Week 77 Scotland

23 Sep
Dear Family and Friends,
This week was pretty alright!
We went on exchanges with the STL’s Tuesday to Wednesday. Sister Caswell came here to Killie. We had a great time!
Tuesday night was a womans broadcast for the Europe area. Elder Bednar and Elder Ballard spoke at it. It was broadcasted from Germany. It was excellent!! The Brethren have so much love for the sisters. It was a good reminder that we as sisters can be influential in the gospel. There are so many wonderful woman in the church!
Thursday morning I met with the Bodens! They are the senior couple over welfare services. I took a test type thing and we bascially talked about my future career! It was good fun and it definitely helped me have a better idea of where to look into when I get home. All of the missionaries who are about to go home have the opportunity to do this so that we can transition easily into focusing on family and education. So cool. My results were a little bit unexpected but totally neat! I’ll go over all of that with you when I get home. I have some papers that explain it all.
Saturday night we had dinner with Dave and Ruth. Dave made haggis!! It was Sister Smith’s first time having it and my 3rd. I love it!! It really is good. It was a proper Burn’s meal. YUM! Gosh I am really going to miss it here… Next week Dave is going to make a Scotish meal for me! We are allowed to choose what we want to have for our last meal and I chose the good stuff! haha I hope I can learn how to make it all for you!
Church yesterday was fantastic! The talks and the lessons were really uplifting. I am speaking in church next Sunday! I will be so sad to leave the Kilmarnock ward! They have become my family!
Yes, this is indeed a bitter sweet feeling. I just don’t understand how time can feel like it moves so quickly.
I have loved every minute of my mission. The ups and the downs. It’s been challenging and a struggle but it has been so worth it. I have wistnessed so many miracles and I have recieved so many blessings. I have learned so much from other missionaries, leaders, and my Heavenly Father. I feel as if I have been reshaped and refined. I am so blessed to know that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father who knows and cares about me. I am so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have been given the greatest gifts.
I am so grateful for all that I have been through. I has been really amazing. I love this gospel so much. I have loved being a missionary. It will be the hardest thing not to be called Sister Jones anymore and not be set apart to preach the gospel. But I except to work hard as a memeber missionary. This work isn’t over!
I love my Saviour Jesus Chirst and I am grateful for His example. I hope to be just like Him.
I love you all so much!! Thank you for all of your love, prayers, and support. I can feel it all the way over here!
I am so excited to see you next week!
I love you so much!!!!!!!
Love Sister Jones

