I haven’t seen the Loch Ness Monster, but I’ve come close!

 

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May 22, 2017

Today was a pretty great day. I went off with Elder Peterson it was his last P-day so this morning we went over to the church to go and email and then we went back to the town center. We went into this one shop and there was this bottle that was a brownie mix. It was cheap and didn’t take long to make at all. So, I was like hey let’s make this. So, we got back to the flat and we cleaned up a bit and then we got to baking. It didn’t take long to get in the oven. And well it didn’t look right going in. And when we pulled it out. It was pretty much a cake or in words of Elder Peterson it was corn bread. So that false advertising. It did taste good and was a lot better with butter. So, after some fun baking we went down to the beach and got some photos. It was a fun time. I really enjoy the being by the ocean a lot mostly because it just a great place to be out on the beach watching all the waves. But these waves here are really cold so don’t really want to go near the water. But it’s still pretty nice. Then later at night we had a fun little Book of Mormon study group and we studied 1 Nephi 5-8 and we had a lot of great discussions from that. For most of the day my thoughts have been about the last two transfers here. And really how much I have learned from just those I’ve been around and what has happened. I would have to say coming up to an end of my first year of my mission I feel like I can almost say that yes, I do know what I’m doing. And there is still a lot I don’t know but I’m thankful for what I have learned. Mom has repeatedly said to me in her emails over the past few weeks of everything that she is grateful for in her own life and how much she loves myself along with Alex and Annukkah. And as well as the guiding I have received from Dad. Being the man that I want to be like. So, these have been things of reflection I would say this past little while. I am grateful that I have been able to be shown my weakness so that I may be able to improve and to grow.

May 23-25, 2017

Well the last few days have been alright really nothing has happened here. We’ve been out finding a lot and the best part about it. Is that it has been hot and sunny. Which has been really nice.

May 26, 2017

So today was a pretty fun day. This morning we got to Arbroath and we spent the time finding and the first person that we spoke to was a really nice lady and she invited us over next week. So that should be a lot of fun we’ll swing around and see if we can teach her and give her something great! We then made our way up pass the college and while we were walking Elder Foster noticed this girl on the other side of the street. I had to fix my shoe but I just hear “I knew it!” and the girl comes over and it was this girl that we’ve run into about twice before. But the last time we ran into her we made a deal with her and that is if she runs into us again she would have to take a Book of Mormon from us and read it and when we get home from our mission we’ll have to watch this movie that she told us about. Well ran into her and we had a great conversation and she took the Book of Mormon and said that she would read it. We then told her if she sees us again that she has sit down with us and talk to us about it. She agreed to that. Well after that we just kind of made our way around Arbroath just trying to talk to people. We had lunch and off we went to go see Beckie. And she was in! So, we were able to sit down with her and we really talked about the importance of the book of Mormon and prayer. We read the first two chapters of 1 Nephi and talked about that. She also said that she would come to church this Sunday! Well after that we went back to finding. And we were finding a lot and as we were walking around we ended up near the harbor and we walked around to the sea walk. There were some waves but nothing really. It was high tide and we were up on this bridge just for about a min or two and then along the wall there was kind of a big wave. I was like oh man if we stay right here we’ll probably get soaked. Then not even a min after I said that this wave hits the wall and the curves over and it was massive and it is just coming down on us. I look up at the wave and honest all I thought was “You’ve got to be kidding me” and this wave just falls on us and just soaks us wet. There were a few people that saw and we all just laughed. So, we go off to go find a good place to try to dry off a bit and we street contact along the way. It was a great time. We stopped on the other side of this building next to harbor and just did our best to dry off. We then went back to the flat to get dry clothes and for dinner. We had some fish and chips. It was really good. There is nothing better than a chippy near the ocean. Cause tomorrow is moves call so we’ll see what happens and who is leaving and who is staying or is we both leave. Always an interesting day. After dinner we were just going around chapping doors and what and there is huge festival going on tomorrow called Mofest. It’s super big here and they start tonight so we heard the music coming from there and the high street is getting closed down for the next two days. It’s going to be crazy.

