November and Christmas
We were trying to remember November and thought we had not done much. Then, referring back to Afton’s journal, WOW. We have been busy. Here are the highlights.
|River Lock being filled|
|River Lock being opened|
|Afton viewing river level stabilized|
Recently we have had a lot of change in personnel in the mission. With the bubble of 18 year old missionaries completing their missions and returning home, our number of missionaries is down and the baptism rate has dropped a bit. The Mission President decided not to change the baptismal goals so he initiated a mission fast. The whole mission fasted for the purpose of finding new people to teach. The Lord has blessed the mission and our November baptism goal was actually exceeded. The Lord continues to guide and direct this great work. During the week after the Fast, many missionaries reported miracles they experienced as a result of this fast.
|The Ashby's, Anna, and the Baxter's @ Rules|
One of the wards that we are working with has started a Workgroup teaching English to Portuguese speakers. Last week the missionaries needed help with their class because the actual teacher was unable to get there. Afton and I came up with a version of charades that we had learned from Neil and Brittney (thanks kids, you saved the class). Drawing from a bowl of English words, Team One, all Portuguese students, speaking only in English, had to describe as many words as possible without using the original word. They had one minute. Then Team Two had the same opportunity. Next round, using the same words, the teams had to draw a word from the bowl and with only one word, try and get their team to say the word. The final round each team alternated drawing words and doing strictly charades – no words. The students thought it was great fun. We love helping the missionaries whenever we can. By the way, of the 25 students, 8 are non-members and the missionaries have had 3 baptisms out of the group so far.
|Banqueting House Throne|
|King Charles on Throne|
|Play Billboard - it is right side up|
As we have worked with our stakes around London, we have seen a lot of growth this month. The new inspired initiative with the MY PATH devotionals and personal assessments helps each member of the Church find out where they stand with Spiritual and Temporal Self-Reliance. We have seen wards take the My Path Devotionals to over 480 people in November. It has taken many months to get rolling, but some of the slowest stakes are now catching on. We still have 3 out of nine that are not yet on board with this inspired instruction and direction. With the Lord’s help, it will come. We hope you see this soon in your areas.
One of the key principles of Self-Reliance is Perseverance. Getting up, acting, and carrying on until the goals are achieved, until service is complete. View the video, “Only A Stonecutter” and let us know of your feelings toward perseverance and of the dedication of John Rowe Moyle. Here is the link to the full video. https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2010-07-140-only-a-stonecutter?lang=eng For help in using this video in your Family Home Evening, see My Foundations: Principles, Skills, and Habits, Principle #9 . This can be found on SRS.LDS.ORG
Where has the year gone? The Christmas Season is here and may we all share in the message of the grandest of events, the birth of our beloved Saviour.
As part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ worldwide initiative titled "A Savior is Born," a live nativity is located outside the Hyde Park Chapel on Exhibition Road across from the Science Museum near the South Kensington Underground Station in London, England. This is one of the most popular areas in London where annually more than 10 to 11 million people walk on this street. Each evening from 5-7pm, live actors will portray Joseph and Mary.
|London - Hyde Park Chapel - Live Nativity|
Alan Phillips, president of the Hyde Park Stake said, "At a time of so much conflict, fear and uncertainty, we look forward to sharing the joy of our Saviour's birth and the peace that such knowledge brings."
"The purpose of this live nativity," according to Elder Duane Cardall, Director of the Hyde Park Visitors' Centre, "is to remind us that Jesus Christ came into the world. He was born; He lived; He died; and was resurrected. And because of Him all humankind will have the blessing of eternal life. It is our mission to proclaim the divinity of Jesus Christ. This is one way we have chosen to do that."
The Spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul. To catch the real meaning of the Spirit of Christmas, we only need drop the last syllable and it becomes the Spirit of Christ.President Thomas S. Monson
It is a MUST! Visit Mormon.org and view A Savior Is Born. This is the current Church Christmas initiative. Following that viewing, there are two additional short videos teaching us why we need a Saviour.