Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Mom,
 
 Unlucky that you deleted your last email, but I seem to remember that happening years ago whilst I was emailing Daniel. Ha ha ha, it happens. Anyway, yes indeed, I am still in Omagh. Elder Olsen and myself were the only missionaries to stay together in Northern Ireland. And we are quite happy about that as Christmas is coming up and we have great plans for it. 
 
 We went out on Friday evening and shoveled a few of the members' drives and gave them cards. We had planned on using the church's shovels which are quite nice, but when we got to the building we found that they were in the shed which was locked and we had no key... Devastated... So then we tried calling around to see if anyone had proper shovels, but these people just aren't prepared for weather like this. So in the end, we got a hold of two spades (Irish spades are a bit different than American shovels) and used them to clear a few drives. It was good for the few that we got, but we planned on about twice as much or more. So I think that we will be doing that again soon to finish the job, as it has snowed even more since then.
 
 
There was another low turnout at church this Sunday due to snow, but more than last week. The Derry Elders were with us at church as well. I should probably tell you of our adventures whilst traveling to Belfast and back. The trip to Belfast was the most fun I've had in a car... I think ever. We were originally to leave for Dublin by car in the morning. We were excited to have a nice little road trip with the Derry Elders. Turned out that the weather took a bad turn and plans were changed. We were to travel that night (Friday) to Belfast so that we could get a train in the morning to Dublin. Well, that threw things a bit and Derry left their house at about 6:30. They finally ended up in Omagh in 8:30 or so and we headed out to Belfast. The roads were terrible, but we took it slow and easy. Some of the mission cars have a satnav in it so that they can find their way easier and so we used that to navigate to Belfast. The unfortunate thing about that, however, was that we accidentally entered it in for shortest distance rather than shortest time. What followed was a series of back road adventures that extended our trip about an extra hour than it should have been. We ended up in Hollywood (the missionary flat) at sometime past 11PM and quickly got ready for bed. Elder Olsen and I had to sleep on the floor. Then we woke up at 4 to get ready (I have no idea who thought it would be a good idea to get up at 4, because it was a stupid idea) for our train that would be leaving at 6:50. The train station was 5 minutes down the road. We waited in the station for over an hour. Anyway, we finally got on our train and went to Dublin. 
 
It was really good to be back in Dublin. I got to see some Elders that I hadn't seen for some time, including Elder Stewart (who is a District Leader!). All in all, it was 60% travel and 40% conference, but I enjoyed the conference a lot.
 
Answers to Questions:
 
Are you still getting snow?
Yes, and a lot of it!
 
Did you get your box yet?
No I didn't, but I'm sure I'll get it before Christmas.
 
Can you go to the Jeweller's or do you have to wait for the Zone leader's to retrieve your packages?
The Zone Leaders have to get it and they will take care of us. They're good Zone Leaders :)
 
That reminds me... I sent off the package to you guys on Wednesday I think. It might possibly get to you before Christmas, but it might not, so I'm really sorry. It's not a lot, but I hope that you'll like it! I love you all so much and hope to hear from you on Saturday! Merry Christmas!
 
Love,
Elder Trawick

Monday, December 13, 2010

12/13/10

 
Hey there Mum,
 
Another week gone, I know. It's going so fast isn't it? The actual moves day is Friday. We should be getting moves call on Wednesday as far as I know. 
 
The weather is interesting... There was tons of snow one day, then slush the next, and now it's all gone. But don't you worry, apparently it will be back on Wednesday, which should make transfers interesting. We also have a meeting this Saturday in Dublin for all of Ireland. It's the Christmas Zone (and when they say zone, they mean all of Ireland lol) Meeting! It's very exciting, I can't wait.
Yes I'm getting very excited for Christmas and everything. It's so close now! 
Yay for Christmas presents! I'm really excited. I'm going to try to send something to you guys soon, but I'm not sure if it will make it by Christmas, so I'm really sorry.


