Monday, November 20, 2017

Week 62

What a blessed week we have had in Dundee! This last week was a grind but also so full of the Spirit. The Lord truly does want to shower his blessings upon those who are diligent and obedient! 

Last Monday was transfers. We spent all day driving everyone around and making sure they got to the right places and the right time! Then at 7:00 p.m. we drove the new Kirkcaldy Elders out to their flat. That took up most of the night.

Tuesday was a full day of finding. We didn't have a successful day but that is okay... One of our baptismal candidates had there baptismal interview on Tuesday. Everything went as planned which was great! 

Wednesday we had another full day of finding. 9 hours in the street. We also had some lessons planned but they fell through. Not good.

Thursday morning we drove to Edinburgh for MLC. It was great. Right now the mission has passed the number of baptisms we had last year at this time. We need about 90 more baptisms to complete our mission year goal! Every companionship needs to find one before the new year! Our meeting was focussed on 'finding the one'! We then came back to Dundee and went to work. It was so cold! I mean cold! I had on three jackets and a coat and I was still shivering! Crazy.

Friday we were finally able to teach a lesson to someone. It went really good! She is really cool and ended coming to church this past week! At 3:00 we went to the church to fill up the Baptismal font. At half 6 we had our baptism! We had such a great turnout from the ward! We were able to baptize both Majeed and Henry! President Donaldson and I performed the ordinances. What a special night! That helped make the rest of the week. It was all worth it.

Saturday we had 5 lessons set up with new people but again they all fell through. It is so frustrating. We spent the rest of the day doing proselyting.

Sunday was great. Both of our baptisms were confirmed members. It was so great! We saw so many tender mercies this week. It was a Spirit filled week! ya ken?

I love you all!




Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 61

To get started. I will be staying in Dundee for another transfer. I will also continue working with Elder Keim! This transfer will last right up to Christmas. I will have officially served in Dundee now for 9 months of my mission when next transfers occur!

The other news is we will be baptizing 2 people this coming week! What a Miracle! Those being baptized are Majeed and H****. Majeed has been taught now for 8 months. President Donaldson came up and interviewed him this last week. After the interview we were told he can now be baptized this Friday! The other part of this story is that our other Investigator H**** was scared to death to be baptized this next Sunday. We had some really good spiritual lessons with him this past week and now he too wants to be baptized this Friday with Majeed! President Donaldson will come back to Dundee and baptize Majeed. This is so great! H**** is 18 years old. He is from China. He studies math here at the university. His faith is incredible. His willingness to act on what is good got him to where he is now.

Other than that nothing much new has happened here in Dundee. We have been doing a lot of finding and working with a lot people helping them progress towards baptism! How blessed both Elder Keim and I are to have seen all of these miracles!

Last p-day we were able to go to the coast and look at some cool old castle ruins. We had a bit of fun doing that!

Tuesday we had DM and then more finding. We also drove down to Kirkcaldy to do a baptismal interview. We also taught a new investigator named Cupar across the water.

Thursday was bitter cold! It's the darn wind that gets you! We taught Henry on Wednesday and Thursday. We also taught a couple of more lessons on Friday which also included Henry.

Saturday was move calls. This will be a 5 week transfer. We taught a lesson with Sam. Sam is a member who is from Hong Kong, he lives in St. Andrews. We also met up with President Donaldson again to talk through the baptismal plans regarding Majeed.

Sunday is always a great day. We said our goodbye's to Lucy Keogh. Lucy is leaving today for her full-time mission!

I love you all!




Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 60

What a great week here in Dundee!

Last Monday Elder Keim and I played some basketball out in Baxter park. I also practiced some futbol and juggled 200 first time back. It is now officially cold. The sun may be out but that doesn't stop the wind from cutting right through you to your very soul. We finished the day proselyting. We are trying our best to find the elect or to let them find us.

Tuesday we had district meeting here in Dundee. So no travel. We spent the rest of the day proselyting until 5:00. We then headed back to our flat because of mission rules for Halloween. Who knows what the Scots people are up to on Halloween night. Me and my boi Elder Keim, did go over to the church to see how the ward party was getting along.

Wednesday was good day. We taught one new lesson to a person we found.

My diet consists of either Subway or McDonald's for lunch. Then whichever one we did not eat at for lunch we eat at the other one for tea. My diet is so bad. I am getting fat hahah. But this is the best way to save time trying to do the Lord's work. It's so funny. Elder Keim and I lay down at night and talk about how fat we are getting. ahah.

