Week 67 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
We had a pretty good week!
Wednesday was our p-day and since we emailed on Monday we had a LONG pday! So we went to Troon! There is a bus right outside our flat that took us straight there. It was a bit overcast and windy but it was still fun! Troon is a TINY town right on the coast. It was so beautiful! It was really fun to see the beach! It was pretty cold and the wind didn’t help. But we put our coats on and got ice cream then sat at the beach for a while. We watched little kids swim in the ocean and just couldn’t believe it! It must have been sooooo cold! But hey ho… we had ice cream so we were pretty happy. It started pouring rain right when we left… tender mercy!
On Friday we had some finding time in the morning so we decided to go to Hurlford and Galston; two wee towns outside of Killie. Worst weather ever! It wasn’t THAT cold but it was raining buckets and it was super windy. The wind made the rain misty. Our umbrellas didn’t last very long and we were SOAKED! We couldn’t help but laugh! We found the fun in it and just enjoyed being drenched! However, at one point we rode the bus for a minute and got warm and when we got back outside we froze!! hahahaha my shoes were FILLED with water. Just picture it… two girls walking around, in skirts that are blowing everywhere, and getting wet hahaha! It was great! We were wet most of the day then by dinner time we were able to dry off. It took my shoes a couple of days to dry out. It was pretty fun. Unfortunately not much came from that finding time but we did have a miracle!!
We were out and about from 10 until 1. We had a lunch app with a member in Galston at 1 and just before we tried by a forr investigator and found out that he doesn’t live there anymore. But the person who lives there now knows where he moved to. So ten minutes before our lunch app (going inside a dry warm house) we went to the address and met his girlfriend. We talked with her for a few minutes and she is interested in learning! So we’re going back this week! Good things come from walking around in the rain ūüôā
Evelyn is having a really hard time right now. She is struggling with depression and she is having a hard time finding comfort. The Elders and our ward mission leader gave her a blessing before church started. It helped her feel a wee bit hopeful. We KNOW she will get there!! She is still smoking and President has advised that we not give her a baptismal date until she is totally off all nicotine. Sister Larsen and I love her so much and we see the great potential she has. She can do it! The members are so supportive of her and are willing to help her with anything. She is still strong and still loves the gospel!
The Book of Mormon can heal us. It has the power to do that. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the simple things that our Heavenly Father has commandedus to do. They all have to do with Him but they are for our benefit. We must continue to prey, read the Book of Mormon, attend church… the list goes on. We can gain so much strength from these simple things. I know we can.
We have a couple of conferences this transfer which I am excited about. I love the training that my leaders give. Especially training from President Brown. An area authority is coming soon! I don’t remember his name but I will keep you posted on that.
Sister Larsen and I are already making plans for get togethers we are going to have! She wants me to come to Colorado in November… I hope that’s ok ūüôā
I love you all so very much!!!
Love Sister Jones

Week 66 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
First I will settle the bet between Dad and Aubrey….¬†Sister Larsen and I are¬†staying here in Kilmarnock!!!! We are SOOO HAPPY!!! Sister Larsen only 6 weeks left so I will “kill” her off! hahaha (she is relieved about that) I only have 12 weeks! So that means I will most likely be here until the end! I am totally fine with that. I love it here!
Not much has happened this week because I have been sick the past few days! It was just a cold but it took so much out of me! I had a bad sore throat and an on and off fever. We were in the flat all day Friday and Saturday and then yesterday we went to church. I felt awful all three hours so we went home for the day. Let me tell you… we were so bored!!!! I can only take so many naps in one day! hahaha but it helped. I feel better. My throat is still a bit dry but it’s fine now.
Rita and Gemma were reactivated yesterday! They are so solid and just LOVE the blessings that living the gospel brings. They are so happy and everyone loves seeing them at church!
Yesterday, we wheeled Granny Hamiliton to church in her wheelchair. She just lives up the road from the church but it has quite a few hills so it was difficult but a lot of fun. She was so happy to be at church! We love her so much.
Sister Larsen and I are a bit bummed that we’re missing the 4th of July but we’re excited we’ll be together for it. We will sing all the patriotic songs, say the pledge to my tiny flag, wear red white and blue, and most likely eat a hot dog. It’ll be so great!
Kilmarnock is doing wonderful. We are struggling a bit to find new investigators to teach. We make appointments with everyone that we meet but then they don’t keep them. It’s a shame! But we are very anxious to continue to work hard and even harder if that’s what it takes. We will do the very best we can do!
A while ago a member asked us to visit her neighbor Veronica. We tried by and she was very kind and said we could come back anytime. Long story short we finally set up a time to see her and she had us over and fed us dinner! She is the kindest woman! She is so humble and loves to serve others. She has faith and believes in God but isn’t to keen on organized religion. We had a great time with her. We gave her a Book of Mormon and she was so thankful that we gave her a book we cherished so much. She said she would read it cover to cover during her trip to Ireland! We have another dinner appointment set up with her this week. We really hope that we will be able to teach her!
