Linda & Skye’s baptism
Well, it’s been a crazy few weeks, to be honest, but it’s been pretty great. So last Monday I got to Aberdeen and the day was a bit all over the place, we had to help missionaries get to their areas. But we got them all back. The islands took a while but I got a story about that in a second. So from Tuesday to Wednesday we were out finding, actually just speaking to people out on the street. I do and don’t like the cities because yes there are a lot of people and we set up a lot of appointments, but not everyone shows up for their appointments. So it’s just kind of a different way for me and missionary work. I’m really used to going out and knocking on doors. I have been on exchanges in the cities, but really only for the day or two. So this has been a bit interesting for me, but all is good. We have had a number of lessons hold and it was really great to teach them. Well, then Thursday we had our MLC or Mission Leadership Council. So Wednesday night we went down to Dundee to spend the night there and then the following morning we got a lift with the Dundee Zone Leaders to Edinburgh. The meeting was really great, It was pretty much all day. So a very long meeting, but had all the good stuff. We went over policies and a bunch of other things that are trying to help the mission, so it was really good. Then we had the long, long drive back to Aberdeen. All good stuff. The next two days went by pretty fast. Saturday Elder Smith actually woke up really sick and so did another missionary in the Aberdeen area. So we did splits with them, and I was off with Elder McDaniel my MTC companion and we did get to teach a lesson together to this guy named Josh. So after two years, I can say that our teaching skills have improved.
So just before this, before I forget, the zone leaders before me had made a mistake and that mistake was that they lost the flat key to the Orkney flat. So we sent them up there with a bunch of keys that we were hoping would work. But around 11:30 I get a phone call and they can’t get into their flat. Took a while but I did get a hold of Donna up there and they got to spend the night at her home. But the next day they got in all good. So that was a pretty funny story. So really it’s just been busy and I’ve been all over the place, so I honestly can’t remember anything. But just know it was a good week!
I’ll try my best to check out all those places and next week I’ll have a better email about everything that has happened!
Well, it’s great to hear from you. So yes it was transfers and I got moved back to the Aberdeen Zone again for a third time. However, I don’t have much time to email so this will be short. So back in Aberdeen and I’m the new Zone leader with Elder Smith. So it should be a fun time. Elder Smith is from Australia he has blonde hair and he has a surfboard according to Elder Foster. He worked as a lifeguard saving Elder Kroes from sharks. He likes to talk in a dark voice. A year of Uni as well. Worked at a fruit and veggie shop and he loves bath bombs. He enjoys yoga. That’s about it.
Elder Myers, Skye, Katie, Linda, Elder Augustine
So a lot has happened this past week with teaching Linda, Skye, and Katie. We were all over the place just running around teaching and finding and it was great. And to be honest I can’t remember anything from the past week. But moves call came on Saturday and it was from President. So Church was great, Linda came with the girls and they are all excited for their baptism! Then Monday I was on the train early and I just got to Aberdeen and now I’m running missionaries around for moves.
So I’ll have more to say next week.
So I think I’ll be home July 16? We’ll just go with that.
The start of the week was pretty fun. We went over to Kilwinning to check out the Kilwinning Abbey. Nothing really exciting, it’s all just kind of fallen apart, then we went to the Irvine Beach and the Sisters just took a ton of photos so we were there awhile. Not exciting for a P-day but it was alright. The following day we had District meeting and we were on exchanges with the Beith Elders. The meeting was good, the zone leaders came really late because there was a bunch of snow in Paisley. So took them awhile to get out here.
So I was with Elder DeMille. Off we were to go do finding all day long in Irvine. Here in Irvine we have a few people that whenever they see us, they come up to us and they like to speak to us for a very very long time. We give them all nick names. We have Georgie Boy, Anti Doctor Man (Or Stretchy Pants Man), History Man, strange philosophy man, The Sweet Lady, The Big Issue, and The Neds. Well this exchange somehow, just somehow we ran into every single one of them. They are all good people but they aren’t interested and they interrupt us when we try to speak to other people so it was just all over the place for most of the afternoon on Tuesday.
