Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 30: 2nd to last week of the tranfer


Aug 7, 2017

  

Hey guys!

 

It still feels like summer here but summer here is really cool. It gets to about 60 or maybe 65 degrees here during the day. The leaves haven't changed yet but it the rain is always dependable. I can't believe the leaves are already beginning to change.

 

So this week we did a bit of travelling. We went to Edinburgh last Tuesday for Zone Conference. It was really good. On the way back to the bus station, I did see a pair of bagpipers wearing kilts but I didn't have time to take a picture. So I do see them but not very often. More often than not they are playing on the touristy streets. Then on Wednesday we went to Glasgow to have interviews. We have continued to meet with John some more this week. He is progressing slowly. He's started to read his scriptures every night which is good. The rest of this week has been filled with chapping. It's interesting because over here in Cumbernauld there are sections where all the Catholics live and places where all the protestants live. So often times when people say I'm Catholic most of the other people we talk to in the neighborhood will say they are Catholic as well.

 

So here's the Scottish phrase for the week. If someone tells you over here that something is dearer it means that it is more expensive. For example, if "those biscuits are dearer than those biscuits" than they are more expensive. They also don't use the word trash over here. They will always refer to the trash can as a bin.

 

So I don't have many pictures for this week but here is a picture of a large building with the Union jack on it in Edinburgh. There are not many places that have the Union jack out. The Scottish flag is more likely to be flown.

 



 

I almost forgot, yesterday was Elder Udy's birthday so I tried to bake him a cake but failed pretty bad. He got a cake from the McGregor's though. They're a family in the ward. Brother McGregor is in the bishopric. By the way we do have a ward mission leader. He's about five years off his mission. He served in the England London South mission. He's a good mission leader. There are no young men in the ward though but there are young women. I don't know how many though.

 



 

Well it's been great to hear from you guys! Enjoy the nice fall weather!

 

Love you guys,

Elder Calley

 

By the way we mainly take the bus around Cumbernauld and walk. I believe I have seen four people wear a kilt since I've been in Scotland. I will try to take a picture of the next person I see wearing a kilt, if I remember.

Week 29: Wow July is done!


Week 28

July 31, 2017

 

Wow the time is sure flying by here in Cumbernauld! I can't believe how quick this week has gone by. It has been very rainy and cool this week. Elder Udy and I went on exchanges this past Friday with the Elders in Airdrie. I was on exchanges with Elder Baklan. He is an Ukranian Elder that is in my MTC group. Airdrie is different than Cumbernauld. It is smaller but has a town centre to talk with people. Also the ward in Airdrie is supposedly one big clan with one or two families in addition.

 

This past week Elder Udy and I have been continuing to teach John and trying to figure out how we can help him. Yesterday in Church we had a really good lesson in gospel principles about the Holy Ghost. It was really good. There were some really good experiences shared and the Spirit was definitely able to testify there. We later had an opportunity to follow up with John and help him to identify ways the Spirit can teach us and some basic things that we can do to invite the Spirit to testify to us. It is interesting how small things such as reading scriptures everyday, praying, and going to church (we sometimes call that spiritual CPR) can provide us with so much more. We also met with an excommunicated member this week, Gordon. He told us that he had been reading his scriptures this past week and really felt good about what he was reading. He said that he wants to come back to church but was wondering if it was okay. We told him to get in touch with the bishop but that we would love to see him at church and to continue to read the scriptures. It is really amazing to see how the Holy Ghost can testify to us through the small things that we do such as scripture study.

 

Anyways, the Scottish phrase that I picked up this week was dour. Dour (pronounced do-r) essentially means rough around the edges, gloomy, or not feeling good.

 

By the way I did remember to take a picture of the kitchen in our flat. It is also where we do our laundry. Most flats have a combined washer and dryer which is nice. You can't see it in the photo but it is right around the corner.

 




 

By the way, I had haggis for the first time this week at John's house. He served us a Burn's night dinner which is haggis, heaps, and tatties. Heaps are turnips and tatties are potatoes. Haggis is definitely unique. I liked it but it is covered in a lot of spices. The food here in Scotland is similar to the food back home. So for grocery we will sometimes catch the bus or usually John will drive us there if he needs to get groceries as well. So when we take the bus we just bring the bags with us on the bus or put them in the boot of John's car. They sell a lot of similar things but the stores here are not as big as back home and almost everything is sold fresh. For example the milk here only lasts about a week before it goes south because they don't put any preservatives in it. We usually, go shopping at Lidl in Kilsyth. Kilsyth is about a ten minute drive north west of our flat. Lidl is kind of like a Hy-Vee back home. It only sells food but I heard that they opened the first Lidl in the States this past week. Probably didn't build it in Rochester though. Haha.