Over the weekend there was a program on TV called “Meet the Mormons” and it really didn’t do us any favors. It made the sacred things look a bit sketchy. We as missionaries didn’t watch it but the members and President Brown told us about it. President Brown says it may be a good opportunity to answer some questions about our faith and may make people take more notice of us. It’s a bit sickening that Satan is working so hard… but it’s all a part of Heavenly Fathers plan! We will stand strong! I am very proud to be a Mormon.
I hope everyone has a good week!! I love you all so so much!!!
Love Sister Jones

Week 65 Scotand

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
Happy Birthday to my dear sweet grandma!! 90 years is a long time! I am so grateful for her! She is an outstanding example of love. Love towards family, friends, and Heavenly Father and His son. I appreciate her so much! All because of her and grandpa our family has come to know the gospel. Do we really know what we have?
This week has been great! Not one drop of rain!!!! Everything is getting dry and it’s been super HOT! I can handle heat but I don’t really like walking around in it all day. But hey ho we get through it! It’s cooled down the past couple of days so it hasn’t been terrible.
I forgot to mention last week about our Book of Mormon goal! Our zone goal was 91 copies and by the end of the week we gave out a total of 104 copies!!! Heavenly Father blessed us with those opportunities.
On Saturday we saw the Queen’s message in the baton!!! We don’t know a whole lot about it. The town was super busy and covered with decorations, booths, and loads of families. There was a baton relay that passed through. We were on our way home for dinner and say tons of people lined up along the street waiting for the runners and walkers haha. Sister Larsen and I were craving chocolate so we went and got a candy bar and headed in the direction of home. We passed through a small group of people that were taking pictures of some guy and there were some police men standing about. After we passed through them Sister Larsen said “do you think¬†we just passed by someone who is really important?” um ya…we discovered we passed right by one of the baton holders! hahahaha so we stood with all the people and watched! I asked a couple to tell me what was going on because we didn’t really get it. Basically the Queen writes a message and then puts in a baton. Then they have relays (walking… the baton in HUGE! Kinda looks like a torch) ALLL month all the way from Buckingham Palace to Glasgow where they read the message during the opening ceremony of some games that they have. I still don’t really get it. Anyway, it was really exciting and it was really cool to watch! We felt so important! hahahahaha good fun.
President and Sister Brown came to the Kilmarnock ward yesterday! It was such a pleasure to have them there! They both gave great talks in sacrament meeting. President came to interview Evelyn. She wanted to talk with him about some things so he made a special trip just for her. So nice! President gave a talk about obedience. Reading our scriptures daily, praying daily, and attending church are what help us to remain obedient and strong in the gospel. It was good for me to hear because usually his obedience talks (ya it’s his favorite subject) are directed towards mission rules and the work that we do. Since this was in the ward during sacrament it was more directed to us as members. I can’t explain to you how great he is! He is such a good speaker and he is full of humility. He is so loving. Everyone there could feel the spirit! Rita and Gemma were there again!! They are doing so so great!
Evelyn is doing really great! She even got two new dresses for church! She has been studying the scriptures and all her other books we have been giving her. She won’t make the 28th of June for her baptism…. but it WILL be in the near future! She is totally converted and her testimony is so strong. She bears her testimony to us ALL THE TIME without even knowing it! I¬†am so grateful for her progress. Heavenly Father has blessed her an incredible amount.
We did LOADS of service this week! It was sooo fun! We got to work in Sister Gordon’s garden. I mowed the lawn while Sister Larsen weeded. Then we help Pamela strip more wallpaper. I taught her the vinegarr trick. Very helpful indeed. Thanks mom! Then we help Sister Barnes in her garden! We had to dig a hole for a small tree. We also helped Sister Lawrence. She is 92 and is really really fit but we always beg her to let us help her. So Sister Larsen ironed and I watered all her plants and grass in her back garden (never thought I would have to do that in Scotland! It’s just been so dry this week) It was very relaxing for us and we got to spend good quality time with these sisters. Plus we got to wear trousers! hahaha it’s these little things that make Sister Larsen and I so happy!
Moves call is next Sunday! Can you believe it’s that time again? We are really nervous about it! I very well could go to another area to finish my mission but you never know! We don’t want to be split up! I’ll let you know the outcome next week! Today I got my “going home” email…. I had to email back the office about which airport I will fly to and that sort of thing. It’s coming quick….
