Tuesday, October 29, 2013

These Londoners might know about rain, but they know nothing of wind.

Hey family,

You didn’t answer any of my questions that I asked last week in your letter.  Also we should probably go back to the questions list again. Sometimes I don’t have a lot of time so it makes it easier. This week was pretty good! Yesterday everyone was talking about this huge storm to hit London and how it was going to be the biggest storm in like 30 years.  I was so siked.  I love storms. Remember the flood in Vegas?  I was thinking maybe some of that would be going on.  Sailing down the streets in canoes.  So I was all geared up for a great night of listening to it and maybe even running out in the rain for memory sake.  The night arrives and I was like “Storm? What storm?” It was just windy. Tiny showers and it was like just a bit above how windy it usually gets. So I was all excited for this huge storm to pass during the night and I woke up in the middle of the night (like I always do) and stand by our open windows and it was just windy... I got all excited for nothing.  It is windier in Vegas every day of the winter than it was here.  These Londoners might know about rain, but they know nothing of wind.  
The little storm he is talking about.  Read the full story below.

We haven’t got too many investigators to speak of right now and the members do their best to help us out.  I am sorry mom, but I certainly don’t have any golden investigators to tell you about for your talk in stake conference..haha I wish!  Write to Elder Tengberg or Lythgoe or any one of my Sur Americano amigos.    Hopefully next time!

I am still enjoying studying and yes I will take the challenge to read the Book of Mormon before the next stake conference.  Add me to the list.  It will be easy.  I read it so much and so often.  I could get through the Bible in that amount of time.  Speaking of stake conference, ours was awesome.  I loved seeing the Tuckers and bonus; all the speakers were great. 

So the story you told me about the two Marias and the Margherita is completely awesome.  It is like you are doing missionary work.  Looking them up is like knocking on doors.  And ya, I think Margherita is waiting for you to get going on her work.  That is pretty cool. 

We are going to start visiting a wonderful French family now. They are the G------ family. They have 4 kids from 28-20 and they are French so of course they  make good food. We are going to help them with their house. They converted their attic into a room so we are just taking old wallpaper down and put new wallpaper up. They are very nice people. Sister G----- served a mission in New Guinea so I thought of Elder Mikesell who would say that he always wanted to serve in Papua New Guinea when we were like in junior and high school. Haha. Now he is in Hong Kong with Sister Moody there too serving . Although it isn’t Papua I am sure he is down with it.  The other elders in our flat had a baptism on Saturday but we couldn’t go which was a huge bummer.  We were already filled up on Saturday so we didn’t get to see it.  I really would have liked to have been there.  We see so few baptisms.   This week, we just stuck to the basics and did contacting as much as possible.   We are not as successful as we would like of course but we work so hard at this.  The other night we went to a recent convert of about a year her name is M---- and she is from Sierra Leone. She knows how  I love the pepe and peanut butter soup so she made me an extra batch and gave me two pepes on the side to eat so of course I had to oblige.   It was so good. That is one of the first recipes I will cook for you. Peanut butter soup is so good. It’s one of my favorites for sure. It probably is my favorite. Tell Bro and Sister Patterson they are invited. 

This month has been going by really quickly. I have become a cheese connoisseur. Last week I had brie and camembert and goat cheese and stilton. This week I went for gorgonzola or something and I got a big wheel of brie. I like cheese now. It must mean that I am becoming more and more of a gentleman. I always have this huge urge to go out in my cleanest suit and then sit outside a little bakery when it is nice and sunny and just enjoy something like fizzy water to drink and a nice book and I would grow out this sick beard and get my hair long... like proper long. That’s my urge but for now it will take the backseat whilst I’m a missionary.  
Oh and Ma, You know how you asked me for photos, but then you told me you are being a 'bad mom' and not updating my blog?  Well read Matthew 25:29.  I can't give you lots of photos if you don't update my blog! hahahahhahaha jk Mum. 

All is well in London town.

Elder Mecham

Elder Mecham loses his beach ball in London!

