Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

9/27/11

Heya Mum,
 
First of all to answer a few questions. No, none of my District Leader responsibilities really take away from my proselyting time. It says in the District Leader's handbook that a District Leader always carries a full proselyting load, just the same as Zone Leaders and Assistants (for the most part). So no. The only time I'm really away is when I'm out of my area on exchange, but then the other Elder is in my area, so there is no loss there. 
 
To answer your other question, we had a fantastic week this week. We really had a lot of fun yesterday. We got together with three other teams in the zone and had a joint P-day with them. We went bowling and did some other fun things at this place up in Braehead (it was really American which made it a bit surreal). And then after a bit of that, Elder Bowers and I headed back to our area to play a round of golf with a member named John and the Bishop. It was a fun time for all of us. Especially the other three as they laughed at my horrible performance. But I picked up a bit toward the end. I had a really rough start, though. 12 strokes on the first hole (a par 4 I think) but ended up with a consistent 7 strokes on the last three par 4's and 6 on the par 3's, so not too bad. I hadn't played a round of golf for about 3 or more years, so not too shabby. But anyway, we had SO much fun.
 
Funny that you guys would remember how I played Risk. I don't even remember how I played it. It's been quite a while, hasn't it. But oh well. We'll play again when I get back some time. I'm really glad that Dan's job is going well, that is great news. It's great that he has such a steady job in such turbulent times. I hope that he and Dad can hold on to employment and I also hope that I will find employment soon after getting home. I trust that the Lord will work things out for me, though. And my family, for that matter. He already has done to a great extent.
 
 Anyway, not much else is new. Just carrying on here. Moves call is this Sunday. It will actually be occurring during General Conference. So when you are having your Sunday sessions of General Conference, just remember that I'm finding out where I'm going or if I'm staying right then! Ha ha ha... I love you lots!
 
Cheerio,
Elder Trawick

Monday, September 19, 2011

9/19/2011

Hi,
 
my new address is :
 
6 Dormanside Court
Pollok
Glasgow G53 5YX
Scotland
 
 Now that I've got that out of the way...
 
I'm really not being "modest," (about serving as a District Leader), I'm just being realistic. I enjoy the new responsibilities that I have that enable me to get more involved with the District than I could before, but I'm just the same as anyone else. Some of those responsibilities include: Companion Exchanges (I try to exchange as often as possible to promote District unity), Conducting and teaching District meetings, Taking accounting from missionaries and reports on numerical goals and actual statistics, and I get to participate in District Leader Councils which all of the District Leaders and the Zone Leaders of the Zone get together to plan the training curriculum and baptismal goals for each month. That's always a neat meeting. Other than that, it's normal life.
 
Things are great here in Pollok. It's an interesting place. The members of the Ward are great. They have a genuine interest in helping each other which is absolutely vital for a ward to have any kind of growth. 
 
I gave a talk on Sunday. It was about forgiveness and not taking offense. I used the epistles from Moroni to Pahoran (Alma 60-62) as an example. Then I talked a bit about how we need to let our divine nature override out natural tendencies. Anyway, Elder Bowers and I are doing great. We get along well. I've told him (ages ago actually) about Emilio, which is quite funny. No relation at all. Well I hope that you have a great week and have lots of fun. I love you so much!
 
Cheerio,
Elder Trawick

Monday, September 12, 2011

9/12/11

Hey Mummy,
 
 This week went very well. Obviously the highlight would be our meeting on Saturday. But I can't tell you how happy I was when I realised that they had called a meeting for all of the Bishops and Stake Presidencies in all of Scotland and Ireland for a separate meeting as well. The meeting closed just as we arrived, and I was blessed to see all of the unit leaders from all of the areas that I have served. In addition to that all of the missionaries in Scotland were gathered together. It was the sweetest reunion that I've know on my mission. As I spoke with Bishop Coffee (from Clondalkin) and President Nelson (Omagh) and also Bishop Kane (Inverness), all of the memories of those areas came flooding back. It was a wonderful time to speak with all of them. I asked Bishop Coffee about a few people that I was working with whilst I was in Dublin and I heard good news from nearly all of them. 
 
The meeting itself was quite extraordinary. We had the opportunity to individually meet each of the brethren. Elder Clayton presided. He explained that it was quite a treat to have Bishop Burton there because there is only one Presiding Bishop of the church and he's only in one place at one time. He had Elder Causse give a short talk (he talked about love), and Bishop Burton also (he spoke of the phenomenal growth of the church these days) and then he opened up the meeting to a Q&A session. It was a brilliant meeting and I learned some valuable things there that I hope to implement into the remainder of my mission.
 
Anyway, that is the big news this week. We're doing our best here in Pollok. Right now, I'm looking outside and it's hurricane weather out there (from the US actually, a little taste of home :). I hope that you have a great week and I love you so much!
 
Cheerio,
Elder Trawick

Thursday, September 8, 2011

9/7/11

Paisley Zone!(I'm in back, 4th from right)
 
Heya,
 
 Well I hope that Dad is back at work today then. It was Zone Development Meeting again yesterday, so that's why I'm emailing on Tuesday again. Sound like the fair was a lot of fun. Glad you all enjoyed it. I remember the Puyallup fair and how fun that was each year. Those were good times. Anwyay, things are going good here in Pollok. We're building up our teaching pool. I'm actually going to a place called Greenock on an exchange here in a few hours. But other than that, things are going well. 
 
We had a fantastic Stake Conference this weekend with President Griffiths there as well. All of the missionaries in the Paisley Zone/Stake participated in a Stake PEC meeting with President Griffiths and all of the PEC in the Stake. That was a very special meeting and they really focused on getting the members involved with the missionaries and coordinating our efforts. The same message was the focus of Sunday's meeting. This Stake President, President Yates, is very focused on missionary work, so we hope to see Paisley really growing here soon. On Saturday, we have a very special meeting in Edinburgh where we will be hearing from Elders Causse and Clayton (from the first quorum of Seventy) and also Bishop Burton (from the presiding Bishopric). I'm really excited for this meeting, so you'll hear from me how it went next week. 
 
I love you lots and lots!
 
Elder Trawick