I love you all so very much! I am so grateful that the family was able to come together to celebrate our wonderful grandmother! I love her so much! I am so sad I wasn’t there… lots of tears I have shed these past couple of hours… but I am so grateful to be here sharing the gospel. The world really needs it. We are completely lost without it. Yes… LOST. I am so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him none of this would be possible or even worth it. I am grateful to be on a mission along with Tenesia! I hope you all have a good week!!!
Love Sister Jones

Week 64 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
Today marks 100 days left! Good grief I am going to be home so soon! I’m doing a Scripture Mastery countdown! (Since there is 100) It’ll be nice to study them in more detail. Maybe I’ll try to memorize them again…
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to Dad, Kyle and Sean! And to all of the other fathers out there!
This week was really good!
One of the best moments for me was church yesterday! Rita¬†and Gemma¬†came to¬†church!!! I can’t even explain what that means to me! I can’t even imagine how Heavenly Father feels about it! I can’t remember what I’ve said about her and Gemma in past emails so I’ll just start from the beginning. We’ve been working with Rita since I got here. Back in February she was really hard to get in contact with her and she would sometimes cancel appointments or not be home. When we were able to teach her she would get really shy about saying the opening or closing prayer and it was uncomfortable for her. She didn’t even know where her scriptures were! She hadn’t been to church for 19 years! One night, a while back, her daughter Gemma showed up and we talked with her and she told us that she had been thinking about coming back to church. She hadn’t been since was a teenager. Now she is in her 30’s. We asked Gemma if we could start meeting with her so we all decided that we would have lessons with both Rita and Gemma. We did that for a while and Rita slowly but progressively got more comfortable with gospel discussions and keeping commitments that we gave her. Gemma started reading the Book of Mormon straight away and was more than willing to come to church. She came a couple of times and enjoyed it. We then started meeting with them separately because they were at different stages. Anyway, long story short, we have ALWAYS invited Rita to come to church but something would always come up. She told us that she wanted to but it was HER that was holding her back. So over time, Rita started reading the Book of Mormon and now she is reading it EVERYDAY! She is learning so much and is remembering the gospel of Jesus Christ. She prays every lesson and her and Gemma have connected on a whole new level! More of a spiritual relationship. Sister Larsen and I decided we would stop talking about church so much and just keep encouraging her to read and pray. Then yesterday they both walked into Sacrament together!!!! I was sooo happy!!! I ran straight over and grabbed Rita and gave¬†her a BIG hug! She said “I’m so nervous!” But she had a HUGE smile across her face. I sat by them during Sacrament meeting and I could feel the spirit so strongly. I could tell that they¬†could feel¬†Heavenly Father’s love for them. It was such a sweet experience. Afterwords, EVERYONE came up to Rita and just hugged her. They were so happy to have their sister back.
Our stake President was there and gave a really great talk about looking up. We are too often looking down and not Heaven word! He told a story about bird feeders in their back garden. Him and his kids put it up the other day and while they were filling up the feeders some of the seeds fell to the ground. They went inside to watch and to their surprise, the birds came only moments later and started pecking at the seeds on the ground. President Yates said “I so badly wanted to¬†tell the birds to Look up!! There¬†was a whole feast just waiting for them!” He said that our Heavenly Father has provided us EVERYTHING! Even more than we realize. We need to look heaven word and partake of all of the blessings that are in store for us.
President Brown will be¬†here net week! He is coming to meet with Evelyn and then he and Sister Brown are¬†speaking in our Sacrament meeting.¬†The ward leaders are excited for his¬†visit. I’m excited to have¬†him¬†in the Kilmarnock ward! It should be really great!
The¬†Birchams are moving today! They are moving into a house that needed/still needs a lot of work done to it. We’ve helped them paint a couple of times and it has been really fun! One day¬†Sister Larsen, Pamela and I¬†went into Pamela’s room and discovered it was wallpapered. I peeled a piece off then we all just looked at each other and got the same idea.Then for the next hour we stripped all the wallpaper off! It was sooo fun! It reminded me of our house ūüôā
We visited sweet Sister Hamilton on Saturday as usual and she gave Sister Larsen and I perfume! She is so good to us. She just told us to go into her cupboard and pick which one we wanted! haha she takes really good care of us. We really wanted her and Evelyn to meet so we had a lesson at Sister Hamiltons house. Her and Evelyn got along so great!! Sister Hamilton gave Evelyn a box of chocolate biscuits and said “we can be friends forever now” haha so cute!
Evelyn is doing really well! We’ve started teaching her at members homes and it has really made a difference. It is good for her to get out of her house. We’ve finished teaching her¬†all of the required lessons so now we will most likely start over until she gets baptized! Her date is still the 28th but we MIGHT have to push it back because she is still smoking. Nicotine is so vicious!!!!