Week 76 Scotland

23 Sep
Dear Family and Friends,
Sister Smith and I can’t seem to agree but to me this past week was soooo long! It was a bit of a blur and it went by quick but it seemed to be never ending. We had a good week though!
Last Monday night we had dinner with the Matthews. They made us… wait for it…. Cafe Rio burritos!! Oh ya! It was sooo good to have Mexican food again. They are so good to us. Last night they gave us our own bottle of salsa. So good. Leah has a blog! She wanted me to share it with all of you. It’s all about their new adventure here in Scotland. They are such a sweet family! www.jladventurers.blogspot.com
This past weekend was Stake Conference. We went with Matthew and Keir-nan Saturday night. It was all about Hastening the Work of Salvation. My favorite. The speakers did really well! Then on Sunday we went with Gemma. The Sunday session was really great as well.
Since President Brown was at the conference he mentioned it in his email. This is what he said about it. His words are much better than mine.
“It was a glorious weekend not only in the wonderful sunshine which continues to shine upon Scotland (haven’t been in Ireland this week??), but there was a great outpouring of the spirit at the Paisley Stake Conference. Sister Brown and I were privileged to attend the Saturday evening and Sunday sessions and enjoyed a very uplifting time with the saints there. President Yates gave a wonderful message on forgiveness and reconciliation which caused me some serious reflection on how blessed my life has been as others have been kind and forgiving to me when I have made mistakes or wrong choices. Of course the natural thought process from there is to remember how merciful the Lord has been as I have received the forgiveness of heaven, too, and given the great blessing of serving amongst you in spite of my weaknesses.The visiting authority at conference, Elder Christian Fingerle, gave a wonderful presentation on Saturday about sharing the gospel in easy ways by simply inviting lots of people to special events. Things like a baptism of your child or grandchild, or to support you when you have a talk to give or when you are singing in the ward or stake choir or there’s an activity – anything that is a little different. Then on Sunday he taught us to be prepared not only in temporal matters but in spiritual things and especially in family unity and love. Close family relationships will be of great importance to us in times of distress and will be just as crucial to our survival as will having a store of food and clothing.  Included in his remarks was the parable of the Prodigal son and the reconciliation of that family. He shared stories of his own family history and heritage including some things he learned about his grandfather who was killed in action in Berlin in the closing days of the Second World War. The things he shared would not have come to light if the family had not been engaged in family history and sharing of information and photographs. Although he did not mention this directly, the spirit spoke to me of the need to follow the brethren in preparedness and in the work of salvation.” -President Brown.
Elder Fingerle’s talk about sharing the gospel in easy ways made me really motivated to share the gospel with all of my non-member friends. The spirit was very strong in both meetings. I love Stake Conference!
We finally got in contact with Evelyn! We saw her on the bus. We haven’t seen her in weeks! I asked her if I could come and say goodbye so we are going to see her on Friday. She has been hit really hard with damaging mental health problems and unfortunately she has put off the gospel completely. It’s really sad to see but I still have so much hope for her. I love her so much and I want the very best for her. Hopefully our wee meeting on Friday will go well.
It’s a bit surreal… I only have two weeks left. I keep going back and forth with emotions. I’m not that nervous but every so often I get an overwhelming feeling that just shoots through my body. I really love being a missionary and I know it is going to be really hard for all of that to come to a sudden stop. I love serving the Lord.
I’m trying my very best to sprint to the end! My mission has blessed me a great deal. I have learned so much.
I know Jesus Christ lives and is our Savior. He can heal us and help us through any trial or achievement. He is our Redeemer.
I hope everyone has many missionary opportunities this week! Pray for them and search for them. Heavenly Father WILL provide you with opportunities to share what we treasure most with those we meet. This is Salvation.
I love you all so much!!!! Have a good week!
Love Sister Jones
P.S. The library will be closed on the 22nd (my last Monday and on Tuesday I will be in Edinburgh) which means we won’t be able to email.
So that means that next Monday will be my last email!!!

Week 75 Scotland

23 Sep
Dear Family and Friends,
This week was really great! Nothing new unfortunately.
Thursday was Zone Interview Training. It was so good to see President Brown and have time to sit down with him and just talk. After me interview he said “I’ll see you in a few weeks!… AH!” hahaha
Our training was on a few things. The sister training leaders trained on allowing the Holy Ghost to work through us. We really cannot do missionary work without him!
The APs helped us practice talking with people about the Restoration and referring to it quickly so that everyone can know what sets us apart from other faiths.
It was a really good meeting! We have Zone Conference tomorrow! Can’t wait.
Last night we had a really good lesson with the Miligans. They are such a kind couple. We’ve been visiting them for quite sometime now. They are members that haven’t been out to church in a while. Sister Miligan made gorgeous chocolate cake that only took us a total of two minutes to eat. Then we watched Finding Faith in Christ with them. I love that film because it really portrays Christ life so beautifully. It helps me understand who He is and what He has done for all of us. I know it really made the Miligans think. They both have such a strong testimony of the gospel. They just need to exercise their faith a little bit. After we watched the film it didn’t take very long to start talking about the church. Sister Smith and I didn’t need to say much. The spirit was very strong and they both pondered pretty hard. Their countenances lighted up as they discussed coming to church. Jesus Christ provides a way for everyone to follow Him.
The other night Sister Smith let me cut her hair! I used her REAL purple cheetah print shears and talked me through a proper hair cut haha it was good fun.
Funny story. We had dinner with the Matthews family (the American family that just moved into the ward) and afterwords we were helping with the dishes. We started talking about some differences between America and the UK (because they are just getting used to it all) I brought up how in America you can put stuff down the drain and it sucks it up and gets rid of it. Sinks aren’t like that here. So I said “what is it called?? I can’t remember… is it the dispenser?” Then Sister Matthews said “no it’s the dishwasher disposal” then Sister Smith and I said “no that doesn’t sound right” We couldn’t figure it out! I TOTALLY forgot! So then when we left we were walking to the church and Sis Smith and I were still trying to figure it out. Then Sis Smith got it! GARBAGE DISPOSAL!!! hahahaha We had totally and completely forgotten! I died laughing! This probably seems really daft to you all but it was a big deal! We don’t use the word “garbage” so that’s probably why we forgot about it so easily. The Matthews also have a dishwasher but I haven’t used one in a year and a half so I kinda forgot how to use it… like I didn’t know where to put everything. It was a disaster! And now I know that the family will be making fun of me loads right when I get home because I am just not used to anything American anymore hahaha!
Sister Smith got sick again! But not for as long this time. We took a wee trip to the Doctor on Friday. She got some medicine and is doing lots better! She had to give some blood so I was moral support. She almost squeezed my hand off! hahaha but she did great.
This is an excerpt from my mission President’s email this week that I want to share with you!
“I want to share with you a brief insight which came to me this past week. I read the 24th verse of Alma 13 “For behold, angels are declaring it unto many at this time in our land; and this is for the purpose of preparing the hearts of the children of men to receive his word at the time of his coming in his glory.” And in verse 16 of chapter 16 “the Lord did pour out his Spirit on all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the children of men, or to prepare their hearts to receive the word which would be taught among them at the time of his coming.” In D&C 29:7 “ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;” We learn elsewhere that the “elect” are few in number and as I considered our work I came to the conclusion that perhaps we have a dual role; first – find those who are the elect and will receive the word now and secondly we are part of that angelic force which prepares the hearts of the children of men to receive the word at the time of His coming. This gave me comfort and hope that those who may be taught just one or two lessons and then stop learning, or even just have a brief conversation on the street or doorstep, are some of those whose hearts are nevertheless being prepared to receive the word at the time of His coming. As we learn in PMG, “no effort is wasted”, and I most firmly believe that to be true! Till the work is done!” -President Brown
Missionary work is the best! I love everything about it!
I really can’t believe that I will be home so soon. Time has really flown by.
I love you all so so much!
Love Sister Jones

