We’ve just become so busy with everything, but it’s been really great!

So first off Aunt Ann sent me a wonderful letter that was really, really nice! Now I need her email address. I’ve been gone the whole past week and will be gone for pretty much the next two weeks. We got a call last night that there is an All Scotland Conference this Thursday. So we are probably going to be leaving tomorrow or the next day and I have a leadership meeting on Friday and won’t get back to the Orkney’s till Saturday. Then next week I’ll be traveling up to Shetland on Monday and won’t get back until about Thursday or so. SO if I could Ann’s email so that I could send her a thank you because I’m traveling so much it’s hard to send a letter! And I won’t be able to write a letter till next Monday as I will be traveling quite a bit.

Oh then Elder Herr is hilarious. I love him so much. It is pretty funny that we are companions now. But I was thinking of X-Men t-shirts for us. You would have to do like the X-Men costume shirts.

So as District leader I am pretty limited on time. I get to plan a lot of stuff for the district and doing nightly calls with everyone which takes up a lot of time, but it’s good because it helps us to do better as missionaries.

So this past week was pretty crazy with all travel and stuff. I had a great leadership meeting on Thursday over Skype and then got back to Orkney that night and then started working Friday. We had a bit do that Friday because we’ve been gone for so long. But we got going and was running around to pretty much everyone and trying to set up as many appointments as we could for the following week.

There was a moment where Elder Herr and I were walking back to the flat and there was this car that was coming down the road and the next thing we know, the car is pretty much on the side walk heading right at us! So we jump off to the side and the door opens and the people in the car say that they are members but they haven’t been to church in a long time and they want us to come around and visit them and they’ll even give us food! It was pretty cool how they found us. But that appointment will have to change because we are gone again for a few days. Then the rest of the past few days have just gone by so fast. We have done a lot of planning for this next transfer, because for the last few months nothing has really been happening in this area, so we are going to start to try some different things, but it probably won’t happen for like another two weeks.
It sounds like everything back home is going well. The eclipse sounded really fun. Abi sent me an awesome picture of the temple with the eclipse it looked really awesome and I loved it!
So it’s been going really well but nothing new has happened besides all this travel. We’ve just become so busy with everything, but it’s been really great!

So we are teaching a few people and you asked about the young man, so we haven’t gotten with them as we have been traveling in order to set a date yet, but hopefully tonight we will be able set a date with him for his baptism.
Love you all hope you have an awesome week with back to School and work. I will let you know how the conference goes with all the travel, so no worries!

Staying in Orkney

So I’ll have to be fast because I’m in Aberdeen! To give you a hint…

I’m not moving. Elder Chapple will be moving down near Edinburgh and my new companion will be Elder Herr who was up in Shetland, so he just really moved in the district. So Shetland is being white washed by Elder Kroes and Elder Arenas. The moves call really surprised me this time. We were just walking around, then noon the phone went off and usually the AP’s don’t call till around 6 or 8 in the evening. But the call wasn’t coming from the AP’s it was coming from the President! So I answered and he started to tell me my moves and then he said you’re staying but we want to extend your call to District Leader. So that was pretty fun.

So this whole week I’m going to be in Aberdeen and Edinburgh for some leadership training. So won’t be back in Orkney till Friday night.

I did get the letter I think. I’ll have to check when I get back to the flat.
So yeah this week has been a bit crazy we had exchanges and the Shetland Elders came down to Orkney (Elder Herr and Elder Devainas) for a few days. So we were just all over the place doing things. But it was just getting more and crazier towards moves. We all figured that Elder Chapple would move because he has been here for a while.

So overall I really don’t have a lot of time to email but I’ll print those two talks off and give them a read love you!

There has been so many wonderful things happening more and more

What a week for you it sounds like it has been all over the place but it does sound like a good week. The temple is just a wonderful place and I really do miss it. When you go around and teach people about it for a year, you really want to go there yourself after awhile. I did hear all about Alex and winning the tournament which is really awesome! I’m really proud of him and what he has been able to do.

