It is SO GREAT to hear from you all! This week has been very hard, but very rewarding! We're hoping to make big progress with the Romaninan family we're teaching, the Anghels. Mihai the elder just needs to stop smoking and drinking (which I hope will come quickly because Mihai has great faith, and he only smokes in small moderation, and he only believes that alcohol is to relieve pain for when you are sick. Joseph Smith story time! =) ), and get married to his very long time partner, Florica. Mihai the younger is ready to be baptized, but wants to be baptized with his wife, Zorinca, who needs to learn and grow just a little bit more, and get married too! Sorin smokes and drinks a little bit, but we hope to help him stop too!...and get married to Pupa. We joke about the Romanians having a big fat Romanian wedding! XD Their only beef with getting married is that they don't have the money, and accepting money or help with preparing for the wedding is considered, in Romanian culture, to be an embarrassment. So we have faith that the Lord will either soften the heart of Mihai, or provide a way with which they can be married! I am glad that the Lord is on our side, though. :)
Stewart and Teresa, a less-active member and "investigator", respectively, just need to get married and then Teresa is ready to be baptized! I say Teresa is an "investigator" because she has had many lessons from the missionaries, and is practically an active member of the ward! She just needs baptism. I hope they get married soon too! :) We have a few other investigators we are starting with this week, a man named Steven who we work with in a Salvation Army charity shop, he asked us to pray for him, and we taught him that he could pray for himself anytime, anywhere, and we invited him to let us teach him more. And he accepted! So that's later today!
Bishop Black is amazing, he helps a lot with the ward and with the work! Members are always volunteering every week to joint teach (we teach an investigator/less active with a member present) and they are such a blessing and help to the work! Bro Cattell (who loves to be called by his first name, Fraser) is our ward mission leader, and always is a big help in organizing the work and joint teaching! We love him. He's very funny too. When he reads scriptures, he emphasizes certain points and it's nothing short of hilarious. Imagine reading something slowly in an exasperated, and impatient way. Now imagine that emphasis but without the exasperation and impatience. For example: "And it CAME to pass, that THOSE who didn't do the WORK, did NOT receive an INCREASE to their KINGDOM!
I am getting a lot better at talking to people on the street, and at the door. I have had a few embarrassing moments, but me and Elder Boehme are working together a lot better in unity. I am continuing to learn and increase in confidence and faith! The flat is rather a mix of the London and Scotland one. The flat is nice, not like Scotland, but like...maybe Grandma Betty's house? Except it's only one floor. It is a comfortable place with the normal commodities of life, except for a drying machine. We hang it on a stand up rack. I'm not only in the foreign food club, I'm also in the foreign people and really foreign food club. Scotland is like a big melting pot for Europe, especially for Romanians, Poles, and Germans. The food is not bad! I still haven't been kebab-tized, as they call it here (which means eat a kebab), but for the most part, we buy, eat, and make most of our food! It's pretty good! The summer's actually been super great in Scotland! Which means that the winter might be more mild, than extra harsh and cold. But who knows? Well, someone does, but let's not worry about that.
I have also heard about some Hunters living in Airdrie and they were just sealed in the temple! So that would be fantastic if we were related! I want to do more family history work SO BAD!!! It's unbearable. Ish.
Thank you for praying and thinking about me! I know I am being blessed by the Lord because of it, because I would not be able to do the things I do now if it weren't for the guidance of the Lord through His Holy Spirit. I would love to hear from you individually, because I love you all individually, and I have been blessed to hear from many friends and family this far out! I had 12 emails from people this week. It melts my heart. :')
So I pretty much walk everywhere. We cover a whole lot of Cumbernauld: Seafar, Carbrain, Kildrum, Balloch only ocasionally, like yesterday, Millcroft is a street we cover where the Romanians are (it's very dangerous at night, and there are some unfriendly people we have had persecute us verbally, asking for our badges, swearing, and I just feel bad for them), Greenfaulds where we are, and a few other unrecollectable areas. We do take buses often if the place is rather far away, but it's not too bad! Yesterday we walked from Greenfaulds through Condorrat, Westfield, and then to Ben Venue, Balloch. Then we walked back over the red spire bridge, through Seafar, and then home to Greenfaulds. There are so many awesome people out there to teach! We are working hard to find them and teach them, and I think this week we are setting up for much success and a few new investigators to teach and bring to the knowledge of the truth of the gospel this week! Who What When Where is always a big help, and when we have faith, they always show up.
We have so much fun! Our talents and interests are very much alike, and I think I'm with Elder Boehme to learn to work in unity and develop strong companionships. He's a great singer, a good listener, and good teacher, and a great friend. He's definitely someone I will strive to meet up with after the mission is over. A glad but unsavory thought. I love being a missionary! Blessing lives is a blessing. I am learning a lot about being a mature adult and friendly person. It's hard to resist the urge to go run down a hill, or goof around and play on things or act silly, but we still have a lot of fun! I am glad for the opportunity to be so immersed in the gospel, and hope to use this opportunity and environment to teach and work the hardest and best that I can! My testimony has grown immensely too. I feel sorrow for those who say "it's not for me" or "all roads lead to heaven" and reject the gospel without knowing it! I know that the Lord blesses those who open their mouth, and will not lead them astray.
So barbecue sauce pretty much fixes everything. We have chicken patties, barbecue sauce, and mayonnaise in pretty much every lunch and dinner. It's great! :) I've never loved BBQ sauce more ever than now. It's truly a lifesaver.
I miss you all so much, and you are in my thoughts and prayers! I love you! Please write me back, or write me initially. I enjoy hearing from you!
P.S. Kirk out!