When everything seems to fall apart around us, when we hold to our simple and strong testimony of the Savior, we can withstand all things.

Well sounds like an exciting week back home. A lot seems to have happened! So that’s all good. Well what a week to tell you about mine. So last Sunday night Elder Myers and I were out chapping some doors and we were getting a few people to tell us that we could come back. So alright pretty normal stuff. We go back the following night and the first door. Go up *Chap*Chap* lady opens the door. “Hey it’s us again!” then “Oh no sorry we already know everything” Then the door shuts. Well alright, we still got two more to go by. Go to the next house. Go up to the door, this time it’s Elder Myers *Chap*Chap* “Hey it’s us again!” door shuts. Well third time is a charm. Then walking all the way to the end of the street we get to the last house. We go up and chap and the woman who answered the other day opens. Then she says that we can come in! At this point we are both like yeah we’ll come in. She was a nice woman with two kids. The younger one has autism and was super hilarious. She would come up to us and yell “I’m crazy” Then run into the door. She had non-stop energy that seemed to flow from some kind of endless battery with no off switch. So surprisingly we did teach the Restoration. I have no idea how but we did! And the mom said out of her whole life of going to Sunday school this makes sense. She told us that it freaked her out a little because it just seemed to click. Her many bible questions were answered and we all felt the spirit.

Well, Elder Myers and I walked away with a fist bump because it was an amazing lesson and she invited us back. So right after this we, had planned to go and see our friend Alex but it was getting late and we were unsure if we would be able to get the bus back to the flat on time. So we prayed and felt that we needed to go anyways. So we got on the bus having no idea what was going to happen. We run to Alex’s house and the lights were on so there was hope that he was in. We chap the door and it wasn’t Alex but a bunch of his friends. They told us that Alex had run off somewhere. Well dang we, tell them to let him know that we came by and then they shut the door. Standing there I had the thought well if we didn’t come here for Alex maybe we came here for them. So we knock on the door again. They all answer and I tell them we are missionaries and we are sharing a message of the Restored Gospel may we share that with you. They all said yes and we set a time to go around tomorrow. The following day we had a district cluster with the Ayr Elders and the Pollock Elders. All the Sisters were gone to some Sisters conference or something. I’m not really sure. But all the Elders got together for a great meeting. We spoke about a lot of different things but really 3 many things. Which were one using the Book of Mormon in the work, two getting our friends to church, and three getting the members involved. So it was really good stuff then from there the rest of the day was pretty normal. We would go out and talk to people and then in the evening time we went back to Alex’s house. Alex was there, we spoke to him about the things he needs to get baptized. Then we invited all his friends into the room and we taught 4 of them the Restoration. Gave each of them a copy of the Book of Mormon and invited them to read it. I know they felt the power of the message. I’m not sure really what will happen with them or if we’ll even be able to sit down with them again but at least I can I say I declared the truth of our message. We walked away feeling calm and that we did our part.

Then the following day was another great story. We were going through the whole day and not much was really happening. Just the day before I had set a lesson up with this girl on the high street and she didn’t really seem like she would show up. But low and behold she came. She only had a few mins before going to work. So while standing there on the street we taught and testified of the Restoration and gave her a Book of Mormon an invited her to read it. She knew that what we shared with her was true and she didn’t really know how to take it in. She didn’t want to set another time to meet because she wanted to think about we shared with her so we said okay. I know we’ll see her again.

