Message from President MacDonald

Dear Brother & Sister Augustine,

Your son, Elder Augustine, will complete his full time missionary service in the Scotland/Ireland Mission on 16 July 2018.   He has been asked to meet with his Stake President as soon as possible following his return. 

Elder Augustine has been an exceptional missionary and leader in the Scotland/Ireland Mission.  I have only been here a few weeks and yet I have grown to love him dearly.  His devotion to the work and his faithful obedience to mission rules have made him a valued friend and helper to me.  Many of the people in the areas he has served have had their hearts touched and their lives enriched as he shared the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ with them.  His contribution to the missionary effort has certainly moved the work forward and will have eternal consequences.

Thank you for parting with him for these past two years.  Your sacrifice and his has blessed all of us immensely.  Our love and prayers accompany him as he returns home to his dear ones.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Macdonald, President
Scotland/Ireland Mission

Scotland is great and I have loved this land for a very long time.

Well looks like there is an end to these past two years. So with the craziness of the past couple of days, I will be stopping by to visit Rita on our way down from Inverness on Tuesday. Don’t worry I have people’s contact stuff.

So to be honest I have a lot to say about the past two years but I don’t think I could put it all in an email. I think of a few things when I reflect back on the mission. I have been able to understand how the Holy Ghost works and what his role is. He is the teacher and when we speak or learn about the gospel it is the Holy Ghost teaching us that we are learning is of God. One of the great truths he teaches is taught in Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” we are all children of Heavenly Parents that love each and every one of us. In understand who I am to God the order of prayer is more clear and understandable. Prayer comes more naturally and is more of a learning experience when we understand that relationship. In doing so we are better able to a line our will with the will of God. There will still be mistakes made of course but that is what the Atonement was made. I think I have learned more about the meaning of the Atonement in the past two years than ever before. I’m going to use a few scriptures they will explain it better than I could but Mosiah 3:7-10 “And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.  And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.  And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.  And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.” After learning this for myself I want to cry with the people that king Benjamin was teaching and shout “Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.”

So out of all the wonderful and crazy experiences, I have had all have been a learning opportunity. So I am excited to apply what I have learned on the mission into my daily life. Scotland is great and I have loved this land for a very long time. So tell everybody I’m on my way and I just can’t wait to be home!

The computer isn’t working with photos so I’ll get that all to you next week.

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I would have to say though my art skills of the Plan of Salvation have improved a lot over the last two years of drawing it out each week.

Favorite flavor of ice cream, Strawberry and this month’s family topic why not the Book of Mormon.

So this week was a pretty exciting week. We started out with a trip up to Slains Castle. That was pretty fun.

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The castle was just open for anyone to go up to it and just go everywhere right next to the cliffs. After walking around I can see how it would inspire the story of Count Dracula. Then we were going to meet our friend in the evening time but he didn’t show up. So that was a bit disappointing. But we were able to go out and do some finding. Well, the following day we skyped in for the Islands district meeting. Then the rest of the day was pretty alright. We met with our friend Jack. In the afternoon on Tuesday. He is a really nice guy from Thailand. So he told us about that and we were trying to teach him the Plan of Salvation but that isn’t really what he needed. It was an alright lesson but there is a bit of language bearer. I would have to say though my art skills of the Plan of Salvation have improved a lot over the last two years of drawing it out each week. So after this really the rest of the days went by pretty fast with just being out on the street. The days have been going by really fast. So then on Friday, we had exchanges with Elder Palmer and Elder Masulonis. I was off with Elder Masulonis and the day flew by. I think we worked really hard and the day just went by, every time I looked at my watch almost an hour or two would go by.

Then Saturday the sisters in our ward had a baptism with a funny guy named Alan. They asked me to give a talk so I gave a talk on Baptism and the sacrament. I thought it was pretty good. Then we met with Jack later. Sunday came around and we were out finding for most of the day. Then we had dinner and a meeting with Brother Zimmerman. So that was really the week. Our friend Tunde is off on Holiday to Greece for this next week.

Well, I have learned a lot from all my companions but I think you need to wait so I can tell you all in person the things that I have learned from all of them, but I have learned a lot and it has been all really good stuff. I am going to go by and visit Rita this week on Thursday.

I have the shirts, I will get the photos today.  Today we are going to head over to Balmoral Castle that big famous castle that the queen lives in. So I’m going to go chap the door and see if we can teach the royal family. So sorry it’s a bit of a short email because we are going to be going out to this castle and we need to leave soon and then we will be traveling down to Edinburgh for our conference tomorrow with the new Mission President, President and Sister Macdonald. So it should be a fun time. Next week will be a bit more of an email and then I’ll see ya’ll at the airport!

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