There has been so many wonderful things happening more and more

What a week for you it sounds like it has been all over the place but it does sound like a good week. The temple is just a wonderful place and I really do miss it. When you go around and teach people about it for a year, you really want to go there yourself after awhile. I did hear all about Alex and winning the tournament which is really awesome! I’m really proud of him and what he has been able to do.


So the past few days have been really crazy for myself and the next week will be even more so. The past week we had the conference down in Aberdeen and being down there was really great. I love going to the conferences mostly because it’s always what I need to hear every 6 weeks. So this past conference we really talked a lot about inviting others to come to Christ. How pretty much that’s our whole purpose as missionaries is to invite, if we don’t invite then we are not

following the commandments which have been given to us. The funny thing is, is that I was thinking of that same scripture that you shared with me 1 Nephi 3:7. There are a lot of people that think we are being pushy when we invite them to baptism but no one will ever change unless we ask them to. And it’s a

commandment for everyone to get baptized and to also invite those that have not yet have had the chance to hear the gospel on this side as well. So there is a way prepared for both sides to accomplish that, which is very comforting. So we had the conference and we were down there in Aberdeen for about 3 days. The

first day was just a lot of travel and that was long. The second day was the conference were we just learned a lot of great things. The following day we drove with the Smiths to a castle because that is where the Parks were going to pick them up for their temple trip. So we to the meeting place and the Parks

came we were off back home. We drove through the national park because that’s where the GPS took us. Got to see the beautiful hills of Scotland on the back to Orkney. So we spent the rest of the day traveling all the way back to the top of Scotland and got the ferry to the islands. We didn’t get home till right at 9:30 I think. But we made it!

Then the next few days went by fast. We are pretty much finished with are a little chapping area and it’s time to move on to the next. We were able to find a few more people that are interesting in learning more so praying that we will be able to see them again. So just the other day yesterday. We had church and it


went pretty well. We had an interesting investigator show up. He said it would probably be his last Sunday in Orkney so he thought he would just come around. So after church as we were walking around town trying to talk to people and we ran into this one lady. And we got talking and she told us a question that she

has had for a long time and we told her that we have an answer. So she told us to wait and she’ll be back in 30 mins. So we waiting and she came back. So we were looking for a place to sit and she kept saying the pub. And we weren’t really wanting to go into a pub to have a gospel conversation. So she said that was fine but she wanted a drink. So she went into the pub and came back with her

drink and we found a bench and we started to teach her or give her the answer to her questions which were why bad things do happen and where is my child that died when it was born? So we started to explain and we got through part of the answer and she stopped us and asked do you really believe that. So we of course

said “We know that” and then we started talking again and then out of nowhere she gets up leaves. She said she would be right back. So we wait 10-15mins not coming back. So we do companion study for an hour. And still she hasn’t come back and well we couldn’t keep waiting and so we ended up leaving and it was just interesting for it to happen. I don’t think I’ve ever had someone just get

up and leave. So I’m still reflecting on the experience and praying that we will see her again and explain more to her. So we went chapping to finish that night off and we found 2 really great guys that wanted to read the Book of Mormon and learn more about it. We are going back this next week to go and teach them.
So this next week will be crazy because the Elders from Shetland are coming down for a few days. We are having a 2-3 day exchange so should be a lot of fun. We’ve been doing really well and I’ve been getting really excited cause we have been finding more and more people here on this tiny island that want to learn more. Oh also this past week we got a wonderful new investigator named Dan and we played the Restoration movie for him which I have never really done before but we were able to talk about it and what it means and we invited him to baptism and he said yes! And that he is wanting to learn more! We are going places on this Island!

There has been so many wonderful things happening more and more. It really has been a blessing and really because we have been doing our best. It’s one thing I love about being a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints, is that it is the true church and it has the fullness of the Gospel so we are going to see the miracles. Just the other day I was listening to a talk called the Blue Prints of the True Church. It was a BYU devotional and the speaker talks all about what Christ’s church was like found in the Bible. And the only church that matches that same blue print is the Church of Jesus of Latter day saints. So all those wonderful blessings that we gain from the temple are real and then do happen. I love that a lot. So it’s wonderful to hear about your past week and the wonderful things that you were able to learn about in the temple. I’m happy for Alex and what he is doing and for Annukkah and Dad in being the wonderful family that they are. So I hope this next week goes well and I look forward to hearing from you next week.

Love you all I’m heading off now! To go and get some twin photos! Have a great week and I’ll hear from you next week!

*The above pictures of from Braemar Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland. For more information about Braemar please visit this site: http://www.braemarcastle.co.uk/

If someone joins the church here in Orkney we baptize them in the ocean

August 3, 2017
So the last few days have just flown on by it was pretty crazy. But also the last few days haven’t been the best either but oh well. We’ve had a lot of rejection the last two days so that wasn’t really fun but we can’t change if people will accept the message or not. So it mostly spent chapping and finding and going around to teach people. Yesterday we taught Grahame we talked about the Plan of Salvation and it was pretty cool. He had a lot of questions around the purpose of this earth life and really the question came down to if God had directly interfered at the moment the bad things were happening would he be the man he is today? So we were just helping him answer that question. Then we today we were teaching Mark and that was a pretty fun lesson again we taught about the Plan of Salvation and it was pretty interesting to talk about with him. I hope he could come to church because it would be really awesome for him to come along. He has been thinking more about it which is good. Which I know is the spirit really trying to work on him cause that’s one way the spirit works is by those thoughts. Well just praying that he will come along. So that has really been the last few days.

Aug 6, 2017
Well again it’s been a really busy last few days have no idea where the time has gone off to. It’s been a pretty crazy time here. So it’s really been just a lot of finding. Thursday we spent most of the day just finding. Oh we did go over to the Smiths for lunch and while we over there we were helping Sister Heyward with her computer cause it’s just a mess. So we got it all cleaned up and then we were trying to get her LDS account works and getting her family history stuff up and running. But no one could remember the passwords that was set up for her. So we spent so much time just trying to figuring it out. Then because we kept trying so much we got locked out of the website that we were using so we had to put it off till the next day but we did get it then so that was good! And now Sister Heyward is doing family history and finding all her family which is just wonderful.
So then following all that the rest of the time was just finding. But we were able to find some cool people! So yesterday while we were chapping there was this one house that we kept walking by we’ve already knocked it like twice and there was no answer. So we are like okay they seem like they are home. So we go up to the door and just as we are about to chap the door, the door opens! But there was this guy leaving and this little girl with him. So as they were walking away another lady was behind them and we were just like hello there. But it was this ladies son and granddaughter and she just watches the little girl while the parents go off to work. So we go talking about family and about her family. Well do get around to the Well we’re missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. And she is like I know you guys. So it turns out she was meeting with missionaries like over the past 20yrs and the last ones to come around was about a few years ago. But she remembers the first two missionaries she meet about 20yrs ago. Elder Winkle and someone else. But that was really cool so she took a Book of Mormon and we’ll be going back next week go and talk to her.
Then following that we were chapping and we chapped into this other women who doesn’t really know what to believe in but she was willing to sit down with us but next week as well.
So over it all it was a really good week.

Aug 7, 2017
Well woke up at 4:30 this morning to get ready. Elder Chapple took a while in the shower so I only had a few mins to get ready but we got ready and then we picked up the Smiths and off we were to the ferry. So I’m on the ferry now typing this all up. Everyone was going to sleep but it doesn’t seem like they are going to. Elder Smith is talking to Elder Chapple about Australia it’s a pretty funny conversation. So today we are on the ferry all the way down to Thurso and there the Smiths will do a flat check for Thurso and we’ll get some breakfast and then we’ll go to Lidl for some breakfast! And off we are again down to Elgin for a district lunch. The sisters and other senior couple from Stornaway will be meeting us in Elgin for the lunch. Not sure if our district leader from Shetland will be meeting us there or not. Be cool if he was. So after that we should go down to Aberdeen and spend the rest of P-day doing something down there and street contacting for the last part of the day. Then tomorrow we will be having the conference following the meeting I’m not sure what we’ll do. But it’ll be something and then we’ll spend the night again and then drive up the next morning to get our ferry. So should be a fun time.
So it sounds like a fun week!
That’s okay that I don’t have a room anymore the Smiths says that I’m a man now because we sleep on the floor when we go to conferences like today. That’s pretty cool that you went around to the MTC it looks like a fun place but I’ll always love the Preston England MTC. It’s wonderful to hear about everything else and all about Annukkah and Alex.
So the work in Orkney is going great and moving forward still a lot to do but it’s getting there. I loved the package I’ve already started using the book marks to try it out. SO if someone joins the church here in Orkney we baptize them in the ocean! So I’m working on getting a baptism! All other than that it’s been really great and already a long day!
Oh so I have photos but no way to send them so you’ll have to wait till next week!
*Here is a video of Elder Augustine’s last 6 months

Happy One Year Mission Birthday to me!


