Monday, April 27, 2015

"The Lord Must Bring Us Low, Before He Can Lift Us Higher"

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Hello friends!

It has been a fairly interesting week! On Wednesday, Elder Blaylock and I went to Carluke (about an hour bus ride from Motherwell) to go and try by some former investigators and less active members. Once we got back to the flat, we grabbed some stuff to go to the church and make our progress record and go to a meeting. On our way out, Elder Blaylock asked if I had the phone. I said no and that I had only touched it once all day. We went and tore the flat apart looking for it. It was nowhere to be found! Well, we had to get to the church in order to be on time for the meeting. When we got there, we had the sister missionaries call our phone just to see what would happen. On the second try, some Scottish answered! He said he found the phone on a bus (it had fallen out of Elder Blaylock's pocket). He tried to give it to the bus driver, but the bus driver couldn't take it for whatever reason. Well, he was going to be in Glasgow for the weekend, so we couldn't get back that day. Luckily, Elder Blaylock and I were going on exchanges with some elders in Glasgow the next day, so we arranged a time to meet with him and pick it up. Well, the next day came and the guy never showed up! GRR! After Elder Blaylock and I were back in Motherwell, we borrowed the sister's phone and called the mission home. The elder who handles the phones wasn't too upset since the phone we lost was one of the older phones, and he placed an order for a new one! In the meantime, we are borrowing an extra phone the zone leaders had so we aren't completely helpless! 

That was the most exciting thing that happened all week. No new people or

amazing miracles this week. This is the last week of the transfer, and yesterday we got a call telling us if we would be moving or staying where we are. I will be staying in Motherwell with Elder Blaylock for one more transfer. This isn't too surprising because trainees are rarely separated from their trainers before their 12 weeks of training are up. I'm super excited for this transfer! I feel like it's going to be really good and that we are going to see a lot more success than we have these past few weeks! Prayers would be greatly appreciated though!!

Scottish vocab of the week:
Nae: for some reason, Scottish people have a problem with the word 'not'. Instead of saying that word they use the word 'nae'. For instance, 'cannot' becomes 'cannae' and 'was not' becomes 'wasnae', Takes some getting used to!

Hope you all have a fabulous week! Love and miss you all!

Stay awesome! Keep moving forward! 

--Elder Wilson
Scottish countryside
Weekly planning at Strathclyde Loch

Monday, April 13, 2015

Springtime Sickness

Hi friends!!
Hope you all have had a wonderful week. Mine was good but a little bleh as well!

For starters, Elder Blaylock and I both got hit with a nasty cold this week and spent Wednesday in our flat. Talk about cabin fever. Thankfully, we had 17 Miracles, Ephraim's Rescue, and Legacy to watch, so that helped me to keep my sanity. The Zone Leaders also have something called the Sanity Pack for when you have to spend multiple days in the flat. Hopefully I never have to use that!

Another kind of disappointing thing was that Stuart dropped us. He said that he just wasn't getting any answers about what he was learning and that he just didn't want to continue meeting with us. Now we are back to square 1, and doubling our finding efforts to hopefully find some new investigators! Prayers would be much appreciated!!

On a happy note, our less active work is doing very well! We found a new less active to teach named Isabella. She is in her early 70's, and is currently trying to quit smoking. We have met with her twice, and the second time, she said that she was able to cut back the amount that she was smoking quite a bit, which was great to hear!! The challenge with her will be getting her to church. She does not have a car, so we will have to find her a lift. The only problem is, there aren't very many members who live very close to her. I know that the Lord will provide a way though. He always does!

This week was also Elder Blaylock's birthday! He turned 22 (I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22! Taylor Swift song for those uncultured people who read this) To celebrate, we made giant hoagies, made a 3 layer chocolate cake and decorated it with some toys that I have been collecting from Kinder eggs (if you don't know what Kinder eggs are, look them up! They are fantastic!). 

Springtime is in the air here in Scotland, and I could not be more excited! I am so ready to shed my sweater and be able to just go out in short sleeves! The trees are also budding which is fun to see as well! 

A new thing I am going to start doing is a Scottish vocab segment! The Scottish people seriously need their own dictionary because they have plenty of words that nobody else uses. Here is this weeks word:

Minging/minger: Minging is kind of another word for nasty, dirty or ratchet. A minger, is someone who would be described as minging and is a common missionary insult. 

I hope you all have a great week!!


Stay awesome! Keep moving forward!

--Elder Wilson
Pics: 1) Constructing the cake 2) The finished product 3) Elder Blaylock enjoying his birthday dinner!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

General Conference and Kababtism

Hey all!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter and general conference weekend!
Quick investigator update: Gary (the new investigator from a couple weeks ago) dropped us after one lesson. We called to confirm our appointment and he said that he just needed to clear his head. We have the feeling it was because of our Bishop (he was our joint teach). He just kind of dumped the gospel on Gary and brought up some pretty deep doctrine. It wasn't good, and Elder Blaylock and I totally lost control of the lesson. As for Stuart, he's doing alright. Everytime we resolve one concern, he brings up two more. It's going to be a long process, but he will get there eventually.

So this weekend was general conference and it was super good!! I definitely learned a lot! Plus, I got to watch the Saturday and Sunday morning sessions live. The only down side was I didn't get to watch the Sunday afternoon session. Hopefully I get the chance later on this week. Nobody spoil it for me!

So, you are all probably wondering what a kebabtism is. Well, I will tell you! A kebab is a type of food they have here in Scotland. I have attached a picture so you can see what it is. A tradition here in the Scotland/Ireland mission (SIM) is called a kebabtism and receiving the gift of the holy Coke. Sacreligious: yes, but it happens anyway. To get kebabtised and receive the holy Coke, you get the biggest kebab you can buy and the largest Coke, and eat all of it in one sitting with your hands. It's all good fun. Everone was telling me about the awful side effects that come from it like dry mouth, itchy skin, bad dreams (also called kebab dreams), and stuff like that. Naturally I was terrified! However, I experienced none of these symptoms. Some people were pretty upset and confused as to why I didn't. I'm just that awesome, I guess. 
Hope you all have a great week! I love hearing from you all, and I miss you all bunches!!

Stay awesome! Keep moving forward!

--Elder Wilson
The TARDIS is in Scotland!