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It’s been a good, solid week in my opinion. I was able to go on an exchange, experience a big sports day in on Thursday, and teach Margret twice. So quite the week… Thanks for all those inspiring emails, letters, and prayers that I am so appreciative of. It’s so humbling to feel all this spiritual support I have from my loving family. Margret as I said is getting there. We were able to teach her twice which was a blessing. I feel it safe to say that she now knows the church is true!! and she accepts the validity of everything we’ve taught her. But… with everyone and in compliance with what Lehi says… there is opposition. We extended a baptismal commitment to her last week for the 9th of January and she accepted the idea of being baptised but she didn’t accept it herself. She feels she will be ridiculed be her social groups and her son for becoming a member. It’s this that is also keeping from coming to church. Elder Stevens and I organized for us to teach her at the Wrights for dinner on Thursday, we feel that we need to social include her at church in order for her to sacrifice unnecessary things. It shall be great!! I’m excited… We got to have a sports day on Thursday! … a good excuse to physically destroy ourselves, which is precisely what we did. President Bullock organized a bunch of different sports for us to play… but… being in England and serving with choice missionaries when it comes to sports… most played football. It was wonderful to meet and bond with all these other dedicated young men. Elder Stevens meanwhile outplayed most of the missionaries there…. He doesn’t mess around when it comes to football. But after 5 hours of playing…. Everyone on the field began collapsing randomly, until we all realized, we would pay for it the following day. But a good day. A very cool experience I wanted to share was something that happened on Thursday while street contacting in Leyland. After talking to various people Elder Stevens was prompted to ask someone if we could teach him there… he asked and the young man said yes. I came over and we taught him on a nearby wall. After teaching Anthony a 25 minute lesson on the Plan of Salvation and committing to see him again, we found out he lived in Preston. And felt (as there are 2 companionships in Preston) we should refer him to Elder Stringham and Homuth. After getting details and so on we parted ways. While giving the referral to Elder Stringham he asked us what the man looked like. We were able to describe accurately and Elder Stringham explained to us that while planning the previous night he had envisioned the exact person and knew that this was someone the Lord had prepared for them. In their area. The church is true! I was actually able to go on exchange with elder Stringham which was a joy. He is from sandy and this is the second exchange I’ve gone on with him. We were blessed to have Geoff at church again this week and while I was on exchange he was taught by Elder Stevens and Homuth, the word of wisdom… which he committed to live! Not bad, but he still is unsure about baptism. Brigham young always pops to mind when I think of Geoff, how he investigated the church a year before he was baptised. That was a part of the reason we wanted to teach a commandment and have him commit to something big… namely the word of wisdom, but he already lives most of it and he didn’t have a problem adding a few things more. Well once again I must draw to a close. We taught quite a few other decent lessons and had countless enlightening moments this week but my spiritual experiences must end for now. We’re are doing fabulously! and I know you all are to. I do miss the snow however… Love you all tons! Elder Kersey

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Marvellous!

