Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Week 10: Gemma's Baptism and Christmas

Hello everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas season in your respective states, and I hope you spent it in warm weather! (if not, dont worry. I'm feeling for you!) SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED in the past week! First of all, I have to apologize for not emailing on my normal day, which is Monday. It was a bank holiday here in England, which meant we cant email. So I thank you for your patience :) Also, pictures! From last week and this week! I will likely be sending them in two emails, mainly because I cannot send them all in a single email. The sencond one will likely be just last week's missing pictures. But I hope you all enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed actually living them ;)

First of all...
Thats right!!! Elder Spencer has finally had his first baptism! On December 22nd, 2010, Gemma Boyes was baptised and washed completely clean! It was such a memorable experience (see first and second picture) and she really really enjoyed it! Gemma is 26 years old and has two beautiful children, Jaden (9) and Mia (3). Our next goal is to begin teaching Jaden and have him baptised as well!
On December 23rd, 2010, the Southern Portion of the England Leeds mission traveled to the Harrogate US Millitary Base! It was so nice to be surrounded by Americans again, and to read the prices as $$$ instead of £££. It felt like home :) We started off with some bowling (see third picture) and I had a nice juicy texas burger, followed by going to the rec center and playing some sports! I spent two hours playing raquetball (which I havent played in literally over 10 years, unfortunately) and I loved it! I definately have a sport I want to get back into when I get back to BYU :) After that, we watched Scrooge with President and Sister Lindley (our mision president and his wife) and acted out the nativity (I played a wise man). We then had dinner, and passed out post and packages from our friends and family that had arrived at the mission office. It was so much fun! I cant wait til next Christmas ;)

So, also, Christmas happened!!! I got presents! (See fourth picture) I was quite excited :) Elder Pass and I shared Christmas morning with Leeds 2 Elders (Elder Parham and Elder Young) where we had a HUGE English breakfast (that we cooked ourselves) and opened presents, followed by a heated game of monopoly (in which I won, I might add; see fifth picture) Afterward Elder Pass and I had tea (dinner in America, remember?) with the McCan family, and went to the Glynn family's home to skype and call our own families :) Which was also a great experience! I loved Christmas! And I hope you all did as well :)
This week is sure to see many miracles, so I will continue to write them to you and take pictures! I hope you are still enjoying them! Dont forget to write me! Remember, ANYONE can write me an email :) I just cant write them back... lol
Love you all!
Elder Gabriel Spencer
P.S. It gets really foggy in England sometimes... Like yesterday. (See epic sixth picture)
P.P.S. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
P.P.P.S. We didnt technically have a P-day last week, so I was unable to write letters to ANYONE. Sorry :-/ But I tried my best to make up for it over this past p-day, I promise!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Week 9: Upcoming Christmas Baptism!

Merry Christmas, everyone!
It is a week of shopping, of wrapping presents, of celebrating the birth of our savior with a BAPTISM!!! Thats right! I am having my very first baptism this wednesday for Gemma Boyce! She is a single mother of two kids, Jaden and Mia, and love the Book of Mormon! She has completely given up smoking, drinking (from 20 bottles a week, no joke), and she has accepted all other teachings and commandments! We are very excited for her, and I cant wait to send pictures come next week!
This past week was a cold one, let me tell you. Its FREEZING over here! Its as if the wind alone is trying to kill you! Thankfully I have a warm coat and thermals to keep me warm :) I dont know where I would be without them! Its snowed again, not as bad as last time, but it looks like another white Christmas this year! Yay! A few other missionaries and I went caroling on Brigate, a street in the heart of Leeds city centre, which was very fun!
We did about 3 hours of service on thursday, where we helped Sister Gardener (a member of the Leeds 5 branch) paint her house! I realized how fun and relaxing normal service can be! And I would also encourage each of you to offer some kind of service during this Christmas week to someone, before the week is through!
On Friday night, Elder Pass and I went over to Sabeena's home to perform some more service, in which we helped build Antonio's new bicycle that he is getting for Christmas! He was so excited to get it, that as soon as we finished it, he had us all go outside and had Elder Pass and I teach him how to ride it! It was definately one of the most memorable points of my mission. :) I mean, Im in England, as a missionary, teaching a 9 year old boy how to ride a bike! How great is that?! I am so blessed to be out here!
On Saturday night, we had the ward christmas party to attend, which was named ''A night in bethlehem'' and we had a whole bunch of new investigators come and have some fun with the ward members! It was great!
Thats about it for this past week, sorry, but I dont have a as much time to email as I usually do. :-/
Also, I am unable to send any pictures with my email this week, because I left the chord at the flat :-/ sorry! I promise I'll get you up to date come next week!
More good news! I have recently found out that ANYONE can email me, at anytime! So friends, please do! The only problem is, I cannot email you back :-/ But I would love to hear from you about whats going on in your life! Email me at

