Monday, April 29, 2013

As soon as I said that the wife Says, “I believe you. I believe it already.”


 Hello Family,

So this week was good, great really. We didn’t get a ton of teaches or anything really with investigators but we got a ton of less active and recent convert teaches. When I got here in this area they didn’t have anything going.  We are trying to get more teaches with investigators and now we have about ten less active teaches a week.  We had a referral from London for a Romanian wife and husband. We stopped by for like a week every day to see if they were in and they were never in.  We figured we would just keep trying, so Saturday at like 9.30 in the morning I was reading and just stood up and went and grabbed the hair clippers and just started to cut my hair and as soon as I took the clippers to my head we got a call from this Romanian family asking if we could come over after church. ( By the way I cut my hair and it is the shortest that it has been for probably 5 years.) So we went and met this family the wife’s name is A…. and the husband is S…. They are so cool and very interested. Please pray for them so they will open to hear more.  The husband is pretty quiet and won’t say anything unless ask him a question, but the wife just says whatever, whenever. As soon as we sat down she asked where our church was and that she would like to go. Then we taught them about the book of Mormon and I explained the first vision.  It was great and I knew they felt the spirit.  Normally after I explain the vision the person almost always says something like, “So you are telling me that this kid saw God the Father?” I am so used to it now that after I explain the vision I always follow up by saying something like,  “Look I know it is different than what you have been taught and that most people don’t believe God still reveals Himself in modern days, but I know this is true.” As soon as I said that the wife Says,  “I believe you.  I believe it already.”  The husband just says “If it means this much to someone like you then it means this much to us.” The lesson went on and the wife kept asking questions that would lead directly into the next part of the lesson so they said they would read and pray and I am sure they will. The only problem is that they are going on holiday for 2 weeks to Romania. So please keep praying for them.  Then the next family we are working with is a less active man, his girlfriend and kid. They came to church yesterday and the wife S…. and girl, C…. really want to be baptised but they have to get married first, so we are just waiting for M…, the man, to propose to S…. so those are the main people that we are working with that are close to baptism. this week got cold towards the end of the week. On Friday we went to a family for lunch and then went to a less active family and as soon as we got there they just said, “Oh good your coming with us to Nandos.” Nandos is a really nice restaurant, one that I want to open in Las Vegas. We got home right in time for a dinner appointment with members. I was so full I though I was going to die our whole day was spent eating. My new companion is a good guy.  He is 22 and has been out 6 months.  I like him a lot.  He is often sick or hurt so it is hard on Pdays because we can’t do much, but I just stick with him.  He has a hard time with his back and knees.  We get along well though.  I also got the tie you sent me.  It is sick.  I love it.  Sorry I haven’t been taking a ton of photos lately.  I will get back at it.  I wrote to a few of my friends today including Quincy and Mary. I will set up times for mother’s day when it gets closer.   We have had no success at all when we knock doors.  It is frustrating to have it slammed every time.  Even when we street contact we have had nothing. The people won’t even take cards or anything.  It is tough but we just keep going at it. The only investigators that we have been able to keep are the ones that the members find. So this week was alright, pretty good week here in England not much more to report so I will just send along some pictures. 

 

Love you all,

Elder Mecham

Elder Kretzu and Elder Mecham

Beautiful England

Nandos

Nandos

Short hair-don't care!

Monday, April 22, 2013

I also learned how to play the djidjededo


So my new address is 16 The stables, Dragoon way, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2TY

My new comp is cool and get this,  he can see the Eiffel tower from his home. He has a dad and mom and he doesn’t like sports, but he is cool even though he doesn’t like sports. His first name is Andre.

The ward seems very good and active. The work though is very slow here. I haven’t met many investigators yet really and only spoke to one at church for a little.

The area seems good, we are right on the coast so that’s nice. I haven’t met many investigators but I met most of the less active members that we are working with they are all cool but we have a lot to do. The flat is decent the floor creeks whenever you walk around so that stinks and it is well annoying. My bed in the flat is really comfortable so that’s a plus to our flat. My companion has a bad back and bad knees so we can’t really play any sports on Pdays and he hates walking so we always ride bikes.  We do have buses that we can take. I will send some pictures in this email. My comp is a good cook so sometimes he cooks. A lot of times we have members that tell us to come over whenever we are hungry so I have been fed well since I have arrived. We have also received some excellent weather and it has been sunshine and probably 60's outside so that’s not terribly bad at all. It sounds like lacrosse is going decent, nothing like the glory days but it sounds alright. I hope I stay in Christchurch for a while now and we can get some things going here. Moving after only 2 transfers is hard, I just want to stay in an area for a while so we can make something happen. I have been reading books and playing the ukulele whenever there is free time which isn’t too often. One  of the less active members have tons of instruments including the guitar, the drums, the ukulele, the piano and so they always hand me the ukulele and we just play for a bit as we visit. I also learned how to play the didgeridoo. It’s the Australian sound that the aboriginals used to go into a trance... it’s a lot of fun. 

I hope to have more to report next week.

