Surprise! I am staying in Cork again! This is going to be my 8th transfer here now and I've almost spent half of my mission in this area. This was an incredibly busy week, we had so much going on, it was hard to keep track of everything. We had flat inspections on Wednesday, a few lessons and a service project for a recent convert's parents. On Thursday we had another service opportunity mowing a lawn for an older member, then we had lunch with Ronan and a lesson. On Friday, I had two lunch appointments, because everyone thought I was leaving, and a lesson. We got our call from President Macdonald about moves early on Saturday morning, which was really nice. We didn't have to worry about what we were doing the rest of the day because we already knew. Elder Richardson is leaving and is going to Belfast, in the same ward I was in during my 4th transfer. He was excited about leaving, but sad to go. I am now companions with Elder Derry, who was with Elder Barlow and there are only two teams in Cork now. I am excited to be with him, and we have to be the two biggest Elders in the mission. Anyways, after we got the call, we went to a baptism and then a baby shower for the girl who was baptized. We met a lot of her friends and we could be teaching some of them soon. Yesterday we had church, a dinner appointment and then we went to Gerald's house. It was a good week.
One week till moves and I have no idea what will happen. Monday was great, went to the cliffs and it was really really cool and beautiful! It isn't the best place to go if heights aren't your thing and the wind from the sea is incredible(I almost got blown over a few times) but all around it was a fantastic trip. We got back to Cork later that night and I went on exchanges with Elder Barlow. The week wasn't too eventful, but it was really good for my studies. We taught a few lessons, did some service and I got to use some of my limited plumbing skills to help out one of the members in the branch. Moves calls are on Saturday! Most of the time, I have an idea on what is going to happen, but this time I really don't even have a guess. Logic says that I will move, but very good sources say its possible that I stay another transfer. I just really do not know, but it will be fun to find out.
This week was a great one with a lot of cool things happening. We didn't end up doing too much on Monday, just played some sport and went finding afterwards. On Tuesday, we had district council at the church and then we found most of the day. We taught a first lesson to a girl named Stephany from Brazil. She was really cool. She likes tightrope walking across mountains for fun which I thought was crazy. We spent the night at the Zone Leader's flat for exchanges the next day. I went with Elder Peterson and we had some success in a few different ways, but the big one was from going into one of the shops in town. I am a friend of the owner of the Brazilian Shop in town, and I went in to see if he needed more English Class flyers. We ended up talking for a while, but in the conversation, he offered to let us teach the class at the café in his shop. This is really good, because the church is a 15 minutes drive outside of the city and most of the people aren't able to make it out there on their own. We had class that night and Branch Council. We had a good day on Thursday. The morning was actually rubbish, no one out and no one stopping. We went in for planning and we tried to figure out why we were working super hard and seeing no progress in the area for the third transfer in a row. We read a section about faith in Preach My Gospel and we did our best afterwards to show our faith. We set up six appointments in two hours after that which turned our week around. On Friday, we met a girl from Pittsburg and taught her, we should be seeing her next week. Saturdays on the mission are the worst days usually, because people are busy and no one usually wants to stop all day. We did teach two lessons though, and then we texted and got two people to church the next day. It was really good, and a good way to end the week. I went with the Zone Leaders to pick up the Galway Elders so I am in Galway right now. Ii will take some pictures for next weeks email.
This week was a good one and it was nice and sunny for most of it. We have been playing around with a few ideas to help our finding and it has payed off. A larger study I am doing right now is how motivation can effect success in missionary work and other things. I will send more about it when I am close to being done with it. We spent most of our week finding and we had exchanges on Saturday which was fun. I learned how to make banana pancakes Friday night and they were fantastic. Not too much to tell about this week,
Hello! I am actually so tired after this week but it definitely paved the way for us to have a successful next week. We had two conferences, one on Tuesday and one on Thursday. The one on Tuesday was in Limerick, just with our zone. We drove up with Elder Allen and Elder Morgan and the conference was really good. On Wednesday we drove up for interviews and I had a really powerful one with President Macdonald. Our conference on Thursday was good as well; we got stuck in traffic for 2 hours leaving, so we got back around 9:15. I am starting to write a lot again like I did back home, its making my studies really good. We had a really cool thing happen yesterday, someone from our English class came to church yesterday and is now being taught by the other Elders. Its the first time that this has happened so hopefully it will be happening more often as the class is getting bigger.
