We will be looking for places to serve and to help.

Well this week has been something. Monday evening we had this older man invite us around to his home to talk about God. So we went, he let us in and we sat down with him. He was very nice, and likes to talk that’s for sure. He had a ton of religious paintings around his home. Just all over the place so he really loves his faith. Well we asked a few questions and he said he would be willing to hear what we had to share and I don’t even think we even got to speak very much. We would say one thing and the next thing we know he is going on and on and we just could not say anything. So he was totally confused by the end from his speaking and our one sentence teaching. But he said he would read the Book of Mormon and tell us what he thinks. We’ll be going back tonight to see what happens.

So the rest of the week went by really fast we’ve been out finding a lot in the rain and hail. It just kept raining every day. We haven’t had a dry day at all and I’ve only seen the sun maybe for about 2-3 hours in the whole week. But it’s been pretty fun. William is doing great and we are going to seeing him on Tuesday along with another investigator of ours. So we should be pretty busy along with our District Cluster meeting on Wednesday down in Inverness.

So our Thanksgiving to be honest was celebrated with Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. Which I thought were made very well. We didn’t really do anything for Thanksgiving. I’m the only American around so it wasn’t much point to it, but it was still a pretty good day. We did have lunch with a member and she always makes a lot of food so that was very nice of her to have us around. So it sounds like everyone back home had a great time and is all ready for Christmas!

So the Light The World we have been preparing for it. We have all the calendar’s and pass a long cards ready. So one way that we are going to help with that is to send out a text to the members on each day informing them of what the daily service is and what scripture to think about. So when everyone does this service share it with a friend or a family member. So I’m really excited to start it up and see what happens this season. We have an invite from Elder Ballard for the Christmas season as well. We will be looking for places to serve and to help.
It’s a short email today not too much has happened, but I’m looking forward to the coming week with all the excitement about Christmas and serving others.

The best answer we can always give is Happiness! It’s a joyful message that improves the quality life. Because either I’m crazy and left my family and friends for two years or I actually found something that brings happiness.

Well what a week for everyone back home and here! We started off the week pretty alright with a lot of chapping and searching for people who want to hear the gospel! We didn’t have a District meeting at the start of the week because we lost a person in our District, but no worries we’ll be having a District meeting tomorrow. We are only going to be having two meetings this transfer, because next week we’ll be having a combined meeting with the Inverness District and President should be there. Then the following week will be All Scotland, but wait it gets better, the following week after that we’ll be heading down to Aberdeen to send Elder Herr off. So going to be a lot of traveling in the next few weeks.

Well back to the week, Tuesday evening we were out knocking those doors. We had a lot of “not interested” but we had a few “come backs” as well…and we went back! I think it sometimes surprises people when we come back. One of the doors we knocked was a younger mom with some kids. We went back the following Thursday as she didn’t give us a time so we figured somewhere around the later afternoon. Knocked on door and it opened to the young mom. She invited us in and told us how she had a conversation with the last missionaries here, but they never came back around to visit her. We continued the conversation and like many people in the world she expressed her concern if there was such thing as God why does he let all these bad things happen in the world. It’s a fair question, one that I get asked many, many times. So we expressed to her our simple answer about agency and how we are to act for ourselves and sometimes people use their agency to hurt others. But the bad things that do happen in life are lessons that we can learn from and apply into the rest of our lives. Most times it’s a simple answer but the person wants a solid answer as in God showing up in person and just to tell them everything. The good thing is that she accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and said that she would read it and write down her questions. She was a really nice woman and we look forward to going back.

Then the rest of the time we were out finding. We then had a pretty funny experience later on in the week. We were along the high street and I stop this older gentleman with a dog and before we could even say anything he starts to go off about something about God. But it was a pretty good conversation and he got talking about the Trinity and I told him we actually believe them to be separate persons but one in purpose. He didn’t like that statement and before I know it he has now shouted at this other man walking by and asked him to join us. This old man then asks him, “What faith do you have?” The other man responds in a really nice way that he Muslim. This old man then informs him that he is Catholic and that we (pointing to Elder Herr and I) are a part of the true faith because we believe in Jesus, and before we know it this old man and this nice Muslim man are in a little bit of conflict, not yelling but just a little tension. The conversation was just hilarious. Elder Herr could not keep from laughing at what was happening. Then as fast as he called this man over to talk with us, the older man sets up an appointment to meet with this other man later next week. From our attempt at setting up appointments here was this man that just set up an appointment in front of us! But after the nice Muslim man walked away the older man said that he wants to continue our conversation. So we’ll be going over to his home tonight for some water. As that is the drink he would like to offer. I’m rather excited to see what happens. There are going to disagreements but most we can do is to invite someone to look at it from our point of view and just be kind.

After that whole evening we proceeded to just run into the funniest people here on Orkney or we had some really great conversations with people on the street about the gospel and what it can do for us. Today’s world is a very self-centered place so when we share things with people it’s always “What’s in it for me?” What do I get out of it? And the best answer we can always give is Happiness! It’s a joyful message that improves the quality life. Because either I’m crazy and left my family and friends for two years or I actually found something that brings happiness. So that was mostly our week. We weren’t able to see William at Church yesterday but we are hoping to see him later this week. He has been reading in the Book of Mormon so that’s really good. Proud of him to take a few moments out of his busy day to read.

