Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

4/25/11

Amazing battlegrounds not far from Kyle
Hey Mum,
 Luckily enough, the library was open today although it is still Easter Holidays. Glad to know that things are OK at the home front. I loved the pictures of Sarah, she is getting cuter every day. I can see the same Trawick features in her little face as Dan and I had. Dan seems to be doing good as well. I'm glad that the overall report is good.

Things are going so well here in Inverness. Covering two units is a bit of hard work but it really keeps us busy and it's never been so tricky to plan things, but it's good experience and we're getting things done. My new companion is a star, we're going to have a really good transfers and we're both focusing on getting some baptisms and increasing church attendance. I really like him and I can tell that he will be one of my favorite companions. It does really help that we've been out the same amount of time. We have a lot in common as well. For your info, he's from Utah. Anyway, good things ahead.

I've been doing a lot of service in this area, including some carpentry here and there. I did some trim work for someone who was remodeling their house the other day and they were quite pleased with it. I did some wiring the other day (moved a socket) which was interesting the 240v, but it went well and looks nice. And then Saturday I even did a bit of plumbing, so lots of interesting things to do here. The framers here (they call them joiners) do things SO different! They use the metric system for starters. They never use compressors, they just have a few Paslode guns. No SKIL saws, just hand saws. Anyway, it's fun to talk about the differences, and I do with our Ward Mission Leader who is a joiner.

I just remembered about the excellent Zone Conference we had in Dundee on Friday. It was amazing! Elder Kerr and Elder Donaldson (area seventies) came to speak to us along with President and Sister Griffiths of course. The meeting was spectacular. There were three Zones there as well so a lot of missionaries. Elder Donaldson called on a few Elders to come up and then bear their testimony on various subjects. He called on me and so I expected the same, but then he asked me to train the rest on the role of the Holy Ghost for about 3 or 4 minutes and then sat down. It was crazy, but I learned so much and it was brilliant. I love those conferences. Elder Kerr is Scottish and Elder Donaldson is English and they are both hilarious. Very funny and spiritual giants. It was something to remember.
Anyway, I love you very much and I hope that you are doing well. I'll hear from you next week. 
Love,
Elder Trawick
On the way back from Skye
Urquhart castle I think?
Another take of battlegrounds not far from Kyle

Monday, April 18, 2011

4/18/11

Visit to the Isle of Skye

Hello again!
I want to tell you about the amazing week Elder Sindylek and I had. We far exceeded many of our goals this week and ended up with four investigators at church. That investigating family in Invergordon that I was telling you about attended church as well as another from a part member family and another in Inverness. We were very blessed with that success this week. Not to mention our great numbers in all other areas. It was the best week this area has seen in far more than six months. I'm very excited for the things that are happening here. I know that we will see baptisms soon.
 I've really been blessed with having my eyes opened to the workings of the Lord in our labours each day. It really is magnificent. The news for moves is that Elder Sindylek will be leaving for Dundee and my new companion is called Elder Reynolds. Elder Reynolds was in my MTC group and I'll see if I can send you a picture from my camera of him.
Elder Reynolds on right
 I've attached a few photos in the email from Elder Erickson and my trip to Skye a few weeks ago. It was really beautiful.
I really do love you all and everything that you do for me and your positive encouragement. Hope to hear from you soon.
 
Love you so much!
Elder Joshua Trawick
 
Sheep on Skye
Looking at the bridge from Kyle to Skye
Roads in Skye
Garth Duncan is a member in Skye
Portmohomack at night
 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

3/22/11

Dear Mum,

Things are going extremely well here in Inverness! I'm loving it here and we are always so busy. Elder Sindylek is a stellar companion. Together we are working on being exactly obedient. He's very enthusiastic and we are getting on very well. Inverness is a beautiful place. We have a very large area and we cover two units (branch in Invergorden and ward in Inverness).
Main street, Invergorden

On Sundays we split to be able to cover both. We also make it out to the Isle of Skye once a week.
Isle of Skye

You should look that place up, it is so beautiful! Also Loch Ness is in my area so that is really neat (don't remember if I told you that already).
How's the family? How's that little one? It's hard to believe she's almost what now, 10 months? Mother's day is coming up soon and I'll be able to phone you then. Anyway, I love you so much. I hope that this week is great for you.
Love you!
Elder Trawick

Invergordon is the major Highland Port for Cruise and Cargo ships thanks to its sheltered deep water and excellent on shore facilities. It also serves as a central point for visitors who go on to visit places to the north and south. It is a well laid out town with a double width high street and has many shops, places to visit and things to do. There is an art centre, leisure centre, go-karting, and golf. You can also visit the naval museum and the heritage centre.
Invergordon is nestled at the edge of an estuary which is visited by one of two known populations of bottlenose dolphins in the British Isles. The panoramic views across the water often reveal glimpses of fascinating bird life. The estuary is, in fact recognised internationally for its importance as the most northerly, extensive ‘estuarine’ complex in Europe. It provides sanctuary for large numbers of wild fowl, waders and other water birds. Some of these stop off during migration, others stay for the winter whilst a good number live here permanently.

Skye or the Isle of Skye  is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island's peninsulas radiate out from a mountainous center dominated by the Cuillin hills. Although it has been suggested that the first of these Gaelic names describes a "winged" shape there is no definitive agreement as to the name's origins. The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic period and has a colorful history including a time of Norse rule and a long period of domination by Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald. The events of the 19th century had a devastating impact on the human population, which declined from over 20,000 to around 9,200 in the early 21st century. Nonetheless, in contrast to many other Scottish islands, this represents a 4 per cent increase from the census of 1991. The main industries are tourism, agriculture, fishing and whiskey-distilling. The largest settlement is Portree, known for its picturesque harbor.