Thursday was another great day! We went on exchanges with the Elders from Arbroath. I was with Elder Baklan. He is from the Ukraine. I worked with him previously when we both served in Edinburgh. It was a great split. We were able to set up some lessons as well as teach Sylvia. I also had a guy pay for our tea. Why? A while back, one night, he was so drunk he tried to punch me. When I saw him again in the street I reminded him of that night when he was drunk. He couldn't remember it but felt bad about it. So he bought us our tea! McDonald's ahhah! Good guy.  Good exchange. Fun day. 

Friday I went on another exchange with the Elders from Dunfermline. We taught a new investigator and then proselyted most of the day. Where did we go for lunch you ask? Subway. Overall just a good fun day. Not much else happened. I truly love being a missionary. I'm trying my best to help the Lord's work move forward. It is not my work, but His.

Saturday. Another great day! =) We were able to teach one of our investigators, Henry. He is from China. Sylvia came and helped us teach him! He had taken so many notes from the Book of Mormon from the chapter we gave him to read. We taught him about the restoration. He really enjoyed it. After that we had tea with Anne Harrison. It is always so good to see her! She is so kind to us. Later on we drove out to St. Andrews to teach another investigator Feranndo. After our lesson he agreed to come to church!

Sunday was Bonfire night! Also called Guy Fawkes night.
We had our Sunday service and then went out and taught a investigator after church. We worked until 6:00 and then mission rules had back in our flat. We watched fireworks and a bonfire which was close to our flat. It was so fun! To finish off our day Elder Keim and I just laid down by our little fire.

That was my week =)

I love you all!






Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 59

This week was killer here in Dundee. The Spirit was felt throughout the week after seeing miracle after miracle.

Monday, p day, we went to St. Andrews. Elder Keim had never seen the old course and the bridge. After that we went and ate pizza at Law hill.

Tuesday and Wednesday were both full days of finding. We had no lessons set up so both days were just out kicking it in the city all day long. We did have a tea appointment at the Bishops home Wednesday evening. That is always so nice! 

Thursday we had 5 lessons set up and all of them fell through. We had our interviews with President Donaldson. And then later that evening we had a Dundee stake fireside! Elder Dale G Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to us. President and Sister Donaldson also spoke. All of the talks were so amazing! I felt the Spirit so strong! We brought Sylvia to the fireside and and she really enjoyed it. Here are some quotes that I recorded from the fireside.

- It is my responsibility to decide what I want to be in life.
- Do I choose love or hate?
- Inspirational or cryptic? 
- Positive or negative?

These are all my choices. 

- The Saviors declaration to the Nephite people in 3rd Nephi: "MY JOY IS FULL" ponder on that.
- The Savior loves to heal. 
- 2nd Nephi chapter 1. Talks to parents and what they should want for their children. 

Friday was great too! Elder Renlund was present for our ALL SCOTLAND missionary conference here in Dundee! It is always great to see some old friends. And then to be able to hear a great talk from an Apostle of the Lord! Elder Renlund spoke to us about these three main messages.

1. The Lord wants to thank you on behalf of Him and His church. 
2. You have been called here by God. If you don't know that then you need to figure that out down to your bones!
3. President and Sister Donaldson are called here by God. They love you!

When Elder Renlund spoke to us about #2 the Spirit spoke to me. He testified again to me that this is true. When I opened my call a year ago I knew right then that this is where I needed to serve. This was just another powerful reminder from the Spirit and from an Apostle why I have been called here.

The SIM is best mission on the face of this earth!

After conference we were busy driving people to the bus and train stations. Once we finished all of that we took one of my first converts, my boy, Ross out to work with us to St. Andrews. We had a lesson to teach and it was great for him and for us to have him help teach. After that we all went to a chippy and got fish and chips! =)

Saturday was another day of miracles. We taught 4 new people. They were all out on a date! It was a miracle day after a lot of perseverance! =)

Sunday. Another great Sabbath day. After church we enjoyed getting out and finding for the rest of the day.

This coming Tuesday is obviously Halloween. Our day will finish at 5:00 p.m. It's a bummer but oh well!

Love you all!



Monday, October 23, 2017

Week 58

Don't let the title throw you off. It was not a week of being cool. It was a week where I was very sick...

Last Monday P-day was a 'eh' P day. Not much happened.

Tuesday we went down to Kirkcaldy for a DM. Then we drove back to up to Dundee for a lesson we had set up with a family in their home. We were super hyped for it but when we walked in the front door the dad of the family really did not want us to teach... He was a Born Again and wanted only to bash. That was a bummer.

