Our first stop was at a place that Becky and Ryan had told us about from the British Pageant, and Craig had read about in a book that they (Becky and Ryan) had given him, so we were excited to see it. Here's the story: When Heber C. Kimball and the 6 brethren traveling with him arrived in England for their mission in 1837, they went straight to Preston, because Joseph Fielding had a brother who was a preacher living in Preston and he had invited them to come preach to his congregation. (After losing many members to the Mormons, the offer was rescinded!) They arrived in Preston on Election Day, and recorded that there was such excitement and enthusiasm everywhere. The coach pulled up to the town center, which was in front of the "Bull and Royal" hotel and as they got off, an election banner with the words, "Truth Will Prevail," unfurled in front of them. They thought, "Yes, it will!"
|See "Bull and Royal" above my head? Craig is holding a picture from|
the British Pageant that has a banner that says, "Truth Will Prevail."
The picture below was taken at the Preston Town Square where the Brethren preached "by the obelisk." The obelisk was taken down for a few years, but then put back up, so this is the original one in the original place where Heber C. Kimball and his friends preached. I will share more about other sites another week.
|NOT my best photography! I was trying to be subtle and still listen!|
The Cooks (here with Craig) were our excellent hosts and tour guides.
|Don't worry - nobody saw us take this! :) It's right by the house|
where we stand and watch our Snapchats on a member's wifi!!!
|They have tiny watermelons with REALLY tiny seeds!|
But they are yummy!
Unlike our other two mission experiences, we can't talk about what we do all day since we are in the temple! But I can tell you one thing I learned in the temple this week - After working at least an hour a day for two weeks in the clothing rental at the temple someone finally told me to stop asking men what "pant" size they needed. Men here wear "trousers." "Pants" are women's unders. Now you know.
We are reminded daily of our Heavenly Father's love for and knowledge of each one of us. We are blessed to be serving here.