Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015

Dear Family,
I've been asked so many questions this week I don't even know where to begin!
Newton Abbot is sooo beautiful! All of the rolling hills and old buildings and little rivers here and there. I just love it all!
The first few days have been great! Elder Fairbourn has been here about 3 months now. He's a really great guy. He goes home 6 weeks before me though, so I might be finishing him off.
We don't have too many proper investigators right now but there is a super great Ward here. I would say the strongest in the whole Stake. There's about 150 at church every week and there's actually 5 High Councilors from this Ward. Bishop is great. Bob (our ward mission leader) is super solid. He's only been a member for 3 years!
Saturday we got to go to the Temple. It was a great way to start the Transfer. We had about 5 recent converts (one who got endowed) and the rest did baptisms. I got to be a witness and do the confirmations. So cool. I can't even explain what a wonderful experience it was.
So we have 2 sets of missionaries in the ward. There's us, and some Sisters in Tiegnmouth. Right now we have to meet in a school (yeah, its kind of interesting) but we'll be back in the Chapel come June, I think. It's being renovated.
I got to see Stonehenge on the way here! Super cool again. Not a bad pic, huh?
Theres also a Senior couple here. The McBride's. They are great.
We'll be going to Exeter to watch General Conference. Then we'll go to Plymouth the next week for Stake Conference. Pretty close together, but it's happening.  
Ummm.... That's really it. I love it here. I'll get some better pictures next week, though!
Thanks for sending the package. I cant wait!
One more thing, dad, do you wear cufflinks?
Anyway. Love you all!
Elder Glasgow

Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015

Dearest Family,

First, Transfer news... Well, Elder Pulman is leaving to Salisbury. And I'm leaving to Newton Abbot. Yup. They are going to put Sister Missionaries in Sutton. Exciting, huh?

Even though I haven't been here too long (just about 3 months) it's kind of hard to leave. I made lots of really great friends here. Rosemary and Pauline (they're members here) were pretty chuffed that we are leaving and Sisters are coming. But I think the Ward needs some Sisters. It'll be good. My new companion is Elder Fairbourn. I was his District Leader back in Oxford. He's a really great guy. I always loved going on exchanges with him. 

I'll miss Elder Pulman a lot. We had a good run with one another. When he Skyped his mum on Mothering Day I got to talk to his dad for like 5 seconds and they are expecting me to visit one day. Mom, Wales is on the west side of the UK, above the big peninsula that juts out at the bottom of England. Elder Pulman is up there on the list of favorite comps, though. 

So could you get me all the dates for like going to Utah and San Diego, asap? Both Elder Herrod and Elder Jackman will be in Cali close to the same time in Aug, and I would like to see them. Elder Herrod is from San Diego so it shouldn't be a problem. But I think he'll be in Utah for a few weeks from when we get home so I dunno really... Anywho. I could really use the details...

Yes, I am getting your videos, dad. That turkey was impressive. (bowling alley, three strikes in a row) 

As for my week. It's been pretty good. We helped out Aaron Burns again with his owl pens. We stopped by lots of members and less active members. Elder Pulman did get a little end of the transfer trunkiness, though. We put together a cheese board to cheer him up, haha. It did the trick. Dad, do you remember a cheese called Port Salut? I like it a lot. It's French. We've also been packing and cleaning our Flat, cuz Sisters are moving in and it needs to be pretty tidy... and not too smelly.  Gotta get that Elders smell gone. 

So, I've been asked by a few anonymous people to give out some advice, some feedback, some Cannonisms...

So, just as a reminder, no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. EVERYONE. Well, only one person didn't, and his name is Jesus. Sometimes we see different sides than others. We all have different points of view. We might be scared of what other people think, we don't want to offend, we all want everything to work out. But it doesn't always go that way. The most important thing to remember is that we work out our OWN salvation. With fear and trembling, of course. The Savior expects us to forgive everyone. In fact, he said that if we don't forgive others, he's going to have a rough time forgiving us. Remember that the Savior knows how you feel and there are people all around you to back you up. 

When Elder Dyches of the 70 came around for Zone Conference he told us something I thought was really awesome. After telling us that we would all be getting training on ipads, he told us that one reason that we're getting them is so that when we go home we can have the control to stay away from where the Spirit cannot reside. He also explained that these ipads will not change very much with how we do missionary work. It will help, but there is always 2 sides to the coin. 

Chase, when the time for preparation is passed, the time of performance arrives. Think about that. Get back to me about it, okay? 

This week I read the book "Our Search for Happiness", by Elder Ballard. I would invite you all to do the same. I can promise that it will help. 

Next time I write I'll be out west! Woohoo!

Love you all!