Well in the evening Elder DeMille and I went out chapping. Which was really good because we spoke to a lot of people and got a lot of return appointments, we were able to teach one of those appointments just the other day. I’ll get to that in a min. Well the exchange was successful! So the following day comes around and we just go about the day in the morning. Well we had a lunch appointment all the way over on the other side of our area and it was really good but the bus back got stuck in traffic and we were on the bus a bit longer than we really wanted to be. Oh but before all of that because I’m too lazy right now and fix it, so this all makes sense. But Wednesday morning before the lunch we went and taught Linda! We had Brother Watson (He’s in the Bishopric) come with us to talk about the Word of Wisdom. We go in and sit down with Linda she has her coffee next to her. We start by asking if she has noticed a change in herself and her family with coming to church and what not. She said that she has. We have had a big focus with her with following the prophet. Went on to explain more about following the prophet she agreed and we continued how we need to be obedient to what the prophet asks. Once again she agreed said it was very important. Then the moment Elder Myers has been waiting for (as I asked him to teach the doctrine of the word of wisdom) He told her plainly and simple what the word of wisdom was. Oh the Horror that came to her face! I did my best not to laugh. As he read from the pamphlet she looked at her coffee and back to us and back to her coffee. So we spoke to her about it then the amazing joint teaching comes in. Not only does he explain why he follows the word of wisdom but he shares a story that grossed all us out about coffee and tea. This wise old man shared a story about disgusting coffee and tea. It went something as follows. (This is the simple version) “As a young man he worked as an civil engineer and he would go to work to this work site. There was coffee kettle and the workers would make coffee and tea with it. Well simply enough someone got dirt in the coffee and it became cold and he tried it. It was gross. Then someone made tea and then someone after that made coffee again and offered him some. But when they poured the coffee it still had all the tea and dirt stuff in it.” So kids don’t drink coffee or tea at a work site. He went on to share a story how the Elders when they were teaching him and his family this lesson, the Elders turned to his wife and asked for her fags (cigarettes) and she gave it to them. The Elders then took them all out of the box and smashed them all in front of her. The reaction you can probably guess wasn’t the best. But the Elders took the box with them and put it in there journals as a trophy. Well this was great lesson with Linda as you can tell already. Not only did we teach why we shouldn’t have that stuff and the blessings that come from it but we also got to share gross stories that freaked us all out about going anywhere near that stuff. (To be honest I just thought back to when I would go with Dad to drug court or hear all the stories about the people he has been working with). Well after this long day, we taught a new investigator it was kind of awkward but really cool the same time. She showed up and we spoke but she was just super quiet the whole time and she looked like she was uncomfortable but as the lesson went on she was fine by the end. Over the past few days she has sent us a text telling us how much she has read in the Book of Mormon. Which has been a lot. So that was really cool.
Well Thursday hits! We do a bunch of weekly planning stuff and what not. But one of the appointments that Elder DeMille and I set up was with this woman who had lost her son a few years ago. We meet with her and we asked her why she invited us back. She told us that it was what I said about a message about families. She told us that she wanted to know where her son is. She went on to say how she has searched in faiths and throughout the Bible and she has a minster lady that will come visit her every now and again. But she doesn’t know. Well we told her that we won’t be able to answer her questions but we can tell her where her son is. We shared with her the plan of salvation and how little children are alive in Christ (Moroni 8) her son was 6 when he passed away and wasn’t baptized so she was worried as to what has happened to him. But as we explained more and more her focus became more and more. She amazed by what we had shared with her. Her questions were answered and she just over whelmed with the whole plan. We’ll be going back this week to teach her the Restoration and how we know this. The day went on pretty normal. Meet some interesting people in the street but all was well.