Week 74 Scotland

23 Sep
Dear Family and Friends,
Oh boy… only one month left. Where did my mission go?!
Yesterday we had Zone Development. At the end we had a Zone testimony meeting and all of the trainees got up and kept saying “all of you experienced missionaries that have been out forever have made a great impression.” I really felt old hahaha. I am the Paisley Queen! I have been in the Zone the longest. A good 7 months!
The whole day was really great. We traveled to Ayr and ate lunch right away. Then we went out to a park that had a really cool play ground. I’ve never seen so many young adults on a play ground acting like children before hahaha it was so fun!!! Then we played some sports. Well… I watched hahaha! It was a really beautiful day. The sun was shining and it wasn’t cold. It was really windy though.
Then we went back to the church and played some more games. It was a good day to relax and unwind. All of the missionaries in the Paisley Zone are really really great! We all got to know each other better and gained friendships. The testimony meeting was especially great. The spirit was tangible!! It felt like EFY. So good.
This Thursday is Zone Interview Training. That’ll be my last interview with President before my exit interview! All of my “lasts” are starting to come forth… oh boy.
We also have Zone Meeting next Tuesday and our Stake Conference is two weeks form now. Then we’re going on exchanges the following week. In other words this transfer is going to FLY by!
Sister Smith and I are doing fantastic. We get along so well and we work really well together. She has only been out about 5 months and she is an outstanding missionary! A really great teacher. We are both learning so much from one another. She is also helping me not be so nervous about going home! Well I’m more anxious than nervous. I’ve been clearing out my things and giving her loads of stuff! haha.
The poor thing got the stomach flu on Saturday! AH! That bug has been circling Killie. Thankfully I already had it. We went to Dave and Ruth’s Saturday night and Ruth could tell that Sister Smith wasn’t feeling well so she told us to go home and rest haha. So they drove us home. She is a good mom with spot on instincts. Sister Smith was still pretty ill on Sunday so we only went to Sacrament meeting. That felt a little strange but you gotta do what you gotta do! I made her go back to bed when we got home because she just wasn’t herself yet. I ended up taking a 2 hour nap as well! It really is amazing how tired missionaries get haha. She’s all better now though!! Thank goodness for that!
This past week was pretty good. We weren’t able to see our investigators but we moved right along and kept working anyway. We helped a woman in the ward move to a new house! Sister Smith and I helped her get her living room in place. Obviously I was in heaven. We were also able to visit some less actives and we had really good lessons with them.
About a month ago Sister Larsen and I met a woman on the street and we had a really great talk with her about the Plan of Salvation. She told us about some concerns that she had and we were able to answer her questions. The spirit was very strong and we left her with a leaflet to look over. She told us to try by once school started again. So now that school is back in session, Sister Smith and I went by to see her. She was happy to see us and told us what she learned from the leaflet. She had a couple of questions about it. She really liked the idea that we RETURN to Heavenly Father. She was still unsure about what was really true though. We did all that we could possibly do to persuade her to take the lessons. She said “no not just now” but we left her a Book of Mormon. We invited her to read and pray to know if it is the word of God. We promised her that she will come to know the truth. She seemed very much on the fence. She just needs a little help finding out. She told us more about her family life and the struggles that she has had. We were able to testify to her that the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes all the unfair things about life seem right and we can be relieved of the burdens that we feel. It was a touching experience and we could really feel the spirit working through us. I could see in her eyes that she is prepared and ready to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior. I know she is a daughter of God and is thirsty for His love. I have no idea what will happen. We don’t even have a return appointment. But we will try back again soon. We will offer to read the Book of Mormon with her and answer her questions. I hope and pray that we will be able to teach her. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone. I have seen it bless so many lives. Even my own.
I am so grateful to be here! Only 4 weeks left. I doing my very best to work as hard as I can while I have the time. Sprinting to the end! Then when I’m home I’ll go out teaching with the missionaries all the time and cry because I can’t wear my badge haha. I love this work!!!!!
I love you all so much!! I hope you all have a good week! Please be safe in all that you do!
Love Sister Jones
Ps. I had a dream last night that no one was at the airport when I got there so I took a taxi home hahahaha!! That better not happen!!!

