Monday, October 23, 2017

Hiyerr! This week I spent a day with a Canadian, I saw the coolest tattoo and investigators are a rollercoaster!
     
Hello hello, it's been another canny week up here in Norf Shields. I went on 2 exchanges in one weekOn Monday and Tuesday, we spent it with Elder Watson and Kull (From Idaho and Germany) over in Newcastle. I love the city of Newcastle so much! I've been pretty lucky in my mission to serve in or near a large city. All I need to do now is serve in Leeds. When I was with Elder Kull, we spoke with loads of Uni students, which is always a funny experience. 
     
On the other day I went with Elder Watson. We had a proper miracle I'll illustrate it for yous. So we were walking up this street right, and we see these two blokes with loads of tattoos... haha. We were asking them if there were any Christians around and one of the guys pulls off his shirt and tells us how hardcore of a Christian he is. Check out the picture! We told them about how God has called a modern prophet and they let us in! We taught their whole family, consisting of a mum and dad and their 3 kids in their 30s. It was a really cool experience to see. They live in the Newcastle area, so I haven't heard back about all of the details and how they're doing.
     
The other exchange I went on, I was with Elder Bennett who is from Spring Coulee in Alberta, Canada. He knows about "homestarrunner" so we were quoting it a bunch... haha! We taught a guy about the Restoration on some stairs near a bingo too. It was minter than Colgate toothpaste! We're still teaching good old Chris and we had to move his baptismal date back a bit, but he will get baptized!
     
Life is good, Elder Davies has 3 weeks left in his missionary life. So I'm making sure he's sprinting to the end. Next week we have Elder Foster from the 70 speaking to our mission, oh and he's someone I knows grandpa too! Talk to yous later, take care cheers!

-Elder Holyoak 


Hardcore Christian



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Monday, October 16, 2017

A day with a Fijian and loads of conferences!

Hey up everyone! Just a quick update this week. We had glorious zone, stake and European conferences, I spent a day with a Fijian, and we chopped down a tree!
     
So the main miracle is the metro man from last week. His name is Chris by the way. He's been making so much progress and growing in the gospel. He's super excited to get baptized on the 27th this month! He has completely stopped drinking tea and smoking and we've introduced loads of members to him. He's a super cool guy. He's in his mid 30s and is super into the Chinese culture. He's currently learning how to speak Chinese. Maybe we'll introduce him to some of the Chinese speaking missionaries over in Newcastle.
     
Yes, we've been having loads of conferences lately. I'm a bit tired of sitting down and talking about how we can improve ourselves, rather than actually going out and working. This next week is gonna be pretty action packed though. On Sunday, we had a big European conference broadcasted to us from Germany. Elder Ballard spoke and it was really, really good! After the conference we got a lift back to our flat with the Bishop and Bro. Johnson. They are seriously the some of the funniest guys in the ward... haha! 
     
We chopped down a tree over at he Millington's this week. We took a canny pic too! Also, this week we went on exchanges over in Alnwick again. I went with Elder Hawea from Suva, Fiji! It was so fun spending the day with him! It was crazy, because we were talking about my trip over there in 2014 when I was with my HEFY group. He says that he remembers seeing a bunch of kids come to one of his Stake dances.... haha. That was probably us! He is such a good missionary already and he's only been out for 2 weeks. He reminds me of why I came out on my mission and has helped me to love the people of England even more! Anyways, that's my update for the week. Hope you all have a good one. 

Cheers!
-Elder Holyoak

Welcome to our flat

Stretching  after another meeting

Chopping down a proper tree

Elder Hawea from Suva, Fiji


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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Metro is #1

Heyuh everyone...... This week has had one of the biggest miracles in my mission so far! I went to Leeds with people from around the world for some training, we're getting smart phones, we did some more service over in Gateshead and the biggest miracle we found was on the metro!
     
