Hello everyone! I hope you are all well!
Things are going really good here in the blessed land of Dereham. We
are getting so excited for Christmas. I loved getting to be a
missionary on Christmas last year, and am excited that I get to have
another one before I go home.
This week I had the opportunity to be reunited with Sister Hernes! She
is touring the mission and we were able to meet up in Norwich briefly.
It was so good to see my step mum again! I sure love that girl.
We were extremely busy this week as we had exchanges with our sister
training leaders in Colchester (my last exchange!) and the annual
Christmas conference (also in Colchester.)
The Christmas conference was really fun. Sister Cabral and I decided
to show our companionship unity by getting matching Christmas jumpers.
At the conference we had a spiritual devotional and then a lot of
games. President and Sister Stevens were also there.
It really got me in the Christmas spirit!
Yesterday We were invited by a part member couple in our ward to
attend a Church of England carol service. It's a very English
tradition for churches to hold a Christmas carol service, where
congregations gather and we read the Christmas story from the Bible
and sing carols together. It was an interesting experience, as I have
never attended another church before. But the carols were still the
same and everyone was really lovely! We came straight from that carol
service to our carol service here- so there was a lot of singing
yesterday. I really love the hymns and the spirit they bring!
The work is going well. We have been teaching Margarida again. She is
a lovely woman from Portugal. She speaks no English, and I speak no
Portuguese. So there is a bit of a language barrier there. Thankfully
there are some really great members here that can help sister Cabral
with teaching her! Sometimes during the lessons I can understand a
little bit when I reach back in my memory and try to remember my 9th
grade Spanish class, as Portuguese is similar to Spanish.
She is so lovely, and I am trying to learn some Portuguese so I can
speak to her a little more. So far I can ask her how her Book of
Mormon reading is going and how she liked church.
I hope you are all getting ready and excited for Christmas! I love
this time of year, and I am so excited for Christmas!
I love you all! Have a happy Christmas!
Sister Adriana McFarland