This week has been… mad. In a good way! We had quite a few new changes to our daily routines, (phones, zone conference, moving flat, new car), but it’s been constant tender mercies from the Lord this week for our diligence and continued effort rain or shine. Elder Stevens and I have been truly blessed this week. To start out a very promising week we were let in at a potential’s home. His name is Dominic and it was just so humbling to see how the Lord had prepared him. He was aware of the spirit that was unrestrained, and to see his family bursting through the kitchen to grab some things during the lesson brought a great amount of charity to our teaching. He was eager to receive a copy of the Book of Mormon and we’ll be following up with him shortly. On Wednesday I was on exchange with Elder Knight in Blackpool again. I love meeting all the different Elders as each servant of the Lord magnify’s a different and unique attribute. Mine might be sword fighting with bits of wood we found while moving on Saturday… that aside, during the exchange we were both able to have a truly moving conversation with a man who had lost a nephew to a tumour on the Brain Stem. Again I can’t express the charity I feel towards people when the Lords presents us with these lost and confused souls. It was an experience to truly finish off the night before hastening back to the flat. During my exchange Elder Wilson called Elder Stevens to tell him instead of losing the car at zone conference; the mission had a spare so we were getting a new one! We knew we were losing the car… but had no idea this would happen! Our area is difficult to work because the small towns are spread apart and there’s a lot of rural land. This area has always had a car so we were trying to figure out how we would fulfil what the lord had prompted us to do. We have had strong feelings to work the more rural areas… and then we are blessed with no longer losing the car! It goes to show that we are on the right track with finding the elect in those rural regions. Zone conference was just wonderful as it always is and we got a new phone which was nice… as our previous ones were bricks. But more importantly than phones we received spiritual enlightenment, new training, and competition as we took part in a giant scripture chase! Which I must confess… I did quite well. Even though my scriptorian companion beat me by just a few points…. We had the privilege to journey up to Lancaster for Elder Stevens to interview Roland, a baptismal candidate who was scheduled for the next day. Luckily the weather hasn’t been to bad in south Ribble, but up in the north part of the Preston Zone in Cumbria and Carlisle, there’s been a years worth of rain in the space of a few days. So Lancaster as well was quite rained on; there’s been bridges collapsing and wonderful stuff like that. Marvellous Saturday was insane as we had to move out of our flat to Leyland; which was quite interesting (involving a giant sword fight) and luckily was successful. Sunday we were blessed as during our fast we had Geoff attend sacrament meeting after weeks of not coming, he’s still slowly progressing and when we taught him on Friday we were impressed to commit him to baptism, he understood why but still unconfirmed. We got let in tracting that evening and taught a good solid message to finish the week! So much more… but so little time unfortunately

But don’t worry I still love you all

Elder Kersey

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The fam!

I hope you’re all doing well!! The Lord continues to prepare the hearts of those whom we talk to as well as directing us as to where we should be. Up in South Ribble it has been a week of rain, rain, rain, and…. Yep rain. And incredibly the rain actually does something to residents’ attitude (nothing positive though). But what is useful is using the opportunity to offer someone an umbrella, then you teach them the gospel.

It’s a win-win scenario for them; except nearly everyone doesn’t see it that way.

This Sunday we had a stake conference. The stake stretches from South Ribble/Preston all the way up to Carlisle/Cumbria. So it’s quite big. Our stake president is a wonderful man and President Bullock also spoke to the stake about member work… which was just marvellous. During writing this sentence elder Wilson (the assistant) called me to apologize that Elder Stevens and I were called ‘sisters’ in the mission weekly newsletter it was a mis print but he wanted to say hi to all of you. We’ve had quite a lot of remarks referring to that from our zone leaders… all in good fun I guess. ‘Sister Kersey’ is a title Kez can fulfil.

Anyway aside from that, this week has been very productive week when getting people to church. During the previous week while finding in Leyland, Elder Stevens ran into a former investigator called Margret. Margret is an eccentric woman of about 60, she likes to talk and in my opinion is another solid example of the typical English grandmother.  She was being taught months back but her significant other (a local pastor) refused for us to keep seeing her. When Elder Stevens met her last week she has now separated herself from him and is keen for us to continue teaching her. We’ve introduced her to Sister Wright and she thoroughly enjoyed church. The main thing we’re focusing on with her is developing her testimony of the Book of Mormon. (she left previous churches as she was aware of conflicting doctrines in the Bible).

Marvellous!

Unfortunately Amal was again tied up in family things on Saturday… so we were unable to see him. Rachel and mike are also just up to their necks in work and just so busy. They are still the nicest of nice couples we’ve met. This week we had a wonderful experience with member work. Sister Dean scheduled for us to teach a lesson to a man called Lee. We tracted into him a while back and he mentioned her name. So we told Sister Dean and next thing we knew we were teaching him. Lee however is set in those ways of believing theres no need for religion… by faith and grace we’re saved… the problem is however, only members of the LDS church actually understand what the word grace means….

Geoff is also still slowly but surely getting along. He is still struggling to find his feet and it’s just getting that confidence in him. He keeps commitments but when baptism was first introduced he was just very hesitant. Since that last commitment he has come along much more as we are teaching much more member present lessons with him; we are going to commit him again to baptism this week.