So that was mostly our week. The same all around and we’ll be really busy in the next few weeks. Our mission is coming close to our goal of 450 baptisms each team in the mission just needs to find one more person and we’ll be able to get there! We’ve been putting a lot into our planning to get there. So we are going to need to really step up and just keep going and working.

So I’ll find out what I can do about the baptism and if I can skype in. If not I’ll write out a letter that can be read for it. Then I should get that camera this week hopefully, we had to call the shipping company and we’ll see when they can get it to me. The last thing I wanted to share is my favorite quote from Gordon B. Hinckley. Have a great week I’ll talk to you next week.

This mortal life is to have joy and joy comes from unity not disharmony.

I’m staying in Orkney for another 5 weeks! And with Elder Herr. In fact the only person that changed in my District was just Sister Fisher everyone else stayed! This will be Elder Herr’s last 5 weeks in the mission so we’ll make it fun and then send him off back home!

Well we had a pretty interesting week. The majority of the days we spent out finding people or just attempting to talk to the people. It’s been getting colder and colder, so less people out and about and more people in their homes. So it’s been pretty fun we’ve run into some interesting people. But earlier in the week we meet this guy named William who is from Italy and he has been Orkney for a couple of years. He is studying at the college and has never ran into the Mormon Missionaries before. We actually set a time to meet with him on Sunday.
So as the week was going we were getting more annoyed because Saturday would be moves call and you never know what will happen with moves call, it’s always so random. So when Saturday finally came around we were on high alert watching the phone and just waiting to see if it would ring. We went the whole morning and nothing. Then in the afternoon nothing. Then just before dinner we get a call and it’s the Zone Leaders telling us that we are both staying. So then we are alright well we know what is happening for the next couple of weeks. So we got chapping and talking to some nice people.

Then Sunday comes around and we have Church, everyone is mostly back from their trips so we had a few people. Nice Church service and then we went out to visit an older woman who can’t leave her home. Gave her the sacrament and then get going for the day. Then we get over to the high street to see if our friend William will come and he did! He got to sit down and have a great chat with him and he asked questions and we explained and taught the message of the Restoration. It was a really great lesson. He told us that as we were talking to him that he could feel something! And that he wants to learn more! So we’ll be seeing him Sunday again and we’ll see if he comes to church! Which would be really awesome! He was a super awesome guy.

Then some other news, I saw that Abi from Inverness got baptized! I am so happy for her and really excited to hear more about the amazing miracles that are happening all around Scotland of the wonderful men and woman that are able to find the Gospel and to have the joy that comes from it!

Then from my understanding of chapter 20 is about fellowshipping those who are not of our faith. That’s what we do as missionaries. President Hinckley said it best in the interview “To anyone who is not of this church, I say we recognize all the virtues and good that you have. Bring it with you and see if we might add to it”. Consider the truths that everyone treasures so dearly, we are here to build it and strengthen it, uplift and inspire. Now there is going to be debates and arguments from time to time, but why have enemies when you can have friends? To fellowship those who are not of our faith is to see the good in them and be the friend that you want someone to be to yourself. This mortal life is to have joy and joy comes from unity not disharmony. So my thoughts go to what the center of the message of the Restored Gospel is about… Having a question, asking for help, then looking at what matters most. Because what matters most is the people around us. Never should we let a problem become too big than a person to be loved. (Phrasing it from Thomas S. Monson) The problems that we face could be from distractions of the phone, to even a grudge, just don’t forget the purpose of this life.

Sorry, yes I did receive the postcards from everyone! I got them, they were great! Tell them all thank you.

So I look forward to the next couple of weeks. Tell Kevin Hi for me and Grandma! Talk to you next week!

It’s been a sick week.

All Scotland Final
Photo is the All-Scotland Conference with Elder Dale C. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve. Elder Augustine is the 2nd row behind President Donaldson.

Well it hasn’t been a really exciting week I’ll admit that. Elder Herr was pretty sick at the beginning of the week so we stayed in the flat for most of the week. We then had the Shetland Elders come down for exchanges then during the exchange I started to feel pretty sick, so I’ve been all sick and what not for the last few days now. So it’s been a sick week.

But while on exchange I was with Elder Arenas and we were out walking around the town trying to stop and talk to people. Well we end up stopping this younger guy and he found our message so interesting that he asked if we could meet up with him later and talk to him. Because he is looking for something to believe in and he is pretty curious to hear what we share, so that was a pretty cool miracle out of our sick week!

So its moves call this Saturday we’ll find out what happens. I think I might stay in Orkney, but you never know, so it’s going to be fun to find out. We didn’t get around to our family home evening activity but we might be doing it this Tuesday.

So it’s going to be a short email because I don’t have too much from this past week besides the sick bug! But it’s great to hear that everyone had a great time in Moab and that it was really successful highland games! The Highland games are a lot of fun, but sadly I haven’t been able to see any here in Scotland! Just get so caught up in the missionary work don’t really have much time for other things. Tell Susan hi for me! I’ll speak to you next week!