June 5, 2017
Hi Elder Augustine, this is Elder Parsons. Thou art the man! Love Elder Possoms.
- 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.
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.