My name is Emma Beazer, I was called to serve in the England Birmingham mission and served there for 18 months. Check this blog out to read about all my experiences, and here is my new blog to read about what is happening NOW. https://emmabeazer3.wixsite.com/letters -the link is also down below, entitled "letters"
So...wow...this week has been interesting. Very interesting....we had a lot of random things pop up but all in all it was still very good :)
Monday - we started off the week strong with dinner at Tish's house, and then a family home evening with Georgie and David at the thompsons house! We talked about favorite scriptures and played some fun games!!!
Tuesday - TRANSFER DAY!!! So we helped some sisters being luggage to the train station, and then worked in our area with Sister Prasad for a couple hours while she waited for her companion to come, and then drove them back to Warwick!!! We were able to see a lot of people which was awesome, and just had a solid day.
So for the rest of the week I'll just mention some main miracles cause it was a bit crazy! We had some fantastic lessons with some people we've been wanting to see for ages, and some of them picked dates they want to be baptised on, which was awesome!!!!
Sister Gillette passed her driving theory test, so hopefully she can take the big test soon and drive again :) and we went to a wedding in Nuneaton! They couldn't find anyone to play the piano so I got called and asked to play, so...to a wedding we went! This was wedding number 4 that I have been to on my mission, so that was exciting.
AND i think I was the hottest I've ever been in my life this week. It's been like 30-35 degrees at least all week and it's so HUMID. Ah. I've been dying of heat...
Then we had some crazy miracles on the weekend where we were able to see this family that I've been trying to teach the whole time I've been here, and we had SUCH a cool lesson!!! Then we saw someone who referred them self, and their mom let us in to teach both of them! WOW! We also have a baptism coming up this weekend, so that is way exciting!!!
This week was crazy, but awesome. Sister Gillette and I have a new vision for this upcoming transfer, from Matthew 28:19
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptising them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
We really just want to teach ALL nations, and help everyone to receive the restored gospel. Miracles are about to happen in Coventry!!!
Another beautiful transfer in Coventry is about to start!!!
Monday - we started off the week strong with an awesome pday....unfortunately Sister Gillette was feeling quite ill so she slept for a lot of it, but we ended up getting a lot done and we went and taught Joanne and Georgie, and had a dinner with Tish :) so all in all it was a solid day.
Tuesday - wow....busy day! We had a lesson in the morning and then district meeting! It was our last district meeting of the transfer, and it was SO GOOD. We had a testimony meeting and it was just...so good. I love this district. We then had a few more lessons, and a dinner, and more lessons, and it was so good!!!
Wednesday - exchanges part 1 with Demontfort! Sister Jones and Sister Swasey came to spend the day with us, and I got to go with Sister Jones which was so fun, cause I served around her in Cardiff for 2 transfers, I watched her as a greenie and now she is training so it was so cool. We taught a few lessons, and everyone else we planned to see for some reason wasn't home, and no one was out on the street and no one was in their homes! We tried to find the people but couldn't seem to haha. But it was still a wonderful day!
Thursday - we had zone meeting in Leicester for the last time this transfer...it was so so good. They had 4 people in the zone going home, so we got to hear a lot of departing testimonies, which was amazing. There was one Elder's testimony in particular that was just.......Wow. He served a good mission, and you could just feel it in how he talked and shared his testimony. That's how I want to end my mission :) it was fantastic. Also, the Elders spoiled me and I'm not sure why but it was great. One of them made cookies for the whole zone and made them specially gluten free, one Elder gave me gluten free cookies, and we got chocolate from another Elder #wearebeloved Then we took the Peterborough Sisters home with us and had exchanges with them!!! It was a crazy exchange, we cut Sister Filosos hair, and ate birthday cake in a mug as she had her birthday just a week before mine. It was a blast :)
Friday - so...Sister Gillette had been really ill on Monday and Tuesday, and by Friday I was starting to get it bad....but we went outand worked and were able to see miracles! We gave a chapel tour and had some good lessons, and it was a solid day.
Saturday - my birthday!!!! So....all in all my birthday was fantastic. Thanks to everyone who sent me a happy birthday email, I appreciated it so much! Lots of love was felt :) I also had some mission friends call me (like Sister Sharp, who I trained!) and some Sisters called and sang me happy birthday, and some Elders from the Leicester zone, and our zone leaders here in Coventry! I felt so loved, which was so wonderful :) lots of singing haha. we taught a couple lessons, I slept all afternoon as I was super ill and then Georgie had planned a birthday dinner for me, so we went to that and she is just so great! She had balloons and everything :) I love Georgie. We then had a lesson, and went home! It was a fantastic birthday even though I was a little under the weather.
