Thank you to Sister Bleyl for sending these lovely pictures of Elder Augustine and his companion Elder Forbush. According to Sister Bleyl, “We were having a wee ‘Magic Tricks’ session and some fun after dinner on Sunday.”
Good morning. Elder Forbush and I will get around to the Flash shirt thing, sometime today. We have a bit of a messy flat right now and need to clean it up. Elder Forbush is doing a lot better with his leg. He has been able to walk around this past week so we’ve been out doing a lot of stuff.
It sounds like an interesting week for you. Oh, I’ll go with Dads mission stocking cause why not. It’s a shame to hear that about the ward. It’s always hard within situations like that. I think that’s why when I went to USU and was a part of the YSA ward I really grew to love going to church. When I was there they would really reach out to you. I didn’t do too much with the ward which I do regret however, the times I did do stuff with them they were always there. It was great to be a part of a ward that was like that. So just hold in there and everything will get better. The gospel is the reason to go to church.
So, this week was a fun week. We were able to get out and do a bunch of finding. We don’t have a lot of people to teach so we’ve had a good amount of 40 hours of finding, so 40 solid hours of chapping on doors and talking to people. We’ve got a few appointments set for next week and really hoping they stick.
Thanksgiving was fun, sorry I didn’t get any pictures. It just felt like a normal day so nothing too exciting. However, we did have dinner with Sister McCowan and Jim Sharp came along as well. We had everything but the pumpkin pie, but that’s okay we’ll get it sometime, maybe? I miss the pumpkin pie no one over here knows what it is.
So, something that I’ve been thankful for is probably the chance to serve a mission. I’ll say that cause I’m serving right now and it’s so great to be able to sit down learn and to teach about the gospel, and to really follow it. I wish I would have sat down before and really learned about it the way I am now, because it’s amazing.
So, a blessing I really don’t know. Even though I’ve been out for 4 months now it still doesn’t feel like a lot has happened. Sometimes it takes a while to notice the blessing so I’ll keep my eyes open for one.
Then the rest of the week has been just finding. Lot’s and lots of finding! I’ve been really tired in the evening, so when I get back to the flat I’m just dead from all the finding. I got one letter written out for Alex, but I’m going to work on that this next week. So, next week for sure Alex will be getting more interesting letters.
Oh, and I do have the Christmas package, I got it just last week. I also got two other packages so I really want to open it, but I’ll wait for Christmas to open them up.
Oh, last Monday Les Cumming took us to the Art Gallery’s. It’s pretty much a museum and I really loved it, It was a lot of fun. We are going into Glasgow again today. A lot of fun to say that I get to go into Glasgow! It’s a really a fun place to be.
I made onion rings for us! and here are pictures of the museum, I really enjoyed the pandas. Some of my companion being a funny guy.
So the finding has been alright. Well first off this past week has been really long. Elder Forbush has injured his leg really bad and has been house bound for the last week. We’ve hardly been out of the flat so far. Spent the whole week in the flat and this week might be the same depending on how he is feeling. I did get everything you sent. No worries I got it all, thank you very much. I’m still not sure what I’ll be doing for Christmas so you could send the stocking if you want.
There is only a little snow in the early morning. Sometimes, most of the time it’s either fog or rain or both. Mostly rain… Lots of rain. It rains pretty much every day.
I’m sorry to hear about the other deacons and Alex. It’s a good thing you are turning it into a learning experience for him. I’m very proud of him and what he is doing and with all the stuff he has been doing. I hear that he’s doing well in school which is great. I miss Alex very much and I can’t wait to get to tell him more about my mission. It’s hard to type everything up in one email because so much happens. Even in the weeks where you have to sit in the flat with your companion until he starts to feel better and is able to walk.
Thanksgiving is going to be interesting. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing. But I guess I’ll find out when it comes around. If we don’t go over to a member’s home for Thanksgiving, I’ll probably just make the dinner myself. And yes I’m trying to be the 4th missionary. I love that talk very much and I’ve been reading over it along with Jesus the Christ. I’ve been reading a chapter a day from that book. It’s great I love it, there are only 42 chapters so I’ll finish it soon.
I haven’t come into any problems yet. The biggest thing that I’m worried about is when December hits and it starts to get a lot colder and stay cold. So I’m looking at getting some winter boots, but not sure yet. So I’ll figure that out. soon. Maybe?
