Monday, May 1, 2017

Winter #2

My new companion, Elder Crawley

Monday, May 01, 2017
So this week started COLD! It was like a second winter hit us. On Monday we went to visit a few castles nearby:  Crathes Castle and Drum Castle. 

Crathes Castle 

They weren't that spectacular, but our visits got cut short as it started hailing and snowing on us. Then for the next 3 or 4 days, it at least hailed every single day and some days we woke up to snow on the ground. I had to pull out my thicker coats and scarves and everything again. So despite the bitter cold at the beginning of the week, things have been going soooo well!

Elder Crawley and I have been getting on really well together and have been super focused on our work. I hardly ever think about home, even though now I actually finish my mission THIS month. But we have had some really good things happen in our area that makes me excited to finish strong. 

So our friend Fiona who has been investigating for several months, and who I have been teaching since I got to Aberdeen, has progressed so much. She actually lives out of Aberdeen by like 45 minutes, but we have just been teaching her since she goes to college in Aberdeen. Well in the actual ward she is boundaried for, we were able to teach her in a member's home with the Elders in that ward. She went to church in that ward on Sunday and loved it, and apparently is preparing to be baptised right before I leave. Pretty exciting! We started teaching this great girl named Rebecca who is also a college student and was taught by missionaries like a year ago, and she seems really interested again and is really fun to meet with. We just started teaching a few new university students who are quite interested as well. Ivar is doing great as well, just still trying to sort some things out so he can also feel comfortable getting baptised.

We had a pretty unique church service on Sunday, as we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the chapel in Aberdeen being built, The 2 wards in Aberdeen met together for it, and there were a lot of special guests and speakers who helped build the chapel and other people who were around 50 years ago. It was a big event and the Lord Provost (like a mayor) of Aberdeen attended the service

We have some really exciting things coming up though. We leave this coming Sunday to go back up to Orkney for a few days, so next Monday I will be emailing from Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands. This will be a great week ahead.

Drum Castle

Click to learn about the Drum castle and Irvine family

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