Last conference, Sister Brown talked a bit about Family History and gave us permission to do Family History for an hour every Wednesday! (I think I’ve mentioned this before) Anyway, we were given the “My Family” booklet and we have to have it filled out by the end of the month. It is so much fun! Sister Larsen and I have been spending time with Sister Minchin (Family¬†History missionary) and Sister Reilly (Family History consultant in the ward) doing indexing and other Family Search practice. Plus we’ve been filling out our booklets. It’s good fun and Sister Larsen and I are super excited to do more work when we are home! It is also making me realize how much I don’t know about my family! That is why we need¬†to do it!¬†Sister Larsen and I have come to realize that Satan is attacking the family even more now. When we talk to people about researching their ancestors they say it isn’t necessary or that they aren’t interested to know where they came from or who their ancestors are. It is a really sad thing! There is soooo much work to be done for our ancestors. We have temples for a purpose. I desire so much to be with my family for eternity and I hope that all families can be together forever. Do family history work! It’s fun I promise ūüôā
Last¬†Monday I¬†ate liver!! AHH! Lamb liver. It was…. interesting. Funny texture and taste but it was still good. I don’t think I’ll ever have the desire to eat it again but it was good for a one time thing haha. We had it at Dave and Ruth’s. They feed us every Monday.
Sister Larsen and I are doing great! I love her so much! We are already planning trips together! hahah too soon?? There was a day this week that I wasn’t feeling too well and had to stay in the flat for most of the day. Sister Larsen took such good care of me! She made me a hot rice bag out of one of her socks, massaged my back¬†and gave me lots of ice cream! haha she’ll be a good mom. We also watched Legacy! Good movie about pioneers but we didn’t realized how much kissing was in it! hahaha gotta love it.
Today we are both getting hair cuts! We are soooo excited!! I need it so badly! It has been almost 8 months since I last got it done! haha it is just too long now… So I’m cutting off like 5-7 inches! I’ll send before and afters next week! ūüôā
Read the second half of Alma 51:33…. that is mission life!!!! hahahaha!
I love you all so very much! I hope you all have a good week! You are in my prayers every day!
Love Sister Jones

Week 63 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
Hello!¬†Everything is going really good! I don’t have too much to report on¬†so this may be short… sorry about that.
Funny story: Sister Larsen and I are very much the same. We discovered recently that we wore the SAME shoes at graduation! hahaha orange wedges from Target ūüôā So great.
We had Zone Interview Training this week! Interviews with President are always something I look forward to. This one was really funny though because we started talking about my future children and he was giving me some parenting advise and then at the end he said “wait.. this feels like an exit-interview!” hahaha oops!! It’s closer than we think!
I can’t believe Beckham is WALKING! That is so fun! I’m so¬†proud of my wee nephew.
Evelyn is still doing great! She just can’t stop smoking though!! Well she’s actually doing a whole lot better than she gives herself credit for. She gets really down on herself all the time for messing up. But she has made great progress in the right direction. She finished reading the Book of Mormon and has started again! She LOVES it! If only everyone in the world loved the Book of Mormon as much as she does. It’s the word of God! I know it is.
Speaking of the Book of Mormon, our zone has a goal to hand out 91 copies this week… each team giving out one a day. Our whole zone fasted yesterday for this goal. Sister Larsen and I are excited to do it! We are going to focus on the Book of Mormon with everyone that we talk to. It should be a lot of fun!
We were able to meet with quite a few potential and former investigators this week. We hope to start teaching all of them on a regular basis and help them progress in the gospel.
I love you all so very much! I hope you all have a great week! You are in my prayers! Just remember that someone in Scotland loves you!
Love Sister Jones

Week 62 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
This week was really really great!
Evelyn has a baptismal date! June 28th! It’s the day before moves call. Evelyn is doing exceptionally well! She is still trying to quite smoking but she is getting there! Sister Larsen and I decided to give up sugar! We thought it would be a good idea to give up an addiction with her. I crave chocolate and ice cream almost everyday so it’s hard haha but we’re doing it!
We did another word of wisdom lesson with her to explain the WHY of it all. It was an amazing spiritual experience. We showed her a picture of the temple and discussed how beautiful it is and how well it is kept. So much detail and care goes into building, decorating, cleaning, and consecrating the temple. We are so blessed to have them. It really is the Lord’s house. Heavenly Father cares so much for His temples and what goes on inside of them. We then told Evelyn that she is more important to Heavenly Father than a building. Her body is more sacred and is a greater gift. We told her that she has great worth and that our Father wants us to take care of ourselves while on this earth. We are worth so much more than we think. We are divine beings. We have the capability of being virtuous and healthy. Evelyn was very touched and it all made sense to her. She wants so badly to be baptized so that she may be cleansed from all sin and sorrow. She has such a great determination to be rid of her addiction. I know she can do it! The ward has been very supportive and helpful to her. Evelyn has also been reading the Bible and is really enjoying the New Testament. She LOVES the Book of Mormon and is sad that she is almost done with it but is excited to start again!
