Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Alec, Elder Wright and Sisters!
Hello fam!

I'm currently in the Mission office! In Hyde Park Chapel. Elder Wright is getting interviews by President Stevens right now. He flies home tomorrow! Craziness.
I'm staying in Colchester and I'll be with Elder Taylor Jensen! The guy I met at BYU, played basketball with, and was MTC companions with!

So I very excited.  I'll send some pictures!
Elder Wright is now out of his interview. Yay

Love you all!

Elder Withers

PS I drove into London today.

PSS we get to spend p day in London today! My first one.

Alec, unknown man, Elder Wright

Elder Wright is going home!!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Hair cut by Elder Wright!

My time is short so I'll write what I can!


- I passed my theory test for driving!

- but I failed my practical test today... Basically I was driving behind this car and we were at a light, and I should've stopped instead of pulling forward. The light turned red and I stopped on a crosswalk thing. Lol rookie mistake. So I'll take it again at some point... If it weren't for that mistake I would've passed.

Time goes fast! I feel a lot of responsibility as a zone leader for how the zone and individual companionships are doing. This week should be better!

Love y'all and hope you have a great week

Elder Withers

Alec and Elder Wright in their flat gym

Friday, March 18, 2016


Happy Lunes!

It is a beautiful English day over here in Colchester. The weather has been nicer recently and I really like it!

Colchester Town Hall, 162 clock tower topped with St. Helena


Zone conference was on Tuesday! It was super great. I love President and Sister Stevens MUCHO! They're so inspired, loving, and just flat out amazing. Being around them makes me want to be better. 

Sister Stevens shared "Parable of the Atonement" by Gordon B Hinckley. It was about a new teacher that set some rules with his class and a punishment of 10 hits with a stick was affixed to broken rules. There's a little boy that steals a lunch from a kid, and a bigger kid takes the punishment for him. The little boy says "I will love you forever" to the kid who took the hits for him. It was super powerful, and my little synopsis doesn't do it justice. If you could send me the full story that'd be great mum! :) <3

President Stevens talked about "The Passion of Christ", meaning the last week of Christ's life. The Messiah/Christ means the anointed one. Jesus Christ was anointed as a king (John 12:3) before his triumphal entry to Jerusalem. Jesus, fulfilling the law of Moses, offered himself (as the High Priest) as the last blood sacrifice. Super cool.
Something President Stevens said in his closing remarks sticks out to me; "A mission can be like two people sitting in a meeting; one can be bored out of his mind while the other is edified." That's so true! He also talked about how the Saviour was always thinking of others; The Saviour suffered for our sins in Gethsemane and then, in response to one of his disciples cutting someone's ear off, the Saviour healed the mans ear. On the cross, the Saviour was concerned about his mother, and asking his father to forgive those that crucified Him. 

Thank goodness for good leadership! It makes all the difference.

There was a point last week that I prayed for charity, and the next day I felt the answer to this prayer in a very real way for an Elder that I was on exchange with! Prayers are answered, 'tis true. I need to pray for charity more :)

Yesterday I taught Elders Quorum. It was Chapter 5 in the Howard W. Hunter manual about Joseph Smith and I was asked to tie it into missionary work and the Europe area plan. 

On Saturday I ran a 6:45 mile, and cycled 3.5 miles, and today I cycled 7 miles in 22:34. I love that we have a gym I can use and I'm determined to get in shape :) Although, Elder Wright asked members when we could come over for dinner, so we'll have a lot of dinner appointments... which is good and fun but it makes it harder for me to get in MAX shape. 

I love you all! Have a semana fantastico

Elder Withers
Elder Wright, Brother Bueno, Elder Withers

Flat cleaning day pics!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Alec and Elder Wright

Kung Fu,

Hello fam! I don't know if you noticed or not, but you are now the only ones that get my weekly email. Yay!
We had MLC on Wednesday in HP chapel. It was a good meeting! I participated a good amount. The food was good too! Chicken, potato, salad, ciabatta roll, and brownies with ice cream. 

I recently decided to not have Muesli for breakfast... I used to think it was a good choice for a healthy weight loss breakfast. But I looked at the back of the bag and in 100g of my no sugar added Muesli that tastes just ok, there's 60 grams of carbs, 16g of which is sugars. I was pretty disappointed because of how long I'd been eating it, thinking it was helping me to lose weight. LOL

On saturday, Vanessa West gave me and Elder Wright both a free suit! I love mine. It's grey and it actually fits me pretty well! Sister West will adjust my trousers for me at some point in the near future.

Something that's stuck out to me recently: When counseling others and addressing issues, it's so important to tackle the problem, not the symptom. AKA target their nature, not their behaviour. When we merely change our actions, and not our heart, we often go back to the same old things that we struggled with. But when we change our heart to desire positive actions, that's when real conversion happens. 

Our zone read the Tad R. Calister talk titled "The Consecrated Missionary" in preparation for Zone Training Meeting! It's a great talk that makes me want to be better! I love it.

Zone Training Meeting ... Can you find Alec?

Shan Ying (investigator of Sister Fitts and Sister Lung) was baptised on Saturday. I was one of the witnesses! He had to get dunked 3 times because the first two times his knee came up. The water was lower than it should've been. poor guy.

Love you all!
Have a great week

Elder Withers
His Easter package has arrived!!

Alec and Elder Wright

High Street in Colchester
Random kitty

Colchester War Memorial, 1919