Ah other challenges though not too sure. I haven’t found the mission to be stressful because the past year I’ve learned to really handle stress really well. So when a challenge does come up I don’t like freak out or am put down by it. A mission is hard. In Scotland it’s really hard, not easy with some people that you run into. People really do just hate you because you wear the name Jesus Christ It’s pretty sad.
That’s really cool to hear about dads email and how it got around so much. Well done dad!
Then really hasn’t been any struggles that I can think of. The blessing are great, because you really get to know so many people and become great friends with them. You also get to understand how they speak. I understand almost everyone in Scotland. There are few people where I do kind of give them a funny look and just have no idea what they are saying. That’s more with the Scots up north. It’s pretty funny. But other than that I think it’s the meeting people, studying the gospel and living it in a way where I get to gain so much from it.
Hmm, sounds like fun filled week. We heard about Trump. People pick up on the American accent and so they start to ask questions, but we have to tell them that we can’t talk about it, or we just act like we don’t know anything. So it’s pretty fun.
Then I just took out 20 pounds today so that I could mail some Christmas presents home to everyone.
Happy Birthday to Grandma! Being 86 that’s pretty amazing. Oh does she know a Jean Kelly by chance? Some members were talking to me on Sunday, and I told them that my grandparents moved from Ayr and that they helped start the Utah Scottish Association. I think I’ve heard the name before but I just could not remember. So there are some members here in Airdrie that know Jean Kelly.
So this week I got my new companion as you know Elder Forbush. Great guy I love him so much already. It’s been a lot of fun already. I only got like one picture so I’ll get some pictures in the next week sorry.
We’ve been out seeing everyone that we could. Going out and seeing some members as well however, Elder Forbush did something to his leg in the past week before he got here and it’s been getting worse so Sister Donaldson has told him to stay in the flat and rest till she sets up an appointment for him to go get it checked out. So hopefully it’s not too bad. Not much else has really happened this week. The times we’ve gone out finding we have been getting a few people asking to meet with us again so fingers crossed. We were able to even get into two peoples homes. One we got to know the people really well and we are hoping to go back this next week…if Elder Forbush can walk. Then the other person was a drunk guy and that was interesting. It didn’t hit me that he was drunk until we were sitting down, then we got kicked out by his wife. So that was that.
Then the rest of the week was pretty normal for missionary work.
I’ve been reading Jesus the Christ the past week to let you know about my studies. It has been great to read through. I’ve been reading a chapter a day. So after reading the Book of Mormon I would say to read Jesus the Christ because it is a pretty great book. Just everything about Jesus Christ from who he is to why he is so important.
And yeah that’s about it, we’ve been having a really busy week. But it’s been a good week I love my companion.
So discard last week email about Christmas stuff, I don’t think I really want anything so it’s all good.
Sounds like a pretty interesting week. I’m sorry that I haven’t been answering Dad’s questions, I thought I was. It’s hard to get down all my thoughts and answer questions in an hour.
So the family history people in the ward are the Cummings, the ones that you’ve talked to you.
Then this week I got pretty sick so not much really happened. We hung out with Les Cumming for Halloween. We went to a Mexican place for dinner and it wasn’t Mexican food. Well it was, but it didn’t really taste like the Mexican food we know.
We then had an exchange and were in and out of Glasgow a lot this week. Just running all over the place.
I did get the talk that you sent and thank you very much for that talk. I really enjoyed it and I’ve been reading it a lot, It is a great talk.
We also had a zone conference on Saturday and President Donaldson has asked us to study faith the past few weeks. So he gave a great instruction on Faith and talked about the Brother of Jared. So that was really cool.
Sunday, we ran into some people from the states. They sent a picture to dad. I thought he would enjoy getting a picture.
So the people really don’t remember their names came to church and that was pretty cool. Then they were off for the rest of the vacation.
And as you know I’m staying in Airdrie. I don’t think I’ll ever get to surprise you guys with an email as to where I’m going. Would love to do that. Sometime. But don’t think it’ll happen…
So my new companion will be Elder Forbush and I’m really excited to meet him and to serve with him. I’ll miss Elder Magby and it was great to serve him, but we are always moving around. So pretty excited for the next month.
Is there anything that anyone wants from Scotland for Christmas? I got everyone some gifts and I hope you all like it.
Love Elder Augustine