Week 73 Scotland

23 Sep
Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been so great!! My new companion is Sister Molly Kay Smith!! She is so fantastic and I love her so much! She has been out for four and a half months. She just came from Letterkenny Northern Ireland. She is from Gilbert Arizona. She is 20, a licensed cosmetologist, and has a man (engaged)… basically she has life figured out! She is so cool. We get along so great. We are very similar and she reminds me a lot of Heather and Aubrey (it must be a hairdresser thing)
The ward has been so great welcoming her in with open arms. She was really nervous to meet everyone at church but it went great! She is picking up the names really well. She has already taught me so much. I know this is where I need to be and who I need to be with!
We have worked really hard this week. We didn’t have many appointments and we weren’t able to see our investigators… but we were able to meet some really prepared people! I won’t tell you who they are because I don’t want to jinx it.
The weather has been so rubbish! SOOOOO WET! All of my shoes have holes now so whatever shoes I have on my feet have their very own swimming pool! hahah I think I might have to buy some wellies for the next wee while. Sister Smith and I have gotten really soaked but we just laugh and stay positive about it.
Elder Wu’s new companion is Elder Allen. All four of us sang in Sacrament meeting yesterday! We sang “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.” It went well and the spirit was very strong. The members love it when we sing!
Saying goodbye to Sister Larsen was soooo hard! Rita picked us up Tuesday morning at 5am! We had to be on a train at half 5. So then we traveled to Glasgow and said our goodbyes. I cried. Not fun. Then I got together with Sister Montgomery and we traveled back to her area in Ayr. Then I spent the whole day with her in Ayr. Worst rain ever! I had to wear her waterproof boots and put one of her coats over mine haha. Good fun. I spent the night in Ayr and then Wednesday morning we traveled to Glasgow again and met up with Sister Brand. Then the 3 of us spent a good 6 hours in Glasgow! It was fun. We went out to dinner and did some shopping. It felt a little strange…. then around half 8 we went to the bus station and met our new companions!! It was so good to finally meet Sister Smith!
Then the Glasgow zone leaders took Sister Smith and I to the Knightswood sisters flat and we stayed the night with them (Sister Cannon and Sister Giaz) We had a good time with them. Then Thursday morning we finally made it home to Killie! Sister McAteer picked us up from the train station. She is a saint.
Yesterday we went over to the Matthews new home! They are the new family in the ward from the States. We got to know them a bit better and had a good time with them. They have 3 young kids. They are such a cute family. And guess what they had?? Chips and salsa!!!! I almost cried! We sat at the table and just inhaled it all. There is a Costco in Glasgow that they got it from. Cream puffs as well! We were in heaven!!!! I really miss salsa.
So ya that’s mostly what has happened. I am trying to tell Sister Smith everything I know about Killie because it’ll be all her in 5 weeks!
I am so grateful that I am staying here! I love it so much!
I only had an hour today so I’m sorry this is short… I hope you all have a really good week!!
Love Sister Jones

