After our District Meeting this week, we had an excursion to the nearby William Tyndale Monument on a hill near North Nibley. We hiked up through the mud and there was a flat area where we had our potluck picnic lunch, featuring a heavenly Banoffee Pie homemade by Elder Dunn. Then we climbed the 120 step spiral staircase up to the top, and took photos our our frozen windswept missionaries and the villages below. To demonstrate the variableness of English weather, the sun came out and we had to capture the blue skies and the daffodils, the moss on the trail down, the cemetery at the foot of the hill….
We studied up on William Tyndale, who was born in Nibley, tutored a wealthy family from Little Sodbury nearby and who gave his life to translating and printing the New Testament into English so the common man would have access to the scriptures he loved so much. He’s been quoted several times by General Authorities, the last one was in the 2010 Conference by Elder D Todd Christofferson. Here’s the link to the link (I think): https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2010/04/the-blessing-of-scripture. You may remember that Tyndale said that if God would spare his life, before many years the boy who guided the plough would know more scriptures than those who were supposedly learned. Gene and I watched a neat movie on YouTube called “God’s Outlaw” that tells the story, ending with William’s death, burnt at the stake. It was a great experience remembering this brave, inspired man, William Tyndale, who along with others helped to prepare the world for the restoration of the gospel. I have a different feeling when I read the New Testament now, knowing what sacrifices made it possible!