Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 11

Where to start off...

These past two weeks have been really hard. This is the first week I have not had any investigators at church. Which is not something to complain about but I feel as if I am failing my area and not doing good enough. These past two weeks we have had 18 lessons planned for people we had met in the street and 0 of them have showed up for there appointment. That means we have had no new people to teach. No one new to bring to church. I am just really frustrated and mad at myself.

But with that being said this week was still a great week to be a missionary! Tuesday I went on exchanges again to St. Andrews! That place is so awesome. I was with Elder Gunderson our district trainer. We get along so well. We went again to the chippy Tailend! It is so good. It is my favourite chippy. We also went and got some ice cream from this shop. The vanilla ice cream was the best. No joke the best I have ever had. That was a good day.

Thursday we had Thanksgiving tea with some of the YSA members in our ward. The flat we ate at was Kyle's. Kyle, and another recent convert Colleen, both cooked our Thanksgiving meal. They are both recently baptized members from this year so that was really special day we were able share with them. And to be there also with all the missionaries from our district. Mark, who is my second dad because he calls me BABY, was also there. He is my favourite. That is all that I have to report on from this past week.

We did teach our current investigators. We just need to do a better job of finding. And when we do our finding now we are doing it in 0 degree weather. I love it though. I love talking to people and getting to know them. I also love it when people yell and throw things at us. It fuels me even more to find people to teach. Funny enough there were people in town on Friday handing out anti Mormon pamphlets!!! I got one for my journal!

Our two Chinese people are still doing good. S*** is so good. He tells us he would be baptized right now if it weren't for things that happen in China. C***** is the same. The government in China is very strict on the rules. All of the University students are busy right now because of there exams that are coming up. A lot of essays to write so it is hard to find right now.

D**** and C**** are still doing great too. They both are trying there best to talk to their parents about baptism. I can only trust and have faith that their parents will let them someday. We taught them about temples. They absolutely loved it. They both expressed their desire to go to one someday.

This week will be a better week! I trust in the Lord to provide us with a better week. I love you all. Thank you for the emails. I hope you are enjoying the weather in Utah. I hear it has been warm... Until next week!

I am also sending you some beautiful sights of Dundee from this past week!

Elder Gowans

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 10

Hello family and friends!

This week was a good week! There was not much that happened but a lot of teaching and a lot of finding. Just to let you all know it is like -2 degrees here in Dundee. The highest it gets now is like 3. It has snowed a little... The picture does not show actually how much there actually is! I wear so many layers here because it is so cold. Honestly it is so unreal here. You walk outside and you feel as if you are an icicle.

This week we had a Zone Interviews and training. We were trained by our President and the APs! I learned so much and realized that as a missionary you can always learn and do so much more. We can always improve. Yesterday we had Stake Conference and it too was also very good. Sister and President Donaldson both spoke to us. A General Authority also spoke, Elder Phillips. it was so good! I was also able to go on exchanges again this past week with our zone leaders. I went with Elder Calton. He is such a stud missionary. He teaches me a lot and so that was also great.

This week was disappointing when it came to new investigators to teach. We had 9 new people who we were supposed to meet with throughout this week and everyone fell through... 0 for 9 qualified. That sucks. But we were still able to teach all of our progressing investigators. So that was good.

We were able to get C*****, D*** and C**** to church yesterday. And we are still working with S*** and F*****. As of right now, we just need to build faith with all of them.

One of the best parts of this past week was when the city of Dundee turned on all the city's Christmas lights! They placed a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the city centre. It is so pretty! They had a fair and fireworks show so that was really fun to watch. Everyone was so happy and when I would talk to people they would actually talk back to me! No swearing or people spitting on me! 

We are hoping to get a lot of people with dates this week! I see so much potential in everybody that we meet! I hope they will have a softened heart when they come to be taught by the Holy Ghost. I feel I am really growing as a person. I feel like I can always change to be better as long as I build my foundation which is centered on Christ. Then I cannot fail.

I want to end by saying how much I miss you all of you. I did not realize how important you all were until I have actually been away from home. I want you all know that I love you and think and pray for you often. I'm grateful for everything in my life. I know that I would not be who I am today without all of you.

I want you to know that I know that our Saviour Jesus Christ, is actually the Saviour of the whole world. I would ask all of you to take a look at your life and see how truly blessed you are. I see people everyday with no home, no food, and no family. They have no-one who truly loves them. Look at your family members you are with today and cherish every moment with them. They will always be there for you. They will always love you no matter what.