North Shields is still on fire guys, man it's been such a good start to the transfer! I'll give you the run down. So on Tuesday, I was able to party it up in a 2 hour drive to Leeds with a bunch of good lads. I was in a car with a Canadian, a Norwegian, an Austrian, and a German. The meeting was super good. Some big changes are going on in the mission. We're getting smart phones tomorrow! I've gotten so fast at texting on the old Dino phones, but it's gonna be nice to have a phone from the 21st century. Some missionaries are freaking out, because they want to be separated from the world, but to be honest, it isn't going to change too much. One funny thing that I forgot to mention, is that a member in our ward is actually making the phone cases for our mission, so we got it leaked to us early.
     
We did some more service over in Gateshead with the different peeps in the zone. We painted a shed. I was chatting with Elder Bennett about Bridlington, where he just came from. It's always fun talking about all of the funny stuff that goes on in areas that you have served in with other missionaries and getting the update on the area after you leave.
     
So I've been saving this miracle for the end of my email. Last Monday night, Elder Davies and I were talking to lots of people on the metro and we got off at the Wallsend stop. When we got off, we walked around the corner and a man stopped us and asked us if we were lost and that my accent didn't sound like from around here. We chatted for a little bit and of course talked about the Book of Mormon with him. He told us how he had been really struggling in life lately and how he recently lost his job. When we gave him a Book of Mormon he held onto it like it was precious gold! He asked us if we could meet with him that next morning. When we saw him the next morning, he was super open to hearing about the Restoration. We've seen him almost every day since this week. He came to Amelia's baptism on Saturday and had a really good spiritual experience! He came to church as well yesterday and really enjoyed it! It's a proper miracle to meet someone so willing to accept the gospel in their life! He keeps asking us what can he do next.... haha. He's been asking so many questions about the church and I love it!! 
     
So, a lot of new stuff is going on! Hope yous have a good week! Cheers!

-Elder Holyoak

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Life on the Metro

Monday, October 2, 2017

Update!

Hiyuh again everyone! So the transfer calls came in and...... I'll be staying in North Shields for another transfer. I'll also be serving with Elder Davies for his last transfer. This makes it the first time I'm "killing off" a missionary, so wish me luck.... haha. This week was Mandy's baptism, I interviewed another person for baptism, General Conference and Moana!
     
I'll give you guys the run down of transfer calls before I blue scadoo into the week. The North Shields district is going to look quite different in couple of days. In Alnwick, Elder Mills is leaving (R.I.P previous companion. He gets moved around so much, bless him.... haha) and the legendary Italian Elder Sicardi will be training and Ashington will be getting Elders instead of Sisters. During district meeting last week, it was Sister Filikitonga's last one before she went home to Tonga, so naturally I had to get a hold of a Moana clip and tie it into the meeting. It was a nice touch. We are are swapping out those lady legends for Elder Sheffner from Sandy, Utah.... Hey wait a second that sounds familiar? Sheffner is from my MTC group and he want to Alta.  I mean the Bengals are still better than the Hawks, which I'm sure my freshman little brother well understands. It'll be ace being around him again. His companion is gonna be Elder Bennett, who is coming from Bridlington and was trained by Elder Livingston (my old companion). The North Shields sisters are staying the same. So lots of familiar faces, iz gon be lit!
     
Mandy's baptism went really well, the Sisters organized it amazingly! The highlight of it was definitely hearing James give a talk during it. I teared up when I heard him say, "Mom I know that this church is true and I know that you know that it's true!" Everyone in their family is now baptized and we just need to get them to the temple! It's amazing how much the gospel can transform someone, if they just accept it in their lives.
     
Speaking of baptisms, the Sisters have another one in the works. The Bishops 9 year old niece is getting dunked this Saturday and I interview her a couple of days ago. She is one of the sweetest little girls that I've met! Now it's up to Elder Davies and I to find the next person!
     
General Conference was sound. Holland was savage as always. We watched it in the Newcastle chapel with the other members and missionaries. So overall good stuff going on! I'll be spending the spooky season in North Shields. Hope you all have a rubbish week and remember, life is as short as a British summer, so make it count! Cheers!

-Elder Holyoak 

District Meeting


Whoa! It's a double rainbow all the way!



Monday, September 25, 2017

Wake me up when September ends...

Hey everyone! There's some big stuff going on in the ELM. First off, I interviewed Mandy for baptism and SHE PASSED, Facebook Facebook and more Facebook, we ate at a Carvery, and we did a Ward service project.
      