 

The biggest difference from Ireland to Scotland has been the people (as well as the accent haha). The Scottish can be a little rough at first but are really friendly once you get to know them.

 

Anyways, it has been great to talk to you guys. Thank you so much for your emails. They really make my P-day! Speaking of P-day we will probably go to Glasgow again. There isn't much to do here in Cumbernauld. We mainly go to Glasgow so that Elder Udy can get a few things before he goes home. We also go to look around. The architecture there is really impressive. They have a lot of older buildings but they are neat to see. I'll make sure to take some more pictures.

 

Love,

Elder Calley

 

P.S. We do email from the Cumbernauld library as well.

Week 28: What's it called? Cumbernauld!

Week 28
July 24, 2017
 
Hey everyone!
It's so good to be able to talk to you guys! This week we did a lot of finding. There are tons and tons of houses in Cumbernauld. So there are a countless number of doors to chap. Elder Udy and I had an interesting conversation at one of them. So normally when I am talking to people at the door, I tell them who we are and why we are knocking but I will almost always ask them if there is anything that we can do for them. So we were at this one door and this one guy answered. He looked a little bit younger than you dad and we told him who we were and why we were chapping his door. He was a little hesitant to meet with us and so I asked him if there is anything that we could do for him. He said that he is looking for a wife and wanted to know if we had any advice for him. Elder Udy and I were kind of surprised and didn't really know what to tell him. We ended up telling him that church is a good opportunity to meet new people.
So far in Scotland, I haven't eaten anything too unusual. I've had blood sausage before. It tastes better when you don't know what is in it. Otherwise, roast dinners, are very common along with fish and chips over here. There is a drink called Irn Bru that they have here in Scotland. It is very good! It is more popular than Coca Cola in Scotland. Still haven't tried Haggis yet. Haggis is like a special dish over here and they don't serve it too often except for on Burns night which is in January. Burns night is when they celebrate the poet Robert Burns.
 The rest of the week didn't have anything really new. We are still teaching John. He is very cheeky. We talked about baptism in gospel principles yesterday and so he knows that we aren't going to stop talking with him about it. We are also still meeting with Anthony and Margaret. They weren't able to come to church yesterday because Margaret wasn't feeling well but we saw them this morning and they said they would be coming to church this Sunday.
So for district meeting we meet in Glasgow and we are also allowed to visit Glasgow on P-days. Below is a picture of a statue and apparently they like to put cones on top of it.
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Oh yeah, by the way, the ward here in Cumbernauld doesn't have many youth. However, the Bishop here, Bishop Greer knows how to play the organ quite well so he plays every week in sacrament meeting.
Anyway, I love you guys. Thank you for your emails they are really great! I'll talk to you guys more next Monday.
Love,
Elder Calley
Darren had asked Kyle a bunch of questions & this is his answers..... 
Yeah so cheeky is similar to being a smart aleck except you do it in joking. Irn Bru is a soda. It is orange in color but tastes kind of like sugary caramel. It tastes different than anything back home. I don't know who the statue was of but I though it was funny that it had  cones on its head. I have seen one person wearing a kilt and playing the bagpipes. There aren't many though. Glasgow is cleaner than Dublin but the people here are a bit more wild. The church is like a two minute walk from our flat which is nice. It's an actual church building as well. I'll have to include a picture of our flat next week.
Love,
Kyle

Week 27: First Week in Cumbernauld


Week 27

July 17, 2017

 

Hey guys!

So Scotland is a little bit different from Ireland. However, it rains here just as much. Haha. It's a lot more hilly over here and you know how when you're doing a Scottish accent and say, "oh yeah laddie" that is quite accurate.

