Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 50

What a week! 

Last Monday was obviously transfers. I said my goodbyes to Glasgow and then traveled up North to Dundee. When I arrived it felt like I had never left. Weird. My hope is that I will be able to help people here find the gospel!

Last Tuesday we helped move a lot of missionaries to new areas. We were also able to GQ and prepare for our MLC on Thursday.

Wednesday was a full day of GQ. The previous missionaries were not working with too many people. We will find them, no worries! We also had the ZLs from Aberdeen come over and stay the night at our flat. They wanted to stay here so the drive the next morning to our conference in Edinburgh would not be so far. 

Thursday we went to the Burg for our leadership conference. All of the other leaders from the mission came. It was a great meeting! The spirit was strong. It was also good to see some of my old mates again! I talked with Elder Woodfield at the conference about one of our solid investigators from Glasgow. He said that he is still totally prepared for his baptism on September 12th! I am so excited for him!

Friday I got to teach a little and also saw some of my old friends here in Dundee. It was great to get caught up and see how things are with them since I left! We also had to travel up North to Arbroath. We had to drop off some missionary supplies. It is always so good to go back to my family roots in Arbroath! So cool!

Saturday we went to St. Andrews. We were able to teach Mae while we were there. It was so great to see her again. She was another one of my early converts while in Dundee. She heads off to school at the University in three weeks. It will be sad when she leaves.

Sunday it was back to the ward where it all started. I saw so many familiar faces during sacrament meeting. I got up and shared with them my testimony. After church I went to the Keogh's for tea. They live in the other ward. It was so good to see them all again and say hi. They are my family! I also saw Ross who was also one of my first converts! It was such a blessing to see him again and to see how strong he is in the church! He has been faithful in the gospel since the day I left. What a good example he is. I love that guy. We will be having tea with him next week!

Here is my new mailing address:
109 Arbroath Road
Dundee, Scotland

I love you all!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 49

Crazy week here in Glasgow.

I don't have much time to write. Big news. I am heading back to Dundee. I am going back home to be a ZL !! I will be there for my one year mark. I will be going back to where it all started. It is weird to think about going back to the Bingham ward again where I spent two transfers! My new companions name is Elder Kitchen. It is so awesome that I get to go back to where I learned how to be a missionary! Where I learned so much! I leave today at 1 o clock. I will get there around 4:00. This is all so exciting! I am super pumped to go back. Honestly right now I have no words to describe what I am thinking and feeling! This I do know. I am super excited!

Saturday I got a call from the AP's. They said we were going to have a unplanned move. In short they told me I need to pack my bags to go back to Dundee. They told me they are putting 5 new trainees there and needed a ZL to get things moving in the right direction. They said I was successful there before and they need that kind of example again. They know I have great relationships with the ward leaders and feel that is important also in sending me back. Please pray for me, for the zone, and for the our missions success!

This past week was so good in Glasgow. Hard work pays off. We were able to set 10 people with baptismal dates. It took a lot of hard work and Elder Woodfield will be able to stay to make sure everything is taken care of.

A lot of crazy things have happened. I am now trying to get everything ready so I can go and to help the people in Dundee. I am sad to leave Glasgow but hey going back to sacred Dundee is what dreams are made of! Ah man so so weird.

Church was so good yesterday! Again it is always sad to leave one of your areas and I was able to say my good-byes to a lot of the missionaries in our zone. And to the members here that I have grown to love.

We had a great activity last week where we brought all of our Chinese investigators together and had a giant hot pot party. We ate a lot of food and just had a great time with them. We all had a really fun time!

I love you all!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 48

This past week was another wet one! But it was also a good one! =)

Last p day Elder Woodfield and I were able to go on this awesome hike! We asked President Donaldson if we could go and he agreed! We drove by Loch Lomond and ended up hiking in the lowlands of Scotland. Lets just say I am so out of shape. On the hike we saw some of the most beautiful scenery that I have ever seen in my life! I felt like I was in the movie Lord of the Rings! I love Scotland! And I love Ireland of course! We hiked Ben Cobbler (the cool looking one). And Ben Ime. Ben Ime is the second largest mountain in the lowlands.

