Thursday, January 31, 2013

The age of a man.

The reference for "the age of man" is in 3 Ne 28: 2-3. The Saviors twelve apostles, all except the three Nephites that would linger, would have their  ministry end and be taken home at the age of man. Verse 3 identifies this as 72 years. Thankfully we are both going strong and feel great.
     We have had a very busy month.  We have managed to go to all nine zones and interview all the missionaries...150.
We also just finished transfers, although two missionaries arrived on the 23rd of January.  These came off schedule because they come from the MTC in Provo. One Elder who is Mandarin speaking and the other one a Sister who is trained to be in the visitors centre. We had 3 Elders and one Sister arrive yesterday.  In two weeks we get another Mandarin speaking Elder and then 2 weeks later another sister from France who has been in the Preston MTC for an additional three weeks for English language training.  We ended up with an odd number of Elders this time so we had one of the Stake Presidents call a young man on a mini mission.  He has some mild autistic traits and we want to know he can handle the work before submitting his papers for a full time two year mission. Because of this Sister Millar and I drove to Weymouth, which is on the southwest coast on Sunday to attend church and to interview the young man.  We had to leave at 7:15 AM since it was a 2 and a half hour drive.  On Monday we had a new single senior missionary arrive who will be working in the office.  Sister Qumseyeh is from Palestine.  She had some amazing stories to tell.
     Over the next 60 days we will be receiving about 70 new missionaries, almost half of them new Sisters.  Very exciting times  finding new apartments (flats) and arranging for new areas to work.
       The snow has all melted with the help of additional rain which is now causing flooding in many parts of England.  Next week we have zone leaders council and then multi zone conferences in Feb.  We meet with three zones at a time  on three separate days, the 13th, 20th, and 21st. If you stop and think about it , it seems overwhelming. But since it is the Lord's work I have a peaceful feeling that all will work out just fine and that;s exactly what happens. HE IS IN CHARGE AND HE WILL NOT LET US FAIL. Today is Thursday but we used it as a P  day to get the laundry done, the car cleaned, shoes shined, shop for groceries, and catch our breathe.
    Thank you for all your prayers, we need them and can really feel them. We do not feel alone in what we are about. We feel that D & C 84:88 is fulfilled in our behalf.   We love you all.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL THE JANUARY PEOPLE.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Snowed in.

We have had a large snow storm passing through the UK. It started Thursday night as we were driving home from three days away doing Zone Trainings and interviews. Tuesday we started in Poole.  We then drove to Plymouth where we stayed two nights at the Holiday Inn. Wednesday we went into Cornwall and had meetings and interviews at the St Austell chapel. That night we drove back to Plymouth for Stake Missionary correlation meeting. Thursday we arose early to drive to Bristol for training and interviews followed by another Stake correlation meeting.  We then drove the 120 miles home in the dark and with it snowing most of the way.  The next morning we got up to over 6 inches of snow.  Doesn't sound like much but without snow removal equipment, freezing temperatures and the hilly type terrain, we haven't been out much.  Stake conference in Reading was cancelled because of the forecast.  It is currently snowing again. Most church services were cancelled.  So,  `i get time to write in the blog.
     I didn't mention that most of the chapels we meet in for the zone trainings are cold and Sister Millar and I both came down with URI "colds".  Val has been in bed most of the past two days but is on the mend.  Luckily be don't have anywhere pressing to go. I parked the car up the street a ways so we don't have to worry about getting out of out driveway and up the first hill. Many airline flights have been cancelled and things are a mess.
     We are trying to prepare for the increase in new missionaries.  We will receive 60 new ones in the next 3 months, I have their files all over the office trying to learn their names and something about them. We are getting more mandarin speaking elders and a new country represented, Albania. |We are trying to prepare for the opening of the musical in the west end theatre ;"The Book of Mormon". It does not caste the church in a good light, so we are looking at how we can tell "the rest of the story".
    I thought I would share one of the miracles that our missionaries encounter nearly every day. One our Zone leaders told me this story.  When he was a new missionary, his companion told him to lie on the floor and visualise someone they would meet that day.  He said what came to mind was a tall man in a black hoody, "like Darth Vader".  They spent the whole day looking for someone in a dark hoody but saw none. Later in the afternoon they saw the man: tall, black hoody and all.  They went up to and talked to him.  It became clear he was high and smoking weed.  They felt very disappointed; two weeks later when in the library to email home, someone shouted at them and came up to them. " Remember me?" he said.  They didn't even recognise him. Long story short, he was the man in the black hoody.  He later took all the discussions and joined the church. That day after they saw him they found dark hoodies everywhere  but none of them would talk to them.
     To update you on our mileage, we now have driven 18,700 miles in six and half months. Good thing I like to drive and Sister Millar is real good company.
  Our front yard

