cool thing that happened is that my Grandfather sent us someone to go see here in Solihull. She is a less active member over here that one of my Grandfather's friends is related to. So Elder M and I went over to her home and had a good chat. One thing that she said is that she is 80 years old and is still looking after others. She works on Sunday to help people get their Sunday meals together and helps them clean up their houses. At 80 years old! We just looked at her with our jaws on the ground. Still serving others. What a good example! The rest of the week was pretty routine really. With it being so close to Christmas a lot of the people we try to teach are just "to busy" to see us, which is a shame but it's their choice.
Last week I told you about getting caught eating the cake with some Young Men. Well my mom ask what the reaction was of the sister that caught us. It was quite entertaining. She opened the kitchen door and just looked at us then her little girl ran over and started to eat cake with us. Then she asked how long it had been in the fridge and stuff like that. It was one of those balloon cakes from Costco with way to much frosting on it. But it was good and we had a good laugh.
I would have to say that the tender mercy for the week was just having so many members want us for the Christmas season. They were fighting over who could have us and when. It was really nice and I will miss it since I have now been transferred from Solihull to Derby England. I will give you more information about the transfer next week. I think the fun adventure and the laughing for the week is one thing. Like I mentioned above we went to visit a gal that my Grandfather had told us about so were on our way over to visit with her and the roads were really slick. It was about half five and the sidewalks where already iced over. So Elder M thought it would be funny to just fall into someones hedge to see how others would react as they saw him fall. So he told me to look and I looked and he just fell backwards into someones hedge. Elder M is a big dude to and this poor little hedge held him up with no damage to Elder M or the hedge. It was entertaining to me and the others that were walking by. The worst thing of the week is just how dark and cold it is over here. It gets dark at around four and has been below freezing the whole week. We have had lots of frost that has stayed until about noon which makes for a miserable morning of walking and finding.
One thing that I want to talk about happened during Gospel Principles this past Sunday. We were teaching about the Sacrament and reading the prayers for it. I thought I knew everything there was about the prayers until a member that was in the class started to point out that the word ALWAYS isn't needed in the sentences. But that it is put there to reinforce the fact that we are ALWAYS GOING TO REMEMBER HIM and ALWAYS HAVE HIS SPIRIT to be with us. It was pretty cool.
Doctrine & Covenants 20:77, 79.
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
The other thing he talked about was that we are asking God to bless and sanctify the bread and water. This is the one time during the week that we get to eat something that has been sanctified. And because we eat it and it is truly clean if we are in the right mind set and go with a repentant attitude we can become clean.
Well that is it for this week. I hope that you all have a great week helping others Come Unto Christ.
Love Elder Nielsen