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!

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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