This mortal life is to have joy and joy comes from unity not disharmony.

I’m staying in Orkney for another 5 weeks! And with Elder Herr. In fact the only person that changed in my District was just Sister Fisher everyone else stayed! This will be Elder Herr’s last 5 weeks in the mission so we’ll make it fun and then send him off back home!

Well we had a pretty interesting week. The majority of the days we spent out finding people or just attempting to talk to the people. It’s been getting colder and colder, so less people out and about and more people in their homes. So it’s been pretty fun we’ve run into some interesting people. But earlier in the week we meet this guy named William who is from Italy and he has been Orkney for a couple of years. He is studying at the college and has never ran into the Mormon Missionaries before. We actually set a time to meet with him on Sunday.
So as the week was going we were getting more annoyed because Saturday would be moves call and you never know what will happen with moves call, it’s always so random. So when Saturday finally came around we were on high alert watching the phone and just waiting to see if it would ring. We went the whole morning and nothing. Then in the afternoon nothing. Then just before dinner we get a call and it’s the Zone Leaders telling us that we are both staying. So then we are alright well we know what is happening for the next couple of weeks. So we got chapping and talking to some nice people.

Then Sunday comes around and we have Church, everyone is mostly back from their trips so we had a few people. Nice Church service and then we went out to visit an older woman who can’t leave her home. Gave her the sacrament and then get going for the day. Then we get over to the high street to see if our friend William will come and he did! He got to sit down and have a great chat with him and he asked questions and we explained and taught the message of the Restoration. It was a really great lesson. He told us that as we were talking to him that he could feel something! And that he wants to learn more! So we’ll be seeing him Sunday again and we’ll see if he comes to church! Which would be really awesome! He was a super awesome guy.

Then some other news, I saw that Abi from Inverness got baptized! I am so happy for her and really excited to hear more about the amazing miracles that are happening all around Scotland of the wonderful men and woman that are able to find the Gospel and to have the joy that comes from it!

Then from my understanding of chapter 20 is about fellowshipping those who are not of our faith. That’s what we do as missionaries. President Hinckley said it best in the interview “To anyone who is not of this church, I say we recognize all the virtues and good that you have. Bring it with you and see if we might add to it”. Consider the truths that everyone treasures so dearly, we are here to build it and strengthen it, uplift and inspire. Now there is going to be debates and arguments from time to time, but why have enemies when you can have friends? To fellowship those who are not of our faith is to see the good in them and be the friend that you want someone to be to yourself. This mortal life is to have joy and joy comes from unity not disharmony. So my thoughts go to what the center of the message of the Restored Gospel is about… Having a question, asking for help, then looking at what matters most. Because what matters most is the people around us. Never should we let a problem become too big than a person to be loved. (Phrasing it from Thomas S. Monson) The problems that we face could be from distractions of the phone, to even a grudge, just don’t forget the purpose of this life.

Sorry, yes I did receive the postcards from everyone! I got them, they were great! Tell them all thank you.

So I look forward to the next couple of weeks. Tell Kevin Hi for me and Grandma! Talk to you next week!

It’s been a sick week.

All Scotland Final
Photo is the All-Scotland Conference with Elder Dale C. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve. Elder Augustine is the 2nd row behind President Donaldson.

Well it hasn’t been a really exciting week I’ll admit that. Elder Herr was pretty sick at the beginning of the week so we stayed in the flat for most of the week. We then had the Shetland Elders come down for exchanges then during the exchange I started to feel pretty sick, so I’ve been all sick and what not for the last few days now. So it’s been a sick week.

But while on exchange I was with Elder Arenas and we were out walking around the town trying to stop and talk to people. Well we end up stopping this younger guy and he found our message so interesting that he asked if we could meet up with him later and talk to him. Because he is looking for something to believe in and he is pretty curious to hear what we share, so that was a pretty cool miracle out of our sick week!

