This was a hard Christmas. Don't be alarmed tho I received some tender mercies for ssuuure.
So start of with non Christmas stuff. In case you missed it, I moved. So it's been a little bit of a gong show. My comp has only been here 2 months and we had meetings and parties that we tried to sort out and wow it's difficult.
So my new area is in the middle of nowhere. It's tough to describe. So take a peak at this map.
Blue pin is my new flat!! Blue arrow is our chapel. The red pin on the far right is the stake center (where we have all mission meeting for the north.) green pin on the bottom is the Darlington Elders flat. (In our district)
So from our flat to the chapel is about 50 minutes on bus. The stake center is like 2 hours by bus. Darlington is 1 hour 30 min via bus.
So Monday we were at the stake center for pday and the zone leaders were like oh ya you have to be in Leeds for 9 am tomorrow for a new leader meeting. So we had to shuffle our butts and cruise back to our flat. We got our stuff then went to Darlington flat to sleep over. I then took a 2 hour train to Leeds yay!! Such an incredible meeting, so good!
So we finally made it back to Darlington, got our stuff and made it back to our flat at 9pm so it was a really long day. Really, really long. We knew we had a Christmas social with the mission on Thursday at our stake center so we were trying to sort out where to stay and when to travel... well we had to sleep in Darlington to make it to the stake center for 8:30. Super awesome. So we left at 7 pm Wednesday to get to to Darlington took a snooze then to Billingham, the stake center, for Thursday! It was super good. Spent the day with Elder Walker!
|Elder Walker from Calgary|
After that party we set off and made it to Darlington but missed the last bus to bishop Auckland so we stayed over in Darlington again haha classic. Friday we made it back finally. Wow, long days.
Saturday the zone leaders delivered the packages :)) I feel spoiled. Such a goodie this year! Sunday of course was Christmas Eve. Had a wonderful sacrament meeting.
Now at this point I don't know any members. So I wasn't too excited for the holiday festivities. But a family made it all better. The Cox family and their extended family. We had a killer meal, it so good. And fun games! We really really enjoyed it. Now this shows you how small the world is. Their son, Brian Cox just got home from the Adriatic South mission.... his best friend from the mission is Chris Mero from back home!! Like legit.
Ah yes Christmas Day we hung out with some lonely people at church and had a meal. I Skyped the fam. Finally met Will! He didn't say much. Ian has such a deep voice. Clair, well she's getting married so there's that. Brad hasn't changed. Toni you haven't either. It was exciting to hear Oly the wonder dog is getting a puppy friend!! Love the fam. Oh and I got to skype with Joe (or should I say Elder Pilling) for a little bit. Crazy he's a missionary haha!
The weather is mild which I enjoy.
Saturday evening we were able to light the world for a single mom named Kay. She didn't have food or anything so we hooked her up. Nice little moment.
We are working with a few different people for baptism which is really exciting.
So from here on idk what to say.
It's been wild to say the least.
All my pics from the last month are still on the camera, but here's one.
|Package delivery from the zone leaders. My comp is tieless :)|
Love Elder Pilling
Sent from the lad of lads