So the past few days have been really crazy for myself and the next week will be even more so. The past week we had the conference down in Aberdeen and being down there was really great. I love going to the conferences mostly because it’s always what I need to hear every 6 weeks. So this past conference we really talked a lot about inviting others to come to Christ. How pretty much that’s our whole purpose as missionaries is to invite, if we don’t invite then we are not

following the commandments which have been given to us. The funny thing is, is that I was thinking of that same scripture that you shared with me 1 Nephi 3:7. There are a lot of people that think we are being pushy when we invite them to baptism but no one will ever change unless we ask them to. And it’s a

commandment for everyone to get baptized and to also invite those that have not yet have had the chance to hear the gospel on this side as well. So there is a way prepared for both sides to accomplish that, which is very comforting. So we had the conference and we were down there in Aberdeen for about 3 days. The

first day was just a lot of travel and that was long. The second day was the conference were we just learned a lot of great things. The following day we drove with the Smiths to a castle because that is where the Parks were going to pick them up for their temple trip. So we to the meeting place and the Parks

came we were off back home. We drove through the national park because that’s where the GPS took us. Got to see the beautiful hills of Scotland on the back to Orkney. So we spent the rest of the day traveling all the way back to the top of Scotland and got the ferry to the islands. We didn’t get home till right at 9:30 I think. But we made it!

Then the next few days went by fast. We are pretty much finished with are a little chapping area and it’s time to move on to the next. We were able to find a few more people that are interesting in learning more so praying that we will be able to see them again. So just the other day yesterday. We had church and it

went pretty well. We had an interesting investigator show up. He said it would probably be his last Sunday in Orkney so he thought he would just come around. So after church as we were walking around town trying to talk to people and we ran into this one lady. And we got talking and she told us a question that she

has had for a long time and we told her that we have an answer. So she told us to wait and she’ll be back in 30 mins. So we waiting and she came back. So we were looking for a place to sit and she kept saying the pub. And we weren’t really wanting to go into a pub to have a gospel conversation. So she said that was fine but she wanted a drink. So she went into the pub and came back with her

drink and we found a bench and we started to teach her or give her the answer to her questions which were why bad things do happen and where is my child that died when it was born? So we started to explain and we got through part of the answer and she stopped us and asked do you really believe that. So we of course

said “We know that” and then we started talking again and then out of nowhere she gets up leaves. She said she would be right back. So we wait 10-15mins not coming back. So we do companion study for an hour. And still she hasn’t come back and well we couldn’t keep waiting and so we ended up leaving and it was just interesting for it to happen. I don’t think I’ve ever had someone just get

up and leave. So I’m still reflecting on the experience and praying that we will see her again and explain more to her. So we went chapping to finish that night off and we found 2 really great guys that wanted to read the Book of Mormon and learn more about it. We are going back this next week to go and teach them.
So this next week will be crazy because the Elders from Shetland are coming down for a few days. We are having a 2-3 day exchange so should be a lot of fun. We’ve been doing really well and I’ve been getting really excited cause we have been finding more and more people here on this tiny island that want to learn more. Oh also this past week we got a wonderful new investigator named Dan and we played the Restoration movie for him which I have never really done before but we were able to talk about it and what it means and we invited him to baptism and he said yes! And that he is wanting to learn more! We are going places on this Island!

There has been so many wonderful things happening more and more. It really has been a blessing and really because we have been doing our best. It’s one thing I love about being a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints, is that it is the true church and it has the fullness of the Gospel so we are going to see the miracles. Just the other day I was listening to a talk called the Blue Prints of the True Church. It was a BYU devotional and the speaker talks all about what Christ’s church was like found in the Bible. And the only church that matches that same blue print is the Church of Jesus of Latter day saints. So all those wonderful blessings that we gain from the temple are real and then do happen. I love that a lot. So it’s wonderful to hear about your past week and the wonderful things that you were able to learn about in the temple. I’m happy for Alex and what he is doing and for Annukkah and Dad in being the wonderful family that they are. So I hope this next week goes well and I look forward to hearing from you next week.

Love you all I’m heading off now! To go and get some twin photos! Have a great week and I’ll hear from you next week!

