I love the name that I have because it is the name of my Father.

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Elder McLeish & Elder Augustine

Well Happy Father’s Day to Dad!! I hope it was a great day and everything went well! I know that Fathers are pretty great!

I think these scriptures fit into Father’s Day!

5 For they remembered the words which their father Helaman spake unto them. And these are the words which he spake:

6 Behold, my sons, I desire that ye should remember to keep the commandments of God; and I would that ye should declare unto the people these words. Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good.

7 Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them.

8 And now my sons, behold I have somewhat more to desire of you, which desire is, that ye may not do these things that ye may boast, but that ye may do these things to lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven, yea, which is eternal, and which fadeth not away; yea, that ye may have that precious gift of eternal life, which we have reason to suppose hath been given to our fathers.

I love the name that I have because it is the name of my Father, and when I remember my name it helps me to do good and that name is to be shown for good.

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We have had a crazy week. We have been teaching our friend Tunde and she is all ready to be baptized, we just need to see when she has a Sunday off then she will be able to be baptized and confirmed. We have also been teaching our friend Kwadjo he is a funny guy. Really cool. We were able to sit down with him twice this past week and teach him the Plan of Salvation and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He loved the lessons a lot from what he told us. But sadly, he didn’t make it out to church. So, we’ll have to get a hold of him and invite him again. So, the rest of the time we have been out on the street talking to people. Then just the other day we went on exchanges in Edinburgh that was pretty fun. We had a lot of finding time out in the rain and we taught a few lessons, so all was well with that. I then spoke to President Donaldson about a few things with the conference coming up tomorrow. A bit nervous so hope all goes well. Then last night we had a pretty cool experience. We were out doing some try byes of some people that said we could come back. So, we went around to this young family that told us we could come back. We knocked on the door and nothing at first but then the doors open and this lady screams. I guess she didn’t hear us, but it wasn’t the person we were looking for it was just the visitors leaving. So, we spoke to this mom and she had some questions like where did we come from, why do bad things happen, and where do we go? So, we taught the plan of salvation right there on the door step and she said that she hopes that it is the right plan because it’s the best plan she’s ever heard. So, spoke to her about the Holy Ghost and his role in teaching us and that is why she feels the way she does. So, she took a Book of Mormon and we should be going back tonight to see her and the kids again.

So today we have A LOT to do. We need to do this video thing and then get ready for the conference and all this stuff. So, I’m bit all over the place and this will probably be another short email. But no worries we are going to get photos. I have one photo of Elder McLeish and me. Well again I love my Father very much and I’m grateful for the example he is to me! I hope to be just like him one day.

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Elder Augustine and a food challenge that didn’t go so well

Justice is the unchanging law that brings consequences for actions

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Mission Leadership Council

Well, this has been a week. So the start of the week I picked up Elder McLeish and he is from Idaho. My first Idaho companion!! And the last. So he likes to do sports and all that good stuff. He reads stuff. He said anything outdoors is good stuff.

So we had a pretty alright week so far. We spent most of the time out finding on the street because people kept dropping appointments. But it has been good so far. We have found a few new people that we are hoping to see again. So this week we also had our MLC in Edinburgh. It was pretty good.  The first 3 discussions were about personal revelation and how we are following the spirit and not just following ourselves. Then we had a pretty good chat on Our Purpose and how it is supposed to change us. Then Elder and Sister Thompson spoke to us about where are our Anchors. They shared the scripture in Ether 12: 4 “Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.”  So they shared that and spoke about what really is our anchors. There are really two that should be: One is Jesus Christ and the second would be the first vision with Joseph Smith. Then after lunch we went to Arthur’s Seat or as we call it Pratt’s Hill. We climbed to the top and had a council on how to prepare the mission for the new mission president. It was pretty great. So then we made our nice trip back down the hill and finished the meeting and off we were back to the faraway land of Aberdeen. When we got back we then had our Zone meeting with the District Leaders and shared everything we learned with them.  Now we are hoping that it gets to all the missionaries and we’ll have a great transfer.

