Wow that's crazy warm. Warmer than here... it's supposed to snow here this week people keep saying. But they said that last week too so idk...
Time has been flying for me here too. I've been here now for 3 and a half months but it doesn't feel like it. Anyways my new companion Elder Faingata'a is canny and great. We get along really well. Elder Wright is our new district leader and he is doing a super job so far as well so everything is good and dandy here.
Not too many super interesting things happened this week. I haven't gotten in touch with the Tony Bowler yet, but I will soon for sure. I just haven't been back in that area too much this week is why.
We met this super crazy inactive guy this week. We were going through our list and stopping by less actives and we met this guy who lives in Tynemouth who is absolutely bonkers. He was baptized at 16 and hasn't been back since but now he is really weird, he's in his fifties or sixties. He has like a shrine in his bedroom to Jesus Christ and he thinks that he is the second perfect man to walk the earth other than of course Jesus. He also believes that Jesus speaks to him and appears to him all the time but what ''Jesus'' tells him is contrary to all of the doctrine of the church (and any church for that matter) but anyways that was a very very interesting visit. We might go back sometime, but if we do we will bring a member of the bishopric because this guy is thoroughly confused.
Vida is doing okay. This week we brought her to a dinner appointment at a members house and that was great. But then later in the week some stuff happened with her mother and she was getting really upset and the couldn't come to church. But we visited her yesterday and we managed to calm her down a lot and she is doing better now. She is still completely reliant on alcohol though.
Also week we also started teaching this guy in North Shields itself who has been in and out of prison and addicted to lots of different drugs for most of his life, but he is really interested about learning about God. His name is Craig, but his drug name is Doc, so nobody knows who Craig is, but if we say Doc like everybody in North Shields knows him. Not for good reasons... But anyways he is a character. He's living with his parents but everytime we go over there (he has a curfew of 7 so we usually go around then) he is rolling a joint in front of us. It's interesting to say the least. But he's reading the book of Mormon and is determined to stop doing all drugs, so he's cool.
And Dad that is really good to hear that you are helping out in your calling that's really good. There is a less active member who we teach who was baptized just over a year ago who is undergoing a lot of difficulty in her life right now. She is unemployed and has two children and is suffering from severe depression. Her name is Natasha. Last time we went we brought an Ensign and we also went over Brad Wilcox's talk ''His Grace is Sufficient'' with her and she opened up to us and cried a lot and explained all the problems in her life. When we left she said she felt a lot better and would be at church on Sunday (which she says after all of our visits every week) but then of course on Sunday she was a no show :(
Anyways I love you guys. I'm happy here. I've been carrying around that family picture you guys sent out for New Years in a book of Mormon to use when we are finding and teaching and it has been really helpful, but it really makes me appreciate what I have for a family life and a good upbringing, especially here in England where almost nobody has a full family like we have. I would love more things similar to that photo to show people!