So its moves call this Saturday we’ll find out what happens. I think I might stay in Orkney, but you never know, so it’s going to be fun to find out. We didn’t get around to our family home evening activity but we might be doing it this Tuesday.

So it’s going to be a short email because I don’t have too much from this past week besides the sick bug! But it’s great to hear that everyone had a great time in Moab and that it was really successful highland games! The Highland games are a lot of fun, but sadly I haven’t been able to see any here in Scotland! Just get so caught up in the missionary work don’t really have much time for other things. Tell Susan hi for me! I’ll speak to you next week!

It is when we have a positive attitude and we are putting in a positive effort that we start to see miracles.

Well a lot has happened this week. The start of the week was pretty cool. We got to meet with the woman that we found and she was really great! We sat down and we started talking and it lead us sharing the whole Plan of Salvation and talking about how she can find out if it is true or not. We were able to answer her questions and I believe that she enjoyed it. We ran out of time but her last question was really about the need of the Book of Mormon. I’m not surprised by this question any more, but to be honest there are times I wonder how many people actually question and try to search for answers. Not very many. I love the quote from Preach My Gospel where a convert to the church had said that “He discovered the path he didn’t even know he was looking for!” There are so many people that searching for the truth but know not where to find it. I finally understand that scripture. So we had a wonderful lesson and I’m looking forward to teaching her again. Following this the fun starts. Wednesday at 5 in the morning rolls around we get up and head out the door for our small little adventure down to Aberdeen and Dundee. We get to Thurso about 8am and we pick up the Thurso Elders and we get driving down to Aberdeen. It was a long car ride. It takes a while because the roads here just toss and turn all the time. So what would maybe take an hour or two trip in the U.S. ends up being 4-6 hour drive in Scotland. Well we get to Aberdeen in the later afternoon so Elder Herr and I go out on the streets to go and find. We talked to a lot of interesting people that is for sure. There was this massive costume party going on in the city. Not very many people have high standards like us so there was a lot of awkward costumes. But it was all really fun. I enjoyed the night that we went out talking to the few people that we did. The following day I went out on exchanges with the Zone Leaders. I was with Elder Divianis my previous District Leader. That was a lot of fun. We gave out a few copies of the Book of Mormon, we had a funny first lesson with a woman from Hungry. She has been pretty home sick so running into the missionaries was an answer to her prayer. We sat down and she would start to tell us her beliefs and then say we believed in something different, but nope she actually had the same beliefs as us they just weren’t so organized. So it was pretty hilarious to watch her face as we agreed with a lot of the things she was saying. Even more so when we showed her the scriptures from the Book of Mormon that went along with what we were talking about. We had a great day on the exchange.

So the following day Friday was the big conference. We woke up at 5 again to get down to Dundee to make sure that everyone was there. The car ride down was pretty funny. We had these two sisters and this one other Elder in the car with us and they were just funny. Well we got to the Dundee stake building and we get into the chapel. President Donaldson and everyone else was then instructing us on making sure we were all ready for the apostle. So they had us all go in to the gym area and get all set up for a photo with Elder Renlund. It was pretty crazy. But we got everyone in and we had to wait a long time for Elder Renlund. But when he finally came it was silent. He walked right up to everyone and said “I’ve arranged for this photo to be photo shopped to make me look skinnier and younger.” He is a pretty funny guy. So we all get back into the chapel and Sister Donaldson speaks to us first about Humility followed by President Donaldson who spoke about rejection. Then Sister Renlund did a discussion with us about the talks that we were supposed to read for the conference. Then Followed Elder Dale G. Renlund a message to deliver to us. The First to thank us from the Lord and the Church for our Service. Second that our Mission President has been called of God by prophecy and revelation. Third that we have been called of God by prophecy and revelation. He spoke about a lot and where our focus should be. He then drew out this grid about Attitude and Effort. The top right is the miracle quadrant. It is when we have a positive attitude and we are putting in positive effort that we start to see miracles. I want to be in that place. So there are some simple things that we can do and help our members do as well. After Elder Renlund bore a powerful and inspiring testimony of the Gospel and the Prophet Thomas S. Monson we had lunch. Following lunch we learned some more things from our leaders and what we can do to help with our goals for the mission. One thing that I like was teaching members to do missionary work over Facebook. One thing that we can do is that when we learn something inspiring we should share it! So scroll through that Facebook friends list till a name stands out and reach out to them! Tell them that you were thinking of them when you heard this message! That’s a simple way to do missionary work. Another one is to have a group chat with a members and the investigators of missionaries. When you have a few members in a group chat and maybe one or two other none members not only does it help them find friends but it allows you to do missionary work by answering their questions. So we had a very uplifting conference. We then had the long drive all the way back home. Wasn’t too bad. But the boat was pretty bad. The waves were tossing the ferry just back and forth. We were in the lounge and there was the Orkney Football team and they were all drinking. When all the sudden the boat just leans to one side and we watched them all go sliding across the room. Just imagine the movie Wall-E when all the people slide on the ship that is exactly what happened on this boat.