The ward here in Cumbernauld is tiny. In fact it is probably smaller than the branch in Waterford some days. Yesterday at church President and Sister Donaldson came and spoke in sacrament meeting. Both of them talked on missionary work. Sister Donaldson talked about Elder Ballard's previous general conference talk and how we can set goals to share the gospel in our lives. President Donaldson talked more about how as full-time missionaries we can meet a lot of people who are not interested in the gospel but there are a few out there who want and need the gospel in there lives and how members can help by stretching out to the people they know and inviting them to learn more about the Church. He had a phrase that I really liked though. "Doctrine is an eternal truth, packaged for application." I know that was kinda random but I thought that that was a really easy way to explain doctrine to someone. President Donaldson also mentioned that Elder Udy is going home in five weeks and isn't trunky in the slightest. Haha. Elder Udy is like Elder Watson in a few ways. We do our shopping together, and take turns cooking.

Cumbernauld is a smaller town. The town centre here is inside the shopping centre they have here and so we can't GQ there. However, there are tons of houses here and so there are plenty of houses to chap. As far as our investigators go here, we are teaching a guy named Anthony and a guy named John. Anthony is interesting. He likes to come to church but is difficult to teach because he jumps all over the place when we try to teach him. He also smokes but likes meeting with us. John on the other hand is kind of an eternigator. He doesn't have anything that is holding him back from being baptised and comes to church each week but won't commit to a date for baptism. So we'll continue to work with him on that.

So here's your Scottish word for the week. If it is lashing outside then people might say it is pretty dreich outside. Dreich (dreek) basically means dreary.

So fun fact. Apparently President Kennedy at some point in his life, visited the town of New Ross which is just up the river from Waterford. Anyways, they built a statue of President Kennedy and I'm shaking his hand.



Picture of me and Elder Udy. Below is a picture of me on the ferry.


So I know you guys wanted to know how I got to Cumbernauld so let me backtrack a bit. So first, I took a bus to Dublin then a bus to Belfast and from Belfast went to the ferry in Carrickfergus and then took the ferry to Stranraer and from there the AP's picked us up and took us to Glasgow and then I caught a 15 minute bus to Cumbernauld. It took me from 9am to 10pm to get from Dublin to Cumbernauld. I travelled up from Waterford to Dublin earlier because Elder Plewe was leaving.



Love,

Elder Calley

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Week 26: I'm not in Waterford anymore...


July 11, 2017

Hey fam! How's everything going? I have never heard that a six month mark was called a bump before. Interesting to know. It's hard to believe that it has been six months already. The time seems to fly out here. So yesterday was moves day which is why I am emailing you today. I got moved from Waterford to Cumbernauld in Scotland. Cumbernauld is a town to the northeast of Glasgow. They have a ward of about 30 members I think, I haven't met any of them yet. My new companion is Elder Udy. By the way Elder Watson was companions with Elder Udy before he trained me. This is his last transfer before he goes home. It feels a little bit like deja vu with everyone that I serve with going home.

Anyways, it sounds like you had a good fourth of July. We had pancakes and pie at district meeting last week to celebrate the 4th. Last Friday, Elder Plewe started his trek to the mission home to fly back to Utah. So I spent a few days in Clonsilla which is a suburb of Dublin.

Our investigators in Waterford were doing good when I left. Ion is still reading his scriptures but wasn't able to meet with us before we left. Dion however, is coming to church this week so that should be exciting for the new missionaries! He calls us every night to let us know how his studies went. He read almost half of the Book of Mormon, from 2 Nephi through Mosiah while he was Elder Plewe's and my investigator. He is very diligent at reading his scriptures everyday. Hopefully the new missionaries can baptize him soon. One of the new missionaries going to Waterford is fresh out from the MTC.

This is my first day in Cumbernauld so I don't know much about the place but I'm sure that I'll get to know it better over time. The people here in Scotland have a very different accent and it will take some time getting used to. I was talking to someone at the bus station last night and I only understood every other word he said. The great thing about being a missionary is that the work and the gospel are the same everywhere!

Sadly, I do not have any pictures to send this week. The computers here don't have an sd card slot but I will definitely send pictures next week. Thank you guys so much for the package. The letters were great. Tell the young men they are awesome!

I love you guys,

Elder Calley

Oh yeah forgot about my new address. Oops didn't mean to leave that out. It's 12 Ivanhoe Road, Cumbernauld, Glasgow G67 4BH. Elder Udy was already in Cumbernauld. This is his 3rd transfer here. The ward here in Cumbernauld sounds a little bit smaller than the branch in Waterford, which is really weird. Hopefully I'll pick up some Scottish terms. There is one last Irish one though that I have. Sometimes people will say, That took the mick out of me. It essentially means that took a lot or took everything out of me. It was great talking to you! Talk to you next week. Thank you for your prayers!

