Friday, April 6, 2012

April 4, 2012

I am currently signing up for BYU classes. It is making my stomach hurt and sick. I don't want to do it. My life is just so simple now. I haven't gotten an email from you this week. Hope everything is just fine. I am currently having a switch in attitude as I write to you. I can't wait to go to BYU and do major work. That way I can have a reliable job and be a missionary with my wife. And do the whole children parent thing. As President Eyring said... "give me these mountains to climb"!

I love you. Pray for me!

Elder Krebs

Hi mom.
I didn't have much time to send an email because I was doing class scheduling. I still haven't gotten any emails from anyone since Friday. I would imagine I've received something about the cats. Maybe things are broken?
If soo... my comps email is
If not.... I hope to hear from the family soon!

I love you.

Everything is perfect. I am living the dream.

March 26, 2012

Dear Family,

This week feels like a blur! So many things happening. Great and wonderful things though.
For the two exchanges this week I stayed in Watford. Elder Mills from Mesa came on Tuesday and on Thursday Elder Pollard came to Watford. It is an absolute joy to be able to have two exchanges a week. I learn sooo much from all the missionaries around me. Everyone has a different rhythm and style. It is fun to pick and choose different ways of doing things from others... then create a customizable style. Fun fact... I learned that in England... they call Unibrows... Monobrows. How brilliant is that? I love all the funny little sayings here. They just make me laugh. I was talking to a man from Scotland and another Brother yesterday at church... I needed to go talk to someone else though... so I said "please excuse me, I just need to talk to someone". The Scotsman said... "I'm not going to squeeze you... I'll get talked about". Oh Scotland.

This week... we have so many blessings from our Heavenly Father. On Saturday... 7 appointments cancelled. So what do we do when appointments cancel? Go do major work in the Town Centre. Good thing it was a gorgeous 21 degrees (Celsius, I think it is about 70 F). We stopped a lady from China that has been here for three months. She doesn't really speak English. Sooooo we said some things in Mandarin... and some in English. We got her phone number and had a Chinese member call her that night and she came to church on Sunday. It was sooo great. Four members in our Ward speak her language and they all attacked her. As we were waiting with her to get picked up for Church at the Library... she turned to me and said "Elder... I think problem... i no speak english". I said "no problem"... I went and got a Chinese Book of Mormon and Restoration Pamphlet and gave them to her... she loved it all! She will be at conference next week :)

We were walking to the town centre after we parked the car on Saturday and we saw the Sisters contacting in the park. We went and talked with them for a couple minuets and then started to walk towards town. Before we left the park we stopped a young lad and began talking. We ended up sitting down on a bench right there and teaching the Restoration. He loved it and said he has been looking for a community of believers... he said that he thinks baptism is exactly what he needs right now and asked if he could be baptised before Easter. AHHH. That is about two weeks away. We shall see :) Probably not... but miracles do happen. I am really excited for both of these new investigators! It is a blessing stopping everyone you see... cause you never know who is passing you... it might be your next baptismal date. The Lord knew that Ping and Paul were going to be in the town... and so he cancelled our appointments so we could find them. I just pray next time we can plan by the Spirit more effectively so we can have both.

We are going to London today... and I can't wait! I believe a water balloon fight is planned in Hyde Park for 1:00. We are going to have two appointments right now and then travel via the train to Euston Station and then Hyde Park! Loverly.

I hope all goes well in the UK... I am going to work like I've never worked this week. For some extra help. I hope the play goes well... and life doesn't get too crazy. This week... my revelations were all around the topic of this "Life is not about making things easier, but learning how to do hard things easier". We must do the difficult things... for they refine us. I love you all very much. Go watch the Bible Video's for FHE! They are very interesting... They make you think.

Elder Krebs

March 19, 2012

Hiya family!

