Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hey Mum,

 Yeah I think this might be the last one. It's a little scary thinking about that, but I'm really trying not to. This week has been really fantastic. I've enjoyed serving these people so much. I really feel so much a part of this ward now and will be terribly saddened to leave it. I hope that I'm not too caught away in the emotion of it all, but as for right now, I feel very much detached from it. It's just not real to me yet, though I suspect it will be soon enough. But for now I'll just keep my head down and work, as Dad would say. Speaking of which, my talk on Sunday featured him quite a bit. It was on Obedience. I spoke of the "why" of obedience, as opposed to the "what". I talked about the purpose of the commandments and I shared some experiences I had whilst working with Dad. My memory is a bit fuzzy about the details of those events, but the story suited the purpose of analogy quite well anyway. Anyway, that also felt odd knowing that it was my last talk.
 Other than that, it's just another normal week. Next week will be too. I'll be saying goodbye's, but working still the same. Thanks for your advice and Dad's attachment. I'll be joining the alumni soon, I suppose. We can talk more about it then. I love you so much!

See you soon,
Elder Trawick

Monday, May 21, 2012

Heya Mum,

Glad to know that everyone is having a good time. Summer time is here. The last two days here have been absolutely lovely with beautiful sun and clear skies. This week will probably be all the summer that this country gets, or so the saying goes. Anyway, it's beautiful and I'm really loving life here. I've been asked to speak this Sunday as well, so I guess I better get back into the swing of things then. 
 Trying really hard not to think about home, but I was talking with Elder Reynolds the other day and we were sharing with each other how it felt. It is a very different feeling than anything that I have experienced. I'm not as excited as I was a couple of weeks ago. The only word I can find to describe it is that I am feeling a bit claustrophobic. I feel like the walls are closing in on me and it feels weird. Anyway, I'm trying not to think about it. I've got to get my head down and work hard these next few weeks.
 Got most of the gifts all sorted out. Only a few more things to get and that's me sorted. Things are really going well here. I just love these people so much. I really feel a part of the ward here. I get on really well with a lot of the members. They asked me to sing in the choir on Sunday, so I joined them for practice and then joined them about an hour later for singing in Sacrament meeting. It was a lot of fun. Anyway, I'm really going to miss this place and especially these people. They really are wonderful.
 Well, not much else to say. I hope that you have a great week and I'll talk to you next week. Love you so much!

Elder Trawick

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hey Mum,

 Thanks for the pics. None for you this week, though. I'll get one of Elder Remund for next week. I told Dad a bit of what happened on Thursday. I was to stay at the mission home nearly all day on Thursday to wait for Elder Remund to show up. When I got there, I asked President Griffiths if I could accompany them up to Pratt's Hill, as I had nothing better to do really. He agreed and I joined them. It was a fantastic time remembering how it was when I first got here. I'll be going up again in four weeks to end my mission there. I had some introspection and did a lot of accounting to the Lord. I felt so happy about the person that I have become in the last two years. I don't place too much importance on the work that I have done. I value it personally, but it is infinitesimal in comparison with the work that the Lord has done within me.
 
 So yeah, I'm trying to run as much as I can. It's not much in the morning, but it gets my pulse going. I'm really disgusted with how much weight I've gained. I need to get rid of it. I think everyone that can walk reasonably well can run. You just have to take small steps. If you want to, you could try walking for about 20m and after 10m you run for just 1m then walk the rest. Then after a couple of those, you get it up to 2m. Then you just keep going until you can run the whole time and then improve the time. I feel confidant that you can do it. 
 
So I'm not alone on the plane. The last one I probably will be, but the first two I'll be flying with Elder Mecham. I've spent a lot of my mission around him, so we'll have an enjoyable time. I'm going to be trying to sleep as well on the plane. I think I'm going to bring some antihistamines with me to help me sleep. It was killer last time. Of course I'll talk to people as well, if they're interested in conversation. Nine hours is a long time, though. I got all of my itinerary yesterday as well. Total travel time is about 16 1/2 hours. Good job, I'm pretty used to long travel by now anyway. I took a three hour bus to Edinburgh on Monday morning. Had to get up at 4:30 in the morning to get it as well, by the way, but anyway...
 Well that's pretty much it. If I have anything to tell you regarding Skype, I'll send you something when I'm on again on Friday, but things look pretty solid, so I think we're OK. Love you lots!

