No one ever said that life is a journey to be taken alone.

Well I can’t believe you all went to Comic Con without me! I’ve been dying to go for like… forever! But I either had school or a soccer game. So it’s good to hear that I’ll be attending it next year with Alex!

That’s some really good talks! I really enjoyed reading through them. It’s really a big thing in the world where we get all caught up in becoming perfect and it just causes more problems than solutions. Perfection isn’t something that is achieved until after this life, so there is no reason to worry about it now. It’s always great to read the inspiring words of others and learn from them so that we can apply into our own lives as well.

So this week for a us it has been pretty slow, but also pretty fast as well. So each week I get a bit of time to prepare for District Meeting and I wanted this past week on becoming Christ like. So I had all my teams in the District do the Christ like Attribute Activity in Preach My Gospel. So then throughout the week I can follow up on them and how they were able to work on it and apply it not only to their missionary work but also to their lives. So the one that I’ve been working on is; Diligence and what I can do to become a more Diligent missionary. So always doing my best to talk to one more person on the street and chap one more door. At first I will admit I had this idea of perfection in my mind. I’m going to become that perfect missionary that does everything right, is always working and is always saying the right things. But it’s not like that at all. I was able to calm a bit down and just sit back and enjoy the work I’m doing. I can both work hard and view it as something I have to do or I can work hard and view it as something I want to do. Then this went even into the conversations that I would be having with people. Because sometimes I get into the habit of doing the same thing over and over again or saying the same things. But I’ve been taking that extra moment to stop and pray and tell myself to testify of the things that are important. So the doors that open and say that now’s not a good time my brother has passed away or my husband is going through cancer, I was able to stand in front of them and tell them, “well we have something that can help”. When doing this I found more power and authority in what I was sharing with others. It really became moments of teaching and finding at the same time. I’ve striven to do this throughout my mission. But like all skills it does take time and this is something that I am striving to build upon and become that diligent missionary.

The things that you and Dad have shared are true. There are so many people in the world today that walk away from something great because they just become confused, or they feel lost. This is why it’s important for us to hold to the rod and reach out to help others hold to the rod. I find it interesting in Lehi’s dream that there are tons of people holding onto that rod, but I’d like to add my own bit to it. I like to picture the scene of people holding to the rod and as soon as some people let go there is someone else right behind them that grabs them and pulls with everything they’ve got to get that person back to the rod. No one ever said that life is a journey to be taken alone.

So this past week has been full of a lot inspiring moments. They may not have been a new person found that is wanting to hear the gospel, but it’s been a change of heart in myself and a few others that I have been able to see.

But to be honest we did get let into a door this past week and were able to share the message of the restoration of the gospel with a man (If you want to know how I feel watch the Hello parody with the missionaries). Well this next week should be a great week! I look forward to all our appointments.

What I love is the faith of these saints to keep coming every week even though there are so few of them.

I’m pretty sure I got down the days of the week, had a pretty good laugh with this one!
What a week full of the temple and other wonderful experiences for everyone back home. So this week not much has happened.

The Zone leaders came up on Monday and Tuesday to do exchanges with us and it was a great time. For P-day because it was raining so much here in Kirkwall, we spent most of the day inside playing ping pong and relaxing. Then we were out finding and the next day we had our District meeting. We could not get the Lerwick Elders onto Skype so it took forever, but we had an amazing breakfast. Sister Smith made so much food and it was really good. This week was their last week here in Orkney, they are now in Montrose. Tuesday was really great, we got to sit down with this person and we talked about the purpose of life with them and explained how this life is a time to find peace and happiness. Then we talked about how God can really be a part of that peace and happiness, and what he can do to help us with it. So the next few days there was a lot of finding and so forth.

Then we got to sit down with two less actives which they had us over for dinner and it was really good. We got to share our spiritual thought on the Restoration with them. On my mission I have really loved sharing the message of the restoration with everyone that I meet and with members as well, because we do need to be reminded of what really has been brought back to the earth. It was lost and when Christ died and the leaders of the Church were killed the Authority they had received was then gone. There was no one on the Earth saying “Thus sayth the lord” It was all “The Bible says this”. The Gospel was changed and lost. But through the prophet Joseph Smith it was restored! And as we share this message it always brings the spirit and it’s all centered on embracing the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon was written for our day. So we need to read it Daily. There cannot be a day where we don’t read from it. If there was anything that can help us in this day and age that is the Book of Mormon. It brings us closer to God and helps us to know that Jesus is the Christ. The message was great and we’ll be going back to their home to teach them again.
Then a funny short story. While chapping this neighborhood we usually take turns and switch back and forth with who gets to chap the door. This next door it was Elder Herr’s turn, so we go up to the door and *Knock*Knock*Knock* and this older woman comes to the door. “What do you want!” my companion answers “We are missionaries and we are sharing a message about…” and then he finishes and she stops and just stares. Then it felt like a good minute goes by and my companion goes on again “May we share this message with you?” and she looks closer and out of nowhere she starts to make like this grunting Indian sound, so my companion just kind of does like a good bye thing. As we walk away she is still making this sound and just watching us. I thought it was hilarious because it put my companion in the most awkward spot he had no idea what to do!

But it was good because as we kept chapping we were able to find some people that were interested in hearing from us! So looking forward to this next week!
Then Sunday was a great Sunday! Church was the smallest service I’ve ever seen. There was only 8 of us. But what I love is the faith of these saints to keep coming every week even though there are so few of them. The Orkney Branch is able to do a lot, we just need to get everyone on board and share the gospel with everyone by doing this it will help the branch grow. From what I’ve seen it’s coming down to the branches choice if they want to grow or not. As missionaries we are doing everything we can to find people to teach, but we really need the members to be one with us. So we’ll see how these next few weeks come along. I’m getting really excited.

