Lean Not Unto My Own Understanding


Elder Augustine and Elder Foster on their daily bus ride

So the week has gone by super-fast and it sounds like a very crazy week for everyone at home. I hope everything goes well with Dad, and it was great that you were able to do some service! It is always nice helping others. I always try to offer my help to everyone, but they all turn me down. Oh well can only keep trying.

So last Monday was p-day and you saw all the photos from that.

So Tuesday we had a great district meeting and the zone leaders came. We were able to have some really cool lessons from all of us and I really enjoyed it. We talked about having the faith to see miracles and what to do to improve our own faith, because it doesn’t matter the quantity but the quality of our faith that things start to happen. God works by the faith of man, so pretty cool stuff because we’ve been having a hard time finding people, but when we start finding them, they never hold the appointment which is really annoying, but we are still going!

So the last couple of days has been roughly the same. We ride the bus to our area and it’s a 30min ride then we get to work talking to people and it’s interesting the people that you run into here. So pretty funny people.

We have been teaching two 8 yrs. olds that are super crazy and all over the place but they are going to get baptized and they want to get baptized so that’s pretty cool. So we go over there once a week and teach them and share stuff with them.

So following all that the rest of the day is pretty normal, we’ve been out to eat a lot at some of the bakeries around here and they are really good. They have some really good haggis pies ha-ha. Those are my favorite. So following the end of the day we head back to the flat for dinner and we do studies for the rest of the night, because I’m training my trainee gets an extra hour of study so that is fun. The other night we did a fun scripture chase game with the other Elders and the last person to get to the scripture had to teach everyone else a 1 min lesson from Preach My Gospel and it was pretty fun.

That has really been the week nothing else has been going on.

Then Sunday it was the British mother’s day! So my companion and Elder Peterson’s companion skyped home and that was cool for them. So Happy British Mother’s day! I’ll be calling home in May so that should be fun to see everyone! I’ll tell you more about Scotland because that will be roughly a year-ish for me. Time is flying by!

Well to answer the question of or to add to the phrase “Lean Not To Mine Own Understanding” So Scotland is a perfect example of what not to do for this. Everyone here leans to their own understanding. But basically to everyone else it means to lean to Gods understanding and trust him. We will never know what will happen but he does, so we just have to go with it. I think it goes best with a scripture from D&C 6: 36 “Look unto me in every thought, doubt not, fear not”. It will be hard but it is so simple, we just look to our Father in Heaven and don’t doubt him and fear what will happen but take the step of faith to lean to him. I run into a lot of people here in Scotland where if they would only take a moment and just listen to the wonderful message that we have, they would be able to find what it means to understand the miracles of God. It is hard, but it comes from the moment of giving up to God that we find the most joy. Many people look to the things that they can only understand and they doubt the things that they can’t but Christ said it best in John 20:29 Jesus here speaks to Thomas someone who probably was doubting and only looking to what he saw and felt, but as Christ did show himself to him he did believe and what he says after is even better! “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”   Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed – It is amazing to see the teachings of the Savoir. We are stronger because we see not. I do not need an angel of the Lord to come to me or to see the dead rise to believe that there is a God. I am blessed with the knowledge that I will never doubt or fear what will happen because I know. I know that God has the better understanding and he works in ways that I do not know, but I do know if I trust him and follow him I will always be happy and just like Alma taught his son Helaman in Alma 36:3:

And now, O my son Helaman, behold, thou art in thy youth, and therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.”  All things will work out! For our God is a God of love and that he is our Father and he is one that I will look to.

Well I hope that was good for you and look forward to hearing from you!

On foot, no car or bikes, just walking everywhere again.

Alright so this week has been a busy week and I guess I’ll go through and try to answer the questions. I still haven’t been to the mission home to get the package so it’s just sitting there so you’ll have to wait till then when I can tell you more about my week. But to all the questions.

Spring time in Scotland. It’s cold mostly because I’m on the coast so it’s all windy all the time and what not.

First off I’m training Elder Foster who is from England and is 24. He is a convert to the church and was baptized about 2 yrs ago. So that is really cool. He is a great guy and pretty funny. Doing great and working hard which is good. He is very English.

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Chapping in Paisley

So Arbroath is a very small and a pretty religious place. They are well known for their smokies, which is smoked Fish. So I’ll have to try one soon, sounds pretty good. So the ward is the Montrose ward, that’s where we stay in the 4 man flat.  We have to get on a 30 min bus every day to our area, which kind of sucks but oh well. If we work hard and get a lot done we’ll be able to open up a flat there in Arbroath and stay there but still have to come to Montrose for Sundays and what not. So that also means we are on foot, no car or bikes, just walking everywhere again. It’s pretty fun because you get to see a lot of stuff.

So I have been around to some of the cliffs here and today we went to a beach and castle in between Arbroath and Montrose I’ll send the photos, it’s a pretty cool place and we got to walk all long the country side. I would have to say this is my favorite part about Scotland is the country side it is pretty great and seems like a great place to be. The small towns are really where the culture is at which is pretty nice. My last two areas haven’t been like this so it’s a nice change and I’m liking it so far.

But one problem is all the other religious people really don’t like us here. We’ve had two experiences now were people are just trying to prove us wrong about everything. It usually ends in the same way but we don’t say anything to these people and they just lose it. So it’s a bit annoying but oh well.

So we’ll see how it goes this next week. Here in Arbroath there is a main street that we can talk to a few people but not many so we go around and chap most of the time and that is pretty alright.


So over all it was a pretty good week nothing really to exciting has happened.