SEE you on Sunday,
Elder Trawick

Monday, April 30, 2012


Heya Mum,

 I'm much better now. I wasn't feeling too great on Monday, but since then I've been 100%. Never had to go to the GP.  I'm back into running in the morning. It feels great now that I'm doing that again. I try, if I am able, to run every morning Mon-Sat. It just makes you feel good the whole day long when you've run.
 Thanks for all the pics, they were great! I showed some of them to Elder Johnson. He's moving to Bray, near Dublin, on Thursday, and I'll be getting one Elder Remund. I don't know hardly anything about him, but of what I do know, I've heard good things. I think we'll get on just fine.
Glad that you got that email from Nita. She's a wonderful lady. One of the stalwarts in the ward. Also, on Sunday, Bishop got up before sacrament and announced that there were well in excess of 100 people attending and that he was very pleased with that and all the efforts of the members to reach out to others. It's a fantastic ward I'm in. Full of brilliant people. I'll really miss it.
 As for Skype, we've got a place to do it at. It will all be worked out soon. I just need the name you're using so that I can add you once I'm there.
 Other than that, I think it's all normal. I hope that you have a great week, I know that I will. Love you lots!

Elder Trawick

Monday, April 23, 2012

The river that passes through the "toon"
 
Hey Mum,

 Yeah, interesting week. It's been kinda dull, to be honest. I've been inside the flat for the most part of it. I have been ill since last Friday. It was mild on Friday and Saturday, but pretty much gone by Sunday until Tuesday evening. Tuesday evening I had a fever and chills (I was in Livingston at the time) then again on Wednesday during the arduous  travel back to Dumfries which took about 5 hours or so. Anyway, I talked to Sister Griffiths about it and she mentioned that it might be a bacterial infection and that I should look into seeing a GP about it. So I might have to get one here. We'll see what happens. I feel a lot better today, but the cough isn't gone and I'm still very easily fatigued.
 
On another note, Mother's Day is coming up and I haven't yet found a venue to use for Skype. I'll keep looking. Not as many younger members nearby (I miss the Grawrocks). Anyway, no need to fear, I'll get it sorted.
 The kilt is finished and it looks great and fits well. So does the suit, by the way, which I wore for the first time yesterday. It wears like a dream. I told Elder Johnson that I get very excited about such mundane things. But a nice suit just.... ahhh.... Not sure what it is, but I love it. It will last a long time, I think. I'm not going to wear it very much more until I get home. 
 
That's just about it. I'll keep chugging along. I think you only get another five or six of these emails left. People often ask me if I dwell a lot on home. To be honest, I don't think I do that much. It obviously comes into my thoughts often, but I do not obsess with it. I do like to wind Elder Johnson up by telling him that I've only got about seven weeks left and he's got another 11 1/2 (which is probably quite mean, but oh well:). That's about it, though. I truly love it here and will probably miss this place quite a bit. There's a peace and tranquillity in the air here, it's quite interesting. Anyway, I love you very much. Hope you know that ;) Have a great week!

Elder Trawick
Robbie Burns

Thought you'd like this: The Doonhamer Bistro, ha ha ha...

Our flat (yes that little green door)
Lovely trees that bloom for like two weeks and then are dead the rest of the year. It's blooming time
Bridge (no idea what it's called)
Part of the town
A nice pub
 

