Monday, August 14, 2017

Tea with Tunisianians

Hey everyone! It's been another canny week up here in North Shields. I had tea with Tunisians, The Premier League started, I saw some friends from across the pond, went on a couple of exchanges and someone passed their baptismal interview!!
     
Hey again peeps! Last Monday something pretty cool happened. The North Shields Sisters brought their investigator to a member's family home evening. They are from Tunisia (Northern Africa) and they're super nice. They are Muslim by faith but they seem pretty open to learning more. It's always cool learning about other people's cultures and backgrounds. They asked a lot of really interesting questions about the church too. They'll be moving to Arizona this coming month, so we're hoping to be able to pass them on to the missionaries there.
     
The Premier League (professional English football) started this week. People definitely talk more about it up here, being so close to the NUFC stadium. In the corridor after Sacrament meeting people are going around talking about the Newcastle and Tottenham game. It's a pretty easy way to start a conversation talking about football with strangers, so it's a win win situation for me haha.
     
On Tuesday, I had a smashing lunch with someone.........the Conway's! It's always really special seeing someone from back home for a little and catching up. Shout out to Dana and Mike, you guys really are awesome and I hope that you enjoy your trip over here. Something that I realized when I met up with them is how fast a mission really goes by. So I'm gonna make the most of this short experience while I have it!
     
I was able to go on 2 exchanges this week. One with Elder Watson, who is one of our Zone Lords, and Elder Rodrígues, one of the Alnwick blokes in my district. When I went with Elder Watson, we had loads of fun over in Newcastle. Us and the other 2 blokes got these hilarious circle glasses from H&M and we went finding with them. Nobody said naught about it though. We went to a village outside of Newcastle called Byker. It sure was a hoot and a holler and a half. On Friday, I went with the one and only Elder Rodrígues from Barcelona. We had a lot of fun as well, doing some finding around North Shields in the dumping rain.
     
Justin passed his baptismal interview!! We've had to change the baptismal date a lot, but we're really confident that it will be on the 20th this coming Sunday. Elder Anderson was really happy because that's the night of transfer calls. And I don't know about you, but someone staying in an area for 7 months is on the hot seat of leaving (Elder Anderson, that is). But yes it's super exciting to be having a baptism this Sunday. Justin is such a good kid and the parents are ecstatic too. The Daft Elder Anderson thinks that I'm training next transfer, but we'll see. We've got another really large group leaving the mission next week so it should be another big transition. 

Well, I hope that you all take care. I'll talk to yous later! Cheers!
-Elder Holyoak

Mike and Dana Conway met me in Newcastle

Exchanges with Elder Watson and Elder Rodríques

Elder Anderson and I in our circle glasses

P-Day craziness


Monday, August 7, 2017

Cheeky Ballard

Hey hey hey, here's another weekly update from England. I shook another Apostle's hand, helped with a musical item at a baptism in Newcastle and I went to New York(picture below).
     
Weeks full of meetings always fly by. Wednesday was the biggest one of course. We had our ELM Mission Conference and were able to hear Elder M. Russell Ballard speak. The Alnwick Elders drove us to Newcastle, we took a coach to Billingham and then picked up that entire zone, then went all the way down to Huddersfield for the conference. We had an hour before the General Authorities came and were able to chat and catch up with other missionaries. Comparing the last Mission Conference to this one, I actually knew a lot of people! My MTC group took a picture together too. It was amazing seeing all 202 missionaries in one room and catching up with the other missionaries that I've served around. I love being a part of this work! 
     
The conference overall was mint! My favorite General Authorities that spoke before Elder Ballard were Elder Kearon (THE BOSS) and Elder Nelson (Head of the missionary department). They were all pumping us up and telling us what good missionaries we are. When Elder Ballard finally took the stand his opening statement was, "Well, you're good, but you're not all translated yet." Haha... He's a super cheeky bloke! He mainly talked about making sure that we're teaching by the Spirit and allowing others to really feel the truth of the Gospel. He's just a normal 89 year old man, but I could tell that there was something special about him and that he was an Apostle. His exiting statement was, "Hasta Lavista baby!" and he was gone before we knew it! Haha... what a guy. 
     
On Thursday, I was invited to a baptism in Newcastle to play a musical item. I played, "Come Follow Me" on the guitar. I was a bit nervous initially going up, but it was a really cool to play a role in helping make it a spiritual experience for the man getting baptized. I'm really hoping to play for more people in the future.
     