I’m in Arbroath – home where the Scottish Independence was signed.


*Arbroath is an ancient port with origins dating back to Pictish times. With a population of 25,000, Arbroath is the largest Angus town, and home of the famous Abbey, which was founded in 1178. It was at the Abbey in 1320 that the famous Declaration of Scottish Independence was signed, outlining the desire of the Scottish people for self-determination. https://www.visitangus.com/info/20013/arbroath

I have been transferred, I just got to my new area just a while ago and I don’t have long to email today which kind of sucks, but oh well. So I’m in an area called Arbroath. I’m companions with Elder Foster who is from England, this is his second transfer in the mission so I will be his trainer and finish training him. Should be all fun stuff I’m really excited. I’m also in a 4 man flat with Elder Peterson and his trainee who is also from England sorry I forgot his name already… But we are all in the same flat! So it should be some fun stuff happening.

So I did get the other t-shirts and I don’t have my camera so don’t have a way to send any photos, but the packages do send to the mission home. I will get it and when things like moves happen I’ll be able to get it still and what not. So send all the packages to the mission home. Then I do have the book that you are talking about but I got it like a week or two ago. So I’ll send that off to you as soon as I can.

Alright so this past week has been a crazy week of running around and visiting everyone and finding new investigators, but I’m running out of time and really nothing to exciting really happened just going around and talking to people. We had moves call on Saturday and I got the call that I was moving, so I spent Sunday packing and getting ready to leave so it was all good. Nothing really else though. That I can think of it was just kind of a long week and really not too sure what to say about the week.

But it’s great to always hear about family history work thank you! When I get the package I’ll be able to type up more about the week because I’m doing a lot just forgot a lot of it by the time I email.

Oh wait I did do something fun I went on exchange with Elder Milburn in Paisley on Saturday. He is one of my favorite Elders in the mission. So that was just great! We went all around Paisley because I’ve never been and it was a lot of fun, then like half way through the day Elder Cropper came back with the zone leaders from some meeting and we went back to Kilmarnock and that was that.

OH so new companion! Well I’m in a four man flat and they all want a shirt… So I’ll talk to them about it and get back to you on it…

Reading Jesus the Christ and applying it to my own missionary life


Look at all that well thank you it was a lot to read, but I did read it all. It is always great to hear about what is going on back at home, and yes I would love to get the music and did you find any good videos to send me for the missionary work just wondering? And no the shirts have not come yet, so don’t know when they will. It is move’s call this Saturday so will find out what is happening there.

So this week for myself:

The start of the week was pretty normal, we had a good FHE night with Brian and some people came over to that. Then the following day we had a good district meeting and what not, then came back to Kilmarnock and got started on the work again. It was all pretty well.
I’ve been doing a lot of studying on the life of Christ so reading through Jesus the Christ and what not. That is pretty amazing I will tell you that, and it has been a lot of fun to be able to apply what I’ve learned about his example into my own missionary life.

So back to the start of the week. We went over to the Dalleys and we had gave them some help with painting one of the rooms in their home. Got out the paint and Elder Cropper and I painted away! Paint, paint and some more paint. I think we got most of it done not sure what it is like now, haven’t heard from them. So then after all that good painting, we went on and seen some people and it was all good.

We have been blessed this week to have a sort of new investigator. Carla is a former investigator and we were able to see her and share more about everything, and she wants to come to church! She wants to meet new and good people. So we are like yeah come to church! We will be giving her a baptismal date the next time we see her. She really wants to learn and come so it will be great. Really excited to be seeing her again this next week.

So following on in the week we had a busy day of seeing people. We saw Stephen our investigator that works like all the time, and he has been having a hard with a few things so we shared the plan of salvation with him. We talked about the atonement purpose and how it brings us joy in this life. It was so great, the spirit was just like BANG! So we were able to help him set a day of baptism for April 1st! So Wohoo! He is going to find some joy. It was great to be able to teach him and I’m really praying for him every day that he will want to have this feeling more in his life.

So afterwards we went to Dean Park or the “Woods” with our friend Fiona! And we went on a good long walk down to some animals and we fed them apples. It was pretty funny, but after the animals and the apples, we had a really good talk about the restoration of the gospel.  I think she really likes it. She has learned so much about the gospel and the church it is pretty cool. Her favorite soap is the District which is used a lot for training missionaries. So we will hopefully see her again and share some more things with her.

Then we had an Area broadcast for the whole of Europe! It was really cool. So we went down to Ayr and the broadcast was from Salt Lake, but it was for everyone in the Europe area. It was interesting as I have been to an area conference before but the way they did it was interesting. So we got to the church and the stake president got up and talked about a few things, then the bishops from Ayr and Irvine spoke. Then the broadcast started and there were 4 speakers and oh my oh my…that was just amazing. The talks were great and I loved them all. The first talked about how to find joy, the next talked about our testimonies, and another about being self-reliant kind of thing. It was good! The last speaker was Elder Ballard! And his was great! I learned something new from all of them!

Then to end that great day we were out street contacting and we ran into a prophet, it was interesting. Elder Cropper stopped him and we started the normal missionary talk and the dude was like “I am a prophet of God” and we were like ah no, don’t think so. Mostly because he would only be able to talk to God after he had some illegal drugs… So that was pretty funny! Then we went to the Allen’s for Dinner and had some really good food. Oh man Dave Allen makes the best food.

So that was this past week not sure if I forgot anything, but I’m working on the family here in Kilmarnock they haven’t answered me back but I am trying!