Week 72 Scotland

23 Sep
Dear Family and Friends,
Moves call update! I am staying here in Kilmarnock for my last 6 weeks!!! I am so thrilled! I love it here and am so not ready to say goodbye to it or the people here. My new companion will be Sister Smith! She has been on her mission for about 4 months so she is still pretty new. I haven’t met her yet because she has been in Northern Ireland the whole time. She will come to Kilmarnock on Wednesday! I’m really excited for this next transfer! I know it will go by really quickly and I know it will be filled with miracles and happiness.
Sister Larsen is all packed and ready to go. It has been quit nerve racking for her… and I. We were going to go to Glasgow today but we found out this morning that we have to go tomorrow morning instead. I will get together with Sister Montgomery for Tuesday and Wednesday. She is serving in Ayr and her comp, Sister Kline, is going home with Sister Larsen. Then on Wednesday we will get our new companions! It’ll be a busy/stressful few days. Moves week is always insane haha.
This week was really good. We saw Evelyn! She is doing a lot better and it was so good to see her! We read from the Book of Mormon with her and we could feel the spirit very strongly. We also saw Veronica last night. Sister Larsen told her about the Restoration while I was on the phone getting my moves call! haha they always come at a bit of an awkward time. Veronica is doing really well. She is such a kind woman! She gave us a bit of a snack and we had a really good talk about the Book of Mormon. She said “there’s a phrase that comes up a whole lot…” then I said “And it came to pass??” then she goes “yes! If anything else comes to pass I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up!” hahaha it was so funny! Sciprute language is hard to get used to.
Sister Larsen said all of her goodbyes throughout the week and yesterday at church. It was bitter sweet and everyone was sad to see her go. But I know they will welcome Sister Smith with open arms!
We went to a wedding!!! Bishop King’s daughter, Heather, got married on Saturday. I don’t know if I ever told you this or not but here in Bitain members of the church have to get married in the church before they go down to the temple to get sealed. So Heather and Adam got married at the church and the ceremony was so wonderful! They were so happy and Sister Larsen and I totally cried! haha I LOVE weddings! I also saw the McNally family from East Kilbride there! It was so good to see them again! It’s been just over a year since the last time I saw them. They were shocked when I told them I only have 6 weeks left. Time flies so it does.
The rain is worse than ever! It has been really bucketing the past few days so everything is always soaked. It’s not cold uet though so it’s ok. Just wet.
So many changes! It can be a bit hard to make the adjustments but we’re used to it. Missionaries learn to move quickly at the last minute when needed. I know it trains us to be more receptive to the Lord’s will for the rest of our lives.
I am so grateful for all that I have been to experience so far on my mission. It has been a real joy.
I hope everyone has a good week!! I love you all so much!
Love Sister Jones

