Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 79

What a crazy week in Cork!

Last p day we had some fun visiting the ocean and an old castle. It was real fun! We also have some sad news. All of the 9 people we were teaching last week dropped us.... It was hard to take but the work will continue to go on!

Tuesday we had district meeting here in Cork. The rest of day we went out and did more finding.

Wednesday. I went on exchanges with the district leader here in Cork. It was a great day. We set up 19 appointments! Mental! It was another one of those Irish 'get soaked from head to toe days' all day long.

Thursday. Another full day of finding. We also were able to teach a couple of lessons.

Friday was crazy day with St. Patty's day and everything. Everyone was drunk out of their mind.

Saturday was insane! Cork had a St. Patty's day parade. So many people but not a whole lot of talking to them. They were to busy with the festivities of the day and had no interest in wanting to talk to us missionaries. Ireland did win the '6 Nations' tournament on this day. It was a fun experience to see happen. It was also our moves call. ELDER CARTER AND I ARE BOTH SO EXCITED TO BE STAYING HERE IN CORK!!!! Les go! Our zone will baptize 8 people this month. This will be the most baptisms this zone has seen for one month since President Donaldson has been a mission president.

Sunday is always a good day! After church we spent most of the day planning and helping move missionaries.

Have a good week!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week 78

This week was so good here in Cork and the Limerick zone.

Last Monday we had exchanges in Limerick. I performed an interview for one of their investigators who is preparing for baptisim. We then went out and did finding for the rest of the night.

Tuesday we started out still in Limerick. We were there for their District meeting. We then spent the rest of the day working in their area. We helped them find and teach. It was a great day in Limerick. It is such a nice city.

Wednesday we finally got back to our own area in Cork. We started to work as hard as ever to try and help build up our teaching pool. Oh boy did the Lord bless us!

Thursday we had lunch with one of our great members. His name is Ronan. Ronan is a legend here. He was baptized around 3 years ago. He is the nicest guy! With his help we were able to teach a lot of people and invite them for baptisim. Later that evening we had our own district meeting with the district presidency. It was really good.

Friday we were blessed to teach all day. What a blessing first of all to be teaching but also because it rained really hard all day. I was so happy! What I learned this day is that even though people do not always accept the message of  Joseph Smith and the restoration, when I teach about it my own testimony grows.  I love the feeling that the Spirit brings when I teach. When I feel Him I know that I am doing what I was sent here to do.

Saturday we had our annual morning breakfast. We do this at Nicha, Sarah and Lisa's home. After breakfast we went and taught a few lessons. Then for the rest of day and night we went and chapped on doors! There you go Dad! 

Sunday at church was a sweet day for me! Since my time serving here in Cork I would say some of my closest friends  here are the O'Shea family. Nicha, Sarah, Lisa and the mom, Sa. They all came to church this past Sunday. Only two of them are members. During church the primary children all  got up to sing a primary song.  As Sarah and Lisa went up and started singing I got very emotional! Not gonna lie. Good craic.

This is the first time in the month that I will be working in my own area all week! Transfers are also this week. I hope I stay!

Les go!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Week 77

What a week in Cork and Galway.

Last Monday we took a cool drive all the way up to Galway. We saw some beautiful scenery and had a lot of fun just driving through the Irish countryside. That night we did a lot of finding.

Tuesday we had our district meeting in Galway. Then later that day we worked with our exchanges. Galway is just the  coolest place ever! The people here are so nice! It is your classic Irish city! I worked with Elder Youlton. We had a killer day! Between our two companionships we set up 20+ teaching appointments. Wild! The Lord truly blessed us. Later that night we went and bought some A&W root beer and ice cream.

Wednesday. THE BEAST FROM THE EAST STORM HIT. We drove home Wednesday morning when it was snowing. In fact it was a blizzard! Seriously it was mayhem. Ireland doesn't know what to do when snow actually sticks on the ground. I got us safely back to Cork but the blizzard did not stop. The mission home contacted all of us missionaries and told us that we needed to stay close to our flats. They issued a red alert storm. We did our best still to get out and find people.

Thursday morning we awoke to a foot of snow on the ground. The weather in Cork was the coldest in the mission! It was seriously cold. Every shop was closed. The grocery stores that were open were out of food because everyone was going crazy!

Friday the snow continued to fall. We were able to still get out and find a few more people to talk to! It was pretty much just us 6 elders in the town center having fun and having snowball fights. It was great day! 

