Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Monday, January 24, 2011

1/24/11

 
Dear Mum,
 
 Thank goodness you got the package. I was so excited when I sent that off. I know it didn't have a lot in it, but I hope that you all enjoyed everything in it. I did really like the piano CD. I think it was Paul Cardall or something? He is really good. I would like more if you can get it, but it doesn't have to be anytime soon. But I also liked Jenny Oaks Baker.
 My week was fantastic. John is still on for the 12th, but we'll see what happens when we get there. As of right now, there doesn't seem to be any road blocks. He came to church again yesterday. Now this is the amazing part. He works as a carer in various care facilities around Omagh and he works 12 hour shifts: 8PM-8AM or 8AM-8PM. Saturday he worked into 8AM Sunday morning, but he still came to church. But not only that, I found out on the way to church with him that he was to work again that night another 8-8. But not only that! He was only going to stay for one hour, then after sacrament he said that he would like to stay for another hour! I was well chuffed (that's a good thing, ha ha ha).
Chuffed-English slang; Definition, A state of delighted satisfaction.
Anyway, John is great, we are really excited about him, and I hope that he continues to progress. 
 
What is happening with your sisters you were teaching? Are they getting closer to baptism? Have they been to church?
 As for the sisters. Well, we should be seeing the one we met originally this week along with her son, but the other one who was progressing so well canceled one of our appointments on Wednesday to go visit her sister. When we rang her for daily contact on Thursday, she said that she had talked with her sister and would like to "leave it for a while." I hate it when this happens, but I don't think that she is a lost cause. We'll try again this week or next week. Whenever the time is right.
 
So Moves call is this coming Sunday, which means that P-Day will again be on a Wednesday (the Wednesday following this coming Sunday). I could be moved, but it's not that likely. If you want to send a package, you'd probably be better just sending something small like what I sent you in a sort of envelope. I've heard that it costs much less. The only thing that I really need right now are some decent pens. I do like a good Zebra pen. Black is the only ink to go with, by the way. Blue is just gross, ha ha ha... But yeah, Dots were fantastic! As were the tootsie rolls. Whatever you think would be nice. 
 
Mom question: 
Sounds like you are becoming quite the chef! I enjoyed the pictures Tom sent but I'm not sure what they were all about. I recognized the Parmesan Chicken but I'm not sure what the other meals were or who made them. 

Dinner I made for Sis. Holt and Sis. Radford, two of our (older) single sisters in the branch at Tom's house.
 I have been refining my chef skills. Most of those dishes that Tom sent you should be mine.
Spaghetti
I made that. Simple.
This is a Korma curry with Cod fillets. That was the trial run, I'll be making the real deal tonight again for Sis. Holt and Sis. Radford. It's like a family home evening thing we do. It's a lot of fun!
What's not included are the other dishes I made this week. Chicken Chow Mein and Beef Stir-Fry with a black bean sauce. There is a picture on Tom's camera of the stir-fry, so I'll see about getting you that. Anyway, yeah, I really LOVE cooking. I find it relaxing.

I love you and hope that you have a fantastic week!

Love,
Your Son
Christmas Dinner with Kieron Johnson (recent convert).
This is a nice "cuppa" from Tom. (Hot Chocolate)