May 30, 2017

So, the last few days have gone by like nothing else. So as far as I can remember it was moves day yesterday. And Elder Firstbrook and I got up in the morning and went off to Dundee in the morning. Took the bus which took about hour. Elder  Firstbrooks new companion was already there in Dundee so they just got on the next bus and went back to Montrose. I went off with two other Elders and stuck around with them for the day and that was where I got to email for a bit. Sent out emails then we were just waiting for my train. So, we were just waiting around nothing to exciting to say about that. Got on the train it was this really nice train and off to Aberdeen! Got to Aberdeen nice and safe waited for a few mins and then my companion Elder Ryan and a few others came along and picked me up. So we were white washing in along with the Elders up in Thurso. Elder Parson’s and Elder Wood. They came and spent the night in our flat. So they were there and we got up to car with all our stuff and we just couldn’t fit it all in so we had to split some our bags with the zone leaders and go back the next day to go and get it. So that is what happens and we are on the road to Inverness. It was a long drive about a good 2-3 hour drive. We get to flat and well it’s not really the cleanest… More or less it was pretty dang gross. So we started picking up and just throwing tons of stuff away. We all spent the night not getting any sleep.

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So, this leads me to today.

So, we all got up and got ready for the day not to bad and we got out and we dropped the other two off at the church so they could email because they were unable to yesterday. And we went back to the flat to start cleaning some more. Took up the whole time we had to go and buy some more cleaning stuff. Well we went back got the other two dropped them off at the train station and then we had to go almost half way back to Aberdeen so we could get our bags. That was a fun drive. So far today has been a lot of cleaning and driving but I’m loving Elder Ryan a lot he is a great guy. So, we go back to this place called Elgin (which has sisters there and they are in our district) so we met up with them and were talking to them when the zone leaders came along with our stuff. So off we were again to Inverness. relaxing car ride. We get back then had to go up to Invergordon because we cover that area as well. There is a flat up there that is closing and we had to go and clean it out and make sure that it has everything out from it. And we get there and it’s a house! This missionary flat is a house. A senior couple use to stay there but then they put the Elders in there. Well we had to go and drop off the keys with the land lady. While there we went to go and check out the church building in Invergordon. The church building is in an old bank. It’s really cool. In the primary room is the massive vault. Well after this we get back to Inverness and we start cleaning the flat again and go out shopping to get food and things for the coming week.

May 31, 2017

Today was like our real first day in Inverness. We got out this morning to go and GQ the city center. So, we drove down to the church and we parked the car there and we started to walk up the River Ness up to the city and we were GQing along the way. Well everyone on that side of the river is either going to the hospital or is a tourist. That was most of the day really. We met a lot of great people. People here in Inverness are really nice, everyone so far been really friendly. So we GQed pretty much the whole day and later in the evening we went to ward council. The members here are amazing they are just great and it was the best ward council that I’ve been to. Later we met up with our Ward Mission Leader. Nathan is 18 and going to get his mission papers in soon. The guy is a great WML right off the bat he has already helping us get appointments with some of the members and working with them. So that finished up the day.

June 1, 2017

Alright today was another really great day. We got out this morning and this time we crossed a bridge earlier on the River Ness and GQed the other side still some tourist but not as many more local people. But we did decide that when someone doesn’t say anything to us it’s because they don’t speak English. So, while out today we ran into a girl from UVU doing some study abroad over here for the next month or so. We actually ran into the Professors that are in charge of the group yesterday out on the street. They are all members so that was pretty cool to be running into members from the States. So, if they aren’t busy or aren’t doing anything we want to see if any of them (because there are some return missionaries there) want to come out with us and teach some lessons. It’s going to be great. So later in the evening we got to see our investigator Calum. Nathan our WML came along. So, we sat down with him and just kind of did a get to know and talked about a few things. He says he won’t get baptized but he is so ready for it. He is a pretty cool guy, he has been studying accounting at the university and is hoping to go somewhere in there. We’ll be seeing him at church on Sunday and we’ll also see him Thursday. So, after the great lesson with him we and did some try byes with some former investigators and we found this one lady from Poland she invited us back but next week she is on holiday and won’t be back till the week after but we’ll go by then. And that ended the night!

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June 2, 2017

We met one of the world’s strongest men!