Saturday the weather was still so bad we decided to take our message out to the doors. We went out to an area called Douglas. We chapped all day on doors. Yes Dad, we chapped all day! It was rough. hahaha. To be honest, our way of finding people is to meet them in the city centers. It was weird for me to be knocking on doors!

Sunday we had a great day at church. Afterwards we went and did some more chapping! What a fun memorable week! I have truly seen that when you go out and work with a good attitude how much it changes your day.

I know that Jesus Christ lives and that this is his work. When I was in Galway I could not accept the fact that I will be coming home in 6 months.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Week 76

I hope you all had a good week.

Last Monday we drove out to Dublin. We saw Elder Valiati. We then got on our flight and flew over to Edinburgh.

Tuesday and Wednesday we worked with our exchanges. I worked with Elder Wright. We had a really good exchange. We always have a great time!

Wednesday we flew back to Dublin with the Ap’s. We finished that day off staying and working in Dublin.

Thursday we had our All Ireland Conference in Dublin. After that we drove back down to our home in Cork.

Friday and Saturday we spent the entire days working our butts off. We need to keep our area going!

Sunday was our branch conference here in Cork. It was the first time in a very long time we had to open the back of the church to fill everyone in the church. The members were very emotional. It was so good! We filled up the first five rows with our recent converts, new investigators, and us missionaries! THE LORD IS BLESSING THE CORK BRANCH AND WE LOVE IT!

Today we are heading back out to Galway to have exchanges with our missionaries in their area on Tuesday!

Thanks for all the mail I received this last week! I loved it!


Monday, February 19, 2018

Week 75

What a great week we had here in Cork! We are truly living the dream here. Henri, a recent convert that I baptized while serving in Dublin came to visit me! It was so great to see him again. He is doing really good!

This past week has been really cold. The rain just continues to pour down like every 10 minutes. It absolutely wrecks you! But it is always so fun! The mission is the best life! Sadly, I am coming up on my 6 months left mark. Crazy.

This last p day we went to the church and played some b-ball and badminton. After we were done playing we stayed at the church and ate lunch. That evening we went out and worked the rest of the night.

Tuesday was a day full of finding! It was so good. We were successful in setting up a bunch of teaching appointments.

Wednesday was Valentines day. We taught Daniela and then after her lesson she helped us teach her friend Geovanna! Geovanna is now preparing for her own baptism which is set set for March 17th.... Sadly, they both have jobs and it makes it hard for them to come to church. They both are from Brazil. We will continue to work with them! Trinny had her baptismal interview on this day. Later on in the evening we taught a lesson and the person we taught just happened to be really good friends with two people we had just taught earlier in the day! Miracles!

Thursday was another great day! A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY COMPANION ELDER CARTER. He is now 20 years old! We drove up to Limerick for our monthly ZLC. We had a great surprise! President Donaldson caught a flight from Edinburgh to Shannon to come to our ZLC! It was such a great meeting! It is always great to have him here and to be able to learn from him. He is always trying to help us become the best missionaries we be! After ZLC we returned home to Cork at 6:00 p.m. and finished the day finding.

Friday was the highlight of the week. Trinny was baptized! It was so good. She brought some Chinese gifts for a lot of people that came. It is the Chinese new year! She also brought her boyfriend. While the font was filling up me and him went into the cultural hall and shot some b-ball hoops. He loved it! Yup, we are now teaching him as well this next Friday! Let’s go! It was such a good baptism. These days are the best... No words can describe how these kinds of days make you feel!

Our Zone is doing so fantastic! These past two weeks our zone has been on fire! It is crazy to see how the Lord works in each area of our Zone. God is great! 

Saturday we had our annual breakfast with Nicha, Lisa, and Sarah. When we eat we continue to teach them more about the gospel! This family is truly one of my most favourite families! They are all still progressing so well in the gospel! Nicha has re-organized her home and has a place now that is dedicated to the gospel. Everywhere you look you see pictures of their baptism. Church Pictures. They also have the 10 commandments up on the wall. The GOJC. WOW! It is so great to see. Lisa, the 4 year old, always asks; "Gowans when are you gonna baptize me?" Hahah. I always tell her in 4 more years! She is so cute.

Sunday was yet another great day! We had 11 people come to church between our 3 teams! This is so crazy good! Miracles and more miracles! This week reminded me of chapter 7 in Moroni. Moroni shares the words of his father Mormon about Miracles. Do we still have miracles? Yes! Because this is the His work. They do not cease!