Week 71 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Friends and Family,
We had a pretty good week this week!
It started off well with a trip to Culzean Castle! It sits right on the coast and it is absolutely stunning! The weather was perfect so that helped too. The McAteer family in our ward took us in their car with their little girl named Alix (10) and Dave and Ruth took the Elders in their car. The McAteer’s provided the means and made it a really great experience. We went on a tour in the castle which was very interesting but a wee bit hard to understand and keep up with… but it was still really cool. The grounds of the castle were so pretty!!
The end of the week was a bit rubbish though becuase I got sick…. again! But this time it was the stomach flu! Humph. I’m all better now but it was NOT fun! I woke about 3 am Friday morning with horibble stomach cramps and then spent the rest of the moring on my bathroom floor. I had truned off my alarm clock because I knew I wouldn’t be going out that day so I didn’t bother waking up on time. Which meant Sister Larsen woke up late haha oops. I layed back in my bed around 7 am and that’s when SIs L woke up and was upset that she slept in. I told her I was super sick and not to worry about it. So she did the normal routine while I stayed in bed, and in the bathroom, ALLLL DAY! Not fun. Sister Larsen called Sister Brown and told her we were staying in and then called Sister McAteer and asked her to bring me some medicine and 7up. She came over a couple of hours later with a whole bag full of different medicinces, 2 liters of 7 up, plain crackers and bread, a box of Winnie the Pooh character tissue box to make me smile, chocolate for when I felt better, and a mini catus in a colorful pot with an umbrella sticking out of it. SO SWEET!! She is so so good to us! She gave me a big mom hug and gave me some advice on how to recover. That night Matthew (WML) and Keir-nan came over and Matthew gave me a blessing. I felt much better after that. They were only there for like two seconds because they were scared of getting sick haha.
Saturday I felt a wee bit better but I was really exhausted and dehydrated and still had a fever. I had a really high fever the whole time and it was dreadful. I kept a cool wash cloth around my neck for two days! I also had terrible back pain (probably from the bathroom floor) Poor Sis L was so bored! On Friday she packed!! She is now living out of her suitcase haha. Then on Saturday I called the zone leaders and asked them for the “Sanity Pack” which is a bag full of movies for sick missionaries so that they don’t go insane! It worked! So Sister Larsen and I layed in our beds and watched movies. One being “The Other Side of Heaven.” Good fun. I am just so glad I am better now!!!! Since yesterday was fast Sunday I didn’t really have proper food until Sunday night at a member’s home. But I’m totally fine now!! NO more getting sick Sister Jones!!! Believe me I’ve already told myself that hahaha
Earlier this week we were able to see Evelyn. She is really struggling right now and is in a bit of a dark place. Her depression has hit her really hard. But we had a good visit with her and she has agreed to have us over once a week and read the Book of Mormon with her. We are so grateful that we can start seeing her again! We love her so much and want to do everything we can to help her. By the end of our visit she already looked a bit better. I know that the spirit she feels when we are in her home helps her feel better. We are going to help her start reading the Book of Mormon and praying again. The members really love her too and want to help her come back to the church. Keep her in your prayers! I know the Lord will heal her.
We still haven’t been able to teach Veronica! She goes out of town quite a bit.
Sister Larsen is going home next week and I am really sad about it 😦 But I am very happy for her and I’m excited to see what lies ahead! I will find out on Sunday who my next (and last) companion will be! I can’t wait to tell you the news next week.
We had a really great companionship study this morning about the Atonement. (We prepared a lesson for a young man we are trying to help come back to church and we have been focusing on the Plan of Salvation. Tonight we are going to speak more about the Atonement.) So we exounded on it a little for more study. We read from the scriptures and PMG and had some new insights on it. Sister Larsen pointed out that in order to “use” the Atonement, we need to partake of the Sacrament. It’s not just kneeling beside your bed and repenting. The Sacrament is part of repentance and is was cleanses us. When we look to our Savior and remember Him we are filled with His spirit and can become clean. I love going to church and partaking of the Sacrament. It really helps me feel closer to our Redeemer. For it is only through Him that we may be forgiven and have Eternal Life with our Father in Heaven.
I am so grateful for the Atonement. I am grateful for Jesus Christ. He has done so much for us. I know that He lives.
I love you all! SO MUCH! I hope you all have a good week at work and with all your other tasks. Keep working hard and do not give up!
Love Sister Jones

Week 70 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
This week was SO HOT! It got all the way up to 40 degrees! (C not F) I think that’s around 100 or a bit more F. You’d think I’d be used to it because I’m from Vegas but it’s worse here because it’s a bit humid. Sister Larsen and I really struggled with it because we have mostly been out finding. We were sooo grateful for the rain and cool breeze yesterday.
We got in contact with Evelyn! She agreed to meet with us this Thursday. We are really looking forward to seeing her again. Keep praying for her!
We haven’t been able to teach Veronica at all this week because she has been so busy but we have a time set up for this week. Last Tuesday she offered to take us to Troon beach for the day! We were so bummed that we had to deny it haha I don’t think she quite understood why we said no. We’ll have to explain our rules with her some time soon. She is so so sweet and is so good to us.
Sister Larsen and I had to do instruction at District Meeting. It was pretty fun for us to be in charge of it all. Our district leader, E. Butler, gave us the topic of finding by the spirit. It went well and it was a great experience to observe the role plays. I learned a lot from them.
We have been doing a lot of finding. Most of our appointments cancel. We have chapped a good chunk of Killie. We have been having really great conversations with people. It feels so good to proclaim the restored gospel!
Last night while we were chapping, Sis L and I realized how far we have come and how much we have grown since the beginning of our missions. There was a man that was not nice at all… I won’t go into details. He was probably in a horrible mood. Anyway, when we were greenies that kind of situation would have made us cry and we would’ve taken it so personally! hahah but now we just move on and continue being as Christ like as we can. One day that man will listen and thank us for trying to give him the opportunity. I feel so close to the Savior when rejection and opposition comes. In my mind I think “what the heck! I’m a representative of Jesus Christ… why isn’t anyone listening? Why won’t they agree to learning? Why won’t they take the goodness that we are offering them? Why are they mean to us?” Then I humbly remember our Redeemer. Not everyone listened to Him. They didn’t recognize Him as the Christ. He was despised and hated. Yet He reigns high in His glory. I am so grateful for His example. I know He lives. I know that it is only through Him that we can be saved. The Book of Mormon outlines that perfectly. We need to stay strong and fearless as we share the gospel with our brothers and sisters.
Today we are going to Calzean Castle! (It’s pronounced “ka-lane”) It’s just a little passed Ayr. The McAteer family is taking us! I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures! Dave Ruth and the elders are going as well. It’ll be a great day!
I hope you all have a great week! I love you all so much! xoxox
Love Sister Jones

