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Christmas Time !

First of all I hope you all had a wonderful and somewhat peaceful Christmas. The snow finally ended here in south Ribble so it was a very icy Christmas as they don’t have snowploughs… which has made street contacting very interesting. Elder Rosenberg and I were privileged to be invited at our stake president’s home for lunch and then a large family (also known as the Petcheys) for the afternoon and evening. Christmas on your mission is truly memorable. It was such a good experience. On top of that treat we were privileged to go through the temple as a mission at zone conference right before Christmas eve. Unfortunately Elder Rosenberg and I ran into some conflicts between vehicle logistics and traffic. On the crisp morning of the 23rd we followed our GPS’s instructions to travel to Preston to pick up the Preston elders for our conference in Chorley. While we are on the subject of the GPS I guess I’ll introduce you to ours. The navigator we have was something that came with the new companion during transfers (however it’s not the missions it’s Elder rosenberg’s). And, believe it or not its name is ‘Sean’ and… it’s Irish. There’s been many times when I have had to physically stop myself from chucking it out the window during those times of misguidance. After two hours of Christmas traffic… we got to zone conference but the temple was wonderful. And then of course Christmas… marvellous! President and Sister Blease are a wonderful couple. We absolutely loved our time with them and won’t forget it. Then while at the Petchey’s we had our second massive meal for the day and after playing trivia watched a film that the president approved… the chronicles of Narnia. It was weird to be watching films again and we forgot how violent that film is…its not that it’s too violent, it’s that I just forgot the havoc and chaos charging minotaur’s and angry centaurs can cause, not to mention a great big lion. So we quickly shared a spiritual message after. We taught Gail on Sunday and she has just done wonderfully. As we have now reached the point of teaching her commandments we decided to share initially obedience and the Word of Wisdom. Halfway through the lesson, she explained to us that the previous night she researched the Word of Wisdom on the Church website and is now beginning to live it! Gail’s faith is incredible. Gail’s Brother Allan is also living with her and is a former investigator. During our lesson with Gail, her brother Allan continued to walk in and out of the room. We could both tell by his body language that he was unhappy with our doctrine. It was because of the Law of Chastity as well as unrecognized baptisms that he is no longer investigating. At a certain point in the lesson, he began to express his concerns. We didn’t want to deviate too much from Gail as we were in the middle of teaching her the Word of Wisdom but we both had strong impressions to resolve Allan’s concern about correct priesthood authority. As we mentioned the book of Mormon, Gail piped in with a comment directly at Allan and we fell silent. She testified to her own brother to the truths in the book of Mormon. She testified of its spiritual power when she reads it and how she knows it is true. After her testimony, Allan committed himself to our invitation to read and come back to church, as well as a return appointment. It was such a powerful experience to see an investigator testify to a family member. It’s been a wonderful week and it makes it more wonderful to realize that I love you all.

Love you

Elder Kersey

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So much to say! Another wonderful week in the area of South Ribble! Our investigators have really progressed this week which has been a blessing.

We’ve really covered ground with Margret. We’ve been praying to seek guidance as to how to help her overcome her fear of social pressure and joining the church. On Friday we were able to teach her at a members home, the Wrights. Margret felt really welcomed and bonded immediately. We taught her a chapter out of the book of Mormon. Her testimony of this sacred book has grown tremendously. It’s now just getting her to commit to some bigger commitments. The most memorable parts of the lesson (the entire thing is actually memorable when you’ve got Brother Wright there…) were bro Wright and his open feelings towards Jehovah’s Witness. Margret was a previous member. But all was well

I had two exchanges this week which meant I saw little of my area… On Tuesday I had the opportunity to accompany a German Elder Homuth in Preston. He’s a lovely missionary to be with and I admire his determination. We had a mad day of finding and returned to the flat shattered… the best feeling at the end of a solid day.

I seriously can’t believe its transfers next week… where does the time go?! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve had here in South Ribble with a truly devoted trainer. Hopefully we’ll serve another transfer together! But we’ve truly been able to see some miracles happen while finding, teaching, and just general memorable experiences happening all around us.

One of the Preston Elders investigators moved to our area on the weekend. His name is Allan and he’s dated for baptism. As he was new to us we decided to go on exchange again so that Allan could see at least one familiar face. Elder Stevens and Homuth (while I was with Elder Stringham) were able to teach his sister Gale and her 2 boys as well! Gale is incredible, the Lord had truly prepared her for our message and her 8 year old boy is eager to come to church as well as Gale! Marvellous!

As it’s the Christmas time theres a noticeable change in everyone’s mood. Many are willing to hear our message. People are happier despite the arctic weather at times. As for myself I couldn’t be doing better….

Merry Christmas!

Love you all

Elder Kersey

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