Gotta go! Love you all!

Elder Gabriel Spencer

God bless us, every one!
(c) ;)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Week 8: Sabeena's baptismal date

Ello, everyone!!
My Christmas is certainly getting closer, isnt it? Wow! Time really flies! Well, I guess for missionaries the days go by like weeks, but the months go by like days! I just cant believe its already mid-december!
This past week was way good, and it was certainly full of surprises! Its a little hard to remember each day, or what happened, mainly because everyday seems to mush into one... Nevertheless, I will try my best :)
Last P-day, after emailing, we took a train over to a chapel that had a gym inside, called crossgates. And I kinda made a dumb mistake... Now because we have to wear our proselyting clothes on P-day, we each bring a bag full of our sport-oriented clothes (Jeans, t shirt, gym shorts, etc) and this is what I had brought on the train on our way to play sports, along with a few christmas gifts that I was going to send home this week, probably today. Anyway, to make a long story short, I accidentally left all of that stuff on the train, including me Leeds Untied sweatshirt that I bought, which you saw in the picture i sent home of me and a couple other Elders playing snow footbal. So, yeah. Bummer :-/ Oh well! It was just stuff! I'll just have to buy some new P-day trousers sometime!

Now onto the good stuff! Last week was leadership training for two days, so my trainer Elder Pass did that while I went on exchange with Elder Stettler! Another greenie who was in my district at the MTC! (Which was an interesting choice for our Zone Leaders to make, since two greenies rarely go on exchange with eachother) On tuesday Elder Stettler and I went to his area, Leeds 1 Uni (short for Leeds University) and we street contacted for about 3 or 4 hours, and then met with a few appoinments. It was so nice and fun to be able to talk to people my age for once! Which was actually one of the only times Ive ever had fun while street contacting! (not that I dont enjoy it, but its certainly not the most fun part of being a missionary). On Wednesday, Elder Stettler and I took over my area! Leeds 5! It was great! We started out street knocking, and on literally our second house, somebody let us in! Meusumi (Pronounced Mee-shoo-mee) from India has always wanted to learn more about Christianity, and we were able to teach her!
Saturday was a fantastic day, because Gemma was able to be interviewed for her baptism! And she passed! All that needs to happen now, is she needs to attend church once more, and she'll be set to be baptised!!! I'll have to let you know when the official date for her is :)
Sabeena & Antonio have been pushed back, however :-/ Sabeena has a concern for the law of tithing, and she also needs to quit smoking, which she will be able to accomplish. She will be baptised on the 24th of December though! So Merry Christmas! We are all very excited :)
This past week was proper rough, but our Heavenly Father always gives us our hardest trials just before he lifts us even higher! I am so excited to see baptisms by the end of this month!
Today was our Zone P-day! We went to the royal armouries (first picture, an archer from the war of the roses, as in King Henry VI Part 3, which was really interesting!) and had lunch at Pizza Hut (really English, I know)

The snow is finally gone, and its a little warmer now, thankfully ;) But in case you wanted more, check it out!