This week was very busy but very good. On Monday and Tuesday we played a lot of basketball and watched some movies. It was a lot of fun and a good break for us. We got a good chance to clean the flat and get organized for the transfer. On Wednesday, we found most of the day. It was poor weather, but we tried to get some stuff done. For English class, most of the students were on holiday so there was little turnout. On Thursday, we had a similar morning to Wednesday, but our afternoon shaped out to be very good. We set up quite a few appointments and finished out the night. We also went to lunch with Ronan. On Friday, were also were trying to find a better area to contact people during the weeks when people are on vacation in the city center. We had an awesome lunch in Douglas and then went out to Carrigaline. It was good finding out there and a different place so we may go out there a few times next week. On Saturday, we spent all day finding except for one lesson and our first 2 hour church in Cork was awesome.
Hello! This week was good and it was fun Skyping home and seeing everyone. After Christmas, we went to the church on Wednesday to play sport. We Had a good time, and then we left to go to the Peter's house. We were over there for the rest of the day and got to eat dinner and play some games with them. On Thursday we went back to work and had a good day. We had some success with a person we are teaching which was a good breakthrough in the area. On Saturday we had moves calls. Not a whole lot changed, I am staying in Cork for a seventh transfer and Elder Richardson is staying too. Elder Berry was the only one that left, so there wasn't a whole lot changed at all. Yesterday we had a good Sacrament meeting and good dinner with Gerald. There isn't too much going on this week outside of us being off today and tomorrow.
This week was particularly wet, so that means that Winter is officially here. On Monday we traveled up to Glendalough, which is near Dublin, for Pday. It was a good trip and I had a good time driving on the roads to get there. Conference on Tuesday was great and we got to watch the Incredibles 2, which totally lived up to the hype. On Wednesday I got to teach a lesson and then we had English class. I got the Brazilian shop in town to agree to put some flyers in the shop which was awesome. We had four people turn out which is good for week 2. On Thursday we had lunch at the best chipper in Ireland. Its called KC's and it was fantastic. On Friday we were out finding most of the day, but it was fun. We went to the nursing home on Saturday and we had a good time there. On Sunday we had a fire sacrament meeting and good other meetings to finish out 3 hour church in Cork. I don't think we are doing to much this week, but it should be fun.
Hello! I got better so this week I was super busy going out and doing a lot before Christmas comes and it gets super super busy. On Monday we stayed in the city and had a really relaxing P-day. On Tuesday, we had a district council which was really good and uplifting. We went out with a whiteboard and found with the district for the day. On Wednesday, we got up to a lot of finding and we got to host our first English class at the church. There wasn't a big turnout, but invitations were sent out too late for most people to come to it. We should have more people there this week but we are still very excited for it. Thursday was a finding day for us after which we had a dinner appointment in Ballincollig with the Smemo family. On Friday I was on Exchanges with Elder Calley. He only has three weeks left until he goes home. We had a great time working in the day and then we had volleyball with the branch afterwards. Then, on Saturday, I was on exchanges with Elder Alfonso. We went out to the nursing home again, showed some videos and got some new ideas on how we can help out more there. We played around with a load of different finding strategies afterwards which was good fun. I have been cooking a lot more; I am not quite sure if I have it down yet but I am getting better I think(or at least that's what Elder Richardson says). Anyways, I got a recipe for Lyon Quenelles a while back from one of my French friends so I tried making that. I think they turned out good, sorta tasted like a tuna puff but fancier. Yesterday we had church which was good. A lot of people were gone this week because of exams in school or vacations, but still was fun. Today I am going to finish emailing and then I am driving to Dublin for Conference tomorrow. We should be going to Glendalough if we beat traffic and get there in time.
I spent a good chunk of this week under the weather but it was still a good one and we got quite a bit done. On Monday we played sport most of the day and finished by finding at night. On Tuesday we had a Zone Cluster in Limerick for most of the day. We had a good time at it and I learned a lot. On Wednesday we had a lesson and then we planned a new class that we are teaching to help people with their English. On Thursday we planned in the morning and then we taught a bit later in the day. On Friday we tried whiteboarding again, which is Gqing but having everyone write their answers on a board. It creates a word art thing and it's pretty cool. On Saturday we had a Branch Christmas Party. I tried my hand at making cookies and they didn't turn out too bad. On Sunday we had church and after we went to a few dinner appointments.
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