About me

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints. These are my adventures while serving in the England London mission.

email me at adriana {dot} mcfarland {at} myldsmail {dot} net

Monday, August 24, 2015

Best Week Ever!

 Okay, actually, this whole week was pretty tough. But yesterday made it all worth it because Nathan was baptized! We are so happy for him. It's incredible to me to see how much the gospel has changed his life. When we first started teaching him, he thought we couldn't teach him anything. But now he can't learn enough! He is always telling us about the things he reads from the scriptures. Watching him be baptized was a very special experience for me. Tears may or may not have been shed.

Well other than that not a ton happened.On Wednesday we had a 3 week missionary training in Hyde park. We took a train to London and then the underground to Hyde park. The training was really great! I got to catch up with all my MTC friends. I've only been here a month, but I feel like I have already grown a lot!

I can't tell if I am losing or gaining weight, because we bike all
over Ashford but at the same time I'm eating a lot of pudding. 
(dessert) or sweets (candy)  whatever.
The other day was a wedding at the chapel and the opening song was "How Great Thou Art", which is a favourite of mine. We didn't have the words so I just did my best. The third and fourth verse got a little mixed up. Then the girl in front of me just turned around and handed me the words. Haha I guess it was pretty obvious.
Sorry for the shorter email this week.
Love you all! The church is true!
Love, Sister McFarland

Monday, August 17, 2015

Selfies with Ben

This week went by really fast! I'm just livin' the dream everyday. The
definite highlight of my week was zone conference last Wednesday at
the mission home in Hyde park. We got up early and rode with the
elders. The training was really great and we learned a lot! Then on
the way home the elders took a "wrong turn". Going down the road
Sister Top said "Oh I know where we are..." And the elders shushed
her, so I knew something was up. Then we turned the corner and we were
in front of Buckingham palace! We also drove past Big Ben and the
London eye. The traffic was bad so we had a long time to look at each
of these cites. :) after I took a million pictures I just rolled down
the window and stuck my head out to look at it better. As we were
driving away, I took a selfie with Big Ben, which was scary because I
was holding my iPad out of the window while we were driving. It was so
cool though! You guys should have seen me, I was so excited.

The other day we had a really bad thunderstorm and we had to stay in
until it was over because it was too bad to bike in. While we were
looking out the window, a little girl across the street from us was
looking out her window too. We waved at each other and then she held a
paper up to the window. We couldn't read it but we pretended to, then
we would hold up a note, which she couldn't read either. But it was
still fun. Luckily it stopped raining and we were able to go to our
appointment but there was still scary thunder. Then the second we got
there and chained up our bikes it started raining again! But it
stopped by the time we were done with the lesson. Coincidence? I think

We have a lot of potential investigators and investigators who are
never home and never answer their phones. So sometimes it's very
frustrating to get in contact with people!

Nathan is doing great! He is still trying to figure out the Holy
Ghost. He knows that it's real but he doesn't always understand or
recognize it.

It seems like most the people we work with are either YSA aged men or
older less active  women who are lonely and like us to visit.

Jim ( a recent convert who was baptized just before I came) is getting
the priesthood next week! He is so excited to go to the temple and do

I saw a fox the other day! It made me think of Robin Hood. It was so
orange and cute! I wanted to cuddle with it but that didn't happen.
This morning we went and picked blackberries. We wore trousers ( pants)
and we took Tupperware and filled two Tupperwarefull of them! They
grow everywhere here! After that we did our studies
in a nearby park. It was nice to study outside in the sun! Today is
also Elder  Isaksen's birthday so we baked him a cake which is
right in front of me now and is very tempting. Actually Sister Top
baked it because the recipe was all in Norwegian. But I washed the

Yesterday Sister Top and I taught the lesson in relief society! It
went really well. It was Ezra Taft Benson lesson 15 about mothers and
fathers. It made us a bit homesick to prepare but I am grateful for
the great examples I have!

