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This week started off pretty mundane…well as mundane as a day can be on a mission. Sister Wynder and I found out we were staying together, so I have been thinking of things I want to change within myself or the way I am doing things since the area is the same. You have to shake things up a little bit right? Anyway, things progressed this week pretty much the same as they have the past five weeks or so, and when that happens, my mind has a hard time staying engaged in the work. I see an endless list of to-dos and ways we need to help the people we are working with. Overwhelmed with the mundane is how it feels. Is that an oxymoron?

But then Saturday came. We went to the chapel in the morning to rehearse a musical number for the bishop’s son’s baptism the following day with bishop’s daughter-in-law and soon to be daughter-in-law. It’s always good to start the day off with making some music. We went to the university area later that day, which is where we usually try to talk to people since we are a university based team. So we had talked to a few people, and we were having a good time just being in each other’s company and trying to slow people down to give us a chance to present our message. We saw this Chinese student walking ahead of us on the other side of the road, and so I said, “let’s cross and go talk to him!”..mostly in a whisper so he wouldn’t hear. I crossed the road and Sister Wynder followed, and we caught up to him. We were headed to a new couple’s flat in the nearby area pretty soon, so Sister Wynder asked him for directions. He was SO nice! I think he is probably the happiest guy I have ever met. His English name is Aaron. He looked up directions for us on his iPhone and then we talked to him about an activity we were having during the week and mentioned church. He said he could come on Wednesday, so we said great. Later that night he texted us and said he had thought about it and actually decided he did want to go to church the next day. We were giddy for the rest of the night.

The thing is, from the story it might sound like I must have been really inspired to cross the street that day and talk to him, but really I didn’t feel much until we were actually talking to him. Sister Wynder and I both felt so good as we were walking away from that conversation with him. We felt the spirit really strongly, and even if maybe I wasn’t aware of it, the Spirit must have prompted me. We were having a conversation later about how we really know if people are prepared or not to hear our message, and the thing is we rarely don’t. We just have to act, and talk to everybody, and the Lord gives us direction as we act in faith.

We picked Aaron up from the city center and rode the bus to church on Sunday morning. As we were riding along our journey, every other bus stop, members from our church kept getting on, so we pointed them out to him. By the time we got to the bus stop by church, almost the whole bus was full of people going to church and we cleared the bus when we got off. It was a nice experience, as we were all making some sort of sacrifice, whether great or small, to go to church and worship God on Sunday morning.

So why did Aaron accept and act upon the invitation to come to church after just meeting us the previous day? From the subject line I think you can guess my answer. I feel as though it is a matter of the heart. Aaron might not even really know what he is looking for at this point, but we have the great privilege of teaching how to form a relationship with Heavenly Father and have greater happiness in his life. I believe he has been prepared by the Lord, and more importantly his heart has been prepared. How do you feel the Lord has prepared your heart?

Love, Sister Zurcher

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So are you wondering what news transfers brought? I’m staying in Leeds with Sister Wynder!! 6 more weeks! I am so excited for the month ahead. Our investigators are probably the best people in the world. We just love them! I can’t wait to see what the future brings. We’ve had some changes in the zone, so it should be fun to see what happens. Sister Wynder will reach one year and I’ll reach half way, so that will be fun to reach those marks together.  

The weather has been crazy here the past week. Wednesday was deemed “wild wednesday” because the wind was like 100 mph in some areas. We got an answerphone from the assistants saying not to get killed by trees but not to stay in, ha so that is missionary life. We started walking to the chapel for a RS activity and the sleet was blowing straight into our faces. I’ve never been so cold in my life, and then when we got there, we found out the activity was cancelled, after we had gotten soaked to the bone. Luckily there is a member that lives near the chapel, so we stopped at his house for some hot chocolate before heading home. Despite those kind of experiences, life is good. I love you all, and I feel so lucky to be able to serve the Lord here in rainy England.

Love, Sister Zurcher

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What a crazy past couple of weeks! It feels like this transfer has flown by. This week we went to tea at a woman’s house who has been away from the church for years and years. She has a thriteen year old son and has recently been coming back to church. I think she finally realized that having a relationship with God is important, and is trying to do the things now to build that relationship. When we had dinner with her she was on her 10th day of not smoking. The spirit was so strong in her home. She still has a battle ahead of her I think, but the Lord is helping her.

A new missionary just came in this last week and she stayed with us for about 24 hours. She is from mainland China. I think we have about 5 or 6 missionaries from mainland China total, which is pretty incredible. Most of them found the church through studying in other countries. Transfer calls are a week from today, so email will be on Tuesday just FYI…where I will go, nobody knows! Sorry I have been inconsistent with emails. Just be patient with me. I’m doing my best trying to balance everything.

We also had a new member fireside last night which was great! Our ward mission leader is really on the ball. It was kind of chance for everyone there to contemplate their conversion and what the church means to us. I shared the moment when I came to know Heavenly Father was there. I remember I had had a pretty hard year at uni that year and I was home for the summer. It was a late summer morning and the sun was filtering through my blinds and warm on my back. I knelt down by my bed and offered a simple prayer. I asked Heavenly Father if he was there. The familiar words of a primary song we sing as kids immediately entered into my mind. Speak, I am here. The accompanying feeling of peace and love was undeniable.

Also we went on exchange this week to a nearby town, Otley. I took my little blue suitcase with stuff for the overnight visit. Everything was going fine, but then I realized I had left my suitcase on the train…luckily it went straight back to Leeds. So much for brushing my teeth that night ha. I feel like experiences like this exemplify missionary life. You have to let the little things go and figure that things will work out for the best anyway. Luckily the flat had a lot of flogged clothes, and I dug out a cozy onesie for pajamas.

Thank goodness for Sister Wynder. She has saved my life this transfer. I don’t know what I would do without her! I guess we’ll find out next week if we get split up. Whatever happens will work out for the best though. The best is yet to come.

Oh, by the way my subject line is something President Pilkington keeps talking about. He says amen is something we say more than anything else in church and meetings. He tells us that we need to apply the things we talk and pray about more. President is brilliant. I can’t say enough on this subject.

That’s all for this week. Also, my theme for this transfer is D&C 108:7-8. Possibly my all-time favorite scripture.
“Therefore, strengthen your brethren in all your conversation, in all your prayers, in all your exhortations, and in all your doings. And behold, and lo, I am with you to bless you and deliver you forever. Amen.”—D&C 108:7-8

Love you lots,
Sister Zurcher

P.S. Tracy Lund is the coolest

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