Monday, May 9, 2016

All-Scotland Conference in Edinburgh

Monday, May 9,2016
 To be honest, this week wasn't too exciting, but I don't mind that at all, I love being able to do missionary work. However, Wednesday this week we had our All-Scotland conference in Edinburgh, which was so much fun and so spiritually uplifting! 
All Scotland Conference
Reunited with Elder Bradshaw and Elder Cluster from the MTC
I got to see sooo many missionaries that I hadn't seen in ages, so I really loved being able to see so many people. And of course skyping home on Sunday was so great as well. We drove out to the Stake President's house to skype way north of Glasgow and it was a beautiful drive out there.

 We taught a decent amount and found lots of great people this week! I feel like we haven't got quite as many new investigators lately, but the ones we have gotten are much more solid! Here is one example:
So I met this girl and her family this week on the street- her name is Queency, and she is Nigerian. She seemed pretty interested and was willing to exchange details. I called her that night and she said we could meet at her home the next day. So we went over to her house the next day, and it was incredible! So the beginning of the lesson started out a bit rough because her 11-year old cousin was in the same room playing his xbox, so it was a bit a distracting, but as we began start teaching the Restoration a little bit, things started to change. I pulled out a gospel art book full of pictures that I use to help teach, and soon Queency's nephew dropped his controller and came over and began looking at the pictures we were showing and reading scriptures and participating. The environment all of a sudden changed and the Spirit was really strong! After we shared about Joseph Smith and the First Vision, Queency seemed really moved by the Spirit, and before we even invited her to be baptised, she said "Wow, can I join your church?" and then she agreed to be baptised at the end of this month! Her nephew also seemed really interested so he agreed to baptised as well (however it doesn’t mean a whole lot until we can speak to his parents about it). So it was a pretty incredible lesson! Queency however, was up near Dundee for the weekend and wasn't able to make it to church, but she is meeting with the missionaries there today and is excited to come to church in Glasgow. 

So there are lots of miracles happening here and I love the work! John also received the Priesthood on Sunday which was so good to see. He is doing so well and even went out with missionaries for a few teaching opportunities this week. Our zone is also doing really great as well!! We have many people scheduled for baptism at the end of the month, so we are excited! Many of the missionaries outside the city in the outskirts/suburb areas are actually doing really well at the moment, which is really good because the work there is generally a bit slower. 

So many great things are happening and I am so so grateful to be here in Glasgow. There's no place I would rather be!

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