Wednesday was a good day. We were able to go on exchanges with the Kirkcaldy Elders. We enjoyed the day working in Dundee. We also taught Sylvia, our recent convert, about temples. We are hoping that she will want to go on the YSA temple trip in November! We are preparing her for that day!

Thursday was a day of finding in the city. Around lunch time I started to feel sick. I felt like a truck had hit me. My body ached, my throat was on fire, and I had one of the worst fevers I have ever had. Top it off it was raining. It was a hard day. Then that night I got like 3 hours of sleep. We were outside working most of the day finding. It probably was not the smartest thing to do when you are sick but you gotta do what you gotta do and that is to find people to teach!

Friday was the same day. I was not feeling any better but we still went out and just grinded it out.

Saturday the same. I was hating life. Everyone was telling me to go back to the flat. People in the street would be like; "Why are you trying to talk to me if you are sick?" It also didn't help that I sounded like the joker... But in the end we had a good day. That night we had our DA at one of the bishopric members home. It was a good way to end the day.

By the time Sunday came around I was starting to feel a little better. Not 100% but better. Church was good. And then we were still able to go out and find some cool people this week to teach. Not a ton but hopefully this week will change because I will be feeling better. Sorry for a bummer week but I promise this week will be better!

Another reason why this week will be better is for our All Mission Conference on Thursday and Friday. A member of the quorum of the 12 apostles is coming to Dundee! Elder Renlund! He will be doing a fireside right here in Dundee at the Bingham chapel! That is probably the coolest news ever!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 57

Another great week we here in Scotland.

Ya ken? Dunny ken pal. Pure drik outside right now. (just speaking some Scots language.)

Today and tomorrow there is supposed to be a category 2 hurricane coming over Ireland and northern part of the UK. Hurricane Opheilia. Should be some some fun with 60-80 mph winds and a lot of rain.

This last p-day we went on a cool little hike and took some cool pics that I am sending.

Tuesday we went to Montrose for a DM and then after that we visited Arbroath. I was able to take some pictures of the  St. Vigeans parish. We met the person over the parish, Rick. He was very nice and told us stories about it. I loved it there. As soon as I saw the parish I was filled with a lot of happiness. This is where my great-great-great grandfather Hugh Sidley Gowans was christened and married. He was the first in the Gowans line from Arbroath to join the church at a very young age. It was great to be able to walk around and see it all!

Wednesday we had a day full of finding and just grinding it out. We need more people to teach! It was a bit wet this day. We also went on exchanges with the Arbroath Elders. I was with Elder Allen. We to a DA on the beach. The Elders made J Dawgs because they had the recipe from Utah =) so good! 

Thursday we were able did more finding and then we left for the Burgh to go on exchanges with the AP's.

Friday I split with Elder Gibb. We had a really fun day and we were there a part of Saturday too. It was great to be there and see some old faces haha.

Sunday we went to church first and then we drove back up to Arbroath to do a baptismal interview. I love being here in Scotland.

Love you all!





Monday, October 9, 2017

Week 56

What a great week in Dundee!

Last Monday was our p-day. Before Elder Keim showed up we all went to Law Hill. We had some pizza and Irn-Bru. It was nice to have sorta of rest after moving so many missionaries. I finally picked up my new mate Elder Keim and we got to work right away. We have already been blessed by finding some new people to teach! We also had a lot of fun doing it!

Tuesday and Wednesday were full days of finding and teaching prepared people. Wednesday was the last day for Elder Kitchen. He left for his move assignment to Northern Ireland. Antrim.

Thursday was a great day! We were able to leave early for Edinburgh for our usual MLC. This was one of the best MLC meetings we have had. We talked about our goals and how as a mission we are currently at 305 baptisms. This in not our goal for the year. Our year end goal is 450. Obviously by the numbers you can tell if we are going to make it it will take a lot of work for each us. We talked a lot about the Spirit of urgency. It is through that Spirit we are going to achieve this year end goal. We were instructed to make goals for each individual zone on how we can reach our goals moving forward. It was a great spiritual experience and we are pumped to get back to work in the D and find those people who are ready to be baptized!

We also had President Donaldson take pictures of us in front of the President David O. Mckay stone. He asked Elder Keim to do a special pose. You can see the pose in the picture I sent. It was so funny. President got a kick out of it! 