Well it’s great to hear about the dancing and I look forward to seeing photos from Moab it should be a fun time! We are hoping for miracles here in Orkney! Then in fact Elder Herr are doing a FHE night with one of the members and this next one we plan on doing a family history activity. We are going to be making family trees! Going to be a lot of fun. So it’s going to go great with Elder Nelsons talk you sent. Tomorrow is Halloween so I’ll get some pictures from that, I hope to see pictures from everyone back home as well!

It’s the small reminders that help us to keep going and remember who we are and what we are supposed to do.

Well tell Dad Happy Birthday for me! I sent him something in the mail don’t know when it’ll show up.

Yeah I’m still in Orkney and I’ll be here for a few more weeks!

Well this past week we had a pretty cool little miracle l happen. The other day Elder Herr and I for our companion study were trying to find different ways that we could find people or what could we change so that we can be more effective. So we started off with former Investigators and we went to the area book. Going through the area book we have teaching records of past investigators and what they’ve been taught so the missionaries can just keep track of what lessons to do. Well we found this one woman and she sounded like she was really interested but she just seemed to kind of disappear. Probably because she did get forgotten about when missionaries move around. So this was really great but there was no contact details for her! No way could we find her! So we continued going through the area book and there really wasn’t much. So we came up with a few other ideas of what to do, beause winter is coming and in winter time there are not many people around and the people do change with the seasons. So we go out for the rest of day to go and finding along the streets and normally we just kind of walk around the high street, but you do get tired of it. So we are like alright let’s go and see our friend Grahme and we walk over to his house, which we walk past the harbor. We get up to his home and he has friends over so not really a good time to see him. So we go walking about and we are walking next to the harbor, we decided to take a 5 min break maybe skip a rock or two and just kind of ponder what we are going to do. So we go down there and we are skipping rocks and then just kind of talking about the missionary work. Well this woman is walking by at that same moment, so I stop her and we get talking. She told us that she met with the missionaries before and well low and behold here is the former investigator that we didn’t have any contact info for. She was interested in meeting up again so we should be actually seeing her later today. Nice little miracle.

So the Ah-a moment is simple most of the time we forget which part is ours and which part is Gods in the work of salvation. Sometimes I think about how I have to do all these hard things, but I forget I just need to be outside and just talk to people and God will prepare the way for those who are ready. It goes with 1 Nephi 17: 13 “And I will also be your light in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led”. It’s the small reminders that help us to keep going and remember who we are and what we are supposed to do. All that is asked of us is to keep the commandments and the way will be prepared. The greatest problems in life can be overcome and the small problems can have a solution, we just need to trust in the commandments. Elder Bednar gives a great example when he talks about faith in his video being an Agent to Act. We learn the lessons in mortality that prepares us for Eternity. This times we are to take a step forward into the darkness. When we do this we expect the light to move with us but it’s not like this at all. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that we are to first act then we receive. We must step into the darkness and then the light will move. With my experience so far as a missionary and this small moments of little miracles it’s when I’ve stepped forward not knowing where I was going that the light then followed and showed me a path to follow. These are simple life lessons that we all learn or we assume that we’ve learned. But it’s not till they actually happen that we see the lesson that applies into our own lives. So I’m grateful for these experiences. I am grateful for the many, many sacrifices that others have done that have given me the chance to obtain these many blessings.