The Book of Mormon is so powerful! I love studying form it everyday. This morning I read Alma 39. The chapter about sexual purity. Alma counsels with his son Corianton to be rid of these transgressions. He is so loving towards his son and promises him that sweet peace can come through true repentance.
The gospel has been restored. We have it in beautiful simplicity. We are children of a loving Heavenly Father. He loves us so much. More than we can even comprehend! He wants us to be happy.
I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon. It outlines the Plan that our Father has for us. We have it right in front of us. Eternal life will be ours. That is promised. We must be faithful and worthy of that promise. Every person is important to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They want the very best for us.
Last Tuesday we had our usual district meeting. When we got to the church we noticed a HUGE tent set up! ALL of us went straight for it and decided to have district meeting in there hahaha it was good fun and a GREAT meeting. We had the time to contemplate why we are here serving. It was a good time to reflect on how I feel about my mission.
When we were skyping, Heather asked me a really great question that I didn’t know the answer to. It has been on my mind ever since then and I feel like I finally found the answer. She asked me what was the one thing that has reoccurred throughout my mission that I have learned the most about. 1 Timothy4:12 explains my feelings quite well. Time and time again I have been told, through blessings and leaders, that I am to be an example. I’m still not entirely sure how I am going to fulfill this. Throughout these past 14 months I have thought about my family. I hope that my service will be noticed. I want to work as hard as I can so that I can help and uplift future generations. I hope that one day that my neices, nephews, cousins, and even my own children will serve missions. The work of the Lord is an absolute privilage to be a part of. This world NEEDS the gospel. We would be completely lost without it. I have reflected on this over and over and what keeps coming to mind is “keep going… your thoughts and actions are being recorded in heaven… be thou and example.” I am so grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ. He is the perfect example. I want to be just like Him. I am so grateful that He¬†can take away my imperfections and mistakes. I continually think about Ether 12:27. We all have weaknesses but through Christ, weaknesses can become strong.
Thursday is Zone Interview Training! We get to have interviews with President Brown. I am so excited! I’m sure the training will be excellent as well as it always is.
Zone Development was pretty good. We went to Paisley and it was sports alll day! Sister Larsen are not sporty people so we mostly just sat out and chatted haha. It was so fun to get together with the zone. There are some missionaries in my zone now that were in my previous zones. It is always a pleasure to see them agian. I love missionaries! Most of the Elders got sunburned yesterday! The sun is ferocious here haha
I love you all so very much! I hope you have a great week!!
Love Sister Jones

Week 61 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
This week was really great! On Wednesday we had to travel to Edinburgh to pack up¬†Sister Larsen’s things! It was a beautiful day and we hung out in the mission home for a bit¬†which was a real treat! We even got a glimpse of the greenies!¬†It was nice to see some¬†missionary friends as well. Sis Larsen is all settled now and we are having a great time!
Elder Donaldson joined our¬†Killie family! He goes home¬†in 6 weeks! So he won’t be here¬†for very¬†long.
Last¬†Monday there was a HUGE thunder storm! We were over at Dave and Ruth’s for dinner when it started. There was a¬†TON of lightening so Dave and Ruth didn’t let us go out. We didn’t want to be in it either haha. It was so fun to watch and listen to!¬†Thunder and lightning NEVER happens here! Like¬†never!¬†So it is a TREAT when it does happen. I’ve only heard thunder a¬†couple of times on my mission.¬†But this was a BIG storm. It went on for liek 4 hours! Boom crash pour! Boom crash pour!¬†They drove us home¬†when it was time to go in and we drove through rivers and puddles! It was really fun. We LOVED the thunder!¬†When we got home we started planning and we sat in our big living room with all of the windows open and there was a huge BANG! Thunder so deep that it kinda shook the earth! It even set off some alarms. Good fun ūüôā
Evelyn is doing¬†wonderful! We watched¬†“Special Witnesses of Christ.”¬†She really enjoys watching the videos. She LOVES the apostles! She always says “oh I just want to cuddle them!” (for those of you who don’t know…. “cuddle” means hug. I’m afraid I’ll say it alot when I get home and people will get the wrong idea! haha) She started to read the New Testament and is cross referencing it with the Book of Mormon and visa versa. She is learning so much! She wants to be baptized in the next 6 weeks! We don’t have a date yet but hopefully soon.
We met up with the elders and set some goals for this transfer. We came up with some good plans for the ward and what we can do to help them with missionary work!
This work is so great! I love everything about being a missionary. The church is so true!
