Alma 37:6-7

Alma 37:6-7
Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Correlatio​n in Hyde Park

This week went by really fast for me.

This week we had a correlation meeting during lunch in the middle of Hyde Park. Our Ward Mission Leader brought and we enjoying this summer weather. I always have those moments where I check myself and say, "Wow. I am in London." It never gets old. We met some really great people this week and are doing well. My companion had a cool experience where he found someone to teach in an unexpected way. 

Early in the day we had to get a Book of Mormon in Tagalog and while in the supply room Elder Pereira thought to grab a booklet that shares 3 tips to have a happier family. Later on that day when we were stopping people on the street he felt he should pull it out and use it. The first woman he stopped was really interested in it and as they began to talk she said," My daughter has been asking me all these questions about God and I don't know how to answer them. I am really happy to have met you." We are seeing this woman and her family this coming week to share more!

On Sunday after church we were invited to a lunch in the Philippines. We have many members in our ward who are from there and once a month they gather after church to feast. It was wonderful. They are so nice and love teaching the missionaries phrases in Tagalog. There was this little 1 year old who was my best friend for the night. She kept following me around and as I would sit on the couch she would come climb on the couch and sit next to me like it was no big deal. It was so great haha. It made me miss all my little cousins! So all you little cousins of mine, I miss you all like crazy and can't wait to see you again! 

Today we went to the Victioria and Albert Museum and to Harrods as well. Fun day!! I will talk to you all next week!

Love,
Elder David  

Gold Plated X Box at Harrods. Ridiculous
 
Maricel was baptised this last Saturday in Norwich. Elder Nolan and I were the ones who taught her! 
 

