Monday, April 10, 2017

the willy wonka of burger craft (Week 34 Wylde Green, England)

teulu beth sy'n dda,

I say this every week, but this week was so fast, the days are fast, the weeks are fast, the months are slow but are getting faster! a quick birthday shout to one of my best friends ever Elder Cooper Wayment! he's out there killin it in Texas. Coop, I hope you have a sick day man, you deserve it!

wedding already?!
don't worry guys I'm not the one getting married, but PxxJxx and Syyyonia are getting married at the chapel THIS upcoming Saturday. Hype! I can't believe it's already happening, it's come by so fast. I've heard all of the wedding details are set so the only thing I have left to be a bit stressed over is the fact that I have to write the wedding remarks I'm giving and write a speech for PxxJxx's cousin to read at the wedding and I need to do them asap so wish me luck there. But all is well with the family and their baptism is gonna be the following week! it has been so amazing to see the changes in them the past few months. we aren't really teaching too many others. I've talked about that Axxlex guy, he's cool, but his reason for missing church last Sunday was a bit concerning. He said "oh I'm really sorry guys, im not gonna be able to make it to church this Sunday because my wife is being baptised into another church, it's pretty cool because I'm the one baptising her" and I was just on the phone jaw dropped because I didn't know whether to laugh or to ask him where he got the authority to do that, but we are seeing him this week so we are gonna see where his desires really are. we did some finding (or talking to people about the restored gospel) in the Sutton Coldfield town centre on Saturday. If you go there anytime throughout the week, you find some really weird people, but on Saturdays that place is pumpin with families, and we've been able to find some pretty cool people from it so far. 

a man, a city, and a burger
yes you might have predicted it just by this, but I was in Birmingham again this week and yes, I did go to five guys. was it hecka expensive? it hecka was, but it was also hecka worth it. so the last month I've been on omeprazole, the medicine for my stomach, when I ran out sister Leppard told me to go a week without it and then to tell her how I felt. Well all the nausea and stuff came back and I went to the doctor again. Either at the end of this week or next week I'll be getting a blood test, he thinks I have H-piori (might've spelt that wrong) but it's an easy fix with anti biotics so I'm hoping I have that because if I don't, it's more tests with medicines which is no fun...Birmingham is such a cool city though, I love the big cities and it was nice to be able to walk around after the appointment to get a burger. I'll keep you guys updated next week if I take the blood test this week. 

the sun still exists
I was pretty sure after being here since last August that the sun wasn't an existent thing. ok that might be an exaggeration but seriously, it was sooo nice this week. like it was actually warm throughout the week and it was beautiful. it's so much easier to go out and do missionary work when it's nice outside. I actually got sunburned this last weekend. I know that's not a good thing to be happy about, but it was the first time it's happened to me on my mission, and that's not an exaggeration. it was so nice playing sports too in walsall this week. we do sports every Saturday with the other elders and PxxJxx and Axxiden come out to it too, always a fun time. 

first time for everything 
well last week we were asked to be pall bearers at a funeral of a woman who passed away recently in the ward. We didn't know her, but apparently she loved the missionaries. It was a privilege to be able to attend the funeral. I felt like, just through the talks given, I actually knew her just a little bit. It's always sad to be at a funeral with those who don't have a belief in God because they have no hope whatsoever, I'm so grateful for this gospel and to know that god is there, and that families are forever. if I didn't have that knowledge, I'd be hopeless, and I would have no sense of purpose, we really are blessed. after the funeral there was a reception we went to for it which served tea. no I didn't have actual tea, tea as in little cakes and mini sandwiches, it was probably the most British thing I've experienced so far. We sat at a table with bishop Mason, and the high priest group leader and a few others. It was probably the funniest conversation I've had here. One funny thing that bishop said, and it was way funnier in person I promise. So I was telling everyone about how someone we were teaching was on the border of our boundaries with another ward, but we aren't sure whose it is, and I asked what we should do. They told me to just keep going to the guy. Then I said, there's usually an angel on one shoulder telling me what to do and a devil on the other telling me something else, where's the angel? Without a moments hesitation the bishop said "he's down at the bar, he doesn't get the chance too often" I know that's not crazy funny, but in the moment and in the situation I was dying. 

Sorry I know this email is getting long but here's some other cool stuff:
-we took out Jxxake Pxxoxen, one of the YM, out knocking doors with us. Then we went to young men's, where we just did games and stuff
-I had a really cool prompting this week: so we were knocking doors and talking about what we should do with the 30 minutes of free time we had, I felt strongly promoted that we should go visit Pyyrecious, a former investigator that we had been trying to get in good contact with lately, and we went and she was actually home and we had a really good conversation and are seeing her again this week, I'm so grateful that I followed that prompting

spiritual thought 
with Easter coming up this Sunday I wanted to focus this thought on Jesus Christ. If you haven't yet, look up the "Prince of Peace" video, it's AMAZING! elder Holland once said "However many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made … , I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.” I'd like to add my own testimony on top of that quote. I know that Jesus Christ lived, died, and lives again for each of us, so that we may be healed, reclaimed, and sanctified through him and his atonement. Because of him, we can live with our families forever. Because of him, death has no sting. Because of him, regret can become relief. Because of him, we are never too far gone, he will always be there with open arms. My challenge to each of you, as well as for myself, is to keep turning towards Jesus Christ and invite him into your life, nothing would make him happier, and nothing will make you happier.

happy Easter to you all! hope you have a great week and enjoy some baseball for me! can't believe it's already started! love you guys 😘😘😘

Elder Varner

ps. for those confused at the title of this email, check out the first pic!

pic 1: FIVE GUYS
pics 2-6: birmingham city centre
pic 7: american eagle pride
pic 8: reunion with hatch!
pic 9-10: first ones to ride in the NEW transporter with the homies Searle and Smithy
pics 11-12: soccer squad

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