Monday, June 18, 2018

Week 92

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....

D&C 122
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;
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.
The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?
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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Week 91

I am so sorry for the past two e mails! I have been so bad! I want you to know I am working hard and having fun! We are having such a great time!

Last Monday I finally arrived back here in Edinburgh.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we mostly did finding but we did have a few teaching appointments as well.

Sunday was another great Sabbath day!

I love you all!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Week 90

I only have time to write just a short message to say what's up. I was transferred back to Edinburgh! My companion's name is Elder Crowley. Good guy. He is from Utah.

I am excited to be back here! The work is good. I am doing well and am happy! It was very very sad to leave Cork... It was a great place.

My new mailing address is:
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh, Scotland
EH10 5BP

I love you all!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Week 89

This week was great!

Last Monday, p day, we had a bit of time to just relax.

Tuesday we stayed in Cork for our district meeting! No travel. Spent most of the day finding.

Wednesday we taught 2 new people. It was great. One of them was from Brazil! We were able to set up a return appointment for the next day and we brought our most recent convert, Caue. If you remember Caue is from Brazil. He joined us in our lesson and it was such a big help! Blessings!

Thursday we taught some more lessons to more new people! I'm enjoying the Cork life!

Friday we got out and did finding for most of the day. The weather is so good now!

Saturday we went to lunch with a girl from Japan. She is a member but has not been to church in a long time. We are figuring out how to help her.

Sunday we were able to once again visit a lot of people!

Love you all!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Week 88

We had a great week here in Cork! We saw so many blessings. 

Last Monday we balled at the church. We drove to Limerick afterwards for the night. We went there for their district meeting the next day. It was a great p day.

Tuesday we had the district meeting in Limerick. Then we headed back down to Cork and got back to work. We spent the majority of the day finding!

Wednesday morning we got to go to a cool little town named Cobh. Cobh is really close to Cork. We went there to interview someone for baptism. It was so beautiful! It is a wee Irish town. We then traveled back to Cork and spent the rest of the day finding. We found 2 new investigators! Later that night we taught our family and Caue. The Limerick Elders arrived that night for exchanges the next day.

Thursday I worked with Elder Yip. He is from Australia. He only has two weeks left on his mission! We had a great exchange.

Friday we taught our new investigators. We were blessed to commit them to church and baptism! We spent the rest of the day finding and grinding!

Saturday... To be honest this day was so special but it was also one of the saddest days of my mission. At noon we were able to see our friend Caue get baptized!!! What a SPECIAL day! I love baptisms. The baptism went great! Caue was really nervous but as soon as he got out of the water he looked at me and said, "I am so happy!" After the baptisim, at about 8:00 p.m., we got a text from the mom of the family we have been teaching and had committed for baptisim. The text read that they could not be baptized this next week or next week. All because of the father. We were devastated. Since then they have not texted, called us, or even answered the door. This is a real bummer. This family was ready to change and now they are gone just like that. A real dagger.

Sunday was great day. Caue was confirmed a member and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. This is always so great to see. We spent the rest of the day finding!

Thanks for all you do for me. I love you all!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Week 87

Happy Mothers day to the best mum in the whole world! It was so good to talk with my family yesterday :) Happy mothers day to all mothers out there!

Last Monday we played some ball at the church and then later on we went to Galway and spent the night. At about 10:00 p.m. we got a call from President Donaldson. He asked if we could go and pick up the sister missionaries in the morning in Tralee. We will be helping them move out of their flat.

Tuesday morning we left early and drove to Tralee. Once we arrived we picked up the sisters and drove them back to Galway for their district meeting. I then had an baptismal interview for one of their investigators. We then drove back all the way down to Cork. Then we got to work. We just continue to grind! This had to be one of the longest days of my mission... But it was so good!

Wednesday we taught most of our investigators. We will be baptizing our Brazilian friend this Saturday! Caue. I am so pumped for him. He is one of the most sincere persons I have ever taught on my mission. We also taught a family of three. They are looking so solid! They bought us teddy bears!

Thursday we were supposed to have loads of lessons but they fell through.... Later we had a meeting with our district presidency and discussed the work here in the south part of Ireland.

Friday we went on exchanges. I stayed in Cork and worked with Elder McDaniel. He is from Idaho. He is a good missionary. We worked hard and had so much fun! Hopefully I will be able to send you a video of a legend of a guy who rapped with on the streets of Cork! We also taught Caue again this day.

Saturday was great. We were supposed to again have a ton of new lessons to teach but they all canceled... That was a bummer. But what can ya do? Agency man.

Sunday was great! Like I said, I talked with the family and loved it!

I am excited to finish my mission so strong and come home and see my family again! What a good day! Tonight we are headed up to Limerick.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Week 86

This week was so good in Cork! We continue to see so many miracles. We had a lot of success!

Before I forget I also received this e-mail from our friend that I wrote about last week. He was the one that moved to Spain.

"My Dear friend, 
This morning I went to the Church here in Murcia. The meeting began at 10:30 and ended about 2:30. It was really nice, people were absolutely friendly and made me feel sincerely comfortable. Now I have two new missionaries (girls), Donahey and Malcolm, who live near my house, next week we probably meet again. I very much remembered you, therefore could not wait to write and tell you the news. Hope everything is ok and please say hello to your brothers. God bless you friend of mine!!!"

