Monday, December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014

Dear Family,

I'm convinced that a couple of the members of the ward were out to kill me this week with the amount of food they were slamming down on my plate. It was so good but it was too much. I was definitely pushed to my limits, especially with Citi the Ethiopian. Oh my days, was I full!

Other than that I had a very wonderful Christmas. We visited lots of the members and some of our investigators that were around and had a very nice time. 

Thank you so much for the emails this week. Mom, that talk that you told me about is one of my all-time favorites. Elder Klebingat really lays it down.  I listen to it almost every day. Its the best. It's just so bold and straightforward. Just how the gospel should be.

It was really nice to talk to you guys as well on Wednesday. You all look really good. I'm a little gutted it had to be a little short but it was good, nonetheless. I loved seeing all of your smiling faces. It was super strange to see some new ones, though. Campbell is super cute, and Wake was talking soooo much. 

So, on Tuesday I am moving. I'm going to another part of London called Sutton. My new comp is Elder Pulman. He's from wales! I met him awhile ago, back when I was serving in Oxford. President told me he's struggling a bit so I'm going to go in there and cheer him up. Elder Herrod is also leaving and so is Elder Ertmann. It's probably the hardest for Elder Herrod, though. He came to Welling January 2  and has been here ever since, except for his short stint with me in Oxford. He says leaving Welling is harder than when he left home in California. Welling is pretty much his home. Some of the members even started calling him Brother Herrod. Haha. I'm going to miss him a lot, too. He's one of my best friends. He's moving out to Cornwall to be one of the Plymouth ZL's. I'll shoot him some emails while he's out there, though. 

This week we had 2 to 3 dinner appointments every day. I'm getting pretty tired of Gelaphrice. But that German BBQ was really cool. Actually, it was Swiss! Maybe you've had it, Dad. Sis. Eckelt had these cool grill things and we grilled some pork on the top, but there was also these little tray things that you stick inside of the grill with like potatoes and cheese and some meat and veg and it gets all nice and gooey and delicious in there. So good! And yesterday we went over to Sister Lou's (she probably one of my favorite members here) and had a proper British roast (its been a long time since I've had one of those, too) and watched the coolest nativity movie ever. I'll have to show it to you guys when it get home. It's the best.    

​Well, the next time I email I'll be somewhere else! 

I love you all and hope you have a Happy New Year!

Love, Elder Glasgow

Sweet Food Fatigue, bleh!

Elder Byron and I with our investigator, Du, and her kids.

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Dear Family,
I'm feeling a lot better this week. My cold finally left me! My appetite is still somewhere else, though. Yesterday it was Elder Byron's 25th birthday and we were invited for double birthday Dinner Appointments. I was so full. First a German/English Roast, with birthday cake afterwards and then all of the Gelafrice, Chicken, and Peanut Stew I could eat, with another birthday cake on top of that. It was too much. During accounting I laid on the ground to ease my swollen stomach.
Thank you so much for the letters this week. Chirstmas is almost upon us! I just love the Christmas season. It's definitely a time of reflection and a time of giving. Oh, how I miss those Windsor Ward Christmas Parties. We just had our ward's party last Saturday. There was loads of sweets and Santa's Grotto and a Christmas Quiz and a musical number by the U.S. Missionaries. It was lots of fun, but I still didn't think it compared. Holidays are just so much better in the States!
This week we want to sing some carols on the street with just the ''He is the Gift'' banner and see how that goes. It's really nice using the banners because people just come right up to you and ask all sorts of questions and it's different. Missionary work sometimes can get a little monotonous so we have to always be trying all sorts of different things to shake it up.
It was really nice to talk to you guys the other day to set up our Christmas Skype. It's so strange to hear your voices though. You all sound so American. And Chase it growing up quick. So is Crew.
Mom, something I've learned on my mission. If you don't ask, you won't know. And what's the worst that could happen? The answer is no and you move on. I think it's pretty easy.
Good news! I told you guys about Summer, right? Well she's accepted a baptismal date for the 10th of January! She's super great and has some great fellowshippers. We also met a guy named Harry (not the Prince) who has some serious potential. We'll be teaching him on Tuesday.
I don't really see much difference in how holiday cheer affects people here during the Christmas season. However, it gets pretty crazy on the High Street on the weekends, with all sorts of performers and publicity acts and stuff. I do like singing all the Christmas hymns at church a lot though.
This Thursday we'll be going to the Temple and having a Christmas dinner with President Millar. I'm really excited about that. It should be pretty revelatory.
Hope you guys have a great week. Only 10 more days 'til Christmas! I love you all.
Elder Glasgow

pix. a new suit, wooo hooo!  and the birthday boy

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014

Dear Family,

Well.... this week I got sick.... Like I got a terrible cold and I'm pretty sure it's evolved into Bronchitis.... So for most of the weekend there wasn't much work getting done.... yeah.