Sunday - church!! Church was SO GOOD. I have really been trying to appreciate the sacrament more and I really was working on that this Sunday, and it made me really feel the spirit more so that was wonderful. Also I got to play the organ as both their usual organists were gone on holiday, so that was fun to do that again. Reminded me of my days in Wales :) We then came home and I slept again....being ill on the mission is the worst. BUT after I slept and woke up, I ended up feeling a lot better so that was a plus.
We got our transfer calls yesterday...and....I'M STAYING IN COVENTRY! Sister Gillette and I get to stay together for another transfer :) WOO! And...our whole district is staying the same except for Elder Miner who is leaving, so that is so cool! I love it when it doesn't change too much, and I really love this district so these transfer calls brought us a lot of joy. Another 7 weeks of joy in Coventry are about to happen (yes, we get 7 weeks instead of 6!!)
ALSO! My daughter (Sister Sharp) is training this transfer so this means I turned 20 and I'm going to be a grandma! Best gift ever haha.
So this week was way cool as we had our mini missionary (Sister Top) with us for most of the week! That was FUN! And she is such a good missionary, even without any MTC experience or anything. It was another solid week :)
Monday - we went to Tish, and had a WONDERFUL dinner with her and then taught Kristina again! It was such a good lesson and Milla really helped, it was cool to see how we were all guided by the spirit to change the lesson we had planned to teach to another topic.
Tuesday - SUCH a busy day. We did member splits again and this time I went with Solange, and we were able to teach a lovely old man named Frank...he is so funny. He definitely understood what we were trying to say and is praying about it so that is exciting. We were able to teach more lessons, and we had a surprise dinner with Georgie which was actually a miracle cause our dinner that night cancelled, and when we showed up to Georgies to teach a lessons, they had dinner for us! WOW. We then saw a member of our Romanian family we are teaching and had SUCH a good lesson with her. She so wants to progress and come to church, her family is just so busy...
Wednesday - we taught Kristina again, then saw Maddy (who I love to bits) and had a few more lessons, some of which were AWESOME. We are teaching this family, and the brother wants to baptize his sisters which is so so so cool. We then had ward coordination and a relief society activity!
Thursday - we had the Coventry zone meeting!!! It was SO good. We had some amazing training on how to improve and increase our faith even more, and I loved it! We then had a LOT of lessons, it was super busy but so so so good, and Kristina decided to get rid of ALL her coffee and tea and just chucked it in the bin in front of us, which was so cool. Word of wisdom keeping at its finest :) then we had this crazy miracle! We were walking to our car, and this guy is down the street a ways and he calls us and is like "hello sisters, are you having a good night?" So of course we answer him and he says "hey my name is Pete, the sisters used to visit me but I've been away for 18 months but I want you to come visit, I live at..." And told us his address and everything and just asked us to come teach him. SO COOL.
Friday - it was Milla's (Sister Tops) last day as a missionary :( but it was good! She was so tired though, poor thing and she had prom that night haha. But it was good! We taught more lessons, and then had this awesome DA with a lady named Dorothy. She is from Ghana, and she made us African food (which I LOVE) and then after dinner she was like "OH! I need your measurements" and we were confused and she said "you are my girls! I am going to make you African clothes!" So basically we have an adopted African mom and she is feeding us and making us clothes. Life is happy :)
Saturday - we helped Adrian's tear down even more wallpaper, and then had sports! We then had a couple lessons and weekly planned and that was our day :)
Sunday - church! Church was so so so good this week. And such a cool thing - one of the sets of elders had a friend come to church, and she missed her bus so she walked for 2 HOURS to get to church. She wanted to come so bad and she loved it. She is amazing! So that was cool. We then had a couple lessons, and had to plan the Leicester zone meeting with the zone leaders there, and then had some lessons with Georgie and Kristina and that was our night! Funny story...every night we text in to our leaders so they know all the missionaries are home and safe, and we forgot to do that AND our phone was on silent, so by the time we remembered....we had a LOT of missed calls. We called the zone leaders and felt so bad cause they had changed and gotten ready to drive over and make sure we were alive...but it was pretty funny in the end haha. Poor guys....we will buy them ice cream though.
All in all, it was a solid week. Transfers are next week (AHHH) and there is a chance I could leave, as I've been here a little while, but I'm REALLY praying to stay here one more transfer, so we will see what happens. We have been seeing a lot of miracles so hopefully they let me stay :) that would be great.
