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Snapshot of England – English is the official language of England, thoughCornish – Southwestern Brittonic Celtic language – is a recognized minority language as well. The majority of population in England is Christian, with the Anglican Church of England being the established church of the country with a special constitutional position. A number of people that do not affiliate with any religion has been increasing in recent years. Soccer, cricket and rugby are the most popular sports in the country. English culture has a rich history in architecture, literature, science and the arts. Among the things that are popular in Britain are tea drinking, interest in the Royal Family and pubs. Many British are into house modeling, interior design and gardening. Many British have a great sense of style and are not afraid to experiment with fashion. Shopping is a popular pastime too.
Drivers drive on the left-hand side of the road in England.We got word on 10/3/2013 that for the first time in the England Leeds mission, missionaries have been assigned to teach in Slovak! A Slovak branch was recently formed in Sheffield England. To read more about this exciting development, click here!
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There are 188,462 members in England, 6 missions, 333 congregations, 116 Family Centers and two temples: London temple and Preston temple. The Leeds Mission has seven stakes.
“You’ll come across some great wards with a lot of very helpful members and some wards that aren’t so helpful. Members don’t give a lot of referrals unless they are recent converts, less active, or part member families. We had one baptism my second year from the Ward Mission process. Street contacting was a common way to find investigators. Members are great about feeding the missionaries which was a real blessing.”
Traditional english dishes include meat pies, sausages (usually called “bangers”), fish and chips and steak and kidney pie. Puddings and pies are popular desserts. Indian food is also popular in England, especially chicken tikka masala.
“I never had a problem with the food. A lot of people will tell you that it was bland, but i loved it. A lot of potatoes and veggies! Common dishes are Yorkshire pudding and curry.”
Transportation within Leeds consists of an extensive railway, road and bus systems. Buses are one of the most popular forms of transportation, and you can get almost anywhere on a bus. Taxis and bicycles are also common transportation in Leeds.
“Most missionaries get around by bus or walking. There are a couple of bike areas. England is blessed to have quite a few car areas as well. Oh and trains are quite common as well.”
“England is pretty safe and while Europe is known for pickpockets there didn’t seem to be much of that. There were a few cars broken into, but just like with anywhere in the world just be smart about locking doors and keeping valuables out of sight and in a safe place.”
Being polite is a norm in England. Expect a lot of “thank you,” “please” and “sorry.” English people are more indirect, as directness might be considered rude. Loud talking or shouting are rude and are not approved.
Tea drinking is a big part of national identity, and people often have tea breaks during the day.
It’s important to know that missionaries will encounter many different accents within this one mission. For example, in Yorkshire the accent is very different than the accent found in Newcastle, which is often referred to as Geordie. Most Americans have a hard time understanding the English accents when they arrive. Real Geordie and Yorkshire accents can even be difficult for other English native missionaries.
“The lingo is fun and you’ll pick up a lot of words like mate, cheers, hiya, lads and you’ll call women ‘love’. Very few if any pick up an accent, but it was common to have an inflection in your voice and say words a lot differently. They spell things differently too such as Saviour and centre.”
Other than standard missionary supplies make sure you have gloves, but remember you’ll be writing stuff down in the streets in bad weather. Also a rain coat, and umbrella, and good walking shoes. Most of this can be bought in England though.
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http://preparetoserve.com/england/leeds-mission-blogs/ – list of mission blogs
What items were hard to get or not available?
Hard to get items were actually anti perspirant deodorant. They always seemed to just have one or the other not it combined. I didn’t have a problem getting much else.
What did you eat the most of?
I ate mostly potatoes and veggies. We were always being served that. At home i made mostly pasta.
What is the craziest thing you ate?
Nothing too crazy. You will eat foods from all different cultures though.
What was most surprising about the culture
The most surprising thing was that although 90% claim to be Christian they only attend church for weding, christenings, and funerals. And then while talking to them you actually find out they don’t believe in god. It was actually really sad to see such a religious country in the past have very few of it’s people actually believe in Christ. The diversity of England was also a surprise.
What advice would you give to someone going to the England Leeds Mission?
Just like any mission. Forget yourself, work hard but make sure to work smart as well, don’t waste time, listen to your mission president, have effective plannings and include back up plans for every hour! And have fun!! You’re in England preaching the gospel where the first foreign missionaries were sent. Take in every minute and write in a journal. Love the people and remember them. Be obedient to every missionrule. But most importantly follow the spirit and always be close to your Father in Heaven. He’ll help you the whole way.
What do you wish you had known before you served?
That missionaries aren’t perfect. haha being from Utah they seem like they are. But you will make mistakes. But learn from every mistake and know preach my gospel like the back of your hand so the spirit has a full well to draw out of.