Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014

Dear Family,

Well, as I alluded to earlier in the week, I'm moving! Yup, on Wednesday I pack my bags and I'll be off to Welling, a.k.a., South-East LONDON! Woohoo! I'm so stoked. My new comp is Elder Ye and he is from China! And my last comp, Elder Herrod is one of the Zone Leaders there! And one of my good friends, Elder Jackman, who was also my MTC District Leader, will be one of the Wandworth Zone Leaders, so he'll be just a few miles from me! It's all so exciting! I've a lot of stories from elder Herrod about Welling. It's kind of like little Africa. So I'll probably have lots of interesting stories for you all soon, and the people, and food. 

Anywho... Thank you so much for the letters and thanks for the bit of cash mom. It helps a lot. 

I always loved camping with Dad and the brothers so much. I definitely  plan on doing a fair bit of camping when I get back. I'll take Crew and Chase all over the place. 

This week was really good for the District and myself as well. We're still working with the Polish family and the Maxamiano's as well. The Maxamiano's make the most delicious Brazilian sweets ever, and our polish family is going to feed us on Tuesday, as well! I wonder what Polish food is like. 

I'm going to miss being here in Oxford a lot, though. I've made a lot of really good friends; missionaries, members, and investigators, alike. And now I have to leave them all. The work is going so well here, too!  An Elder from Switzerland is coming here to replace me as well, Elder Mossner. I think that's how you spell it.... it has two little dots above the o so I think it's German. Elder Astorga, my comp, is going to Southampton to be a District Leader, and an Aussie from my MTC group is coming here to Witney. So, I'm missing out on it all. 

Grandma is almost done with her mission?!! Where has time gone?!! Oh boy. Now I'm just thinking about everything that is going to happen soon. In three months I turn 20, then Christmas, and then it gets warmer, and them I'm home! GAAHH!!! 

*ahem* sorry, I'll get over it - like I always do. 

Read the Book of Mormon and study Preach My Gospel. Christ is simple, and so is the gospel, and the simple stuff is in there. 


Elder Glasgow

Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18, 2014

Dear Family,

Thank you so much for you emails this week. It's good to hear about everything that's going on back in the good ol' AZ. 

​I always loved going over to Preacher Canyon for Fathers & Sons and Ward Campouts.  Those were the best, even when it did rain a bit.  Still, fun stuff.  And the monsoons!  Oh, how I miss those so much!  The rain here is just so annoying and cold - not like AZ rain.  Even the thunder and lightning here is different.  I don't like it very much.  No comparison.

This week went alright.  I think there's been a lot of opposition experienced by the whole District, but really that just means something good is about to happen.  We had some good Service Projects this week, as well.  We helped a family move and then one of the Wards got together and we cleared out someones very overgrown garden.  I got to use a scythe!  It was so cool!  Sadly, I don't have any pictures.... maybe the Tanner's took some. I'll have to ask on Thursday though... hmm.  But it was super cool! 

So, Oxford is quite the diverse place.  In just one day we can meet anyone from Nigeria to Brazil to Australia and everywhere in between.  You can meet a Catholic, a Jew, a Muslim, a Born Again, a Hindu, an Atheist, and another Latter-Day Saint all in one day!  It's really cool.  I'm always picking up new words in different languages, too. 

So, next week is Transfer, and I feel like my time here in Oxford may be coming to a close.  We had interviews with President on Friday and I asked him about it.  He hasn't made any of the calls yet, so he couldn't tell me for sure.  But he hinted a bit to me getting out of here.  We'll find out on Saturday... oh well. 

How many baptisms has the Windsor Ward had since I left?!  It seems like another person is getting baptized every other week!!!!  The Ward is going to be so different when I get back!

I heard about Truman (Crocket).  That's so cool he's leaving already.  And I heard Tyler (Whitehead) is already out there, too!  I saw what Hamilton (Crocket) was up to the other day.  He's a Zone Leader in Punta Arenas - the coolest place in all of Chile to be! 

This coming week should be good.  We have two families we are working with, a Brazilian one and a Polish one.  I can't spell either of their last names so we'll just leave it at that. haha.   We're also going to have a work-over with the Zone Leaders on Friday and then someone in the ward is getting married on Saturday and we'll be helping out with that as well!  Lots to do!