The work has been a bit the same lately. We're hoping to help Justin to get interviewed for baptism this Saturday, so pray for us! I love talking to people in public transportation and in the streets. There's so many different life stories that I've heard from people and so many different ways that the Gospel can bless their lives. This work is true, the Book is blue, and Jesus was a Mormon too. Cheers!

-Elder Holyoak


New York, right.....

St. James Park - home of Newcastle United Football (soccer) 

MTC Reunion at our Mission Conference 




Monday, July 31, 2017

Teaching on the beach

How's it going ladies and gents?! It's been another mint week here in the ELM. I taught my first lesson on the beach, chilled in a convertible with my ward mission leader and l found a loophole to play the guitar more.
     
The highlight of this week is defiantly teaching a boy legend named Justin. Justin is an 11 year old boy that we started teaching this week. We are already good friends with his parents and everything is aligned perfectly for us to start teaching him and helping him to be baptized on the 19th of August. His parents told us that they asked him where he wanted the missionaries to teach him and he said, "The beach!" So we walked over and taught him there. So yes, he's the real MVP!
      
Brother Cresnowski, my ward mission leader, took us out for a nice lunch on Tuesday and he drove us around in his convertible. We talked a lot about new ideas that we want to introduce soon to the ward and getting everyone stoked on coconuts about doing missionary work.
     
Elder Anderson and I have been doing a lot of finding lately. This week we really focused on sharpening up our skills and finding more people to teach. And as a result, we got a referral for the Newcastle Elders, found an amazing German lady that we will hopefully be teaching tomorrow and loads of other potential people to teach. Like I said before, people are very friendly here, up north, so most people are willing to talk. August should be another awesome month for the us and for the North Shields district! 
     
It's been a pretty musical week so far as well. On Sunday Elder Anderson, Sisters Rigby and Cook and I sang a musical item on Sunday. We sang "Come Thou Fount" and it was a lot of fun. I never saw myself doing something like that before. On Thursday, I will be featured in another musical item as well. I'm gonna play a hymn on the guitar for a baptism. So I've got a loophole to pick up my guitar again and play.
     
Everyone is pretty excited for Wednesday to listen to Elder M. Russell Ballard. It should be a lot of fun and I really am excited to be inspired by him. Our mission has been having a lot of success with baptisms that President Turvey says the mission hasn't seen in years! That's all that I've to update on, hope all is well cheers!

-Elder Holyoak


Teaching Justin on the beach


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Brother Cresnowski taking us for a ride


Monday, July 24, 2017

Movie man and the start of my black year

Hiyuh kids, you alright! This week Elder Anderson and I were film stars, we had interviews with our Mission President, Dave from York emailed me, we went bowling on P Day and we have a special guest coming to speak to the mission in August.

I went to a chippy with Elder Anderson a couple of days ago and something funny happened. When we finished eating and got up to leave a lady asked us, "Can you guys stay there for 5 more minutes? We've been making a film and you've been in the background." So we stayed and now we're in an Independent English short film haha!
     
President and Sister Turvey came up to North Shields for interviews again. They had a really cool announcement for us. Elder M. Russell Ballard is coming to speak to our mission on the 2nd of August! It's crazy because we just had Present Nelson speak to us in December, so we're really excited for that. 
     
This week I was able to go all the way up to Alnwick, the Northernmost part of the mission and go on an exchange. In that village, it has the actual castle used for Hogwarts in Harry Potter! I haven't actually seen it yet, but I definitely will when I go on a P Day. I went on an exchange with the Elder Mills(a former companion). He's still his proper farm boy self, but we had a good day together again. 
     
I don't really have much else to update on, this week went by really quick. My official 1 year mark is in 3 days..... CRAZY! I already burned a shirt with Elder Livingston when I had the chance. 

-Elder Holyoak

1 year "Burning of the Shirt"


Bowling on P-Day

Monday, July 17, 2017

1st week in North Shields

Way Ay, it's been a proper canny week like! How's it going guys? There's a lot new stuff going on here up in North Shields. I was pranked by a member, Geordie Accents galore, American football in England, and I went to Leeds for a district meeting.
     
Hey you alright and everything. On Tuesday I took a train up to Newcastle and waved goodbye to the York Zone. The train ride was beautiful going through Darlington, Durham and Newcastle. Elder Anderson (my new companion) from Farmington, Utah picked me up and we went over to North Shields. He's a good bloke and he's been on his mission 6 weeks less than me and he's super chill. He's served in the Leeds 1 ward and here so far. He's a pretty funny guy. I've never served around someone that's so chill all the time... haha. We get along really well and he's breaking me into the area. There's so much already that I love about North Shields! It's the largest area that I've been in so far. Our main source of transportation is the Metro and buses and people really do get more friendly the more north you go.       
     