July 24, 2017
Well today was a pretty great day. We did emails this morning and got to see what was happening with everyone back home so that was great. Then we went off to go see Dave Scott. He has all the budgies or parakeets.

He had like a hundred of them. So we went around and went out to his shed where he has them all and he told us all about them and man there were a ton! Got to see them all and Dave takes them to bird shows and he gets all these prizes for them. It was really cool. So we got to talk to Dave and he said that we could come back anytime to chat and so we will! Well he had a friend or something coming over so we went off to go and do some shopping.

We got back to the flat and off we were again and we went with the Smiths to another Island.

Some of the Islands you can drive to because they have bridges built so it makes it a bit easier, but the rest you do need to take the ferry. So we went to this really cool cliff place, and we walked along this path which was really cool. Got to go right up to the edge and it was just a drop off. Elder Smith wouldn’t go near the edge, oh he hates the edge of cliffs. So we would get really close and just lean over and freak him out.


So we got some great photos and there came a point on the path where he had to jump the barb wire fence. They had built like a ladder/ steps for you to just climb over the fence and continue along this path. It was really fun. Then during the walk we just started to hear ‘MOOOOOO!’ this heard of cattle was just making so much noise. I took a video of it and in the video you see the top of the hill and the cattle are on the other side! So loud! So we kept going and get roughly to top of the hike and we did had to turn back to get dinner.

We had dinner with the Smiths which was great I love the Smiths they are an amazing missionary couple and just great. So after having dinner with the Smiths we went off chapping for the night. We got chapping the doors and had some good conversions and we chapped one door and this was a bed and breakfast place. I really didn’t want to chap the house because it’s a bed and breakfast but Elder Chapple did. So we chapped it and we did talk to a really nice older women and we did give her a Book of Mormon which she said she would have a look at it and that we can come back when the place isn’t as busy and we’ll have a chat. So that was pretty cool. So we went on. We had a lesson kind of planned with someone we ran into a while ago but they didn’t answer. So we went around to an investigator and we knocked on his door and no answer. Knocked a bit louder the next time. Greoger came to the door and we had freaked him out. He was watching a movie and we made him jump knocking the door. But we set up a better time to go around in a few days. So thus we go on chapping for the night. We get chapping this really long street. So pretty much its last hour of the day and like every missionary moment of the last hour you always find the person at the end of the street. This always happens. SO take a guess what happened we start chapping this really long street having no success until we come to about the last door and a guy named Paul answers. We gave him a Book of Mormon and asked him to read a bit of it and we’ll come back and he can tell us what he thinks of it and he was just like yeah I’ll do that far enough. So we are going to go back to hear what he thinks. I’m really praying that we will be able to talk to him and teach him, because I really want to find people to teach because everything we have to share with people is just so amazing and will help people either find their faith or it will strengthen their faith. I find that interesting with some people here in Scotland they are just so comfortable with where they are at that they aren’t willing to strengthen that belief and make it stronger.

July 25, 2017
So today was a really good day. This morning we went off to the Smiths and had some breakfast and had a great district meeting. We talked a lot about things we can do to improve our efforts and what we hope to achieve this week. It was really good and pretty motivating. So I took a lot of notes and I got a lot to think about which is really good. So after the meeting we went and got some lunch then we went around talking to people. Today we did something a bit different we went around showing people a picture of the temple and asking them about it and then explaining it which was really good we got two families that want to learn more and we are going to be seeing another guy on Thursday. It was really cool. So we went and did a companion study and we talked about the Holy Ghost and what it does and how we know if it’s the spirit prompting us to do something. Well after the study went over to Stromness and as we get down to the high street this guy see’s us and yells ‘Mormon missionaries!’ and he says good bye to one of his friends and comes over to us. So we get talking to him and he starts to tell us how we knows about the church and really soon he really starts to open up and explain that he left the church because of these reasons. He said that he would only come back if he felt the spirit again. He then informed us that he has now joined the Church of Scotland but from being a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints no other church is the same. Nothing can be the same. So he started again to state his concerns and we just listened. We got to a point though in the discussion where we asked him if he wanted to feel the spirit again, and he said he did and we testified of the Book of Mormon and reading it is how we can feel the spirit which we shared with him. He just starts to cry. He simply says that he is feeling the spirit again. I felt the spirit and so did my companion, and it was just one of the sweetest moments where the lord just brings a feeling of peace or in other words the Holy Ghost fell upon us. It was wonderful. So we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon and he said he would read it because he hasn’t and he had never really read it before. Then he took us on a small hike up a hill to show us what he saw the other day, and we got a few photos. It was really great and I hope that he will read the Book of Mormon and feel the joy that it brings again in his life, because if any man or women wants to get closer or to know Heavenly Father, then they will want to read the Book of Mormon. So the rest of the night went alright nothing to exciting besides a cat that followed us from door to door while we chapped doors.

July 26, 2017
What a day of miracles I would say. So this morning we met up with Anthony and we saw his cool little boat that he lives on and travels around on. So we met him and he told us that he had read 10 chapters of the Book of Mormon last night then 7 this morning, and he is doing great it will be awhile for him to get everything back together but he is starting to do it which is great! It was so wonderful to talk to him and to help him out. We even had a good lesson with him and talked about life and the church. More than anything what he is going to do now to come back. It was an uplifting moment for all of us. Following him we went back to Kirkwall because we went out to Stromness to meet up with him. We had lunch and then got on our way street contacting for a while before we had another appointment. The appointment was with this younger guy but he didn’t answer his door. So as we walked back Elder Chapple said that he hadn’t chapped the next door neighbor’s house because Elder Smith was always scared of the dog. So we go up to this door and knock, and this bigger man opens the door and we say Hello. Then we pretty much got talking to him and then he just stepped to one side and told us to come on in. Oh man this is one of the best feelings as a missionary. Well it turns out he had been meeting with Missionaries about 10 years ago and that he did have a copy of the Book of Mormon. So his name is Grahame and his dogs name is Sofie. Grahame is just an amazing man he loves the Titanic which is pretty cool, and he just had all this stuff all about it. Well we were able to talk to him about the Restoration and why we had the Book of Mormon and the importance of it, and he told us that he really wanted to read it. That was really cool. So we’ll be seeing him soon and going back to teach him more hopefully and to help him out anyway that we can. So following him, the day didn’t get as exciting. Just kind of finding and dinner.


We had an awesome dinner of homemade Mac and cheese and mashed potatoes and some chicken. It was well put together if I do say so myself. Then we just spent the night going around trying by people and finding. We talked to our one investigator Mark. He is a pretty cool guy and I can’t wait to teach him again and share some more stuff with him.

July 27, 2017
Well Happy One Year Mission Birthday to me!
Today was a pretty alright day we found a pretty cool girl this morning and had a great lunch over with Sister Flett.
Well it’s been a full year on a mission, so I guess I should reflect on this whole past year. But I don’t think I have anything profound or exciting to say about it. I would have to say that I have changed a lot in the past year, which is good it’s been great. I have loved my mission and I still don’t know everything but I do know that I love the Gospel and I never want to be without it. So the last year has been up and down for sure but it has helped me to become the person I am now. I guess that would be the biggest thing that I have learned in the past year, is just how the Restored Gospel can change someone into something even greater. I would say that is due to the fact that this is the true church of God and the only Church on Earth that has the fullness of the Everlasting Gospel. From reading and pondering the Book of Mormon my whole life seems to have changed.

