Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

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