This morning during study I read about prayer. I really liked the
Bible Dictionary definition of prayer and the scriptures with it were
really good. Prayer is cool and it works! We pray all the time as
missionaries. We pray before we leave the flat, before every
appointment or stop by, and as soon as we get home, etc. all the time
I love you and miss you all! Have a great week!

Love sister McFarland

Monday, August 10, 2015

One Month Down!

I can't believe I have already been here a month! It feels like
yesterday was my first day at the MTC, but at the same time it feels
like ages ago. I also spoke too soon about it being cold cause
yesterday was really warm! It was also very humid so I just felt

We didn't go to Dover last P day but we had a good time here. I had to
sew up my black skirt because the bike ate it. So I am glad mom
convinced me to bring a sewing kit!

The other day we were biking to an appointment and I fell a little
behind because I was so tired. I turned the corner to a very busy
round a bout and I couldn't see sister Top! Round a bouts are scary in
a car, and much more on a bike. And I was so confused because the cars
go counterclockwise here and I didn't know where to look.  But then I
saw sister Top and knew where I was going at least. I made it safely
across and didn't cause any accidents.  That same day was when we
found the cats. ( see picture below) We bike pretty much everywhere!

Friday we had a great lesson with Daniel, and he is on date for
baptism on the 5th of September! He asks a lot of questions, and he really wants to make sure it's right first. He works a lot so we don't get to see him as much as we would like. After that lesson we had a dinner appointment in Singleton and we were late, so sister Drew, who is a member who taught Daniel with us,  gave us a ride. We left our bikes at the chapel some had to walk a long ways back afterwards!

Something I love about England is that a lot of the houses have names,
such as homela or Bethany, or something in a different language. There
are also a ton of blackberry bushes in Ashford! It makes for a great
snack while tracting. But the best berries are at the top and I'm too
short to reach them.

Nathan called us yesterday and told us that he has a testimony of the
Holy Ghost and that the Book of Mormon might be true. He is still
trying to figure out if what he is feeling is good because he is not
used to feeling the spirit, and if the church is true, but he has come
along way!

We taught Jim  who is a recent convert and his son Brooke at the park
yesterday about temples. I wish we had the temple in our mission! I
don't think I ever appreciated how close we are to the temple in Utah.
Brooke is 9 and really wants to get baptized, but his mom wants him to
wait until he is 18.

The other day I made sister Top her first ever quesadilla! Because my
quesadilla skills are prime and everyone loves cheesy goodness she
liked it! She also made me pancakes with cheese which is something her
family does. It was good!

The picture with us in front of the church and by the red telephone
booth is in town centre, one of my favourite places to bike through in

The church is true, and the book is blue. Love you all!

Sister McFarland

Monday, August 3, 2015

A Little Girl in a Big City

This week went by super fast! We were very busy. We are teaching s lot
of people! It's frustrating when people don't show up to appointments
or answer their phone.

It has actually felt like summer this past week!

We have one investigator who is progressing a lot! He has a lot of
questions about the church and is trying to give up tea. He calls us a
lot with questions that he has from reading.  He is on date for
baptism on the 22nd of August. I am so excited for him and the faith he
is showing.

We are also working with a lot of less actives at the moment. One guy
is was baptized in Portugal and became less active and moved England
to change his life. It amazing how much the gospel changes lives!

On the 31 of July we had an exchange with sister Van Syl. So I spent a
day in London on Harry potters birthday! ( I know I'm such a nerd.)
London is a very busy city. I don't know how anyone finds their way
around! We were in north London. Also I got to ride on the top of a
red double decker bus! 

The underground is very claustrophobic because
it's in a tunnel underground ( hence the name ) and full of people!
The next day we played football ( soccer) with some kids from the ward
and the elders in the area. It was really fun! We also had a very
inspiring zone meeting in Canterbury on Wednesday.

Something people say all the time here is " you alright?" Instead of
Hello. Another English term is hoovering which means vacuuming. ( hoover
is a type of vacuum I guess so everyone just calls it that, like
Levi's are jeans).

Other than that I didn't have that exciting of a week. Just lots of
biking and teaching the gospel.

My current mailing address is:
5 Hill View
TN24 8 QB

Love you all!
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