 About your talk. Yes Elder Holland's would do fantastic. I also like "Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ" by Elder Kevin W. Pearson from the April 2009 General Conference if I'm not mistaken. That is wonderful instruction. I could be a bit biased, however, as I heard that talk before it was given at General Conference (remember he was the Tacoma Mission President and came to Camp Helaman).
President Pearson at Camp Helaman
 
 Anyway, good luck with that. I'll pray for you.

 
Questions:
 
Have you done much tracting?
 
Yes, we still go tracting every night for at least an hour or so. Although, we like the term "consecrated finding" better, because we consecrate all of our efforts unto God :).

What is the best food you've eaten? What is the weirdest food you've eaten?
 
The Stynes in Dublin made the best food I'd ever had here. My favorite from them was Shepherd's pie. It was SOOOO good.
The weirdest is a tie between Filipino food and Nigerian food. I think that it goes to Nigerian though. It may be different, but it is still good. The only weird thing from Filipino food, though, was fish with the heads still attached, but it was good. I'm not picky, ha ha ha...

How many in your District?
 
Three sets of Elders

Where are they from? Who is the District Leader? Zone Leader?
 
Ok, not sure if I can get this all right, but here goes.
 
Elder Bowers: He's from Utah for sure. Can't remember where though. And, I know! The name, right?! But it's not Emilio, unfortunately...
Elder Leavitt: He's from Nevada
 
Elder Saunders: He's from Utah
Elder Jensen: Washington D.C. (District Leader)
 
Elder Blackburn: He's from Huddersfield, England (Zone Leader, but he's the new Assistant!)
Elder Matthews: No clue, but its a good bet for Utah. (Zone Leader)

How often do you have Zone Conference?
 
Usually once a moves

What have you done for P-day?

Not a lot. Shopping around. Walking. Haircutting... There's not a lot to do in Omagh, but oh well. Oh, and they banned football for now because too many people were getting injured, which is sad, but I can't play anymore anyway because there is nowhere to play. But it's being reevaluated in the spring.

How/Where do you wash your clothes?

We have a washer in the flat that is quite nice and then we dry it on a rack in the flat. It works.

Have you done any service for people?

Hopefully more soon with the coming snow, but the last one was in Dublin helping a family reorganise their house. That was fun.

Did you make the stuffed Peppers? What was in the Mince?
 
Yes! It was an adventure because not only had I never made them before, but I'd only had them once before (unless you made them years ago, but I can't remember...). They went quite well, but the peppers were a bit crunchier than I like. Mince is what they call ground beef here. It was just a mixture of rice, mince, tomato sauce, seasonings, and then topped with more tomato sauce and cheese. But when I do it again, I'm mixing chese in with the mince mix. They were good though!
 
I love you and hope that you have a wonderful week. I might get to email again on Friday, but I don't know. Anyway, love you!
 
Elder Trawick

Monday, December 6, 2010

12/6/10

My Awesome Gift from Mary T. Smyth (Hand Embroidered)!
Dear Mom,
 Burrr... it's been really cold here lately. Omagh has had snow for the last week or more. It's been getting really cold, but we are keeping warm and working hard still. We've had some good success this week and hope that it will continue. Our two new did not show at church this week, but neither did most of the branch. We had to shorten our meetings and go home a little early yesterday. But it was great, we had a wonderful chance to fellowship with the members. I love the members of the Omagh branch. They are truly lovely people. 
Crazy with Tom at Thanksgiving Dinner (THANKS TOM!)
Tom is from Omagh, but he has had many American missionaries in the past and his wife is American. Elder Olsen enjoyed the food, but the Canadian Thanksgiving is in October. I think that he has it pretty bad. Since he's Canadian in a district full of Americans, he is almost always the butt of the jokes. But he takes it well. For now anyway, ha ha ha...
Elder Olsen at Thanksgiving Dinner
 About the Book of Mormon..... It is wonderful to know that the Book of Mormon is so amazing. I have seen it change people's lives, it has changed my life, and I know that those who read it will come to know the same. It is not just another book of scripture. It is not just a book with stories about Jesus. It is the convincing evidence that there is a living prophet on the earth right now. When people come to realise this, there is a major paradigm shift, and lives are improved. I love the words of Elder Holland's great grandfather who said (paraphrasing), "No wicked man could write such a book. And no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were directed by God to do so." Those words are so true. But luckily enough, we don't have to use logic and hard evidence to know whether it is true or not. We can go straight to the source. And the knowledge that comes from that is more solid than any factual evidence I've ever seen. I really would recommend that you read Elder Hollands address titled Safety for the Soul from the Nov. 2009 Ensign. I think that it is the most powerful sermon I have ever heard.

