“What matters most is what lasts the longest, and our families are for eternity.” M. Russell Ballard

Well the start of the week was fun. We went through the national park up to Inverness, I’ve been through that park many times now. But this time we stopped by all the castles and other stuff so that was cool, and we got to check out these places. In the park we meet up with the Inverness District and we went on this fun hike around a loch so that was fun.

Then after all that fun stuff we drove up to Inverness did a little short exchange with a few Elders for the evening and went around working there, so that was fun. We stayed the night and then went to the district meeting in the morning, it was an alright meeting nothing to special really. So, after the meeting we were back on our way to Aberdeen.

We were both tired from all the traveling so the rest of the day work was tough, but it was all good stuff. Well we were only back in Aberdeen for a short while before we were on a train down to Edinburgh. We had exchanges with the AP’s and those are two-day exchanges. So, we got a train Thursday evening and the following day I was with Elder Wright. I don’t think I got any photos of the exchange, so my bad.

But it was all pretty good stuff. We were out on the streets just talking to people and trying to teach people. Most of the lessons that we had planned fell through, so we were back on the streets again out finding. On the street I found two people that seem to be promising about meeting up with the missionaries. So that was cool. I met this one guy and he was very interested, said he would meet with the missionaries but he was from a different area in Scotland, so I got him in contact with those missionaries. And all seemed normal till he started to text me in the evening and he kept referring himself in third person and it got a bit creepy so that was odd.

The rest of the exchange was great, and we got back Saturday night. Next day was church and I was still tired, so I fell asleep for most of it to be honest. But there is no better sleep than church sleep. In fact, it’s the healthiest kind of sleep. Well what a fun day that was. We then spent most of the day just out trying to visit families and what not so all good things.

Well during this week I’ve heard from several people that are going to the Temple and I just want to join them! But I guess I can wait a few more weeks where I’ll be able to enjoy going to the Temple again. So, I guess I might as well share these thoughts. Well over the last two weeks I have emailed Dad about what engineering field I would like to go into and I made a mistake, I made my final choice on civil. So, it’s funny how these simple mistakes seem so natural to every person. One of the greatest gifts given to man is the ability to choose for one’s self. This gift leads to mistakes and failures. But to find success we move from failure to failure then to success.

What I love about the gospel is that the plan is perfect there are no mistakes, only mistakes made by those who are living in the plan. But the Atonement of Jesus Christ was performed knowing that we would make mistakes. What a perfect plan that it is! And even better there is no place greater than to learn of the Eternal Plan than in the House of the Lord or the Temples. So, a simple mistake which can lead to anger or discouragement should be looked upon as the ability to grow or to learn from.

I love what Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said, once we’ve made a mistake “The first thing we can do is learn to laugh.” It will extend our life and make the life around us more enjoyable. Then we seek the eternal remembrance that these are only small moments in the vast span of eternity. Then “The third thing we can do is understand the principle of compensation. The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.” So hopefully through my inspired message Dad won’t be so upset about a simple mistake of changing a major! Love you Dad! And of course, this is to Mom and Annukkah! With each year there are more and more learning experiences and what an opportunity it is to share a special day with those you love most!

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