This week has definitely been very interesting to say the least. So we started off the week with the very sad news that President Monson passed away. Everyone in the Scotland/Ireland Mission is praying for his family and the Brethren in Salt Lake. We spent most of the week teaching up until Friday. I have been sick for a little while now and I thought it was getting better but I got worse so I went to see a doctor about it and I was diagnosed with Bronchitis. I got a lot of medicine for it and I am now getting better but the doctor told me to take a few days off from working so I was in the flat for the majority of the last two days. I am going to start back up working today and I should be fine now that I actually have the medicine I need. On a happier note, our investigator John got baptised!!!! His baptism was on the 6th and Elder Bain performed the ordinance and I got to confirm him yesterday in church. It was super exciting and an amazing experience to work with him for the last few weeks. Since it has been the holidays, our church schedule and the mission schedule have been very weird so yesterday was my first day of full length church in the Cork Branch. The last two weeks have only been 1 hour long and church in the MTC was weird as well so this is my first time going 3 hours in more than a month. This next week should be jam packed because we have our All Ireland Conference on Wednesday. We have to go up to Dublin which is a long bus ride away and we will be there all day and drive back at night. There is a great pizza place called star pizza that we stopped by when I was moving into Cork that I’ll be going to. We are teaching a few people regularly now that I’ve talked a little bit about. We have a new investigator named Colin who has a baptismal date for the 20th of January. He is very solid and he went to church yesterday so we may have another baptism coming up in a few weeks. Our zone and our district is on schedule to baptise every week this transfer and I am hoping we do because that would be an amazing start to the year. There is a lot going on this week and I am very excited for what we have planned. Meeting all the other missionaries in Dublin and seeing my MTC friends will be super cool so I am stoked that we are going up. This is already my third week in the field and my sixth week on my mission. I won’t say that it’s gone by super-fast because it feels like I have been here forever but I’ll be halfway through my first transfer next week. Have a great week!
This week and last week have been reasonably busy. We teach quite a few lessons every week but we definitely spend most of our time GQing (trying to find people to teach). So over the holidays we got loads of time off. We had the last bit of Christmas Eve, all of Christmas, and St. Stevens Day off. We stayed with the zone leaders and watched some movies. We got to go to a cool place called James Fort which is about 30 minutes outside of Cork. I wasn't feeling amazing when I Skyped, but I got way worse as the week went on. I got some medicine, so as of today I have been feeling a little better. Throughout the week, we only taught a few lessons because most everyone is out of town for holiday. I think Uni gets back in next week and then GQing and teaching will be a lot busier. We are still teaching our three solid investigators and we got a new young Chinese man. John is getting baptised this Saturday but he gave me and Elder Bain a minor heart attack when he almost cancelled. Hopefully we are going to be teaching a lot of first lessons this next week. There are a lot of people who work for Apple here and we are going to be teaching some of them hopefully. The weather got a lot colder although it warmed back up today. We got a tiny bit of snow last week which doesn't ever happen in Cork because its right on the ocean. Over New Year's we basically did the same thing as we did during Christmas. Having the extra time to sleep helped me get a little better so I hope I can make it through the next few weeks.
This week has been fantastic! So we got to go to the temple twice this last week which was amazing. The last week at the MTC was just a lot of classes and not too much to talk about. I said goodbye to my district today for the most part but Ill say more about that in a second. This morning, I had to wake up at 430 to get on the bus for Edinburgh at 545. It was a nice drive and only took about 4 1/2 hours. During the entire trip, the road was covered with fog and it was super cold. When we go into the mission office, I met the two AP's and Sister Donaldson. We waited around for President Donaldson who was training the new trainers and then we got to go to Pratt's Hill, where the first missionaries went to pray. The hike to the top was not too long and we got told a story about Orson Pratt and his prayers to get 200 baptisms. His prayer was answered and there are a lot of other cool things that have happened. We also got told that there is only 1 zone that doesn't have a stake and so I prayed that I would get to help the work there and guess what, I got assigned there! I'm going to be in Cork, Limerick in Ireland for at least the next 6 weeks. Apparently this is the best place to serve in the entire mission according to everyone I've met so far. My trainer is Elder Bain and he is from Bountiful, Utah. I can already tell he is a super rad dude and I'm going to enjoy this area a lot. I get on a bus for Glasgow tomorrow morning at 630 am, then I get on a ferry to go to Belfast, then from Belfast to Dublin and from Dublin to Cork.I won't actually get there until 930 pm and our flat is in the city center. I'll try to write more if I can when I get there!
This week was great! So on Tuesday after I emailed my district went to a chippy and got fish and chips. They actually let us out of the MTC a whole lot more than I was expecting. Today President Bunker drove my district and a few others to Tesco which is basically their Walmart. We get to go out during exercise if we go running and we go into Manchester every week on Monday to do finding (looking for people to teach). On Wednesday I was either in a class or in a devotional. We didn't do a whole lot of exciting things then but we still have a lot of fun during classes. Thursday was super cool because generally everyone figured out how to teach through the Spirit. It was awesome to watch because everyone got the same feeling that I got last week while teaching and finding. On Friday I went on a church history tour. We got to see a lot of cool places! We saw where most of the early missionaries stayed their first week and the buildings they stayed at. Most of the actual buildings are gone now because of development but we got to see some other important places. We went to the river where the first baptisms happened, the house that the early missionaries stayed at, Gordon B Hinkley's residence during his mission, a village where they had huge success at and a few other places. I got to give a blessing later that night to one of the sister in my district which was an amazing experience. Saturday was spent in classes and Sunday we had church and a devotional. I am conducting a devotional for an area seventy tomorrow night. Yesterday I had food that is the closest to Mexican since I've been here (it was Turkish lamb casserole but it tasted like a beef tostada bowl). We went finding again in the park but Elder Rowlan and I had Elder Thomson with us. He is Scottish and going to Germany but the rest of his class lacks visas for the UK so they cant leave the MTC to proselyte but it was fun going with him. We walked 4 miles around the city finding. It was a fun week and it went by fast. That terrible about the fires and its great that the girls are doing well. My P-Day from now on will be on Monday except for New Years Week. I'll have P-Day on Tuesday then. So here is some info on my departure from the MTC: I will be leaving Monday morning at 6am by coach. The ride is about 4 hours but may be a little longer depending on traffic. After that, I'll meet with President Donaldson and then travel to wherever I am going. My only email time will probably be when I get to the Mission Office, so I may not get to write a whole lot. It snowed some this week and the pond outside my room froze over. Its about 2 degrees C out and it drops to -2 at night. When the sun sets its only 430 which makes the days seem extra long. Have a great week, Love You!