Ok I have a funny story… it’s a little embarrassing but it’s worth it! Just maybe don’t this to the ward leaders! haha. Yesterday after church Sis Larsen and I were talking to a Brother in the ward and he was telling us about some scientific thing about the Joseph Smith and the universe and the Book of Mormon and stuff like that. While he was talking I accidentally let out a toot! And it was LOUD! Like a POP! hahahahaha the brother didn’t even notice! So he just went on as normal like nothing happened. I was mortified! Then in the corner of my eye I saw Sister Larsen smile…¬†obviously she heard. Then I just LOST it! I could NOT hold back the laughter! The brother still didn’t even notice! I was trying so hard to control myself and act like I was interested in what he was saying hahaha. Sister Larsen was turning red and she did really good holding in her laughter but I just couldn’t handle it! I then started to pretend like I was coughing! We were both trying to act like we were paying attention so we kept responding in a really excited and interested way. So then he thought we were really into the conversation and he got even more excited and was telling us all sorts of things that didn’t even make sense to us. I was still laughing/coughing and trying so hard to be civil! hahaha I don’t even remember what he was talking about but at some point he pointed to a table and said “so technically that table isn’t even a solid!” We DIED! hahaha it was so funny!! I didn’t want him to think we were laughing at him! hahah but he didn’t notice at all. It was hilarious!
Happy Birthday to baby¬†Beckham this week! I can’t believe he is already ONE!!! xoxox
I will email next TUESDAY! Next Monday is Zone Development so we won’t email until the next day.
I am so grateful to be here! Sister Larsen and I are really looking forward to going home and being with our family and finding husbands! But we are so happy to be set apart as full time missionaries doing the Lord’s work in this beautiful country. It is such a sweet pleasure to see Evelyn’s eyes light up when we mention the prophet or discuss the sacrament. It’s a wonderful feeling in our hearts when we ponder the words that come from the Book of Mormon. It is a honor to know our Savior Jesus Christ. My testimony has strengthened immensely and it continues to grow each day. I think I’m finally starting to figure out what this life is really all about. I am so grateful for the plan that our Heavenly Father has for each of us. We need to be obedient to the Lords commandments. He is bound to bless us! (D&C 82:10)¬†Pray for Sister Larsen and I for the ability to find our lost brothers and sisters. We are strengthened by faith. I love you all¬†so very much! I hope you have a good week!
Love Sister Jones

Week 60 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
Let me just tell you about moves call! It was so stressful!! Moves call was this morning instead of last night and it was really exciting but we were so anxious! It was from 8-11:30am and, as you probably know, that is mostly study time. Well…. we were so unfocused! hahaha it was difficult to concentrate. Plus we were LAST! We finally got the call around half 11 and President told us that…….
WE’RE STAYING TOGETHER!!!! yayayayayaya!!
We are so happy and very relieved! Because of the e-move, Pres. Brown told Sis Larsen only to bring some of her things because he hadn’t started praying about and making plans for next moves. But he had told her that anything could happen! This morning President Brown was so cute on the phone… He goes “well I guess the Lord needs Sister Larsen to stay in Kilmarnock… I just wish He told me that sooner so that she could’ve taken all of her things!” hahaha! So on Wednesday we have to make a trip up to Edinburgh so she can pack the rest of her stuff and move it all down and get more settled. That should be fun!
Our sweet Elder Goldie is leaving us! He is going to Dunfermline. Elder Donaldson is coming here to be with Elder Wu. We’re excited to welcome him into our Killie family!
We had a mini exchange with the Sisters from Wednesday to Thursday. They came to Killie to blits the area. It was really fun to be with them and to accomplish a great deal. We always have a really good time together!
The weather here has ben so bipolar! It is sooooo warm now! We sleep with the window open every night and I haven’t been wearing my coat. But every so often it will rain loads and be really chilly. It’s an interesting country haha but we love the sun! Sis Larsen isn’t really used to the heat so she has been boiling. I’ve been in heaven!!! hahha #vegasgirl
We’ve already decided that we are going to make this next transfer the best! We need to find more investigators!
Speaking of which, Evelyn is doing wonderful!! She struggled a bit this past week. She is still trying to quit smoking. It has been really hard for her. Satan is just so terrible! We had really great lessons with her this past week and all of our joint teaches were just what she needed. The members love her and are so supportive! Yesterday at church she seemed really down. She is really hard on herself sometimes.
Us and other members fasted for her yesterday so that she wouldn’t have the strength and determination to stop smoking.
Church was all about the Book of Mormon and scripture study and gifts of the spirit. Then last night we had a lesson with her. Sis Larsen and I have been feeling like we need to help Evelyn draw closer to the Savior. Really help her get to know Him. So we watched “Finding Faith in Christ”. Then afterwords she just started telling us that she was prompted in church that she needs to read and study more and learn more about Christ.