July 28, 2017
Well today was an interesting day for sure. So this morning it started off not so well. We were out Gqing and it wasn’t the best but we did keep going. There was just so many tourist and it was making it hard to find people to talk to. There was this really big cruise ship that came in and it had like 4,000 people on it which just made it really hard to talk to people, because that is like the same population as Kirkwall. So after going around this morning for a while we just kind of gave up and went and had some lunch. We were feeling a bit low so we did companion study to lift our spirits and we had a really good study. We practiced setting up appointments with people on the street. So we are like okay we are really going to do everything we can to follow these steps so that we can find some people that are willing to learn. So we get out of the flat and we set up two appointments with people that live in Orkney among this massive crowd of tourist. (We also ran into some of our members, which reminds me we ran into some other members from New Jersey which were from the Moores Town Ward so if you could give that ward a shout out for being awesome and having great members please do!). So we set up the appointments with these two awesome people that I’m looking forward to meeting tomorrow. Then we went and saw Audrey who is an older woman and was less active for a really long time but she is now coming back and she loves it. We went around and we were reading the Book of Mormon with her and it was just so wonderful. Then towards the end I think I had something happen which I will never forget. She said that she wanted to ask a question, but she didn’t want anyone to answer it and she pointed at me and she said that she wanted me to answer and no one else was allowed to answer. So the spot light was on me and I was a bit nervous and I have heard the question before but this is something I will never forget. She looked right at me with those young eyes and just the look of yearning for an answer said ‘I had a baby once, a very long time ago. She died two days after she was born. Is it true that I will see her again and she will be mine?’ I knew the answer long before she asked the question. I will remember the question but I will never forget the look she had. She truly wanted to know if she would hold the child she never had the chance to hold. I said ‘Yes I know you will see her again’. Which is true. Then Elder and Sister Smith jumped into the conversation. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone so happy. She wanted to go to the temple so that she could be sealed to her husband and have his work done as well. It was an amazing moment.
So following the visit we went around to say hello to our friend Grahme Nelson. Great man just real great. We had a small talk and then we asked if we could come back around Monday evening. Then we back around town to go and GQ for the rest of the time before dinner. Dinner of course was well done because it was done by two amazing chefs in Orkney – ha-ha. Following a wonderful meal we went out chapping. We didn’t have too much success tonight but something cool did happen. So we got talking to this one older woman and we asked before leaving if there was anything we could do for her. Then she said ‘OH there is something’ and she took us around her house to the garage and she opened the door. In this garage was this massive collection of rocks from all over the world. She just asks people to send her rocks from all over the world because she just loves Geology. So we got her address and I’m going to give it to guys back home and I need everyone’s help here. If you could send her rocks and she said to surprise her, but if you do send something tell her where it is from and what you think it is. So if you could do that but also for fun you could go around to all the historical church sites and send a rock or two from around there and send that. So find a rock that is same rock that used to build the Salt Lake Temple or something. But what would be really cool if you could get somewhere on Facebook and tell people to just send anything to her and it doesn’t have to be anything big just a surprise and where the rock is from that would be awesome!

July 29, 2017
Well today wasn’t the best of days our appointments didn’t hold but we did have crab rolls! Seafood for the win! So the day pretty much went from going to appointment to appointment just waiting for people to show up that never did. Then it just started raining and raining so that was fun to talk to people in the rain. We did talk to a lot of nice people but nothing really came from it. There was this blackening that we saw. Which is a weird tradition here on the Island for when someone is getting married they get them really drunk and throw all kinds of stuff on them (food, mud, junk) and then they tied them to the town mast. That was pretty funny. I’m glad I’m not getting married in Orkney! So then the rest of the night was spent chapping!

Today,
Well it sounds like you’ve had a fun week with family history and the leak in the bathroom! Pretty crazy stuff, but I really enjoyed the email thank you so much. In fact just on Sunday we had a pretty great lesson about family history work and talking a lot about it and what is our part and he brought up D&C 128: 18 Which would be a good one for you to read and to think about.
So I do have a name tag for Alex I just have to send it. Hopefully this next week. Funds I am a bit low because I did have to use some of it for Food a while ago because of way too much traveling and all that stuff so yeah, but I should be fine. So I have been to a few other Islands but we don’t really go to the other islands because we have to get the ferry and that would be for P-day and would use personal funds for that. Then I am waiting on the package but hopefully it will get here this next week and I did get the shirts so we are just pondering a way to do the photo ha-ha. I didn’t expect this one but it will be pretty funny.
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I didn’t see him as just another person, but saw him as a Son of God

All right so a lot has happened this last week and to be honest, I have just spaced out on writing in the journal till about Saturday/Sunday night. So I’m going to go through the week and tell you all about it!

So the start of the week was pretty great just having P-day and I don’t remember what we did for P-day besides just go looking around Orkney. It was a lot of fun though.

Tuesday we had District meeting and we had an awesome breakfast at the Smiths, we did our District meeting over Skype. I really look forward to District meetings, because they are always what I need to hear that week to improve myself for the coming week. So this past District meeting we talked a lot about faith and why we should teach it to people. So this was a lot of fun to think about. Faith is a gift from God and it can do so much for us. As we help our faith to grow we are able to reach higher goals then we thought we ever could. Just as Alma talked about faith in Alma 32 “How it is that seed and that it does live and die depending on how we nourish it”. So later on Tuesday night we went and taught this to one of our investigators here, and he is an interesting guy. He has a lot of questions and I mean a lot. We have given him the answers but he doesn’t accept, then he goes on with some more questions. I know the answer to all his questions and all his questions can be answered by the Book of Mormon. The interesting thing with questions and the Book of Mormon is when we apply the faith, so we search with the expectation of receiving the answer then we will find it. It might not be right away, but the answer will come and when it involves the Book of Mormon then you will receive the answer that God has given.

So then the rest of the week was going by pretty normal. Then I had a pretty cool thing happen. We were able to teach a guy named Mark. Now Mark’s uncle Magnus was baptized just last year and is an amazing man. So we were able to bring him along to our lesson and we sat down with Mark.  We started to teach the Restoration and I thought it was just a great lesson, Mark really seemed to understand it all. During the lesson when seeing Mark learn about this, I had just a small moment were I didn’t see Mark as just another person, but saw him as a Son of God. Sometimes as missionaries we often say to imagine your investigator already in white twice and I felt like I really saw that when I was teaching Mark. It was just wonderful. So later that night we went out chapping and we were able to chap into a lovely little older lady that had just had a hip surgery and we’ll be going back in a few days to go and see her.  I’m looking forward to seeing her and being able to teach her because I know how much this Gospel could change her life and just bring a smile to her.

So the week goes on and we had a great BBQ with the branch and I loved it. The food was great and we got to talk to people and it was just a lot of fun. So then today was also really great and I really enjoyed my morning studies as well. So I was reading through the New Testament and I came across this scripture. 2 Cor 12: 2 which says in one part of it ‘Such an one caught up to the third heaven.’ Well to myself I’m like this is just basic gospel Doctrine, but it stood out to me that the Bible is teaching me that there is a third heaven, and of course this scripture linking over to 1 Cor 15: 40-42 talking about the different degrees of bodies AFTER the resurrection. The whole Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians is about the Resurrection and what happens after because I guess these people we were having a hard time with that doctrine. So I was thinking about what else can I learn that pertains to the Plan of Salvation. So I started to go backwards in the plan but only focusing on the Bible and its teachings. So I get to the Spirit world. Simple, so I know where it talks about Spirit Prison 1 Peter 3: 18-20. After the Death of Christ he taught those in spirit prison and the reasoning is found in the next chapter in verse 6. So we have the prison but how about the spirit Paradise? Well Christ teaches us about Paradise. On the cross he says to one of the thief’s that ‘To day shalt thou be with me in paradise’ Luke 23:43. So now we are told that Christ went to Paradise but then went to Prison to teach the Gospel to those that haven’t heard it before so that they might be judged in the judgement day? Well these two places have to be next to each other, and I was wondering how some people don’t know this mostly because I have found that there are a lot of people that just think that Christ went to Heaven for a few days before his was risen. However,  Heaven is where God dwells and Christ when he was risen and appeared to Mary said ‘Touch me not for I am not yet ascended to my Father’ SO… Christ did not go to Heaven after his death because he did not go to the place where his Father dwells. SO Christ went to a place of Paradise and Prison in the spirit before being resurrected. Christ’s example teaches us about the spirit world. I thought it was all really cool. And from there I was able to find more evidence for explaining Salvation and the Baptism for the Dead and a whole bunch more! it was just a great study this morning! So more of less this was just fun to think about for explaining the Spirit world with just the Bible mostly, because I usually turn to Alma 40 to explain it but it was fun to think about using the Bible. Then the rest of the day was great, Church was just a great time I really enjoyed it a lot. Then the rest of day was finding and helping a lady find a cat and having dinner. It was a good day.