Then Friday! We were all over the place once again running around but not a single person was holding to their appointments. In the evening time we were going to see a member and his family, but we got a text saying that he has to cancel. We also had a joint teach for that but we didn’t want to cancel with the joint teach because he set time aside to come with us. So alright we’ll go by Linda and see how she is doing with the Word of Wisdom. We went around knocked on the door. She looked pretty tired. Because this is the first time she has gone without any of that stuff. She just wanted to stop it all from when we taught her. But as we were speaking to her at the door she fell. Just straight to the floor. We rushed in to see if she was okay. After a few seconds she came to. We helped her to the couch and sat down with her and as we spoke to her we realized that she was having withdrawals. So we ran and got orange juice! Made her drink that and spoke to her a bit more. We left and a doctor came around to check on her. Before we left we gave her a priesthood blessing. We explained to her what it was and she was like alright I guess so. Elder Myers did the blessing and after she gave us this look like something happened and I’m not sure what. But we went back the following day and she was all well and no sign of being tired or anything. She told us how the doctor came around and told her that her blood pressure dropped and it was good thing that she has orange juice because with her sugar levels also being low that was the best thing she could have had at that moment. She told us how she knew this all happened because everything with smoking and coffee. She told us that she hates that stuff and never wants to touch it ever again. She also asked about the priesthood blessing. She told us that she didn’t understand how or why but after everything just seemed okay and she would be better. We told her more of the Authority that we held and of the spiritual and physical healing that comes from a blessing but even more so through the Atonement. We told her about that the power that comes from the Atonement and what it can do for her. This led well into our lesson on the Sabbath day. We taught the power and healing that coming from the sacrament. She was more than willing to keep the Sabbath Holy. As we ended the lesson Skye told us how she was getting more and more excited to get baptized. Then Katie came in and couldn’t understand why she wasn’t able to get baptized even though she was bigger than Skye. Tried to tell her that she has to be 8 but still didn’t click so we’ll teach her about child blessings and that is something that she can get. Well the day went on and Sunday came. We had a great day and it was just a pretty normal day.
Throughout the day I thought back often to the experience with Linda. It reminded me a lot of the story shared by Elder Holland about the boy playing football that got struck with lightening. Now this was nowhere near a flash of lightening. But there does come a time when someone around us will fall either physically OR most of the time spiritually. The door will be opened and our faith will be tested. Are we pure and worthy to step through that door to lift those that have fallen? Most of the time we think or tend to think that all is fine and nothing will happen with in our small world that we have placed ourselves in. However that is not the case. We all will be tested at some point. We need to stand ready at the door. For either one day the savior will knock and will we be ready for that knock? I’m grateful to have a companion such as Elder Myers that was ready to help. With all his heart and a simple phrase he was able to comfort and say you will be well. The Priesthood Authority of God is real. It has been restored to the Earth by a loving God. If we have fallen look to our priesthood leaders. They can and will lift us.
I think the topic can be priesthood.
Hey that is great to hear about the family history thing! I would have loved to go but that’s okay. I’m good with staying in Scotland for a bit longer.
Well what a week we had here in Irvine. So at the start of the week we had a pretty normal P-day nothing to exciting really happened just went around to a few stores with the Sisters. Then the following day was our Scotland South Conference. So we woke up early and went off to the train station to catch the train for Edinburgh. The Sisters joined us on the train at the next stop. So off we all went, none of us awake and really wanting to do anything. But we got to all the train stations fine as well as the church in Edinburgh. I saw a few Elders that I knew, however I have no idea who anyone is in this mission, there are so many new faces. I think I was on the Islands to long because it seems like everyone has gone home. I feel old by age and mission wise with all these new missionaries because they are all 18! Very few are older. Well the conference was good. Spoke a lot about the Book of Mormon and using it in the mission. It was a lot of good stuff. I do have to have laugh because this was the same conference just over a year ago and it was great to hear it all again. I got to speak to Elder Foster and I got a photo with him and Elder Spendlove because that’s my trainee line! The conference ended, all the going home missionaries cried, we laughed, and it was good. So once again the herd of missionaries like awkward walruses went off to the train station to get back to their areas. Somehow among this herd of missionaries Elder Myers and I end up with all the sister missionaries going to dinner in Glasgow. Well after eating food in Glasgow we were once again off to Irvine. The night was long but good.
