Thursday, July 17, 2014

45 Days in London: Day 24

The Preston Temple

This morning all 39 of us boarded a private coach and headed off on a 3-day journey to the Lake District. Our first stop, about halfway there, was to the Preston Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because of traffic conditions on the M6 we were delayed by about 90 minutes. (Turns out that doesn't just happen in Los Angeles!)

Although we missed our scheduled session, the students were able to do baptisms and I did initiatory work. The people there were lovely and kind and very accommodating.

The grounds have large, peaceful lily ponds. This felt like the most wonderful oasis—especially after 5.5 hours on a bus, stuck in traffic!

The Lake District (Ambleside)

As soon as we arrived in Cumbria we saw vast expanses of green pastures, dotted with white sheep and lined in hand-built stone walls. We were surrounded by so much pastoral beauty, I couldn't drink it in fast enough. 

We arrived at our final destination—Ambleside—a picturesque town I remember well from my travels as a student. We stayed in a B&B near the center of town, Kent House. 

We barely had time to check in and get settled, then we ventured down to Lake Windermere, where we met the students for dinner and let the peacefulness of the place wash over us.

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