Well I guess that’s my spiritual thought for you from my studies.

So I’m going to spend this next week reflecting on this past year and I guess my goals for this next year. To me it almost feels like at New Years Eve, so going to make some goals and hope they last longer than a week!

So Orkney is just great, I love the scenery and I love just being out on this island. Everywhere I go I just see the ocean and it’s pretty nice. Then the rolling green hills there is nothing really like it. I like it when I see how green it is as I often think of what Rey said in Star Wars “I never knew there was this much green in the whole universe” I hope I got that quote right. But it is great. So this morning I was listening to a talk about how the solar system and the universe goes together. Because there are a lot of us out there that seem to put a wedge called science between us and God. When to myself they go hand and hand. The sciences explain how something happens but the religion teaches us why something happens. So when I look out in this world and see tons of people walking past each other while there is this amazing landscape around them and they just don’t notice or give time to admire it. It is a bit upsetting. This world is beautiful and wonderful and is full and amazing things. I love to look at this world and look at the small things and see the evidence of God. I like it most when Alma is teaching Korihor the anti-Christ and very simply he says to him, “The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.”  Everything around us is here to help us see the beauty of the world and really it’s not till we all can stop and pause and admire it do we really see the great blessing of our home. A place of learning and growth. Scotland is an amazing place I love it very much.

So I can’t name all the members of the branch because I’m really bad with names and I’ve been able to see most of them on Sunday. But I can almost name them all. We do only have 3 priesthood holders and one of them lives out on one of the smaller islands so he doesn’t come out to church that often. But he was here this past Sunday and we did a combined priesthood/ Relief society lesson on family history and how to do it and about indexing it was really cool.

So the people here are interesting. They have a different accent. It’s Scottish but then it’s not Scottish. It sounds more like Norwegian or something. There are tons of tourist here every day because the cruise ships stop here in Orkney. So just a few days ago there was a cruise ship from Germany and it was just full of Germans, everyone around us was speaking German so we just went over to the next town where there was this festival going on in Stromness.

But over all just like the mainland Scots they are very stubborn and they enjoy their drink. But people up here are also really nice and friendly. It’s interesting because there are no beggars here at all. The council will house all homeless people. So it’s just like this nice little place where nothing to exciting goes on. Like in newspaper a member was telling us that the most exciting thing is a man trying to rob a bank with a banana and he got told to wait in line and so he did.

So I do believe that’s it for this week I don’t really have anything else that happened besides just got super busy in the evenings and what not, so this week should be better than the last because it’s my new year! And that means New Year goals! So I’ll tell you all about my thoughts of this past year next time.

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So we do something called the Model Area

July 3, 2017

P-day was a pretty crazy day today. This morning we got up and just started to clean up and then we went out and did some shopping. The Elders from Thurso were coming down so we went to Invergordon to go and email. Following emailing we just went back to Inverness we got lunch at this Chinese buffet which wasn’t the best but it was okay. Then we spent the rest of the day just looking around in all the shops and man stuff here is really expense. So not going to be spending any money here. Then the rest of the day went by pretty fast. The Zone Leaders came up from Aberdeen and we spent the evening just street contacting around town and we talked to some good people but not too much came from it.

July 4, 2017

Well this morning we all got up super early and went out running and it was a lot of fun but I’m so out of shape. So going to be hitting the gym a lot when I go home.

After all the running exercise we had District meeting and it was a lot of fun. It was Elder Parsons last district meeting so we all had pie. Later Elder Wood and I went out and just got going on the day. We spent afternoon GQing didn’t find too much out of it but we did go and stop by a less active and talked to her and hopefully she will be coming around to Church this Sunday. Then the rest of the day went by really fast not really sure where it all went. But we did end the night with going around to go and see Stacey. We had a great talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I really enjoyed the lesson a lot. Elder Wood shared some really great stuff that I really liked. And then that was about it.

Also forgot that it was the 4th of July. There was no fireworks here…

July 6, 2017

Today was an alright day again nothing to exciting mostly because I’m forgetting about the day already. We did street contacting this morning and in the afternoon and it was alright we talked to a lot of good people. I ran into this guy from England who was up visiting the highlands with his son. And he told me about he was a really bad alcoholic and it wasn’t until he came back to church that things started to improve and that he was able to find a recovery program. It was really cool but then he told me he didn’t really agree with the churches in today’s world and in fact he didn’t even agree with his own church. So I was a bit curious and I asked him why not. He told me about he thinks the trinity is wrong and that he doesn’t think they are all the same person because he can’t find anywhere that really explains it. He also talked about how he doesn’t think God is talking to himself in the Garden of Eden in the Book Genesis. It was pretty interesting. So we had a great chat about that and I did end up giving him the Book of Mormon in my hand and he thanked me for it and said that he will for sure read it cause he wants to find out the truth out there. Then the rest of the day was going great then I had a Korihor moment. This man was talking to us and really trying to get us to say that God doesn’t exist it’s kind of weird because everything he said was everything that Korihor said in Alma 30. But he didn’t get struck dumb so yeah.

Then we saw Abi! Not Abby. She read my blog the other day and said that I spelled her name wrong so I’m fixing it just in case if she reads my blog again. But it was a great chat with her! She is really awesome and doing great to learn more! We talked about the plan of salvation and it was awesome. It’s one of my favorite things to share with people just because it answers so many questions about life. Then that was the night.

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July 7, 2017

Today was the day I was attacked by flying rats. Seagull’s are just down right annoying. Well we get to the church this morning and this seagull is just going crazy and is flying at us over and over but it doesn’t really hit us it’s more just trying to scare us away. Because it turns out its baby or something is running around in the grass next to the church. So going in and out of the church was just having this Seagull come flying at us every time.

But the day went by really well nothing exciting happened at all. We were just mostly out finding Inverness before heading out to Invergordon to do some try byes.

The try byes were good, we got a lot of appointments set up for Sunday night. We ran into some Utah Mormons. They were on a cruise that was stopping in Invergordon. It was pretty funny, and we had some kebabs for Dinner because tomorrow is Moves call, so we’ll find out what happens. I think we are both staying but I honestly never know with moves. So should be exciting.

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July 13, 2017

Well a lot has happened the last few days which has been really crazy. So pretty much Monday we drove down to Aberdeen stayed the night there. Tuesday we took the car into a garage to get serviced and that took like the whole day and we were going to take the ferry that day but we had to move it to Wednesday. So after we got the car back after hours of waiting we drove to Inverness and spent the night there. The next morning we picked up the Thurso Elders, Elder Wood and his Trainee. We then drove all the way to Thurso and that was a long drive and really great landscapes. So we got to Thurso and we dropped the Elders off at their flat and we then went and got the Ferry to Orkney. It was about an hour and half ride, we got to see a lot on that ride as well, it was really cool. So checking out the ferry and then we got to Orkney and we got to the flat and it is a nice flat. One of the nicest flats I’ve seen, super clean and just great. Then we got going on street contacting and talking to people. We meet a girl named Natilie and we are going to see her in the future hopefully. So we then had a dinner with the Smiths and they are awesome! So that was the first night, we also had to do some shopping.