For the next few days things seemed to really calm down and we were going around and doing the best we could. I had the Bieth Elders come over for exchange so that I could get to know them a bit better. It was a pretty short exchange, but it was good. Then Saturday came around. The whole day was pretty normal, out finding and talking to people on the street. Then it came to the evening time. We went around to the woman with the two daughters. Knocked the door and there was the young one “You came back!” Once again and hour of radio-active energy was poured into that girl and the off button was nowhere in sight. Like the time before we taught a lesson, have no idea how but we did and it made sense. However this time the mom was completely blown away. We taught the plan of salvation. She was a little unsure about a few things but when we shared the scriptures that taught the doctrine from the Bible and the Book of Mormon she was amazed. We invited her to baptism and she agreed. We’ll be going back tonight for a third lesson. She was unable to come to church because they all slept in. We woke them all up and she couldn’t get the youngest one up.
Sunday was pretty good. It seems to be the Augustine week in Church because you can guess it, I also gave a talk in sacrament. Never saw that one coming did you? I had the opportunity to speak about how we can develop a powerful and strong testimony and share that with others. I wrote the talk the day before but didn’t pull it out to read from during the talk. I shared that a simple testimony is powerful. I used the same scripture that I sent to you from last week in Mormon chapter 8 and showed how Moroni shared his simple testimony in Moroni chapter 1 that he will not deny the Christ. His example is that even when everything seems to fall apart around us when we hold to our simple and strong testimony of the Savior, we can withstand all things. I then reminded everyone of the teachings of Helaman to his son in chapter 5 verse 12. Then bore my testimony of the Gospel. I do enjoy speaking in church.

Then the rest of the day was food and try byes and that was really about it to be honest. So I’ll type up a talk for Alex to read and you can send me photos and I’ll call my mission president to see if I can go down there next Monday for P-day and visit her.

We are never alone in this journey of life.

What an assignment! Mom will give a great talk. I’ll send my thoughts at the end of the email of family history work and the temple.

What a week is has been indeed. Well to start once again I’ve been sick so that hasn’t been the best but it’s been okay. At the start of the week we’ve spent most of the time out finding and just talking to people. Elder Myers and I have been working on using the Book of Mormon more in our finding and sharing it with others. During all this though we have been waiting to hear about the new Sister trainee in the district. That’s right there is a trio of Sisters in the area. Well the Sister didn’t show up till yesterday. We all thought that she got lost or something. But it turns out the Provo mtc kept her there in Provo because she was super sick. Then she got stuck in France in the airport because her flight got cancelled. But all is well so we got 5 missionaries now in the Irvine ward which should be fun.

SO back to my week. Once again Elder Myers and I were out on the high street of Irvine just stopping people and chatting to them. The great thing about a mission is that you have every chance to teach the gospel every conversation is a teaching and learning experience. Well Elder Myers was chatting to someone and I noticed this woman walking with a pram and had a small kid so I go up and just starts very simple about asking her a question and we went on to chat a bit about families and how a belief in Christ can bring them closer together. Then she shared with me about she has been struggling with a few family issues and when she said it actually reminded me of something that I just read that morning in the Book of Mormon. So I opened to Mosiah chapter 2 verses 22-24. I went on to explain how during these times in our lives even when we feel far from God or any hope when we do our best to learn and live the commandments that He has given us. He will help us and bless us with the things that we need. It won’t always be easy but the promise is there. Then she was just staring at the verses that I gave to her, no idea what she was thinking. But she turned and said “I think I really need this”. Well I gave her the book and set a time to meet with her. Which should be tomorrow. Best time to study the scriptures is always at the start of the day cause at some point in the day you’ll need to use what you study that morning. We continued to speak to people on the street for the rest of the day. As the week went on we went around to visit some less active members and some other members. The visits were good but towards the end of the week I became ill, everything just became really blurry so I’ll do my best here to remember what else happened. Well Saturday came around and I had to travel to Paisley for a leadership meeting. The meeting was pretty good. It was long I know I like to talk but some missionaries love to talk for a long time. We spoke a lot about the Restoration and giving Joseph voice and what role the Book of Mormon has to play in all this. So lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the miraculous gift that has been given to us in this day. It is a voice from the dust that rings with power and authority. I was thinking a lot about the men who gave their lives for this record and my mind went straight to chapter 8 of Mormon verse 1-8
“Behold I, Moroni, do finish the record of my father, Mormon. Behold, I have but few things to write, which things I have been commanded by my father. And now it came to pass that after the great and tremendous battle at Cumorah, behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the country southward were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were all destroyed. And my father also was killed by them, and I even remain alone to write the sad tale of the destruction of my people. But behold, they are gone, and I fulfil the commandment of my father. And whether they will slay me, I know not. Therefore I will write and hide up the records in the earth; and whither I go it mattereth not. Behold, my father hath made this record, and he hath written the intent thereof. And behold, I would write it also if I had room upon the plates, but I have not; and ore I have none, for I am alone. My father hath been slain in battle, and all my kinsfolk, and I have not friends nor whither to go; and how long the Lord will suffer that I may live I know not. Behold, four hundred years have passed away since the coming of our Lord and Savior. And behold, the Lamanites have hunted my people, the Nephites, down from city to city and from place to place, even until they are no more; and great has been their fall; yea, great and marvelous is the destruction of my people, the Nephites. And behold, it is the hand of the Lord which hath done it. And behold also, the Lamanites are at war one with another; and the whole face of this land is one continual round of murder and bloodshed; and no one knoweth the end of the war.”

