Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May 26, 2015 -In Edinburgh, Day before going home

Last Day traveling in Edinburgh with Elder Dalton and the Adam's Family

Brother Adam

Saying Good-bye

Elder Dalton and I
Racing Home

Monday, May 18, 2015

I have Learned Much

Well I never thought that this email would come TOO fast! These last two years have not been the easiest, but it has been the best two years of my life and the best two years for my life.  I have truly found out who I am and I have come to love that person. I am just so thankful for the ability to have done all that I have.  I have met people that have changed my life forever and that I will never forget. I have truly gained a love for the people of Scotland and Ireland. I have learned so much that will make every day after my mission truly great. I know things will still be hard, and that I still have a lot more to learn but that makes me excited and I want to become better in all that I do. 
Mark 8:35 - “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it." This scripture truly says it all. I have gained more for giving up two years than I ever would have thought.  I love you and thank you for all that you have done.  (I will see you soon J)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wow, the Time is Flying

May 11, 2015
It was wonderful to talk with you all yesterday!  I can't believe the end is coming so close! We will be very busy the next couple of weeks.  Jim didn't come to Church yesterday, I'm hoping he was just visiting his Mom or something.  
The Bryson's are coming to see me before I return home. They tell me they will pay for me to return to Belfast to attend the temple with them when they are sealed, hopefully later this year.
It's kind of weird, I hardly think about the fact that my mission is about to come to a close soon, I just keep working.

Over-seeing the land (and water) I've grown to love

The Holbrook Family

A random cat just came up and sat on my lap

RM Adam Holbrook and Elder Crocket.  My trainer came to visit me with his family!

May 5, 2015
No, don't worry, I have another set of shoes. I'll be fine. 
This week was pretty good.  We got to play flag football, a bunch of people got to show up and participate.  Then we got to paint the Adam's house because they are pretty much repainting the entire inside of their house. I love doing work like that. I'm so thankful that Dad brought us up doing work so we could learn how to help with things around the house, There have been so many times that I have used those skills on my mission. 
This week Jim brought Steph to the lesson. She used to be taught but I hadn't taught her yet and it was really great because we got to answer a BUNCH of questions that she had.
I'll have to give you an email later in the week of what time I'll be skyping because I haven't figured that all out yet.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Work on-

Elder Crockett is a really good kid. We had flag football on Friday and Brother Adam thought he was too young to be my companion so he thought he was just another kid that was there, haha! I'll admit I can see why, but I'm sure that by the end of his mission he will look a lot older. He is 19 years old and is from Utah and he is about four and a half months out. President Brown said that he really wants me to be a good example this last transfer and show that you can have fun and joy even when I'm so close to home. So I'm going to try my best, haha but I think I can do it. 
We teach Jim pretty much every week and he still comes to church every week. Right now we are just going by a ton of people and members and just keeping busy.  We are working with everyone from former investigators to less-actives, to members, and people on the street or at their door.  We see a lot of them, but it's still a slow process to have them see why they need the Church.
Yes, I got my sunglasses and they are awesome, I love them. 
Wow, that's crazy that Mary Barlow is going to England on her mission.  I could give her tons of advice because the missions are a lot alike and a lot of members here have served there and have told me a bunch about it. 
This week is going to be great! We have a ton of appointments planned and we are going to be doing a lot of service now that the sun has come out. 
Today Elder Holbrook (my trainer) is coming to visit Scotland with his family and he is taking us to a castle and it will be awesome because is will be that last castle in Aberdeen that I haven't seen. Remember, I was going to go at the beginning of my mission but I was with Elder Howie and he wanted to clean a fridge instead... haha.

Another pair DOWN!

The sun!

Going on in Port of Don

Well, I'm staying, but that wasn't the biggest surprise and Elder Benson is going to Dundee, just below Aberdeen, and man, I'm going to miss him. I'm going to be getting a new missionary named Elder Crockett.  I haven't really heard anything about him so I'm not to sure what to expect, but it will be good.  This transfer is also going to be a five week one so its going to fly by! Other than that, that's about it. We are going to be going by and saying goodbye to a bunch of members with Elder Benson and I'm just going to be getting things ready for Elder Crockett. On Satuday night we had a bunch of Elders stay the night at our flat because we were having stake conference and it was a ton of fun getting to see all of them. Elder Holbrook said he is going to come visit me next Monday so that will be pretty cool!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Holding Down the Fort

Moves call is on Sunday and I’m pretty sure I’ll be staying and that Elder Benson will be moving.  He really wants to go back to Ireland, so do I, but we will see what happens. This week was a pretty slow one.  On Tuesday I was super sick, I’m pretty sure I threw up like six times and I just drank stuff all day, but I’m fine now.  Elder Benson had to deal with taking care of me.  I got so bored just sitting in the flat, I never want to do it again.  I found a book in the ward library that's all about the Nephites and it’s really good.  I love just learning and taking in more.  We are going to meet with Jim on Tuesday to see all that he thought about general conference. 
On Saturday we helped clean up and put away chairs after a wedding at our building and it was pretty cool.  Here they have to get married civilly before they can get sealed, so on Saturday most of the ward went down to the temple and stayed until Sunday, so we barley had anyone at church yesterday but it was fun, we made it work. 

Just Because 


Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Week

Teaching Jim this week was really good.  We went to his flat and he has a flat covered in just stuff but it's all just organized.  He has multiples of everything.  He attended conference.  After priesthood we spent time at the Adams.  It was really fun.  We ate food and chocolate eggs and conference was amazing, it was just an amazing day!  We watched all of the sessions except the last Sunday session.
This week was really good and Easter was just a blast.  I'm so excited for Spring to be here, people are just happier and so am I and it went by pretty fast and we were super busy. We just had a pretty sound week.  Elder Massey and I were on exchanges and we were just talking about how Aberdeen is just one of the hardest places for missionary work, so work is moving kinda slow but its good. 
That's awesome that they continued the Two Brothers.  I was wandering when they would.