Monday, April 2, 2012

4/2/12

Heya Mum,

 Had a great week this week. Fairly normal as weeks go, but certainly enhanced by General Conference. I really enjoyed the whole thing. You see, it's quite a tiring event for us. The way they do it here is on Saturday, they broadcast the first session of Saturday at 5PM-7PM, then that is all for the night. We come back in the morning for Priesthood session at 10AM-12AM, then the second Saturday session at 1PM-3PM and Sunday sessions at 5PM-7PM and 9PM-11PM. So Sunday is a long day indeed. We set up on Sunday so we were there at 9AM. We finally left at about 8PM after putting everything away. I really enjoyed all of conference as I was able to feel the Spirit especially strong throughout the sessions, but it was quite tiring.
Here in Dumfries we have few to teach at this time. Elder Johnson has been here for three months prior to my arrival. Yes, I am still a District Leader. The kilt that I got was quite a catch. It's in great condition. The tartan is generic, but it works just fine. To get a kilt new here can cost from £100-£500 depending on amount of material and type of material. Mine is on the lower end, but I got it from a guy that manages a charity shop here in town. He was in one day whilst I was looking for tartan ties and asked if I'd be interested in a kilt. It was his and he had just outgrown it, so he sold it to me through the charity at £10. Not a bad deal at all. So I'm happy with that. It's nothing too special, but it's a kilt nonetheless. Later on when I've got the funds, perhaps I'll purchase a proper one. This will do for now.
Interesting to hear about our ancestor in Newcastle. That's a nice piece of history. I must get stuck into your side of the family line when I get back. I'm itching to do some work for both.
 So it's nice that Dan and Sandra got to go to their mission reunion, but it's too bad they didn't get to visit with Guy and Casey. Casey did say that they were super busy lately. I hope that they're getting time to rest, because it sounds very hectic.
Anyway, that's about it. As for my address, just send anything to the mission home address. They'll forward it to me or hold it for me. That way, I'll get everything before I go home and won't miss anything.
 No pictures this time, but I should have some for next time. I love you lots and hope that you have a great week!

Elder Trawick

3/27/12

The awesome tartan bow tie (obviously not the right shirt or suit for it)

Heya Mum,

 Had a great week this week. Dumfries is a lovely place to be, honestly. It's also been nothing but sunshine since I arrived. I'm serving now with Elder Johnson from Texas. He's been out on his mission for just under a year. So yeah, I really like Dumfries, I think it will be a good final resting place. At church on Sunday we had 105 members attending. It was such a huge change from my normal 30-40 at church. Haven't seen masses of people like this since Dublin.
 
 What I meant by banishment was that I'm far away from everyone else. It's not necessarily a bad thing, just means that I'm out in the middle of nowhere. I called President this morning about the prospects of getting a car here and he told me that one was on the way, but that he has no idea when it will be available. He made it sound like it would be this transfer though. Anyway, it sounds like I might yet get a car again before I go home, which would make me very happy. In any case, car or not, I know I'll enjoy my last few weeks here. Sad to hear about Elders getting hit by cars. I'm careful about it, don't worry. 
 
I mentioned to a member back in Pollok about you wanting a table cloth. She told me that she would find one and send it to me. I told her not to worry about it, but she insisted. She's a truly wonderful person. Anyway, she's got that sorted.
 
You're in luck again. I've got my camera out and I've taken some pictures. I've been looking round the local charity shops for good finds to bring home. I found a tartan bow tie the other day and also I've finally got my kilt. It's nothing too special, but it was only £10, so can't complain. I've got a picture of it.
The Kilt (missing a lot of pieces, but I'll get them)
Anyway, I love you and hope that you have a great week!

Elder Trawick

Monday, March 26, 2012

3/19/12

Elder Ihalmo and Mfundo

Hey Mum,

 Well Mfundo's baptism happened yesterday and it went well. Although I might have to qualify that because there were a few hangups. The baptism was meant to start at 1:15, just after church, but the font was having problems filling. So that took us a while to sort out. (I had asked the ward mission leader, who was in charge of filling the font, that it would be best to start filling it about two hours early, that way if there was any troubleshooting necessary that you would have time to do it, but he didn't heed that counsel.) So we finally started the baptismal service at almost 2:00 and then when they went into the water it was very low for a tall guy like Mfundo, so it took them three times and they barely got it. In the end all went well and Mfundo said he really enjoyed it. He said that he felt much better after it, much cleaner. He's really a star. It's such a wonderful thing to see someone making that initiatory covenant with Father. I know that my part in it was very small, he is a brilliant young lad who is very keen. But it's a wonderful thing to see. Also, it was Elder Ihalmo's first baptism that he preformed. So it was a great experience all around.
 