So, for the highlight of the week, it was definitely interviewing Mandy for baptism. It's been amazing seeing how much joy the Gospel has brought her! She and her husband have both said that they feel so much more peace in their home now. The Sisters did a really good job teaching her and she's very prepared for her baptism this Friday.
     
On Wednesday, we went over to the Stake Center in Sunderland to be trained on how to use Facebook haha. It's funny because most of us already know how to use it, but only for entertainment purposes. I'm excited to be using it to be able to talk to more people about the Gospel on the global inter-webs! Also, it feels a lot more comfortable and casual asking people, "Hey do you have a Facebook so we can talk to you more about this?" And if people are too busy, we can video chat with them! So yeah, lots of new stuff going on! 
     
On Friday, we went with the Priesthood to eat at a Carvery. I had no idea what a Carvery was until I got there. It was basically like an English dinner buffet. They had all sorts of meat, gravy, veg, and Yorkshire puddings. I'll make sure to take pictures next time. It was quite delectable! We were able to catch up with James because he was there too. On Sunday, he passed the Sacrament for the first time. Everyone in is family has just been beaming the past couple of weeks.
     
On Saturday, we did a ward service project. We went to a park and picked weeds and other stuff. It was good because I got a free Mormon Helping Hands shirt! One last thing, I forgot to mention to you is that it isn't just General Conference weekend that's coming up, but it's transfer calls as well. I'm predicting that I'll "kill off" Elder Davies with his last transfer, we will see though. I'm loving it here in North Shields, so I hope that I'll stay a bit longer. I'll keep you guys posted, here and on Facebook haha. Hope you have a canny week! 

Take care, cheers!
-Elder Holyoak



Monday, September 18, 2017

Hogwarts and an Italian

Here's another weekly update from the land of North Shields, England. This week has flown by again! Some highlights in this juicy week include, spending a day with an Italian, the Whinhams being canny, and going to Hogwarts!
     
Man it's crazy, I feel like I was just barely writing my last weekly update. Time flies! On Tuesday, I was able to go on  an exchange with the one and only Elder Sicardi from Rome, Italy. We went up to the Alnwick area to a village near the boarder of Scotland called, Berwick. It was such a beautiful drive! Elder Sicardi is a really good bloke. He's a very diligent missionary and although English isn't his first language, he's very confident in the way that he speaks with people. I learned a lot from him on that exchange. Elder Mills and Davies found them an investigator as well, which was ace!
     
So back to the North Shields area. You guys remember James, the 14 year old boy that we baptized a fortnight ago? His mum is super interested in the church! She's come to church the past 2 weeks and it's been so good to see the whole family sitting there so happy. The sister missionaries have been teaching her and her baptism will be soon. So they are doing very canny!
     
This last P Day we were able to go somewhere brilliant, THE HOGWARTS CASTLE! It actually called the Alnwick castle, but it's where they filmed a lot of stuff for Harry Potter. We timed it just right going there as well, because a really posh family owns and lives in the castle from October to next spring. It was such a breathtaking place to be. Elder Davies had a wand and we brought it with us and were messing around quoting Harry Potter....haha! Another thing we did was that we drove to the Boarder of Scotland. Don't worry, we didn't cross the boarder, but we got a picture of it! 
     
The missionary work is going alright too. We're just trying to find more peeps to teach again. We found one bloke named Colin, the same name as my brother back home. Shout out to him! Colin is from a place called Wallsend. There's something really cool about Wallsend that I learned too. It's where Sting from the band The Police are from. I'm going to try and scope out the exact house that he  grew up in... haha!
     
On Wednesday, we're getting trained on how to use Facebook in our missionary work, so that will be interesting. It's fun being creative and trying to brainstorm ideas on how to find more people to teach. It should be another smashing week coming up. I'm super pumped! Hope you guys have a great week too, cheers!

-Elder Holyoak 


Scotland border

England border

Missionary exchanges with Elder Sicardi

Alnwick castle "Hogwarts"



Performing a magic spell



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Monday, September 11, 2017

Soaring Eagle!

