Friday, October 28, 2016

Isle of Arran, Baptismal Preparation and Stake Conference

Hello Family and Friends! It's been another amazing week filled with adventures and fun filled lessons with the Eastons and Sian Preparing them for their baptisms. This week has really taught me to count my many blessing.

Oct. 17th
We finally made it to the Isle of Arran!!!! Miracles are real. We have tried to go for the past three weeks, and have missed our ferries. We had the most amazing weather this side of Scotland has ever seen lately, but Monday when we hopped on the ferry it was bucketing rain, but I didn’t even care, we made it on the ferry! We did it all, from exploring the wilderness to checking out a cheese factory. To finish it all up we explored an epic castle! Just as we walked to the other side of the castle we saw an amazing view of the ocean. As a gazed over the horizon in deep pondering I saw a wee boat headed towards us. Then it clicked. THAT’S OUR FERRY!! Next we ran like mad men for 20 minutes all the way to the other side of the Island. With my many years of cross country training and several frantic prayers we made it back just in time! I wish I could say that was the first time I almost got stranded on an Island... 

Oct. 18th
This morning we had a beast of a district meeting in Ayr. It was from DL Elder Divinas. He is a 26 year old recent convert from Lithuania. He's not the easiest to understand, but when that man speaks the spirit teaches!!  Afterwards we had a great exchange with the Elders in Paisley. I spent the day with Elder Corcoran. What a lad! We had a great time finding new people to teach!

Oct 19th
The greatest part of Wednesday was a lesson we had with Sian. We went through all of the baptismal interview questions with her and she is just ready as can be! One of the greatest things to see was her Book of Mormon all marked with notes and bookmarks, and her baptismal calendar neatly marked down one day at a time, with "The Big Day" written in bold letters on the 29th. What a blessing it has been to be able to teach her! 

Oct. 20th
Today we had a wonderful lesson with the Easton girls! We taught them all about the Plan of Salvation, and agreed that we would all have a big party in the Celestial Kingdom one day! Later on we met up with Sian and went over Service, Learning, and Missionary work. I can see Sian bringing all her friends and family into the gospel! It's going to be Glorious! To finish up the night we ate some tasty Salmon.

Oct. 21th
Friday morning we had what they are calling a "Cluster Meeting" I came prepared with a speech, only to find out that it was just two districts put together for one district meeting, so we role played to the max! We were able to catch up on some good finding time and teach Sain again, but nothing too special for today. 

Oct. 22nd
Saturday morning we arose and had a morning lesson at the church with Sian. We taught her all about families and temples, and committed her to go to the temple within the first three weeks of her baptism. Her face lit up as we shared all about temples and the work we can do there. She can't wait to experience it for herself. We were also blessed with another great opportunity to teach the Eastons. We taught about the Holy Ghost and how we can have Him with us all the time. The wee ones are excited for their baptisms and to have the Holy Ghost as their new friend, to help lead and guide them. To finish up the night we traveled down to Paisley where we were able to attend the Saturday night session of Stake Conference with the Easton’s, then spent the night with the Johnston Elders. 

Oct. 23rd
Sunday has got to be my favorite out of the lot. Out of the 16 months I have been on my mission 13 of those have been spent in the Paisley Zone, which means when I go to Paisley Stake Conference I pretty much know everyone and their pets! It was like one big family reunion! I especially enjoyed being able to spend some time with the Higgins family from the good old days in Greenock. What a blessing they have been to me! It is amazing to see Gavin now as the first counselor in the Greenock Branch. It feels like his baptism was just yesterday! It was another great blessing to have Sain and the Eastons join us in Paisley for conference. I loved each of the talks, especially the one given my Elder Pills of the Area 70's from Germany. The main theme was "Remember Him". 

 It’s been a very miraculous and blessed week, but this week is going to be the Big Burrito with Elizabeth and Andrea Eaton along with Sian all being baptized on Saturday October 29th. We have plenty of reason to rejoice with great gratitude to our Father in Heaven.

Elder David A. Bednar: "The very process of people prayerfully seeking inspiration to learn and to improve—they will be taught things by the Holy Ghost that no lecture is ever going to dispense."

Love, Elder Cluster

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