     Hope all is well at home.  We love you, we miss you, but we are happy and BUSY.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


     We Love you all and really enjoy your emails.
This past week has gone very quickly with a few events worth noting.   I am interviewing this month.  We go to each zone training where they have all the missionaries together.  I speak briefly and then start interviews .  With 16-18 missionaries in each zone that takes a little over 4 hours.  On Tuesday we travelled to Portsmouth, had zone training, did interviews, then hung around for a Stake Missionary Correlation meeting.  Our battery died and  we had to call for road service: RAC (Royal Automobile Club) to bail us out.  We got home at 10:45 after leaving the house that morning at 8:00 AM. Wednesday we were in Staines Zone. It is much closer so we got home in good time. Thursday we were in the Reading Zone. `it was a very good meeting but with some surprises during interviews that cause quite a bit more work over the past two days.
     When we were in Portsmouth, the Sisters and Elders on the Isle of Wight, came over on the Hovercraft ferry.  We took them back to catch it and I will include a short video, if it will work.  It is amazing to watch.
       Here are some of Val's new friends.  They come right up to the window to eat bread even if we are sitting  at the table. It  has been a long day since I got up at 5AM, so this will be a little shorter. Oh, our mileage just turned over 18,000 miles today.  We are happy and healthy. Forever Faithful. Pres. & Sis Millar

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year everyone,
       Well here we are in 2013, It's hard to believe, We are getting back into the crazy swing of things, which is good, because we found not having a lot to do on the Holidays very frustrating, It was wonderful to hear, and speak, and even see some of you on FaceTime, but we still were at loose ends, and I guess feeling a little homesick, Things are quite chaotic here most of the time, the Devil is certainly making himself felt among our better missionaries, and even we are not immune to his subtle, and not so subtle enticings. The work is really stepping up and things are starting to improve here in the mission, The mission has been in a fairly rapid decline over the last few years, so we were pleased when our December baptisms were the best in the last 18 months, and the best December for 5 years, as it usually is a very slow month. We had 30, with a total of 263 for the year.
     New Years Eve was very quiet as it usually is for us, the fireworks started as soon as it got dark, (about 4:30ish) and continued on all evening, President Millar met with the Assistants to the President  for Monday evening accounting and I made dinner for us all as usual here at the mission home, Tuesday we took the christmas tree down and all the decorations, (nothing like in St George) but they were great, and of course I put bows on the pillows as usual, I brought some of my things with us, nutcrackers and nativities, and the place looked very festive, We honestly didn't have time to do more.
  Wednesday we spent at the office on the Temple grounds, catching up on everything, and getting the final things written for a 2 page handout we are doing monthly for all the missionaries and Stake Presidents, it's called "The Harvester," President Millars "baby" it has inspirational messages and updates on baptisms, miracle conversion stories, easy recipes for the missionaries, and a bit of local history, so they will get to understand the English people, and customs a little better.
  Thursday I caught up on laundry and then we drove to Poole, on the south coast, for a missionary correlation meeting, We did manage to eat at our favorite fish and chip place called Chez Fred's, which is just outside of Bournemouth, before driving home, It's a 2 hour drive each way
 Well today was a dental checkup for me, and then straight to the office to finalise "The Harvester", when that was finished we had to drive to Worthing, near Brighton, on the south coast to interview an Elder, and now we are finally home for the evening. We love all of you, and miss you tons, but we are so busy it helps, Have a wonderful birthday all you January people, God Bless, and keep those prayers coming, we need them. Love always. President and Sister Millar. (Doc and Val)