The work we were able to do this week has been really good, though. We've been going out with some Banners to the High Street and it's been very very successful. We have lots of people to hunt down next week. 

Our investigators are doing good. We weren't able to meet with Summer, yet but tomorrow I am going to give her friend Emily a call and set up dinner with all of her family and Summer. Its so nice when investigators already have stellar fellowshippers. Perhaps you guys could think of someone new to introduce to the Missionaries back home? I bet the Sisters there would be super grateful. I feel so blessed whenever I get a referral. It helps a lot. 

Elder Ertmann is great. That Thanksgiving turkey was so good! His comp is Elder Alambra. He was born in the Philippines but is really from Australia. He's a real good guy. 

We're also working with a member of the ward, who works at a Prison, so we can go give a presentation there! I am praying it will all work out because that would be so cool to go preach at a Prison! 

Oh! I tried calling you guys yesterday but no one answered. We need to sort out Skyping for Chirstmas. I'll try calling today again, though. It'll be at like 10pm my time. Cool?

This week has been rough with me being sick, but I trust it'll all work out. Elder Byron is raring to get out there and I don't want to keep him or myself from finding the Lord's sheep too much longer. 

I love you all! 

Elder Glasgow

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014

Dear Family,

Thank you so much for the birthday package. I made those Brownies last night and they were delicious. I'm going to buy some extra milk today so I can make that pudding. I'm so excited for that. It's little things like brownies and pudding that you forget about on the mission, but then someone reminds you and then you miss them soooo much, then a great family, like yourselves, sends them and it's just the best. 

Thanksgiving was really good this year. We actually had to have it a day early because of some appointments we set up... but it was good. We had Thanksgiving as a District. We bought a whole turkey and Elder Ertmann put it all together. That guy knows how to bake. It was so good! I have some pictures of the turkey and stuff. 

My birthday was really good, too. The other Elders bought me some Dunkin Donuts and a member in the Ward will be baking me a cake on Tuesday. She was upset that she forgot. But it's not really a problem. 

I got to shake my 4th Apostles hand on Tuesday, too! Elder Quentin L. Cook came over to Hyde Park and talked with both of the London Missions. It was really great to see some of my old MTC District there and even my old comp, Elder Butterfield. There were so many missionaries, and Elder Cook was great. He talked all about the heritage of the mission and PMG. Did you know that Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball walked the banks of the Thames in Woolwich??? I was just there two days ago!! And did you know that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and and Elder Cook were companions in England? Super cool!

Man, I miss all the good AZ stuff like hiking and shooting guns and just all of it.  It sounds like you've been having some fun. 

This week has been really good to us. We've met lots of good people and picked up a really solid investigator named Summer. She is a friend of one of the families here. She came to church and also brought along a less active YSA that hadn't been to church for 4 years! We'll be seeing them both this week. 

John and Tasha are doing really good, too. John struggles to read but when you sit him down and read with him, he understands just great. They are really excited for the Christmas party the Ward is putting on as well. 

The french speaking guy is my comp dad!   He is from the French speaking side of St. Lucia and is learning English. It would be really nice if you could send him a quick message in French. He's had the craziest life ever. Seriously. I'm going to write his autobiography. It's that great. 

Cousin Bentley is in Paris??!! That's so cool!

Thanks for putting some cash in my account. I'm going over to Bromley with Elder Herrod today and we'll look for something that suits me (haha punny, Suits) It will be nice to spend the day with him, too. I love that guy. And yes, after the mish I'll be going to to San Diego all the time to hang out with Elder Herrod and Elder Jackman. They will probably come to AZ a couple of times, too. 

As for Chirstmas.... I dunno. You can probably just wander around Walmart and get me some random stuff that you think will strike my fancy. I will love it all. I'm going to be sending home a small package for everyone, too. 

Thanks again for everything. I love you all so much. Go on this website and share this video on your Facebooks! That means all of you! He is the Gift

Thanks, and loves

Elder Glasgow 

Haha!  Notice the pic behind me and Elder Herrod!

This didn't last long! Mmmmmm!