Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Caroling

Hello from Foggy England,

This week has been a week of Christmas Caroling, Zone Conference, Jehovah Witness fun, and D getting off Tea.

On Saturday we went Christmas Caroling in King's Square.  It was a lot of fun and really cold! We set up a booth for the Church's Christmas promo and we handed out cards and Books of Mormon. We sang mostly Church Christmas hymns.

Zone conference was on Thursday in Billingham. We had the North part of the mission together, so the Sunderland, Billingham, and York zone's were there. I saw Elder Barney again, so that was pretty cool! Elder Peña pointed out all of the people that he knew and had served with. I saw my old Zone leader Elder Iacapo there as well. It was a really good spiritual meeting and I learned a lot about how to teach better using the Spirit. Also, we had Subway for Thanksgiving dinner.

I went on an exchange with the Scottishman's new companion Elder Corpuz from Manila, Philippines in Harrogate. Harrogate is a very Americanized city. We had lasagna at an American family's house while we were there. It was a fun exchange. Elder Corpuz is a really mellow guy, that is super motivated to work. I liked Harrogate. It's about a 40 minute train ride from York. While I was on exchanges, we knocked on a really energetic Jehovah's Witnesses door. He shared with us from his confusing scriptures and we shared Maroni's promise.

We had another lesson with D this week. We taught him about the Word of Wisdom. When we started teaching him, he told us that he was already trying to get off of tea! He loved the Primary Program and said that he's coming back to church. Another really cool thing happened here in York on Sunday. After church Josh the same young man that baptized Shawn, came up to us. His girlfriend isn't a member and he told us that she wants to take lessons from us. We're seeing them both on Wednesday! I hope you all have a great week. Cheerio!

 -Elder Holyoak

North Zone Conference

Caroling in King's Square

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Planting Trees

Hey everyone! This week we planted trees with an interfaith group, practiced Christmas caroling, jump started the Bishop's car, and we found more people to teach! It's been getting cooler and rainier the more we get into the winter over here in York. We had a zone training this week and the church is launching a thing in December called "Light the world". We're going Christmas caroling at King's square in downtown York this Saturday. It should be a really good experience.

On Tuesday a ward member, Mark Cosens, invited all of the missionaries in York to a planting trees service project with his interfaith group. It was cool meeting people of other faiths and just planting trees. We planted over 500 trees in Rawcliffe Park!

After church yesterday, the Bishop's daughter left the light on in their car and the battery was dead. So, Elder Peña and I jump starter his car by pushing it down the parking lot in 2nd gear. I've never done that with a stick shift car before. After we helped him out, he invited us over for tea. 

This week has been awesome for finding new people to teach! One day when we were knocking doors, we met a lovely lady named Claire and her 2 young boys. When we walked up to her door to knock on it, I saw her feet propped up through the window expecting her to see us through the door and ignore us. But, she greeted us warmly and said that she would love to hear our message. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she said that she was definitely going to read it. We're going to see her tomorrow and I'm so excited! 

Another miracle that happened this week was that D came to church! He's becoming less and less anxious about getting baptized and he gotten to know the Bishop really well.  It's been a brilliant week and I'm just so grateful to be out here! I love you all and happy Thanksgiving, even though they don't celebrate it over here.

-Elder Holyoak

Planting trees at Rawcliffe Park

Always "scoop the poop"


Elder Tobler and Elder Zeck

Monday, November 14, 2016


Hey family and friends,

This week I said a movie style goodbye with my mission father, we had to Skype the other half of our district in Harrogate, Trump, and my first week with my new companion Elder Peña.

Elder Barney is up in South Shields now. When we dropped him off at the station on Tuesday, we said our goodbyes in a very dramatic way. When he was inside the train, he looked at me through the window and put his hand on the glass. And naturally I ran up to his train and touched my hand back to his. We watched Tarzan the other week. Haha, we'll probably end up seeing each other during the mission Christmas party, but I'm gonna miss the loud Texan.

This week has been my first week with the man, the myth, the legend, Elder Peña from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He's a Spanish speaking basketball pro! I've been having a lot of fun trying to learn and communicate with him using the Spanglish that I know. He lived in Las Palmas, Spain for 2 years and played basketball before he left on his mission. I've been teaching him how to play guitar and he's been teaching me how to speak Spanish. 

District meetings are now going to be in Harrogate, so this Wednesday we were supposed to be taking a train there but it was snowing! The snow barley stuck on the ground, but apparently it was enough to delay the train. So we Skyped the Harrogate boys. Elder Campbell (my new district leader) opened the meeting with, "How's it going everybody, it's a been a pretty crazy day. It's snowing, we're Skyping, and Trump won the election!" Haha, yes it's everywhere here! Like I said before, the English people on the streets would much rather talk about Trump than Jesus. But it definitely is making it so we can talk to more people.

It's been a really good week of finding people to teach. I'll let you know how our future lessons go. We met a man in his 30s that I was able to talk about Pink Floyd with and we met a man from Gambia that sounded really excited to hear more from us! Also, we scheduled D for baptism and he said that he would love to come to church with us next week! I love you all! Cheers!

-Elder Holyoak

Final goodbyes at the train station

My new companion Elder Peña 

Boys in the Hood

Monday, November 7, 2016


     Hi you alright ladies and blokes? This week includes transfers, Bon Fire Night, Shawn's baptism, and England going bonkers over the Presidential Election. 

     Transfer calls came in on Sunday and ............. I'm STAYING in York! Elder Barney is leaving and going to South Shields, so I won't be living with the Texan anymore. My new companion, who I'll meet tomorrow, is Elder Penya from The Dominican Republic!! That's all that I know about him, but I'll be meeting up with him tomorrow and that's exciting! I'm really happy that I'm staying in York, because I feel like I'm just getting into the swing of things over here. So who knows, maybe I'll be here for Christmas, maybe not though. Haha!

     Bon fire night was on Saturday night this week. It's a big Holiday here in England. We had to be in our flat by 6 again, but I could hear and see a lot of the fireworks out the window. With our 3 hours off that night, we ordered Dominos Pizza and watched Meet the Mormons.

     Shawn's baptism was this week!! It was cool to see her get baptized by Josh Kimberling, one of the 16 year old priests in the ward. Shawn is such a character. When she was walking into the room with her baptismal clothes on she whispered to us, "I feel like I'm going to prison with this white jumpsuit!" There's a new rap that she's working on, the Joseph Smith rap haha! But in all seriousness, it was a really peaceful and spiritual baptism. I felt so happy when I saw Josh and Shawn's faces after she came out of the water. It was mint! I really hope that her two little girls will be able to get baptized in the future.

     I hear that elections are tomorrow in America?! I know that I'm pretty much separated from the world's media, but I can't avoid this crazy election. It's everywhere in the newspapers and on tele screens here. I'm just glad that it will be over soon, so that English people will stop bringing it up!

     The area book planner is out and everyone is adjusting into it. We were thinking about burning our old area book for Bon Fire Night, but we're weren't finished transferring it over yet. 

     It's been a pretty cold and windy week over here in Old York. The leaves keep falling and the rain keeps coming down. It's a good time. We're still teaching D and he's progressing. I really hope that Elder Penya and I can help him come to church. Anyways, love you like anyways. The church is true, the book is blue, and God's a Mormon too. That's a partially true statement from Elder Barney haha. 

Love you all Cheers!

Shawn's Baptism

It's cold here in York, England

Trainer pass-a-long tie

Wow! 1000 pounds = $1239.65