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!
Monday wasn't too bad, we emailed for a while and then went to a music shop and had a good time there. On Tuesday, we found a ton and also had some lessons. Wednesday was All-Ireland which was great. I got to see Sister Kearns and Sister Edholm from my MTC group which was sick. I also got to catch up with most of the Elders I served around in Cork. The conference was great and I learned a ton from it. On Thursday we taught a few lessons and then went to Sister Tracy's house. On Friday we were teaching most of the day and we had a great time doing that. We taught with a member named Sian from China. On Saturday we had ward coordination and then we went to a member's house for dinner. On Sunday we had Stake Conference. It was one of President Donaldson's last conferences which was sad but he gave an amazing talk. We went to a lunch appointment which was really good. It was Elder Bradley's birthday and so we found for a little while and then had hotpot. It was a good week.
This week was a very good one and it has been amazing to be in Belfast recently. On Monday, we played football at the park with some of the other teams in the zone. On Tuesday we had a district meeting and found for most of the day afterwards. On Wednesday and Thursday we found most of the day with the exception of a few lessons and cottage home evening. On Friday we had found and visited a few of our investigators and recent converts. On Saturday we did quite a bit of finding and Sunday I got to Video chat back home. Before that, we had gotten the approval to go ahead with the baptism of one of our friends which should be on Thursday. After we videoed, we went to Sister Tracey's house and ate dinner. We got to give a blessing while there which was good as well. Today we shouldn't be doing a whole lot.
This week was good and it didn't rain hardly at all which was great. Monday wasn't too eventful, we just played a little basketball at the church and then found after 6. On Tuesday, we had a gigantic district meeting with both our district and the Bangor district. It was really good and I learned quite a bit. Later, we met with one of our investigators. On Wednesday, we found the whole day until we had a dinner appointment. On Thursday we went out and found and then we went to the house of a member named Tracy. We had a family home evening there which was fun. On Friday we went to lunch with Steve Dog who took us back to Templeton's. That night we met with a guy named Jason who is really interested. On Saturday we had Ward coordination and a ton of finding. On Sunday we went to church and then that night we went to a dinner appointment. The week wasn't too bad, just a little long. Have a good week!
This week was super good and Belfast is fantastic. I was told by people in Cork that Belfast was not too much bigger but it is gigantic. Monday was just a super long day for me because I had no sleep the night before and I traveled and had to unpack and stuff so it felt like 3 days but it was great. We went out GQing by Queens' University which is about 15 minutes away from my flat. On Tuesday we went out to the University again, which is where we spend all of our time, and were out there most of the day. There is a recent convert who we call Steve Dog who takes missionaries out to lunch at really good places and on Wednesday he took us out to get steak at a place called Templetons. It was really good and it was super cool that he likes to take us out. He actually got us either lunch or dinner three days in a row at nice places. He is awesome. Throughout the week we met some really cool people who could get baptised which was way exciting. On Saturday, we had breakfast at a members home and then we had Ward Coordination. On Sunday we had church and the ward is so cool. There are so many Chinese members here that there are classes for them in Mandarin. I started to learn the language from Elder Bradley who knows quite a bit. I am so stoked to be here and I can't wait to get farther along in the transfer to see what happens because it could be really good.
I left the blessed land of Cork to go to the blessed land of Belfast! I haven't seen a whole lot of the city yet, which is fine because I have only been here for an hour, but I am stoked to be here. This week was an alright one other than that; Monday was pretty cool. We got to go see a few castles and I would send pictures of them but I left my camera in my bag at my flat. It was a lot of fun seeing them. On Tuesday we had two broadcasts from President Nelson to the members in the UK and Ireland. It was really good to watch them and learn from the prophet. I went on exchanges with Elder Carter and Elder Mcdermott in the week which was cool. On Saturday we met with the family we started to work with and we also found out that Elder Burningham was going to be a ZL in Paisley, Scotland. Later that night I found out I was moving to Belfast and that everyone else in Cork was going to Dublin except for Elder Gowans. I am very happy to be here and it will be very exciting to see what happens this transfer.
