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 most hardest days as 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 usuals but on this day they truly hated us. There was 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 there 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 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 so much!

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 also 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. She was an amazing missionary! ​

I love you all and thanks for all you do!