Heyuh friends! This week we did some service over in Gateshead with the missionaries in our zone, Operation Flying Eagle has almost gone soaring, Facebook, and James got baptized!
     
On Wednesday, we were able to do something really cool. We did service in Gateshead, which is just south of Newcastle. I met up with everyone in our zone and we did some service in a park there. It was a lot of fun moving benches, digging holes for trees etc. It's crazy how many different countries the Elders and Sisters come from in the zone and how fun it is to learn about their different cultures. 
     
We met with our bishop for a little this week and started working on this new idea that he has. It's kind of hard to explain over email, but I'll try. It's basically creating a weekly email newsletter to send out to people who's emails that we get. It should be pretty exciting! We're calling it "Operation Flying Eagle" for now.
     
One thing I forgot to mention in my email last week was that our mission will be using Facebook for online proselyting. We will be getting trained on using it at the end of the month and most of the missionaries are really excited about using it to work with their wards and branches better.
      
And last but not least, James got baptized!! It's been super busy and rewarding planning it. His young men's leader baptized him and I confirmed him yesterday. So many new cool experiences! After church James got the priesthood and is planning on going on a temple trip with the ward next month, which is super exciting!! Hope you guys have a great week talk to yous later! 

Cheers!
-Elder Holyoak 

James' baptism 

Dabbing in the UK

Wallace and Gromit



Monday, September 4, 2017

Proper Canny Week!

Here's another upd8 on my adventures in North Shields. This week I had another glorious Zone Conference in Billingham, Elder Davies and I tried to swap accents, I took a canny picture at the metro station and Justin got BAPTIZED!
     
The main highlight of my week was definitely Justin's baptism! We put a lot of time and preparation into helping him get to this point and it finally happened! I could tell that he and his family really felt the Spirit there and that they had a good time. Justin's mum was really nervous about all of it and was worried if he was doing the right thing. After we interviewed him and she saw his name on the board in Primary, it felt like this is where he belonged. Patrick, who is Justin's Step-Father, baptized him. He gave a talk right before it and it was hilarious...haha! He was quoting some things that his 11 year old step son asked him like, "When I go to the Celestial Kingdom, can I come down and visit you?" The whole congregation laughed when he said that. Also, in Primary earlier in the year the children were going around saying what they wanted to be when they grow up and Justin said, "When I grow up, I want to be a Mormon!" He's such an awesome kid and I can tell that he's going to do so much good in the world with his life in the church. 
     
James, the 14 year old boy that we're teaching came to the baptism as well. His face was lit up the whole time and I can tell that he's pumped for his baptism next week! I love teaching part members families so much! The Lord has blessed me these past couple of weeks and I'm so grateful for it! I'm excited to go through the whole process again of preparing another baptism and finding more people to teach!
     
Now on the funny side of things. Zone Conference was on Chuesday and it was good seeing familiar faces from the York Zone again. I learned a lot of good shtuff to move the work forward, but the best part was Sister Turvey. She went up and showed us pictures of all assortments of bugs to scare us into cleaning our flats. I think it worked.... haha. Another funny thing that's been going is Elder Davies and I are trying to swap each other's accents. He says that I sound like I'm from Coventry (central England by Birmingham). He's got the American accent down pretty well from all of the American companions that he's had. So yes that's this weeks update. Hope you all have a güd week over in Americar, cheers!

-Elder Holyoak

James' baptism with Elder Davies

James' family - Step Dad and Mum

James' family at home

James being James

My Metro card

Zone Conference Shenanigans

Sunderland Zone
My new British suit




Monday, August 28, 2017

Mi...mi...mi...miracles!

Way ay champions! It's been a really good start of the transfer this week. I chilled with an English bloke, Newcastle won in football, a man let us into his home then kicked us out, and some proper miracles have happened with Justin and James!
     
It's day 6 of living with an Englishman. I'm still somehow alive from all of the sarcasm and cheeky comments. Haha.... Elder Davies and I are doing well. I was right on how close he is to going home, he has 11 more weeks so time is ticking down and I'll probably kill him off. Davies is a good experienced missionary. He's from down souf(south) like I was saying, in a city near Dover, England. He just had a baptism in his last area, Keighley near Leeds, so he's super pumped to work!
     
