Monday, October 26, 2015


My greeting is English culture. People say "hiya" sometimes. How fun is that?! 

So being a District Leader makes it harder to write in my journal...

Because on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday I am doing call ins from about 9-10:30. Craziness. But I love it!! 

I did an exchange with Elder Auras (from Germany)! I went to Dunstable with him, and his companion was in Hitchin with my son (Elder Rix). It was fun! Elder Auras is a great guy, a wonderful missionary, and his love and enthusiasm for the gospel is contagious. He let me wear his cardigan, and he took some pictures. So here they are!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

[FROM OCTOBER 19, 2015]

Hello everyone! 

For the record, the subject line is describing this email... not me. I may be sweet, but I would not consider myself short :D 

Elder Rix and I are teaching Lewis! He's someone I taught before the Sisters got to Letchworth, and then they started teaching him. They've handed him over to us to teach! He's on date for Baptism for 15 November. On Wednesday we watched Neil L. Anderson's talk about "Choosing Faith" from the Priesthood Session of general conference with him. Faith doesn't come by chance, but by choice! We can all do something today that will strengthen our relationship with our Saviour and with our Heavenly Father! It's up to us to use the gift of agency to do so! 

I hope you all had a fantastic week! 

Lots of love,

Elder Withers

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Alec called this meal from a member "Manna from heaven!"
Hello everyone! 

English Culture: People talk with an English accent here.
I hope everyone had a great week! 

On Wednesday we talked to a woman who wasn't interested. BUT, when we asked something like "do you know anyone who would be interested in a message on families?" she said to try her neighbour. So we did. We knocked and a woman came to the door. We talked to her for a little bit, and not long after we started the conversation, a little kitten ran out of the house. This woman didn't want her kitty outside so Elder Rix and I went to the rescue. I ended up catching the kitty, picking it up, and hand delivering it to the owner. The name of the kitten is Black Pudding. 

We got bikes on Wednesday as well! They were the Sister Missionaries' bikes, but they're too big for them (their gent's bikes).  

We also got in touch with a small family of 3 (mom, dad, and 3 year old daughter) that I taught once before on the 29th of June (AKA a while ago). We were able to teach them the Plan of Salvation. Ryan, from the Hitchin ward, who has his mission call, came with us to teach! 

On Friday we taught Jane. Before the lesson, we did some service for her, AND she fed us a really good dinner. It was the first meal that I've had made by an investigator! We served her again yesterday, she fed us, and we had a lesson with her. I love it when people feed me. Side note: Jane has a cat named Ginger. 

Last night we had dinner at the wonderful home of the Amos's, and an FHE afterwards. 

I bought a coat today! FINALLY. It's nice and warm. I like being nice and warm.  

Today is our P Day because of transfers. Earlier today, Elder Rix took a train to Arlsey and then biked to the Amos's house. Brother Amos has been working on a project in his back garden, and we have been able to help him with some of it. The decking was near completion ,but there was an unpainted portion of decking. While Brother Amos was at work, we did some surprise service by finishing off the painting! So that was fun.

Elder Rix and I are staying together in Hitchin for another transfer! I'm finishing his training and I've been called as District Leader. "Whom the Lord calls He qualifies"! I know that He will help me fulfil my responsibilities as I strive for exact obedience and humbly turn to him in prayer.

In the Book of Mormon we learn of a man of great faith. He is referred to as the Brother of Jared. He along with some others were going to journey to the promised land. 8 barges were constructed, but he needed to figure out a solution as to how light would be provided for the passengers in these barges. The Brother of Jared says to the Lord, "Thou hast all power, and can do whatsoever thou wilt for the benefit of man; therefore touch these stones, O Lord, with thy finger, and prepare them that they may shine forth in darkness; and they shall shine forth unto us in the vessels which we have prepared, that we may have light while we shall cross the sea" (Ether 3:4). The Lord then touches the stones one by one, and they light up. The Brother of Jared puts 2 stones in each barge, and they provide light for their journey.  

In a way, as a missionary I should be like the Brother of Jared by imploring the Lord to touch "the stones" (the people I teach) here in Hitchin. If I don't involve the Lord in this great work, it's like me talking to some rocks and telling them to glow (which will likely be an unfruitful pursuit). But, if I invite the Spirit to touch the hearts of "the stones", a light will burn bright within them, and both their faith and my faith will grow. 

Buen Semana! 


Elder Withers



Monday, October 5, 2015

[back row] Elder Withers, Elder Cook and unknown, [kneeling] Elder Rix
 Here's some English Culture:
-"bonnet" = hood of a car
-"Buggy" is a stroller whereas a "pram" is like a baby carriage

On Tuesday we met with a woman in Arlsey. She's a kind woman! We were with her for about 2 hours and 15 minutes. We taught heron her back garden. During the lesson she told us about an experience she had with prayer where she prayed to find her cart, some birds did something cool in the sky, and she felt comfort, and she found her cat! In describing another experience, she described feeling as if a fleece blanket was wrapped around her. Which is a classic way of describing The Comforter, or The Holy Ghost! It's very neat that she already has some level of experience and understanding with the Spirit.  

We helped a woman in our ward make a fishing net for primary! She gave us apple juice and biscuits.  

Connor (who met me and Elder Cook on 19 June, was baptised on July 12, confirmed on 19 July, and received the Priesthood on 13 September) was presented to the Hitchin ward to receive a calling as a Young Men's advisor on 27 September! He's a wonderful lad.  

I still haven't bought a winter coat...  

Today we are having a zone P-day! We're meeting in St. Albans.  

On the back of my blue iPod there's a quote by Winston Churchill: "Never, never, never give up". If we endure in faith, all things will work out for our good. Back in the good ol' days, Brother Lockwood (a great man in my ward back home) shared an analogy comparing bison and cows. When there's a storm, cows will run away from the it. However, the storm eventually catches up to the slower moving cows, who continue running. By doing so, the cows prolong their experience in the storm. On the other hand, bison run into the storm. By doing so, they shorten the time they spend being stormed upon, and have a better experience than the cows do.  

So it is with us! If we have a challenge, problem, struggle, or anything we need to overcome, we shouldn't procrastinate! We should never run away from any sort of figurative storm, because eventually, it will catch up to us, and we will merely prolong the time we have to endure it. Instead, we should deal with the storms of life head on! Full steam. By doing so, the storms will pass much quicker, and we will be able to spend more time in the sun.  

On Wednesday, Elder Rix and I went to the 3 week missionary meeting in Hyde Park chapel. In the time I've been with Elder Rix so far, I feel like I could've done better job as a trainer and been a better example. But, there's no sense in dwelling on the past thinking negatively! There's still time left to improve, and I know the Lord will help me as I try to do my best. Elder Rix is a good man. He's genuine, earnest, and wants to do the right thing. He's a good example to me! 

Missionary training

Elder Rix and I taught someone named Andrea for the first time on Wednesday 30 September. She didn't except the invitation to be baptised... YET! 

On Saturday, elder Rix and I served at the Amos's! I did some painting and shovelers some dirt into some bags. They fed us lunch! I love the Amos family so much. Their kids are adorable. We sat with the Amos family for 2 sessions of general conference on Sunday! #blessed 

Elder Rix and I watched general conference in Stevenage. On Saturday we attended the Saturday AM session (which began at 5PM). On Sunday, we watched Priesthood at 10AM, the Saturday PM session at 1PM, and the Sunday AM session at 5PM. 

Hope you all have a wonderful week! 

"O be wise; what can I say more?" (Jacob 6:12) 


Elder Withers
Elder Rix and Elder Withers