Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

Dear Family,

As you can see, I'm emailing just a little early this week.  That's because there is a missionary in our District (Elder Wright) who is going home next Wednesday!  So, we're going to have an epic pday together.  A member in the Oxford 2nd Ward is taking us out to the forest and were going to have a little fire and cook sausages and play some frisbee or whatever.  It should be great. 

This week was pretty good, a nice solid week.  We found some new people.  I also went on an exchange with a missionary from South Africa, Elder Mafubelua.  We had some good teaches.  It was just a good week.  But, I still haven't seen any of the Sunday sessions of General Conference. 

Tabatha is doing great.  She loves learning about the gospel and her 7 year old daughter absolutely loves church so much.  The only concern she has is that her husband, Andrew, isn't supportive at all and she would like it so much if he was at least positive about the whole experience.  We want to get all three of them to visit the Temple. 

We had another teach with our Polish friend, Andy.  We brought a member along and it helped so much.  We pretty much told him that what we teach has nothing to do with Science or even past revelation, for that matter, but what we're talking about is modern revelation from a Prophet in these days.  Then we taught him the Plan of Salvation.  It went great.  He was really opening up to the spiritual aspects of what we have to teach.  We'd like to get his wife, Kate, more involved.  It would help out so much.  He loves her a lot and wants everything for her. 

As for our other investigators, since it is mid-terms, (Oxford University) it's kind of hard to tie them all down.  But it will pick up in two weeks. 

This Transfer is only 5 weeks long, so it ends on the 23rd.  We'll find out if anyone is moving next week.  Elder Cooper thinks I might be heading out, but I think I have another transfer left here in Oxford.  Oh! we also got a phone call from President saying that we might move Flats and get to live in the City Centre!  Kidlington is about half an hour outside the City Centre, where our work area is, and it just kills us on travel time.  So, we're crossing our fingers. 

It's so great to hear from you guys. Happy Birthday, Dad.  I'm still looking for that Chabat #8 French Rugby jersey for you.  Haha.  Maybe next year. 

The other day I was thinking about the Easter Pageant.  You are so blessed to have such a wonderful Temple just minutes from you!  In England it's usually a two-day commitment if you want a nice Temple trip.  Cherish the Temple so much.  I will do the same when I get home.

The other day a member showed me on his phone the very first Ensign article written by Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr.  I think it was him at least.  But the message was all about how we need to strengthen and protect our families. The thought that came into my head was, ''this was ages ago, yet it sounds exactly like the talks today.''  So, I'll ask you the question...  Are we really heeding the messages of men who we sustain every six months as Apostles and Prophets, or are we falling into the false assumption that, ''all is well in Zion''?  In Ether 12:7 it says, "For it was by faith that Christ showed himself unto our fathers, after he had risen from the dead; and he showed not himself unto them until after they had faith in him; wherefore, it must needs be that some had faith in him, for he showed himself not unto the world".  Okay, so do we have enough faith as a church to see Him?  What about the Second Coming?  Will faith be the only way we all get to stick around to see that?  You gotta have faith to see him.  Just a thought for you guys. 

I miss you guys so much.  I love reading your letters every week and can't wait for my package!  Just remember to send it to the Mission Office.  Better safe than sorry.  Go read Ether!

Love, Elder Glasgow 

ps, I love Oxford.  Sorry I'm not in the pic.  I'll do better!

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 7, 2014

Dear Family,

We are just so blessed to belong to the church that we do. To have Apostles and Prophets of the Lord telling us exactly what we need to do. Truly amazing. I've only had the chance to watch Saturday and then Priesthood so far, so you'll be getting even more next week about how awesome Conference is. Favorite talks: Elder Holland on Saturday morning. Mind blowing. Elder Hallstrom, and of course, Elder Oakes in Priesthood. I'm going to study that one for ages!

From what I have seen so far, the General Authorities have told us 3 major things. We need to defend our faith, no matter where the world goes. God will stay right where He is. And that it is the role of the rising generation to take charge NOW. 

I would suggest to all of you to go back and listen to Pres Eyring's talk Saturday night and think of how you can improve on Home/Visiting Teaching. Got it? 

I always get so pumped around General Conference. These guys are every missionaries heroes. 

Other than Conference, this week has been really good. We got a new investigator named Tabatha. She was invited by a member who is returning to activity and she is just golden. She wants to know everything!!! She also has a daughter of 7 who just loves church. She's even invited us over for dinner Wednesday. It's the perfect example of member missionary work. Invited by a member and fellowshipped by the members. It's all just wonderful.

I've had a bit of a gradual revelation this week. Elder Lam, a Chinese Elder, said something rather spectacular the other week. He said that the Lord does not expect us to come back from our missions the same person. Elder Day added that in these two years we have the chance to make changes in ourselves that would not be possible in any other part of our life. And to top it off Elder Hallstrom taught that saying you cannot change is rejecting the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Wow.

I just love the gospel so much. I don't know what I would do without it. 

I love you guys, too. I hope everything goes well for Aubrey and Tyler in Arkansas. I pray for all of you guys. Thank you again for the emails.


Elder Glasgow

(pic is me reading the coolest bible ever!)