Monday, August 27, 2018

Week 102

Elder Brett Gowans

Last picture in the mission before leaving for the airport.
27th August 2018.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Week 101

I will see you all in 1 week! Don't you worry, I am working as hard as ever!

My mission has been the best! And will continue to be the best! In fact a family of 5 from Africa is getting baptized this week in Cork that we found and taught before I was transferred back here to Edinburgh.

I have had the best two years of my life! It will be hard to explain how great my mission was. But know this, when I come home I will be a different person.

I love you all so much! Thank you for all you have done for me in my life!


Elder Brett Gowans
Scotland Ireland Mission
15 Companions, 6 Areas, 3 Countries, 1 Mission.

Dundee 1st Ward (round 1)
Elder Yang  (Daddy) 1 transfer
Elder Charlesworth (Step Daddy) 1 transfer
Elder Donovan (Mama) 1 transfer

Dundee 2nd Ward
Elder Donovan  (Mama) 1 transfer

Edinburgh Ward (round 1)
Elder Elton (literal cousin) 2 transfers

Dublin Terenure 1st Ward
Elder Clay (1st Blood) 1 transfer
Elder Valiati (MY BELOVED SON) 1 transfer

Glasgow Springboing Ward
Elder Woodfield (Daddy ZL) 1 transfer

Dundee 1st Ward (round 2)
Elder Kitchen ( ) 1 transfer
Elder Keim (Baby ZL 1) 2 transfers

Cork Branch
Elder Selander (lol) 1 transfer
Elder Carter (LES GO) 2 transfers
Elder Thompson (Baby ZL 2) 1 transfer

Edinburgh Ward (round 2)
Elder Crowley ( ) 1 transfer
Elder O'Connor (Grandson) 1 transfer

Monday, August 13, 2018

Week 100

I love you all! We had a great week!

Mark 15: 30-32

30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Week 99

What a crazy week to say the least. It had it's ups and downs but overall it was such a great week! :)

Last Monday we went and wrangled some sheep!

Tuesday was our Scotland south conference. It was a great conference! I gave a departing testimony. I thought my entire mission, when that day came, I would be sad, nervous, and stressed. When I walked up to the pulpit I was overcome with peace. It was such a great feeling. The conference was great. I enjoyed the day. Later, we went to tea with two of the senior missionaries.

Wednesday was a great day! We baptized Linh! The font at our church is messed up... But still it was such a great day!

Thursday was a full day of teaching appointments that we had saved up just for this day.

Friday was the art festival here in Edinburgh. It is one of the largest art festivals on the planet. It started last Saturday and finished on Friday. The city was full of tourists. It was a mad house. It will be this way for the entire month of August. GQ'd a crazy person that ended up spatting his food at me... Oh Scotland.

Saturday we met more people who did not like me!

Sunday was Fast Sunday. This was the last Fast Sunday of my mission! Crazy.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Week 98

John 15:18
"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."

I'm not going to lie. This last week was a hard one. Sharing the Gospel was never intended to be easy.

Monday we were able to go on a hike with a lot of the missionaries here in Edinburgh. We hiked to an awesome waterfall! We had a great time. Loads of fun!

Tuesday we literally found all day. We did have district meeting in the morning and a tea appointment later in the evening. No one wanted to stop and talk.

Wednesday we were supposed to have a lesson in the morning but it was cancelled. So we ended up finding again from 10:00 to 6:00! I was talking to everyone I saw. No one wanted to hear anything I had to say. In the evening we went to a baptism and then had tea. It was so great to see two people from our district here in Edinburgh get baptized.

Thursday was a busy day. We taught Bon in the morning. After that we taught a recent convert and then we a new investigator, Luis. Later that night we had a tea appointment. We did manage to get 5 hours of finding. Not a single soul cared to listen. We also had a huge thunder and lightning storm that was so cool to see.

Friday we did service again for Jimmy T. We did finding for 8 hours. No one listened.

Saturday. Another full day of finding. The best part of it was the rain. It dumped on us so so hard! Again no one stopped to talk with me.

Sunday was church and then finding. We did have our investigator Linh come with us to church. She will be getting baptized this Wednesday! :)

This week was so hard. I have been rejected countless times on my mission. I can handle that. But I usually can get people to actually stop and talk to me. I can get people to have a conversation with me. I usually can get a phone number and set up an appointment. But this past week was different. This past week was hard. I really thought I was invisible this week.

