Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 46

It was a good wet week here in Glasgee =)  It was a week full of missionary work and other fun stuff!

Elder Woodfield and I spent most of our mornings and evenings cleaning a flat that has been lived in by missionaries for 9 years. It is time to close it down so lets just say it wasn't to pretty.

We have been teaching and finding many people. We have a friend named Kirste. She is so cool. She came to church and enjoyed sacrament meeting. We are seeing her again on Tuesday. Sadly, the girl Ruby I told you about last week went on the internet and looked up a lot of lies and rubbish about us so she does not want to see us anymore. So sad. uugghhhh!

We also went on exchanges with the DLs throughout the zone. I was able to work with a new missionary, Elder Siswick from England. I also worked with Elder Baklan from Airdre. I served with in Elder Baklan in Edinburgh. He was a new missionary then. It was great to see him again and work with him.

Scotland is definitely more colder than Ireland! It looks like I am about to finish off my first pair of shoes. They are wrecked. My nice Eccos were supposed to last me for two years! They have holes right in the bottom of them! The insoles also have holes and my feet get soaked everyday it rains. 

I love this Gospel! I love my mission with all my heart! Last night I was talking with a missionary that I had served with back in Dundee. We were talking about how great the mission is and how great Dundee was. I talked also about how cool Edinburgh and Ireland are. Ireland is one of the coolest places in the world. We talked about how we would not trade these experiences for anything. I cant think of anywhere else I would rather be than right here right now doing what I am doing. Yes, it is hard and yes it is tiring. But it is worth it!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 45

What a week we have had here in Glasgow!

I would just like to echo the words of Jacob. 2nd Nephi 10:20And now, my beloved brethren, seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off; nevertheless, we have been driven out of the land of our inheritance; but we have been led to a better land, for the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle of the sea.
1. Let us remember 
2. Lay aside our sins
3. Not hang down our heads

This week in Glasgow, to be honest, was rough. We have been working so hard being the most obedient missionaries we can be and it felt like we have had no success.

To start off the week Elder Woodfield and I had our ZLC. This is where all the DLs come together and we discuss how to help the zone and instruct and help our DLs know how to best move forward. Our APs made an appearance as well. We then had DM and I sat in with the Motherwell district. After DM we were scheduled to go out and teach. All of our appointments canceled. However, we did end up finding one girl on the street named Kirstie. We have met with her a lot but she was unable to make it to church.

I also went on my first exchanges since being made a Zone Leader. I split with Elder Turner from Iowa while Elder Woodfield and Elder Williams stayed and taught three lessons. We spent the day finding and let me remind you it does not stop raining here in Glasgow.... Elder Woodfield and Elder Williams taught this really cool girl from China whose name is Ruby.

Sunday morning I was feeling pretty discouraged. We honestly had worked so hard this past week and it seemed like we had very little success. We had 14 lessons planned this past week and 12 fell through. Then on Sunday morning miracles started to occur. Ruby, the girl who we had met earlier in the week, came to church! She LOVED it!  She also attended the gospel principles class and ended up bearing her testimony on prayer. She came up to us after church and asked us when she could be baptized? She told us that she wants to be baptized before she goes back home to China. We told her that we will start preparing her!

We also had sent out a text message to everyone in our phone who we knew and invited them all to come to church. One man from Angola came! He was taught by missionaries while living back in Angola. He even brought his Book of Mormon to church! We are seeing him later this week! We also have some other people that we are now working with so I am excited for the possibilities that we have this week!

Now I want to go back to the scripture I previously mentioned and the beginning of this letter. 

1. As missionaries, if you go throughout the day not remembering why you are even standing in the rain talking to people you wont be very fruitful. Remember Him in everything you do! Not just some things here and there but in everything. He will provide! 

2. It is hard to help other people come unto Christ when you yourself have not. Lay aside every sin. Again, you can not pick and choose which sins you want to give up. Here a little then there a little. Every sin needs to be laid aside. The Lord will provide! 

3. Do not get discouraged. We are apart of the greatest work ever! We are preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ! Why is it that we get discouraged? The end of this scripture reads, "For the Lord has made the sea our path, and we are upon an isle (Scotland/Ireland) of the sea".

When we are striving to be the best that we can. That is when we reap our rewards of our long-suffering and diligence.


Love you all till next week

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.