Friday our Investigator Sylvia was able to be interviewed for her baptism! She is ready for Sunday. We also continued to work hard and went and did some finding and taught some more lessons.

Saturday we were asked to do our ZLC. We got all the district leaders together and instructed them on what we had learned in MLC. It was great to have it so early. Now they know earlier what needs to happen in order for us to reach our mission goal. It too was another great meeting. Later that evening I was given a bike! hahaha. One of my good mates who I see almost everyday just gave me a bike!

Yesterday we were able to see our friend Liang zhiyu Sylvia be baptized! What a great feeling it was to end the week! There is no better feeling knowing that a person just changed their life forever. She said afterwards how she felt so good. She said she knew it was the right thing to do!

This next week should be killer week. We are going to work hard and have a lot of fun doing it! We have exchanges with the AP's on Friday and Saturday. I will be in the Burg for that!

I love you all!





Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 55

I have no time to really write today. I want to let you all know that I am doing so good!

Last Saturday was moves call and I found out I will be staying in Dundee! I will be training a new ZL, Elder Keim! You all should remember the missionary that I worked with while in Edinburgh. He stands 6 feet 8 inches tall. I consider him one of my greatest friends that I have worked with so far on my mission.

I have stayed up late driving missionaries around and then having to pick up missionaries for whatever reason. Then the next day I wake up early and do the same all over again! I am very tired but this is gonna be a killer transfer!

Next Sunday is hopefully Sylvia's Baptism! I am so excited for her! We are so happy that she has chosen to continue learning and to continue growing as a daughter of God! Pray for her that all goes well this next week.

I have just been super happy lately. I think it is because of the growing love I have for my Savior. I read His words every morning and then pray in His name every day and night. I am coming to know Him better. He truly is my Savior. He is my brother. He is perfect. I have also come to know that God is a God of miracles. My testimony of this fact was reaffirmed by one of the conference talks Sunday morning during conference. How blessed we are to live in a day where we can listen, ponder, and act on the things that God has directed His leaders to speak to us. If you were to ask me 'Do miracles cease?' I would answer 'No'. They do not! I am a living witness of that everyday! What a blessing it is to be here in the land of my forefathers doing not my own will but the will of my Father!

'Here am I, send me!'. This line has become my motto. There is no better feeling than to know that you are going out and doing what is simply right. I am so thankful for the chance to be a missionary.

I finally got my kilt last Monday. As you know, I look dang good in it. ;)

The rest of this week should be fun. We have MLC on Thursday and lots of other stuff happening.

Thanks for all the love and support you all give to me!





Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Week 54

I do not have much time today to e-mail.

Last Monday we went out to St. Andrews again. We had a fun day strolling through the city. At 6:00 we had our DA in Cupar. That is always fun.

Tuesday we had DM in Montrose. After that a day full of finding.

Wednesday we taught a lot of lessons. We taught Sylvia and Alycia, our 2 investigators. They are both doing alright and have baptismal dates in October. Sylvia is scheduled for the 8th. Pray for her! She needs to give up her tea!

Thursday we had interviews with President Donaldson. After that we were to go out and again teach a lot of lessons. We seem to be teaching a lot of people that are open to what we have to say but not willing to make the changes necessary in their lives. It's hard but we will continue to move on. We also had DA in Cupar again. While we were there we provided service for some of the elderly.

Friday we went on exchanges out in Perth. It was good! We also taught Sylvia and Alycia again. It was a good day.

Saturday we a full day of finding. The weather was also good which I was very happy about!  =)  We also had DA in St. Andrews. We were introduced to an American family while we were there. We ended up eating tea with them so that was cool. After tea we went down to the beach where we gave everyone a spiritual thought to end the day on.

Sunday at church in Dundee they had their primary program! It was so fun to see all of the little primary kids. It reminded me of the ones we had back home. After church we finished the day finding. It is starting to get very cold again. We also went down to Perth to perform a baptismal interview.

I was excited to hear that you got to meet Sister Stapley! She is a legend here and is sorely missed by everyone. The mission misses her so much!

Well it’s time to go get my kilt! I will send pictures!

Love you all!






Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 53

Another busy week!

Last p day we went to St. Andrews. We had a BBQ on the beach. Super fun! =) After the beach we went back to work and did some finding.

Tuesday we went to Montrose for their DM. After that we headed back to Dundee for more finding. We had a lesson with a girl named Zoe. I knew Zoe way back when i was first here last year. Then around 8:30 we went and picked up the Arbroath Elders for our exchanges with them.