I think this also relates to family history. Many times we feel alone or lost in the dark and no way to see the end of the trials we are going through. But we have the examples and testimonies of those before us. It is important for us as well to preserve a record of our days for those to come long after we are gone so that they may look to how we came to believe in Christ. And we must look to the past to see the examples of those who went through so much so that we could be here today. Family History stirs our hearts to the remembrance of our fathers and sufferings that they went through. Even though Moroni saw the full destruction of his people, he held strong to his testimony “For behold, their wars are exceedingly fierce among themselves; and because of their hatred they put to death every Nephite that will not deny the Christ. And I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ” (Moroni 1:2-1). We are never alone in this journey of life. Even though many of the ones we love go on, their Spirit lives on and their teachings become eternal truths that are written upon our hearts. We must look to our fathers, as Moroni did to his, to hold strong to our testimonies. We then go to one place that has been prepared for us to remember them, the House of the Lord. This is where the convents and promises are made to aid our ancestors to receive these truths and enter into the presence of their God. We go to the temple to become more like the Savior. The Temple needs to become our focal point in life. When reading through the Book of Mormon I have found that many of the righteous kings and prophets have called the people to gather together at temples to not only be taught on high but to be directed in what they need to do. We go for the same reason to be taught and receive direction to any course we need to take in our daily lives. If we do not do our family history to help us to the temple then those that have died mourn for us. They need to be found. Without the continually light from the temple then we as the Lamanites fall and we lose sight of the purpose of this life and the work which have been called to do.
Just Saturday after the meeting we had to rush back to Irvine to help with a baptism for two young kids. I was able to interview them just a week before and found them worthy and happy to be baptized. Every time I have been able to see a baptism it reminds me of the work I have been called to do here. So should the temple be in the daily life of members. When we have gone through the temple for someone else we should be reminded of the work we have been asked to do.

The following day of course was Sunday we had a pretty good Sunday. The priesthood once again is speaking about home teaching. Very important and is a duty that should take a full month to do. Then in the Sunday school the teacher had my companion hold hymn books for the whole class. The books were representing sin and how at first it’s easy to hold but after a while they become more and heavier so we spoke about repentance! Then last of all was fast and testimony meeting. Which is always good. For the rest of the day we went to Sister Campbell’s for dinner. Followed by some chapping and we got a lot of people that invited us back so we’ll see how it goes.

Well I’ll see what I can do about skyping for the baptism and let you know. Talk you to next week.

We have found ourselves just getting more busier.