So I hope dad has a great birthday and that he enjoys being one year older and maybe a bit wiser!

This should be a fun week, we’ll be down in Aberdeen for exchanges with the zone leaders and then the next day we’ll be at the mission conference with Elder Renlund and I’m really excited for that to hear his council to all the missionaries and we can do better to find those that are ready for the Gospel!

As we turn back to Christ and continue to press forward with faith in Christ we can grow our testimony upon his bedrock of foundation.

The Hurricane is coming to Orkney! No worries we got a call from Sister Donaldson yesterday about the storm. We’ll be fine I’m not really worried about it, but it should be fun! Just need to stay away from the cliffs!

But this is a great teaching chance! Elder Anderson gave a wonderful talk about Spiritual Whirlwinds and how we need to build our foundation upon Christ. The Mormon message which I attached is what I’m talking about (see video below). The Tree grows stronger in the wind and prepares itself by growing roots fast and deeper into the soil and the cells in the branches grow fast to become stronger to with stand the forces of the wind. I love how Elder Anderson speaks that sometimes without noticing we are moved from our foundation. We don’t always notice, but it happens. The way back is repentance. As we turn back to Christ and continue to press forward with faith in Christ we can grow our testimony upon his bedrock of foundation. We must become deeply rooted within his commandments so that when we stand we are not moved, because our branches have become stronger. But we need both strong roots and strong branches. As we learn from Jacob about the lord of the vineyard (Jacob 5), Even though this is a metaphor for the world and the restoration, the olive tree itself can teach us about what it means to have strong roots and strong branches. When the roots grow strong but the branches do not, the fruit is bitter and not good because the branches will break and not withstand the winds. The same is when the roots are not deeply rooted the tree can easily be up-rooted. So how the lord so diligently worked on his Olive Tree, so must we work on ours and not give up. I also like how the Lord of the Vine yard is about ready to give up but the servant who loves his master encourages him to go one last time to work and he follows the counsel of the servant to leading him to save his Olive Tree. Even though we are the masters of our own vineyard we may from time to time need the encouraging words of others to up lift and inspire us to keep working.
So this past week has been full of challenges and pressing forward with faith in Christ.

We had a great District meeting to start the week and get us ready on finding those new people that are searching for something. We had a lot of appointments set for the week and many did fall through, but we had one that sort of held! So Elder Herr and I chapped into this wonderful mother named Stephanie. We spoke to her at the door, she told us that she had already spoken to us on the street. Well I’m not taking that answer as not to come back. So “We share a message how families can be together forever!” We got invited back. Went back the next day her small daughter was poking her head out the window, but sadly no one was answering. We couldn’t keep waiting so off we went again to get back to chapping. We chapped into a few other people that invited us back so feeling alright. Then the next day we go around and those people didn’t answer so walking about a little discouraged, the thought came to mind to try by Stephanie. So we did and we came to the door and knocked. Waited, Door opens! And “Come in”! So we sit down with Stephanie and she had her children with her, funny kids. We were then able to say the wonderful news of the Restoration and how that because of this Restoration her family can be together forever. I think I love it most being able to share and testify of this wonder message to the world. Even though there was a lot of challenges this week. I always find the simple times when you find just one person that has a willing heart to hear the message it uplifts your spirit more than anything. So we’ve been all over the place this week. Just out chapping and talking to people on the street. It’s been pretty crazy. But this next week I’m excited because we are going to do a bit more member teaching, we are going to teach the members how to be missionaries, and share the Book of Mormon with others! Because it’s always the last person you expected to accept the Restored Gospel… Always happens.
Then yes Elder Renlund will be speaking to us at our mission conference next week! I’m really excited we have to prepare ourselves to learn as well so it’s going to really great.