So today we got up and it was an easy-going morning and we get out and start street contacting. Met a lot of interesting people this morning. Here in Inverness it’s mostly just tourist in the morning getting out and getting ready for the day. It’s not really till the evening time that the people that do live here start to get out. So, lunch came around and we went down to the church will Sister Williams was cleaning the church and as we were cleaning we forgot to lock the front door behind us and we were in the kitchen and the next thing I know there is this random tourist from Colorado in there. He told us that his wife is just using the bathroom. They weren’t members but it was an awkward conversation. He told us that his daughter was a part of the church and then as he is talking about this his wife comes around and she looks at us with the most confusing look and said, “The UK doesn’t have public bathrooms!” she was very surprised. So, we had a good laugh and finished up lunch. So back out street contacting and we aren’t getting like anything at all. So, as I’m trying to talk to people I hear my companion try to stop some guy and the guy just goes nuts. So, I kind of turn around and step next to my companion. And this man is just yelling that we have no right to do this and he is just sending spit everywhere. We tell him that we hope he has a good day and he hates this. He just goes off how we really don’t hope that he has a good day that it’s all just a lie and that we are faking to be nice to other people. Then he tells us to leave and to stop staring at him. We just turned around and started to talk to other people. Still weren’t getting anyone so we did some companion study and we were just dead but no worries we kept going. The evening was a lot of more successful. Talked to some great people and got some lessons all set up! I meet this really cool guy named Vogta from Poland and as I was talking to him, he was telling me how in his hard times God wasn’t there to help him out it was just himself that did it. So, I started to tell him about agency and how in my own life God hasn’t just appeared and picked me up out of my hard times but as allowed me to make the right choice and to trust him and what his is wanting me to do. Something like that but he really loved it! We got his number and will be meeting with him. Then I was able to chat with an awesome girl named Juile who wants to be a police officer in Texas. Which was pretty dang cool and we should be meeting with her next week. Then shortly after this my companion and I were standing there chatting a little bit and he was telling him how we need to get going to a gym around here. Then out of nowhere we see this man with “The World’s Strongest Man” shirt on and this guy is just massive. The guy was like 3-4 times my size and we stop him! And we ask him if we can come workout with him and he got his email and he totally all for it. You can look this guy up his name is Tom Stoltman. He is only 23 and weights like 363 pounds. So, after that meeting that crazy awesome guy we had some dinner and we went out and did some try byes for the rest of the night.

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June 3, 2017

Was just a crazy day of running around and GQing and had some interesting people talk Not too much happened.

June 4, 2017

Church was today and we got to meet more of the ward which was great. There are a lot of awesome members here and I love them all so much. We also had a lot of visitors as well from all the people just on holiday to Scotland as well as the students that here from UVU. So that was pretty cool and then the rest of the day was us doing a lot of planning and studies and more try byes for the rest of the night. Then we ended it with seeing our investigator named Barry. He has a problem with Tithing and just won’t accept it. He will accept everything else but Tithing. So that sucks. but oh well we will do our best to see if we can get him to understand why we pay tithing. Cause it would be great if he could get over it and then he would be ready for baptism. So, then the rest of the day went really well. And now I’m ending the week with some weekly calls and getting ready for bed.

So today,

Well it sounds like a busy week back home and Brodie doesn’t sound to happy but it’s good that he has had a good wash.

I love the pictures from Grandma and around Salt Lake thank you!

The area of Inverness is amazing! I love it here, and I haven’t yet seen the Loch Ness Monster but I’ve been close! Our area is like a 1\4 of all of Scotland. We cover all the way down past Loch Ness, then almost to Elgin, then half way Thurso and all the way to the Isle of Skye.

So yeah whitewashing. We pretty much just travel to a new area the both of us go and find the flat and just get started to work and do our best to figure out the area in the least amount of time so that we can just get going. We’ve already been doing really well which is great. Elder Ryan is a funny guy really likes to stay busy, always something to do with him. He does fit the aqua man shirt which is great. Oh, so the shoes it’s just around the top that has become all lose and aren’t to waterproof anymore. The rest of the shoe is fine. But yeah, it’s been a great a week and I look forward to the next week. Hopefully I’ll get some more inspiring days in to share with everyone.

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