Transfers yet again this week. I am staying in Darlington and Sister Kuhn is going up to South Shields to train a new sister. Sister Wynder and I will be reunited! So stoked. Plus Sister Kuhn and I will still serve as Sister Training Leaders together, so we will see each other every week or so for exchanges. How does it work that we get the best of both worlds sometimes? I guess Heavenly Father just knows what we need sometimes. Looking forward to this next transfer, we have some leads on people to teach, and a lot of part member families we want to help. Darlo won’t even know what hit it.
Last P-day we finally made it to Durham Cathedral. It’s been on our list for a while, so we decided no more! We have to take advantage of the history around us while we are here. So we climbed the tower and were quite tired and a little dizzy by the time we made it to the top, but the view was well worth it. Durham is kind of an interesting mix of historical and modern. York is better at completely preserving the medieval feel and history of the city. There was a Jack Wills store on our hike up to the Cathedral, so we had to stop in. People know about the church in the most random places! We got talking to two of the employees there. One of them is dating a church member for about a year, and might I add, he has never invited her to church! Come on people. It’s just a simple invitation, it doesn’t mean you are pressuring them, or forcing religion on them. It’s the same with missionaries, all we do is invite. We don’t coerce, we don’t badger, we don’t force. We invite. Okay that is my rant for the week. Anyway they were both really nice, and we had a good chat to the other girl about what we do. Missionary opportunities in a department store. They are everywhere. Also funny enough we came across a church member from Africa in the narrow little staircase of the Durham cathedral tower. She gave us both hugs, so that was fun.
So many sisters are leaving this week and at the end of next transfer. It is always sad to see people leave and move on with normal life, but that is what we do. We give it all we have here and then we take what we learn and live our lives. Sister Lam goes home this week. My trainer, my mother! She taught me all I know, and I’ll always be grateful for her friendship when I was a bran new missionary. Those were scary and exciting times all in one, but she got me through it. Always with an encouraging word. Love her so much.
We had a lot of meetings this week, and we went on exchange with the Gateshead sisters. Geordieland anyone? They are in the trio at the minute and are quite a diverse trio ranging from Canada, to Zimbabwe, to Guatamala. Quality sisters. Sister Kumire spoiled us and made some food from home…encouraging us to eat with our hands, which is probably the best feeling ever. Why don’t we do that across the globe again? Oh yeah, we are too “civilized?” All I am saying is it prevents you from eating too fast, and from eating food that is too hot (If it’s too hot to pick up with your hands, it’s too hot to put in your mouth.) Who knew I would be exposed to so many cultures here in England. I am lovin’ it.
We had fast and testimony meeting on Sunday and Sister Kuhn and I both got up. Trish got up as well and thanked us for “feeding her spirit” these past months. Funny thing is, she has probably fed ours more than we have hers. That tends to be how it works. She has such an incredible story. I’ll have to share it more in depth someday with you all. She continually amazes me and I’m just really proud of her!
Transfer meeting tomorrow in Leeds will be crazy! So many people moving/going home. So many goodbyes…speaking of which see you next week!
Love, Sister Zurcher