Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Moving to Scotland!

 
 
Dear Mum,
 
 Well the news is that I am moving! I am actually on a ferry right now to Scotland! As you probably already know, I am well excited about it too. My new area is in the top of Scotland as far as missionaries are concerned. It is a lovely little place  called Inverness. Inver means "by the way" or something like that and (wait till I tell you) Ness is in reference to Loch Ness! Loch Ness is in my new area! I will be on the lookout for Nessie. My zone is Aberdeen zone and I have heard really good things about Aberdeen and Inverness. Another geat feature, I now will have a car! I can not even begin to tell you how excited I am about this place. Everyone is really jealous about it because I hear that it is one of the best areas in the mission. Anyway, this will not be a very long email as this ferry computer is not good at all. I am really going to miss the members of Omagh, but not Omagh itself so much, to be honest. My new companion is called Elder Sindylek (Shin da leck) and he is Czech (I think that is how you spell it. Anyway, I am in for a long jouney to Inverness but I am way excited. I love you lots and I hope that you have a wonderful week. Talk to you on Monday.
 
Elder Trawick
 ferry image by Richard Villalon

 Inverness; from the Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Nis, (meaning 'mouth of the River Ness') is a city in northern Scotland. The city is the administrative centre for the Highland council area,and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands of Scotland. The city lies near the site of the 18th century Battle of Culloden and at the northeastern extremity of the Great Glen (An Gleann Mòr), where the River Ness enters the Inverness/Moray Firth making it a natural hub for various transport links. It is the northernmost city in the United Kingdom. A settlement was established by the 6th century with the first royal charter being granted by Dabíd mac Maíl Choluim (King David I) in the 12th century. The Gaelic king, Mac Bethad mac Findláich (MacBeth) nicknamed Rígh Dearg (The Red King) held a castle within the city where he ruled as Mormaer of Moray.
The population of Inverness increased by over 10% from 1991–2001 and from 1997-2007 with an estimated population in 2008 of 56,660. Inverness is a fast growing city, with a quarter of the Highland population living in or around the city and is ranked fifth out of 189 British cities for its quality of life, the highest of any Scottish city.
Inverness is situated at the mouth of the River Ness (which flows from nearby Loch Ness) and at the southwestern extremity of the Moray Firth. The city lies at the end of the Great Glen with Loch Ness, Loch Ashie and Loch Duntelchaig to the west. Inverness' Caledonian Canal also runs through the Great Glen connecting Loch Ness, Loch Oich, and Loch Lochy.
Loch Ness looking south

3/7/11

Dear Mum,
 
 I'm sorry to hear about all the sickness that is going on. It sounds similar to what everyone here has already had over the December and January months. Elder Olsen and I had it as well, remember? Anyway, I know that it's rubbish, and I'm sorry that all of you have got it. The worst part, for me, would be missing church. Thankfully when Elder Olsen and I had it, it had started early in the week and was starting to wear off by Sunday, so we made it to church, although we were still very sick. Anyway, I'll be hoping and praying that it soon passes. But a scripture I read this morning comes to mind: 2 Corinthians 4:17. That should cheer you up :).
 Do you remember when I was about 16 and I had come home from Camp Helaman? If I remember correctly, I was making a huge effort to change a lot of things, especially my study habits. I remember studying the scriptures every chance I had, and just being so excited about it. I don't know what happened subsequently, I think it lost some of it's appeal, but I feel that way again on my mission. I have such a hunger and thirst for knowledge! I love to study each morning, I can't wait for it. Learning something new, or something that will help me teach my investigators makes me excited to do it each morning. There is something that I have noticed as a missionary as well. I've noticed that a lot of the pain and problems of sin can be rooted back to failure to have daily scripture study and prayer. It's something that I've decided to commit myself to do for the rest of my life. In the analogy of Lehi, all one had to do in order to partake of the fruit of the tree was to keep hold of the rod of iron. I feel that it is imperative that we have that daily prayer and scripture study, or our grip on the rod is loosened. And then what happens? Anyway, just a thought...
I think there is a good possibility I will be moved, but anything is possible. Next week is moves week again, so I will probably not be emailing on Monday, just so you know. But anyway, I love you so much. I hope that all goes well with you at home and that you get well soon enough. Have a wonderful week!
 
Elder Trawick

Monday, March 7, 2011

2/28/11

Dear Mum,
 
 I'm glad you liked the pictures. I had a lot of fun at Giant's Causeway, and yes it was FREEZING! Ha ha ha...
 I'm sorry that you are all so sick. It sounds desperate. I'll be praying for you all, and especially you. I'm worried about Dad. He needs to know when to take it easy. 
 
What have you learned so far on your mission?
So funny you should mention, I was talking with Elder Buchei for a long time last night about how much I've learned and grown on my mission. I couldn't help but think about how prideful I was before I left in thinking that I knew all this stuff and was experienced in the gospel. I might have known more than the average teenager, but what I didn't know was that I knew NOTHING. I have learned so many things on my mission and I know that it comes from the calling. I've been blessed with truly receiving treasures of knowledge and hidden treasures and understanding the mysteries of Godliness, but I still don't know ANYTHING. It seems that the more I learn the less I know, and there isn't enough time in a lifetime to learn all of these things. But I'm moving forward steadily. What I've been studying the most recently are the Pauline Epistles. I'm in 1 Corrinthians right now. The more I read in the New Testament and understand what it is saying, the more I realise just how evident a general apostasy of the church really was. Just look at what Paul was trying to patch up with the saints in Corrinth. Read Jude and see his three examples of peoples in history who have apostatised, and their consequences, as his warning to saints. It is so blatantly evident that the church was in total disrepair from the influences of the Judaizers and the Greek philosophers and the Pagans, and that even before Paul's martyrdom. Not to mention the persecutions of Nero and the eventual creeds of Nicea and Athanasius and so forth. I'm sorry, let me take a breath. It gets me worked up, ha ha ha... Anyway, what I have learned is that no matter how much I know, I still don't know the half of it. But rather than viewing that as an obstacle, I view it as a motivation. I have developed on my mission a literal hunger and thirst for knowledge, and I do my best to quench that every morning in personal study. It's something that I never want to change. I want to go throughout the rest of my life with the same study habits that I have developed on my mission. I hope that I can maintain that when I get home.
Anyway, thanks for all the news and things. Yes I have been hearing all about whats going on in New Zealand and Australia. How crazy is it that these things are happening? Look at Egypt and Australian and New Zealand. These are the last days, aren't they? I hope that you have a great week with no sickness! I love you so much!
 
Elder Trawick