Sunday, June 11, 2017

Week 20: This week has been long

May 30, 2017
Hey guys!
It seems like it has been forever since I have emailed you. A lot has happened so this email will be long.
So this last week Elder Watson went home and left Waterford on Friday. Due to that I was in a trio on Saturday and Sunday and slept over at their flat. On Saturday we all got our moves call. The other two elders got moved to Glasgow and the Shetland Islands. I will be staying in Waterford for another transfer. Yaah. Because the other two elders got moved I had to go to Dublin with them on Sunday evening. I got my new companion on Monday but by the time we got back we didn't have any time to email so that is why I am emailing you guys today. So the other elder's area has been closed so there is only one set of missionaries here in Waterford and with that the other elder's flat has also been shut down. I've heard they closed down the other team because the mission didn't get as many missionaries coming in as there were leaving. The group that left this last transfer was really big. 
Elder Plewe & Elder Calley
So my new companion is Elder Plewe. He is from Spanish Fork, Utah. This is his last transfer before he goes home, so I will only be serving with him for a short amount of time. This has been my second day as his companion so I am sure we'll get to know each other a little bit better over the next few weeks.
So yesterday, Claire came again to church. She enjoyed it and really likes Relief Society. She is really receptive and likes to learn. She has a baptismal date set for June 10th. We are also teaching Michael some more. He is really sincere in his desire of wanting to know what God wants him to do. We taught him the restoration and were able to give him a Book of Mormon to read. Also since the other team's area has been shut down we also inherited their investigator whose name is Dion. Dion is 16 years old and is very interested in the gospel. He loves to learn about the church. The only thing that is holding him back from baptism is his parents. His mom is very receptive to us teaching Dion and will sometimes sit in on lessons. His father though may not be very open to Dion being taught so we are trying to work on that with Dion.
Last P-day we took a tour of the Waterford Crystal factory and I took a lot of pictures. It was a really cool tour and they have a lot of really cool things that they have made out of crystal.
I'll probably be sending more emails with pictures. I took quite a few.
It's been great talking to you guys though and hope everything is going well back home. It's good to hear that the Kinder eggs were enjoyed. I don't think they sell them in the US but their chocolate is some of the best.
Elder Calley

Week 19: Week 5 of the Transfer

May 22, 2017

Hey guys!

This week seems to have gone by so fast. It has been so awesome to read your emails this morning. I still can't believe that President Nelson came to Minnesota. I had no idea that he went there for medical school either. Wow that certainly sounds like it was amazing! I remember when Elder Cook came to Stake Conference a while ago. It was really great to be able to shake his hand and meet and listen to an Apostle in person.

This week is week 5 of the transfer. So this Saturday we will find out who goes where. There is a decent chance that I stay another transfer here in Waterford. It also means that I will be getting a new companion next week no matter what happens since Elder Watson leaves for the Mission home this Friday. So that means that I will be in a tres companionship for a few days.

 This week we were able to meet with Claire as well as Arnas. We met Claire at the beginning of May and she finally was able to meet with us this week. She has met with the Sister missionaries before and came with us to church this week. She is really interested in learning and wants to get baptized. We are looking forward to teaching her again this week. Church was really good this week. The topic of Elders quorum was eternal marriage. I told Elder Watson that he probably couldn't have had a better topic for his last Sunday in Waterford. Haha.

 We also met Arnas last week, he works at one of the shops called Gadgetman here in Waterford. He had never heard of missionaries before but was interested enough to meet with us. He seems to always be working though to save up for college.

This week we went over to the Ackroyd's. Brother and Sister Ackroyd both moved from Arizona to Dunmore East. Dunmore East is a little coastal town about half an hour to the southeast of Waterford. It is a very pretty town. I took some pictures of the area.




It's good to hear that everything is going good back home. There are 3 weeks left of seminary I take it? I hope that you guys have a great week. Waterford is great. It's been a hit or miss for rain this week.

Talk to you guys next week,

Love,  Elder Calley