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So today! Woke up and had a killer work out and got ready for the day. Did a lot of planning for the next week and there are a lot of people to teach in this area which is crazy but we’ll do great! Had Dinner with the Smiths and Sister Flet (I hope I spelled that right) which was filling. Really great food up here in Orkney. After wards we went and did some service in a charity shop for the Red Cross here in Kirkwall. That was cool because we were able to talk to people and show them that we were missionaries and what not. It was a lot of fun. Then after that we had to do some studies and dinner. We were going to go and teach a lesson but that fell through so we went around to go and visit people. Trying to see everyone in the branch and meet all the investigators as soon as possible so that we can just get going and get people progressing.

So all this and I got a fun talk that I’m preparing for Sunday and I need to email a report to the home ward about my mission. I think. So got a lot to do.

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Picture by Sister Juanita Smith, “Our missionaries are home. Ready for chapping after a nice dinner.”

 

July 14-16, 2017

Alright so the days have just gone by so fast the last couple of days of just figuring everything out. We’ve been all over the place. So yesterday it was raining a lot and we were just out talking to people and it was alright nothing to exciting we went around and tried by a few people but didn’t get to much success out of that so the day ended and nothing seemed to come from it. But today! The 16 was pretty awesome.

Today was church which we have in the high school here in Kirkwall. This is the smallest church meeting I’ve ever been to. It was a real eye opener. I was asked to conduct the music during the meeting and that was alight and I also gave a talk and my talk was about Matt 5:14 Let your light shine. Really Matt 5:14-16 is really good. I loved it and really enjoyed talking. Probably could have done a better job because only about 30 mins to prepare for a talk isn’t always enough time to sit and think about what to say, but it was good. So after church we went around to this lovely older women named Audrey. We were able to give her the sacrament and see her with the Smiths. Oh the Smiths are just amazing I love them both so much already! So after the visit we went around to go and see an Investigator named Roy. Roy is an interesting guy he doesn’t feel ready to really do anything he is a great guy but there is something that is holding him back so hopefully we will help him out so that he can feel better and more ready to come to church.

Then we went around,  here is the awesome part of the day so we do something called the Model Area. Where we cut up the area into small bits and we have the Bishop or Branch President pray about an area and we start chapping out that area and really do a lot of finding in that area and keep a record of it. So Pres Scollie prayed about an area and off we went and already we have 3 lessons planned for the next week! It was really cool, l I’m super excited to get all the work done.

So we email at the Library and the branch is very very little. Add we do get to Island hop every now and again. For P-day really. We were going to go today but we just have had a lot to do and won’t have enough time to get back from the other islands. Elder Chapple is a funny guy from West Jordan Utah. He has pretty much read every book ever, so he loves to read. That’s what he loves to talk about.  I got to get going here so talk to you next week!

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Off to the Orkney Islands

Okay so I don’t have my keyboard because it’s all packed away! I am moving from Inverness to the Orkney Islands! To serve with Elder Chappel. So much has happened this past week. I’m not even sure where to start. So really this whole week has just flown by it almost seems like yesterday I was emailing, but to sum up the week (No worries when I email again I will send all the journal entries I did this past week).  We had a pretty great district meeting on Tuesday and we went on exchanges as well, so I went off with Elder Wood and we did a lot of finding that day and we got to see Stacey in the evening. Then the rest of the week just went by super-fast.  We were traveling around to Invergordon some evenings to go and do some finding there, and of course we were seeing our friends during the week as well. Abi is doing awesome! She is learning a lot and really doing her best to progress in the Gospel! She’s not very scared of baptism anymore which is awesome. I also told her this past week about your baptism and what happened and yeah I’ll send her that talk for her to read as I won’t be here anymore. Then as the days went by things just all blurred together now really. Sunday was just great, Stacey and Abi came along and I got to say good bye to the ward and what not. It was pretty good.

So I’ll print off those talks and read through them. So everything you’ve asked me about from last week is typed out but I don’t have it, so you’ll have to wait just one more week. We got moves call on Saturday night and all day Sunday we were pretty busy, so just running around.

I won’t get to my area till around Tuesday afternoon or evening. We are going to be driving up to Thurso and getting a ferry across to the islands. Going to be a long trip.

Oh sorry it’s Elder Chapple and he is from West Jordan Utah. Going to be a lot of fun. He just finished training so I’ll be his second companion and it should be great! I’ll be hitting my year mark with him this transfer! Elder Ryan will be staying in Inverness and don’t know too much about the area. It’s in the Aberdeen Zone still so I won’t be leaving the zone. I’ll have a car and it’s just the Orkney Islands.

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Elder Ryan and I just wanted to like jump in the air and be like yeah spirit power!!

June 26, 2017

P-day we had the Thurso Elders come down because we were going off to Aberdeen for the day so we were in Invergordon and then right after we went off to Aberdeen. That was a long car drive, but not really. So we got to Aberdeen and there were a few other Elders that were at the church and we just kind of did a sport P-day with the zone. So we played a bit of basketball but then we played Football in the gym and it was a lot of fun. So when it came to the evening Elder Ryan and I went out to the streets of Aberdeen to go and street contact people. Talked to a few people, gave away a Book of Mormon and then we went to the Bridge of Don Elders flat for the night. There ended up being 10 Elders all in this little flat! I got to see Elder McDaniel again and a few other Elders as well it was just a really fun time.

June 27, 2017

Oh man so much happened today. The Conference went on for a while. Like a long while, but it was really good. We had some testimonies of incoming and departing missionaries and then there were some business. We received a lot of great instructions as well. STL’s talked about Christ’s original church. Then President and Sister Donaldson talked about the Great Apostasy and it was amazing. It reminded me of a talk that is called “Why 1820” amazing talk. Following them the AP’s gave instruction on the Book of Mormon. It was all really cool and I learned a lot. Then there was some lunch and then more instruction, but more for our Zone and what not, it was really great. So after the conference we were waiting for our interviews with President, Elder Ryan and I were the last ones and we didn’t get ours till late. So after interviews we had to go back to the Bridge of Don Elders flat.

June 28, 2017

So again in Aberdeen. I went off with Elder Wood for most of the day and we really just spent the day just street contacting around. Not to exciting, but it was really cool. Then we had some stuff to do in the city and then we were off back to Inverness. On the way back though, we drove through the National Park because it was just about the same time of travel. So I have a lot of photos from that.

So to be honest I didn’t get a chance to sit down and type up the rest of my journal for this week so I think I’m mostly going to tell you about one really cool experience from this past week. So Wednesday night Elder Ryan and I got back to the flat and we were just getting ready for bed, some nightly calls and so forth well I get a text. It was this random number saying that they talked to a friend that met us a while ago and that they would like to meet up with us and they said their name was AJ. So of course we were like yes let’s meet up. So we set up a time for the next day. Thursday now and it was a pretty alright day nothing to exciting and we are talking about this AJ and we are like is this a guy or a girl? Well we are waiting at the church and here comes this girl so I’m like oh it’s a girl. So we sit down with her and her name isn’t AJ its Abby. She doesn’t like to give out her full name to people. So we sit down and start to talk to her and it turns out that the guy from last week Shawn is her boyfriend, and she found us kind of interesting so she wanted to know more. It was pretty cool, we talked about a few things, answered a few questions and then set up a time to meet her the next day and to talk more about the Book of Mormon and so on. The next day comes around and in the morning we went off to Duncan McKay who lives out on the Black Isle. I didn’t get any photos sadly but we did some service for him. He pretty much owns a small ranch and at first we were picking up horse poop, but then we got to go and do a bunch of stuff for him and help him clean up his land a bit that was really cool. So the day goes on and we go and meet Abby at the church. By now she has read some of the missionary hand book and a few other things and we get talking to her about the restoration of the gospel and it was a really cool discussion. I really enjoyed it.  So we invited her to go and pray about the things we were sharing with her and so on. All went well. Later that evening we saw Calum an investigator of ours and we taught him the Plan of Salvation and that was a really great talk. We had a discussion mostly around the pre-mortal life and the atonement of Jesus Christ. So that ended the day and then the next day comes around Saturday. In the morning we meet up with a guy named Alec and this guy is really great. He has felt like he has been missing out on something his whole life and just the other week he ran into some missionaries in Aberdeen and was willing to meet up with us. So we sat down with him and taught the Restoration with him and talked about it and invited him to church (He came to church with his Wife!) Then that evening we went to a baptism over in Elgin it was really great to be a part of that. We and the Sisters did a musical item so that was fun. It was just so wonderful to see this man make such a wonderful promise in his life. To be clean and be able to start again. That ended the night and here goes to Sunday or yesterday. Church was starting and we were early and just waiting for people to come in and so on. Alec and his wife came which was awesome and so did Stacey! And it was fast and Testimony meeting. This was just great! It was just the moment as a missionary where you have your investigators at church and the whole ward is just being amazing and inviting such a strong spirit to the meeting! They’ll be back! So as the day went on we had some planning and studies to do. Then in the evening we got to sit down with Abby. So just the night before Abby sent us a text saying that she has something she would like to talk to us about, so we asked if we could get a spoiler. She texted back that she had cryptic dream, and so when we sat down with her we asked what is this dream? She told us that she did as we asked. After reading over a few things she prayed to ask God where now? What do I do? and then she had the same dream two nights in a row. In the dream, she told us that she was underwater (She also said that she has a fear of going under water) but she felt really peaceful and it was wonderful. When she woke up she also felt really peaceful. So we asked her what do you think it means? And she said this, “I need to get baptized.” Elder Ryan and I just wanted to like jump in the air and be like yeah spirit power!! But we didn’t jump and we controlled ourselves, we had a great talk with her about it. We were able to answer a few other questions regarding a few other things, but we’ll be seeing her soon again and she wants to keep learning so I’m really excited.