This week has been well teaching Tunde and she has loved reading the Book of Mormon. The other day she read Alma 42 which talks about Justice and Mercy, she was a bit confused so we did our best to explain these two eternal laws. It’s a pretty hard concept to understand when we haven’t learned too much about it. But Elder Packer gives a great parable about the two laws and how they both are full filled through Jesus Christ. In scriptural terms, justice is the unchanging law that brings consequences for actions. Because of the law of justice, we receive blessings when we obey God’s commandments. The law of justice also demands that a penalty is paid for every sin we commit. When the Savior carried out the Atonement, He took our sins upon Himself. He was able to “answer the ends of the law” (2 Nephi 2:7) because He subjected Himself to the penalty that the law required for our sins. In doing so, He “satisfied the demands of justice” and extended mercy to everyone who repents and follows Him (see Mosiah 15:9; Alma 34:14-16). Because He has paid the price for our sins, we will not have to suffer that punishment if we repent (see D&C 19:15-20). So explaining this was a bit hard but there was a great talk from the last conference that was able to answer her question. That was a lot easier than trying to explain it to her. I’m so grateful for General Conference. They always have the answers. Well, so far we are looking at it being a good week. I’m going to try to get up to Rita this week hopefully. We have become pretty busy with a lot of appointments so we’ll see. Well, I think I’ll get to more of the reflection part of the mission when I get down to my very last week. Still, got a few weeks left still got a lot to learn because every experience is a learning opportunity. So I have been practicing and it’s getting a bit better.

Last transfer, staying in Aberdeen

For your information, I will be staying in Aberdeen for my last 6 weeks of my mission. Today is moves so everything is pretty crazy with moving missionaries around. My new companion will be Elder McLeish. I believe he is from Idaho. He is just coming from Ayr actually so that’ll be fun to chat about. Well, it’s wonderful to hear all about the stuff that is happening back home. I’m glad that everything went well.

It’s been a fun week. Monday was odd. That’s all you need to know. Then the rest of the week was alright we were out on the street a lot. It was pretty fun because we found some new investigators and we were hoping for them to come to church but they didn’t show up sadly. So hopefully next time. So overall too really sum up the week we were out finding and some more finding. Taught a few first lessons and that was really about it. So not too much happened. But I’m excited about these last few weeks and I feel like It’s going to be a really great transfer, we’ll be able to get a lot done and just work hard really.

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So yes I did get a set of bagpipes to play and I was trying to get them all together, but I think I got it now. So no worries I just need to practice a bit more and I think I’ll be able to manage a few songs for the Missionary Conference. I’ll be doing that in the morning so I hope my new companion doesn’t mind. But it was very nice of President Brown to let me borrow them and for the Stronarchs to bring them to me! I need to get going here to pick up my new companion so I might be able to send another email before the day is over. But I guess for now just count your many blessings! I’m grateful for the time that I have served and for the last few weeks I have left to serve! I love missionary work and the blessings that come from it!

Met Nashville Tribute Band

Well, what a fun week! Sounds like everyone back home is having a grand time. I guess it’s summer for everyone so that’s exciting. It’s almost summer here. Well actually it’s been pretty hot here in Scotland the last few days. So that’s been really nice. It’s more and more sunny like the sun comes up at 4:30 or something like that so that’s pretty fun. Yes, it is moves call this coming Saturday. The Last Moves Call. So where will Elder Augustine end up? Probably still in Aberdeen. Yeah, I’ll probably just end up here for the last month of my mission. To be honest.

Money was just for a few groceries to be honest. Didn’t need that much. Yep I have a cow. And the bookmark came from Sister Campbell in the Irvine Ward. The bagpipe reeds came and I’m just waiting for the pipes Sister Stronach said she would bring me them in a few weeks.

So, this week was pretty fun. P-day we went and hiked this tall hill. It wasn’t a mountain. But it was really tall. The guy that took us said it was the tallest point in Aberdeen Shire. So that was cool. Got to the top and got to see all of Aberdeen Shire. Got some cool photos of all of that. Then the rest of the week was pretty normal to be honest. We spent a lot of time out on the streets and knocking doors and trying to teach people. Taught a few people but not many. Friday, we had exchanges with the Seaton Elders and I was off with Elder Palmer so that was really great. We had a pretty fun time. They had their friend who is getting ready for Baptism, so I got to interview, and he is more than ready so that was really cool. Very smart man who has like two master’s degrees and is just ready to be baptized and go to the temple.