Don't worry I will never give up. I believe for whatever reason God was testing me this week. I feel He wanted to see what I am really made of. I felt He wanted to see how much this mission really means me. I will continue to work for Him no matter what happens.

Thank you for all the prayers in my behalf. I know that you are asking Heavenly Father to bless me and strengthen me. I felt those prayers this past week. Those prayers will continue to carry me through this next week here in the streets of Edinburgh.

Love you all!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Week 97

Sorry! This e mail is going to be really short...

Last Monday I picked up my new companion! Elder O' Connor. He is my grandson! (Elder Gowans trained Elder O' Connor's trainer). We had a huge miracle on this day. I texted one of our friends that we have been teaching. She responded with "I can get baptized!' Blessings keep falling in our lap.

Tuesday we were blessed to teach two of our friends in the morning. Then we had about 6 hours of finding! overall it was a great day! :)

Wednesday we had a lesson with our friend Bon. He is progressing really nice. Then the rest of the day was just had another grind it out all day find!

Thursday, we had one Recent Convert lesson. The rest of the time was finding. We are really working hard trying to build up our teaching pool. We need to find the elect that God has prepared for us to find and baptize.

Friday we had a new lesson in the morning. Then we did our weekly service for Jimmy Thompson. It is always a good time serving Jimmy. :) I also performed a baptismal interview for one of our Sisters investigators.

Saturday I performed another baptismal interview. I love doing these so much! :) Our own investigator, Linh, also had her interview. She is so ready for baptisim!

Sunday was the sabbath. President Macdonald spoke in our ward. He is a really good man! He will do great things here in our mission!

I love you all! Have a great week!

(Elder Gowans parents)
We received a quick note from the parents of Elder Gowans companion Elder O'Connor. They shared with us this quick message that they received from Elder O'Connor. Here is what he had to say about his last transfer.

"Here’s the update from the past week with transfers. When I got my call to be with Elder Gowans I was so excited! He is such a good missionary and someone that I have looked up to in the mission from the very start of coming out! It is such a dream being able to be with him!!!"

Monday, July 16, 2018

Week 96

Monday we went to the 'beach'. It was covered by water so we went back to the mission home. Later that evening we taught a lesson to one of our investigators, Bon.

Tuesday we had our district meeting. It was a really good meeting! Then we spent the rest of the day finding. We have been working in a trio all this week. We have worked all week with Elder Brockbank.

Wednesday was another full of finding!

Thursday we taught another one of our investigators. Lee. It was such a good lesson. Lee also brought to our lesson his flat mate. He is from New Zealand! Overall it was a really good day!

Friday I went on exchanges with Elder Williams. He only has 3 days left in the mission! We also had tea at the mission home with all of the Elders and Sisters from here in Edinburgh.

Saturday was moves call. It was a crazy busy day. I AM STAYING AND FINISHING MY MISSION IN EDINBURGH!
Elder Crowley is leaving me. However, I am getting my grandson Elder O'Connor!

Sunday was obviously another great sabbath day. I love Sunday's!

I love the mission!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Week 95

What a good week we had here in the Burgh!

Last Monday we just some sport in front of the mission home. Later we taught a new investigator.

Tuesday we had our first conference here in Edinburgh with our new mission president! It was just a wee short conference just so we could get to meet him and get to know him a little better. The rest of the day was spent finding! We also taught a couple lessons!

Wednesday. HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!! I miss this holiday so much tbh! It was a good day. We found literally the whole day. It was great! I am so excited doing the Lord's work.

Thursday was another great day! We had a lot of finding opportunities and we also taught some recent converts to help them in their own individual lives.

Friday was my companions birthday! Okay I tried my best to make it a good birthday for him. But I failed. Every morning we play Frisbee to get some exercise. We play at a field right by our flat. So at 6:30 a.m. we all arrived to the field and I had some of the Sisters bring me three eggs, because we did not have any, and we made an exit and tried our best to make a birthday cake. We put it in the oven and then at like 7:10 we took it out of the oven. It looked good on top but it was not done in the middle. Oh well. We continued throughout the day to find. Later on we we had another surprise party picnic for him. We had this surprise in the 'Meadows' with some recent converts. We had some food and also made his favorite dessert. I hope he had a great day.

Saturday we had a miracle lesson with Lee! Lee is a referral. He is also moving to Utah in about 6 months. Long story short he is super prepared. He wants God in his life! Pray for him! :)

Sunday is always a great day. The sacrament has been such a blessing in my life! I love this work!

'Labor in the Spirit to find out God's will'. 'Labor with the Spirit to fulfill God's will'.