This is my simple testimony and prayer. Be grateful for what we have. Try to look outward not inwards.

I LOVE YOU ALL and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 9

Family and friends!

What a week! As you all know Elder Yang left for Belfast last Monday. My new companion name is Elder Donovan! He is from Grantsville Utah. He was born in California but lived in Colorado for a long time. He didn't do any sports back home but he did do theatre. We are two totally different people. But we also get along so well! We laugh so much together. He is so funny. He is awesome. We are working really hard and having fun!

This week was good but was also rough. It was rough because I was really stressed to be showing ED, Elder Donovan, the area. I was leading everything and telling us where to go and what to do. After the first two days with ED I started to calm down and we just worked. We are doing so well already.

We had a baptism on Saturday! ROSS! Sadly though we are not baptizing E***** anymore. It is too long of a story to explain but he is still getting baptized. It will be performed in the Montrose ward in Arbroath! He is still good it's just that we are not baptizing him.

Ross's baptism was on Saturday the 12th. I was also able to preform the ordinance. This one was one of the most special days of my life. Just thinking about it brings me so much joy. It was an experience I will never forget. Ross asked me to baptize and confirm him but I told him it would probably be better for a member to confirm him. Only if he wanted to. He had Brother Craig Snee who is in the Bishopric confirm him. I was in the circle and that was also so powerful!

The weather here is so flipping cold. Like I can't believe how cold it is! It rains literally everyday. And the wind!! It is like 3 degrees celsius. Honestly, when you are trying to talk to people in the rain I find it fun. You're out here doing the Lords work. Whether it be in the rain and cold. It's a classic missionary story! I am sending some more pictures. One of them is when the sun is setting over the docks here in Dundee by our flat. The picture was taken at 4:00 p.m. hahahh! The sun sets so early here it's crazy!

This transfer will end on December 18th. A five week transfer.

Yesterday we taught F***** and committed him to baptized on the 3rd of December! We are still meeting with D*** and C****. They came to Saturday's baptism. We are hoping to meet with both of their parents and tell them that Mormons are not crazy. We are seeing them today at 6:30. S*** and C***** are doing alright. Just need to help them develop more faith!

I have really grown this week and have realized that missionary work is a day to day procedure. You need to take it step by step so that these steps become habits. If you truly want happiness and true joy you have to just continue to try. Everything in this life will be a trial if you are expecting things to just go your way. Where as if you just continue to try your best then great things will happen!

Love you all!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 8

Wow what a week of ups and downs. I don't even know where to start.

Well sadly all good things come to an end. Elder Yang got the call on the 5th. He will be going to Belfast and I am staying here in Dundee. I am really torn. I don't have much else to say about it rather than I am so grateful to be trained by Elder Yang. He has helped me and shown me how to be a successful missionary. A missionary that actually gets out and does missionary work!

My new companions name is Elder Donovan. He is form Utah.  He is also another Chinese speaking missionary. I'm nervous to start again with a new companion. It will all work out.

This week was good. We did not baptize E***** due to some difficulties. Don't worry he is getting baptized this Saturday along with R***. R*** was able to get a job application for a job that doesn't require him to work on Sundays. Pray for him. Pray that he will get the job! 

Monday it was obviously Halloween! Such a fun day. We saw some crazy things in the streets before we headed back to our flat. It was so good. We got some pizza and Irn-Bru and had a good time. The only bad part is the other missionaries that came to our flat left it as a total mess. You know me. I am a clean freak!

Tuesday through Saturday were just a regular work days. We taught and found people.

Saturday was Guy Faux holiday. After work the other Elders came to our flat (because I am the life of the party lol jk). We were able to watch fireworks over the city but then it ended sad because we got the call that told us Elder Yang is leaving us. Super Sad.

Sunday we went to church. After church we went down to Edinburgh for a fireside at the mission home. It was a fireside for less actives and investigators. During the fireside we went and GQ the Burg. That was a really good day! I saw Elder Labuschagne there. I don't know if I told you much about Elder Labu. Labu is my best friend from the MTC. We are like brothers. He is the one from England. I love him so much. When we all get home I will come back over and visit him.

That is pretty much my week. I don't have much to say other than missionary work is awesome! It is also getting so cold over here!

Thank you again for all of the emails! 

-Elder Gowans