Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 44

Well I said goodbye to the Emerald isle this past week and it was rough. I will miss Ireland. I love it!

It was a crazy week! I am super tired but super pumped for this new transfer!  Last week when I e-mailed I was helping move missionaries around. I was always up super late and then up really early in the mornings.

The work here in Glasgow is so good! There are so many people here. The only thing is Scotland is cold and Ireland is hot. It has also been dumping rain here everyday since I came back. It's all okay. I am used to it. I learned it from good ole Dundee!

Finally on Wednesday we had a great full day of finding and teaching again! It was so good to just get out and do missionary work again!

Thursday was great day too! I got to go back to Edinburgh for a training conference. It was a training for all of the ZLs and STLs. It is always great to learn from the Mission Presidency. One of our main goals is to to accomplish 450 baptisms! Right now as a mission we are at 207. It is always a spiritual time when you are at the mission home. I feel the spirit so much. It is such a great time. We talked about how we as a mission need to be more sanctified. We need to have more faith! We are so blessed right now as a mission. But we can do more if we sanctify ourselves even more, which means even more blessings. It is crazy to think about, but so good!

I got to see so many old friends at the conference. Elder Carter from Dublin. He is a  ZL now in Edinburgh. Elder Swenson a ZL in Dublin. Elder Jones, my past AP who is now a ZL in Limerick. And of course Elder Elton. I got to see Elton for just brief moment. I LOVE ELDER ELTON!

Friday and Saturday were full days of finding in the rain and teaching those who want to learn!

Sunday we had a great sacrament service. President Donaldson was speaking at another ward so I got to see him and Sister Donaldson for just a minute. You know how I feel about those two. They are so special!

I am enjoying my mission so much! I am learning so much! I just finished the book of 1st Nephi again. It has become one of my most favorite reads. It teaches us if we do our best the Lord will provide a way. How true that is. When we are devoted missionaries and members of His church, HE WILL PROVIDE A WAY!

Thank you again for all of your love and support!

Elder Gowans





Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week 43

It has been a crazy week! It feels like I have gotten no sleep. I will not be able to explain all that has happened this past week but know that I am doing so good!

have been moved to Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow is the largest city in the mission. I will be trained as a Zone Leader! I did not see this coming but I am excited and ready to help the missionaries in my zone work their hardest. I am prepared to work harder than I ever have!

My companion is Elder Woodfield. He is from Texas. He is such a good Elder. He has been out for 13 months. I met him for the first time yesterday! Now I know why the entire mission loves him!

Because of transfers yesterday, I first traveled to Belfast and then took the ferry back to Scotland. Once I arrived we had to drive missionaries around until 11:00 p.m. The next day I was up at 5:00 a.m. to again help drive missionaries to where they needed to be. There are about 36 missionaries in our zone. I will take this assignment to learn all that I can and continue to work as hard as I can and improve! We go to Edinburgh this Thursday for MLC training which will be cool.

Dublin is in great hands with Mano and Elder Keim. I worked with Elder Keim in Edinburgh. He is the Elder that is 6 feet 8 inches tall. I love him! He will be the new DL in Dublin. He will continue to train Mano. Mano was in tears when I left for Belfast yesterday. It is always sad and hard to leave someone you love so much. I will miss my boy.

Last week we had the opportunity to go open up a new area in Ireland! Dundalk. We were able to find a flat for the new missionaries coming in. We also went to the Dundalk branch last Sunday. We had 19 members at church!

The Lord is merciful to all those who come unto him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. I have a testimony of this. I also have a testimony that positive potential demands true repentance. You will have a hard life if there is no change for the positive.

Tell Makayle and Ed congrats! I can't wait to see Isla! Also tell Nicole I love her! I am praying for her too.

I love you all




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Week 42


Alma 34: 11- 41
Verse 32
For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

Until next week.