Monday, July 18, 2016

wonderful week

Well this week started out real fun when english came around. We were waiting for everyone to show up and our vegan friend came walking in with LIZZY and we about died. She was so cute (still, obviously its only been a week) and then we usually only have 2 classes because not too many people come to english, but we had to split into three classes because we had people that spoke english that were on completely different levels! it was so fun!
Then wednesday was just strange. 
We were supposed to go on a vylet(trip) with this guy at 9 in the morning with the elders. So we met at the meeting place and the only problem was that our guy wasn't there. So we waited and we waited a little bit longer and the lady who is friends with him comes out and says that he went fishing and probably won't be coming. She then got ahold of him by phone and said that we have a "free day" because its "wet" outside. So we ventured back home. 
Then we were walking to the city and we are about to stop this man and we make eye contact with him and his eyes get really big (like really big!)  and we stop to talk to him and he tells us that he remembers Sister Easton, but not me which is really weird and he was all kinds of happy and Sister Easton has no recollection of this man at all. Then he asked if we were married and a little red flag went up, but we finished and Sister Easton and I couldn't determine if he was just a really nice guy or just slightly crossing the line, but hey, good thing the Holy Ghost warns of danger am I right?
Then on thursday we went over to Sister K's house and spent some time with her. 
Sister Easton was more than happy to try on a medieval dress and swing a sword around for a little bit. and I got to take some nice pictures.  :)
Then on Saturday the Hardwicks came over to check our apartments to make sure they were clean so we made sure to deep clean this week! but it was funny Sister Hardwick said "sister ratcliffe her is the talk" and I was like "uh-huh" turns out I was being asked to translate her talk for church on sunday. hahah I LOVE HER! and they took us to lunch the sweet souls. Then they gave us a challenge. To invite as many people as we could to come to a fireside that was going to happen within 3 hours. So we pulled out the phone and started to call people up! and it was a pretty nice turn out for the time we had to inform people. They were able to talk about the experience they had visiting the holy land and they wrote out the life of Christ as they went through the pictures. It was a beautiful experience.
Then on Sunday, the Hardwick's gave talks we translated, it turned out well. and we just had such a great group of people there. 
but later that day we were walking home and we had someone text if we could meet with him tomorrow morning, but that his wife would not be home. and Sister Easton and I wanted to ask the Hardwicks but also did not want to overwhelm them and by some divine power the Hardwicks just happened to be walking down the river path towards us, and they were willing to help us out.

"I testify to you that God has known you individually, for a long, long time (see D&C 93:23). He has loved you for a long, long time. He not only knows the names of all the stars (see Ps. 147:4Isa. 40:26); He knows your names and all your heartaches and your joys! By the way, you have never seen an immortal star; they finally expire. But seated by you tonight are immortal individuals—imperfect but who are, nevertheless, “trying to be like Jesus”!"
-Elder Neal A. Maxwell
Have a wonderful week all.
S Laskou,
Sestra Ratcliffe

Dressing up in some medieval clothing at Sister K's 
THE BRANCH the hardwick visited
We took the Hardwicks to the castle today. They are LOVELY(in a brit accent) 

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