This week was an adventure for Elder Lybbert and I. On Monday we were in Livingston, just getting some things done around here. On Tuesday we went in to Edinburgh for district meeting and then we went to Whitburn for the day. We had a great DA (dinner appointment) out there and then we took a bus back to Livingston. We had to go back to Edinburgh that night so we were hurrying but then the bus we were on told everyone to get off. Apparently the service only went halfway between one of the cities and Livingston, but no one on the bus knew so we spent the next 45 minutes speed walking back into our town. We got our stuff and then took a train to Edinburgh. It was wild getting to Elder Gowans' flat because there is a huge festival going on for all of August. The exchange on Wednesday was a lot of fun, we got to meet people from so many places which was awesome. On Thursday and Friday we were all over our area, just going to DA's or GQing. On Saturday we went to Bathgate and GQed most of the day. Sunday was great also, we had a good time at church. Have a great week!
On Monday, we didn't get up to much, I got a haircut and did some shopping. On Tuesday, we had our Scotland South conference with Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paisley zones. We had a good time there, it was really uplifting and spiritual. I got to see a few people for the last time before they go home which was way cool. On Wednesday, we chapped Armadale for most of the day. We had dinner with Bishop and his family. I had fried Haggis with chips which was amazing. We were also in Armadale for Thursday chapping and such and we had dinner with some cool members. On Friday we had interviews with President Macdonald in Edinburgh so we were there till 130 and then we had lunch with a member named Anne. We had pizza and then we traveled back. We chapped a bit in Livingston that night. On Saturday, we did some service weeding a yard. We were there for an hour and a half and then we did a little bit of finding and went to a dinner appointment. It was fantastic food and a fun night. On Sunday we went to church and we had a good time there and then we went finding for a bit in one of our old chapping areas. After, we had dinner with the Mackays and missionary coordination. Today we shouldn't be doing too much either, probably going to the Centre. Have a good week!
Monday was good but we didn't end up doing a whole lot, just chapping around Livingston. Tuesday was an interesting day, we went to District Meeting. When we got back, we went to West Calder to chap some of the new developments. It was good, just a bit smaller than we had anticipated. We ate at a really nice Italian place and it was some good food. On Wednesday and Thursday we stayed in Livingston and chapped a lot. On Friday we went to Armadale. We got a call most of the way through the day about our flat. We have been having some complications with so things so we had to get moved into a hotel for a little while. On Saturday we chapped Armadale again and on Sunday we went to church. It was a great week, and we are looking forwards to conference. Have a good week
Monday we went and spent the day with the Elders from Falkirk and Sterling which was fun. We went to the park and played sport for most of the day. It was a really good time spending the day doing things with them. On Tuesday, we went to Edinburgh and had a conference with President Macdonald. It was fantastic and we had a really great time meeting and learning from him. President is a nice guy and I am excited to work with him. Later that day we had Ward Rescue which turned out to be good. The Ward already has another one planned for September which is fantastic. On Wednesday we went out to Aramdale for dinner with Bishop and his wife. We had burgers and chicken which was a great way to spend the 4th or July. On Thursday we went to the McMillan's and the McDonald's house for dinner. We spent a lot of the day chapping there as well. On Friday we went to the McKay house and had dinner. On Saturday we GQed for a lot of the day and then we were taken out to dinner by Brandon and Louise. We went to Hot Flame which was good. On Sunday I gave a talk and we had a good day at church. Today we are going into Edinburgh with some other elders. Have a good week,
It was blazing hot this week in Livingston and we broke heat records here in Scotland. On Monday we went into Edinburgh and played sports with the missionaries there. It was a lot of fun but like I said it was really hot so we were so tired by the end of it. On Tuesday we had district meeting which was good. Elder Gowans does a great job on them so they are really uplifting. On Wednesday we did a lot of finding and we did the same on Thursday. We did some service as well on those days. Thursday night we went into Edinburgh for exchanges. On Friday I was with Elder Gowans and we found most of the day. The AP's prepared a video for President Donaldson and Friday happened to be his last day so all missionaries in Edinburgh at the time got to watch. It was really cool. On Saturday we found all day aside from a ward BBQ we went to. On Sunday we went to church and found. Have a great week.