On Saturday, Newcastle beat Westham and everyone was wearing their Newcastle Jerseys. Apparently, the culture here is when they win, they literally wear their jerseys for the entire week, even after the game. Newcastle has got some pride haha!
     
So a funny quick story for you. Elder Davies and I were knocking and this man answered his door and yells at us and tells us that he doesn't want to buy anything that we're flogging, then Elder Davies told him, "Are we asking for a price?" Then the guy let us in and asked for our views on some topics, then kicked us out. At least we gave him a Book of Mormon though. 
     
Justin's baptism is this Saturday and we are all super excited! We only need to make the programs and we'll be ready. It's always worth the effort on helping someone to experience the blessings of baptism! 

Another miracle we've seen this week is teaching James. He's a 14 year old and he took the lessons before I came to North Shields. His family got back from Florida last week and he's all of a sudden really interested. So we set a baptismal goal for him for the 9th of September. We've been teaching him every day this week and he's really enjoying it! We showed him the "Dare to be a Mormon" video from good old Tommy Monson and he loved it! So overall a good week! We've got Zone Conference tomorrow, so I'm gonna get stoked on coconuts about missionary work some more. 

Take care and cheers! (Forgot to take pics, but I'll get some next week!

-Elder Holyoak 


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British Elder Davies trying to speak with an American accent.

Monday, August 21, 2017

AC/DC and transfer calls

Hey everyone, this week was the end of probably the fastest transfer in my mission. We met the legendary Martin, everything is set up for Justin's baptism next month, we had a mint Priesthood BBQ and transfer calls have come in and I have some new changes.
     
So I'll just tell you what happened with transfer calls right off the bat. I will be staying in North Shields and getting a new companion. It's always a big transition leading an area and getting a new companion, but I'm pretty use to this stuff now. I really will miss Elder Anderson though. He is actually going down to Bridlington. Funny huh, so I'm prepping him haha. My new companion tomorrow with be Elder Davies from Kent, England. That's right, I'm getting my first English companion! I've actually met Elder Davies before. He was in my district when I was being trained. It should be really good.  The bloke has 12 more weeks left in his mission I hear, so I'm gonna do my best to make it count for him!
     
There are some changes in the district, as well, that I'll tell you guys about next week once I properly meet the new peeps. But I do know, that I'll be getting an Italian Elder and a Kiwi Sister! Also, with the Zone Leaders in my zone, I'll be getting a new one. It's going to be Elder Kull. He's the German guy from my last district and he's the best! 
     
Now I'll tell you lads and lasses about the legendary Martin. Elder Anderson and I were knocking our hearts away in an area called Wallsend, and we saw this bloke outside of his house wearing an AC/CD t-shirt. So naturally I went up to him and started talking to him about music. He told us that he had a Jesus painting in his house and we asked him if we could come in and see it. And sure enough, as we walked in there was the Jesus painting along with a sweet Fender guitar and also some John Wayne China plates. After he let us in, we started teaching him and he explained to us how he wants change in his life and to surround himself with good people. So we left a Book of Mormon with him and made a baptismal goal and left. Then we taught him again on Saturday. I love getting blessed with second lessons! We mainly focused on what church is and what it's going to be like for him tomorrow. Then he played his guitar for us. He played Highway to Hell and paused for a second and said, "That's not one for the Mormons is it... haha." And we all bursted out laughing! Martin's a super genuine guy and I'm really hoping that we'll be able to teaching him again this week since we haven't seen him since Saturday.
     
We had to move Justin's baptismal date back to the 2nd of September. We have all of his paperwork finished and the program done as well. That will be a good day. One more cool thing happened this week, we had a Priesthood breakfast BBQ on the beach. It was a really good way for me to get to know the men in the ward better, because Elder Anderson knows everyone really well from being here for 7 months. 
      
So yes, lots of changes are happening and the work is going really well! I'm excited to see what the future holds and what the Lord puts in my path these next 6 weeks. I hope that anyone who's reading this has a terrific week and I will talk to you later, cheers!

Elder Holyoak

Some of the amazing North Shields ward members.

Book of Mormon play advert.  We're famous!

Martin, jamming out!

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