Monday, October 28, 2013

Moves Week - Leaving Aberdeen

This week is moves week and I'm moving to Airdrie near Glasgow and my new companion is Elder Edwards. We will be white washing (starting from scratch) and that's pretty scary because I guess that means I have a lot of work to do.  All I know is President told me it is a really large area and that there are a lot of people there. It's weird even thinking that I'm leaving Aberdeen.  I'm not sure what to expect because Aberdeen is all I know.  I will truly miss Elder Howie.  He hasn't been the easiest companion but I have learned so much from him and I know I was with him for a reason. It's weird thinking of all the members and investigators I will miss.  I feel like I've done so much work and it's finally getting good but I'm just going to be planting seeds so others can gather.  I know everything will be okay.

INFORMATION:  Airdrie is a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It lies on a plateau roughly 400 ft above sea level, and is approximately 12 miles east of Glasgow city center.

                                         The Sims

                           In a taxi

Aberdeen Zone at Stake Conference

Elder Alyson and I being Geeks

Elder Kinard

Brother Brewster at Baskin and RODENT

The Livingtons

Sister Hollman, new convert: Lewis, me, new convert:Adam

Handwritten letter from Oct 21 to Oct 27, 2013.  Received in Seattle Nov 2, 2013

Dear Family                                                                              Aberdeen

Oct 21
Today was a pretty good P-day.  The emails I got were really good, especially from Brian.  For P-day the district met up at the church and we played basketball and made pizza for everyone and they really liked it.  It was a good fun day to rest up, blow off some steam, and get ready for the week.

Oct 22
Today was nice and very spiritual.  Today was a zone meeting and Elder Howie had the district fast and then he would give the district blessings.  We (all the Elders) placed our hands on the heads of eight missionaries.  My arm got so sore.  Then it was my turn.  Elder Howie gave me a pretty normal comforting blessing.  Then he stopped and paused and right when he paused, Elder Alyson put his hand on my shoulder.  Elder Howie said that "Your brother is watching over you.  He loves you and is rooting for you."  It felt like Elder Alyson's hand was Adam's.  He had no idea putting his hand on my shoulder meant anything but it's weird, I think it happened for a reason.  Heavenly Father was talking to me.  After the blessing I asked Elder Howie about it and he said he was going to end before that but  he had a prompting to say it.  While I got the blessing I was just blasted with emotion.

Oct 23
Today we met with Geoffrey Grant, a less active.  We had our second lesson with him and the first time he was telling us all the things wrong with the church (word of wisdom and tithing).  But today we found out he's just a lonely guy and that it was guilt of not obeying the commandments that made him leave and when it came to it, we asked if he thought the church is true and The Book of Mormon and he said, "Well there's not a doubt that it's true."  Anyway long story short, he ended up saying, "Okay, so I'll give it another go." 

Oct 24
I'm so tired of smelling like smoke!  So many people smoke here and my clothes just reek all the time.  We taught Jose tonight and got him to obey the word of wisdom which is amazing and I know he can do it.  He's going to need faith but I know he's got it in him.  He needed help putting together a book shelf but had no screw driver. I tried to screw them in with my hand...I was not successful.

Oct 25
Today went really smooth.  We stayed pretty busy.  We ran literally through town in service clothes on our way to do some service for the Goldies.  We took apart a house radiator and took 16 of the heaviest bricks out of it.  Then we taught some good lessons and just really listened to people and learned about their lives.

Oct 26
Today all missionaries got to go to the adult session of stake conference and it was all about hastening the work.  It was very spiritual and I could tell that I am part of the beginning of something big.  One thing I noticed was this work is hard, like really hard, but it wouldn't be if we evenly lift the yoke of salvation, not just the missionaries.

Oct 27
Today's stake conference was amazing.  I liked seeing the entire Aberdeen stake and all it's members.  President Brown gave a talk at it and I could tell, really got the ward fired up for missionary work.  Then at the end he said, "And be nice to my boys and girls."  That was pretty funny.   Tonight we got moves call and I found out that I am moving to Airdrie in Glasgow and from what I hear, it is an awesome place.  But I am white washing so we will be the first missionaries in that area so I guess we will keep pretty busy.  It's sad how much I will miss Aberdeen.  I have seen so much growth and development.  Things are just getting good and I'm moving and starting over again.  It's going to be weird just being out of Aberdeen.  My new companion is Elder Edwards and I am excited to meet him.

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