|Our first sight of the British countryside|
|We flew right over Windsor Castle|
1 - It's so beautiful in England!! Even though it's January and it's been cold (in the 40's during the day), it's still "lovely" everywhere you look. Everything is "quite lovely" here, as they say.The valleys and hills and hedges are a beautiful shade of green. There are little crocus and daffodils already popping up. Multi-colored flowers in the gardens on the temple grounds are blooming. I'm hoping that means that spring comes earlier here than at home!
2 - The London Temple is really about 20 minutes south of London in a rural area that looks just like a typical English countryside should look. The grounds cover over 30 acres. The temple is the focal point, to be sure, but the grounds are gorgeous.
|The London Temple|
|The temple grounds|
|The Manor House on the temple grounds|
3 - Everyone here has been so friendly - both on the temple grounds and in the surrounding villages. Lots of warm hearts - but cold feet. The humidity and dampness make it difficult to stay warm, even though the temperature isn't as cold as what we're used to.
|Sign greeting arrivals at Heathrow Airport|
6 - Nothing looks familiar in the grocery store. Even after all our years of traveling in Europe with Clog America, it's surprising how different products are here. I'm planning to write a blog about our first trip to the grocery store. Amazing!
7 - At the temple, we're in the flight pattern of another major airport. It sounds like Dulles again! We're just 10 minutes from Gatwick, and planes descend right over the temple grounds at all hours of the day and night.
|The Temple Accomodation Center|
|Our first "home" was in the Accomodation Center.|
We've since been moved to a 170 year old home in the village of
Ardingly (pronounced "R-ding-lie").
|Our new favorite temple visitors' center!|
|Other side of the Visitors' Centre, looking toward the temple|
10 - British Mormons are just like Utah Mormons. The Church is the same everywhere you go -- and that's comforting.
|President Shamo welcoming newly arrived missionaries|
11 - The senior missionary couples who serve in mission offices throughout the world are some of the most knowledgeable, hardest working, kindest people anywhere. We love Brother and Sister Kearl from Canada already! Bless them for helping us get settled in.
|Outside the London South Mission Office|
|The London Temple at dusk|