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Well Happy Birthday to Alex! I sent a card but not sure when it’ll get there.
Well, the start of the week was pretty cool. The last P-day we actually didn’t get around to anything, we didn’t go out to that store so I’ll try again next week. But it was a pretty normal day. Then Tuesday came around and we had a really cool District Meeting. I invited Bishop Yates to come around and speak to all the missionaries. That guy knows a lot about the gospel. It was pretty crazy but really cool. He spoke about the challenges of working with less actives and recent converts. Then the zone leaders gave a short instruction about the difference between a full-time missionary and a fill time missionary. Then last of all, I spoke to the district about using the Book of Mormon to answer questions and objectives. It was pretty cool. Then we were off for the day and it really just got busy. That evening we got invited to the young men’s activity at the church where we spoke to the youth about baptisms. They are going to be doing a youth temple trip soon so we were helping all the priests get ready to help with the baptisms in the temple because they can do that now. Which will be really cool for all them.
So as the week goes on by, we have found ourselves just getting more and more busy. Then I think the great part about the week was running into these two potential investigators. The guy we had a great chat about religion and really just getting away from the world and finding joy or trying to find God. We were then able to set a time to meet with him and I’m really looking forward to that. Then I ran into this woman and she was really nice. She had actually come to the church once before and she loved the idea of temples and that’s what she told me so we had a great chat and I’m hoping to see her again tomorrow. Then we ran into this interesting man. The guy told us he was taught by missionaries in the past and we sat down with him and he told us that he could read minds. Well he wanted to hear what we had to share and he said he enjoyed it and that God was telling him in his mind to get baptized. It was a really good lesson I will admit that, but the guy later texted us and said no thanks doesn’t want to get baptized but thanked us for the book. So that was odd and funny.
Then came moves call on Saturday. We didn’t get too much done because we were thinking about the call all day. We tried to keep ourselves busy but that didn’t work out so well. Well it was getting late we hadn’t had the call yet so we for some food from a kebab shop and came back to the flat to have dinner. Elder Palmer was thinking more and more that he was going to stay, but the call came and Elder Palmer is off to Livingstone. I’m staying here in Irvine and I’ll be with Elder Myers who I just picked up.
This morning we went to Paisley and we get to the train station and Sister Kearns got a new companion as well. Well Elder Myers and Sister Kotter (Sister Kearns new companion) were on the train together coming to Paisley. Well for a while no one knew where Elder Myers went to. He was lost but then found and got on this train. So Sister Kotter was going to stay on the train and Sister Kearns would get on and go to Stevenson with them. Elder Myers would get off and we would get the next train because the train with the Sisters doesn’t go to Irvine. Well the train comes and we see them and Sister Kearns gets on but Elder Myers doesn’t get off and then I see him getting his bags and running to the door but it’s too late the door shuts and the trains starts off again. We all just look as Elder Myers wave’s good bye on the train. It was pretty funny. So lucky the sisters with him had a phone so we call and have him get off at a stop, and then I got onto the next train and then meet him at the stop we told him to get off at. So that was a fun start! The rest of week will be really good though. I’m excited to see what happens. I’ll see if I can skype into the baptism and let you know.

Freedom comes because of the Atonement and the effort on our part to accept that sacrifice.


Well, what a week it has been! Don’t worry I got photos but I forgot about the suit photo so just have to wait another week. I’ll get it eventually.

The start of the week we were off on exchanges. I was with Elder Sazaki and we were also running around everywhere, but it was a good finding day in the heavy rain. Whenever I seem to plan any exchange with the other Elders, it’s always raining really bad and then it’s just not the best exchange.

So the rest of week was just a blur of meeting with people. We were all over the place, again running from appointment to appointment. We’ve been meeting with a lot of less-actives. Most have been coming back to church, so that’s been great! We just have a few more to get back and we’ll be going places.

A funny story, we went around to a member’s home for dinner Fiona Soden and it turns out she grew up with the Cummings from Airdrie. So we had a good chat about that, it was just interesting how everyone here pretty much knows each other. Following the dinner appointment as it was on Wednesday we had Nathan Baptismal interview and he passed so that was great.

The following day we went with Nathan to institute to help him get there and see what it is like and he loved it! So he’ll be going back each week now. It was a small class but it was good. Not the same as Utah where the classes for institute are just full all the time.

Then Saturday we had Nathans baptism! We were at the church early to get the font full. No worries we cleaned it that morning so it was all nice and clean for him. We had his baptism at 6 and quite a few members from the ward came to support him which was really cool. The service started with a talk from Brother Watson about Baptism and then Ruth Peden and she spoke about the Holy Ghost. Then we had Nathans baptism. It was really good. Elder Palmer performed the ordinance. So while they were changing we watched some Mormon messages. They came back and Bishop Yates gave him the welcome to the ward. The following day during sacrament I confirmed him a member of the church and that was a great experience.