Majola Family:(L-R) Mfundo, Brian, Luna, and Charity
So yeah, I'm coming home on the 6th of June. Should be flying that day. Since I will be flying "backwards in time" so to speak, It should still be the 6th when I arrive. I don't have my itinerary yet, so we'll see. I should be getting my "trunky papers" beginning this next moves, so in a few weeks. I'm not really sure what that entails, as I've never seen them before. Anyway, should be the sixth.
 Oh by the way, ha ha ha... I'm leaving Pollok and going to a place called Dumfries. It's out in the middle of nowhere (I'm used to that by now because of Omagh and Inverness). But it looks like it will be a good final resting place. I don't think I'll be moved again, but you never really know, do you. Anyway, I should be leaving on Wednesday.
 
It should be much easier for me to get rare things in my new area as it will be a more rural area with lots of collector things. The charity shops are usually full of fun finds like the ones in Inverness and Invergordon. Anyway, we'll see what they've got when I get there. Oh and I'll look for a spoon in Dumfries. It shouldn't be hard to find.
 
Well that's about it. I've got some pictures for you this time and I'm sure you're overjoyed. I'll try to send as many as I can. I'm not in any of the photos for the baptism, which I realised after we took pictures, but oh well. It's still got Mfundo and Elder Ihalmo in white. That's the important part. Anyway, have a great week!

Love ya!
Elder Trawick
Elder Ihalmo 
The district
Outside my flat from the window
And again
The living room
Baptism wall
Bedroom
Kitchen
Toilet
The back garden(ish)
In my freezer
Inside my refrigerator
 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

2/20/12

Hey Mum,

 Had another good week this week. Hard to believe yet another one has gone. I'm not keeping track of weeks, but I know that it's less than 3 1/2 months now, which is difficult to comprehend. I can understand it, but I'm not really sure if the gravity of it sinks in. Oh well, I just hope that our investigators will be baptised soon. They came to church yesterday, along with another investigator, and really enjoyed it. I'm so glad they came. We had a very gracious member who offered a lift to them. They truly have a desire to be baptised, which can be a unique attribute (trust me).
 I did have a great birthday. Nothing too special, which is what I wanted. Just another day, really. I'm really glad to hear that Tyler still even remembers me. I hope to be able to get in contact with him again back home. I also will need to contact a few other long lost friends of mine.
 
Sorry to hear about your accident. It sounded to me like immediately after the incident you might have gone into a bit of shock. I would say that if it continues to bother you, you really need to see the GP about it. If it's misaligned and it doesn't heal right, it'll be a bigger problem down the line anyway. 
 
I really hope that Daniel has a great birthday! I hope that Sandra did as well. I'll be sending him an email today as well. Anyway, that should be about it. I love you lots and hope that you have a great week.

Elder Trawick

Love ya! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

2/6/12

Hey there,

OK, so first and foremost: the news. I haven't been transferred. Elder Ihalmo and I will remain here in Pollok for this next transfer. This will be the first three-transfer companionship for both of us, but we're both very positive about it. Especially when this last week has seen a breakthrough with success. After about three months or so of drought, we found five new people to teach last week, three of whom are scheduled for baptism now for the month of March. We will see another two today whom we plan to invite as well. It's been a real blessing in what would otherwise have been a very dismal start to this next transfer, so we're very grateful for it. Now with only four months left, things seem to be looking up a bit and I'm looking forward to being blessed with at least one more baptism. I've really been blessed by the Lord for the people whom I've been able to see baptised. It's been a wonderful mission thus far.
 Well I'm sorry to hear about grandma Varia. I hope that things go well, whatever the outcome.
So now I'm in the process of transcribing the blessing for Joshua Fairchild Jr. It's very intriguing. One part says, in effect, "thou hast suffered through many trials, even as it were the loss of all things." Another part speaks of some sort of illness or debilitating disease and then the patriarch rebukes the disease. It's very much interesting and informative. On the subject of temples as well, I would much like to become a temple worker when I return as well. It's something I'm looking forward to very much.
Tell Rebekah that I thought her drawing was excellent. It truly is a great job. She should keep working with that talent that she has and perhaps it will develop into something that will be very useful in the future.

Well, that's about it. I'll be emailing again on Wednesday, so I hope to hear from you before then. 
I love you lots!

Elder Trawick