This week has been so great!
This has been such a fun crazy week!
We have had such a great week! I love Hamble River!
We are teaching a really cool guy. He was in the army
and came back with some pretty horrible PTSD. Sadly, he turned to
drugs and lost control of most of his life. The sisters here have been
working with him for the past couple months. Then when I got here he
was on date for baptism for the 4th of November but wasn’t keeping any
of the commandments and didn’t really remember much because he was
still on drugs when they taught him everything. But Miracles happened
and he was willing to give up smoking and coffee and is getting
baptised!! This week has been crazy getting him caught up on all the
lessons and feeling good about everything! But he is great now and is
getting interviewed for tonight!
It has been so neat to see the changes he has made! He is a completely
new person and is so excited to have a fresh new life! It is so neat
to be able to be here and see him make the step to be baptised!
We also are meeting with a cute 22 year old girl! She lives right next to us which is fun! She and her boyfriend came to the ward Halloween party with us on Saturday which was really great! I think they really liked it!
Halloween was fun! It’s not super big here but we went and stopped by
a few people’s homes on the way to a DA and it was fun to see all the little
kids all dressed up out trick or treating. We even got a few treats
We were at the cutest lady’s house and she is just
darling. She was baptised when she was 14 in 1961! I told her my
grandpa served here around that time. And she was like well we knew
all the elders I mean we were 14 year old girls. 😉 I mean we hated
the mission presidents daughter because she was always around all of
them 😂she didn’t recognise grandpas name and brought down a picture
of all the missionaries that were out the month after she got
baptised! I’ll send it to you as well! Maybe you and Grandma can spot him easier than I.
But it has been a great week, fun times meeting all the amazing people here! I’m
excited to get to serve here! It should be amazing!
But it is starting to get so cold and foggy at night. It’s kinda crazy
I keep getting flashbacks to last winter in Christchurch and I don’t
think I’m ready for it!! But the air is like really gross and we get
home at night and smell so bad like we had just been smoking for
hours…..I’m a little worried. But besides that things are great!
Love and Miss you ALL!
It’s been a crazy week here! So much has changed!
I moved to Hamble River….basically Southampton…yesterday! It’s so
strange to be back in the west again! I’m in the stake right next to
Christchurch so I will go back to Poole for zone conference which is
Ah leaving Crawley was so hard! I love everyone there so much! But we
were able to see a miracle and meet with our friends! Ah it was
heartbreaking. They gave me a cute card and as I was reading it She was
crying because I was leaving and then I read it and it said “thank you
for bringing such an amazing message even though we have chosen to shut
that message out of our lives” I almost started crying. They are
totally using their agency incorrectly! They wouldn’t really even talk
about the church. I finally was like what happened? He said they just aren’t ready! broke my heart, I know how much happiness the gospel can bring to us all!
I made them promise to look at their lives and see the difference now
that they aren’t trying to go towards God and then continue to pray
and read. Then message me or Sister Gates when they want to learn
more. It was the hardest night!! MIRACLE right before we went to bed, we
got a text that said “thank you so much sister steed…I’ll be coming
to church on Sunday!” Hopefully they will! I just love them SO much!!!
Our other friend, also came to church with his daughter! She is
super cute and is starting to love church! She drew us cute little
pictures and wants to be friends on some app when I get home…she’s
like 8 😂 but she is darling! Her dad is also progressing a lot and is
now working towards baptism! So that is very exciting!
We were also able to have a district meeting with the visitor center sisters!
It was so good to see them! Two of them go home this week so it was
sad to say goodbye😢
Southampton seems great though! I’m companions with Sister Gaston! She
is darling! She is in the same group as sister thielke and sister
Gates. It’s really fun because she was trained by sister Bradshaw on
Jersey while I was stl in the Poole zone so we have already been able
to work together!
She is the cutest little happiest person in the world! And she is from
Paris and can teach me French! 😊
It’s a party here! I love being a missionary!
LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!
So we literally thought the world was going to end this week….
Ah so I am first so so so jealous of the beautiful tress and mountains
by you! Oh my gosh they are SO PRETTY! Driving the in the canyon is my
favourite conference activity!
I LOVED conference though. It’s so exciting to be able to watch it and
know you are watching it at the same time! It makes me feel so close
to you! What was your favourite talk? I loved! Sister Jones and
President Uchtdorfs from the women’s session! I also loved elder
Hollands on Saturday morning!
But it was fun we went to watch with our friends. They were cute and
made popcorn and turned off all the lights so it could be like we were
at the cinema. they were saying that he was “hoping” it wasn’t true.
He was super down and just wanted to be mad at God so he prayed and
said if something doesn’t happen soon I’m stopping everything. Within
20 minutes we had texted him a scripture that answered his concerns in
that moment. I love how Heavenly Father makes a way for all of our
prayers to be answered!
our other friend LOVED conference as well. Haha so in England no one really
goes to the chapel to watch conference but we heard on Sundays a few
people do. Well we get there and it was just us the elders and our
investigators and one other family! It was a party!! Kinda fun to have
the whole chapel to ourselves. our friend stayed there for three sessions
though! He was at the chapel from 10 in the morning to 7 at night! And
took tons of notes. He said it was just an “emotional rollercoaster”
The person who really loved conference though was our other friend! She said that
she just felt this huge comforting feeling like someone was sitting
right next to her! She especially loved the Samoan speaker about
giving up everything to join the church! Hopefully it will help her
have more of a desire to be baptised!
One of my favourite parts of this week was meeting Fred! He
came and met me at the Brighton Chapel after a meeting! He is very
funny and English! He talked to us for a bit and then said ok so which
one of you is sister madsen? I told him who I was and then was like oh
ok….well yes your grandpa baptised me. I went to church for a year
and haven’t been back since….then was super quiet and straight
faced…then he was like no just kidding. I love your grandpa! He told
us that he was the branch president in Brighton for a long time..
around a year! I asked him about how he first heard about the church
and he told the story of how he crashed young women’s because they saw
cute girls 😂 it was fun to hear his side and read grandpas! But
grandpa was also his first bishop. He remembers him pulling him in his
office and telling him about tithing a month after he was baptised.
Things were different then! he is a really neat fun man.
He met his wife while he was knocking as a member missionary and now
she is the seminary teacher! He had a bad fire fighting accident so
his memory isn’t all there so he did say that he and grandpa kept in touch and that when grandpa was in London for business he
told the owner of Harrods that he wanted to stop in Brighton for a bit
to see a friend he met while he was a missionary in Brighton. He told
them he was a fireman and that he would just go ask the fire
department if anyone knew where he lived and then the owner of Harrods
assistant was like oh do you mean Fred? Yeah I have his number
and gave it to him right there. Fred said they spent a few days
together and went and looked at the old chapel. It’s now a care home
for elderly people. It was so special to meet him and see how the
gospel really does bless people’s lives! And it was so neat to meet
someone grandpa baptised and hear all about the great things he’s done! I
love being in England!
I love you sooo much!