So I was able to think a bit about the baptism and really what it does for each and every one of us. I found it interesting just now how Alex wanted to talk about Freedom (February family topic). Whereas baptism is the opening gate to Freedom from a sinful life to a life filled with the spirit and a straight and narrow path back to God. Repentance is the life freeing ability to walk with a clean life. Countless Prophets have always expressed the message of repentance. One such scripture found in the 6th chapter of Jacob which reminds us this message of repentance and joy. Verse 6 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I beseech of you in words of soberness that ye would repent, and come with full purpose of heart, and cleave unto God as he cleaveth unto you. And while his arm of mercy is extended towards you in the light of the day, harden not your hearts”. We come to the throne of God to lay our sins at the feet of the Savior. He has already paid the price with his prefect Atonement which came about through an eternal love for all of us. He cleaves to us because he wants us to trust him. He extends his nailed scared hands towards us every day as a reminder that we are never alone. The Atonement allows us to change and become a new even when we sin again and again. Baptism is just the step into the kingdom of God, However Enduring to the End is the pathway to Eternal life with our heavenly king. Freedom comes because of the Atonement and the effort on our part to accept that sacrifice. A bit all over the place but the simple truth is how repentance is real and it available to all. Nathan has been able to experience that freedom from sin now. He is now on the path way to return to his Heavenly Father and enjoy the blessings that come from the Gospel. In my studies I have found it interesting how the Doctrine of the Atonement is most accepted truth by all Christians but the least understood by them. Where others teach that he simply paid the price of sin so we may be saved. But it’s more than that. We understand that the Atonement was prepared from the foundation of the world. He overcame Physical and Spiritual Death. Through his atonement we are all saved from physical death that is a free gift to all and does not depend on what we have done in life. All of us will be resurrected. However the effects of spiritual death depend on us. Jesus Christ has already paid the price but it is up to us to accept that or not. Just as Jacob encourages us to not harden our hearts, we take a step with a broken heart and give it to that Great Carpenter. Through ordinances by correct priesthood authority we can find safety in the arms of the Savior. No matter who we are or where we are he will always be right there waiting for us.

So we will be having moves call on Saturday and I’m not sure what will happen, but I think I might stay.

Also where you bought my bagpipes the McCallum place. It’s in my area! We are going to get a bus out to it today and go give it a look.

So to end, this week will be another crazy week, but we are seeing miracles!

When we just simply follow the commandments and do our best we can feel such a greater peace in our life.

Irn Bru has changed the recipe because something with tax and sugar but it’s still pretty much the same thing. No different.
Well we kind of did a Burns Supper at the Minchin’s but that was about it, the ward here didn’t do one. Other wards did but not here. This week has been a crazy wee! So Monday we were going to go to another beach and check some other places out with the sisters but it started raining a lot so we just hung around the mall around. We went in this PC Curry place with all the smart phones and stuff and I never knew what the phones can do now! It’s crazy. The hardest part was I couldn’t figure out how to turn on the phone. So P day was alright.
We then had our Scotland South Conference. We woke up pretty early then got a train to Edinburgh. I honestly like taking the train, I don’t really want a mission car. So we got to the conference and it was a pretty simple conference. We had some good instructions about the Atonement and a few other things about the New Year, and what the mission is hoping to do. We were told about our new mission President. I’ll have him as my mission President for about a week or 5 days. So not really two mission presidents. Then we had the fun time travelling back to Irvine. We were going to get a ride to the train station from the mission home because our zone leader said that the van would come back for my District. So we waited and waited, and they never came. The other AP came back and he called the missionaries that were driving the van and those missionaries thought they were done with giving rides, so they went and started street finding. Well we just gave up and walked. Got back pretty late but that’s okay.
So the rest of the week has been pretty crazy, we’ve been running from appointment to appointment. I mean we have been literally running. I need to do morning exercises more often. So we went and taught our investigator Nathan. The first lesson was terrible. We were all over the place, but we went back the next day and it was great! He wants to get baptized so badly. He is doing great. So Sunday morning we were going to walk with him to church and we were out on the street waiting for him, but he didn’t show up. So we ran over to his flat and buzzed his flat over and over and woke him up. Then he got dressed and off we were to church. So we got to Church and it was a pretty good service. Nathan just went around to everyone telling everyone about his baptism and how he loves reading the Book of Mormon. It’s been great! Then after church we sat down with him and went through the Baptismal questions. This guy had some really amazing answers. We’ve only been teaching him for a week. Then one of the questions was “what does it mean to you to repent?” And he answers with “To apply the Atonement of Christ” I have never heard any investigator give such a profound answer. Just completely blew me away. So I can say that this week I had a joyful heart!
Because of the miracles that have been happening in this area, Elder Palmer and I have been working really hard and we are starting to see the effects of working hard. When we just simply follow the commandments and do our best we can feel such a greater peace in our life. This is how this past week has been. So it’s going to be a great week this week as well! The Beith Elders came down for P day today and we’ll be on exchanges tomorrow. Then we should be having a baptism on Saturday. What a great week. I’ll get the t shirt pictures today don’t have any photos of the birthday so oh well. Maybe next year ha-ha. Then I did get the card so Thank you to everyone I loved it a lot!