Along with the Geordie accent, you know that you've met a proper Geordie when you hear one. There's only been a handful of really broad ones that I've had trouble understanding so far. I'm now in the county of Northumbria. It is the one that touches the Scottish boarder, so the teams in my district are in the Northernmost part of the mission. Since I have a brand new district, I'll introduce everyone to you. So we've got Elder Rodriguez from Barcelona with Elder Mills the same potato lovin' bloke that I served with  up in the Alnwick Branch on the borders. I'll be going on exchange there soon, so I'll let you know how that goes. Then we have Sister Filikitonga from Tonga and Sister Hope from Arizona up in the Ashington Branch. And last but not least, we have the North Shields Sisters, Sister Cook from Garden City, Utah and Sister Rigby Kaysville, Utah.  We've got a proper canny (very good) district over here!
     
On Wednesday we went to Young Men's because we're teaching James who comes. Some of them had never played American Football before, so we taught them which was super cool.
     
On Thursday, I went over to a deaf members home named Sister Thompson for tea for the first time. When I got in the sisters were speaking sign language to her. I was trying my best to communicate to her with my iPad. After a while, Sister Thompson said, "I just can't do this anymore!" She wasn't actually deaf and I was super thrown off and everyone laughed. It was a pretty good prank because Sister Thompson can fluently sign. Haha!
     
I'm really enjoying it over here so far. It's always a weird transition moving to a new area, new missionaries to serve around, and new members but it's good. The work is güd. 

Take care and cheers!
-Elder Holyoak

My new district

Prankster sister missionaries and my new companion Elder Anderson

England Leeds mission District Leaders


Monday, July 10, 2017

Transfers..................

Way Ay Man! This week we taught a bloke that I found in February, I had some American and English pride, an exchange with the traveling assistants again and TRANSFER CALLS AND....... I'M MOVING TO NORTH SHIELDS!

We received transfer calls on Saturday and tomorrow I'll be moving up north to Geordie Land to North Shields! It's a town that's really close to Newcastle. I'm staying as the District Leader up there and I'm proper pumped. Elder Withers is going back home to Idaho, Elder Lewis is going to a small town called Peterlee and Elder Livingston is training. We're also getting two other new missionaries in Brid while I'm gone. President Turvey made a big change to the mission. Over two thirds of the missionaries were moved or changed leadership positions. The funny thing is that I'm going to the area where Elder Lewis just came from and serving with his previous companion, Elder Anderson. I've only heard good things about the area and that the Bishop is super cheeky. I'm excited to let all of you know about my adventures up there!
     
This week was of course the 4th of July. Instead of celebrating for America, I went to something called the Proms night. It's basically just a British pride celebration night where they sing songs and waves flags, no fireworks though so that was kinda lame haha. Another really cool thing that happened this week was that Elder Livingston and I decided to knock on a former investigator that I found way back in February. When he opened the door for us he was super friendly and had us come in and share our message with him. He's a cool guy with electric guitars hanging all over his walls and a really nice wife, with 3 boys a girl. Elder Livingston and his trainee will be seeing them next week.
     
I don't have much else to update on. I'm a bit sick today so I'm gonna go chill while I can. Take care and pray for me that I can understand the Geordies this week haha! 

 Cheers!
-Elder Holyoak

North Shields



Proms Night-British Pride Day on July 4th

Showing American Pride

England Leeds Missionary Assignments and Areas
(You can find Elder Holyoak under the Sunderland Zone)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Treason Day Peasants!

Happy treason day peasants! Tomorrow will be my first 4th of July outside of the promised land, so it's going to be like any other day haha. This week I did some missionary work with a German, we brought a special guest to district meeting, and somebody is preparing for a baptism!
     
So I gotta quick funny story before I jump right in. I was getting a haircut today and the barber asked me, "You want any off the fringe?" I had no idea what he was saying, so I ask him what a fringe is. And it's the bangs of your hair! I thought that I was getting pretty used to what British words mean and everything, but this one caught me off guard. I've heard that around Yorkshire people use different words for things.
     
On Wednesday for district meeting, I invited the legend of the branch Jamie Ackroyd to come and participate with us missionaries. I forgot to take a picture, but it was really fun to have him there. After that, Elder football (Elder Livingston) and I went to Scarborough to go on another exchange. This was my first time going with Elder Kull from Germany. I had only briefly met him in the MTC, but it was ace spending a day with him in rainy Scarborough. 
     