It sounds like you’ve had a fun week! I’ll write another email for him here. I have an extra name tag I think that I can send to Alex or I can just order another one they don’t cost much but it will be a wait. It’s great to hear how much Alex has grown! Getting big, tell him to email me.

Alright I’ll take on the challenge and I’ll write about them in my journal tonight as I think about them.  You will get a longer email this next week I’m out of time but I’ve written down the things to email you about the next week!

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**This is a email that Elder Augustine sent to a young primary boy back in his home ward.

Hello there Kaiden G!

This is Elder Augustine all the way over in Scotland right now and I’ve been a missionary for the church for the past year! I love being a missionary I get to help others and share a wonderful gift with everyone! I’m so glad that you love missionary work and that you want to be a missionary one day. As a missionary we get to go out every day and talk to all kinds of people in the street and at their homes. We also get to sit down and teach them more about Heavenly Fathers plan for us and what they can do to find the truth. There are a lot of people in the world that don’t know where to go, so it’s up to us to show them the way and help them so that they can live with God again.
We do get to have a lot of fun on a mission as well. Just the other week I got to travel down to a big city where I got to meet other missionaries that are serving in other areas in Scotland. In this meeting we have a Mission President that talks to us and helps us to learn and grow, so that we can then turn around to help others do the same. We also get a lot of food! A mission is wonderful and special. You make a lot of new friends and they just become apart of your family, because we are all apart of Gods family. If you have any questions about Missionaries you can just let me know and I’ll tell you all about it!

I really hate bashing, I hate it when people just come and start off on all this stuff. I was going to walk off, which is what I normally do, but to be honest something did stop me.

June 19, 2017

P-day was pretty fun we got to do a lot, from shopping, to emailing, and to going down to Loch Ness and taking photos. We spent a bit of time at the church because Elder Ryan had to do some studying. We also had a great dinner over at the McKenzie’s. Great family those guys are really nice and make great food! Then when we got back we had a zone conference call and we were all fine but then our phone went all weird and we got dropped from the call. So we had to call our district again and then try to get back into the call, and at the time the Sisters from Elgin were talking to us and we got back into the call during another sisters devotional. So the Elgin Sisters started talking and it got all quiet and awkward. Then someone said something and it got more awkward and we just hear over the phone from some sister “what’s going on?” And Elder Crawley says “I just don’t know”. Elder Ryan and I were just dying and then the rest of the call was normal missionary stuff.

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June 20, 2017

District meeting today was pretty alright. Not to exciting, but it was a good meeting. After the meeting we went around to go and see a member named Caroline Black. She hasn’t been to church in a while so we were over there to go and see how she has been doing. She is pretty busy almost all the time with Karate. She just became a black belt as well so that was pretty cool to hear about. She just passed and got the belt the other day. She said that at the start of the judging she was really going at it and giving it her all but then it turns out that was just the warm up. But she did pass so she was really happy about that. We went on just to go and street contact. We talked to a lot of interesting people but not too much success. We ended the night by going up to Invergordon for the Branch Council there. First time meeting the members there. We’ve been so busy down in Inverness that it’s been hard to get up there because of all the appointments we keep getting here. But we’ll be working on going up there more often.

June 21, 2017

We were going to have a lesson this morning but she didn’t show up. So we got strait to talking to people on the street. It was all going well nothing to bad, and we had a pretty good lunch. Went on to do some companion study and then we got a bit into the day and it got interesting. So we were walking around the town and trying to talk to people, and my companion goes to stop someone and says, “Hey what makes you happy?” and this guy just stops and yells “Why this?” as he points to the Book of Mormon in my companions hand. It then just turns into a bash between my companion and this guy. And I really hate bashing, I hate it when people just come and start off on all this stuff. I was going to walk off, which is what I normally do, but to be honest something did stop me. Well as they are arguing I ask him if he has ever read the Book of Mormon and he said parts of it but the answer is no. Well I invited him to meet with us to read the book and he agreed to meet up. I was actually pretty surprised. So we set up a time and a place to meet with him. Then we go on with our finding. We make our way over to the high street again and we are stopping people and trying to talk to people. Then as my companion and I are talking this old man comes up to us. “Hello Elders how are you?” Nice guy and we say a few words then he says, “You’re preaching a false Jesus”… wait what? Then this guy just starts going off about Mormons and the Book Mormon not being very nice language, well I again I asked if he has read the Book before. And he said parts. I then asked him to tell me about it, he could not. So I started to read to him and well he marched off and said we are going to a certain place. After that all these people that we tried to stop were just really mean, and nothing was going our way. But as I was just kind of standing there and not feeling too good, I say Hello to this man walking by and he comes up to me and starts to talk his name is Michel and he is from Saudi Arabia and his English isn’t the best, but from what I did understand he did want to meet and go see the church, because he was just recently baptized into the Catholic faith. So I got his number and he said he was going to come back. Didn’t seem too promising to be honest. So we keep street contacting and then this homeless man comes up to us and he is talking to us and he sits down. So we kneel down with him and he keeps asking us if we can go buy him a tent for him to sleep in. No idea what to say to that because we aren’t supposed to go out and use the mission money we have for anything than besides the things we are told to use it for. So we tried to explain it to him but he wouldn’t have it and got up and left saying stuff about us. So sitting there didn’t feel like being out so we head off and the Michel guy didn’t seem to be coming back. So we start to head off and low and behold I get a call from Michel. Telling me he is ready to meet up. So we meet up with him and head off to the church, and the guy is amazing and just funny. He is a comedian and he likens myself to Mr. Bean. He doesn’t speak English very well like I said before, so we use Google Translate and it works pretty well so far. We sat down and he was trying to figure out who we were and we were trying to explain and we did a pretty good job. We then give him the church website Mormon.org. Which he goes off back home. We’ll be seeing him tomorrow. Well we ended the night in a fun way. With a great Dinner appointment and then we had a scripture study class where one person showed up so not the best result, but it will get there.