What an undeniable witness one receives when he or she reads the Book of Mormon with real intent.

Sounds like a lot has been happening back home and will be very different when I come home.

Well what a week aye! Our last P-day we went with the Sisters over to a beach and just had some fun and took some fun photos. Elder Palmer and I were wearing the shirts, but it was so cold that we didn’t want to take off the coats to take a photo, but we got some other photos. Then we were out and about again for the evening knocking doors. We went around to someone who had invited us around a couple of weeks ago. They were in and we were able to teach a lesson and they are reading through the Book of Mormon! We were going to see them yesterday but they sent us a text that they had a massive hang over. We laughed and said we’ll come back later on in the week.

So the hours went on. We had our first District meeting of the transfer! What a great meeting! We learned about praying with faith and having expectations for miracles! We talked about some teaching skills, we read Alma 29 and compared it to missionary work, followed with talking about the Atonement and how it applies to us as missionaries and those we are teaching.

Well after the meeting we got back to work. Then really the next 3 days just kind of blurred together really. Because of all the visits we have been doing for the Bishop and all the people we are running into, I’ve never been so busy before which has been great! We are working with a ton of people and just trying to get them to Church. We did have a less active come which was really good! So out of all the appointments I don’t know how, but we were still able to set up appointments to teach new people. What a miracle!
Saturday we went out on exchanges with the zone leaders in Paisley. The first man I tried to speak to wasn’t very nice. He kept going off how evil I was and what we believe and that we don’t believe in the real Jesus. So being me, I held out my arms and offered this man a hug. He wasn’t very keen on receiving a hug, but the invitation was there. It’s sad that a lot of people in the world won’t stop and listen to something that is kind and meaningful from another person. So we kept going and we spoke to some nice people, it was an all finding day so not always the most fun, but it was interesting.
I also spoke to another woman who was going to Mass but she doesn’t know if Jesus is really the Son of God or not. In fact she didn’t really know if anything was true about the gospel, but she was fine with just how she was not knowing. I could not understand this woman at all, to continue to go to church because that is what her family did but never wanting to know. I think that is the biggest difference between those that read the Book of Mormon and those who don’t. Why not receive the most powerful witness that Jesus is the very Christ that he professed to be? Why not such a strong belief that you can say that he have was the great Jehovah of the Old Testament, The Messiah of the New, and that he lives! He is eternal and everlasting and brings us peace. What an undeniable witness one receives when he or she reads the Book of Mormon with real intent and humbly asks the Father in the name of Christ if it is true. I think was the biggest thing that I learned that we can know God. We can know because that is one of the purposes of life to know the Father. When we know him and we know that he knows us we can receive so much more out of life.
So after the exchanges we came back to Irvine, it was late as the children were making a mess in the street. Then we received a text from a young man asking if he could come to Church tomorrow. So we sent a time and a place to meet then we would walk to church. The following morning there he was and we walked to church. Probably the nicest kid I’ve ever met, but also terrible with social skills. However, he came and just started talking to everyone and we went through the whole day which he really enjoyed it. The best part was at the very end, he turned to us and asked if we do baptisms. We responded of course with a yes! Then looking very intently he asked if he could get baptized today. Took us both back, was not expecting that, but he will be getting baptized very soon. So we had a really good week! Working hard and loving it.

