Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

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


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


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