Sister Larsen and I know that, through the power of fasting, Evelyn was able to open her heart to the Spirit and was able to receive revelation about HOW to gain the strength to stop smoking. She is so determined! Her countenance changed drastically during our lesson. She has grown so much! Her life is totally different then the way it was! She is doing wonderful and loves the gospel more and more every day. She is still reading the Book of Mormon and is already half way through 3 Nephi! And as of last night she has just started the New Testament.
I am also reading the New Testament. It is such a great way to learn about Christ’s life and all that He has done for each and every one of us. I am so grateful for my Savior.
I read Alma 26 this morning and was very touched by Ammon’s testimony. I pictured him standing in front of the High Council on a Sunday morning reporting his mission. I hope I can learn as much as possible like he did. I hope I can leave my mission with a¬†testimony like his. I have loved all¬†of the experiences that I have been through and I have learned¬†so much. My testimony only grows stronger each day as I study and teach.¬†A member of the seventy quoted on¬†this chapter¬†and mentioned that there is NO WAY Joseph Smith could have made that up because only missionaries know what it’s like to be a missionary.I am so impressed and very grateful for the service of my own family. 18 missions! Wow! So many seeds have been planted and many plants have grown, I have no doubt. I hope that all of the great grandchildren will choose to serve a mission. The Lord needs more missionaries! Especially during the years to come. This work is so amazing. It is absolutely essential! Share this beautiful message with everyone you meet!
I love you all so much!!! Have a good week!
Love Sister Jones
P.S. Sister Ricks is going to¬†Kirkaldy! She is taking Sis Robertson’s place! Sis Rob goes home on Wednesday! ūüė¶ AHH!! And now¬†I only have 3 tranfers left….. woof.

Week 59 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
Yesterday was so much fun! I loved being able to skype with you! HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!! I am so grateful to have the privilege to talk with all of you! But I am sooo glad I don’t have to do it again! hahaha I’m also really happy that that was our LAST goodbye… ever!! AH! All “hellos” from here on out! So great!
Sis Larsen and I handeled it very well! We had a cry but then we bounced back! It wasn’t as bad as past skype calls hahaha.
We skyped at Dave and Ruth’s house and afterwords we had baked macaroni and cheese and it was absolutely delicious!!! Dave used to be a chef. He makes it with carrots and onions and mushrooms. So yummy! Plus everytime we go over there he makes his famous hot chocolate. They are so good to us ūüôā
I love Sis Larsen and I really don’t want her to leave me! We have had quite a few miracles! This transfer is almost over! Moves call is next Monday morning.
We had our Scotland West Conference this past Wednesday and it was wonderful! We received a training about confirming and qualifying appointments so that we aren’t wasting time with people who aren’t really interested. It was great to see more missionaries! The west is the Paisley and Glasgow zone. We traveled to Glasgow for the conference. It went well and we really enjoyed it.
There is a family in our ward that have 7 kids and we went over for dinner this past Thursday. It’s always entertaining! The children are so cute and fun! Dinner time is a bit chaotic though! It is hilarious! At one point the 2 year old took his shirt off and threw it and it landed right in the pot of gravy! hahaha then he took his trousers off! The two older girls were running around and the 6 year old took all the mash potatoes then only had two bites! hahahah they are such a fun family and Sister McCann is so patient! I don’t know how she does it! It was so funny because at one point the little boy was pouring all of the extra gravy all over his plate and sister McCann just sat and said softly “that’s lovely” hahahah we always have a good time when we are over there!
We had a couple of rubbish days. Not bad but it was those days when appointments fall through or we are walking EVERYWHERE and our feet hurt and it’s so loooooong!!! We were grateful to get through them alive! hahah It was a good week altogether!
Well this is rubbish.. I’m sorry but I don’t have much to say! I told yous all the good stuff yesterday!
I love you all so much! Have a good week!!
Love Sister Jones

Week 58 Scotland

6 Aug
Dear Family and Friends,
Well…. yous are in for a real treat!! SO much as occurred this week. It’s been sad but so so good!!
Last Thursday we got an interesting phone call from President Brown. Sister Francis has been having a hard time lately and the Sister Training Leaders were a bit concerned for her so they let him know. Then on Thursday he phoned and asked Sis. Francis if she would like to move to another area for the last 3¬†weeks of her mission. She wasn’t very sure so she said she’d call him back. We discussed it for a while and decided that would be probably be best for her to move. President felt it would be best as well. We decided we weren’t going to tell anyone because we weren’t sure where and when and all that jazz. So then thursday evening we got another call telling us she would move in the morning! She packed really fast and only got to say goodbye to a few people. It was a bit heart renching because we felt like we were to blame for all the moves within other companionships. I felt like some of it was my fault and I was to blame. It was a hard 24 hours that’s for sure. Friday morning came and Sister Ricks and Sister Ashdown (they were on exchanges) took us to breakfast. Sister Ricks then told us that the moves needed to happen because another sister was going home due to health problems. We felt a lot better about that. A senior couple drove us to Edinburgh that morning. It was about a two hour drive. We got to the mission home and¬†made the switch. (Try to keep up with this next bit) S. Henkel was training S. Zollinger in Alloa and S. Zollinger is the one who needed to go home. So S. Francis went to Alloa to be with S. Henkel until she goes home. I was going to get a mini missionary. The mini missionary was in the Alloa ward and Pres. didn’t want her to be in her own ward but she still has some school exams so she can’t be too far away. So that meant she need to go to Edinburgh with S. Adams. Which means that her comp came here. So now I am with… Sister Larsen!!!
