This week was just grand, so it was!! On Saturday, we had the wonderful opportunity to baptize Sheila and Clive Mtawali. I was able to baptize Sheila, and Elder Harker baptized Clive. On Sunday, we were then able to confirm them members of the Church of Jesus Christ. I also had the wonderful opportunity to participate in this ordinance and confirm Clive. This was such an amazing experience to be involved in helping two wonderful people begin their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ!!!This week is also transfers! We got the call last night, and after 5 transfers in Dundalk, Elder Harker will be moving about an hour north to Portadown. I only served with him for three weeks, so that was quick! I will be getting Elder Corcran. He is from Las Vegas, NV and has been out for 3 months. Nice and fresh greenie mind for me to corrupt :)
Monday, February 29, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
Howdy all! This week was grand, so it was! Elder Harker and I had the opportunity to go to Dublin this week to go on exchanges with the district leader. Every missionary in the Scotland/Ireland mission refers to Dublin as the promised land...and I understand why now!! So many people and a lot of them are so willing to learn. Many of them are foreigners (lots from Brazil and Africa) and if you just say you are sharing a message about Jesus Christ, they will give you their number in a heart beat. So wonderful!! I would love to serve there one day.Other than that adventure in Dublin, this week was pretty average. Unfortunately we weren't able to meet with a few of our investigators, but Sheila and Clive were able to have their baptismal interview on Saturday. All went well there and we are all good to proceed with the baptism on Saturday. Most of our time this week will be spent prepping for that. Some more good news is that Sheila brought one of her friends to church yesterday. Her name is Esther, and we will begin teaching her this week as well. Good things are headed our way!!!
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
February 15, 2016
Hello all! So, this email will be shorter because I was horrible at time management again and don't have too much time. Whoops!
So yesterday was Valentine's Day. Sadly, we had no appointments so we had to go knock some doors. Needless to say, many people were celebrating Valentine's Day, and a few of their.....activities...were interrupted by two 20 year old Mormon's sharing the gospel. I think some people got a little annoyed. Isn't being a missionary great!!!
Sunday, February 14, 2016
February 8, 2016
Well, this is me officially on the Emerald Isle. It was really fun traveling here (please note the sarcasm in my voice). I started traveling at 9 AM on Tuesday, and didn't actually get into my area until around 8 PM Wednesday. My modes of transportation included a car, a train, a bus, a ferry, another bus, and another car. Needless to say, I am ready to settle down and stay here for a bit.Once I got to my area though, I didn't spend too much time there. On Saturday, we traveled back to Dublin for an All Ireland Conference with Elder Hallstrom, one of the presidents of the Quorum of the 70. He also spoke on Sunday at the Dublin Stake Conference. It is such an amazing experience to hear from God's chosen apostles. To all my friends in Scotland, I am sorry you have to read this paragraph and be jealous.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Well, after 6 more weeks in Thurso, we had another moves call last night. Here is the verdict:
Elder Thueson will be staying in Thurso and will be serving with Elder Kinville. I, however, will be leaving. After serving half my mission in Scotland, I finally get to see the Emerald Isle! That's right! Elder Wilson is headed to Ireland! I will be serving in a town called Dundalk which is about an hour outside of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland (if you didn't know, Ireland is actually two separate countries). My new companion is Elder Harker from Canada. I am really looking forward to finally getting to see the other half of my mission, but sad to say goodbye to Elder Thueson. It has been a grand 3 months with him. Who knew I would make some of my closest friends in another country?
In other news, pretty cool checkpoint in my mission life yesterday. If I did my math correctly, yesterday marked one year until I will be back in the good ol' US of A! Only 365 days to go! It is crazy how fast the time has gone. It does not feel like I have been out as long as I have and experienced all of these incredible things. I would not trade them all for the world, and in the words of my friend Elder Thueson, there's no place I'd rather be!!
I wish I could write more, but I need to go pack and get ready to leave. I need to be in Edinburgh tomorrow night. I will then catch a bus Wednesday morning to Stranraer where we will catch the 3 hour ferry to Belfast. From there I will take another bus to Dublin, where I will meet with Elder Harker and head up to Dundalk in our car. Oh yeah, I still have a car. I am going to be so fat!
-Thurso this area is just going really slow and could use some blessings.
Hope you all have a wonderful week! Love and miss you all! Stay awesome and keep moving forward!