 
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tracting Into Celebritie​s

Hello Everyone!! This week has been an epic week! Life just moves so much faster down in London. This week has flown by but some really cool things have happened!
So this week it has been around 30-35 degrees Celsius. That is around 85 to 95 Fahrenheit! Now that may seem like nothing but it is the WORST!! The humidity just is incredible and the heat chases you. I can feel the water in the air. Wearing a shirt, tie, and trousers on all day makes it just a little unbearable. Water is my best friend. I just have to open my mouth and walk a few feet to get a mouthful haha. No but it is so hot. The tube is another method of torture during these summer weeks. Everyone is packed in and there is no air conditioning on most of the tubes so it is roasting inside. I look as if I just ran a marathon after getting off. I have this problem where the only part of my body that sweats is my face. So people see my face and think that problem is happening everywhere else also. I look like a freak. I carry around a towel. I am telling you it is sooooo hot!  
The first day I got here was the hottest day of the year but that didn't last long because the next day was then the hottest. "I had all my luggage packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don't get in a fight...."(Billy Maddison) I know Janeen and Derric would get that one. It was an adventure carrying all of that around the underground. That morning on Wednesday we had to wake up at 3:15 in the morning to start driving down to London to beat the traffic. I was the one driving since it would be my last time to drive for while. We got into London early so we decided to take Elder Paul and Elder Butterfield on a London North tour. Where Elder Nolan and I both served. It brought back so many good memories. The first 6 months of my mission came flying back into perspective.
After we switched compaions we then were off to our new flat in Earls Court. All I can say about this flat is Posh. It is the coolest flat ever. We live in a really nice part of London. Only 2 tube stops away from South Kensington. We were told that we live in the most expensive missionary flat in the whole world.... I will send pictures of it at the end.
When I got there I was not impressed becuase it was a mess! Today we spent 3 hours of our P-Day to deep clean. I am really pleased with how it looks!
After I got to the flat and dropped off my luggage we were off to work. We went to a place called Shepherds Bush. We were stopping people and Elder Pereira was talking to another man when I stopped this woman named Ioana from Romania. We had a wonderful conversation and she was so interested to learn about what we were teaching. She began to cry as we spoke about the importance of family in our church. She then asked "I am off tomorrow can we meet then so you can teach me more." We agreed and met the next day at the Chapel. We gave here a tour and sat down to teach her. She is now being prepared to be baptised on the 17th of August. She is 27 so we reffered her to the YSA Missionaries who will now continue to teach her. She is coming tonight to the church for family home evening with the YSA's and is bringing a friend who would now like to learn more! It was within 15 minutes of working back in London and it was a great welcome home present.
Later in the week we received a media referral. It gave us the name of this man named Mohammad. Now usually when we get media referrals with this name they usually are some one from the Islamic faith who wants to argue about Jesus Christ being only a prophet and not the Son of God. So we gave this man a call to see what it was about. We begin to chat on the phone and this is what he tells me, "Hello David my name is Mohammad. I used to be a Muslim but recently I have discovered that Jesus is the Son of God and that He is my Saviour. I really would like to learn more about him from you missionaries." I was in shock and could feel the sincerity of his testimony through the phone. I then asked him, "Sir why did you contact us specifically?" He replied, "2 weeks ago I watched this program on the television talking about your church and I really felt inside me that I needed to learn more about this church and I really felt it." So to explain what TV show he was watching. In England 2 weeks ago there was a program released called "Meet the Mormons." This was a documentary based on the life of a Mormon Missionary serving in the Leeds Mission. The church had approved for this documentary to proceed. So this aired on national television here and lets just say it wasn't the most flattering documentary about us. They stretched a lot of truth and made us seem pretty crazy. I was not happy about this release but I guess I did not have enough faith in how powerful God is. This documentary, even though how negative it was, has been the tool to introduce many people to the church and to eventually join! Mohammad is a true testimony of that. Even though what he was watching wasn't the most correct view of the church he was able to feel the Spirit testify to him that he needed to learn more. So we scheduled an appointment and sent a couple of missionaries in our Zone to go teach him (since he lived in their area). He is now preparing to be baptised on the 10th of August and came to church on Sunday as well. He was very prepared for the gospel.
This week we went to visit a member that is in the ward. Brother Cruz is his name. He is from the Philippines and works as a chef for this really rich man! So give you some context this member lives in the basement of this 10 million pound house in central London. It is posh. His neighbors are the Prince of Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Sadam Hussein used to own a house a few doors down and now it is an embassy. Very very wealthy people live in this area. We were talking and he told us that Simon Cowell lives a few houses down as well! I was pretty excited thinking this is my big chance haha! So after we had finished seeing the member we were off to Simon's house. We were taking pictures of us pretending to ring his door bell since there is a gate around the house. While doing so some man walked out of the house and said "Hey what are you doing?" We told him what we were doing and he laughed and said, "okay okay." I then had to ask him, "So does Simon Cowell really live here?" The man responded with the most straight face, "I can not tell you whether or not he lives here.." haha. It was awesome! I will attach the pictures of it all!
Last but not least church on Sunday. It was so good to be back at church in Hyde Park. I was able to see all the members and they were so suprised to see that I was back! Chaminda, who I baptised in January, saw me and ran up to give me a hug. It was awesome  to see that he is still doing great. Then Barbara, a Jamaican woman I taught, tried to do the same but I had to awkwardly avoid the hug haha. It was great to see everyone. But I am not in that same ward I am in the Hyde Park 1st Ward. It is always difficult to start from scratch to getting to know all the members but it is a challenge definitely accepted!
Enjoy the pictures!! I love you all and will talk to you soon!




--
Elder Talan Haynes David
England London Mission
64-68 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road,
South Kensington
London, England SW7 2PA
 
 
 
 
 


 

Prince of Jordan has nice cars.....
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1. Simon Cowells House!
2. Elder Pereira
 
 



 

1. Driving from Norwich at 3:30 in the morning. And no we were not getting in an accident...
 
 
 
 

1. Elder Ho from Hong Kong
2. Our back patio. This is where we do our studies when its nice in the morning!
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The London Magnet

Hey Everyone!

So I got the call last night and........ I AM LEAVING! I will be going to HYDE PARK again but this time as Zone Leader. It was a real shock to me. I thought I was definitely not going to Hyde Park because I got my license and there is not car in this area. I am happy about it because being in a car all day is not so fun! I am really sad to be leaving Norwich. This is the hardest transfer so far. I really put my heart into this area and it hurts to leave it so soon. I was really enjoying being with Elder Nolan! We have been singing all around and now we are being separated! My new companion is Elder Periera from Brazil! It will be a good time though and I have faith that it is all for a reason! 