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Then Saturday was fun. All the Scotland missionaries got to drive down to Edinburgh for this concert from the Nashville Tribute Band. They played some songs and talked and actually one of them shared a cool teaching from his mission president. Where his mission president asked all the missionaries what their whole purpose of a mission is, and many of them yelled To Baptize! and the mission president said that’s a great purpose but that’s the second focus right now. The First is to learn how to gain personal revelation because without that you aren’t going to find anyone to baptize. It will also prepare you for the future of what to do when you have a huge choice to make. So, I thought that was really cool, gave me a few things to think about and a few songs to listen to. Church was pretty fun yesterday because it was the ward conference. So surprisingly a lot of people came. Like filled the whole place! It was crazy. I just sat there wondering why don’t all these people come every week? It would make such the difference in the growth of the church. The doctrine of Church is taught greatly in Moroni 6. But throughout the Book of Mormon whenever the people came together and prayed together. Not only did they prosper in temporal needs and but they all grew spiritual in ways of kindness and honesty faster than anything else could have done.

Well I look forward to telling you what happens this Saturday!

“What matters most is what lasts the longest, and our families are for eternity.” M. Russell Ballard

Well the start of the week was fun. We went through the national park up to Inverness, I’ve been through that park many times now. But this time we stopped by all the castles and other stuff so that was cool, and we got to check out these places. In the park we meet up with the Inverness District and we went on this fun hike around a loch so that was fun.

Then after all that fun stuff we drove up to Inverness did a little short exchange with a few Elders for the evening and went around working there, so that was fun. We stayed the night and then went to the district meeting in the morning, it was an alright meeting nothing to special really. So, after the meeting we were back on our way to Aberdeen.

We were both tired from all the traveling so the rest of the day work was tough, but it was all good stuff. Well we were only back in Aberdeen for a short while before we were on a train down to Edinburgh. We had exchanges with the AP’s and those are two-day exchanges. So, we got a train Thursday evening and the following day I was with Elder Wright. I don’t think I got any photos of the exchange, so my bad.

But it was all pretty good stuff. We were out on the streets just talking to people and trying to teach people. Most of the lessons that we had planned fell through, so we were back on the streets again out finding. On the street I found two people that seem to be promising about meeting up with the missionaries. So that was cool. I met this one guy and he was very interested, said he would meet with the missionaries but he was from a different area in Scotland, so I got him in contact with those missionaries. And all seemed normal till he started to text me in the evening and he kept referring himself in third person and it got a bit creepy so that was odd.

The rest of the exchange was great, and we got back Saturday night. Next day was church and I was still tired, so I fell asleep for most of it to be honest. But there is no better sleep than church sleep. In fact, it’s the healthiest kind of sleep. Well what a fun day that was. We then spent most of the day just out trying to visit families and what not so all good things.

Well during this week I’ve heard from several people that are going to the Temple and I just want to join them! But I guess I can wait a few more weeks where I’ll be able to enjoy going to the Temple again. So, I guess I might as well share these thoughts. Well over the last two weeks I have emailed Dad about what engineering field I would like to go into and I made a mistake, I made my final choice on civil. So, it’s funny how these simple mistakes seem so natural to every person. One of the greatest gifts given to man is the ability to choose for one’s self. This gift leads to mistakes and failures. But to find success we move from failure to failure then to success.

What I love about the gospel is that the plan is perfect there are no mistakes, only mistakes made by those who are living in the plan. But the Atonement of Jesus Christ was performed knowing that we would make mistakes. What a perfect plan that it is! And even better there is no place greater than to learn of the Eternal Plan than in the House of the Lord or the Temples. So, a simple mistake which can lead to anger or discouragement should be looked upon as the ability to grow or to learn from.

I love what Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said, once we’ve made a mistake “The first thing we can do is learn to laugh.” It will extend our life and make the life around us more enjoyable. Then we seek the eternal remembrance that these are only small moments in the vast span of eternity. Then “The third thing we can do is understand the principle of compensation. The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.” So hopefully through my inspired message Dad won’t be so upset about a simple mistake of changing a major! Love you Dad! And of course, this is to Mom and Annukkah! With each year there are more and more learning experiences and what an opportunity it is to share a special day with those you love most!

I got flashed by a homeless man and worshipped as a Saint.