I love the ward we are in. Unfortunately our ward mission leader, brother Munday is moving end of this month. He is one of the loveliest people I have met. His humour and constant smile uplifts everyone. He’s a joy to work with. The rest of our ward is also just wonderful. We are praying that they can move forward with missionary opportunities’ like the general authorities have challenged them to.

But rain or shine I love it here and I love you all tons.

The church is true

Elder Kersey

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The Fam!

Well as it hasn’t exactly been a full week not too much has happened. Last Wednesday Elder Stevens and I were able to go to the temple with Brother Wright who (as he’s from Liverpool), is hilarious. We feel really good about this upcoming transfer, the temple was able to help ‘lay the foundations’ for what we want to accomplish. We have both felt a greater sense of humility and charity develop over this weekend and are ready to fulfill whatever the Lord needs us to. Amal unfortunately travelled to Birmingham but we did manage to get back into contact with him and we’ll be teaching him next weekend. We have still been unable to get into contact with Rachel and Mike but hopefully we’ll at some point find them! When we did teach them, scepticism about prophets is getting there. We explained that we’re all entitled to the spirit of prophecy, , etc. But his problem isn’t that – he feels there is no need for ‘leadership. But we finally passed that bridge, he understands now which is just marvellous. Now we need to get in contact with them…. Other than that it’s been a week devoted to finding, we have set new goals in what we need to accomplish so I’m excited to see what happens! I have met with a few of the new missionaries in our district and their wonderful! I actually got to go on a 2 hour exchange with a brand new missionary in Preston. It was really weird realizing that was me already 7 weeks ago… but (can’t remember his name) he was a joy. Right now we are all just adjusting to the zone change so its been lots of meetings and stuff, so a bit of a slow week… my emails won’t usually be this short PROMISE I really hope your all fabulous… and I’m sure you are!

Love you all tons

Elder Kersey

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The fam!

First of all this email wont be as long. The delay is because of today is transfers! And I’m staying in South Ribble with the wonderful Elder Stevens. But I am very jealous you all got to be taught by Elder Holland… if I could describe him in one word it would be ‘epic.’ David I have found your advice on finding African people useful with people from India. The Preston elders are having some wonderful experiences with them as well as me and elder Stevens. Last week we street contacted an Indian man named ‘Amal.’ One thing I now love about Indians is how humble they are. When we taught him and his family they were so welcoming and to truly crown the lesson, when we extended a baptism commitment he responds with ‘I have already been baptised as a catholic, will that stop me from being baptised into your church?’ …. Wonderful, on Saturday we have another lesson with him and brother Munday the ward mission leader. Bro Munday is a joy to work with, he is so happy, comical and just joyous. Actually there’s someone in the ward named Ruth Panizzi, she recognized me on the first day and said ‘I remember your father passing the sacrament.’ Her old name is Ruth Bradford so let me know if you know her dad. Like I said I love the ward, it’s a joy to be a part of. This area of south Ribble is struggling to find the elect. They have had 1 baptism this year so far. A woman named mary who Elder Stevens baptised last transfer. We are feel we are working hard and have truly felt the lord’s blessings in aiding us to find those who are ready. I went on exchange with the assistants as well last week, which was insane. Elder Ayers who is from Canada served with me for a day in south Ribble. I admire how dedicated these missionaries are. Elder Stevens and I stop everyone on the street but Elder Ayers was stopping… lorries. He’s a machine…. But we taught Rachel and Mike that evening, mike had concerns as to why god calls prophets, and why we are not all prophets so we taught him a spiritual lesson that addressed it perfectly. He knelt and prayed at the end and asked to continue seeing us during his prayer… its tremendous! So Rachel and Mike, and Amal and his family are the ones most progressing so I’ll let you know how they go next week! (by the way mum its back to regular emails on Monday.. ) I would love to write more but I don’t know where to begin. So much happens here in the field. This transfer has been just a blur of events. Its gone so fast. But apart from that the church is true and I’ve got shopping to … do. I was hoping that would rhyme.. nevermind.

Thank you so much for all your prayers, letters, and emails, they are truly appreciated.

Love you all

Read your scriptures

Elder Kersey

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