Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

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