Well, what a fun week. So this email will be a bit short because we are heading up to Inverness today and we want an early start so we can check out all the cool things along the way!
Well, the start of the week was pretty fun with P-day we had a bunch of Elders at our flat. The whole islands district came down and we just kinda had a fun sporty day and then we went on exchange with the Elders from Stornoway the following day so like on Tuesday. That was alright. We all went to this Mexican place and it wasn’t that bad. Like it was pretty alright. It wasn’t the best or was it right but it was close. So that was all fun stuff. So the night came and we ended up with 16 Elders in our flat. So what a night that was. I don’t think much more needs to be said of that. Then the following morning we had our Scotland North Conference! So we had the Aberdeen Zone and the Dundee Zone all together and we got to hear about a lot of stuff that we covered in MLC but it all still really good. I really enjoyed it. We talked about love and meekness and the future of the mission which was great. President gave some really good advice about the new mission president and that is this the opportunity for us to start over and really become something else or become what we really want to be. And I think that really goes with myself in a few months and that is. This is my chance to become something better than I was and to show that. So the conference ended and we got everyone back to their areas and we started work again the following day. So a few days later after a lot of finding and normal missionary stuff we got to sit down with Tunde. And she is doing great! We got talking and she told us how she felt about church and how she wants that good feeling with her all the time. Well, we told her that she could once she is baptized and confirmed a member of the church. Then we spoke about Prophets today and what they are able to do for us and teach us and how we can follow them. She loved it. But then she asked the question about coffee. So it fit well into the lesson. And we taught her the Word of Wisdom and why it was so important to follow. At first, she was a bit unsure but she knew that the prophet was speaking for God so she agreed to follow it. She said she would have no problem living it so that was good. Then we just kinda of kept going for the week, to be honest. I got flashed by a homeless man and worshiped as a saint. Not sure if that has anything to do with Saint Augustine. But oh well. Then Sunday comes and I was able to call home and speak to everyone! Which was great! I think it’s weirder to say that the next time I see everyone it will be at the airport.
Also driving through the national park today so going to get a lot of photos! Don’t worry it won’t all be car photos!

Out finding and enjoying a nice sunny Sunday

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Well the start of the week was alright not much really happened. Most of the days was spent out finding. Talking to a lot of people. The sun believe it or not has started to come out and stay out. Which has been very nice. Living in Scotland you tend to miss the sun for a few months out of the year. So that has made people a bit more talkative which is always good. Well I think it was about Wednesday I ran into this guy on the street and we had a brief conversation but he said he would be interested in meeting up. So we set a time to meet the following day. The rest of the day was pretty alright.

A few appointments fell through but oh well. Well the next day comes and we do a bit of service in the morning for a member. Then we meet with the guy that I spoke to yesterday. Well he is from Greek and he loves the Book of Mormon. It was actually a pretty great lesson. He has had questions about Christianity for a long time. He himself is a Christian but he still has had these questions and we answered them for him and he loved it. So that was just a great first lesson that we had him and we are hoping to see him the next week and get him to church. Friday came around, which was May the 4th. So that was a pretty great day. I just enjoyed the day overall.

We went on exchanges with the Inverness Elders and I was with Elder Barlow. Pretty cool guy. So we had a great time out finding on the street. We meet this one girl in the morning and was chatting then out of nowhere she just says “Ah screw it, we’ll just go sit down now and have a chat.” So we sit down and to be honest it really didn’t go anywhere. It was funny though. She did want to learn more of like the overall beliefs but didn’t want to do anything with it. So we kept on finding. It wasn’t until the evening time where we ran into the woman from Maine that we set up a really great appointment. She’s pretty honest and has read all the religious texts, well I think most of them and she asked for a Book of Mormon. Because I guess she has never heard of us before. So that was interesting. Hoping to meet with her later today.

Then the weekend came around and we were out finding again. Sat down with a few people but over it all it was pretty normal. During the day there was some trade union march thingy, not too sure exactly but that was interesting. Then Elder Palmer and Elder Masulonis came with us to this Mexican place for Cinco de Mayo. So I think after my many travels this place was the closest in getting it right. It was very good. So I did have to tell them well done. Because there are no good Mexican food places in Scotland. Then Sunday came around! We had a great time because our friend Tunde came and is looking to be baptized. We had a few other… interesting people come as well. Didn’t invite them but they were nice just a bit odd. Not really sure what to think. But it was great and the rest of the day was out finding and enjoying a nice sunny Sunday.