Yesterday was Mothering Sunday in the Great British Isles. I shared a spiritual thought about our Mum at a dinner appointment and then got trunky for about 2.2 seconds. Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven. If we do not learn to sacrifice small things for bigger things... then we are in trouble. It is definitely a sacrifice being away from my brilliant family. I really miss you all and I am sad that you might never see me again if you don't come to London. Because I'm not leaving. I don't want to be a "normal" person. I want to be a missionary. It is a great life. Full of everything you could ever want. Especially in London. We eat all kinds of food. Last night was Chinese. We then watched one of the newer bible videos about the good Samaritan, and I shared how my mom was the best Samaritan. I mentioned one of the greatest lessons that mom ever taught me. It is that it doesn't matter what others think, say, or do... it only matters that you follow God, and serve His children. Mom never once did something to get credit, fame or to be seen by someone else. She served out of pure Christlike love for others and for God. I heard a quote once that said "It is amazing what you can accomplish when you don't mind who gets the credit". If we are humble enough to give all the credit or glory to God... we will find the greatest sense of peace and happiness. I still struggle and strive to love the people here in England that I don't know yet. It is hard to love people when they ignore you and try to tear you down. If I go out in the town centre with a bad attitude and negative thoughts about people around me... I will never be an effective missionary. I just gotta love dees peeps. Our mother just had the best ability to love people and serve them without ever saying a bad or complaining word. She is the best mum. Happy Mothers Day from England.

In Church... our High Councillor talked about the relationship between the date of Britain's Mothering Sunday, Passover and Lent, and the women's menstrual cycle (which he explained in the same detail as my human anatomy class). We had two brand new investigators from the Philippines... and I have never prayed so hard that God would put a glob of wax in someones ear. It was so interesting. I will try to get a copy of the talk to you. One of the investigators said that she didn't want to be there because she thought it was a Catholic Church and it wasn't. She went on to say that she was born a Catholic and would die a Catholic. The other lady... Ana, seemed to enjoy it. She said it was different, but enjoyed it.

We taught a investigator from India named Thomonga today. He has a belief in almost everything. He reminds me of one of the recent converts I was able to help be baptised in Hyde Park named Hoshar. At the end of the lesson... he gave us a recap of the restoration and it was spot on. I didn't even really think he was listening, but then he soaked it all up. Absolutely swish. He is the biz. Afterwards... we went to a pub called the Walkabout. It is an Australian style club bar thingy... but during the day they just sell food and it's pretty chill. One of the Sisters got a burger with just ketchup... but my favourite Australian companion got a huge burger. Three patties, pineapple, fried egg, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, chili jam, and jalapenos. The gave him his drink for free... for finishing it. It was a great P-day activity.

The Zone is doing fantastic right now. I went on a work over in Wembley on Tuesday. They live right next to the huge stadium there... which will be used extensively during the Olympics. In the morning we ran around the stadium twice. Absolutely terrible. On thurday I went to Hayes, which is west west london. It is a great place. At one point... we were the only white people on the bus or 40 people. We traveled into India. It is amazing to see a very english street... and then ten mins later... you can't read any of the signs. I love it here. It is great to be able to go on two exchanges a week. I love it. Things are great in the UK. Speaking of UK... I hope they are doing great in the tourney. One of the Elders in the zone just filled out his bracket. I hope Duke and UK meet. I was in Hemel Hempstead this week and a man walks by with a UK sweatshirt on... I obviously stopped him. To share the Gospel yes... but then to ask some questions. He lives in Kentucky with his wife, but he was from here originally. His wife had a proper Kentucky accent and it was glorious. I missed that accent. They then updated me about college basketball. I still claim it was a tender mercy.

I have been pondering on the idea of having to do really hard small things... to accomplish great things. Heavenly Father puts us through a lot of pain, to mold us. I watched a strong father in my last area cuddle so tightly his two year old son in his arms and force medicine into his mouth. The kid was absolutely terrified... but then right after... was fine and healthier. We shouldn't rear our heads when God tries to smooth our rough edges. We must patiently endure and continue.

God is in control. He has provided the most beautiful way. It is perfect... and now it is up to us to simply act.

Elder Krebs

P.s. This email is a tad all over the place.

P.s.s. Thank you for all the help with rooming at BYU. I sent an email to my friend... I don't really know how things will work out.

March 19

Here we are... in The Walkabout.