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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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Puffy Baptism

Hello everyone! The reason I am emailing Tuesday is
because today we had to be in London for sister smith to get her visa
to America. So we got permission to switch our P- day to today

This week we had the amazing miracle of seeing Ella get baptised. We
have been working with their family for a long time, and it was so
great to see Ella take this important step in her life. We had a
pretty good turnout from the ward to support her, and like all Mormons
love to do, we had a 'munch and mingle' afterwards. But the best part
was being able to see Ella so happy. We stood with her mum in the
doorway to the bathroom, and when she came out of the water she had a
huge smile on her face and she just shone with the spirit. When we
talked with her afterwards she said she felt really 'puffy' and warm.
:) she was confirmed Sunday and her twin sisters were also
blessed. It was a really spiritual sacrament meeting. Ella got to be
confirmed twice because the first time they got some of the wording

Yesterday we went to visit an elderly less active sister named Winnie
in hospital. She was in a room with 5 other patients and their
families. When we found her bed, she was surrounded by a loving
family, was unresponsive and couldn't open her eyes or talk. Most of
the family left the room so we could visit with her, but her daughter
who is also a member stayed with us. I sat down in the chair and held
her hand, but I honestly had no idea what to say to her. We told her
how much Heavenly Father loved her. Then Sister Smith had the idea to
show her the Easter initiative. I just stared at her like she was
crazy, I mean, this woman couldn't even open her eyes! But we held the
iPad close to her ear so she could hear. She nodded contently as she
listened to the words, and I really think it comforted her daughter as
well. It really hit me how inspired the Easter initiative is. We
visited with her daughter for a while then decided to sing to Winnie
before we left. For those of you who know me, you know that I am not
the most confident in singing in front of people. I held Winnie's hand
and wouldn't look up and felt so self conscious of all the other
nurses, patients and families in the room listening. But after singing
"Love One Another",  I looked up to see that there was not a single
dry eye in the room. Sister Smith and I looked at each other, both of
our eyes wet, amazed at the overpowering spirit that filled the room.
Then Winnie smiled, nodded, and put her hand to her heart.  The spirit
in that room was so strong, and I knew that Winnie felt it too. Today
we just received the news that Winnie had passed away later that

After that experience, we found out that another one of our
investigators had had her baby, and was in the same hospital!
Coincidence? I think not. Her name is Souyma and she is from India.
She is so sweet and Sister Smith and I gush about her all the time.
Her English is pretty good, but she still struggles with my name. So
she calls us Mac and The Smith. :) We stopped by to see her and help
her carry her bags out to the car so they could go home. Oh my
goodness, her baby was so adorable and it took all my willpower to not
pick her up and cuddle her right there. Sometimes missionary rules are

I love you all! Thank you so much for your love and support. Have a great week!
Sister Mac

1. Ella's baptism
2. Yes, Sister Smith and I got matching pyjama trousers. :)

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