So I believe next Sunday, May 13th is mother’s day. So I should be calling home and chatting with everyone again.

My thoughts in the evening time has been going to my plan for home. I’ll sit there and ponder how I’m going to continue the habits of my mission and use it in my daily life.

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Well, first thing first. My friend Richard Coffey has received his mission call! He has been called to the Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Mission!!!! I’m very excited for him to go and serve the people there. However, my friend leaves July 11th, five days before I get home. I’ll miss my friend for another 2 years. So I’ll get to see him after 4 years.

So the start of the week was pretty fun. We’ve been working on this video for incoming missionaries so we went to a castle to go get some shots. We aren’t done with it yet so we’ll get to finish that today and then I’ll send it to everyone so we can all have a laugh. So I will be honest with this week. We have been just out finding on the street and chapping doors this whole time.

We were able to teach our friend Tunde, We brought Bro. Zimmerman along and we sat down with her and she loves the Book of Mormon but still wants to go to her church. Which is fine but we want her to come and experience what has been restored so we had a great lesson about scripture study and church and really just what it is all about. So after that, we have just been out and about really.

Another funny story from this week. We were out chapping and we chap this one door. This young kid comes to the door. “Hey there, are your parents’ home?” and then answer “Yeah one sec”. Shuts the doors “MOM! MORMONS!” We just had to have a bit of laugh. Then we hear some chatting and then the door opens and this other kid about the same age opens the door then in a deep voice says “I’m Stephens Father” We all just had a laugh together it was pretty funny. Then the rest of the time we’ve just run into some normal people. We talked to one guy that was telling us about weed and how that has been curing his skin cancer for like a couple of years. So pretty normal stuff. To be honest that’s about it. We haven’t been able to get out to that house but we will.

I’ll probably have more exciting stories for next week. Because we have a lot planned for this coming week with exchanges and meetings and out talking to people.

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Well, I guess to go from our monthly topic to the next. From an example to Joseph Smith. I had a day this week where my companion sadly felt ill for the whole day. So that left me with a whole day with the Book of Mormon and some church videos. But more so the Book of Mormon. Well of course at this time in my mission my thoughts in the evening time has been going to my plan for home. I’ll sit there and ponder how I’m going to continue the habits of my mission and use it in my daily life. What are the simple things I need to do? Well, President Nelson gave me the answer in conference talk on Revelation. For the Heavens to be opened in my life. There are 4 things I need to do. 1. Have increased Purity 2. Exact Obedience to the Commandments 3. Daily Feasting on the Book of Mormon 4. Temple and Family History Work. These are the focuses to have that will help not only myself but all of us. So an early morning in the Book of Mormon can set the course of a day with what the Lord would want us to do. It helps us become an example and look to the example of others to know what to do.

And so an example to us on this topic of planning for the future and searching for answers is Joseph Smith. “The Prophet Joseph Smith set a pattern for us to follow in resolving our questions. Drawn to the promise of James that if we lack wisdom we may ask of God, the boy Joseph took his question directly to Heavenly Father. He sought personal revelation, and his seeking opened this last dispensation.” (From President Nelsons talk)

So I have put into practice the example of Joseph Smith and have spiritual planned the simple things to do in the coming days. The promise from President Nelson is if I do this I will grow into the principle of Revelation. The same is for anyone else that follows this counsel from the prophet.

Well, hope all goes with the teeth! I expect a video.

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Well moral of the story… mom was right with Family History!

 

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Scotland/Ireland Mission Leadership Council

 

Well, what a week! I can say that I have the official day of my return will be *Drum roll* July 16! 12 weeks to go and I’m not counting.