As you can see is he doing well. :)

Last Monday we were able to go visit a cool old jail here in the city. Just a bit of history.

Tuesday work as usual. At 7:00 p.m. we left for Dublin for our All Ireland Conference. It's weird that I only have 2 conferences left. It's sad to think about.

Wednesday was our conference. We had such a good meeting! We arrived home from Dublin that night at half 9:00.

Thursday and Friday we were supposed to teach loads of people but they all flaked... It's okay. We went to work and we found more people to teach! :)

Saturday the same thing! It is kinda frustrating. But we will keep going! Something that always helps me keep going is my personal studies in the morning. My studies always helps bring the Spirit. He then carries with me throughout the day. I have been really trying to get the most out of my studies from the Book of Mormon. I just finished reading 3rd Nephi chapter 11. We all know the significance of that chapter! :) So good.

Sunday was another great day! This week Ed Sheeran had a concert in Cork. The concert went from Friday to Sunday. To be honest you see a lot of apostasy here in the city. You see things that no one should have to see.

The weather has been so nice! Over all it was a great week!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Week 85

This week on the Emerald Isle was so good. :)

Last Monday we visited Kinsale. A little Irish town that has a cool fort. :) it was way fun!

Tuesday we had our district meeting here in Cork. We spent the rest of the day finding! We did teach one of our investigators, Caue. We had not seen him in a long time. The lesson went really well.

Wednesday was a full day of missionary work. The weather is starting to get real nice! It makes me so happy! This was a also sad day. Our friend from Columbia who was scheduled to be baptized called us and said his goodbye to us. He told us that he is moving to Spain. He could not find any work so he could not stay any longer. We have his details that we will pass on to the missionaries in Spain. It was sad to see him leave us.

Thursday we had our ZLC meeting. We had the Galway and Limerick DL's come down to Cork for the meeting. Then the Galway elders stayed the night with us for our exchanges the next day.

Friday we had our exchanges. We had a few teaching appointments and then we did a lot of finding! It was a really good day. I worked with Elder Heggie. He is from Canada.

Saturday was another day full of finding. The city was jam packed with a lot of people. There were a lot of things going on. It was a bit crazy. Not to many people stopped and talked to us. But our efforts paid off. Later that night when we were in our last hour of GQ God was still working for us. He prepared some people for us to meet. We talked to them and set up three appointments that were all so close together! It made a hard day pay off! God is great!

Sunday we had church! Church is always so good! We spent the rest of the day chapping for our 'Find a Family' day. I got so soaked haha. It would be sunny for 5 minutes and then the next 5 minutes it was absolutely start dumping rain! This was the second day on my mission where I actually saw lightning! Crazy! I miss thunder and lightning storms...

This week should be great week. We have our All Ireland conference! Other than not too much

Les go!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Week 84

Another great week here here in Cork!

We baptized our friend Aurelie. This was a team effort in the teaching process! She is from Guadeloupe. It was a great service!

Last Monday, P-day I hung out with the Elders from Waterford. Everyone else had left because of moves. Sad.. We did have a fun time. Later on we worked and taught a few lessons. Then at 10:00 we picked up some more Elders.

Tuesday we waited for my comp to arrive. We were late for a lesson so we had to leave and run to teach the lesson. My comp showed up at 11:00. We didn't find him until 12:00. haha. Oops!

Wednesday we had a great day of teaching loads of our new friends! Our best person is a man named Jenivrth. He is from Columbia! He is such a humble man... Blessings. That night we drove to Dublin for our MLC conference.

Thursday we flew to Edinburgh. We had a great MLC. Probably my favourite one. That night we flew back to Dublin and stayed the night.

Friday we got back to Cork at 10:00 and spent the rest of day doing missionary work. We had a lot of lessons set up so a lot of teaching!

Saturday was a full day of teaching. Did I tell you that this past week the weather has been soooo good! I have been walking around in a white shirt and tie. I love it!

Sunday was our district Conference in Limerick. President and Sister Donaldson and President and Sister Thompson were all there and they all spoke. It was so good! Another  great day!

I love you all!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Week 83

I am staying in Cork for another transfer! I am training another new Zone Leader again. His name is Elder Thompson! He started with me in the mission in the MTC. We will have a great time!

Now to follow up with the homework assignment from my last letter. Alma 37: 46-47

46 O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; for so was it with our fathers; for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever.
47 And now, my son, see that ye take care of these sacred things, yea, see that ye look to God and live. Go unto this people and declare the word, and be sober. My son, farewell.

These two verses really make me ponder every time I read them. I wonder sometimes how easy it is for some of us to know the way. Nephi states in the beginning of the Book of Mormon that most of us are 'born of goodly parents'. I can't help but wonder how easy it is for us to grow to know who Jesus Christ is. When I say easy I don't mean life is easy but our parents, families, and friends have given us the best opportunities to find out for ourselves who Jesus Christ is. We have the Book of Mormon, Holy Ghost, prayer, church, young mens, seminary. etc... We are so blessed and yet we forget to "look and live." Let us not be like the children wandering through the desert with Moses and forget to look and live. I know that as we follow the Son with a heart full of gratitude and love we will live. We will receive eternal life! Eternal life is the greatest gift we can receive.