Week 69 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
I’m glad to hear you are all doing well!
We had another long week of finding. Our teaching pool is a bit empty and we are trying to find those who are prepared. We aren’t working with as many less actives anymore because most of the ones we were visting every week weren’t making any progress and aren’t planning on coming back to church anytime soon. So instead of visiting them every week were just going to visit them once or twice a month and spend the extra time finding people to teach. We’re also trying by other less actives in the ward that we haven’t met to see if they are interested in having us over for lessons and coming back to church. Everyone that we try by, whether they be less actives or potentials, we chap 5 a side. Which means every door we try by we chap the 5 doors on either side of it. It acutally works! We have been able to set up a couple of return appointments. (Sometimes they end up not working out… like Adam… he canceled… but sometimes they do!) I forgot how much I enjoy chapping. We have some really great conversations with people. Unfortunately though, we are discovering that the majority of people don’t even believe in God! It’s a really sad thing. But we have to find those who are prepared somehow! It’s never fun to get rejected but I know that I am still successful when I’ve given them the opportunity. We met a woman last night who told us we worshiped Joseph Smith. We took the time to correct her and explain that that is not the case. Times like that make our stomach drop but at least she knows the truth now. “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Chirst.” (2 Nephi 25:26) Not Joseph Smith!
I’m sorry to say I have some bad news…. Evelyn dropped us. We still have no idea what happened or why but she has been a bit off the map the past couple of weeks. She has been canceling appointments and hasn’t been reading the Book of Mormon or praying. She has also been a little off towards us. We finally saw her the other day on the bus. She barely looked at us and when I asked what she would like us to do she said to just “leave it for now.” We were totally heart borken. Then when she didn’t come to church on Sunday everyone asked about her. She is really loved by the members so they are taking her into their hands and are going to try and contact her. We love her so much and want the very best for her. But we really have done everything that we possibly can. We are still praying for her and we know she will be back one day. There is no way she can deny her testimony.
I can tell that I have really grown on my mission when it comes to rejection. At the start I took it really personally and it was really hard for me to get through. I always felt discouraged and faithless. Now that I’ve had a little bit of experience I have realized that agency is one of the greatest gifts we have been given and I am so grateful that every one of Heavenly Father’s children has been blessed with it. Not everyone wants to listen to us. That is ok. As long as I do the very best that I can and offer them the opportunity to come unto our Savior and Redeemer, I can go to bed at night, exhausted, and know that I have been successful. It’s hard work but it is so worth it. Someone has to plant the seeds right?? We are striving to be obedient and we are doing all that we can to find more people to teach.
Some good news! Veronica became a new investigator! I really don’t remember if I have ever mentioned her before. If I haven’t I’ll just briefly explain. She was a referral from Sister Reilly in the ward (next door neighbor) We have visited her a few times and even had dinner with her. She is such a kind woman! She loves to serve others and she believes in God and Jesus Christ. We asked her if she would like to take the lessons and she agreed. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she started reading it straight away and ever since has been able to sleep better at night! (So cool) We haven’t taught the Restoration yet but we watched the Book of Mormon DVD with her and she felt the spirit so strong. She cried as she read Moroni 10:3-5. She told us that she wants to improve her life and be more like Chirst. We love teaching her! She accepted the invitation to come to church but unfortunately she wasn’t feeling too well and couldn’t make it.
We had a really great Scotland West conference! We traveled to Glasgow and it was a combo of the Glasgow Zone and Paisley Zone. Our new member of the area presidency came with his wife. Elder and Sister Dyches. He was the Portland Oregon mission a few years back so they had really wonderful adivse for all us missionaries! Their training was all about being the best we can be and continuing to be diligent in all that we do. How to work better with the members and how to gain more spiritually. I really enjoy meetings like those!
Sister Larsen and I are still doing really great! Sister Larsen got a wee bit of a cold but I don’t think it will last very long. She got her travel plans today! AH! She won’t stop shaking! She only has about 3 weeks left. Goodness missions go by really quick!
I love you all so much!!
Love Sister Jones