 
 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

1/17/11

Mom,
 More miracles to tell of this week. I think you'll like this one. So last week was the excellent story of finding two sisters separately. This week is the story of finding two roommates. On Tuesday, Elder Saunders and I were on exchange and I decided to call by a former investigator who is an Indian man that was going strong until I arrived, but then dropped completely off the radar and we haven't heard or seen him since I've been in Omagh. So we got to the house and rang the bell and another man answers the door, who I thought was him. The former's name is John so I asked if that was him and he told me that John wasn't there anymore, but his name was Sha. He invited us in and we briefly went over the Restoration and the Book of Mormon (mostly the Book of Mormon) and he seemed somewhat excited about it. We said a kneeling prayer and left with a return appointment for Saturday at 17:00. When Elder Olsen and I went on Saturday, we knocked on the door and John answered! So we went in and talked with him and figured out what was up. He apparently had some visa issues and was in London and other places. But anyway, we taught him and invited him to church on Sunday and said we'd come walk with him to church. On Sunday we got him to church, he stayed for all three hours. All of the members were so nice to him, and he seemed to have a fantastic time. He was scheduled for baptism before I got here, but we had another lesson with him after church and he's currently scheduled for the 12th of Feb. Please pray for that date. I just love those tender mercies from Heavenly Father. 
Anyway, everything else is great here. I did get the package, thank you so much! I especially love the Dots. Also, all of the music you got for me is fantastic! Thanks so much for that! Elder Olsen liked his little treat as well. So have you not gotten my package yet? I hope it gets there soon... I sent it the week of Christmas though, so it may be yet some time. As far as the disasters lately, yeah it's been the talk of the town. It's horrible, and it's definately a sign of the times. I heard about Brisbane and I thought about Sister Newey who just went home to Brisbane. I hope she and her family are alright.
Sister Newey on right
 I also heard about Rio. That's quite some flooding...
I made dinner on Thursday for two of our (older) single sisters in the branch at Tom's house. I made Chicken Parmesan with Mash Potatoes and Green Beans. I thought everything turned out great. Tom's got pictures on his camera, I'll have him send them your way. I'm going to venture out there this week and try to make a fish curry. I heard of one the other day that sounds fantastic, so I'll let you know how it goes. Also, lots of people have written that I haven't had time to write back to. Technically I'm only allowed to write on P-Days, so I'm really sorry for all the people who have written me and not gotten a reply yet. I should really get on that! Lol... Anyway, I love you and hope that you have a fantastic week!
Elder Trawick

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

1/10/11

Omagh looking over the river to the Cathedral in the background

Dear Mum,

 This week was great! Our building is almost 100% again and we had Sacrament in Omagh. Elder Olsen and I actually gave talks in Sacrament. He spoke on what the Bible teaches us about Christ, and I taught what the Book of Mormon teaches us about Christ. We both focused predominately on the prophecies of Christ. It was good.
 Funny you should mention about Elder Costa's talk, I read a few days later the talk by Elder Duncan which repeated all 14 fundamentals. I think that means its important... ha ha ha...
 As for answering Aunt Nadeen, honestly most people here are nice, but almost all are very set in their ways. That does not mean, however, that the Lord does not prepare many for us before we meet them so that they are more receptive than others. a good example of that is what happened with us this week. Elder Olsen and I were out tracting and we came across a woman who let us in after we talked with her about how there is a living prophet on the earth today. She was very receptive, recognised that she needed to read the Book of Mormon to find out if it is true, it was wonderful. We had a kneeling prayer with her and then as we were leaving, she asked us, "what do you believe happens to you when you die? Because my sister believes that nothing happens." When she said this, Elder Olsen and I looked at each other then back at her. We soon found out that her sister was someone we had just found a few weeks ago and are teaching. We will be teaching them both on Tuesday night.
Things have been picking up. There's been a lot of sickness and the holidays that have slowed the work a bit, but we are all going back with full force. On another note, Elder Olsen and I were tracting again last night and we ran into a man who was quite aged. We began to tell him about how there was a prophet on the earth today and asked him what that would mean to him if he knew that a prophet of God lived on the earth today. We soon found out that this man had seen missionaries before and that he was much opposed to what we had to say. Now, I run into this situation quite often here in this land, but I couldn't help but take special notice as we asked this man if he had read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true, then pondered on that. He stated that he had, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that he had not. The point that stuck in my mind so firmly is that it is not possible for someone to read, ponder, and pray to know if the Book of Mormon is true with real intent and not have that witness from God that it is true. I'm so thoroughly convinced about that fact that I would put my life on the line for it. In the end, we didn't want to stay and argue with him, and in fact there was no arguing at all, we thanked him for his time, shook his hand and left. But I felt real sorrow for this man. Hopefully some day soon (for he might not have many left), he will realise that he was wrong. But I did what I was supposed to do. Elder Olsen and I left our testimonies, and that's what counts.

 In Elder Nelson's last conference address, he told of an experience he had with sharing the Book of Mormon with two colleagues of his. They returned the book some time later saying, "thanks a lot." He replied, “What do you mean, thanks a lot? That’s a totally inappropriate response for one who has read this book. You didn’t read it, did you! Please take it back and read it; then I would like my book back.” They later read it and returned with a witness that it was true. He later baptised them both. It's a wonderful example of the power of the Book of Mormon, as well as member missionary work.


I'm really sorry to hear that Ozzie died. I remember him, of course. I met him at least a few times as well. He was married wasn't he? 

Anyway, I hope that your week is fantastic. I love you very much!