My zone!!! Fourth picture ;)

Elder Gabriel Gaylen Spencer

PS. I am planning on using this scripture in a teaching opportunity before the end of this week: 1 Thessolonians 5:16-18 (c)

PPS. The picture at the top is of me tracting an actual house we came across one day, while we were knocking in East Ardsley. Nobody was home :( But we knocked a flipping castle! How great is that??

Monday, December 6, 2010

Week 7: First missionary exchange

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Happy Christmas everyone!
This past week was such a great experience!!
I just spent more than half my time emailing mom and dad about christmas stuff, so I've gotta hop to my main email! Here it goes!
Last P-day we played our turkey bowl in the snow! It was cold! But it was sooo fun! We played with a few other teams in our ditrict, and it was great! (see pictured above)
I had my first and second missionary exchange! The first one was for two days with Elder Peery, my district leader. Within those two days every single one of our appointments with investigators flogged (dropped) So we spent our time knocking doors and street contacting. Tuesday we spent literally 8 hours finding. It was fun! And I really enjoyed learning new things from a different cmopanion :) We celebrated our day of finding with dominoes pizza that night! And it tasted pretty authentic!!! Good stuff! (See second picture)
I also went on exchange with my grandad (my trainers trainer, who is not a zone leader) and we went to his area and met with some less actives and some investigators. He's from Munich, Germany, and speaks great english! I was quite impressed. :)
At the end of the week, we were looking pretty low with our new investigators, and it didnt look like we were going to achieve standards of excellence again because of all the flogged appointments. Which kinda sucked, because our mission president has a 'president's fireside' every fast sunday
at his home, where all of the missionaries who acheived standards for that week could come and bring their investigators. Disappointed, Elder Pass and I prayed, asking heavenly father for his guidence. We recieved an answer Saturday morning that we were to achieve standards and take our investigators to the fireside... And guess what? Between Saturday and Sunday, our key indicators tripled, and we made standards!!! Not only that, but on Saturday, the Lord scheduled two new investigators for baptism on the 25th of December!
Merry Christmas! And God bless us, every one! (In tiny tim's voice) We scheduled Peit (pronounced like pete, as in peter) and Francis (who we later found lives in another team's area), from Ghana! We were so excited, we had to celebrate! So I finally get Kebaptised! Thats right, I had my first acutal Kebab! (kinda like a dry gyro, see third picture)
It was also fantastic because we found a family of 5, the winkinson family, and taught them on sunday! (We would have on saturday, but they were having their own weekly Family Home Evening! How perfect is that??)
We were able to take Sabeena and Antonio to the president's fireside afer all :)

Great story? I think so :)

Merry Christmas!
Elder Gabriel Spencer

PS You can consider my fourth picture my Christmas card to you all (hint hint, mom please print out and give away when you get it. I really like it!)
PPS. Doctrine and Covenants 130: 20-21 (c) ;P

Monday, November 29, 2010

Week 6: Thanksgiving and SNOW!

Monday, November 29th, 2010

'Ello, all!!!

Can you believe that November is already over?? Time sure flies by doesn't it?

First of all, SNOW!

Yes, that's right, it has finally snowed in England. And it's cooold! Now I don't mean temperature wise colder than Utah, but the wind blows like crazy over here!
Great news! As of last Saturday, there are two more people scheduled for baptism on the 18th of December!! Including Gemma and Amy! (Both 26, both with a son named Jayden) They are so fantastic, and will love going to the Leeds 5 branch!
Sabeena and Antonio are still progressing towards the waters of baptism on the 18th as well, and as of the end of this week, Sabeena will be completely off smoking forever!!! Both Elder Pass and I are certainly excited for her and her son. :)
Thanksgiving, you say? What's that? People don't really celebrate Thanksgiving over here :-/ We didn't have a tea (dinner) appointment or anything for that night... So you know what we did? We went to the REd Hot World Buffet again, this time with a bunch of missionaries from our zone :) It was delicious!!! And the pudding (dessert, as you would call it in the states) is delicious there! Ah! I loved it! You see that picture with the big grin on my face? Yes. That's how I looked through that entire meal :)
Last P-day we went to Leeds University to find a hoodie. It's a big campus... and for those of you who may be wondering, no I didn't see my high school friend Mackenzi Van Engelenhoven there. If I do, I'll let you know :)

Let's see... what else happened this week....
It's been a busy week, of course, but we've been able to get a lot done :) I'll have to remember to write down a highlight of each day so I'll remember... That's it! That's what I'll do :) Because this is a small email, compared to my other ones I think... so expect even more exciting news next week!