I love all you guys.  I'll be sending some letters soon, too.

Elder Glasgow

(Another pix set with the Harry Potter Hogwarts connection to Oxford Divinity College...)

Monday, August 11, 2014

August 11, 2014

Dear Family,

Thank you so much for the letters and pictures. I just loved every last one of them. I always loved going with all of you to California. Some great memories were made there. Now I have a comp that is from there, so I may just go more often now... haha. 

This week has been super great for myself and the District. We had 2 baptisms, and I had to interview them. They weren't exactly your run of the mill interviews, either. One was a nine year old named Hillary and the other was a Romanian guy named Gabriel. My interview with Hillary was nice and simple. She was so excited to be baptised and it has really blessed her family. They have been inactive for quite some time but the dad, George, has been coming out awhile now so he was able to baptize his daughter. 

Gabriel, man, let me tell you about Gabriel. He's from Romania. The Witney Elders found and taught him. His english isn't super great but luckily one of our Zone Leaders is from Romania, so he was able to help Elders Astorga and Fairbourn, and he interpreted for me during the baptizmal interview. haha. Gabriel has such a strong testimony. All he wants to do is follow the Savior. When he goes back home he has 32 people that he knows who want to be baptized! It's like something out of an Ensign article. Elder Popa, the Romanian ZL; his parents are going to go visit Gabriel when he goes back to Romania for a bit, and the work there is just going to explode!

Elder McCammon and I are out and about working hard everyday. We met a nice Brazilian family the other day. We are seeing them on Tuesday. We're still teaching our Polish family, and we have a couple of other investigators floating around in the works. 

Thank you again for all the letters you guys sent. I got them all and will be sending some replies soon. 

Today we're taking the ZL's and the rest of the District on a tour of Christ Church College given by our Bishop. He works there. I did it back in February but now everyone else is new to Oxford, so I thought I would set it up again. Hopefully it doesn't rain..... but you can't be too sure about that in England. 

I love you guys and hope you enjoy all my pictures this week. 

Elder Glasgow

Monday, August 4, 2014

August 4, 2014

Dear Family,

I got your letters just yesterday when the Zone Leaders came by to inspect our Flat. Thank you so much! I love getting your emails every week but something about handwritten letters are special. I've kept every one anyone has ever sent to me thus far, and I enjoy reading them again from time to time. When I first came out into the field I was afraid I might get home sick from all the correspondence with home, but I soon realized that I just love hearing about all the wonderful things that are happening back home and they strengthen my testimony of the gospel every time. That may just be my strongest testimony of the gospel - how it blesses families. 

As you guys can guess with a sick comp, this week has been pretty slow. We didn't get out on the streets until Friday. The Ward helped us out a lot, though. They brought us plenty of food and were very supportive. We missed Zone Conference, sadly.  Haha. Elder McCammon and I are the very first of President Millar's missionaries who have missed a Zone Conference because of illness. I don't know if that's something good to be remembered by, but I laughed a bit when I heard that statistic.

A brand new missionary has joined the District here in Oxford! She's from Italy. Her name is Sister Finnase (I'm not too sure how to spell it....) but she is a fireball! She's only been a member of the church for a year but her spirit is so strong! Italians are just great. 

We also have found a new family this week to teach! They are from Poland. I can't remember their surname though.... its really long and polish but they are a great family and we're really excited to work with them. 

Chase - I am doing super great. We go all over the streets of Oxford every day talking to people and finding the elect. The rain can be a challenge sometimes and it forces us to knock doors but I enjoy it a lot. Sadly, I don't have any sort of an accent, though, which I'm sure you noticed  last Christmas.  But I know you noticed as well that I do have the vocab of an Englishmen. I really enjoy their style, and I learn so much every day! Man, it's the best!

Brittnee - I'm really glad my letter helped, and thank you again for yours. 

Dad - Tell me your thoughts on PMG ch 1. It's my favorite chapter and I want to know what you think about it. 

I beleive this is going to be a great week. I have some exchanges planned and even 2 baptisms in the District are happening this Saturday. Pray for them, please. 

Read the new Ensign - the August one. It's the best!

I love all you guys. 

Elder Glasgow

(wasn't this tree in one of the Harry Potter movies?)