Those packages were awesome :) Especially the mustache themed one; so many bad puns. My favourite gift, though, was the framed England montage. I love that word-photo. It has so many memories in it, from seemingly so long ago, but not really that long ago. Ha, when I get home, I'm going to be a blubbering mess when I go through mission stuff. I'm already that way, and I'm not even home yet :)
This week was quite terrific, with many an up, and many a down. It started off with me being incredibly sick on my birthday, ha. There's been a stomach bug going around the mission, and I guess I caught it. First time in a long time I can remember being sick, but I was definitely sick. As an investigator of ours said when he couldn't come to church because of the flu: "I worshiped the porcelain god that day."
Anyways, in spite of my upset stomach, I managed to take my English driving exam and pass it! :) It was exhilarating, and now I can drive in England! All of that training really paid off, and I can now say I'm one of the 30% that passes their first time. I drove back into the parking lot, and as I sat beside the English woman that administered the test, my Indian instructor said to me, "well, she looks fine, you must have passed!" Oh, I'm going to miss that man :)
A miracle happened this week, in the form of a new investigator. I told you about the less active member who's husband is not a member. Well, Sis. Moore has officially been put on the "reactivated" list for this upcoming Stake conference, and her wonderful example has really been rubbing off on her husband. The other day we set a day to go to the temple with her, and in our most recent teach, we had the opportunity to boldly ask Bro. Moore to seriously investigate the church. He accepted :) We'll be going to their home and teaching the missionary lessons alongside his wife in a few days. I'm so excited for him! :)
I went on an incredible exchange this week, where I think we may have talked to everyone in central Maidenhead :) It takes the right pair of missionaries to be as talkative as my district leader and I are when we exchange. It's fun, and makes for some good missionary work. Mates for eternity :)
In other news, it was the 100th anniversary of England's involvement in WWI on the 4th, and there is a tradition of lights out at 10pm that night. The event was inspired by the words of wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who said on the eve of WW1: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime." Even the lights of the houses of Parliament went down. It was quite the spectacle. A really solemn evening. Cool to be a part of.
Lastly, it was Suling's birthday as well this week :) So, because it was a Sunday and they couldn't go out for dinner, we came over instead :) We had a wonderful Chinese meal, and a really nice time. Acts of love and service are often the most converting actions you can take as a missionary.
Well, it was an exciting week, hopefully we will see Brother Moore with a baptismal date soon! I love you all, thank you so much for taking the time to say hello and wish me a happy birthday :) Your prayers are felt out here as we take part in miracles and see the hand of the Lord in our work. Thank you for your faith and support.