I’m doing great! Just keep on going!

I love the Book of Mormon and what it teaches

Well what a week. We got the T-shirts and we’ll be getting the photos today at some point.
Well to let you guys know about this week, so Monday was a pretty dull day. We mostly spent the day cleaning and what not and then the rest of the week went by pretty slow. Normaly we would have District meeting on Tuesday but because people in our district were moving around we didn’t have a meeting, but we will tomorrow. So that should be a lot of fun. I always enjoy the District meetings because it’s usually a big help to get motivated for the week. So really the only highlight is we’ve been out chapping a lot and really doing a bit more to get to talk to more people. Because it’s starting to get colder and darker, there is less people out on the streets so we’ve been out chapping. We have been having a lot more success, we just have to see if all the people will hold their appointments. Got some interesting people that we’ll be meeting up with. But a lot of families which will be awesome! I haven’t had the chance to really sit down with a family and teach them but we are still looking. Well later on in the week we did get invited back to a home. We went back and they let us in. So we sit down with this Man and his wife. The man is a religious teacher here at the high school. So we’re like alright that’s pretty cool. His wife is a physical therapist and we get chatting, they had the missionaries around like years ago and they were taught a bit from the missionaries. So they’ll have us around so we are going back to have dinner with them tonight. It should be an interesting time. So that was some new people that we found and then again the rest of the time has been going around chapping doors and we have quite a lot of people that have invited us back for next week. So we’ll see what happens! I’m rather excited because it should be a great week.
Another great thing was these past few weeks Elder Herr and I decided to sit down and read through the whole Book of Mormon and really go through it for our studies and focus on the uplifting message that it brings. This past week we finished that goal and it was really great because even though we spent just about an hour or two in the book every day we still finished it in about 2-3 weeks. I would have to say reading through the Book of Mormon each time is so uplifting and inspiring.
I loved the talks that were given this past general conference that were about the Book of Mormon and about the council that President Thomas S. Monson gave about reading the Book of Mormon every day. It’s interesting as a missionary because all you really want people to do is to read this book, just to read it. Haven’t asked them to change their life or to leave everything be hide but just to exercise just a bit of faith and read the book and ask God if it’s true. I love the Book of Mormon and what it teaches. So it hasn’t been the most exciting week but that’ll change this next week. We are going to have a great week and I plan on seeing miracles.
Well Alex is taller than me so I don’t think there isn’t anything else you can do. Speak to you next week!

He is there and is helping, but you have to look for him.

Well it sounds like a fun filled week. I would have to say not much has really happened here. I haven’t had a chance to watch all of conference, because of the time difference and really nowhere to go to watch it. I’ve only been able to watch the Saturday Morning part, so I got a lot of catching up to do!
But I have loved the talks that where given then. Over this past week building up to moves call it always gets a bit harder than any other week because we never know what will happen. But to let you know I’ll be in Orkney for another 6 weeks with Elder Herr. So it should be a fun time.

It has been a bit of a rough week with not much happening. Winter is really starting to come in and so the weather in Orkney is always changing now. It gets really, really, cold at night here and then it just dumps rain in the morning and most of the time by the afternoon it’s sunny before it’s gets windy and rainy in the evening time. Just can’t keep up with this weather! It’s just been all over the place! So we are about to give up on the high street of Orkney because now everyone is hiding in their homes from the weather. Also all the cruise ships have stopped till next year. So no more tourist.

