Hello Family and Friends! I hope you all are doing well. This week in Dundee, Scotland was absolutely amazing.
Nothing too out of the ordinary happened this week here in the UK. It’s actually quite funny because when I stop someone on the street and they realize I’m from the US, they start asking me what I think about everything going on politically. I then have to admit that I don’t know a thing because I’m a missionary and I only have exposure to the outside world for 2 hours once a week. Haha. Usually, they’re pretty surprised but then walk away mumbling something about crazy Mormon missionaries… I just have to laugh.
Sister Cole and I saw a lot of success this week. Just generally we worked really hard and kicked butt. I am loving it here in Dundee. This coming Sunday is moves call and because of craziness happening in the mission (mostly all the leaders are going home very very soon and there’s lots and lots of new missionaries arriving) I have no idea what is going to happen. Not even a clue.
Anyway, can you believe it’s already the end of May? Another month gone in the year that seems to be disappearing in the blink of an eye.
Hope you all are enjoying life and that school is getting out and summer is starting well!
I hope you are all enjoying spring turning into summer! It’s actually been warm here in Scotland. We had a week of nice enough weather that I didn’t need my coat! People keep joking around here, though, that that’s all the summer we’re gonna get… I sure hope not!
Something that happened this week that was a little different was that the Dundee Stake finally had Stake Conference. It was amazing.
One awesome miracle we saw this week was when we were coming home from a member’s house after a dinner appointment. We needed to be at the bus stop by a certain time because if we missed that bus, the next bus we needed wouldn’t come for another hour. Well, we missed the bus. Haha. So we decided to experiment and try taking a different bus that we didn’t even know where it went. We looked on the map and saw that it would stop in the city center which is what we needed. So we jumped on the bus… going the wrong way. It would still make a loop into the city but it would take forever. Usually we don’t bus hop because of the risk you take with missing the other bus and that it won’t get you back but we decided to anyway this time. So we get off the bus and lo and behold, the bus we need to get back into the city is right there. We get on the bus, another lady gets on the bus and sits in front of us. A couple stops go by and a dog gets on the bus and starts barking and going crazy at this lady in front of us who happens to be scared of dogs. So when the dog moves away, she turns around to us and comments on it. We start talking and she sees our tags and tells us she used to learn from the sisters several years ago but that they fell out of contact and she’s been wondering how to get in touch with the church for a long time now! Anyway, we got her number and set up an appointment. Small miracles come in the strangest way. Like missing a bus.
We visited a pond this week with a recent convert in our ward. It was absolutely beautiful.
I hope you all have an amazing week and that you can recognize the small miracles in life.
I love you all and miss you all! Keep in touch!
And shout out this week to Mike Thompson! Thanks for your letter and I’m sorry I got it so late… our Zone Leaders were holding our mail hostage haha.
This week was a crazy, absolutely buzzing week. We were out of our area for 3 days this week due to the All Scotland Conference and exchanges- not to mention Skyping on Mother’s Day.
Wednesday was the Conference and it was amazing. We had to be at the church in Edinburgh at 7:30am so we had to take the train from Dundee that left at 6:00 in the morning… and we still didn’t get to the church until 8. But that was the earliest train we could take. The Conference was so spiritually uplifting. I loved being there and hearing instruction from our leaders and President and Sister Donaldson. Another great part of it was seeing friends! I got to see lots of missionaries from my first area and get pictures with them. We travelled back to Dundee Wednesday night. We took the train again but because it was so late in the day, there were no empty seats! There were 14 missionaries going back on the train but because there were no seats, we all jammed into the doorway of the train and talked and laughed and generally had a good time for an hour and a half.
Thursday was a normal day but Friday we were supposed to go back down to Edinburgh for our transfer(ly) exchanges with Sister Meilsoe and Sister DeMille. We were going to catch the 6:30pm train down but we found out only when we got to the train station that the train had been cancelled. We then were going to catch the 8:20pm train down to Edinburgh. That also was cancelled. So they asked us to just come down Saturday morning. So we took the train at 10:30am Saturday, had about 6 hours of exchanges, and then took the train back at 6:00pm. We were exhausted but it was such a good day.
Sunday was obviously amazing. Church was great and we got to Skype!!! It was so nice seeing my mom, dad, grandparents, sister, and Camille who snuck in there with my sister in Rexburg. Happy Mother’s Day to you all! I hope you all had a great weekend- especially all the mothers out there.
Shoutout to Terri Hargraves- thanks for your letter!! It made my day.
I hope you all have an absolutely brilliant week. Love you all and miss you all!
This week has been a good week. Nothing of huge interest happened this week. It snowed Wednesday and Thursday which was pretty weird. It was sunny and nice on Friday. The weather here is weird.
The SIM squad was in town this week. They are a new thing that started just this transfer. There are 5 missionaries in the Scotland/Ireland Mission (SIM) who aren’t assigned to an area but they go to an area and stay for about a week and find people for the missionaries there to teach. Then they pass the new investigators off to the teams working the area and leave to go to a different area. That was fun. On Saturday, there were 13 missionaries in one place just talking to people! It was crazy.
But going off of that, the SIM squad (I know it’s a weird name but that’s just what it is) was out one night and a man came up to them and asked them to teach him. So obviously they set up an appointment and asked us to go with them so they could pass him to us. We went but when we got there, he started talking about how he had been baptized about 8 years ago in Inverness -another city in Scotland- but that he hadn’t been active for years. He married a non-member and now has 3 children. We have started visiting them but haven’t really been able to teach them yet. But he came to church on Sunday. That was amazing.
That’s about the highlights of this week. On Wednesday, though, we have an all-Scotland conference. So all the missionaries in all of Scotland will go to Edinburgh for a big conference all day on Wednesday. It’ll be fun! I’m excited to see everyone.
Anyway, I hope you all have a great Mother’s Day this Sunday! I love you all. I love my Savior. That is why I am halfway across the world preaching His gospel. I know He lives and that He loves us.