Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 38: Well Transfers happened




Oct. 2, 2017
Sounds like you guys had an amazing trip in France. Thanks for the pictures. So transfers happened this weekend. I am still in Cumbernauld but Elder Bain swapped places with Elder Orchard in Livingston. Elder Orchard is from St. Louis has been out for three months. He just moved from Livingston to Cumbernauld this morning so I am sure that I will be able to get to know him a bit better as the transfer moves on. ( I'll make sure to send a picture next week)


Conference was awesome! We got John to come with us to see the first three sessions in Glasgow. Elder Uchtdorf's talk in the Saturday Morning Session was one of my favorites.  We didn't get to see the Sunday Afternoon Session yesterday due to the time difference and so I didn't know that Elder Hales died until I read your emails. That is sad to hear.


Well, John is doing good. He continues to meet with us and keeps thinking about baptism. He takes really good care of us here in Cumbernauld. He had us over for dinner quite a few times this week. He said his favorite speaker from conference was Elder David F. Evans who spoke a lot on building a personal testimony and how we can through things such as scripture study and prayer.


By the way, I'm not sure if I told you this but John used to be a Free Mason and told us where the masonic lodge is in Cumbernauld so we took pictures in front of it.




We also rode bikes to a loch last p-day in Airdrie with the other Elders in our district. 






Elder Baklan is on the left and Elder Bain is on the right


So the closest soccer stadium I know of is in Glasgow. I think that is where the Celtics and Rangers play. Hot cereal is a thing here in Scotland and Ireland but its called porridge over here and is not as popular as back home I think.


I love you guys. Hope you have a good week of recuperation.


Love,


Elder Calley


Week 37: Wow Paris . . .


Sep 25, 2017
Hey that's good to hear that the race in Paris was good. Sounds like a lot of travelling though. Have you gotten over the jet lag yet? Euros are a lot different than US dollars as well. I'm pretty sure that they have 1 Euro coins. Has Google translate been working out okay?



So, Cumbernauld has been going good. We met with John almost every day this week and visited with Gordon as well. John is taking small steps and still reads his scriptures and prays everyday. He takes really good care of us though. We saw both of them at church yesterday.

One of the things I have been studying this week is patience and how patience is an important attribute to learn. It's interesting how patience is an attribute that requires patience in order to learn. One scripture I really like that talks about patience is Mosiah 23:21 which says, "Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith." Sometimes it is hard to be patient or we may not know why we have to be patient but it always works for our benefit when we are patient.

We have also been doing quite a bit of finding this week. We came across this one house that was really run down though.


 

I can't believe that General Conference is already this week. I am really looking forward to hearing from the Prophet and Apostles. Conference is always a good time to recharge spiritual batteries. Last Conference was fantastic so I'm sure this one will be as well.

That's interesting that breakfast is different in France. The food over here in Scotland is different as well. The milk tastes different over here. For breakfast, you can eat cereal, porridge, eggs, essentially anything you could back home. A traditional Scottish breakfast would consist of eggs, rashers (Scottish bacon which is thicker than it is back home), hashbrowns, beans, and ketchup. Almost every meal over here is served with some form of potatoes. Potatoes are like the staple for meals here.

There are a lot of people that smoke here as well. There are more people that smoke here than people who don't it seems like at times. No one really pays attention to the no smoking signs either.

We will generally pull out the cash because there is an international transaction with every payment of the card and it is easier to keep track of how much money you have then checking the ATM every time.

By the way today is a bank holiday so the library is closed and Elder Bain and I are taking turns emailing from the church so I hope that you guys enjoy France. Take some pictures of Normandy will you?

By the way here are is a picture of Elder Bain, me, and John.

 

I hope you enjoy your week in France!

Love you guys a lot,

Elder Calley