Elder Glasgow

Monday, March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015

Dearest Family, 

Thank you so much for the letters this week. I always like to know how every one is doing. I miss you all so much and can't wait for the day I get to see you again. 

So I called the office the other day to send you my Release Letter...or at least what they thought you needed.... but I gave them the wrong email address... so I'll call them again today and get that all sorted. Expect an email from Sister Porter or Sister Cannon soon.

To be honest mom, when you told me about sharing a room with Crew, I was pretty pumped, and really, I still am. I don't really mind sharing a room with Chase or Crew to be honest. Both are fine by me. 

I want to see a picture of Brighten. You guys keep telling me she is very pregnant, but all I can do is just imagine it. I think the only bit I got was at Chirstmas.... 

Dad, some of my favorite snacks are..... milk chocolate flavoured McVitties Digestive Biscuits, Custard Cremes, Moaoms, Custard with almost any cake, and this drink called Shloer. So good. I'm hoping there's some shops in AZ that sell some of that stuff. It's probably pricey, but would be worth it every once in awhile. 

Shame you won't be getting out to the Grand Canyon. I've never hurt my hamstring. Shame I'll be missing Havasupai by like a month, too. Lame. 

So, let us see. We dropped all of our investigators but 3. So we have Mellony who is really busy but we should be seeing this week. Paul, who just went and saw "Meet the Mormons". And there's Tim. He refuses to be called an investigator, though. We have dinner with him and his member wife, Pauline, almost every Sunday. They are just great. Lots of fun. 

Here in Sutton we don't really have too many members.... just like 2 families and some older members. So it's sometimes a struggle to get members out. Sometimes working with the Elders Quorum can be a challenge because our Elders Quorum President is a PCO, a Cop. So, he's ALWAYS busy. The ones we do have, though, are pretty great. Yesterday we were over at the Sperry's so Elder Pulman could Skype. They are a great family. They are over here from Utah while Brother Sperry is getting a Masters Degree in.... bug bites? I can't remember the technical term. They have 4 kids and they are the cutest little bunch of kids ever. Really great family. Brother Sperry goes out with us whenever he has the time. 

Speaking of Elder Pulman and Skype, I talked with his family and they are expecting me to come over to Wales for a visit. I am totally down for that! I really need to figure that one out.  

Elder Pulman is doing great, though. I really enjoy serving with him. We all struggle sometimes but he's made lots of improvements since I got here and has moved forward ages from like a year ago. He's great. No concerns with him.  

Zone Conference was great! Elder Dyches came and taught us loads. How to teach to needs, and the necessity of showing love. Pure and sincere love. I really, really enjoyed it. 

That was pretty much my week.

Love you guys!

Elder Glasgow

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Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015

Dear Family,

Haha, thank you so much for the letters and pictures this week, they are so great. Dad, Elder Pulman says howdy. BTW, he wants to visit, Summer of 2016. And what's up with Drews hair????? Flipping heck! I am so glad to hear about Jace (Hancock). I miss that kid alot. I'll always remember the day he knocked on the door when we moved here to see if I wanted to play with him. Great times ever since... 

I dunno if you guys have been talking about it at all or anything.... but I do get home soon and honestly.... I just wanna show up at the airport and have you guys waiting there for me. Is that alright?

So as for the past two weeks, it's been a blast! We've been teaching Howard and found a new less active family to work with. They're a goofy bunch but it should be good. We also took a part member family to the Visitor's Centre and watched "Meet the Mormons". Really great! Maybe I told you about them, Dianne and Paul? They need to get married before getting baptized.... but we are getting there! 

Funny story/miracle. We were getting onto a train at Malden Manor Station and Elder Pulman called Dianne to update her about our situation and he put the phone down on the bench and I meant to remind him about it but I didn't.... and then the train came so we left! And the phone was still on the bench.... But we went and watched the movie and tried to call it from the Visitor's Center, but to no avail. But afterwards (it was a super great time at the Temple. Elder byron was there haha) we went back to the station to look for the phone and we couldn't find it.... but as we were walking out I saw a little paper on the help desk folded over so I went over to look at it and there was our phone with a little paper saying when they found it and such! Soooooo grateful we found the phone. 

Howard also referred his cousin to us so were are teaching him as well! Cool guy. 

On Wednesday we were at Rosemary's having lunch and I got to ride her mobility scooter. I'll send the video. So much fun.  

I didn't take any pictures last week of the owl stuff but tomorrow I'll be going over there again so I'll get some. 

Happy British Mother's Day, mom!

Thanks again for all the letters and such. I'm doing just fine over here. On Wednesday we'll be going to a Zone Conference for a Mission Tour with Elder Dych. Should be good. 

I love you guys!

Elder Glasgow