UK weather: Giant beach ball bounces around London in powerful St Jude winds

The 10-metre wide ball had been tethered to a building but it broke free due to the very high winds
Surreal: This giant beach ball was spotted bouncing along a London roundabout
Surreal: This giant beach ball was spotted bouncing along a London roundabout
It was without doubt the most surreal moment of the morning.
These incredible pictures show an enormous BEACH BALL rolling around one of London's busiest roundabouts.
The 10-metre wide ball had been tethered to a building near Old Street Tube station.
But with powerful wind speeds caused by the huge storm, the ball broke free and began to bounce around.

Giant Beach Ball in London
Huge: The beach ball was tethered to a building but strong winds caused it to come loose
Giant Beach ball in London
Burst: Islington Council sent a team to the scene who popped the enormous ball

Pictures of it quickly emerged on social media sites showing motorists attempting to dodge the enormous ball as they made their way to work.
But as these pictures show, the ball soon became a victim of the storm.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bad Mother

So due to the pesky little thing called work, I am behind in updating Elder Mecham's blog.  I will get back to it shortly.
Here are a few photos of his adventures in England.
He got to see the Tucker s at Stake conference

Met a friend who all the other Elders say is his twin!

Together again with his pal Elder Blumenthal!

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Grandmas love us

Hi family,
This  is me and Munson on the train.  Twins?

Tucker boys.  Love these kids!
 Another rainy week and yes I am pasty white.  Thanks for noticing.  This week we had zone conference.  Antony came and that is great.  He is a good guy but we just can’t get him to commit.  Ma he is like you were.  It took you six years right?  What the heck Mum.  The missionaries must have been so frusturated with you.  Tell me, what do I do with someone like you.  What was your hold up?  It is really hard because we know he knows but he just won’t move on it.  Anyhow, zone was great.  Really great.  Learned a lot like always.  I have learned so much out here it is crazy.  I can tellyou with out a doubt I learned more here in just the short time I have been here than I have in any other time or place in my life.  Everyone should go on a mission.  Everyone.  So if my friends who haven’t gone even read this.  Get going.  Put your stuff in order and get to it mates. Anyhow at zone everyone kept telling me about some kid that was my identical twin. Elder Blumenthal lives with him so he grabbed him and brought him to me and the kid and I both looked at each other and I said “hey dude” and he said, “hey dude,” and then  we just walked away. Later someone else told us we look just alike and the kid and I met again but this time we chatted. I dont think he looks too much like me but he is identical in personality and everything. We talk the same we listen to the same music we wear the same clothes. His name is elder Munson from Pleasant Grove, Utah. So the rest of the night we just chatted and we even use the same slang. It is crazy. I will send you a picture to decide for yourself. We had stake conference and they asked all missionaries to go to the Saturday night session. We went and it was funny, there were only old people and only like 60-70 people were even there.  So it was all these young elders and all the grandparents of the stake.  The grandmas love us.  I think maybe we were there for that reason.  Sunday was the coolest day. The session was fantastic.  A fgew talks reminded the members to help the missionaries do the ir work by having members present lessons.  I was glad,  we need the help.  We have so few who will work with us. I got to see mama Vega from Croydon and the Tucker family. I got pictures with them but I think theirs came out better. Ask them for the pics. They gave me some goldfish as well. It was good seeing them again. Well I don’t have too much time left so I will send you some pictures.

 Love, Elder Mecham

Monday, October 14, 2013

I have a new pet. Not really. Sort of.

I have to tell you about Antony.  He has been thinking that he isn’t ready for baptism so we asked if he could set aside one night and read from the book of Mormon. He chose Friday and we asked him to think of a question he had and to read with the question in mind.  Well he did as so mnay people do and he just opened to a random page. So 1-531 and he chose 113 which talks about the reason Christ was baptised. He told us that question he had aksed himself was why should he be baptized.  That was pretty cool.  Really cool don’t you say?  He is really smart and he understands everything he reads. He likes the church but he hadn’t had a spiritual experience with it so he is just waiting for that to improve his faith. Zoe is good as well but, she doesn’t like feeling forced so it is kinds hard to commit her to do things. We talked about baptism and she said absolutely no way ever!!! But she came to church again. She says she really likes everything but she is taking it very slow.  We love them both and just keep working with them.
Hey I made fufu.  Shout out to the Patterson's.  Da body is good.  Da fufu is good.