So with the weather and all that going on it’s been an interesting week.
To really highlight the week that would be moving a shed. I didn’t take any photos but we went around to the Park’s this past week because they had bought a new shed and we were helping them move it. They wanted the shed in the back garden. So Elder Herr and I got to work on leveling out the ground to place the shed on because they had a really hilly garden. Oh I wish the ground was this soft back home and I was digging those holes for those trees in our back garden. So we got it cleared out and got all the earth moved. Then came the shed part. They had this same fence that was in the way so we had two ways of doing this, we either cut down the fence or put it back or we lift the shed over the fence. And this shed was not a light shed, it was solid wood and pretty heavy. But we went for lifting the shed! So we gathered some neighbors and we got to work. That was so heavy and we could not get the shed up. So after spinning it around we lifted one side of the shed up onto the fence and took a break. Then we all got around and lifted again to get it to balance the shed on the fence and that was a sturdy fence. Because if not, the shed would have smashed that fence. Then we slid the shed over the fence and braced for the impact of when it left the fence and got it to place where we needed it. Oh that was a lot. But I did learn the lesson to never give up even if the problem seems bigger than you can handle. So after this shed moving we went back around to the flat and got cleaned up before heading over to Donna’s for some dinner and FHE! Which was really fun. So Elder Herr and I were trying to think of something we could do that would be really fun. The Armor of God! So we watched the Armor of God from the Bible Videos and read Eph chapter 6 I believe. Then early we went and got a bunch of newspaper and we made Armor for James! It was a blast and we all really enjoyed it and had a good laugh as well. Even though it was just paper the time was spent laughing and having a great time. It really was what family home evening was about and that was bringing a family closer together.

There are lot of things that are happening in the world right now that are causing a lot of questions to be asked and one of them that I hear most often is “Where is God in all this?”. It’s a simple answer but one that not a lot people like and that is He is there and is helping, but you have to look for him. Because he allows men to have choices, which men make the wrong choices a lot of the time, but if we listen hard enough we can find where God is. I often like to refer back to 3 Nephi 11:3 “ And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.
4 And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not.
5 And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.
6 And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them:
7 Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.”

Often we hear something and do not understand it. The wonderful message that was shared from you and how long it took you to hear a simple answer is a message to never be forgotten. During this time of family home evening I saw where God was and He was in the love of this small family and the love they have for each other. Will take us time and time again to hear sweet whisperings of the Holy Ghost, and when that happens we can not forget it. The feelings and impressions that are left from hearing the word of God are needed to uplift and inspire us to keep going. We need them to become a part of who we are. None of this makes a difference unless it actually gets into us. With this in mind the rest of the week was really good. We went back over to the Parks and did a fun little fireside about the Temples. We talked a lot and we had a great time learning more about the temples and what a blessing they are. I miss the temple, it is a place where all the stress in the world goes away. And just for a few moments that we have in there we are in Heaven.
Well I look forward to hearing the rest of conference and learning more and feeling more inspired. During this time I would also like to express how much Elder Robert D. Hales will be missed.
Well it should be a fun week this time around. We’ll be doing our best to stay busy with all this rain and weird weather.
But I’ll keep going because people need this gospel. Just how President Dieter F. Uchtdorf put it, “It will make your life Better and God will use you to make other people’s lives Better.”

Had an investigator from Inverness send me these.

No one ever said that life is a journey to be taken alone.

Well I can’t believe you all went to Comic Con without me! I’ve been dying to go for like… forever! But I either had school or a soccer game. So it’s good to hear that I’ll be attending it next year with Alex!

That’s some really good talks! I really enjoyed reading through them. It’s really a big thing in the world where we get all caught up in becoming perfect and it just causes more problems than solutions. Perfection isn’t something that is achieved until after this life, so there is no reason to worry about it now. It’s always great to read the inspiring words of others and learn from them so that we can apply into our own lives as well.

