Wow, what a great week!
On Monday we were able to teach two investigators, Sofia and Robin. Sofia is a Former Investigator who has decided to begin learning, and in the lesson we were able to talk about faith and also where our priorities in life were. It was a good lesson, I always enjoy reading over 3 Nephi 13, because in the end the Saviour promises us that as we focus and set our sights on the kingdom of God, excersizing faith in Jesus Christ, all other things will fall into place, all of which our Father in Heaven know we are in need of. God knows us, and He knows exactly what we need, and we just need to excersize a bit of trust that all will be okay!
We also saw Robin that day, and had a great lesson where we began talking about the Plan of Salvation. All was going well, but…umm…we don’t quite know what happened, but he started getting angry with us over text and asked us never to come back. Which is just fine, we weren’t sure if he was sincere or all there. So, that was just fine 🙂
Then, came Wednesday!! Sine it was transfer week, we had our P-day on Wednesday, but all our cleaning and emailing gets done on the Monday. So, we pretty much had a full P-Day from 10am-6pm with nothing to do! So, for those of you who don’t know, my mother’s maiden name is McCray, which is part of the Clan MacRae here in Scotland. The MacRae’s own a castle here called the Eilean Donan Castle, situated on the west coast of Scotland on Loch Duich right in front of the Isle of Skye. My whole mission I have been wondering if I’ll ever get a chance to get out to this castle! Well, knowing we were here in Oban and just a 2 1/2 hour drive from it, I called and got permission to go this past Wednesday. The senior couple, Elder and Sister Miles, drove us up there and I was able to have my dream P-day visiting my ancestor’s castle! 😀 That was just an amazing experience. On the way back, we drove right by Loch Ness. Here in the SIM, there is a tradition of missionaries drinking out of Loch Ness. So, of course, we all (including the Miles!) took a wee sip outta it! It didn’t taste too bad ;D
Well, we got back to the area and got right back to work! On Saturday we had a great day of finding and were able to find some pretty prepared people. We know they are prepared, but the hard part is trying to help them to recognize that they have been prepared! We first met Callum. Callum had a younger brother with a Neuro Blastoma. At the time, he was 1 of 4 people in the UK to have it, and apparently it’s only a 1 in a 1000 chance of surviving. Well, one night his mother had a dream that she saw Jesus Christ outstretch his hand, place it on her sick son’s head, and heal him. The next day, he began to recover and was the only one of the 4 in the UK to survive. We also met Christopher, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, but has been able to make it a positive thing in his life. He said he believes there is a reason it happened to him, but he couldn’t figure it out yet. Well, earlier he was telling us that he likes to help people with MS. So, we helped him realize that he was obviously given it for a reason – to help others. He had such a positive attitude about it too!! He said he’d love to have us back. Last but not least, it’s the same area, we met Valdimir – a russian (surprising, eh?). He was so cool!! He said we could come back and share with him more, he took a Book of Mormon and seemed sincerely interested. We’ll see him on Friday!
Well, I think this is the longest email I have written in a very long time (you’re welcome Mom!). It’s been an amazing week, to say the least. The End is nigh….ah! Of course the thoughts of home are becoming more apparent, but I’m not letting it bother me. The thought that keeps coming into my mind is our mission scripture,
Doctrine & Covenants 123:17:
“Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”
At this point, that’s really all I can do! and I will 🙂 Have a great week everyone!!
Elder Skylar Starr 🙂