Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 23, 2010

Dear Mum,

This week was one of many highlights. But some of those you already know about. The tours we did on Wednesday were brilliant! Some of the most fun I've had on P-Day yet, although I really love football!

So you already know about the Mummy's and all that jazz... The highlight of this week, with no comparison really, was that we invited a young man in his 20's to be baptized and he has accepted. He is now scheduled for the 18th of September. I am trying to ask everyone to keep him in their prayers because he has some big hurdles to overcome before he is baptised, but we know he can and will do it. I am really excited about it, but we have a lot of work ahead of us. Other than that, my new companion, Elder Hardwick, is great! We have been working really hard. We have the big task of combining all of the area books (3) and it is a lot of work, because we are trying to get it all organized, but it's going forward. We have some promising new investigators, and old ones as well. We also have been really working on our Less-Actives. It's a big area, a lot of people, and a lot of work, but it is satisfying when you get a lot accomplished. The work is moving forward in Ireland. No matter what people say about this land, or what they think. My MTC group had a goal for all of us, we want to have enough convert baptisms and enough reactivated members that it will be necessary to build a temple in this great land. I love these people, and I love the Lord. I know that this can be accomplished. We will go forward. We will, and are, and have baptized. We will keep the members strong. The President told us in the email today that although the number of missionaries have decreased, the number of baptisms have increased. This is the Lord's work, and He will provide. We as missionaries just need to have the ability to receive revelation for our people and for the work. We need to invite more to be baptised and not take no for an answer. I am excited! I am ready for the work to move forward as never before. This is a wonderful time to be a missionary!
Anyway, I hope things are well this week.
Love you,
Elder Trawick
"Go Brazil"

Elder Hardwick ready for football
Our kitchen
My bed (you asked for photos of the flat)
Elder Young (Zone Leader)
Elder Stanton (Previously Assistant, now in my district)
This is a thing we do here in Ireland. It's cutouts from magazines. Pretty cool, eh? (In the Preach My Gospel book)
And again
And my favorite :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Changes!

Heya Mum,

 Well this week has been incredibly busy! Lots of things to report.

 I sent you a TON of pics this week. Hope you like them all! I'll get more of the flat this week for ya!

 So this week! Wow, I'm not sure where to start. I think with the mission conference. It was Brilliant! We were in a 6 hour session at Finglass chapel with President Griffiths, Europe Area President Kopischke, and a brief appearance by Elder Kerr and Dublin Stake President O'Farrell. It was a REALLY neat experience! We talked about a lot of amazing things, but probably the most profound thing that happened was, President Kopischke started with asking us to write down questions that we have. Any question. And then to keep it in our study journal. He then promised us that all of our questions would be answered by the end of the meeting. I can testify, as well as everyone I've asked, that all of my questions were answered, just as he said. We've been working a lot on learning how to use revelation to guide our work. It is really amazing. Overall the Conference was fantastic and a spiritual high for the month. Maybe the next few months.

 Sunday afternoon, we got our moves call from President. Elder Nicholls was called to Dundee zone in Scotland, and I will be staying in Lucan and receiving his cousin, Elder Hardwick, as my companion. I know that is a bit hilarious, Trawick and Hardwick... Anway, he will be the new District Leader in our District. This will be the third time I've been District Leader companion. As we prepared for the big moves, there was a lot of confusion and chaos. But in the end, all went well. I'm on exchange with Elder Bott serving in Galway for another few hours until my new comp gets here. We went to help them close out some flats last night.
Elder Bott, the crazy tour guide, and Myself

Three areas will be closing in Dublin, including Mt. Joy, which is the oldest missionary flat in Ireland. It has been in use for over 12 years.
Sisters Hahne (Transfered to Dundee) and Newey
Myself, Elder Wilkins, Elder Erickson
Elder Dodd
Me Imitating Sister Clive (I told her she looked so sad, lol)
Elder Nicholls, Sister Clive, Myself
Semi-Joint District photo... That's hard to explain. Just a bunch of us from Dublin Zone.

Today, I took the opportunity to do some tourist activities for the first time! Our first stop was St. Micham's Church. This is famous because of the crypt. The crypt underneath the chapel is, if I'm not mistaken, the oldest building in Dublin. In the Crypt there is an effect due to temperature, methane gasses, and dryness that has cause the mummification to those entombed.
St. Micham's Church from the front

St. Micham's Church
Inside St. Micham's Church
In Memory of...
Me in front of the Rebels who died.