The start of the week was pretty dang crazy and I’ll get to some stuff later on in the email that mom will love to hear about. So at the start of the week, because it was stake conference here, we had the whole Islands District living with us! We had all 8 Elders in our flat for a few days and what mess it was. But it’s all clean now. So Monday we were running around dropping missionaries off at the train station and picking them up later in the evening time, so just a bit all over the place and trying to get some other stuff done. But that was pretty much it. Then the following day we were out and about again with a few missionaries and we went to our Islands District meeting. Which was pretty fun. But after all the missionaries left we are out finding and later on in the day we went and did some service for some members. They needed help moving some dirt. So good thing they had the right missionary with the right kind of skills with dirt! I do have to say after the geo lab I’m very skilled in the ways of moving dirt. So we did that for an hour or two. The Sisters came along to help. It was all good stuff. Had some fun and then had some dinner. The members that we had dinner with were super cool they were telling us all about the missionary stuff that they are doing and handing out copies of the Book of Mormon and teaching all their friends about the church. It was pretty great. Well while dinner is going on I get a text from the Shetland Elders, they were supposed to be on the ferry back to Shetland but turns out the ferry left sooner than they thought and missed it. So we call them up and get out the door to go pick them up. The got to spend another day in the Deen.

 

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Scotland/Ireland Mission Zone Leaders

Well in the evening time we went around to this lady that we had found a few days again. We knock on the door and she opens. She is from Slovakia and so we got to teach her and her English is pretty good. But just a few days ago we gave her a Book of Mormon in her language and she has been reading it and she told us that she believes it’s true! And she believes in that Joseph Smith was a prophet! It was so great to sit down and teach her all about the Restoration. I think the Restoration is one of my favorite lessons just because how much it makes sense and how much it helps people understand that God still speaks to us today. So we had a great lesson. Then the following day really turned in a lot of finding. Just kind of out and about, the Shetland Elders got their ferry. Thursday rocks around and we had our Mission Leadership Council. We were all still speaking about what President Nelson told all the missionaries here in the U.K. and Ireland. He spoke about when we first meet people and what to talk about. Then he told us to go up to people and tell them who you are and ask them who they are. Then tell them about your family and ask about their family. Ask them if they can name their parents, their grandparents. Can they name all 8 of their great-grandparents? Not very many people can do that. So tell them that we want to help them find their ancestors. Tell them we want to help them find their story. So during MLC we spoke a lot about different things. About Love, and Meekness and Lowliness of heart. We discussed the future of the mission and where it’s going. Then we got to Family History. Written on the board was the blessings that come from Family History from Elder Renlund’s talk in General Conference. So we shared experiences and I raised my hand and shared about the hobby of my mother in family history. So this went on for a while. Then the following day we went out to find. I then recommitted myself to the work for these final few months and to help as a missionary to find success. So going out with this in mind to share family history of course, I’m still going to talk about other things but I was on the lookout to introduce family history. Well we spoke to a few people, got a few appointments during this time, I spoke to one man and the time came. He started to tell me about his ancestors from Norway. I asked if he could share any stories from his grandparents, he shared a few. I then asked what about your great-grandparents? Only one could be named. I then told him how we can help find his family and learn more of his story. He got pretty excited and before I could set anything up he was asking for my number and times to meet.  So after this nice chat we were then heading back to the car to go somewhere. Well we stopped people along the way. I then spoke to this one girl and almost the same thing happened. It actually started with speaking about Sisters and hair color. Hmm sounds familiar? Well she asked for a number and time to help her find her family. Well moral of the story… mom was right with Family History! We are now just waiting to meet up with them and get them to the family history center. Well Sunday did come around and it was pretty nice. We didn’t have any investigators there, but we did get one of our recent converts that went less active there. He had a great experience with conference and managed to get Sundays off from work so he can get to church. He shared a great story about it with us. Then we had an American dinner with the Zimmerman’s! Oh how I miss American BBQ!! Don’t get me wrong Scottish food is great but it’s ruined my diet. So much fat. So I look forward to my simple meals back home again. But it was all good. They had a family friend whose son just called to this mission and they were on the phone with them when we came so this nice family asked us a bunch of questions about the mission and it was pretty fun.  So what a week eh? So to Annukkah, I have been doing my best to be an example to other missionaries in my leadership calling. My mission president was having a good laugh with me the other day about it. Then early this week I’ve been studying leadership actually in our missionary handbook and it spoke a lot about how to be an example and what I’m really supposed to do as a leader. Also I heard from a few other missionaries in my past areas that some people that I found have now been baptized and are active in the church with their families. In the past there have been 3 families that I have found and now they are going to the temple. So pretty cool stuff!