 Answers:
Have you had anyone come to church?
We are working on those two new to come to church and another two we found this week, so hopefully four soon.

How are your new people coming along? 
They're great except they didn't show for church.

Do you get dinner very often? 
I make dinner a lot, ha ha ha...
Cheesy Stuffed Peppers (Stuffed With Rice, Mince, and a Tomato Sauce)
Eating Them!
Where is your district, your Zone?
My district covers Coleraine, Derry and Omagh. The Zone is all of Northern Ireland.

Do you travel to Belfast? How long does it take?
For Zone meetings yes and it takes about two hours.

Have you spoken in your Branch yet?
I gave a testimony, but I should be getting a talk soon.

Because it's so small, do you participate in any of the Auxiliaries?
We do not, but we help wherever we can.

Have you played the piano yet? 
Not for the branch yet, but I did in Clondalkin and for Zone Meetings before.

About the Christmas call, do you have a place set up yet? Who is calling who? We need to get on this, I can't miss my Christmas call!
Well Elder Olsen and I are going to try to get Skype up and running and see if that is possible. That way we can see each other as well. We'll figure it out soon enough. You will not miss your call, I promise.
The Christmas Tree in our flat!
Is that sister missionary in front of you in the picture in the Ensign the same one in some of the other pictures you sent long time ago? She sure looks like the same girl. 
That is Sister Newey. Yes it should be the same one. She's still in Dublin and goes home to Australia in a few days.
Oh, Logan Bowles is getting married in the Portland Temple on my birthday (the 29th!
I got an announcement actually. I'm very happy for him. 


Anyway, love you very much and hope that you have a fantastic week!
By the way, moves has been moved to next week, so I'm not sure about P-Day yet, but we will be moving next Friday.
Love ya!
Elder Trawick

Monday, November 29, 2010

11/29/10

 
Dear Mama,
 
 First of all, my Thanksgiving dinner that Tom provided was BRILLIANT! He made us so much food and it was so good. We had lots of veg, mashed potatoes (they call them creamy potatoes here) turkey and stuffing with cranberries, oh it was so good. I'm glad to hear that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was writing a postcard to Casey this morning and I was just remembering those old family Thanksgiving dinners we would have with most of the family gathered together. I kind of miss those days, but oh well, things change and life goes on. 
 
It's hard to think that Sarah will be almost two years when I get home. And Craig is in the Branch Presidency now? That Branch has had so many changes since I've been gone. It's a whole new machine, now. 
 
 
 
 
For the past few weeks, I've been really feeling that I need to focus on the Book of Mormon more. Then last week in our Zone Meeting, we had a lot of instruction on how to use the Book of Mormon more effectively. That is my focus now. I need to use the Book of Mormon the way that it is supposed to be used. The thing is, whatever concern people may have about the Church, the Book of Mormon will resolve that concern. All I need to do is help people to understand that if they will read, ponder, and pray about the Book of Mormon (just like it says in the last two paragraphs of the introduction), they WILL receive a witness from God that it is indeed true. Then stems from that all the truth and revelation that the Church has. It is a simple equation:
 
Read + Ponder + Pray to God in the name of Christ to know that it is true = Witness

 
Simple as that. I just need to get the book to people and get them to read it and pray about it and then help them to understand how the Spirit will witness to people. That has been my focus lately. 
 
 
 
 I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that, as President Benson stated, "we hardly fathom the power of the Book of Mormon, nor the divine role it must play, nor the extent to which it must be moved." The equation is specific and it requires absolute compliance. 
 