Elder Trawick
After a bad rain in Coleraine and the Scotland/Ireland Mission tie. 
Our House
On the train from Coleraine back to Derry

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

1/4/11

Snowing in Omagh (what we thought was bad until the next week)
 
 
Hey Mum,
 
 So about the busted pipes everywhere. I just got done telling Dad about that whole problem here in NI. It's EVERYWHERE. People have burst pipes nearly everywhere you go. They were all out of water before the thaw, and then pipes burst everywhere. It's a huge disaster here, and it's affected our church building as well. We had a burst pipe in the Omagh building that left most of our chapel saturated, so we had to go out to Derry for our meeting on Sunday. But as it turns out, Coleraine branch had the same problem and had to go to Derry, as well as wards and branches all over the Belfast Stake. Most of them in fact. That just goes to show how unprepared this country is for weather like this. But the snow and freezing weather is gone now. Well, at least the snow is, and it's been replaced with rain.
 
 I haven't got my box yet, but the Zone Leaders do. However, they won't be able to get it to me for about another week or two. But I'm not fussed, it will get here soon enough, and I'm excited for it. Elder Olsen has one he's been waiting on too.
 
 We had a great New Year's Day. We spent some of it with Tom and some of it with the Brophy's. President Brophy is the Omagh branch president. It was a lot of fun. We were allowed to watch movies again, so we went and watched the Chronicles of Narnia over at the Brophy's. You know I'm not much for kids films, but this wasn't so bad, for all the references that it had to the bible (good job, C. S. Lewis).  
 
In my reading of the Conference Ensign, I was especially particular lately to the talk given by Elder Costa, who took nearly all of his talk from President Benson. The talk was about 14 fundamentals of following the prophet and what that entails. I was really impressed by this and I have been sharing it with most of the members. It's so important that others know that there is indeed a living prophet of the Lord on the earth right now. What that means is that the heavens are open and we receive revelation and warnings straight from the Lord through His prophet. Through the living prophet comes the Priesthood authority, which is above that of kings or any earthly power. The members need to know that following the prophet doesn't mean that we select what we want to hear. We listen to the prophet because he is the watchman. There is nothing more important for us to read right now than what the prophet and apostles have recently spoken in general conference. I would recommend reading that and pondering on those 14 fundamentals. I know that it's changed my perspective a bit.
 
 Also I hope that you had a fantastic birthday. I hope you got my card. I need to get Guy's sent and Eddy's.
 
Answers:
How are your clothes working out? Is anything wearing out yet?
 
Clothes are fine mostly. One pair of trousers on my black suit that I came out with are worn and I haven't mended them yet, but I'll get around to it.

What did you do today for P-day? Describe your day.
 
P-Day yesterday was shopping, then we had a dinner that Tom put on for some friends who were back in town for a bit. One was a missionary here in Ireland about two years ago. That was a lot of fun.

Who is an interesting person you know right now? Member or not.
 
President Brophy is pretty interesting. He's a convert to the church from 18, but his conversion story is very interesting. He was Catholic, and very Catholic at that, but he received a testimony of the Book of Mormon immediately. He's also a very good cook (I've been taking notes, ha ha ha...)

Have you taught any discussions lately? Tell about the experience.
 
We teach lessons fairly frequently. I guess the last one that we had that was stellar was with a girl called ....... This was our first lesson with her and we brought a recent convert called Kieron out with us to teach. We taught the restoration with focus on the Book of Mormon and pray to know, and Kieron bore such AWESOME testimony. We could have just let him go in and we would have been fine. It was a great lesson.

What have you been eating every day? What do you have for breakfast, lunch, dinner?
 
I've been eating a lot, I'll tell you that. And I need to slow down. Hmm... for breakfast, usually cereal. I personally like Fruit & Fibre or I eat oatmeal, it just depends on what I'm feeling. Then for lunch, we'll come back for an oven pizza or something fast like that. Dinner I usually make something. This week is going to be tacos while I work on perfecting mashed potatoes as well. Which reminds me, could you please send me your recipe for mashed potatoes (with sour cream right?). Yours were always the best. But anyway, it all depends.

How are you staying warm? 
 
I have great clothing.

Does someone take care of your house for you? Is it owned by members of the church? Are members close by?
 
Nope, we take care of it. It's just owned by the mission and The nearest member is Tom and he is about a 15 minute walk away.
 
 Anyway, I love you very much! I hope that all is well with you and the fam. I'll talk to you next Monday (hopefully if there are no more interruptions). Love you!
 
Elder Trawick
District Meeting before last transfer.