Message from President MacDonald

Dear Brother & Sister Augustine,

Your son, Elder Augustine, will complete his full time missionary service in the Scotland/Ireland Mission on 16 July 2018.   He has been asked to meet with his Stake President as soon as possible following his return. 

Elder Augustine has been an exceptional missionary and leader in the Scotland/Ireland Mission.  I have only been here a few weeks and yet I have grown to love him dearly.  His devotion to the work and his faithful obedience to mission rules have made him a valued friend and helper to me.  Many of the people in the areas he has served have had their hearts touched and their lives enriched as he shared the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.  His contribution to the missionary effort has certainly moved the work forward and will have eternal consequences.

Thank you for parting with him for these past two years.  Your sacrifice and his has blessed all of us immensely.  Our love and prayers accompany him as he returns home to his dear ones.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Macdonald, President
Scotland/Ireland Mission

Scotland is great and I have loved this land for a very long time.

Well looks like there is an end to these past two years. So with the craziness of the past couple of days, I will be stopping by to visit Rita on our way down from Inverness on Tuesday. Don’t worry I have people’s contact stuff.

So to be honest I have a lot to say about the past two years but I don’t think I could put it all in an email. I think of a few things when I reflect back on the mission. I have been able to understand how the Holy Ghost works and what his role is. He is the teacher and when we speak or learn about the gospel it is the Holy Ghost teaching us that we are learning is of God. One of the great truths he teaches is taught in Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” we are all children of Heavenly Parents that love each and every one of us. In understand who I am to God the order of prayer is more clear and understandable. Prayer comes more naturally and is more of a learning experience when we understand that relationship. In doing so we are better able to a line our will with the will of God. There will still be mistakes made of course but that is what the Atonement was made. I think I have learned more about the meaning of the Atonement in the past two years than ever before. I’m going to use a few scriptures they will explain it better than I could but Mosiah 3:7-10 “And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.  And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.  And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.  And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.” After learning this for myself I want to cry with the people that king Benjamin was teaching and shout “Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.”

So out of all the wonderful and crazy experiences, I have had all have been a learning opportunity. So I am excited to apply what I have learned on the mission into my daily life. Scotland is great and I have loved this land for a very long time. So tell everybody I’m on my way and I just can’t wait to be home!

The computer isn’t working with photos so I’ll get that all to you next week.

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I would have to say though my art skills of the Plan of Salvation have improved a lot over the last two years of drawing it out each week.

Favorite flavor of ice cream, Strawberry and this month’s family topic why not the Book of Mormon.

So this week was a pretty exciting week. We started out with a trip up to Slains Castle. That was pretty fun.

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The castle was just open for anyone to go up to it and just go everywhere right next to the cliffs. After walking around I can see how it would inspire the story of Count Dracula. Then we were going to meet our friend in the evening time but he didn’t show up. So that was a bit disappointing. But we were able to go out and do some finding. Well, the following day we skyped in for the Islands district meeting. Then the rest of the day was pretty alright. We met with our friend Jack. In the afternoon on Tuesday. He is a really nice guy from Thailand. So he told us about that and we were trying to teach him the Plan of Salvation but that isn’t really what he needed. It was an alright lesson but there is a bit of language bearer. I would have to say though my art skills of the Plan of Salvation have improved a lot over the last two years of drawing it out each week. So after this really the rest of the days went by pretty fast with just being out on the street. The days have been going by really fast. So then on Friday, we had exchanges with Elder Palmer and Elder Masulonis. I was off with Elder Masulonis and the day flew by. I think we worked really hard and the day just went by, every time I looked at my watch almost an hour or two would go by.

Then Saturday the sisters in our ward had a baptism with a funny guy named Alan. They asked me to give a talk so I gave a talk on Baptism and the sacrament. I thought it was pretty good. Then we met with Jack later. Sunday came around and we were out finding for most of the day. Then we had dinner and a meeting with Brother Zimmerman. So that was really the week. Our friend Tunde is off on Holiday to Greece for this next week.

Well, I have learned a lot from all my companions but I think you need to wait so I can tell you all in person the things that I have learned from all of them, but I have learned a lot and it has been all really good stuff. I am going to go by and visit Rita this week on Thursday.

I have the shirts, I will get the photos today.  Today we are going to head over to Balmoral Castle that big famous castle that the queen lives in. So I’m going to go chap the door and see if we can teach the royal family. So sorry it’s a bit of a short email because we are going to be going out to this castle and we need to leave soon and then we will be traveling down to Edinburgh for our conference tomorrow with the new Mission President, President and Sister Macdonald. So it should be a fun time. Next week will be a bit more of an email and then I’ll see ya’ll at the airport!

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There I was playing the Bagpipes in Edinburgh, in the Scotland/ Ireland Mission!