With the guidance that we get from the Prophet today, we can navigate the most difficult trials in life.

What a week! So the start of the week was New Years. We had a bunch of movies and we sat in our flat all day doing nothing. Which was really nice to just sit back and relax. We had the whole Avatar series the cartoon and we watched that all day. So it was actually pretty fun. Tuesday we got back to work. We did a bit of P-day stuff in the morning but then the rest of the day we were out and about. We had a meeting with the Bishop and talked about people that we could start to visit and others we could have the chance to find a baptism. We are looking for a soul to bring to Christ this Transfer.

Well then you guessed it, the following day was another day like any other. We went on exchanges with the Beith Elders. So I was off with Elder Gregory and Elder Palmer went off with Elder Sazaki. It was a bit weird because they are all 18 and still really new in the mission field. I felt so old around them all, but it was good. We had a big lunch together, the Sisters came and joined us also. Sorry, I forget to get photos. But it was good. They all gave me card telling me how old I was. We then went to the Minchin’s and had a great dinner with them for my birthday.

The rest of the week has just flown on by, we’ve been so busy with visiting people and finding that we are getting really busy, which is really good! We almost had to cancel some dinner appointments because how busy we were this week, we did have a pretty funny experience with finding. We were out on the high street and here comes walking a woman and I start to talk to her and as I start she puts in her headphones and I’m like oh she probably just going to listen to some music but she answers the phone! Then just walks away. Elder Palmer noticed so we were just kind of laughing at the awkward moment. But then she turns around and walks back and apologized that it was her mother and asked us what we were doing. So that started the conversation, and she said she would be interested in coming to church. We then asked if we could come by to visit her and her family which she responded with “Why not”. Probably our most solid appointment. It was just a nice small miracle for us. So during the rest of the week we were just out and about. Then there was one day we received a text from our zone leader asking if I could give an instruction the next day, however there were no meetings to my knowledge. So I answered back and well it turns out we had our leadership meeting in the morning and they never informed me and now I have just a few hours left of the day to come up with a half hour instruction, but we got the instruction all planned out. Usually the companions to the District leader don’t stay for the meetings but I had Elder Palmer stay he didn’t want to but it was fun. So not too much to talk about this week, just that we are becoming more and busier which is good. I’m excited for the next month.

Then President Donaldson sent out a very interesting email this week. As with the passing of President Monson, he will be missed but I’m grateful for the leadership in the church that we will never be without a prophet in the church today. Just an interesting thought from President Donaldson but he shared with us what happens when the Prophet passes away.
When the president of the Church passes away, the following events take place:
1. The First Presidency is automatically dissolved.
2. The two counselors in the First Presidency revert to their places of seniority in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Seniority is determined by the date on which a person was ordained to the Twelve, not by age.
3. The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, now numbering 14 and headed by the senior apostle, assumes Church leadership.
4. The senior apostle presides at a meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve to consider two alternative propositions:
i. Should the First Presidency be reorganized at this time?
ii. Should the Church continue to function with the Quorum of the Twelve presiding?
5. After discussion, a formal motion is made and accepted by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
6. If a motion to reorganize the First Presidency is passed, the Quorum of the Twelve unanimously selects the new president of the Church. The new president chooses two counselors and the three of them become the new First Presidency. Throughout the history of the Church, the longest-serving apostle has always become the president of the Church when the First Presidency has been re-organized.
7. Following the reorganization of the First Presidency, the apostle who has served the second longest is sustained as the president of the Quorum of the Twelve. When the second-longest-serving apostle has also been called into the First Presidency as a counselor, the third-longest-serving apostle becomes acting president of the Twelve.
8. The president of the Quorum of the Twelve, along with the rest of the apostles, sets apart the new president of the Church through a formal laying on of hands.