June 22, 2017

Today was a day. This morning we were out talking to people along the river and we met this lady named Jennifer Hoffman, I think. She is some famous writer and spiritual leader. Never heard of her but she said that she had like 12 books or something and a lot of people know her. So yeah call to fame today, I think. We had some lunch and then we meet up with the guy from yesterday that we were arguing with named Scott. Scott is from Australia and loves to go camping and also knows his Bible very, very well. The lesson with him went pretty good. We did hit a few bumps where he didn’t agree with us but we were able to have a great conversation with him. We invited him to read the Book of Mormon and he agreed and he was okay with meeting up with us again. So we said tomorrow. He was a pretty cool guy. I hope to stay in contact with him in the near future he knows some really great places to go camping in Scotland. So after Scott we met up with our friend Michel. Google Translate was great. For the rest of the day yesterday he went and just google Mormons and watched tons of videos about Mormons. So he has heard a lot now about Mormons and he had a lot of questions about more than one wife, word of wisdom, and a few other things. It was just funny to be honest the guy is great but he is willing to try Mormons out to see if he likes it. He has gone around to a lot of other faiths because he has been wanting to get away from Islam. So it all went well we have a Book of Mormon in Arabic coming for him to read. So the rest of the night was just spent finding and doing some try byes.

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June 23, 2017

Well we’ve been doing a lot of phone calls this morning. We were going through the Invergordon area book to try to find some people to teach because we are going to Invergordon on Saturday. Doing that all the way up to when Scott came around, the guy that knows his Bible. So today we had some fun, we taught him the plan of Salvation, and he didn’t agree with a Pre-Earth life which was interesting but he agreed with everything else. In fact what I found interesting was during the lesson we got to the point where you die and we were asking what happens after death, and he was explaining all this stuff and it made no sense. So I ask “Wait, tell me what is the state of the soul between death and the Resurrection?” and he started to like try to explain this place of rest and he couldn’t do it but he was trying. So I was like okay let’s turn to Alma 40, which answered that and he thought that was really cool, it was pretty interesting. We got into to a little conflict at the end but overcame it because he was just understanding it in a different way but it was pretty cool. Then sadly the rest of the day wasn’t as interesting. We had some meetings and what not but nothing to exciting.

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June 24, 2017

Today wasn’t the most exciting but it was still good. We spent almost the whole day in Invergordon doing some try byes. So we were going to see Michel at 6 but then he couldn’t meet. We had the Book of Mormon for him in his language, and we really wanted to get it to him. So we went to him all the way to Muir of Ord. We called him for the address and he kept giving us an address that is in Inverness and it made no sense but we get to him and just outside of his flat is this housing place and that has their main office address on the building and he was giving us that address which was in Inverness. So we sat down with him and gave him the book, we learned a bit of Arabic and taught him a little bit. It was great and we got a ride for him tomorrow to church. Then later we met up with this girl and her friend. She is a former investigator and she is looking for something so hopefully we’ll be able to help her out.

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June 25, 2017

Sunday! So church was pretty fun. Michel came and so did Stacey which was great and todays speakers were the Self Reliance Missionaries Elder and Sister Andrus. This lady named Mo also showed up. She had a really sad confusing story that she told me. During the talks she talked to the speakers, so it was pretty awkward. But then the rest of the day went pretty alright.

We then drove out to Elgin to do a baptismal interview with an investigator there. So I was just talking to the sisters while we were waiting for the interview to be done, and it went well and then afterwards we went to the mental Hospital to visit a man named Derik. He called us a few days ago and told us that he hit his head and he is a member and he needs his record and some copies of the Book of Mormon and for someone to come with us. It was crazy. So Brother Cummings from Elgin came with us, and we found him in Ward 4 in the hospital, it was interesting. Then we had a fun dinner appointment and a fireside with the ward and played a fun Book of Mormon trivia game. I won! Then we met up with a guy named Shawn and that was the night.

 

Today June 26, 2017

Well it sounds like it has been a fun week for everyone back home. The temple is a wonderful place to be and I miss it very much. The members here in Inverness are going to be heading down to the temple soon and I really want to go but sadly can’t for now. But that is great to hear all the wonderful things that has been happening back home. It’s also great to hear about mission call!  They will love their missions one of my friends from USU went to Cali for his mission Spanish speaking I can’t remember where but I know he was dead excited for it. Missions are just great.

So  D&C 88:78 “Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand.”  I would say this scripture means a lot to the point of just saying that we should and need to learn as much as we can. Knowledge is power and I’m sure the Lord knows that, so he wants us to have that power. It’s like the story of the Sons of Mosiah. In Alma 17 when Alma runs into them again he finds that they had become great men from much prayer and fasting and also searching the scriptures, because they put it all together they were given power from on high. And the power that they received was used for the perfecting of the people. When they came to the kings of the land they had such a knowledge of the gospel that they were able to teach the kings of this great joy that comes from repentance and they did it so that the kings would understand. If we want to be prepared in life for the hard times that come and the other difficulties that come we should read the scriptures, because the words of Christ will tell you all the things that you need to do. Any question can and will be answered by the Book of Mormon.

So I have yet to get the photo we’ve been all over the place and today we are going to Aberdeen and we will be in Aberdeen until Wed evening or Thurs morning. We are in Invergordon now just for about an hour or so but will be leaving straight to Aberdeen afterward. But the family history center in Invergordon is open on Wed afternoon and evening. So that’s a good time to go around.

Then I follow up on those people! Thank you so much.

I know that when we do service for those around us, we can become who Heavenly Father wants us to be.

June 13, 2017

Today we had a great district meeting. We had the meeting over Skype so that was a first for myself. The other teams are so far away that it takes way to long for them to travel in. So the meeting was great we had a great chat about Christ like attributes. I gave an instruction about patience which was well done in my opinion. Then the rest of the day was pretty alright. After the meeting we were in town mostly finding till we got to meet up with an investigator Bethany. She was really nice but she did kind of leave us clueless of why she was meeting with the missionaries. She did not seem interested in it all. Nothing about it seemed to appeal to her. So we’ll have to pray a lot about that one. Then just after that our investigator from Invergordon came down and took us out to eat at Pizza Hut. He brought his friends kid who was 4. Cute kid it was a lot of fun and we got to talk to him and got to know him a lot better. Then that was pretty much the day.

June 14, 2017

So today was a really fun day. In the morning we were out in the street talking to people, and you always get some interesting people to talk to here. It makes every day a different day. We met with a former investigator Gabby. She has bright pink hair and is President of the student body at her University, so she is quite busy. Then we sat down with a girl that we spoke to yesterday named Emma. Nice girl and we were able to go through the Restoration with her. She just kind of listened so that was pretty nice and we’re hoping to see her again soon. Then the night ended with the YSA BBQ. There was going to be some non-members coming so that’s why we went along to see if we could get a teaching appointment out of it and find some new people. Well the majority of the non-members were from the UVU thing so we talked to a few of them, but they will be heading back home soon. However, Millie and her boyfriend who isn’t a member came along and we are seeing them on Tuesday. Going to go and get to know them better and have a fun talk with them, which will be great, I’m really excited. Millie’s boyfriend is from Argentina so he loves his football.

June 15, 2017

So this morning got up early to head down to Aberdeen. It’s like a 3 hour drive so that wasn’t too exciting, but road trips are fun on a mission and you get to see a lot of Scotland as you drive around which is pretty great. So I got a few photos of the drive. We got to Aberdeen and I went off with Elder Crawley for our exchange. We spent most of the day finding and got to talk to a lot of pretty cool people in the town. We were driving around Aberdeen a bit as well as some try byes. We also got some food from some members. Then dinner was pretty fun, we went to a place called Nandos and it’s like all chicken so we got a lot of food and that was really good. We then went to a meeting and I just kind of sat back and just listened because well it’s not my area. But it was fun to hear about the investigators that they are teaching. That ended the night.

June 16, 2017

So we had the awesome experience of driving all the way back to Inverness! It’s fun driving around but to be honest I do kind of miss the train. The Train is a lot of fun but I’m fine with the car. So the rest of the day was spent finding and talking to people but in the evening we sat down with Stacey and got to talk to her and have a fun discussion with her. We talked about the plan of salvation and we got talking a lot about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how every wrong can be made right though his Atoning sacrifice for us. All the problems with heart ache, fear, pain, and etc. All of these he has been through. I don’t know how he knows, I can’t tell you how he does, I just know he does it and he can and will heal us. More than anything this shows how much my Father in Heaven loves me. I don’t have to bleed for someone else. So whatever path we are on, we don’t have to walk it alone, none of us do because he has already walked that long thorny road. I love my Savior so much. I just love to share this with people and how they can find the peace along with happiness in their own life through Jesus Christ.