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Well, it is the final countdown! Down to my last 3 weeks. Time has gone by super-fast. I for sure have learned a lot. Not going to say everything because that will wait for my last email. But this week has been a great week for us! At the start of the week, we were off filming our new incoming video. Which by the way is beyond the best thing ever.

We finished that video then we were out on the street talking to people. Spoke to a few good people but the time was short. The following day came and in the morning we took our drive down to Edinburgh. We drove Elder Palmer and Elder Masulonis. Taking the drive down gave me time to think about how this will be my last time seeing my Mission President. Now to let everyone know no one in this world could ever be as great as my Father Mark Augustine. But I would like to talk about my Mission President and his wife. President Donaldson loves his sweets and he loves his missionaries even more. He has a heart big enough for the whole world but is also stern and ready to correct with passion. Although I have only seen them every few weeks they have always born witness of the gospel and taught truths so simple there was no misunderstanding.

So heading down to the conference I was able to reflect and ponder. They had us come down earlier than the other missionaries because they had the departing missionaries go through a self-reliance course for a few short hours. Talked about going home and getting a job and plans for the future all good stuff. So that was that, then we finished and the actual conference started. It started with some musical items and then the departing testimonies. The Sisters went first and then it was myself for the first of the Elders. Walking up to that mic was something else. When I came into the mission I gave an incoming testimony. At that time I stood and spoke to a group of missionaries that had been out for so long and there I was telling them how excited I was to be there. That, by the way, was in the Glasgow building. So this time I stood up there and it is so hard to tell a group missionaries what happens over a simple time period of two years. I told them how I loved serving in the Scotland Mission. They all had a pretty good laugh at that. We can testify of the many, many truths we learn but you can never express fully the feelings of change that comes through understanding and teaching the gospel.

Well after the departing testimonies there were incoming testimonies. Then we heard some instructions and what not. It was all very good. So it came around to dinner time and the missionaries all went into the gym to eat and that was my cue! So everyone all sat down and I came marching in with the bagpipes. To be honest, I couldn’t really believe it and I was a bit nervous, but there I was playing the Bagpipes in Edinburgh, in the Scotland/ Ireland mission. I don’t think anyone a couple of years ago could have expected this. But I did it and I did my best. It was strange to hear missionaries clap at the end. Normally in most church meetings it’s the silent nod in a reverent manner that means “Well done, yes well done, I would clap if I could”. I am grateful for President Brown and the Stronachs to help out with this moment. It meant so much to me and those who listened. So we all ate dinner and enjoyed some food.

After dinner, we had the blessing of having a face to face event with Elder Bednar and his wife. He taught about who the real teacher is. I learned a lot. He had some funny things to say. For one I learned from an apostle about what it really means to take notes in these meetings. If we just write down everything that is said we create a history and we did not learn what we were supposed to learn. But if we listen and record thoughts and feelings we gain revelation. But we need to be still. I think I finally learned what it meant to be still. But through all the great questions and answers one of which we learned is what it felt like to be one of 13 men to be set apart by a Prophet of God. I would like to share two things which I think we should all apply at some point in our lives and that is gaining personal revelation through the Book of Mormon. Well, Elder Bednar answered a missionaries question with a commitment instead.  This missionary had a certain question about Hope. So Elder Bednar told him to get a blank copy of the Book of Mormon write down the topic or question then mark that whole Book with every reference to that topic or question. Then at the end to write a summary of what he learned. Then place that summary in the back of the book. Title it on the side of the book with that question or topic Hope Vol 1. Then get another Book of Mormon and do the same thing. In the end, you compare your two summaries to see what you have learned. That should also be titled Hope Vol 2. Then by the end of your life, you should have a whole bookcase full of copies of the Book of Mormon. But this revelation for you, if others want to know what you know, they can do the same thing and learn for themselves.

So the second thing that I learned was pretty funny. A missionary asked, “what does he still apply from his mission?” He shared this verse. D&C 88: 124 Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated. Well, he still goes to bed really early and wakes up really early. Why because the Lord has told us that in the morning time our minds will be invigorated or given strength or energy to our minds. This is a time where the distractions of the world haven’t awaken yet and in the quiet peaceful morning, we can be more in-tune with the spirit and what to do that day. In fact, it was an early morning start that lead to the first vision, which has lead to the Restoration of the Gospel.

So after all this, we said goodbye to our mission president. There were a lot of tears but it was good. I had my last interview with President and that was it.

We traveled back to Aberdeen and got going for the next week. We have been out teaching a lot. We met with our friends Tunde and Kwadjo this week and that was great. Both are getting ready for baptism. Kwadjo came to church this week and loved it. A lot has happened in a few short days but I think I’ll leave some of these stories so that I can tell you when I see you all again.

Well, I’m off I’ll email next week!

Here you go. President Donaldson and Sister Donaldson and the shoes I’ve been wearing. I didn’t notice the holes till now! But don’t worry I bought some gel insoles! They work great!!

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!