Another good week in the Republic is gone. This week was a good one for Cork; lots of good things are getting off the ground after a slower Easter season. On Monday we played sport at the church, which was fun, and then found for the rest of the night. On Tuesday we had a District Meeting and then a few lessons. On Wednesday we went on exchanges. I went with Elder Moyle and I were together and we did quite a bit. On Thursday we found and taught some lessons and we did the same on Friday. On Saturday we taught a man named Andrew and met with a family who wants to join the church. On Sunday we went to church and went finding in Ballincollig. Throughout the week we also ran into a ton of people who were visiting from the states. A family from Utah living in Germany bought me and Elder Burningham doughnuts. It was a good week, but we are not looking forward to moves calls next week. Everyone in Cork is potentially up for moves because we all have been here for a long time, except for Elder McDermott. It should be interesting to see who goes, but hopefully I will still be emailing from Cork next week.
This week was hot, then cold, then wet and cold then just cold again. On Monday we didn't do a whole lot other than play basketball at the church. We went to Dublin later that night because we had All-Ireland on Tuesday and we stayed the night. On Tuesday we had the conference and it was fantastic. We learned a ton about the Sabbath and the Atonement. We finished at around 4 and then we ate and got on our bus to Cork at 630. On Wednesday we went and found the entire day. Everyone was very busy with Easter so it was hard to stop people and have lessons. The entire week was like that but it got a lot colder towards the weekend. We got to watch general conference on Saturday. The morning session aired at 5p, for us. On Sunday we watched the rest of it and it was great. Next week is going to be good now that Easter is over. Have a good week
This week was an interesting one but it ended up being very good. On Monday, Elder Burningham and I ended up being the only ones in Cork on P Day so we didn't do a whole lot other than get him moved to my flat. His old flat is only about 20 minutes away so we just walked with his suitcases. We didn't do a ton on Monday other than shop and relax. On Tuesday we worked for most of the day and then Elder Burningham left for Dublin to fly to Edinburgh for training. I went with the ZL's on Wednesday and then we went to Dublin because they had to fly to Edinburgh on Thursday. We got in at 10 and then woke up at 5 to take them to the airport. I GQed in the city with a new elder for a little while and then Elder Burningham flew back in. We took a bus back to Cork and had a few lessons that night. On Friday we taught some and found. On Saturday our friend Colin was baptised! I got to baptise him which was super cool. On Sunday we went to church and found in the city for a while. We had a dinner appointment in Ballincolly and then we chapped (door knocked) the rest of the night there. It wasn't a super great week for finding because we were gone from Cork for a little bit and next week we are back in Dublin for All-Ireland Conference but it should be good. Have a good week!
Happy Paddy's Day!
This week was wild for the Cork missionaries. On Monday, the Waterford Elders came down for exchanges. We decided that we would go to Blarney Castle for the day and it was pretty cool. The grounds were beautiful and the castle was cool. It was nice walking through the grounds though because it was very quiet. We were there for a few hours which was very relaxing. Afterwards we went back into the city to find for the rest of the night. I went with Elder Cunha from Portugal. I was also with him on Tuesday. We had a good time GQing and teaching; they went back on Tuesday night. There were a few warm days at the start of the week, but towards Wednesday we got super cold. The Beast from the East 2 hit later that day.
We went on exchanges on Wednesday with the Zone Leaders. I was with Elder Carter for the day. There was so much rain on Wednesday. Standing outside for a minute would soak us. It was also the first cold day of the week. On Thursday we went to dinner with a recent convert who bought every missionary in Cork a 10 euro meal deal at a place called Shake Dog. It was quite nice. On Friday, our friend Nicha brought all of us to her house for hot pot.
On Saturday we went to Niko and Maja’s flat to teach them. While we were there, we got a call from President Donaldson for our moves. Elder Christiansen got called as a Zone Leader in Dublin which was very cool. Almost cooler though is that I got called to stay in Cork! Elder Burningham is now companions with me so he gets to stay in Cork as DL as well. His companion Elder Moyle is going to stay in Cork too but is bringing a trainee in. I was super stoked that I got to stay in Cork because it is one of the best spots in the mission and with Elder Burningham who I have already served around for 3 months. There was a parade through town during the day and the crowds were huge. There were more people visiting for Paddy’s day out than people from Cork it seemed like. All of the pubs were packed by noon and then they all came out for the parade at 1. It was cool to see so many people but definitely hard to do missionary work. Everyone we talked to was drunk but it was a good day still. Saturday was also the last day in the 6 nation’s rugby tournament. Ireland played England to try to go undefeated in the tournament for the 3rd time in 80 years. They smashed England so it was extra crazy outside. The mission office told everyone in Ireland to go inside by 6 so we did and it was loud outside till 5 in the morning. On Sunday, we went to church and then helped Elder Christiansen get on his way to Dublin. It was a very good week for us and I am excited to be here for another transfer.
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