I've just been thinking this week about how really, hard work always always pays off. We have been working HARD here in Coventry. I'm exhausted every day, and like...SO exhausted. But we have seen miracles every single day and every week and every month and I am so grateful for how God blesses us when we work hard. We are so loved. I know as we continue to work hard, more miracles will come, which will be AMAZING! No matter what, if we work hard at what we do, we will see miracles, even if they don't come in the way we expect.
So this has been thus far...the best week of my whole mission,
missionary work wise. OH MY GOODNESS. We have seen more miracles than
I can even count. WOW. Like, honestly I still can't even hardly
believe it. It has been fabulous ️ it was crazy cause even though we
had 2 big meetings AND I was super ill one night, we were able to do
so much and see so many people.
Monday - so we went to Tish's house for dinner which was fabulous, as
usual. Then we went and taught Kristina!! She is amazing, and is doing
so well but she is just so busy...but it was wonderful.
Tuesday - so we started exchanges...and it was crazy. We had set up
lessons at 2 with members coming to both lessons, and then the sisters
were going to be about an hour late so we got to go on member splits
which was so cool! So basically, I took a member teaching with me as
my companion, and sister Gillette took another one. It was weird but
awesome!!! And then we had an amazing exchange with the sisters from
Stamford, they are SO good and so positive. I love them! AND we had a
huge miracle. One of the members in our ward brought her sister to our
dinner, and it turns out that this sister wants to get baptized and
now we are teaching her regularly! MIRACLES.
Wednesday - wow. So we finished exchanges, but while on exchange
sister Wandsworth and I stopped by this less active lady and ended up
teaching her boyfriend and she wants us to come back and meet her son
who also isn't a member and teach him! So cool. Then sister Gillette
and I taught Georgie and her sister, had a wonderful DA and then went
and saw one of the coolest less active families EVER that is becoming
active again!!!! The son has even started going out teaching with the
elders and wants to do a mini mission, which is SO COOL. cause they
haven't come for years and now miracles are happening. It makes me so
Thursday - we had ward coordination, district meeting, and then we
taught so many people!! We saw Ian, who is so cool and is planning on
getting baptized at the end of the month, and Arthur came teaching
with us! It was awesome. Then we saw Georgie and her sister, and then
during the last couple lessons I started feeling super
ill....like...it was probably the most I'll I've felt on my mission. I
wasn't even sure if I'd be able to drive home (which is not good cause
sister Gillette can't drive) but we made it and I basically just slept
for like...6 hours. And then woke up and we talked for a few minutes
and then I slept for the whole night through till morning. It was
crazy how ill I felt though...but...more miracles happened. So when I
woke up we called the elders and asked them to pray for me, cause I
was so ill and we had MLC the next day and we really needed to
go....but if I was this ill there was no way we would get there. So we
had prayers happening and that was good.
Friday - THEN...I woke up and felt way way way better. Like...I could
walk around and stuff which was so good. So we prepared to go to the
meeting and we prayed some more and MIRACLES! I felt almost 100% and
we made it to the meeting and it was amazing. We learned so so so much
at this MLC just about our important as leaders and how to more
effectively serve, which was so helpful. Then we went and taught even
more lessons!!! We have been blessed to teach so many people this
Saturday - more miracles. So we stopped by Adriana and her family and
invited them to sports, and most of them came!! And they made friends
(and little 8 year old Sophie fell in love with one of the elders
haha) and they had lots of fun, and were excited about coming to
church the next day! We then weekly planned, did zone meeting planning
with the zone leaders, and that was our day!
Sunday - wow. So...this was probably the coolest day. So we had 7
people come to church...which...is a big deal. Adriana's WHOLE FAMILY
came, and 3 of our other friends and it was AMAZING. I've never been
so busy at church but it was awesome, and they all loved it!!! WOW!
And then....we taught 5 lessons and had a DA, and were able to....HAVE
A MINI MISSIONARY! So basically, starting on Sunday and ending this
coming Friday, we have one of the young women with us all day every
day as a mini missionary!! It is so cool (but it's so hard for me to
call her Sister Top and not her first name) and I know we will see
miracles as we have her with us. I'm so excited!!! Also, we had a
challenge with our zone leaders to have 15 lessons this week with a
member present, and we succeeded!! It was AMAZING. Miracles happen
when members come teaching and we have seen that this week. I love it
I don't even know what else to say about this week, other than
that...I am so happy and grateful for blessings and miracles. God is
good, and life is good, and He loves us. That I know.