Tuesday morning all was well. We wake up happy as a tired missionary could be. We planned for the day and got ready. In the morning we went to the church to do some “Missionary business stuff” and enjoying the day, when we hear the ringtone “Anymore” Go off on the phone. It was the Zone Leaders. “Hello this is Elder Augustine” “Hey Elder so there is a red alert for Scotland with this storm and you need to go to your flat” *I then look outside to bright sunny weather* “Ahh alright” “Cool tell your teams!” Phone call ends. (I shortened the call it was longer but that’s pretty much what happened) SO, we were all grounded to our flats. Well after an hour we walk back to our flat in the sun and it was so horrible…FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS we were told not to go outside. And for THOSE TWO DAYS we had NO SNOW and nothing hit Irvine. We were fine it was just cold. No snow, no rain, the sun actually came out a bit and yet I had to sit around the flat. Towards the end of the second day I called the zone leaders and had them call President so Elder Myers and I could go out and work. Which we did! So we went to work while the rest of the mission sat indoors. Everywhere but Irvine was hit with snow. But the freezing cold wind reminded me a lot of Orkney. Well going to work was great. We spoke to people and the town went crazy though. Everyone went crazy. Everyone was running around like it was the end of the world and that the zombies were coming. People flipped out and started to mass buy everything. The stores went empty because people thought they were going to starve. All the veggies, fruit, bread, milk, and everything else was gone. But they all left the canned and frozen food. So the stuff you need for a food storage no one bought. Well as time went on we set appointments and met some cool people. Found a new investigator that has been just going through the Book of Mormon, she doesn’t believe in God but we told her that the evidence lies in the Book of Mormon so she is searching.
Sunday was a funny day. SUNDAY! We went around to Linda to walk with her and the girls to church. We show up and the girls had a friend over for the night. So when the door opens Linda tells us that Katie (the 6yr old) won’t get up. We asked her to go back up to her and tell Katie that we are here to take her to church. So Linda is like, right I’ll try but it won’t work. She goes up the stairs and in a matter of seconds comes bouncing down the stairs is Katie! Excited to come to church with us! Linda was confused because just minutes before she refused to get up. But hey power of the spirit eh? So Linda gets them all ready and off we were to church! A bit late because we had a third wheel this time. But they all loved it. But not the third wheel she doesn’t like people so that was awkward… But Katie and Skye loved church! So now last time we had a problem with keeping Katie distracted for sacrament. So I came prepared. Yes this is practice for the future I know so listen up. I sat next to Katie, who sat next to Skye, who sat next to Rebecca, who sat next to Linda. I brought snacks, I brought paper, and I brought the color green! We had this coloring kit but it was only in the color green. I had them all hooked on coloring for about 30mins. It was going great till Katie started to get bored. Skye was fine. So from my quick wits I started to make them all origami stuff. It is a useful skill after all! But they wanted more so for the next 25 minutes I was a mad man with paper. But I will admit I had a great time. They were all distracted and Linda got to listen to the testimonies. But in the final minutes just the last 3. Katie was once again bored. SO she stood up tall and made a run for it! All while making pig sounds. So her mom ran her down and it was hilarious. But it was all good! Our plan next time is to get all the primary teachers to help with Katie and what not. So great thing is later that night we gave them a short visit and they are stilling planning on coming to church, and Linda and Skye are looking forward to Baptism. So we’ll be getting the ward more involved so we can just hand them to the ward and the ward will take them in.
Elder Myers, Jean Fawcett (relative), Elder Augustine
Jean Fawcett (she and Elder Augustine’s mother are 2nd cousins)
So what a week eh? I’m glad everyone back home had a good week. Oh before I forget yes I did visit Jean Fawcett. She was funny and very nice. We spoke to her got to know her a bit. She gave us some cheesy toast. We spoke to her about family Search. She didn’t have a laptop or anything but we told her about the website and I told her that my mom can help her with it as well as the missionaries here in Ayr. So she liked that and it was a good visit.