We made some really good progress with Rory this week. We were able to set a goal with him to work towards his baptism!! He got work off for all of his future Sunday's and is getting close to stopping smoking.  During the last lesson we had with him, he sang for us, "Johnny B Good" and that was lit. 
     
Well the time has come again for transfer calls. Everyone is telling me that I'm leaving Brid, which is pretty likely. Also, next week Elder Withers is going home to Idaho. Happy Forf of July everyone, make sure to keep your fringes in line.

Cheers!
-Elder kaoyloH




Elder Kull from Germany


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Delectable Week

Wazzup my American peeps! This week I went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders in York, James over in Scarborough got baptized, I hosted my second district meeting and we got the coolest new poster for our flat.
     
It started off a pretty delectable week going on exchange in York with Elder Glenn. The cool things about being around Elder Glenn is that he speaks Chinese. I never realized how many Chinese people live in York until I went on this exchange. We would walk around the streets and he would stop a Chinese person and they would just stare at him and probably think, "This white guy is speaking fluent Chinese to me!" A couple of them said, "Wow! So clear!" We had a lesson with a recent convert named WanTing. We actually met her in one of the public building in the University of York. It was weird walking around the University grounds on my mission for a little haha. 
     
On Saturday, the super star of the district, James, got baptized! I wasn't able to go over to Scarborough to see it, but the other lads said that it went really well. On Sunday he revived the Holy Ghost and was interviewed to receive the Priesthood. Also, he is going to go to Preston to do baptisms for his father soon.
     
I had my second district meeting this week. I'll only be holding 4 more, until we have our next transfers.  It's been a lot of fun planning them and helping missionaries to have fun and be uplifting at the time.
     
One last funny story before I wrap up this email. In England there are bus adverts (advertisements) everywhere. Elder Livingston and I saw a man taking out the old posters and putting in the new ones. So naturally we asked him, "Hey mate can we have one of those posters?" He wrapped it up all nice and gave it to us. So our newest feature to our flat is a massive Transformers poster that we all signed haha. 
     
Overall it was a pretty good week. The work is going güd and the church is true. Hope y'all have a good week, pip pip cheerio!

-Elder HolySmokes

A little Harry Potter reference

Elder Glenn, the Chines speaking Elder

Flat Mates

Transformers, more than meets the eye



Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Favuhs Dee!

Hello my American peeps. Here is another update from sunny Brid. This week was the hottest week of my mission so far, I interviewed someone for baptism for the first time, Rory came to church and I got to eat out with President and Sister Turvey!
     
Hey up, summer is definitely here in Brid! I bought some aloe vera for the boys in the flat, because we keep getting burnt.... haha. Most days it's been around 27 degrees, which is in the 80s in Fahrenheit. I took some quick slick pics in the sun for all of y'all.
     
On Sunday, I took a train over to Scarborough to interview someone named James for baptism. Elder Kull and Barff have been teaching him for a while and he's the most prepared person that I've ever met. He's been going to institute and has visited the temple grounds with his girlfriend. That was defiantly the spiritual highlight of my week! His baptism will be this Saturday and I'm really hoping that I'll be able to bring someone over from Brid to see it.
     
So, the funny story for this week is about Elder Livingston. During morning exercise we ran to the beach like we normally do and he saw a wooden post to break up the waves poking up out of the water. And he told me, "Dude I gotta take a quick karate kid picture on that!" He goes to jump up onto it and he missed and destroyed his leg. His leg had scrapped up against it and it cut his leg up. He was just laughing at himself and said, "I guess that's what I get for being disobedient and getting close to the water!" Obviously, us 18-20 year old blokes are tempted to get in the water on these hot days, but we are resisting and I learned my lesson without getting hurt.....haha.
     
On Friday, we had interviews. But this time, my mission President came to Bridlington. He and Sister Turvey interview my district and I. After they were finished, they asked us if we could show them around Bridlington because they had never been here before. So we showed them our flat. We rushed in and cleaned a couple things before they came in and then toured a bit around the town. Then they wanted to take us out for a meal. We ate at this restaurant called "Aloha." It had some proper Mexican food, which is really hard to find here in England. It was great getting to know them in a relaxed environment and just hanging out with your mission President and his wife for a little! I talked to President Turvey about music and his band growing up. He was in 4 different bands and mostly played the electric guitar. He told me that his favourite live band that he saw was Led Zeppelin. That's right, he saw them live! That was a really fun night.
     
