Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

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 :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mom Post

It's obvious that the blog has had some major changes. This was not intentional. After logging on today I noticed that the custom background that Josh had set up was missing and I attempted to get it back. Unfortunately my inexperience caused the entire original blog template and background to be lost. After some tears and frustration, this is what I have come up with for now. I will continue to work on it. Welcome to the world of blogging!

September 6, 2010

Hey Mum,
 
 This week was great! (Do I say that every time? Ha ha ha...) I was extremely happy this Sunday. We had a great turnout at church. First of all, we had a total of 4 investigators at church with 3 Less-Actives. It was great as well. The testimony meeting was wonderful. I couldn't have dreamed of a more spiritual meeting for 2 of our investigators' first time there. After the meeting, we had a quick lesson with James and some members. Overall, this Sunday was fantastic! During the week we also had a good time. We have made James a baptismal calendar that on it everything that we need to do before he is baptised on the 25th. He's making great progress! Also, we are hoping to get the other two back next week. This week we are hoping to get 6 or 7 investigators out. I'm not sure how we'll be able to handle it all! Ha ha ha. But the Lord really blessed those that came with good experiences, so I am glad. 
Anyway, I love you all very much. Sorry there are no pics this week, but my camera is being funny... I'll take it to Mary's and she can send them to you. She helps us with everything! lol.
 
Love you and hope you have a great week,
Elder Trawick

August 30, 2010

At Mary's setting up her new printer and catching up on some work.

Hey Mum,
 Well this week was quite interesting. It was quite busy as well. We have been working closely with James to get him ready for his baptism. He is progressing well. He made it out to church yesterday and really enjoyed it. He was able to make a lot of new friends and meet some key members of the ward. Afterwards, we pulled Bro. Connolly (Ward Mission Leader) into a room with him for a quick lesson. It was great! Bro. Connolly is amazing. He was able to bear his testimony about what we were teaching and then relate to James well. Afterward, he was talking with James about getting involved with YSA. So that was fantastic. We are going to have to move Jame's baptismal date up to the 25th, though, because stake conference is on the weekend before. But it's still good. It just makes more time for us to help prepare him. He is really enjoying the church and he tells all his friends about the changes he's making. I would just ask that, if you can, you remember him in your prayers.
 In addition to James coming to church, we had another investigator come as well. He has been investigating for a while and he is a bit older. But he was able to make it out and he had a great time as well and was able to make some new friends. Hopefully both of them will be able to make it out on their own now. Other than that, we are just continuing to work hard and teach people. 
One thing that I just got into this week was tea. Rooibos tea, which is an herbal tea, is very interesting. Mary has helped me into it. It is quite good, a lot better than our weak fruity teas in America. This is good stuff for you and it tastes quite good as well. Anyway, I thought you might think it funny that I am drinking tea now! Hahaha...

Rooibos (pronounced ROY-bos), Afrikaans for "red bush"; is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa's fynbos.
The plant is used to make a herbal tea called rooibos tea, bush tea (esp. Southern Africa), redbush tea (esp. UK), South African red tea, or red tea. The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries.
In South Africa it is common to drink rooibos tea without milk, but instead with a slice of lemon and sugar or honey to sweeten. The flavour of rooibos tea is often described as being naturally sweet (without sugar added) and slightly nutty. Rooibos can be prepared in the same manner as black tea, and this is the most common method.
Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves. Rooibos also contains a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, and dihydrochalcones. Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems. Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating infantile colic, allergies, asthma and dermatological problems,
Although human studies of rooibos are scarce in the scientific literature, animal studies suggest it has potent antioxidant, immune-modulating and chemopreventive effects. In addition, rooibos tea has not been found to have any adverse effects.

Anyway, thanks for all that you do. I love you very much. Hope you have a great week!
Elder Trawick