*The above pictures of from Braemar Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland. For more information about Braemar please visit this site: http://www.braemarcastle.co.uk/

If someone joins the church here in Orkney we baptize them in the ocean

August 3, 2017
So the last few days have just flown on by it was pretty crazy. But also the last few days haven’t been the best either but oh well. We’ve had a lot of rejection the last two days so that wasn’t really fun but we can’t change if people will accept the message or not. So it mostly spent chapping and finding and going around to teach people. Yesterday we taught Grahame we talked about the Plan of Salvation and it was pretty cool. He had a lot of questions around the purpose of this earth life and really the question came down to if God had directly interfered at the moment the bad things were happening would he be the man he is today? So we were just helping him answer that question. Then we today we were teaching Mark and that was a pretty fun lesson again we taught about the Plan of Salvation and it was pretty interesting to talk about with him. I hope he could come to church because it would be really awesome for him to come along. He has been thinking more about it which is good. Which I know is the spirit really trying to work on him cause that’s one way the spirit works is by those thoughts. Well just praying that he will come along. So that has really been the last few days.

Aug 6, 2017
Well again it’s been a really busy last few days have no idea where the time has gone off to. It’s been a pretty crazy time here. So it’s really been just a lot of finding. Thursday we spent most of the day just finding. Oh we did go over to the Smiths for lunch and while we over there we were helping Sister Heyward with her computer cause it’s just a mess. So we got it all cleaned up and then we were trying to get her LDS account works and getting her family history stuff up and running. But no one could remember the passwords that was set up for her. So we spent so much time just trying to figuring it out. Then because we kept trying so much we got locked out of the website that we were using so we had to put it off till the next day but we did get it then so that was good! And now Sister Heyward is doing family history and finding all her family which is just wonderful.
So then following all that the rest of the time was just finding. But we were able to find some cool people! So yesterday while we were chapping there was this one house that we kept walking by we’ve already knocked it like twice and there was no answer. So we are like okay they seem like they are home. So we go up to the door and just as we are about to chap the door, the door opens! But there was this guy leaving and this little girl with him. So as they were walking away another lady was behind them and we were just like hello there. But it was this ladies son and granddaughter and she just watches the little girl while the parents go off to work. So we go talking about family and about her family. Well do get around to the Well we’re missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. And she is like I know you guys. So it turns out she was meeting with missionaries like over the past 20yrs and the last ones to come around was about a few years ago. But she remembers the first two missionaries she meet about 20yrs ago. Elder Winkle and someone else. But that was really cool so she took a Book of Mormon and we’ll be going back next week go and talk to her.
Then following that we were chapping and we chapped into this other women who doesn’t really know what to believe in but she was willing to sit down with us but next week as well.
So over it all it was a really good week.

Aug 7, 2017
Well woke up at 4:30 this morning to get ready. Elder Chapple took a while in the shower so I only had a few mins to get ready but we got ready and then we picked up the Smiths and off we were to the ferry. So I’m on the ferry now typing this all up. Everyone was going to sleep but it doesn’t seem like they are going to. Elder Smith is talking to Elder Chapple about Australia it’s a pretty funny conversation. So today we are on the ferry all the way down to Thurso and there the Smiths will do a flat check for Thurso and we’ll get some breakfast and then we’ll go to Lidl for some breakfast! And off we are again down to Elgin for a district lunch. The sisters and other senior couple from Stornaway will be meeting us in Elgin for the lunch. Not sure if our district leader from Shetland will be meeting us there or not. Be cool if he was. So after that we should go down to Aberdeen and spend the rest of P-day doing something down there and street contacting for the last part of the day. Then tomorrow we will be having the conference following the meeting I’m not sure what we’ll do. But it’ll be something and then we’ll spend the night again and then drive up the next morning to get our ferry. So should be a fun time.
So it sounds like a fun week!
That’s okay that I don’t have a room anymore the Smiths says that I’m a man now because we sleep on the floor when we go to conferences like today. That’s pretty cool that you went around to the MTC it looks like a fun place but I’ll always love the Preston England MTC. It’s wonderful to hear about everything else and all about Annukkah and Alex.
So the work in Orkney is going great and moving forward still a lot to do but it’s getting there. I loved the package I’ve already started using the book marks to try it out. SO if someone joins the church here in Orkney we baptize them in the ocean! So I’m working on getting a baptism! All other than that it’s been really great and already a long day!
Oh so I have photos but no way to send them so you’ll have to wait till next week!
*Here is a video of Elder Augustine’s last 6 months