He has since given away a Book of Mormon and invited others to Church.
For P-Day, we were scheduled to go with some other missionary couples to Richmond Park. We rode the train and then transferred to a bus. We asked the driver where to get off for the park and he told us he would tell us when we got there. He must have forgotten because after a long ride, we were at the end of the line and he was telling everyone to get off. Then he remembered he was supposed to help us. He told us to change busses and to ride back. During the ride, we asked other passengers for directions and they helped us find the correct stop.
|Deer just above sign|
As we walked past a beautiful lake and more deer, the sun was setting so we started making our way out of the park.
During the next week we found that we were in the north end of the park and the flowers were in a southern part of the park in an area called Isabella Plantation. So, the next week, when we found Isabella Plantation, and as you will see from the pictures, was very spectacular with the spring blossoms in their full glory.
Annother day in the Centre, a pair of Elder’s brought in Mauricio from Brazil. Mauricio came to London from Brazil and was looking for work. He is a very competent computer programmer and even helped us solve a virus problem. We started working on his CV and on resources to help him find employment. He was desperate to raise money so he soon took on three part time jobs to support himself and to send money back to Brazil to bring his wife to London. He is working on his English so I am sure it won’t be long before he can get a good computer job. When we went to his baptism, there was such a sweet spirit. The whole meeting was in Portuguese so we did not understand a word of what was said, but recognized the spirit. The City Ward meets in a school so their ward comes to Hyde Park to use the baptismal font. It is so good to see 30-40 people from the ward venture across town and show up to support Mauricio. He cannot wait to share the gospel with his wife when she comes June 2.
|US Embassy - London|
Our work in the Self-Reliance Centre has been expanding. We support the 8 stakes that touch London and go wherever we are needed to teach and support the Self-Reliance Initiative that is being rolled out here in the U.K. This month we have traveled to the Crawley Stake, Eastbourne Ward. Two weeks ago we had a great meeting with the Bishop of the Eastbourne Ward. Things went well. But most interesting was the building that the Eastbourne Ward meets in. See the pictures included. This was a Church of England building that served as a school. The local school stopped using the building and the LDS Church came in and purchased the building. They did a little remodeling inside, but they left the rich culture and history of this beautiful building. To the best knowledge of the ward historian and public affairs director, this is the only LDS Church building that has a cross on the outside. Built into the chimney, you can see the masonry church cross. Interesting.
|Note Cross in the chimney|
Last Monday, we were able to take our P-Day and go with another missionary couple to Greenwich Village. This is the spot where the Prime Meridian runs through and it is the point where time begins a new day. Scholars have studied the stars and time, and all sorts of things.
|Prime Meridian marker|
|Greenwich Ball Dropping|
|Nelson's Ship In A Bottle|
To finish up, we want to tell you of a miracle. We have had a wonderful senior couple working in the Visitor Center. Late in April, Michael and Shari Ohman went for a walk in Hyde Park. Michael has been a professor of organ music at BYU but are currently serving here in London. Mike sat down on a bench for a rest and Shari moved away to take some pictures of the Spring Flowers. When she came back moments later, she found Mike laying on the ground with two police officers approaching. You NEVER see policemen in the park and of course they are never around when you need them. They asked Mike if he was drunk, just as Shari approached, and she assured them he was not. She showed them her missionary tag. He was having some trouble breathing so he moved to the grass and had slumped to the ground. Soon he reported that he was having severe chest pressure and pain down his left arm. Yes, he was having a severe heart-attack. Immediately Shari called to the officers. One came over to give assistance while the other radioed for an ambulance. Within fifteen minutes Mike was in an ambulance on his way to the best heart hospital in London. One miracle is that there were policemen on the spot when they were needed and the other was that Elder Ohman was receiving lifesaving treatment so soon after the heart attack. They nearly lost him enroute and when he arrived at the hospital he was immediately treated. In the operating room, it was reported that they lost him twice, but were able to revive him. Three arteries were badly blocked and there was a large blood clot blocking a heart valve. Drugs were administered to dissolve the clot but that thinned the blood too much and he started bleeding severely internally. Again he was nearly a departed soul. Mike has been in the hospital for nearly 40 days experiencing multiple complications and just last Wednesday was given the OK to fly home to Provo. There were a couple of times when things looked really bad for Mike and he would request a blessing. On those occasions, immediately following the blessings, things improved. High blood pressure would drop, white blood cell counts would improve, and the Lord blessed Mike to continue. He is a walking (not really as he is riding a wheel chair mostly) miracle. Friday we, Afton and I, put him and his companion on a plane for home. The Area Mission Doctor accompanied them back to SLC. There will be no more late night visits to the hospital which means no more late night crossings of the Westminster Bridge. See night shots of Big Ben and the London Eye.
Well, as you can see, we have had a very full month. Time and again we were strengthened in our testimony that the Lord is guiding this great work and that he is watching out for all of the missionaries. During this month, we had a mission conference and our missionaries were all given training in the use of the IPad for missionary work.
|Missionaries setting up their IPads|
Principle #3 of the MY FOUNDATION Self-Reliance workbook is to be Obedient. Obedience to God’s laws and principles leads to spiritual and temporal blessings. For example:
The Word of Wisdom (D&C 89) ----------- Better health, great knowledge
Tithes & Offerings (Malachi 3:10-12) ----- Temporal & Spiritual blessings, success in our work, protection
President Monson said, “The knowledge which we seek, the answers for which we yearn, and the strength which we desire today to meet the challenges of a complex and changing world can be ours when we willingly obey the Lord’s commandments.”