Mummy and Daddy,
Where to begin? Well....Alnwick area covers basically 1/8th of England! It's mostly just green....not a lot of people up yonder, so we stole another missionary team's car :D heh heh they weren't too keen on that, bless 'em. After transfer meeting, we made our way on the coach up to Redcar, stole their car, and Sister Hillgaard drove us all the way up to Alnwick. A bit about Sister Gretel Hillgaard. She is from Denmark. She's been on her mission for 5 months and she loves dragons. She can name every Pokemon every made. She wishes she was an Avatar so much that she brought a pair of Avatar fangs along on her mission to pop in when she gets and urge. She makes the best impression of a guinea pig of anyone I've ever seen and her favorite food is liver pate. She's a driving fiend in Denmark, but she's never driven on the left hand side of the road. Since I'm American, my US license is only valid for a year, so I cannot legally drive anymore. So our only option was to have Sister Hillgaard drive us up there. :D We made it in one piece. We drifted now and again to the left and played tag with the curb. I suppose our game went on a bit too long because suddenly in the side mirrors, blue lights glitter in my eyes......oh......poop.
Us: Hello Officer, How are you today, Sir?
Police Man: Fine. When was the last time you had an alcoholic beverage?
Us: HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA what?!
Police Man: We got a report from a fellow driver that was concerned that you were under the influence of alcohol, and for the safety of everyone on the road we've come to investigate.
Us: No... we're just foreign.
That is a definite first.....Two LDS missionaries getting pulled over for drunk driving! hahahha
We're staying with Brother and Sister Loynes who are absolutely wonderful, and the Branch is fantastic!!! They've made us very welcome indeed!!!! Everyone is so excited to have us out and about and they're bending over backwards to get anything we need!
Alnwick town is like the quintessential England. When you think, "small English town", the picture that comes up in your head....THAT'S WHERE I LIVE!!!! I walk down the spindly cobbled streets, look up at the big clock towers and quaint shops and say to myself....ahhhh....I love this land. I love where I live
We went out knocking our first day and found this man named Michael!!!! He is a miracle man! He wanted to know what Heaven and Hell were. We taught him straight away, scheduled him for baptism, he came to church and he absolutely loved it!!!!!
We're moving tomorrow to our brand new flat.
I absolutely love it here in this land! People don't curse at me every five seconds! People actually listen to me on the street whether they're interested or not! The branch is beautiful! The land is beautiful! I live next to a castle for Pete's sake!
My time's out but I love it here! I love being a missionary!
Love always and forever,
Sister Stephanie White