Tuesday we started out with our District meeting. We then went out and worked for most of the day. It ranked right up there as one of the hardest days as a missionary. We had so many lessons set up that fell through. So there we were in the streets of Glasgow and it seemed like we attracted almost every single person that has ever hated Mormons. Seriously. The people that we met that night literally hate our church. You always get the usual’s but on this day they truly hated us. There were around 20+ people that I talked to and they just tried to hammer us on everything. The BOM. The prophet Joseph Smith. They were calling out our church as false, corrupt, and the Church of the Devil. Supposedly I am brainwashed, corrupt, and of course going to hell. You know me. I had a hard time putting up with all that crap. I came back at them and started to defend my beliefs. I couldn't answer all of their questions, but I did bear my testimony. I told them that I KNOW that what we have is true. They didn't care. They continued to rail on me. Finally I walked away but they pulled me back. And then it was yelling, and cursing. Some even spit at me. I just sat back and listened to them. There did come a point after one got after me I looked up at Heaven and actually wondered if God was there, watching all of this? I said a small prayer and simply asked Him if He was there. I asked Him if he loved me? Then, as I sat there in the middle of the street, with all of this hate surrounding me I felt the feeling of comfort rush through my entire body. I was good to go again! God is real!

The story doesn’t end there! More and more people came up to me and again started to hammer on me. I again had to go sit down and pray again. This time I had the feeling to ask if the BOM was true! No feeling. I continued to sit there and then the Spirit brought this thought into my mind. Read the BOM right now! It was right there in my hand, why not! I held it up right then and this is what I read:

And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them—
Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free.

God is real. I love this church!

Later on in the week I went exchanges with an Elder from Uganda who has no hands. He is one amazing missionary. He converted to the church 2 years ago. What a legend! l also went on exchanges with Elder Wang from China! He also is such a great missionary!

Today we are going out and doing some service. Move calls are also this week. It should be fun week!

I love you all!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 47

This week here in Scotland was a wet one!

Monday. Not too much happened to be honest. We had a lot of things to do to prepare for our All Scotland South Conference in Edinburgh! We also had some free time while in Edinburgh to find a place where I can get an amazing deal on a kilt to bring home!

Tuesday. We attended the All Scotland South Conference! I was able to see Elders Elton, Donovan, Gunderson, Carter, and Swenson to name just a few. I also saw so many other missionaries! The conference itself was so good! We were able to be instructed on the power of inviting with promising specific blessings by President Donaldson! it was great to be apart of the spirit that was felt there! That evening we returned home to Glasgow and went to a pub for some good tea!

Wednesday. A full day of finding and teaching! We also had our interviews with President and Sister Donaldson! I love them both so much. I would say that President Donaldson is one of my biggest role models ever!

Thursday. Another regular day of working. Nothing to crazy happened but we did have to travel back to Edinburgh for our exchanges with the APs.

Friday. We spent the entire day in Edinburgh. I worked with Elder Peacock. He was my old zone leader in the Burgh. I got to spend the entire day there in the Burgh! I love that place so much! I miss it! Sister Donaldson also made us breakfast. It was the best! Exchanges went really well. I had a lot of fun. As you can tell I am enjoying life so much right now!

Saturday. We first had some teaching lessons with some investigators. And then we headed back to Glasgow.

Sunday. Another great day at church. We also worked later on finding and teaching. We are working with a lot of good people right now. We just need to help them progress!

I saw Sister Stapley this past week. She was a sister missionary that I worked with while in the Burgh. She recently finished her mission but came back to do some touring. I miss my fam.... She was an amazing missionary! ​

I love you all and thanks for all you do!