This week was so awesome for a lot of reasons. On Monday we played some sports and I got a hair cut, so not a ton. Tuesday was President Donaldson's last conference. This picture of me with President and Sister Donaldson is from the day that I got to the mission in December. At the start of July, President McDonald comes in. I got to the mission home early because Elder Williams goes home in three weeks and there is a class he has to take for it. I was there talking to other missionaries who had companions in the class and then everyone else showed up. I got to see Elder Rowlan and Sister Freeman for the first time since we got into the mission which was cool. The conference was really good and it got better at the end. We got to have a Skype session with Elder David A. Bednar which was awesome. It was really cool talking to him and I learned so much. We got home around 9 and we were so tired after. On Wednesday we found for most of the day and then we went to a lesson with our friend Jack. Then we went over to a members house and did some service. On Thursday we tried going to another side of town to find. It was not as good as the side we are on but it was worth going over. On Friday we found most of the day and on Saturday we did the same. Yesterday we chapped after church all day. It was good, we set up a few appointments which was good. Today we are going into Edinburgh to play sports with the zone.
What a long week. On Monday we didn't do a ton other than email and sport and then found afterwards for the rest of the night. On Tuesday we went into Edinburgh for District meeting which was fun. I haven't been there since my first day in the mission so that was cool to see it again. Afterwards we went into the city and found. We have been doing a lot of chapping recently because we haven't had much opportunity to GQ in Livingston. This town is super spread out, like a lot, so we have been doing so much walking. We broke 100 miles this week walking according to our pedometer. On Wednesday we found and then we went out to a DA in a town called Bathgate, which is a 10 minute train ride away. On Thursday we decided that we would head back to Bathgate to try GQing there because there is a high street. Apparently we caught the back end winds and rain of a hurricane so it was very very windy and it rained occasionally while we were there. Finding wasn't too great there but we did set up a few appointments which was good. On Friday we found all day and on Saturday we taught a lesson and found. Yesterday we went to church and a guy walked in halfway through the first meeting who we believed to be a member but apparently he wasn't so he wants to be taught as well. That was good and chapping went well too. It was a great week and we were glad to have seen it pull through at the end of the week.
This week was super tiring. We walk so much here in Livingston and Elder Williams and I are way tired. On Monday, I took a boat to Stranraer and then a bus to Glasgow and then to Edinburgh. From there I took a train to Livingston and then I got a lift to my flat. Livingston is a small area but it is fantastic, but like I said it was a load of walking. We started tracking how much we walk each day and from Wednesday on we walked 70ish miles. The ward here is great, they feed us plenty as well. I am definitely tired but we are excited for this transfer. The flat here is the best one I have had so far, it is big and pretty nice. Ill try to take some pics of it soon. This is Elder Williams' last transfer and he is a legend. He isn't slowing down at all and he wants to work which is great. We are finding our way around the town and we found a basketball court to do morning exercise. Overall it was a good week.
This week was great! On Monday, we didn't have a whole lot going on, just some basketball at the church. Afterwards, we went out and found for the night. On Tuesday we had a district meeting and met Yuxi, who was working towards baptism on the 17th. She passed her baptismal interview which was great. We saw her on Wednesday too and talked about details for the service. We found most of the day both on Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Wednesday we met a girl from France. On Thursday we had the baptism of Yuxi. It went great and we confirmed her right after because she had to go back to China on Saturday. She should be back in September and it was way cool to get to know her. Our investigator from France also showed up and liked the baptism service which was great. On Friday, we said goodbye to Yuxi as she was going the next morning. We also saw our friend from France and found. On Saturday, we had a service project at Sister Roberts' house and ward coordination which was fun. We found after that and on Sunday we had church and had dinner with Albert. We had a great week and I am thankful to have seen some miracles and thankful to be in Belfast right now. Have a good week!
Elder Skelton is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is currently serving in the Scotland/Ireland Mission
Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. - Alma 26:12