Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Monday, June 27, 2011

6/27/11

Elder Trawick, Aiden, and Elder Reynolds
 
 Dear Mum,
 
Aiden got baptised on Saturday!!! We are so proud of him. He's such a good lad. I'll send the pictures from the baptism in another email because I did remember my camera today. This week was so busy trying to get everything ready for the baptism. Aiden is a star, though. I love having baptisms because you really have a feeling, as a missionary, of fulfilling your purpose for serving a mission. He's going to be a great influence on his family as well.
 I went to the MacDonald's a while ago and left Nikki logged into my new.familysearch.org account and she did a bit of research for me and what she found was very interesting. I'm apparently related to two large Scottish Clans from her research. The first is, shocker, MacDonald! And the other is MacPherson. She gave me a bunch of info on the origin of a lot of names including Jessel and Barnett and the like. It's all very interesting.
 Well thats about it for this week. We're excited for Aiden, and Holly and Leah will be in August, so we're trying to get one for July as well. We'll keep plugging along. Anyway, have a wonderful week and I love you lots!
 
Elder Trawick
Norman (Great Grandad), and Aiden
Aiden and Melanie (Mum)
Elder Trawick, Aiden, Norman, and Elder Reynolds

Friday, June 24, 2011

6/20/11

Dear Mum,
 
 Yup, one whole year is gone and now I have less than a year left. It's hard to believe but I honestly don't think about it much. We had a fun day today I went to the Family History Centre and did a bit of work there. It was exciting work trying to find people, but I didn't stay too long. I input information on a .paf file for 5 generations back from me and then decided to do a bit of looking at the Trawick line. I got to looking at some records for Clarence S Trawick (Harvey's dad) and also Jasper Trawick (his father). It was interesting to see, but it seems that the records for Trawick's run out there. It would take more intensive digging to keep going with it, so I stopped there. But it was quite exciting. I haven't heard from Grandma about it yet, by the way. And also, have you started indexing yet?
 Well anyway, not much else is new, really. I gave another talk in Invergordon yesterday and it was on receiving personal revelation. To be brief, I really felt the spirit strong as I testified of the principles of personal revelation to them. I hope that someone was able to learn something new or make a change in their life.  But anyway, I'll hear from you next week. I love you lots!
 
Elder Trawick

Friday, June 17, 2011

6/14/11

Dear Mum,
 
 Well this last week was just... Well I can't describe how tiring and busy it was. We taught 32 lessons this week, which tops last week as my best week ever for lessons. We did have a setback, however, with Aiden's baptism. His granny can't make it on the 18th, so we had to push it back to the 25th, but I think that all is set for that date, so we are pressing forward with faith. Aiden's doing great, he's such a good kid.
 The reason I'm e-mailing today is that yesterday was an all-day event with the zone in Aberdeen and we didn't get back until 8PM.
 
I'm so excited about family history work. We've booked an appointment with the family history consultants here in Inverness for next Monday so that I can get on and get cracking with it. I asked president and got permission to do some work on that on Preparation days. I also want to put a word in for indexing. If you're not already doing it, you should be. It's great fun and it is a great work that needs to be done. They are really pushing for it over here and I think church wide. If you go to familysearch.org and click on the Indexing tab, you'll find the info you need on it. Download the program and get started with it, because it's a lot of fun and it's a great way to do some genealogy work.
 Thank you for the info on the MacEwen's. I'll ask the MacDonalds (the one's we Skyped from) about that. They've been helping Elder Reynolds and I with some family history work as well. Sister MacDonald seems to know her stuff. I told them a few names on the Trawick side and I think that we might actually be related, funnily enough (they're originally from England). Haven't got the info from grandma yet. Anyway, other than that, we're just moving along. I hope that all is well at home. Send my best to everyone. I love you loads!
 
Elder Trawick

Monday, June 6, 2011

6/6/11

Mum,
 
Well we just had a really great week. Things seem to be on fire here in Inverness. Well in Invergordon anyway, and we're trying really hard to get Inverness going well too. The kids we're teaching are all progressing well. I taught them in a lesson after church in Invergordon yesterday and brought a lot of the adults in as well. The great thing about it is that I feel that I'm teaching the adults more than I'm teaching the children. They know this stuff, they are stars. But perhaps the adults have forgotten the importance of it a bit. I'm glad to have a chance to teach a proper lesson with them. Well anyway, I taught the Plan of Salvation and it was a great lesson because the kids were basically teaching me. So wonderful to see that, I love to see these little ones so excited for their baptism.
 We taught thirty lessons this week! I've never taught that many in all the time I've been out, so that's fantastic. We are really trying to build up Inverness. They're in a bit of a rut, but hopefully that will change soon. We've been on a bit of a Less-Active campaign and trying to find the lost sheep as President Monson instructed us in Stake Conference last weekend. Did I tell you about that, by the way? That the Stake Conference was broadcast from Salt Lake to all of the UK and Ireland? Anyway, President Monson talked about rescuing our "lost battalions" so that is precisely what we are attempting.
 I looked up a wee bit on Family Search and saw some of my pedigree there. It's just hard to find time to pin down my ancestry. You could send a .paf through an E-Mail to me and I'll be able to read that. Or a hard-copy would be good as well.
Anyway, I love you lots. Keep praying for me!
 
Cheerio,
Elder Trawick

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

6/1/11

Hiya!
 
 Elder Trawick did not move. Elder Reynolds and I had no change this moves which is great! We are really starting to see a lot of success lately. We have Aiden, Holly and Leah scheduled for baptism in Invergordon. Aiden is moving forward great for the 18th. It's going to be a fantastic day, as it also happens to be our year mark that day. So Elder Reynolds and I will be celebrating our year mark with baptising Aiden which is wonderful.
 Glad you were able to get some material to get moving on the buildings. So you're not going to start a house this year? What sort of building are you planning on building other than the storage shed?
 So the trip to Conrad sounds like it was a lot of fun. Did you talk to grandma about how I was asking about family history? I'm still really excited to get the pedigree chart from you.
 So Dan never emailed me so I don't know what his new calling is. You should make sure he emails me about it or you can tell me next week. So how are the things around the house? Hows the Mangy Moose doing? Still pretty busy or no? Is petrol up to $4.00 a gallon over there? I heard from Guy and Casey that it was in Utah. That is absurd. The thing is, though, that petrol here is (at the cheapest place you can get it) £1.64 per litre. That equates to about $8 or $9 a gallon. Insane isn't it?
 Well not much else is new this week. Things are moving along nicely here. I'll hear from you again on Monday.
 
Love you lots!
Elder Trawick