Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Travel, Training, and St. Patrick's Day!

I'm afraid this Email is going to be a super short one because I ran out of time again! This week was completely wild; I’ll just throw in some of the most important bits. 

On Monday I took a plane from Dublin to Edinburgh. I kinda forgot how airports work and almost missed my plane.... but did some praying and God saved my bacon! It was a small plane but I loved it! The landing was pretty scary though, I thought I was about to die for a minute the way this pilot put her down! 

I spent the night in Edinburgh, and then after a few training meetings I got my son Elder Summersgill!! He is a complete Champ from the London England! I'm stoked to be serving with him and know we will do some solid work and learning together! 

Wednesday was a full long day of traveling... The ferry back over to Ireland was the only fun part; the rest was just painfully long bus rides. We missed one bus and ended up stranded in Belfast Northern Ireland for a while, so when we finally got to Dublin we had to spend the night. We didn't get back to our flat till Thursday morning! 

Friday was a blast! Everyone goes buck wild in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day! The only thing that matters to anyone on St. Patrick’s Day over here is long parades full of patriotic Irish farmers, and lots and lots of beer. I love watching drunks! Especially ones with deep Irish accents, it could entertain me for days! Seeing throw up all over the streets the morning after was a little less fun... All in all it was a fantastic week!  Oh yeah, and I met my all time favorite Irish Goat! I named him Paddy :)

Enjoy this motivational quote from my mission president :)

“A goal without a plan is like fish without chips”. If you want to be a successful missionary, you cannot wander through each day of your mission without holding yourself accountable to a reasonable set of goals, and with a plan on how to achieve them. If we are not very careful we might idle away precious hours. “Don’t give up what you want most, for what you want now”. I understand that each of us are keen to please those that lead us. So, it is not unusual when you report to me or another leader to give a little fluff, when you hold yourself accountable however, we get honest results. The honest result being the salvation of a human soul.”  

Love you!! 

-Elder Brycen Cluster

Monday, March 13, 2017

Moves Call, New Assignment, & "Stuff"

What a week! In just a few minutes I’ll be hopping in the car and driving down to Dublin to catch a plane to Edinburgh Scotland.
 On Saturday Elder Schmidt and I receive our moves call. President gave us the news that Elder Schmidt was moving down to Finglas Dublin to be a new District Leader and I’ve been called as a trainer. Apart from AP this is the only position I haven't filled yet on my mission, so I'm pretty stoked! I remember it just like it was yesterday that I had a deep conversation with my Trainer (Elder Clawson) that training would be the absolute best way to end a mission. What a blessing! I'll be paired up with my new Baby boy tomorrow then bring him back home to Mullingar on Wednesday night. I can’t wait for all of the new opportunities I’ll have to serve. Please pray for the new lad, the first little while of the mission can be rough!!
 On a funnier note (It wasn't funny at the time!) my comp and I were teaching a lesson, and he was sitting across the table from me. Just when things started getting serious in our lesson my companion lets out this massive sneeze. What happened next took me about 30 seconds to process. When he sneezed a big blob of snot got launched all the way across the table, and landed straight onto my lip!!! I slowly reached for a roll of toilet paper which I happened to be right beside me. (WHAT A BLESSING!) I wiped it off and carried on with the lesson as casually as I possibly could. The moment we got back to the car I took out my handy hand sanitizer and rubbed it all of my lips and face.... 

 Anyhow, I love you all and I'm so grateful you're a part of my life! I want you all to know that sometimes in life we get snot thrown at our face. Don't let that get you down!! God loves you and will help you through all your sticky moments He is always reaching out with a roll of toilet paper to help our clean up our lives, or our faces. And get back on the straight and narrow!  

 Love, Elder Brycen Cluster

Monday, March 6, 2017

Charlotte's Baptism!!

I hate to say it, but I just spent the last two hours wondering around Dublin trying to find a place that we could email, so this week is going to be a short one!  We spent the night here last night and are having P-day today with a lot of other missionaries. We are going to do some sports so I am praying that it doesn't rain on us!

 I will just tell you about the highlight of the week…  Charlotte's Baptism!!!!  After years and years of learning about the church and being married to a member (Gary) Charlotte through many spiritual experiences made the decision to come unto Christ through the waters of baptism on March 4th 2017. Apart from the freezing cold water due to water heater braking at the church, it was absolutely perfect! The spirit filled the room so strongly as Gary brought her gently down under the water. Even the face of their sweet baby Rosie lit up! We sang the song "Families Can Be Together Forever" My testimony of Eternal Families grew even deeper that evening. It is a perfect plan from our Heavenly Father that will bring us Eternal Happiness. 

I Love Each and Every One Of You!!