Anyway, one of the things that I have been doing for personal study each morning is what I like to call, "Ask the Book of Mormon a Question." I will ponder in my mind a "question of the soul" that someone might have, specifically those who I will be seeing that day. When a question comes, I will seek the answer in the Book of Mormon. This has blown my mind, and helped me to understand that the Book of Mormon indeed can answer the "questions of the soul" as Preach my Gospel states in Chapter 5. 
 
 
 For example, the question I asked this morning was an interesting one that came to mind, with an equally interesting answer. The question was: How can I keep my loved one(s) away from drugs/drink/sin? The answer that I found was in Helaman 3:29. This tells me that if I want to keep away from the snares of Satan, or keep my loved ones away, they need to "lay hold upon the word of God," or in other words, they need to "feast upon the words of Christ." I love how simple the Gospel of Jesus Christ is!

Anyway, the answers to "Ask Elder Trawick a Question" ;) this week are:
 
How is your work going?
 
The work is going well. We have two fantastic new investigators that we found last week. One is a young man in his 20's called Jason. He is what we would refer to as a "Kingdom Builder" which basically means I could see him as the next Branch President. I'm really excited about him.
 
You said you were challenging people first thing. How is that working out?
 
That went alright. We were definitely being blessed for obedience, but sometimes it just isn't as appropriate as others. We just have to use our judgement.
 
Is your branch good at fellowshipping those that come in or are they more clannish?

I haven't had a chance to find out for sure, but they seem very open and friendly.
 
I hope you have a nice place to stay that is warm and safe. Would like some pics, are you out of space?
 
The house that we are in is very warm most of the time. I was going to send the pictures I took this week, but I left my camera. I might try to send them a bit later today, however.
 
Do you have snow yet?
 
Yes, it has been snowing for the last two days and will continue until Friday.
 
Ireland just got bailed out by the EU so things should calm down a bit. 
 
Well, I'm not in the Republic anymore, I'm in the UK, so it's not affecting here that much, but I hear there are protests and things going on in Dublin right now... Exciting!
 
Anyway, I hope that you have a wonderful week. I love you all so much and pray for you often.
 
Love,
Elder Trawick
 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dear Mom,
 I had a fantastic week this week. We had a Zone Meeting in Belfast this week with President and the Assistants. They were speaking to us about planning and about finding. We have been doing this thing when we find people where we give them the baptismal invitation when we first meet them. It has worked surprisingly well. We hope that it will continue to work. We have a few new investigators this week, but we hope to have many more next week. We also will be meeting in Lisburn (near Belfast) again on Wednesday and the following week as well.
To answer some of your questions, Elder Olsen and I are getting along great!
It has not snowed here yet, but it will probably be soon. 
The primary thingy that you had sounds like it went off fantastically! It is also good to hear that your first week at the shop was good as well. Do you like it a lot, or is it just ok? Good job, the boys have a new shelter of sorts. That last one was a wee bit small.
 Speaking of Thanksgiving, there is a wonderful member here in the branch called Tom Henry, and I think that he is planning on having us over for a Thanksgiving dinner. He is the best; always helping us out. The Lord will surely bless him.
 As a final note: yes I did know that I was in the Ensign. In fact, we posed for that picture. I was just wondering if you would notice, hahaha. That is pretty neat that the Dublin zone is in the GENERAL CONFERENCE ENSIGN! Ha ha ha... Anyway, I have to go. I love you lots and hope that you have a great week!
Elder Trawick

Monday, November 15, 2010

11/15/10


Mom,
 Well this week has been very exciting. On Thursday night, there was quite a storm outside with lots of rain and winds up to about 80Mph. We were out and about tracting and doing all that we could though. It was worth it, we found an old investigator. Hopefully we will be able to see her again this week as well. Then Friday and Saturday were very mild days with normal missionary work. Sunday at church (if you could call it that, ha ha ha..) we met in a few trailers put together to make our building. However, it is better than it sounds, and it was warm enough. There were about 35 people at sacrament. They asked me to introduce myself and bear my testimony. It was quaint but I think this will be good, and I think that we can create a great relationship with the members. We've already begun, in fact. Our Branch President is President Brophy. Two of the Brophy's have (very recently) served missions in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission; one was going to school in Dublin and I knew him, the other is in the Branch Presidency (sound familiar?). The Brophy family is a fantastic family. After our dinner with them last night, he went with us to call by a few people. We stopped by a member of the branch to meet with her. As we did so, we were able to get two referrals from her that sound quite solid and both are related. We are extremely hopeful (and faithful) for these referrals. Anyway, my stay so far has been great. Omagh is fantastic and I'm excited for all the opportunity that awaits.

