This past week was great!
Monday was a blast. We went on a sweet hike near Edinburgh. Then we brought one of our investigating families to an activity night we had at the church! We played games, had some spiritual messages and then ended with food!
Tuesday we had our district meeting. We discussed a lot about how to find new people to teach. Then for the rest of the day we did some finding. Later that evening we taught some lessons.
Wednesday we had another full day of finding. We had some lessons mid-day that broke up the day.
Thursday we taught 3 university girls that were pretty interested in the message we had to share. Hopefully we can continue to meet with them!
Friday we had lunch with one of the past missionaries that was here visiting! Elder Swenson. Great guy! I went on exchanges with Elder Brockbank. We had a bomb of a day up until 4:00 p.m.. Then it seemed as if the tables turned and everybody wanted to start hating us! haha. We got spit on. People were telling us that we were harassing them. Then some wanted to call the cops. Many of them were drunk out of their minds. In the end it was a good day.
Saturday it dumped rain all day. We were soaked from head to toe. Welcome to Scotland!
Sunday we had a great time hearing about Mexico beating Germany in the World Cup! Haha. I also had some time to think of my Dad back home and remember how great he has been to me. I love you Dad!
To end my letter I would like to tell the Young Men in my ward back home a few things while they are on the week long hike....
6 If thou art accused with all manner of false accusations; if thine enemies fall upon thee; if they tear thee from the society of thy father and mother and brethren and sisters; and if with a drawn sword thine enemies tear thee from the bosom of thy wife, and of thine offspring, and thine elder son, although but six years of age, shall cling to thy garments, and shall say, My father, my father, why can’t you stay with us? O, my father, what are the men going to do with you? and if then he shall be thrust from thee by the sword, and thou be dragged to prison, and thine enemies prowl around thee like wolves for the blood of the lamb;
7 And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
8 The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?
9 Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.
That Is what I have come to know on my mission. I thought I knew who Jesus Christ was before my mission. I thought I knew what he had done. I thought I knew how much he loved me. Until I got to the mission field and boy oh boy was I wrong. I knew very little about Jesus Christ and who he was.
I decided that if I wanted to be a personal minister of Jesus Christ I needed to KNOW him.
It started with me being Humble enough to kneel on my knees and pray for experiences that as I did my part I would come to know him better.
I then began a serious study of the Book of Mormon. Oh how that Book has changed my life for the better. the knowledge that is found in the Book of Mormon about our savoir is deep.
from the stirring words of king Benjamin to his people about Christs Atonement.
from The experience of Alma the younger being one of the most wicked sinners to one of the best missionaries ever recorded.
The miracles that were preformed by Nephi and Lehi In the name of Christ.
The experience The brother of Jared had seeing Christ.
And last but not least the personal ministry of Christ to the Nephite people. Christ ministers to the ONE.
III Nephi 11
14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.
15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.
16 And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:
17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.
When I started doing the small and simple things in the Gospel a small fire was lit and my knowledge and relationship with my Savior began to grow. My relationship with Him has continued to grow through the power of the Holy Ghost and I know it will continue to grow and grow.
This much I do know. Jesus Christ descended below all things because He loves us. This has always been His motivation behind everything he has ever done; LOVE. We can be lifted up to new heights that we could have never reached by ourselves because of Him.
He has carried me throughout my mission. He will continue to carry me throughout my life. I encourage each of you to come to know who your Savior is. Pray. Read the Scriptures. Go to church. Repent daily. I promise, as you do these small things, your life will change as mine has.
Enjoy these hikes and camp outs with your leaders! These are the times in your life where you to can light that small match. It was lit in my heart and it is now helping me stay on the covenant path!
I love this Gospel. I love this Church! Listen to your leaders, they also know who our Savior is.
Love Elder Brett Gowans