Our Heavenly Father is a God of order and direction. He wants us to have as many blessings as we can receive and even more. The Presidents of the Church are the successors to the Prophet Joseph Smith and they by Direct Revelation lead and guide the Kingdom of God on Earth. Every 6 months we have the chance to hear council from these inspired men. After that conference we should have those talks next to our scriptures for the next 6 months. That is our modern scripture for this day and age. With the guidance that we get from the Prophet today, we can navigate the most difficult trials in life. How grateful we should be for our Prophet. I will never have to rely on wisdom of men to interpret scripture into what they want. I will never attend Church anywhere in the world and have it be different. We are a part of the living Church that is the same everywhere which is the only Church that holds the authority of God and holds the answers to eternal life. Make sure we spend time pondering on the messages that we receive from our Prophet.

Happy Birthday Elder Augustine!

Well it’s going to be a short email this week because I’ve been rushing around and not really up to much!
I was able to skype home for a bit on Christmas and it was great to speak to everyone! It’s weird to say that I’ll be coming home this year now. The last year was up and down, but full of great experiences. I’m really excited for these coming weeks and what will happen in the mission. We’ve been working pretty hard, so this next year will be something. I forgot my camera so no photos this week, sorry.

So it’s been really great here in Irvine, I’ve been so excited each day as we work. We’ve been meeting a lot of great people and setting up a lot of appointments, so it’s all really great. To be honest though I don’t know what to say in this email, it’s been just a lazy day with New Year’s so we’ve been sleeping and watching movies and just doing nothing. It’s nice to just sit down and do nothing for a bit, but it’s also really boring. So we’ll be getting back into work and just going to keep going when it’s all over. So I’m glad everything back home is well and everyone enjoyed the New Year! Thank you for the Birthday song and thank the Stronachs for the Birthday card! It’ll be a fun day. We’ll be on exchanges with the Beith Elders so we’ll have a great day of work and just enjoying being missionaries! So hope all is well speak to you next week!


Transferred to Irvine, Ayrshire

Alright well this is going to be a short email because it’s been a super busy day and it’s been a busy few days. So last week was a pretty good week we were out seeing people and saying our good byes as we were really unsure of what would be happening. Thursday we went around to see the Thomson family. While we were there is when I received the moves call, because Friday we would be leaving in the morning to drop off Elder Herr to go home for Monday. So the call came and I’ve been moved to Irvine. I’m back in the Paisley Zone at the exact same time last year. I’ve been to Irvine a lot when I was in Kilmarnock so it’s a bit odd to be here. This was the zone leader’s area when I was here.

Well the hardest part about the call though was that they were shutting down the islands for the winter. Missionaries will be back in the spring, but it was pretty sad to hear that. Still not sure what I think about it. After the phone call we said our good byes and off we were to get packing and cleaning the flat.

That was a pretty long night. We woke up early the following morning, dropped off one last Book of Mormon for a man along the way before catching the ferry and then the long travel down to Aberdeen.

I said good bye to Elder Herr on Saturday and he was off. I was then with the zone leaders for the next few days. Sunday was an interesting day because I went to Church in Aberdeen and everyone kept coming up to me and asking if I was the new Elder and I would say no, then they would walk off. So it was pretty funny.
The days were pretty long as I was waiting to get moving to my new area. Monday was just crazy! I ended up with one of the zone leaders because the other one was moved, however we were rushing back and forth all around Aberdeen moving missionaries here and there. Then we had to pack all of our things and pick up another Elder and drive all the way to Edinburgh, which was not a fun car ride.
Once in Edinburgh I met my companion and we then packed all the stuff into another car and that was way too much stuff. We then arrived to Irvine and that was a pretty good ride. I do miss the trains, mostly because I get to talk to a variety of people, you don’t get to do that in the car. We arrived to the Irvine flat around 8-ish. Opened the door to the flat and it was just a mess. I honestly think President sends me to areas so I clean up after some missionaries. Just on Sunday I helped to clean the zone leader flat because that was gross. So last night and pretty all day today so far we’ve been cleaning it up and making it nice again, because a clean life is a happy life. So far here in Irvine it’s been great, I have a great new companion Elder Palmer who is an amazing missionary and will be a great leader in the mission soon. We are going to be doing some great things here in Irvine! I will miss the Orkney Islands as there are some of the greatest people there that I got to know really well.
So sorry for the short email again, but I don’t have much time to email today! But I will be speaking to you soon!