Somehow we got ourselves up early and ready for church and brought our lunch and some changes of clothes in a rolling bag. We took the tube over to the Hyde Park Chapel.
We got there just as sacrament meeting started. We saw the Miners! It is so comforting to see some of our best friends from home. We had a great meeting about missionary work. So many young people are heading out to serve all over the world. The kids got to go to their classes with their siblings and friends. We had some interesting lessons in Sunday School and Relief Society and the youth classes. There are a lot of Americans in these wards. And they are also very international.
We met the Robinson family from the Heritage Oaks ward. They also have five children close to our kids’ ages. The three of our families had similar plans for the day. We all brought lunches with us, so we didn’t have to buy much on Sunday, and we all wanted to go to Hyde Park for lunch. So we took the tube and busses over to Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park. We ate and tried to give away a Book of Mormon. There were people up preaching religion and about other issues they were passionate about.
After a little while in the park, we all caught a bus to head to the British Museum. It is full of amazing antiquities from all over the world. We saw a lot of things from Egypt and the Mediterranean area. Todd was a great tour guide. Andrea was a great friend to the girls. Maren and Erik went off on their own adventures. I took Robin and Camille to explore and go up and down stairs. So much to see, never enough time.
Photo credit to Todd Miner
We grabbed another bus, all three families, and headed toward St. Paul’s Cathedral. We enjoyed seeing the amazing architecture of the church, and then listened to an organ recital. I have to admit, I slept on Erik’s shoulder during much of it. I saw a few others dozing. But it was nice to hear music in a large cathedral. And we enjoyed being with all of our friends and seeing the building.
A nice missionary couple was at St. Paul’s and snapped this picture of all of us, photo credit to Spencer’s camera
It has truly been a highlight of our trip to see all these great friends this week in London!
We tried to find dinner at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, an old pub where Charles Dickens used to write. We found the place but it was closed on Sunday.
So we headed back toward where the Miners were staying and finally found a place for some burgers and fries and shakes.
It was some yummy food and great to be with friends. We stopped in and saw the Miners’ flat and then said goodbye. They are heading to Italy in the morning. We have one more day in London and then on to Paris!