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This week was amazing and I am super stoked to be at this MTC. So here is what happened this week:
On Wednesday after we got done with our MTC registration, we got to hear from an Area Seventy, Elder Tunnicliffe. He gave a lesson on "walking" like a missionary or how a missionary can properly carry themselves. It was really cool and really insightful and I had just gotten unpacked but I hadn't organized anything yet so that got me in gear to actually get all of my things organized. So even though there were only 12 missionaries on the flight, we added 10 more either from the UK or from earlier flights. After the devotional we got assigned our Districts and I am in the Abinadi District, which is full of everyone who is going to Scotland and Ireland. We also found out our companions. My companion is Elder Rowlan and he is from Morgan, Utah. He is a quiet but super funny dude and he knows a lot. Im super glad that I'm companions with him. There are 8 of us in Abinadi and Elder Rowlan and I are the only Elders in it. I'm just gonna jot down a short bit about each companionship. Sister Bair and Sister Edholm sit across from us in our district room and they are amazing. Sister Bair is from Seattle. Sister Edholm is from St. George.. Both of them are super funny. Next, Sister Freeman and Sister Kearns are hilarious. SIster Freeman is from Wales and Sister Kearns is from Denver. They are nice and we get along great. Lastly, Sister Taylor and Sister Perkins are two of the best people I have ever met. Sister Taylor is basically a celebrity at the MTC and in the south of England. She has done plays, church shows and Tv shows. Literally all of the staff knows her. Sister Perkins is from Provo and she is nice. Everyone is really smart in my district. On Thursday, I got assigned to be the District Leader and I am super excited to be the DL of the best district of all time. Really all I do is make sure everyone is ready to go into the field and I conduct opening and closing exercises. I got to teach my first mock investigator later that day and we actually did well. On Friday I got training for my DL assignment. My teacher is Brother Wilford for our district class and he is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is from South Africa and served his mission in Botswana. He lives in Scotland when he isn't teaching or going to the Uni. He is studying law which is cool. We taught more lessons and I got to realize how much we were able to do after just 2 days. On Saturday I had a lot of classes and didn't get to do much. On Sunday we had leadership council and testimony meeting. For district bonding I got everyone to join the MTC choir, and we got to do a song in Sacrament meeting. We had a lot of meetings to talk about the week and we got to go to a concert at the stake center across the street from us. It was super relaxing and the performers were super talented. We also worked on preparing for Monday. On Monday we got thrown into the deep end. We all got loaded onto a bus and taken to Piccadilly Park which is in Manchester. We were street contacting to get investigators for the Manchester mission and it was fantastic. We were preparing for it since Saturday and my district as a whole was really nervous about it, but we all did good. It was super cool and I am really glad I started getting used to listening to the accents at home because I was able to understand some really harsh accents. It was great and I'm super happy I got to go. The district grew a lot from it and it was cool that I was able to help some people. Today I am going out into Chorley. I am in a room with Elder Burns who is from St. George and Elder Masango from South Africa. They are both super cool. While there are only 22 of us in our "graduating class", there are 58 people here. We are saying goodbye to around 20 of them today because a lot are going to Greece, London or Birmingham. Next week all of the German speaking Missionaries leave and then we leave two weeks from today. We have a lot of diverse people here as well. We have Elders and Sisters from Finland, Denmark, Thailand, Italy, the UK, the Philippines, Japan, France, the Netherlands, Zimbabwe and South Africa. I am not very cold at all, but it's colder up north I am told. Just my bigger coat is usually enough to keep me toasty and a sweater would make me hot. I love it here and I cant wait to talk to you next week. Love You. I sent some pictures of the MTC and our district.
P.S. I met a Sister Skelton at the MTC.
An Easy Place to Read
Welcome to my mission blog! This will be the one place where anyone can read my weekly emails, see where I am at on the mission, and find out what I am doing. On the top of the page, there are four tabs. The first is the Home page, or where you are at right now. This page will generally stay the same throughout the mission, but may have news on it. The second, labeled "Elder Skelton's Posts" will contain the weekly letters I send home. Next, you will find the "About the Mission" page. This will have details of where I am at, along with what is going on locally. Last is the page entitled "Write to Travis". Since I will not actually be managing the blog (my mom is going to be in charge of that) I will not be able to see any comments until I get back. However, this page contains the only email I will be using for the duration of the mission, so feel free to write me! I will definitely read all emails sent to me and I will do my best to write back. Like I said before, my mother, Holly Skelton, is the operator after I leave so if you have any questions about the blog ask her. I hope you enjoy the posts!
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