So this week for a us it has been pretty slow, but also pretty fast as well. So each week I get a bit of time to prepare for District Meeting and I wanted this past week on becoming Christ like. So I had all my teams in the District do the Christ like Attribute Activity in Preach My Gospel. So then throughout the week I can follow up on them and how they were able to work on it and apply it not only to their missionary work but also to their lives. So the one that I’ve been working on is; Diligence and what I can do to become a more Diligent missionary. So always doing my best to talk to one more person on the street and chap one more door. At first I will admit I had this idea of perfection in my mind. I’m going to become that perfect missionary that does everything right, is always working and is always saying the right things. But it’s not like that at all. I was able to calm a bit down and just sit back and enjoy the work I’m doing. I can both work hard and view it as something I have to do or I can work hard and view it as something I want to do. Then this went even into the conversations that I would be having with people. Because sometimes I get into the habit of doing the same thing over and over again or saying the same things. But I’ve been taking that extra moment to stop and pray and tell myself to testify of the things that are important. So the doors that open and say that now’s not a good time my brother has passed away or my husband is going through cancer, I was able to stand in front of them and tell them, “well we have something that can help”. When doing this I found more power and authority in what I was sharing with others. It really became moments of teaching and finding at the same time. I’ve striven to do this throughout my mission. But like all skills it does take time and this is something that I am striving to build upon and become that diligent missionary.

The things that you and Dad have shared are true. There are so many people in the world today that walk away from something great because they just become confused, or they feel lost. This is why it’s important for us to hold to the rod and reach out to help others hold to the rod. I find it interesting in Lehi’s dream that there are tons of people holding onto that rod, but I’d like to add my own bit to it. I like to picture the scene of people holding to the rod and as soon as some people let go there is someone else right behind them that grabs them and pulls with everything they’ve got to get that person back to the rod. No one ever said that life is a journey to be taken alone.

So this past week has been full of a lot inspiring moments. They may not have been a new person found that is wanting to hear the gospel, but it’s been a change of heart in myself and a few others that I have been able to see.

But to be honest we did get let into a door this past week and were able to share the message of the restoration of the gospel with a man (If you want to know how I feel watch the Hello parody with the missionaries). Well this next week should be a great week! I look forward to all our appointments.

What I love is the faith of these saints to keep coming every week even though there are so few of them.

I’m pretty sure I got down the days of the week, had a pretty good laugh with this one!
What a week full of the temple and other wonderful experiences for everyone back home. So this week not much has happened.

The Zone leaders came up on Monday and Tuesday to do exchanges with us and it was a great time. For P-day because it was raining so much here in Kirkwall, we spent most of the day inside playing ping pong and relaxing. Then we were out finding and the next day we had our District meeting. We could not get the Lerwick Elders onto Skype so it took forever, but we had an amazing breakfast. Sister Smith made so much food and it was really good. This week was their last week here in Orkney, they are now in Montrose. Tuesday was really great, we got to sit down with this person and we talked about the purpose of life with them and explained how this life is a time to find peace and happiness. Then we talked about how God can really be a part of that peace and happiness, and what he can do to help us with it. So the next few days there was a lot of finding and so forth.

Then we got to sit down with two less actives which they had us over for dinner and it was really good. We got to share our spiritual thought on the Restoration with them. On my mission I have really loved sharing the message of the restoration with everyone that I meet and with members as well, because we do need to be reminded of what really has been brought back to the earth. It was lost and when Christ died and the leaders of the Church were killed the Authority they had received was then gone. There was no one on the Earth saying “Thus sayth the lord” It was all “The Bible says this”. The Gospel was changed and lost. But through the prophet Joseph Smith it was restored! And as we share this message it always brings the spirit and it’s all centered on embracing the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon was written for our day. So we need to read it Daily. There cannot be a day where we don’t read from it. If there was anything that can help us in this day and age that is the Book of Mormon. It brings us closer to God and helps us to know that Jesus is the Christ. The message was great and we’ll be going back to their home to teach them again.
Then a funny short story. While chapping this neighborhood we usually take turns and switch back and forth with who gets to chap the door. This next door it was Elder Herr’s turn, so we go up to the door and *Knock*Knock*Knock* and this older woman comes to the door. “What do you want!” my companion answers “We are missionaries and we are sharing a message about…” and then he finishes and she stops and just stares. Then it felt like a good minute goes by and my companion goes on again “May we share this message with you?” and she looks closer and out of nowhere she starts to make like this grunting Indian sound, so my companion just kind of does like a good bye thing. As we walk away she is still making this sound and just watching us. I thought it was hilarious because it put my companion in the most awkward spot he had no idea what to do!