Questions & Answers

What is your new place like? I'm sure it's not as nice as your other one!

It is a nice little house. I can't complain. Elder Olsen and I spent this morning overhauling the place and we are very happy with the outcome. We moved a lot of things around and tidied up. It is looking quite nice. 
Are you right in town?
Pretty much, yes.
Do you live with members?
Nope.
Is there is a good bus system?
Nope, ha ha ha. We just walk where we need to and have some fantastic members who take us where we can't walk.
Is your area pretty big?
Not nearly as big as my last one, but big enough, yeah.
What is your ward like?

The branch is tiny, as I explained above. but the members are excellent.

Are there other missionaries very close?
The nearest missionaries are in Derry (It's called Londonderry but no one calls it that).
Other than that, I love you and hope that you have a brilliant week!!
Love,
Elder Trawick
PS I'll write you some post this week.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Transfer Day!

Elder Olsen and Me
Dear Mum,
 I have been TRANSFERRED! Ha ha ha.. Greetings from Omagh, Northern Ireland! I'm really excited to be here and it seems like a nice place. My new companion is called Elder Olsen and he is from B.C. Canada. He seems like an excellent missionary and I think that we are going to get along really well. I've spent a lot of the last two days traveling, so it is good to finally be here. I was sad to leave Dublin, but at the same time I was ready to go. 
My new address is:
For letters:
Elder Joshua Trawick
10 Campsie Court
Omagh Co. Tyrone
Northern Ireland BT79 OAF

For Packages:
Elder Joshua Trawick
Scotland/Ireland Mission
c/o CR Lowry The Jeweller
17 Market Square
Lisburn, BT28 1AG
Northern Ireland

I want to thank you for your testimony. It is great to hear that. I will save my testimony for next week because I don't have a ton of time, sorry :(.

I'm glad to hear that the branch has gained a bit in the missionary department. 
Mitch and Valin sound like they are doing well. Africa seems to be booming now with missionaries and baptisms. 
Anyway, I love you so very much. I will be emailing again on Monday. You can always send me a letter (because I'm in the UK I get post on Saturdays now!). Anyway, I hope that you have a fantastic week! Love you so much!
Elder Trawick
Elder "Hardwork" & Elder "Trainwreck"

County Tyrone

(from Irish: Tír Eoghain meaning "land of Eoghan") is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, situated in the north of the island of Ireland. Adjoined to the south-west shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 3,155 km², with a population of approximately 166,516, with its county town being Omagh. It is also one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland, lying within the historical province of Ulster.
Tyrone is the seventh largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and eighth largest in terms of population. It is the second largest of Ulster’s 9 counties in size and fourth largest in terms of population.
Snow is common in Omagh around the winter months. Shown here is the River Strule.

Omagh (English pronunciation: /ˈoʊmə/an Ómaigh, meaning "the virgin plain") is the county town of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, situated where the rivers Drumragh and Camowen meet to form the Strule. The town, which is the largest in the county, has an estimated population of 22,182 (2008 estimates).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

11/1/10

Dear Mum,
 
 Yeah, this week was good. We are still having investigator problems (as in a shortage of them) but we have a bunch of potentials that are just hard to see, so hopefully they will be new investigators within the next few weeks. 
 
Moves call is this Sunday, and then we will move on Wednesday next week. So that means that P-Day is not on Monday next week (and my email too) but it will be on Wednesday. I am probably moving, but you never know... 
 
As for a story this week... I don't really know. Halloween was crazy, though. Lots of knackers (troublesome kids) out doing all manner of iniquity. Namely setting bonfires in parks and back yards and also lots of illegal fireworks. It's more like anarchy night, ha ha ha... But we had a good Sunday. 
 