Wednesday. I split with Elder Wilson. He is from South Africa. He was my ZL when I was in Edinburgh. This will be his last transfer and then he goes home. He is a good missionary. He has taught me a lot about missionary work. We were able to go eat some lunch with Anne Harrison. She has my kilt now! But she didn't have it yet when we went to lunch. The next time I see her I will get it! We also taught Sylvia. We taught her the plan of salvation. Later that night we sent the Arbroath Elders home and then went to Dunfermline for our next exchanges.

Thursday. I was with Elder Jensen and we taught a new girl who we are hoping will be able to progress a little bit more. We also had a LA with the Keogh kids in the city! Later they took us out for some chicken! =) What a great family! After that a lot more finding! And then to end the day we drove the Elders back to their area which is right next to Edinburgh.

Friday. Exchange with the AP's in Edinburgh. It was great! I was with Elder Gibb. We had a fun time. We taught six lessons so that is always cool. We were supposed to stay for part of Saturday but we had to travel back to Dundee for ZL responsibilities. We got home about 11 at night. It was a long day.

Saturday I split with the Elders from Montrose. They will be with us until tomorrow. I love working with them. We taught Sylvia our Chinese investigator. She ended up telling us she no longer wants to be baptized. She read some stuff on the internet as well as listened to stuff her flatmate told her. All lies... So that is always a hard pill to swallow.

Sunday was a great day! I had tea with my second family the Keogh's. It was yummy! =) This coming we will have a lot more exchanges which is always fun!

Love you all!




Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 52

This week was a great week. Elder Kitchen and I saw so many miracles from our hard work. From our finding to our teaching we were so blessed!

Last P Day we played sport at the church. Nothing to serious. Later that evening we went out and did some finding. 

Tuesday we went to district meeting out in Kirkcaldy! We worked with the missionaries on how to do role plays and the things we worked on at our last MLC. After that we had a day full day of finding. That is always so good.

While finding I was able to find one of the most prepared individuals I have ever met so far on my mission. She is from China. Her name is L**** Z****.  We were also blessed to have some members feed us which is always so good to get out of the rain and into someone's home!  =) 

Wednesday we taught some more people that are looking good and we are hoping to work with them some more. I was also on exchanges with another set of Elders in the city and we were able to have a really good day of finding and teaching. 

Thursday was my one year away from home mark! ONE YEAR! How crazy is that! I still feel so young as a missionary. It is so weird to me to think I have been out a year.

Thursday was a good day. We were able to send Mae off to Edinburgh for her to attend the University. She was one of my first converts from the first time I served here in Dundee. She will be missed. She has been to the church in the Burg so that will be a huge blessing for her. We also taught L**** Z****. Like I said before, she is so prepared. She has felt her entire life that she was a Christian. She had never really had the opportunity to live as one in China. This is what we do! When we are obedient the Lord truly blesses us. He blesses us that are diligent in the amount of hours we get out and get to work! 

Friday was a full day of humor! We had a legit flash flood rain storm. It literally dumped rain so hard in the afternoon. I have never seen it rain so hard or have been so wet in my life. It was wild! We had our DA meeting out in Cupar which was great. Right after I left Cupar I had to go to the bathroom so bad! The only option I had was run into a pub where everyone just looked at me like I was mad. Then they started laughing at me. Now you have to buy something in the pub to use there toilet. So I donated to a charity fund they had setup. Then finally I was able to have a much needed bathroom break! When I finally walked out they all were still laughing at me...  Oh how I love the drunk people of Scotland!

Saturday we taught L**** Z**** again. We also taught Alycia. Alycia is from Brussels! She is so cool! We also met some professional wrestlers that are from here in Scotland. They pulled up on a street where we happened to be working. They pulled up in this sweet hummer limo. We had just finished teaching a lesson so we got some cool pics with them!  =)

Sunday was another great day. We were blessed with 4 of our investigators coming to church. During the Sacrament I was reading the scriptures and found this in Mosiah. Mosiah 3: 7-8. As I read this new found scripture I felt my Saviors love for me. I truly am grateful for what He has done for me. I felt inside at that moment how much He has truly changed my life. My mission has been so blessed because of Him. I can't thank Him enough for his sacrifice for me.

8 "And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary."

How blessed we are to have the scriptures in our lives. I would like to ask each of us to read from the scriptures daily. We all need to ponder, truly ponder, how they apply in our lives. And then go out and simply do. That is how we will come to know our Savior and be better and better for it!

Love you all!