This past week has been good. I can’t believe it’s 2014!!! Crazy!!! So the past few weeks finding people has been a nightmare. Its been cold and raining and with the holidays nobody wants to stop and talk. (No matter how good looking they are:) ) I was talking to Elder Mackay and I said that I cant remember the last day were it didn’t rain. And its super true. I really cant. I think maybe early December. The weather has been horrible. I did end up buying another umbrella but that was only because in England they do all their sells after Christmas. Weird I know but they do. So I bought a umbrella for 10 £ that was normally I think 20. So good deal!!!
Even with the bad weather and not being able to do much besides contacting and knocking and stopping buy members I have been feeling quite positive I guess. And I want to thank Debbie for what you wrote in the email to me today. Thanks. I’m glad that I can put off that VIb of happiness sometimes. 🙂 Any way I think it is because of the relationships I have at the moment. I feel like I’m surrounded by people that believe for the most part what I believe. The district all get what I believe and They want that same goal or vision. The Zone leaders especially Elder wainwright who I have known for most of my mission and has been my ZL for like 4 months now gets me and has a really good goal/vision I can get a hold of. I feel really good about this next transfer. I have 6 weeks left in Eastbourne I’m guessing. And I really hope that I can do some good while I’m here.
We need to find some new people and hopefully the weather will keep up. The ZL’s were supper strick on me yesterday while accounting. They really expect a lot from me and I hope I can take what they want and give it to the District in a good way. I have learn a lot from being on my mission and I kinda feel that every thing I have learned so far is getting pushed into this next 3 transfers.
One of the missionaries Elder Yu, in Brighton came down with the chicken pox. Poor guy. At least I can empathy now. 🙂 Thanks to last year. We are going to Brighton today to eat at nando’s. Im super excited!!! Love you guys and sorry if this is to short but I’m trying. LOL
Hope all is great back home
Well so at the moment I am emailing at the Dersons, (Parsons/Dean) house so Right now they are watching me type in everything so no super secret stuff this week.
New years was just about as good as last year. We didn’t even stay up. lol. Jordan’s girlfriend doesn’t like him any more. How was your New years eve??? How was the family dinner?
Oh yeah so moves were not too exciting. I’m staying with Elder Mackay in Eastbourne for another 6 weeks. So no ZL for me!!!! Yeah!!! The only change in the District is that Elder Jackman is moving to the Island of Jersey. And we are getting a Chinese missionary.
I’m really excited that I’m staying another 6 weeks in Eastbourne. Elder Mackay will be my longest companion. I have some really good ideas for the District this transfer. Like I said I don’t have a lot to say this week either. sorry. I’m going to start my driving lessons this or next week. Kinda excited but also nervous.
Can’t wait to hear from you guys next week..
I’m so excited to skype on Wednesday!!! We are going to be at a families (The Parsons) for most of the day but in the evening we will be going to a different family. The smiths. So it should be a really good day.
This past week was also really good! We went to the temple on Thursday and had the chance to have a session.
It was really good. I love the new presentation.
We also had dinner and got to kinda just hang out which was really good. The travel there was horrible. We had to take a two hour train ride to get to the train station closest to the London temple.
This week just flew by. Me and Elder Mackay are doing good though. We we’re able to find quite a few new people so that was good. We also travel do Brighton for Interviews with the mission president. They were also really good. I had to get a new Temple recommend. But this one doesn’t have the word missionary on it. I’m kinda sad about that. Haha.
Elder mackay is doing really well. He’s all done with being trained. I think there is a good chance that i’ll be moved this next transfer. I dont feel like I have all to much to say so I guess I’ll talk to you guys on Christmas.
Man this past week has flown by. We had two exchanges with the Elders in Polegate on Wednesday. I also had to do three interviews for baptism this week. I haven’t done any and then this week I did 3. ” of them were baptized on Saturday and the last will be on Wednesday We also had a exchange with the zone leaders again. I stayed in Eastbourne while Elder Mackay went to Crawley with Elder Wainwright. It was a good exchange but we had to train all the way to Brighton in the evening for a interview and dinner. Then train back.
The interviews were really good. I was super nervous for them. But all three of them were pretty solid. It has changed how I teach my investigators. I studies the qualifications for baptism to prepare my self and I realized how important it is to have our investigators feel that repentance process before they are baptised. I think about how maybe I haven’t taught or invited my investigators to go through that process which is so important. They should be able to feel the atonement before the are baptised. One of my favorite parts of the interviews was that at the end I shared my testimony and invited them to do the same. For all three of them it was the first time they had done that and especially with one of them I could feel the spirit super strong when he declared what he believed and felt about the church.
We sung at a stake choir carol concert. All the missionaries sung I’ll go where you want me to go. Really powerful. Also we got a new Ward mission leader. The last one struggled….. But I love him alot. He’s a great guy. The new ward mission leader is amazing. He’s one of the most consecrated guys I have ever met!! He helps/ volunteer with fair lds super sweet!!! When ever I have a question on religious anything!!! I go to him.
Oh yeah!!! I was vegetarian for a week. One of the Elders in my District is Vegetarian and when I was on exchange with him we were talking and I said that if he was my companion I would go vegetarian while I was with him. Elder Preece said that he bet I couldn’t go a week. So we bet/dared each other to go a whole week. The only exceptions was at Dinner appointments. We only had two. It wasn’t that hard really. There was a couple times where I craved meat but not that bad. I did buy a giant thing of chicken from the deli at Sainsbury’s for lunch when it was over!!!
We have been doing alot of service this week. We painted three times. It’s a good thing I love painting. With the cold weather it is harder to talk to people but I did meet this really cool girl named Shannon who’s grandfather is a Jehovah’s Witness. She believes that there has to be a God but doesn’t think the Jehovah’s witness’s is the right church. Does believe in one true church though. We’re suppose to meet up with her later in the week.
We are going to the temple on Thursday for our day at the temple for Christmas. I’m excited. I realized that My temple recommend expires this month. Also next sunday is my 3 year mark as a member. I have been thinking about how far I have come in that three years. Members still laugh when I tell them that I have been a missionary longer then I have been a normal member of the church. I feel a lot better about being a district leader. It only took 3 moves but I feel like I can handle it. Still a lot I can learn and do better but over all things are good. I normally account with the zone leaders on Friday mornings as well as Sunday evening on how things in the district are going and how I’m doing. Last Friday the Zone leader were on exchange with the Ap’s and so They had me account with Elder Patten who is one of the ap’s. I called and he answered and I was super surprised. But we did a really good accounting. He said that I’m one of the strongest District leaders in the mission. The zone leaders keep praising me as well. I don’t like it!!!!! I feel like I have a hard enough time staying humble and having people say that your doing amazing and that your the most trust worthy district leader doesn’t help. By the way I’m not saying this to show off but just to let you guys know how I’m feeling. How do you balance knowing your doing a good job but still being humble and teachable????
Well I hope this satisfies your guys knowledge for everything that is Elder Oviatt.
Elder (I’m super humble) Oviatt
“Common sense is not a gift, it’s a punishment. Because you have to deal with everyone who doesn’t have it.”