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.
It has been a great week for us in Cork and a busy one as well. On Monday, we played sport, as it is getting too cold to do much else, near the flat other another team in Cork. It was a good time, we played Rugby and some American Football. On Tuesday we had a few lessons and a lot of finding time, as well on Wednesday. On Thursday we went out finding and then we got a call from Brother Quirk to help him move a huge fish tank. He picked us up and we went out of town about 20 minutes to help and then he bought us lunch. We got back into town and then we had to take a train out to another family from the states who was making the missionaries Thanksgiving dinner. It was really good; we took a train and then walked, but the other 4 elders drove and got lost so they were super late but it was fun. Friday was mainly finding until night when we went to Volleyball. On Saturday we had another Thanksgiving dinner from the Kagari's and we went out to the nursing home we visited last week to get details for a service project. On Sunday we had a great day. We had 3 people show up to church unexpected which was a miracle. One of them is the less active member who we had been doing service for so it was really cool to see him at church. Later that night we went to Gerald's house for dinner. We don't have a ton planned for this week other than going to Limerick tomorrow.
This week wasn't too bad, it wasn't raining as bad so we actually got up to a lot of work. On Monday we went to the church to play sport and then we went to a member's house for dinner. On Tuesday we went to a district council and then we had a few lessons lined up. Throughout the week, we had a lot of the same things going on. On Friday we got to go to the District President's house which was great. We had a good time talking about the gospel. Saturday was a crazy day. We went out to a nursing home to visit a member who runs the facility and do some service for him. It looks like we are going to be going out there weekly to show some gospel videos which should be fun. We got back from there and went to lunch with the Elders and went out finding. Towards the end of the night, we went for dinner next to a place that was showing the Ireland v. New Zealand rugby game so we got to watch a bit of that. Ireland won which was crazy cool because New Zealand is the best team in the world. After dinner, we got our moves calls. Elder Richardson and I are staying put till after the end of the year so I get to spend both of my Christmases and New Years in Cork. We don't have too much planned for the rest of the week, but it will be a good one. The Christmas lights are now on in the city, so its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
This week was incredible. Wow what a great week it was for us; we had so many good things happen to us back to back. Our week started off a bit slow but we found an absolutely golden Chinese student on Tuesday after a great District Council. We had exchanges on Wednesday with the Zone Leaders. I went with Elder Berry. Last Sunday we talked with the Branch about working better together so we lined up a few joint teaches and one of them taught with us on Wednesday and it went very well. He mentioned it in his testimony yesterday. We also taught our Chinese friend and she was very eager to learn more. We had a few more good lessons, another great joint teach, and some revelatory comp studies. Teaching totally clicked with Elder Richardson and I feel that we are teaching very well together. This next week should be better than this one as well. We have 6 people we are solidly teaching, probably the most I have had since March. We had very cold and then very wet weather in Cork this week, but it was good anyways. Its supposed to be very rainy this week, but it shouldn't be as cold.
This week was all over the place and really weird. On Monday we had a Barbecue on the beach in Kinsale. I cooked for the other elders and it was a good time. It still wasn't too cold which was nice but it was super super windy, it took us a long time to even get the fire going because of it. That night, we taught a really cool lesson and then drove to Dublin for Conference. All-Ireland was really good, I got to see a few people and learn quite a bit and afterwards we had a dinner appointment with one of Elder Berry's old friends from when he served there. We had to wait for the mission home to update the gas card in the Zone Leader's car so we stayed a second night and drove back in the morning. On Wednesday, I was on exchanges with Elder Allen. We got up to some teaching and we had interviews with President Macdonald. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we had to deal with a jazz festival going on in Cork. There are a lot of good bands playing, but 9/10 people are tourists so its hard to find people to teach. Church on Sunday was good, I gave a talk on faith and helped teaching in Primary. We are probably going out to Kinsale again today.
This week was really busy but we had some cool things happen so it payed off. On Monday we had dinner with the Smemo's in Ballincollig. It was really good and the rest of the night was just a little bit of finding. On Tuesday, we went to Limerick for a Zone meeting. Basically the theme was recommitting for the rest of the year. We are trying to see miracles so that we can hit good goals by the end of the year, but we are well off of meeting them. Afterwards, we went back into the city and found for the rest of the day.Wednesday and Thursday were very similar. On Friday we taught a few lessons and set up a lot of appointments which was great. On Saturday we had some good lessons as well and then we had Church on Sunday. We don't have too much going on today, but we may go to the beach.
