Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Sunday, October 23, 2011

10/17/11

Hey mum,
 
 OK, it's back to the questions, is it? I'll answer them then. I'm doing great; had another great week. 
 
Do you have any new people to tell about?
 
We're teaching a member's daughter, not sure if I mentioned it before, and helping her to stop smoking. She's a little interested in church as well, so we'll try to see where that goes. 
 
Are your exchanges working out for you?
 
 Exchanges are going just fine. I've been on one already, as you know, and will be going to Greenock tomorrow. They have a baptismal candidate that I need to interview. She's eight years old as well. So that should be fun. Elder Moore has a bad foot problem (it might be broken) so he's staying off his foot just now. So that changes exchanges just a little bit, but I'll still do four if I can make it happen. 
 
Tell a little about your current wards/branches. Are the congregations pretty good sized? Do you have mission leaders in each one? Are the members good at fellowshipping?
 
Well we just cover the Pollok ward here. Greenock has a branch out there. For Greenock, average church attendance is roughly 25-30. Ours has been around 40, but this week was closer to 56, which was amazing. Greenock has a branch mission leader, I think, and we just had a new ward mission leader called. His name is Joseph and he's 18. So we're helping him prepare for a mission and he's helping us and the ward coordinate the missionary work here in Pollok. He's a great kid. His dad was on the mission presidency for five years a few years back when Joseph Fielding McConkie was mission president here. Anyway, yeah the members should be good at fellowshipping once we get some investigators there. But they're bringing Less-actives back left and right, and the Less-actives are bringing other Less-actives. Things are going great here. 
 
Do you have a car? How many miles are you from the mission home? The closest you've ever been (living anyway).
 
I do not have a car, sadly. You can visit so many more people in a day with a car. Oh well... I'm not sure how far we are away from Spylaw road. I know that it's about 2 hours of travel taking two trains and a transit van lift from the train station to the mission home. I'll be going there in November for a District and Zone Leader council, so that should be interesting. And, yeah, this is the closest that I've been to the mission home. 
 
What is your flat like compared to the others you've had? Is it in a good neighborhood?
 
 Our flat is alright. I'll say its a step above the Omagh flat, so that puts it at second to last. But I'm alright with it. 
 
Do they celebrate anything like Halloween over there?
 
Yeah, they celebrate Halloween here, but it's not QUITE as big as it is in the US. It's big in Dublin, though. It was insane as well. They light bonfires everywhere (I mean everywhere, like every 50 yards or so) and people run around and mess about. There are fireworks going off all night as well. In fact, around this time last year I got an M-80 thrown at me twice. One nearly blew off Elder Parker's foot while I was on exchange with him in Clondalkin. Ha ha ha... Good times... Anyway, it's not nearly as bad here. I'm looking forward to it.
 
Are you still cooking?
 
I'm going to start cooking a little but. But most of the time I can't be bothered and my wallet just won't cut it. But Elder Hawkes has tasted of my cooking before and is anxious that we start cooking again. We've decided to eat a lot healthier and we've been running every morning. So I'm trying to lose a bit of weight before I head home. I went and bought (hopefully) the last suit. One that I plan on taking home with me. It was on a good sale as well, only £69 (that's a really good price here). I wore it Sunday. I only plan on wearing it on Sundays and Meetings. That way it will last. I also bought some bonding agent at a hardware shop the other day for like £3 or something and have fixed my knackered (worn out/exhausted) shoes. I just need to go over the line with a bit of sharpie and shoe polish to make it black again, but they're all mended now :). Wish I would have done that sooner. I've had wet feet for a while. Well, I take that back. I've got another pair that will keep all the rain in the world out (they're tanks), but I only wear them if it's really bad. They're just not as comfortable. Anyway, now these are waterproof and they are very comfy, so I'm happy. Well that's a lot of useless information. I hope that you have a great week, mum. I love you lots and lots. Won't be too long and we'll be talking again (Christmas is coming).
 
Cheerio!
Elder Trawick

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