Hello Family and Friends! I hope you are enjoying or have enjoyed your last few days/weeks of summer vacation! I know the schools in Scotland have started up again. I have a slight correction to make from last week- I am in the Alloa ward, however, I am living in and serving in Stirling, Scotland.
My last pday in Dundee was awesome. We had pizza and played pingpong with Elder Carmichael, Elder Ward, and Elder Cropper and I got to say goodbye to everybody. I miss Dundee and everyone there so much but I’m already beginning to love Stirling! On Tuesday, I traveled to my new area and stopped in Edinburgh for a couple hours on the way. That was super fun because technically I wasn’t supposed to go to the new trainers meeting but because I was stuck there, I got to go and see some friends.
After the trainers meeting, Sister Anjain arrived in Edinburgh so we traveled by train together to Stirling. It’s a really good thing that she only had one bag and I only had 2 because we had to carry our suitcases all the way from the train station to our flat. Which is about a mile and half away. But it was good because now everything we do in Stirling will not be nearly as hard as dragging our suitcases for a mile and a half in the “intense” Scottish heat. Lol.
We also found out that we had no hot water for the first few days we were in the flat. So cold showers were absolutely terrible but it gave me a new respect for people who are baptised in rivers in the winter. haha.
Stirling really is a great area and the Alloa ward is amazing. We went to the Bishop’s house for dinner yesterday with all the YSA in the ward and it was a lot of fun. It’s kinda crazy too because there are 2 sets of sisters in the Alloa ward! Sister Pinkston and Sister Zimmerman are in Alloa and Sister Anjain and I are in Stirling but we both attend the Alloa ward. So everyone was super excited about that.
But anyway, it’s been a great week! We have already found and are teaching some really awesome people. I am so excited to see all that we can do in the Stirling area.
Love you all and hope you’re all having a great time!
This week has just been great! Sister Six and I were trying to get everything in that we possibly could because everyone has been convinced that I am leaving Dundee. I’m glad we did, too, because last night’s moves call confirmed that. After 5 months of living in the sunniest city in Scotland, I am moving to Alloa to finish training Sister Anjain. Neither of us have lived in the area before although I have been to Alloa a few times on exchanges so I feel like I have a little bit of an advantage but it will still be fun getting lost. I leave Dundee tomorrow morning. Alloa is pronounced A-low-ah by the way… haha.
Something fun we did this week was Sister Six and I went on splits with Rheanne and Tiffany, two recent converts in Dundee. I was with Rheanne all day and Sister Six got Tiffany. We all had so much fun and they were able to get a little taste of missionary life.
Another fun thing was manok. Pronounced like manic, manok stands for Moves Anticipation Night of Kebabs. Usually every Saturday night before Sunday moves calls, all the missionaries in an area get together and buy kebabs and make predictions on where everyone is going and what they’re going to do. We had a really busy day on Saturday and almost weren’t able to make it but we did. It’s always so fun to be around other missionaries.
Anyway, I love you all! I’m so glad to hear that you’re all doing well. I am just having the time of my life here in Scotland. I absolutely love it here and I absolutely love my mission. I’m sad to leave Dundee but I know I’ll love Alloa!
Hope you are all doing well! It is winding down to the end of summer here in Scotland which is really sad… I didn’t even tan. Haha.
But anyway, this week was a FANTASTIC week. We had an All-Scotland Conference this Thursday in Edinburgh. Elder Herbertson of the Seventy came and visited the mission and it was such a spiritually uplifting event. At the Conference, I got to see lots of missionaries I’ve served around before and it was so fun to catch up!
Also, Meng finally came back this week! Meng is a Chinese investigator who has been meeting with us since I came to Dundee which has been about 4 and a half months now. He’s been on holiday for the last 6 weeks just touring around Europe so it’s been really sad not seeing him but he finally came back and we’ve starting teaching him again. It’s amazing how much he knows about the church.
Last night there was a fireside at the mission home in Edinburgh so I got to be in Edinburgh twice this last week! I love being at the mission home. Especially because Edinburgh was the first area on my mission so I was at the mission home almost every single day for the first 3 months of my mission. The fireside was amazing though. Rheanne and Meng both came. The elders from our ward, Elder Williams and Elder Charlesworth, came as well with Victor, the Ukrainian recent convert who loves Brazil. Haha. We were able to all ride down in the same van so it was lots of fun.
Transfers is this week on Sunday and everyone is expecting me to leave Dundee. Haha. We’ll see what happens. Transfers are never normal with me so maybe I will have a normal moves call and go somewhere normal. Haha.
But anyway, love you all and enjoy the rest of summer in the states for me!
Sister Michayla Hassing
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I hope you all are enjoying summer! I definitely am in beautiful Scotland! Last Monday for p-day, we got a couple of the YSA and investigators together and we went on a picnic to Broughty Ferry castle. It was so great. The castle is right on the beach so we sat on the grass and had a barbecue and then played in the sand. As missionaries, we can’t go swimming so we didn’t do that. Not that we’d want to because even though it’s August now, the water is still freezing. But it was so much fun!
The week overall wasn’t super eventful but Rheanne’s baptism was on Saturday and that was amazing! Lots of ward members were able to come and participate. There was another lady being baptized the same service as Rheanne and she was taught by the elders in our ward so all the members were super excited that there was a double baptism. It was a beautiful service and Rheanne’s aunt and mom came and watched.
The baptism was amazing but the confirmation on Sunday at church was just as great. When Rheanne came back to sit down next to us, her face was just glowing. It really helped remind me that what I am doing is helping to bring others to Christ and is helping them on their way back to their Father in Heaven which brings everlasting joy and eternal happiness. It has been amazing to see so many people learn of Jesus Christ and accept Him and promise to follow Him.
My mission has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I love it so much. I can’t believe that my 8 month mark is already tomorrow!
Anyway, love you all and hope you’re all having an amazing summer!
Hello Family and Friends!! Hope you are all doing well. We’ve had some sun up in Scotland this past week and it’s been great!
Anyway, I’ve had an amazing week. On Tuesday, Sister Six and I were in Edinburgh on exchanges with Sister Paxman and Sister Muller. It’s so fun being able to go back to an old area every time we go to Edinburgh. 4 months ago, that was my stomping grounds so it’s always really exciting to go back and see lots of people.
Wednesday night, our Ward Mission Leader (who is absolutely amazing) invited us and the elders and all of our investigators over for a little Family-Home-Evening-not-on-Monday/Devotional type thing. Sister Six and I gave the lesson about building our foundations on Christ. Everyone participated and had a great time and afterwards we had icecream and brownies and candy.
Saturday we had a funny experience with one of our Chinese investigators named Max. To teach him, we have to bring another Chinese investigator(Ian) who has been learning for a while so Ian can translate what we are saying to Max. We had just taught Max with Ian and we were walking back over to the city square to talk to Elder Cropper and Elder Ward when Elder Cropper got a phone call from a Chinese person who he couldn’t understand but apparently they’d met on the street about a week ago. Elder Cropper asked Ian to talk to the guy on the phone so he could speak in Chinese. The guy on the other side of the phone started talking about how he’d just met with missionaries and a guy named Ian but that he would be willing to meet with them. So it was Max on the other end of the phone speaking to Ian on another missionary’s phone with Ian trying to convince him to meet with the elders. It was hilarious but once we figured out it was Max, obviously Ian tried to convince him not to meet with the elders but to continue meeting with us. Haha.
I hope you all are having an amazing summer and you’re all keeping busy with doing lots of fun things.