She is from Colorado and she came out a transfer before I did. She goes home in August. She is absolutely fantastic!! We get along so well and I love her so much! We are having a blast here in Killie! It’s been a weird weekend that’s for sure. I’ve been two days behind all week! I think I’m finally settled now though haha. Pres told her to bring just a couple weeks worth of clothes and things but he still doesn’t know what could happen at moves. So as of right now Sis Larsen is only my companion until the end of the transfer which is May 21st. But you never know what could happen!!! Sister Larsen really loves it here and wants to stay. I want her to stay too! But we’ll see.
Last Wednesday I wasn’t feeling very well so we stayed in all day. I had a bit of stomach pain. But it turned out I was fine! At some point in the day I was feeling ok so I colored half of my hair. Yes half haha so the bottom half is a bit darker than the top hahaa. A lady in the ward is going to give me a hair cut next Monday!
We have a Scotland West Conference tomorrow! I am really excited for that! It will be in Glasgow just like last time. It’s always a great opportunity to learn and grow and become more motivated for the work.
Yesterday we went to Loch Lomond!! Members took us. Since yesterday was a bank holiday and we didn’t email, we had a long pday. So Vera and Gemma Watt (mother and daughter) took us to see the Loch! It was about an hours drive. We went to a place called Luss just at the bottom of the Loch. It was so beautiful! It was a bit overcast and it rained for a few minutes but it was still stunning. We walked around for a bit and looked through a wee gift shop. Then we got hot chocolate in a cute cafe. It was a great girls day out! Vera and Gemma are so sweet! Sister Larsen and I were totally shattered when we got home!
When we got there, there was a peir that we walked out on. We passed a small group of teenagers and we noticed that they were whispering and pointing. We assumed we were being made fun of because we’re used to that haha. Even the Watts were noticing and getting annoyed. We told them it didn’t matter and just deal with it. It’s normal haha. Then a boy came over to us and said “what are the badges for?” …oh geez here we go… Sis. Larsen responded and told him we were missionaries. Then he just walked away. Then the Watts got really mad haha. Then a woman (probs his mom) came over to us. In my mind I thought “really? An adult is going to come say something now?” Then she smiled and said “Sisters! I’m from the Edinburgh stake! My son just left on his mission on Tuesday!” Then a whole crowd gathered around us and said hello. Turns out they are all family and were on a little holiday/family reunion. hahahahaha! We were so confused!!! We kinda felt like celebraties haha. One of the boys is really good friends with Elder Goldie so that was cool hahaha. It was just wierd. Take a mental note everyone… don’t treat missionaries like you don’t know who they are! Just be kind and tell them you are a member and that you appreciate them ūüôā hahaha
Evelyn is doing great! She was really really sad when Sis. Francis left but she is doing well. She is working very hard on quiting smoking! She continues to make progress each day.¬†She even joined a wee club with one of our less actives.¬†They gave her¬†a bunch of free stuff which is totally cool haha.¬†Our ward mission said to go ahead on the rest of the lessons so we’re excited to teach her even more! She loves the BOM! We also might have a ward fast for her! She can feel your prayers and is very grateful for all the love everyone has for her.
My health is ok! Sister Brown is aware of all my weird symptoms I have been having and we’re figuring out what to do. I might go see a dr soon just to confirm anything. But I am totally fine!¬†It’s not hindering the work which is really¬†good. Just¬†keep me in your prayers¬†ūüôā
I love you all so very much!! I hope everyone has a great week!
Love Sister Jones
Skype Info
Us and the¬†Elders¬†will be skyping at Dave and Ruth’s house! We are going over there right after church for skype and a BBQ!
I will be skyping at 4pm so that means it will be 8am your time! I will be skyping from MY account so just log into either Aubrey or Kyles account. I already have them added so it’ll simple and quick. (Also, I have 1 hour. I need to be obedient so help me stick to it!) I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!! So excited to see those babies!!!!
P.S. Watch this!!! http://18lives.org/¬†Sister Larsen’s sister is one of the main girls in it! And her parents are the two sitting on the bed reading scriptures. So cool!!!!!