On Sunday, it was Father's Day of course and I need to say at least something about my dad in this letter. I wouldn't be the person I am today without him. He always makes me feel good about myself and has been a smashing example to me. Love you Money Maker Mike!  During Sacrament the primary sang "I'm so glad when dad and grandad comes home" in their cute British accents and Rory came! Rory has been making a lot of progress getting off cigarettes and coffee. Things are going really well as of late and I'm just gonna keep trucking along. Hope you chaps have a superb week. Cheers!

-Elder Holysmokes

Dinner with Brother and Sister Turvey

Dodgy me in the water


James

UK pride- Yorkshire flag on the left, Union Jack on the right



Monday, June 12, 2017

More from the land of Brid

Hey up blokes over in the promised land, you alright! It's been another smashing week in the land of Brid. I tried my 4th different Chippy, went on another exchange with the Traveling Assistants, Elder Livingston did a 100 meter dash in the train station and had I another funky fresh Zone Conference.
     
This week, I was asking a lot of people where the best fish-n-chips to eat at in Bridlington was. There were all sorts of different opinions, but from the responses that I got, the most popular was "Jack's Fish-N-Chips." So, Livingston and I tried it out. This was his first proper fish-n-chips. His verdict was that it was a little too greasy. My verdict, uber delectable. 
     
Zone Conference was good as usual. It was in Billingham again. I saw Elder at Peña for definitely the last time in the mission. He gave his departing testimony at Zone Conference, because he goes home in July. I know that I mention him a lot, but I hope that I can have an affect on another missionary like Peña has had on me. That chap is gonna have a good time back home en España playing basketball.
     
So after Zone Conference something funny happened. When we arrived in York, the zone leaders drove us and the Scarborough lads to the train station. I took the first trip and was waiting for my companion. I looked down at my watch, 7:49 and the train left at 7:50. Nope the others weren't gonna make it. So the other beach boys took the train and I waited for the next car load to tell them the bad news. As the car pulls up, I see a blur in my peripherals. Was it a bird, a plane, John the Beloved? No, it was Elder Livingston sprinting to catch the train. Before I could even register what was happening, the train was leaving and I was laughing with the Scarborough missionaries. Luckily the travel assistants were going on exchange with us the next day, so we nipped a ride with them over to Brid.
     
The exchange was mint, as always with the Travel Assistants. I learned a lot of new things and got a bunch of motivation from them. It's a lot of fun being responsible for all of these blokes on the beach.  A few of the less active members came to church on Sunday and like always we've got some other peeps that we're sharing this message of happiness with. Have a good week over there take care and cheers!

-Elder Holyoak 

Elder Livingston, my companion

Zone Conference


MTC lads



Monday, June 5, 2017

Sunny England

How's it going peeps! Well it's the start of a new transfer again over here in the ELM in the sunny month of June. I've got a new companion, the member that lives above our flat, Ruby, left and moved back to Australia, the legend of the branch Brother Ackroyd bought us pizza after coming teaching with us, I had a leadership meeting over in Leeds and we've got 3 new members of The Beach Boys district!
     
Well, the new blokes in my district are Elder Kull from Germany who is serving over in Scarborough, Elder Withers from Twin Falls, Idaho and my new comp Elder Livingston from Rigby, Idaho. POTATERS! Livingston is an American football player. Everything is good about him except for one thing, he chose the wrong team to play college football for when he gets back. He's committed to play for BYU. He red shirted a season with them before he left.  I'll make sure to learn as much about American football while I'm with him, don't worry dad haha.
     
This week the member that lives above our flat, Ruby, moved home to Australia. She was one of the sweetest lady's that I've ever met and I'm glad to have met her. We took  Brother Ackroyd out teaching this week and the lesson went pretty well. Afterwards, he took us to Papa Johns for some pizza. This man is always pampering us with food and inviting us over for tea. He truly is the legend of the branch.
     
On Thursday of this week, I went all the way over to Leeds for my leadership training meeting. It was a really small group of missionaries that were called into leadership positions this transfer, so we actually had it in the mission office. This was my first time going to the mission office, so it was really cool seeing the behind the scenes of the mission. After that, I met back up with Elder Livingston to go back to Brid.
     
We have been teaching a lot of lessons lately, but it's just the matter of helping people to keep commitments and come to church. Zone Conference is soon and it'll be fun to see my fellow friends. Hope y'all have a good week! Cheers!!