I love you all!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Week 94

This week has been such good weather. Probably the best I have had on my mission. It has been around 70 degrees every day. My arms have actually have gotten a bit of a tan!

Last Monday we went to a place called 'The Meadows'. It is a place where everyone BBq's all day and just chills. And of course they all drink. It was such a great p day. All of the local Elders and Sisters went and we all played sport! It was really fun. 

Tuesday we had our district meeting. It was great. Later we taught a new friend! She is from Canada. It went really good. Hopefully we will continue to teach and progress her. Other than that it was a full of finding.

Wednesday we taught another new friend. This time it was a lad from England. He is going back to England this week but will be coming back soon. We are excited to teach him again! We were really blessed on this day to find a lot of new people in large numbers. Hopefully we meet with them all again very soon!

Thursday. Another full day of finding. Later that evening we had tea with a recent convert. Her name is Yvonne. She is from China.

Friday was a very special day! This was Presidents and Sister Donaldson's last day in Edinburgh. I was on exchanges with the Elders from Livingston and we all helped the APs make a surprise video for the them before they were to leave. We were all waiting in the mission home after their evening tea. When they finished we surprised them with the video. It was just a wee little video of all of us local missionaries here in the Edinburgh area. In the video we told them how much we love them. They were in tears the entire time. They were so grateful! I personally was so grateful to have the chance to be apart of this. We then said our final last goodbyes... It was a memorable great day for me but now they are gone....  :(

Saturday we were back at it...  We had scheduled a lot of teaching appointments but they all fell through... Bummer. We ended up spending the rest of our day finding. :)

Sunday we went to church. We introduced ourselves to our new mission president and his wife. It was very brief. He does seem to be a really nice man.

I love you all!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Week 93

What a crazy week here in the mission!

Monday we played some sport in the morning and then had tea with some old friends that live here in Edinburgh. Vanessa and Natalee. They remembered my birthday from last year and made me a birthday cake. It was so nice of them. :)

Tuesday we had our All Scotland Mission Conference. We had an amazing opportunity at this conference to Skype with Elder Bednar. It was a 2 hour Q & A! It was amazing!

This was also President and Sister Thompson and President and Sister Donaldson's last conference... It was so so sad. I don't think I have cried more in my life than I did on this day. At the end of the conference we all stood up and gave a hug to each person. I hugged President Thompson first. Second was Sister Thompson. Sister Thompson ran up to me and gave me the biggest hug! When she pulled away, with tears in her eyes, she said "Elder Gowans, You have done your Father proud..." Then I hugged Sister Donaldson. We both were crying. We both did not let go for what seemed like forever. And then lastly I hugged President Donaldson. He said nothing... Then we just looked at each other for the longest time and with those same tears that were in my eyes and now with the tears that were starting to form in his eyes he gave me one last second hug and that was it. I was crying like a baby... It will be an experience that I will never forget.

Wednesday was a day full of finding and teaching! We had some Elders and some recent converts give me another surprise birthday party! We had hot pots! Yvonne and Krystal! They are both legends :)

Thursday and Friday more missionary work. We taught some new people so we are hoping to continue to progress them!

Saturday was another day full of finding! It was so fun! The weather was so great so I was so pumped up to get out and work! :)

Sunday was another great sabbath day! President Donaldson was able to give his last talk in sacrament meeting! It was so great! President and Sister Donaldson will leave the mission this week and our new Mission President and his wife will come in. It will be a very sad and happy week.

I love President and Sister Donaldson so much! They have helped shape me in to who I am today.

I love you all! Thank you for all of my birthday wishes!

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.

I thought I knew who Jesus Christ was before my mission. I thought I knew what he had done for me. I thought I knew how much he loved me. But until I got to the mission field oh boy was I so wrong. I realized quickly that I knew very little about who Jesus Christ really is.

I decided that if I wanted to be a personal minister of Jesus Christ I needed to KNOW him. It started with me trying to humble myself enough to actually get down kneel on my knees and pray for experiences that, as I did my part, I could come to know him better.

I then began a seriously 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 about Christ's Atonement from King Benjamin to the experiences of Alma the younger. He being one of the most wicked sinners ever to turn into one of the best missionaries ever recorded.

The miracles that were preformed by Nephi and Lehi In the name of Christ.

The experiences of The brother of Jared seeing Christ.

And last but not least the personal ministry of Christ to the Nephite people. Christ ministers to the ONE!

3rd 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. Great 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!