This next week is going to be crazy. Today we are driving up to Dublin to catch our flight to Edinburgh. We have exchanges with the AP's on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then we will catch a flight back to Dublin on Wednesday with the AP’s. Thursday we will have our ALL IRELAND CONFERENCE! It should be a busy yet fun week ahead!

However, I am not excited to be away from our area for 4 days!

I love you all!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Week 74

We had a busy week this week!

Monday we helped move a lot of missionaries way into the night. It was very late by the time we finished.

Tuesday we went to work. We did our best to find new people to teach. My companion Elder Carter was trained here in Cork for 4 transfers. He loves this place so much. It has been a great transfer! He already knew a lot of people here which has helped. We also taught Trinny. She is preparing for her upcoming baptism. Her interview is next week!

Wednesday we got back out to work again. We taught another one of our friends. She is really cool! She has a baptismal date set as well. Sadly she works every Sunday. We will try our best to help her come. Later in the evening we drove up to Dublin for our MLC conference which was the next day. 

Thursday we caught our flight to Edinburgh at 4:00 a.m. The flight was quite nice... The conference was really good! We talked a lot about preparing the mission for our new mission president. He comes in July. We also spent time talking about the message of the restoration. We talked a lot about giving the prophet Jospeh Smith a voice! After the conference we caught our flight back to Dublin. We ended up staying in Dublin that night because it was so late.

Friday we finally made it back home to Cork. We taught Daniela. She is another one of our friends that we are teaching. We had a great GOJC lesson with her! After the lesson we took her to the church to play some volleyball.

Saturday was another great day of getting out and working hard!

I love my mission! I love missionary work! It's crazy that I only have 6 months left.

Till the work is done!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Week 73

We had a miracle week! I know that the Lord truly blesses those who trust in his timing. This week was also transfers.

Elder Selander will be leaving me and heading back to Scotland. I am staying here in Cork and my new companion is a very good friend, Elder Carter. It should be a really fun companionship!

Last Monday we drove out to Galway for their district meeting. We took the more scenic route and stopped at some castles along the way. It was so beautiful! Once in Galway we went to work. Galway has some very cool Irish streets that have a lot of shops and pubs.

Tuesday, after district meeting, we drove back down to Cork. Once back home we worked our butts off! And it paid off. We were so blessed!

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were days of finding and teaching every day! Saturday was our moves call.

We committed 8 new people for baptismal dates this past week. We also taught 10 new investigators. It truly was a miracle week! We are hoping now that we can continue to stay in contact with all of these new people and get them to church!

I am so excited for this new transfer. We are going to continue to find and teach more people. We are going to be teaching all this week. I am so excited!

We will be heading back to Edinburgh on Thursday for MLC. That will take up a lot of travel time to Dublin and back. We will lose like three days of work time. We also should have another baptism next week! It is so great!

I stayed up pretty late last night trying to figure out where all of the missionaries are going with this move but ya we are pretty stoked. Enjoy the pics!

Love you all!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Week 72

This week was a blessing! Sarah Jane O'Shea enter the waters of baptism on Saturday!  :) 

Monday we went to the church and played volleyball and basketball. After that we got out to work and did some finding.

Tuesday we drove up to Limerick for their district meeting. It was great! We then came home and had another full day of finding. That night we went to Sarah's and Nicha's home one last time before her baptism. She was still good to go. 

Wednesday we another full day of finding. 

Thursday. I went on exchanges with Elder Moyle. He is from Enterprise, Utah. This day our hard work paid off. We saw so many miracles! Elder Selander and the Elder he split with found 7 appointments. Our companionship found 11! Hopefully all these appointments will hold! 

Friday we had another full day of finding. Oh the life of a missionary.

Saturday we were able to witness the baptism of Sarah Jane O'Shea! It was such a great experience. Everyone in her family came to attend the baptism. We are now hoping and praying that this will help us find a way to start teaching her mother. Pray for it!

Sunday Sarah was confirmed a member of the church. It was a another great blessing and the Spirit was definitely felt! 

I am sorry for the short e-mail. We are headed out to Galway today to spend some time with the missionaries up there. We will stay again for their district meeting tomorrow.

We will see some cool sites and castles on the way.

I love you all!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Week 71

This last week was good! It sort of felt long but that's ok!

Monday we went to the church and just played some basketball! It was so good to get out and shoot around again.

Tuesday we watched the broadcast of President Nelson! It was so great to hear his counsel. Stay on the covenant path! Later on we taught Sarah and got her ready for her baptism! She is good for this Saturday :)

Wednesday was a good day. We taught a lot of people. One of our lessons, in the morning, was with 6 university students. So much fun! We also taught our Brazilian friends again. We are trying real hard to progress them for next week.

