Thursday, April 2, 2015

March 16, 2015 Goodbye Wells, Hello Carter!

Hello Everybody! How are you all doing?

Sounds like quite the week! Moving, bad backs, choir concerts, whew! Sounds pretty busy! Wish I could've been there to help! 

This week was pretty cool! I'm gonna be real quick with everything though, if you want details, you'll have to ask for them and wait for them.

Elder Wells took some time to say goodbye to plenty of members Monday and Tuesday. Elder Jensen from Thurso is also moving, so they came down and the two of them took the same train to Aberdeen on Tuesday. That meant it was just me and Elder Jamieson! WITH A CAR!!!! WHOOOOO!!! We did a lot of stuff for P-Day on Wednesday! I got a hair cut, for one thing. I'm going to assume I've told you about Warhammer Finding. If not, I'll tell you later. We did that, had a blast too! We were going to go to Loch Ness and drink from the waters of immortality, but we ran out of time and also couldn't find a place to stop and go down to the water's edge. Elder Carter got in a few minutes late, but we came back to the flat. He's got this tradition that every moves, he has to rearrange the flat! So we did that! It looks cool, I'll have to snap a pic for ya. 

Anyways, Elder Carter is cool! He's got 5 months left, he's served all over Scotland and a bit in Ireland as well. Elder Carter's a hard worker. We've done some AUF's, Ward Council, Ninjitsu, taught Rieley, and also Georgiana and Jen! We had a WONDERFUL summers day on Saturday! It was sooooooo warm!! Perfect for playing sports with the Youth! Elder Carter did a great job with the youth, playing "football" with them and just having a good time. It was a fun day!
Georgiana and Jen weren't able to make it to Church, unfortunately, but they should be getting out of the hospital today! But hey, Maureen came to church!! She had a cane with her, and she was a little doped up, but she came! 

The Ward Members here are the best! They're so awesome! They are wonderful once you bring somebody to them, which is fantastic, not every ward is like that that. We're working on  getting them to actually do missionary work! But they're great fellowshippers, so I've got nothing to complain about. We usually get 2-3 DA's a week up here. 

Inverness is wonderful! Love it to bits!

We've also got a really cool experience to share!  We were walking down the river, heading towards the church to look up some AUF's, when this woman sitting on a bench called after us, wondering what our nametags said. Turns out she's from Lithuania, and we had a nice chat sitting on that park bench overlooking the river! We invited her to church, gave her a pamphlet and a card, and then she was on her way and we went on ours! And she came to church! She's willing to have us come by her place and teach her! She's moving to England in a few weeks, but we're willing to get her started on the pathway!

So yeah, that's been my week. Oh, here's something! So on Saturday we were walking towards this AUF, but we got to where we thought she was, and we couldn't find the road. We looked up the map, and the road didn't exist on there! We weren't far from the church, so I suggested we go there and use the computer there to look up the address. We did, and found that if we had just gone a few feet further, we would have found the road!! We were a little upset about this, feeling that we must have ignored some promptings from the spirit! We went to the AUF, who'd moved, and then started heading back home for Dinner, having wasted some time going back and forth from the church. However, we hadn't gone far when we suddenly heard someone calling out "Elders! Hey Elders!" We turned and a car had just parked on the side of the road and this woman was running up to us. "I am so glad I found you guys! We're visiting from England, and we don't know what time the service is tomorrow!" We told her it was at 10, and she was overjoyed! "You guys are like answers to prayers! Thank you! See you tomorrow!" They were a couple who were members who came to church. They'd been married at the church building, actually! So anyways, God uses us, no matter our weaknesses, to help others. I think someone once said "Except for only one special individual, God has always had to deal with imperfect people. That must be terribly frustrating for Him! But he deals with it, and uses our imperfections to further His work!" Amen to that!

Anyways, I'll be praying for you all! Have a great week! :) Love you all so much! :)
Elder Bates

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