Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

1st Email

We received our first email today! I sent some questions for him to answer and I am posting them here with the answers.

How was the trip over? 

Trip was ok. I didn't get any sleep at all and arrived at about 8 in the morning. So I went about 30 hours or so on no sleep. But I made it through... I handled the lost baggage claim.

Were there a lot of missionaries with you?

There was something like 28 or so flying out of SLC, and the other 10 joined us in Atlanta. We all sat around each other. The group at the MTC is about 38 I think. Could be less... Can't remember...

How did you get from Manchester to Preston?

We drove coach to the MTC, I have a picture that has the Preston road sign on it. I thought it was neat.

Do you like the MTC?

The MTC is brilliant! I'm having a great time, getting along well with everyone. I'm so tired, we've been doing a lot of exercise, playing football (soccer). I'm getting better, and really starting to enjoy football.
                                                     President Clegg

How many of you are in your room?

There are just two Companionships in our room. There is Elder Stewart (my comp), Elder Ellett and Elder Jensen. We have a great time. Elder Powell (MTC Staff) checks the rooms every morning and writes up improvements, we haven't had anything for our flat.

Who is your companion?
Where is he from and is he going to Scotland too?

My Companion is Elder Stewart. He's from Cache Valley (near Ogden Utah) and going to Scotland.

Is the food good?

Food is brilliant! Can't complain about anything I get, I eat it all.

Do you get to do any street contacting this week?

I go street contacting on Friday. Elder Stewart and I are preparing and are so excited. We've had a milestone (its like a mock investigator, but supposed to be very real, and it was!) and we did excellent on that. They bring in actors for everyone. We taught the Restoration and committed him to Baptism, Read and pray about the Book of Mormon, and set up another appointment. We were 1 of 2 companionships that even finished.

Are you getting enough sleep (I'm sure you have jetlag)?

Jet lag wasn't a problem after 30 hours of no sleep.

Is the weather nice?

The weather is actually an interesting subject. It hasn't rained at ALL since we've arrived. It's been hot, sunny weather.

Did you see any cool landmarks on your way?

Just the Preston Temple and some cool farms...
Everything is progressing well...
Thanks for everything, Mom. I love you, and hope you know that I am working hard. Elder Stewart and I are working hard and keeping every rule and commandment with exactness, as he is our District Leader. So just know that all is well :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Elder Trawick has arrived!

This is my first post for Elder Trawick. I am happy to report that he has arrived safely in England and he made it to the MTC, but unfortunately his luggage did not arrive with him! We received a very nice email from President and Sister Clegg on Friday confirming that he made it and that his luggage was to arrive the next day. They thanked us for sending them such a wonderful young missionary and told us that they are committed to his happiness and success. It was very nice to receive the email but as a mother of course I started to worry about the usual "mom" things, did he pack extra underwear or a shirt in his carry-on? What about deodorant and a razor?
Anyway, we are looking forward to receiving his first email on Wednesday. I will try to post a couple of pictures from the airport if I can get access to them. We are so grateful for his aunt Casey and uncle Guy who made the process of getting prepared to leave so easy for him. It was hard for us not to be there with him and to be involved ourselves but he was so blessed to have them. His ward has been phenomenal as well, and words cannot express how much we appreciate those wonderful people who have helped and continue to help him as he serves the Lord. May the Lord open the Windows of Heaven and pour out blessings on them.
Many years have passed as we have waited for this time in his life and we know that he is well prepared and will work hard. He has a strong testimony of the Gospel and is not afraid to share it. We learned that he will be out doing street contacting soon while he is still at the MTC. He is really looking forward to that and will hopefully make some new friends in the process. We're looking forward to his report next week!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010



Elder Joshua Trawick
Scotland Edinbugh Mission
England Missionary Training Centre
Temple Way
England PR6 7EQ

In the field:
Elder Joshua Trawick
Scotland Edinburgh Mission
51 Spylaw Road
Scotland EH10 5BP
United Kingdom

Monday, June 7, 2010

Blog Dedication

I am Elder Joshua Trawick, and this will be my missionary blog. Obviously I will not be able to keep this blog, however, I have commissioned my mother, Maureen Trawick, with the task. Hopefully it will be frequently updated and filled with stories and pictures of my mission among the Scots (and possibly the Irish people).

I would at least like to leave you all my testimony of this gospel. I know that this church is the true, restored church of Jesus Christ. It is His gospel. He lives and loves us. We have a loving Father in heaven, who knows each and every one of us, and cares for us all, as we are His children. He wants us to return to Him some day. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and that by applying the teachings of that book, we may come closer to God than anything else we can do. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet and mouthpiece of the Lord. He guides and counsels us with pertinent information and warnings that apply to our day. I know all of these things to be true and seal my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.