Enjoy the snow! I know I will!

Elder Gabriel Spencer

P.S. 3 Nephi 18:24 (c)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Week 5:Standards of Excellence

Monday, November 22, 2010

'Ello from England!!

Hiya everybody! I hope all is well back home/ wherever you may be reading this email!

This week has been quite the learning experience!! Elder PAss and I have seen lows... followed by extreme highs! Our week started out not going so well, with people flogging (to 'flog' means to drop/lose/not want anymore) appointments right and left. By Wednesday, we decided on making a new approach. We prayed diligently for guidance as to a specific area we should knock, knowing that the Lord would grant us with an answer, and He did! we both felt impressed to go to a small district called "Gildersome" which was kinda out of the way of everything else. We knocked there, but nothing seemed to happen. But we are certainly not done yet! We plan on knocking a different street sometime later this week.
Sabeena and Antonio (scheduled for baptism my first night in the field) rescheduled their baptism date, du to some Word of Wisdom problems with Sabeena. But something miraculous happened! to show her commitment to the W.o.W., she agreed to have us get rid of ALL of her alcohol and ALL of her coffee!! And we poured it down the sink! It was such an amazing experience, and she will be blessed for it! Now all that's left for her is to quit smoking, and she and her son Antonio (9) will be ready to enter the waters of baptism by the 18th of December!!
We had 5 investigators at church yesterday, which was great! Sabeena and Antonio, Anje and James (mother and son, new investigators who LOVED church) and Ali (a guy who literally just walked in and wanted to see what going to our church was like!) Church is definitely different as a missionary. Sundays are certainly easier than the other days of the week (aside from P-day, of course) but that doesn't mean we are any less busy.
Also, Elder Pass and I got "Standards of Excellence" this past week, which is a weekly achievement a companionship can get if they get a certain number of finding hours, new investigators, lessons taught with a member present, investigators who came to church, etc. ! It came as a surprise to us, mainly because so many things went wrong during the beginning of the week. But we're definitely happy!
It's amazing how many miracles we can witness everyday as missionaries, ACTUAL MIRACLES! We're talking about the life changing, night and day difference miracles! we see them occur as a result of following the Holy Ghost, our diligence, and our obedience to the mission rules.
Well, I'm running out of time, so I hope all is well! next we're going to go get a Leeds University sweatshirt, and maybe see the Royal Armouries!
I love you all, and I appreciate your support and encouragement!
Remember to keep smiling! (and keep writing me letters!)

Best wishes,
Elder Gabriel Spencer

P.S. I recently found out that Hogwarts (or where they filmed most of it) is literally within the Leeds mission! I hope I get assigned to the Alnwick (pronounced like Ann-eck) area at some point in my mission!

Me throwing away Sabeena's alcohol (Bacardi) and coffee!

My desktop/workspace

My companion giving me the lineage tie (The tie he got from his trainer, which got it from his trainer, which got it from his trainer...)

Me and Elder Pass with Sabeena and Antonio with Sabeena's beer and coffee!