Week 68 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
We had a really long week! It went by really slowly and almost ALL of our appointments canceled. But we had many miracles!!
On Monday the Minchins invited us and Evelyn over for FHE. It was sooo fun! Sister Larsen and I loved it because we felt so normal! We watched a talk by our beloved prophet. It was about enduring through the hard times (great for Evelyn to hear) Then we played a prophet pciture matching game haha. Sister Minchin and I were the best at it because we knew the song (thank you primary!) Then we had a yummy dessert. We all had a really great time and Evelyn and Sister Minchin are becoming good friends. The Minchins are a great family.
On Tuesday we had a Zone Meeting. They brought back QGC! It stands for Quality Gospel Conversations. We are counting them as a key indicator now. It for conversations on the street. We have to teach, testify, ask questions, set up a return appointment and then qualify the appointment. It’s harder than it sounds because not everyone is willing to meet with us. But Sister Larsen and I have seen success from it. We are talking to more people and really focusing on our conversation with them. From it we have been able to make 3 return appointments!
Last night we meet a young man named Adam. He told us how hard the past 12 years have been and how he has never had a good father figure in his life. We told him about our Heavenly Father and how we are all His children. We told Adam that he can come to know that that is true. Then he asked us “how do I got about doing that?” We told him that we would love to teach him! We gave him a Book of Mormon and set up a time to see him on Friday. He seemed very sincere!
Tuesday evening we did a big church building clean up. We had a really good turn out from the ward and we all got a job to do. Sister Larsen and I helped Sister Watt wash all of the outside windows! It was good fun. Evelyn came as well! She loves doing service.
We had exchanges with the STLs! I went to Irvnie with Sister Watt (she is in my group) We had a good time. I am very grateful that I was there with her because she really needed me at that time. We were able to bond which was really beneficial. She is a great sister. I always learn so much on exchanges. We taught their investigator and it was really frustrating because he asks loads of random questions. But we practiced our patience and were able to have a good lesson.
Sister Larsen and I are still doing really great together! We have become the best of friends and we’re working really hard!
This is a part of President Brown’s email from this week that I would like to share with all of you. It’s just so good.
“I mentioned last week that I had been studying the Book of Mormon on the subject of faith for some time. I have been fascinated by this subject for a long time, reasoning that if the Prophet Joseph’s statement that faith is “the power by which the worlds were made”, it must be incredibly important and of immense worth for us to understand and use this principle in our mortal probation. We obviously understood and used it in the pre-mortal world (see Alma 13:3). In my study one day last week I was reading President Eyring’s talk from the Saturday morning session of conference and noted this instructive statement
“If we choose the right, we will find happiness—in time. If we choose evil, there comes sorrow and regret—in time. Those effects are sure. Yet they are often delayed for a purpose. If the blessings were immediate, choosing the right would not build faith. And since sorrow is also sometimes greatly delayed, it takes faith to feel the need to seek forgiveness for sin early rather than after we feel its sorrowful and painful effects.”I have the tendency to think that because we are missionaries, and this is the Lord’s work the results of our proselyting efforts should be immediate – after all, surely God wants all of his children to have the blessings of the gospel! However it must be true that the development of faith is perhaps the most important opportunity of mortality and so he doesn’t interfere with anyone’s agency in any way. That said there is also no doubt that President Eyring’s statement is true that the effects of our choices are sure – so we will reap the blessings – in time – for all our labour. The long days of proselyting will inevitably bear fruit – in time. Ours is the blessing to build faith by not giving up when the going is hard – “proved by our trials we’ll be, nearer yet nearer to thee”” -President Brown
I love you all so very much!! Have a good week!!!
Love Sister Jones
P.S. Could someone please send me a picture of the Las Vegas Temple?? I miss it!
Also, do I get a homecoming talk topic??