Then before I forget Christmas the only thing that is wanted/ needed is “The Infinite Atonement” by Tad Callister. Don’t really need anything else but I’ll give it some thought this next week and let you know.

I’ve now traveled by car, train, boat, bicycle, and plane on my mission.

So Orkney is an interesting place and it’s really fun. A lot of the locals pretty much know each other, so it’s pretty funny when we run into someone because, we’ll run into their cousin or friends in the next few minutes. Also everyone on this whole island is pretty much related it’s pretty funny. I haven’t been out to Skara Brae, it’s been pretty crazy the last few P-days so haven’t had any time to go up there and it’s not really fun to go out to see the sights in a rain storm.

Then Shetland was really cool. It’s a beautiful place with tons of attractions. It’s small and I mean it’s so small you can walk from one side of the island to pretty much the other side. But the Elders there are doing some good work.
We flew up to Shetland Monday night and had a wonderful dinner with some members up there. Then the next day we had our district meeting and I went on exchanges with Elder Kroes from Germany. He is in my MTC group, so it was interesting to see how we’ve changed over this last year of our missions.

We had a good time finding around Lerwick, met some funny people. The people really do know the missionaries there. The following day I went off with Elder Arenas from the Philippines, he is funny! I loved the day with him so much. He is still working on his English, he has only been out for about 4 months now, but he is learning the language really well and I loved how he would talk to people.
Then in the evening we had a bit more fun with Chapping. So we decided that we would just run up and down the streets and knock on the doors that we felt we should knock on, and we found a lot of people that were interested! It was a great time and really fun! It really made the missionary work really fun and something new to do.

The next morning we flew back to Orkney. The plane ride was a lot faster than I thought. It was only about 30 minutes. So much better than a 6-7 hour ferry ride! But the sights were great and the people fun.

I’ve now traveled by car, train, boat, bicycle, and plane on my mission. It’s been really crazy of how much I’ve seen of Scotland. There are very few places where I haven’t been.

So got back to Orkney and we have spent the last few days really trying to find some new investigators. So we are trying more than anything to get more involved with the members and see what we can do to be more a part of the branch rather than the missionaries that just come and go and everyone just sees another Elder or something. So we got some fun things planned and hopefully it’s all going to go well and we’ll enjoy it.

So I haven’t seen the northern lights yet, but it is getting darker in the evening which is nice because now there isn’t sun light in our window at 3am!
Oh then only got one shirt so far. Just waiting for the other one.
Then yeah that was pretty much our week and it was really good and the rest of the time we’ve been out chapping doors and just inviting people to hear our message!

So I have heard about everything that is going on back home. I heard about the storms and yesterday I heard more about the rest and it’s just been really crazy. I have no idea what the world is going to be like when I come back. It’s just seems to be getting worse and worse and really it’s only going to be this gospel that can really help people and bring them back together. So it’s going to be a really fun week because I’m back in my area and we are going to see Miracles! So next week expect to hear a lot!

He hears our prayers, he understands who we are, and he invites us to learn of him.

I love the class room! I wish I had a teacher that would have done that for me! Well I can’t put everything that happened this week into words, but I can tell you most of the week in one word and that is TRAVEL. Oh my goodness so much travel when you live so far away from the mission home. We were able to do some work in our area just for about 1-2 days before we woke up early one morning and drove down to the ferry to get to the mainland. We then drove from Thurso down to Aberdeen and we spent the night there and then woke up early the next morning and drove down to Edinburgh.
The conference was all about being Christ Centered. We are a Christ Centered Mission. We have a goal to baptize 450 souls. That is a lot and we are almost there, but I think for a lot of us and maybe a bit for me as well, we were more focused on the goal than the people we were helping to baptism. We have a Savior for a reason and that is to repent and to strive to become like him. It is the best way to live in life. It is the only way to find happiness and direction in life. It is the way life was supposed to be lived. We have witnesses of his life and his teachings. We have an example to follow. All we need to do is to “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grave ye may be perfect in Christ, and if by the grave of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.”(Moroni 10:32)
He hears our prayers, he understands who we are, and he invites us to learn of him. Not for his benefit but for ours. The conference was centered on this and for us to reach our goal we need to forget the goal and focus on the bigger goal and then everything else will fall into place. A lot of time we get caught up in these things that we have to do and we come under pressure, but God doesn’t put us under pressure we do. When we focus on the small and simple goals of just reading scriptures and praying as much as we can and in all places. The windows of heaven are opened and everything else will fall into place. All the wants and desires will happen if we willingly give those desires to him. I’m grateful for a mission President that is a man of God that knows the Savior and is willing show me an example of who to follow. Nothing is ever easy but there are ways of making life easier, and that starts with prayer and feasting on the word of God. I know there are family and friends that read this email that is posted onto my blog and I would just like you to ponder the question, “How can I help someone come back to Chris?”
So this was the conference and there were a few other instructions that were given and it was really great. I had my Zone Leader Council right after so I didn’t get to talk to any other Elders or Sisters. But it was good to see everyone.
So after the conference we drove back to Aberdeen and stayed the night with the zone leaders. In the morning we headed back up to Orkney. The Smiths were on the same ferry as us so we got to chat with them back to Orkney. Then we’ve been able to spend a few days in our area before we go up to Shetland for a few more days. But it’s going to be great. Sunday was amazing as well I love the members of the Orkney Branch! They bore such powerful and wonderful testimonies. Each one of them has answered a prayer of mine in this past week and it was truly a blessing.

So I’ll make sure that Sister Park messages you. Those that I’m teaching in Orkney haven’t got a date yet but we are working with that. It’s great to hear about Dad and Alex. I hope everything goes well with Dad and what is going on.
Love, Elder Augustine