The England MTC


Me standing outside of Pres. Hinkley's flat where he read the letter from his dad
''forget yourself and go to work''

Monday, November 15, 2010

Week 4: Working the Miracles

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Ello Everyone!!
Holy kanoli! Im actually a missionary in Leeds, England!!! And not just the England Leeds mission... But the actual city of Leeds! Yup,thats right! My first area I have been assigned to is the Leeds 5 area, within the city of Leeds! I have been told that some missionaries can be assigned to all of the assigned areas within the mission, but never actually get to serve in the city itself, so I'd say Im pretty blessed! My new companion (slash trainer) is Elder Pass,from Fresno, California! He is such a stud! I really am so blessed to have been assigned to such a fantastic and wise missionary. He is also quite an effective teacher, and I am excited to learn from him on my mission!
So I didnt really have a P-day last week... Which was kinda lame... But at least they gave us the chance to email on our last night at the MTC! Anyway, our flat is located in the suburb of Morley, and I must say, it is pretty nice!! And from what the other missionaries have told me, its one of the best in the mission. So I am so blessed to have so many great things going for me in my first transfer!
Also, may I add, I have only been in the mission field for about 4 days, and I have to mention, I have seen miracles take place! Elder Pass and I have been so blessed to have witnessed them! As soon as we dropped our stuff off at the flat upon arrival on Wednesday, we had tea (dinner) at the McCan's house (member family), and then we went off to an appointment at an investigators home. We were able to teach Sabeena (29) and Antonio (9) her son about the gospel as a second lesson. And you wouldn't believe it! That night, at my first investigator experience, we invited Sabeena and Antonio to be baptised on the 4th of December, and they accepted!!! Wooooot!!! They also came to church this past Sunday, and they really enjoyed it!
Miracles, can you believe it???
Street contacting started out being extremely difficult. I must say it was extremely hard to stop and talk to random people on the street about the message of the restoration/God/Jesus Christ/ anything else! However now, I am proud to say, I am able to talk to everyone!! Just as the Lord said ''Open your mouth and it shall be filled'' (not talking about food, but about speaking with the spirit)
I have already been so blessed with the experiences I have had.
Sunday at church was another interesting experience. It was so cool to realize that for the first time in my life, I was actually the missionary in some one's homeward (or in this case, home branch) I was also surprised to learn that I would be giving an impromptu talk that day in sacrament meeting. I originally had 20 minutes of time to speak, and about 25 minutes to prepare. Thankfully when the time came, I only had about 5 minutes. I talked a little about myself, my background, bore my testimony and sat down. I am so glad that went well. The members here are fantastic! The branch is way into missionary work, and the members here feed us practically every night! And most of the food is soooo good! (I must say I went to an African family's house for tea (again, dinner) and had a traditional african meal, complete with fufu and no silverware to use. It was... a blessing to be fed. Peter, I don't know how you did it...

Today is P-day!!! Yay!! After emailing I am off to get my haircut!!! Wait... oh. yay. I mean, yay for obedience!!! It is a rule that I must have a side part in my hair. I literally do not remember a time in my life when my hair had a side part. Ive seen pictures as a baby, ya know, 2 or 3 years or something, but that's it... Anyway, if I want to baptise, I need a side part (that's what the missionaries tell me anyway) So I'll have to send you a picture of my new attempt at a side part in next weeks email... Ye be warned.
After the hair cut, we are off to buy food, do some other stuff that I don't remember, and then play football (soccer) with the rest of the missionaries in the zone! We'll see if I'm any good, ha ha!
So we're not allowed to give out our flat address to anyone but our parents for letters, so please send all letters to this address:
Elder Gabriel Spencer
England Leeds Mission
Lister House, Lister Hill
Horsforth, Leeds
England LS18 5AZ
This is the mission office address and will likely only give it an extra day for mail to get to me, but that's fine :) I love mail!
(Josh, please double check to see if this is the address listed on my facebook status. If its not, please change it accordingly)
Well, my time is almost up. So all I would ask is to continue to pray for me and my companion Elder Pass, as well as the people of England that their hearts may be softened and that we may find the seekers of truth!
I love you all, and hope all is well!

