Hope you are all doing well!
This week has been a mixture of disappointment and hope! So, last week we had three appointments set up with potential investigators. When we talked to them the first time, they seemed genuinely interested and open to learning about the Gospel. Well, needless to say, all three appointments fell through. Two just didn't answer the door, and one got sick. But, we are not giving up on them! We are trying by them again this week, and prayers would be greatly appreciated! Their names are Carmen, John, and Emma.
The hopeful part of this week came near the end. As we going to do some try by's in North Motherwell, this random guy recognized us as missionaries and started talking to us about the Book of Mormon. At first, I thought he was just drunk and crazy, as most Scots are on Friday nights. However, he ended up giving us a fairly accurate synopsis of 1 Nephi, and we found out that he was actually a less active member who had been baptised about 2 years ago. He has a very sincere desire to come back to church, so we are meeting with him this week to hopefully help him get reactivated! Another great thing that came from this meeting was that Ian (that's his name) had given one of his friends a Book of Mormon about 2 weeks ago! He is going to get us his address and we are going to try by him this week as well! Looks like things might be on the up and up here in Motherwell!
Kind of scary/sad thing that is happening right now is that areas are starting to get shut down. In the next few transfers, the number of missionaries leaving is much greater than the number that are arriving. This means that there won't be as many missionaries to fill up all the areas that we currently have. They are starting with wards that have more than one team serving in them. This means that Motherwell could be on the chopping block since our ward has two teams. It would actually be really sad to have to leave for that reason. This transfer alone, they are shutting down 2 sister areas and 5 elder areas. A team in our district just got a call this morning saying that they are one of the 5 elder areas. Hopefully we can hang in there!
As many of you know, yesterday was Mother's Day!! This is one of the best days for a missionary because it is one of the 2 times a year that they can Skype home!! It was so great actually getting to talk with my parents! So much fun! But, this brings me to my Scottish vocab of the week. This isn't actually a Scottish word, but it's a common word used by S.I.M missionaries. Maybe it's used by all missionaries, but I'm not really sure. The word is....
Trunky: basically another word for homesick. It references a trunk (or piece of luggage). I hear this word from Elder Blaylock a lot, since he only has 3 months left.
Skyping home made me a little bit trunky. Not as much as I thought it would, which is good, but just a little bit!
Before I leave, just a bit of advice. Do all you can to help the missionaries in your ward. This work is impossible without the help of the members, a lesson I am learning the hard way. Help them any way you can. Feed them, go on joint teaches with them, give them referrals!
Hope you all have a fabulous week! Love and miss you all!!
Stay awesome! Keep moving forward!