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