Best wishes,
Elder Gabriel Spencer
P.S. People say 'cheers' a lot in England. It tends to be used as a substitute for ''thank you'' and ''goodbye''

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Week 3: Almost out into the field!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Surprise!!! I bet you didn't expect I'd get to email a day early, eh? As it turns out, I might not be able to email tomorrow because I'm leaving the MTC and going to Leeds to officially start my mission! And it is implied that I won't have a P-day tomorrow (which should change to Monday, says the word on the street) so just to be safe, they gave us the chance to email tonight!!! So here I go...
This week has been great! The MTC experience has gone by sooooo fast- almost as if it were a dream (refer to Jacob 7, I think) and I can't believe I'm going into the field already!!! Thankfully, I think I'm ready :) the MTC has really been able to prepare me spiritually and as a teacher so that I might invite others to come unto Christ, as well as help me with many other things! It's not like school at all, but more like EFY times a hundred, (minus the fun, but multiply the joy) I really really loved it here, and the MTC presidency is so loving and helpful and spiritually powerful!
So last Friday we were able to do something that is unique only to the England MTC... and that was to go tracting for the first time! My companion and I were assigned to a small town in Manchester called Leigh, and we were given about 4 hours to basically go knocking! It was awesome! We actually legitimately had someone slam the door in our face right after we said about 6 words... It was so cool! (I know that sounds weird, but my companion and I felt it was kind of a right of passage that we needed to experience) It started raining really hard, and the water may have dampened our suits, but not our spirits!! One experience in particular was quite special: we knocked at someone's door who at first was about to shut the door, but then decided to hear our message. She told us how she has never really felt at peace with herself (because of work, family, etc) and we were able to read a scripture to her (Ether 12:4, she described how she didn't really know if there was a God or if he cared) and bear our testimonies! It was quite awesome to see her whole countenance change (her facial expression) from stubbor to awestruck as we bore our testimonies of our loving Heavenly Father and His love for us, and the truthfulness of the scriptures and the answers it offers us. At the end, we gave her a Book of Mormon and invited her to read a specific passage (Moroni 10:3-5) and promised her specific blessings. It was soooo great! It raised both of our spirits and we carried on with our work with an added love for the tracting experience! I'm so excited to have similar experiences for the next two years!
P.S. Happy Guy Fawks DAy! (UK Holiday, November 5th)
P.P.S. Happy birthday Dad and David!!! (In case I didn't include it in my last letter, I was kind of rushed)
So tomorrow is transfer day! I get to meet my mission president and my new companion all in one day! I'm excited! I think I can still write a letter tomorrow whether it's P-Day for my mission or not, so I plan on replying to those of you who have written me! (and for those of you who have not... shame on you :P haha just kidding) But I really love your letters! They're definitely a highlight of my day!
I don't really know what else to say, except that I know that Joseph Smith was truly the Prophet of the Restoration, and he really did see the Father and the Son in the Sacred Grove that day. I know in my heart that he translated the plates into the Vook of Mormon which we are so blessed to have now, and I testify of its power and divinity. I would invite all of you who haven't already to read it (specifically Moroni 10:3-5) ponder it, and pray about it in the name of Jesus Christ to find out for yourself. I promise that if you do so, the lord will testify to you of its truthfulness, and you will gain a witness of the Book of Mormon through the Holy Ghost.

I love you all, and wish you the best!!!

--Elder Gabriel Spencer

Love life!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Week 2: First REAL missionary experience

Wednesday November 3, 2010

Hello everyone!!!

SOOO much has happened in the past week, and I wish I could contain it all in this one email! But alas! I have limited time, so Im going to give you a very breif summary. If you'd like to know more, write me a letter! (Hint hint!)

So, Friday was our first REAL missionary experience. We were able to be sent to downtown Manchester, where we were to proselyde to the England people for the first time! It was a little discouraging, because after a while, about 85% of the people talked to did not believe in any kind of superior being :-/ BUT! I had a really cool experience with my companion on talking to this woman at the train station to Manchester, where after I said hi to her, she started asking us who we were and why we were doing it. Eventually we found that she and her family used to be devout roman catholic until her father tragically died of cancer. Because of this, she decided to stop going to church altogether. This happened 6 years ago. It was very cool in the sense that after she learned that we were missionaries, she basically open up her needs to us! We were able to share a scripture with her, and give her a book of mormon with an invitation to read! Pretty cool, eh? The first person we ever talked to, we handed a book of mormon!! And even cooler was the fact that after we had finished with our thing in Manchester, we saw her and her family again on our way back to the car, about 3 hours later! This time, we were able to give her some contact information should she ever decide to have the missionaries contact her!! It was sooo cool!

