Monday, May 25, 2015

The Cronx - 25 May 2015

Dear Family,

This week was a very good week! The ideal week would be one filled with lessons and dinner appoinments with members but this week wasn't one of those weeks. We had a lot of appointments with new people that feel through so we had a lot of time to spend contacting in Croydon. The exciting part about contacting in Croydon is the neverending flow of people to talk to from all over the world. The High Street where all the big shops are is HUGE and is always busy so we spend most of our contacting time there. Croydon is such a diverse area, as I've said before, so it's impossible to guess where people are from. A large part of them are from Africa and we always try to tell them "Hello" in their native language because they absolutely lose it everytime and always have a laugh with us if we get it right! There are still areas to avoid when it gets dark and even when its not but we don't spend a lot of time in those areas. The nickname that Croydon has earned is "The Cronx" because it is considered the Bronx of London.

Serving with Elder Belnap has been really fun. He's from Sandy and went to Jordan High School if you were wondering. We got along well from the start and have a desire to improve the area so we have been putting in good work over the past couple weeks.

Last Monday we taught Jonathan about the Word of Wisdom and moved his baptismal date to the 6th of June. Jonathan is a very humble and happy man that is truly grateful for all that he has. His prayers are so genuine and he is really excited to be baptised in a few weeks. He moved from Ghana 4 years ago and couldn't find a church that he wanted to go to but still had a strong faith. He met the missionaries a few days before I got here and has been loving it ever since. He's learned a lot even since I've been here and always makes our day when we teach him.

On Thursday we had Zone Conference with President Millar and 2 of the other zones in the mission. We recieved a lot of training on using iPads to improve missionary work and ways that we can stay safe when using them. It will be awhile before we can use Facebook and other things but it will help us reach people that we couldn't before and spread the gospel more. The sad par.t about the meeting though was that is the last zone conference with President and Sister Millar. They will be released sometime next transfer and we will be getting the new president, Ronald Gubler, and his wife at the end of June. I've. grown to love them as the leaders of our mission and will miss them when they leave.

It's good to hear that there is a lot of rain back home! We haven't had a lot of rain lately so it sounds like you are getting our rain. It hasn't rained as much as I thought it would in England but it rains hard when it does. There have been a handful of days on my mission spent in the rain where we get completely soaked and nobody wants to talk to us so we are fine with the lack of rain at the moment!

Here is a picture of us when we taught Jonathan so you know what he looks like!

I love you all! I give you the advice that I have been given many times: Smile a lot! It will make happy days happier, and turn bad days into better days.

Elder Draney

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