June 17, 2017

So this morning I had some pretty great studies and we went over to Stacey’s to help her with her garden. We were over there helping her weed and what not and it was a lot of fun. We got to have a fun time helping out and we talked about faith as well and what it is and how we obtain it. Then the rest of the day was spent finding and eating food and what not. So nothing to exciting happened today.

June 18, 2017

The Sabbath day! Today my companion gave a talk in church. He talked about looking to Christ. He used the talk from the last general conference, “Don’t look around look up!” Can’t remember the name of the speaker but the talk was just amazing. So Elder Ryan used along with the talk a few other scriptures and some personal stories and I thought it was great! Then the rest of church I was falling asleep, I was tired that I was just like nodding off the whole time, but it was good. Then we went out and did some try byes after church along with some planning for the next week, we got some awesome planning done. So hopefully the next week will be a great week. Always busy.

So it sounds like it has been an interesting week. It is wonderful to hear that Alex is doing service. The funny thing about service is that no matter where we are in life when we do service for others we are greatly affected by it. I can’t remember who the story was by but I do remember there was a story of a women who was diagnosed with cancer and she was talking to her bishop and the bishop (Oh I think it may have been President Eying) But he told her to go and do some service for others and she just could not believe it. Here she is dying from cancer and she is in pain and her bishop is telling her to go and do service for others. Well she ends up doing it, and she said that the first days weren’t too great but that after a few days of doing the service the pain started to go away and that she found more joy in helping others and reaching out to them. I’ll have to find the right story because I know I butchered that one but the point it is, that service is where we find our greatest happiness in life.  Lifting and building others will allow us to become Christ like. I know that when we do service for those around us, we can become who Heavenly Father wants us to be.

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My thoughts really this whole past week has been on kindness and loving

June 5, 2017

Hi Elder Augustine, this is Elder Parsons. Thou art the man! Love Elder Possoms.

  1. This is THE COOLEST thing EVAAAAA

 

P-day this morning we got up and we started the day pretty early and got running around to do all the cleaning and car stuff.

Then the Thurso Elders came along to spend the day with us because we are going on exchanges tomorrow with them. So we went to the library and emailed and that was just crazy. The library will only give you 30 mins to email then after that you have to go back and book another computer and you can do that as many times as you want, but we have to go back and forth. Well after emailing we mostly went around town looking at all the shops and we had lunch at this Chinese buffet place, and that was mostly our P-day. There are more Tartan shops here than anywhere else that I’ve seen. So those were pretty fun to check out. So that was that and then we had a great dinner with the Sutherlands. Afterwards we spent the night finding. I went off with Elder Parsons and as we were walking around this girl stopped us and we got talking to her. Her name is Becky and she told us that she only stopped us because she thought that Elder Parsons was some guy from some boy band and something else about me. But we were able to set up an appointment with her for tomorrow and we’ll see what happens. Then the highlight of the night is watching my companion give a haircut to Elder Parsons.

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Elder Ryan giving Elder Parson a haircut

 

June 6-9, 2017

So the last few days have just flown by. We’ve been out everywhere doing everything we can to find people to teach. We’ve had a lot of lessons the past few days which has been really great. We were able to get a few new investigators as well so that was really cool.

Then today was going to be a busy day but then it didn’t end up being a busy day. We had about 4 appointments planned for today and all seemed really promising and just slowly one by one they all canceled. So kind of sucks but oh well. So we spent most of the day just out finding and talking to people. Ran into some interesting people. Did find a former investigator which was really good. We’ll be hopefully seeing him soon. He might even be coming to church this Sunday which would be great. So just praying for that. Then later this evening we went over to the McKenzie’s and had dinner with them. They are awesome members and it was just great to be around them. The rest of the night just kind of went to weekly planning and talking about the next week and what to do to about those we are seeing. I would love to see them get baptized because they are ready.

June 10, 2017

Today was just all day of finding. Which wasn’t that bad. It was raining off and on. Which kind of sucked but oh well. So in the afternoon we were trying to GQ but nothing was coming from it. There are so many tourist at the moment so it’s hard to find all the locals. They are kind of hiding from us. So we decided to go and GQ along the river. We headed down the river going towards the loch, and there are a few people but not really many. It more turns out to be a nature trail. It was all these small islands in the middle of the river all connected one to another by bridges. It was pretty cool but there was just no one so we did end up turning around and heading back down along the other side of the river. At this point we are now on the side with the church heading back towards to the church. And it’s getting really hot and Elder Ryan had his bigger coat on so he tells me he is going to drop it off in the car, and as we are coming up to the church Elder Ryan says something about this girl walking towards us with Bright Pink hair. So myself in a half joking matter say “well let’s go talk to her” and so we walk past the church and just go straight for this girl and stop her. Her first question is “Are we the Mormons?” and it turns out she is a former investigator that was getting taught by the missionaries for a long time and she loves the missionaries but she lost contact with them. She could name a few of the missionaries that were teaching her. It was pretty cool so we set up a time to meet up with her again. We’ll be hopefully seeing her on Wednesday.

So then the rest of the night went to finding and seeing our other investigator Stacey. There was some things that happened last time between the missionaries and Stacey so that wasn’t good. But we went over there and got to talk to her and she knows that we aren’t the same missionaries so it was good to sit down and more than anything become friends. She gave us dinner as well. So it was really great.

June 11, 2017

So today was Sunday and it was a great Sunday. The talks given were really good. Sister Wilson spoke on kindness. As well as Brother McKenzie he spoke on kindness and courage. Then the last talk that was given was from someone who was from the stake Presidency, He spoke on temples and gave a really great story that I wrote down. Then the rest of the Sunday was mostly spent talking to people. There were a lot of visitors. Almost half the congregation seemed to be visitors. I’m not sure if one sent you the photo of Elder Ryan and me. They served here in the Edinburgh, Scotland Mission almost 30yrs ago so that was really cool. So the day was pretty good. We had to do a bit of studies and what not to get ready for district meeting and try to figure some things out for the next week because this next week should be a crazy week. We’ll be in Aberdeen on Thursday for exchanges with the ZL’s.

 

So I have seen a lot of Inverness so far. We do cover Invergordon as well so we’ve been up there a few times and the drive through the Isle of Black is amazing. I’ll send another email with my email address in it so. It’s great to hear that Alex is loving the temple so much. I miss it very much. My thoughts really this whole past week has been on kindness and loving, and what we can do to choose that. In fact just the other day I was looking through this book and I found this poem about choices.

You are the person that has to decide

Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside.

You are the person who makes up your mind

Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind.

Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s far

Or just be contented to stay where you are.

Take it or leave it. Here’s something to do!

Just think it over-It’s all up to you!

 

Nobody here will compel you to rise;

No one will force you to open your eyes;

No one will answer for you yes or no,

Whether to stay there or whether to go;

Life is a game, but it’s you who must say,

Whether as cheat or as sportsman you’ll play.

Fate may betray you, but you settle first

Whether to live to your best or your worst.

 

So whatever it is you are wanting to be,

Remember, to fashion the choice you are free.

Kindly or selfish, or gentle or strong,

Keeping the right way or taking the wrong,

Careless of honor or guarding your pride,

All these are questions which you must decide.

Yours the selection, whichever you do;

The thing men call characters all up to you.

 

I love this poem a lot. It is up to us to be kind, gentle and it is up to us to decide what to do when trials come our way. We can love and serve or be selfish and unforgiving. On a mission I would say these are things you learn daily with everyone that you meet.  I have had many days where I have had men and women of other faiths come to me and attempt to prove me wrong. I have had them yell and scream at me. There has been many times where I’ve walked away with feelings of anger and disgust towards that person instead of love and forgiveness. But it’s up to me what I do. I choose to follow my Savior. I am thankful for a wonderful brother that is able to love the temple and express kindness to others, his example is wonderful.

Well I’m glad everything has gone well this week. The games are great I haven’t seen any highland games here in the Highlands yet, but there are bagpipers out every day of the week. In fact the past week there have been two marching bands going around. It was pretty cool to watch them play and I really wanted to join them but couldn’t. When I come home I’ll be playing with the band a lot more.