Then some classes, teaching skills improving, feel the spirit here all the time, lots of cool stuff like that....

Today, we were able to go on a church history tour to the river ribble and see where the first baptisms in great britan took place!! We then went to a small villiage called Downham, where I found my long lost ancestors!! It said in the town history that the spencer family was of the first families to emigrate to america! I actually found the gravestone of my great great great uncle and aunt, seen in the picture above! It was a really cool experience, and I would love to give more details over a letter, so please send one if you are interested!

Well, time is almost up, but I love you all, and hope for the best for you! Thank you for all your prayers and support!!


Elder Spencer

PS English sweets (candy) is amazing! So is the dessert!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Week 1: I'm a missionary!!!

Wednesday, October 27th

Hello everyone!!! Elder Spencer here, can you believe it??? WOW! Im a missionary! Already! Thanks foryour prayers, btw (btw means by the way) I miss you guys! The MTC here is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! It really is. They've only given us 30 minutes to write and I forgot to bring my camera to the computer room so I'll have to send you pictures next wednesday! I love it here. I really, really do. I never thought it was possible to feel the spirit so constantly in my life before. It really is a blessing that I am able to serve a mission, and in Leeds, England!!! (PS the temple is also beautiful, Im going through my first session here at 2pm England time) I love the feeling of being here, and of doing the lord's work. Its amazing how much my testimony has been strengthened by these past 5 days alone!! My companion is Elder Gravallese (pronounced 'Gavel' and 'lay' 'say') from Washington DC (virginia area) he also did theatre and choir in high school, and is

interested in doing film. After last night, I am quite convinced I have the best companion in the MTC! He's awesome!!!

The food at the MTC is pretty good, hit and miss I guess. Thankfully more hit than miss. I have my first batch of fish and chips last night! They eat their fish with crushed peas or tartar sauce. They didnt have any tartar sauce last night :-/ But it was still good. How is the house now that Im gone? Mom, what are you doing with your time? David, how is school? Dad, the mall? The deer hunt? Josh, how is school and the dating life treating you?Peter & Erin, how is Sam and how is the new baby coming along? Noni & Nathan, how is your family?

My english accent is coming around quite nicely. Its still quite hard to reference your need to go to the bathroom as going to the ''toilet''. Yeesh. ha ha. I love it here! I really do! But I also cant wait until I get out of these walls and start preaching the gospel to real people!

The weather is quite strange. Yes, it rains, but not in any form of rain I have ever witnessed before. It changes rain, also. Like for instance, it rained yesterday in the form of a heavy, heavy fog that fell from the sky. Yeah, wierd, I know. But surprisingly, the past other 3 days have been very beautiful and clear. The Brits say that happens only 25%of the time. Its beautiful today, btw.

I would like to thank all of you for your prayers and positive thoughts and support that you have given me, and will continue to give me. I really need all the help I can get.

The MTC is literally like nothing I could have ever experienced. Yeah, I knew it would be gospel training, but I had no idea it would literally take up every second of the day here. In the past 5 days, Ive probably had only about an hour and a half of 'personal time'. But its good! For some reason, Im enjoying it. I really am. Its still quite hard, probably one of the hardest things I'll ever do in my life, but I know that it will all be worth it.

Well, I've gotta wrap up soon! Thank you for your love, and please please please keep writing me! Both letters and emails! I still dont know how much time I will have to reply to them, but I promise, I will reply to them all, and they will be greatly appreciated!!!!

All my love and my prayers are with you. And if I could ask a favor, please also continue to pray for the people of Leeds, England, that they may continue to prepare to come unto Christ as well as for me and my training.


Elder Gabriel Spencer

PS ''I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me''

PPS Im a missionary! In England! How cool is that?! (They pronounce them ''Mission-rees'')