Questions answered:

Do you have a set time limit for emailing?
 
I am really supposed to limit my time to 1 hour if at all possible.
 
How are you doing for picture space?
 
Not much left, but I can make it last until Christmas.
 
How many weeks do I have until you get transferred?
 
I think I already said in the above, but it is next week. And just for future reference, one moves is 6 weeks.
 
I hope you got my letter. How long did it take to get to you?
 
I did, and thank you very much for that. I also sent you a letter back. I put it in the post on Friday, so you should get it this week. Your letter only took 5 days to arrive. 
 
Do you have a Christmas mission conference, I know they do in the England missions?

I don't think we have a mission conference (well we really can't anyway because everyone is so far away) around Christmas, but I'll check.
 
Elder Hardwick. Does he have any siblings? Have any served missions?
 
I'm fairly certain he has one younger brother and two younger sisters. He's the oldest and first to serve.
 
I love you lots, and hope you have an excellent week!
Elder Trawick
 

Monday, October 25, 2010

10/25/10

Dear Mum,
 
 This week was really good. We had a great time. The work here is a bit slow, but we're working hard to try and find some new investigators to work with. To answer some questions:
 
How was your week?
 -It was quite good :)
Did you get to play football?
 -Not last week. Well, we did at the Finglas chapel with a member, but not a lot.
Is the weather getting cold there?
 -As they say here, "It's a bit nippy," but it's not too bad.
Do you have all your cold weather clothes that you need?
 - Thats a good Mom question. I'm good to go on winter clothing. Two good coats, leather gloves, and a nice scarf (flat find) :D
 
I'll try to put something for my blog, but I'm not sure. It's mostly business as usual. I'm not sure that you would want a "typical day" as first of all, there is no such thing, and secondly, it is a lot of bus travel. We just follow the missionary schedule.
 It's "Get up, and get out!" at 6:30. Pray, shower, dress, then either eat a bit of breakfast and start study early or clean a bit.
 Personal study at 8:00. So far in my studies, I have read the Book of Mormon with a challenge that the mission president gave us: to mark all of the references to Christ, underline His words, mark references to the doctrine of Christ, and Christ's attributes. I'll give you a picture of what it looks like (and you can find the challenge in Preach my Gospel Ch. 5 at the end under Mission President Study Application). Anyway, I finished that on Oct. 9th and then started the New Testament. I'm now in Luke around Ch. 10. So I generally study The scriptures for about 30 minutes or so. Then I read Jesus the Christ for a bit, I'm on page 420 or something. Then I study Preach my Gospel for a bit.
 Then at 9:00 it is companion study. Elder Hardwick and I will share bits of what we learned in Personal Study, plan lessons, read from the white handbook, and do training models.
 Then at 10:00 we are usually out to an appointment or finding.
 Back for lunch around 12:00 or 1:00. Then eat lunch and study for a bit, then its back out and same story as before.
 Then we either have a dinner with a member between 6:00 and 7:00 or we come back for that, then back out.
 Then back in at 9:00 (or 9:30 if we're teaching) for planning. We plan for about 30 minutes, and then get ready for bed.
 Lights out at 10:30. So that is basically the day. We try not to vary from the missionary schedule ;). 
 
 That is quite an exciting story about the bear. Wow, I hope that you get that taken care of... I'm also very glad to hear that the O'Brien's are coming home and all is well. That makes me very happy.
 
 Anyway, I love you and hope that you have a great week!
 