The highlight of this visit was a certain Crusader. They know that he was a Crusader because they crossed his femurs which is a tradition for Crusader burials symbolising the cross. It is said to be good luck to shake his hand. So that's what we did! And we got photographic evidence! I loved it!
The entrance to the crypt
The crypt corridor
The mummies
The highlight of all of my activities! I "shook the hand" of the Crusader!
 Afterwards, we headed out to Christ Church Cathedral to tour there as well. It was also a very great experience. The cathedral was the most beautiful one that I have seen thus far. They too had a crypt, but it was more tourist friendly, whereas St. Micham's is much more personal.

Outside of Christ Church Cathedral
Descending into the Cathedral
Hope of a joyful resurrection? Check

The Cat and the Rat
The one, presumably chasing the other, became trapped in a organ pipe in the 1850's and were mummified. They are referred to in James Joyce's 'Finnegan's Wake' where someone is described as being '...as stuck as that cat to that mouse in that tube of that Christchurch organ ...'
In the crypt of Christ Church
In the crypt of Christ Church
In Christ Church Crypt
In the Cathedral (Christ Church)
The original organ where Handel's Messiah was preformed and is every year.
In the Christ Church Cathedral
In the Christ Church Cathedral
Anyway, I'm having a great time here, make no mistake! I have a lot of work to do in Lucan now. There have been some great referrals we've received that I need to follow up on. So I hope you all have a great week and keep the faith. If I could say one thing of most importance, it would be for all of the members of the church to reach out in missionary efforts. If all members could think of friends that the missionaries could teach, then go and help teach them! If they could make an effort to make friends out of investigators, if they could in all ways encourage and support these new converts, be good examples and answer questions while teaching principles. That would make missionary work roll forward like never before. But I'm here to do my job, which is to invite others to come unto Christ.
Love you all,
Elder Trawick

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Thank you Mary!

We did not receive an email from Elder Trawick this Monday, but today I received a wonderful note with pictures from Mary Smyth who is in his area. Thanks to her we know what is happening there.
She told us that Elder Nicholls has transferred to Dundee in Scotland and Elder Trawick is getting a new companion from Scotland. She mentioned that they had had lunch with her today. She also said Elder Trawick is doing good, everyone loves him and he is settling in well.
The pictures are of Elder Trawick cooking and of moving Elder Nicholls things.
Again it is wonderful to have other eyes and ears over there to let us know how things are going.
Mary you are a blessing!


Good luck Elder Nicholls!

Monday, August 9, 2010

1st week of August



Dear Mum,

 I'm glad to hear that you had a great time in Conrad. I had a good week!

(Answers to my questions:)

Is your flat in an urban area or out in the country? Is it in an apartment like structure or a house?

It's on the outskirts of Dublin in a residential area. It's very family friendly. We live in a 2 bed apartment.

Are there stores and laundry facilities close by?

We have laundry in the flat and the shops aren't too far away. We have started shopping at Lidl because it's much cheaper and its about 10m by bus away.

Do you know your neighbors? Are they nice to  you?

We don't know the neighbors, but they are nice. Hahaha

Is your companion a good cook? Have you been cooking at all? or do you have lots of dinner appointments? Who made the creamy chicken enchiladas?

I've been cooking a lot, but my comp. doesn't cook much. I've cooked Pepper Steak, Spaghetti, Creamy Chicken Enchiladas, Fajitas, and various breakfasts (eggs, pancakes, sausages etc.) I made the enchiladas. And I made Spaghetti at Mary's.

How many members are in your ward/branch?

We usually have a turnout of about 70. There are some really choice people in Clondalkin too! I love them.

Do you have a regular meeting house or another building?

We have a very new building actually. It's nice, I'll take pictures sometime.

I love you all! Thanks for all you do!
Love you,
Elder Trawick


Statue at the top of O'Connell St.


O'Connell and Henry St
The Spire from a distance (O'Connell)

More pictures

Bottom of the Spire
Top of the Spire
Piano Man on Henry St
Creative Beggar on Henry
Oh, your guess is as good as mine... Real guy though
Street Painter on Henry St.
The super market off of Henry (I'm kidding)