This week was pretty wild as well, but I am so pumped for this next transfer. On Monday, we didn't have a lot going on, Elder Pelham had to shop for a suitcase because he was leaving on Thursday so we just did that and emailed. We did get to play a little sport is a patch of grass next to the zone leader flat which was fun. We played some rugby for an hour or so. On Tuesday we had a district council and then we worked the rest of the day finding and teaching. On Wednesday we had a stacked day because Elder Pelham wanted to say goodbye to all of his friends he has made here which was fun. On Thursday we took him to the bus station and then taught some of the Zone Leader's friends. Friday was generally the same except we played Volleyball for the first time since I have been back. On Saturday we taught a little in the morning and then we had General Conference at 5 pm. It was a great session and I learned a ton from it. We got our move calls afterwards. The Sisters in Cork both got moved out, Elder Burningham is leaving and I am staying to train a new missionary. I am so stoked to do that because I have wanted to my whole mission and I think I am getting the only trainee in all of Ireland. Elder Burningham is going to Belfast so I am super happy for him because it is a great time up there too. Two new Elders are coming in to replace the Sisters and I know them both so it will be cool. On Sunday we had conference and packing. I don't have a lot planned for today, but I will fly from Cork to Edinburgh tomorrow early in the morning and I will spend all of Wednesday travelling back into my area. Have a good week!
This week was full of work with a few surprises and a lot of travel. On Monday we didn't do a ton other than email and work at night. On Tuesday we had our District Council and President Macdonald came down for interviews. Both were really good and it was great to see President. Afterwards, we went into the city and worked the day and then had pizza with a member. On Wednesday and Thursday we didn't have a whole lot going on, but Friday was interesting. Elder Pelham and I were planning on going out to teach most of the day and the other Elders were going to Edinburgh for exchanges, but Elder Berry got sick and couldn't go. I got told that I was going instead so I spent the first part packing and the rest driving to Dublin and flying to Edinburgh with Elder Burningham. I was on exchange with Elder Christansen which was a lot of fun. It was good to see him and be back in Scotland for a day. We taught a few lessons and found quite a bit. We traveled back and on Sunday we went to church. There were some members from Arizona who know the Sanchez's. IT was a good week and we will find out our moves next week.
This week was good, was out of town on Wednesday and had an extended exchange throughout the week. On Monday didn't get up to a whole lot other than emailing and finding at night. We also had the opportunity to teach our friend Shuang who's baptism was the next day. On Tuesday we worked in the morning a bit and then went to the church to fill up the font. The baptism was great, Elder Pelham was the one who baptised her and I confirmed later that week. That night we drove to Dublin for the conference the next day; we stayed at Elder Moyle's flat which was a good time. Wednesday was great, the conference was fantastic. Elder De Feo came to the meeting and spoke. Everyone who presented did a great job and I learned a ton. After the conference, all the Elders from Cork stayed in Dublin so that they could go to Edinburgh the next day so I went with Elder Firstbrook back to Cork. It has been dumping rain most of the week and it was a lot of that in the back half. On Saturday everyone got back which was good and on Sunday we had church.
This week was a good one in Cork. On Monday we went to Kinsale, a little fishing town south of Cork. We had a really good time playing football and hiking around a little bit. When we finished, we went back into town and found for the night. On Tuesday we had a District Council at the church and two sisters came in from Dublin. We had a really good meeting and then went into town. During the week we met with a few cool people, one of which is hopefully getting baptized soon. We have been finding a lot to try and build our teaching pool and it has been reasonably successful. We had 2 dinner appointments this week, one with a guy named Ronan and another with a Brazilian family. They were both very good and we were super grateful for them. Church was really good and it is so nice to see how many people are getting out to church on Sunday. This next week is going to be an interesting one because we are in Dublin on Wednesday and my comp and the Zone Leaders are out of Cork from then until Saturday.
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