-Elder Holyoak 

Ruby, our neighbor whose moving back to Australia

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The Beach Boys 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Update update update!

Heyo my people! It's been quite the eventful week. Transfer calls happened, I finished making a shed, had some BBQ and turned two whole decades old!
     
The transfer call-a-roonies came in and..... I'M STAYING in Brid! That's right, and Elder Mills is leaving to Sunderland. We said good riddance, I mean goodbye, to Elder Black, I'll miss them both... haha. Elder Lewis and I will get some new comps up in The Beach Boys district. My new companion, tomorrow, is going to be Elder Livingston. He's from Rigby, Idaho. That's right, my third Idaho comp in a row! Elder Lewis' new companion is going to be Elder Withers and it will be another trunky transfer for Elder Lewis haha. Another change that will be happening here, is that I have been assigned to be the new District Leader in the Bridlington and Scarborough areas. So that's exciting!
     
This P Day we spent the day with Brother Steven, our branch mission leader. He took us to Whitby Abbey. It was top notch, because the writers of Dracula and Frankenstein were inspired by it, along with other cool historical things. Whitby is a nice little coast resort town, north of Bridlington and all and all it was two thumbs up. Check out these sweet pics!
     
Yes, this week we finished working on Brother Needham's shed. It looks real nice. I forgot to take a picture of it. It was cool seeing it from start to finish and having the other Elders in the area come over and help on days that we weren't able to.
     
The Warners (The family that we helped get their son and daughter baptized) invited us over for tea his week and they made us a BBQ. It was nice spending some time with them and catching up and also hearing about the holiday that they'll be having in Spain in a couple of weeks. They've only missed one Sunday since the baptism and they told us that they will be continuing to stay active after their Holliday.
     
The work is picking up here in Brid, as of lately. I'll describe it more in depth next week, but we have some nice lessons set up for the week to help others experience the many joys of this brilliant gospel! Hope you guys have a gr8 week talk to you L8tr!

-Elder Holyoak 
My main man Joe

I vant to suck your blood!

Whitby Abbey overlook


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Monday, May 22, 2017

BridTASTIC!

Hey lads and lasses how art thine doing! It was another super decent week here in Brid. I saw a funky fresh blues band outside, spent the day in Harrogate, Scarborough and York, did some service for a fellow Beatles lover, and Rory came to church.
     
The start of this week was very go go go and I was shattered once we got back to Brid on Wednesday. Last P-Day, we spent the day at Fort Manwith Hill in Harrogate. It was ace being with the entire zone doing normal people stuff like bowling and playing basketball. On Tuesday, we had an exchange in Scarborough again, but this time I was in a trio. I was with Elder Black and Barff. I can see why, as missionaries, we do this work in twos, because it felt pretty awkward switching off with all three of us.. haha. Then on Wednesday we had interviews in York. It was already a pretty busy week right off the bat.
     
As you can see by the video of the guy rocking out on the saxophone, the weather is getting pretty nice here. As it's getting closer to summer, more and more tourists are making their way to Brid. I've stopped and talked to a lot of people that are from London and are on Holiday here and their accents are so much more posh than the people here in Yorkshire...haha!
     
On Friday, we were going by to teach a less active member and we saw a man struggling to take things out of his home for spring cleaning. We offered him some help and he let us into his flat. After he helped him he asked us, "So are you going to give me a sermon now?" We laughed and sat down in his room that was filled with Beatles and Liverpool football club posters. He's had a pretty rough life and we were doing our best to explain to him how much the church can help him in his life. We'll be seeing him again on Tuesday.
     
On Sunday, Rory came to church!! It's been a while since we've had an investigator come to church and it was so rewarding to see him enjoying sacrament meeting. We've got some other people that we're trying to get come to church in the future. But what if there is no future for me here in Brid? Transfer calls are this Sunday, my birthday, and we will see if I'm staying or going. I'm wondering if I'll go to a new zone, because I've been in the kingdom of York for about 10 months now. We'll see what happens. 

Next P-Day our branch mission leader is taking us to the Whitby Abbey. It's another resort town just north of Scarborough. I've heard British people going bonkers over it and telling me to go there since I entered the mission, so it should be pretty good! 

I hope that all y'all have a good one again. Cheers! P.S. Enjoy this video of Jamie Akroyd (the legend of the branch) jam out!

-Elder Holyoak 

Enjoying an American dinner in our flat


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Opening some of my birthday packages from home.

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Music on the street

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Jamie Akroyd (legend of our branch)