Thursday I went on exchanges with Elder McMillan! You may remember him. He was one of my district leaders when I served in Dublin. It was so good to work with him again! He is such a good missionary! We had a great day.

Friday we were scheduled to be teaching the majority of the day. We ended up only teaching twice. One person we taught was super cool. Her name is Grace. Hopefully we can continue working with her and help her progress in the gospel.

Saturday we had breakfast at Sarah's house. Sarah is 10 years old. She is the sister of a recent convert. She was born in Ireland. Her older sister was born in Thailand! They have a cool story. The youngest daughter is 4 years old. Her name is Lisa. She loves Elder Selander and I. She cries every time we leave. Later in the day we had our DA meeting.

Sunday was both a happy day and sad day. Sarah came to church. But our Brazilian girls did not come. Sadly we found out we can not baptize them here in our mission. It will be okay. This is the Lord's work!

I love you all!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Week 70

What a good and tiring week it has been!

Last Monday we went to the church with some other Elders and played volleyball! It was fun! Then at 6:00 it was back to work finding!

Tuesday Elder Selander and I held our ZLC conference for all of our DL's. After that it was finding again for the rest of the day. I had one of the most crazy experiences ever while teaching two Brazilian girls! I was teaching these two with another Elder from Galway. By the end of the lesson they both were literally in tears because they felt the Spirit so strong! It was a teaching experience I will never forget! It is hard to put into words what we all felt. That night we drove up to Dublin to stay the night before our All Ireland Conference that would be held the next day. It was great to see and stay in Elder Valiati's flat. He is ma bois!

Wednesday was the All Ireland Conference. Immediatley following our conference Elder Selander and I took a plane to Edinburgh with our AP's. We had to wait for our take off for a long time because of the fog. It is so foggy in Ireland!

Thursday we spent the majority of the day in Edinburgh! It is always so good to come back and be in Scotland. I love this city! We finally left for the airport at 6:00. Actually got on the airplane at 7:00 and then didn't land in Dublin until 11:00. We could not take off again because the weather was so bad. It is only a 45 minute flight! We had a lot of travel time with little sleep. The work continues! :)

Friday when we finally got back to Cork we tried our best to set up appointments for our exchanges with the other Elders for Saturday. Friday was wet here in Southern Ireland! It rained all day. Actually I should say it poured all day. It was the first time since my arrival here in Cork where we had to come back to our flat to eat tea. The reason, we were so wet! We really came back to the flat to change into some other clothes. hahaha! crazy!

Saturday I worked with Elder Skelton. He is from Arizona. He's a brand new, great missionary. Much better than I was when I started out. :) It was a fun day. We did a lot of finding!

Sunday. Like I have said in the past Sunday's are great! The sacrament always helps me reset for the coming week. I love to get covered by Christ's atonement and get going again! I love it!

We are still progressing Sarah. She is our 10 year old. She is an amazing young girl! She'll be getting baptized the end of January. She's a blessing from God :)

I sent this to a member of my ward but I would like to share this thought with everyone!

My mission, the Scotland Ireland mission, is the best mission in the world. We invite everyone we teach to be baptized when we teach them about the First Vision. We invite them for baptisim when the Spirit is most present. When I teach others about Jospeh Smith I teach with power and love. This is always the best time to invite one for baptism. When you teach your friends the importance of Jospeh Smith, the Spirit will fill the room.

I have memorized word for word certain parts of Joseph Smith's first vision. When I teach my friends I like to use His words. After reciting His story, I wait. I like to keep waiting in silence to let the still small voice pierce their souls. Oh what a blessing it is to watch peoples reactions when they come to know that Jospeh Smith is indeed a prophet.

Here are Joseph Smith's words found in Joseph Smith History:
7 I was at this time in my fifteenth year
8 During this time of great excitement my mind was called up to serious reflection and great uneasiness; but though my feelings were deep and often poignant, still I kept myself aloof from all these parties,
10 I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?
11  I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
12 Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine.
13 At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. 
14 It was on the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt
15  finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.
16 just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.
17  When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!


I hope you all feel something after hearing that! I want you all to know that, that story shakes me to my very bones. I am so grateful for the prophet Jospeh Smith. I am grateful for his sacrifice to bring about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that what he saw and then what he said about it is true. I hope one day all of you too will be able to share this special message with people that you love very much.

I love you all!