Easter is the most sacred occasion we celebrate all year. It’s a hard toss-up between Easter and Christmas but after consideration, Easter won the prize for “best thing that ever happened.” Yes, Christmas was Christ’s birth. But Easter is celebrating the completion of the mission that Christ was born to accomplish.
So this week has been kind of insane. So hopefully you’ve heard about my emergency move to Dunfermline. I moved there and got unpacked and settled in Monday night. On Tuesday, because Sister Pennock is an STL and visits with all the sisters in the area, we went on exchanges with the sisters in the Bingham ward in Dundee. On Wednesday, when we were supposed to be heading back to Dunfermline, we got a call from President resulting in an emergency exchange with the sisters in the Liff ward in Dundee because they weren’t getting along and needed to be separated. So Sister Pennock took Sister Petch back to Dunfermline and I stayed with Sister King in Dundee. We were supposed to be on exchange until Friday. But on Friday, President called and said that this “exchange” would be permanent. So I had to repack my bags and move to Dundee and reunpack my bags. So I was physically in Dunfermline for less than 24 hours. And I was already moved. It’s a rare thing to have more than one e-move in a transfer anywhere in the mission. Let alone have 2 e-moves moving the same person!
But anyway, Dundee is great. The Liff ward is awesome. Yesterday for Easter Sunday, they showed the full two and half hours of Handel’s The Messiah at the church building going from 6:00 to 8:30pm. Sister King and I went and it was amazing. Sure, it was a really long time to sit and listen to music and watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing but it was so uplifting.
A woman I’ve already taught 4 times actually (even though I’ve only been in the area 5 days) is getting baptized this Thursday. She is amazing. She decided to quit smoking and didn’t pick up a cigarette after that moment. Her name is Shirley and she has a 3 month old daughter Kenzi and I already love them.
I apologize for no pictures this week, but it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. Haha.
I know that my Savior lives. I know that He died for my sins and my pains and my sadness but that He was Resurrected the third day and that He lives again. I know that the Lord has a plan for me. Even though I may not know what that is, I know I can trust Him because He will lead me to where He wants me to be.
Hello family and friends! I hope you all had a good week! I had a good week and yet it was a really really crazy week.
Our trio has been split up quite a bit this last week. Sister Hinck, who was moved to Dunfermline, was diagnosed with diabetes so she left for home this morning. But she’s been hanging around Edinburgh for the last week while she was having doctor’s appointments and things so Sister Hoferl, a member of our trio, was Sister Pennock’s temporary companion down in Dunfermline until things were figured out with Sister Hinck. And now that Sister Hinck is gone, Sister Pennock needs a permanent companion to be with her in Dunfermline. And that permanent companion is me. So I was told Saturday night that I would be moving to Dunfermline. Today is my first day here. It’s called an e-move because it’s an emergency move. A move in the middle of the transfer. So that’s crazy.
But we had exchanges with Sister DeMille and Sister Paxman in Alloa on Wednesday and then we had Edinburgh Zone Interview Training on Thursday. And because Sister Pennock is an STL (Sister Training Leader) I get to go the the Aberdeen Zone Interview Training and the Dundee Zone Interview Training this week.
This Saturday and Sunday was the Edinburgh Stake Conference so that was different and really great too. Life is good.
I am really sad to leave Edinburgh but I know that the Lord has a plan for everyone. My plan right now is not in Edinburgh- it is in Dunfermline. So I will willingly go and I will do my best to work hard.
I hope you all are doing well. I am doing great. Despite my concerns about being in a trio, I am LOVING it. But my companions are great and we are having the time of our lives and are seeing many blessings coming from our work.
Missionary work is hard. It’s weird. It’s unnatural to stop someone on the street and talk to them about their beliefs. It’s not normal to be within sight and sound of the same person/people every second of every day. It’s difficult. But having the right companion(s) makes all the difference. It makes it fun and bearable instead difficult and stressful.
We had a good week together. We taught some lessons and visited some elderly ladies and did the usual. Not much to report for anything out of the ordinary. Except what happened last night. Everything was great. We were getting ready for bed and I go to reach for my journal and directly beside my journal is one of the biggest spiders I’ve ever seen in my life. Needless to say, I start freaking out and jumping around so Sister Buttars and Sister Hoferl come in and we all start freaking out and jumping around. While I watched the spider to make sure it didn’t move, they ran and got the vacuum and sucked it up. So that was our drama for the week. That has been the first and only spider I have ever seen while being in Scotland and it just so happened to be a huge, gigantic, nasty spider that scared me half to death.
I hope you all are having great weeks and enjoying yourselves. I love you all!
This week has been a really good week. It’s been kinda crazy… but it’s been good. Sister Hinck left on Wednesday morning and I got my new companions Sister Buttars and Sister Hoferl that day. Sister Buttars is from Utah and Sister Hoferl is from Austria. They are both so fun! I am actually really enjoying being in a trio with them. Most people (if not all) think that being in a trio is hard and it really is because it’s exhausting… especially if you don’t get along with one or both of your companions. But we all get along great and we have just been having a great time!
We have spent a couple days cleaning the flat and actually making it okay for three missionaries to live there. Usually flats only have 2 beds, 2 desks, 4 chairs (2 for study and 2 for the kitchen), 2 closets, and 2 dressers. So to fit 3 missionaries in, we had to get an extra of everything. So it’s been fun to try to throw away clutter that has been building up in the flat and move things around and just in general, do things efficiently haha.
There was a musical fireside at the mission home last night that I got to be a part of. I was sick and couldn’t sing when they started practicing so I got out of doing any solos… but I did have to give a talk and sing “I am a Child of God” with a group. It was really great. The spirit was so strong. The mission home is a special place. Everything that happens there always has such a strong and special spirit.
So this week was really good. I hope all your weeks are great as well.
So I hope you all had great weeks because I had an absolutely amazing week. There are several really awesome things that happened that made it an amazing week.
One is that it was sunny ALL week!!! There wasn’t one rainy day last week and there were barely any clouds in the sky and it was so warm I almost felt like I didn’t have to wear a scarf, hat, and gloves! It was amazing. It’s crazy how much the sun and the weather really do affect your mood. I hadn’t realized it until last week when I saw the sun how much happier it made me. I miss the sun! But spring is right around the corner so hopefully we’ll continue to see more of it the next several weeks.
Another thing that was AMAZING was that Kathryn was baptized! Her baptismal service was amazing. The baptismal font is in the primary room so we usually just do the service in there but there were so many people who came for it that we had to move to the Relief Society, which was also too small, so we had to move to the chapel! It was awesome. Four members of her family came and she invited her roommates to come and it was great. My face hurt from smiling so much.
Something related to the baptism that is also GREAT was that Paul came to the baptismal service!! Paul is a funny guy. He didn’t come to support Kathryn in getting baptized but he came because it was “our” baptism. He wouldn’t have come if it wasn’t the person we taught being baptized. Paul and Kirsten are so sweet though. They bought me and Sister and Hinck earrings as a birthday present for Sister Hinck (her birthday was the 22nd) and as a “it’s not your birthday but we didn’t want you to feel left out” gift for me. Haha.
Moves call is another CRAZY thing that happened this week. More like yesterday. So this week there will be some changes in Edinburgh. Awesomely enough, I am staying in Edinburgh! Which is great because I love it here. But sadly, Sister Hinck, my trainer and first official companion, will be leaving. The twist in it is that I will be getting TWO new companions! So I will now be a part of a trio. That’ll be crazy but I can see it being so much fun as well! And I am officially not a trainee anymore. Which is awesome.
Anyway, that’s about it for my week. I hope you all have a wonderful first week of March!