Joey with the ZL

Passed on the Flag tie to his friend from Spain
Elder Mecham

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Christchurch


Ok first off. I was so bummed when I got moves calls. I only moved 20 minutes away from Yeovil down to the coast. The area is Christchurch my new companion is elder Kretsu he has been out for 6 months and is from Paris, France. The area seems nice as it’s on the coast and pretty populated so no more farms woooooooo!! Or cows!  I have heard so far that the Christchurch ward is one of the best and so far it’s been correct. We had lunch at a members home and we had some food and they were really nice. They were old but really nice. I had so much fun with elder Paulo in Poole and being the zone leader for 2 days was well ill. And we had a car so that was fun. We got a ton of work done. Some random girls wanted to take a picture with us, it was proper awkward because I never knew how to talk to girls anyways but yea we were on the beach contacting and these girls were on the sand taking pictures of themselves for some college project and asked if they could take some pictures with us. I will get the picture to you on Monday.

So I am still in the same zone just a different district, but I will still see the old district at the district meetings. So that means that I can still pickup my package and it won’t really be a hassle anymore which I guess is alright. You can just tell people if they will to write me at the temple’s address, it is a lot easier that way and I get the temple mail usually twice a month so it’s not too bad. It will just take me a little longer to reply and everything but that’s better than moving and never seeing the mail for a year.  I have lots of work to do.  I have to go.

 

Love, Elder Mecham

Monday, April 8, 2013

On the way to the train station we encountered cows....


Ello Mum,

I only have about ten minutes to type this up right now. We are super busy today.  I had not given any thought to you picking me up here so I don’t know about that whole you come to England right after my mission or me jut fly home. There are pros and cons to both. So I am not sure, it is a long way away, but I guess you would have to save up. I just think I would like to go home and we could return to England some other time.  Or you can come and we can stay here but I think I would have to be released if you want to see the sights around Europe. It is a long way off though, so I don't know.
Conference was great, so we saw all the sessions except the Sunday afternoon one. We watch the Saturday morning that night and then watch the priesthood sesh and the Sunday seshs on Sunday except the afternoon one is from 9-11. We watched all the sessions at the church.  I loved Elder Uchtdorf’s talk most this weekend.
I went to Salisbury on exchanges with a Fijian elder. It was a lot of fun. We taught some cool people and got really good kebab and chips.. I don’t like exchanges though  because we have new investigators, but I never get to teach them because we are always on exchanges the days of the teaches.  Funny story,  on the way to the train station we encountered cows.... they have calves and just stare at us and look like they will kill us.. I will send pictures some time soon since I only got 30 minutes to email and stuff. 

I have to go.

Joey-love you all

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

"and my tie and shirt are permanently stained with the stench.


Happy Easter,
So this week was really very good. I now, when I wake up say, “16 more days, or 15 more days,” for how many days Elder Armijo has left. So I am doing all the counting for him.  Aren’t I such a good companion? So this week we went to visit a lady out in the middle of the smallest town ever! Literally nothing is out there. It just seems like such a hard place to live. A member of the ward found her on the missionary day so we went back with him to teach her the first lesson. She loved it. It was a great lesson and she is happy to have us visit her. Funny story-On our way there we had to walk basically on a freeway that has no sidewalks to get to the train station.  The station is about 1 1/2 hours walk away. Towards the end we found a public footpath through some farmer’s field so we took that for the last 15 minutes of our walk. Then coming back we decided to take that same way through the field again but noticed that it smelled horrible. Just as soon as we smelled the field we see a tractor in the distance laying down what appeared to be mud..... Well it wasn’t mud, it was~manure! We just decided to run through it because it smelled so awful and we were about a third of the way through the field already. When we got past the field we still smelled manure. We look and our shoes are just covered in the crap and my tie and shirt are permanently stained with the stench. So gross.  We ended up finding a shortcut/ the footpath for the whole way to the train station so we don’t have to walk on the freeway~anymore. We went to Salisbury for pday which was fun I bought a new jacket that was 80% off in getting ready for spring but I am still freezing so it was a good buy.   It is such a sick find it is this huge wool coat that I can wear over my suit for the rest of this winter and next. I also started to buy a lot of socks that are really colorful or bright. That’s our new thing to do in our zone so all the elders show up to district meeting and zone training in dope socks. Everyone gets a kick out of it. I got a pair of slot machine socks that have the 7's and cherries and bar and all that on them. They are sick. That family of baptisms is actually a gypsy Irish family. But I have never met them yet.  They have been taught when we are on splits so I missed out but I will get to know them soon.  Mum, I feel like I finally understand the whole faith and works/ grace and saved thing. In part because of a really good talk given by Brad Wilcox entitled 'His grace is sufficient' Please read it.  Have everyone read it.  I came up with an analogy that I think applies well to grace. 'We do not earn the sun but the activities that we partake in while there is sunlight prove how thankful we are for the sun'. The atonement being the sun, if you will.  I am grateful for that.  This is from the talk:

The Book of Mormon teaches us to rely solely on “the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” (2~Nephi 2:8). As we do, we do not discover—as some Christians believe—that Christ requires nothing of us. Rather, we discover the reason He requires so much and the strength to do all He asks (see Philippians 4:13). Grace is not the absence of God’s high expectations. Grace is the presence of God’s power (see Luke 1:37).

Also I have created my mormon.org profile so here it is~ILOVE CATS!~

 
Love you all and this work,

Elder Mecham