Church News says that we will all be getting I Pads soon which will be pretty cool. President has not said anything about them yet but by the end of the year or early next year we will get them! It would make work so much easier! 

It is time to say goodbye to the blessed land of Norwich and I will have to come back to this place at some point. There is nothing as certain as change whilst on a mission. Change is always a constant thing. It is overwhelming having to start from scratch again. New companion, new area (Kind of), new ward, everything. I really do think this next 6 weeks is a grow your mane kind of transfer! I am short on time today because I have a lot to get done!! I love you all and will let you know how my new area is in London! 
 
I Feel My Saviours Love By Elder Nolan & Elder David - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0V2TVv3s2JXcHZubDg3QUZoanc/edit?usp=sharing



Love, 
Elder David
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Norwich Ward!

This week was pretty amazing! On Tuesday we had Zone Conference with President and Sister Jordan. I was able to conduct the meeting which was a pretty neat experience. After lunch Elder Nolan, Elder Paul, and I performed a musical number. It was an amazing day the spirit was so strong as president was teaching us about the principle of repentance. He said "We are not teaching the doctrine so that our friends may join the church through knowledge, we are teaching the doctrine to help build their faith to repent and be baptised. This is the only way. We need to teach repentance and then will they feel a forgiveness of sins and then want to follow our Saviors example and be baptised." I loved the things he was saying. 

I am really loving the Norwich ward right now! The members are trusting us with a lot of their friends to share the gospel with and meet. On Tuesday evening after Zone Conference, Bishop invited us over to meet his daughters friend! His daughter is serving her mission in Salt Lake City, Utah Mission. We met her and she really wanted to know what Jess was doing all the way over in America so what better way then to meet the actual missionaries in England! We had a wonderful discussion and she agreed to come to church. She enjoyed church and we will be seeing her at Bishops again next Tuesday!

On Wednesday I spent my day in Dereham on an exchange with one of the Elders. His name is Elder Moreno from Spain! He plays professional indoor football (soccer) for Spain! I really enjoyed my day with him. We did some service and had chicken nuggets for tea. It has been a long time since I had chicken nuggets. It was a spiritual experience. 

Thursday we saw Neil who was baptised last week and is doing great! He is the greatest and was confirmed yesterday. He brought one of his classmates to church and we will be teaching her with him this Wednesday! He played a chinese song for us on the guitar! I have the video but it might be too big to send over email I will try to send it though.  We ended the night teaching a family from New Zealand. They fed us and we taught her sons who are preparing to be baptised in 3 weeks. 

Friday was the 4TH OF JULY! Which is not a big thing here. Hopefully you know why. But honestly they don't teach the Revolutionary War in school here. My companion said he was never taught about it and we asked others and they said the same thing. It is funny how that is the first thing you learn when going to school. Those Americans. I hope you all had a good time blowing stuff up. The day was pretty average but one of the members had us over and cooked some Hamburgers for the occasion. 

Saturday morning I took my driving test..... AND PASSED!! It is much harder to get a license here but it is all done now and I am happy that it is finished. It was a miracle thought. We drove all the way up to Kings Lynn and got lost trying to find the place to we drove all around and finally found it. When I was doing the actual driving test the instructor took me on the exact same route that we traveled when we were lost! I already knew what was coming because we already drove it on accident haha. It was a tender mercy from God. 

Last but not least Sunday! It was a good Sabbath. 

Next week is moves calls week and so I will be emailing on Tuesday instead of Wednesday! I have been here for 4 1/2 months now so what are your predictions. I think I am leaving because now Elder Nolan and I can both drive so one of us will be moved and I have been here longer so who knows! I love you all and here are some pics! 
   
  Here is a bible video too! Enjoy. 

https://www.lds.org/bible-videos/videos/jesus-declares-i-am-the-light-of-the-world-the-truth-shall-make-you-free?lang=eng


--
Elder Talan Haynes David
England London Mission
64-68 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road,
South Kensington
London, England SW7 2PA











picture of Elder Moreno and I