Elder Morales and I both got sick this week with colds but we are getting over them now. To answer your question many in England live off benefits basically. It is an interesting way to live because kids/ young people don’t really set goals.  Many of them just assume they will be part of the system. I know you see a lot of that in the US but here it is more prevalent. What is happening in the US with obamacare... I heard news that something is happening with a government shutdown because Obama is throwing a temper tantrum that the republicans won’t pass the obamacare. Obama has clearly never spent time in england. If he did he would realise that free healthcare is never going to work well. Do you remember the story I told you about President Millar and his shoulder.  That is what it amounts to.  It is starting to feel like winter now. Cold, windy, and rainy. The three worst things ever. If you can remember Forrest Gump when he is talking about the rain in Vietnam and he says ' it rains soft it rains hard it rains down it rains sideways and sometimes it feels like it even rains up'. That is exactly the rain in England. I have an umbrella but the wind makes it useless. Whenever it rains like that i just think about Forrest Gump. Ok, I am out of time for today.  I will see if i can send pictures.
Oh I found a new friend.  Remember when I made friends with the wild cats at BYU?  This is similar.  I have anew pet.  Not really.  Sort of.  You know we have that no pet rule on our mission, but hey, I still love all of God's creatures.  Is that so wrong?  Anyhow say hello to my new friend.  Hasn't bit me yet!  Mom didn't you tell me if I could get salt on a squirrel's tale he would be my pet?  Seriously this one got so close I probably could have picked it up.  Someone must have salted him.
That is my hand.  Really.

Love you all.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith

Hi family,
 I am starting to get sick. It always seems like this time of year I get sick.  I really enjoyed conference. For conference we went over to a senior couples house and they made us lunch and dinner and then breakfast today. I liked President Uchtdorf’s talk basically saying everyone is different  but we must go on inviting everyone to learn about the church.  I realize now that members sometimes hold their church membership like they do something that belongs to them that they are proud of, but they don’t share.  Like if you have a super nice car or something.  You show it to everyone, but you don’t invite people to drive it.  Does that make sense.  Members often let people know they are members but they don’t invite others to be members.  That is a huge part f what we deal with here.  People that are members don’t often tell thei non- member friends about the church. Make sure you all do that.  You all have friends that are not members.  Invite them to things.  Like mum at school invite your friends to go to church.  What are you waiting for.  Don’t just hang out with Suzie and your other LDS friends at work.  Another point he brought up is questions and faith.  I loved his quote, "Please, first doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith."  When we teach we have people who will feel the spirit.  I know it, they know it, but then the doubts creep in.  It is like I want to follow them around all day and remind them of what they felt.  And tell them,"Doubt your doubts."

Elder Schmoekel is training a kid from Spain who is super quiet and he just turned 18. He is truggling a bit  and some days just stays in their room all day. I wish I could communicate with him better and help him out. I can’t really talk to him. We surprised him with African food. He struggled a little but i think everyone does at first anyways. I had to buy 2 new trousers because one of mine ripped and the others were all colour faded and everything. So that took up a lot of my money... I would love groceries so it was perfect timing that you asked.  Thanks Mother.  I don’t have too much time anymore. Do you remember Stacy and Chloe when I was in Christchurch? Anyways they got married and then got baptized! i just saw their names on President Millar’s weekly letter.  That is such a great thing and I am so happy to have been part of their conversion. I knew they would get everything in order.  I got 2 letters from sister Bertha and a letter from bro. sis Patterson. Tell them I am bummed that there are no African stores in Las Vegas. WhenI get back I want to have an African food party with them.  Just them though.  Not one of your over thetop parties mum.  So anyhow Sis Patterson and I can cook up all the African foods. I have plenty of bags of powder Pepe.  She will know aout that.  I will figure out a way to get Fufu flour too.  Tell everyone Hello!

Elder Mecham