Elder Kyle Calley
 12 Ivanhoe Road
Cumbernauld
 Glasgow, UK
G67 4BH

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Week 25: Transfers next week

July 3, 2017


Hey guys! How's it going?
So this week Elder Plewe and I have spent a lot of time finding. Claire has been doing good. She wasn't able to come to church this week because she was visiting family in Dublin but we did talk with her over the phone and are meeting with her tomorrow. But I do have a picture of us with her at her baptism. The picture is not with her in white because she was really shy to take a picture in the first place but one picture is better than none right?
 So funny story about our other investigator Ion. His name is actually spelled like an ion but it's pronounced like 'yawn'. He has continued to read the Book of Mormon but hasn't been able to meet with us.
This is also Elder Plewe's last week. He leaves Friday for Dublin and then on to Edinburgh. With him leaving Friday it also means that I have to go somewhere else too. Probably to either Dublin or Cork. We're going to Cork tomorrow for district meeting and so I will probably get your guys' package then. I am super excited for the letters! For some reason Dad I didn't get your email from the 19th of June until this morning.
Roasting marshmallows at the Condemi's
tuning guitars @ the Condemi's
Dinner @ the Condemi's home


So because Elder Plewe is at the end of his mission we have had three dinner appointments this past week which is a lot for a typical week. A lot of the members have been trying to have us over before Elder Plewe leaves. And one of them was at the Condemi's. I don't know how to play guitar by the way but we were trying to tune the strings for them.  We also went over to the Moylans and to Sister Porter's house to do some service. Brother Moylan brought out some of his historical costumes and replicas for Elder Plewe to try on.
 
At Brother Moylan - some of his historical costumes and replicas


In my studies this week I came across a scripture that I thought was really neat. It's Mosiah 2:24. It's King Benjamin giving his last address to the people. And he says to them that if we do what God commands us to do he will immediately bless us. I thought it was really interesting that as we keep the commandments we are immediately blessed because most of the time it might not feel that way but it also may not be in the way that we expect.
Last P-day we went to Waterford Castle. It's on an island and so we took a 2 minute ferry to get from one side to the other. Waterford Castle is also a hotel/resort so we didn't go inside of it but the outside is neat.
 
I love you guys and hope you have a fantastic week!

Love,
Elder Calley
P.S. So this Saturday is moves call and so I will either get moved or have to pick up my new companion next Monday. So there is a good chance that I will not get a chance to email you until next Tuesday.

Week 24: Transfer is winding down


Jun 26, 2017
Hey everyone! Conas a ta tu? (That means how's it going in Irish)
This past week has gone by quick as usual. We've been gqing and chapping a lot. Our recent convert Claire is still coming to church and meeting up with us to be taught the recent convert lessons. She is still really solid. The highlight of my week was teaching this guy that we chapped named Ion. His name looks like ion but it is pronounced yawn. He's Romanian and he speaks little to no English. He was however interested in meeting up with us this week. We met with him briefly this past week and taught him simple things at first like about the Book of Mormon and about prophets and apostasy because it is hard for him to understand English. He comes from a protestant background and goes to another church in Waterford but says he has some issues with it. We gave him a Romanian Book of Mormon and restoration pamphlet. Within the next two days he had read five chapters of the Book of Mormon and half of the restoration pamphlet and he understood what he was reading really well.  At the end of one of our mini lessons with him he finally pulled out his phone to use google translate to communicate with us. He told us that we have something different and that he was going to test what we had told him. We knew that he was feeling the Spirit because we were feeling it too. It was amazing to know that even though we speak different languages the language of the Spirit is the same and can speak to everyone. Ion is probably the most exciting thing that has happened this week.
Kilkenny castle grand hall
Last P-day Elder Plewe and I went to Kilkenny to go see the castle there. It's pretty big and the best part is that we got in for free because their cash register wasn't up and running. It was really good.
This is the grand hall by the way.
 

Sorry this email is short but everything in Waterford is going good. It has not rained very much this week which makes sense because it looks like rain all this next week.
Love you guys,
Elder Calley
By the way our moves call or when I know if I'm staying or leaving is a week from this Saturday so on the 9th of July. I am guessing that I am staying for a fifth transfer but anything can happen. Elder Plewe has two more weeks left on his mission. He's a really good companion though and he works hard.