Elder Trawick

Pictures from Dalkey and in Dublin at Temple Bar

Thursday, October 14, 2010

10/11/10

 
Hey Mom,
 
 This week was good but nothing too remarkable. I guess the only thing that pops to mind is that Elder Hardwick and I were on our way home from City West the other night from a Members' home (it usually takes an hour and a half and three buses to get home from City West). We caught the first two buses unusually quickly. I mean I had never had that much luck and on Saturday bus times too! Anyway, whilst we were waiting for our third bus, this car comes out of nowhere and stops in front of us with women screaming, "ELDERS!" I was so taken aback, it took me a minute to figure out what was going on. They were looking for the church building and they had been lost for about two hours. It was three women from California on holiday and looking for the Clondalkin building. I directed them to it (they were about .5K from it, hahaha...) and they thanked us. Then they told us that one of them had just said a prayer and said, "It's OK, I just said a prayer and we'll find it." Then they saw us. It was just an interesting thing. They told us that we were an answer to their prayers. Its funny sometimes how Heavenly Father works...
Anyway, I hope all is well with you and the family. I hope that the O'Briens are OK, and I will be praying for them. I love you very much! I also hope you got those pictures from Mary, as they were nice.
Anyway, LOVE YOU!
 
Elder Trawick

Monday, October 11, 2010

10/4/10

Dalkey

Dear Mum,

 This week has been a bit strange but good. I guess it was just strange because of the moves. We are all very uplifted after conference. They show the sessions here in Ireland like this: The Saturday Morning session is at 5:00PM on Saturday, the Priesthood session is 10:00AM Sunday morning, then the successive sessions are at 1:00, 5:00, and 9:00 PM. We got back pretty late last night, but since it was approved, it was alright. We also had 2 other companionships at our flat. Elders from Firhouse and Bray stayed over. This morning we went to play football again and it was good. I'm kind of sick, though, so I was completely rubbish (more so than usual, lol). But I did buy an ACE bandage of sorts last week and wrapped my right ankle good, so no problems there today.
 Conference was amazing! I loved all of the talks that were given, but I think my two favorites were first Elder Holland's talk about being grateful and then to follow up, President Monson's talk about the same. I was really impressed that an "attitude of gratitude" was speaking directly to me and I felt impressed to let you and Dad know that I will always remember the good way in which you have brought me up. I couldn't have asked for better parents, and it goes to show that the Lord, in His infinite wisdom, has a plan for everything, and I was specifically chosen to be brought up by you two. I love you both more than you know and will be forever grateful for all of the pains and expense you went to to raise me up well. Thank you!
Well I hope that is everything. Oh yeah, don't worry about my account just now, everything is fine in there. I don't need anything at the minute. Thanks though :).

I love you all very much!
Elder Trawick
More Dalkey



Dalkey (Irish: Deilginis, meaning "Thorn Island") is a town located in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County, Ireland. It was founded as a Viking settlement and became an important port during the Middle Ages. According to John Clyn, it was one of the points through which the plague entered Ireland in the mid-14th century. In modern times, Dalkey has become a prosperous seaside suburb and a minor tourist attraction.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

9/29/10

Elder Hardwick, Boyd Querubin, James Lennon, Elder Trawick


Sunday, September 26, 2010

September 20, 2010

Dear Mum,
 Last week I got in really early to email so that we could start our day earlier. We had a great day of touring. I took Elder Hardwick to St. Michan's Church so that he could see the mummies, which he enjoyed quite a bit. We spent the day with Mary as our guide. We went to Temple Bar (it's a famous street) and also the Chester Beatty Library which is a giant collection, the best part of which was real bible fragments from about 200 AD. Quite interesting. We had a blast. Anyway, this week was great. We just had stake conference as well on Sunday which James came to and sat with us. He has had his interview and will be baptised Saturday the 25th at 4:00pm. Please continue to pray for him. We have had an eventful week which we are now focusing on referrals and former investigators. It's going well here. Hopefully we will have another baptism very soon. We're trying to schedule a few people this week, so fingers crossed.
I hope you all have a fantastic week. I'm trying to send pictures, but I'm not sure if they will go...
I love you very much and hope you have a brilliant week!
Elder Trawick

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pictures 9/13/10

Hamburgers, mmmm...
Cooking them...
The final product!
Chicken Parmesan with Sauted Asparagus, Mushroom and New Potatoes, bread and biscuit.
L to R : Elders Hardwick, Stanton, Parker, and Trawick. The fun things you can do with Rich Tea Biscuits... lol
"Crushing the Habit"
Our pet spider
Amazing acrobatics by Elder Hardwick
My Irish Flag Scarf
Hilarious newspaper heading... Couldn't resist :)