But it was good because as we kept chapping we were able to find some people that were interested in hearing from us! So looking forward to this next week!
Then Sunday was a great Sunday! Church was the smallest service I’ve ever seen. There was only 8 of us. But what I love is the faith of these saints to keep coming every week even though there are so few of them. The Orkney Branch is able to do a lot, we just need to get everyone on board and share the gospel with everyone by doing this it will help the branch grow. From what I’ve seen it’s coming down to the branches choice if they want to grow or not. As missionaries we are doing everything we can to find people to teach, but we really need the members to be one with us. So we’ll see how these next few weeks come along. I’m getting really excited.

Then before I forget Christmas the only thing that is wanted/ needed is “The Infinite Atonement” by Tad Callister. Don’t really need anything else but I’ll give it some thought this next week and let you know.

I’ve now traveled by car, train, boat, bicycle, and plane on my mission.

So Orkney is an interesting place and it’s really fun. A lot of the locals pretty much know each other, so it’s pretty funny when we run into someone because, we’ll run into their cousin or friends in the next few minutes. Also everyone on this whole island is pretty much related it’s pretty funny. I haven’t been out to Skara Brae, it’s been pretty crazy the last few P-days so haven’t had any time to go up there and it’s not really fun to go out to see the sights in a rain storm.

Then Shetland was really cool. It’s a beautiful place with tons of attractions. It’s small and I mean it’s so small you can walk from one side of the island to pretty much the other side. But the Elders there are doing some good work.
We flew up to Shetland Monday night and had a wonderful dinner with some members up there. Then the next day we had our district meeting and I went on exchanges with Elder Kroes from Germany. He is in my MTC group, so it was interesting to see how we’ve changed over this last year of our missions.

We had a good time finding around Lerwick, met some funny people. The people really do know the missionaries there. The following day I went off with Elder Arenas from the Philippines, he is funny! I loved the day with him so much. He is still working on his English, he has only been out for about 4 months now, but he is learning the language really well and I loved how he would talk to people.
Then in the evening we had a bit more fun with Chapping. So we decided that we would just run up and down the streets and knock on the doors that we felt we should knock on, and we found a lot of people that were interested! It was a great time and really fun! It really made the missionary work really fun and something new to do.

The next morning we flew back to Orkney. The plane ride was a lot faster than I thought. It was only about 30 minutes. So much better than a 6-7 hour ferry ride! But the sights were great and the people fun.

I’ve now traveled by car, train, boat, bicycle, and plane on my mission. It’s been really crazy of how much I’ve seen of Scotland. There are very few places where I haven’t been.

So got back to Orkney and we have spent the last few days really trying to find some new investigators. So we are trying more than anything to get more involved with the members and see what we can do to be more a part of the branch rather than the missionaries that just come and go and everyone just sees another Elder or something. So we got some fun things planned and hopefully it’s all going to go well and we’ll enjoy it.

So I haven’t seen the northern lights yet, but it is getting darker in the evening which is nice because now there isn’t sun light in our window at 3am!
Oh then only got one shirt so far. Just waiting for the other one.
Then yeah that was pretty much our week and it was really good and the rest of the time we’ve been out chapping doors and just inviting people to hear our message!

So I have heard about everything that is going on back home. I heard about the storms and yesterday I heard more about the rest and it’s just been really crazy. I have no idea what the world is going to be like when I come back. It’s just seems to be getting worse and worse and really it’s only going to be this gospel that can really help people and bring them back together. So it’s going to be a really fun week because I’m back in my area and we are going to see Miracles! So next week expect to hear a lot!