This week was a killer week!

Monday we had a BBQ with a member at the church. After that we taught our Investigator Marcelo. We taught him in one of our members home! Marcelo is from Argentina.

Tuesday I had the chance to go on a exchange with Elder Rodriguez. We worked in Waterford. What a good day! It was a real fun exchange and we saw really good progress when it comes to missionary work.

Wednesday was a great day. We had a LA with Fidelma. She is a very nice lady who is not a member. We also taught
three investigators. It was a really good day!

Thursday was a day of teaching. Elder Carter and I saw so many blessings right before he is set to leave. We are both sad that he will not be here anymore. He was definitely a great companion! He will now be a lifelong friend. :)

Thursday we also had our missionary broadcast. President Nelson and Elder Holland talked to all the missionaries in the British Isles and Ireland. :) It was such a great broadcast! I loved Elder Hollands talk. He talked about his mission. He served  in London. He said that when he stepped out of that plane onto English soil his life changed forever. I thought how much I too have changed since I to got off the plane in England. I think about my actual mission here in the Scotland Ireland mission. It brings tears to my eyes when I think about how much my mission has meant to me. I would not change this mission experience for anything. MY MISSION, the best in the world, along with my family and my Savior, are by far the greatest blessings that I have had in my life. 

Friday was a good full day of doing missionary work!

Saturday was a sad day... My comp and all of my mission friends that I have served with here in Cork are leaving. I am the only one staying. This next transfer will be a 7 week transfer. The next transfer will occur on the 5th of June! By then, I will have served here in Cork for 6 months!  :)

Sunday all the members were so sad to see all of our friends leave. Later on we went out and got some some serious work done here in Cork. I am excited for the future!

One of the pics I am sending is of a bear. Elder Carter and I bought this bear for one of our 11 year old recent converts. It was for her birthday. If you look close you can see that she combined Elder Carter and my last name to make the bears missionary name tag!

I was asked by this family to come back to Ireland in 3 years to and baptize Lisa the youngest daughter. Lisa is 4 almost 5 years old. They are my second family here in Ireland!

I love you all

Monday, April 9, 2018

Week 82

I don't have much time to write...

Last Monday we went to the church an played some basketball.

Tuesday we had district meeting here in Cork. After our meeting the Elders from Limerick came down for two days of exchanges. It was a cold day. Makes the work not as fun but it still ended up as a good exchange.

Wednesday and Thursday we finished our exchanges with the Limerick Elders and then drove up to Dublin.

Friday morning we left Dublin for Edinburgh. When we arrived in Edinburgh we had our exchanges with the Ap's. It was a great day!

Saturday we flew back to Dublin and then drove home back to Cork.

Sunday our car had a flat tire. Elder Carter and I tried to change it in the pouring rain after church. We were trying to fix it in this sketchy parking lot. We couldn't get the tire to slide off! Then these two Garda women showed up and tried to help us but it just made things worse. They ended up calling two guy Garda's. They showed up and one of them tried to take the wheel off. He had no luck too. Then his partner told him to move over and he kicked the wheel off with his foot! It popped right off! hahaha! It's a fun story.

This week we have move calls again on Saturday!

I want you all to read and study Alma 37. Then tell me what you learned most about it. After you tell me what you learned I will then tell you what I like most about this chapter!

I love you all.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Week 81

Good week here in Eire. (Matron Goddess of Ireland).

Monday we spent the morning playing basketball. Monday night we drove up to Dublin and stayed at my sons flat, Elder Valiati. I also met my grandson, Elder O'Connor. Posterity.

Tuesday was our all Ireland conference. It was great! We ended up getting home half past 9:00.

Wednesday I went on exchanges with a new Elder. Elder McDermott. We had a great day. We taught two lessons. It was really nice. We then spent the rest of the day finding!

Thursday was another good day. We worked the morning in our own area. Then at 4:00 we headed off to Limerick. We held our ZLC conference there with all of our District leaders. We didn't get home until 10:00. We took the Galway elders back home with us.

Friday I was on an exchange with Elder Loefke. It was a great day. We worked hard while it was dumping rain all day.

Saturday was a nice warm day. A great day for working. At 5:00 we watched the Saturday morning session of General Conference. We had an investigator come with us who is from Brazil. We watched that session of conference in his Portuguese language.

Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 we watched the Priesthood session. Saturday evening from 5:00 t0 7:00 we watched the English session of Sunday morning conference. I still haven't watched any of the Sunday afternoon session.

I love General Conference! Listening to a prophet speak is an experience. I know that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. I know we have a living prophet who guides the Lord's church. I am grateful for this knowledge. How lucky we are to live in this the last dispensation. How lucky I am to be a missionary working in His vineyard. I love my Heavenly Father. I love his Son. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ.

This week I will be heading off back to Edinburgh for work exchanges with the AP's.

I love you all.