Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas, Boxing Day, and Skyping!

This Christmas was a special one. It started with a wonderful church service. We had the sacrament, and then moved to the cultural hall where the primary put on an incredible nativity! A big shout out to the kid who played the part of the donkey, he was in character!

Later on we went to a German member’s home where we had a traditional German Christmas dinner. It was interesting... It consisted of red cabbage, dumplings, and some meat stuff I couldn't pronounce to save my life!

But I’ve gotta say, the absolute best part of it all was Skyping my family... That hour we spent together was the best present I could have gotten!

The rest of the night was spent playing risk with the other missionaries in Aberdeen and enjoying the warm weather (12 Degrees C.)

I know this is short, but I want you to know that my Redeemer lives and He was born for you, and for me. 

Love, Elder Brycen Cluster

Monday, December 12, 2016

What can I give Him?

This week has been filled with many up and downs, however the heights of the highs always make up for the low of the lows, and I know I am right where my Heavenly Father needs me. The zone has been struggling for a couple of weeks now along with my own area. When the work is going slow I always feel very physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained, however these always seem to be the times I learn the most about myself and my Heavenly Father. I have felt so much love from my Heavenly Father, and realized the love my Heavenly Father has for others. He is the reason I will sacrifice to bring eternal truths to His children. A great blessing we had this week was being able to teach a couple of investigators, whom we haven't been able to get in contact with for weeks. I felt the Holy Ghost when I was with them very strongly and can’t wait to get to see where this journey of the Gospel will take them! Another exciting part of the week was moves call last night; Looks like it'll be a Christmas in Aberdeen for me! My companion Elder Corcoran is off to my home of Paisley and I'll be getting the chance to train a new Zone Leader Elder Parsons from England.   
 This Christmas season let’s do something special to show our love for our Savior. #LightTheWorld 

In the Bleak Midwinter
By  Rossetti Christina

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

It seems appropriate that giving and receiving gifts is a centre part of Christmas. After all, we are celebrating the matchless gift of God’s Son, the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Of course, our gifts to each other will never compare to this gift, but I believe that the joy of giving and receiving gifts can turn our hearts towards the “gift of God”. The precious gift of God’s Son invites each of us to “find peace in this world, and Eternal life in the world to come”. (D/C 59:23). Peace may seem elusive in a world where conflict and division are intensifying. But that peace is exactly what our loving Father and His Son have offered to each of us, if we will only receive it.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

I am so very grateful for each of you and for all of your love and support. I love you! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Week of Exchanges

This week has been jam packed with great missionary experiences and loads of
opportunities to learn from so many amazing missionaries!

Elder Corcoran and I were on exchanges nearly every day this last week! Monday and Tuesday we where with Seaton, (I was with Elder Copeland) For P-day. I celebrated my "six month to sexy" with a deep fried mars bar. It was a heart attack waiting to happen, but tasted like a little slice of heaven!! 


We also had an intense game of bowling with one of our investigators. Wednesday I was with a fine Greeny name Elder La Ferve, he is one of the most genuine guys I've ever met! We spent the day talking to lots of drunks on the street. In fact I just met up with one of the guys we me that day, he'll be an awesome new investigator!    

Thursday was a blessing. I went on an exchange with the Inverness Elders, Elder Powell was my man for the day. What a lad!! We had a great time together and we were able to set up a lot of great return appointments! But even better, we taught a homeless man on the street, and set him up with a baptismal date. We will see where that goes, I have faith in him! Friday we spent with Peterhead, I was with Elder Forward from Wales. The best part of our exchange was when we got to help out with the Ward "Santa Float" Basically they made the back of a truck look like Santa’s sleigh,then they pumped it up with Christmas music, and sent us out dressed as elves collecting money for Motor Neurons Disease!


Saturday was legend; I had some really good mac and cheese! And Sunday I spend with Elder Guymon while my companion and his comp traveled down to Edinburgh to pick up our brand new Hyundai.

That’s it in the nut shell. Never forget to learn from the Angels that surround you every day!!

Love, Elder Brycen Cluster
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