Monday, August 7, 2017

ELY (Week 51, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Wales, Elder Yim)

hey everyone!
how the heck is it August? I never thought August would come again. this week went by pretty fast and there were some great moments and some rough ones. i got food poisoning which is always fun but I'm feeling better now, I've officially started my dairy free diet so in a few weeks time I should know if that's the issue or not. I know that everything will turn out fine and I'll grow from this trial.

all of our investigators are on vacation for the month of August so that means we hit the finding grind hard this week! we found several cool people in the Ely (pronounced E-Lee) hood but I'll just take the time to talk about one new gator of ours. Her name is Dyyianne. She was just a number I saw in the phone and we decided to text her to see if we could meet up and to our surprise she said we could come over. So on Friday we went over and she let us right in. Dyyianne is a 78 year old woman who heard of the church 25 years ago, and investigated it for 18 years. She has a full testimony of the Book of Mormon and the restoration, in the front of her Book of Mormon she wrote "this is the truth". I was about to ask her right then why she hadn't been baptised, but I felt like I needed to wait and she kept talking about her history, she has faced and continues to face loads of persecution for believing what she does. And then the reason why she never was baptised, she prayed and asked god if she should and she said that he told her "not yet", which was 18 years ago but she won't pray and ask him again because he already answered her then, she also believes that there is no heavenly mother. She has to be one of the most prepared people I've ever met, and I know we can work with those concerns so keep her in your prayers, she's a miracle!

district meeting was sick this week, I gave a training on setting goals. we balled up on Saturday night and had a total of ten people at basketball and it got so lit! I felt like jimmer! Also just a few random things about Ely: there are 12 year old chav gangs everywhere and their parents don't care about anything they do, there are still posters up for movies that came out over three years ago, it smells like weed. But most of the people are much humbler than people that are in Rhiwbina itself.

this ward has been so amazing at feeding us it's unreal, we had dinner appointments almost every night last week. last Monday we had a family home evening with a family whose mom is less active and it was so amazing. we also ate with the maizeys, Verena, the winters, and Leon! we went to visit a less active man named Sxxtephen, he's in his late twenties and he's a convert to the church, he served a mission and was a stud of a missionary but just fell always for some reason. We are trying to work with him on resolving some of his concerns so we committed him to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it everyday.

the Book of Mormon is the best way to resolve doubts and concerns. Preach My Gospel says "All objections, whether they be on abortion, plural marriage, seventh-day worship, etc., basically hinge on whether Joseph Smith and his successors were and are prophets of God receiving divine revelation...The only problem the objector has to resolve for himself is whether the Book of Mormon is true. For if the Book of Mormon is true, then Jesus is the Christ, Joseph Smith was his prophet, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true, and it is being led today by a prophet receiving revelation." I'd invite each of you, who have some concern or doubt, to find out for yourself if the Book of Mormon is true or not. It all comes down to whether or not it's true, and I know it's true.

Love you guys, have a baller week! 😘🏀

Elder Varner

pic 1: cardiff city stadium 
pic 2: this picture doesnt do it justice, this hill was so flippin steep
pic 3: the jones fam
pic 4: found this tagalog book of mormon in our flat and thought of the brothas adam and garrett
pic 5: district lunch last pday

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